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04-28-2016 07:58 PM

Detail Biscuit Joiner - 9 replies

A couple years ago I bought a Ryobi detail biscuit joiner at a garage sale for $5.00. I’m not a big fan of Ryobl tools but for $5.00, how bad could it be! It came with a few of each of the three sizes of biscuits they make for it. I make a lot of picture frames and thought this would work for me. It does a fairly decent job and I really do...

02-03-2016 03:31 PM

Rockler's new catalog - 6 replies

Got the new Rockler’s catalog yesterday. After looking through it, I realized that there are NO handtools listed. No planes, chisels, or any hand-powered tools. Guess I won’t have any need for their catalog anymore.

12-24-2015 04:13 PM

Lowe's keeps changing brands - 19 replies

Stopped in the local Lowe’s the other day to pick up some sanding sealer. It seems like every other week they switch to another brand of finishes. I have found at least 3 brands of sealer in the last year. I usually use lacquer on most of my projects. The last two sealers were water-based and were not a problem with the lacquer. This week ...

09-16-2015 01:49 PM

Possible reaction to cedar - 4 replies

I recently made a couple picture frames from some aromatic cedar that has been laying around the shop for a while. I haven’t used much cedar in the past. After a couple days I started getting redness and small blisters between my fingers. The only thing I can think of that I’ve been in contact with lately, that I don’t normally...

08-31-2015 12:32 AM

Yeah, He Sucks!!! - 4 replies

Got a call from a friend yesterday. He was wanting to come over to show me his garage sale finds. Said he found a couple Stanley planes. He got to the sale about 20 minutes early but the woman told him to come on in. He eventually found 2 dusty old planes. He asked what she wanted for them and she said she thought $10.00 was a fair price. He did...

04-08-2015 09:18 PM

Mystery Plane - 10 replies

Not sure where this one came from but it ended up in the box with all the others waiting to be put back to use. I cleaned all the dirt and grease off this plane and there are no markings of any kind, anywhere. No numbers, names, or where it was made. It has a Stanley iron in it, Stanley Apl 19, 92, which I don’t...

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...

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