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05-28-2020 05:09 PM

How is this vise intended to be installed? - 6 replies

Hi All – I have this 10” Craftsman vise that I’d like to install on an existing bench. However, it isn’t completely clear to me how it is intended to be installed. The front face of the rear jaw assembly has counter-sunk holes, and there are holes on the base of the rear jaw assembly. This would suggest that the rear j...

10-02-2019 05:02 PM

Eliminating an old back bevel - 9 replies

Hi All – I have an old Stanley 605 that I’m trying to rehabilitate. The iron has a rather drastic back bevel, and even besides that one of the corners is rather low. To get to steel that is pretty flat, I’ll need to remove about 1/2” of length. There’s about 2” of length currently between the edge and the cap ...

10-14-2017 10:32 PM

Stanley 45 rear depth stop won't stop - 9 replies

Hi All – just picked up a Stanley 45. On the depth stop below the handle, I can’t get the thumb screw tight enough to prevent it from moving. Is just another, or thicker, washer needed below the thumbscrew, or is there some other little part that is missing?

09-25-2017 04:16 PM

Trade In Box Stanley 71 for User + cash? - 8 replies

Hi All – I recently acquired a complete, in box USA made Stanley 71, with 3 cutters and fence (I don’t have any pics, but I can get some tonight). Box is beat up, but the tool itself looks great. I bought this with the intention of using it, but before I do that, I thought I’d check to see if anyone interested in the collect...

09-02-2017 08:43 PM

Saddle chair seat or bore leg holes first? - 1 reply

I all – I’m making an attempt at building a couple of Welsh stick chairs. I’ve been watching the Popular Woodworking video with Don Weber on the topic – – and in it, Don shaped the chair seat before boring the leg holes. I would think one...

08-11-2017 02:20 AM

Record A151 Spokeshave - a couple of questions - 7 replies

I acquired a Record A151 spokeshave somewhere along the way, and I’m finally getting around to setting it up for use. It is made in England, but I think of relatively recent manufacture. I found Paul Sellers’ blog postings on the topic, which were very helpful. I’m getting good shavings with mine, but there are a few things tha...

08-07-2017 05:45 PM

Have Burl - now what? - 1 reply

My dad gave me this burl that he lopped off a downed sugar maple tree: I don’t know what to do with it, neither from a storage point of view or a project point of view. For the time being, I’m more concerned about the former. Can I leave it as is until I decide what to use it for, or will it crack li...

08-06-2017 01:12 PM

Super Simple Wooden Holdfasts - 1 reply

I made these here holdfasts yesterday: I’m super surprised by how well the work. I’ve never used steel holdfasts, but these things seem pretty sufficient. The work just fine with the square dog holes in my bench. When used in conjunction with a doe’s foot (made out of 1/4” plywood with so...

08-04-2017 03:02 PM

Back Tapering Round Mortises... - 2 replies

Hi – in the Lee Valley listing for their standard taper reamer –,180,42240,53317,54864 – they refer to it being useful for “back-tapering holes for through-tenon wedging”. The seems like it would be an effective way to make extra sure chair stretchers d...

07-30-2017 06:47 PM

Staked Stool - legs are splaying - 33 replies

Hi All – I’m working on a staked high stool from Chris Schwarz's plans. The first instance I made from SPF from Home Depot. When I did a test sit on a smooth floor (prior to wedging the leg tenons, and prior to installing stretchers), the rear leg kicked out and snapped at the base of the tenon. I put it down to a poor wood choice...

07-03-2017 07:09 PM

Questions from an infill newbie - 7 replies

I acquired a couple of infill planes today. I’ve never owned much less used infills, and have a couple of basic questions. So here they are (plus a panel marking gauge that I also got today – included because it is pretty) I’m not seeing any marker’s marks on either one. The smoother is missi...

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