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    I bought a lathe off Bruce about 13 years ago....

    I bought a lathe off Bruce about 13 years ago. Really great old guy he was. I had a few hours with him in his workshop as he showed me how it all worked. Got a couple of chucks, face plates and bits...
  2. It is also good practice to brush or blow off the...

    It is also good practice to brush or blow off the dust and grit between grits. You could be pushing around a few bits of the larger grit from the last time and making the scratching worse.
    Regards...
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    Rather than looking at the bucket look at the...

    Rather than looking at the bucket look at the size of suction line compared to the size of the vacs suction port. If it is choked down a lot at the power tool end then it is being starved of air....
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    There are adaptors. Tenon Cut Brace Adapter |...

    There are adaptors.
    Tenon Cut Brace Adapter | Bit & Brace - Carbatec
    Having pointed that out I should get some myself.
    Regards
    John
  5. Thread: Spokeshave

    by orraloon
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    Chris, This is something I have been...

    Chris,
    This is something I have been mulling over so is kind of on my to do list. I have flat and a round bottomed stanley and record shaves and while they work fine the metal handles are...
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    Welcome to the forum. You have started off well...

    Welcome to the forum.
    You have started off well as we like to watch shed builds. Should keep you busy for a while.
    Regards
    John
  7. Welcome to the forum Ray. Regards John

    Welcome to the forum Ray.
    Regards
    John
  8. As the others have said clean and dry them after...

    As the others have said clean and dry them after use. I use cheap window wash spray when sharpening. After use they get another good squirt and wiped off with paper towel.
    The stain will not affect...
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    You may get away with a very shallow drawer...

    You may get away with a very shallow drawer seeing as the apron is quite thick. About 65mm so you have about 20mm left top and bottom. A bit of reinforcement above and below the drawer opening at the...
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    I also know that a good session of swearing does...

    I also know that a good session of swearing does not in itself repair the mistake but if done right it puts you in the frame of mind to go fix things. Something zen masters do not teach.
    Regards...
  11. I keep intending to make something to hold the...

    I keep intending to make something to hold the file but after you have jointed the saw the need is no longer there until next time comes round. In fact it's not hard to do with just the file and so...
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    Hi Biggus. Congrats on your new...

    Hi Biggus.
    Congrats on your new lathe. I started with a chisel set like that and like you say you will need to practice sharpening. The tool rest Readbeard linked works just fine.You...
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    It does have plenty visual stimulation going...

    It does have plenty visual stimulation going on.:2tsup:
    Regards
    John
  14. Just my 2c worth. Cheap hand electric planes can...

    Just my 2c worth. Cheap hand electric planes can be got for less than a set of knives for your machine so why bother messing about with blade changes if you dont need to.
    Regards
    John
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    The price is good and it looks well made and...

    The price is good and it looks well made and solid. Like others have said the guard spring looks shot but will only cost a couple of dollars. Should it need new bearings those are not expensive...
  16. Wot Franklin said. The handheld has tc blades...

    Wot Franklin said. The handheld has tc blades that are cheap to replace. Cleaning up old wood is the reason I have a handheld electric.
    Regards
    John
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    It happens to lots of woods like Euge said. I...

    It happens to lots of woods like Euge said. I always expext my turnings to darken a bit with time. I have used mulberry for quite a few tool handles as well as my vice handle. They have darkened a...
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    A nice tidy tool storage unit. The saw till will...

    A nice tidy tool storage unit. The saw till will happen one day when there are more saws to tidy away.
    Regards
    John
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    Well had Christmas breakfast so while resting up...

    Well had Christmas breakfast so while resting up before lunch I'll wish everyone on this wonderful forum a merry Christmas and all the very best for the new year.
    Regards
    John
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    I would swap my possum for a few dragons. Dragons...

    I would swap my possum for a few dragons. Dragons are a nice garden feature but possums need serious management.
    Regards John
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    That is way better than the original. It's also a...

    That is way better than the original. It's also a great example of the helpful spirit of this forum.
    Well done Bob.
    Regards
    John
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    Good for you Derek. Nothing wrong with a small...

    Good for you Derek. Nothing wrong with a small boast when you get a big write up.
    Regards
    John
  23. I totally agree on the sharpening advice for hand...

    I totally agree on the sharpening advice for hand tool work. Sharpening is the first skill you need to master otherwise the woodworking just can't be done.
    Regards
    John
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    That's something I never would have forseen....

    That's something I never would have forseen. Never gave a thought to what other critters may like a nice box to live in.
    Well you can have free honey now or there are bee keepers that can take them...
  25. I think the motor has been connected the wrong...

    I think the motor has been connected the wrong way and is spinning backwards. The way the spindle threads is the clue like clearout said. The height adjustment and fence rail should also face you. I...
  26. Build a cyclone. Very scientific testing near end of video.

