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12-08-2016 10:44 PM

Honing with green compound, tips needed... - 13 replies

I recently bought some Veritas green honing compound but I’m having trouble using it effectively. It’s advertised as 0.5 microns, so I think it should be effective after my 8k waterstone. Yet applying it on an old leather belth glued to MDF, I feel like it’s making it duller, and from light reflection, slightly rounding the edg...

12-13-2014 05:24 AM

Open shop space in San Francisco? - 6 replies

I live in an apartment building in SF which is not conducive to chopping out a bunch of mortises and making saw dust (an upcoming project I have needs a lot of chopping). I use only hand tools, but would love to just have a place where I could make noise and not worry about the neighbors or saw dust in my kitchen.TechShop is an option, but $50/d...

11-10-2014 02:24 AM

Wooden spokeshave recommendations - 2 replies

Hi folks, I’m getting ready to work on my first chair that’ll require curved work (shaping spindles, arm rests). After a bit of reading I’m going with a wooden low angle spoke shave to handle flat/concave/convex as I’m less inclined to buy two metal shaves (flat/round) and am not planning to work with difficult grain wood...

10-02-2014 09:44 PM

Chair building question - 4 replies

First time hack chair builder here: I don’t have a lathe, so I was wondering if dowel rods have any fundamental limitations that they can’t be used as spindles in something like a Nakashima style chair? I imagine having a straight grain somewhat soft wood is ideal? (poplar, cherry, pine)?

09-26-2014 09:30 PM

Strength of lamination for a chair seat - 0 replies

Question: I have what looks to be a large laminated (1 to 6/4 thick cubic strips of cherry or maple) countertop, and I was wondering if it’s strong enough to be a cut and shaped into chair seat (say in a Whelsh style stick chair) without adding reinforcements to the bottom of the lamination?

06-21-2014 01:35 AM

BLO + Turpentine - 7 replies

A couple simple questions:1. What’s the benefit of mixing Turpentine with BLO?2. What ratio would you recommend for softwoods (sugar pine, Alaskan yellow cedar)? Thanks!

06-08-2014 06:37 AM

Recommendations for medium grit waterstone? - 1 reply

My Norton 1000/4000 waterstone is getting pretty thin and I’m looking to get a nicer dedicated coarse and medium pair. I’ve recently gotten an 8k shapton pro which I’m happy with. I mostly use japanese laminated steels, but I also have a LN A1 Jack plane. For the coarse stone, Stuart at toolsFromJapan wrote glowingly about Sigm...

02-27-2014 02:11 AM

Help with restoring/tuning a Japanese plow plane "Kikai Shakuri Kanna" - 3 replies

I’ve seen a lot of information on how to adjust/condition/use a Japanese Kanna or smoothing plane, but I haven’t seen much on their more specialized joinery planes. I just got a Japanese plow plane on ebay, and before diving in and playing with it, I was wondering if anyone had any information on conditioning it’s body and blad...

02-06-2014 10:10 PM

Design/joinery options for a strong wooden handles - 2 replies

I’m building a Japanese style toolbox, and I’m trying to come up with some design for wooden handles on the ends that will be strong and not too shabby to look at design wise. I’ve thought of putting wooden blocks with through wedged mortise and tenons to keep them in place. But I feel it’ll need to stick out on the insid...

02-05-2014 11:46 PM

Help with Japanese plane comparison - 3 replies

Hi folks, I’m wondering if anyone has any information to help me compare two brands of Japanese planes I’m looking to purchase as a first time Kanna buyer: Hida tools: 65mm Ishihisa Smoothing Planes ~$200 Tools from Japan: 64mm Koyama basic large plane ~$54 ...

01-29-2014 07:02 AM

Choice of wood for bottom of toolbox - 7 replies

I need to find a wood species for the bottom of my mobile toolbox (approx. 11”x30”). I prefer not to use plywood, but want something very durable and light weight since I’ll be carrying it around a lot (car, class, home etc) Any recommendations? Price and workeability with hand and ability to handle some nails/drilling a plus. ...

12-03-2013 03:15 AM

Cons of mixing softwoods with hardwoods - 7 replies

Are there any special considerations in building woodworking pieces (I’m thinking of a dovetailed box) that mixes both softwoods and hardwoods? I’m thinking of making a box out of combination of walnut, cherry, alaskan cedar. Most pieces I’ve seen are either all hardwood or all softwood. Thanks.

11-05-2013 01:27 AM

A couple questions about wooden bowls - 2 replies

Random question: I very rarely see wooden bowls sold for anything other than eating salads (say on Amazon), but I’ve also seen Robin Wood’s wood turned bowls ( being sold for general use. Is the wear/tear on a wooden bowl by daily eating of soups/cereals/dinners too much to be recommended? Or is there jus...

10-08-2013 09:23 PM

Do you finish the inside of a box? - 8 replies

Totally novice question: what are the pros/cons of using a finish for inside of a box? Is it just a matter of taste or is the extra work important for resiliency. In my case, I’ll be using shellac, and it’ll be a toolbox.

10-03-2013 04:33 PM

Difference between a good and bad Japanese chisel - 7 replies

Novice woodworker here. I have 3 Grizzly Japanese chisels, and since I’ve never tried anything else I’m wondering what’s the difference between a $15 and a $70 chisel? I spend a good amount of time sharpening them and I think they get sharp enough (?). I’m primarily restricted to pairing cuts for my joinery since I don...

09-03-2013 05:31 AM

Blade thickness for fret saw for dovetail waste - 3 replies

Hi folks, I’m researching fret saws for cutting out dovetail waste and had a question: my dovetail saw leaves a very fine kerf, 0.010”. What thickness blade for a fret saw blade would you recommend? Or is that kerf too thin to get a good blade through the cut to reach the baseline without damaging the blade too easily? Thanks.

07-18-2013 03:06 AM

Finishing for CA softwoods in a small apartment - 8 replies

Hi folks, Complete novice here. I just started making small projects out of low cost pine and redwood and am overwhelmed with the information online. I’m sure this has been asked before, but I have an additional constraint where I don’t have a dedicated workshop or garage and am concerned about fumes, toxicity, ventilation etc. ...

06-28-2013 02:26 AM

Favorite woodworking iPhone apps? - 4 replies

Hi folks, I was wondering if anyone had any favorite woodworking/wood/tree related iPhone apps they’d recommend? Thanks.

06-07-2013 07:20 AM

Renting out time on your big power tools - 13 replies

Hi folks, as a beginning apartment woodworker I’ve run into the challenge of starting on the “cheap” and access to certain big tools, namely planers, jointers, table saws, drill presses etc. I’m also aware that there are folks who have these tools but use them irregularly and wouldn’t mind earning some side money to...

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