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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. http://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/bar/3184505007.html (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...

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: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/22/business/what-happened-to-the-craftsmanship-spirit-essay.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all 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?

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