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06-02-2018 01:09 AM

Help. I have a bevel up jointer, smoother, and Jack but want to try BD - 16 replies

I started, like so many, on a powered path. But when I realized the way planes can augment machines, I began to transition to the cave. Soon I was chopping mortises instead of using the universal plunge guide jig I built. I was handsawing tenon’s and other joinery, trimming shoulders. Etc. I had evolved. The question: I have a low angle...

05-01-2018 04:19 PM

Jointing Laminated 2x Benchtop before or after glue up. - 7 replies

I’m building one of the many 2x SYP bench tops out there in the world and want to limit the amount of jointing I have to do after gluing up sections and the final consolidated top. I’ve seen a lot of examples of folks skip planing the pine, spring joining (essentially), and just laminating them without face (the part that’s ...

04-17-2018 07:26 PM

1 1/2 chisel for cheeks: japanese or western - 8 replies

I want to try my hand at paring tenon cheeks. I have a router plane I use sometimes, and a face float for refining but I feel like I can do it all by hand with a chisel easier—just pop and pare to the gauge to start. I feel it’d be faster and less hassle than grabbing the router plane. I also figure I’ll use it for larger morti...

03-11-2018 10:09 PM

If you're looking for SYP in Chicago, or N. Illinois (or S. Wisconsin, from what I can tell) - 4 replies

...then you’ve probably seen the older topics, all with suggestions on where to look for it. No one has written on it in a while so I thought I’d refresh and bring the knowledge base up to current. As of 2018, there are no big boxes, 84 Lumbers, local lumberyards, Owl Hardwoods, etc. that stock untreated SYP in Chicagoland. I had ...

02-17-2018 11:03 PM

Losing my mind. Handplaning: Problems Face Jointing a 2x4 - 6 replies

I’m practicing with a No. 62 LN BU Jack and 7 1/2 BU LN Jointer on truing some 2×4s before building a saw bench (in turn prep for a SYP bench). After taking down the high spots for any cup, twist, or bow with the jack and getting it reasonably ready, I’m having problems running the BU jointer with the grain in overlapping str...

12-07-2017 11:59 PM

A Case of the Scratches - 12 replies

Hi All: I have a clinical case of the scratches on my table saw top. As a newbie with OCD and that new-tool romanticism, I’ve fallen in the pitfall in freaking out over its my tool’s first battle wounds (a small staple holding a UPC code on the side of a panel of MDF that I didn’t notice). I’ve read enough from Lumberj...

08-05-2017 03:21 PM

36" Veritas or 50" AL Veritas Straigtedge - the Anal Woodworker - 11 replies

Hi All: Long time lurker, first time contributor. I’ve found LJ to be a wonderful resource as I’ve begun the woodworking journey. As my handle indicates, I’m relatively new to woodworking. I just recently moved into a single family home in Chicago with a 400 sq ft garage—quite the luxury in some parts—and mad...

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