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  1. I'm pretty excited to start using and learning how to effectively use hand tools. After watching Marc's video on sharpening, seems like water stones are a great way to go. Can someone help me out with what separates expensive stones from inexpensive stones? Also, a DMT diamond plate is on the pricy side. Are there other options out there for maintaining the stones?
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    My shop overhaul

    Those wives and their vacations... Pssffft. Progress looking great!
  3. The dude has A LOT of spray paint! This listing reminds me of my Dad who thinks his stuff is worth a lot more than than it is. Remains for sale for a really long time before he sells for a fraction of asking price or he just gives up.
  4. Thanks for the tips! Coincidentally there is a Lie Nelson Low Angle Jack plane on its way to me (a birthday gift from my wife that she will soon know about) as my first bench plane. I'll dig around for a 45degree shooting board plan to add that to the plane's capabilities.
  5. Finished the platform part of the G&G Blanket chest today where you cut miters. Started with my miter saw, that was a no go, not quite 45degrees. Went to the incra miter gauge next, that seemed to be 45, but the incra was only long enough to set a stop block for the small sides. Ended up just cutting to a pencil line on the long boards. Got acceptable results. Curious if there are methods are out there that are fast, repeatable and accurate (assume a Kapex is far down on a long list). Love to hear how you guys tackle miters.
  6. I respect the dude who can pull off wearing braces. I had a few suits set up for it too, in the mid 90s. Braces still a thing? Do you wear a bow tie with that?
  7. Sadly, they'd be almost right about the latter ?. I was confused when I opened the box, but I convinced myself that maybe the color difference is rotary peel process or a darker cherry log (with its chocolate color and darker brown highlights... duh). I only became certain when I hit it with some mineral spirits...
  8. Bought some cherry plywood online from Home Depot that suspiciously looks like walnut. Pretty attractive stuff actually, but I don't think it is cherry. Here is a picture of it dry fit in the blanket chest.
  9. Great work, very clean inlays!
  10. I've seen them for less than $1 a piece at lowes, surprised to hear the high price tag, but they are awesome. I've got a 42" TV that's been heald with nothing but for the last 3 years and it is solid as a rock. Also a plus is it requires a smaller hole and the brace acts like a single truss against the drywall instead a normal toggle bolt that digs in on four corners, weakening the holding power. Awesome anchors.
  11. Looking forward to this one. Didn't know building spearguns from scratch was a thing. Super cool.
  12. Awesome, thanks for the great advice all!
  13. Bow tie would be something new for me, which actually makes it sound like a fun thing to try! Although the speed of Carus and Highlanders idea is attractive. I think the crack might be to tight for the vac trick. C, is this what you were thinking for taping up the end? Thanks for the additional tip, 105/207 ideal, would 105/206 work (what I have on hand)? Thanks!
  14. This is the front panel, top right corner. Bad place for it :-(
  15. Decided to tackle the G&G blanket chest as my first guild build. As I was hammering away making plug mortises didn't notice that the board was a little warped lifting it off the bench so it wasn't fully supported, resulting in a hairline crack. Since the crack is real fine, not sure how to get glue in there. Any thoughts on what I should do?
  16. Look for CARB 2 labeling. I think virtually all ply and mdf manufactured in the U.S. is carb 2 compliant. Chinese product might be labelled too, but you can't trust it.
  17. OP has totally moved on. Dreaming of making a roubo. And it will be awesome. Thanks for talking me out of an impulse buy. There are some who call me... Chris
  18. With what Micks said definitely gonna take a pass on this one. As an upgrade from the harbor freight bench I think I was willing to pay $575 for a bench worth that much but a bench worth $300 isn't much of an upgrade from what I have now. The poor vice quality is the deal killer.
  19. Thanks everyone for chiming in on the bench, I've been scanning CL for months looking for a bench as a bandaid until I build my own. This bench was the first and only legit option that showed up in my area and I nearly bought it on impulse. Thanks for making me think about it. :-)
  20. Maybe he means local political unrest. The town was all up in arms after the city over trimmed the trees along the freeway. No doubt virtually everything in the area increased in value due to the historical significance!
  21. Fair point, same bench but maple not $2200 he claimed to have paid. If the teak is not desirable, doesn't appear to be that good of a deal. Maybe I'll put it in my favorites and see if he still has it in a month, then maybe offer $300.