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|149 days ago||
white areas on the crossgrain - 13 replies
what are those white areas on the crossgrain of the cherry ?its typically in the corner. could this be discoloration from the glue ? this has been sanded to 220 grit.
|195 days ago||
chipout around dado edges - 8 replies
i am building a case and my birch plywood is chipping a bit at the edges of the dadoes. how do you avoid that ? do i just have a cheap dado stack ? ( a mibro) and need to invest in a forest dado or the like ? i do have a zero clearance insert but unfortunately it was made for 3/4 dado and i am cutting 3/8. it does appear i get chipout...
|203 days ago||
insuring tools - 18 replies
i am starting to accumulate quite a bit of expensive tools. i am a hobbyist so my shop is not insured separately. What do you guys do ? Do you take pics and write down serial # and provide your insurer with that ?
|207 days ago||
What do you guys usually do ? Do you use a combination blade for all your cuts or do you organize your project and spend thje time to switch from rip to crosscut blades all the time ?
|450 days ago||
framing up doors to my shop - 7 replies
Hi, I have a nice outbuilding I am retrofiting into my new shop. It has a main part and then two side carports that have no doors. They, however have a concrete floor. The main part of the building is a wood floor. I am planning to frame up the front of the carports and make doors for them. One carport will be my machine room, the other o...
|465 days ago||
heavy cast iron jointer - 12 replies
I think I found a good deal. Ive been looking for a jointer. This is the kind I like. Old heavy cast iron machinery from the 50-60’s. The seller wants $150.0 for it including the base and its got all the documentation, sharp knives, good working motor and massive cast iron fence. Can joint up to 6 1/4” wide boards and has a 36 R...
|512 days ago||
matched planes for tongue and groove - 3 replies
I just received today a pair of matched tongue and groove planes. Made by Marten Doschen in New York. Perfect condition, sharp blades. Its set to cut a 1/4” tongue centered on a 7/8” stock. I had 3/4” at hand so I tried it on that. Worked pretty well, but of course the tongue is not centeredl. Took me a while to get u...
|556 days ago||
tormek T7 - 7 replies
I am considering getting a Tormek and I am wondering how it achieves its edge. As far as I can tell, there is one single grinding stone and a leather honing wheel. That grinding stone probably has a rough grit (250? ), so how do you get the mirror edge? Is that solely achieved via the leather stropping wheel or do you have to use a stone grader...
|582 days ago||
rolls royce of try squares - 15 replies
I have been wanting one of these for a long time. Quite expensive but they are incredibly beautiful. Another thing that is really nice is that they are adjustable so that you can keep them square. Hmm, perhaps Santa will be nice to me <g>... Joking aside, I am wondering how I would go about making one. Specifically, the mechanism in...
|593 days ago||
tails on long board or short board ? - 8 replies
I am wondering if they are guidelines for placing the pins and tails in a dovetail joint. If you are making a carcass or a box, Does it matter which side you choose to be the tail board? For example, is there a case to be made for structural integrity ? or is it just design esthetics?
|595 days ago||
The evershrinking box - 13 replies
One of the characteristics of hand tool work is the search for the perfectly, jointed, level and square board. I learned early enough that if you skip that phase, nothing lines up, your joints are bad, etc.. So, right now, I am making a cabinet toolchest (Tom Fidgen's design). Started from rough 4/4 lumber and dimensioned by hand, squared...
|597 days ago||
before having a coffee cup.. - 10 replies
So, this morning, I head to my shop and while checking out my jointer plane, I decide it needs sharpening. No problems, I break out the stones and start sharpening until I get a razor edge. Put it back in the plane, grab a piece of pine and start planning an edge. It shreds and desintegrates in dust. What the heck? Go back, look at edge, s...
|598 days ago||
I live in southestearn Virginia and was looking for a friendly lumberyard for my woodworking needs. I used to order online. In the middle of Norfolk, there is a lumberyard called Yukon Lumber. It is fabulous. Great selection of woods, the guys are really friendly and helpful and the prices are really good. Once you tell them what they want, t...
|598 days ago||
american wood worker and Paul Sellers - 3 replies
If you get a chance, pick up a copy of the american woodworker magazine this month. It comes with a free DVD introducting Paul Sellers series “Working Wood”. You also have a chance to win a woodworking class in england, in a castle with travel and lodging paid for… This aside, the DVD is amazing. A little flashy for a wood ...
|603 days ago||
good bandsaw for $1000,00 or less? - 19 replies
Hi, I am looking at getting a bandsaw, mainly for resawing capabilities. I do most of my work with hand tools, but when it comes to resaw a board, its better done with a bandsaw. I do not expect to work on large piece of furnitures, so I suspect 12 to 14 ” of resaw capacity is enough. Should I look for used saws on craigslist/ebay or a...
|637 days ago||
restoring antique saw handle - 4 replies
So, I scored a nice backsaw on ebay. Blade is in excellent condition, I just have to replace a split nut and restore the handle shown in the pic below. How would you go about restoring the wood ?
|701 days ago||
witherby and butcher paring chisels - 3 replies
I am looking into getting a set of paring chisels and I have been looking at getting vintage chisels. Often, I see references to Wiitherby and sometimes Wiitherby and Butcher. Are these the same or did the companies merge at some point?
|703 days ago||
I usually sand between the varnish coats but should you really sand between stain coats for oil based products ?
|703 days ago||
wood expansion between different species - 6 replies
I am thinking about gluing up walnut and pine by butting up one piece to another to make a box with walnut corners. I have two questiosn regarding that. 1) Should I do a breadboard kind of joint or will glue hold well enough across the end grains without that ? 2) I was wondering if when you do that kind of stuff, you have to worry abo...
|713 days ago||
lie nielsen tool event - 1 reply
So, I saw there is an upcoming tool event in Mystic CT 3 weeks from now. I visited this place before and its pretty cool. It is a reenacted old seaport with artisans doing wood working, smithing etc.. like in colonial williamsburg in va. Last time I was there, they were restoring a huge wooden ship, a whaler. Anyhow, during the wooden boat f...