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05-20-2020 01:45 AM

Disappointed in milwaukee aluminum squares - 8 replies

I saw these at the big box store recently and was excited. Looked like Woodpecker squares for a tenth of the price. Bought the large and small and took it home and did the flip test on card stock. Not even close. Checked it with my 3 combination squares not even close. Returned and swapped, same issue. Took my starrett square to the store a...

03-16-2020 04:12 PM

Space hammer from a “long time ago” - 3 replies

Went to Disneyland before it closed down and made a point to go on the new Star Wars rides. Part of the magic of the whole area to me is all of the props and decorations etc. Quite a few items are tools used for maintenance of the spacecraft. I saw a couple of these Space Hammers scattered about different areas, this one happens to be onboard...

02-27-2020 03:31 PM

Anarchist's tool chest vs Dutch tool chest? - 19 replies

Has anyone here built either of these and have any thoughts on it? I really like the ATC book, and kind of want to build it for the experience and to have a full set of tools in one spot. However, I kind of like the smaller size and “portability” of the dutch tool chest. Plus I think it would fit underneath my bench. But the dutc...

02-26-2020 12:23 AM

What dye/stain finish schedule to restore old Millers Falls drill and brace? - 4 replies

I restored one Millers Falls drills with the help here with the paint etc. But that one gad cocobolo handles. I also have a drill and a brace that had the “hardwood” dyed red but worn down pretty bad where some spots are raw wood. So would like to sand them down and re dye/stain or whatever they used and bring the finish back close to its ori...

02-12-2020 10:31 PM

Where to buy a small metal drill bit case? - 13 replies

I recently bought some new Fisch brad point drill bits. The $100 set came in a box, the $30 set came in a blister pack. I bought the cheaper set but would like to get a small metal case to hold them. (Right now I slide them back in the blister pack in my drawer) I would like it to be somewhat quality. I saw a junk one as part of a set at HF t...

02-10-2020 03:43 PM

Has anyone built a Hock spokeshave kit or made one using just the blade? - 9 replies

Recently at a local LN event, there was a local chairmaker who teaches chairmaking classes, as well as classes to make shave horses and spokeshaves etc. His classes use the Hock spokeshave iron, but its $250 for the class. Was wondering if anyone has made their own using either just the iron, or the whole kit from Hock? The prices are around ...

01-28-2020 02:37 PM

Anyone use one of the Veritas plane fences? or Stanly 95? - 6 replies

I am curious if anyone uses one of the Veritas plane fences. I know there is one for 90 and there is an adjustable one. I sometimes struggle with getting edges planed perfectly square, and often times have to check every foot or so, mark in pencil and go back, rinse , repeat. I know I could probably just build up skill to get this down. But w...

01-27-2020 04:12 PM

Your personal view on necessity of jointer plane 7 or 8? - 47 replies

I am curious on what people’s views are that use mainly hand tools on the importance of a jointer/try plane like a 7 or 8. I know Richard Maguire says you don’t need one and to tell off anyone that tells you that you need an 8. Then again he has a LN 8 that he used to use on every bench he made. The Schwarz calls it a “good to have” tool,...

01-20-2020 07:05 PM

What paint for old Miller Falls eggbeater drills? - 23 replies

I have a couple old Miller Falls eggbeaters. I used gloss black enamel for the black parts which is good enough. For the red, i used Rustoleum painters touch in a gloss “Apple Red”, and its way too orange compared to the original finish thats left. The problem is the paint doesn’t match the cap. I went to the Borga and wally world and there ...

01-14-2020 03:24 PM

What can the Stanley 45 realistically do WELL/replace? - 8 replies

Hello all, I am trying to simultaneously get all the hand tools I need while paring down the tools I have. Kind of following along with the Anarchists Tool Chest for anyone that has read that. I would like to just have the tools I need and get rid of any duplicates. In doing so I have contemplated getting a Stanley #45. Now the Schwarz sa...

01-06-2020 05:12 PM

Tell me why I NEED a thickness planer - 26 replies

Hello all,In my previous thread about a bandsaw, a few people mentioned I should get a thickness planer first. I am just curious why. I’ll start by saying I have made various pieces of furniture over the past 30 years, and have never had a thickness planer. I just buy surfaced wood that is either 3/4, 1/2 or 1/4. In fact, here in south...

01-03-2020 03:51 PM

What can I NOT do without a bandsaw? Do I "need" a bandsaw? - 25 replies

Hello all, first off, I have been making furniture and other home improvements for about 30 years. Lately it had been more of the knockoff furniture my wife found on pinterest, using pocket holes etc. But as I try to get more serious about making finer furniture, I am looking at what else I need. I have a table saw, drill press, jig saw, 6...

01-01-2020 06:16 PM

Anyone build the Timothy Rousseau shooting board? - 1 reply

I have been needing a shooting board for some time now but overanalyzing all the different variations. After looking at them all a few times it looks like this one would be best for me. The problem with the build video is he doesn’t give any dimensions, so was curious if anyone has built one and what dimensions they used? Thanks! https:/...

12-09-2019 07:48 PM

Is a Harbor Freight fractional dial caliper good for average woodworker? - 31 replies

I have an old plastic/nylon dial caliper that i have grown not to trust. It seems the jaws aren’t parallel so the reading is different along the jaws. Good enough for a lot of work. But i have a couple projects which require closer tolerances. Don’t want to spend a lot. Was looking at the Harbor Freight fractional dial caliper(non digital)....

12-04-2019 04:18 PM

Carving knife handle template? - 5 replies

I bought a cheap carving knife at Rockler, you know one of those “specials” they try to force you to buy at checkout. The blade is nice but its got the plastic handle. So I figured I could just strip the plastic handle and make a nicer wood one. Was hoping to find a template or something to copy. I found videos of what I am tryin...

11-25-2019 04:56 PM

Has anyone made one of the Blackburn Tools Roubo Frame saws? - 6 replies

I am looking at making one of these. Wasn’t 100% sure which size to get. Was curious who here has made one and can offer any advice after using whichever size they got. If they should have gotten smaller or larger, etc. ThanksSMP

11-06-2019 04:55 PM

Is there a 10" bandsaw with a 6" resaw capacity in the US? - 6 replies

I am looking for a smaller bandsaw mainly to save garage real estate. I like the size of the 10” bandsaws that I could put away in my large storage cabinet with my other benchtop machines, and pull it out when needed. However, most of the 9-10” saws I can find only have a 3 or 4 cutting depth. Whereas Paul Sellers reviews a 10̶...

11-02-2019 09:02 PM

Is this moraknive set good? - 11 replies

Doing a gift exchange with family with $60 limit and they are asking for my want list. I have wanted to get into spoon/utensil carving. Wasn’t sure to ask for a basic set like this or get one better knife or? https://www.rockler.com/woodcarving-set-120-164 Thanks in advance

09-06-2019 02:12 PM

DIY madrel for turning bottle stoppers? - 12 replies

I have 3/8-16 allthread. Rather than buying the $12 mandrel rockler sells, I thought I could just make on from allthread. Has anyone done this? It seems I can just stick a locknut or 2 nuts locked together 1/2” up or so, then jb weld a 5/16 washer to the nuts or something. Curious if anyone else has made their own?

08-26-2019 06:38 PM

What keeps the tube from spinning on a Duracraft/Craftsman 1236 lathe? - 7 replies

I was given a lathe by my FIL’s friend. Kind of rusty, but I cleaned it up and it seemed all intact. Not bad for free. Bought a new belt for it and oiled it etc. However, the main tube slides into the main section, up to the point where the flat bar screws onto the bottom that runs the rest of the length of the tube. But I don’t...

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