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1344 days ago

Seeking information on which lathe and accessories for creating drop spindles - 1 reply

My wife and I are investigating the tools required to turn drop spindles. Drop spindles are an ancient tool used to spin fiber into yarn. In the simplest form, they are a shaft and a whorl AKA flywheel. The shafts of course can have beads and so forth. And the whorls are sometimes flat disks and other times ‘bowled’ to redu...

1749 days ago

Speaking of workbenchs... - 2 replies

My bench is straight out of Norm Abram’s first book. I built it about 20 years ago. While I can’t complain about the longevity of the bench… I am thinking it is time for a change. The bench is something like 30” wide including a tool tray. First, do you actually like tool trays? To me it was a great place to accumu...

1766 days ago

Bang for the buck chisel and saw for dovetails - 9 replies

I need a chisel (or maybe a set) that are triangular in cross section so I can clean up the tight spaces in dovetails. I’d also like opinions on a dovetail saw. I won’t be going Japanese. I’m looking for usable tools that are a good bang for the buck. No garbage, but I don’t need top-of-the-line either. Opinions ...

1770 days ago

Designing a simple box... - 1 reply

I have some roughsawn cherry in the shop. I could probably plane it and resaw it to yield perhaps three 1/4” thick pieces. Q1: I want to make a small box for my son’s chess pieces. The internal dimensions would be all of 4”x7”x3”. Is there any problem with dovetailing 1/4” cherry? I can’t imagine ...


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