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09-15-2013 07:42 PM

restored one of grandpa's old block planes - 5 replies

I’ve had this old block plane in my shop for a while now. Since it belonged to my Grandfather I thought it was worth restoring, so I tackled it today. I forgot to take any before pictures, but it was quite rusty and beat-up… looks like he planed over nails with how scratched up the sole was. It’s a Lakeside plane, with the b...

03-14-2013 06:22 AM

Question about drilling my custom tool handle - 14 replies

I’ve been making my own carbide turning tool and just finished the handle. I need ideas on how to drill a 5/8” hole in the end fairly straight and true to hold the tool rod. I couldn’t do it on the lathe due to problems removing my live center from the tailstock, and lack of a steady rest. I’m thinking about building a...

03-09-2013 08:20 PM

large canvas stretcher frame I finally finished - 0 replies

Last summer I went on a trip to Cambodia, and came back with this huge oil painting on loose canvas as a neat souvenir. Many months later, I finally got around to making a stretcher frame for it out of poplar and pine. I rounded the edge and put a slight slope on the face so that only the outer edge of the wood touches the canvas. Just got do...

12-26-2012 09:10 PM

dovetail box bottoms - 23 replies

I was wondering how all of you deal with bottoms on your dovetail boxes. If you cut regular through dovetails, a dado/rabbet for a ply bottom will protrude through the visible endgrain and make ugly square holes in the final box. One way around this is to cut stopped dados/rabbets, which is a pain in the ass on a router table with the setup an...

12-26-2012 12:36 AM

Christmas Chisel Gloat - 8 replies

My parents understand my favorite hobby very well and got me this excellent set of Lie Nielsen A2 Chisels for Christmas: I’ve been wanting a replacement for my generic Irwins for a long time, so I’m very pleased and lucky to have a generous mom and dad. I can’t wait to hone these up and start chopping dovetails, mor...

11-09-2012 04:34 PM

Rob Cosman's class at the Loveland, CO Woodcraft - 3 replies

I recently signed up for a 1-day class taught by Rob Cosman at Woodcraft in Loveland, CO. In the morning he’s focusing on hand plane restoration/use/sharpening, and in the afternoon it’s for cutting dovetails. I learned my dovetailing technique by watching his videos online, so I’m excited to fine tune things in person. Are ...

11-03-2012 04:35 AM

A crazy mobile shop on craigslist - 12 replies

While browsing the local craigslist, I found this incredible behemoth: The list of tools crammed into this thing is staggering. A full-sized unisaw, floor drill press, large benchtop sander, grinder… it goes on and on. I’m impressed at this creation, though it seems a tad overb...

09-20-2012 03:28 AM

Craigslist find: ECE and Lie-Nielsen planes - 5 replies

I just bought these two lovely planes off craigslist today: One is an ECE Primus wooden plane, manufactured in Germany. This is an odd little plane, with a spring mechanism that makes the blade rise up the bedded bevel, and a set screw that counteracts it… adjustments are made by balancing the two mechanisms. Once I got it set rig...

06-23-2012 05:51 AM

evening project: wooden end caps for my bicycle handle bars - 7 replies

I got tired of my ugly worn-out plastic caps for my bicycle handle bars, so I decided to turn a new pair out of mahogany: They came out pretty good, though I had to trim the backs a little with the bandsaw and file them to make them fit. I’m slowly converting everything I own into wood.

12-01-2011 03:38 AM

clamp gloat - 3 replies

Just got these awesome Bessy K-Body clamps off craigslist for a good price: 4 of the 24” clamps, and 4 of the 40”. I’ve been wanting a set of these for years. They’re all in excellent condition, and clamp extremely well. Maybe my large glue-ups won’t suck as badly now.

11-28-2011 06:12 PM

lee valley sale on a couple odd planes - 9 replies

Lee Valley is having a sale today, most notably on a few factory second planes: I ordered the shoulder and the mini edge planes. Rare to find these on sale.

11-06-2011 03:44 AM

good video of quick dovetails - 2 replies This guy sure cranks these dovetails out. Hardly any marking, mostly just sawing by eye… impressive skills.

10-26-2011 05:44 PM

manual bow lathe turning - 0 replies

Found this video of a guy making chess pieces with a bow lathe. Puts my turning to shame with just a skew chisel:

10-09-2011 03:48 AM

identifying wood - 2 replies

I found this a while back… it gave me a good laugh:

09-25-2011 12:03 AM

veritas aluminum straightedge: somewhat dissapointed - 28 replies

I just received a 24” aluminum lee valley / veritas straightedge I had ordered. Given the usual high quality of tools from lee valley, I was expecting it to have a perfectly flat, smooth edge that I could use to check wood and tools for flatness. It does seem to be flat, but the quality of the machined edge is not very good. It still ha...

09-18-2011 06:57 PM

interesting hammer - 10 replies

I’ve had this hammer since I was little, given to me by my dad who also used it when he was growing up. It starts out looking ordinary enough: Then you unscrew the handle to discover a flathead screwdriver: Then you keep unscrewing to discover… They actually managed to squeeze 4 screwdrivers into this thing. It...

07-17-2011 06:28 AM

Old Delta Bandsaw Restoration - 18 replies

(moved from projects post) I bought this old Delta bandsaw off craigslist and spent about a month restoring it. It had a missing belt, broken trunnion, cracked pulley, crumbling tires, old seized-up bearings, warped blade guard, and lots of dirt/grime/corrosion (many of these issues I didn’t find until after the purchase, of course...

06-23-2011 12:30 AM

CL band saw score - 7 replies

I picked up this old Delta / Milwaukee 14” band saw off craigslist for $100. There is pretty much no rust, and only some dirt and grime to clean off. It is tremendously heavy, with good cast iron parts. Aside from a missing belt, all the parts seem to be there. Since the lower tire is in poor shape and it has metal guide blocks, I orde...

04-25-2011 05:01 AM

lathe chuck question - 4 replies

I want to buy a chuck for my old delta lathe. The Teknatool Supernova 2 is on sale at woodcraft, and it seems a pretty good buy. It apparently comes with jaws that fit a dovetail profile cut on bowl bottoms and the like. This is fine, but will these jaws will also hold straight (non-dovetail) tenons? It would be nice to use this for other ro...

02-26-2011 09:40 PM

tool gloat: old delta/rockwell lathe - 2 replies

I picked up an old delta/rockwell lathe at an estate sale today. It’s in pretty good shape (no rust, though lots of dust and crud), though I’ll need to replace the power cord. It has a 5.5” center height (11” swing?), and about a 35” distance between centers. The legs are old plywood and could maybe use some new ...

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