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03-13-2016 10:35 PM

Table Saw Blade Alignment help - 26 replies

I need a little help understanding what I am seeing on my table saw. I have a dial indicator set up in the miter slot, and am testing the parallelism of the blade to the slot. My blade has four relieve holes/slots in it, and I used those as reference to test four chords across the blade. The blade is the brand new blade that came with the sa...

03-05-2016 01:37 AM

Saw recommendation for cutting tenons - 8 replies

I’m looking for a good starter saw for cutting tenons. I mainly work with 3/4” material, and in widths less than 4”. I see that Veritas has some carcass saws for $80 each. I was hoping to get in to something for less than that, and ideally something dual purpose enough to do the rip and crosscut parts of the tenon. Any re...

02-05-2016 03:36 AM

Chisels...need a strategy - 39 replies

I’ve been asking a lot of advice on what tools to buy lately. Thanks to the LJs for being there to help me talk it out. After two or three years with an $8 set of chisels, they are approaching the top of my upgrade list. I don’t want to spend more than about $100 when the time comes. For that I can get a set of the Narex chis...

02-02-2016 11:56 PM

Router plane value LV vs LN - 11 replies

A recent thread in which I got a ton of great feedback on cleaning/cutting dados has sent me on the search for info about router planes. I am looking for some external opinions on what I have found. I’m trying to understand the value difference between two great tools, the Lie Nielsen router plane and the Veritas (LV) router plane, both ...

02-01-2016 11:46 PM

Best option for cleaning up dados? - 27 replies

I am planning a project that will use dados in several places. To date I have been able to use my small router table to cut dados, but these pieces will be larger and too difficult to use the router table on. I am thinking I will get a Dado set for the table saw, which in theory means I will also be able to more closely match the Dado to the...

01-29-2016 03:53 PM

Cheap tools - Impossible feats of woodworking - 9 replies

<rant>According to the internet, nothing is possible because everything you need to do something is total crap. Your only hope is to spend as much money as possible in order to increase your odds that you get lucky and get a piece of crap that is slightly less crappy than all the other crap. Anything available at big boxes is total junk.Th...

01-29-2016 01:34 PM

Shooting board question - 10 replies

Relatively new to hand planes. So far I have only really used them for spot fixes and some smoothing work. I was thinking of building a shooting board, but I have a question about how they work. I see most are constructed of a base layer, then a support platform for the piece to be planed. The plane rides along the base layer, and against ...

01-20-2016 12:04 AM

Earlex accessory where-to-buy? - 5 replies

I am looking for a second pot for my Earlex 5500. The one I need is the non-lined one (no teflon), which they recommend for spraying oil based finishes. I have not been able to locate one at any of the major retailers. Anybody here know where I can find one? -Brian

01-17-2016 02:26 PM

Woodshow Adventure - 2 replies

One of my other hobbies is target shooting, and there was a regional convention for that sort of thing at the state fairgrounds out here yesterday. As I was looking up the info on which building it would be in, I noticed there was also a woodworking show going on at the same time. My brother and I decided to stop by since we would be right nex...

12-30-2015 06:34 PM

Jointer advice please - 18 replies

Ladies and gents, I finally ready to buy a jointer. Due to space limitations, i am looking at one of the 6” models with the 55” beds. There is a jet model with standard dovetail beds and quickset knives. There is also a shopfox/grizzly with parallelogram beds. Both are just under 1k. Both have somewhat moxed reviews. The j...

06-19-2015 05:15 PM

Traveling To Atlanta. .any woodworking shops? - 10 replies

I am totally stealing this thread idea from another LJ… In two weeks I will be headed to Atlanta for a short visit. Are there any wood working stores I should check out? There is a Woodcraft and a rocker about 9 hours closer to home than Atlanta, but if there is anything else down there let me know! Thanks,Brian

06-04-2015 04:37 PM

Question on diamond stones and sharpening girts - 16 replies

I have been sharpening with a King waterstone. It is a combo 1000/6000 grit. I was looking at a diamond plate to use to flatten them, then started thinking I should just switch to diamond plates for sharpening. Lots of YouTube guys seem to like them. But I zee that even extra fine diamond plates are like 1200 grit. This seems at odds with t...

06-02-2015 08:18 PM

Is this a problem with my plane? - 15 replies

Ok guys, another question as I’m working on my Stanley No. 65. This is not the best picture, but I think it shows you what is going on. If you look, on the left side of the plane there is more light showing above the iron. I had a previous post where I asked about squaring the iron. I did that and it has a nice straight edge now. I th...

06-02-2015 07:52 AM

Sharpening help...slanted blade - 9 replies

If you have seen any of my blog series on restoring a hand plane, you will know I am not an expert sharpener. I am to the point now where I need to address the blade. Aside from being dull, the problem with the blade as-found was that the left side is longer than the right side. I worked this with a home made angle guide and improved it, bu...

05-31-2015 10:50 PM

WTB - #4 smoothing plane - 36 replies

Hello, I am looking for a #4 smoothing plane. I am on a somewhat limited budget, so I am looking for perhaps a restored Stanley, or one that is in need of minor restoration (all parts present, etc.). Not sure what the used market looks like for Wood River, but depending on the price would also consider that. You can post here or PM me if...

05-20-2015 03:23 PM

(Another) Not Another First Hand Plane Question - 22 replies

I have a project coming up where I want to have inset drawers. Reading around it seems the best method to do this and get nice, even gaps is to use a hand plane for final fitting. I don’t have a hand plane, so I went ahead and started reading up on them. I have reviewed tons of great threads here with recommendations on first planes etc...

05-19-2015 04:37 PM

How to fill tearout/chip out - 25 replies

As I was sanding down my latest project, a few inclusions in the wood appeared. I’m left with one small spot that looks like some grain tore out, and a little divot elsewhere. Both are shallow, probably 1/16” or less. I am wondering the best way to address these. I don’t want to fill it with putty because the wood is to rem...

05-07-2015 09:11 PM

Can I NOT joint and plane a table top? - 15 replies

I’m working on a coffee table. The top will be 48”x18” or so. I have some nice wide boards that I’d like to use, but my 6” planer means I will have to rip them and rejoin them (extra work, loss of material, interrupted grain pattern). And because of the design of my 6” jointer I can’t do the trick whe...

05-02-2015 10:53 AM

Bubble in table top- how to repair - 7 replies

My neighbor drug me down to his house yesterday in near panic. He’s got a nice dining room table with a 60” round top. It appears the table top is a plywood base, with an ash veneer on top. It is stained a dark color, and there is no built up finish. He set something on it that had some water, and this has caused a 3” round...

04-19-2015 11:38 PM

Water based equivalent to Danish Oil? - 11 replies

I’m thinking ahead to water based finishes. I like the idea that they dry faster and smell better. I have messed around on some scraps with a water based top coat from GF that seems to perform well. But I have come up with a situation I would like to put in front of you more experienced finishers and see what you say. I am currently wo...

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