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08-16-2013 12:50 PM

Awesome deal on Kijiji (Ontario Lumberjocks) for 15 Inch Industrial Planer - 4 replies

Thought i’d share this one: 15 Inch King Industrial planer. I e-mailed the guy, he said that it was used once to make a set of cabinets, and he would be willing to take $650. Just taking up space in his shop now. Unfortunately for me, its a 2...

05-23-2013 08:43 PM

Post your rack! (for storing wood) - 14 replies

Starting to think that I like woodworking more for collecting wood rather than actually making projects, and as such, I’ve accumulated a huge pile of wood, currently stacked neatly on the floor of a 14×8 shed. I’ve been trying to think of cost effective racking so I can get it up off the floor and more accessible/ sorted etc. bu...

04-18-2013 10:12 PM

Advice on filling BIG knot holes? - 16 replies

Getting into my Roubo bench build, (See blog about the build here: ) a few of the pieces that I had for the top have some pretty significant knot holes: Now, for the most part, these will end up on the bottom out in the middle where they shouldnt be an issue, but, for the sake of it, I would li...

03-30-2013 09:40 PM

Help identifying wood - 17 replies

Having one of those days… cant decide on what i’m thinking this is. Been searching for a affordable source of wood for a roubo style workbench, friend of the family mentioned there was a “stack of wood” in her basement. She sent me these pictures: Face: Side: You can see the stack on the background for pers...

02-09-2013 03:23 PM

Do you keep a shop journal? - 14 replies

I’ve been toying with idea of keeping a shop journal, something to keep track of the amount of time I spend on a project and to keep notes in about projects as I go (measurements, methods etc) so that If i ever get asked “Can you make one of those for me” I have something to reference in terms of time, and anything I can do to ...

01-18-2013 12:23 AM

Lie-Nielsen 102 Low Angle Block Plane? - 21 replies

Looking at picking up a decent block plane to replace the POS Home Depot Stanley block plane (That does not have any sort of adjustment) that i am currently struggling with.. Read the article in Fine Woodworking recently that proclaimed the LN 102 to be the best overall and best value above the LN 60 1/2 and a couple of the veritas planes. ...

11-21-2012 02:07 AM

Test your knowledge: Identify the Species! - 15 replies

Ok Lumberjocks, need some help identifying some wood. The wood came from a my dad’s friend in exchange for a 6 pack of beer…. it has been in a barn in St. Catharines Ontario for decades.. Ended up with a dozen boards, all 7 ft long, inch thick, and varying from 3-8 inch wide. Anyways.. the old guy thought it was walnut, but aft...

10-18-2012 10:41 PM

Anyone else excited about the new Lee Valley saw sharpening set? - 6 replies

Just got the e-mail from LV about this kit today:,44047&p=69854&c= Perfect for me.. i’ve got a few old saws that i’ve acquired over the last few months that need sharpening/experimentining and this looks like a good opportunity to learn..

10-08-2012 01:17 PM

Awesome wood find (Yes, a bit of a brag) but, Wood for sale? - 16 replies

In my quest to find affordable lumber to work with, i’ve been scouring Kijiji (Aka Canadian cragislist), trying to find some decent deals rather than paying full retail at the local mill. Finally came across and ad for “Black Cherry, Maple and other assorted boards, stored inside, $100”, and a picture of what appeared to be ...

03-31-2012 09:04 PM

Designing a hand tool cabinet: Rust protection???? - 4 replies

I’m planning to reorganize my workshop to make better use of the space. As i’ve been moving towards hand tools, I need to dedicate less space to bulky powertools that get infrequent use. This should give me an excuse to build a new bench (yay), but first, i need a home for my growing hand tool collection. I want to build some sort...

03-27-2012 12:20 AM

Restored an old saw, now help me identify it!(pics of restore inside) - 7 replies

All through my childhood, i recall this old saw hanging on the wall of my dad’s garage. My dad was a millwright and didn’t have the time of day for anything to do with wood.. As such, he didn’t have any related tools, so in the odd occasion that wood would need to be cut around the house, the job was always turned to this old s...

03-15-2012 02:15 AM

Help me choose a new saw - 8 replies

Right… I’ve got $200 set aside to buy a new Saw(s). I’m primarily interested in a Tenon saw (I figure most of my use will be cutting tenons), however, I would like to be able to use it for cutting the odd dovetail or so. I’ve been a predominantly power tools guy up until about 6 months ago and have been moving towards han...

03-12-2012 05:40 PM

Haussman Xpert Jointer - 7 replies

Was at the local Rona this afternoon, (Similar to lowes/home depot but canadian only)..They have a house brand for tools called Haussman nad a higher end line called Haussman Xpert… Looks like they are doing some sort of clearance, because they are selling their Haussman Xpert 6 1/8” Jointers for $164.99. To me, the price seems ex...

03-07-2012 08:22 PM

Lie-Nielsen tool shows - 9 replies

Was browsing the LN site the other day and noticed that they are having a “Hand tool event” at the local mill in a few weeks… Anyone ever gone to one of these? is there much to see/do?Most importantly, do they offer any discounts?? (Other than not having to pay shipping- cant get any LN tools retail locally) Thanks!

03-03-2012 08:15 PM

Gotta love Kijiji! - 6 replies

Browsing Kijiji the other day, found an ad for some hand planes for sale… met up with the guy today and this was the haul: First: Stanley #5 1/2 – Using the identification flow-chart ( , this plane appears to be a Type 7 (1893-1899).Its in excellent shape ...

02-16-2012 08:29 PM

Using Lee Valley Aniline Dye for the first time... - 16 replies

I’m trying out the Lee Valley Aniline Dye mixture for the first time on a project. I’m building a Dartboard cabinet out of some nicely aged Cherry, and am planning to use the Antique Cherry dye to give it a bit more aged look. This project is the first time i’ve tryed to do all of the surface prep by handplane only, no sand pap...

02-15-2012 04:28 PM

Opinions please: Bedside tables - 26 replies

I’m starting into building a bedroom set, and am at a bit of an impasse with the wife over the height of bedside tables. She prefers the tables to be a few inches higher than the mattress, while I prefer them to be about level. Her argument is that the higher tables prevent you from knocking stuff off of them in the night, I like the level...

02-06-2012 05:30 PM

Problems cutting Mortise/Tenon joins - 6 replies

Good Morning Folks, Relatively new to the art of hand cutting mortise and tenon joins. First few worked without a hitch and i thought I was getting a knack for it, however the last two i kept experiencing the same problem. I marked out the mortise, then started chiseling it out and about halfway through (Making a through join), I whacked the ...

01-22-2012 03:43 PM

Norton Water Stones: Is this supposed to happen? - 8 replies

Few weeks ago I got a Norton 1000/8000 combo waterstone which i’ve liked quite a bit so far. After my 3rd use, the two halves of the stone separated… Are they supposed to do that or is it OK that they do that (I find they are a bit thin/flexible now that they are in 2 pieces, or should I be making a trip to lee valley to exchange it?...

01-21-2012 01:54 AM

Sharpening a 'bevel up' plane? - 3 replies

So, lucky me, the wifey gave me a lovely Veritas Bevel-up smoother for my birthday the other day, and in preparation for use, need to hone the blade for the first time. My experience with planes is relatively minimal, having only really gotten into using and maintaning them in the past 6 months, and to date, 100% with bench (bevel down) plane...

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