• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

53 Good

About JohnDi

  • Rank
    Journeyman Poster
  • Birthday 11/22/1958

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Philadelphia, pa
  • Woodworking Interests

Recent Profile Visitors

1,027 profile views
  1. I have always used a vinegar bath to remove rust from old tools. Started when a saw a video about how to clean up saw plates. Always saw Evaporust mentioned but figured at $2.00 a gallon vinegar was cheap enough. Sprung for a gallon of Evaporust and man what a difference. Cuts time immensely and the flash rust is a breeze to get off with a brass wheel on the grinder. I'm sure lots of folks here use it, but wanted to post for anyone like me that thought because vinegar was so cheap that was all they needed. maybe it was the tools I tried it on, but hardly any staining and the metal shines. just my .02.
  2. Restoration Tips

    Is there a method for cleaning up the "staining" on old iron? most of the tools come out of either vinegar or evaporust with areas of discoloration that doesn't come off even after hitting them with a brass wire wheel on the bench grinder.
  3. Storm damaged holly

    Yikes, my holly is a baby compared to those. didn't think I would yield much even if I'm successful, but this was my wife's favorite and I think that if I can get a small amount of useful wood, I would use it as an accent on small jewelry box for her, and she'll always have a part of "her" tree. thanks for the replies.
  4. Storm damaged holly

    I have seen and read that holly is used for stringing. We just got about a foot of wet snow and our holly tree/bush couldn't take the weight and was uprooted. the trunk is about 3" thick. Is this the type of holly that is used, and could I save this for stringing? thanks
  5. Stanley #5 Type 11

    Curious how the rustoleom worked? i generally use a vinegar bath with modest results.
  6. Why I dont show my work

    +1 to leave the thread and show us more.
  7. Frustrated Novice

    I will say this. Hang in there. What you are going through now and learning why it happens and how to correct it will pay dividends as you build your skill set. yes the quality of your tooling matters, but even an expensive machine that is not set up properly will not give you the results you are looking for. there is a wealth of knowledge here from people that will not judge you because you ask a "beginner" question. One of my frustrations starting out was the lack of instant gratification. You watch someone on YouTube and think that's how it's going to go for you. Except they have done it hundreds of times. patience, and perseverance. The principals of how to set up and use your tools will apply to every tool you buy in the future. It will also help inform your decision about what tools to buy in the future.
  8. I find his channel pretty interesting as he works in a lot of different mediums. Don't think he ever claimed to be a "fine" woodworker, but more of a practical one. The guy seems to be really creative. he mentioned In a previous video that he wanted to start a business selling farm house tables, so this one may have been a prototype or just a way to generate interest for people to buy his stuff.
  9. Basement remodel-Countertop

    Is your wife going to use the counter top for prep? If so I would suggest some type of maple butcher block counter. I wouldn't use any finish if she plans to use a dough cutter on it as the chopping and scraping will just destroy it constantly . my bench top is a butcher block table top that came out of a bakery and is a snap to rejuvenate with a #80 scraper every so often.
  10. Misc screw can

    I use a big old tackle box that has lots of dividers on the trays that I found at a yard sale years ago.
  11. My crappy little shop

    That's a great looking shop. Wish I had all that space.
  12. 1940's ship's wheel restoration

    Warm water with some Dawn dish detergent and a gray scotchbright should take the paint drops off. be patient and don't scrub too hard. +1 on mineral spirits for the grease.
  13. Just lucky I guess

    Does your friend sell his work? my wife loves owls and Christmas is coming. pm me if he would sell one. and either way YOU SUCK for getting that maple. welcome to the forum.
  14. Recipe Book Holder

    I agree that a better blade would improve your results. James, PM me your address . I recently got some new 10" carbide tipped blades at an auction. i would be happy to send them to you (free) to help you along.
  15. Looks nice. What did you use to anchor the panels to the concrete?