Coyote Jim

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    I'm a beginner so I am interested in learning. Lots and lots of learning.
    I do seem to love hand tools the most though.

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  1. Coyote Jim

    Passing On The Skills To The Next Generation

    Interesting timing that you posted this today because this just happened last night:
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    I love this book

    I am currently reading The Anarchist Tool Chest, got it for Christmas. I can't recommend it enough. I wish I had read it 2 years ago, would have saved me a lot of money and a LOT of time. @collinb your description of The Why and How of Woodworking sounds similar to The Anarchist Tool Chest. Have your read both? Would it be redundant to do so? If not then I will make Why and How next on my list.
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    Milling Lumber by Hand

    So in essesnce, do as little as possible. That is usually my go to method for....well.... just about everything. Thanks Derek, I was hoping you would chime in. P.S., do you need an apprentice? I always wanted to go Australia.
  4. Coyote Jim

    Milling Lumber by Hand

    Wow Coop thanks! Just have them deliver it to my door. I'll take it from there.
  5. Coyote Jim

    Milling Lumber by Hand

    I have about 48 years more experience I need to acquire in order to catch him.
  6. Coyote Jim

    Milling Lumber by Hand

    In fact I do. At work we use a lot of extruded aluminum. Square tubing and angle. So it's no problem for me to snag a large off-cut of one of these for a weekend. Wow, lot's of experience and wisdom in this question Bombarde. The only reason I am milling this board by hand is because I do not have access to an electric jointer that can handle it. So all I need to do is get this thing "flat enough" to run through the planer. I "COULD" make a large sled for the planer to true it up, but I have a deep love of hand tools and I want the challenge. So I guess my milling schedule is only to get one face true. Yes of course I have. But usually Paul just pisses me off. He makes it all look so damn easy that I think to myself "Well that does not look hard, I could do that." Turns out, I can't do that.
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    Milling Lumber by Hand

    Hi Everyone. Long story short, I have a 10" wide board of rough cut red oak. It is 4/4(ish). I need to mill this board down using hand planes. I need it to be about 70" long. I have a Scrub Plane (No.5 with an 8" camber). I have a No.7 (she needs a little bit of work but should be good to go without too much fuss). And of course a No.5 and a N0.4. My sharpening skills are about a 6.5 (maybe a 7?) out of 10. This is by far the biggest piece of wood I have ever tried to mill by hand. I have watched a video or two on how to do this. BUT I was wondering if any of you had any links to any instructions or anything that helped you learn? Was there any advise or wisdom that was given to you that gave you a bit of an "aha!" moment? Does anyone in their right mind even mill large pieces like this by hand any more?
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    What to do with red oak?

    Well I never said I had good taste.
  9. So I just got my hands on a lot of red oak. I should have turned it down but I got all of this for only $100 and at the time it felt too good to pass up. Pretty good haul. Some of it is 8/4 some is 4/4. My issue is that I just don't really like how red oak looks. White oak is pretty great but red oak....meh. Does anyone have any great techniques to make red oak look better? Dyes or stains or chemical treatments that get it away from that bleh pink color? I'm having buyers remorse here. On a completely related note, if any of you are in the Phoenix area I could make you a pretty sweet deal on some red oak!
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    Countertop Repair

    One of the main reasons I lover this forum so much. Great folks like you willing to pass on your experience with the newer generation. Thanks Steve.
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    Countertop Repair

    My plan is to oil them a lot. Maybe as aggressively as quarterly. My employees will be the ones using it, and while they are mostly all great folks there is that element of "It's just the work kitchen". Also "Another clients maple counters got treated well and scrubbed with a ScotchBrite (gray) pad before re-oiling at least once a year and 20 + years later they still look good." 20+ years?!?! Just how old ARE you?
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    Countertop Repair

    Thanks for the replies everyone. I have an update. Here is a picture of what I'm working with here: This is a commercial space so the sink is lowered to be ADA compliant. That makes it so that the counters are not all one big piece. Anyway, that left most section had some of the spots on it but it was the least bad of all of them. I did not have to spend TOO much time sanding at 80 grit to get the the thing looking nice again. As you can see it recovered pretty much completely. Which gives me hope for the other sections. The section in the corner is by far the worst so I hope it will not be too far gone. Even if I make it 50% better then I will be pretty happy. I knew when I picked these counters that they would get stained and/or damaged in time, but I did not expect them to get ruined before we even moved into the new space. I was pretty down about it. Feeling much better now. Anyway, thanks again for the input guys.
  13. Coyote Jim

    Countertop Repair

    Thanks for the replies guys. Good suggestions there. A few days had gone by when those pictures were taken. It has been almost a week since the pictures were taken. It would not be too difficult to un-install the counter tops to do the sanding. I think I may do that.
  14. Coyote Jim

    Countertop Repair

    Just installed some solid oak counter tops. These counter tops were treated with butcher block oil. The directions said to apply one coat, wipe off excess, then wait a few days and do it again and then once more. We only got to do it once. Then the the folks came to install the back splash. The back splash people created some problems. When doing the grout, some of the water they used to wipe the grout got onto the counter. The counters are now discolored in a lot of places. Pics of the discoloration below. My theory and plan to fix: Because the wood already had been treated with oil then the grout water could not have penetrated too deeply right? So I bought some of those mesh sanding pads for my orbital sander, the kind that don't clog very easily. Sand the counter tops till the discoloration is removed, then re-apply the butcher block oil. Does this sounds reasonable? What am I missing? Is there a better way?
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    Need some input!

    This was just supposed to be a prototype but thanks to your comments and suggestions I liked it enough to make it a gift. I finally got around to taking some glamour shots. Thanks again everyone. I love how positive and helpful this forum is.