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07-08-2019 03:58 PM

Pallet Wood - 4 replies

Who here recycles pallets into projects? I used to but turned away from it after ruining a few cutting edges on embedded bits of metal or stone. I’m tempted, though, to give it another try as a friend has offered me first shot at pallets (looks like some nice pieces) he gets at his business.

06-16-2019 03:07 PM

My Wife HATES YouTube! - 11 replies

...Mainly because I spend so much time watching! I’m constantly impressed with the creativity and skills exhibited in the videos by craftsmen like Rex Krueger, Paul Sellers, Young Je, John Heisz, and many others, and I’ve gleaned lots of workshop techniques, tips, tricks and project ideas that have made my shop time more enjoyable. ...

05-05-2019 06:59 PM

"Chop"? - 2 replies

I decided to add an end vise to my primary workbench. In the process this question occurred to me: why is it called a vise “chop”? I’ve read/heard/used the term countless times over the years without wondering, but now I bet some word historian here can answer!

03-13-2019 03:56 PM

Flea mkt finds - 7 replies

I visited a local flea market last weekend, didn’t find much of interest beyond these three items. The plane is a no-name (probably Sargent?), 1.75” iron x ~9” body. I don’t need another one of these, but it’s in excellent shape so I’ll clean it up and put it on eBay. The socket chisel is also no-name, in ve...

02-27-2019 05:03 PM

Stumpy Nubs Router Lift - 8 replies

I just finished constructing the Stumpy Nubs Router Lift. This was the first time I had purchased plans from Stumpy’s website and I was very pleased with the detail and clarity of the drawings and instructions—they were very easy tp understand and follow.. The housing was constructed from 1/2” Baltic birch; the router mounts an...

02-22-2019 03:08 PM

Plywood Workbench - 6 replies

Has anyone else here noticed Paul Sellers’ latest workbench buil — totally plywood.

02-13-2019 04:02 PM

Identify Hammer Head? - 5 replies

I haven’t had time for much antique shop browsing lately, but yesterday I did stop by a favorite shiop for a quick look. No planes or saws, but I did bring home this odd hammer head. It’s about 6.5” long and 1.5” square at the handle hole, and obviously well-used. I think I’ll clean it up and make a handle and add ...

01-19-2019 03:17 PM

Lexan - 13 replies

I’m preparing to build StumpyNubs’ Router Lift and my plan is to use a piece of 3/8” thick Lexan for the table. I’ve not done much work with plastics, and in reviewing YouTube videos on the topic it seems that some folks treat Lexan/Plexiglass/Acrylic in the same manner. From a practical real-world position, what will ...

01-06-2019 05:31 PM

Avanti Dado Set - 0 replies

My son-in-law gave me an Avanti dado set for Christmas. I was quite surprised by this, since he knows nothing and has no interest in learning about woodworking (I found out later that my wife had told him that I had mentioned wanting a dado set). Anyway, he wanted to see what a dado set really did, so (after I checked the blades, chippers and ...

12-22-2018 11:44 PM

Vice Find - 2 replies

I think I made a good score today at a local antique store that I regularly visit: a nice, HEAVY Wilton vise in excellent condition, and a saw vise, also heavy and in excellent condition. I’m very pleased with this find as I plan to build a new laminated top for one of my workbenches after the holidays, and I’ve been wishing for a ...

12-12-2018 10:37 PM

HF Belt/Disk Sander - 18 replies

I’ve wanted a combination belt/disk sander for some time, but just couldn’t justify the expense. However, I recently received a 25% off coupon from Harbor Freight, and figured this might be time for an early Christmas present to self. I’m not a big fan of HF power tools, but I sat down and watched every YouTube video on the H...

12-06-2018 11:50 PM

Stanley Clone? - 19 replies

I spent the morning browsing through a few antique shops in a nearby town, and found quite a few hand planes, but most of them were overpriced junk. I did find this one that I decided to bring home—it’s a very nice jack plane, complete, tote and knob in very good condition, light rust but no significant pitting, iron has some minor ...

11-24-2018 11:17 PM

Stanley 118 - 4 replies

I had never actually seen on of these before, so when I spotted it in a local antique shop I grabbed it. I love this plane, not because it’s a good one to use, but because of its description in the catalogs – it was advertised as being “boy proof.” The plane was designed for use in “manual training and rough work...

11-24-2018 11:05 PM

Stanley 118 - 0 replies

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11-14-2018 03:46 PM

Plane paint removal - 12 replies

I’ve got an old Craftsman smooth plane that I want to refurbish as a gift for a friend’s son who is showing some interest in woodworking. The plane is complete and seems to be in relatively good condition, but it was painted blue(!) by some previous owner. It appears to me that either the japanning was totally removed before paintin...

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