@delong1974active 12 hours, 10 minutes ago
I’ve never encountered a situation where I wished I could get my fingers behind the piece in my flush vise. I’m sure there are such situations, and Paul has no doubt encountered plenty of them in daily work for 50 years, but it hasn’t been an issue for me.
Matt, mostly the rec for a Veritas dovetail saw is because 1. it is a good starter saw that comes sharp, 2. it is cheap (about 60 bucks), 3. it is a small saw suited for smaller starter projects.
Eventually anyone is going to want to get other saws for larger cuts.
Tenon saws run the gamut from inexpensive to very expensive. You can get tenon…[Read more]
I just put some window washing fluid on the plate periodically and scrub it with a nylon gun cleaning brush, the kind that looks like a crank-necked toothbrush.
The steel can get quite gummy on the plate if you don’t clean it often, so give it a couple scrubs until it’s clean.
You don’t need a couple thousand dollars in tools to get started, Dale.
You can get started with a Veritas dovetail saw, maybe a handsaw (old or new), some ugly plastic handled carpenter chisels from a big box store, and a number 4. Wet and dry sandpaper on a flat surface makes for a good sharpening medium until you can buy sharpening stones.…[Read more]
That short grain is going to just split right off every time.
I learned the hard way on a project, too. I thought, nah, it will be alright. Split right off. Made another. That split too.
Use the lateral adjustment to get it square. Just a put a little extra pressure on the bad side of the iron when you sharpen up, it will come back to square over time. Or, put in some elbow grease and re-square it on some 80 grit wet-dry paper, working up the grits to hone it out once it is square again. If you have a grinder you can regrind it, too.
For those of us in the US, Harbor Freight has a very inexpensive hobby hammer for under $7 that makes a great little plane hammer. One side is nylon, the other brass.
Sure beats the competition at $40. Just stumbled on it while I was there grabbing some moving blankets.
Some of the tools you may regret selling as your skills increase and you find you can use some of those tools. Molding planes or other specialized tools, for example.
I’m not a tool collector and don’t subscribe to keeping a tool just because. You may feel differently.
Today I was in one of the old buildings in Lodo in Denver, with some probably century-old wood doors. Real, actual panel and frame solid wood doors if you can believe it. As I sat there waiting on my appointment, I wiled away the time puzzling out the elements of the profiles of the moldings on the door raised paneling. Reverse ogee here, ogee…[Read more]
Derek Long replied to the topic Finally putting aside discouragement… A little workbench project help? in the forum Projects 3 months, 1 week ago
Thanks for sharing! You’re not alone with that story. I think many of us here are either power tool refugees that got “scared straight,” or have the itch to make but not the room or budget or inclination for the power tools.
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