Tom King

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  1. Tom King

    Stringing, Fluting, Beading and such

    Yes, it's as simple as it sounds. Just did both sides, the same as the back of a chisel, or plane iron. I used number drill bit shanks, wrapped with some fine polishing film for inside the rounded part of the reeding cutter, but after I got into the job, just keeping the sides lapped was all that was needed.
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    Stringing, Fluting, Beading and such

    That looks great. I like it better than a commercial one.
  3. Tom King

    Stringing, Fluting, Beading and such

    You tools look like they should work fine. I have never done any string inlay, but have replaced a lot of parts on reeded mantles in old houses I've worked on. I have an old Stanley beading/reeding tool that the brass LN one is based on. It didn't come with any cutters when I found it, so I ordered cutters from both LN, and LV. I like the LV ones best. I sharpen them flat on my water stones to a high polish. The tool I ended up liking the best, and using the most is Lee Valley's, cheaper than their fancy tool, wooden beading tool. It's light enough to feel what the cutter is doing. You can vary the angle of the cutter any amount you want to, and you can bead farther from the edge than with the Stanley type. Here's a link to it. The cutter I have used the most is the 3/16" multiple reeding cutter. http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?cat=1&p=32679
  4. Tom King

    12" Jointer

    Too much for a 12". I would consider it if it was 16", but would have to look it over closely.
  5. Tom King

    asking about sharpening and grit

    Even I don't take a Scrub plane iron that far. I do go through 8k though, since all the sharpening setup if right there to use. It will probably be used almost a whole day before it gets sharpened again though, and as the picture shows, it can be really dull, and still throw shavings two feet in the air. We use it to clean up old beams before putting a good edge into the wood. It's rarely used for flattening part of anything. A no.5 with an 8" radius camber usually gets the first call if a part of something needs to get run down before the no. 6's go to work. As another sharpening example, I really admire the understanding this guy has of what it takes, in amount of effort, to put into making something, but the sharpness, or lack thereof, of his handsaws, chisel, and even pencil lines, is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.
  6. Tom King

    asking about sharpening and grit

    I like sharp. This picture shows a chisel curling up fine shavings on a tenon cheek offcut. The little curls, ahead of the one being rolled up, were from leveling down the ridges from the backsaw cut of the tenon. The larger, lighter colored shaving is the one in the micrometer. It came from an old Stanley block plane that was used on that project for some trimming, but mostly just removing pencil marks. The sharper you get an edge, the longer it can be used until it needs to be honed again.
  7. Tom King

    Gun Stock

    The trouble with Minwax stains is that some are dyes, some are stains, and some a combination. Always, always, always experiment on like wood first.
  8. Tom King

    Milling hardwood flooring

    A shaper with a feeder, at least. Edge profiles could be cut in one pass. Or take it to a millwork shop, who would run it through a straightline rip saw, and then a molder. It needs to be as dry as it will ever get in the house. Flooring I've bought over the years is typically at 6%.
  9. Tom King

    asking about sharpening and grit

    I stop at 13,000. When in the middle of a job, with no damage to the edge, I start at 6,000.
  10. Tom King

    Micro bevel on chisels?

    One thing that I didn't make clear about my method. No time is spent making the whole bevel flat. It just ends up that way if it suffers no damage which sends it to the grinder. Any grinding always is at at lesser angle than we want the cutting edge, just to keep it out of the way.-not as much as that side view picture though. That side view picture is when I was figuring out why a forums member was having trouble keeping a sharp edge on an A2 iron. I didn't do any grinding on it, but honed a 30 degree bevel on the edge of whatever that low angle bevel was, and it worked fine. The trouble was only expecting too much out of A2 at a sharp angle. I made the mistake of selling my Tormek too. After I bought a CBN wheel, I thought I would never touch it again, but the dry grinding makes too much of a mess in the old houses I work on, and my helpers can't use it without burning somethign. I thought I had a deal on a used Tormek, but that went sour. I'm just waiting now for them to come out with another model, and I'll go back to wet grinding. I really want one with more power, a reverse, that operates two wet Diamond wheels. Too much other stuff going on now to make one, so I'm just waiting. I only use a grinder on a damaged edge, and my helpers don't use the grinder, so I'll be figuring out some other efficient method for grinding. Fortunately, my chisel toolbox is heavy, so they can just grab another one. I grind them when I get around to it, and they can handle sharpening after grinding. With a wet grinder, I could turn them loose with that too, but they will burn something with a dry grinder.
  11. Tom King

    Gray splotches on Ash mantle

    If it doesn't soften the finish enough to allow what's under it to outgas, have a clean rag handy, and wipe it, just to see if you can get it off. Don't put enough heat on it to change the color of the wood. If the finish starts smoking, you've stayed on it borderline too long. Wear a respirator.
  12. Tom King

    Gray splotches on Ash mantle

    Interesting that they had the same sort of idea that I had. If you have a heat gun, I'd still try it. Maybe a little more heat than a hair dryer can produce might do it.
  13. Tom King

    narrow shop paper towels

    No luck finding blue shop towels less than 11" long.
  14. Tom King

    narrow shop paper towels

    I googled "short paper towels", and came up with many, such as: https://www.amazon.com/Sparkle-Paper-Towels-White-Count/dp/B012VE62R2
  15. Tom King

    Gray splotches on Ash mantle

    I don't know. It's just the first thing I would try. You don't want to put enough heat on it to change the color of the wood, but it might bring out what's locked under the top coat, or soften it enough to get it off. I would try just a small spot over on one edge.