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332 days ago

Cleaning the little woodbits out the crannies in metal planes - 2 replies

I’ve really been enjoying my new Veritas bench planes but this leads to a question… How do you clean the little bits of shaving and saw dust (or is that plane dust) out of the hard to reach nooks and crannies of the plane?

418 days ago

What is the minimum set of tools? - 12 replies

A little background. I have a gift of $1000 dollars that I can spend on woodworking tools and had asked on another woodworking forum for advice on how to spend it. One of the responses suggested that I should save it and just keep building things until I ‘knew’ what I wanted. I know there is merit to that but it lead me to the que...

441 days ago

Bastard Cut Walnut Leg Source? - 12 replies

I’m hoping to start the little shaker table from Schwarz’s new DVD. I have some walnut that should work well for most of the project. One thing I don’t have (and don’t know how to find) is the bastard cut stock he calls for for the legs. Where can I get that? (I’m not blessed with a good hardwood supplier that I...

643 days ago

Bits for Brace - New or Vintage? - 1 reply

Just got a brace (Bell Stanley) and need to get bits for it. From what I know, I think I’d prefer the Jennings style. So here’s the question… Is it better to get new bits like those from tools for working wood or find some good vintage ones? If the answer is vintage, what do I need to look for or look out for? TIA,Tony

645 days ago

Seeking ideas for a seated workbench - 6 replies

In talking through bench plans on another forum (which some of you are also on) I realized that with my limited ability to stand that a seated bench might be good. The only thing that I can’t see really doing seated is planing. I figure I can cut joinery, do most chisel work, and other assorted woodworking I can do as well seated as stan...

653 days ago

Is this a good plow plane to get? - 9 replies

On my continuing mission to build my basics of hand tool woodworking tool set I have my mind set of a wooden plough/plow plane. I found this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/EARLY-WAY-SHERMAN-WOOD-PLOW-PLANE-TOOL-W-DWIGHTS-FRENCH-IRON-CUTTER-SET-N-YORK-/290751249146?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43b21ffafa I’m always reticent to get han...

664 days ago

Detached or Attached workshop - 32 replies

As I approach leaving the military, we’re designing our retirement house. This leads me to my question… For a handtool workshop for a person with limited mobility – would you have it part of the design for the house (i.e. within the blueprint) or would you have it detached from the house? Location will be the Texas panha...

682 days ago

Movers and hand tools question - 10 replies

Health has taken a turn for the worse lately and haven’t been able to get to the basement at all to work. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I’m moving to a Warrior Transition Unit and will be in a handicap accessible house. So here’s the question: When the movers come to pack us up, is there anything I shou...

799 days ago

Did I do OK on an ebay try plane? - 3 replies

Here’s what I won…http://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/e11400.m1842.l3160/7?euid=f89ab608bd5742339677a42b954c7fe7&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2Fws%2FeBayISAPI.dll%3FViewItem%26item%3D130710861634%26ssPageName%3DADME%3AL%3AOC%3AUS%3A3160 Seemed fair to me and the price was too good to pass up. Really needed a try plane so I hope I got a ...

801 days ago

Another Saw Question... smaller rip/resawing - 8 replies

I’ve decided instead of randomly trying to go through and learn woodworking I’m going to do the exercises/shop projects in Jim Tolpin’s “The New Traditional Woodworker”. This leads to a question or two or three: Possibly the first and definitely the second project involve resawing stock down to a thinner dimen...

803 days ago

What the bedding angle on the Hock Block Plane kit? - 5 replies

Pretty much what I asked above. What is it set to out of the box?

809 days ago

Best Bang For the Buck English Style Rip Saw? - 20 replies

Right now I have two saws to my name – a 210mm ryoba and a 12 inch combo filed Bad Axe dovetail saw. I need a dedicate rip saw anywhere from panel length on up to 26”. I’ve found the English style handle the easiest for me to work with. So what is the best bang for the buck for a rip saw? As a note, I am open to getting a vintage o...

812 days ago

Help Me pick a first project - 12 replies

Started a project for my first – a small box for an old beam style torque wrench. It’s sitting on my bench with two good sides and the ends have turned out horribly. I could just retry the ends but someone on another board has suggested a larger project (boards 18” or longer and thicker than the 2/4 I’m using) might be...

813 days ago

Best Trigger Operated Quick Clamp? - 6 replies

Need some more/better quick clamps. The ones I have are Irwin and work well. However, when I looked at them at Lowe’s the other day they were made in China. Don’t want to spark a debate but I’d prefer not to by things from China. My preference (in order) would be American, Canadian, European/Japanese. I know Jack Clamps are made here. Is...

815 days ago

Need a #5 jack or similar cheap but working... - 4 replies

Right now I have two planes: Old Street Smoother and a 48mm Kanna I’ve run into the problem of needing planes to do the jobs they are designed for (i.e. trying, jointing, take chunks of wood to get something closer to square fast such as a scrub or jack). I’ve got an Old Street jack and try plane on order and will gladly wait t...

816 days ago

Pricing store bought furniture to sell and make way for stuff I make - 2 replies

We’ve got a nice Dining room Suite we got from Haverty’s about 9 years ago. It’s really too big for the space we have now and I’m itching to make one to replace it. How in the world do I figure out how much to try to sell it for? Is there a good outlet to sell it besides Craig’s list etc? TIA,Tony

817 days ago

Describe your favorite/ideal Chisel Mallet? - 10 replies

As above… Head and face material? Weight? Shape? Shop built or Brand? Length? There seems to be a lot of choices out there! Bonus question: do you have a different one for mortises than general chopping?

818 days ago

Any Tite-mark fans or detractors out there? - 3 replies

I need a marking gauge, it’s fairly high up on the list to get. I’ve been recommended to build my own and probably will. However, when I watch The Schwarz use his I begin to wonder since it looks so easy to use. So who uses it? Who didn’t like it when they tried it? What are the pros and cons of the thing? Also, anybo...

818 days ago

Found a challenge I need Help With - 15 replies

In working with my first project. Most things were going well but I came up against something that I could use some help with. My left hand is weak due to my injury so I was having trouble holding a straight edge and try square. My marking cuts were all over the place because I couldn’t hold the edge straight. Any tips? TIA,Tony

822 days ago

First Planing Practice - 4 replies

Finally got my first plane (an Old Street Smoother that was donated to me) set up and enough bench space to try it out. Took about ten minutes of playing with it to figure it out. Though not gossamer, I did manage to get shavings that were somewhat translucent. Gotta question: what is the proper mallet to adjust a wooden stock plane? Right...

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