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02-24-2013 03:42 PM

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?

02-20-2013 04:30 PM

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...

02-13-2013 10:48 PM

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 ...

02-08-2013 09:47 PM

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...

02-07-2013 04:52 PM

Ever heard of a Stanley No. 5 Bullnose Plane? - 9 replies

(Sorry if this is a duplicate) I think Patrick Leach needs to add this “newly discovered” Stanley plane to his “Blood and Gore” page: Details on eBay (no, I’m not the seller):

02-07-2013 04:41 AM

Repairing old dresser with worn slides - 4 replies

I have an old dresser with several drawers that slide on wooden runners. The runners and/or drawers are worn, and a little sawdust falling into the drawers when they are used. Is there an easy way to ease the friction and keep the parts from wearing further? Would beeswax be sufficient, or should I coat the rubbing parts with polyurethane...

02-04-2013 05:11 PM

Drawer slides: full- or 3/4-extension? - 19 replies

I’m planning to build a shop cabinet with a bunch of drawers, each approximately 18” wide, 22” deep(front to back), and 3” to 12” high.The drawers will be used to store typical shop stuff: tools, boxes of nails and screws, cans of finishes, paint, etc. I’m considering using 3/4-extension slides rated for 75...

01-28-2013 08:35 PM

Pockethole joinery: joining panels at 90 degrees? - 9 replies

What is the best way to join panels at 90 degrees (for a cabinet) when using pocket holes? Kreg sells a couple clamps that appear to do the job, but are there better (and cheaper) alternatives?

01-28-2013 03:20 PM

Nail guns for newbies? - 10 replies

I’d like to build a workshop cabinet from 3/4” plywood. If I use glue and a nail gun for the joinery, will that provide enough strength? What size nails should I use (gauge and length)? I also would like to use crown staples. Can I buy a nail gun that will work with both nails and staples? Thanks for any help.

01-16-2013 03:56 PM

Ideas for Garage-wall worktable with cabinets and drawers? - 3 replies

I’ve decided to build a work table for the side wall of my garage. I’d like it to be about 12 feet long by 2 feet deep, with drawers and cabinets underneath (sort of like a kitchen counter top and cabinets, but made with sturdy but lower-cost materials). I have a separate Roubo workbench that I use for construction and assembly, s...

01-11-2013 10:23 PM

Free-hand Sharpening technique details? - 3 replies

I sharpen my chisels and plane irons free-hand on oilstones. When I was learning to sharpen, I used long, sweeping motions over the whole length of the stones. Now, I tend to move the tool being sharpened rapidly back and forth over a small part of the stone, but allow the contact area to drift slowly over the stone to avoid dishing the stone...

01-11-2013 07:55 PM

Are my oilstones "good enough"? - 8 replies

How can I determine whether my oilstones are adequate for sharpening chisels and plane irons? I sharpen freehand, and can usually hone a cutting edge with my oilstones and a stop so that the cutting edge is sharp enough to slice through the edge of a piece of paper. What I’m unsure about is whether I could sharpen a lot faster with bett...

01-06-2013 02:37 PM

Lumber from fallen trees - 11 replies

My brother-in-law lives in New Jersey, with several acres of ash, black walnut, and cherry trees up to 80 feet tall with long, straight trunks up to 18-24” in diameter (estimated). Several of these trees were knocked over by Hurricane Sandy, and he’s trying to figure out how to remove them. He can use a chainsaw on some of the smal...

12-15-2012 03:36 AM

Pipe vise as end vise? - 5 replies

I’ve practically finished my Roubo bench, but some day I want to add an end vise and a row of dog holes near the front edge to hold boards for planing. I came across this “pipe vise” as LV’s web site:,41659 Has anyone here used one of these pipe vises? It...

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...

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