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|1013 days ago||
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.
|1061 days ago||
Circle Cutting by hand - 14 replies
I’m looking at building a tabouret with a circular top (similar to http://www.flickr.com/photos/popularwoodworking/3530506539/) 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...
|1141 days ago||
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…
|1193 days ago||
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...
|1202 days ago||
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...
|1282 days ago||
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...
|1594 days ago||
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 ...
|1614 days ago||
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...
|1635 days ago||
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...