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12-24-2013 07:17 PM

What is your FAVORITE Hand Plane? - 44 replies

Sort of like handplanes of your dreams, except this has to be something you ACTUALLY OWN. DO:+Post a description, or photo, or both.+Pick a favorite ONE! (no wishy-washy “I like them all” business).+Wait until you get your new favorite for Xmas, if you want to…or don’t, then you can post one now, and another in a few d...

12-11-2013 03:36 PM

Jewelry burnisher - 2 replies

Has anyone used a jewelry burnisher for their card scrapers? You can get those for about $5, vs much more for a normal woodworking burnisher.

12-05-2013 11:59 PM

bevel down vs bevel up - 2 replies

AHA!!!! You thought I was going to ask which is better, didn’t you? I actually just wanted to post this link: It is probably the best summary and comparison I have seen, he really covers all the strengths and weaknesses of both…and in the ...

12-01-2013 08:48 PM

confidence booster - 1 reply

I just had a confidence booster… I got some hard maple and walnut from my father in law for a pizza peel build, and was a bit concerned about handplaning the maple, since I have never used it before, only pine, poplar, red oak, and cherry…BUT it went great! I needed to joint the edges for glue-up to the walnut, and my old Ohio ...

11-26-2013 09:57 PM

how to cut a saw plate? - 10 replies

For those who have cut up old saws for making card scrapers or scratch stocks…will a simple hack saw work for this?

11-24-2013 03:44 AM

hand ripping 30 ft of syp - 12 replies

So I just finished using my Stanley sharptooth hand saw to rip three 5-foot 2×10’s of southern yellow pine construction lumber into three 3-inch sections…equals 30 feet of hand sawing through 2x material. it was a good workout, and the saw worked well despite the crosscut teeth…i never felt like I wasn’t getting a...

11-17-2013 07:35 PM

SYP drying time - 9 replies

I just got some Southern Yellow pine 2×10’s form the home center for a workbench build, I cut it into 5-foot lengths and and stickered it to dry. How much time should I wait until I start building? It is advertised as “kiln-dried” which in reality means “pretty wet.” Keep in mind this is drying in my gar...

11-14-2013 10:52 PM

The one thing I've learned from Lumberjocks... - 13 replies

Looking at losts of projects, tool-restores, forum topics, and blogs has informed me of a few things: -Most LJ’s make nicer projects than me, but perhaps not all.-Most LJ’s know more about tool restoration than me, but perhaps not all.-Most LJ’s are more eloquent writers than me, but perhaps not all. HOWEVER…the one...

10-31-2013 04:43 PM

Shop-made Toothed Bench stop - 0 replies

I’m doing some research for a workbench build, and wondered if anyone has made or seen a shop-made toothed, adjustable Bench stop. Since I don’t have a black-smith to make one for me, has anyone made something that functions the same way, but made with big-box store materials? (screws, nails, other?) Thanks!

10-31-2013 03:25 AM

If you don't have a honing guide... - 5 replies

...GET ONE! I have been sharpening freehand for about 4 years, and just purchased a $12 honing guide after hearing Denab P. Talk about the ease of getting consistency, and the time saved by repeatability…and after using it once, I’m sold. No question its easier, and I can see immediately that it will help my edge tools perform mo...

10-26-2013 04:13 AM

vintage levels - 8 replies

I see quite a few antique wooden levels at local stores. Are these ever usable? What should I look for, avoid. And expect as far as rehab?

10-20-2013 04:49 AM

Workbench with no front stretcher - 14 replies

I’d like to build a workbench, but in my very limited space, I’d really like to be able to roll my anarchist-style tool chest UNDER the bench when not in use…so that means building a bench without a front stretcher, or at least not a very low front stretcher. I just don’t want the bench to rack when I do aggressive hand-...

10-16-2013 02:33 AM

free 1/2" mortise chisel - 4 replies

I will be attending the woodworking in America marketplace this Friday in Covington, KY…if anyone wants this old beast of a chisel, I’ll meet you in the parking lot and give it to you…its that or goodwill. It is an old ranged chisel, I made the handle with a draw knife…you’ll probably want to make your own. The on...

10-14-2013 09:30 PM

bench construction details - 4 replies

I see many benches with dovetails joining an end cap to the front apron…are these mostly for show? Sometimes it looks like it is combined with a few bolts also holding the end cap on. Is this some form of breadboard? Is that how they account for wood movement? What’s the general approach here…assuming I don’t just wan...

10-09-2013 08:59 PM

lee valley "contour planes" - 1 reply

Has anyone used these…they are basically old-style wooden spokeshaves. They are inexpensive, I want to know if they are any good.

10-07-2013 12:27 AM

tongue & groove planes - 1 reply

If you were making a pair of wooden tongue & groove planes…would you make the grooving (simple plow plane ) first and use it to plow the groove in the tongue cutting plane? Or is another method better?

10-04-2013 11:11 PM

NUMBER 6 plane size? - 15 replies

What situation do you find best suits a no. 6? If you already have a 5 and a 7, at what point do you look at your work and decide it needs a # 6? do you really need one at all?

09-19-2013 09:27 PM

Dovetail saw: Stumpy vs. long? - 2 replies

It seems in the old days, there were lots of saws in this general style: Short, deeper cut: However, nearly all modern dovetail saws follow the longer, more shallow style, like this one (and yes, I realize many older saws also follow this design…but very few of the high-end saw makers make this style anymore…Pax is the only one I ...

09-16-2013 04:44 PM

How much set for a hand-saw? - 2 replies

For saw sharpeners…Do any of you have a “back-woods”, or “down-home” method for determining how much set a particular saw needs…(If your answer involves using calipers, please pass)? Examples for the following would be helpful: -Full-sized rip saw:-Full-sized cross-cut saw:-Medium rip carcass/tenon saw:-...

09-16-2013 04:40 PM

cleaning up aftersharpening - 9 replies

I’m wondering about what others do for clean-up after sharpening, Specifically those who use waterstones. 1. When needed, Do you flatten flatten the stone immediately after sharpening…while the stone is wet, or do you wait until the stone is dry…perhaps just BEFORE a sharpening? Is one way better than another? 2. How d...

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