James W Prichard

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    I installed custom cabinetry all over Portland, Oregon. I played stay at home dad while adding onto the house. Timber framing, joinery (Western and Japanese). I'm in the process of setting up a shop in the garage and am looking forward to getting the kids into it as the district no longer offers woodshop in schools here.
  1. I have a 2 hp bosch router and am contemplating using a 3" magnate surface planing bit to flatten my hard maple bench top. Does anyone have experience with this? http://www.amazon.com/Magnate-Surface-Planing-Bottom-Cleaning/dp/B009X5MZ74/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1423599633&sr=8-7&keywords=planing+router+bit#customerReviews
  2. The rasps were what had me questioning this. I know some knives (kitchen) have bevels on one side favoring right handers but appreciate the help. I did pick up a tape measure that reads from both directions but wanted to see if there was anything I might be missing. Thanks!
  3. I have a 5 and 9 year old. They are helping with the workbench building and one of their first projects will be a japanese tool box. My son is a lefty and don't want him to get discouraged using tools that were built for righties. Is there a good resource or article already out there that can give me a good idea of what I need to search for?
  4. They aren't parallel but if you're in need of f-style clamps, these are a decent deal. Set of 4 clutch style clamps for $17.97: http://www.homedepot.com/p/BESSEY-Clutch-Clamp-Set-4-Piece-GSCC4PK/205086977
  5. OK, I'm a newbie to the forum. I am trying to get a wood shop set up in the garage and want to laminate some boards together (think Roubo). I found this Oregon Ash at a good price. After driving 60 miles to get it, I could have kicked myself. All of it was bowed to one extent or another. No cupping or other funky movement. The wood is 8/4 Oregon Ash, 8' long and 6" wide. It has been air drying for a little over a year and its current moisture content (as taken with a Harbor Freight moisture meter, so plus or minus…) is a pretty consistent 11%. There are a total of eight boards. The worst bow is a 1 in. rise off the ground over the eight foot length. The smallest bow is 3/8. I tried pairing them up (bows facing) and placing a 1" spacer mid-span for the most bowed boards. I clamps both ends together and tried wetting the concave sides to try and ease the stress. They were left clamped for four days and there was no change. Are these too bowed to use in a workbench top (even if I alternate the bows… bows not facing the same direction)? Thank you for your help! James P.