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05-02-2012 02:18 AM

Fine-tuning wooden planes - 6 replies

I have a Wooden try plane and a wooden rabbet plane. Both are old. I am having trouble making small adjustments tot he depth of cut. I know the general theory of taping the blade to advance the iron, and taping the back of the plane to retract the blade, but most of the time I tap it forward and if i go too far i have knock it out and start o...

04-23-2012 02:46 AM

Block Plane as Smoother? - 6 replies

Are there any potential problems using a well-tuned block plane as a small low-angle smoothing plane? My current block plane is not well-tuned enough, and I haven’t tried it yet, but I wondered if anyone else has? What would the real difference be?

03-31-2012 07:55 PM

Tool Gloat: Wooden Try Plane - 4 replies

I know this isn’t a Lie-Nielson or anything, but I’m pretty excited about it. It’s a “Ohio Tool Company” 22” try plane. I have been looking for an inexpensive try/jointer plane for a while, but they are all either too expensive or in awful shape. I found this one at a flea market for $28. What really...

02-18-2012 02:40 PM

Sliding dovetails with Plywood? - 4 replies

Are there any foreseeable problems making a sliding dovetail in which the tail piece is oak plywood and the groove is routed in a piece of solid oak? I would like to make a medium sized table and use Oak plywood for the rails, connecting the plywood rails to solid oak legs using a sliding dovetail. Is this a bad idea?

02-16-2012 09:37 AM

Sliding Dovetail question - 4 replies

Are there any foreseeable problems making a sliding dovetail in which the tail piece is oak plywood and the groove is routed in a piece of solid oak? I would like to make a medium sized table and use plywood for the rails, connecting the plywood rails to solid oak legs using a sliding dovetail. Is this a bad idea?

01-03-2012 05:40 AM

Plow plane question - 2 replies

I am considering looking for, or making, either a plow plane, or a set of tongue and groove planes. Mainly I’d like to make the grooves in rails and stiles for door panels. Which would be better, and/or easier to make and use? (they would be wooden if I made them). I’m mainly thinking of trying to not spend much money on this...

12-16-2011 04:45 PM

Do I need a Jointer Plane? - 33 replies

I am a woodworker on a very small budget, and would like to spend my birthday money on a Larger plane to use as a jointer. I will be looking to spend no more than $100, so I’m looking at old stanleys. So Here’s my question: Do I really need a No.7 or No.8? Or will a No. 6 Work almost as well? There is a local antique marke...

11-15-2011 07:34 PM

Get a mortise Chisel!!! - 3 replies

This is probably old news to those of you who have been doing this for a while, But I have tried several times to produce a good hand-chopped mortise using my normal woodworking chisels, and was always frustrated and never had good results. So I just don’t build anything with mortise and tenon joinery. I recently picked up two used mor...

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