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    Bumpity bump. I think this is one of my...

    Bumpity bump.

    I think this is one of my favorite threads ever. Any more word if anything more came out of it?
  2. A good sharpening solves a lot of problems... It...

    A good sharpening solves a lot of problems... It certainly won't hurt..
  3. So I am guessing you ground a "Split point" or...

    So I am guessing you ground a "Split point" or "pilot tip" and somehow managed to grind a sharp notch right into the thinnest part of the web.... Then yoink!!! Split right in half...
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    My #1 rule of resawing is "Don't be greedy". ...

    My #1 rule of resawing is "Don't be greedy".

    Unfortunately - bandsaws are wood wrecking demons. The "quality" of the resaw cut depends heavily on the setup, the blade, and your skill.
    ...
  5. If it really was German - there would be no...

    If it really was German - there would be no labels on anything at all... And a wiring diagram would only be provided upon proof that the Master Electrician in question had been Authorized by The...
  6. Like everything else - the paper is only as good...

    Like everything else - the paper is only as good as your ability to enforce it and your subsequent ability to collect...... That's true even in places where intellectual property laws are...
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    Yes - this is all hewn straight grain spruce. ...

    Yes - this is all hewn straight grain spruce. No knots in that stuff - so it is magnificantly well behaved.

    Notice how it was all stacked in little tee-pee's outside - most likely freshly...
  8. Be aware that dust masks, half face, and full...

    Be aware that dust masks, half face, and full face units offer different levels of protection... It's more than just convenience. A full face can easily offer well over 1,000x the protection vs a...
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    Any chance the knee issue is arthritis and that a...

    Any chance the knee issue is arthritis and that a glucosamine chondroitin supplement may take the edge off enough to make it managable?

    Another item worth consideration....

    When you need to...
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    Fantastic. I am sure you will be very happy...

    Fantastic. I am sure you will be very happy with them.
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    Beardy, I have run into the same so many times...

    Beardy,
    I have run into the same so many times with industrial equipment and for-contract "Professional design consultant engineers"...

    Often - they do a scope and a budget with their design......
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    My experience is that your builder is the one who...

    My experience is that your builder is the one who makes or breaks a project like this in real life. I think it's worth the time and effort to make contact with a well respected builder and go from...
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    I bet you will have plenty of paint to look at...

    I bet you will have plenty of paint to look at once you get the 100 years of grime off.... It may actually be in decent shape under all that.....
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    You can probably make a simple tool rest to clamp...

    You can probably make a simple tool rest to clamp into the compound.

    Generally the problem with metal lathes is that they don't run fast enough. Most metal turning goes at much lower RPM's...
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    It's a problem of different disciplines not...

    It's a problem of different disciplines not talking to eachother. But - as you and I both know - it's a very common problem.....

    These findings have all been tested and validated by the "Animal...
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    You may be seeing a confounding effect of...

    You may be seeing a confounding effect of something else here...

    It turns out that the body will substitute "bad" minerals for "good" minerals when faced with a shortage of the "good" minerals. ...
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    That is some good looking work there. Very...

    That is some good looking work there. Very clean.

    While I generally prefer regular firmers for most of my work - I do really like to have a few bevel edge chisels around for getting up into...
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    I would not consider most of the rabbet and skew...

    I would not consider most of the rabbet and skew planes as a good place to start as a beginner.

    I would start with a Stanley 9 1/2 or 60 1/2 block plane. The new old stock units made in the...
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    That is a very real risk. And I have too many...

    That is a very real risk. And I have too many that have fallen by the wayside this way. For example - miscellaneous store brand discount/grocery/home store fare (such as the much talked about...
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    Hardwoods that fall into the density range of...

    Hardwoods that fall into the density range of Mahogany are generally the best place to start to learn woodworking... The only downside is price and availability vs construction lumber....

    On...
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    Paul, thanks for the suggestion... I have...

    Paul, thanks for the suggestion... I have started experimenting with diamond pastes for some of my knives..... So may as well try them out on chisels as well...

    To our OP....
    You can get into...
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    I can only speak for myself... I have...

    I can only speak for myself... I have personally tried out everything on my list except Stubai as well as several more I didn't list... I based my recommendations on my own tests and opinion of...
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    I recommend you start off picking from the...

    I recommend you start off picking from the following:
    Also - buy 1 of 2 in the sizes you need vs a whole set including a pile you won't use much....

    Cheap:
    Easy to Sharpen: Stanley Dynagrip...
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    Ha! Most of the native oregonians I have known...

    Ha! Most of the native oregonians I have known have an accent that would pass as scandanavian. I always end up with a weird look when I ask them:
    "Are you from Norway or Sweden?"
    (nasty look)...
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    Was it milled out of domestic timber or is it...

    Was it milled out of domestic timber or is it imported lumber?

    It sure looks a lot like some flavor of "African mahogany"...
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    In my mind at least - this trial is settling into...

    In my mind at least - this trial is settling into 4 factors greatly effecting edge life:
    Sharpening and edge prep
    Bevel angle and back prep
    Grain orientation, Heat treatment, and tempering (I...
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    A interesting twist.... I was curious if...

