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09-16-2012 08:09 PM

Am I the only one...? - 7 replies

Has anyone else taken the black-handled back saw that comes with a yellow stanley mitre box, resharpened it, and used it as a Dovetail saw? Is anybody else this cheap? ...Or is it just me?

09-02-2012 08:03 AM

Restoring/sharpening old Auger Bits - 9 replies

I would like to buy and restore an old brace and bits for drilling large holes. There is a local flea market that always has them really cheap. But the bits are all covered in rust. Does anyone have a good method for cleaning and sharpening them? I assume the electrolysis is best, but what’s second best? And for sharpening, any ...

08-17-2012 12:44 PM

Gents vs. Traditional dovetail saws - 8 replies

Veritas now has 2 Gents saws for $49 each, one rip, one crosscut…in addition to their much-acclaimed Dovetail saw ($65) and carcass saws ($69). So here’s my question…Is there anyone, who given the option and only a $15 price difference, who would actually choose the straight-handled gents saw over the tradtional handled dov...

08-14-2012 07:20 PM

The "Skill" of being Cheap... - 25 replies

Confession time! We’ve all built things we need instead of buying them, but what’s the most extreme example you have? What lengths have you gone to to save money in the workshop? What’s the dirt-cheapest thing you’ve ever Jimmy-rigged together in order to keep from spending money? Something that if anybody knew, t...

08-14-2012 02:08 PM

Veritas block planes with Tote - 5 replies

Has anyone used the Veritas block planes with that attachable rear tote they sell? I guess that would make it into a small smoother, right? Does that work well, or is it just a gimmick?

08-14-2012 02:07 PM

flattening a wooden try plane - 5 replies

What are my options for truing up the sole of an old wooden Try Plane? It is 22” long. I do not have a power jointer or a Longer jointer plane. I do have a No. 5 jack plane. Can I clamp the woodie in a vise and use the jack to flatten it…or would sandpaper on granite be better? thanks!

08-02-2012 04:42 PM

Red (Soft) Maple - 5 replies

Is This a decent wood for making anything? You hear a lot about hard Maple, but is soft maple a good wood for furniture? I have a Red Maple Tree in my yard that needs to come down. What would that wood be good for?

07-17-2012 04:48 PM

Diamond stone sharpening - 16 replies

Does anybody use diamond stones exclusively for sharpening? (ie, not following up with a waterstone). Why is this not more common, Is it that diamond stones just don’t come in fine enough grit, and so real stones can polish the edge higher for a longer-lasting edge? I am thinking of going through the diamond-stone grits first for sp...

07-09-2012 03:13 AM

Dust mask & Safety glasses fog - 14 replies

When using a router or powered saw, I generally will wear a dust-mask (the cheap white ones) to protect my lungs a bit, as well as safety glasses and ear protection. Problem is, My glasses get foggy from my breathing that comes up through the top of the dust mask. Any tips?

07-04-2012 03:08 AM

Sliding Compound Mitre Saw Help Needed - 4 replies

I just got this tool, and am not sure of standard practice. Which side should the finish piece of wood be on when I cut: I am right handed, so lowering the saw with my right hand, should the waste be to my left or to my right? Does this change if I ma tilting the blade? Also, is it a good idea to use stop blocks clamped to shop-made extende...

07-03-2012 02:42 AM

Cheap stanley block plane - 6 replies

Does anybody else have this $20 stanley block plane (from lowes)? http://www.lowes.com/pd_97159-355-97159_0__?productId=1210163&Ntt=block+plane&pl=1&currentURL=&facetInfo= I can’t figure out how to make it hold the blade tightly and still be adjustable? Any tips for making it work better, or is it a lost cause?

06-30-2012 10:42 PM

Jointer Plane Iron: Camber or not? - 9 replies

Let the Debate begin! On your Jointer plane, do you have a slight camber on the iron, or straight accross? Please defend your choice with evidence!!! Are you completely happy with your choice or tempted to try the other? I’m undecided. I definitely am sold on a pretty radical camber for my scrub/Jack Plane for rough work, and I think...

06-28-2012 10:45 PM

2 Saw questions? - 5 replies

1. Has anyone sharpened up one of those black-handled stanley backsaws that come with a yellow mitre box and used it for dovetails and/or tenons? I did that with mine, and It’s ok, though after cutting all the dovetails for my toolchest (see my projects), I think it’s getting dull again. Go ahead and call me a cheap-o, I can take ...

06-18-2012 02:38 AM

Wooden Rabbet plane - 4 replies

Any tips for making an old wooden rabbet plane work really well? I’ve got the blade ground and sharpened decently, but I don’t feel like I’ve mastered positioning the blade. The iron is one of those that has the blade extend to one side, but the plane has side escapements on both sides, does that mean the blade can be flipped...

06-06-2012 07:03 PM

Best paint for furniture - 18 replies

I have a relative who would like me to build a set of bunk beds, and paint them dark navy blue. What is the best paint for furniture? Here’s what I have used in the past:-Latex interior wall paint = BAD! STUFF Sticks to it for months after its dry.-Rustoleum = Much better, but perhaps there is a better option?

05-29-2012 04:17 PM

Chestnut wood - 23 replies

Apparently, someone decided to plant a chestnut tree in our yard back when our house was built. Dumb, in my opinion, since it renders half the yard a mine-field of razor sharp spiny balls lying everywhere! Anyway, We’d like to have it taken down so it’s safe to walk barefoot…we have 2 young children. So…When we have ...

05-25-2012 04:48 PM

making mitre box? - 3 replies

I’d like to make a mitre box for hand-cutting 90 and 45 degree pieces. I’m not sure how to make the initial cuts in the box to make sure they are accurate. I’m assuming I should use the same saw that will be used with the box, right? thanks

05-24-2012 04:30 PM

Home Center Finishes? - 15 replies

Hi all, What good finishes can I find at a home center (lowes, HD) OTHER THAN POLYURETHANE? I like the look and hardness, and ease of application…but I really need something that is not going to smell for 2 months after I put it on. Any suggestions. I live in a small town, nowhere near a woodcraft or really any store that would h...

05-12-2012 01:35 PM

Poly smell on interior compartments. - 12 replies

I have made a flip top desk and finished it with slightly thinned poly. I’m pretty sure the outer part will be fine after a while, but the inner desk part will normally be closed off by the lid. I have had it proped open to air out for about 2 weeks now, but when I close it for a little bit the poly smell still builds up in there. It ...

05-03-2012 01:53 AM

What tools do I NOT need? - 40 replies

Adam Cherubini once had a post listing the tools that you DON’T NEED.See here: http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/arts-mysteries-blogs/tools-you-dont-need Do you guys have any other to add to the list?

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