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06-16-2020 05:26 PM

rust inhibitor - 15 replies

My brand new metal planes are rusting terribly. What do you guys use to prevent rust? It’s hot and humid where I live. I handle the planes, of course, so I need to be able to tough the stuff without it wiping off. Fluid Film? Wax? WD-40?

03-08-2020 06:21 PM

How hard should a drawknife be? - 4 replies

I was making some chicken roost bars from 2×2s. Wife wanted the splintery bits removed. I got a spokeshave from a friend some time back and couldn’t think of a better time to use it. It worked ok but needed sharpening. I found it was too hard to be marked by a file. Is this expected?

04-20-2019 08:01 PM

How to attach a solid wooden back to a wall-mounted tool cabinet? - 13 replies

Just what the title says. My issues are: 1) I don’t know how to handle the expansion of the back, and2) I want to hang the cabinet, so the back has to handle the weight of a bunch of iron planes. Plywood glued and screwed into a rabbit of course handles this with aplomb. But if I used solid wood, how would I build it?

02-23-2019 02:27 AM

What is the purpose of the joinery on the apron of this Nicholson bench? - 17 replies

Just like the subject says. Look at the angled cut at the apron and leg intersection here: And look here: top image. Look close and you can see the same joinery. What is this for??

02-09-2019 10:32 PM

Tenon saw, or frame/bow saw? - 9 replies

I would like a tenon saw more appropriate to large joints than my little 22 tpi dovetail saw. Or, would a frame saw be a better choice? I am making a bench with 3×5.5” legs and rails. I want to be able to comfortably cut tenons in those pieces. As always, I am looking for bank-for-the-buck, honest user tools, not showpieces.

07-19-2017 02:37 PM

Diamond stones - 33 replies

The first obvious difference between me and the fine woodworkers I watch on youtube is that their tools are really sharp. I have never been able to sharpen tools to that level. In fact, mine are barely serviceable, I think. There is a chance that the first generation diamond stones I bought 30 years ago are worn out or were never any good to ...

12-25-2010 05:44 AM

Seeking information on which lathe and accessories for creating drop spindles - 1 reply

My wife and I are investigating the tools required to turn drop spindles. Drop spindles are an ancient tool used to spin fiber into yarn. In the simplest form, they are a shaft and a whorl AKA flywheel. The shafts of course can have beads and so forth. And the whorls are sometimes flat disks and other times ‘bowled’ to redu...

11-15-2009 06:43 PM

Speaking of workbenchs... - 2 replies

My bench is straight out of Norm Abram’s first book. I built it about 20 years ago. While I can’t complain about the longevity of the bench… I am thinking it is time for a change. The bench is something like 30” wide including a tool tray. First, do you actually like tool trays? To me it was a great place to accumu...

10-29-2009 03:40 AM

Bang for the buck chisel and saw for dovetails - 9 replies

I need a chisel (or maybe a set) that are triangular in cross section so I can clean up the tight spaces in dovetails. I’d also like opinions on a dovetail saw. I won’t be going Japanese. I’m looking for usable tools that are a good bang for the buck. No garbage, but I don’t need top-of-the-line either. Opinions ...

10-25-2009 02:08 AM

Designing a simple box... - 1 reply

I have some roughsawn cherry in the shop. I could probably plane it and resaw it to yield perhaps three 1/4” thick pieces. Q1: I want to make a small box for my son’s chess pieces. The internal dimensions would be all of 4”x7”x3”. Is there any problem with dovetailing 1/4” cherry? I can’t imagine ...

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