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03-13-2013 07:33 PM

The right hinge for the job - 12 replies

A friend has asked me to design and make a table that folds down from the wall for him.Despite the fact I have a fair amount of woodworking experience, I haven’t done much work with hinges. The legs need to hold flat to the underside of the tabletop, and fold out to 90 degrees.Both the end of the tabletop and the legs are cut at 45 degr...

04-01-2012 01:54 PM

Stanley no.4 with plastic handles - 8 replies

I picked up this Stanley Bailey no. 4 at the flea market this morning.I never thought I would see a Stanley plane here, especially one in such good condition. It has ‘made in england’ cast on the body, also on the blade. I almost didn’t buy it because of the plastic handles, but ended up getting it for around US$17. Very little...

04-01-2012 01:44 PM

Odd looking plane. Any ideas on origin ? - 8 replies

Saw this one during my flea market visit this morning.Can’t say I’ve ever seen a plane of this type, but I’m no plane expert.It doesn’t look too old. Has a nice weight to it.Anyone have any clue as to country of origin ?

03-31-2012 04:46 PM

New Bosch router announced - 5 replies

Hey, got an email flyer today from Bosch.They are announcing the release of their new Xtra plunge router.Check out the flyer.100mm of plunge sounds useful to me.I posted this over at router forums and there is already a debate going between hobby guys and professionals about this routers worth.

03-29-2012 05:47 PM

Is this a draw knife, a router plane, or something else..... - 1 reply

Is there a name for this ? Have you seen one before ? Searching for planes in Croatian today i came apon a website that is actually owned by a friend of my wife !I had no idea she had antique tools for sale.I guess she’s my competition at the flea market then .

03-28-2012 07:32 AM

Absorbing dye through an entire log - 1 reply

We’ve all probably done the experiment where you put a white flower in a glass of coloured water and see how the flower changes colour.I’m wondering if you could colour an entire fresh cut log with this process.I have noticed that the logs i have at the moment are losing moisture through the top and it is drawing coloured sap up. If...

03-23-2012 02:12 PM

Old hand tools, more value restored or left as is ? - 4 replies

For my own use, I would restore them to working order but probably not to ‘as good as new’ look.First I guess it depends on whether you plan to use it or display it.Is there a general rule to this or are there two schools of thought amongst collectors ?I ask, because the flea market here has a lot of old tools for low prices, but i d...

03-18-2012 07:44 PM

Colored glue - 4 replies

Finishing may or may not be the right place for this.I don’t stain my wood too often, tend to leave it the color it is.At times I wonder why there isn’t colored glue for different common wood species so we don’t have to clean up the glue so much, or worry about where glue has filled gaps and shows.I know you can get wood filler...

03-18-2012 07:37 PM

jointer planes - 2 replies

Picked up a nice wooden jointer plane at the flea market this weekend. From what I’ve found out, seems to be around 100 years old and in fairly good condition.More about the actual plane later though.My question is, how come jointer planes don’t have an offset to the ‘infeed’ and ‘outfeed’ sides ?How do they w...

02-28-2012 12:57 PM

Oil then water based clear acrylic coat ? - 7 replies

Need to finish a project that is made from oak.I really want to show up the grain by using some kind of oil, but i don’t want to use a solvent based clear coat.I tend to use a water based mat clear acrylic coat on a lot of things, but logic tells me that water and oil don’t mix.So, anyone have experience oiling wood,waiting for it to...

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