Marty Backe

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  1. A little hand tool build video (pardon the bandsaw) for a new 6" double square tool holder. It's mounted to the front of my Dutch Tool Chest.
  2. Here's my review of the Woodriver 4 piece Butt Chisel set, delivered in a wood box.
  3. I provide a short walk-through of my latest storage box, and highlight a couple of unfortunate mistakes that I made.
  4. Because the sapwood is symmetrical, I think it looks great. With time it'll probably darken just a little which will help with the contrast. Legs look fine to me. My only suggestion would be to shorten the height of the apron. I love cherry.
  5. The bottom reminds me of Munch's The Scream
  6. The latest in my Show and Tell series, here I provide a look at a just completed storage box for one of my LED video lights. The interior is French fitted using foam to hold the light and accessories.
  7. Thanks for your comments. I know not everyone likes long videos, but they can always be fast forwarded or skipped altogether. Someday I"ll try a denser foam, but mostly I enjoy the quietness of non-router work when I can get it.
  8. I just completed making a fitted box to hold all of my detail finish brushes. Using scraps from my shop, I filmed the making of the hinged box. Hope you enjoy it.
  9. Thank you. Ideas for boxes are endless, and they are nice to work on when you only have an hour or so in the shop. Solid wood is even better. I only use 1/8" plywood because they are for utilitarian boxes. I use wood for nicer boxes. Here's another post of mine where I made some boxes from ebony and rosewood:
  10. The blade is at 45 degrees so it looks higher than it really is. But generally you will get a cleaner crosscut when the teeth are hitting the wood at a high angle. This is particularly true at the end of the cut where you can get breakout. You'll get much less breakout (if any) at the end of a cut when the blade is high vs barely above the wood. Try it some time and you'll see the difference. Thanks a lot for the emery board suggestion. That's fantastic - I'm going to get some right away for my future work. Thanks again! With these small boxes, not being out-of-square is even more important since there's not enough wood to offer any 'flex' to get the lid on. It happens to me more often than not, where they are just a tiny bit out of square. So cutting the lid at an angle makes it a don't care. Thanks. Thanks Chet. Thanks. Toggle clamps are a wonderful invention.
  11. My latest video, showing how I make a small box to perfectly fit my set of feeler gauges. There's a small parts table saw crosscut sled that I use with a special attachment that allows me to accurately and safely cut these small parts.
  12. I too live in Southern California. If you're interested in old tools, it sucks to live here. The center of the 'old tool universe' is east of the Mississippi. It's EBay for us.
  13. As I showed in the video, in reality it's quick and easy to adjust the iron. I obviously don't have enough time with it yet. But that's a great idea, buy the plane for the iron. You can obviously buy better irons but it'll cost you $30 - $50. On the other hand, you could probably find junk beater planes for only a few bucks and harvest their blades. For me it's just fun to play around with tools.
  14. Some of you guys might appreciate this video where I inspect a $10 impulse purchase from Harbor Freight. The plane was awful out of the box, but after spending maybe 2 hours over a couple of days, it now takes whisper thin shavings. It'll be great for when I need to plane the edges of plywood, MDF, etc.
  15. LOL. Thanks for that, and I'm glad you enjoyed it.
  16. Tell me about it. Brusso's hardware is so brutish that it's impossible to make anything refined with their stuff ;-) Thanks for the compliments.
  17. Thanks Dave. I always enjoy sliding the last liner in place. Thank you. Yeah, at some point I'll have to video a much larger piece. I need more hours in the day ;-) Thanks. Yes, they are slightly nicer than the MDF ones ;-) Miters are easy with a good technique and patience.
  18. Here's a long form instructional video showing how I make very small decorative boxes. These were made from ebony and rosewood with maple and leather interiors. The video is long, but shows all of the tasks involved. If you just want the flavor of the project, watch the first and last few minutes of the video. Thanks for watching.
  19. I had some leftover MDF baseboard and I thought it might be useful for making a quick box. I'm happy with the result. I consider this a prototype, and will now made a few more but with a better finish and hardware. Don't throw away your scraps.
  20. I'll just buy the 16 oz and 8 oz bottles of glue and refill them as needed from the gallon container. They last through a lot of refills before having to buy new ones.
  21. I have that collection. Highly recommended. Get the Krenov series too if you don't already have them.
  22. I think they both have a place. I use my random orbit sanders most of the time, but I'll still use the PC when I need to sand narrow stock or finishes. The palm sander moves a lot less than a random orbit sander which will more easily get caught on the edges of narrow stock (such as face frames), and it's much less aggressive, which is good for sanding finishes. A palm sander also allows you to use a much wider variety of sandpaper since any sheet variety will work. For example, you can buy 2000+ grit wet/dry sandpaper at your local auto store and use it with your palm sander to sand finishes. Your choice in 5 or 6 inch disks is much more limited.