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  1. Why's that Cg?? Do you intend using it as a...

    Why's that Cg?? Do you intend using it as a shooting plane?. You can use a #4 for a shooting plane at a pinch (I was going to say "if you have masoschistic tendencies" :U), but they aren't really...
  2. :whs: I wouldn't be totally convinced there...

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    I wouldn't be totally convinced there isn't a goodly growth of rust down near the bottom of the stud. The fact that the top nut came off easily is usually a good sign, but some woods that...
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    Ray, that video left me with an odd feeling, it...

    Ray, that video left me with an odd feeling, it seems a bit contrived. Perhaps it's the strange mix of hand & power tool usage (never saw him pick up a hand saw the whole time, even when it would...
  4. Thread: My manual is done

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    I didn't, Tony. The email function seems to have...

    I didn't, Tony. The email function seems to have let a couple of people down, so PM me your address & I'll send it asap...
    Cheers,
  5. Thread: My manual is done

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    It's winging its way to you as I type, Paul. ...

    It's winging its way to you as I type, Paul.

    You get the first version that has benefited from some skilful editing by Bob (l@brat), for which I'm much obliged. For those who got vers1.0, the...
  6. Thread: Enough is enough

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    Haven't you got any white-out?? :D

    Haven't you got any white-out??
    :D
  7. Thread: Coping saws

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    After having my third coping saw fall apart, I...

    After having my third coping saw fall apart, I made my own as a small bowsaw. That was 30 years ago, this is vers3.0 or 4, but even vers.1 was a better saw to use than any metal type I've tried: ...
  8. A nice little cache of info Paul, & timely...

    A nice little cache of info Paul, & timely indeed.

    Interesting reading the blurb on making your own jointing or 'topping' block (where did you get that, Paul?). I've never thought of grinding the...
  9. Thread: My manual is done

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    To make it easier to find things, I made up a...

    To make it easier to find things, I made up a table of contents, it's only a little file so I'll attach it to this post. You should be able to find anything you are looking for pretty easily.

    I...
  10. Thread: My manual is done

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    My manual is done

    Finally, after the 'couple of weeks' that I promised has stretched out to 3 months, I've finished my 'manual' on laminating & dovetailing metal planes. It's grown into a much weightier "tome" than I...
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    I've seen them made that way, so it should work...

    I've seen them made that way, so it should work fine. Once you got the angle right, coupla bevel cuts on the TS and Bob's your aunty.

    I wouldn't get too bitter & twisted over the bit of saw you...
  12. I've got an old Stanley I've had since I was...

    I've got an old Stanley I've had since I was about 14, and I use it about once every 5 years. This is one tool that is bested by its modern battery-powered equivalent, imo. I find I can use a good...
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    Brad, it might be too much bow in your jaws...

    Brad, it might be too much bow in your jaws causing the problem, I guess it will be easy enough to plane the centres a bit & see what happens. You do need a bit of 'spring' in the jaws, as you...
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    Done in the true spirit, Brad - these vises were...

    Done in the true spirit, Brad - these vises were made on the jobsite in my dad's day, from whatever offcuts were to hand, so you've kept the faith. They don't have to be pretty, they just need to...
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    Not if you are going to use it primarily for...

    Not if you are going to use it primarily for ripping, as in cutting the cheeks of tenons....

    Well done, MA, the fleam business is a bit confusing at first, but once you've got your head around it,...
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    Well, it's true we have some almighty hard...

    Well, it's true we have some almighty hard hardwoods, Vann, and some damned hard softwoods, too (e.g. Callitris), but sensible folks choose the more agreeable woods (of which there are plenty), for...
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    A pretty good effort for sure! Not only have you...

    A pretty good effort for sure! Not only have you got the panels impressively flat you've gone to some trouble to match grain patterns. Rather elegant outdoor furniture....
    :U
    Cheers,
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    That's a nice one, MA and a restoration that...

    That's a nice one, MA and a restoration that should please the purists, you've done it proud.

    Is that wear from long use at the back/top of the stock, or has someone in the past shaped it a bit to...
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    Could you elaborate on that, DW? Is it because...

    Could you elaborate on that, DW? Is it because the 'premium' soles are too smooth? Or is it the extra weight?

    I've been a regular waxer for at least 40 years (me planes, not me legs!), I reckon...
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    To each his own, Lance - fugly is the word I'd...

    To each his own, Lance - fugly is the word I'd use to describe those B.C. planes, but there are enough people who think they are works of art to keep the company in business, so good luck to them all...
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    I'd forgotten about the VP-60 when I replied...

    I'd forgotten about the VP-60 when I replied above; it's been out of production for 15 years anyway. I was thinking of the B.C. HP-12, which is a "dual angle" plane with 2 blades giving you 4 fixed...
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    Oh but it has, many times & many ways, WP. The...

    Oh but it has, many times & many ways, WP. The simplest variable pitch planes are the bevel-up planes for which you vary the cutting angle by grinding the appropriate bevel on the blade. However, I...
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    :U Rob, I shamefully confess, a hand-cranked...

    :U Rob, I shamefully confess, a hand-cranked grinder is one of the few hand-tools I've never aspired to own. Partly because of the memories of cranking the darn things for my dad when he wanted to...
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    There you go, MA, they look even better right way...

    There you go, MA, they look even better right way up.....
    :U
    Cheers
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    Not stupid at all, Chris - a 'spear-point' is...

