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The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #5: Tuning a Brace.

09-06-2011 02:06 AM by Brit | 25 comments »

During the restoration of RUSTY in Parts 1 to 4, I showed how to fix a couple of common problems. The first was scoring on the outside of the jaws caused by a rough finish on the inside of the chuck. In Part 1, I filed the jaws smooth again. In Part 2, I showed how to smooth the inside diameter of the chuck. In Part 3, I showed how to fix excess play in the sweep handle. However there are a number of other problems that you might encounter on a secondhand brace. In this e...

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Saw Medallion Reference Guide

02-13-2014 01:52 AM by summerfi | 95 comments »

SAW MEDALLION REFERENCE GUIDE Saw medallions, or label screws as they are sometimes called, are invaluable for identifying old saws. Additionally, many of them are small works of art in themselves. I don’t know of a comprehensive reference source for saw medallions that covers all makers, so I decided to start one here. My intent is to add to this list over time to make it as complete as possible. If you run across a medallion that is not listed here, post a picture of it in the comments, ...

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Wood Handbook by Forest Products Laboratory

09-08-2013 03:29 AM by Druid | 6 comments »

For anyone looking for a detailed reference handbook on the characteristics of wood, have a look at this site . . you click on the “View PDF” link, you can download the complete 509 page publication. The file is 12.9 Mb, and it is fully searchable so finding whatever you want to learn about is easy. You can also purchase either a hardcopy or CD version. Interesting site. Enjoy.

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Saw Talk #28: Sharpening Western Saws - Full Length Instructional Video

06-04-2013 01:03 AM by Brit | 117 comments »

Aimed at those new to saw sharpening, this instructional video is 2 1/4 hours long and covers the theory, the tools and the practice of sharpening western saws. You get to look over my shoulder as I sharpen four saws – two backsaws and two hand saws. I’ll explain the saw sharpening process and how you apply it to different scenarios. I really hope you find it useful. As to the production quality, I’ve done the best I could. I had to record it outside, so there is a bit of...

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Saw Talk #26: Shopping list for the upcoming saw sharpening video

02-20-2013 11:50 PM by Brit | 18 comments »

Preparations for the video are progressing well and I hope to start recording shortly. I was asked over on the Saws, using collecting, cleaning and buying thread if I would put together a list of the things you will need to follow along with my upcoming saw sharpening video. Here is a list of what I consider to be essential items: 1) A 10-12” second cut hand file for jointing the teeth. You can use a shorter file if you are using a holder like the Veritas Jointer/Edger or one of t...

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dw- Plane notes from the field #2: Brands other than Stanley Bailey and some information I have found.

06-28-2011 02:23 PM by Don W | 8 comments »

These are in no particular order, just as I’ve entered then. This is what I believe to be my opinion in most cases, but often taken from some other source. Use the information as such. Miller Falls – One of my favorite – equal with Stanley. Record Ritter (NH) Buck Bros. (sold by Home Depot) Capewell (logo may be from Capewell Horse Nail Company (1904)) (Hartford CT) about 1950’s. The Consolidated Tool Works is recorded as having don...

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Setting precision angles #1: The bevel board

12-08-2012 10:17 PM by Boatman53 | 17 comments »

I often read posts from people having trouble setting angles on machines or wherever. So I thought I’d share what I’ve learned over the last thirty years, and I realized I’ve been using, thinking and in some cases obsessing about angles for a long time. My first career was a land surveyor, and obviously that was nothing if not angles and distances, down to degrees, minutes and seconds. But I moved on from surveying to wooden boat building in 1982 and have been doing that eve...

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Parallel jaw leg vise

07-04-2012 10:28 PM by Boatman53 | 17 comments »

For about a year now I’ve been trying to refine the detail of my parallel jaw leg vise and I think I’ve got all the kinks worked out. My son put together this video of the bench I built this past winter that uses the chain leg vise. I’m in the process of getting quotes for the parts so I can offer these for sale. I’ve been making all the parts myself up to this point and I’m not a cnc. Take a look at the video and I welcome comment and discussions. It can be ret...

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Toy Safety - Legal requirements - Read

12-29-2011 06:12 PM by Karson | 14 comments »

I’m not a lawyer, I’m not passing on legal advice. However, the US Government has passed some legal requirements to insure that items made for children are safe. There has been lead and other heavy metals put in paint and metal parts of children jewlery. To insure safety, new requirements were enacted that required third party testing of a sample unit to insure that they were safe. That testing was estimated at as much as $10,000 per item. For small batch manufacturers that ...

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bens mill, a must see for every woodworker

12-19-2011 07:49 AM by vonhagen | 20 comments »

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