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421 days ago

sargent plane, how old and is it original? - 8 replies

Picked this up today for a 20.00, I believe it is a sargent 414c plane.the cap says sargent vbm while the blade says sargent as well. There are no other identifying marks that I can find on the body or the frog. So does anyone know if the frog and body are meant to go with the blade and cap? Also if this is the complete piece just how ol...

469 days ago

Who sells a tool rest base/banjo online? - 12 replies

Late last night I had my parting tool catch on the spur and my only tool rest base cracked and lost a piece, so now it is useless. I’ve now checked all the major sites; Penn state, woodcraft, rockler, woodturnerscatalogue, grizzly and amazon with no luck; only place that had one was oneway but I’ll get a new lathe off craigslist befo...

471 days ago

Cleaning/overhauling a dewalt 734 - 6 replies

Although I’ve only been through a set and a half of blades I think my dewalt 734 planer is starting to sound a little on the rough side when started up and thought maybe it is time for a good overhaul since I’m not exactly nice to it. Lots of pallet wood, plenty of rough cut lumber, and a decent quantity of purpleheart and padauk. On...

473 days ago

Major tool gloat; plane, clamps and other fun stuff. - 5 replies

I spend some time chatting over Christmas dinner with a friend of the family’s who did a little woodworking before getting into small boat motor repair. So he decided to throw this stuff my way, yup; free. The one with the narrower screws has some minor thread damage in a couple spots, the larger one has no real damage at all. All screw...

493 days ago

Best uses for old DeWalt HSS planer blades - 10 replies

I’ve got one set of old dewalt blades from a 734 planer that are worn out and I’m trying to figure out if they have any real use. I have discovered that HSS is relatively easy to grind in that you don’t have to watch the temperature as much; as long as it doesn’t glow red the temper is unaffected. But I’ve also lear...

507 days ago

How do I get measurements out of sketchup? - 5 replies

I found this sketchup and my wife really likes it to the point I can start on it, problem is it is useless to me because I can’t for the life of me figure out how dimensions are determined. Actually I’ve never figured out sketchup ever. So any pointers or tips?

510 days ago

Why does Lumberjocks rock for you? - 27 replies

To counter the drag of a thread asking to be removed I decided to make this thread. List here why you like it here and what keeps you here.For me it is the cast of characters many of whom show just how caring they can be on a daily basis.All the wonderful pieces that I aspire to reach the skill level of, don’t want to duplicate but want th...

530 days ago

Using cherry sap wood, any issues and will it stay whitish? - 2 replies

I’m making some cutting board Christmas gifts and had a thought about using sapwood from the cherry boards. I have 2 10’x4-6” boards that are almost exclusively sapwood along with a couple with large sections of sapwood. From milling these down I remember that the sapwood takes on a fairly maple white look and is definitely dis...

543 days ago

The newest lunberjock. - 27 replies

At 10:03 this morning my wife gave birth to a healthy 8lb 3oz baby boy; Ian Roth. Although his parents were happy to see him his sister had other thoughts. On the up side she can be distracted by cartoons. .

564 days ago

Vote my Instructables contest item; I need the grill! - 2 replies

Thanks to Kookaburra’s linking I was able to make a last minute entry into a instructables wood contest. Due to a lack of clamps I actually have 3 of the same rocking dinos in different stages of production along with last years finished sample which let me list one in the last 15minutes possible to do so. Contest is here http://www.instru...

570 days ago

Why are Irwin clamps so expensive? - 52 replies

I’ve been trying to beef up the clamp collection and fill in the spaces around the HF specials; one of the ways I was considering was the irwin clamp/spreader and nearly went into sticker shock. I bought a pair of 24” ones way back when they first came out and have been happy with them but my version doesn’t exactly exist anymo...

608 days ago

Carving american chestnut? - 4 replies

A local has a small chestnut trunk that he saved for me, it isn’t all that large for any serious sized projects, the trunk is about 14”x maybe 4’. The blight finally killed it so I’m getting that and one of the larger limbs. On the hardness scale it doesn’t rank all that high so would it be any good for figural carv...

617 days ago

Looking for a cross scroll saw pattern - 3 replies

I need a copy of a nice looking but basic cross to make, it is something I’d like to make for the occasional funeral. I’m not that good on the scroll saw and will only have a couple hours to actually cut it out but still want something nicer. So who has what or where can I find a recommended one?

637 days ago

Tiger wood shavings and farm animals, any issues? - 7 replies

I was given a fairly decent chunk of tiger wood to make a birdfeeder our of and was wondering if the sawdust is toxic to farm animals. One of the locals takes my sawdust for his two horses and chickens because I don’t use walnut. Anyone know if this stuff is safe to use for this purpose. It won’t be a future worry, turns out the stuf...

725 days ago

Apple wood pen turning blanks - 2 replies

I sliced these up about a month ago so they will still need to do a little more drying I’m sure. They’re about 1” to 7/8” square and about 6” long, a couple are a little over 5”. That should give more then enough to make a pen once milled down to the right size. I’d like to get 2.00 each plus shippin...

728 days ago

How much to offer on old cherry planks? Update. - 28 replies

I was talking with someone local a couple months ago about hand planes and he mentioned that he had some cherry planks sitting in the top floor of his barn that were 150ish years old, most are about 20’ long, 22-24” wide and 1-3/4 thick. He mentioned that he wanted to make something with them but found the wood too hard/dense for his...

753 days ago

Best sizes for pen blanks? - 1 reply

I just scored a bunch of applewood from the local orchards and I’m starting to cut it up. There always seems to be some demand for pen blanks and I figured I cut some up for that purpose. What are the best sizes for making the blanks? I just cut a dozen squares 1×1x6. Also I’ve heard of drying pen blanks in the microwave in thre...

774 days ago

rebuilding an induction motor? - 7 replies

Just about the time I was finishing up with some resawing I could smell a hot electrical smell coming from my bandsaw motor. I gave it a quick look through and didn’t see anything hot and glowing so I let it be and have just check up on it. It has taken about 40 minutes for the motor to fully cool off which seems a little long. There was n...

780 days ago

Need a tool rest holder for an old delta lathe - 2 replies

I need an extra tool rest holder for my lathe, the part number on the one I have is DDL-171, also need the part that bolts it to the lathe bed. I have a 24” tool rest that goes with it and needs two holders and I only have one. Or if anyone knows where to find a holder that will do the job well enough that will work for me. I don’t k...

801 days ago

Should the plane's mouth be angled? - 3 replies

I’ve been going over my #6 since it doesn’t quite work to my liking. One thing I have always noticed is that the mouth seems to be fairly open on this plane but with the blade installed it seems set up to only do very thin shavings, the mouth closes right up. I kept trying to adjust the frog to no luck and after taking a closer look ...

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