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10-17-2011 07:00 PM

16/4 Beech - 3 replies

Does anyone know where I can purchase 16/4 beech? I’ve been enjoying plane-making recently and I want to build a beech plane but I can’t find a supply thick enough. I know I could go with a glue-up, but I’d prefer solid wood.

08-30-2011 04:53 PM

Circle Cutting by hand - 14 replies

I’m looking at building a tabouret with a circular top (similar to and I’m looking for some advice on how to cut the top with only hand tools. I’ve dug through all of the hand-tool woodworking books I own and I can’t seem to find anyone speaking about the techn...

06-11-2011 04:33 AM

Source for "The Art of Joinery" - 3 replies

Anyone know of a retailer who has a copy of “The Art of Joinery” printed by Christopher Schwarz’s Lost Arts Press? I emailed Lost Arts and John told me that they have none in stock. Tools for Working Wood is out of stock as well…

04-20-2011 05:15 AM

Restoring a finish on a Stanley 45 - 2 replies

A while back I picked up a rusty old Stanley 45. I spent some time cleaning it up and while it certainly looks better (and works fine!) it’s still pretty rough. While I’m a tool collector, I normally collect “users” and don’t get too caught up in the looks. The chipped and missing nickel is getting to me though!A...

04-11-2011 04:30 AM

Transitional Bailey plane with Metal plate - 6 replies

My father recently picked up a transitional bailey for me at an auction. I’ve never seen one like this before: it has a metal plate that was attached to the bottom. When I removed the plate, I saw that there were two series of holes drilled into the base – both of which were stripped. I filled them with epoxy putty. I started t...

01-21-2011 05:36 PM

Dust collection for a hand tool shop - 7 replies

A while back I moved into a two-family home and as a result had to put most of my power tools into storage. I’ve been learning a lot about hand tools in the process, but stumped on dust collection. I’m certainly not generating the same amount of dust as before, but it is still there. To make matters even more complicated, I also w...

03-15-2010 05:15 AM

Polyurethane pulling up stain - 11 replies

On a recent project (red oak) I noticed that then I tried to brush on a coat of polyurethane a decent amount of stain lifted out of the wood. The color of the piece changed quite a bit because of this. Is this because of bad stain? Or is it because of the finish not being sealed? Should I seal the stain with a spit coat of shellac first (As ...

02-23-2010 05:07 PM

Lumber Source in Nashville TN - 12 replies

Most of my lumber up until now has been bought at a big-box store. However, I’d really like to try out some QS White Oak. I’m a bit stumped and I hope someone can point me in the right direction. The things I’ve tried: I’ve called around and the lumber yards around me can custom order red oak, but no White. I w...

02-02-2010 04:21 AM

Small mortises - 4 replies

I’m trying to build a piece that uses 1/4” thick pieces that need to have a tennon cut into the end. The piece is an arts and craft wastebasket that uses the 1/4” pieces as stiles fitting into 3/4” rails with a 3/8” gap between them. Cutting the tennons by hand isn’t easy, but the mortise is down right imp...

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