    Not stupid at all, Chris - a 'spear-point' is essentially two skewed blades in one......
    :)
    Cheers,

    Edit: And of course, you can easily skew a straight blade in use. I do all the time unless...
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    OK, thanks Jim, that fits with what I was...

    OK, thanks Jim, that fits with what I was thinking. OWT routers are quite pleasant to use for making the sorts of small trenches, etc. in cabinetmaking where less brutal woods are more likely to be...
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    It's good to hear success stories, Mountain Ash,...

    It's good to hear success stories, Mountain Ash, & even better when a first try turns out well - it's great encouragement for those still in the "thinking" stages to hop in & give it a go. One of my...
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    Well, my theory is that shallow dovetails do need...

    Well, my theory is that shallow dovetails do need a good angle so that they stand out, but I don't think I ever go beyond 1:6. That works for the ~5mm thick D/Ts on a plane, for example, you don't...
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    Jim - what I meant was, when do you use the...

    Jim - what I meant was, when do you use the spear-point bit rather than a straight bit? I imagine the spear-point can rip out deeper chips (cross-grain, or more or less cross-grain as for a...
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    Nothing much to add except to second the advice...

    Nothing much to add except to second the advice about finding what suits you and your work-style best. The 'deeper' the fence, the easier it is to register against the work, but take it too far & it...
  31. And mine are just any two straight pieces of...

    And mine are just any two straight pieces of anything I can lay my hands on whenever I need winding-sticks. All they need to be is straight & parallel, anything else is icing. Different colours...
  32. You could indeed. I reckon the Veritas kits are...

    You could indeed. I reckon the Veritas kits are pretty good value for money, and far & away the most economical option for a kit with a screw adjuster included. However, they do have some...
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    Never encountered the problem, meself, or at...

    Never encountered the problem, meself, or at least not enough to try to do anything about it. It's not a particularly tight fit on any of my planes without toe screws. I assume the nipple is there...
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    Hmmm, a fishtail has been on my 'to do' list for...

    Hmmm, a fishtail has been on my 'to do' list for about 25 years, I'd better hurry up or I'm going to run out of time. I made a couple of sets of skews from some pretty decent old chisels, back in...
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    Might be. The edge should fit tightly all along...

    Might be. The edge should fit tightly all along the blade, you may find that it's a good starting point for shavings & chips to work their way between the cap-iron & blade. This causes a very rapid...
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    Bob, I use my router somewhat sporadically, & I...

    Bob, I use my router somewhat sporadically, & I have to confess I haven't experimented with blades at all. The blade I use far & away the most is a straight-across 1/4" (or is it 6mm? - can't...
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    I do envy sensible people who can just make a...

    I do envy sensible people who can just make a good working tool without getting carried away adding unnecessary frills. I was inspired to make a basic router like yours by Derek's post a few years...
  38. One of our dogs has taken to picking up little...

    One of our dogs has taken to picking up little bits like that & chewing on them. I have visions of expensive abdominal surgery resulting from this habit, so I strongly discourage it when I catch her...
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    What the Chief said. To elaborate, it's the...

    What the Chief said. To elaborate, it's the cap-iron/chipbreaker that does all the blade setting on Mr. Bailey's creation, the blade has nothing to do with depth setting, otherwise you wouldn't be...
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    Lance, I think you've just had one of those...

    Lance, I think you've just had one of those insights that we all need from time to time. Skilled hands can do amazing things with very basic tools. I'm not sure the inverse is ever true...
    :U...
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    QUEENSLAND You guys make me feel guilty, as if I've let you...

    You guys make me feel guilty, as if I've let you down! I never know if I should give a 'heads-up' on the hand-tool forum, or just put the post on the Marketplace & give the whole Forum equal chance?...
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    Good one, Lance. As Stewie says, it's quite...

    Good one, Lance.

    As Stewie says, it's quite possible to put excess set on one side of a saw even when you don't mess with the anvil setting; it's all about developing absolute consistency. That...
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    QUEENSLAND Infill planes (SOLD)

    I've been busy for much of the year writing a manual on metal plane-making, and made several extra planes to test ideas and use up some leftovers. To reduce clutter & recoup materials costs, I'd...
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    Brad, if you are after a bit of reading, try this...

    Brad, if you are after a bit of reading, try this, I think it will answer most of the questions you are likely to ask for a while. Bear in mind it's from the northern hemisphere, and relates to...
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    I've had moderate success soaking some cracked...

    I've had moderate success soaking some cracked woods in Danish oil, it soaks quickly into the wood & swells fibres & the dryers in the 'oil' speed up the curing (you can make your own version by...
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    Hear hear!! Make a start on something! There's...

    Hear hear!! Make a start on something! There's a fair chance your first effort or two at making anything like a plane will be less than perfect, but if you take a bit of care, it will probably work...
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    OK Chief, I promise I won't badger you any...

    OK Chief, I promise I won't badger you any more... :D

    I was just browsing some images of old (infill) badger planes, as it happens. Still undecided if my full-scale model will be just skewed or...
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    Yeah, with no sun or son around to make it...

    Yeah, with no sun or son around to make it glorious summer....
  49. Thread: Redbox

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    Years ago, I helped an old forester salvage a...

    Years ago, I helped an old forester salvage a huge burl from a road clearing operation. He said it was "Red Box" (E. polyanthemos), & I assume he had identified it correctly since he had lived in he...
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    :U Geoff, you wouldn't say that if you knew how...

    :U Geoff, you wouldn't say that if you knew how many of my projects get done at snail pace. Much depends on my level of enthusiasm. The shade-house I promised LOML before Summer got going isn't...
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