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12-11-2010 05:49 AM

Knockdown Furniture Hardware - 3 replies

A neighbor was asking about some knockdown furniture hardware. He had a bed in storage that he recently got out. When he started reassembling it, he found he is missing several pieces of hardware. What is missing is some, what I have been told are called sunken nuts or dowel nuts. I recommended Woodcraft because I knew they carried some. It...

11-27-2010 03:49 PM

Marking gauge maintenance - 3 replies

I was talking with someone recently about replacing the marking pin of a marking gauge. Ultimatley, we decided it would be easier just to buy another gauge. However, I am still curious. I spent about an hour or so on the web to seek out the answer and have yet to find one. If I purchased an antique marking gauge and wished to replace the m...

11-25-2010 04:02 PM

Wood burning stove for the shop - 17 replies

A friend of mine has a shop that is warmed via a wood burning cast iron stove. He used a stove because he sometimes heats up water or whatever on the surface. Now that I am using more handtools and considering some improvement in the shop in 2011, I am contemplating a cast iron stove. My friend was given his stove (it is an antique). I used ...

11-13-2010 03:22 AM

Grizzly Granite Surface Plates for a sharpening station - 24 replies

After seeing the Lie Nielsen sharpening station for $1300, I spotted Grizzly’s Granite Surface Plates. I am motivated to build a sharpening station to use the 24”x36” (4” thick) Grizzly Granite Surface Plate for the surface. Has anyo...

11-11-2010 01:47 AM

Sharpening a Disston Back Saw - 9 replies

I recently picked up an old Disston back saw for $16. It kind of looks like a dovetail saw. It is straight and solid. The teeth have no set at all and they are dull. I have never sharpened a saw myself and I figured this would be a great opportunity to work on learning. Anyone have any tips? Someone once told me to “sharpen into th...

10-23-2010 12:54 PM

Squeeze out clean up before staining - 4 replies

I know that prevention is the best cure, but despite my best efforts, occasionally I will have some glue marks on a joint or something that becomes very obvious when applying stain. A friend recently took a piece he built for the church to a cabinet shop to have it professionally stained and finished. The cabinet maker remarked that there we...

10-21-2010 08:23 PM

Acquiring traditional hand tools - 12 replies

I have always used power tools wherever I was able. I used to gnash my teeth at the thought of having to drive a screw or nail by hand. I even got pretty handy at using a belt sander when, possibly, a block plane was the better way to go. I used power tools and when I wanted to use hand tools, I turned to cordless. I have done some commiss...

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