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01-14-2015 04:21 AM

Stanley 60 1/2...USA vs English - 1 reply

Hi…I’m looking at an old stanley 60 1/2 that looks nearly new. I’m not sure what era it is from but I’m guessing the 70’s. It was made in England. Can someone explain the differences, if any, between the English and USA made versions? I’m relatively new to woodworking and just want a decent plane for decen...

10-26-2014 05:08 AM

Enlighten a Noob Please - 7 replies

I am looking to purchase a block plane… Can you provide some pros and cons for the most common models…e.g. 60 1/2 or 9 1/2? Where/how are they best used? I see so many in addition to the ones above…they all seem to have the same purpose but if that is the case, why so many types? Thanks!

10-13-2014 06:10 AM

Furniture Backs - 5 replies

I originally posted this over on forum but thought it would go well here too. Hi All, I’m a relatively new woodworker, with only a handful of projects under my belt. I, of course, have many others on my my list that I would like to do. When thinking about one of them…a dresser…I got to thinking about ...

11-09-2012 06:49 AM

Flame Birch - Difficult for beginner? - 7 replies

I really would like to make a dresser out of flame birch. I’m relatively new to woodworking with only one project under my belt. How difficult is this wood to work? Is it recommended for newbies? Will a card scraper be my best friend for this wood? Thanks,Brad

02-12-2011 09:52 PM

How do I get a half round bead on edge of 3/4" stock that is arched? - 11 replies

I have 3/4” stock and I need a half round bead with a 1/8” fillet on both edges…making the half round bead 1/2” diameter? I’ve thought about using a roundover bit…but after the first pass, I’ve lost my edge for the bearing to run along. I’ve also thought about one of those whiteside bullnose bi...

01-18-2011 09:52 PM

Hand planing 2 edges for glue up - How does a newbie learn to keep it square? - 15 replies

I recently posted a topic here commending the craftsmen in the field of woodworking…that post made reference to a panel glue up or two that I messed up. My panels did not come out flat for a couple of reasons. One reason was that I focussed on the ‘show’ side of the joint too much during my dry fit. I added glue before not...

01-17-2011 04:57 AM

I had respect for woodworking I have A LOT of respect! - 8 replies

I’ve spent probably the last year to year and a half reading, studying, surfing the forums, watching videos, and making stuff for the shop as practice…but I learned today, only 1/3 of the way through my first real project, that even the basics require SUBSTANTIAL skill! All I was doing was a glue-up of 2 boards to make one about 1...

01-12-2011 06:19 PM

I need a smooth painted finish without a sprayer! - 18 replies

Hello everyone. I’ve looked through some of the forums for the answer to this question but haven’t really had any luck with the search. (an area where lumberjocks could improve.) My first project is a painted poplar bookcase. I’m using solid wood throughout. I do not have a sprayer and do not plan on buying one anytime ...

12-31-2010 12:21 AM

Rough Milling - - HELP! - 10 replies

I just finished rough milling some poplar for my 1st project…both 4/4 and 5/4. As suggested by many on this forum, I took my stock down to about 1/16th to 1/8th oversize. My obvious intention was to come back for a finish milling. I have big problem however…my rough milled stock is bowing along its lenth before I can even get ...

11-10-2010 08:34 PM

Have any of you used this dowelling jig? - 15 replies

I have a single project that will require carcass construction with dowels…the top and bottom overhang the sides. I found this jig for $12 on and the two reviews were 4 and 5 stars. The use of the jig seems pretty simple…3 bit sizes, adjustable stop (important for my overhanging top and bottom), self-centering and ...

10-05-2010 08:17 PM

For those of you with more experience than I...which is nearly all of you. - 9 replies

I am new to woodworking so I have seemingly hundreds of questions for everyone on this site. I have a project requiring 13/16 thickness legs/stiles and rails. The top is 13/16 or 7/8 as well (can’t remember without looking at plans). What are the chances I could get those thicknesses out of a 4/4 rough cut board? I realize twisti...

09-29-2010 08:06 PM

Screwed up Glue up - 34 replies

Have any of you ever completed all of the joinery on a piece, done a dry fit to see that all is perfect, and then lose the piece in a poor glue up because the glue set too fast for you to make everything right? It just happened to me on a planer stand for my shop. Although it was just a planer cart I took great care witht he measurements and ...

09-16-2010 10:29 PM

How would you do this joinery? - 7 replies

I’m a new woodworker who’s been working on some shop oriented projects this past year. I hope to be ready for my first furniture project this fall/winter. The project I’ll be doing is a nightstand previously built and shown here by Gizmodyne. The plans are from “More Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” and h...

06-29-2010 11:00 PM

Miter Express vs. Shopmade Miter Sled - 1 reply

I have Incra’s Miter Express and find that it is very accurate for small to med. crosscuts. I, however, make a lot of picture frames and find that although I believe I’m cutting accurate 45’s, I still end up tweaking the frames a lot to close up the small gaps. I don’t know what the issue is…me, the gauge, somethi...

05-24-2010 11:01 PM

Exotic Woods - 25 replies

I have a two part question for everyone regarding exotic wood species. Part 1: A little background: I am by no means a ‘tree hugger’ (I work in the metal and industrial mining industry) however I do feel that we must apply conservation in a responsible way to help our planet…we all need this earth and its resources to surv...

03-07-2010 04:24 PM

Old Stanley Sole Flatness - 8 replies

Continuing with the last of my series of plane questions, this newbie asked the following question of a seller on ebay. Q: “Is the sole flat?” A: “Sole is typical, which is flat from the tail to about 1 1/2” from the nose, where it starts to rise a few thousandths. I Checked a few other Stanley planes I have and th...

03-05-2010 05:10 AM

Would you purchase this plane with these black markings? - 28 replies

What is the black spotting on the sole of the plane? Rust? Does it look pitted to you? Would you purchase this plane? Thanks.

03-01-2010 09:42 PM

Stanley No. 4 vs No. 4 1/2 - 31 replies

I’m new to handplanes (and woodworking) and I will soon make my first plane purchase. I want a plane that will be a go-to plane for smoothing, flattening, general clean-up etc. Which of these plane models…No. 4 or No. 4 1/2…would be good for this purpose and why do you choose it over the other? Thanks.

11-14-2009 05:12 AM

Cherry Color Change Rate - 3 replies

I’m new to woodworking (wonder how long I’ll be typing that?)...and I’d like to use cherry for my first project, perhaps many others because I love its rich medium tone. My question in the form of a scenario…I go buy some rough lumber to mill myself. I bring it home…right off the bat I can’t touch it for 2...

10-15-2009 03:14 AM

Cutting notches w/o bandsaw - 22 replies

I’m a fairly new woodworker and I’m always discovering with my research where I might need to buy something to finish a project, funny how that works. When I step into my first project I’m going to need to cut square notches into the corners of a shelf that fits inside the lower portion of a nightstand. The notches are necess...

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