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12-11-2019 05:11 PM

HSS for plough plane iron. - 11 replies

Hi, I’m just wondering whether HSS would be suitable for making small plough plane irons out of. (specifically for a record 43)Getting some HSS lathe blanks on ebay would be a lot cheaper than buying some O1 steel and I also wouldn’t need to worry about hardening them either. I know HSS is hard stuff but I have diamond plates f...

09-12-2019 01:49 PM

Correct iron width and side protrusion on shoulder/rebate/rabbet/bullnose planes? - 3 replies

Hi there, I’ve read conflicting comments about how wide the iron should be, and how far (if at all) it protrudes out the side on things like shoulder planes. Some people say they should be wider than the body and stick out quite far, some say they should be exact width and perfectly aligned with the side of the plane. While I have so...

09-02-2019 09:59 AM

Stanley 78 bent casting. Worth fixing? - 11 replies

I have an old stanley 78 plane that has a sideways curve along it’s length, I measured the gap with a straight edge and it came out 0.4mm/1/64th”. The opposite side has the curve the opposite way so it seems the casting above the main blade bed is bent. The plane is in otherwise reasonable condition and other than the bend, wo...

03-24-2019 03:46 PM

Finish resistant to tea. - 11 replies

Hi there! I’m making a small rest for used tea bags out of walnut and am now considering what finish to apply. The finish will need to be resistant to small amounts of warm water sitting on the surface, and of course the tannins from the tea. It will also be washed briefly in warm soapy water every now and again. My first thought was...

05-20-2018 05:58 PM

Ultra Fine stone vs stropping. - 7 replies

Hello, I was just wondering if there is any advantage to a plane/chisel edge from finishing on a fine stone (10,000+ grit for example) as opposed to stopping at a lower grit stone and using a fine stropping compound. It seems that using diamond plates up to 1000/1200grit then stropping is very popular, but is there any real difference in t...

03-28-2018 05:42 PM

Gluing to shellac? - 7 replies

Hi, I want to glue a thin peice of felt into the bottom of a jewellery box I’ve made and finished with shellac, and was wondering what glue to use. Would regular yellow glue work as it’s pva? Many thanks!

03-02-2018 10:55 PM

Making a 37° bed BD wooden jack plane. Some questions. - 6 replies

Hi!! Seeing the high prices for a low angle jack plane I’ve decided to make something to have the same functions: a bevel down jack plane with a bed angle of 37° and a plane iron with a 25° bevel, so the effective angle and presentation of the blade will be the same as a bevel up low angle jack. The plan is to use the plane mostly on a ...

12-02-2017 06:01 PM

What to soak plane in to remove paint. - 11 replies

Hi, I recently picked up a W110 block plane and I’d like to strip all the paint off and repaint it. I’d like to soak the plane but I’m wondering what to put it in to get it all off. Would plain lacquer thinners work? Roughly how long would it take before I could start scrubbing? Obviously don’t want to affect the me...

11-19-2017 07:17 PM

Oak razor scales, for water resistance and grain pop? - 1 reply

Hey there! I’ve just finished shaping some brown oak razor scales and am now musing over what finish to apply. I’ve no experience with finishing razor scales but I would think physical durability is less of a concern but sonething to bring water resistance, easy to clean soap residue off and really make the grain pop. My curre...

09-03-2015 12:25 PM

Rip sawing angle of cut. - 1 reply

Hi there, I’m just wondering, assuming you can position your wood and saw at any angle in relation to each other, is there an angle at which rip cutting (or any cutting) is most efficient? Only reason I ask is I’ve noticed when Paul Sellers does long rips he always says to drop your hand (with wood pointing towards the ceiling)...

06-04-2015 02:47 PM

Help Id reclaimed timber please. - 14 replies

Hi there, I bought two 3”x8”x12’ planks from a builder a little while ago and am planning to make some end tables with them but I’d like to know a bit more about the wood itself. It looks a lot like a type of pine, but is stronger than white pine from a box store. Doing a fingernail test I can only just make a mark in ...

05-14-2015 06:01 PM

So, what's made you tired today? - 20 replies

I’m making a long-grain cutting board for my mother’s birthday next month, and boy is it a tiring process! I’ve got 17 pieces of wood (8 hard maple, 9 walnut) which are all rough sawn about 14” long, 2.5” wide and 1” thick. I need to mill them down so that they are 1.5” wide and 5/8th” thick. Do...

05-07-2015 07:13 PM

Shoeshine brush? - 4 replies

Hi there, I’ve been experimenting a bit recently with what finishes I like and at the moment I’m trying out wiping varnish (50/50 mix of varnish and spirits) and also a premix shellac made by liberon.With both products I’ve applied a few coats, rubbed down with 0000 steel wool and then applied a paste wax and buffed with a c...

04-20-2015 07:21 PM

Dull shellac. - 9 replies

Hi there, After watching a video by Paul Sellers on brushing a pre-mixed shellac finish I thought I would have a go myself.I picked up a small bottle of shellac sanding sealer (by and brand called Barrettine) and followed Paul’s instructions as close as I could. I shook the bottle to mix it, poured a small amount out and began to brush ...

04-16-2015 04:27 PM

Zona gent's saw binding in kerf. - 4 replies

Hi there, I have an 18tpi zona gent’s saw which has been getting stuck in its own kerf while cutting dovetails. On both 5/8” beech and some 1/2” sapele, once I get in about 1/4” in the saw starts to get stuck and I can’t move it backwards and forwards without some considerable effort. I took my saw set pliers ...

03-26-2015 04:24 PM

Troubleshooting a shooting board? - 4 replies

Hi there, I made a shooting board a while ago using some thin sheets of plywood and a pine fence. I tried shooting some 3/4” x 5” white oak and what was happening was either the blade just skipping across the grain or if I deepened the cut the blade would catch and CLUNK, the plane would stop in it’s tracks. Shooting pine wa...

03-23-2015 03:23 PM

Tarnished/burned plane sole? - 6 replies

Hi, I’m planing some quarter-sawn oak with my stanley no.4 and cheap scrub plane and I’ve noticed both of my planes have an odd blue tarnish just behind the mouth of the plane! It definitely wasn’t there before I started this morning. My first thought was that the metal had somehow been heated up and changed colour but I ...

03-19-2015 02:01 PM

Plane then cut to length, or cut to length then plane? - 7 replies

Hi there, I’m making a planter box out of oak and the boards I’m using are about 14”x 6” which I’m milling by hand out of larger band sawn planks which are about 22” x 10” I decided it would be less work planing if I cut the boards to length because there was an upwards curve at the ends of the bo...

03-12-2015 04:47 PM

Improving a workmate? - 10 replies

Hi, I have a Black and Decker Workmate 536 as my primary workbench as I don’t have a shop, I just do woodworking in the front room of my apartment. (don’t worry, the neighbours are fine with it as I use mainly hand tools!) I’m just wondering if anybody has made any improvements or has any ideas on improving a workmate? I ...

03-10-2015 07:09 PM

Embrace the loose dovetails! - 6 replies

Hi, This is just a post hopefully to inspire and help out other beginner woodworkers when it comes to learning and making mistakes with your joinery and woodoworking in general! I’m making a small planter box using dovetails as the joinery method and I’ve only ever cut a single dovetail as a practise before so this is a major t...

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