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07-11-2020 08:20 PM

Nickel plating outsourcing - 9 replies

Quite a few years ago I started a forum discussion on restoring a Stanley 55 the I acquired. Other than sharpening the irons that needed sharpening and learning how to use the tool a little bit I really haven’t done much with it. But now I’m ready to get off my butt and do something with...

12-08-2019 04:30 PM

Un-solicited advertising - 4 replies

Is it just me or is anyone else noticing an increase in private messages, comments on threads, comments on project posts, from people advertising their “learn wood working”, etc.? Hey LJ, are you doing anything to restrict or limit these unwanted and unsolicited posts? I already get enough junk mail to realize I wasted my time af...

04-30-2013 01:31 AM

Hickory Woodworking Auger Bit set - 12 replies

Has anybody heard of this manufacturer? I have had limited success in locating any information or web sites for the company or their products on line. I have answered a Craigslist Ad for a 5 piece auger bit set made by this company but I can’t even locate the 5 bit set in a Google search. I just want to know if the selling price is good...

03-19-2013 12:10 AM

Harbor Freight Quick Release Vise - 15 replies

I’ve read all kinds of reviews on Harbor Freight Tools and I’m well aware that you get what you pay for…’s a balancing act: budget vs. quality. Having said that I’ve been wanting to add a face vise to my work bench for some time now until I can find the time to build a quality Ruobo bench. I read some revie...

03-06-2013 03:03 AM

Festool's dominoes.....just fancy dowels - 14 replies

An old friend just commissioned me to build him a stereo cabinet/shelving unit and he wanted to re-use the legs from a previous shelf unit that he had made (by somebody else). The 2” thick shelves were joined to the legs by Festool’s dominoes. I had to separate the legs from the shelves in order to re-use the legs. So I broke out...

02-28-2013 07:48 PM

Tools you bought.......but wished you hadn't. - 130 replies

I’m sure I’m not the only one…...the only one that thumbed through a catalog, magazine, or got suckered in to one of the booths at a woodworking show and got sucked up in to the moment and thought about all of the beautiful things I can make with the assistance of this tool! Man, this will take my woodworking skills to new hei...

02-22-2013 12:13 PM

Electrolysis and Nickel plating on tools - 4 replies

I just acquired a Stanley #55 molding plane that has a litttle rust on it’s parts. See below: I want to remove the rust and restore the luster of the nickel, but I read somewhere that electrolysis may damage the nickel plating or remove it. I use electrolysis all the time on irons and other metals, but not with nickel plating. ...

02-06-2013 03:15 AM

Shaping chair seats - 3 replies

Not too long ago my daughter made a great dumpster dive find in a teak Scan chair. She took it to her apt and eventually the plywood in the upholstered seat succumbed to dry rot and disintergrated. She brought it home asking if I could repair the chair. Instead of trying to copy what it had on, a upholsterd seat on a curved laminated piece of...

02-02-2013 11:30 PM

Craigslist Hand Plane - Have to laugh - 22 replies

I just had to laugh:

02-01-2013 12:35 PM

Salvaging junked furniture - 11 replies

I was watching an episode of Rehab Addict on HGTV or DIY Network the other night and the girl went to a guy’s shop that saves pieces of furniture that are thrown to the curb by their owners. Most of the stuff, he says, are very old pieces that for what ever reason are thrown to the curb. The guy takes the pieces back to his shop where ...

02-01-2013 12:16 PM

Glue Bottles.....or not? - 19 replies

It wasn’t until watching years and years of videos, reading magazines, public TV woodworking shows that I decided to ask a question about something that sort of bugs me. So here it is: Wood glue comes in plastic bottles and jugs. Except for the large jugs, all glue bottles have a tip that disperses the right amount of glue for most appl...

01-05-2013 11:26 PM

Delta electric motor not running up to speed - 22 replies

I just bought a Delta 37-190 6” jointer off of Craigslist. The previous owner didn’t use it much at all and it had been in storage for a very long time when he decided to sell it. There is a lot of surface rust, etc., but nothing a little elbow grease won’t take care of. The problem is with the motor. While it does turn on ...

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