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09-02-2015 11:38 AM

PM-V11 Steel - Edge retention qualities - your views please. - 7 replies

I was chewin the fat with another wodworker recently when he mentioned how poor the edge retention was on his single and only Veritas chisel. The steel is the PM-V11 variety ( forget to ask what angle he hones the bevel at) I was surprised at his statement considering the fact he does not work with overly abrasive woods and of course the ‘...

08-10-2015 08:15 AM

Karl Hotley Planes - 19 replies

While I can appreciate quality and ‘nice’ tools I found myself staring mouth agape at the prices of Karl Hotley hand crafted hand planes There are no price list shown on his website (price provided individually on contact) however the starting prices come in at around £2500.00 – £7000...

04-17-2015 08:48 PM

Words of thanks and appreciation for Lee Valley & Veritas - 9 replies

I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the excellent customer care offered by Veritas.& Lee Valley tools In July last year I purchased several Veritas planes from Lee Vally Tools. Long story short, I was only recently in a position to make use of them. Unfortunately, one of the planes had some defects in the casting of the mai...

01-27-2015 09:26 AM

Sustainer boxes - keep or trash - 25 replies

It occured to me the other day while trying to create a little more storage space in my small shop that the bulk of the space is taken up by power tool sustainer cases. I could create a lot more space if I were to get rid of a lot of these cases, however and for some reason I just can’t get my head around throwing them out. And, althoug...

12-19-2014 09:47 AM

A router for the Leigh Dovetail jig - advice appreciated. - 20 replies

I have a rudimentary grasp of the router, however, and although I own a few, I have never utilised their range or expanded beyond the relative basics. Why? I don’t know, I suppose because I have often found a way of getting the job done without the mess, noise and fuss associated with setting up a router. Having purchased a Leigh doveta...

12-09-2014 03:19 PM

Earlex - Outstanding service - 6 replies

I recently purchased an Earlex HV5500 spray station, which was on offer, at £171 to complete an imminent project. In addition to the included 2.0mm needle I had cause to call the Earlex service centre for some advice on appropriate needle sizes for the finishes I intend to spray. The chap, Brian I believe, could not help enough,...

11-19-2014 08:42 AM

Breadboard End - Advice please - 8 replies

I intend to make a breadboard end on a panel to adorn the top of a small wardrobe I am building. I recently laid a solid oak floor in a back bedroom and to utilise some of the remaining boards I thought of using them to create the decorative top panel of the cabinet which will sit on top of the structural panel of 18mm hardwood ply. The oak b...

09-10-2014 10:35 AM

How to prevent a screw thread from detaching? - 6 replies

I will soon be building a small bench top router table and intend to build an accurate fence for it. I was looking at the micro adjuster manufactured by Woodpeckers ... rs-micadj/ This accessory doesn’t seem too difficult to build although what I would appreciate assistance with is, what preven...

09-08-2014 09:46 AM

Chop saw heartache - 12 replies

I have a 12” Bosch mitre saw (not sliding) which I have had for 3-4 years. I bought it “second hand” from an aquaintance, who had himself bought it 5 years prior although never used it. So in essence it was like new when I bought it. It was still in the box with all the packaging and what not. As a hobby woodworker, I use it...

08-25-2014 11:58 AM

Rockler Plantation Shutter jig - 11 replies

While sunning myself (sunburning) myself on my summer holiday (vacation) I still find my mind pre occupied with all things woodworking. I have for a while been considering building several sets of the plantation shutters as built by Norm at the NYW. I even sent off for the plan and DVD. Two things however bothered me, one, a means of profilin...

06-06-2014 09:11 AM

Veritas or Lie Nielson - which & why? - 41 replies

Having had my interest recently rekindled, Ok, obsessed having been bitten by the hand plane bug, I have bought a few planes of late, both Veritas and Lie Nielson, such is the fickle mind of a hobby woodworker. Despite liking them both I tend to like them for different reasons. I much prefer the traditional look of the LN. However, I belie...

03-22-2014 08:07 PM

Beginnings of a wall hung tool cabinet - 24 replies

It’s been a while since I have visited LJ, mainly because I have not been woodworking, too many other chores have seen to that.I have however had for sometime the intention to build my self a wall hung tool cabinet. Having looked at various designs I finally came up with something befitting my needs and available wall space to hang it on. ...

03-12-2014 03:50 PM

Build it yourself - 6 replies

Courtesy of For those of you interested in hand tools and building your own home, Pay particular attention to the splined ridge board joint and the interesting concept of the DPC …Birch bark. Not a circ saw or air nailer in sight. I must brush up on my Finnish though. Enjoy. David

10-27-2013 09:05 PM

SENCO 23g headless air pinner repair - 11 replies

A few days ago I posted a question regards a restriction on the adjustment mechanism of my 23g headless pin gun. Despite having lots of offers of support and good luck, no one it seemed had had such a problem or at least been able to offer specific advice on how to go about solving the problem. With this in mind I thought why not strip it do...

10-22-2013 06:20 PM

Senco 23g air nailer adjustment problem - 10 replies

I have a Senco 23 g air pinner. It ’s approx 5 years old but seen very little use. I had cause to use it today but found that I was not able to slide the pin adjustment slide to cater for the one inch pin which is the maximum length the nailer can handle. The adjustment slide adjusts smoothly for all other pins lengths in the range (1/2...

10-12-2013 11:17 PM

Stanley No. 82 Scraper blade - 10 replies

I bought an old Stanley 82 scraper some time ago, unfortunately it came, amongst other things with out a blade. Can any one tell me what the blade looks like. If I can’t find one could one be fashioned from an old plane blade or blade cap. Any advice or photos would be much appreciated. Thanks David

09-15-2013 06:52 PM

Refurb of Sunroom windows - 7 replies

I knew I had to replace a couple of glazing beads but soon relished the damage was worse then I had initially thought on my conservatory/sunroom windows. The following photos show the damage from rot and the subsequent repair. From start to finish the job took me three full days although there was a little teeth sucking and chin scratching at...

07-15-2013 09:48 AM

Wall hung tool cabinet - 20 replies

For some time now I have had it on my mind to build a wall hung tool cabinet for my hand and marking tools. I think this year will be the year when I have both the time and enthusiasm to make a start on it. I was hoping that someone has or is intending to build one and may have some drawings or plans which I may be able to take inspiration fr...

06-19-2013 08:22 AM

Is there need for an expensive tail vice - 12 replies

For those of you interested in traditional bench work this little jig may be of use to some. I hope you can understand the accent?

04-08-2013 11:53 AM

Acrylic paint over cellulose sanding sealer - Edit - IT WORKS. - 9 replies

Ladies/Gents/All, I am about to undertake a project where I will be exposing the fibres of MDF (raised panels) I intend afterwards to paint the panels using acrylic paint. My question is, can I apply a cellulose based sanding sealer prior to using acrylic paint. Do I run the risk of a chemical reaction? or is this combination compatable? ...

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