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  1. Thread: Dovetail Saws

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    Pete, I don't get on with 'pull' saws, but I...

    Pete, I don't get on with 'pull' saws, but I certainly wouldn't castigate anyone for either using or not using them. To each his own, some swear by them, some swear at them, & viva la difference, I...
  2. Thread: Which Acacia

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    :U I know how you feel - I kept having to...

    :U I know how you feel - I kept having to re-learn the Latin names of bacteria & plants involved in various veterinary diseases throughout my working life. I do appreciate how important it is to...
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    Lance, if it were mine, I would be re-toothing it...

    Lance, if it were mine, I would be re-toothing it for sure. There is little point in retaining the current profile unless you have an orchard that needs a lot of heavy pruning, and the loss of so...
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    That's a plausible theory, Crocy, and it's cited...

    That's a plausible theory, Crocy, and it's cited as the reason Hoop pine develops those rings or hoops at the base of big old trees (from which its common name derives). But there are many trees that...
  5. Thread: Handsaw storage

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    That saw looks a bit like some of the old horses...

    That saw looks a bit like some of the old horses I've seen, Lance - in dire need of some intensive dental work! I've never tried to sharpen one myself, but I think Paul posted on re-gulleting &...
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    Short answer, noone knows for sure, unless...

    Short answer, noone knows for sure, unless someone has figured it out recently & it hasn't filtered through to the lay literature yet.

    The proximate cause is a disturbance of the regular...
  7. Thread: Which Acacia

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    Baron, id'ing the wattles is a job for experts! ...

    Baron, id'ing the wattles is a job for experts! As you found, there are hundreds of species, and even in a small area there can be half a dozen species, with quite subtle features that differentiate...
  8. Thread: Handsaw storage

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    Hmmm, I don't think you'd say that if you saw my...

    Hmmm, I don't think you'd say that if you saw my shed when I left it this evening, Derek. I've got several projects on the go at once, in between major cleaning up of our two acres of backyard that...
  9. Thread: Handsaw storage

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    It's a neat & simple idea, but I think I'd be...

    It's a neat & simple idea, but I think I'd be putting any saws in with the teeth facing the wall (as he did with his back-saws), or like Bushmiller, I fear I would soon have a few extra & permanent...
  10. I think your little numbering touch is a hoot! :U...

    I think your little numbering touch is a hoot! :U I only wish I was a fly on the wall when some future rhykenologist is pontificating on the little-known & extremely rare Stanley 7 1/2 - "only a...
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    Neil, is it tough & springy like Osage Orange? I...

    Neil, is it tough & springy like Osage Orange? I was wondering if our variety might make good arms for a bowsaw (bow, bowsaw, what's the difference? :rolleyes: ). Next time a storm pulls one of the...
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    Colin, it shouldn't be too hard to remove a bit...

    Colin, it shouldn't be too hard to remove a bit of solder, and your idea should certainly make the gauge a bit more convenient. I guess that these gauges were used at particular settings for long...
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    Hmmm, there'll be a few green faces reading this...

    Hmmm, there'll be a few green faces reading this post, Yowie. The Mathieson (panel plane?) alone was worth the drive - I think you might have scored the bargain of the year! :U

    I'll be interested...
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    Looks pretty good from here, and plenty good...

    Looks pretty good from here, and plenty good enough for a user. In a year or two, when the finish wears a bit & has a few dings & scratches, you won't notice the 'flaws'...
    :)
    Cheers,
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    I have a similar challenge when cutting out the...

    I have a similar challenge when cutting out the slot for the 'shoe' for my marking gauges: 459615

    The woods I use are extra tough, and the hole for the beam is 3/4", so not much room for a saw,...
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    Here where I live (western side of Brisbane), the...

    Here where I live (western side of Brisbane), the stuff is everywhere. Fig-birds & Orioles in particular relish the fruits, & distribute the seeds all over the place (with a nice little dollop of...
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    Nice & neat! You might find the open tray at...

