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  1. Thread: Making Hand Saws

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    that's a pretty good idea for those saws if...

    that's a pretty good idea for those saws if they're hard enough to hold a knife edge. Agree on the steel - not much of what I've seen other than boutique saws has a plain higher carbon steel....
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    The handle appears to have been replaced, most of...

    The handle appears to have been replaced, most of that style were open handle, but that's not uncommon. The open handle planes were nice to use, but suffer breaks easily if the plane is dropped.
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    Thinking about it, the higher sprung later cap...

    Thinking about it, the higher sprung later cap irons that norris used probably allowed for a sloppier alignment with the lever cap.
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    I don't really have any proof, either, but I...

    I don't really have any proof, either, but I think the issue occurs due to the iron bending in such a way that it's pushed deeper when the adjustment is tightened. I've noticed that a lot of infills...
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    Actually, yes, you're right. The pre-adjuster...

    Actually, yes, you're right. The pre-adjuster planes that were rosewood and generally not so overweight or overwrought with features, I really like. A norris #2 is a work of art, and the spiers...
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    If you can get a good connection, the single fine...

    If you can get a good connection, the single fine thread is probably the best. I like your two threads of the same direction, but haven't seen it in practice, so couldn't comment on it.

    As far as...
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    Another vote for the 1400. I had one and no...

    Another vote for the 1400. I had one and no longer do (don't do much with power tools), but can't deny that it's about perfect for a plunging do-all router. It's not small, it's not big, it's really...
  8. Thread: Hardening process

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    I've had some chinese files. Never a good saw...

    I've had some chinese files. Never a good saw file, but some of the files that I've gotten have been very hard.

    the steel they talk about in that listing (referencing it) is a 1.2% carbon very...
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    Rob - I've posted your hardness summary (the...

    Rob - I've posted your hardness summary (the image with the largest number of chisels summarized) on woodcentral with discussion about it, credit given to you as the origin and describing some of the...
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    I had bought a bunch of LN planes years ago. The...

    I had bought a bunch of LN planes years ago. The worst one I had for flatness was right at spec (a #8), but it was hollow in the length. 1 1/2 thousandths. That sounds like it shouldn't be an issue,...
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    Having flattened probably 75 planes, I think I'd...

    Having flattened probably 75 planes, I think I'd avoid an 8. #5 1/2 or so would prove the same thing. 8s are ultra hard to lap and I generally do them sectionally with a block.

    As in, I run a...
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    Gosh, it would be a shame for someone to have...

    Gosh, it would be a shame for someone to have discarded such a lovely piece.
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    Looks like a good candidate. I'd have more...

    Looks like a good candidate. I'd have more comments but the level of flatness and fineness of finish are certainly uncharted territory for me.

    The 9 1/4 was probably belt sanded at the factory,...
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    I was thinking more like my shop! It's not as...

    I was thinking more like my shop!

    It's not as hot as where you are, but my shop is part of the way underground and semi-heated. If it's zero outside, my shop is 32(F for the Aussies. about 20...
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    It would be interesting to see what would happen...

    It would be interesting to see what would happen if you put the plane in the freezer and then checked it for flatness. I doubt it would move, but still would be interesting to see if the flatness...
  16. Lovely plane, Ian! Looking forward to seeing last...

    Lovely plane, Ian! Looking forward to seeing last plane #4!
  17. Thread: Pin nailer

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    Late to this. In the US, the wood tool stores...

    Late to this. In the US, the wood tool stores push grex, but at a high price. they're nice and work well.

    I don't use a pinner often and when I do, it would require wheeling my compressor out of...
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    Really nice work done on those knobs. Someone had...

    Really nice work done on those knobs. Someone had some knurls and wanted to show them off - they're wonderful.
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    The blade performance might get marginally...

    The blade performance might get marginally better, but probably not much. If so, likely at the thinner shavings and not much at the thicker (where the wedging and bending force become more of an...
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    GREAT on the meds, and I don't know if you've...

    GREAT on the meds, and I don't know if you've seen american football, but see if you can run the ball for a while and give your mrs. the stiff arm!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Od9K6W2UeM
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  21. It is an excellent place to basically buy things...

    It is an excellent place to basically buy things and be out nothing if you don't like them (as in, you can sell them pretty easily once you've tried them and break even or better).

    In case I...
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    I think you're isolating the effect of the sole...

    I think you're isolating the effect of the sole pretty well with the data. I also think you're probably approaching (actually, you're at) the point where the sole finish is better than the rest of...
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    Am I reading the data correctly by saying that...

    Am I reading the data correctly by saying that the deviation in the surface increases with shaving thickness? But until you get to a fairly thick shaving, it's pretty consistent at that sole finish?...
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    The shavings get warm, they always do. They're...

    The shavings get warm, they always do. They're just usually too thin for you to be able to feel it. If you have your fingers near where the shavings are coming out, you can feel the heat. Especially...
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    The knurling on those wheels is really nifty -...

    The knurling on those wheels is really nifty - subtle and seemingly different on most of the corners.
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    The cork/rubber stuff can also be purchased at...

