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15 days ago

Which cam rest for a Stanley 45 combination plane? - 2 replies

I bought a Stanley 45 combination plane recently that came with two cam rests: They are essentially identical, except for the screws used to tighten the cam rest to a rod: one screw is like a set screw and the other has a cylindrical head. I’d like to keep one cam rest to use and sell the other one. Is there any practical differe...

69 days ago

What kind of plow plane is this? - 5 replies

I bought something recently that I though was a simple, old plow plane: Everything works, and is in pretty good shape. The plane is made by W. Greenslade of Bristol, and is virtually identical to this plane which sold on eBay: When I brought ...

191 days ago

Drawer bottoms: plywood or hardboard? - 4 replies

Which material is better for draw bottoms: 1/4” plywood or 1/4” hardboard?

206 days ago

Drawer widths with certain slides? - 5 replies

I am building a tool cabinet with several drawers that will be almost 24” wide. I want to use full-extension slides, (Accuride 3832, 20” long) but the specifications say the slides can be used on drawers only up to 16” wide. How seriously should I regard this max-width limitation? What other options do I have?

207 days ago

Grooving planes instead of a plow plane? - 4 replies

I’ve noticed that plans for making drawers in the traditional style (which require making a groove near the bottom edges of the drawer front, back, and sides) seem to use similar dimensions for the groove: e.g., a 1/4”wide, 1/4” deep, and 1/4” from the bottom edge, for a small drawer). Instead of buying a plow plane to ma...

212 days ago

Drawer Thickness - 12 replies

I’m building a tool cabinet for my workbench. The drawers are approximately 24” by 18” and will provide storage for the usual mix of hand tools, including several hand planes. The drawer sides are 1/2 inch plywood. Is 1/4” plywood sturdy enough for the drawer bottoms, or should I use 1/2” plywood?

216 days ago

Infill smoother value? - 1 reply

I came across this infill smoother at an antique mall today. Price is $189, firm. Is it worth purchasing and reselling? There are no special marks on it. The iron has a barely visible “Cast Steel Warranted” at the top. The only other writing on it are a couple initials, probably of the owner.

217 days ago

Cutting a miter on a wide board with table saw - 12 replies

I need to use a table saw to miter two opposite edges of board. In theory, I could tilt the blade to 45 degrees, move the fence the desired distance away from the blade, and run one edge of the board along the fence while cutting the miter on the opposite edge. The problem is that my fence can only move 24 inches from the saw but the two mitere...

331 days ago

Stanley No. 7 on Etsy - 4 replies

Here’s a Stanley No. 7 jointer for sale on for $35: Obviously, it’s up for grabs for anyone to buy, but I’d be happy if a LumberJock who currently does not own a jointer were to buy it. P.S. The same seller has a No. 6 for sale for $30. Disclaimer: I’m not the seller.

398 days ago

New blades old bow saws? - 3 replies

I occasionally see old bow saws for sale online. I’ve hesitated to buy one, however, because I’m not sure whether I can find a replacement blade for it. Does anyone know if blades that fit these old saw are available?

478 days ago

Anybody need a No. 7 Stanley plane? - 10 replies

$35 for a Stanley No. 7 jointer plane on I’m not the seller. I thought it might be a good deal for someone who needs a jointer.

481 days ago

My Roubo bench--finally - 12 replies

I started buying lumber for a Roubo bench over a year ago. A friend at a cabinet shop helped me flatten the southern yellow pine boards with his thickness sander (thanks, Phil!), and I started assembling the bench in my garage last summer. I continued through the fall, mostly a few hours at a time on weekends (with occasional pauses while I wo...

511 days ago

Hand-routing on the side of a thick piece of lumber? - 6 replies

I have a workbench with a thick top (4.25”). I would like to install a quick-release front vise on the end of the bench top so I can use it with bench dogs to hold a piece of wood. I will need to excavate a cavity in the endgrain of my bench top to make room for the rear jaw of my vise. Can I put a straight bit in my router and hold ...

526 days ago

Face vise: why is the screw off center? - 7 replies

Many traditional face vises look like this: The lead screw is not centered between the guide rods. (Other face vises have the lead screw in the center, but many don’t.) Anybody know why? (This is a question, not a quiz.)

534 days ago

Veritas Quick-Release Sliding Tail Vise on a Roubo bench? - 4 replies

I have a Roubo bench with a leg vise but no tail vise. One tail-vise option is the Veritas Quick-Release Sliding Tail Vise: The picture shows the vise attached to a bench top that is about 2” thick. The vise has 2”-wide jaw with dog holes centered 1” from the front edge of the jaw (and bench). My bench is a Roubo wi...

540 days ago

Storing lumber vertically? - 13 replies

My shop is in a single garage bay with a single wall. Floor space is at a premium, but wall space even more so. I’d like to build a lumber rack, but that will eat up half my wall space. Is is okay to store lumber on end (with the ends not in contact with the floor), or will that cause that boards to warp eventually?

543 days ago

Working out of a tool chest? - 29 replies

Has anyone here built (or bought) a large toolchest for hand tools (the kind that sits on the floor, and which has been popularized recently by Chris Schwarz)? Do you have experience working out of it? If so, what do you think of it?

547 days ago

Wood for drawer slides? - 1 reply

I’m planning to make a tool cabinet with several drawers. I have plans that call for beech drawer slides. I don’t have easy access to birch. What other woods can be used for drawer slides? Would red oak from a home center do the job, or should I look for something else? (Note: My original post said birch, not beech; apologies to...

554 days ago

Anybody collect Keen Kutter planes? - 3 replies

Does anyone here collect Keen Kutter hand planes? I came across two beautiful KK planes, a jack plane and a larger one (not sure which size) at an antique store. They were in beautiful condition; either well cared for or carefully restored. The prices weren’t cheap ($65 for the jack), but if anyone’s interested, I can get more ...

559 days ago

Round stamp marks on Starrett 13 double square - 1 reply

I bought a 4” Starrett 13 double square recently that is in good shape, except that there are several round stamp marks on it, each of which are identical and which look like a circle with two rows of numbers and letters inside. Anybody know what they could be? The square has someone’s names scratched onto it, so I don’t thin...

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