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05-19-2018 02:18 PM

Invitation - 9 replies

I’ve started a WordPress blog, please check it out and consider following along. Thanks! An Unplugged Woodworker 

03-21-2018 11:39 AM

Project Appeal - 52 replies

Project Appeal – Have you ever wondered what makes one project more worthy of traffic and comment than the other? I sure have. All to often I see very intricate pieces stand idle while a not so complex project garners a windstorm of discussion and viewership. Why is that? Does a project’s intricacy/simplicity even play a part? Do...

02-24-2018 08:01 PM

Hand Tool Forensics #3 - We Have a Winner! - 21 replies

Third installment of Hand Tool Forensics . See if you can identify the operation and hand tool that produced this waste. Akin to mechanisms of injury. Seeing an end result and determining the cause. What was I doing, and with what? 

02-04-2018 10:30 PM

Wilen / Ames Dust Collection System - 24 replies

After eleven years my Wilen / Ames Dust Collection System is starting to show wear.                 I pray I can find replacement parts that last as long. 

01-29-2018 11:43 PM

Hand Tool Forensics #2 - We Have a Winner! - 20 replies

Second installment of Hand Tool Forensics . See if you can identify the operation and hand tool that produced this waste. Akin to mechanisms of injury. Seeing an end result and determining the cause. What was I doing, and with what? 

01-27-2018 07:48 PM

Hand Tool Forensics #1 - We Have A Winner! - 26 replies

Hand tool work can produce some very interesting waste. Like those wonderful paper-thin shavings when a plane iron is set just right. I thought it would be interesting to share photos of interesting waste and see if folks can identify the operation and hand tool that produced said waste. Akin to mechanisms of injury. Seeing an end result and det...

01-22-2018 08:24 PM

Scraps - 44 replies

This dovetails into a post made by OleGrump about cleaning up the pegboard over his bench ( I keep mine because … well … you just never know. Show us your scraps and offer justification for keeping them!

01-16-2018 07:20 PM

Ohio Tool Co. Plane Iron - 12 replies

Need some insight from the collectors out there. Yesterday I picked up a 16” J. Pearce New York No.109 wooden jack plane. In cleaning the iron today I noticed it is Ohio Tool Co. and is stamped Thistle Brand. I have always associated the Thistle Brand with Auburn Tool Co. Has anyone seen this logo before …  ... and if so, any idea ho...

12-11-2017 01:42 PM

How Cold is Your Shop? - 24 replies

How Cold is Your  Shop?  

12-04-2017 02:20 PM

What Is It? - 8 replies

What is it? 

11-05-2017 04:23 PM

Let there be light ... - 11 replies

As you may know I’ve been banging away in a dark little shop for years.  Well, thanks to my good friend Matt, I no longer have to wait for bright sunny days.  My shop is now sporting a new Velux skylight.                 So, even on days like today …  … my once dark little shop … looks like this!  Thanks, Matt! NOTE: In keeping true to for...

09-15-2017 08:26 PM

Dyeing Walnut - 14 replies

My initial thought was to finish my current Prie Dieu build with boiled linseed oil and shellac. Having had the walnut in the shop for the last three years, a few boards seem to have faded a bit. Imagine that … sunlight in my shop! Who would have thought? Anyway … it appears that I will have to do a bit of dyeing to get an even color across sap ...

08-25-2017 12:52 PM

Is It Just Me? - 5 replies

Is it just me … or has audiogats  become quite annoying?

05-25-2017 09:20 PM

Canned French Fries and Pastry - 6 replies

During the course of my William & Mary Prie Dieu build, I had more than a few folks ask about the ever-present soup cans residing on my workbench. Contrary to popular belief, these cans do not contain french fries, nor pastry. In fact, sitting on my bench is an oil wick and a can of spills created with my spill plane.                  The sp...

04-27-2017 07:58 PM

Split Spindle on a Spring Pole Lathe - 8 replies

My next Prie Dieu will feature a a split spindle. I’m aware of the brown paper glue-up to achieve this, but I’m concerned about stressing the glue joint with my spring pole lathe. I do not have mandrels, just metal centers from a weaving shuttle.  I’ve considered driving cut nails from opposite directions at the ends of the tur...

04-21-2017 07:38 PM

Please Help Me to Understand ... - 6 replies

For those of you that make comments on 2 to 3, sometimes 6 year old dead threads … why would you do that? Are you just that far behind in reading posts? I’m not trying to start a fracas … just curious … thanks!

04-06-2017 03:16 PM

Joint Pains - 8 replies

In my current Prie Dieu build, I have pondered several transitions from the William & Mary frame to the kneeling platform. On the original desk on frame there is a 3/4 inch half-round transition between the frame and desk. I want this same 3/4 inch half-round along the edges of the platform, I intend to have mitered breadboard edges. I also ...

01-25-2017 08:09 PM

Plans or No Plans ... - 114 replies

 I have read a great number of postings on LJ by folks seeking plans to build this or that, but having no luck finding such. We have in our mind’s eye an image of what we want, but cannot seem to find it on paper, anywhere. Of course not! The project doesn’t exist. Even if we stumble upon a drawing that is similar; it will never be w...

12-16-2016 05:28 PM

Hand Tool Woodworking Jigs & Fixtures - 114 replies

 As I have followed various threads on this site I have observed a renewed interest in traditional woodworking methods, as many of you are discovering the pleasure and advantages of using hand tools. Unfortunately, traditional woodworking is not as simple as flipping off the switch to that power tool and picking up the corresponding hand tool. ...

12-14-2016 03:52 PM

Need Help Identifying Tool Part - 9 replies

 Came across this yesterday at a local flea market; was told it was part of a tool. I’m afraid I cannot identify the component nor the tool it may have came from. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!  

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