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10-14-2018 08:02 PM

What's up with these hinges? - 3 replies

Sorry if this is off topic but I figure one of you will know the answer. I’m trying to replace hinges on my kitchen cabinets. I found some that were very close, and exactly fit, but the way the old ones bolt on (instead of screw into) doesn’t exactly match. See the image below, the new one is on the right. I have all of the insert pi...

07-19-2018 01:27 AM

How safe to have a ceiling fan in shop? - 20 replies

I’d like to put a ceiling fan in my shop, which is the third bay of a 3 car garage. Should I be worried about sawdust or any other reason this would be a bad idea? Any type of ceiling fan a better choice? I mostly do hand tool woodworking with occasional mitre/jig/circular saw.

06-24-2018 01:45 AM

How do I get (1/32") screws in small hinges perfectly centered - 11 replies

How do I get screws in small hinges perfectly centered? Was thinking self centering drill bit but smallest I’ve found is 5/32 and my screws are about 1/32. These are hinges in 1/2 inch wood. I tried last box with awl eyeballing it but wasn’t center enough and the lid didn’t close flush.

01-16-2017 04:20 AM

What kind of heater for the garage? (that won't start a fire) - 13 replies

I need to get some heat in my garage. I’m in the midwest and have a 3 car garage, no windows, with my woodworking setup in the 3rd bay. There isn’t any heat in there at all right now. I’d like some sort of heater but I don’t want something that will get a little sawdust in it and burn the place down. I do mostly hand tool...

12-21-2014 03:02 AM

Can I make an old square... square? - 6 replies

I have an old Stanley sweetheart try square that is 1/16th out of square (i.e., I make a line with a knife, flip the square over and the line is 1/16th away from the base of the square when the end of the line is directly at the tip of the square). Any way to fix it?

12-07-2014 04:41 AM

How to fix crooked mortise and tenon? - 6 replies

I made 2 mortise and tenon joints with hand tools (chisel and saw) today for a work bench leg+stretcher. Once assembled, on both of them the stretcher angles ‘in’ (to where the middle of the work bench would be) rather than being square in line with the leg. I’m not sure if the problem is with the mortise or tenon or how to tel...

11-12-2014 02:16 AM

Filling cracks from bad glueup - 8 replies

I’m building a workbench out of 2×3s so lots of glued boards for top, legs, and stretchers. I’ve used a hand plane for all boards and most of them were flat enough to glue, but in a few places I have some small gaps where the boards weren’t perfectly flat. These are about 1/64 – 1/32 inch gaps that are anywhere from ...

10-15-2014 12:30 AM

Teach me about moisture - 9 replies

I’m building a workbench (like this one: out of white oak 2×3’s. Laminated top, legs will be 4 2×3’s glued together to make a 3×5 leg, and 2 boards edge glued for stretchers. I got the wood from a local mill that had them setting in an open barn/shed (so they were outside but...

10-06-2014 02:48 AM

Making workbench legs out of 2x3's - 5 replies

I came across some white oak 2×3s (1 1/2×2 1/2) for cheap and I’m building a work bench out of them. I’m going to make the top as well as the legs and stretchers out of these. I’m planning on making each leg out of 4 boards. They will be about 31 inches tall, 5” wide, and 3” thick (minus a bit lost from pl...

09-30-2014 02:37 AM

Workbench mortises and lamination question - 8 replies

I’m going to be building a workbench soon and I thought of a shortcut for the mortises. I wanted to see if it would work or if it is for some reason a bad idea. I’ll be using standard 1 1/2” thick lumber for the top, legs, and stretchers. The legs will be 3 boards laminated, the stretchers will be 2 boards laminated, etc. So I ...

09-14-2014 03:50 AM

Building a work bench, jack plane and circular saw? - 7 replies

I’m wanting to build one of those fancy, laminated top workbenches and considering ripping 3” and 4” wide pieces out of a 2×12x12 (Douglas Fir, Home Depot special). I’m thinking I could rip two, 4” boards or two to three 3” boards from the width of the 2×12. I don’t have a table saw, though, an...

08-24-2014 05:18 PM

How long to wait to paste wax over Arm-R-Seal? - 6 replies

I’m going to use some Johnson’s paste wax over a bookcase that has been finished with General Finishes gel stain and then Arm-r-seal. I put the last coat of arm-r-seal on last night, can it be waxed now or do I need to wait some days before waxing?

08-21-2014 01:29 AM

Is this block plane broken? - 25 replies

I bought this little guy off the internet (it’s a stanley 60 1/2) but didn’t notice this from the pictures, the base just under where the blade comes out is bent down a bit. There is a small crack on each side due to this and it sticks out the bottom a little bit (the pictures show it better than I can explain). I’ve never used...

08-17-2014 12:43 AM

What do you think of this old block plane? - 16 replies

I’m looking to buy a new block plane for little money. Found this guy nearby for sale for about $20 but I don’t know much about these things. Do you think I’d be able to fix it up? Would it be a good deal to buy or no? I think it is a stanley 60 1/2.

08-13-2014 01:17 AM

Finishing a bookcase - Paste Wax? - 13 replies

I built a pine bookcase for a baby/kid’s room (will have books, toys, baskets, etc on it). I’m going to finish it with General Finishes Java Gel stain but I’d like to give it a bit of shine once it is done. Was planning on using the General Finishes Arm-r-seal over the stain but thought I might be able to take a shortcut and ju...

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