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08-04-2013 05:01 PM

Finish - 1 reply

Just wondering if anybody has a clue to create the “soft touch” finish similar to the Bad Axe Tool saws. Is it simply a 50/50 oil varnish mix? Thanks, Jeff

07-31-2013 09:42 AM

Epoxy Mixture - 7 replies

Gluing up a couple pieces of olive wood with a hacsaw blade inbetween to make me up a marking knife. Not sure if I did a bad joint or the wood moved but when I was done there was a gap on one side. Gave it a slight pry thinking there was no way it would just nicely split, but it did! Somethings seems to not be right as the epoxy is just peeli...

07-20-2013 08:53 AM

45 Shooting Board - 1 reply

I’m trying to shoot a piece of rough oak and having difficulty figuring out how to shoot it on the standard design of a donkey ear. It seems either way I turn it I can’t get it to work. Should I just build the shooting board with the shoot on the flat side of the triangle, or is there another better way to do it. The only solution...

07-11-2013 03:29 PM

Raw Wood - 7 replies

Found some fire wood out back and really interested in figuring out how to craft from the raw state. I’ve learned that it is beneficial to split logs so that they break in there natural weak spots. This wood was cut (chain saw) for firewood and really not dried properly as they were just planned to be used as fuel, so I may not be able t...

07-11-2013 03:12 PM

Reference Piece - 7 replies

Really getting tired of continually finding that the tool or measuring device isn’t quite flat because the reference surface I used to flatten it wasn’t flat. What can you use that is actually flat to the degree that hand tool woodworkers are looking for. I always say it needs to be to the .00* of an inch. I stopped by the tile an...

07-01-2013 08:58 AM

Hand plane blades and cap irons - 4 replies

Does anybody know of a high quality plane blade provider in Germany. (Equivalent to Hock Tools in the states)?

05-10-2013 05:47 PM

Flattening plane blade back. - 29 replies

Fellow woodworkers, I desperately need someones help! Someone with the insight to see what I’m doing wrong. I can’t even begin to try and explain all the methods and variations I’ve tried to get a flat back on my plane blades, so I won’t even begin to cover them all. I’ve tried different blades, different su...

04-30-2013 07:11 PM

Cracks - 9 replies

Really need you guys help on this one. I’m a noob making my first dining room table. Bought a slice of tree and am cutting it up and wondering how to handle the cracks. I’ve been advised that even if the cracks don’t enter into my cut piece I should be concerned with the area where the crack would extend to if it were to adva...

04-29-2013 02:34 PM

Sealing and flattening your MDF bench - 51 replies

So I was advised against MDF as a bench top after it was to late. I’m concerned with loosing the flatness of my bench as it wears and can’t really be planed flat again. I wondering if there is some sort of finish or lacker that can be applied that can mabe be sanded flat after to strengthen the top. Thanks in advance, love this ...

04-25-2013 07:31 PM

Chip out on chamfers - 7 replies

Can’t seem to not get chip out when chamfering to a corner. Even when using a plane to make a light chamfer to avoid any chip out when planning end grain. Any and all tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Jeff

04-10-2013 08:11 AM

Hand Tool Noob with Saw questions. - 5 replies

Looking for the differences in all hand saws in general. The only one I really have a grasp on is a rip hand saw or panel saw because I own one. Steep flam with a good amount of set. The next one I’m wondering on is a cross cut saw. What is a is a suggested amount of rake flam and or set? Then we move onto back saws. I’ve hea...

04-09-2013 07:04 PM

Hand Saw Handles - 6 replies

Bought a bunch of saw blades with this type handle system. Does anybody know anything about these and how I would make Handles for them?Thanks, Jeff

04-09-2013 06:25 PM

Hand Crank Drill Press - 9 replies

Just got this in today and know absolutely nothing of drill presses. I was told this was 70 to 90 years old and I purchased it in Germany. I wondering how to care for it and praying nothing ever breaks on it…lol. Also not completely sure how it’s supposed to function. When crank is turned it goes up and down respectively and at t...

04-02-2013 08:46 PM

First joint - 12 replies

Looking to get some constructive feedback on my first joint. Haven’t glued it up yet just have them sitting together and wondering if this joint looks good enough for glue up. Let me know what you think.

03-23-2013 10:12 PM

Epoxy - 7 replies

Living in Germany and looking for a good epoxy filler to use for repairs in woodworking. I’ve been made aware that a “structural” epoxy should be used. Should I assume that this just means not the quick drying type. What makes an epoxy structural? I’d be more than happy to hear everyones suggested brands although thos...

03-23-2013 12:10 PM

Leather Strop - 16 replies

Just wondering if anybody knows if the smoothness of the leather is a factor when purchasing a strop. I’m looking at picking one up on ebay and wondering if the leather is a little roughed up from being used it will be a big deal. Thanks, Jeff

03-15-2013 10:36 PM

Bench Dogs - 2 replies

Just ordered me a Draper 45233 from Amazon and it’s on it’s way. Getting prepared for my bench dog set up. I’m a noob and been using only clamps for a couple months now and sooo look forward to having my work piece actually stable while I’m working on it. Just opening up this for discussion and tips from anybody that...

03-13-2013 11:41 AM

Cut clean up... - 16 replies

Ok, so I’m a bit down because last night I was sawing up some construction lumber (pine), and it cut pretty rough with the rip saw I have (all I have) so I began to clean it up with a chisel. What I ended up with eventually was a cut that was way deeper than I intended that was still wavy as a snakes butt. What I’m looking for ar...

03-12-2013 10:14 AM

How to cut up a slice of tree ;) - 4 replies

I’m currently having my first experience with an actual piece of rough cut lumber and am wondering if there is any certain way the pieces should be cut from the slab. There are some cracks at the end of the pice and was wondering if it would affect the quality of the piece to tilt the pieces to avoid the cracks and maximise my lumber. I ...

01-25-2013 09:36 AM

Stubborn gray marks left on maple - 7 replies

Have a question that if anybody could help me out with I’d be eternally grateful. I’m a noob hand tool woodworker working on my first project. Got this cutting board sanded down to 80 grit and have been sanding this surface all day trying to bring this board to perfection. As I got closer and closer I noticed these vague grey diag...

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