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|207 days ago||
Moto Saw - 9 replies
I go to a lot of auctions and garage sales and have a lot of friends that call me when they find something unusual, but this past weekend brought one of the strangest tools I have seen. A friend called me about an “electric coping saw”. I asked if he meant a scroll saw but he said it was hand held. This saw was made by Dremel back ...
|219 days ago||
Restored Ash Icebox - 7 replies
Here’s a few pics of an old icebox I redid for my son’s in-laws. This thing was a real mess but cleaned up nice. The one broken door panel was glued back together but the front side was not useable. I ended up planing down the back og the panel till I got a good surface and glued a piece of butternut to th...
|220 days ago||
Disston Morss level restoration question - 1 reply
I was recently given a 30” Disston Morss level. I am in the process of restoring it. The vertical bubble was broken but I have a couple of old levels that are just good for parts. I was able to remove one of the vials from an old Stanley level and it will work in the Disston. The Stanley also has a couple nice heavy brass end caps. I am de...
|240 days ago||
Will this work? - 12 replies
I will be turning a 3” sphere out of spectraply and am wanting to make a display stand using magnets to suspend it. I have some extremely powerful magnets of different diameters. I have found that trying to do this using the repelling properties won’t work. I am planning to use four magnets, using the attracting sides to suspend the ...
|297 days ago||
They must think I'm an idiot - 19 replies
Why is it that the people that know the least about woodworking are always the ones to tell how you can “do that better” if you do it their way? I have had more people in my shop lately telling me how I’m doing something wrong or telling me a better way to do something. It’s not that I’m not open to suggestions, it&...
|354 days ago||
Chrome plated #110? - 0 replies
I got a call the other day from a friend to tell me about another plane he had found. He goes to a lot of auctions and buys box lots of anything cheap and resells it on E-bay. This time it was about a chrome plated #110 IN THE BOX! (he really emphasized that it was in the box). He told me the box was red and blue. I never...
|360 days ago||
Nasty smelling wood!!! - 10 replies
Cut up a piece of wood today from a pile of free wood I got a few months back. I can’t identify what it is but it looks like poplar. The grain and color are similar and density and weight are about the same. That’s where the similarity stops! This stuff smells like it was the back wall behind the urinals at Yankee Stadium since day o...
|368 days ago||
Rollis multi-tool - 7 replies
After searching all of my resources, I can only find one mention of this tool, on E-Bay. It is about 7” long with a rosewood handle. Inside the handle is storage for the different tools that fit the handle. The only marking on it is “Rollis”. I have never heard of this company before and can find no info on it. ...
|426 days ago||
Family Heirloom - 12 replies
About 30 years ago my dad retired, he was a general contractor, and had an auction to sell off his tools. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any of them at the time. Several years later I met a guy that had bought a Millers-Falls belt sander at that auction. He passed away several years ago and yesterday I went to an auction of his tools...
|452 days ago||
Need to thin the herd a bit. I have an early,1898-1902, Bedrock 605 1/2 corrugated plane in very good shape. Missing a small piece on the top of the rear tote, otherwise very nice condition, Asking $100.00. Also have a Millers Falls #14 that still has the factory grind on the blade, never sharpened. Small amount of paint missing from rear of bod...
|506 days ago||
Putting a price on old tools - 8 replies
I have looked all over the web trying to find some info on how to price old tools. I find a lot of sites that want to sell me books but that’s not what I want. Is there any site that I can go to to find out what old tools are worth? I need to sell some of my excess tools and would like to price them fairly but am not sure exactly what they...
|518 days ago||
Stanley #101 - 7 replies
I recently got my hands on a couple of Stanley block planes, a #100 and a #101. I looked up both planes and found pictures of both but my #101 is different. The sole of the plane is not flat but arched or turned up at both ends almost like a ski. It appears to be made this way. Does anyone know anything about this plane? It’s not like any ...
|549 days ago||
Spectra Ply - 1 reply
I was in Dayton, Ohio over the weekend and finally got to check out the inside of a Woodcraft store. They had to drag me out! While there I found some 2”X2”X6” blocks of spectra ply. For those that don’t know what that is, it’s plywood that has been dyed different colors. It comes in many different colors, multiple ...
|572 days ago||
Man Candles - 16 replies
The wife gets coupons from Yankee Candles all the time. Today we got the new ones in the mail. Most of their candles are a bit too intense for me, can’t handle all that “perfumey” stuff! Anyway, they have four new scents aimed at men. They are: Man Town, First Down, Riding Mower, and the one I can’t wait to smell, 2X4. No...
|582 days ago||
A great day at the garage sale - 19 replies
Saw an ad in the local paper for a garage sale that had woodworking tools. Couldn’t pass it up. So YESTERDAY I went. The sale was TODAY, so I went again. It was well worth the trip. The prices on everything were low and most of it was good quality. I found an early Bedrock 605 1/2C for $8.00, and a Stanley #95 f...
|608 days ago||
American Woodshop - 0 replies
Happened to catch one of Scott Philips shows over the weekend. It’s been a while since I’ve watched one of his shows. One of the biggest problems I have with his show is the way he applies spray finishes. I have never seen anyone throw finish at a project like he does. His show is intended to show others how build and complete a proj...
|616 days ago||
How many types of finish do you use? - 11 replies
After woodworking for many years and trying many different types of finishes from oils, waxes, polys, BLO, shellac, varnish and lacquer, I find that 99% of my projects get finished with lacquer. It seems to be the easiest to work with, fast drying, and easy to fix any problems. If I have a project that requires something more durable, I’ll...
|634 days ago||
Veteran's discount at Lowe's - 22 replies
Several months ago I heard about Lowe’s giving a 10% discount to veterans everyday. I have been taking advantage of this since. I show them my pink ID they gave me when I got out and it has never been questioned. The last time I was there, I was waiting by the register and noticed a sign that said they give the discount to active, retired,...
|643 days ago||
Padouk Dust Toxicity? - 16 replies
Was talking to a friend today and he was telling me of someone that lost his voice for 3 weeks after working with padouk. He said the dust is pretty nasty. I have worked with very little padouk and having just acquired a large amount I think it would be a good idea to find out some of the hazards of this wood. I do not have any dust collection (...
|645 days ago||
Being the nice guy that I am (wood gloat) - 25 replies
A friend has been telling me about this wood he was going to give me for about a year. He bought a house and the previous owner built grandfather clocks and had a nice stash of wood. He finally told me to come get it or it was going to be burned. He needed the space that all this wood took up. So in order to help out a friend, I ...