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12-06-2014 09:33 PM

Restoring a Mathieson infill plane. - 8 replies

I just found a Mathieson infill plane at an estate sale this morning for the right price so I took it home. I would love to get this plane back to useful condition, but it definitely needs some help. It has some damage to the tote, but otherwise it looks pretty good! There is some minor pitting on the sole and a decent patina of surface rust. Th...

01-17-2012 09:20 AM

Oh boy, carving tools! From Home Depot! - 17 replies

So I got this set of Buck Bros. carving tools for Christmas and I have no idea what to do with them. I have looked around a little on the web and you tube and no one uses some of the stuff in this set. I have no experience carving wood with anything other than a saw or chisel. And to be honest its usually a table saw or a router. Then I read ...

01-13-2012 09:05 PM

Keeping the character while restoring old planes - 6 replies

I was able to get my hands on some really cool old planes this year. I received a #7C Bailey from my father in law for Christmas, won a Millers Falls #75-01-B off ebay, and picked up a beautiful #6 Bailey fore plane at a local flea market for $30! I love the patina on the metal of these old planes but I want to use them. They are solid tools ...

12-28-2011 09:23 PM

So many saws to choose from. - 2 replies

I have really been wanting to get a decent dovetail saw for a long time now, but indecision and a frugal streak have me stuck. I have a crown gents saw that sorta works, but I feels like it was meant for a different job than cutting dovetails. Of course the top of my list is the Lie Nielsen dovetail saw, the thing looks like a work of art. Ho...

12-01-2011 09:20 AM

Hand Plane set up. - 10 replies

I have a few older hand planes in my collection now and after I tuned them up a bit they work pretty well. The thing is, at this point in my new found love affair with hand tools I realized I have just been guessing. I just sort of try to set the frog so the blade looks “right?” Where exactly should the chip breaker be in relation to...

11-07-2011 08:29 PM

Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil - 8 replies

I just put a second heavy soaked in coat of Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil Finish on an oak end table. I had read Bob Flexner’s book on finishing and was trying to duplicate a dark mission style finish without the risk of fumigating myself or my family. The goal was to show off the ray flecks in the oak and have a nice dark finish, well t...

11-04-2011 09:07 AM

Restoring an old plane - 14 replies

I recently found my Great-Grandfather’s Dunlap #4 bench plane in my Grandmother’s garage. It was in fairly rough shape and probably has not touched a piece of wood since the 80’s. I know that Dunlaps were not a premier brand at any time, but I really want to get this little piece of my family’s history working like new (o...

09-20-2010 10:34 PM

End-grain blow out on a router table - 6 replies

I had a bit of a disaster in the workshop the other day. I was trying to make a picture frame from some bargain walnut, after milling and cutting the board to length I trimmed away all but about 1/8 of an inch of waste on the band saw. I firmly mounted the template onto the walnut with double stick tape and took the assembly to the flush trimmin...

07-20-2010 01:29 AM

How do I get from a log to wood I can use? - 9 replies

While doing some plumbing work at a house near me I noticed the gardeners next door were felling a dead live oak. The tree was totally dried out, they cut off the crown and pulled the trunk and the roots out with a truck.This seemed like a great opportunity to get some free wood! The trunk was straight and without knots, it was in a track neighb...

04-16-2010 05:56 AM

Salad bowl finish not for cutting boards? - 30 replies

I know, I know, salad bowl finish again? I just (about an hour ago) put a coat of salad bowl finish on an end grain cutting board i made. I went to read what the fine folks at General Finishes had to say about maintenance of their product and found this: “For actively used butcher block counter tops that are used for chopping and cutting, ...

04-08-2010 08:46 PM

iPhone? - 9 replies

Is there an iPhone app for this type of forum? It’s kinda awkward in safari. If not, any devs out there want to get to work on it? I know some developers looking for projects, what sort of liscencing would need to happen to make an app? -Nate

04-07-2010 08:29 PM

parallel clamps - 13 replies

Anyone ever used these Bessy bar clamps? I was thinking about the Jett system, I hear good things. The Bessy setup is a bit less $$$. Any recommendations for my first set of parallel clamps? I am sick of my pipe clamps. Thanks! -Nate

04-07-2010 07:59 PM

Oil based poly woes. - 12 replies

I never really used polyurethane until this new project. I built a book case and stained it with a water based dye stain, came out nicely. Then i tried to put on a top coat, on my 3rd try. I have been having problems with the oil based poly top coat. No matter what I do I seem to get sags and runs. I walk away with a nice even, smooth coat an...

03-13-2010 06:30 PM

Finishing Disaster - 3 replies

Long story short, I built a book case out of birch plywood and some home depot molding. I stained it with General Finishes water based stain. It was a nice, rich color of rosewood. Then I made the critical error of using Minwax water based wipe on poly. It picked up the stain and moved it, what was a nice uniform stain is now a blotchy mess. The...


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