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08-02-2021 12:15 PM

Kington waterstone - 11 replies

Hi There! I bought a Kington waterstone 8000 grids a few years ago. And never used it since. Last night cleaned up my workshop and found it. Thought I lost it. Still in very good shape. I asked myself why I stopped using it. Then I remember when I tried it again. First I freshly grind a new 25 degee bevel on one of my plane iron. Few strok...

01-28-2021 11:39 AM

Stanley Sweerheart bevel up (No 62) - 17 replies

Hi Everyone I live in South Africa. Bought a Stanley Sweetheart No 62 around 2014. Recently moved to a new house with a new workshop and discovered my iron(blade) is missing. Look everywhere can’t find it. Probably got lost while moving. My problem is that I cant find a new A2 iron for this plane especially in South Africa. I tried t...

03-03-2016 01:40 PM

Professional handtools woodworkers - 6 replies

Hi Guys Most woodworkers today works with powertools. I myself was one before turning to handtools a few years ago. I have more pleasure working with handtools than using powertools. Of course it does take longer to finish a project but it so much more enjoyable. I get to listen to soft classic music rather than the loud noise of a powertools...

09-03-2015 05:49 AM

Handplane sharpness - 15 replies

Hi I need some information about handplane sharpness. I bought a combination waterstone of 250/1000 grids. So last few days I was sharpening on this stone for testing . My sharpening skill is not bad but I think I can improve it better. I am planing some rosewood which is a hardwood. So using that 1000 grids does not really polish the edge as I ...

02-17-2015 09:48 AM

Kiaat timber specks - 4 replies

Hi Everyone I bought some kiaat (brown/white) wood from my millsaw. As you know when buying from the millsaw they are roughly cut. You only need to plane them squarely and smoothly yourself before doing anything further. So while handplaning them I noticed some ugly greyish/silverish specks on some part of the wood especially on the white par...

02-10-2015 02:00 PM

Workbench storage - 5 replies

Hi All I am busy building a strong and heavy workbench. My old workbench was too light and plainly build. So because it was light, the bench would slide and knock on the wall when doing some handplaning. And even if I keep the bench in the corner to prevent it sliding it will still knock on the wall. I live in a complex with people living ups...

09-04-2014 10:31 AM

Hand tools magazines - 2 replies

Hi Guys I would like to know if there are any magazines I can subscribe to that only focus on using hand tools. I tried google but don’t seems to find any except hard covers like Tom Fidgen’s books and others. My bookshops here in South Africa keeps magazines like FWW and others but none on hand tools. ThanksLes

08-01-2014 02:35 PM

Sharpening tongue groove cutter - 7 replies

Hi Guys I am new here but and am please to be here. I have a question about my Stanley handplane #50. I got it from a antique shop near me. Lucky for me all the cutters were included. My problem is that my tongue and groove cutter are off. I mean the right cutter is fraction longer that that of the left side. You arn’t see it with your ...

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