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11-21-2021 04:45 PM

Hardware for pivoting seat back | Roorkee Chair/Safaristol - 0 replies

I am making a Roorkee Chair/Safari Chair, and I’m trying to find a better option for the hardware used for the pivoting uprights that form the seat back. Chris Schwarz, who’s done an amazing job renewing interest in this design, recommended a 3” long, 5/16” diameter carriage bolt captured with a brass locking h...

11-02-2021 01:01 AM

Veneer Repair on a Gerstner Machinist's Chest - 7 replies

I have been refurbishing my late grandfather’s machinist chest. The veneer on the inside of the lid cupped to the point of splitting. I peeled the entire length off, and did my best to get glue underneath and good clamping pressure with cauls, but there’s still one point in the middle that remains raised and I’m concerned it...

05-23-2020 06:20 PM

can I save this rawhide mallet? - 8 replies

This rawhide mallet was my grandfather’s. I’m hoping to put it back into service but there’s a fair bit of play. Is it salvageable? How would you go about resecuring the head? Thanks, look forward to hearing your input (It doesn’t have tremendous sentimental value (I’ve inherited his whole works...

04-07-2020 03:15 AM

Is this an Atlas 120? Help me identify this ol' Disston - 6 replies

One this I should make clear: I salvaged that medallion from another saw. This saw’s medallion was missing. Let me know if you need any other photos. I’m more or less just going off of the carved handle and the keystone etched saw plate. It was found alongside a nice D7 I plan to re-file rip, and another Disston I’ve...

04-02-2020 02:53 AM

Old Dunlap Dado Stack - Salvagable? Advisable? Survivable? - 8 replies

I inherited my grandfathers 8” Craftsman table saw years ago. Sorting through old cigar boxes and wine crates, I found what looks like a 6” dado set made under the Dunlap brand. Could these be put back into service after some TLC? Since they aren’t carbide-tipped, am I right in assuming they are something I could sharpen...

03-28-2020 08:54 PM

Softening/Rounding Plywood Puzzle Edges - 1 reply

I’m making a puzzle to give to my friends in celebration of their first born (due date in April).It’s an homage to Enzo Mari’s “Sedici Pesci” (Sixteen Fishes). However, the times being what they are, I’m making it out of 1/2” Birch Plywood from the BORG (Columbia Forest Products stuff – dec...

03-24-2020 02:04 AM

Saw bolt & nut spins freely in handle - 3 replies

I recently came into four old hand saws when helping clean out a family-member’s garage. All have come apart easily, except for one saw nut and bolt on what I think is an Acme 120 Model Disston. The nut and bolt just turn freely together in the handle, but remain snug to one another – what methods should I try to unfasten this jer...

03-14-2020 02:30 AM

Campaign Desk -- "An Homage to Capt. Sturgess's" - 16 replies

So I’m planning my Campaign Desk Build. Although I ultimately dream of making one out of solid Cherry, Walnut, or Mahogany, I first would like to make one primarily with paint and plywood and live with it for a few years and get a sense of what I like and what to change before spending the money on prime lumber and time on hand-cut join...

03-03-2020 04:34 AM

Need Help ID'ing some tools - Still Cleaning out Granpa's Woodshop - 2 replies

I haven’t had much experience with rasps and files for wood. The smaller of the two seems more straightforward: it’s a Nicholson rated #0 for coarseness. The second one is giving me a hard time freeing the tang from the handle. I can only make out “Union” on one side and what looks to be rated &#...

12-30-2019 03:24 AM

Saw Sharpening Services in the Philadelphia/Bucks County Area? - 3 replies

Can anyone recommend a good saw sharpener? I currently live in Lower Bucks County, near Philadelphia. I’ve been tempted to learn myself, not to save money but rather to not deal with the hassle and turn-around time. The problem is, since I only do this as a hobby I figure I won’t be sharpening often enough to ever get decent at it...

