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08-25-2018 12:52 PM

Help me make my baby box look less like and urn...... - 7 replies

So shop time has been very limited since my boy was born 3 months ago, but we decided we needed something to keep my sons keepsakes in. I’ve built this simple box, cherry, olive wood lid, with maple splines. The problem is that it looks like an urn! I can assure you that baby is alive and well, but I’m not sure how to “soften it” without startin...

02-25-2018 04:10 PM

$2 brass mallet build - 4 replies

I didn’t want to post this in projects as there wasn’t work in it. Lee Valley were selling off “seconds” of their spokeshave handles for $2. I tapped a hole in some brass rod I found in a box in my shed and voila….. Nice easy build if you can find the handles, if not the spoke shave handle kits are $10 and you can build 2! Weigh...

01-05-2018 03:01 PM

Socket chisel rehab - 4 replies

I inherited 3 or 4 abused socket chisels. This is a 1inch Sargent. The chisels them selves just need sharpening and are good to go, the sockets are all smushed. Is there way to save these or modify them. I here to tow away good steel.

12-04-2017 12:14 PM

Weird looking stanley 78 - 8 replies

I was wondering if anybody had seen a Stanley 78 that looks like this? I suspect it is a user modified rather that from the factory. it’s up for $70

08-20-2017 12:45 AM

Kayak / canoe paddle carving - 18 replies

Most of my summer has been spent fixing up an old cabin on a lake we bought. Now all of the carpentry’s done, its time for some fun woodworking. I was looking for resources, tricks, tip, plans, anything to do with paddle carving. My plan was to make two canoe paddles and if all goes well a double bladed kayak one. I have some 8/4 maple for...

02-16-2017 02:18 AM

Critical, but I'm hoping not terminal......? - 6 replies

I found this handsome old gent on eBay, it’s a James Howarth coffin smoother I got for an “ok” price. I knew it had some checks in the ends and the mouth needed closing up from the picture, but now I need some advice on if it’s saveable. I’m not so much worried about authenticity as I am about making it look ...

01-19-2017 12:02 AM

Veritas large shoulder plane blade dimentions - 1 reply

I plan on making an infill plane using a veritas large shoulder plane blade. I have most of the other materials but I can’t get to lee valley until next week. I was wondering if one of you fine gentleman could do me a solid and measure Thierry blade for me so I could start the de sign now please. I know it’s 1 1/4 wide, but I need t...

01-06-2017 06:14 PM

Using an edge trimming plane to cut rabbets - 1 reply

I was looking at the Veritas iron edge trimming plane and I was wondering if anybody had tried to use it to cut rabbets, and the side of rabbets?The ability to add different thickness and angled fences give me a bunch of ideas on how I could use this as a “make do” until I buy the right tool got the job. My main ideas is that I could...

01-03-2017 05:11 PM

REsharpening scraper blades - 7 replies

I’ve gone and got myself a Stanley #81 and some standard scraper. I stoned them, turned a hook and managed to get them making some decent shaving. The problem i have now is that i need to resharpend. I read somewhere that i should file past the hook, restone, then make new hooks. I also remember reading where somebody pushed the hook back,...

04-17-2015 02:13 PM

A couple of beginner question.... - 13 replies

Hi guys, I was wondering how often you guys uses hand files? I come from a sheet metal background, so filling second nature to me, but I’m wondering if it’s bad practice. Sometimes I’m planeing or chiselling I see a rough edge or a high spot that I’m pretty sure I could hit with a file, but I keep going with the technique...

09-12-2014 03:08 PM

Where to spend the money??? - 30 replies

Hi guys, sorry if this topic has been done before but my attempts at searching for something along the same lines failed badly. I have a back ground in aircraft structures, but I’ve always wanted to be a bit more creative so i’ve finally saved enough money to set up a small furniture making workshop. Having a back ground in metal...


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