Tommy Hall

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  1. We used it for probable 3 years with clean soft maple and other hardwoods, many thousands of feet. We found it amazing how sharp and long they lasted. We did not cleaned them, just blowing them out, that could be the issue. Thank for the input.
  2. Has anyone rotated the blades on their Dewalt 735 with the spiral cutter. Two of us at the shop gave it a try with some success but they are not perfect like when it was new. Any input would be appreciated. Tommy Hall Amesbury, MA
  3. Has anyone put a spiral cutter in a Dewalt 625 and turned the blades? After two tries they still are not all perfect, any input? Tommy Hall Amesbury, MA
  4. I have been using a Makita 1016 for a couple of decades. The problem is the miter lock plate sits on the miter scale plate. I replace the "slide plate" as the original was broken, I still can use the saw without the scale plate in place. Is the saw designed to have the "turn base" sit on the plastic "slide plate", or is there something missing in between the two components. Is it possible the "turn plate" has worn down, the flatness of the work area seems OK. Any help will be appreciated. Tommy Hall
  5. I gave the few odds and ends of my red handled Stanley 750's to young guy at work, it filled in the ones he inherited from his late Father. I use a set of chisels I bought in the 70's and they do not hold an edge well, I actually think my blue handled beaters are better. I would like to pick up some replacements that have better steel and wonder what the opinion of new versa old and what are the brands of new have been tried by members of this forum. I would probably lean towards pre war but am not sure which brands are the best for their steel.
  6. Where I work we use a 1/4" edging because of things catching and damaging. We apply it on the full length of the plywood sheet stock before it's cut up for shelving and cabinet boxes if there is no face frames to cover the edge of the plywood. It has to add a bunch of time but the houses are high end and the cabinetry is a small part of the overall construction cost, still six figure kitchens. I have used band molding but was never happy with the outcome, takes practice. Tommy Hall
  7. I really like the beaded inset too, and, it gives you a little bit of extra control over the flat, sort of a little forgiveness. Wood is a very difficult medium to work in, either hand tools or machine tools. It's really nice to have a site like this to get info from.
  8. Where I work, most these cabinets have Lazy Suzzan's in them, there are other organizers that can be fitted, not easily. Modern Euro hardware can be hard to adjust, but you can buy a hole cutter in MM to make a plug and start over, not that we have done that "HA". Your next test could be an inset door corner cabinet, they absolutely have to be made square, we use raised floor that are absolutely flat and level to build any cabinet. There two large floors at different heights, will not fit in my 12x16 shop. Your cabinets look great can't wait to see the island! Please consider the challeng
  9. Thanks Corey for the input. Is the "widest jaw ....." the scissor vice? Any pic's of your bench? Tommy Hall Amesbury, MA
  10. I always make my work so I can assemble and reassemble it before a even look at the glue!!
  11. Looks good to me, I hope you keep us posted. Through the years I've seen allot of kitchens pulled out only to be replaced by trashy cabinets when they could have just up dated the faces, your making a nice cabinet.
  12. I have had good luck with Evaporust, here's another one DR X Rust Remover. I have had no problems with modern thicker blades in my old Stanley's. They're really nice in block planes with adjustable mouths. Not sure if a replacement chipper is important, are there feelings on that issue out there?
  13. Ok Ok we digress, is how to date a Stanley plane, I assume that this has come up on this blog before. I admit, if I was at a bar and she was covered with sawdust I might bring up how to date a Stanley plane! Not sure if it would work, my shop is quite small. Ok, I admit I collect Stanley Type #11 planes and would like to help jfitz with his find. I went into a collectable place in Newburyport, MA a couple years ago and picked up two Stanley's, a #06 & #07 for $120, for the wood knobs and handles and when I got them home, loo
  14. Hi jfitz, Interesting #07, is it a high knob or low knob and is there any patent dates on it. Do you know how to date it? Tommy Hall Amesbury, MA
  15. Real close to you is Highland Hardwoods in Brentwood and Northland Forest Products just a couple miles South on Rt. 125. Northland is cheaper but will not help you out much, ma not be open on weekends. In Rowley MA is Yankee Pine they sell most their wood milled. Also Keever-Willard in Newburyport, they only want BIG orders. If your going to do one in Hard Maple email me at, I live in Amesbury and work at a shop in Rockport, MA they buys large quanity's of wood from K-W, we could add it to a load. I'll be a few months before I'll start the bench project.
