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  1. Bob, I don't like to be over-critical as I have...

    Bob, I don't like to be over-critical as I have some inkling what an effort it takes to put something like "Rainforest Woods" together, but I have to say I am not as enthusiastic about the book as...
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    Until relatively recently, all chisels were...

    Until relatively recently, all chisels were essentially "hand forged". By some time in the the 19th C the 'striker' was replaced with a mechanical drop-hammer but they were still banged out one by...
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    All undeniable, Chief, & sounds totally rational,...

    All undeniable, Chief, & sounds totally rational, but there are a couple of "buts" as I see it. One would have been the apparent reluctance of chippies to use wooden planes as I said. My old pot...
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    Yes, I looked at that article before, and the...

    Yes, I looked at that article before, and the drawing certainly shows nothing more than a cutter, so we'll assume it's correct. I think it's a safe bet 'cos the plane is meant to be super-basic.
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    Well, hope springs eternal...

    Well, hope springs eternal....

    I guess rarity makes up for lack of other qualities.... :shrug:

    Is McConnell's no-frills design utterly without merit, Chief? Ya gotta concede that he has...
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    You do have to go searching for good old tools in...

    You do have to go searching for good old tools in Brisvegas, that's for sure. I have lucked into a few at flea markets, but most of what I've seen in those sorts of places is probably better off as...
  7. Thread: tool handles

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    Skew, if I'm not mistaken, all horn can be...

    Skew, if I'm not mistaken, all horn can be softened by hot water - note how one's fingernails get soft in the wash-up water.....:U

    The horn you purchased was still "nacheral", it had just had a...
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    I can't quite read the medallion, but the saw...

    I can't quite read the medallion, but the saw looks like it's around early-to-mid last century, has a brass spine & looks eminently restorable, so you could chuck away the cheese board, replace the...
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    Until man-made plastics took over completely by...

    Until man-made plastics took over completely by around mid last century, all sorts of handles & small objects were made from horn, as I'm sure you're aware. Some breeds of cattle sport pretty...
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    Thanks Martin, as Paul said, it's hard to judge...

    Thanks Martin, as Paul said, it's hard to judge actual size without a reference, but I can get an idea as I've handled examples of the longer wooden plane in the picture. I think the little violin...
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    :doh: Thanks Henry - I was wracking my fading...

    :doh: Thanks Henry - I was wracking my fading brain yesterday trying to recall the generic name for the Holzapffel type machine, but your post jogged the neurons - "rose-engine lathe" is the term I...
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    Indeed, they are not typical Paul, but I have...

    Indeed, they are not typical Paul, but I have seen other sets with ivory handles, a bit less elaborate than the exhibition set so they were possibly made to order for those who could afford them. ...
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    Counterintuitive it may be, Lance, but it's the...

    Counterintuitive it may be, Lance, but it's the 'correct' approach, for precisely the reasons you say, fast stock removal & less heat. But keeping the wheels clean with fresh cutting material...
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    Grinders are a boon if used well, or a major...

    Grinders are a boon if used well, or a major destroyer of tools if used badly. If you haven't used a high-speed grinder to prepare chisels before, do take it easy & if the wheels are the typical...
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    I wouldn't be too sure about that, Paul. There...

    I wouldn't be too sure about that, Paul. There is clear precedent for ivory-handled Holtzapffel chisels (scan down the page a bit). I'd say if the ivory handles came with the lathe, there's a good...
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    Apologies for not mentioning that myself, AH. If...

    Apologies for not mentioning that myself, AH. If you'd been a wood turner you would've met cloth-backed paper long ago, I think. I first bought it to use on the lathe but quickly discovered it has...
  17. Thread: Sourcing Basswood

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    Another local species much favoured by carvers is...

    Another local species much favoured by carvers is 'white beech' (Gmelina sp.)
    Cheers,
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    Woops, slight mis-interpretation of the pic of...

    Woops, slight mis-interpretation of the pic of your handle nuts on my part, Ah. It looked like the full hole went through the nut, but it's just the way the light coming through the small hole at...
  19. Waaay better than cheap pipe-clamps! :U I see...

    Waaay better than cheap pipe-clamps! :U

    I see you've anticipated one potential problem, the dowels on the side opposite the wedges could seriously mark softer woods like red cedar if you used a...
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    Nicely done! As to the criminology of tearing...

    Nicely done!
    As to the criminology of tearing off the original handle of a saw you describe as marginally collectible, but an excellent user - pffft! - function & comfort come before all else on a...
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    Just a guess without seeing the actual blades,...

    Just a guess without seeing the actual blades, but I suggest it was so they could be safely stored inside the handle when not in use?
    Cheers,
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    I reckon that's a very good suggestion; it may...

    I reckon that's a very good suggestion; it may solve the problem nicely & if it doesn't, you're no worse off. A "Helicoil" is the ideal solution for repairing a stripped thread to original size, but...
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    I think that's sort of true, raffo, but not...

    I think that's sort of true, raffo, but not entirely, in my experience. The terminology used over the last century & a half has varied both within & between countries! I have never come across what...
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    Everyone's entitled to their opinion, Matt. I...

    Everyone's entitled to their opinion, Matt. I find the 'panther' saws interesting, but not something I'd like to own either, unless I stumbled on one for a song. The ownership would be very brief,...
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    True, looks are secondary to performance &...

