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

    Coffee Grinder Sale at Woodcraft

    Well I bought one. Sales have a way of making us Americans do that kind of thing. It looks as good in person as it does in the picture. It IS a sexy little mechanism. BUT, those gears are plastic. I don't think it will stand the test of time. My opinion is it will be an awesome piece for a casual coffee drinking. Not for someone grinding beans every single day. Which makes me sad because of how damn good it looks. This lead me to do some searching on OfferUp for some actual antique coffee grinders. And there are quite a few and reasonably priced. I will most likely get a couple that I saw. Like this one: The box looks beat up and bland. Pretty sure I could take it off that box and do better. I still love the idea of these for Christmas presents so I will be on the look out for antique coffee grinders in my area.
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    Coffee Grinder Sale at Woodcraft

    That grinder box is super cool @pkinneb!!
  3. I just saw that these coffee grinders are on sale at Woodcraft: It's just the grinder. You build a box or something to attach it too which would catch the grounds. This looks like a fun project that I could make as easy or as hard as I want. They would also make fantastic gifts because a lot of people in my family are coffee snobs. Has anyone bought hardware like this from Woodcraft and could speak to it's quality (or lack there of)? I am going to go by there after work today and have a look at them but I wanted to know if any of you have had a good or bad experience with something like this from Woodcraft? OR does anyone know of a competing brand that might be better/faster/stronger?
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    Dosch miter trimmer

    That is super interesting. Do you have more info to share? What line of work he was in and why he needed to have invented it and so on?
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    it pays to be april wilkerson

    Don't give me that. You sure can help it. I was raised in a small town in rural Missouri. We are talking in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. And I don't speak as if I am wearing overalls, a straw hat, no shirt, no shoes. And I don't speak as if my cousin is a potential mate. And I don't speak as if I have an amazing recipe for opossum stew. And I don't speak as if "I aint got no time for that fancy book learn'in"! And I don't speak as if I often catch catfish with my bare hands. And I don't speak as if I have multiple rifles hanging in the back window of my truck. .etc .etc My brother on the other hand.....let's just say that he sounds exactly like he was raised in a small rural Ozark town.
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    Buying tips.

    Well where were you 3 days ago! I literally just bough a number 5 and a 4.5 with a corrugated sole on Tuesday! Can you share what you don't like about them? Also, that is good info on the blades. Do you have link to where you buy your blades from? I assume Lee Valley?
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    it pays to be april wilkerson

    My only issue with April his her accent. She throws a "L" at the end of the word "saw". It bugs me to no end when she uses her table "sawl" to "sawl" her projects. On a related note, I hate when people say: worsh instead of wash Wall Marts instead of Wall Mart will instead of wheel and many many more.
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    Buying tips.

    This is very good advise. I still have my hangups about ebay you are right, it IS the biggest selection.
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    Buying tips.

    Thank you everyone for the recommendations. It really is difficult to find good stuff out here in the desert. I may take you up on that Tmize. Well the number 7 that I got off ebay needs a new blade. The one that came with it is not even the right size. Also, the first inch or so of the toe is missing. Yes you read that right. Someone ground the front inch or so of the plane off. The bottom half of all the letters in the word Bailey are missing. Do you guys think that as long as I can make sure the sole is flat and I get a replacement blade, that it will still function well as a jointer? I have never heard of those sites. I'll give them a good once over.
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    Buying tips.

