Jackson, WY, US

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Re: 9 reasons why I don't sharpen my plane blades as well as I thought

Now, if someone can pull a shaving like that off curly bloodwood….. I suspect they are cutting very consistent quarter sawn spruce or other very homogeneous wood. Still, very impressive.

Re: What hand tools can't you live without?

Since I see planes you must expect some finishing. I cannot live without my cabinet scrapers and small scraper plane. Would also want means of keeping them sharp and honed (file, small diamond stones and a burnisher). I use little leather caps on my chisels so I don’t need dividers in drawers.

Re: It's impossible to cheat at woodworking

Potato - Pataahdo. The end result is pretty much the judge. I’ve built three kitchens for houses I’ve owned and pretty much everything was cut on a table saw, band saw, joined with machine cut mortise and tenons (face frames), biscuits, screws/glue, Leigh dovetails for the drawers……. but every visible surface was finished by hand with planes and scrapers, I just preferred the look and feel of that surface. I’m the only one who knew that in the end.

I now build one off furniture and guitars moving mostly to guitars. I re-saw exotics on my band saw. I square critical reference surfaces on my jointer (I use a digital gauge to set the 90 degree fences). I built a machine to cut binding channels because I would hate to have 200 hours of work marred by a sloppy binding job (binding channels can be very difficult, although I do cut by hand sometimes just because I feel like it).

The sound board plates, back and side plates I bring to thickness with a host of hand planes and scrapers, I do not use a drum sander for a number of reasons. All joints are cut and fit by hand. Every surface is planed, scraped or pared by hand. I build free form without moulds because I like the design freedom afforded by this method.

Anyway, use what works for you. There is no “cheating” in woodworking, although there is misrepresentation. I rely on my machines for some things and love my hand tools for the way they look, feel and perform. I build a lot of jigs and tools because that’s part of the craft. If I know enough to build and use a tool and/or a jig (or “machine") to get me where I want to be, then I am a better woodworker for it.

Re: Delta's New 14-in. Bandsaw has a European Flair

I sort of like my old early 80’s work horse (made in USA) with the riser block and all the modifications I’ve made to make it perform as needed. I certainly would not replace it with a new Delta 14”.

Re: Veritas Introduces New Tool Steel for Plane Blades and Chisels

I have a Holtey blade in my 9 1/2 block plane and I am pretty sure it is PM (sintered). It is a very nice blade but I’m not sure if it is noticeably better w/respect to the edge than my Lie-Nielsen planes. It is just over 1/8” thick and had to be shoe-horned into the plane. I suspect I will upgrade the plane at some point and keep the blade (it retailed for $85 ish dollars 5-7 years ago). I can tell the difference between my old Stanley 750 chisels and my Lei-Nielsen chisels. I work everything from spruce and cedar to silica laden Anegre and Bloodwood so I am always honing.

Anyway, I cannot afford to swap out all my chisels and plane irons so this is a bit moot for me.

Re: Neckties and Tablesaws Just Don't Mix

Being the resident cynic of the group I put forth the position that Dass Williams does’t give a rat’s pitute about woodworking or woodworking safety. He’s a politician, he only cares about himself and his political career. As a card carrying member of the nanny state he feels obligated, no compelled to legislate the behavior of others. He has hung his hat on this particular issue because he feels it is a slam dunk (who would vote against someone keeping their hand intact or outlawing bowling with babies??), and he’s getting paid for it by SawStop, a two-fer! He’ll be seen as a caring person, have successful legislation on his resume and money in the coffers, what a deal.

I don’t care if it is SawStop, ObamaCare(Tax), seat belts, coal, natural gas nuclear (sorry “Nukuler" for the politicians) or public education(sic). Please stop trying to protect me and run my life by spending my money on things I don’t want. This socialistic redistribution of wealth, nanny state “socialized justice” will be the death of this country if it continues. Those who pay taxes are now outnumbered by those who spend taxes, do the math (sorry, it’s just simple arithmetic). This Table Saw safety legislation is just another incremental tax. Maybe it should read “if you participate in woodworking you must buy a table saw that is so equipped. If you do not you will be fined $xx.xx (sorry, taxed $xx.xx)

The only reason this legislation is on the table is because Saw Stop bitched and nanny state politicians see it as an easy win.

