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|1185 days ago||
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...
|1198 days ago||
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...
|1200 days ago||
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 ...
|1213 days ago||
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. http://grizzly.com/products/searchresults.aspx?q=Granite%20surface%20plate&new=1 Has anyo...
|1215 days ago||
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...
|1234 days ago||
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...
|1235 days ago||
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...