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848 days ago

Cleaning a new chisel for honing - 7 replies

I’ve seen postings that recommend this or that to remove the varnish-like coating often applied to new chisels today. I’ve got a couple of new Irwin chisels and the coating on these is, shall we say, mighty resistant to being removed. I’ve tried laquer thinner, denatured alcohol, and acetone. The acetone worked the best of thes...

1477 days ago

Pocket Screw Spacing - 2 replies

Can anyone give me some guidelines for a maximum distance between 2 pocket screws across the grain? I’m building a somewhat unusual frame of 3/4 inch yellow poplar and I plan to space the screw pairs in the stiles by 1 3/4 inches. This is for a bench cabinet in my shop which will go through a humidity change during the year between 40 a...

1548 days ago

Spiffing up old interior doors - 2 replies

I wasn’t sure where to post this. To any of you folks that might do house restoration work - Where can I find replacement strike plates for passage latches – preferably solid brass – that are 2 1/2 inches long? All I can seem to turn up is 2 1/4 and 2 3/4 inches. I’ve got a house full of old beat up ones. I need abo...

1563 days ago

Clamping Cauls - 16 replies

How much crown should be on a clamping caul? What species and over what distance? I have made and used these things over the years but I did it by the guess-by-gosh method and I have no idea if they were advantageously effective. The stuff that I glued is still sticking together but I guess I’d like to know that the cauls that I use are...

1621 days ago

Stanley Absorbs Black and Decker - 2 replies

What do the Jocks think about this news? It seems that Wall Street likes it. I suspect that it means the continued decline of competition in the power tool market. I’ve been noticing that number of different models listed on-line by Delta, Porter-Cable, DeWalt, etc. have been recently in rapid reduction. Stanley Works says that this “...

1648 days ago

Number 18 Brads for small trim - 7 replies

Is there any good reason to not use number 18 brads to attach some 3/4 inch pine cove to existing interior trim? This seems adequate to me and reduces the possibility of splits from number 16 or 15 nails. Also smaller holes to fill. Have I got something wrong here? Thanks. Tim Ellestad


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