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This is a nice, lightweight fret saw with a 12″-deep throat for increased cutting capacity. It is a German-made saw and can be purchased new from Lee Valley Tools Ltd.

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A pair of thumbscrews secure the standard 5″ pin-less blades which are tensioned by the lightweight frame.

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Overall, I do like this saw, but not as much as my fantastic Knew Concepts saws.

If you would like this saw, please leave a comment below with a brief description of the first project you would like to make with it. You may enter until the end of Thursday, January 22. I will then draw a winner at random. Even if you don’t get this saw, remember that there is still much more I want to give away.

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Overflow XIX – Bulk Items

These items are small and of little value. Unlike other Overflow items, these are first come, first serve. I would be happy to include anything from this page with anything else you may win in future Overflow draws – just let me know when that time comes.

1. Router bit boxes. They come in various sizes and are all empty. They could be useful for organizing or storing small parts. Or router bits. ALL GONE!

DSC_9238 2. Bent picks. I must have more than a hundred. Most look like the lower example, but a handful look more like the top one. If one were to make a nice wooden handle for a pick…

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3. Old, white labels, 4 x 15/16″. They are adhesive backed and start to peel after a day or so when applied to wood or cardboard. One dozen per sheet. ALL GONE!

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If you would like any of these, please leave a comment below indicating what you would like. These are first come, first serve and I’d be happy to include any items from this giveaway with a future Overflow item, should you be selected as a winner! There is still much more I want to give away.

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Overflow, Part XVI

There are two different aprons I’m giving away this time.

Canadian Home Workshop Magazine Apron

I won this apron when I got my first piece of writing printed in a magazine.  I used it for about a year and it has glue stains to prove it.

There are three big (sawdust-collecting!) pockets at waist-level and one small chest pocket. The magazine’s logo is embroidered.

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Two adjustable straps go around your neck and waist.

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Lee Valley Apron

I got tired of wearing my first apron, but sometime later, decided to give aprons another chance.  I bought this apron from Lee Valley (Part #67K1006).

It has two large, side-access pockets near the waist and four smaller pockets on the chest.

LV Apron Front

This apron utilizes a cross-strap system to hold it to your body.

LV Apron Back

In the end, I decided that aprons were not for me. Instead, I just wear clothes I don’t mind getting dirty and dusty. Instead of using pockets, I just put things like my carpenter’s pencil and Magic Square down in areas that are kept free of clutter.

If you, unlike me, feel the need for a shop apron, this could be your chance!  Let me know which one you’d like (or if you’d be happy with either) by noon, Friday January 10. I will then draw a winner at random. Even if you don’t get this item, remember that there is still much more I want to give away.

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Overflow, Part XIII

 

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This is the Veritas Scraping Plane Insert, installed in my favourite bench plane.  I bought it years ago to use in my #4 bench plane and used it a few times, but over time I found it simpler and easier to use a cabinet scraper or card scraper.  I haven’t used the insert in years.

The assembly installs without tools in a bench (bevel-down) plane with a blade at least 2″ wide.  I think that a #4 is the perfect size for it.

I am including a 0.016″-thick, 2″-wide blade (shown installed) as well as two 2-3/8″-wide blades with thicknesses of 0.016″ and 0.024″.  The blades can be used on their own as card scrapers, as well as in the insert.  I still have the instruction sheet but the 3/32″ hex key to adjust the set screws in the sides of the insert (seen in the top photo) has gone missing.

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Okay, here’s the deal.

If you would like this Veritas Scraping Plane Insert (just the insert – not the plane, too!) please leave a comment below indicating your interest by 6pm Sunday May 5.

I will then draw a winner at random.  Even if you don’t get this item, remember that there is still much more I want to give away.

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Time for a Quick Update

When posts on my blog are infrequent it’s usually a sign that I’m preoccupied with other tasks.  Here’s some of what’s keeping me busy.

My exhibition at Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke Street, Port Moody) is being extended and there is no closing date set at this point.  I am spending Sundays at the gallery, and I encourage you to come by if you have not already.  The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am – 3pm.  The bistro next door (and connected to the gallery) is a great lunch spot and I have a new favourite – the smoked turkey sandwich.

When I have spare time, I am working on the hand-cut joinery for my insane V-table which I had prototyped a few months ago.

V-Table Mock-Up

The centre section is the most difficult.  As I progress, I am taking pictures which I will share in another post and I may record video as well.

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I also have other projects on the go, at different stages, which I will share at a later date.

In other news, Todd Butler is giving away a starter set of tools.  If you’re just starting out in woodworking and could use some tools, head over to his blog, The Butler Did It WoodWorks.

Be sure to keep an eye on my blog for more Overflow items that I’ll be purging.  I would suggest that you subscribe to my blog so that you never miss a post.

Overflow, Part XII

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I kept this Drill Press Stand with the idea that it would help me accurately bore 3/4″ holes for bench dogs.  Then, when I set out to drill them I realized that the drill only has 2 amps and that my larger drill could not be properly installed in the stand.  That meant that I had no use for it.

