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Band Saw Tires

My 14″ band saw threw the lower tire the other day. The tire balled up in the lower corner and jammed up the whole works bringing the motor to a stop. I’ve thought about replacing the 3/4 hp motor with … Continue reading

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Period Windsors, and more on The Adze

I caught up with Jim Van Hoven recently when he held an open house at his shop in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. He has a nice setup in a building that used to be a restaurant. From back to front … Continue reading

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Toothing Plane

Lapping my toothing plane. The stack of free 60 grit paper they gave out at a guild meeting last summer is perfect on my granite test plate.  It sure is nice how quickly a wooden-bodied plane can be trued.  This … Continue reading

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A Chest Out West And A Chest By The Lake

I had to spend nearly a week in down town Salt Lake City last November.  It turns out there was more than one well-known prophet who was also a carpenter.  We toured the house of Brigham Young, called the beehive … Continue reading

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Differential Tempering

This is a cabinetmakers hammer head I made with help from a few friends. It’s O1 tool steel. We hardened it in a propane forge made from an old propane tank. For the hardening it was heated until bright glowing … Continue reading

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Hunting Rabbets

While my friends who have tooled up to cut joinery by hand have bought vintage moving fillister planes, I went modern with the Veritas version which they call the “skew rabbet plane.” In addition to final honing, there were two … Continue reading

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Dado planes

I’ve been without a table saw about one year. As I remember it there were three operations I used to do on the table saw: Rip. I’ve done this on the band saw for years, and recommend that you do … Continue reading

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