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    Yep, knew that, thanks Tonyz. Just wondering if I...

    Yep, knew that, thanks Tonyz. Just wondering if I had the address correct :)
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    Hooker Rd, Ferntree Gully, VIC? That pizza still...

    Hooker Rd, Ferntree Gully, VIC? That pizza still on offer?
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    Thanks raffo, but I got the 1.55” reading off the...

    Thanks raffo, but I got the 1.55” reading off the imperial fixed scale. It was not a made up number.
    I read 1” + .5” + 2x.025” =1.55”.
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    Got it !!

    Each of the tiny graduation marks on the upper fixed imperial scale is 0.25". Therefore the point of the zero on the sliding scale reads 1.55"
    Moving on to the sliding scale, each graduation is...
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    How to read imperial scale vernier caliper?

    Hello all machinists, turners and woodies, I have set the Moore & Wright vernier calipers set to 39.7mm as shown in the attached pic. It is correct, but the parallax error of the camera lens does...
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    Yep that’s the one. Interesting video too, very...

    Yep that’s the one. Interesting video too, very well done. Thanks NCArcher
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    What is this chisel?

    A non-woodworking friend picked this chisel up at a market, thinking I might be able to use it.

    It is quite solid and heavy, and the handle does not look to have been hit with a hammer but it...
  8. thanks Geoff. Not sure if I would be able to use...

    thanks Geoff. Not sure if I would be able to use that epoxy on a box 540 x 70 x 60H, and not sure how to get a deep black colour for the box but still be able to see the grain.

    Merry Christmas,...
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    Thanks for this reply, Swifty. Where do you get...

    Thanks for this reply, Swifty. Where do you get your Aqua Coat from?
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    Shellac as a grain filler?

    Has anyone had any success using shellac to fill the grain of open pored timber? if so, do you use a heavy mix, say a 3lb cut, or several light coats before sanding back to the surface?
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    Easy way to work out shellac mix

    The standard way of mixing shellac flakes and alcohol is by a 1, 2 or 3lb cut, referring to the number of pounds weight of shellac flake to a gallon of alcohol. Having a bit of trouble converting to...
  12. Hi powderpost. Thanks for this suggestion. I ...

    Hi powderpost. Thanks for this suggestion. I have been playing with these boards, you will see a letter stamped on each to distinguish them.

    I did one board with only three coats of spirit...
  13. russ57. I thought the first step was to make the...

    russ57. I thought the first step was to make the board really smooth, hence my effort above. The lacquer would subsequently give the depth and gloss. But also the lacquer would show up any...
  14. Getting a very smooth finish with grain filler

    Hello, I am aiming for a nice piano style finish for a board, but first I need to get a very, very smooth sanded finish , and have used cerejeira , a South American timber with nice straight, but...
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    Thanks Brian, I was concerned it might be a...

    Thanks Brian, I was concerned it might be a 25-75 mix or something like that, as this shellac based Indian Ink is not cheap. Last bottle in Townsville sold last week, will have to go online to order...
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    Sounds the way to go, thanks Brian, really...

    Sounds the way to go, thanks Brian, really appreciate it. I have just applied my 4th coat of Prooftint. Definition of madness? Feast Watson tech guy says should only need one flooding coat applied...
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    Not black enough

    As part of a test, I have applied two coats of ebony Timbermate as filler. The 1st coat left the grain feeling obvious to the finger nail brushed across the board. After the 2nd layer , the board...
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    A suggested finish

    Without any response so far to my question above, I have a suggestion and a question:

    I have some dark brown timber with quite open grain. I want to make it black with a nice smooth satin finish...
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    Oil finishing over stain

    Hello, can anyone please suggest a good process for getting a nice smooth oil finish on timber that needs to be stained? I often wet sand Cabots Danish Oil or use Kunos #244 oil, but that is only on...
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    Box locks supplier?

    Hello, does anyone know where to find the style of lock shown in the attached picture please?
    what sort of lock is it called?



    ?486057
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    Hang in there with the new Ubeaut shop website,...

    Hang in there with the new Ubeaut shop website, Neil. I feel your pain. I too wrote the website for my son’s Strutmaster business over 10 years ago now, but the web design software has all changed...
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    How to make tapered rounded slot

    I have a 100 year old 500mm long music conductors baton that I would like to make a case for. Max diameter at one end is 20mm, at the other end is 10mm

    One suggestion is to make a tapered slot...
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    Hi woodPixel, not a stupid question, and a very...

    Hi woodPixel, not a stupid question, and a very important one. Were the shellac flakes kept in a cool location, like in a fridge?

    Extract from Neil's "A Polisher's Handbook" 4th Edition : Flake...
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    Thanks Brian. Yes, I thought the wetter the...

