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11-28-2012 10:42 PM

Practical limit on width of a drawer? - 8 replies

I’m nearly finished with a Roubo-style workbench and am considering building a tool cabinet for the space below the bench top. The space is 63” wide, and the tool cabinet could be up to about 22” deep and about 12” high. I’ve wondered about building a wide drawer for storing a few hand planes, including my 22...

11-27-2012 03:24 AM

Saw anvil? - 5 replies

Last time I checked, my local Wal-Mart was fresh out of cast iron saw anvils (like this one shown below): (EDIT: The workbench is not mine.) I have an old dovetail saw that I’d like to restore, but I think I will need to flatten the blade a little on a saw anvil. Does anyone have suggestions for a modern, affordable substitute f...

11-10-2012 03:04 AM

What does an oil finish do to wood? - 6 replies

I am adding a shelf to the bottom of my work bench. While thinking about how to finish it, I started wondering about exactly what an oil finish (like BLO or Danish Oil) does to wood. Obviously, oil makes wood shiny, but what else does it do? 1) Does an oil finish harden the wood?2) Does it protect wood from abrasions, scuffs, or other mecha...

10-17-2012 02:30 PM

Newbie question on finishes for a workbench - 17 replies

I’m nearing completion of a workbench made from southern yellow pine. I plan to rag on a finish of some sort. The workbench has a shelf made of ship-lapped ash boards where I will place tools, wood, etc.. Should I use the same finish on the shelf, or should I leave it natural? If I use finish on the shelf, should I put the finish on th...

10-17-2012 02:24 PM

Cleaning pitch and sawdust from table saw? - 7 replies

I am near completion of a workbench made from southern yellow pine. Not surprisingly, my table saw innards are covered with pine sawdust, which is “sticker” than most hardwood sawdust due to the pine’s resins. Can anyone recommend a product for loosening and cleaning this gunk? Also, I’ve heard that grease is not comm...

10-03-2012 03:18 AM

Slow-set epoxy? - 13 replies

I need some slow-setting epoxy—something that has several hours of open time (I’m starting to assemble a Roubo workbench made from southern yellow pine that uses mortise-and-tenon joints; the epoxy is for these joints) I thought I could find some at Lowes or Home Depot, but they don’t carry it. Can I slow down the cure time...

09-26-2012 03:13 PM

Table saw sleds: 1 or 2 runners; metal, wood, or UHMW plastic? - 10 replies

I’ve seen many different plans for table saw sleds, some with one runner and others with two. And the runners themselves may be made from wood, UHMW, aluminum, or steel. Which configuration (one or two runners), and which material, do you prefer?

09-13-2012 10:21 PM

Flattening a board with a router table? - 6 replies

A discussion on another web site about flattening boards with a hand plane gave me an idea for using a router table to flatten a board. If you put a straight bit in the router and set its height so the bottom of the bit is exactly level with the table surface, you should be able to move a board around on top of the router table and eventually...

09-05-2012 06:17 PM

Plane bought at garage sale - 18 replies

This weekend I bought an interesting plane at a garage sale for 25 cents: Is it worth anything?

08-28-2012 06:27 PM

Sagging leg vise? - 10 replies

If you have built a leg vise like the one on Chris Schwarz’s Roubo bench, have you experienced any problems with the vise sagging due to its own weight?

08-28-2012 05:49 PM

Anybody collect or use Alumo 1A planes? - 3 replies

I bought an Alumo 1 weatherstripping plane a few weeks ago at a flea market, thinking I could perhaps use it to make grooves in draw bottoms. Does anybody here collect them or use them?

08-27-2012 06:00 PM

Another benefit to using hand tools... - 5 replies

I’ve been doing a lot of work on my Roubo bench this month, leveling the top (both sides) with hand planes, shopping mortises with a hammer and chisel, etc. The other day my wife noticed that my arms look more muscular! Woo-hoo! ;)

08-27-2012 02:47 AM

Benchcrafted roller brackers for leg vise? - 2 replies

I’m putting the stretchers on my Roubo bench and will soon have to make decisions on how to build the leg vise. I’ve purchased a metal Lee Valley tail vise screw ( for the leg vise. I’m thinking about buying the Benchcrafted roller brackets (http://benchcrafted.blogspo...

08-26-2012 11:24 PM

Ryobi DP121L drill press: can't tighten table - 7 replies

I have a Ryobi DP121L benchtop drill press. I like everything about it, except that I can’t tighten the table completely. The “table lock handle” locks the table in place vertically, but I can still move the table left and right easily. Have any of you had this problem? What can I do to fix it? UPDATE: I contacted Ryob...

08-25-2012 01:08 AM

Making a draw plate? - 3 replies

Has anyone here ever made a draw plate for making pegs of a uniform diameter? Where would I buy a suitable piece of steel (presumably 1/4” to 1/2” thick)? Do I need a special drill bit to make the holes in the steel plate?

08-24-2012 08:15 PM

Surform instead of a flat rasp? - 7 replies

I have a Nicholson half-round rasp that works fine, but I need a flat rasp, too. I can’t find a flat rasp at the usual home centers or even some of the specialty stores. Why are inexpensive flat rasps so hard to find? (I know I can buy a fancy, hand-stitched rasp for the price of three tanks of gas, but I prefer driving to work over w...

08-24-2012 04:11 PM

Lesson learned: wear gloves (with certain hand tools) - 11 replies

I’m still very much a beginner at woodworking, Though I learn a lot from books, I learn just as many lessons firsthand—sometimes literally. Last night, I learned that I should wear gloves while chiseling or rasping a large piece of wood that has sharp arrises and corners—because the tool sometimes slips under pressure and m...

08-24-2012 04:00 PM

Estate sale guilt? - 21 replies

I’ve picked up a few hand tools at very good prices at estate sales in my area. I usually locate them through online sites that show a Google map of the estate sales’ locations. Sometimes, when I see a listing for an estate sale with hand tools that is located close to my house, I think, “Hooray! Somebody died close to w...

08-14-2012 09:40 PM

Record #8 plane on CL - 0 replies

Here’s a link to a Record #8 plane being sold on CraigsList near Dallas, Texas. (I’m not the seller.)

08-13-2012 04:01 PM

Workbench against a wall? - 7 replies

When I finish my Roubo workbench, I have to decide whether to put it against the side wall of my garage (which has no windows) or out in the middle of the garage. Having the bench away from the walls would let me work on all four sides of the bench, but that location would interfere with a lot of other garage functions (including providing stor...

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