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    Judging by the wear, you could probably safely...

    Judging by the wear, you could probably safely assume an early date! :)

    I haven't the foggiest idea on saw dating, but the indentation on the top RHS of the handle (presumably from the user's...
  2. Thread: Surprise!

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    That doesn't sound promising, Chris, you must...

    That doesn't sound promising, Chris, you must have struck a particularly uncooperative log. I have used E. saligna a bit & found it a much better & easier wood to work than what's called "Blue Gum"...
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    Hmmm, if I were you me lad, I'd be a bit worried...

    Hmmm, if I were you me lad, I'd be a bit worried about the future of this table top. As it's already demonstrated, thick sections of hard, dense woods can generate an awesome amount of power if they...
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    Coming late to this discussion, I know, but to...

    Coming late to this discussion, I know, but to throw in my 2c:

    Most of the HSS you are likely to encounter as polished rod is pretty damn hard, much harder than any scraper should be. As Derek...
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    Well there you go, Jim -mystery solved! :U You...

    Well there you go, Jim -mystery solved! :U

    You did well to score a complete example - I also got a complete one in the clean-out of FIL's shed. However, it didn't come easy, I had to search...
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    Yvan, that is indeed a useful resource, but the...

    Yvan, that is indeed a useful resource, but the URL you've posted only gets me a picture of the cover. Try this.

    Cheers,
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    But to get back on topic, the one tool that never...

    But to get back on topic, the one tool that never fails to put a smile on my dial when I take it out is my dad's old D8 that I inherited about 10 years back. It's rather beaten-up, but still cuts...
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    Lance - I was going to make a suggestion, but...

    Lance - I was going to make a suggestion, but hearing what pleasure you get out of your tuning-fork hammer, I'm not sure it will be well-received.

    I was raised not to wallop plane irons with...
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    :U Apologies Geoff, I didn't mean to embarrass...

    :U Apologies Geoff, I didn't mean to embarrass you, I've got a few things in worse shape than that bit in the "to be looked at when I get around to it" box. Some have been waiting for more years...
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    Have you been boring holes in brick walls with...

    Have you been boring holes in brick walls with that scotch bit Geoff?

    I'm sure you wouldn't be guilty of such vandalism, of course, but me being me, as soon as I saw it I itched to reach for an...
  11. Is "fissile" the word you're after, Clinton? ...

    Is "fissile" the word you're after, Clinton?

    fissile: adjective
    fis·​sile | \ ˈfi-səl, ˈfi-ˌsī(-ə)l\

    Definition of fissile
    1 : capable of or prone to being split or divided in the direction...
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    Yep, 45 is the average for the first set of specs...

    Yep, 45 is the average for the first set of specs Matt. I made it to 47 before I got tired of squinting, and you've had an extra 3 years of grace, so no whinging, ya hear, just bite the bullet! The...
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    Yes indeedy, but there's still a lot of fangs...

    Yes indeedy, but there's still a lot of fangs even on a 12" (120 of the little blighters at 10tpi), all of which have to be made even & equal!

    It's not hard to see why saw-toothing machines were...
  14. Thread: Spiers Plane

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    This is a very timely thread! I've been trying...

    This is a very timely thread! I've been trying to write up a bit of a treatise on making metal planes, and it's caused me to track into all sorts of territory, reading up on what I can find on...
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    Paul, "harmonic vibration" sounds a bit too...

    Paul, "harmonic vibration" sounds a bit too astrological to me, too! I suspect that person is looking for an excuse for irregularly-formed teeth, but putting cynicism aside, maybe he's confusing the...
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    Mark, I'm in much the same boat. Fortunately, I...

    Mark, I'm in much the same boat. Fortunately, I have a fair supply of NOS files for larger saws. I am not so fortunate, for in-between (10-14tpi) saws but I did buy some 5" DEST Bahcos from Gasweld...
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    Onyer Lance - we need more people like you to fly...

    Onyer Lance - we need more people like you to fly the saw-sharpening flag & show folks it can be done. I have to say, you're a bit of a star, you've made enormous strides in the last year or so. I...
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    Definitely not the first one, W-P, it's the last...

    Definitely not the first one, W-P, it's the last one you need, unless you are into sharpening very fine-toothed Japanese saws. Looking at the individual prices, you won't save anything buying from...
  19. Thread: Spiers Plane

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    Peter, I've looked numerous times for evidence...

    Peter, I've looked numerous times for evidence that a blade block is actually there, on every old plane since I became aware of such things, but couldn't detect any rivet heads. I guess I've only...
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    A very good point, Paul, which I forgot to...

    A very good point, Paul, which I forgot to mention (it's sort of implied when I said the needle files don't have a lot of useable length). It's all about being able to make comfortable, even strokes...
  21. Thread: Spiers Plane

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    Peter, I think the screws retaining the stuffing...

    Peter, I think the screws retaining the stuffing are another 'early' indicator, but I don't know when Spiers moved to rivets. Both wedges & lever-caps were offered as alternatives for some time, but...
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    Lance, pressed-together saw 'bolts' are indeed...

    Lance, pressed-together saw 'bolts' are indeed another of the cost-cutting, no-eyes-on-the-future depravities of the second half of the 20th century. Why pay some flunkey a pittance to fit saw bolts...
  23. Thread: Spiers Plane

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    Gee Colin, I'd find something a bit lighter to...

    Gee Colin, I'd find something a bit lighter to plane ceilings with! :oo:

    I think you've won the bargain competition - until someone chimes in with a freebie....

    I'm amazed these old things...
  24. WP, What I can see on at least one of the pics of...

