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|763 days ago||
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 ...
|781 days ago||
"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...
|958 days ago||
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...
|958 days ago||
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...
|968 days ago||
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...
|990 days ago||
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...
|1061 days ago||
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...
|1063 days ago||
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 ...