    Nice & neat!

    You might find the open tray at the top a bit of a rubbish trap if you generate anything like the amount of wood chips and shavings I do.....
    Cheers,
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    Yuk! The stench of carbide! While reading your...

    Yuk! The stench of carbide! While reading your post, I got a distinct whiff of the stuff. Our neighbors down the road where I grew up were 'tin-scratchers' and used carbide lamps a lot. The light...
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    Zsteve, that orientation would certainly give...

    Zsteve, that orientation would certainly give maximum bending strength in the fore-aft direction in most woods, and I suggest it would be a good idea to try to get the grain that way on a handle for...
  20. Barry, I think you are grossly over-thinking...

    Barry, I think you are grossly over-thinking this! If you use the full complement of screws, the slides will hold whatever they are rated for with a bit to spare. These things are designed for...
  21. Thread: Auger bits

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    :no: I most certainly wasn't the surgeon. It's...

    :no: I most certainly wasn't the surgeon. It's true that reducing the bite of the leadscrew makes them safer to use in powered drills, but it's much more exciting to leave em aggressive, especially...
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    I don't think it matters too much, Bob. I don't...

    I don't think it matters too much, Bob. I don't usually have the luxury of choosing grain orientation because I like to use a local species of wattle that I've found to make very good handles. ...
  23. Thread: Auger bits

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    Hmm, this is a bit embarrassing, both because I...

    Hmm, this is a bit embarrassing, both because I should've checked before making the offer to Adam, & because of my vague memory! When I went looking for the spare bits, all I could find was this lot...
  24. Certainly makes you wonder where/why that last...

    Certainly makes you wonder where/why that last 50-odd mm went - there'd have to be a good story there!

    As I'm sure you already know, the 8 is the widest of the bench planes in the series, so its...
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    You should've posted this in the 'shifter'...

    You should've posted this in the 'shifter' thread, Bob. :U
    It's what I used to see in the Donald Duck comics in the fifties, always referred to it as a "monkey wrench". I took notice of it because...
  26. Thread: Auger bits

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    Adam, are you after any particular sizes? I've...

    Adam, are you after any particular sizes? I've got a heap of extra bits that have been given to me, or that I've short-circuited on their way to landfill. I'm trying to clear out the extraneous...
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    Matt, it's a bit misleading, some of my posts...

    Matt, it's a bit misleading, some of my posts would have covered a week's worth of puttering, others no more than a coupe of hours. Total time from bits of flat metal to fluffy shavings was >7...
  28. Thread: 10 years ago

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    Coupla quick points Alex: 1), as I said above,...

    Coupla quick points Alex: 1), as I said above, you should build expecting all glues will eventually fail, and with chairs it tends to be sooner rather than later, given the sorts of stresses they...
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    'Tis a bit better than my old #1, CT, but at the...

    'Tis a bit better than my old #1, CT, but at the resolution of those little avatar pics, I don't think anyone could see a difference..

    The main problem though, is that I don't remember how I...
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    Finished, more or less..

    Had a few more hours to myself yesterday & managed to finish the plane off.

    The sole needed flattening, of course. First 20 or thirty strokes over 80 grit showed a dip in the centre: 459028
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    I've got a few spares kicking around that will...

    I've got a few spares kicking around that will fit a #5 and you are welcome to one of those. They aren't 'originals', but a lot nicer to hold than a chunk of cold metal! PM me with an address &...
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    Horses for courses, Jim - a vise-grip has been my...

    Horses for courses, Jim - a vise-grip has been my saviour on quite a few occasions when dealing with a rounded nut (probably due to someone previously attacking it with a shifter! :rolleyes:). The...
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    Nearly there.....

    Over the last few days I've managed enough time on my plane to glue & rivet in the stuffing & smooth the woodwork to the sides. The whole thing still needs final sanding and a bit more shaping of...
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    No need to apologise to me, CT, it was my uncle's...