  16. Richard, did you notice how much heavier the plank have gotten! I'm the oldest in the shop so they watch out that I don't do something # % @.
  17. Richard, "Thank God I Am Not A Lefty" too. I was born in 1945 and witnessed the abuse they took, specially by the Nuns!! I did find the Wood Whisper Guild site, really nice, but $120 buys allot of Hard Maple. The vise locations are based on the space the bench will be in, tucked between the drill press and the overhead mortise. I'm liking they idea more and more of the split-top. I work in a shop with big machines and should have no problem making 1'x5' sections square and flat.
  18. Is it common to have a solid filler strip that can be lift up as a stop and how would this be done. I found the 2015 thread of construction of a split-top by a member named Greg. I'm a new-be at this site and am still trying to get around it and how to research it's past. I'm a slob, so an open slot is not a good idea, BUT I like the ability to have a fence to work against, my T-Track bench offers this. I had a tray bench at one point and it was a disaster for me. I would like to know more from pkinneb about the like features he uses.
  19. I have gotten allot of input from Wood Talk for my next workbench build. I'm thinking of a "spit-top design" are there pro/con fillings from users of this style of workbench. I'm planning on a front and back Hovarter Wagon Vise on the right side and a leg vise on the left front. The bench will need wheels so it can be pulled into the middle of my shop. Tommy Hall Amesbury, MA
  20. What is the feeling on a finish, if any, on a work bench. Does it matter if you put rods through the top, I did it in one years ago but never felt it mattered. My daughter has that one and I've not taken a good look at it's flatness in years. It's top is more of a storage unit! We are lucky around here to still have a lumber yard that sells all kinds of burls and woods, they mill the wood and only charge maybe 10 to 20 percent more. It's really nice for sending your client to pick out their on wood. Yankee Pine Lumber in Rowley, MA. I like to mill my on stock though.
  21. Thank for the input. Sounds reasonable. I've done a few piece of furniture and kitchens out of Ash but never thought of it for my bench top, any feelings on an Ash work bench visa Hard Maple? Is the grain to open? I'm not sure where they are cutting up the Emerald Beetle trees in MA yet but it would a nice idea to recycle the dead wood.
  22. I'm looking to build a new work bench that my kids will be pleased to inherit. I'm using a Hovarter wagon vice on the right side and a face vice on the left front. I like hard Maple as I'm a abusive wood worker, and drop everything on my bench. I'm using round dog holes and do not use hold down at this point. My question to the group is the thickness of the bench. I'm thinking of 2x6 Hard Maple and ripping it in half for a 2 1/2 thick top and 6 inch sides. Tommy Hall Amesbury, MA
  23. I did not relies how Walnut fades till recently, I went back and looked at different pieces and the ones I stained to bring the different pieces of wood to look better together look much better, so I think he is correct. I use a walnut dye so it can be controlled, a little bit at a time. I have also done this with Wenge and Mahogany, I use Behlen dyes and find them controllable. Tommy Hall Amesbury, MA
  24. Thanks Dave from Iowa, did not realize I could buy the cyclone without the kit for $50. FYI, talked my shop into buying a 735 and then they put a spiral cutter in it, it's quieter and the cut is amazing, but still the long snipe. I have used sacrificial piece but still not happy with the snipe on thin stock. Thanks for the input. Tommy Hall
  25. I use a shop-vac for dust collection and it will not keep up with the Dewalt's DW735 exhaust fan system. Has anyone found a way to exhaust it into a trash container using a cyclone set up. The trash container would be outside my shop. Tommy Hall Amesbury, MA