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    I have also followed the TGIAG templates for...

    I have also followed the TGIAG templates for grain direction with great results. But on one of your other questions, I have two Spear and Jackson back saws that have a metal reinforcing bar through...
  2. I have also built several versions of the Paul...

    I have also built several versions of the Paul Sellers bench with tweaks to suit the way I work. I may have to build another as I );move into a tiny workshop space in our new home next week.
    A few...
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    Not seen that shop before so I will have a good...

    Not seen that shop before so I will have a good look.
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    My last big carving project was a rocking horse...

    My last big carving project was a rocking horse and a tighter sweep might have been good. But I am looking at carving seats this time, so a shallow sweep is probably called for. A set of bar stools...
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    I have had Ďissuesí with them in the past - not...

    I have had Ďissuesí with them in the past - not quite serious enough to avoid them, but as you say, would be suitably cautious if I went that way.
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    Gouge recommendations?

    I am considering heading into a series of projects that I think justify a new gouge (any excuse to get a new tool). As a follower of Paul Sellers, I had a look at his buying guide and he suggests an...
  8. Interested to know how long it takes to print one...

    Interested to know how long it takes to print one box - say the 50 mm square size?
  9. I made a circle cutting jig for my bandsaw...

    I made a circle cutting jig for my bandsaw shortly after I got it but rarely use it now. I found it was very hard on blades and i would get a lot of drift after a few good cuts. I have since read...
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    Nicely done. A few more things to learn. 1....

    Nicely done.

    A few more things to learn.
    1. As a maker you will see imperfections that others won’t ever notice.
    2. The only thing better than perfect is - finished!

    Bruce
  11. There are about 8,000 native bee species and they...

    There are about 8,000 native bee species and they vary in size from a few mm to much larger than European bees. Most are solitary so donít live in colonies. Colour varies too and there are some...
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    End grain requires a very different tool...

    End grain requires a very different tool technique. At the heart of turning is a simple rule You try to slice through fibers in end grain and peel off fibers in side grain. If you try to peel end...
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    You could try a bit of lubrication. A very light...

    You could try a bit of lubrication. A very light wipe with oil or Scribble with candle wax down each side of the blade is worth a try. I am amazed at how much difference this makes and I keep a Paul...
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    The universal answer is “It depends”. There are...

    The universal answer is “It depends”. There are some lovely timber’s in the wattle family and then there is some rubbish. So it depends on the species of wattle and how it has grown. I suspect it is...
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    Bit out of your way but you could try Mathews...

    Bit out of your way but you could try Mathews Timber at St Mary’s. Last time I was there they had a good range of quartersawn Mt Ash.
  19. WEST AUST There is holly and then there is holly. Holly is...

    There is holly and then there is holly. Holly is an environmental weed here in the Blue Mountains, but it is English Holly and does not feature the nice white timber that you would use for inlay. We...
  20. I have had something similar with a board made...

    I have had something similar with a board made from mountain ash and jarah in a check pattern. I think it is just an expansion of the wood on the side that has been used. On mine it warps a little...
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    Thanks for the thoughts. I am going to Ofer it to...

    Thanks for the thoughts. I am going to Ofer it to my Menís sheíd at a lower price first. It is far better than what they have. I canít see my way clear to donate it completely. They may not be...
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    What is a fair price for a lathe?

    I thought I had posted this, but I can't find it anywhere, so sorry if I have doubled up!
    I am clearing out my workshop in preparation for a move interstate if this Covid situation ever improves!
    I...
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    it has taken me ages to get my 78 working to my...

    it has taken me ages to get my 78 working to my satisfaction in my case the ‘stepping’ was down to a tiny nick in the corner of the blade. The blade has to have a perfectly crisp corner. It was a...
  25. You could try https://www.birdsinbackyards.net/...

    You could try https://www.birdsinbackyards.net/ but I think the bird officianados frown on feeding - they have reasons if you want to know.

    Also Australian birds are very different to North...
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    I support the Paul Sellers recommendation. Some...

    I support the Paul Sellers recommendation. Some will disagree with his design but his techniques are well explained and demonstrated. My only warning is he can be addictive.
    PVA glue would be miles...
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    I know that just occasionally some Aldi tools...

    I know that just occasionally some Aldi tools actually work but I have been sucked in too many times. I would no longer support an organization that sells such junk. Many of their tools are not fit...
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    WANTED:N.S.W.. Sounds reasonable. From memory I paid $40 for one...

    Sounds reasonable. From memory I paid $40 for one side only but they were his slabs. I didn’t see the CNBC but it would have to have been difficult to get to. Nice bloke but very disorganized place.
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    WANTED:N.S.W.. There is a bloke in Leura who has a CNBC for...

