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|385 days ago||
Slim Pickins at an Antiques Show This Week.... - 6 replies
Noooo, not that cowboy in “Dr Strangelove” wiseguy! A local antiques show, 120 tables, and the only plane that asked to come home with me was this British model that I’d never heard of before, but it is a size #4 b’gosh. Yeah, saw the usual overpriced ‘78s, a couple of #45s (I’d swore I’d never buy a...
|388 days ago||
Check This Classified Ad!! LOL! - 19 replies
Okay… I’ve seen some bizarre ads, this local ad for clamps, well… what’s your opinion? http://winnipeg.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-tools-other-4-3-4-Woodworking-Pipe-Bar-Clamps-W0QQAdIdZ431925249 $175 for the four… It’s only money!!
|394 days ago||
A Plunge Base for Bosch Colt ?? - 16 replies
I understand there is now a retro-fit plunge base for the Bosch Colt. There’s no place around my neck of the woods that has them on the shelf, and I’m striking out searching online catalogs for major woodworking tool suppliers, too. Does anyone know a reputable online dealer where I can A). order one online, B). ships to Canada, C)...
|400 days ago||
The Simple Courtesy of a Follow-Up - 19 replies
We all tend to move on, a hot topic one day becomes boring old news the next time you log in. This is true of some threads in the forums for sure. I was just looking at a website for an upcoming truck and heavy machinery auction, and one dually diesel caught my eye. It had the logo emblazoned on it on all four sides, ‘XYZ Construction...
|409 days ago||
Butler Hinges: an Exercise in Modeling Clay - 12 replies
I’ve never worked with butler hinges before. They are designed to have positive stops at 90 degrees and also at 180 degrees. Because of this, there is a pretty strong leaf spring on the underside. This makes for a very irregular surface to mortise in! I didn’t get it right on my first attempt, and so I ripped away the failed part...
|420 days ago||
The HF Syndrome Lives On...... - 84 replies
I still haven’t figured it out….If you have elected to own the cheeziest tools imaginable, yeah, HF would be a pretty darn good place to shop, in my opinion. Hmm, now, let’s see. What possible reason could there be for buying tools from the retailer of the worst possible tools on the market? Did you just want to be cheep, or...
|428 days ago||
The Stanley # 39s....Boom or Bust? - 34 replies
I’ve never seen a 39 before, much less owned one. But a 39- 3/8” just came up for sale locally. I kinda like the idea of a graduated set of 39s, but really I’m sure I’d only ever use the 1/4” and 3/4”. So… is it worth owning a set, where they’d be used primarily in cross-grain dadoes such as in ...
|431 days ago||
Stanley 71, 71 1/2 Sharpening Questions - 8 replies
Hey all,Though I really like my 71s, I’ve got 2 questions: What angle should I be shooting for on the bevel? Any special techniques for sharpening? I’m using an expendable oilstone at the present, with the cutter inverted over the edge. Also, who has a preference, skew edge versus arrowhead point? I like cleaning up dadoes cut ...
|432 days ago||
One Big-Ass Butcher Block - 30 replies
Saw this in a local listing… had to share it! Never seen one this big before: More pics and details here: http://winnipeg.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-tools-hand-tools-Cutting-Block-W0QQAdIdZ418964410 I’m guessing 36” X 18” X 24” high. Wow!
|442 days ago||
Hand Planes...a Design Limitation? - 23 replies
Something is inherently wrong with the design of the typical handplane! It just occurred to me, as I set up a new set of cutters on my antique jointer, that the bed of a hand plane should be “stepped” as is the table of a jointer! Think about it! Assuming that a plane shaving is approximately .005 inch thick, this means that the t...
|451 days ago||
A Rockwell ..What??? Uniplane??? - 11 replies
I saw this in local classifieds: A Rockwell Uni-plane!Said to be great for edging, and angle surfacing! Unbelievable! This is not a jointer!! Note the miter gauge! Yikes, scary looking cutter head.sorry, only one pic posted with the ad. Ever see one? I never heard of such an animal…
|452 days ago||
Drawer Glides Hate Heavy Metal!!! - 33 replies
I’ve decided it’s time to retire my four Beach roll-away tool chests. Though it was a great idea five years ago, I’m just tired of the less-than-perfect drawer glides. Whether ball-bearing or slide-glide, my biceps and shoulders do not need the exercise of muscling these drawers open and closed. Yes, I’ve cleaned them,...
|456 days ago||
I want to inspire those Lumberjocks who think that owning the newest power tool is the only road to achieving proficiency in their craft. So, while this is not a gloat, it IS possible to get out there and find some incredible hand tools, which you can tune up and cherish. Someday, you’ll also come to the conclusion that the unplugged wor...
|470 days ago||
I Swear I'm Not Making This Up!! - 3 replies
I read somewhere that the latest discovery in micro-fine abrasives is….Mushrooms! Yes a certain type of mushroom has a silica type that is so fine that it is perfect for fine honing of plane cutters and chisels. However, since I read everything I can get my hands on, it could be a circa 1935 Popular Mechanics, or The New York Times for...
|486 days ago||
The Value of Used Planes and Old Tools - 12 replies
You know, it’s helpful to have some knowledge about the value of an old plane, but as I look around in my shop at the dozens upon dozens of planes I have, for the most part I have no recollection of what I paid for each one. Yeah, a few still have the tags or stickers on them from antique shops and yard sales, but mostly I have no clue wh...
|492 days ago||
Saturday Flea Market Plane Purchases - 9 replies
Well, of course it’s raining, it’s Saturday! So while the throngs of people head for the malls, I had a near-fainting experience at the truck accessory store. A cheep fiberglass cap for my new Z-71 Silverado? How about $1675 plus tax and installation!!! Cripes, I might as well have bought a Yukon or Suburban…. So to console...
|506 days ago||
Questionable Fundraising Abuse - 22 replies
Y’know, I have no problem with the political or religious discussions here, as long as the writers are willing to get as they give. Let the readers decide when a member goes off the rails, or reacts to an opinion with disorganized thoughts or irrational responses, it’s fun to watch the meltdowns! BUT!!! I really do have an issue ...
|514 days ago||
Creative Financing, Anybody? - 15 replies
Well, to make a long story short, I’ve got a 3/4 Ton van that I’ve got to get rid of before the neighbors start complaining. Problem is, the transmission is about to go. Even though the van is in really good shape, nearly rust-free, low mileage, etc, hey I’m a realist… I wonder…if I posted an ad in CL and offere...
|519 days ago||
Two 'Whatizzits" from the Poopiekat Workshop: - 9 replies
Ok.. I’m baffled, sorta, about what exactly these two little tools are. Dunno how they even came to be in my toolbox. anyway… here we go: although hard to see perhaps in the photo, the name embossed into this is “QUIK-SCRAPE”. Now, to describe, those little wheels turn freely, it’s cast aluminum, and there is a ...
|535 days ago||
The Complete Stanley Hand Tool Collection? - 21 replies
Just wondering… other than perhaps a museum in New Britain CT, or possibly a catalog of some sort, is there anybody in the world that has attempted to collect one of each Stanley tool, by numerical designation? y’know, like a #95 butt- scribe, Miter boxes, tape measures, wooden levels…. anyone know of a private collection? W...