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About jmaichel

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    Kailua, HI
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    Furniture, design and maybe one day home building.

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  1. No I have not but I will. Thanks!
  2. I think you would do just fine with the 1000/8000 Combo stone, That is what I use and like. One day I will add Sharpton's but for now that combo stone is does the job. If you like the Veritas Chisels than I would just add one or two more of those. Traditional vs Japanese is a matter of personal opinion. If you have one already I would mess around with that a little more. If you decide you don't like it than you can think about ordering a traditional saw. I would say for now to stay within your $400 budget. The Ohishi combo stone, the DuoSharp, LN Block Plane, and maybe one two more chisels would serve you pretty well for the next few months.
  3. I see your point but I think for just trying to get your feet wet with hand tools a high quality half inch chisel is pretty versatile, at least for the first few months.
  4. As much as I like using hand tools, it would be a lot of grunt work. The setup took some time but its not as bad as it looks. I did you my Jack plane to hit take off some of the really high spots in order for it to fit through the planer.
  5. I think Tom and Derek said it best. I have to agree with Tom that sharpening is probably the most important and most overlooked purchase when getting into hand tools. At first there is very little reason to buy more than one chisel. You would be surprised at much work you can do with a 1/2" chisel. I have a set of 4 Narex chisels and 3 LN chisels. The Narex are fine but are relegated now to misc shop tasks. Most woodworkers I know have at least two sets of chisels anyway. If you went with Narex, I would just go with the set of 4. I prefer the LN's over the LV but they are both very good. I have a LN LA jack plane and though I use it, I wish I had gone a different route when first getting into hand tools. It sounds like you are wanting to learn how to wood work with hand tools and not just supplement your power tool kit. It is also not a bad idea to add a saw to your initial kit. There is more to hand tools besides planing and chiseling. This is what I would start with: Ohishi Combo Sharpening Stone I have this stone and think it is pretty darn good for the price, but a little soft. Side Clamp Honing Guide This is what I started with and I don't think you can spend $8 any better. DuoSharp Stone You have to be able to flatten your sharpening stones. LN No. 60 1/2" Block Plane You can actually do a lot with this little plane LN 1/2" Chisel This will get you started and should keep you right around $400 If you wanted to spend a little more, I would add these two: Veritas Router Plane Veritas Dovetail Saw You could also swap out the LN 1/2" chisel for a set of 4 Narex chisels if you are going to place an order from LV.
  6. Not a big update but I did manage to plane one of the five sections on Sunday. This is going to be a long and slow process. Setup took much longer than I thought. I had to use a lot of shims and found myself shimming in between passes. This board is heavy and I had to make sure it was well supported on both the indeed and outfeed. I did get a little bit of snipe but overall I am happy with how it turned out. The picture is the board prior to planing. I hope to get at least one more section planed today if I can find time after work. I did build this bad boy over the weekend.
  7. How long are the boards you are trying to mill? I still think you should use a piece of 3/4" plywood for a sled. Depending on how long you need, I am pretty sure you could find a piece of 3/4" ply that is pretty flat.
  8. You want it to be as close to dead flat as possible. You can also laminate two pieces of 3/4" plywood using glue and screws. I would recommend using a flat surface like a workbench or outfeed table if you have either of those. After glue and screwing together, you will want to add as much weight has you can to laminated pieces help get them as flat as possible. Another option is make a torsion box for a sled. I just think this might be overkill but if you have trouble finding flat plywood this might be your best bet.
  9. Like Kev said, don't over complicate it. I have used sleds in the past and kept it really simple. I think the magazines over complicate to help justify their existence. I will make sure I take a couple pictures along the way. I am going to HD this weekend to buy a sheet of BB plywood for the sled. When I am done with it I will use the remaining pieces and the sled to build a cheap bookcase to store a couple Lego builds that my wife won't let me put on the bookcase in the living room.
  10. I think you might be right Kev! I knew I would get some slippage and actually have most of my boards 1 1/2 -2" wider than the finished width of 4". I think my neighbor has a biscuit joiner that I can use, if not one of the base woodshops has a domino that I can use. If only they had a jointer. Thats not a bad idea and I will probably go this route during my next stage of glue ups. The problem with this idea at this stage is that I only jointed once edge of each of the 14 boards. I saw know point in dimension each board when I knew I was going to have to run it through the planer. There is a significant variance in width in each of the 5 sections. During this next round of planing I am going to bring each section to a thickness of around 4 1/2".
  11. Not a ton of progress so far this week but I did manage to get the last section of boards glued up. What I have now is 4 sections of 3 boards and one section of 2 boards. Since I did not use biscuits or dominos to help with alignment the boards moved more than I wanted them too. Since I don't have a jointer, flattening one face is going to be slightly more challenging that I would like it to be. I did try traversing one of the sections with my jack plane last night but it was too unstable. All I have a centipede saw horse, I may have to go out and buy a pair of really good metal saw horses. Right now I am leaning toward just making a simple planer sled to flatten each section. I have used planer sleds in the past and have had pretty good success.
  12. Go with the table saw! Festool is overrated and overpriced! I can this because I used to have a pretty big Festool inventory. When I found out I was having another kid and moving to HI I got rid of all of my big machines and all of my Festool Stuff. When I first got into Festool I had just a TS-75, MFT, bandsaw and no table saw. This was a frustrating setup and many times I wished I had went with a table saw instead of the TS-75 and MFT. I know you already have a TS and MFT but you will miss having a table saw. I do almost all my work with hand tools now but bought a portable table saw for those few times I need to make several small cuts. For the record I am not a Festool hater now, I just don't think they are worth cost when deciding between Festool and xxx.
  13. I have been buying form Craftsman Studio for years. When I first got into woodworking their store was in San Diego (where I lived). I still try to order most of my hand tools through them when I can because the free shipping is too good of a deal to pass up. Some things they just don't stock and I have to order from LN and and I pay through the nose for shipping same goes for LV and pretty much everywhere else. I have had the rabbet block plane for a couple years now and think I now would prefer just a regular LA Block Plane. Just food for thought.
  14. I have This one from Dewalt. It works pretty good but I use it mostly for non furniture projects. It did come in very hand when I had to rip 8/4 poplar for my bench top. I ripped the first two boards with a hand saw and then said screw it and busted out the cordless cir saw. I also have a Dewalt sliding miter saw that uses the same battery. I did buy an extra two pack of batteries because they don't last that long. My main thought process with these two tools is that when I settle down in the next couple of years they will be relegated to non furniture tasks, like building sheds and putting up baseboards. My ridgid portable table saw will share the same fate.
  15. Thanks Kev! I am glad to be back at it too. Spare time is hard to come by and usually happens late at night after everyone is asleep. The problem is that I can't run power tools at 10 PM, so I need to find time during the day to break out the planer.