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04-27-2017 10:26 PM

Looking to invest in a set of Japanese Chisels - 15 replies

So far I have a mixed bag of vintage American socket chisels (roughly full set) and several vintage Japanese chisels bought on the big auction site. I’ve restored one of them, the 6mm, and man, that thing puts a smile on my face – nicer to work with and easier to sharpen/longer edge retention than anything else I have. So I’...

04-12-2017 11:16 PM

Laminated Curved Stool Seat - 6 replies

I recently picked up some vintage Hallowell stools with ratty plywood seats/backs. I’d like to try my hand at replacing them with solid wood. Thinking resaw wood of choice into maybe 3/16” thick pieces (have 16” resaw capacity) and use existing seat as a form to laminate/clamp onto? Any tips? Thanks!

04-07-2017 10:35 PM

Stripping machine legs - 11 replies

I have a pair of Walker-Turner drill press table legs. Pretty thick lead paint. Have tried two different spooge tank setups over the last two days and it didn’t do a damn thing. I’ve had great success before with this method on a patternmaker’s vise, but I think it’s too big with too many surfaces and I can’t...

01-16-2017 06:29 PM

Clamp rack design - 4 replies

Hi all, For about 10 years now I’ve only had a handful of pipe clamps strewn about, leaning up in corners, etc…I’ve been investing in bar clamps and have a decent collection and it’s time to build a rack. I have a two car garage shop with all my machines, and also a back room of my house, an 11X17’ bench room ...

01-15-2017 01:06 AM

Electrolysis on clamps with wood handscrews - 2 replies

Hi All, I scored a nice batch of 8 Jorgensen HD bar clamps today. Aside from the garish orange color, there is paint on some of the bars, and the previous owner’s last name Sharpie’d onto the head clamps. I’d like to “spooge tank” them, but am not sure about the wood handle. Are these easily removed and rein...

12-28-2016 12:38 AM

Looking for beginner tools for a 4 year old - 11 replies

I’ll be building my nephew a miniature workbench for his upcoming birthday. (It will also double as my sister’s coffee table, as they have none.) I’m wondering what you guys would recommend as far as basic, beginner tools? Would you go for a “set” marketed to kids, or start with one or two “real” t...

12-26-2016 09:08 PM

Coping saw blades to fit in Jap. kerf? - 8 replies

I use a Japanese pull saw to cut dovetails. I’m in the market for a good coping saw and am wondering if there are blades out there that slip into the kerf of a Japanese saw? Or, do I need to get a fret saw? I was looking at the Knew Concepts – price is a bit hard to swallow for such a simple tool. Thinking about getting the Olson ...

11-28-2016 12:59 AM

Amazon vs. CPOoutlets reviews... miter saws - 17 replies

Shopping for a miter saw and I notice the reviews on CPOoutlets are significantly higher for the same saw as compared to Amazon reviews. Based on CPO reviews there are many saws I would be excited about buying. Not so if I’m relying no Amazon. So what gives? Are the reviews on CPO more likely to be from pros? Or vise versa?

11-26-2016 11:36 PM

In the market for a new miter saw - some options - 6 replies

Been endlessly researching, reading reviews on Amazon. Seems the only 4+ star reviewed saws, with over 100 reviews, are several of the Dewalts and a few of the big boy 12” Bosch saws. My last saw was Hitachi C10 FSH, 10” dual bevel slider. I beat the hell out of it for 10 years. Love it and would buy it again in a second but it...

11-26-2016 12:12 AM

Help troubleshooting Hitachi Chop Saw - 9 replies

Hi Everyone. I have a Hitachi C10FSH (made in Japan) about 10 years old. Workhorse of a saw. Recently it was powering on intermittently, and then nothing. I metered power coming to the switch, so I replaced the switch. Still nothing. There looks to be only one other electrical “part” inside, picture attached. What is this, and ...

11-24-2016 02:21 AM

Square/Round Dog Holes (how about both!) - 4 replies

So, agonizing over this decision. Seems 90% or folks these days are going with round for ease of installation, compatibility with holdfasts, veritas fixtures, etc… Then all the old school guys say square, and every bench in the Landis Workbench book has square dogs. For me, I like the thought of making all my own square dogs with woo...

11-19-2016 10:51 PM

Chisel sharpening - edges are chipping - 3 replies

So I’ve just started using the Veritas MKII honing guide. I have some old Witherby chisels. Put a 25 degree “standard” angle bevel on the first one (pictured right) with a micro bevel, and then a 30 degree angle on the other chisel (left), with a micro bevel. Both came off my final stone sharper than I’ve ever hard the...

11-18-2016 10:26 PM

Hollow Chisel Mortiser Vs. Festool Domino XL - 20 replies

Hey Gang, This has probably been debated before. I’ve found some threads online and the consensus seems to be pretty well split. I wanted your feedback. I sold my Powermatic 10 mortiser (dedicated floor standing, heavy duty 3 phase) about a year ago. At the time I was pinched for floor space and had no immediate need for it. Now I re...

11-15-2016 10:39 PM

Wagon vise vs. tail vise - 26 replies

Hoping some of you can weigh in on the pros/cons of each and what you personally use and why. I prefer the looks of the traditional tail vise, and I like the open jaw it creates. But I’m wondering – can the throat of a wagon vise function like a moxon vise for dovetails? For clamping a board with the end grain facing up? Thanks

11-06-2016 05:48 PM

Classical Guitar Building Tools - putting together a list - 4 replies

Hey Gang, I’m in the process of slowly accumulating tools needed to build myself a classical guitar in the coming year. I have a power tool shop in my garage, large industrial machinery, but I am building a hand tool/bench room in the back of my house and have started getting some basics – mostly hand planes. I also am all set ...

11-05-2016 02:34 PM

Buying lumber sight unseen? - 8 replies

I want to build myself a hard Maple workbench. Local place charges $7.75/BF for 12/4 hard maple, which they call “select.” There is a wholesale plywood/lumber place that can get my 12/4” for $4.50/BF, but they call it “FAS/FAB.” Is it worth taking a chance in buying this for much less money? Thanks.

10-25-2016 11:29 PM

Sharpening (stones? Diamond Pads?) - 12 replies

Hey Gang, I’m starting to get a bit more serious with hand tools and looking into the sharpening options (mainly for chisels and plane irons), which make my head spin. I have an old 800/400 Japanese stone, can’t remember brand or where I got it. Requires soaking in water. I’ve hardly used it. Went to diamond pads, have...

09-22-2016 11:07 PM

Workbench Design - 9 replies

Hey Gang,I recently bought an old Yost patternmaker’s vise and I plan to build a workbench around it. My main question relates to benchtop thickness. How thick is thick enough?Is having a 2 3/4” thick top mostly just cachet over, say, a 1 1/2” top, assuming both are hard Maple? I will probably build a sort of “modi...

07-11-2016 12:44 AM

Building Radius Top Doors - 6 replies

Hey there gang, A customer wants radius top pocket doors, similar to something like this a french door style, with 12-15 divided lights. I’ve built an eyebrow dormer and sash before, so I’m not super afraid of the curves here.But I’m wond...

07-01-2016 07:48 PM

Corner kitchen sink, cabinet - 13 replies

Hey all,I’m building a new kitchen for some neighbors. They want a corner sink. I have tried to talk them out of this to no success. I was able to talk them into making the cabinetry meet at a 90 degree inside corner, rather than a 45 degree leg, as the sink is two basins, each side of the corner. So my questions: (how best to con...

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