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02-11-2013 04:21 PM

Table saw blade size - 24 replies

My fairly cheap table saw has a 10” blade in it. But I went over to my friend’s house and he had a really old huge cabinet saw with what looked like a 7” blade. Is there any advantage to using a smaller blade on a table saw?

01-16-2013 02:42 PM

Saw Sharpening...You can do it too! - 16 replies

I just wanted to encourage any you who feel you will never be able to sharpen saws, Just get a cheap saw (non-hardened teeth) and go for it. I’ve sharpened up my $7 stanley mitre-box Back-saw, a $1 backsaw from a yard-sale, touched up my Crown Gent’s saw, and most recently cleaned up and sharpened a super-dull old Diston Panel sa...

01-10-2013 05:31 PM

Waterstone Soaking? - 11 replies

What is the reasoning and necessity of soaking waterstones? I just got my very first waterstone (a dual-sided 1000/6000) and the instructions say to soak for 5 minutes, or just store it in water. (It is from Japan…I don’t know if that makes it a “Japenese Waterstone” or not.) I was always under the assumption that ...

01-08-2013 01:37 AM

I like cherry! - 1 reply

I just though I’d share that after 5 (and really all of growing up) building lots of items out of pine, poplar, and red oak…I finally got a piece of 25 year-old cherry from a friend’s barn stash, and I love working it! I have no idea if the project will turn out well…but the way it responds to planing, chiseling and sa...

12-31-2012 03:44 PM

Let's talk about wax... - 5 replies

What are situations where you find that one wax works better than another for shop use? For example: -Some use beeswax on handplane soles…does this work well for both wooden and metal planes? ...Is parafin wax or finishing wax necessarily better or worse? -My Veritas dovetail saw came with instuctions to use parafin wax for lubri...

12-18-2012 05:09 PM

Staining directly after hand-planing? - 7 replies

Does anyone use rub-on stain directly after hand-planing without sanding? It seems that when I do, the surface is too smooth to absorb much stain at all. Especially on pine or poplar. It seems that it needs to be roughed up with some 150 or 220 sandpaper to get a decent darker color. Is that what I need to do, or am I doing something els...

12-15-2012 06:11 PM

Pipe clamp slipping? - 10 replies

the movable part of one of my pipe clamps is slipping. It’s one I use a lot, could it just be worn out? or that spot on the pipe not grippy enough? any thoughts?

12-15-2012 06:04 PM

Design flaw...but it worked! - 3 replies

I was thinking the other day about my nightstands: ...Which I made 5 years ago not really knowing anything about how wood glue works and stuff. Here’s the thing: the tops of these nightstands are simply glued onto the end-grain of the sides…that’s it. I set them on and put a heavy b...

12-10-2012 03:23 PM

Short Scrub vs. longer Jack/Fore? - 38 replies

For initial roughing of lumber, such that may have pronounced cupping or warping, do you prefer a short scrub plane, or a longer Jack/fore plane? -Scrub: smaller, lighter, less fatigue, able to get into tighter areas-Jack: longer sole give more reference and should result in a flatter surface. What are your thoughts? For my own purposes, ...

12-05-2012 06:32 PM

cherry Expansion rate? - 6 replies

I would like to make a jewelry box with a solid cherry top 7 inches wide. Does anyone know how much expansion to expect if I complete the box durring the winter months? Will it even be noticable? should I make it slightly undersized so it is flush with the front of the box (hinged at the back) during the spring and summer? There will be noth...

11-29-2012 12:49 PM

Side-mount drawer runners - 5 replies

I am planning to build a jewelry box for my wife with side-mount drawers (so the drawer fronts can be flush with no dividers between them)... I can rount the groove for the slides (See Sketchup picture), and make the wooden strips easily enough, but I have no confidence in my ability to accurately place the wooden drawer slides on the ins...

11-14-2012 08:49 AM

Table saw Set-up/Tuning - 14 replies

Hi all, I just inherited a small craftsman Table saw, the first I’ve owned. (something like this one: ...except mine is probably around 10 years old…without a stand…which I plan to build.) What kinds of things should I do to prep th...

10-24-2012 07:06 PM

Amazing Router Jig - 5 replies

Has everyone seen this? If you could make one, it looks like the perfect mortise & Tenon maker.ure=g-vrec

10-20-2012 09:43 PM

Bad advice from another website... - 7 replies

Sometimes the Advise you get on the internet is just plain dumb… OP: When i saw wood with a hand saw i always veer to the left of the line I mark, any reason for this, I am left handed.ANSWER: Stop drinking before or during your work or just buy a table saw. So you can EITHER stop drinking…OR…buy a table saw…in whic...

10-17-2012 11:46 PM

Ben Hur Planes? - 2 replies

What do you know about the old Ben Hur planes? Were they made by a larger company? Are they any good?

10-15-2012 02:44 PM

Which Smooth Plane to buy? - 19 replies

I need advice on purchasing a smoothing plane. I don’t want to spend more than $200, so lie neilson is out. Currently in consideration: -Veritas #4 1/2-Veritas small BU Smoother-Wood River #4-Look for an old Stanley #4 I have zero experience with Bevel-up planes, other than block planes. I have an old Stanley #5 that I have tune...

10-12-2012 12:05 AM

Raised panel: stain or assemble first - 15 replies

If I’m making a raised-panel (solid wood, not ply) door, do I need to stain the panel before assembly, so that when it moves there is not a thin line of un-stained wood?

09-29-2012 01:01 PM

very short backsaw? - 8 replies

What is the intended use of a short fat back-saw that is only about 8 inches long, but has a cutting depth of 3.5 inches before you hit the stiff back? It seems an odd shape with no benifits? I recently got one from a yard sale for $1 to practice my sharpening…but am not really sure what the saw is for.

09-27-2012 03:37 AM

Kerfs for saw till - 3 replies

For those who have made a saw till (either in a tool chest, or othewise) that involves cutting slots for the saws to fit in…how do you cut them, and how wide? Here are the options I can think of: 1. Use the saw that will go in the slot: ( seems like it would be too tight a fit to get in and out easily)2. Use a slighty wider-kerf hand-s...

09-24-2012 04:18 AM

Dovetails without a chisel? - 4 replies

How good are you REALLY? I’m just wondering if any body saws their dovetails with a back-saw, then uses a fretsaw or coping saw to cut out the remainder of the waste COMPLETELY DOWN TO THE BASELINE…NO CHISELING?

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