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11-14-2015 02:31 PM

Found lead in reclaimed barn wood - 8 replies

I recently helped a friend purchase some reclaimed wood for a dining table project. He chose some gorgeous oak barn wood siding with that perfect weathered red-barn patina. I was concerned that it would be difficult to achieve a suitable table top finish and still keep the character of the wood. What I should have been worried about was the pain...

02-11-2014 07:32 PM

Need some insight on tuning my Stanely No. 4 - 25 replies

Hi, all. Hoping you can give me some insight on tuning this Stanley #4. From everything I’ve seen and read, I believe the mouth is supposed be really tight. On this one (my first plane) I have the frog all the way forward, but with the blade set at the correct depth to get a nice, thin shaving, the mouth seems awfully wide open. Am...

01-21-2014 06:41 PM

Need some finishing advice for Dutch tool chest - 9 replies

As my first “real” project, I’m building a Dutch tool chest, a la Christopher Schwarz. As you can see from the pics, the parts are complete and I’m ready for assembly and finishing (and I still have to build the tool holders and dividers inside. Pretty psyched to have gotten this far, especially since I did it 95% ...

01-16-2014 03:16 PM

Need help identifying this plane - 22 replies

I recently bought a box of wooden planes, mostly tongue (without the matching grooves… guess they’ll be decorations), bead and molding planes. But this one has me stumped. Seems like the blade should be on the angled side, which I could see using for panels; but the blade is on the flat side. Anyone know what this is and how to use i...

01-16-2014 08:09 AM

Passed my dovetail test, so I’m saying hello - 22 replies

Hi all. Just a quick note to introduce myself as a new member. I just started working wood about six months ago and quickly developed a strong interest (i.e. obsession) in traditional techniques and handtools, which I never expected. I’ve spent the past few months making nothing but scrap and shavings, as I have been focusing on learning to ...


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