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    Paul, Google fret calculator. The Stewmac...

    Paul,
    Google fret calculator. The Stewmac site has one thats good. Tons of stuff on line too on building them.
    I have made a couple now from left over bits in pieces. Have fun with it....
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    Hi Paul, With CGBs you can make them any...

    Hi Paul,
    With CGBs you can make them any way you like. Any scale length and any number of strings. That said the general rules of music theory and what is practical still has to apply. In...
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    I think the venetian is the best bet. You can...

    I think the venetian is the best bet. You can angle it to stop people looking in but still get good light. Only hassle is they collect dust. The handcuffs and whips may stop most people after the...
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    Thanks Cal. Regards John

    Thanks Cal.
    Regards
    John
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    You have been a busy boy Gary, Going to be a...

    You have been a busy boy Gary,
    Going to be a good solid bench. The hard work and sweat will be worth it.
    Nice workshop too by the way.
    Regards
    John
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    Travel Cigar Box Guitar

    Hi,
    I needed a small instrument in a hurry that will fit in a backpack. I know I could have taken a soprano uke but lately I've been playing a bit of 3 string CBG so just knocked up a smaller...
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    Just as well I never saw them as more chisels...

    Just as well I never saw them as more chisels would mean that I may have a hoarding disorder. Dont talk about planes either.
    Regards
    John
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    I think the lack of response is due to lack of...

    I think the lack of response is due to lack of any information to add. This side of the ocean obscure American brands are little heard of. Anyhow thanks for sharing the info you have as I had never...
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    Another beauty Cal. I have been messing about...

    Another beauty Cal. I have been messing about with with a few 3 string boxes this last year as I like the blusey sound. Think I may be getting bored with the sound of ukes.
    Regards
    John
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    Slothman, Ward made very good...

    Slothman,
    Ward made very good blades and they were used by other plane makers too. Matheson would have had their own blades but old planes often end up with replacement blades down the...
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    I have never heard of Brown saws. Were they part...

    I have never heard of Brown saws. Were they part of the Disston company. I notice the center of the etch is similar to the center of the Disston medalion.
    Regards
    John
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    I slightly roundover or blunt the corners of the...

    I slightly roundover or blunt the corners of the tools with sandpaper. On a standard parting tool this would just be the bottom corners that contact the rest. It is a problem that the rest is softer...
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    Thats a pretty good haul there and should keep...

    Thats a pretty good haul there and should keep you busy restoring for a while. I find I enjoy rescuing old tools just as much as woodwork. The old wood planes look like they will scrub up well. Any...
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    That would be an easier way and likely produce a...

    That would be an easier way and likely produce a cleaner outcome with less glue mess. If you used all thread rod then that can do the clamping also.
    Regards
    John

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    You will never get alignment plus loose most of...

    You will never get alignment plus loose most of the strength if you cut up the dowel. Best way is drill the slats. Use wood block spacers and clamps to hold things in place while glue sets. You will...
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    Hi and welcome to the forum, The guide bar and...

    Hi and welcome to the forum,
    The guide bar and stone surface should be in the same plane as the dresser is guided by the guide bar. The other variable is the angle the chisel is in the sliding...
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    Have to agree on the waldown. My brother was...

    Have to agree on the waldown. My brother was lucky enough to snag one from the skip when his former work place closed down. Beautiful machine. I made him an offer but he is not parting with it....
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    If you see future use in it then go for it,...

    If you see future use in it then go for it,
    Regards
    John
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    A very good looking guitar. Thanks for the...

    A very good looking guitar. Thanks for the buildalong. I am sure there are some things there I can use in future.
    Regards
    John
  20. Thread: limping along

    by orraloon
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    Nothing lame about that. Good practical bit of...

    Nothing lame about that. Good practical bit of recycling.
    Regards
    John
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    I think that would work fine in your plane but to...

    I think that would work fine in your plane but to be sure ask if you can take the plane along and try it for size. Should do until a Spiers blade comes along.
    Beware those old tool places are like...
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    There is a chance that is the iron your dad used...

    There is a chance that is the iron your dad used in it. Quite often planes get whatever blade fits after the original gets lost or whatever. If you were not lucky enough to also find a chipbreaker in...
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    What he said! I reckon the brass bit with the...

    What he said! I reckon the brass bit with the point and cutter would sell like hot cakes to anyone wanting to retro fit a gauge.
    Regards
    John
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    All depends on the look you are after. For the...

    All depends on the look you are after. For the usual dark against light most would reach for Tas Oak and Jarrah but we have so many good looking timbers the combinations are too many to mention. I...
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    You'r house will have more than one circuit for...

    You'r house will have more than one circuit for power outlets. Can you not run an extention lead for the dusty until you get the shed power redone.
    Regards
    John
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    We need more information like what saw, how you...

