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10-20-2013 02:13 AM

I made a shooting board for the new Veritas plane - 7 replies

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

Interesting find: compressed gas dusters work well as bloxygen replacement - 5 replies

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: 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...

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