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03-23-2015 11:14 PM

Finally found a #2 Stanley - 8 replies

I’ve had an ad on CL for a while looking for old planes. I got a call last Friday night from a guy telling me how this phone call would change my life! I was about to hang up thinking this was some telemarketer trying to sell me something I didn’t want. Not sure why I didn’t hang up right then but I stayed o...

10-15-2014 04:18 AM

Stanley #95 Butt gauge - 1 reply

I recently came across a Stanley #95 butt gauge. I have not seen one before and have not seen instructions on how to use one. Could someone please enlighten me on how to use this tool? Thanks, Willie

08-26-2014 04:00 PM

Woodcraft's new sales flyer - 19 replies

Opened the newest e-mail from Woodcraft today to see that they’re now selling lawn mowers and other yard tools. What does this have to with woodworking? I can buy all that stuff at the big box stores. I thought Woodcraft was a specialty store for woodworking. Apparently they aren’t making enough money and have to pretend they’r...

08-21-2014 02:24 PM

Gorilla Glue failure - 18 replies

About a year ago I repaired a chair for a friend. He’s a big guy, 6’4” about 300 lbs. Both rear legs were toast so I had to turn two new ones. Because the mortices in the seat bottom were tore up, I enlarged them to get to solid wood and made the tenons on the legs larger. It all went together well with no problems and all join...

08-21-2014 02:10 PM

Child safe finish for toys - 1 reply

Working on the first of hopefully many toys for my granddaughter, she turns one year old next month. I just finished work on a pull toy full of blocks and was wondering about what finish to use that will be safe for her. She puts everything in the mouth so I want it to be safe. I painted all the blocks with a non-toxic acrylic paint but it le...

06-30-2014 08:07 PM

Garage sale find- H.A.S. clamp - 7 replies

Went to a garage/estate sale last week for an old cabinetmaker. It was listed as having all his old shop and tools for sale. I got there at the advertised opening time and the place was about picked clean. There were no planes or chisels and what was left was pretty much junk. There weren’t enough people there to have g...

02-11-2014 09:15 PM

Amazing desk- youtube video - 1 reply I couldn’t imagine the amount of time and work that went into just designing this. Making it work, unbelievable!!!

05-14-2013 06:00 PM

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 ...

05-02-2013 03:44 PM

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...

05-01-2013 12:40 PM

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...

04-11-2013 02:10 PM

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 ...

02-13-2013 04:06 AM

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&...

12-18-2012 10:41 PM

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...

12-12-2012 05:28 AM

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...

12-04-2012 07:21 PM

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. ...

10-07-2012 05:22 PM

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...

09-11-2012 02:49 PM

Early Bedrock 605 1/2C and a couple Millers Falls planes - 4 replies

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...

07-19-2012 02:07 PM

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...

07-07-2012 09:15 PM

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 ...

06-06-2012 01:05 PM

Spectra Ply - 2 replies

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 ...

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