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    I was going to post last night after getting my...

    I was going to post last night after getting my copy of AWR. The review covers both the block plane and the 'jack' plane. It's far & away the most intelligent review so far, by someone who does own...
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    :U More like the Trabant club reviewing a Lada...

    :U More like the Trabant club reviewing a Lada in this case, I suggest....



    Connoisseurs, Matt, connoisseurs, not snobs..... :D

    Cheers,
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    I agree with what Aldav said. You will travel a...

    I agree with what Aldav said. You will travel a mile or two to find any clamps that close with jaws absolutely parallel unless they have a pivoting jaw as some do, but the flex in the jaws should...
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    Col me lad, never underestimate what the masses...

    Col me lad, never underestimate what the masses find 'entertaining'. If you are anything like myself, you'll find 99% of what's on phweh-tube to be something less than entertaining, but 'twould seem...
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    I shouldn't be critical because I could not watch...

    I shouldn't be critical because I could not watch the whole thing, about halfway through I'd had enough. I could not see what he was actually attempting to do other than tell us how little he knows...
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    Sticky: Chief, there are a couple of very similar designs...

    Chief, there are a couple of very similar designs for lever-caps going waaay back (I'll see if I can find something later). So not taking away from Matt, who dreamed up his own version, neither he...
  7. Sorry raffo, I went to tick "thanks for pictures"...

    Sorry raffo, I went to tick "thanks for pictures" but the cursor hit "wants pictures" in my clumsiness. Just ignore it!
    Cheers,
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    Sticky: Thanks Chief - someday I'll learn to look more...

    Thanks Chief - someday I'll learn to look more carefully at the pic before commenting (or get my reading specs upped a dioptre or two!).... :C

    I've noticed that quite a few "self-taught" makers...
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    Thanks raffo - those pictures are worth many...

    Thanks raffo - those pictures are worth many words! :U

    What I couldn't see in the patent pics was that elongated hole in the sole to allow the toe insert to slide back & forth. It's quite...
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    Sticky: Awww, you're a bit tough on the poor chap Chief -...

    Awww, you're a bit tough on the poor chap Chief - it doesn't look that bad to my eyes. The side curves are a bit tentative would be my main criticism, he could've made them more explicit. Maybe...
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    Sticky: :) Good spotting Brad. By the looks of the...

    :) Good spotting Brad. By the looks of the plane on the cover, the author seems to have a fair idea of what he's about, so I expect it'll be a good guide, but fifty quid for a paperback book?! I...
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    Darn it raffo, you just sent me off down a few...

    Darn it raffo, you just sent me off down a few more rabbit holes! :U

    Mountan Ash, the north-east of the USA was indeed a hive of feverish activity in the latter half of the 19thC - it seems like...
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    bp, the pros & cons of the Norris adjuster have...

    bp, the pros & cons of the Norris adjuster have been discussed numerous times in numerous forums. I say, if you are happy with the way the adjuster works for you, then don't worry about it, you...
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    A couple of comments from the corner of the room:...

    A couple of comments from the corner of the room:
    1. I suspect the way the original Bailey design was made had much to do with 1850's manufacturing technology & it was simply easier & more practical...
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    Yes, it looks like a good possibility from your...

    Yes, it looks like a good possibility from your pics Jim. I agree, the slots could be widened a little if necessary. You may not need a diamond file, the upper end of the blade may not be...
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    Jim, there's a pretty good chance the 'soba' is a...

    Jim, there's a pretty good chance the 'soba' is a direct knock-off of the 92 but it might pay to be certain before ordering it. The main concern is that the milled slots under the tang for the...
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    Ahh, so there IS a cunning plan indeed! :D My...

    Ahh, so there IS a cunning plan indeed! :D

    My comment wasn't meant to sound so critical - as you say, my drawers are cluttered by comparison - I'm somewhat envious of the neat "presentation"...
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    Me??? :o NEVER! :no: I'm stunned you could...

    Me??? :o

    NEVER! :no:

    I'm stunned you could suggest such a thing.....
    :D
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    Hmmm, perhaps I should recant just a little, you...

    Hmmm, perhaps I should recant just a little, you do seem to have a rather convincing excess of setting-out tools! :U

    But gazing into my wooden crystal ball, I can confidently predict there will...
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    Ah, there's the rub, as the Bard said. When I...

    Ah, there's the rub, as the Bard said. When I made my last toolbox, I told everyone who'd listen that I neither needed nor wanted one more tool. I don't know if I managed to convince anyone else,...
  21. Of course it is! Fixing an old tool to a high...

    Of course it is! Fixing an old tool to a high standard like that has got to be worth something - the satisfaction of doing it would be compensation enough for me.... :U

    I reckon it would be...
  22. Thread: Type 7 #4 Bailey

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    Chief, that's not an unreasonable price for a...

    Chief, that's not an unreasonable price for a good old #5 - I suspect it would be more if it had its original wood & quite a bit more if it didn't have the rust pits (which should have very little...
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    Derek, one aspect of your magnificent jewel chest...

    Derek, one aspect of your magnificent jewel chest I note is that there is a lot of "waste" space in some of the drawers. It does emphasise the 'rare & precious' qualities of the jewels within, of...
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    Derek, you'll find that the brass patinates very...

    Derek, you'll find that the brass patinates very quickly where it contacts the she-oak, but you won't get the rusting & pitting that can happen with steel objects. I notice it very much on the brass...
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    Yes, I forgot to mention this, it's the normal...

