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|348 days ago||
Old log cabin logs -- what to do with them? - 5 replies
So I recently came into possession of five log ends from an old log cabin in northern Minnesota. Basically, they are three foot chunks of squared up, well weathered oak with a giant dovetail on one end. There are clear markings where they were worked with an adz (I think) and holes where they were pegged on top of each other. Any suggestion...
|596 days ago||
Americn Chestnut - any lumberjock seen a live one? - 30 replies
I just watched an interesting documentary on the American Chestnut tree (embeded below). I was familiar with the story of the chestnut blight but I had no clue how devastating the loss of chestnut trees was to American culture. I imagine if it were still around chestnut would be the staple hardwood and not red/white oak. Have any of you e...
|744 days ago||
Sell/Swap Dovetail Jig - 1 reply
It’s a Porter Cable 4210. I’ve got all the parts that came with it. One of the router bits is a Rockler. I’d take a decent set of chisels in trade. I live in Dallas/Fort Worth. PM if interested
|758 days ago||
ChokeCherry wood - 4 replies
Can any of you more northerly lumberjocks give me a pointer or two about working with chokecherry? It’s nice looking stuff, just doesn’t seem to be much info on it. Are there allergy concerns or anything like that? I was at my parents home in MN when a storm went through and took down a rather substantial chokecherry tree. I gr...
|914 days ago||
Ancient tools in 1931 - 7 replies
I was perusing Google books and ran across this article talking about outdated and ‘nearly obsolete’ hand tools. I always thought the 1930s were the ‘golden age’ of hand tools?? Guess I was wrong. :( Thought you guys might get a kick out of reading it. http://books.google.com/books?id=TeQDAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA261...
|1145 days ago||
Stanley #60 Chisels - 3 replies
I picked up some old chisels at an estate sale today—Stanley #60 1”, 3/8” Japanese socket, and a 1/4” unknown—all for $3 bucks. Anyway, on the chisel spectrum where do the Stanley #60s fall? Doesn’t seem to be a lot of steel on it, but please tell me it’s better than my box store “high-end”...
|1210 days ago||
Broken plane cheek - 12 replies
I’ve got a pre WWI Stanley #5 (needs restoration) with a size-able chunk of the left cheek missing. How much strength does the cheek add? Should I bother restoring it or relegate it to the parts pile? Thanks.Kevin
|1220 days ago||
Yet Another Hand Plane ID Question - 1 reply
Recently picked up a Sargent VBM 3418 transitional plane It’s got some nice redwood inlay along the edges—not sure if that’s factory or custom? Either way, it looks great. Also, I have no clue on the production dates. According to the Sargent Planes site it was made between 1891 and 1941. Can anyone narrow this down a...
|1247 days ago||
Transitional/Wooden Planes - 3 replies
So this past weekend I passed up a transitional jointer plane of unknown type. They were asking the princely sum of $12.50 (for the record, I had already scored a Stanley 60 1/2, a dovetail saw, and a Disston D8). I’m thinking it may have been a Stanley or Sargent. Anyway, I saw that the bottom had a few cracks in it and decided not to ...