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  0 Thread: moisture content of Cypress
Post: RE: moisture content of Cypress

Bill Holt Wrote: (11-17-2021, 02:51 PM) -- There is an exception to almost every rule; and likely no rule is perfect.  But I do not want to be the guy who builds a great piece of furniture with high ...
TomFromStLouis Woodworking 7 470 11-23-2021, 08:41 AM
  0 Thread: John Walter book on stanley tools
Post: RE: John Walter book on stanley tools

If I put my copy on eBay will I have to pay capital gains tax? :crazy:
TomFromStLouis Woodworking Hand Tools 16 1,364 10-14-2021, 01:19 PM
  0 Thread: Work bench thickness is 3" too much?
Post: RE: Work bench thickness is 3" too much?

If this is for hand tool work, expect to rely on holdfasts. My bench is 4" and holds them fine. This is not always true for thinner tops.  The only real objection to a thicker top is initial cost b...
TomFromStLouis Woodworking 21 1,164 10-14-2021, 12:51 PM
  0 Thread: veneer vs solid wood
Post: RE: veneer vs solid wood

Halfathumb Wrote: (09-18-2021, 12:08 PM) -- Is there a sure fire way to determine if a table top is solid wood vs veneer? Jim -- Yes Jim, there is. Drill a hole through it or saw it in half. ...
TomFromStLouis Woodworking 9 915 09-28-2021, 01:32 PM
  0 Thread: Type of wood
Post: RE: Type of wood

Well, give us a little more information. Is it hard and heavy like oak? If so, I would not say no to your ID. Look for the fat rays in a quartersawn face. My first guess looking at the panel was so...
TomFromStLouis Woodworking 8 848 09-28-2021, 01:26 PM
  0 Thread: Bench Chisels with Blackwood Handles
Post: RE: Bench Chisels with Blackwood Handles

Those in the OP are simply gorgeous Ron.
TomFromStLouis Woodworking Hand Tools 11 1,284 09-16-2021, 12:16 PM
  0 Thread: Building out of Construction Lumber
Post: RE: Building out of Construction Lumber

Gary G™ Wrote: (05-16-2021, 09:01 AM) -- I would have done the stretchers with half-lap and/or M&T joints. -- Agree. You are making a bench with (sorry but it is true) low grade materials and substa...
TomFromStLouis Woodworking 25 5,494 05-21-2021, 10:29 AM
  0 Thread: Wood moisture
Post: RE: Wood moisture

Every winter wood inside my house gets down to 6-7% MC, so any wood I use must be kiln dried down to that level at some point. If it has migrated back up to 10 or even 13% that is okay to work with.  ...
TomFromStLouis Woodworking 5 795 05-18-2021, 12:24 PM
  0 Thread: For Those Who Would Like to Dry Wood
Post: RE: For Those Who Would Like to Dry Wood

This is such a good solution for the operation that mills its own wood for a one or even two man shop. Very nicely done! Start selling any of the wood and you will be scaling up everywhere in a hur...
TomFromStLouis Woodworking 13 2,109 05-18-2021, 12:17 PM
  0 Thread: Favorite paring chisels
Post: RE: Favorite paring chisels

I don't think I've ever handled a true paring chisel since I have three complete sets of excellent chisels and have little trouble finding one that will do what I want. I can see some advantage to tha...
TomFromStLouis Woodworking Hand Tools 10 1,823 04-29-2021, 10:07 PM
  0 Thread: Copper Top Hall Table
Post: RE: Copper Top Hall Table

That's a fine looking table. After treating the copper did you add any other finish to it or do you expect more oxidation over time? I like the proportions and those feet too. Nice work!
TomFromStLouis Woodworking 15 1,961 04-28-2021, 08:37 PM
  0 Thread: DIY drying wood
Post: RE: DIY drying wood

Your real problem will be the cracking that is inevitable with woods that split easily. Drying can be done with fans or heat.  stick it in a closed vehicle sitting in the sun and it will dry.
TomFromStLouis Woodworking 9 1,444 04-20-2021, 07:27 PM
  0 Thread: 21 Pinewood Derby
Post: RE: 21 Pinewood Derby

I do love the creativity that sprouts from pinewood derby entries. That sounds like a good plan on handling parental enthusiasm. Nice cars!
TomFromStLouis Woodworking 8 1,217 04-14-2021, 08:53 AM
  0 Thread: A Trio of New Knives
Post: RE: A Trio of New Knives

A large part of what making projects has taught me is to be practical and methodical. I have gotten way more organized as a result (although my overwhelming piles of precious wood pieces is winning so...
TomFromStLouis Woodworking 31 3,508 04-09-2021, 07:12 AM
  0 Thread: [Beatles] Quando para mucho mi a More Ray... Medullary
Post: RE: [Beatles] Quando para mucho mi a More Ray... M...

Nice box although I am surprised you found white oak to be "fine grain". I think of that as what Hoadley called "diffuse porous" like fruitwoods or maple. Either way, it does make a fine looking box!
TomFromStLouis Woodworking Hand Tools 4 1,021 04-06-2021, 11:57 AM
  0 Thread: Tap, tap, tap...
Post: RE: Tap, tap, tap...

This guy makes some pretty cool tools:
TomFromStLouis Woodworking Hand Tools 18 2,459 04-06-2021, 11:49 AM
  0 Thread: This sucks
Post: RE: This sucks

So yeah, that does suck. It's the self reliant ones - like you - that I feel sorry for when they go down.  But they are also the ones who manage. Get well soon.
TomFromStLouis Woodworking 21 2,751 04-06-2021, 11:43 AM
  0 Thread: How would you make this joint?
Post: RE: How would you make this joint?

Yeah, make the handle and blade from the one piece.
TomFromStLouis Woodworking 12 1,845 03-29-2021, 09:35 AM
  0 Thread: Looking for a small piece of Zebra wood veneer & finishing advice-Cedar chest repair
Post: RE: Looking for a small piece of Zebra wood veneer...

I think you did a really nice job on this but I have my doubts about whether that chest had any zebra wood on it.
TomFromStLouis Woodworking 7 1,378 03-26-2021, 08:43 AM
  0 Thread: Recommendation for a power rotary/carver tool
Post: RE: Recommendation for a power rotary/carver tool

I use a Dremel for small bits here and there and several different wheels on my grinder for larger scale removal. There are products in between but since I prefer the process and the finish of hand ca...
TomFromStLouis Woodworking Power Tools 9 1,368 03-17-2021, 09:37 AM

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