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575 days ago

Saws: can anyone tell me what this saw is? And what I should get? - 8 replies

I am going to buy saws for dovetails and mortise/tenon joinery. I am looking at the Veritas molded-spine dovetail 14 tpi saw (,42884,68511&ap=1) and am wondering what people use to cut tenons by hand? I was also handed the back saw below…can anyone tell me what it is? The...

581 days ago

$100 set of chisels...give me your recommendations! - 10 replies

Getting into dovetailing and mortise and tenon joinery with hand tools. I got an awesome 1/2” and 3/8” mortising chisel and mallet for Christmas. With some Christmas money I’m going to pick up the Veritas molded spine dovetail and cross cut saws:,42884,68511&ap...

848 days ago

5/4 x 6 or 8 white cedar? - 8 replies

This wife wants to make some raised beds (probably two 3×5) in the back yard. Looking at some catalogues…premade kits are pricey and they look pretty simple. Catch is, I need 5/4 cedar boards. I’m in the Baltimore, MD area. Our big boxes don’t carry it and I’ve called a couple lumber yards and they don’t ...

963 days ago

Going Rate for Vintage Stanley 750s? - 3 replies

Anybody know what the a reasonable price per chisel would be, assuming they are in good shape? I’m on the hunt for a good starter set of used chisels. Can’t find the marples with sheffield steel I wanted…so now I’m on to 750s, but I don’t have any idea what a reasonable price to pay is.

970 days ago

Value of Original Unused Marple Chisels Set of 4 (Sheffield iron) - 10 replies

From the way I understand it, Marples blue handle chisels made in Sheffield are a good starter chisel. Then Irwin bought Marples and kept making them in Sheffield for a while and those are good too. Then Irwin started making them in China and those are not so good. I’m trying to get a set of 4, new, Marples from Sheffield with blue ha...

1101 days ago

pressure txt 5/4 x 4? - 3 replies

So we bought a used playset that has some rot. The existing boards are pressure treated 5/4×4. I went to the big box stores in our area…the all carry pressure treated 5/4×6, but no 5/4×4. Now, I can buy the 6 in wide boards and cut them down to 4 in wide ones (and route the cut edges to round them)....but that adds quit...

1213 days ago

messed up my tablesaw - HELP - 4 replies

I bought a used Craftsman tablesaw a couple years ago, it was finely tuned with an aftermarket fence and a forrest woodworker 2 blade. It beautifully. Last weekend, working on a project, I forgot the saw blade was up about three inches and gave the fence a hard shove to get it out of the way from the other side. When it didn’t move, I...

1484 days ago

Square & strop for sharpening chisels and plane blades??? - 5 replies

Barrage of questions from me…but we’re slow at work this week. I’ve been collecting equipment for sharpening with the scarry method. I want to have all my ducks in a row before I try my hand. I have a granite tile (12×12), a veritas mark II, sandpaper through 600 grit (still need to find some 1000, and 2000 grit), and...

1485 days ago

Tool Gloat (and sliding toward apparent galootism) - 1 reply

Had my first taste of galootism. I was searching for some used hand planes in my area…and hit on a craigslist post of a guy with 350 hand planes in his basement he’s looking to unload. I ended up in his basement this Saturday and did some picking. When I showed up with my steel wool and metal straight edge, he asked if I’d a...

1485 days ago

cutting lap joints in 2X4s...a lot of them - 7 replies

I’ve finally gotten around to putting up an easy lumber rack (as opposed to my overloaded saw horses). I’m attaching three 2X4s stretching from the joists in my basement to the floor and spaced out to handle 8 foot lumber. I’m attaching to those three levels of “shelve” pieces (perpendicular 14” 2×4 pie...

1494 days ago

rust prevention... - 12 replies

I think I’m starting to have more than a collection of shop tools and the beginning of an investment in a woodshop set up. I will post pics at some point, but basically, I have half of a rowhome basement (thank God for low ceilings, otherwise we might club it out and I’d lose my shop). My question is, what should i do about rust?...

1497 days ago

tools for hand cut dovetails? - 16 replies

So my 3 and 1/2 year old likes tinkering in the shop and watching Handy Many…and suggested I build him a tool box. I’m plan on making a small version of a carpenter’s tool box. And…I’d like to try my hand at hand cutting dovetails to join it. What do I need for tools? I have a bevel gauge and a marking gauge. ...

1505 days ago

Help identify a block plane? - 5 replies

Hey all,I was given this block plane last night by a neighbor that’s moving overseas and was cleaning out his workshop. I believe it’s a stanley…but I could be wrong. I’ve done a fair bit of googling and come up empty. Any help?

1657 days ago

Fixing a splitting workbench? - 4 replies

Okay, so I’ve been a bit post-happy this AM, last one… I was given the fantastic opportunity to purchase at a great price this Ulmia workbench (when a friend of a cabinet maker went to the great workshop in the sky and he wanted to get his equipment to someone who would use it). I have it in a basement workshop that is crying for...

1657 days ago

Think this drill stand is worth using? - 13 replies

I don’t currently have a drill press. But I was handed this (looks to be antique) drill stand for a quarter inch black and decker drill. I think I could craigslist corded drill to go in it fairly cheaply…thoughts? Worth a shot?

1657 days ago

any ideas what this bench vice might be worth? - 5 replies

I was handed this bench vice a while ago by a neighbor when I was planning on building my own bench. Then I was given an opportunity to get an Ulmia, so I don’t need it any more. I tried to return it, but the neighbor doesn’t want it back. I was thinking of selling it, because there are still a bunch of tools on my “needR...

1666 days ago

Clamps: a recommended starter set? - 12 replies

It’s slow at work, so I’m firing up questions. I know folks are going to say “well, it depends on what you’re doing” and I get that, but what would folks recommend in terms of a starter set of clamps? At the moment, I have:2 HF heavy pipe clamps with 5 foot pipes2 24 inch bar clamps (no idea who made them)2 36 i...

1667 days ago

Totally random: Any Architect of the Capitol carpenters on here? - 1 reply

I work on the House side of the Hill…and am a budding hobbyist…and am certain there is a phenomenal workshop somewhere around here where all of the fantastic things I see are built and folks that might like to talk shop. PM me if there is anyone with the patience to talk to a newb…

1668 days ago

Getting set up for sharpening (scarry method) - 12 replies

Okay, so Santa brought me a Veritas Mark II honing guide and I now have no excuse for not cracking the seal on learning to sharpen. I plan on picking up 2 marble tiles (12×12x3/8), silicon carbide sandpaper in 80, 100, 150, 180, 220, 400, 600, 1200, and 2000 grits, 3m #77 spray adhesive, baby oil, acetone and a razor holder for clean up. ...

1668 days ago

Basic as it gets: which screw should I use? - 5 replies

Sorry for the newbie questions (as usual). I’m building radiator covers with dimensions about 40 wide, 30 tall and 12 deep and primarily made out of pine 1X4s and 3/4 pine glued boards for sides and tops. I am almost done and just need to attach the tops. My plan is to glue and screw 1 inch mounting strips to the inside sides and then g...

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