Stephen Prunier

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  1. L.V. has it in rolls. I just ordered some yesterday. I use it inside of a piece of cotton to make a wiping pad/ball for hand applying finishes. For applying wax I sometimes use #0000 steel wool that I dampen with solvent then dip in the paste wax an apply.
  2. I live close enough to L.N. to mail them and have them do it for me. It takes about a week. I was on their website the other day and they now have back saw blades to practice sharpening on. Not cheap, but you get a set of different teeth profiles to practice on. It's definitely a skill worth having.
  3. I also have a pair of Gramercy hold-fast. If you get a set take some sandpaper to the shaft. It will help them grab better in the hole. For the money, there really good.
  4. I don't know if this has been posted already. Even Fall Studios was destroyed by the CA Fires. There's more information on their website.
  5. They also make carving and lettering chisels. They make the Chris Pye Signature Line.
  6. I've been using a couple pairs from Keen. Most of the time I wear the low cut, but in bad weather I'll use the other pair. I find them very comfortable and were well. Like a lot of others, I suffer from lower back pain. So I added a pair of Dr Scholl's inserts for my weight I also have concrete flooring that I have 3' x 5' anti fatigue mats down were I stand the most. I also find going for walks helps a lot with the back pain. It tightens up the abs. Here's the low cut These are the mid-cut There not cheap, but I find them worth the money. Nothing is worse than having the lower back spasms
  7. Hi Tom, Small world. I'm also a member of the NBPT Art Ass.
  8. Another happy user of the Gramercy holdfasts here. When you first use them, take some sandpaper to the shaft. It will help them grab the bench hole better. The leather pads are a nice add-on too.
  9. Just want to share a link to some videos that Philip C Lowe made called, The Art of Woodworking. He made them with the Beverly Cable Access TV Studio. It's were he lives, and has his school. There really nicely done. There's 5 videos, and hopefully more.
  10. Even if your eye's are fine, using and wearing a pair of reading glasses while making the cuts is helpful. I use a couple of different pairs with different magnifications.
  11. True, but there not the same type of business models. LN makes and sells only a small number of products in there line. They do offer a few, high quality manufacturers, but not many. As for shipping. LN has always been reasonable. A LN Catalog is tiny compared to the LV Catalog. Plus LV has purchasing/shipping deals with the manufacturers they carry, which helps to offset the cost/loss when they have the no shipping, sales etc. We need to remember that woodworking is only 1 part of LV's total business. They may not have the same footprint as some of the bigger retail stores, but, they can and most likely do take advantage of volume deals.
  12. I've purchase from them at the annual tool show at Philip Lowe's FIM, here in MA. They don't offer discounts at the event. With some tools (only one at show) they take orders and ship from Maine. As for issues with upsetting local retailers. I believe they only have two in all off the USA now. I was going to drive up (3 hrs) and take in the lobster bake and demonstrations, but the lobster bake sold out to quick. It should be a great time in a beautiful part of the country.
  13. I own and use 3 of the LN saws. The DT, Tapered Carcass, and Tenon saw. I feel that for the price, they give the best value. If you ever need to sell them, they hold there value. I don't bother to resharpen the saws myself. When needed, I repack the saw in the original LN box, place that one in a bigger box. I include a note for resharpening, my return address etc. I usually have the saw back in 7 days, sharp as ever, and any scratches have been buffed out and it looks like new. I believe it cost me around $25 with shipping. The price may have gone up so check first. As for the photo of the female with a chainsaw. What should we do when a Carl Jr's commercial airs on the idiot box?
