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02-14-2011 03:44 PM

Tenon size for the stretchers on my Holtzappfel workbench build? - 3 replies

Hello all, I’ve recently started building a Holtazappfel workbench based almost entirely on Chris Schwartz’s knockdown version. One thing I’ve changed though is the size of the stretchers. His plans called for 1.5” thick stock and I had the lumber to mill them to 2.5” stock. My question is how wide should I ma...

07-22-2010 12:24 AM

Thoughts on my workbench design? - 4 replies

It’s time I upgrade my bench (2×4 construction with a plywood top…not sturdy at all). Basically, I live in an apartment with my fiance so this will be a hand tools only workbench as it will reside in an extra study/bedroom in our place. I’ll mostly be teaching myself to hand cut dovetails and also work on other small fur...

04-06-2010 11:39 PM

How do I know my straight edge is...straight? - 13 replies

I just received a 24” aluminum straight edge in the mail from Garrett Wade for just $20 shipped (link below). The reason for getting it was I’m starting to get into hand planes and needed a good, accurate reference edge to see if the soles are flat, the granite I’m using to fettle them is flat, etc. Question is…how do...

03-29-2010 11:23 PM

Sale/Trade: Stanley #113 Type 1... - 1 reply

Hey everyone, Yesterday I went to check out an old lot of hand tools and planes that someone had posted on Craigslist here in Boston and ended up buying a Type 1 Stanley #113 from the guy. It’s really in absolutely fantastic condition minus the fact that it’s missing the rear handle which would have been attached via a screw. Ev...

03-17-2010 11:51 PM

Inexpensive Straight Edge, 24" - $13 - 5 replies

Anyone have any luck with these? At just $13, and with two positive on-site reviews…I’m awfully tempted. http://www.garrettwade.com/lightweight-aluminum-straightedges/p/36A01.04/

03-17-2010 05:16 PM

Advise on a vise... - 9 replies

Hey all, I’m just getting into using more hand tools and am quickly realizing I seriously need to get a real vise. I found an old Wilton on craigslist near me for $50…see link below. Do you think this is a descent option and price? I can’t find much info about older Wilton’s but get the general sense that older Am...

03-07-2010 05:19 PM

Lot of sharpening stones for $50 on CL...should I buy? - 8 replies

I found these on Craigslist in my area and was hoping to get some help from you all with deciding if they’d be a good purchase. I’m about as new to sharpening as you can be…I just picked up the essentials for the Scary Sharp system a couple of weeks ago and have actually been able to get some pretty decent results on a...


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