    YouTube
  27. Wow it sure is a looker. I take it you bought it?...

    Wow it sure is a looker. I take it you bought it?
    A long way from home made woodies but with christmas almost here I can see the attraction.
    Regards
    John
  28. I got the inspiration from Derek's strike block...

    I got the inspiration from Derek's strike block plane as I also had an old blade hanging around. I did not have the confidence nor any floats for solid block construction so went the glued up method....
  29. I would say it's borderline so it depends how...

    I would say it's borderline so it depends how keen you are to have a go at it. I think the wider cracks are too far gone to take up with linseed oil but you could first clean them out and get some...
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    Well an update with what my shed visitor is doing...

    Well an update with what my shed visitor is doing since the eviction. Moved up the property ladder a bit and enjoying room service. The best way to get ole poss to pose for the camera is some carrot....
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    Glad things worked out and its found a good home...

    Glad things worked out and its found a good home
    Regards
    John
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    It's always hard to give a price on old machines...

    It's always hard to give a price on old machines so as Lappa has pointed out take a look at what similar machines are being sold for. The machine does look to be in good condition. Only real test is...
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    It could be repaired with epoxy then a backing...

    It could be repaired with epoxy then a backing plate bolted on to reinforce things. Not as good as a replacement part but should do until you can find a part.
    Regards
    John
  34. The woodfast has more power as well as saving you...

    The woodfast has more power as well as saving you some dollars. Hare and Forbes 8'' jointer with the extra spiral head is cheaper again and also the full 2hp.
    Regards
    John
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    I had similar issues with a cheap carbatec QR...

    I had similar issues with a cheap carbatec QR vice. Keeping it clean helped a bit but I was never quite happy with it. I had heard that Dawn and Record were the dog's &o!!o# but I guess they all get...
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    People like to customise things. Have you tried...

    People like to customise things. Have you tried it? Who knows, it may catch on.
    Being serious I have seen roughing gouges given a slight relief at the corners to prevent catches. May suit some but I...
  37. Best way to get a price idea is look for similar...

    Best way to get a price idea is look for similar machines selling on ebay, gumtree, facebook marketplace and other online sale places. This forum also has a marketplace for members so read the rules...
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    If you use the smaller batteries (1.5 or 2 ah)...

    If you use the smaller batteries (1.5 or 2 ah) then that will keep the weight down a bit. Just need charging more often. It's also good if there are other battery tools to stick with that battery and...
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    If you use the smaller batteries (1.5 or 2 ah)...

    If you use the smaller batteries (1.5 or 2 ah) then that will keep the weight down a bit. Just need charging more often. It's also good if there are other battery tools to stick with that battery and...
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    Not done anything else to it as they are good...

    Not done anything else to it as they are good saws for the money and mine has handled everything I have shoved through it. Just set it up right and use the right sharp blade for the job.
    Regards...
  41. What I was going to say Regards John

    What I was going to say
    Regards
    John
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    Hi Filip and welcome to the forum. I have had a...

    Hi Filip and welcome to the forum.
    I have had a 355 for about 10 years now but to be honest I have never used that bit on the fence. When resawing it's good to have a fence about as high as the...
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    I recall reading somewhere that cedar cutters...

    I recall reading somewhere that cedar cutters would search the bush for trees and put their mark on them so they could come back and cut them later. Like staking a claim.
    Regards,
    John
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    This kind of thing ...

    This kind of thing
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  45. Thread: Laburnum

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    Its a garden tree has long trailing yellow...

    Its a garden tree has long trailing yellow flowers. Also known as golden chain tree. I would not think the wood is commercial here in oz but garden trees have to be pruned now and then.
    Regards
    John
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    Nothing like a good bench build. I've pulled up a...

    Nothing like a good bench build. I've pulled up a chair.
    Regards
    John
  47. Couple of noises I like in the shed are the ping...

    Couple of noises I like in the shed are the ping when you tighten up the scroll saw blade to check for tension and the swish sound of a wood bodied plane at work.
    As to hammers I have to agree with...
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    I did just what you have in mind. 2 sticks with 2...

    I did just what you have in mind. 2 sticks with 2 wheels on both, A stick to leaver up the bench then just slide wheeled stick under the frame. It was the most cost efficient and least work option...
  49. I made one for my old Ezycut combination out of...

    I made one for my old Ezycut combination out of old saw blade. I had no idea what the original looked like but it had to hold the guard. If someone has an original thats good but its not too hard to...
  50. Thread: Spiers Plane

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    It is a great old plane and even with the tapered...

    It is a great old plane and even with the tapered blade looks to be working fine. A proper blade will come along one day.
    Regards
    John
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