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    I would agree with the first part, without...

    I would agree with the first part, without question - not so sure about surface quality, but I wouldn't go to court over it! I was an early taker-upper of the Titan/Stanley HSS blades, and there is...
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    Just for the record, I think both Terry & Jim...

    Just for the record, I think both Terry & Jim Davey had some Academy blades for a while after Paul closed up shop, but as Derek said, that was a long time ago, already. I had a custom blade made,...
  3. Hmm, I can imagine how crestfallen you must have...

    Hmm, I can imagine how crestfallen you must have bee unwrapping that lot, Lance. But cheer up, it looks to me that you might have the makings of a couple of decent saws there, but it is going to...
  4. Ditto, but another part argues the toss every...

    Ditto, but another part argues the toss every time I decide to get rid of something! I have several quite decent tools that are just not part of my regular repertoire and get very little use. As...
  5. Like I said, it all boils down to our own likes &...

    Like I said, it all boils down to our own likes & prejudices, but I'm not surprised the sticking points are often planes & saws. The latter are a problem for me, I have so many I could give up, just...
  6. Thanks for the nice words on my 'portable' bench,...

    Thanks for the nice words on my 'portable' bench, CT, but what I think the OP is working on is the tool-kit itself - the storage arrangements generally follow from that.. :U



    Nope, it's still...
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    I think you'll have a tough time dating that saw...

    I think you'll have a tough time dating that saw with certainty, ws. For starters, I don't think the handle is original Disston,it looks user-made. The medallion dates to early 20th century, and...
  8. Derek, I think HNT deserves the blame (or...

    Derek, I think HNT deserves the blame (or credit?) for inspiring your brasswork - I'm the Johnny-come-lately to the fancy dovetailing plane scene.. :U

    So Rob, I meant to ask, does a dovetailing...
  9. I have a habit of re-inventing wheels, only my...

    I have a habit of re-inventing wheels, only my first wheel wasn't as sophisticated as your shouldering plane, Rob. I wanted a plane to finesse router-cut sliding dovetails so made myself this small...
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    I've made plenty of those types of thumbscrews,...

    I've made plenty of those types of thumbscrews, but in wood! I turned a ball on the end of a shaft of the desired diameter, threaded the shaft, then cut away a disc on each side of the ball, and...
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    I think I get the picture, yowie. No idea why it...

    I think I get the picture, yowie. No idea why it should be like that, the wear you'd get from adjusting the blade back & forth a few mm would be infinitesimal, even after 100 years of use, I would...
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    Nope, not me Vann, must be one of them t'other...

    Nope, not me Vann, must be one of them t'other Ians. The only Records in my kit are a 1960's-ish #4, and an 010 1/2 that I wish I'd not wasted my money on. I thought I'd scored a small smoother with...
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    I had a pre-lateral adjuster #4 with half a side...

    I had a pre-lateral adjuster #4 with half a side hump missing like your #2, Vann. It worked fine for me as a scrub plane for many years and is still doing duty in that line for a friend.

    Sad to...
  14. Vann, I think you've demonstrated exactly what I...

    Vann, I think you've demonstrated exactly what I feared, that though the parts might look identical in isolation, there are sufficient minor differences that they are not interchangeable.

    Alo, I...
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    Just google "making wooden planes", for starters....

    Just google "making wooden planes", for starters. There are books, videos and magazine articles aplenty, so take your pick. There have been several threads covering some or all aspects, do an...
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    OK, give me a couple more weeks and I should have...

    OK, give me a couple more weeks and I should have it done. I can probably break it into 2 or 3 pdf files small enough to attach to a post & you can all view or download them at your leisure - I'll...
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    Paul- I wouldn't draw too many conclusions from...

    Paul- I wouldn't draw too many conclusions from the present teeth on either saw as to what they looked like when they left he factory.. Both have obviously been got at by rather un-skilled filers!
    ...
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    Funny you should ask, Adam. :). I'm in the...

    Funny you should ask, Adam. :).
    I'm in the middle of writing what I hope might be helpful to anyone with no prior experience of working with metal, but interested in making metal planes. Learning...
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    The last round

    Today I did some final fettling on the new plane. I'd only roughly lapped the sole up to this point, so today I stretched a new length of Zirconium belt over the tablesaw & had at it. There were...
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    Elan, I'm going by the definitions we were given...

    Elan, I'm going by the definitions we were given in Physics 1B - I may have gotten them bass-ackwrads; it was more than 50 years ago... :wink:

    What I was driving at is that if all my rails are...
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    Go very carefully with the filing - tipping the...

    Go very carefully with the filing - tipping the blade up to a higher angle will rapidly increase the width of the mouth!

    How far back is the blade bed? Has the rear stuffing been removed &...
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    Looks ok to me, Paul, & what works, works - but...

    Looks ok to me, Paul, & what works, works - but what happened to the cupid's bow ??
    :D

    Cheers,
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    Wow, that thread developed a life today! At...

    Wow, that thread developed a life today!

    At the heart of this discussion, when it's all boiled down is the difference between accuracy & precision & where each is required. In woodworking, where...
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    Hmmm, can I be an old curmudgeon and ask why you...

    Hmmm, can I be an old curmudgeon and ask why you need to digitise a marking gauge? I suppose it's handy if you want to alter a setting & return to it later, but if you still have a line from your...
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    Sounds like you are well prepared, Adam. When...

    Sounds like you are well prepared, Adam. When you make the frame, choose something that's tough without being too dense, a light, but reasonably stiff frame is the go, imo. My favourite wood for...
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    Bit more...

