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    I use pairs of skew chisels in form line carving....

    I use pairs of skew chisels in form line carving. I have two pairs of Narex 12 mm that are very nice to use. I have pairs of others.
    I revised the bevels from 25* down to a more common carving...
  2. I use fine sandpapers for sharpening wood carving...

    I use fine sandpapers for sharpening wood carving tools.

    For finishing, I like a first coat of MinWax Tung Oil Protective Finish. Instead of sandpaper, I wait until that first coat is good and...
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    Is there not some connection in physics between...

    Is there not some connection in physics between mass and momentum?
    I do some woodcarving. The rough-out parts are commonly done with adzes such as an elbow adze and a D adze.

    My first elbow adze...
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    Here in the Pacific Northwest, First Nations have...

    Here in the Pacific Northwest, First Nations have very distinctive drawing art and carving styles.
    There are instruction books with lessons to teach you how to draw the design elements.
    Broadly,...
  5. As a honing compound abrasives selected by...

    As a honing compound abrasives selected by industry standards, the chromium oxide (green) particles have a mean diameter of 0.5 micrometers.
    That implies that you can expect to find particles both...
  6. I take it you mean the "green bar" of honing...

    I take it you mean the "green bar" of honing compound?

    I am using the last of a great lump of green Chromium Oxide + Aluminum Oxide honing compound. About 20 years of wood carving tools.
    For...
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    I think that using fine sandpapers on metals...

    I think that using fine sandpapers on metals (sharpening wood carving tools) shows when to change grits and the larger scratches diminish.
    Woods will never be like that but the principle holds well...
  8. I use several things to get into corners. 1. ...

    I use several things to get into corners.

    1. A "sanding finger" which uses little sanding belts of different grits.
    If you clean it with a crepe rubber stick, belt #1 will last forever.
    Lee...
  9. Go to the hardware stores and look at the end...

    Go to the hardware stores and look at the end grain in the wooden tool handles.
    They will give you a strong idea for the orientation of the growth rings for strength in tool handles.

    Second, I...
  10. We have what are called "Home Shows." Usually...

    We have what are called "Home Shows." Usually trade fairs with lots of tool vendors. The door and window and solar power people are there as well.
    You must stay for the belt sander drag races. ...
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    Some day, I hope to own an olive wood mallet. I...

    Some day, I hope to own an olive wood mallet. I would actually use it.
    What does your olive head mallet weigh?

    Right now, the mass, the weight, of the head means the most to my carving style....
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    I carve what I see in the wood. Might be 10...

    I carve what I see in the wood. Might be 10 minutes, might be several years to see.
    I make some hand drawings to consolidate my thoughts. I enjoy the drawing part.
    Common paper size is 11" x 17"...
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    There is a paste sealer which is designed for and...

    There is a paste sealer which is designed for and intended for use to seal red oak.
    What I would expect to need to do to seal an oak floor before any finish at all.

    The concept is to smear it on...
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    I have always enjoyed drawing/sketching and...

    I have always enjoyed drawing/sketching and painting watercolors.
    What you see are my thoughts, the concepts, on paper.
    I don't believe that I'm anywhere near mentally ready to use CAD.

    Even a...
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    Kuffy: Lodgepole pine is Pinus contorta. ...

    Kuffy:
    Lodgepole pine is Pinus contorta. Monterey Pine is Pinus radiata. Somewhat different mechanical and non-mechanical properties as you have discovered.

    There are several western red cedar...
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    I'll say take the blades out to sharpen/hone...

    I'll say take the blades out to sharpen/hone them. The only long straight edges that I use very much are spoke shaves and a draw knife.
    I need to repeat the total included bevel angle and that...
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    >The green of the Chromium Oxide turns black with...

    >The green of the Chromium Oxide turns black with the finely divided metal particles that are scratched off your tool.
    Just because it's black does not mean that the honing compound is exhausted...
  18. Wipe the inside surface of the mask with an...

    Wipe the inside surface of the mask with an anti-fogging agent. Most sporting goods stores carry sticks of the stuff.
    I think it must be no more than a high molecular weight detergent to break...
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    How many speeds have you got ( mine is a 6-speed...

    How many speeds have you got ( mine is a 6-speed grinder)?
    Buy a felt wheel and a stick of green. Buff up all the kitchen cutlery and tools when nobody is looking.
    Say nothing. No evidence. Just...
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    Log Building Tools Log Home Building and Timber...

    Log Building Tools Log Home Building and Timber Frame Specialty Hand tools Magard Ventures LTD in BC Canada.

    This business makes and sells log home building tools.
    Gives you some ideas for...
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    You won't be doing "carry-on" with that stick. ...

    You won't be doing "carry-on" with that stick. Take it apart and into checked bags.

    This business makes and sells all sorts of log home building tools:
    http://WOOD TOOLS

    The house on the home...
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    That's a slick, for log home building. Made...

    That's a slick, for log home building. Made right, you can push on the handle with your shoulder.
    The bigger the log home, the more use there is for a slick to shape fitted joints.
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    There are modern finishes which have all but...

    There are modern finishes which have all but replaced what our grandfathers had for options.

    MY favorite is MinWax Tung Oil Protective Finish. No, this is not straight Tung oil.
    First coat...
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    I do not want to hijack your thread. At the same...

    I do not want to hijack your thread. At the same time, I figured that I should show you what a dish of mine
    looks like with a textured surface (about a #5 sweep with a crooked knife) and feet on...
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    MDF is so dirty, I wonder if you need any...

    MDF is so dirty, I wonder if you need any CrOx/AlOx stick at all?
    Industrial sticks are 5 times bigger than Veritas for 1/2 the price.
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    Great pictures of the progress, thank you. ...