    A interesting twist....

    I was curious if the trouble I was having with Aldi chisels was (at least in part) due to retained austenite.. The chisels seemed "hard" enough from a bulk standpoint -...
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    I have to hand it to him that he made a...

    I have to hand it to him that he made a successful run of it in a business that has left many fine men broken...

    I agree that some of his stuff had the spectacular look of "clean sheet" designs...
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    Machines certainly make it far easier to get good...

    Machines certainly make it far easier to get good results without both years of experience and a highly trained eye...

    But often the highly experienced tech with the highly trained eye is still...
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    Machines certainly make it far easier to get good...

    Machines certainly make it far easier to get good results without both years of experience and a highly trained eye...

    But often the highly experienced tech with the highly trained eye is still...
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    Ian my friend.... 2 things... Known...

    Ian my friend....

    2 things...
    Known unknowns - they knew the incoming steel quality could be variable.
    And
    There is a giant sea of difference between successfully doing things and being...
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    So I tested another vintage chisel on plywood. I...

    So I tested another vintage chisel on plywood. I shaved off about 2x the plywood that wiped out the edge on Aldi and current Marples chisels... Stopped while I was ahead when it started crumbling...
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    Remember that they have found forged 100%...

    Remember that they have found forged 100% martensitic steel hardened and tempered tools in the middle east - axes, pick axes, and such - from 1200 bc... That's 3,000 years ago...

    That's a...
  34. The Sheoak I have used is actually easy enough to...

    The Sheoak I have used is actually easy enough to work once it's properly seasoned. I didn't have any trouble with it being particularly sensitive to grain direction, runout, or such... It planes...
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    I did some reading of the white papers detailing...

    I did some reading of the white papers detailing the "rediscovery" of Wootz.... There was a knife smith and a Scientist who finally sorted it out and got it to work identical to the old stuff.. The...
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    Hello, Lee Valley customer service. My new...

    Hello, Lee Valley customer service. My new PM-V11 chisels are having some edge retention issues when chopping dovetails... No.. Nothing out of the ordinary about the wood - I use it all the...
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    Yeah... I tried that once. Burned out a motor...

    Yeah... I tried that once. Burned out a motor and nearly caught the garage on fire....

    But this whole "Unsafe" problem at the Men's Shed is an easy one to fix... Because NOBODY wants to send...
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    It's easy to get caught up in specs... The...

    It's easy to get caught up in specs... The assumption is that there was an involved industry testing this stuff out rigorously and that they arrived at where they are now due to a relentless effort...
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    The woodworking club I was involved with prior to...

    The woodworking club I was involved with prior to my last move had a very simple policy.

    You don't work safe here - you don't work here. They would politely remind you and if you didn't comply...
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    I have seen those plenty of times here in the...

    I have seen those plenty of times here in the US.... In fact - my wife's sister has one of those...

    I am pretty sure that if an axe pattern was a good one - they sold them in the USA... Because...
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    Lol. I suppose like anything else - tool...

    Lol. I suppose like anything else - tool availability is a regional thing...

    I can go to any one of a number of "Antique" mall sort of places and see no less than 50 old axes... They are just...
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    Something I wonder about a bit.. Martensite...

    Something I wonder about a bit.. Martensite formation in these steels... When you get into the ranges we are interested in - you can end up with large fractions of retained austenite... How did...
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    Very interesting read there... It's...

    Very interesting read there...

    It's interesting to reflect in hindsight that probably the reason the British did not have success with axes like they did with tools like chisels, saws, and...
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    That fellow is lucky that angle grinder didn't...

    That fellow is lucky that angle grinder didn't slit his throat and leave him bled out on the floor where he stood..... Or slice his lower jaw right off... Or cut his face in half and take out an eye...
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    One thing I noticed so far... Not enough chisels...

    One thing I noticed so far... Not enough chisels for a statistical certainty... But still a pattern so far...

    when I am fixing up the (typically ruined) bevel of these old chisels on the grinder....
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    It's interesting David, I recently stumbled...

    It's interesting David,

    I recently stumbled into a mixed grab bag of chisels - and I found what I thought was the prize... An almost unused Ward bevel edge, octagon bolster 3/4" chisel with the...
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    I wrecked an Aldi "For science"... 1. Grain...

    I wrecked an Aldi "For science"...
    1. Grain is actually quite fine
    2. I am not convinced they actually used high carbon content steel that would typically be seen in 1st quality chisels. Or...
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    Lol. It's just something we have to accept.... ...

    Lol. It's just something we have to accept.... That's just how brains are wired....

    A simple test of this.... Explain to me how you recognize your mother out of a crowd or your favorite pet...
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    One of the things that throws me off with grits...

    One of the things that throws me off with grits is that there are at least 4 different scales - and they are all different..... Yet if you aren't paying attention - you end up with the wrong one. ...
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    If I could figure out how to swing it - I would...

    If I could figure out how to swing it - I would much rather work the vents back out the underside of the eaves if possible.... Then you don't have to deal with the prospect of new roof leaks.
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