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Woodworking Knowledge #1: Cool Websites for Woodworkers

04-23-2008 02:41 PM by flink | 11 comments »

I today discovered Cian Perez’s page, The Index of Fossil-Fuel-Friendly Woodworking Knowledge. This site is chock full of links and articles on using hand tools. A page is also available for power tools. Cian has gathered information from numerous sources and archived them for our reference. If you need to know something about hand tools, from using them, to who makes them, this is the spot to start.

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Golden Mean, Golden ratio in constructing items.

04-19-2008 08:06 PM by Karson | 12 comments »

The golden Mean or Golden Ratio is a number that people use when making items, buildings and furniture, They are determined a couple of different ways. The number is used to determine proportions between pieces of the item being constructed. One of the easiest to remember is to take 1 and 1 and then to add two consecutive numbers to get the next. The numbers in sequence are: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89 etc. This might work if you were making something 89” tall and the ...

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Another New Fangled Workbench #1: Installment two: Getting to know the planing beam

04-08-2008 09:48 PM by MichaelW | 9 comments »

This is actually Part II of the series, Part I is in part II of the series and Part II is here, hopefully Part III and thereafter will appear in the correct sequence. One evening after work last week I was finally able to carve out a little time for the NFWB project. I am waiting for a drill press on back order so in the meantime I thought I would start squaring up some of the stock I had previously cut for pieces of the bench. In this photo on the left side of the saw horses is what...

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Drawbore Pins

12-22-2007 04:56 AM by Mike Lingenfelter | 6 comments »

I’m trying to get things ready for when I start to build my workbench. I plan to use Drawboring to pin my tenons on the bench. To help align the holes for the pins I needed a Drawbore Pin (a machinist would call them drift pins). For woodworkers the drift pin generally has a handle, to better wiggle it around. I had recently read an article by Christopher Schwarz on Drawbore Pins, which these are based on. You can read his article for a complete description and explanation of the steps. ...

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Holtzapffel Bench #1: Setting Up the Scene

11-21-2007 11:29 PM by Olaf Gradin | 6 comments »

My first big project will be the Holtzapffel cabinetmaker's workbench. If you’ve kept up with Christopher Schwarz, you already know well what I am talking about. It’s a beautiful machine, and I want to start my shop off with this cornerstone of hand tool work. I’ve long sought after the European benches you see in the magazines, but the money put them well outside of my reach. Just as I was about to fold and build a modern design on the same, I found some articles rega...

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Woodworking Information links

12-07-2007 03:49 AM by gene | 3 comments »

Has anyone checked this site out. Great information site. Check the link for free software for woodworkers. I have a few on my computer now. I think this guy is either a LJ’s member or he should be. bless

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Parts For Tools

12-03-2007 09:13 PM by Blake | 2 comments »

I just wanted to let everyone know, in case they don’t already. At our Used Tool Store we sometimes need to make repairs on tools in order to resell them. When we need parts we go to Tool Parts Direct ( This is the best way that we have found to get parts for tools. If you go to the website and type in the brand and model number you will get a blown-apart schematic of almost any tool ever made. (Click on the schematic for a full sized view). There is also a parts...

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The Slippery Slope #4: Introducing Sarge.

11-24-2007 04:54 AM by Douglas Bordner | 29 comments »

Finally after using WayneC's citric acid technique, lapping the sole flat, grinding the sides square to the sole, and using David's modified Parkerization technique ; stripping the tote and knob and refinishing them with toned Danish oil and salad bowl finish and sharpening the blade with the scary sharp method it is a pleasure to introduce Sarge. If you missed the middle installments (2 and 3), I discovered that this rust bucket refugee is actually a #409. There isn’t a resource I...

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Handplane Restoration #19: Cleaning Parts with Citric Acid

07-10-2007 06:12 AM by WayneC | 28 comments »

Based on an article by James Thompson I found on I though I woud try using Citric Acid for rust removal. The article can be found at the following link. Citric acid is used in food processing and seems to do a good job removing rust. I checked the local yellow pages and found a local beer home brewing store. I called them and confirmed that I could purchase citric acid for $5 per pound. I made...

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Handplane Reference #3: Handplane Related Videos

04-02-2007 12:46 AM by WayneC | 4 comments »

This is a collection of handplane related videos. This is intended primarily as a personal reference, but feel free to suggest additions and comment on the content: I own the following videos/DVDs: RECLAIMING FLEA MARKET PLANES VIDEO WITH ERNIE CONOVER – Excellent vide on how to restore old handplanes. Sharpening Woodworking Tools with Leonard Lee – good video on sharpening Hand Tool Techniques Part 1: Plane Sharpening by David Charlesworth – If your interested ...

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