    There is a bloke in Leura who has a CNBC for flattening slabs. It only does 2.4 m I think but he was able to reposition the slab and do a second cut. Fey swipes of a plane took out the overlap...
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    Yep, you got it! Slip of the brain rather than...

    Yep, you got it! Slip of the brain rather than the finger!

    And after writing I headed down to the workshop and had another go with the 78 nicker. I remembered I had fixed a slight nick in the...
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    Correct me someone if I am wrong but don’t...

    Correct me someone if I am wrong but don’t Tapatalk hijack the advertising revenue From the forum? Fair enough to use it on a phone where the browser version of the forum is not great, but on a...
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    I bought some of the 72 nickers and found they...

    I bought some of the 72 nickers and found they needed a lot of fettling to fit my 72. My point is that I think the design of some parts changed over time and a recently made part might not fit an old...
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    I have not used one but have seen them on...

    I have not used one but have seen them on YouTube. The jig fits on the bed ways in place of the tail stock. Mount a 4 jaw chuck on the jig (facing the spindle) and mount the workpiece on the chuck....
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    QUEENSLAND HNT Gordon stock the Gramercy holdfast. Three...

    HNT Gordon stock the Gramercy holdfast. Three times the price of McJing but much better. I pondered for ages and tried the mcjing ones but use the gramercy ones every day.
  35. Thread: Hinge help

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    Thanks everyone. Some good suggestions here. I...

    Thanks everyone. Some good suggestions here. I had seen the barrel-style soss hinges on some websites, but did not twig as to how they worked. They loom like being worth a try.
    Thanks also for the...
  36. Thread: Hinge help

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    Hinge help

    This is a project that has been sitting in the too hard pile for far too long. I was making a chess board to match a set of chessmen that I had turned. When the grandson wanted the men, I offered to...
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    The best fix is timber selection. It is probably...

    The best fix is timber selection. It is probably a combination of factors including the makeup of the plant, the time of the year, and the drying process may all contribute. I think I have seen one...
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    Not sure if this has been said but i think these...

    Not sure if this has been said but i think these tables are sometimes over-engineered to hell. On the support question you have a 50 mm slab of hardwood that is used to build bridges. A span of 2.5 m...
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    I struggled a bit - probably needed a larger...

    I struggled a bit - probably needed a larger file, but I got by. Filed gleam onto the front face of all forward facing teeth from both sides. It seems to cut better but needs a little more set.
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    Thanks Graham, that gives me a good starting...

    Thanks Graham, that gives me a good starting point (no pun intended). I will give it a go and report back.


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    I just ran a tape over the saw and the plate is...

    I just ran a tape over the saw and the plate is 24 in - 600 mm so even smaller than the standard 26in saws.


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    Yes Ian, you are right in your estimates. It is...

    Yes Ian, you are right in your estimates. It is roughly the same length as a normal handsaw and looks like it has had a lot of use. I don’t read anything into the lack of gleam which only reflects...
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    Sharpening large pitch crosscut saws

    In another thread about identifying an uncarved Diston saw we drifted into talking about saws with a more complicated tooth geometry. These are very large pitch saws with periodic deeper gullets for...
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    Be careful when planning capacity. Murphy says...

    Be careful when planning capacity. Murphy says that hand tools, particularly saws and planes, expand to fit available space!

    I have two tills, one for backsaws and one for larger saws.
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    Thanks Paul, That looks complicated! I think...

    Thanks Paul,
    That looks complicated!
    I think you are right that the pattern in Graham’s post is a normal crosscut with periodic deeper gullets to contain sawdust. To be clear, both my Swedish saws...
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    The tooth pattern is typical of very large pitch...

    The tooth pattern is typical of very large pitch crosscut saws. I have seen it referred to as “M” pattern. The extra-deep gullets with round bottoms improve sawdust extraction when sawing wet wood I...
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    Thanks Paul, I actually read some of your thread...

    Thanks Paul,
    I actually read some of your thread as it emerged and have to admit to a serious infection of the hand tool bug. I have made a few saw handles and re-toothed several old saws.
    But I am...
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    I have far too many saws anyway, so will probably...

    I have far too many saws anyway, so will probably start to rationalise soon. I mainly use a matched pair of more recent Distons, one filed rip and the other crosscut. I will also keep my Dad's saw...
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    The other saw I was given seems to be very...

    The other saw I was given seems to be very similar to one I have had for a few years. The top one in the photo of the new acquisition and the bottom is the older one.
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