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05-11-2011 07:15 PM

Recommended pull saws? - 12 replies

I’ve seen books and online articles that recommend types and sizes of Western saws to buy for woodworking by hand (typically carcase saws, panel saws, tenon saws, dovetail saws, etc.).Is there a similar “list” for pull saws? If I want to buy two or three pull saws, what types and sizes should I get first? What types should I ...

05-11-2011 02:31 PM

Old hand saw, sharpened too much? - 11 replies

Beginner question: I bought an old Disston D-23 hand saw for $6 at an antique mall. It has a very narrow tip, a lot like the one shown here (this is not my listing, it just shows a saw similar to mine). Has my saw been sharped so many times that it is nearly “used up,” or were some saw sold this way?

05-06-2011 09:29 PM

Reducing size of dowels - 14 replies

I am building a little project that requires 3/8” dowels to be stuck into 3/8” holes. Only problem is that the dowels are a little too big. I can wrap some sandpaper around the ends of of the dowels and start twisting the night away, but that doesn’t produce a set of uniform, truly round dowels. Are there any techniques for ...

05-06-2011 08:10 PM

Notches in hands saws and plane irons - 6 replies

I bought two vintage saws recently that each had three little notches cut or filed into the top edge of the saw, just in front of the handle. I’ve also seen a vintage plane iron with three similar notches filed into it (on the side, near the top). Anybody know why this was done? Was it for identification reasons?

05-06-2011 04:06 AM

Used saw set? - 3 replies

Anybody have advice on buying a used saw set? I bought a couple old Disston hand saws today ($6 and $8) and would like to sharpen them and set the teeth (or set and then sharpen). The antique tool vendor had four or five saw sets for sale, all very different from each other. Can old saw sets be used, or are they generally “worn out”...

05-04-2011 06:50 PM

Rip hand saws with teeth of different lengths - 5 replies

While out rust hunting, I saw a saw (I did, I did) with teeth of different lengths. In other words, the tooth length altered from long to short to long to short. It seems like the shorter teeth would never contact the wood. What’s the purpose of a tooth pattern like this?

05-04-2011 05:23 PM

Which hand saws? - 7 replies

What types of hand saws do I need to start hand-tool woodworking? I know that I will need a dovetail saw, a rip saw, a cross-cut saw, and coping saw (most of which I have), but what about other saws like back saws, tenon saws, and panel saws? What do I need to get started, and which saws can I wait to acquire later?

05-04-2011 04:58 PM

"Warranted Superior" hand saw - 1 reply

I came across an old hand saw with a “Warranted Superior” medallion. I know that these were second-tier saws, but I’m wondering whether this one could make a good user. It is in very good condition and priced at $8.

05-03-2011 04:43 PM

Advice on handling an eBay tool purchase that was missing parts - 19 replies

Two questions: (1) I purchased a Stanley Bailey No. 7 hand plane on eBay recently for a good price. When I received the plane, it was missing the cap iron screw (which holds the cap iron to the plane iron). The plane was completely assembled in the eBay photos, so I couldn’t tell that the screw was missing. I don’t think the s...

04-29-2011 03:57 AM

Questions about hand saws - 3 replies

I have a modern Disston rip saw that I was given in the early 1990s. I don’t think Disston hand saws are still being made today. When did they go out of production? Also, are any modern, affordable hand saws (like the Stanley Fat Max or other Stanley saws with induction hardened teeth) good for hand-woodworking, or are old, quality ha...

04-23-2011 10:25 PM

Lube and oil an old bit brace? - 2 replies

I bought a Stanley 965 bit brace off’n the ‘Bay recently, and I’d like to know how to keep it in good working order. Inside the mechanical jaw mechanism, there is some dirt and old grease. Should I clean out the old grease? If I do, should I replace it with new grease or just use something like WD-40? Should I do anything to...

04-14-2011 08:13 PM

Advise on buying an old bit brace - 6 replies

I’d like to buy a good, user-quality bit brace for a reasonable price. Can anyone recommend a few commonly available maker/model combinations to look for, and any that should be avoided? For example, “Company XYZ model 111 and 222 braces are all good, but their models 333 and 444 models are junk.” Also, can most brace-bits ...

04-12-2011 09:27 PM

Stanley Bailey planes: How to remove the "Y" adjusting lever and the lateral adjusting lever? - 7 replies

I’m trying to rehab a couple Stanley Bailey planes and I’d like to lap the surface of the frog. How can I remove the “Y” adjusting lever and the lateral adjusting lever? Thanks.

04-11-2011 05:38 AM

Discounts for Lie-Nielsen or Veritas tools? - 2 replies

Are there any ways to buy Lie-Nielsen or Veritas tools at less than full price? Sales, vendors with discounted prices , coupons, specials, etc?

04-07-2011 09:06 PM

What is hand plane “chatter”? - 7 replies

What is hand plane “chatter”? It is an actual sound? How does it affect the wood that is being planed?

04-07-2011 07:22 PM

Bench Grinder Info? - 1 reply

There are a lot of books and websites about using table saws, routers, drill presses, etc., but what about bench grinders? Where can I learn about bench grinders, grind stones, buffing wheels, wire wheels, dressing tools, tool rests, etc.? Google has produced some basic information, but nothing comprehensive.

04-02-2011 06:46 PM

Options for repairing/replacing lever cap on Stanley Bailey No. 4 plane - 5 replies

I bought a No. 4 Stanley Bailey plane yesterday that came with a lever cap with some chips in the front edge: I’d like to know what options I have for repairing or replacing it. I’m mainly interested in the plane as a user, so I don’t care if all the parts of of the same vintage. The plane bed has three patents on it,...

04-02-2011 04:04 AM

Questions about old Stanley Bailey No. 4 plane, Type 11 or 12 - 3 replies

I have a few questions about an old Stanley Bailey No. 4 plane I picked up. First, is it a Type 11 or Type 12? It has three patent dates behind the frog and the brass adjustment nut is only 1” in diameter, but the knob appears to be the “high” variety. Two questions about the quality: 1) There are chips in the...

04-01-2011 07:32 PM

Stanley Bailey No. 4 plane with unmarked lever cap? - 1 reply

I saw a Stanley Bailey No. 4 plane today with no markings on the lever cap. The plane has three patent dates on it, so it is evidently a Type 11 or 12. The lever cap lacks the large, bold “STANLEY” logo that I’ve seen on other Stanley Bailey planes. Were these Type 11s or 12s sold with unmarked lever caps, or was the origina...

03-31-2011 10:57 PM

Price differences of hand planes on eBay? - 14 replies

Why is is that two Stanley Bailey #4 hand planes—in the same condition, same vintage, and with nearly identical shipping charges—can be sold on eBay within a couple hours of each other, and one goes for $15 and the other for $32. Is there something I’m missing?

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