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This Drill Press Stand would probably be ideal for drilling smaller holes or running a wire wheel brush.

IMG2051 IMG2045 The drill is lowered in a controlled manner with the feed lever on the right side and the whole assembly can be raised or lowered along the post, as well as swiveled to sit away from the base to drill long stock.

IMG2053 The same goes for the table, which can also be rotated.

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The keyed chuck accepts bits up to 3/8″ diameter and the key has a handy storage spot on the stand.

IMG2047 Okay, here’s the deal.

If you would like this drill and Drill Press Stand, please leave a comment below indicating your interest by 10am of April 25.

I will then draw a winner at random.  Even if you don’t get this item, remember that there is still much more I want to give away.

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Overflow, Part XI

Router bit sets with 30 assorted bits seem like a great deal and an affordable way to start your collection.  I’m sure that I’m not the only one who bought one of these sets.  They are good value if you look at the cost per bit.  However, the sets often come with moulding profile bits that are quite specific – ones that I never use.  If the bits in the photos don’t look entirely covered in dust, it’s only because I rubbed it off when I put them in the bit holder for the photo.

These seven bits are Dimar/WoodPecker three-flute, carbide-tipped bits with 1/2″ shanks.  They have never seen a router collet.  Here’s a link to their description of the bit set in PDF format.  I’ll include the awkward-to-use Lee Valley bit holder, if you like (it might make shipping more expensive).

Here are some detail pictures of the router bits and profiles.  Bonus points if you can name them all.

#1, 2, and 3 Ogee Bits

#4, 5, and 6 bits.  Oh, gee. More bits.

#7.  This is a special type of cove bit. It’s classic(al).

Okay, here’s the deal.

If you would like these bits, please leave a comment below indicating your interest by 2 am of November 8.  You get a bonus entry if you can successfully identify the seven bits using Dimar’s Profile Chart and the numbers in the photo captions.  For example:

I’ve identified the bits as follows:

1. Dovetail bit;
2. Panel-raising bit;
3. Slot-cutting bit;
4. You get the idea…

I will then draw a winner at random.  Even if you don’t get this item, remember that there is still much more I want to give away.

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Overflow, Part IX

These pieces of Western maple are offcuts from my Tall Workbench with Flair.  They include some live edges, splits, worm holes, taper, and spalting.  They are unique.  There are seven pieces in all.  Approximate sizes are listed below.

Thick stock, from front to back:

  1. 34″ x 3-3/4″ x 3″
  2. 34″ x 3-3/4″ x 2-1/4″
  3. 45″ x 4″ x 3″

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Side 2

Side 3

Side 4

Thin stock, from front to back:

  1. 23″ x 4″ x 1/4″
  2. 29″ x 4″, tapers from 1″ to 1/8″
  3. 43″ x 3″ x 5/64″
  4. 34″ x 4″ x 7/8″

Side 1

Side 2

If you would like these seven pieces of maple, please leave a comment below indicating your interest before April 10.  I will then draw a winner at random.  Even if you don’t get this wood, remember that there is still much more I want to give away.

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Overflow, Part VIII

You know that I, Chris Wong, make woodwork with much flair at Flair Woodworks.  However, you may not know that I also make fine woodworking tools at Time Warp Tool Works (read more about my role at Time Warp Tool Works).

It is a well-known fact that quartersawn material (where growth rings run vertically along the end grain) is very stable and for that reason it is used extensively for Time Warp Tool Works projects, including Moulding Planes and Ash Bench Dogs.  When selecting stock for bench dogs, I always notice that some ash doesn’t look as exquisite as other ash.  The best ash is tight- and fine-grained and quartersawn.  Ash with curvy, figured grain or that is flatsawn (where growth rings run horizontally along the end grain) is not as desirable when long-term stability is a primary concern.

Fine and Purdy Flatsawn Ash

Up for grabs are a total of 14 pieces of kiln-dried, flatsawn ash, each 7/8″ square and 8′ long.  (I can cut them shorter if you prefer smaller pieces of ash for mailing; what you do with the ash once you get your hands on it is up to you!)  Each piece of ash is perfect (free of defects) and needs love and attention that I cannot provide.  I am giving it all away as one package so that I don’t end up with a stick of my ash.

If you would like for this lovely ash to be all yours, please leave a comment below indicating your interest before April 2.  I will then draw the name of a lucky ash-grabber at random.  Even if you don’t get this trunk-load of ash, remember that there is MUCH MORE that I want to give away.

I am also giving away FLATSAWN CHERRY, 1-1/2” X 1-1/2” IN VARIOUS LENGTHS in Overflow, Part VIII.5.

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Overflow, Part VII

Wine Glass Kit

I bought ten of these wine glass kits from Craft Supplies USA.  The stems were cut off so that all the maker had to do was turn the bottom half.  It seemed like a neat idea at the time, but I’ve somewhat lost interest in turning.

If you would like these ten glasses, please leave a comment below indicating your interest before noon on Monday, March 26.  I will then draw a winner at random.  Even if you don’t get these glasses, remember that these are only some of the MANY things I want to give away (yes, there is still much more).

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