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01-08-2018 07:27 PM

I need to somehow insulate/seal my single pane eyebrow window. - 3 replies

I built this eyebrow dormer about 5 years ago and am now kicking myself that I didn’t make it with insulated glass. Back then I was a die-hard traditionalist. Now I get a lot of condensation on the window trying to heat and humidify. Some photos: There is no way to remove the sash at this point without a lot of damage. ...

01-07-2018 03:23 PM

Exterior Door Design/Wood choices - 3 replies

Hi All, I need to replace a single pane 9 light entry door. Have built many cabinet doors but not an entry door yet. I’m mostly wondering about building it from solid wood. I suppose something quartersawn, or cvg fir would be best? Door will be under a porch roof. In western MA. Plan to have a small insulated glass light in it. ...

12-21-2017 09:51 PM

FS: HNT Gordon Spokeshave*SOLD* - 0 replies

Selling my HNT Gordon small “specialty curved” spokeshave. A very dainty, beautiful tool for small scale work. Made in Australia by tool maker Terry Gordon. I haven’t used this at all except for some test cuts and it’s been sitting in my cabinet for some months now. I got it thinking I would use it for lutherie but I d...

12-09-2017 12:14 AM

WTB small piece of ebony (*found*) - 14 replies

Looking for a small piece of ebony. I need to net about 1/2” square by 24” long. Having a real hard time finding anything domestically for sale online. Happy to buy a 4/4 roughsawn board. I am in Western MA. Thanks!Ben

12-04-2017 10:46 PM

More chisel stuff - which set to buy/keep? - 3 replies

So I’ve been agonizing over the chisel question – how best to fill up my tool cabinet. I save my money, and buy the “best” I can afford, usually. I currently have a set of Kawasei (Japanese) dovetail chisels from TheBestThings. They have been great, but are not great for paring. I’m looking into getting so...

10-14-2017 04:30 PM

Electrical troubleshooting Miter Saw - 3 replies

I have a 10 year old Hitacho C10FSH. Very good saw which is no longer made. It started to run only intermittently, and the brake stopped working. I replaced the brushes and the switch/trigger to no avail. It’s been sitting in the corner of my shop for months. Today I went to clean it off and test if and it fired right up!But only for...

10-12-2017 11:49 PM

Quatrefoil Window Frame - 7 replies

Hi Gang, I have a small side job of building a quatrefoil/four-leaf clover shaped window frame for a stained glass window. My question is mainly about structure. I envision essentially forming a square with four separate boards mitered together, wide enough to cut the shape out of, and using Dominos (festool floating tenons) to connect th...

10-02-2017 12:25 AM

Adding another chisel set - 16 replies

Hi Gang, I’ve been saving up and acquiring high quality tools for my tool cabinet, to never leave my bench. For on-site work I have a mongrel set of vintage chisels. So far in my cabinet I have a nice set of Kawasei Japenese dovetail chisels. I’m considering a set of the Veritas PMV-11 bench chisels, but am not sure if this wo...

08-29-2017 12:50 AM

Nailer for cedar shingles - 5 replies

Hi,I have a big shingling job coming up. MaineWhite cedar with two coats of solid stain from factory.Wondering what the ideal nail/nailer is. I’ve always hand nailed with stainless ring shank, but seems pretty inefficient on a big job. I don’t own a siding nailer.Appreciate any advice. Thanks!

08-08-2017 12:06 AM

Bridge City Tools - Brass plated? - 0 replies

I’ve been picking up a few of the discontinued BCTW tools – a mini block plane and a few squares. I saw this AS-3 on ‘the bay’ earlier and was shocked to see what appears to be brass plating over steel! Is this how they’re all made? On the site it sounds like they’re made with solid, machined brass.

07-07-2017 07:33 PM

Seeking Bench Chisel Set Recommendations - 5 replies

I currently have a beautiful 6 pc. Kawasei japanese dovetail chisel set. Also a full set of misc. maker vintage bevel edge chisels that I usually take to site. I am looking for one more nice set to compliment the dovetail chisels, an all around bench chisel set for chopping, maybe slightly more aggressive work – although my dovetail chi...

07-07-2017 02:36 PM

Starrett/Woodpecker square issue - 12 replies

I purchased a used 12” Starrett 4R grad combination square on eBay and just got it today. Seller said he had checked it for square against another square. It appears to be relatively new, not vintage, with a forged steel head. Well, checking it against my brand new Woodpeckers 12” square, the Starrett is off about a 1/32” ov...

07-07-2017 12:54 AM

WTB: Bridge City HP-5 mini block plane - 2 replies

Looking to buy a Bridge City Tool Works HP-5, or maybe an HP-3 mini block plane. Thanks!

06-26-2017 06:34 PM

Passage Door Wood Selection - 14 replies

I’m building a 32”X80” passage door. Finish will be a dark Walnut stain/poly. What do you guys think about using 8/4 Pine or Poplar for the door frame?I will jointing/milling everything straight, but what is least likely to bow and twist on me? I’d rather not have to use quartersawn Oak or something. Thanks!

06-24-2017 03:48 PM

Tool cabinet layout/design - 22 replies

Hey Guys, As usual I wish I had spent more time on designing this thing instead of just diving into. Here’s what I’ve got: Main/central cabinet holds all my planes on shelves. There will be two doors, only about 13 1/2” wide X 34” tall. Main cabinet is 6” deep (5” interior space). I designed the doors to...

06-16-2017 11:03 PM

Tool cabinet door design/opening clearance - 5 replies

Hey there Gang, I’ve built the main tool cabinet and am now setting out to build the doors. The cabinet is 6” deep. I was planning on making the doors the same depth so they’d sit flush to the wall when open. Doors will essentially be a dovetailed box. What I’m wondering is how the two doors will open/close without ...

06-10-2017 12:29 PM

Band Saw Dust Collection - Thinking Ahead - 8 replies

I’m thinking of adding a second band saw to my shop. I have an old Yates Y30 that is amazing for large resawing jobs, but it’s a hassle to change blades and readjust the guides every time I need to make a scroll cut. I have a two car garage shop that is maxed out. I also have a “bench room” in the back of my house, tha...

05-31-2017 12:22 PM

MKII honing guide issues - 19 replies

Haven’t had this long, but am having some issues. Namely, when I go to add the micro-bevel, it is not parallel to the primary bevel and blades are not coming out square. Am using the deluxe jig, and setting the blades with the registration jig. What’s strange is I took a Lie Nielsen plane iron straight from the factory and star...

05-24-2017 12:39 PM

Lie-Nielsen Cabinet Maker's Rabbeting Scraper Plane - to buy or not? - 14 replies

Any of you guys own this plane?I find very little info about it – only one or two youtube videos. I am just “getting into” scraping. Seems like a very useful tool. I purchased the LN #4 bronze smoothing plane because I do a lot of work in curly maple, even got the 50 degree frog. But that tool sits on my bench collecting...

05-07-2017 02:39 AM

Reliable, accurate squares needed - 66 replies

I’m in the market for a very good, precise square. I’d also like a miter square. Vintage or new. I’ve been using a 12” hardware store Stanley combination square for years to set up my cuts and I think it’s responsible for a lot of problems in my work. For example, I went to build a shooting board today, and real...

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