12-26-2019 07:25 PM

Does a new LN backsaw need any tuning/fettling? - 5 replies

I must’ve been talking in my sleep, because my family somehow knew I would love a Lie-Nielsen Tapered Carcase saw (15ppi filed crosscut). This is my first new premium hand tool; I generally buy vintage tools, and the few new tools I have bought in the past all needed some tuning. I expect it’ll cut great out of the box, and I c...

10-22-2019 04:13 PM

Hans Wegner's "Valet Chair" -- in over my head? - 20 replies

I’m absolutely smitten with Hans Wegner’s classic “Valet Chair.” The problem is that they’re difficult to see in the flesh as they auction at around $10k. I’ve done a cursory search of art museums in the (Philadelphia) area but I haven’t yet had luck. I’m reaching out for input about the...

10-07-2019 01:50 PM

Doug Fir Roman Workbench/Low Bench in Living Space - 9 replies

I’ve made a ‘Roman’ workbench out of a 6ft length of 2.5”x11.5” of some knotty softwood scrap (presumably Doug Fir) with Ash legs. Since I move frequently for work, I plan as if I am an apartment woodworker (even though I currently have a basement/garage/yard). I say that because I expect that this’ll s...

07-04-2019 08:24 PM

Salvaging Lumber from my grandfather's old workshop - 17 replies

I have a few pieces of wood from what was the table saw stand and a motor mount from my grandfather’s workshop. The wood itself seems like it’s nothing special – it was probably construction lumber (my best guess being Douglas Fir). That being said, it looks old(er) growth – the growth rings are tighter than any framin...

05-18-2019 01:57 PM

handplane tote crack - 'not dead yet' - 3 replies

There is a partial crack in tote of a Sargent 414 jack plane (no. 5 equivalent). It’s going to be a user – I’m not really trying to restore it. Part of me says leave it – fix it when it breaks, and use it to make things in the meantime. The other part of me says I’ll be cussing myself when it breaks during a ...

03-27-2019 05:20 PM

Roman Workbench - 18 replies

So I’m planning to build a low bench, also called a “Roman workbench” by Chris Schwarz, who (re)popularized the form. My known dimensions are going to be around 6ft long and 1 ft wide – it will have staked legs; the work surface will be around 18 in off of the ground. I find myself moving frequently, often living in apart...

02-09-2019 06:02 AM

Barking up the right tree with a no. 6? - 14 replies

Hey all, I’m wondering if people can give their two cents as to the order I plan to purchase planes next. Currently own: no. 4, and no. 65 block plane I was planning to purchase a no. 5 as my jack/fore plane and a no. 6 as a first jointer. Now I’m aware that the term jointer is generally reserved for the no. 7 and 8, but Chr...

12-17-2018 01:22 AM

Help: Assembling Router Switch - 6 replies

I have an older Craftsman that just cut out on me earlier today. The switch no longer initiates the motor, nor turns on the worklight. I read elsewhere on this forum that a common culprit is dust in the switch, and to try cleaning it out. After removing the switch and a cursory cleaning, I tried starting it again but nothing happened. I th...

12-08-2018 08:04 PM

Alaska/Nootka Cypress aka Yellow Cedar for bowls/utensils? - 5 replies

Does anyone use Yellow Cedar in contact with food? A friend recently gave me some large pieces of yellow cedar. I’ve recently become interested in spoon and bowl carving; although the yellow cedar is dried, I was thinking of using them to practice spoon carving, since it carves so well. While I’m aware that the Indigenous Peopl...

12-02-2018 08:09 PM

Is poplar suitable for a Roorkee Chair? - 19 replies

I most concerned about whether poplar would be strong enough. Roorkee’s most common failure point seems to be the ~22” long, 1 1/8” diameter stretchers that end with tapered tenons (terminating at 5/8” diameter). Talking to the only experienced woodworker I know in the flesh (I’m a nurse – and woodworking i...

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