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11-09-2020 08:35 PM

State of The Shop Address 3 - 1059 replies

Back in action.

08-24-2017 04:38 PM

State of The Shop Address 2 - 15681 replies

As an ever evolving thread ive come to realize that our shops aren’t just related to our woodworking arenas but can be found outside, at the kitchen table, or on top of a couple of saw horses buried in the middle of nowhere. Our projects might not only be made of wood but concrete, grout, paint (yea i said it), and caulk too. Show off what...

06-12-2015 01:50 PM

BBQ thread - 62 replies

Its summer time and I know there’s a good lot of people out there that are probably pretty good at the summer past time of grilling meats and veggies, both on gas and charcoal. Last year I bought myself a 22” charcoal grill but I still don’t have much experience with it so I thought this might be a good spot to gain some know...

05-01-2015 02:20 PM

Off Topic - Japanese Knotweed - 73 replies

Has anyone waged war against this invasive species? Ive got a good stand of the stuff just behind a fence in a wooded portion of my backyard and its beginning to creep its way into my lawn area. Needless to say, I aint havin it! Has anyone had any success in eradicating this SOB? From what ive read the only type of warfare its susceptible ...

02-21-2015 06:38 PM

Atkins No. 54 hand saw - FS - 7 replies

For sale is an Atkins No. 54, 26” rip saw. It’s an 7 ppi saw thats been sharpened with 5 degrees of rake, no fleam. The handle is plain sawn beech and has been cleaned and finished with ruby button shellac and a coat of beeswax/mineral oil. It has a slight blemish towards the toe that you can see as a dark spot. Asking $60 shipped w...

12-30-2014 04:31 PM

WTB or swap - Barn Beam - Central CT - 7 replies

Im looking to buy or trade (lumber, tools, skills) a barn beam to use as a mantle for our fireplace. Looking for something in the 6”x6”x8’ range. Located in central CT. If anyone has a beam of that nature kicking around id love to see what you’ve got. Thanks for looking.

12-01-2014 02:56 PM

"Waltfest" - Benefit for owner of Brass City Tools - 6 replies

Being a hand tool lover and also living one town over from the famed Brass City Records and Tools in Waterbury CT owned by Walt Quadrato I figured I would put up a post in regard to “Waltfest”. Many of the hand tool guys around here have bought tools from Walt over the years and within the last year or so Walt had been diagnosed wit...

11-29-2014 01:08 AM

Leftovers. Whats your style? - 9 replies

Thanksgiving leftovers and the ensuing sandwich is a craft i take pride in. I prefer to go hot and open faced. Here’s my pictorial synopsis … Grands biscuit coated in microwaved gravy. Layer of slightly warmed mashed potatoes. Followed by warmed stuffing and turkey (cajun fried in this case). Finished off with more gra...

10-16-2014 12:54 PM

FS - Sargent 710 Auto Set - SOLD - 5 replies

Up for sale is a Sargent 710 auto set handplane. I found this plane basically untouched. Somewhere ive got the original box and literature that came with it. Japanning is 100%, the rear tote retains its original finish and it is unblemished, not a scratch on it. The front knob has a very small scuff but like the tote retains all the original...

10-16-2014 12:43 PM

FS - Handsaws - D8 Thumbhole (sold), Atkins No. 54. - 6 replies

Im offering up a couple of handsaws with a few more to come. If youd like to talk pricing and specifics PM’s are preferred. If youd like additional pictures or descriptions ill be more than happy to post them here for all to see. Ive refurbished the plates and handles as well as reshaped and sharpened the teeth on both of these saws. ...

10-02-2014 03:58 PM

Fireplace / Heatilator Question - 52 replies

We’ve just purchased a new home and on the wife’s list of upgrades / projects for me to do is sprucing up the fireplace with a mantle and surround. The existing fireplace has vents and blower turned on by a switch on the wall (a heatilator?). Now I haven’t had the chimney or the firebox inspected yet to determine the function...

08-06-2014 04:05 PM

Moving to a new basement shop - Ideas welcomed - 55 replies

In the next month ill be moving into a new house and into a new shop space that is a completely unfinished basement. Its got good height ceilings at around 8.5’ high but aside from that there is nothing down there. Im talking no electrical no nothing. It does have the hot water furnace, the air handler for the central AC and the water f...

01-20-2014 03:50 PM

Underhill Hatchet - 18 replies

I recently acquired a couple of boxes of old tools from my uncle who presumably got them from his father, my grandfather. At the bottom of the box was a hatchet. Cool. It was one of the last in line to get cleaned up. As I started to scrub off the rust a logo appeared: Underhill Co. Boston A bit of internet research turned up the U...

01-15-2014 03:29 PM

What would you consider a full saw till? - 18 replies

Recently ive embarked on the journey of learning to sharpen hand saws. Ive got a mish mosh collection of hand saws that were my grandfathers, my uncles, from flea markets, picked up on the side of the road, and a couple bought brand new. As is started cleaning and sharpening them I started to think about which saws I really need to have in my ...

01-09-2014 03:08 PM

Any lighting reps out there? - 8 replies

We did a demo job and the guys neglected to protect one of the fixtures that was next to our work area and smashed the hell out of it. Now the grand opening of the building is a couple of days out and I need to replace the fixture. The building was formerly occupied by Hubbelll if it helps. Here’s a pic of said fixture: Any hel...

12-18-2013 02:35 PM

Cork Flooring - Any experience? - 41 replies

For the last 4 months ive been working on a kitchen remodel and its time that I started to think about replacing our ceramic tile flooring. My wife had an idea of using cork flooring. Reading some online reviews ive gotten quite a bit of different reviews on the product. There seems to be the floating, click lock type with a HDF core and the ...

11-25-2013 12:28 AM

What do you use to hold your finish while applying? - 27 replies

So im in the shop and im about to brush on another coat of finish and like always, im wandering around tge house trying to find something to hold my finish in. I found a hard plastic cup and a plastic dessert bowl. So i ask you all out of stupid curiousity, what do you put your finish in while applying it to a project?

08-06-2013 01:56 PM

LJ Fantasy Football League - The Innaugural Season - 469 replies

All right gang, we’ve got our 10 man league set. This years prize will not be monetary but it will have an unheralded value to guys like us. Your ante to get in is a medium flat rate box of cut offs. One winner takes all. Here’s a quick link to the league homepage: Here...

08-02-2013 03:30 PM

Hybrid saw filing - When to add fleam to a rip saw? - 9 replies

Im just getting started in filing my own hand saws and have a question to you folks out there with some sharpening experience. Here’s the situation … im about to start work on a 12” 14 ppi Disston backsaw. Its a special saw to me as it was my grandfathers, it feels great in my hand, and would like it to be my go to saw for cu...

07-21-2013 06:56 PM

Frozen AC condenser - where's the leak? - 28 replies

Ive known for the last 2 years or so that ive got a refrigerant leak in my central AC system but have been leery of the cost that it will take to find said leak. Ive had to have refrigerant added the last 2 summers and its a total popsicle out there right now. Any HVAC guys out there got any tricks or tips to finding a leak within that system th...

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