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08-11-2012 02:10 AM

Fixing spine on backsaw - 3 replies

If you’re familiar with backsaws, you know that the brass or steel spine is usually either parallel to the teeth or is slightly closer to the teeth at the toe (front) of the saw than at the heel (rear). I bought an old saw online recently that is in great condition, except that the spine has slipped slightly so that the spine is slightl...

08-10-2012 11:17 PM

Framing square not square - 8 replies

A couple years ago I bought a combination square at a home center. When I tested it, I found it was out of square by almost 1/8” over about 8”. I bought another brand and it tested fine. I’m at the point in my Roubo-bench build that I need to cut the ends square to the sides. Because of my previous experience with combina...

08-10-2012 03:50 PM

Old Disston saws: good users at good prices? - 4 replies

Which models of Disstons saws are generally viewed as good saws for using (as opposed to collecting) and also are available at reasonable prices? For example, a No. 12 is supposed to be a great saw, but the ones that I’ve seen that are still usable are priced too high. On the other hand, No. 8s are available at (comparably) good prices...

08-09-2012 07:24 PM

Alignment pins for drawboring? - 11 replies

If you have drawbored a mortise-and-tenon joint (for example, when building a Roubo bench), did you use alignment pins and, if so, did you find them helpful or unnecessary?

08-09-2012 05:48 PM

Stanley Bailey plane knobs: high or low? - 8 replies

I’ve been finishing the top to my Roubo bench, which requires a lot of hand planing with my No. 5, 7, and 4 planes. I own several planes in other sizes that have the older, low knob, but the three I actually use (which were the first three I restored) have the high knob. The high knobs leave a callous/blister/bruise in my left palm. Has...

08-08-2012 01:47 PM

Dealing with bent, twisted southern yellow pine? - 6 replies

I’m building a Roubo workbench from southern yellow pine. I have two boards, each 1.25”x4”x48”, that I want to face-glue to create a stretcher that is 2.5”x4”x48”. The pine is very good quality but somewhat bowed and/or twisted (one board is bowed about 0.5” along its length and the other is twis...

08-07-2012 01:21 PM

Router newby help - 2 replies

I need to make a 5/8” groove, 1” deep, several feet long, in the underside of a workbench. Can I use make multiple passes with a straight bit, or do I need to buy a upcut spiral bit?

08-02-2012 07:37 PM

Handtool Shops - 7 replies

I’ve seen a ton of articles in magazines, online, etc. that show workshops designed primarily for users of power tools. But I’ve seen only a few ounces of articles for workshops designed for hand tool users. Has anybody designed (and built) a stand-alone workshop for woodworking primarily with hand tools and perhaps a few power t...

08-02-2012 06:05 PM

Are Festool products overpriced? - 83 replies

If you’ve ever wondered whether Festool products are overpriced, consider this: $175. For a flashlight. ‘Nuff said?

07-30-2012 06:39 PM

Stanley 192: anybody use one? - 7 replies

Has anyone used a Stanley 192 (or similar) rabbet plane? How well do they work?

07-30-2012 02:55 PM

Wood dowels at LowDepot - 6 replies

I’m building a Roubo bench and must soon begin to think about my drawbored mortise-and-tenon joints. For simplicity sake I will probably make my drawbore pegs from dowels rather than riving and shaping my own. A reference book suggests using white oak dowels for drawbore pegs. The dowels sold at places like Lowest and Home Depot are list...

07-27-2012 09:51 PM

Drawbore pegs: make or buy? - 2 replies

If you have made drawbored joints (perhaps for a Roubo bench), what have you used for the pegs? Did you buy dowels or make your own? What types of wood have you had success with?

07-24-2012 05:15 PM

"A Nation That’s Losing Its Toolbox" -- New York Times Article - 13 replies

An article about how the U.S. is losing its craftsmanship: Sorry if this is a duplicate post.

07-21-2012 10:26 PM

Block plane with chip missing behind throat - 9 replies

I bought a 60 1/2 block plane that has a piece missing behind the throat. Will this affect the performance of the plane significantly?

07-21-2012 08:41 PM

Attaching handle to Staney 720 socket chisel - 5 replies

I found a 1” Stanley 720 paring chisel at an antique mall while on vacation (what else would one do on vacation but visit antique malls and search for old hand tools?). The handle is sound and shows little wear. The blade looks bad in the picture, but the discoloration is on the surface and there is no pitting. The only problem is that t...

07-11-2012 02:08 PM

Clamps: how tight? - 25 replies

When I use clamps to hold boards together while glue dries, should I snug up the clamps just enough to keep the boards from sliding around, or should I tighten the clamps until the skin on my palm rips off and the blood vessels in my forehead burst? (Hyperbole, obviously—but a serious question.)

07-10-2012 09:25 PM

Blade for table saw and circular saw - 15 replies

Can anyone recommend a good brand and model of a 10” table saw blade, preferably one sold at Home Depot or Lowes? Also, can anyone recommend a good brand and model of a 7 1/4” circular saw blade, sold at the same places? Thanks. And thanks.

07-10-2012 08:16 PM

Reinforcing small gaps with more glue? - 8 replies

I’m building a Roubo bench, with a top made of 4.5-inch-wide yellow pine boards, face-glued to each other. I did a decent job flattening and gluing the boards, but there still are a few gaps between some of the boards, up to 0.01” across and 1.5” deep. Can I fill in those gaps with woodworking glue, epoxy, or other adhesi...

06-30-2012 08:51 PM

Help with old chisel - 4 replies

I bought an old chisel at an antique mall, intending to use as a paring chisel. One one side it appears to have “DUCTILE // ST STEEL” (on two lines), and the other side has these hallmarks or maker’s marks: The marks appear to be a Maltese Cross, a long arrow, and a shorter, double-headed arrow-like symbol—o...

06-24-2012 10:18 PM

Mallet for mortising chisel? - 4 replies

What type of mallet is best for use with a mortising chisel? Is a standard wooden carpenter’s or carver’s mallet sufficient, or is a heavier mallet required?

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