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  1. Thanks again for all the replies/advice. I will do some more practice cuts over the weekend and see how it goes. Thanks!
  2. OK, so I just made about 20 cuts down a pine board, both rip and crosscut. On every single one of them I drifted to the right (I'm left handed) What is the problem, stance, technique, etc.? Any thoughts, thanks.
  3. Thanks for the replies. I definitely need to do some practicing, and I have thought about taking a class. I will look into the option further, thanks.
  4. I have had these saws http://www.leevalley.com/US/Wood/page.aspx?p=66066&cat=1,42884,68511&ap=1 for awhile and haven't used them too much. First of all are they any good? My hand saw skills need a lot of work, I'm just wondering if these saws are hindering me, don't want to blame the tool though. Secondly anybody have any good resources on improving hand saw skills, tips, videos, articles, books, etc.? Thanks
  5. That would be great, what are you making the prototype out of?
  6. I am working on a design for a chair. My first question is does the back have to attach at an angle to the seat? I plan on curving the back itself, I'm just wondering if it would be uncomfortable if it was not angled back at all. Obviously this is my first chair/my own design so I'm kind of just "free wheeling" a bit. How about the legs? Do they have to angle out from the seat or will they be alright straight up and down, again plan on curving them. Now onto a construction question. If the back/legs should be angled, when I cut the tenon ( I already have a square mortice) should the tenon itself be angled or just the shoulder? Not really sure how that works. Thanks for any replys.
  7. Anybody have a good source for high quality HCM bits? I'm tired of using crappy bits made in Taiwan that burn and smoke. Thanks
  8. I watched Marc's review and thank him for that. My take away is that I bet with a better blade it would produce better cuts. I think I may take a chance on this and see how it does. Right now I just use a circ saw with mdf guide as described above. The Grizzly system has to be better than what I currently use.
  9. I would highly recommend Chris Schwarz's book Handplane Essentials. Very thorough, I've read it twice, and could easily go a third time through it.
  10. I had a bit slip out of that same router, it may have been a 1/2'' bit. I never trusted that router after that and sold it.
  11. I will do some testing thanks
  12. I got Behlen Pore-O-Pac Medium Brown Grain Filler and Water Base Grain Filler, Neutral, still not sure which color to use yet, will do some testing first. I believe they are both water based though. Seal or no seal? I sanded up to 220, is that high enough? Then after application and wipe off hit it with 220 again or higher? Thanks
  13. Do I need to do any kind of seal coat before applying filler? What kind of applicator works well to apply filler?
  14. I never wore anything until recently, I got so sick of chasing down pencils, tape measure, square etc. I picked up an apron from TWW, to try out, and I can honestly say it is one of the best things I have ever bought, well worth it.
  15. Basically I don't want any color alteration just pore filling, I assume that means get the natural kind?
  16. What will the clear vs mahogany color do to the look of the finished piece? I don't mind the color variation, I'd prefer to keep it as natural looking as possible.
  17. I am wondering what color grain/pore filler I should get for mahogany. Should I get some kind of brown or just get neutral/natural? I will be applying clear finish over this, no dye or stain. Also I have several pieces to do, and some of the mahogany is kind of light salmon color, other pieces are darker, and I'd just like to purchase one quart if possible Thank you.
  18. That's a good point, I didn't think of that, but yes it did come with shims, I'll give that a whirl next time I use it, thanks
  19. Can you pull the chisel out a bit? You do want the bit ahead of the chisel, not a 1/2'' more like an 1/8'' or so
  20. Thanks for the replies, I worked on the depth of cut today, and got it to be a bit lighter and that seemed to work better, still some chatter, but much better. Like you say John I think it's the nature of the beast as well. Veritas does make a very nice tool though.
  21. I actually tried all of the above, I tried numerous times to back the cut off, but I would start off not cutting anything, then slowly advance the blade until it just started to cut. The shaving does seem thicker than I'd like, but any less and it doesn't cut at all, what gives?
  22. I just bought a large Veritas spokeshave. I have sharpened it well, take the lightest cut it will allow, and I still get wicked chatter. Any advice out there. I am using it to shape curved legs. Maybe it is too big for this application, would I be better off with a smaller shave? Also I'm wondering if my workholding has something to do with it. I have the legs clamped from a Veritas surface vice against a planing stop that fits sort of loosely into a groove at the end of the bench. The reason I think this may be a problem, is I'm getting chatter with my no 80 scraper as well.
  23. Quick update, I finally got to try out both jigs, and the Mortise Pal wins by a landslide. It's easy to set up and use, seems to be very accurate, no complaints with it at all. The Jess Em on the other hand is basically the total opposite. Pain to set up, didn't seem too accurate, the drill just doesn't cut it(literally) I can't say one good thing about it really, which is a disappointment because I really like Jess Em products, I have a router lift, and plan to get a router table top and fence from them. Two thumbs up on Mortice pal Two thumbs way down on Jess Em unfortunately
  24. Thanks for the reply Chris, I sharpened the blade straight across at 45 degrees, then put a slight hook on that. Even with the rear thumb screw only slightly engaged I'm still getting a narrow shaving, is that normal? It seems like a really wide blade to only use a small amount of it's width. Thanks
  25. What grit would you recommend for say a medium Arkansas?