    The cork/rubber stuff can also be purchased at some auto parts stores. I don't know if the crubber is fully synthetic, but the fully synthetic stuff is a gasket material sold in sheets for about half...
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    If you take the iron out and put it in your...

    If you take the iron out and put it in your attic, you can probably kill the worms pretty easily. (I wouldn't want the iron in a plane when heating it to something like 150 degrees F as the wood...
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    That's given as a tip for bench planes, but it...

    That's given as a tip for bench planes, but it makes little difference. The force of the frog is vertical and not spanning much of a plane.

    It's certainly easier to lap a bench plane when it's...
  29. Yes. Look at the pictures for each item to make...

    Yes. Look at the pictures for each item to make sure you're getting attributes you like. I've found over time that the appearance of the wrought and a thin lamination (something that doesn't show up...
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    I agree on the youtube content. serious content...

    I agree on the youtube content. serious content doesn't get many views, but it gets long-watching views. Youtube is no longer about that.

    We can learn more from serious craftsmen by listening to...
  31. that explains dealers picking up the stock that...

    that explains dealers picking up the stock that normally would sell for little and trying to hoard it and then overcharge.

    With every maker who retires, there always seems to be piles and piles...
  32. There is an element of knowing what you're...

    There is an element of knowing what you're looking for, but I've never found much of a difference between blades on ebay (or buyee, sometimes just finding older irons with a nice dirty kamaji look on...
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    There's a second aspect - I don't think the...

    There's a second aspect - I don't think the smoothness needs to be a small micron finish necessarily, but rather the bits touching the wood need to have no burrs. A coarse finish without the burring...
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    I think you'll find more surface deviation with...

    I think you'll find more surface deviation with thicker shavings, especially on a plane with a single iron.
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    er, wait....I admit I didn't read all of the...

    er, wait....I admit I didn't read all of the posts to this point. standard deviation in the planed surface. 2 1/2 ten thousandths? Got much better after shaving thickness normalized?

    If that's...
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    Wait, the chart shows the standard deviation in...

    Wait, the chart shows the standard deviation in what? Shaving thickness? And the surface finish is charted to standard deviation of shaving thickness? And that standard deviation settles in around 2...
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    I'll admit I didn't read it. If I read your chart...

    I'll admit I didn't read it. If I read your chart correctly, you get more consistent thin shavings with a finer surface finish. That should be the case.

    Especially freshly lapped with a more...
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    I have house made varnish (which is notoriously...

    I have house made varnish (which is notoriously short lived - a couple of months of shelf life) in the stop loss bags, and it seems after about 6 months or so to be the same as new.

    House made...
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    Every one that I've used has always developed...

    Every one that I've used has always developed stray scratches, too. Even if the wood is agreeable, something will always be scratching the bottom - stray grit, a staple in something, whatever it may...
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    I'm interested in what you come up with, by the...

    I'm interested in what you come up with, by the way. I was patting myself on the back when I couldn't get a good quality 1 1/2 thousandth feeler under a starrett straight edge on a 9 inch smoother,...
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    It might be "sticky" on end grain if it's...

    It might be "sticky" on end grain if it's completely polished.

    One of the reasons I ditched premium planes is that their surface finish is so fine that they need to be waxed more regularly. When...
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    Kind of like pointing people toward very...

    Kind of like pointing people toward very expensive pure chromium oxide paste, wouldn't you say? Paste that's intended for razors, when the wax sticks sold for $6-$8 are fine if you just use them...
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    Is this going to get an engine turned finish at...

    Is this going to get an engine turned finish at the end? :)
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    I'll comment on where flatness matters: * on a...

    I'll comment on where flatness matters:
    * on a plane where the mouth is below the heel and toe - not that much. You can work with a plane like that, and plane a board flat or hollow
    * on a plane...
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    That's a bummer on all accounts. I've been on...

    That's a bummer on all accounts. I've been on prednisone before for asthma, but not often - only when I'm already sick and the asthma is very bad causing pain from the spastic coughing.

    I had a...
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    Agree with everything you said - though I'll...

    Agree with everything you said - though I'll probably joint less often than the average person would, as would anyone who has a good idea of what they're doing. The setting, you can't avoid, but I...
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    Exactly - interesting how we seem to end up in...

    Exactly - interesting how we seem to end up in the same place doing the same thing without conference, isn't it? :)

    I thought casting bronze sounded neat, except the first question after you cast...
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    Yep, through a current-day lens, that's what we'd...

    Yep, through a current-day lens, that's what we'd probably all make if we had the need. re: the casting, my understanding is that probably when the subject router plane in this thread was made,...
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    I should've been clearer - there are a lot of...

    I should've been clearer - there are a lot of cast router planes around made by patternmakers that don't look anything like a stanley for the simple fact that they could make a pattern and get it...
  50. When I bought my plane (70mm kanna, inukubi),...

    When I bought my plane (70mm kanna, inukubi), nakano was relatively unknown over here. The guy who sold it to me told me that it was $250 in japan. He pulled it twice and sold it to me for $225, with...
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