    Yes, I forgot to mention this, it's the normal "product warning" applied whenever re-purposing old files is mentioned. I think the risk of stress failure at a tooth line is greatest if a) you use...
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    Tres elegant, Derek, a supreme labour of love! ...

    Tres elegant, Derek, a supreme labour of love!

    A comment & a question - I expect you are well aware of the corrosive abilities of she-oak, and have made sure any surface in contact with steel is...
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    Ck, I have a bunch of old files that I have...

    Ck, I have a bunch of old files that I have annealed, they would be pretty easy to shape into the pattern you have there. I made a small London pattern driver from a file years ago. As I recall, it...
  28. Thread: A plane journey

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    Chris - thankyou for the compliments, but I would...

    Chris - thankyou for the compliments, but I would describe myself as persistent rather than gifted. "Gifted" is a term more appropriate to the likes of Konrad Sauer, imo. Not only does he have a...
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    Yes, I didn't mean to imply I have unlimited time...

    Yes, I didn't mean to imply I have unlimited time to spend in the shed, living on a couple of acres makes certain of that! But compared with my pre-retirement life when Monday to Friday was a totally...
  30. Thread: A plane journey

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    :U I know it's already too late for some, Ck. I...

    :U I know it's already too late for some, Ck. I guess I was having a bet each way, warning of the "dangers", but for those determined to proceed, I offer full encouragement..

    I wouldn't...
  31. Thread: A plane journey

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    A little further along the track...

    Another side-tunnel led to a bunch of scale-model miniatures, like this model of one of my panel-planes:

    511529

    These are functioning planes & work nicely, but are a bit too small for everyday...
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    A plane journey

    No, nothing to do with flying - I was searching for some information on the thread pitch of Norris adjusters & one of the things my search turned up was this old (2008) thread.

    At the time, I had...
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    I dunno what you blokes are seeing, but the piece...

    I dunno what you blokes are seeing, but the piece on the left is almost certainly a hardwood - softwoods don't have that pore structure. It looks an awful lot like a Toona to me. The one on the...
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    :U Thanks for that link Rob - an amusing as well...

    :U Thanks for that link Rob - an amusing as well as informative watch...

    But you really don't need to start modifying your DP and buying expensive chucks & bits, and for goodness sake spend a...
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    :whs: ! :U

    :whs: !

    :U
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    'Tis a rare one, Baz, most Norris chariot planes...

    'Tis a rare one, Baz, most Norris chariot planes are bull-nosed, but that said, I don't know just how rare, and I have no idea if that's a realistic asking price to a well-heeled collector.....
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    That crossed my mind too, but it looks rather...

    That crossed my mind too, but it looks rather thick for a surface treatment.

    Whatever it is, it sure as heck doesn't disguise that sloppy machining!

    Cheers,
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    I get the impression you were not favourably...

    I get the impression you were not favourably impressed by either the plane or the review, Derek? :D

    I thought the reviewer skippd a few important aspects myself, and he certainly didn't show it...
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    Which is where reviews like the one linked to...

    Which is where reviews like the one linked to above can have a big influence on where punters decide to put their $$s! It seems to me that MTC needs to quickly move into damage-control after that...
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    Thanks Andrew. I found no surprises in the...

    Thanks Andrew. I found no surprises in the review, apart from those deep mill-marks on the blade-bed. I must say I was surprised by that, there is no polite word I can think of to describe it...
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    :U Sometimes a photo can make something look...

    :U Sometimes a photo can make something look better than in the flesh (never worked on my mug though :roll:), but unfortunately, they can also highlight glaring faults. I've several times looked...
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    Thanks for your input Chris, & welcome to this...

    Thanks for your input Chris, & welcome to this corner - now we have someone to refer our metal questions to - great! :D

    I will confess to being skeptical about cryogenic treatment of steel when I...
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    Brett - you can only edit a post for a limited...

    Brett - you can only edit a post for a limited time, which is why you can't see the 'edit' option any more. But it's quite ok to 'reply' to your own posts... :U

    Just as a matter of semantics,...
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    Umm yeah - I think that's a clue alright.... :U ...

    Umm yeah - I think that's a clue alright.... :U

    But way back I tried a scrap of new bandsaw blade in a small bowsaw & it was not a raging success - they not only have positive rake (usually) but a...
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    :q to both of youse...... :roll: Orright, so...

    :q to both of youse...... :roll:

    Orright, so I know I'm a hopeless case, but I don't think I'll be accepting that challenge any time soon. Just for the record, I have done an adjustable mouth, a...
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    MA, I can see why your saw isn't making you...

    MA, I can see why your saw isn't making you happy. The coarse pitch and the the positive rake on the bandsaw blade would conspire to make life difficult for you. I reckon if you were to take...
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    OK, last word on my ETP

    I was in luck & got a few hours in the shed today, so I have essentially finished my new English thumb plane.

    First job was to make & fit the adjuster. This involved cutting a slot in the end of...
  48. Thread: Type 7 #4 Bailey

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    Yeah, I vaguely remember from the article I read...

    Yeah, I vaguely remember from the article I read that there were other less obvious alterations to the frog.

    Messing with the mating surfaces on the frog or bed is something I would not attempt...
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    Thanks dubrosa - I couldn't open the site I go to...

    Thanks dubrosa - I couldn't open the site I go to regularly & settled for a pic of a type 7, which didn't show the lateral adjuster clearly so I made the wrong guess...

    I also could not remember...
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    Brett, I'm not sufficiently familiar with the...

    Brett, I'm not sufficiently familiar with the frog changes Stanley made over the years, some were subtle, some more radical which meant they could not be retrofitted to older models (at least not...
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