    Great pictures of the progress, thank you. What's your decision regarding feet for the dish?
    Please tell me again how big this is. I can sort of guess from the 7/30 gouge = a biggie.

    Took me a...
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    Time for the focussed brilliance of a LED light...

    Time for the focussed brilliance of a LED light and a 10X magnifier to inspect the edge.
    I'll stick with my polished granite and a scribble of CrOx/AlOx.
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    Get an offcut of granite stone kitchen...

    Get an offcut of granite stone kitchen countertop. Scribble chrome green all over that.
    Wipe the blades, maybe 3 passes at most, to tune them up.

    I have figured out how to take Philips electric...
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    A cheap burner will give you cheap results. You...

    A cheap burner will give you cheap results. You can't mimic what good pyros can do so keep that in mind.
    Oil, acrylic and watercolor paintbrushes are the very same.

    Up north here, many pyros...
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    That dish is going to be a wonderful accent to...

    That dish is going to be a wonderful accent to find on any table.

    In turn, you have given me ideas to do glue-ups of different woods for different colors without having to resort to stains or...
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    This is just great. Reminds me of carving in...

    This is just great. Reminds me of carving in Yellow Cedar (a native here, Chamycyparis nootkatensis).

    The bottom.
    Cut four olive leaves, glue them on and model them. They can act as "feet" for...
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    Mountain Pine Beetle destroyed some 18,000,000 ha...

    Mountain Pine Beetle destroyed some 18,000,000 ha lodgepole pine and ponderosa pine.
    In part, the population did not experience enough sudden extreme cold to kill the larvae under the tree bark.
    We...
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    How thick is the plywood? I can see using my...

    How thick is the plywood? I can see using my RotoZip against a simple straight-edge.
    I have a Dremel SawMax but I'd need to fool with the corners of the cut with a flush-cutting hand saw.
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    Well, clean them up as best you can. Slather on...

    Well, clean them up as best you can. Slather on some clear epoxy or a few coats of polyurethane.
    I'm still thinking that I want to be able to see the intricate patterns in the wood grain.
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    That's OK. I should photograph them anyway for...

    That's OK. I should photograph them anyway for home insurance purposes.
    One, a black bear, is in the city.

    The other, here, is a 16" Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Ram.
    Full curl and carved...
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    I actually finish fuzzy chain saw carvings that I...

    I actually finish fuzzy chain saw carvings that I have bought. Makes dusting them a little easier.
    Slather on a couple of coats of MinWax satin polyurethane and let that set up good and hard.
    ...
  37. The surface of woods look like that because there...

    The surface of woods look like that because there is air, not water, in the surface wood cells.
    Refill those cells with anything, displace the air, and you will see the fresh, saturated appearance...
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    Remember that electricity is like a waterfall =...

    Remember that electricity is like a waterfall =
    The height of the waterfall is the voltage and the amount of water going over is the amperage.
    The amps do the work.

    In fact, I^2xR is the...
  39. Must have to saw up a lot of furniture to make a...

    Must have to saw up a lot of furniture to make a good bed like that one.

    Instead of sandpaper, use very coarse steel wool.
    The strands are flat so they cut like a thousand chisels without...
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    You have started. That's 1/2 the battle. A...

    You have started. That's 1/2 the battle.
    A large bench is a good idea. You are no longer grovelling on the floor.
    My bench is crude, 96" x 32", so accidentally drilling a hole in the top is no...
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    Yeah, go 1500 and hone with CrOx (chrome green)...

    Yeah, go 1500 and hone with CrOx (chrome green)
    If that edges performs as you hope, don't bust a gut trying to find better than best.

    Look at the Scanning Electron Microscope pictures of...
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    Different bevel angles on edges work for...

    Different bevel angles on edges work for different applications. No guessing is necessary.
    I tuned up a big set of Sorby(?) lathe tools, freehand.
    All kinds of steep bevel angels as I measured...
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    China: stay home. -40C might surprise and amaze...

    China: stay home. -40C might surprise and amaze you, it's always bitter.
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    Do you have such places called "Maker Labs?" ...

    Do you have such places called "Maker Labs?" Tons of junk parts and machinery to strip like medical pumps, etc.
    Somebody donates a 3D printer, Might have a 3D CAD cutter, things like that? Keeps...
  45. Try to always sand with the grain direction. ...

    Try to always sand with the grain direction. Sandpapers cut the surface and the hard grains will cross-cut the wood fibers.
    I agree: don't skip a grit grade. It's actually faster to move along...
  46. While you're waiting for the "deal of a...

    While you're waiting for the "deal of a lifetime", take a hard look at the Makita cordless.
    I have a 6722D model at 4.8VDC & 220 rpm. It's old now, came in a case with a great range of bits.
    No...
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    CSIRO produced a wood identification card deck. ...

    CSIRO produced a wood identification card deck. Several hundred species.
    Wood anatomy is as clearly distinct as finferprints. That means thin sections and a microscope.
    The banding you see are...
  48. You make a few passes, the bit dulls and the...

    You make a few passes, the bit dulls and the smoke tells you that you have burnt the wood.
    For all that you are doing, you might get away with it.
    What's the wood? MDF by chance? Then, try to...
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    Philips heads were the result of very stiff...

    Philips heads were the result of very stiff lobbying to government. The better Canadian Robertson design was dropped.
    Still the preferred wood screw here. The Chinese built 8 factories to produce...
  50. Thank you. Brighter LED work lights are just...

    Thank you. Brighter LED work lights are just what I could use.
    I don't need the back wall of the shop lit up, just the job site.
    Right now, I have incandescent bulbs in swing arm desk lamps....
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