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01-05-2013 03:34 AM

Old log cabin logs -- what to do with them? - 5 replies

So I recently came into possession of five log ends from an old log cabin in northern Minnesota. Basically, they are three foot chunks of squared up, well weathered oak with a giant dovetail on one end. There are clear markings where they were worked with an adz (I think) and holes where they were pegged on top of each other. Any suggestion...

05-02-2012 02:03 AM

Americn Chestnut - any lumberjock seen a live one? - 30 replies

I just watched an interesting documentary on the American Chestnut tree (embeded below). I was familiar with the story of the chestnut blight but I had no clue how devastating the loss of chestnut trees was to American culture. I imagine if it were still around chestnut would be the staple hardwood and not red/white oak. Have any of you e...

12-05-2011 08:56 PM

Sell/Swap Dovetail Jig - 1 reply

It’s a Porter Cable 4210. I’ve got all the parts that came with it. One of the router bits is a Rockler. I’d take a decent set of chisels in trade. I live in Dallas/Fort Worth. PM if interested

11-22-2011 05:41 AM

ChokeCherry wood - 4 replies

Can any of you more northerly lumberjocks give me a pointer or two about working with chokecherry? It’s nice looking stuff, just doesn’t seem to be much info on it. Are there allergy concerns or anything like that? I was at my parents home in MN when a storm went through and took down a rather substantial chokecherry tree. I gr...

06-19-2011 05:45 AM

Ancient tools in 1931 - 7 replies

I was perusing Google books and ran across this article talking about outdated and ‘nearly obsolete’ hand tools. I always thought the 1930s were the ‘golden age’ of hand tools?? Guess I was wrong. :( Thought you guys might get a kick out of reading it.

10-31-2010 06:22 AM

Stanley #60 Chisels - 3 replies

I picked up some old chisels at an estate sale today—Stanley #60 1”, 3/8” Japanese socket, and a 1/4” unknown—all for $3 bucks. Anyway, on the chisel spectrum where do the Stanley #60s fall? Doesn’t seem to be a lot of steel on it, but please tell me it’s better than my box store “high-end”...

08-26-2010 08:03 PM

Broken plane cheek - 12 replies

I’ve got a pre WWI Stanley #5 (needs restoration) with a size-able chunk of the left cheek missing. How much strength does the cheek add? Should I bother restoring it or relegate it to the parts pile? Thanks.Kevin

08-17-2010 05:36 AM

Yet Another Hand Plane ID Question - 1 reply

Recently picked up a Sargent VBM 3418 transitional plane It’s got some nice redwood inlay along the edges—not sure if that’s factory or custom? Either way, it looks great. Also, I have no clue on the production dates. According to the Sargent Planes site it was made between 1891 and 1941. Can anyone narrow this down a...

07-20-2010 09:37 PM

Transitional/Wooden Planes - 3 replies

So this past weekend I passed up a transitional jointer plane of unknown type. They were asking the princely sum of $12.50 (for the record, I had already scored a Stanley 60 1/2, a dovetail saw, and a Disston D8). I’m thinking it may have been a Stanley or Sargent. Anyway, I saw that the bottom had a few cracks in it and decided not to ...

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