    WP, What I can see on at least one of the pics of the blade in the first post are machining marks, without question. These are usually pretty shallow, so it indicates you haven't taken that much off...
  25. Thread: Spiers Plane

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    Mark, while a tapered blade isn't 'proper' for a...

    Mark, while a tapered blade isn't 'proper' for a lever-capped plane, it's obviously doing the job for you. I've had to use them on occasion, & the only problem I encountered was that it makes it...
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    Had to google "Inkle loom" Ray, but once I saw...

    Had to google "Inkle loom" Ray, but once I saw one set up I got the picture. Amazing how much I don't know!

    I made a small table-top single heddle loom for my then partner back in the 60s, which...
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    To save repetition, it's here ...

    To save repetition, it's here in the workbench summary thread (post #19 on page 2).

    Dunno what I'd call it, tbh, but it's certainly in the European tradition as far as general construction goes....
  28. Thread: Hairy Oak

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    It's the easiest of the Casuarinas to work with,...

    It's the easiest of the Casuarinas to work with, too. Pity those darned wood-munchers like it as much as I do! The last lot I had was the nicest I've seen, but there was so much insect damage in...
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    I reckon you should name this your "Lazarus...

    I reckon you should name this your "Lazarus drill", Ck - it's a miraculous return to life!

    The new knob doesn't look too much out of proportion (in the pic, anyway) - it will be a lot easier on...
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    They don't look at all shoddy to me, botes, they...

    They don't look at all shoddy to me, botes, they look functional. Functional is good too.... :U

    Cheers,
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    No worries, that last pic makes it very clear why...

    No worries, that last pic makes it very clear why the growth rings didn't make sense to me. I suppose I was also led astray by the expression "decorating" the bench, which sort of implies adding...
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    My mistake - I was confused by the growth-rings...

    My mistake - I was confused by the growth-rings on the (Walnut?) tails - they don't seem to line up...
    Cheers,
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    Now that certainly is decoration, Siggy, but I...

    Now that certainly is decoration, Siggy, but I hope the dovetails under the veneer are a bit more substantial & workbench-like.....
    :U

    Cheees,
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    I reckon you've established beyond doubt that the blade is at fault, Colin. Those old infills were renowned for their fine mouths, so the small gap you get with the Spiers blade doesn't surprise me....
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    Colin, I had to look up 'Kiaat' - haven't heard...

    Colin, I had to look up 'Kiaat' - haven't heard of that one before. It goes by an interesting list of common names, including 'teak', but I see it's a Pterocarpus, a genus with which we are familiar...
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    Or have months on end of desiccating, warm...

    Or have months on end of desiccating, warm weather, the likes of which we've been 'enjoying' round the country this last year or two! :C

    Cheers,
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    An old forester in Victoria told me they had...

    An old forester in Victoria told me they had experimented with a number of softwoods other than the ubiquitous P. radiata (including WRC) way back when, but as far as I can discover with the aid of...
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    Clinton, making tools fit your hand has a very...

    Clinton, making tools fit your hand has a very long tradition; no need to apologise, just do what makes 'em right for you!

    The ferrules on the bottom of the handle are usually not too big a...
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    Well done, Ck - I'm amazed the old thing came up...

    Well done, Ck - I'm amazed the old thing came up so well! I think I would've just given it up for dead when I saw the case opened, and all that rust - looked like a metastatic cancer. But you've...
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    Bruce, 'tis indeed called "Forest Red Gum" south...

    Bruce, 'tis indeed called "Forest Red Gum" south of the Qld border, to differentiate it from River Red Gum, I suppose, since both have red wood. In Qld, it's more often called "Blue gum", doubtless...
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    It's a young tree, probably planted way out of...

    It's a young tree, probably planted way out of its normal range on a soil type it wouldn't have chosen for itself, so colour could be way off that of a 'normal' E. saligna or E. teriticornis growing...
  42. Feckit, while a few woods (Jacaranda is a good...

    Feckit, while a few woods (Jacaranda is a good example) can be dried in the round wthout serious deterioration, it's always safer to at least halve a log. It looks like there are a couple of fine...
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    Without seeing it, I wouldn't have a clue, but...

    Without seeing it, I wouldn't have a clue, but "Western Red Cedar" is pretty much the accepted common name for Thuja plicata, so if it's anything else, they've got a potential "false representation"...
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    One of the few good things about getting long in...

    One of the few good things about getting long in the tooth is that the stuff that needed to be built has either long since been built, or the need for it has passed (quite a few of those! :-). Now I...
  45. Colin, a bit of cleaning found those rivets, eh? ...

    Colin, a bit of cleaning found those rivets, eh? I can only see 3 for the back stuffing, so p'raps you will only need to remove one to get the remainder of the handle/tote out (if & when you decide...
  46. Colin, I think it's looking more & more like the...

    Colin, I think it's looking more & more like the blade is the ring-in. With luck, you might find a thinner blade - pity you don't have access to a machine shop where you could just grind a bit off...
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    Someone's idea of a strike button?



    Hmm, the grafted in bit isn't as well-executed as it looked in the advertisement pics, Colin, but it's not a home-handyman job, either. I can vouch that it...
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    Well, not necessarily, as you discovered. ...

    Well, not necessarily, as you discovered. There's always a risk that you'll exacerbate the faults, or that the blade just can't make enough contact to do anything worthwhile (as you discovered!)....
  49. Thread: new file

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    Yep, I've been told several times that you can't...

    Yep, I've been told several times that you can't weld HSS with a stick welder, so out of curiosity, I welded two bits of HSS together to see what happens. The weld seam looked perfect, and I was...
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    Lance - first I commend your effort - using a bit...

    Lance - first I commend your effort - using a bit of imagination & a bit of scrap to solve an immediate problem is my style, too. If it's any consolation, my first couple of attempts at specialty...
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