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|181 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
|183 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...
|191 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...
|202 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...
|220 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...
|337 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 ...
|339 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...
|341 days ago||
Pretty much what I asked above. What is it set to out of the box?
|347 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...
|350 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...
|351 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...
|353 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...
|354 days ago||
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
|355 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?
|356 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...
|356 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
|360 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...
|361 days ago||
Was reading an Arts and Mysteries Blog from Adam Cherubini about chisel sizes. One concept he suggested was the cooperative workshop where chisels support plow planes support etc. I was told elsewhere that this is called tool slaving. I almost have the concept. This is part of the reason I asked about imperial measure chisels. So can some...
|363 days ago||
Best Bench Chisel Out there? - 30 replies
A couple of restrictions: no metric and American made (maybe Canadian or English). So what would you say is the best bench chisel for all around use? TIA,Tony
|364 days ago||
Options for temporary front porch workbench? - 5 replies
Finally got to start work on my first project but ran into an issue – old TV trays don’t make good work benches. I went out on the front porch to work since that was where my family was and the weather was beautiful. (One of the advantages of having a 132 year old house is that it has a great front porch.) I tried a variety of thin...