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12-10-2016 05:21 PM

Cool Asian Hand Tools - 7 replies

I don’t speak Chinese, but I really liked this video about Chinese hand tool woodworkers. If you use your imagination you can figure out what many tools are for. This one is a distance gauge, a little like a mortise gauge: I liked this solution for kee...

12-04-2016 10:36 PM

Differences between spar and poly - 12 replies

Hi, I did some fun serving boards for a local cider house in NY. They are “flight” boards for sampling 9 small glasses of alcoholic cider. The finish I chose has turned out to be problematic. I did equal parts spar urethane, BLO, and turpentine because I like traditional stuff, like this old finish recipe. I also thought ...

12-04-2016 07:28 PM

Double-checking the wiring on an old induction motor - 7 replies

Hi everyone, I have been googling this for about a week so I thought I might as well see what you all think. I know that electricity is super dangerous stuff, so I haven’t run the motor due to my concerns and I agree in advance with your important warnings. However I do know some very basics about wiring induction motors, at least at ...

11-21-2016 05:59 PM

Can I safely install thinner jointer knives? - 2 replies

Hi folks, I was a hand plane jointer until recently when i grabbed an old walker-turner model from the 40’s. I see some very affordable knives that are 3/32 thick instead of the original 1/8. I wonder if this is safe and ok to use. My initial thought is that they are pinned down to a flat housing with set screws, so it shouldn’...

11-20-2016 05:01 PM

Any info on an old Walker-Turner jointer? - 5 replies

Hi everyone, I’m curious if anyone can provide info about an old 6” Walker Turner Jointer, serial number 12-240. The internet says that several people have provided pictures of this serial number, but does nothing to date it or link to a model number. The serial number catalogues I have found seem to exclude this serial number...

07-18-2016 02:48 AM

Help with this old Sargent Chisel - Fluted Bevel? - 9 replies

Hi folks, A little 5 dollar flea market item. Sargent “VBM” Chisel, around 1/8” thick, which is a size I like and have several of. But this one has a unique feature—a fluted bevel. I have seen this on parting tools for woodturning, but those all have a fluted bevel and the straight side is flat. This one is fluted,...

10-14-2015 11:07 PM

Any experience replacing cheapo stamped metal frogs on hand planes? - 11 replies

Just picked up a plane with one of those really really bad stamped metal frogs. Had no idea I needed to worry about that and didn’t notice the stamped frog at all from the pics on an ebay sale. Live and learn. Doing a lot of that lately! Has anyone ever swapped out frogs on planes? The body of this thing is thick as anything, includ...

09-29-2015 02:47 AM

Question about oils and acid - rusting on tools - 26 replies

Hi, I have a weird question for those with encyclopedic knowledge. I’ve had some tools rust from neglect and non-use over the humid summer. Always a sad thing. So I went to oiling some with plain old vegetable oil, which I heard somewhere is all that’s needed. I proudly told my dad about my cleverness, putting vegetable oil ...

02-13-2015 01:56 AM

Want to buy Motor from Harbor Freight Lathe - 3 replies

Hi folks, If anyone has a working motor from the Harbor Freight 34706 12×33 lathe, let’s make a deal. Mine has a problem and I’d like an exact replacement. If you have upgraded or don’t care for the unit, let me know please! Thanks

01-19-2015 10:51 PM

Q about DC motors Voltage and Amps - 38 replies

Hi folks, After days and days of research, I’m tossing out a couple questions that I just couldn’t find answers to. I’m researching the DC Treadmill motor lathe conversion. Looks like it’s worth the 150 bucks or so to give it a try for my needs—safely turning out of balance pieces and coring with a little more ...

12-17-2014 06:18 AM

Worn out plastic gear on cheapo chain saw - replacement? - 8 replies

Just curious if anyone has encountered a similar situation. Cheap tool and silly question, so don’t read on unless you’re as cheap an/or curious as I am. My cheapo Harbor Freight electric chainsaw crapped out. When I took it apart, I found the motor shaft driving a sprocket, which links with a plastic gear of sorts. Of course, ...

12-12-2014 05:46 PM

Looking for a bowl coring system - 2 replies

Hi folks, I’m shopping for a bowl coring system for a 12” lathe. I can only find two systems for sale online currently—it looks like there are many more older systems that have fallen out of production for whatever reason. I have a budget of about $250, but this could be higher for the right setup. I have been coring bo...

11-12-2014 02:29 AM

Removing hazy scratches from face shield visor - 16 replies

Hi everyone, So the other day I decided that my face shield visor needed cleaning because it was covered in tree sap from green turning. NOT THINKING about what I was doing, I reached for a product I use on my car’s GLASS windshield—Goo Gone, which is petroleum based and a very powerful solvent. Well, guess what happened when I ...

05-11-2014 07:02 PM

Wiring a motor to go in reverse--but it's not cooperating! - 11 replies

Hi all, I am trying to wire a motor to go in reverse. It’s a lathe—and you will tease me, but it’s a harbor freight lathe. The 12 inch type, model 34706. This one: I successfully wired my prev...

05-07-2014 06:49 PM

is this a woodworking tool? :) - 15 replies

Hi folks, My buddy bought this tool the other day and I was making fun of him—I think this is a chef tool and not a vintage woodworking tool! I can’t think of what it would be used for besides chopping veggies. Take a look and tell me what you think please. Note that the sharpened edge seems to be on the wrong side. it can&#...

05-07-2014 03:43 AM

How loud is an electric chain saw? - 10 replies

Hi folks, I turn green wood so I often need to hack down big logs into manageable pieces. I tend to use hand tools (hatchet, splitting wedges) but I have recently come across some VERY big pieces. Does anyone have any experience using electric chainsaws? I am looking at the remington/craftsman ones at SEARS or the harbor freight 50 dollar...

02-06-2014 05:41 AM

Can you help identify this wood? - 12 replies

I snagged this log from a landscaper friend of mine. I cracked it open, and boy—I swear it smells like a horse stable (Manure hahaha). I guess you could call it “earthy” if you like. Otherwise, the wood has remarkably straight grain, and what I think it a beautiful contrast between light and dark. The bark is flaky and roug...

02-06-2014 05:18 AM

What is this turning tool?! What's it for? - 5 replies

I got started turning by buying an old Craftsman Companion and a box of tools from a nice Swiss bloke down the road. One by one, I have been learning about the tools and what they do. But one, I just can’t track down online. No markings, of course, and a home-made handle. I’ve included pics. Ideas: For shaping the lips of b...

12-22-2013 10:08 AM

Problems with lines when sanding - 19 replies

Hi all, So I have noticed a scary pattern: often, as I sand, I leave light swirls and lines that won’t come out. In fact (and this is what scares me)—I can tell the lines are coming from my sanding, not my tools (though to be fair, I know my tools don’t leave a flawless finish). I can see the lines appearing and multiplyi...

12-20-2013 12:02 AM

Feedback on possible objects to grind into turning tools (scrapers, mostly) - 8 replies

So I have plenty of odd tools lying around the place and I’ve heard that creating your own lathe tools is a great way to add to one’s collection. I could use some scrapers with different profiles, like a sharp point, or a long, cruved skew scraper or chisel. I just have a basic set and some bowl gouges right now. I am looking at...

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