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|10-20-2013 02:13 AM||
I recently bought one of the fancy Veritas shooting board planes and discovered the limitations of my existing shooting board. So I built a new one out of melamine, poplar, beech, and some baltic birch ply for the rail. I opted for a solid hardwood top so I could plane it flat (every piece of plywood/melamine/etc I found was warped in some way...
|10-17-2013 06:28 PM||
anyone see the new pinnacle scrub plane? - 23 replies
I got an email from Woodcraft this morning announcing the Pinnacle 40 1/2 scrub plane. It looks pretty fantastic for coarse stock removal, but then I noticed the price. At $170, it costs more than both the Lie-Nielsen and Veritas equivalent planes. I’m skeptical that this plane is any better than the two leading plane makers’ mode...
|09-25-2013 09:53 PM||
I’ve been using bloxygen to preserve my finishes for some time, especially Waterlox which badly crusts unless you bloxygen it or squeeze out all air. When my can ran out, I researched it and found a few mentions of using compressed gas duster cans as a replacement. So I bought some cans of Dust-Off from Amazon and tried using them. For ...
|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: http://denver.craigslist.org/tls/3356931409.html 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||
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: http://imgur.com/a/1LRSa 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: http://www.leevalley.com/us/gifts/page.aspx?p=68815&cat= 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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ8fSSKn0Ls 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:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnv0DAR_gWA&t=1m10s
|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...