    We need more information like what saw, how you would like to improve it and of course a picture or two always makes the explanation easier.
    Regards
    John
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    Try this place....

    Try this place.
    https://www.ebay.com.au/str/The-Plane-Iron-Shop
    If he has a Spiers blade then good but other brands will do while you wait for a Spiers to turn up. The width is the important...
  28. Thread: Copper Nails

    by orraloon
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    QUEENSLAND Shut down the meth lab boys we are into copper...

    Shut down the meth lab boys we are into copper nails now.
    Seriously just look at ebay prices for copper nails....
  29. An Oregon top at almost 100mm thick will still be...

    An Oregon top at almost 100mm thick will still be too heavy for a one person lift. If you do it as a split top then it is manageable and the 2 halves can also fit through a thicknesser.
    Regards
    John
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    This forum has a market place section. Perhaps...

    This forum has a market place section. Perhaps read the rules for posting in the market place.
    It is a nice bench.
    Regards
    John.
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    As the others have said a good fitting rail in...

    As the others have said a good fitting rail in one slot should be fine and push near the rail so as not skew the movement. Other option is batons that run along the table sides. As long as the table...
  32. Sticky: Those are beauties. Should imagine they get a...

    Those are beauties. Should imagine they get a good price.
    Regards
    John
  33. Good advice from the others. A bench is a very...

    Good advice from the others. A bench is a very personal thing as we all work our own way. I think you need to work a while on a basic(but still solid and functional)bench to build a list of features...
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    WOW is about the only word I can think of. Gold...

    WOW is about the only word I can think of. Gold star woodworking.
    As Lance said it's way too good for a car space. Just looking up at those lovely beams would inspire any woodworker to create great...
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    Having seen the pic I will go with the others and...

    Having seen the pic I will go with the others and say you can get away with the 1/4'' lams as the bend is quite gentle.
    Regards
    John

    PS Looking at the picture again I would be tempted to just...
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    Chris, you are on the right track. Thin lams will...

    Chris, you are on the right track. Thin lams will bend on a form way better than thick ones and will also reduce spring back. I would even consider 8x1/8. I have one of those Ikea Poang chairs and...
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    Do you get mail before it's been posted and are...

    Do you get mail before it's been posted and are the wheelie bins beginning to talk in menacing tones.:D
    Great job.
    Regards
    John
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    I use the tablesaw top to flatten plane soles....

    I use the tablesaw top to flatten plane soles. Buy a couple of big sanding belts, cut them at the seam and clamp them down. Having a good long run speeds things up. I know the tablesaw top is not...
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    The net has hundreds of home made saw fences to...

    The net has hundreds of home made saw fences to get ideas from. This one gives a good general idea of the principle. Only thing he has not done is make it with some adjustment to line up with the...
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    Hi, I used it for a while many wears ago....

    Hi,
    I used it for a while many wears ago. Best explanation really is the pictures on the box. Hard thing to explain in words. That and fiddle about with the rest bar and amount of chisel...
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    As said you dont need a leg vice to use a...

    As said you dont need a leg vice to use a deadman. Leg vices have become the in thing but to be honest I dont see what the hoha is about apart from being retro. My first vice was a wood screw leg...
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    I have a couple of times recycled old furniture...

    I have a couple of times recycled old furniture if the wood is worthwhile. One piece was a mahogany display cabinet that was chucked out on the street the glass was broken and it had seen better days...
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    Nice feature, pretty lifelike. If you went a...

    Nice feature, pretty lifelike.
    If you went a step further and inlay small black eyes in those worms that would freak out the more fussy croud.
    Regards
    John
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    By the expressions one gorilla is saying to the...

    By the expressions one gorilla is saying to the other ''look at that dummy, just bought himself a selfie stick''.
    Regards
    John
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    Yes I built a small collector to use with the...

    Yes I built a small collector to use with the shop vac and used the ag hose from bunnings. Made a noise like a bum note on an organ. OK if it was actually sucking shavings but soon as it got clear...
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    Hang on. Showing my age here. Battery drills all...

    Hang on. Showing my age here. Battery drills all have a torque setting. Set that to manageable and back off if it chatters. By the way anyone here ever used a hydraulic powered drill or chainsaw....
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    Anything that gets you more leaverage will do....

    Anything that gets you more leaverage will do. Does not have to be fancy. Even a stick clamped to the handle with hose clamps. As said some drills do have a side handle and they are great but this is...
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    My holdfasts were from Mcjings at about 16 bucks...

    My holdfasts were from Mcjings at about 16 bucks each and work really well. Think they are cast steel. That was a few years back so perhaps 20ish now. 42mm should be fine but if you have to glue a...
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    Novel approach. Regards John

    Novel approach.
    Regards
    John
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    Epic bit of sawing there. My arms feel heavy just...

    Epic bit of sawing there. My arms feel heavy just looking at that.
    The blue stain kind of suits the design.
    Regards
    John
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