    No need to apologise to me, CT, it was my uncle's opinion, not mine. :U

    In his defense, perhaps, I should point out that I'm talking two generations before your time, when there was a much more...
  35. Thread: 10 years ago

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    Wongo, I can't remember if it was in that thread...

    Wongo, I can't remember if it was in that thread or another that I related my story of demonstrating glue-strength to the members of a woodies club. I prepared several examples of side to side &...
  36. Thread: 10 years ago

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    Wongo, I can't remember if it was in that thread...

    Wongo, I can't remember if it was in that thread or another that I related my story of demonstrating glue-strength to the members of a woodies club. I prepared several examples of side to side &...
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    :U Colin, I had a fitter uncle who had a...

    :U Colin, I had a fitter uncle who had a pathological hatred of shifters, just like your dad. Anyone who pulled out a shifter as a first resort was immediately branded a 'butcher' & relegated to a...
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    A few steps forward (& a couple back!)

    Yeah, well, I did rush it a bit on the front bun to try & get the stuffing glued in Friday evening, & managed to over-cut when sawing off the waste on one side. It was a barely visible blemish, and...
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    Good stuff, Jim, great lateral thinking & a bit...

    Good stuff, Jim, great lateral thinking & a bit of good old 'give it a go'....

    The steel below the hardened teeth of your blade will most likely be tempered to RC 52-54, which is typical saw...
  40. Thread: Edge Planning

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    Yep. As the senses fade away, we have to be more...

    Yep. As the senses fade away, we have to be more cunning to get the job done.... :C

    Cheers,
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    Some (slow) progress...

    The plane build is proceeding at a glacial pace, but things are happening.

    After much scuffling through my wood pile, I decided the only suitable material I had of good enough quality was some of...
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    Geoff, you just hafta get up earlier - a LOT...

    Geoff, you just hafta get up earlier - a LOT earlier, given the time difference... :D

    I thought that you might be able to come up with a suggestion for acquiring the missing metal parts, but I...
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    Turning a new bun is a minor challenge, TS,...

    Turning a new bun is a minor challenge, TS, finding the missing metal bush/disc & circlips will be a major one! Looks to me like someone started out to repair them, got distracted, & never went back...
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    Well, a little progress has been made; over the...

    Well, a little progress has been made; over the last few weeks, I've snuck into the shed whenever I could & my new mini-smoother is starting to take shape.

    Just to re-cap, I'm going to use the...
  45. Thread: Hammer time

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    Depends what I'm doing & how many panes of glass...

    Depends what I'm doing & how many panes of glass need to be set. For a single pane, once in a blue moon, it's a chore to either find where I put the remains of the last packet of points, or take an...
  46. Like Runningman, I always use slides about 50mm...

    Like Runningman, I always use slides about 50mm shorter than the cupboard depth. E.g., the inside depth of a 'standard' kitchen cupboard is ~550mm, for which the kits provide 500mm slides & 500mm...
  47. Thread: Hammer time

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    Something like these...

    Something like these, Paul?

    I've always called then glazing points, but that's probably because the things that you get around the glass in old wooden-framed sash were just triangular bits of...
  48. Yeah, after posting, I looked them up too - the...

    Yeah, after posting, I looked them up too - the Blum 500mm King slide side-mounts are 39.87 plus GST, compared with Bunnings Goliaths at $29. They are rated the same. For 2 pairs, the difference is...
  49. Thread: Edge Planning

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    Luke, what works, works. Even after 60 years of...

    Luke, what works, works. Even after 60 years of woodworking, I have days where my edges won't come square without multiple tries.

    In my early days, my edges were not only canted, but the cant...
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    As you say, we all develop our own little ways of...

    As you say, we all develop our own little ways of doing things, and it's safer to stick with what you know works. I use calipers a lot when turning on the wood or metal lathe, but rarely for general...
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