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10-02-2009 11:13 AM

Drying wood - 4 replies

I just received some wet osage orange that I ordered online, and realized I have absolutely no idea how to let it dry properly. First, should I remove the wax coating? And second, should I keep it away from other wood as it dries? I live in Southern California, so I do have high humidity. Any tips would be appreciated!

08-15-2009 08:43 PM

Frustrations and the Big Box - 3 replies

I thought it’d be interesting to see the various frustrating experiences we’ve all had at the big box stores. I had mine a few months ago. I went in to find myself a bench dog’s push stick, which the store’s website said they had at that location. After searching for a bit, I gave up and asked one of the employees in t...

08-12-2009 10:03 AM

Treasure Hunt - 1 reply

I wanted to share a rather momentous experience I just had. Any time I find myself at any of the big box stores, I head straight for the clearance section. Generally, it’s filled with discontinued door knobs, flashlights, and all sorts of hard hats for various NFL teams. But occasionally, there’s a real gem. I picked up a Porter ...

07-11-2009 07:33 PM

Inherited or Bought? - 26 replies

I would say about 90% of my tools are inherited from family, ranging from literally a few days old to well over 50 years old. In my experience, the old adage ’ they don’t make em like they used to’ seriously holds true in most of these cases (my lovely but seriously beat up craftman 10” table saw cuts like a champ, but i...

07-11-2009 11:12 AM

Plane Lapping - 5 replies

What do you use to lap your plane beds? I’ve been messing around with spray adhesive, wet dry sand paper, and a long piece of melamine as a backer, and I get decent results.


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