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Want to make a plane or learn how to use one?

Want to make a plane or learn how to use one?

12-02-2009 09:44 AM by WayneC | 6 comments »

This is a very comprehensive book that shows how to make a Krenov style handplane and a lot more. The book is very clear and easy to read. It provides a lot of information on how planes work, sharpening, handplane use, how to use hand tools in general and also information on plane related accessories such as shooting boards. You have all of the information you need to create a handplane. The instructions are very clear and you should have all of the information you need to create one....

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Woodpeckers framing squares

Woodpeckers framing squares

12-15-2012 07:05 PM by mbs | 6 comments »

I needed to check both flatness and squareness across long surfaces and long miter fences. The most accurate tool I had was a Starrett 12” combination square. After a lot of time screwing around I came to the conclusion that the Starrett square wasn’t square and the blade wasn’t long enough to check for flatness. I borrowed my friends Woodpeckers framing square and I was done with the machine setup in no time. And it was perfectly accurate. You can see from the pic...

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Inexpensive over the shoulder shop Apron

Inexpensive over the shoulder shop Apron

01-27-2012 10:58 PM by TechRedneck | 6 comments »

When I am in the shop, I want to have my essential small tools handy. Pencil, small square, DC Remote, Marker, Marking Gauge, tape measure, Center rule and whatever. I started with a cheap cotton apron that came over the neck and tied in the back. When I added tools it became a little heavy and dug into the back of my neck. I wanted an apron that came over the shoulders and was easy to put on and take off. This seems to fit my needs with a few exceptions. Likes: 1. Heavy cotton with...

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ABCs of Hand Tools

ABCs of Hand Tools

04-21-2013 02:54 PM by Stephenw | 6 comments »

This is not primarily a woodworking book. This book was published in 1945 by GM and shows the proper use of most common hand tools. The book is illustrated with a Disney character called “Primitive Pete”. This caveman shows improper tool uses that result in damage or accidents. This fun book can be found used on eBay or Amazon. I have a link to download a free electronic copy of the book from the GM Heritage Center on my website here… ABCs of Hand Tools

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incra i-box a nice little jig

incra i-box a nice little jig

04-21-2013 05:49 PM by awlee | 6 comments »

I’m a fan of Incra tools and was very happy to get the I-box jig for box joints as a gift. The jig is sturdy, made of extruded aluminum and MDF, and includes an instructional DVD. Set up is easy. The instructions in both the DVD and the handbook are clear and easy to follow. I set mine up for a table saw, though there is an option to set up for a router table too; and one can go back and forth between table saw or router table without much fussing. Set up took me an hour-and-a-half (but ...

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Ringmaster allows you to create bowls and hollow vessels without turning.

Ringmaster allows you to create bowls and hollow vessels without turning.

01-21-2008 12:31 PM by cajunpen | 6 comments »

The Ringmaster allows you to create any bowl or hollow vessel that you can create on a lathe – without needing to know how to turn. You can take any flat board between 1/2” and 1” and about 12”x12” and create a bowl, lamp, vase, etc. – from a single piece of wood. You can also combine species to make interesting contrasting projects. Below are a couple of simple projects that I made a couple of years ago. These are simple – there are those out the...

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If you sell, you should really take a look at this book

If you sell, you should really take a look at this book

07-05-2009 08:53 AM by Durnik150 | 6 comments »

I have accrued a lot of woodworking books over the last 3 years or so and avidly read as much as I can about my favorite hobby. I occasionally sell some pieces so got hold of this book. This book is available at Amazon for $15.63 as of this writing. The author is Dan Ramsay. First off, not everyone needs this book. If you enjoy woodworking for the relaxation, the craft, or as gifts, you don’t need this book. If you are actually trying to make a profit or are seriously considering ...

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Review of Delta 14-461 Deluxe Mortiser

Review of Delta 14-461 Deluxe Mortiser

01-21-2008 04:45 PM by Al Navas | 6 comments »

The bottom line: This machine works, but you must watch out for several things, common to all mortisers of this type, as I already have pointed out on my recent blog posts. The weak link: The fence. It recently gave me many headaches, as the inside edges of the fence halves did not align properly – in the photo, Edge #1 and Edge #2. This resulted in misalignment of stiles to rails, something that should NOT happen. I probably did something to cause this, or maybe just sitting by a wi...

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Dan's Whetstone Company Customer Service and Product

Dan's Whetstone Company Customer Service and Product

06-20-2012 03:41 PM by cakman | 6 comments »

I have been looking for a sharpening product that I could use between my super fine diamond stone and a leather strop that is different than the Norton 8000 grit water stone I was currently using. I think the water stone is a great product, but I hate the maintenance and mess of a water stone. When I took a class at the Homestead Heritage School of Woodworking, we learned about sharpening and the system that was used was diamond stones (up through super fine) and then the Translucent Arka...

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Large smooth action QR Vise

Large smooth action QR Vise

01-08-2011 06:52 PM by Hoakie | 6 comments »

I have never had a true woodworking vise before this and have been making due with clamps and a “Craftsman 6 bench vise with makeshift wood pads. I purchased this vise for myself after Christmas ($159 + free shipping) to go on a workbench that I’m planning to build (either Holtzappfel or 21st Century). I did a little bit of research online and read some reviews in FWW and realized that there are just as many opinions as there are vise styles and manufacturers. However, this t...

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