Those of you who accept and vote for this level of socialism, income redistribution, government intervention in every aspect of our lives

Re: Time to end the hand vs. power battle

Asa, I too enjoy your posts. My shop is a nice mix of power and hand tools. The latter have moved to the forefront as my projects have changed. I built a number of kitchens and power tools did the majority of the work. I now build guitars and one-off pieces of fine furniture. I still rely on my big power tools to mill and size lumber, re-saw guitar plates and establish accurate squares and surfaces. Hand tools now do the majority of the work, bringing sound boards to final thickness, shaping guitar necks or table legs, cutting scarf joints or dovetails. It’s all good.

EE, I assume from your comments that the “EE” indicates electrical engineering ;-).

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

Having used this method I found it expedient but I didn't like the feeling of pushing maple into the side of a thin kerf blade, even just the front edge. I suspect you're asking the wrong people about whether or not to run this in your magazine. The attorneys will have the last say.

Anyway, I do a lot of things, with my eyes wide open, that I know I shouldn't do. I've paid the price many times. Not only would I not recommend some of my "techniques", I doubt I would even tell another woodworker for fear they may chose to try them. I am all for moving the trade forward, but teach the basics, safety and let the individuals develop their own methods/modifications.

Just my $0.02

Re: New Hand Tools: Happy Holidays to Me

Sorry about the last comment - my laptop jumps around (cursor) and typing goes all over. If I fail to proof I get the random cut and paste seen below.

Re: New Hand Tools: Happy Holidays to Me

Tools are such a personal decision. My wife thinks I have I agree with chisels being next 2 of hand tool know to
God and mankind (not true BTW). Chisels are a good next choice as long as scrapers and planes are not far behind.

Re: New Plane from Bridge City Tool Works

I have always enjoyed the Bridge City Tool catalog. The primary inspiration I have taken from Bridge City though, is to make some of my own tools and refurbish good finds. My $1.00 #60 1/2 low angle block plane (flea market find) is a sweet tool when razor sharp and properly tuned. Along with my 9 1/2 (w/Holtey iron) I'm in pretty good shape.

Over the past 15 years I have learned how to sharpen, tune and use handplanes well enough to thickness and flatten guitar plates down to 2.00mm +/-0.05mm. I use a variety of Lie-Nielsen planes, vintage Bailey pattern planes, scrapers and home made tools to do this. I find it infinitely more pleasurable to running them through a thickness sander. For me the order of importance for hand planes is: RAZOR SHARP iron of adequate thickness, ability to adjust throat of plane, mass of plane and ease of depth of cut adjustment.

Please don't get me wrong, the CT-17 is no doubt a wonderful tool and I wish I had the disposable income to buy an $860 block plane. I just doubt I could discern a $700 difference in with my eyes closed.

Re: New Study Discusses Tablesaw Injuries

I have had a number of "incidents" with my table saw. Fortunately I have a frequent flyer card that is good at most ERs in the country. The worst was back in '89 when I chose to use my table saw as a shaper. Of course, all guards were (and still are) removed. While running a long, thin piece of maple through the saw to make a shaped spline I believe my index finger touched the top of the blade, pulling my hand back into the blade. The ends of the index, middle and ring fingers of my right hand were damaged. My right thumb was pretty much split down the middle. I caught a good doctor at the ER and then moved to Cleveland the next week and was able to access the Cleveland Clinic's excellent staff for the next year. Although it took a very long time, I healed well (part reptile I suspect).

I nicked a finger on my left hand a few years back (only half a dozen stitches or so). I have also had numerous and sundry kick backs and other flying lumber events. The only reason my table saw played a part in all this was that I had turned it on. All of my problems and injuries have been self inflicted, "pilot error" if you will(-->jbschultz, is that a 103 you're sitting in??). They have been due to carelessness, sloppiness, arrogance, fatigue, haste, unwillingness to spend the time to set-up properly........ I could go on. The bottom line is the operator is responsible for his or her safety. The closest thing to an "accident" on a table would be a kick back, IMHO. THERE IS NO REASON TO PUT YOUR HAND INTO A SPINNING SAW BLADE!!! By the way, I am a good woodworker and I know better. I just have a tendency to take ill advised risks for reasons that are not always clear to me:-). Fortunately, not so much any more. I use feather boards, push sticks, hold downs..... My power tools are tuned and carefully set-up these days. I also have moved more towards hand tools, using power tools primarily to size lumber. I also do not use my power tools when tired, distracted, angry or without a clearly thought out result (which does not include amputation).

Finally, table saws do not "cut" flesh, they rip, tear and gouge. It really hurts after the shock wears off, so be careful.

Re: Poll: What hand tools are on your holiday wish list?

A couple of skew (rh/lh) Lie-Nielson chisels would be nice.

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