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1386 days ago

Will BLO keep bugs out? - 4 replies

Hi all, I’m getting near the end of my bench build. Occasionally when I go to a board I’ll see a very very small insect or two crawling on it. Kind of like a tiny ant. I typically just squash it and move on, don’t want to look too closely for fear I’ll find a bunch of ‘em! So anyway, when I finish my bench with b...

2011 days ago

The Right Finish for a Desk/Workspace? - 7 replies

Hi everyone, I just finished the lego table for my kids, and I have in mind to make another plywood top which will fit inside the lip of the current table, to turn the lego table into a desk/workspace for the kids. I want to have the top be nice and smooth. What will do that – shellac? What I want to do is to paint a couple things on...

2065 days ago

Dice Cups - Anyone Game? (heh, heh...game, get it?) - 3 replies

One of my other hobbies involves boardgames, and as such I belong to a boardgame community over at BoardGameGeek. One of the guys over there was pining for handmade wooden cups for rolling dice. I told him I’d check on it for him and let him know – and he said, “Yeah, go for it!” So is anyone out there interested in a ...

2126 days ago

Which Way to Laminate for My Workbench? - 3 replies

Hey all, I’m building (ha, not much building involved) a Japanese-style workbench, which basically involves a slab of wood that sits atop a couple trestle-style sawhorses. I was hoping to have my top made from a single slab of wood that is 4” thick, 10” (or more) wide, and 5’ long. Unfortunately, the lumber yard won...

2187 days ago

Do You Plane Your Face? - 10 replies

Hey, how many of you sharpening gurus use a straight-edge razor to shave? I’ve never done it myself, but figured that since we’re so fond of shaving our arm hairs with razor-sharp plane irons, it would make sense that some of you might shave your facial hair with a straight-edge which you can keep honed to a much sharper edge than...

2190 days ago

"Making Classic Hand Tools": Waco, Texas, September 8-13 - 1 reply

Hey everyone, It’s short notice but I just got this email and thought I’d pass it along to you all. I am not affiliated with Homestead Heritage, and receive nothing for this plug. I merely am a fan after a one-on-one session I had at their School of Woodworking, and this looks like a great class! ————...

2232 days ago

When LumberJocks in Malaysia Aren't Drinking Coffee... - 2 replies

...they’re drinking teh tarik. Here’s a little bit about the drink from a local news site: Ask any Malaysian worth his or her salt to name their favourite tea, and most likely it is teh tarik. Literally meaning “pull tea,” the drink is prepared using out-stretched hands to pour piping hot tea from a mug into a w...

2233 days ago

Steel Wool and All Those Pores - 10 replies

I noticed that when buffing my recent project with steel wool (00000), there seems to be residue being left in the open pores of the wood. I’ve tried using a toothbrush to get it out, but I’m not satisfied with that. Is there an alternative to steel wool, or a better way to remove the residue? All I need to do is take off some of ...

2239 days ago

Does Steel Wool Last Forever? - 4 replies

Okay, so I just bought my first bag of steel wool (grade 00000). It seems as if it would be hard to tell when you’d have to throw out the steel wool you’re using. Can you theoretically use one batch of steel wool your whole life? I’m also assuming I need to protect my steel wool from the elements and keep it in a dry place, to ...

2249 days ago

[SOLD] Ryobi RE1802M Router - 1 reply

I’ve sold this item, but can’t seem to be able to delete this post. Thanks for looking anyway!

2270 days ago

Need Respirator Recommendation - 5 replies

Hi all, I’m looking to get a respirator off the Cooper Safety website (have a gift certificate). I can get one of the following brands: 3M, Ergodyne, Moldex, MSA or North. I will be using the respirator solely for sanding (and maybe sawing too). I’m a hand-tools-only guy, as many of you know, so I don’t need anything heavy-d...

2280 days ago

Find Misspelled Stuff on eBay - 4 replies

Sometimes a real gem slips through the cracks in eBay because the seller accidentally misspelled the name of the thing. Those are the auctions where you can really get a good deal because the item doesn’t show up on a regular search. Here’s a little website I just heard about that takes you to an eBay search results page of possib...

2314 days ago

Hinge Mortise in Plywood? - 3 replies

Hi all, I’m just about done with a plywood chisel box. Got a question about putting in the hinges. While the looks aren’t really THAT important for a box that won’t leave the shop, I was wondering if it’s possible to chop out one layer of the plywood to sink the hinge just a bit. Any pros or cons to doing that? Or s...

2354 days ago

Corrosion-Resistant Paper? - 7 replies

My Lie-Nielsen scrapers (about the only Lie-Nielsen thing I can afford) came wrapped in what I originally thought was just some heavy tan wrapping paper. I noticed recently, when I actually read what was on the paper, that it is some sort of treated paper that helps protect the scraper contained within. Good thing I didn’t chuck it –...

2355 days ago

Seasonal Tool Shopping? - 1 reply

Do you hand tool guys find that there is a wider (and cheaper) selection of tools for sale (like on eBay) during the summer, when guys are selling stuff they’ve picked up at yard sales and flea markets?

2376 days ago

Is It the Sapwood, Or Is It Just Me? - 1 reply

When I bought a bunch of kempas 2×4s for my workbench, I didn’t know squat about selecting wood, and ended up getting a mix of heartwood and sapwood boards. No problem. I noticed that one board in particular was nastily face-cracked, which I read means that the board is entirely unusable. (Side note: Could the board have already had a...

2385 days ago

The Woodworking Channel is Live! - 3 replies

I heard about this site (here's the link) on Wood Talk Online, and after checking it the past few days, they’ve finally relaunched it. There are a good number of videos you can watch on demand, including several with Sam Maloof. It looks like they want to also have a community feature to the site. They say, “Some of our new fea...

2392 days ago

Is This Open-Grained Wood? - 1 reply

I’m working on a box for my wife (probably won’t be in time for V-Day). The wood I’m using is Malaysian kempas wood. Here’s a picture of a dovetail template I just made with it (with a few coats of BLO): For my wife’s box, I plan on finishing it with a BLO/varnish/mineral spirits blend. But I’ve read th...


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