    The reason I am starting this thread is because where I live (Phoenix, Arizona area) there is not a very good woodworking community. Don't get me wrong, there are a couple of woodworking clubs, those clubs are have some very great people in them, we have a Woodcraft, we have a hardwood dealer. We have access to what we need, but the used tool market is as dry at the deserts out here. If you want to buy a used jointer that does not look like it was left our in the rain for a decade then be prepared to watch Craigslist like a hawk for months or be ready to pay almost as much as you would for a brand new one. So what's the point of this thread? Good question. I need tips to help me find used hand tools. Hopefully we can all share were we have had success. I know that Ebay has all the hand tools I can shake a stick at, but Ebay has some definite cons. My issue with Ebay right now is that standard Stanley planes and the like are priced VERY high at the moment. If you want a Stanley No 7 from Ebay you will most likely be paying over $100, and you have to hope that the pictures that the seller took show everything. For instance, I recently bought a No 7 from Ebay and once the plane was delivered I found a few issue that the photos did not show, issues that would have prevented me from buying. When it comes to buying tools I want to be able to put my hands on it and check the tool out before I buy it. To do that I need local sellers. Which means antique stores and Craigslist like sites. Antique stores in my area have minimal woodworking tools and the ones that they do have are missing pieces and parts and they are priced at a premium. Craigslist and the like in my area have a very minimal selection of woodworking tools. But I have had success recently and I will share with you what worked for me. Some of you may not know that Craigslist is dying. Craig and his list have had a pretty good run but there is a new player in town that is gaining more and more market share called Offer Up. It is pretty much the same thing as Craigslist but the phone app is slick and is a bit easier to use. You may find more/better deals on Offer Up compared to Craigslist. I also have found a little bit more luck changing what I search for on Craigslist and Offer Up. When looking for planes I have always just searched for "Hand Planes", "Wood Planes" and "Stanley". Very limited success by doing that. In fact, using those searches hardly gets me anything. Recently I have also started doing searches for "Antique Tools" and "Vintage Tools". Those searches have gotten me better results. People who are posting their stuff as "Antique or Vintage" also tend to not know what they have, I just bought a No 5 with 3 Patent Numbers and a No 4.5 with 2 Patent Numbers for $60 each, they planes looked to have very little use. They guy told me to just pay him what is fair because he had no idea what they were worth. Based off of another search for "Vintage Tools" I found someone selling a No 6 for only $50. I have not seen it yet but the picture shows it to be in pretty good condition. (In my area those are good prices. Maybe where there is more woodworking saturation these prices may seem high to you.) Well those are my tips. Anyone have any other good tips for finding good used tools? Also looking for tips on buying lumber. At our hardwood dealer even white oak is selling for around $8 a board foot. That seems high to me.
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    Sharpening System

    I like that a lot! I just made one over the weekend. It's the standard one we have all seen: I'm curious what those 4 grits are that you are using?
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    Sharpening System

    One thing I have found is that if you don't make sharpening easy on yourself then you will wait too long to do it. For me that is the Paul Sellers system. Free hand, DMT plates and a strop. I have never had the pleasure of using a Tormek, it's possible that one of those extremely expensive setups would be better/faster/stronger. At least they had better be for how damn expensive they are. Whatever sharpening system you choose should be extremely easy to setup and clean. If you are planing your brains out and you feel the the blade getting a bit dull, the last thing you want to do is go through a lengthy/cumbersome sharpening ritual. You want to pop that blade out, rub it on some course and fine things then pop it back in and get right back at it. All easy peasy like. It's my opinion that if you can't quickly sharpen and get back to work then you have the wrong system.
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    My very own millennial token coffee table

    I love it! I am not that much of a fan of river tables but that wood choice for that top makes it awesome. And wow that dedication to the finish. Sheesh. I don't think I have that much patience. Help me out though, what is that sealer you applied before the finish? I'm not familiar with what that is and why one would use it.
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    Possible new project.

    Are you talking about the grain direction of the column or the shelves or both? On the column my plan was to have the grain run parallel with the wall (vertically). On the shelves I was thinking the grain should also run parallel to the wall (from left to right). That way the grain direction on both the column and the shelf will be the same and "should" expand and contract with the season together. Does that sound right?
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    Poker chip case

    So incredible. I am very impressed. How did you do the coves that the chips rest in? Long forstner bit. I hope you are proud of it because you should be.