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03-10-2015 10:58 AM

Your favourite wood for working by hand? - 6 replies

Hi, I’ve been making a few projects with hand tools and I’ve mainly been using sapele as there are tons of offcuts at my local hardwood dealer but I was wondering what other woods I should be looking into. I bought some planed oak that was in the offcuts as well but its very very difficult to plane to thickness, it seems very dry ...

02-26-2015 07:42 PM

How do I know when my wood is flat? - Hand plane. - 18 replies

Hi there, Fairly new woodworker here. I’ve been using a lot of pre-planed s4s pine for making things but I’ve started to prepare my own wood from the local hardwood dealer which is pretty much square but with a band sawn surface.I’ve been buying sapele as it is a nice wood for the projects I want to make and using a stanley ...

02-25-2015 08:41 PM

Having trouble with parallel faces. - 5 replies

Hi there, Beginner-ish woodworker here. I’m planing some sapele (11” x 4” x 1 1/4”) and I’ve got one side flat, and the two sides at 90 degrees to the reference face, but when checking if the opposite face is square I get different readings from the sides. If I reference off of one side then the opposite face ...

02-15-2015 12:09 AM

Where to start with hand cut box joints? - 11 replies

Hi there, I’ve not been woodworking for long and mainly been making small projects – candle holders, a guitar stand stuff like that – but I would like to start making some boxes, both decorative boxes as gifts and also some boxes to hold tools and I’m wondering where to start in regards to the box joints. I have a b...

02-09-2015 02:56 PM

Resawing saw! - 5 replies

Hi there, I’m just finished resawing 1ft of 2 1/2” x 2” sapele with my new irwin ryoba pull saw which I got this morning and it went surprisingly well! It got me thinking though – this ryoba is probably going to be enough for my hobbyist needs when it comes to ripping and re sawing but what do some of you pro and en...

02-05-2015 05:32 PM

No.5 plane as a jointer? - 12 replies

Hi, A local 2nd hand tool store has some stanley No. 5s in fairly decent condition for about £25 and I was wondering if I could pick one up and use it to flatten boards and joint them together.I’m just getting started in woodworking and I’m on a budget so the no 6’s and 7’s are much too expensive for me.I do know a pla...

01-26-2015 03:26 PM

Making the most out of your finish medium. - 1 reply

Hi, As I am on a budget I really like to make the most out of whatever finishes I buy. I tend to use Danish oil quite a lot and I’m starting to foray into making my own wiping varnishes as well. My question is about the excess (unused) oil and wiping varnish and what to do with it. I decant some of the danish oil into a separate, cle...

01-22-2015 04:04 PM

Squaring end grain without a shooting board. - 8 replies

Hi! I’m making a candle holder out of Sapele at the moment and I have five 50×50x70 pieces and I would like to square up the end grain so they are square both to the sides. I used a number 4 hand plane to square the sides, and I also have a small block plane. I have used a shooting board in the past to square up my end grain but...

01-20-2015 06:42 PM

Just Danish oil, or something on top? - 3 replies

Hi, I have been using danish Oil to finish some small projects but I was wondering if I should put something else over the top to give it a little more protection. Something like wiping varnish, spray lacquer or even a paste wax. My question is, would putting a varnish/wax over the top add much more protection? And if it does, what is the ...

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