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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 - 16 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...

09-28-2014 12:50 AM

What is it? (Trip Clamp for a backsaw) - 5 replies

[Title was updated after the part was identified] I bought a Stanley 71 router plane recently that came with a bag of extra parts (mainly a fence and extra cutters). This part came with it: It’s about one inch long. None of the router-plane parts-diagrams that I’ve found show this part. Does anyone know what it is? ...

08-07-2014 05:21 AM

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...

06-14-2014 01:24 AM

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 ...

02-11-2014 10:31 PM

Drawer bottoms: plywood or hardboard? - 4 replies

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

01-28-2014 03:32 AM

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?

01-27-2014 03:40 AM

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...

01-22-2014 03:49 AM

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?

01-17-2014 05:47 PM

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.

01-16-2014 11:05 PM

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...

09-24-2013 03:45 PM

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.

07-19-2013 04:50 PM

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?

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