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02-05-2012 06:27 PM

Need some advice on picking a table top mortiser - 29 replies

Hey LJ’s, I was given a lump of money for my birthday to buy new tools. Actually my whole family chipped in for me to by a Bosch GLIDE miter saw. As badly as I WANT that saw, I’m trying to be sensible. I have a very good compound miter saw, which will do for a long time. So I want to focus on things I need more. I was thinking of ...

01-18-2012 06:53 PM

"New" Japanese Plane question - 7 replies

Hi All! I just received an old Japanese style hand plane from a co-worker. I know very little about these planes. I have checked the sole and see that it is concave across its width. My instinct is that the wood warped. Before I true this sole up, I want to make sure that this is not part of the function of the tool. Here is a link to what...

07-25-2011 03:29 PM

Dovetail Saws - 7 replies

Hey guys.. About a year ago I started getting more and more into hand tools. I decided to go with a Dozuki saw because o its fast cutting, think blade. And because they look cool as hell. I struggle cutting dovetails because the blade is so thin, and my technique inadequate, that the blade actually flexes as I cut. Resultantly, the side of th...

07-25-2011 03:21 PM

The Anarchist's Tool Chest - 3 replies

So I just finished reading the Anarchist’s Tool Chest by Chris Schwartz. It was a very good book. I like how Chris presents his progression from a tool hoarder, to what can be called a minimalist carpenter, without being to preachy. He talks a lot about using tools to build things of quality and distinct purpose which will last multiple li...

07-15-2011 03:19 PM

Ron Hock Blades and chip breakers - 30 replies

Ok, so I am lucky enough (and cursed) to work about 12 blocks away from Tools For Working Wood, in Brooklyn, NY. I’m lucky cuz I get to look at their website, and pick from their high quality tools selection, then go there and touch these things BEFORE I buy them. Plus I don’t have to wait for my new toys…uh..I mean tools to sh...

06-23-2011 04:14 PM

Mitered Spline joint for case of tv stand - 6 replies

Hey folks, I’m constructing a media console and would like to use a spline-ed miter join to construct the case (all four corners). It will be constructed out of 1” thick hardwood (not sure what yet). I’m not clear as to how deep the splines should be into the miter. Also am looking for tips on how to make the splines themsel...

04-13-2011 04:37 PM

What else do I need in my shop? - 8 replies

Hey All! Had a shop for about 6 months now, and am pretty happy with my planning and progress so far. Now I could use some advice from people with more experience setting up and using a shop. What I want to use the shop for is building furniture, (tables, bookcases, etc), and cabinets. I will use a hybrid mix of power and hand tools. Mostl...

04-11-2011 06:00 PM

Handplane Tearout on my "new workbench" - 14 replies

Hey guys, been reading and learning from you for a couple years now. Signed up today, because I need help. After many years of dreaming, I am finally starting to set up my own shop! Ive work with the power tools most of my life, but am trying to use more hand tools in my shop. I bought an old used Steiner Cabinet Makers bench off Craigs List. I ...


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