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    Yep, it's tricky transferring your marks when...

    Yep, it's tricky transferring your marks when there's so little room & you can't see what you are doing clearly,
    & easy to get your lines off a bit. It doesn't take much, as you've discovered...
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    Looks to me that you've cut on the correct...

    Looks to me that you've cut on the correct (waste) side. I suggest you just cut a wee bit wide of thr line - if you'd cut on the 'wrong' side, they'd fall in & be too loose. I'd re-jig & knife...
  3. Dave, I'd be reluctant to use wood fillers on...

    Dave, I'd be reluctant to use wood fillers on something like a saw handle - it will probably part company before long unless you intend to keep it for show only. On a user, I'd just clean the handle...
  4. Thread: Stanley No. 7

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    Looks like you have a very nice bit of kit there,...

    Looks like you have a very nice bit of kit there, Lappa.

    One of my most-used planes is my 07 (a Record, obviously), but a nice old one with Rosewood woodwork that I picked up for $50 at a...
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    But perhaps the crubber will stand up to your...

    But perhaps the crubber will stand up to your tender mercies a bit better, Bob?... :D

    With good thick leather becoming expensive, this is a timely thread for me - looks like my next jaw liner...
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    Well, thanks to Bob, I received a small...

    Well, thanks to Bob, I received a small consignment of hammer-handle sized bits of handle wood last night.

    The A. philippinensis was far too green to get stuck into, as he suggested, but he...
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    :U Just winding you up a bit Fuzz, don't take it...

    :U Just winding you up a bit Fuzz, don't take it to heart or you'll get tense, and then you're sure to make a blooper.

    Actually, you have a very sensible attitude. Some of us get too serious...
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    Luke, as I said earlier, I've only attempted...

    Luke, as I said earlier, I've only attempted full-blinds a couple of times, my first attempt was for something where I made full-blinds at the front & half-blind at the back, which made life a lot...
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    Aw c'mon, Geoff, don't be so narrow-minded - it's...

    Aw c'mon, Geoff, don't be so narrow-minded - it's just another gadget wot whizzes a bit around, isn't it? You gotta broaden your horizons, or it'll get too, well, ........ boring....
    :D
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    Dave, a bit of Beech shouldn't be too hard to...

    Dave, a bit of Beech shouldn't be too hard to come by where you live, but new wood will certainly not match old wood without some magical finishing trickery (something I am utterly useless at!). ...
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    Frank, there's all sorts of unnecessary mystique...

    Frank, there's all sorts of unnecessary mystique around French polishing, but fundamentally, it's a very simple process. All you need to bear in mind is that you are applying many, many very thin...
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    An unusual hand tool....

    This is a rather tedious video, but it's worth a skip through to see what you miss out on by having 'lectrickery.

    I'd not seen anything like it before - Boring Geoff, your life will remain...
  13. Thread: Making Hand Saws

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    I'd be surprised if those drills don't do the job...

    I'd be surprised if those drills don't do the job for you, Doug. The only caution I would have drilling thin plate with one is to make sure the plate is held down firmly so the edge of the carbide...
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    +1 for a shellac finish. I have managed a pretty...

    +1 for a shellac finish. I have managed a pretty good sheen with some DOs on some woods, but if you want to add some real depth to that nice bit of wood, rubbed shellac ("French polishing") is hard...
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    +1 for Beech. Rays are faint, but visible. They...

    +1 for Beech. Rays are faint, but visible. They can be fine on both European & American Beech.

    That old handle is eminently repairable if you are inclined to try it. The long-grain joins should...
  16. Thread: Making Hand Saws

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    Drilling spring steel

    Righteo Doug, here's a quick 'review of the Kango 'multipurpose' drill.

    This is what you are looking for when you go to the big shed: 457727

    It has the same set of symbols on it as the Bosch...
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    Josh, the casual 'resharpened the bit when done'...

    Josh, the casual 'resharpened the bit when done' has me utterly envious. Sharpening drill bits freehand is a skill that got deleted from my DNA at the embryonic stage. I had an uncle who was a...
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    As promised, here's a shot of the big mutha...

    As promised, here's a shot of the big mutha alongside one of my 'regular' gauges: 457722

    Cheers,
  19. Thread: Surprise!

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    Our hard hardwoods aren't a lot of fun to work...

    Our hard hardwoods aren't a lot of fun to work with, at times, but once you lick 'em into shape, they do the job, don't they?

    Lookin' good, china.... :)
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    Fletty, I'll give the dissenting opinion. ...

    Fletty, I'll give the dissenting opinion.

    Let's postulate the parallelogram effect was caused by uneven & slightly mis-matched clamping pressure. In pulling it back into square, if you haven't...
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    Yes, but always remember, she may give you a...

    Yes, but always remember, she may give you a different answer to the same question, tomorrow!

    In the biological sciences, there's an old saying "never repeat a successful experiment" ...
    :U...
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    It's not a commercial species, cava, & the main...

    It's not a commercial species, cava, & the main source is yard or street trees that blow over or have to be removed or trimmed. I've had a few windfalls come my way, but you've got to be quick to...
  23. Thread: Surprise!

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    :D Sounds like an old injuneer thinking..... ...

    :D Sounds like an old injuneer thinking.....

    Cheers,
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    It's a piece put there to close the mouth up a...

    It's a piece put there to close the mouth up a bit.

    Wooden plane soles both wear & can get damaged with use, & need re-flattening from time to time. Because the front of the throat slopes...
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    Coulda been, Paul, but my CRAFT syndrome gets...

    Coulda been, Paul, but my CRAFT syndrome gets worse by the year...:C



    Aldav, I like Jacaranda, it's an easy wood to work, even when wild-grained (as it often is) & takes most finishes well, but...
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    Amen to that! It's got to be the worst-working...

