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08-10-2015 07:18 PM

Making card scrapers from a saw plate? - 4 replies

I have a Disston hand saw that was made in the 80s or early 90s. It doesn’t appear to be made of spring steel like some of the older Disstons were. Can I make a decent card scraper from the saw plate, or is the metal not suitable for a scraper?

07-21-2015 03:52 AM

Nailgun and compressor recommendations - 14 replies

What type and size air compressor and nailgun should I buy for use in hobby-woodworking? I just want something to build stuff for my shop and to attach moldings to furniture. Thanks.

07-04-2015 01:25 PM

Wood source for joiners mallet - 7 replies

I’ve been wanting to make a joiners mallet but have had no luck finding a suitable piece of wood for the head. Yesterday, i found that Woodcraft sells turning blanks that are 6”x6”x4”, with the grain parallel to two of the opposite sides. Cut one in half and you have two 6”x4”x3” blocks, which is e...

06-30-2015 08:46 PM

Convert flat-bottomed spokeshave to round? - 4 replies

Does a flat-bottom, Stanley-151-like spokeshave have enough metal in the sole to convert It to a round-bottom shave by grinding the sole? I guess another way of framing this question is to ask whether flat- and round-bottom Stanley 151 spokeshaves are identical, except for the way the soles are ground or machined.

05-30-2015 08:49 PM

Ceiling-mounted fan needs to swivel - 6 replies

My wife bought me a ceiling-mounted fan for my garage workshop: The fan tilts up and down, but I need one that also swivels about the vertical axis, so I can point it at my various workstations. If you look closely at the picture, there is a short, double-threaded pipe that connects the fan bracket to the flange (the instructions say t...

05-21-2015 11:27 PM

Shaping a replacement dovetail saw plate - 1 reply

I have an old brass-backed dovetail saw with a good handle and spine, but a saw plate that is badly pitted. If I buy a replacement saw plate, how can I shape the new saw plate to match the profile of the old one? I don’t want to burn the steel with a grinder or warp it while cutting it. Thanks.

04-25-2015 03:15 AM

Bailey plane irons, original lengths? - 1 reply

What were the original lengths of Stanley Bailey plane irons? I haven’t been able to find any information online.

04-16-2015 09:28 PM

Soft metal in hand saw plates - 3 replies

I read an article recently about restoring hand saws. The author said that if a saw plate is bent into a U-shape (or tighter), the saw plate should go back to being straight when it is released (assuming it was straight to begin with). I have a few older hand saws, so I decided to try this out. My older saws (a Disston and Lakeside, both pr...

04-15-2015 04:18 PM

Wood for peg stilts? - 2 replies

My daughter has fallen in love with peg stilts. She has a pair of stilts that I made from Douglas fir and plywood, but I’d like to make something a little nicer. Here is a picture of some peg stilts that are similar to the ones I’d like to make: I’m concerned about the area where the wood that comprises the legs of t...

04-06-2015 05:53 PM

Lathe: height of centers and distance between centers? - 2 replies

I’m considering building a spring pole lathe. How high from the ground should the centers be located? How much is the greatest distance between centers that the lathe should permit to allow me to turn table legs or spindles for furniture? Thanks.

04-06-2015 02:02 PM

Organizing and storing the extra stuff - 13 replies

Most of the articles and books I’ve read on setting up a shop focus on machines and hand-powered tools. What about all of the other stuff that is used in a workshop? How do you store things like nails, screws, towels, string, wires, sandpaper, sanding blocks, spare parts, glues, finishes, manuals, and the like? I’m not a very organ...

01-17-2015 02:44 AM

Loose handle on tang chisel - 2 replies

I purchased a vintage 1/8” Buck Bros. tang chisel that is in good condition except that the handle is a bit loose. (I can remove the tang from the handle, but the fit is otherwise pretty snug.) Is there any way to tighten the fit without using epoxy or other permanent adhesive? Thanks.

01-12-2015 10:49 PM

MDF shooting boards? - 9 replies

Has anyone here made a shooting board from MDF? I’ve come across several sources that recommend MDF for the base (but hardwood for the stops), but I wonder how well the edge of the MDF stands up to the plane and whether the MDF itself causes excessive wear on the plane.

12-16-2014 02:16 AM

Box dimensions to hold an Arkansas stone - 2 replies

I acquired an Arkansas stone recently and would like to make a traditional fitted box for it. How deep should I make the hole in the lower piece of wood? How much longer and wider than the stone should I make the box? (The length and width of the box determine the widths of the “walls” that surround the stone; I want to make them wid...

12-01-2014 11:41 PM

Extension Table for Ridgid R4510 Table Saw, Free Plans - 0 replies

I stumbled across a web site that offers free plans for an extension table for a Ridgid R4510 table saw. Here’s the link: and here’s a picture: Disclaimer: I have no connection with the web site—I just own an R4510 table saw.

11-04-2014 04:09 AM

How many block planes? - 14 replies

For a user of hand tools, as opposed to a collector, is there any benefit to owning more than one or two block planes? Can multiple block planes be set up differently for different purposes?

10-28-2014 03:00 AM

Craftsman rabbet plane fence-rod hole - 17 replies

I took my recent-vintage Craftsman rabbet plane (a Stanley 78 clone) to Lowes and determined that the hole for the fence-rod is threaded for a 1/4-28×2 bolt. Can anyone with a genuine Stanley 78 tell me whether the hole for their plane’s fence-rod has the same diameter and thread count? I want to buy a replacement fence assembly and i...

10-23-2014 03:32 AM

Strengthening a cracked rasp handle - 2 replies

I bought a rasp recently that has a wooden handle which is sound but which has a couple splits along half its length. I’d like to strengthen the handle to prevent it loosening. I know that epoxy will fill the gaps but will it also keep the cracks from spreading? Is there another adhesive that will work better? Thanks.

10-19-2014 05:01 PM

Parts for Craftsman 78 rabbet plane (now with pix)? - 8 replies

[Slightly updated] I bought a Craftsman 78-style rabbet plane that is missing the fence and rod (see pictures below). Can I use the fence and rod from a Stanley 78 rabbet plane? What about replacing the cutting iron with a Stanley iron, if it needs it someday? Thanks.

10-11-2014 01:32 PM

Buying tools online from overseas sellers? - 2 replies

Some of the hand tools offered on eBay by overseas sellers have pretty good prices, even when shipping is included. What experiences, if any, have you had when buying tools from overseas? How long does it take for your purchase arrive? Are there any precautions I should be aware of when buying from these vendors? (This question is not intended t...

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