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  1. You might want to try posting on that’s a forum for enthusiasts of old wood working machines made in the USA.
  2. Make great little scrapers when attached to a dowel or handle.
  3. JohnDi


    Welcome to the forum! Lots of nice people and good advice here.
  4. Wow! That''s a piece of art. Beautiful
  5. Great score! I agree, you won’t know you missed it until you start using it.
  6. Thanks for the kind words. Coop, no stools for me, he and his girlfriend have them picked out to buy.
  7. My son recently got his own apartment and did not have a kitchen table. When my wife and I went over and I looked at the space in his kitchen I “saw” this table in my head. This is the first time I have built a pedestal table and is based off others that I have seen and liked. the wood for the base is from the Water Department, they were doing a project behind where I work, and when finished they had a stack of timbers that were 10’ long and about 9” wide and 5” thick. I asked the project foreman what type of wood they were and he didn’t know but said that they were not pressure treated and I could have a few. the top was a butcher block table top used in a commercial bakery that was closing. The stretcher is a piece of Ash that was given to me a few years ago and has just been sitting against the wall in my shop. i used M & T to attach the base and table supports and used my son’s grandfather’s copper nails instead of dowels. The wedges are walnut. The table is 40” in height because my son wants to use bar stools instead of chairs for seating. i inlaid a 12” x 24” tile in the center of the table so hopefully he will put any hot pans or dishes there instead of on the butcher block so as not to burn the wood top.
  8. I was able to snag some items from Lee Valley on Cyber Monday this year. Cross cut tenon saw, router plane, and marking gauge. went to the site before work on Monday and was surprised that many items were still in stock.
  9. I have no experience with the grizzly, but got to use a Hammer combo J/P recently and was very impressed with how easy the changeover was. For me the 12” jointer was an eye opener. That will be my next tool purchase.
  10. Thanks for posting. I've been debating about buying a LN plane and I think you just made up my mind.
  11. Thanks for all the encouragement. I have to figure out how to add pics from my phone. By the way, not to preach but.... Go get checked! I had ZERO symptoms. Most guys avoid the urologist because of the exam but it probably saved my life. The biopsy showed low grade tumor. The report on the prostate after surgery showed a more aggressive type of tumor.
  12. Last week I got to fulfill something on my bucket list. I was able to spend a week taking a class with Chuck Bender working on a Massachusetts serpentine chest. Last August I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and when the shock wore off, the only thing that I could think that I would like to do would be to take a woodworking class with a professional. Thankfully surgery went well, and after 2 check ups since, no more cancer. While I was home recuperating I stumbled upon Chucks blog and saw that he had moved back to Jim Thorpe Pa. and was offering classes. The minute I saw the picture of the chest I knew I wanted to take the class. Had to borrow from my 401k to swing it but having just hearing a doctor tell me I had cancer I figured I can't take it with me. Chuck is one of the nicest people I have met. Very patient teacher, great sense of humor. And oh, an amazingly talented woodworker. We weren't able to finish the chest in the 5 days and Chuck graciously offer for us to come back on a weekend in November so that he could help us finish. Thank goodness because I definitely don't have the skills yet to finish the chest on my own. Just kinda wanted to share as I felt like this was a big step forward in woodworking for me and this was the first forum. I ever participated in.
  13. I'm really enjoying this build. Can't wait to see more. sorry about your friend.
  14. I've been a fan for a few years now. He's a skilled woodworker. And the Howard's polish he uses is now my go to.
  15. Look for online catalogs for U-Line or Hubert. Both are major suppliers of retail fixtures.
  16. I built Norms. I think I still have the plans if you would like them.
  17. Keep the crotch. What would you think about cutting the other side square to match the other? nice slab!
  18. Half of my projects start out the way you describe. slow down, take your time with each step. practice EVERTHING first, whether it's clamping, cutting, whatever. I have been there, and I swear that when you complete one task well, it gets better as you move through the project. Hang in there.
  19. THANK YOU for sharing this build.
  20. Welcome! Since you mentioned following plans, I would recommend any of the NYW plans. The accompanying videos are now hosted on the NYW site. Good Luck with your first project. Post some pics of the process.
  21. Beautiful shop. I could live in there!
  22. JohnDi


    Glad to hear you're on the mend and the pain isn't too bad.
  23. Welcome to the forum. For what it's worth, I think the Shaker table is a good first project. I built 2 for night stands and love them.