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09-08-2021 10:45 PM

Power Carving Dust? - 21 replies

For those of you who do power carving, how do you deal with dust control? Chris

07-23-2021 01:03 AM

Character Carving - 8 replies

As I re-start my journey into carving I find myself drawn back to character carving over relief. Although I like the idea of relief I am drawn toward the wood spirit, green men, gnome types of carving and really want to give it an honest shot. My question is how do I start this journey? books? YouTube? I’ve searched for a club in my area, ...

07-14-2021 11:21 PM

Holding Stock - 19 replies

My wife and I are planning, as we get closer to retirement, doing a great deal more traveling in the RV. As I can’t really take my power tools (table saw, scroll saw, band saw, ect) with me I am going to explore woodcarving. I’ve really been wanting to get serious about woodcarving for years and am taking this opportunity to do so.My...

03-25-2021 04:13 PM

Brace and bit - 19 replies

I really enjoy using my brace and bit over a power drill but I have a small problem. I don’t seem to be able to drill a straight hole. I’m always off by a couple of degrees and depending on the depth of the hole can equate to ¼ difference between top and bottom of a hole. How do I drill a straight hole with a brace and bit? Chris

03-20-2021 03:24 PM

Wood selection choice - 3 replies

I’m about ¾ into a cutting board and a question concerning woos choice has crept into my mind. I’m using 4 different woods, the Walnut, Cherry and Maple I know are ok. My question is about the Padauk I’ve added to the mix.Is this a safe wood for a cutting board? Chris

02-22-2021 01:13 AM

Lathe alternative? - 9 replies

One project I would like to do is a rolling pin for my wife, she’s quite the baker. I don’t have a lathe and I’m not sure I would use one enough to justify the purchase. Is there another way I can turn a rolling pin? My mind in leaning toward some kind of rig with a drill on one end? is that a dumb idea? Chris

02-22-2021 12:59 AM

Road Commission - 2 replies

Our road commission here has a unique sense of humor. Wanted to share what they posted on Facebook today Chris

01-25-2021 02:53 AM

Crosscut Sled - 7 replies

After all these years I’m finally getting around to building a cross cut sled for my table saw. My dilemma is weather or not to put “T” tracks in it? So I ask those of you using cross cut sleds with and with out “T” tracks, Do you use them enough to justify putting them in? Chris

01-12-2021 03:36 PM

Tote Repair - 8 replies

I’ve recently acquired a Stanley #7 type 19 in pretty good condition. As you can see the tote has issues. Thanks to KYtoolsmith I have a replacement on the way. But I figured this could be a good learning experience. So I’m looking for thoughts/suggestions on how to deal with the space created when the tote was repaired/glued bac...

01-12-2021 12:19 AM

Spoke Shaves and such - 12 replies

As I continue my transition away from power toward hand tools I’m looking to add spoke shaves to my hand plane inventory. My question is where do I start? I see the Stanley’s are numbered, and each has many blades. Do I find an old Stanley to start and if so what number and what blades? I’m just looking to start out by being...

01-09-2021 10:26 PM

Carpenters Square - 10 replies

In an effort to improve my skills in wood working I’m upgrading my measuring tools. Next on my list is a set of quality, accurate squares, namely a carpenters square. When searching for one I’m surprised at how high the prices can get. I know you get what you pay for but is it really necessary for me to spend north of 80 bucks for a ...

01-03-2021 04:42 PM

Hand Plane Joy - 3 replies

A year ago I started this journey to get away from power tools and transition to hand tools. Today, a year later I finally got the last pieces to a Stanley 4½C that I’ve been working on for the past year. In the picture it’s basically a before and after, the board on top, after planning started out like the one on the bottom. A ...

12-31-2020 10:58 PM

Alumilite Pour - 4 replies

A question for those of you who have done acrylic (epoxy) pours involving wood like in the live edge tables and cutting boards. I building a dining room table out of curly maple, the center will be an acrylic pour. I’ve been doing some test pours and I cant seen to avoid micro bubbles along the edge of the wood and suspended in the acrylic...

12-30-2020 03:54 PM

Hand planes for corners - 10 replies

I’m still fairly new to hand planes, been about a year now. I got to wondering the other day as I used my Stanley 220 to round over the edge of a table top, are there planes out there for say round over, chamfer and such, I know about rabbit planes, just wondering if there are others? Chris

12-20-2020 04:03 AM

Finishing Poplar - 9 replies

I working on a hand plane till using poplar. I plan to keep a natural look so a clear finish, a satin type finish is what I’m after. I have in the past had the poplar turn dark over time, so what kind of finish can I use to keep the natural look over time? Chris

12-16-2020 04:45 PM

Curly Maple gluing - 5 replies

I’m trying to glue up some curly maple panels and to that effort I’m trying to hand plane the edge to get a flush joint. I’m not having any luck getting the plane thru the curly maple clean. I can plane hard maple just fine, but the curly…not so much. Is there a better way to clean up the edge of the curly maple? Chris

11-30-2020 07:08 PM

Learning Curve - 7 replies

With winter setting back in I’m getting back to my woodorking. Which means back to hand tools, espically hand planes and my brace and bit. Having spent quite a bit of time this summer educating myself about hand planes I learned today that I have the sharpining gage set at 20.....oops. So I spent this morning putting a new bevel on my 5 1/...

11-27-2020 09:15 PM

Handle and tote refinish - 3 replies

I’m in the process of restoring a Bailey #4 handplane, but looking at the handle and tote im not positive they need refinishing. If i were to refinish them im not entirely sure how and with what? Chris

11-01-2020 04:19 PM

End Vice - 4 replies

I figure I know the answer to this, but I guess I need to confirm my thinking. I’m adding a vice to the end of my bench, I believe its called a tail vice or maybe end vice. I will be adding bench dogs both in the bench and the vice. The dogs are 1” in diameter. I’m planning to make the board mounted to the vice 2” thic...

08-03-2020 02:25 PM

To plane or not to plane..... - 2 replies

A coworker of mine was going to toss out a water bed frame, I said I’ll take it..free wood right? Anyhow, it has some nice 2×10’s that need to be cleaned up, but my question is on the chip board that was the bottom. I cut 1” slices and glued them into a slab, its going to be the base for a golf club stand. Here’...

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