    Amen to that! It's got to be the worst-working wood I've ever tried to put a surface on! Or at least the tree we built Luke's bench from, was. Apart from the unpredictable grain, it was highly...
  27. Thread: Making Hand Saws

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    You beat me to the punch, HR. I had to get some...

    You beat me to the punch, HR. I had to get some stuff from the big green shed yesterday and spent several minutes perusing the drill section. They don't stock Bosch at the branch where I was...
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    Derek,what I'm referring to is the screw/bolt...

    Derek,what I'm referring to is the screw/bolt inserted through the grip/tote from below, on most, if not all of the small infills planes I've seen with the bottom of the grip protruding from the...
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    Derek,what I'm referring to is the screw/bolt...

    Derek,what I'm referring to is the screw/bolt inserted through the grip/tote from below, on most, if not all of the small infills planes I've seen with the bottom of the grip protruding from the...
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    :C Indeed, even a steel core probably won't save...

    :C Indeed, even a steel core probably won't save the day in that case!

    I guess it does help less severe knocks, you see a goodly number of those 'free' totes still intact after 150 years or so. ...
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    It's the 'commonly-available' requirement that's...

    It's the 'commonly-available' requirement that's the problem, yoboseyo. We have lots of dark woods and light-coloured woods, but many are not regularly harvested commercially. Sizes required &...
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    Posting your modified infill again was timely,...

    Posting your modified infill again was timely, Derek. I'm in the very early stages of making a new plane using some parts from the Veritas kit I reviewed for AWR a few years ago (84; p 32). I want...
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    HUGE! :U OK, to be sensible, it's not as big...

    HUGE! :U

    OK, to be sensible, it's not as big as some - they do come bigger, & in fact, I made one as a custom job that had a 600mm beam. It was a copy of an old one of this chap's father. The...
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    OK, that makes sense. My experience of infills...

    OK, that makes sense. My experience of infills (apart from those of my own manufacture), is limited to a few 20th C models, all of which had parallel irons, and all of which were very thick. I...
  35. Thread: Making Hand Saws

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    Well c'mon Paul, dig 'em out and give them a...

    Well c'mon Paul, dig 'em out and give them a whirl - I'm curious too.....

    Doug, the bits I'm talking about aren't the cobalt ones, but iirc, cost about the same as I recall. The cobalts would...
  36. Thread: Making Hand Saws

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    Doug, I can help you out with the drilling. ...

    Doug, I can help you out with the drilling. Unless your saw is very different from any of the ones I've cannibalised, it drills quite easily with carbide drills. Sutton make a line which is called...
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    John & Ray - not quite as easy as it may look. ...

    John & Ray - not quite as easy as it may look. For starters you need a brass tip on the beam, or some provision for tapping a thread to hold the cutter/point assembly. Drilling out one of my brass...
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    :U Actually, I did briefly consider doing...

    :U

    Actually, I did briefly consider doing something similar for one of my smaller gauges, but unless it's got the slightly longer brass tip I use for pencil gauges, there isn't enough metal to...
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    Thanks Brett - for once my idea seems to have...

    Thanks Brett - for once my idea seems to have worked better than expected, but I have to confess my 'lateral thinking' sometimes goes to the left when it was supposed to go right.....
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  40. Thread: Making Hand Saws

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    Doug, I'm no metallurgist either, & as I said,...

    Doug, I'm no metallurgist either, & as I said, have no idea what steel hardpoint saw-makers use. How certain are you that your plate is L6? I've always assumed the metal in hardpoint saws would...
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    Multi-purpose marking gauge

    I've made a few gauges for people with interchangeable points or cutters, but I'm not keen on them myself, partly because it's a nuisance having to change them over, partly because small bits are so...
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    Don't know what 'L6' is, Doug. I've discovered...

    Don't know what 'L6' is, Doug. I've discovered it's nigh-on impossible to find out what most manufacturers use, but my bet is it wouldn't be far from 1095 in composition. The Brits & Europeans use...
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    Peter, you're the second person to mention...

    Peter, you're the second person to mention altering the mouth to take a parallel iron, and it has me intrigued why you say that. As long as the replacement iron is no thicker than the tapered one at...
  44. Thread: Dovetail saw

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    Adam, I suspect you'll get quite a range of...

    Adam, I suspect you'll get quite a range of answers!

    Lots of people live happily with Japanese saws, you can get a pretty good one for way less than any of the up-market 'Western' saws, so I think...
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    Yep, provided they haven't been left out in the...

    Yep, provided they haven't been left out in the rain for months, or the many other ways folks find to maltreat them.

    That seems like an excellent re-use for dead hard-points, Doug, but I would...
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    Seeing all those newly-sharpened blades tumbling...

    Seeing all those newly-sharpened blades tumbling all over each other into a giant bucket says a lot about the respect modern manufacturers have for their own product! :o

    Of course, they do the...
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    David, I can't offer any incontrovertible proof...

    David, I can't offer any incontrovertible proof that the Norris adjuster has nothing to do with 'exposure creep', but the plane I made that has the problem doesn't have an adjuster, so at the very...
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    Easy to see where a couple of those common names...

    Easy to see where a couple of those common names come from, Paul. The juvenile leaves in particular are quite spiky & Holly-like and the grain pattern on the tangential surface is very reminiscent...
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    D.W., a single thread can certainly do the job,...

    D.W., a single thread can certainly do the job, and with a fine tpi it will give you sensitive control, but there are a couple of problems for someone like me with limited gear. A minor one is...
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    Bob has given good advice, but you did say...

    Bob has given good advice, but you did say "workbench" so I'd go with a wooden table that you can lower if you can get something like that inexpensively - the heavier the better when it comes to...
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