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Adam Welker

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  1. I hope to start a blanket chest Saturday but this past week i am doing a different kind of woodworking...
  2. I would laminate thin strips together around a form. Its easier than you would think.
  3. Veritas router plane blades fit old Stanleys. Adam Welker Red Car Construction and Fine Woodworking
  4. Awesome find! I use a 5 1/2 for almost everything these days. Can't wait to see it finished. Adam Welker Red Car Construction and Fine Woodworking
  5. Good looking repair, Steve. Can't wait to see it finished. Adam Welker Red Car Construction and Fine Woodworking
  6. Beautiful work, sir. I also work primarily with hand tools. How did you choose to make the splined miters? The 45 set for plowing? Just curious. Would love to see more of your work.
  7. Also, how did you cut the miters on the corners of the panels so perfectly? I would have cut them by hand them used a low angle plane to shoot them square. Did you use a table saw and sled?
  8. John, What a beautiful piece. I love the design of the bracket feet. The trim is outstanding as well. Very balanced. I wish I had a stack of cherry to cull through like that! I have one question. Why did you decide to glue the panels up vertically instead of horizontally? I like the design. I am just curious about the panels. Was it a cosmetic choice? Wonderful piece, sir. Fantastic!
  9. Awesome! Could you post a picture of the whole plane? Maybe a couple? Adam Welker Red Car Construction and Fine Woodworking
  10. It is in fact a 9 1/2 block plane. I own a couple myself and they are excellent users if tuned up properly. For information on Stanley planes, check out Patrick Edwards "blood and gore". He goes over every plane ever produced by Stanley from the #1 to #608. John Hechel said:
  11. Lucky find, sir. Old scrubs are harder to find in the wild than say a jack or smooth plane. I have many vintage planes but could never find a reasonably priced scrub (I paid $140 for a new premium version). Unless you are into hand tool woodworking, you probably won't get much use out of it. I use mine to take heavy cuts off the width of a board when sizing pieces. You can strike a line and work to it fairly quickly then get to final width with a longer plane. Properly set up, you can take shavings of 1/8" or better in straight grained wood. Adam Welker Red Car Construction and Fine Woodworking
  12. I got a $250 gift card for Lie Nielsen and a four VERY figured pieces of carlo walnut the local sawyer who I buy my hardwoods from. Adam Welker Red Car Construction and Fine Woodworking
  13. Well done, sir. Congratulations. Adam Welker Red Car Construction and Fine Woodworking
  14. Pure genius! I may have to add a few to my shop. You should send that in to popular woodworking and fine woodworking magazine and see if they will will publish it in tricks of the trade.
  15. A saw set. It is for setting how far each tooth sits to the side of the blade. Do I win anything :-)
  16. I have made two over the past few years. I used them both quite a bit. Especially for spindles or irregular shapes. But I have since sold them both and I do all the same operations at the bench with a face (leg) vise. I have been toying with building a new one recently though. I like the Lie Nielsen shavehorse but for almost a thousand bucks, I think I could make one almost identical myself. Are you considering making one (or buying one)? I can tell you that they are fun to use and easy to make.
  17. I looked into joining a few years ago but there are no tool meets/shows in my area or anywhere relatively close to me here in Yorktown, VA.
  18. Ron Bresse planes need zero work out of the box. I have had the pleasure of using one and speaking with its owner. If you want to call a plane over-inflated, Bresse and Holtey are the ones. As an owner of several Lie-Nielsen (and Veritas) hand planes, I can assure you that less than five minutes of sharpening is needed for them to perform as they should. A quick rub on the back of the iron on an 8000 grit stone and the back is ready to go. Five to ten passes on the beveled side set a few degrees higher than 25 (or whatever your preference is) on a 1000 then an 8000 grit stone and you are good to go. The quality of the tool steel used to make the irons on Lie-Nielsen and Veritas planes is far better than any vintage plane I have ever tuned and I have tuned quite a few to say the least. A2 and O1 steel irons that are lapped perfectly flat are part of what you pay for when purchasing a premium tool. Do you need an iron that is lapped to .005 or whatever to do good work? Absolutely not. As a professional woodworker and furniture maker, I can say that I used vintage tools since I was 13 and produced many beautiful pieces using only refurbished planes and saws. But the overall quality of premium planes makes them worth every penny. Sure, I could buy ten used Stanley jacks for the price of one Lie-Nielsen. But my time equals money and the hours I would spend to make one of those planes perform as well as a premium plane negates the savings and, on top of that, no matter how much I fettle a tool, it will never be as dead flat as a premium plane. Can you hold a straight edge on the sole of your vintage plane and get a feeler gauge under it somewhere along its length? All that said, I think that Woodriver planes are simply cheap knock offs of Lie-Nielsen planes. Yes, they can be made to preform well. After a bit of work. For $139.00, I don't want to have to do anything but lightly hone the blade and go to work. Unfortunately, a $139.00 plane like that does not exist so I will keep paying top-dollar for premium planes until someone figures out how to make them cheaper. Steve, I am one of your most enthusiastic followers on this site. I read and look forward to every discussion you post. But on this topic, I think you are wrong. Premium planes like Lie-Nielsen and Veritas are worth every penny. They are certainly not nesassary for doing quality work. I guess it all comes down to this: I like to use heirloom quality tools to build heirloom quality furniture. I take pride in my tool set and clean and maintain them daily in part because they are so expensive but more so because they work so much better than any vintage tool I have ever used and I intend to keep them that way. Do hobby woodworkers need them? No. Do they make you a better woodworker? No. They are lifetime tools that are worth the investment. I will never need another smooth plane unless mine get stolen (which has happened before). Lie-Nielsen garuntees their tools for life whether you break it or it has a fault from the manufacturer. Another reason why they are worth the money. Also, I always liked Miller's Falls better than any other vintage plane as well. My dream plane is a Miller's Falls #4 Buck Rogers Smoother. I would pay top dollar for one as well. And, yes, Lie-Nielsen does make a 5 1/4 junior jack although I have never found a good use for one. Too big for a smoother and too small for a jack. Adam Welker Red Car Construction and Fine Woodworking
  19. I didn't know that there was such a thing at the home center. I will check it out. Thanks. Â Michael & Matthew Agate said:
  20. I recently bought a very large cast iron stove. It is labeled "Virginian" and I was told that it is about 30 years old. I know its not a piece of machinery, but it will play a vital role in my shop next winter. I am in the process of restoring it to its former glory and I got stumped. Can anyone recommend a type of paint that will stand up to 400 deg. tempertures? I am almost done getting the rust off and have fixed a few other pieces, I just need to get some black paint (enamel?) to get it looking brand new. Any advice would be appreciated. Adam Welker Red Car Construction and Fine Woodworking
  21. Right on. Wonderful tool. I bet you could sell a few if you so chose. The knives and drivers too. Lots of people like those old Stanley everlasting tools. I have a few everlasting butt chisels and drivers as well. Premium marking knives (and gauges) sell for well... a premium and all it takes is a small bit of steel and a creative woodworker. Offer replacement scales made of ebony? Just a thought. If you ever decide to make a batch, send me a line. Beautiful tools, sir. Adam Welker Red Car Construction and Fine Woodworking
  22. Wow! Very nice. I especially like the ebony marking gauge though they are all gorgeous tools. I have quite a few shop made tools but nothing as fine as yours. What kind of steel are the ebony marking gauge shaft and cutter made from?        Adam Welker Red Car Construction and Fine Woodworking
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