    I got a couple of spare hours this arvo & had another play with the plane. As I said, I wasn't happy with a couple of things, one being the cap-iron. The 1/16" steel looked cute, but was just too...
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    Adam, I checked the videos you referred to, & for...

    Adam, I checked the videos you referred to, & for those tables, I wouldn't be thinking of any more planes, what you have now (your list):
    No 7 jointer
    No 5 1/2 LA Jack
    No 4 1/2 smoother
    LA Block...
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    Luke, that all makes sense to me, I'd be using a...

    Luke, that all makes sense to me, I'd be using a regular rebate or high-angle plane in those circumstances too. A SP may do an excellent job taking wisps off long-grain, if it's straight & clean, or...
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    Yep, Aluminium is a beast to work with ordinary...

    Yep, Aluminium is a beast to work with ordinary files, it's a little better with the 'proper' soft-metal files, but you still need to stop & clean the teeth every few strokes. Brass is abut a million...
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    Y'know, I think that's a very plausible...

    Y'know, I think that's a very plausible explanation, Rob. A change to quick & dirty construction might also explain why the old iron mitre went out of vogue - no need to plane accurate mitres when...
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    Horses for courses, Adam. Every workshop needs a...

    Horses for courses, Adam. Every workshop needs a block plane, imo, but not so sure about a shoulder plane.

    Because I've made my own, I have several shoulder planes of various sizes, but like...
  32. I've had both flat & convex Veritas shaves for...

    I've had both flat & convex Veritas shaves for more than 20 years & also forgotten what I paid for them, but I imagine it was a bit less than they cost now. :U

    At first, I hated those dinky round...
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    Oh dear! You fell down that slippery slope...

    Oh dear! You fell down that slippery slope easily!

    But it's a good place to be. Getting a small metal lathe was one of my better moves, it's allowed me to tackle projects I wouldn't have been...
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    What the chief said. I generally find a tap on...

    What the chief said. I generally find a tap on the toe is more effective at loosening the blade than hitting the back end. I don't know if that's a universal thing or it just applies to the dozen...
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    Peter, there is so much confusion around the...

    Peter, there is so much confusion around the names we give to small saws with spines: 'tenon', 'dovetail', 'carcase', 'sash' etc. They've become meaningless (try & find a clear definition of any of...
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    Hmmm now you mention it, 'bottle opener' would be...

    Hmmm now you mention it, 'bottle opener' would be a very good suggestion! A bit more elaborate than the ones you see that look like miniature wooden planes, so it hadn't occurred to me that someone...
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    Hmmm now you mention it, 'bottle opener' would be...

    Hmmm now you mention it, 'bottle opener' would be a very good suggestion! A bit more elaborate than the ones you see that look like miniature wooden planes, so it hadn't occurred to me that someone...
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    The flowing lines, the superb smithing & the...

    The flowing lines, the superb smithing & the elegant simplicity of this thing is amazing, Rob. It's like a stripped to the bare essentials version of my dad's old jack. Not sure I'd want to have to...
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    Hi Peter, & welcome to the hand-tool world... ...

    Hi Peter, & welcome to the hand-tool world...

    I'm a bit surprised the sharpening place couldn't handle 14tpi on their machinery - that's not an exceptionally fine pitch. The place where I take my...
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    Different for sure, Luke. Not sure it's any...

    Different for sure, Luke. Not sure it's any better, ergonomically or otherwise, just different. The slightly lower position of my right hand, or the angle of it, gives me the feeling of a little...
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    Well Paul, you can have it - all you need is a...

    Well Paul, you can have it - all you need is a Veritas kit, a few bob's worth of brass, a bit of wood for the infill - and time!
    :U
    Cheers,
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    Always something cooking here, Matt! :D But...

    Always something cooking here, Matt! :D

    But nothing new - got a commission for a shoulder plane (for a friend, so I couldn't say no), but I'll probably make two, because in cutting out the blade...
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    Done, still a little bit of dusting to do....

    Had most of today to myself, so it was spent very happily finishing the plane.

    With lever cap done, the next job was to put the blade assembly in & lap the sole to 'very close', before a final...
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    I was thinking roll-pin maybe, too but I couldn't...

    I was thinking roll-pin maybe, too but I couldn't see any split in it in the side pic. It might be just a tube & an interference fit in the plastic?

    Cheers,
  45. Could be a number of things, but I'd suggest the...

    Could be a number of things, but I'd suggest the most likely cause is you've been a bit tight with your tolerances when fitting the inner parts of the slides. They need to be set far enough towards...
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    Hmm, I don't think Spotted Gum will resist...

    Hmm, I don't think Spotted Gum will resist mushrooming to that extent, Clinton. It would be pretty similar to Tas. B. G., and that has mushroomed pretty thoroughly on some well-used (or abused?) old...
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    Better. (Surely..) I suppose the first task...

    Better. (Surely..)

    I suppose the first task would be to get the offending piece of plastic out. That may not be easy, the axle is probably a tight press-fit in the bridge (I prefer that term...
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    Got a couple of hours on the plane today. Enough...

    Got a couple of hours on the plane today. Enough to make a lever cap & install it: 460329

    So all that's left now is to lap the sole, open the mouth enough to let shavings through,and a final spit...
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    Problem solved while I was posting. :U How is...

    Problem solved while I was posting. :U

    How is the bridge retained? Might be easy enough to make & install a brass bridge.

    I agree - plastic! Meh!

    Cheers,
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    I guess I'd go with what CT said, but another...

    I guess I'd go with what CT said, but another approach I'd try is to whack the top of the plane in front of the throat. I find it takes less force to loosen a blade this way than whacking it on the...
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