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619 days ago

Thoughts on the Hitachi M12VC Router? - 8 replies

It’s a 2 1/4 HP variable speed and would replace my 1 3/4 HP Milwaukee without variable speed in my router table. The reviews on the M12VC are pretty good and Amazon currently has it at $114.00. Just wondering if anyone has experience with this model or any Hitachi router. Thanks!

704 days ago

Your Computer (edited) - 8 replies

This is the computer thread… be nice.

941 days ago

Another workbench question - 16 replies

My bench top will be laminated with a 5/4 Maple surface on top of three layers of Poplar. My concern is with securing the breadboard ends to the Poplar. The ends are Maple, approximately 3 inches wide and 4 inches thick. I plan to mortise and tenon the ends, glue the centers and secure them with Spax screws. Will the Poplar be too soft to sec...

984 days ago

My new favorite online woodworking guru - AskWoodMan.com - 7 replies

Some of you may have already discovered him, but I just wanted to share this gem for those who haven’t. I’ve been pouring over his many videos over the past several weeks and he’s terrific. I’m learning a ton from this guy – great presentational style, very straight forward and practical instruction, 25+ years profe...

986 days ago

Lie Nielsen mortise chisels here I come - 3 replies

I’m pulling the trigger on a set of LN mortise chisels. I would have preferred a Ray Iles set but they’re not likely to be in stock for awhile – I’ve waited as along as I could and just can’t wait another month or two or… I know I’ll be extremely happy with the LNs. I wanted a new set that would be my...

990 days ago

Antique hand tools in New Hampshire - 8 replies

I’m in New Hampshire this week and was wondering if any fellow New Englanders knew of a good place or places to look for vintage hand tools in the White Mountains region. I have some time to scout around a bit.

1006 days ago

I don't "believe" - 47 replies

Oh what the hell, right? If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. I don’t usually proclaim the reasons for my non-belief in a deity or deities because it’s like asking someone to explain why they don’t believe in winged, purple elephants dispensing pixie dust. What’s odd is many religious believers think t...

1008 days ago

Do I really need mortise chisels? - 5 replies

I have a set of Narex bench chisels that I like, but I plan to do some mortise and tenoning very soon. Would it be a mistake to use my bench chisels for mortising? I’m assuming that it’s not a good idea but I’m not sure. I’m currently looking at a set of Narex mortise chisels from Lee Valley – http://www.leevalle...

1016 days ago

So what's actually going on with the site? - 39 replies

I’ve encountered all of the recent issues reported and more. At times, the site is unusable because it either doesn’t load, is slower than molasses, some features load but others don’t, links don’t work, or I’m constantly having to log back on. Martin, do you have an explanation for any of this? It would appear t...

1023 days ago

Steve Jobs Passed Away - 21 replies

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/10/jobs/ http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/06/apple-jobs-idUSN1E79420Z20111006

1042 days ago

Need advice on a recent ebay plane purchase - 26 replies

It concerns a Stanley #3. The description mentioned the condition was very good with no functional or cosmetic issues. The pictures (below) seemed to confirm the description. However, when I received it, several problems became apparent fairly quickly. 1. The plane iron was slightly bent not allowing the Y lever thingy to fully engage –...

1066 days ago

Glacier National Park trip - 5 replies

My brother and I are heading off to Glacier National Park the first week of September. We’ll be tent camping in the park and was wondering if anyone had any advice, experiences, etc., to share on any of the Park campgrounds or just the Park itself. I see that LJ member Splinters (aka Dave Mitchell) lives on the northwest side of Glacier an...

1067 days ago

Craig's List: 10" Powermatic Table Saw - $325 - 4 replies

Anyone in the Western Mass region looking for a 35 year-old Powermatic table saw? I wish I had the room – I’d jump on this one. http://westernmass.craigslist.org/tls/2558132288.html

1070 days ago

USPS Way of Handling Fragile Packages - 31 replies

Here’s how the US Postal Service handles packages with “Fragile” “Handle with Care” written all over the box, and the result of that handling – my first Stanley #7…

1076 days ago

Thoughts on the wagon vise - 8 replies

I’m still planning out my workbench and leaning strongly toward a wagon vise in addition to my Wilton front vise (gotta a great deal on a new one). I really like the simplicity and low-cost potential of a wagon vise as opposed to the traditional tail vise. Any thoughts, advice or opinions would be appreciated. Here’s a picture of a w...

1078 days ago

Shoulder Plane Size - 10 replies

I’d like to get a shoulder plane but can’t afford getting several different sizes. So what size would you recommend if you were restricted to just one? I’m thinking a 1” shoulder plane would allow for a fair amount of flexibility for most uses – rabbits and tenons – but I really don’t know.

1085 days ago

You get what you pay for - 14 replies

It took me a long time (far too long) to learn this lesson and it doesn’t always pan out that way. Nevertheless, I’ve been far more content with my purchasing choices over the past several years because I wasn’t always chasing after the lowest price. I’m still very conscious of pricing. I don’t have much disposable ...

1098 days ago

Help with lapping a chisel - 5 replies

I’m lapping the back of a Stanley chisel for practice and can’t seem to get it flat. I’m using a tool-grade granite slab with 60 grit sandpaper. I’m moving the chisel crosswise across the surface with even pressure on the blade, not touching the handle. The pattern I’m getting on the back is a rougher surface toward...

1113 days ago

Rust remover and other restoration techniques - 39 replies

I know this subject has been covered before in one way or another but I’m looking for specific product recommendations and techniques. I’m slowly acquiring vintage tools that require some work to bring them back to usable condition. I’m not primarily concerned about collector value per se, but I do want to have hand tools in to...

1119 days ago

Simple but big project for my daughter's wedding - 6 replies

My daughter wants me to build thirty 5’ long planter-like boxes that will act as center pieces with flowers in them on each table. I’ve never tackled such a project before so I have no clue what to expect. These are not meant to last and I obviously don’t want to invest a fortune, but then I don’t want to spend the entire...

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