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05-10-2018 12:28 AM

Can Someone Identify These Trees? - 5 replies

Hi all. I have a couple of trees in my backyard that may need to come down. I’m trying to figure out id I should keep the logs and have them milled. This one here is a big boy. I’ve looked everywhere but can’t seem to be able to match the leaves. And this one has a bizarre looking trunk What say you?

05-02-2018 04:56 PM

Best Wood For Tool Handles - 10 replies

Hi All. I’m in the process of restoring a hand plane and I am going to have to replace the tote, which is broken and the knob, which is missing. The originals were mahogany per the timetestedtools site, but since I’m a hot rodder at heart, I want to do something a little more distinctive. Does anyone have any suggestions abo...

05-02-2018 01:46 PM

Hand Plane Resto question...when is "Good Enough" Good enough? - 38 replies

Still working on my Union hand plane. I’ve de-rusted everything and waxed it to keep it from rusting again. Today, I wanted to Have a go at checking for flatness, so I took some 120 grit aluminum oxide grinding cloth and clamped it to the cast iron table of my table saw. Following is the result of about 5 minutes on the sole and abo...

04-30-2018 09:28 PM

Restoration Question Re. Union Hand Plane - 3 replies

Hi all. I’ve started the resto on this plane and the big bit is currently taking a nice warm electric bath. Before I start de-rusting the other pieces…I noticed that the lever cap seems to be pitted on the edge (see pics) is that a major functional problem…or is it just a cosmetic issue? Should I grind it out, or leave...

04-29-2018 11:56 PM

Woo Hoo!!! Got My First Hand Plane! - 5 replies

I’ve been looking for some hand planes. Saw on ad on C-list Friday Morning for a Bailey No. 7 plane and called and begged him to hold it for me until I could pick it up today. While I was there, he showed me a number 6 Union plane that he had never gotten arount to restoring…so I picked up a nice project plane as well…and ...

04-27-2018 07:49 PM

Did I Do Good? - 12 replies

SO, found an old mill that’s being torn down and everything is all palletized. There was a ton of wood out there, so I thought I’d stop in and see if they were selling any to passers by. I picked up a fair amount of oak. Five planks, 12 feet 7 inches long x 9 1/2 inches wide and 2 1/4 inches thick at $2.50/linear foot. ThatR...

04-26-2018 06:09 PM

The Importance of Measurement Accuracy - 26 replies

Hi All. I’ve been wanting to get myself some measuring tools for the shop…but MAN…the prices can be crazy! I know that accuracy is important…that’s a given…but is a 100 dollar engineer’s square from Woodpecker THAT much more accurate than…say…the 27 dollar one from Woodcraft or 20 dolla...

04-24-2018 03:32 PM

Vintage Hand Planes OTHER Than Stanley - 13 replies

SO I’ve been looking at a lot of hand planes. I’m seeing a lot of them on Ebay from companies like Millers Falls, Sargent, Dunlap, and Craftsman. I am, by no means, a collector…so value is really of no concern to me. I just want 2 or 3 decent planes that will give me good results with minimal setup (provided they are in go...

04-20-2018 07:07 PM

Ever do Something Monumentally Stupid? - 9 replies

You know how you always laugh when someone else does something so mind-bendingly dumb that you can’t comprehend how they made it as far as they have in life? It’s not quite as funny when the idiot is you. Today, I learned the hard way that, when it comes to steam boilers…zero PSI on the pressure gauge does not, under any ...

04-20-2018 02:36 PM

Talk About Mixed Feelings - 12 replies

One of my (many) hobbies is making good barbecue. I love firing up the pit and smoking some ribs and butts (and on rare occasions, a whole hog). Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity recently because I’ve had time constraints that are not conducive to spending 12 hours feeding a barbecue pit. As you all may know…I a...

04-18-2018 04:16 PM

Mortising Machine...Worth it? - 10 replies

Hi All I have a line on a Jet JBM-5 benchtop mortising machine that is being sold for reasonable coin with various size chisels. I think I can pick it up for 200 bucks. Is that a decent deal? I definitely want to get deeper into joinery.

04-18-2018 01:54 PM

Another Hand Plane Question...corrugated vs. flat - 6 replies

I’m sure y’all are getting REALLY sick of all of my questions by now, so I apologize for the barrage if what are probably elementary questions. I’m seeing a lot of hand planes on ebay that are corrugated…like they will be selling a no. 5 flat and a No. 5 corrugated. The difference is obvious from looking at the sole&#...

04-18-2018 01:49 PM

A Good Primer on Chisels - 2 replies

Hi Everyone. I was wondering if anyone had a link to a good explanation of the various types of chisels. I just know “chisel”...or more precisely “big chisel,” “Little Chisel,” “chisel that opens paint cans,” and “chisel that I’m mad at because it fell on my foot and caused an owie.&#...

04-16-2018 04:23 PM

Hand Planes...Low Angle Vs. Standard - 19 replies

I have been looking at picking up a couple of bench planes for the shop. I’ve settle on something like a No. 5 jack plane, a small smoothing plane (No. 3, perhaps) and a bigger No. 6 or 7 plane. I just would like to know what the difference is between a standard and low angle plane. Would I be better off with the low angle, or should ...

04-12-2018 05:09 PM

Dominos, Biscuits, and Dowels (Oh My!) - 16 replies

So, as I compile my tool wish list, I am trying to ascertain the importance of having some type of joiner. When I built my first cabinets, I simply used glue to assemble the panels for the doors, but for subsequent projects, I’d like to feel more secure about the panels that I build, so that brings me to my question. Is a joiner wort...

04-11-2018 07:14 PM

Pretty...or Utilitarian? - 22 replies

I’ve been a LJ a short time and have noticed that many of y’all seem to really go the extra mile when building things like carts, bases, assembly tables, workbenches, etc. I have rarely seen a photo here of someone who built a shop fixture to the point that it worked and then said, “Meh…that’ll do.” Everyt...

04-09-2018 06:34 PM

Routers...How Much Is TOO Much? - 33 replies

So I am looking for a decent router to mount under my table since I’m sick of borrowing my brother’s Bosch. Currently, I have an old craftsman router that I make do with on the rare occasions (in my case) when a handheld is needed. So I’m looking for a good all-around router, and I think I’ve settled on the Triton 2...

04-05-2018 09:54 PM

Effect of Pressure Treated Lumber on Blades - 10 replies

I am embarking on a shelving project and will require use of a dado blade on PT lumber. I am a newbie when it comes to working with treated lumber (and to woodworking in general) and I am very afraid of messing up my expensive dado blade. Am I OK using for that purpose, or should I figure out another way? Thank you in advance for your hel...


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