    Thanks Brian. Yes, I thought the wetter the rubber the better, being nice to see that thin run of wet shellac on the timber. Big mistake. Back to the practice board for me
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    And another tacky shellac problem

    When I first start polishing a box with shellac and a rubber on a box surface sanded to 600 grit, I put down three runs side by side, slightly overlapping. When I then go to start rubbing all over...
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    Many thanks for this valuable information, Neil....

    Many thanks for this valuable information, Neil. I have only just read last night in your Polishers Handbook about esterification where the alcohol adversely impacts on the shellac resin past its use...
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    Ahhhh... never thought of that, Brian. The Ubeaut...

    Ahhhh... never thought of that, Brian. The Ubeaut bottled white hard dewaxed shellac is 18 months out of date, could well be the problem
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    Another small shellac problem

    I put about 5 coats of shellac on a timber case which had one vertical side open. This was done 2 days ago, allowing about 10 minutes between coats.
    Today I picked up this case, fingers underneath,...
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    Another problem

    Another problem has just cropped up. The lid of a box I am making is a plywood panel with a 10mm black bean frame, with the panel sunken down into the frame so that there is a lip of 2mm all the way...
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    Sorry Neil, pressed the wrong icon. I don’t want...

    Sorry Neil, pressed the wrong icon. I don’t want pictures with your post :)
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    WOW !! How good is this Forum. What a great group...

    WOW !! How good is this Forum. What a great group so willing to share their experiences. Many thanks to you all for helping me out. I need to re-read all this, and then get back into it.

    My first...
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    Hi Brian, many thanks for this informative and...

    Hi Brian, many thanks for this informative and very helpful post. It answered all my questions.

    Can we take it to the next steps, right up to the final coat?

    so far I have been only using the...
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    Why oil French Polishing pad?

    Hello, I am new to "shellacking", having attempted without success many years ago, and gave it away as a bad joke.

    This time, rather than using a brush, I have made a wad out of flannelette,...
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    Plywood grain looks terrible after oiling

    I am making three ear ring holders for granddaughters, The top pin board is made of very pale off-white 3mm marine ply from Bunnings. The only trouble is, the grain on this ply is very heavily...
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    Thanks jack620. After applying a couple of coats...

    Thanks jack620. After applying a couple of coats of shellac, do you sand it back befoRe applying the stain? I have the spirit based Prooftint stain in mind
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    Best way to stain pine?

    Hello, I have read much about the blotchiness of stained pine. I wish to do a dark brown stain uniformly on a 185mm wide board of pine which forms an extension to a desk top.

    What are the...
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    Crikey Alex, tough crowd !

    Crikey Alex, tough crowd !
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    Many thanks to for all the posts above, some...

    Many thanks to for all the posts above, some really good stuff in that lot.

    This all started when I put my Toledo 300mm ruler as a straight edge on the back of the aluminium plate, and held it up...
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    How to check if diamond plate is flat?

    I flatten my waterstones with a 400 grit Atoma diamond plate used only for that purpose. This plate consists of a 10mm thick aluminium backing plate with a thin sheet of diamonds which glues to the...
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    Wow, that is an awesome design Alex. Well done,...

    Wow, that is an awesome design Alex. Well done, it looks terrific. And thanks for sharing your WIP photos and explanations.
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    Very nicely analysed, Chief, thanks for that. The...

    Very nicely analysed, Chief, thanks for that. The original knob on my plane sat on the top of the flat topped ring, and IanW did the same for the new ebony knob he made. And you are correct, on mine...
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    Thanks Derek, for your comment. You will see from...

    Thanks Derek, for your comment. You will see from the pics I posted of my Bedrock 605 that I have the same arrangements as the picture you show on the left, which makes mine a Type 5-7, not Type 8.
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    Thanks Paul. Have reloaded them. Can you see them...

    Thanks Paul. Have reloaded them. Can you see them now?
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    Thanks for this informative post, Derek. I have...

    Thanks for this informative post, Derek. I have removed the knob and taken photos. Apologies for the quality, it was very difficult to photograph the gloss black finish
    So, based on these pics,...
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    100 year old plane restored

    Thanks to the encouragement of IanW and Vann above, I decided to restore the Bedrock 605 plane that belonged to my wife's grandfather (born 1880) who was a carpenter/ joiner.

    Here are the steps I...
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    Thanks BobL and China. That Caswell kit was way,...

    Thanks BobL and China. That Caswell kit was way, way to expensive for me too. Will have to chase a plating shop, none in Townsville region unfortunately, and I am loathe to risk losing 100 yr old...
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    For me too. Anyone?

    For me too. Anyone?
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    How to brass plate steel

    Hello, I want to brass plate some small steel screws and washers.
    Can anyone please advise the best way to do this?
    I am familiar with electrolysis, having used it for derusting steel
    Hoping...
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    The new Euro language

    Despite Brexit, the European Commission has finally agreed that English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.As part of the...
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    Great news !! What a relief. Now to get it...

    Great news !! What a relief. Now to get it checked out thoroughly. Did it do many extra
    miles.
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