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|09-03-2015 07:49 PM||
what to use on a barbecue cart - 3 replies
I have built a barbecue cart to sit outside on my patio. I used aromatic cedar which looks great. I am not sure how to finish it as it will remain outdoors year round. I was thinking of deck stain or using Epifanes varnish. I know the boat guys swear by Epifanes varnish. I just don’t know how it will hold up. I would like to preserve the l...
|07-30-2015 04:31 AM||
Non adjustable frog Planes - 8 replies
I was wondering what size the mouth was on the older non adjustable frog Stanley planes. Are these planes suitable for smoothing or just general bench plane work. I usually set the mouth on my bench plane approx. 1/16 inch or little less and forget it. My smoother is much less.
|06-25-2015 04:00 PM||
Dewalt track saw-track & cust. serv. - 4 replies
I purchased the Dewalt track saw with a 102 inch track long story short, if you want to start & end the cut on an 8 ft. sheet of ply you need to start off the wood but on the track. The track is too short to do this without a plunge cut, seems like you would need a track around 120 inches to start the saw on the track. In fact when you cut o...
|06-17-2015 09:43 PM||
Lithion-ion battery power level lights - 3 replies
I just received a new Dewalt drill,when it arrived the battery power indicator lights lit up 2 levels. I charged the battery and the charger light quickly indicated full charge.(maybe 10 sec.) I placed the battery back in the drill and the power indicator lights sill indicated only 2 lights instead of 3 for a full battery. Are these indicator l...
|06-13-2015 12:36 PM||
Dewalt track saw - 0 replies
I just returned a Makita track saw because I could not get the sole plate square with the blade. There are adjustment screws but they had no effect on correcting the problem. I am now considering the Dewalt saw and looking at the on line manual I see no mention of the ability to make the sole square with the blade. To those who own the Dewalt do...
|05-15-2015 01:31 AM||
Buck Bros. Chisels - 2 replies
Found some nice Buck Bros. Chisels currently made in Massachusetts USA. Located them at Craftsman Studio and purchased on line. These are nothing like you see at the big box stores,they look like quality and have very nice wooden handles. I purchased some bench chisels and some very nice crank necks. They are hardened to 59 rockwell and are reas...
|05-10-2015 11:20 PM||
New router features - 7 replies
I see that some of the new routers coming on the market are touting having new features like a switch built into the handle and a shaft lock so you only need one collet wrench etc. I have a 25 year old Craftsman 1.5 hp router that has the switch in the handle, a sliding shaft lock that does not need to be held in with a finger, just slide it to ...
|04-13-2015 01:45 AM||
Flattening a plane blade back - 19 replies
Just spent 2.5 hrs. flattening the back of a Woodriver 4 1/2 plane blade. My fingers are numb and black and my back aches. Started with a course 325 diamond stone then a 1200 fine diamond stone and a 6000 water stone. There has to be a better, quicker way. The iron had a slight hump about 1/4 inch from the edge, I had to use the ruler trick on t...
|03-08-2015 04:15 AM||
Shelf span with 3/4 ply - 4 replies
I am installing a couple of shelves in a cabinet that will have to span 38 inches. They will be 20 inches wide. I would like to use 3/4 inch plywood but I am not sure that the shelf will not sag. I am thinking about making them out of oak but It would increase the cost quite a bit and I am not sure the oak would not sag. The cabinet is furnitur...
|12-26-2014 07:14 PM||
Carter Stabilizer - 21 replies
I would like to buy the Carter Stabilizer for my Jet 14” bandsaw and I would also like to make some straight cuts with a fence on occasion. I was wondering if this is practical. I would think that with a fence to guide the cut it would be reasonably straight. I buy rough cut wood and do most of my trimming on the bandsaw before I go to the...
|08-20-2014 09:45 PM||
A finish for outdoors on a wheelbarrow - 4 replies
I just purchased a Jackson wheelbarrow unassembled. I bought it this way because it will be sitting out in the yard all year long and I wanted the opportunity to weather proof it as best I can. The handles have some kind of varnish on them with a rough finish & the risers appear painted with a thin coat of blue stain. I would like some sugge...
|10-01-2013 05:36 AM||
What stone for low RPM grinder - 1 reply
I have purchased a low turning electric grinder and have no experience using one. The wheels on the grinder are coarse.I need to know what type of stone wheel to purchase for grinding plane blades & chisels. What kind of leather wheel for stropping? The wheels are 6 inch dia.I will need to achieve a very sharp edge,one that a man could shave...
|08-23-2013 03:24 AM||
Those lousey biscuits - 20 replies
Made my first raised panel today and all went well until the 2nd cross grain side was side was routed. The cut went fine but when I turned the panel over to check the cut there were two dark ovals in the middle of the bevel. At first I had no idea what had happened but the it quickly came to me that they were the biscuits I used when joining th...
|04-26-2013 02:50 AM||
Anant Preimium A78 vs Stanley 78 - 6 replies
I have been looking for a rabbit plane & don’t want to spend over $100. The is a new Anant premium A78 available for $50. and a new Stanley for $57. I have also been looking at vintage Stanley’s but they appear just as crudely made as the new Stanley. The Anant is a reproduction of a Record 078 and has two support rods on the fen...
|04-19-2013 04:01 PM||
Edge Plane - 11 replies
I am having difficulty with planing an edge square. I am talking about an error of about 1/16”. I use all the recommended technics and have used planes from a #3 to a #7. I can eventually get there but at times I have to remove so much wood that I no longer have the proper dimension. I know that I can plane two edges at the same time paral...
|12-21-2012 01:19 AM||
Saw choice for Stanley 150 miter box - 1 reply
I just picked up a very nice Stanley 150 miter box and am having difficulty with what size back saw to use with it.I have an Adria 14” tenon saw that is 4 inches deep, it works well but is on the short side. I see that Bad Axe has one for this box that is 20×4.5 inches which seems perfect, but it is out of my price range. Most of the ...
|08-30-2012 08:52 PM||
Stanley Brace 02 010 ? - 0 replies
I just purchase a like new Stanley 02 010 hand brace on the bay and I was wondering if anyone had some info on it. I have goggled it and find little to no information. It looks like a 923 pawl with a 2101A chuck. Has a black plastic head & wrist. I thought it might be English made but from what I can see from the photo it appears to be USA m...