  14. I must be spoiled. I drive to a supplier about 45 miles away in NH, and it's well worth it. I could easily go to one of the 3 big box stores in my home town, or one of the 4 contractor yards that would have a nice selection of maple, oak, pine etc. But this supplier is huge, 60' x 200'. Each bin is 4' x 4' x 12'+ and are usually 3/4 or more full. They have rough stock. FAS, and even an area for short bins 5' or less at 25% off. They also offer discounts on 300+ BF. They stock 1/2" FAS Cherry, Maple, White Oak, etc. from 3" up to 10"+ wide. I can spend an hour going through a single bin, or a couple hours total looking for a board or boards to spark the creative juices, I treat the wood with respect, and in return, the employees just laugh and ask if I'll ever arrive with a project already planned out. As I restock the wood, and take care not to damage it, I reply to the employees, Were would the fun be in that! In the winter time though, I do arrive with a cut list, mainly because it's really, really cold in there. I like to blame / thank Philip Lowe for telling me about the place!!!
  15. Having done it both ways, I would stick with individual tools. Check out Mary May, and Chris Pye for ideas on which ones to start with.
  16. How do you use a spiral router bit with a "Hand Tool" ?
  17. Before you buy any carving chisels, I would go on youtube, and watch some videos by Chris Pye, and Mary May. They are both exceptional carvers, and teachers. They also have information on what would be good for starting out. Word of advice on carving. It's not as easy as it looks, but with a lot of patience and practice you'll get there. Just don't get frustrated. If you are struggling with something, step back, take a break, then try again. I've been working with wood for 45 years. I thought carving would be a piece of cake. I wanted to be the next Chris Pye. I now know why I'm a furniture maker / wood carver, and not the other way around!
  18. You actually clean your shop? I have a basement shop. It's 20' x 30'. For 90% of my work, I work with hand tools, so that eliminates a lot of dust. I have a Rikon air cleaner that I run when I use my band saw, etc. A couple times a week, I'll run it for 4 hours after I finish for the day. I sweep at the end of the day, and more if needed. For me this works fine. But, I wouldn't mind having a shop like yours!
  19. After 5 years, I didn't renew my subscription to PWW when it just ended. I also get FWW an will continue. I go back to the first issue of FWW, although I've missed some issues. What finally did in PWW for me was, in one year, they reprinted almost to the word, an article by CS. It was either on the plastic wood steamer, of a sprayer. I'm not going to dig through them to find it. But, it was within the past year. I enjoyed reading it most of the time, and they did have some useful articles, but. It started to feel like they were just trying to fill the pages. Ya, all 56 pages!
  20. 18% Gray! A lot of photographers use it in the area were they do their post production work on the computer. I might try it on the walls in my shop. Or something close. If I decide to do it, I'll bring along a 18% gray card for the paint store to scan.
  21. Remember that the blade is always a little proud on one side. If the corner of the blade sticks out a little to far and you don't notice it. You will soon enough It took me a while to train my brain to not pick it up and use it like a traditional block plane. I now own the L.N. Block plane too. This way I only use the rabbit plane for it's true intended purposes. It's a really useful tool to have. Enjoy
  22. Seeing my last name is Prunier. The Cherry Tree is very close to my family tree! I like to think of myself as the neighborhood "Cherry Butcher"
  23. I have the L.N. and I like it. One word of advice is to be careful around the blade. The blade is slightly wider than the plane bed. It's easy to forget that it sticks out a hair, making it dangerous at times. I know first hand You get going and you feel all zen like, then you push the plane just a little to close to the other hand and whoops, were did I put the band aids
  24. I scruff my handles with 120 grit sandpaper and have good luck. Another thing is, train your hand / eye to pick the chisel up by the steel end of the handle and not the wood.
  25. FWW is still well worth the $$. I don't use power tools and still find plenty to learn. PW has me baffled. They reworded a tool review by CS and published it again within a couple issues! WTF If they can't find something new to write about, then it's time to move on. One issue I have with FWW is CB's replies in the letters section. Someone recently asked for advice about becoming a furniture maker, and CB basically pissed on the persons dream. He went on about everything that's hard, ie, long hours, cheap clients, not being able to make a living making your own designs etc. If I was one of the many schools advertising in FWW I would be a little upset. No one said it's easy. Other than those type of editorial comments, it's still well worth the $. I have the print and online membership.