    True, looks are secondary to performance & comfort. I do like to return mine to something like original wherever I can. If I only had the right taps I'd happily make you a few nuts that would look...
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    When I wore a lad in the '50s, it was common...

    When I wore a lad in the '50s, it was common practice to call square-edged chisels "firmers" to distinguish them from BE chisels, so it's not just a current trend. Now we have the interweb, mixing &...
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    I think you can always count on an interest in...

    I think you can always count on an interest in old tools here, Martin, & especially old tools with a bit of bling to them.....
    :U
    Cheers,
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    :U Yeah, but someone has to push it around,...

    :U Yeah, but someone has to push it around, don't they - the type I'm recommending, like mine, is all hand-operated, so there'd be no excuse....

    Actually, you have my sympathy, my better half has...
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    Y'know, I don't think the #6 nut is genuine...

    Y'know, I don't think the #6 nut is genuine either. The old straight nuts were closed, just like the later, waisted version but it looks like yours is threaded right through. That's about the only...
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    I should try it sometime, just for curiosity's...

    I should try it sometime, just for curiosity's sake. Trouble is, I've never been fond of the pattern; for some reason I can't explain I took a dislike to it the first time I saw a "wheat-carved"...
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    Paul, your first post was at 8:23 & the last at...

    Paul, your first post was at 8:23 & the last at 10:06 - a marathon effort (and I hope a certain impatient chap was able to stay the course) ...... :clap3:

    Anyway, it was worth waiting for the...
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    Stanley used plain straight brass nuts for their...

    Stanley used plain straight brass nuts for their early planes, I don't know when they changed to the waisted type, but it was somewhere between the time of a no-lateral-adjuster plane I had (pre...
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    :B OK, OK, I'll try to be more concise in...

    :B OK, OK, I'll try to be more concise in future......
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    Tbh, that would have been my first impulse - no...

    Tbh, that would have been my first impulse - no point in making a bad situation worse if you are not confident with netalworking & not well setup for it. I'd investigate two possibilities. One...
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    What can I say, Picko, other than "Great...

    What can I say, Picko, other than "Great minds...." :D

    Your solution was safer than trying to peen the "filler" screw into invisibility, but I reckon it could be done. However, let's be...
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    Hmm, you got yourself a bit of a problem there my...

    Hmm, you got yourself a bit of a problem there my lad! I assume the original thread in the sole was stripped and some ham-fisted type decided to "fix" it. I can't see how he could've got the angle...
  37. Any old wax will do the job Mal - just get...

    Any old wax will do the job Mal - just get something cheap & cheerful from the supermarket, though note they are likely to be based on silicone waxes & you see dire warnings that even minute residues...
  38. :U Seems like there's many more ways to stop...

    :U Seems like there's many more ways to stop glue from sticking to things than to get it to stick where you want it to!

    :)
    Cheers,
  39. That's a good idea, but if you don't have time to...

    That's a good idea, but if you don't have time to go chasing some up, regular furniture polish paste-wax does the trick. I give the beams of my wooden clamps a good coating every once in a while, ...
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    What impressed me most was the perfect fit at the...

    What impressed me most was the perfect fit at the end - a dollop of glue in each mortice & tapped the whole thing together, perfectly square (unless he planed that little wooden trysquare to match...
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    Yes, a bit of heft seems to be a requirement for...

    Yes, a bit of heft seems to be a requirement for those earlier models, which should be another clue to what they were used for. While I like Joel's hypothesis it remains an hypothesis unless & until...
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    Ian, I'm not looking for a mitre plane, thanks.....

    Ian, I'm not looking for a mitre plane, thanks.. :U

    At one point, as I've said elsewhere, I was thinking seriously about making one. It was mostly for the challenge of doing the continuous sides &...
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    Martin, 18 deg. is a very common angle for...

    Martin, 18 deg. is a very common angle for bevel-up British planes (no idea if it was the same on the continent). Why that particular angle was chosen rather than say 15 or 20 I have no idea, so if...
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    Graeme, thankyou for the links - I have read the...

    Graeme, thankyou for the links - I have read the Shepherd pages before, & they do contain much info on mitre planes, but not much on what they were used for. But Joel's blog expounding on mitre...
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    Martin, thanks for going to all that trouble - I...

    Martin, thanks for going to all that trouble - I suspected the glass was a fixture! :U

    It's a really interesting piece of work, and now we've had a better look, I'll up the odds a bit on it being...
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    Not sure if the question is addressed to me or...

    Not sure if the question is addressed to me or the OP, but this is my effort at fitting a front knob:
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    I rebated the base of the knob so it could sit over the curved toe to centre...
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    :U Thanks Martin. I've read that people look for...

    :U Thanks Martin. I've read that people look for old snooker balls as a source of ivory. I've not actually turned the genuine article, but I've had to saw though a lot of horse & cow teeth in my...
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    Done...

    All done as of this morning. I jointed the skate (the front & rear were quite out of line, not sure why/how that happened but screwing them down probably caused the front part to shift, it only has...
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    MA, not all woods scrape successfully & few as...

    MA, not all woods scrape successfully & few as well as the A. rhodoxylon I used here, but it is an extremely useful technique & always worth a try when you have short lengths of complex moulding to...
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    Dunno Matt, I think my arms may give up long...

    Dunno Matt, I think my arms may give up long before the zen kicks in! :U

    But it is kind of satisfying watching a shaped part slowly (sometimes very slowly) emerge from a piece of nondescript...
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