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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...

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...

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