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01-08-2015 07:47 PM

Will water make the color of padauk run? - 2 replies

So I used a strip of padauk with some maple to create a stripe to add a bit of variation to the color scheme of a project. I then used alcohol to see how it’d look when stained and remove sawdust from the pores of the padauk. At one point in time I knew that alcohol was used to create dye from padauk but this was not that time, which led...

04-20-2014 01:04 AM

What's wrong with my hand planing technique? - 9 replies

I get this pattern a lot where I begin my strokes. I’ve been smoothing it out by flipping the piece around and planing from the other direction but sometimes that creates the same pattern on the other side. I’ve tried a couple of things to fix it (planing in a diagonal, going against and with the grai...

12-08-2013 04:21 AM

Would someone with Narex chisels do me a favor and measure the socket size? - 7 replies

I’m currently away from my home but have access to a few woodworking tools here, so decided to make a turntable style chisel rack. Problem is I don’t have any of my chisels here with me but was able to find some in the local hardware store to measure , but they don’t carry Narex so I’m SOL there. And there’s no in...

11-21-2013 01:08 AM

Where do y'all find parts for your old tools? I need a 12-20 screw specifically. - 24 replies

I lost one of the screws for an old Stanley Bailey 4 1/2 jack plane I was restoring. It’s the one that secures the base part of the handle to the sole (not the long screw that goes through the handle, but the short one). I’ve found that it’s a 12-20 screw, but can’t seem to find anywhere that sells replacements. I don&...

10-07-2013 02:29 AM

Sharpening: Help me understand hollow grinding. - 11 replies

Sharpening takes forever and half a day and, frankly, I’m kind of tired of spending almost as much time sharpening chisels and planes as I am working with the actual wood. I was looking at getting a grinder to speed things up a bit but the whole process of grinding doesn’t really make sense to me. I made a crude picture to illustra...

03-17-2013 12:11 PM

Can someone who owns the Harbor Freight 12" sliding miter saw do me a favor? - 0 replies

I need the dimensions of the saw where it mounts to the table. I bought one over the weekend but don’t have access to it for the nonce (it’s currently at my sisters who’ll be using it for a bit), so I can’t make the measures myself, and I’d like to design a stand for it. The local HF doesn’t have a display un...

02-27-2013 10:53 PM

Does Polyurethane strip stain/oil? - 8 replies

I’m doing my first real ‘finishing’ today and applied some Watco Danish Oil (dark hickory) three days ago. Well, today I put on the Minwax Wipe On poly and noticed that when I was done, the stain from the Danish oil wasn’t quite as dark as before. I didn’t sand between putting on the first coat of poly, so that&#...

02-25-2013 09:09 AM

Looking for advice on finishing this routing jig. - 7 replies

I need to plane a piece of wood, but don’t have a planer. Figured my router could do it and, low and behold, others had the same idea. However, most everyone’s worked in 2 dimensions since they all had plunge routers. I’m working with an old Stanley router that doesn’t plunge, so I have to adjust the jig itself to acco...

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