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    Sticky: An interesting read Ian. The "wear" that you...

    An interesting read Ian. The "wear" that you refer to above is an aspect of plane making that seems to get little mention by plane builders. Are there any rules of thumb regarding the angles relative...
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    Ive had the same issue myself John. I think the...

    Ive had the same issue myself John. I think the problem is caused by the wood getting warmer after coating and "off gassing". I have seen specular bubbling when varnishing in direct sunlight. My...
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    Thanks MA. Used Eucalyptus obliqua, or what we...

    Thanks MA. Used Eucalyptus obliqua, or what we would call stringy bark locally, for the plane body and a blackwood wedge. Finished with BLO.
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    Final photos of a finished plane. 495612 495613...

    Final photos of a finished plane.
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    The dark coloured marks on the plane body are from some water stain in the wood.

    An interesting project and a pleasing end result.
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    I've read where he wasn't happy with the results...

    I've read where he wasn't happy with the results of power buff on plane blades and he also has a youtube out there where he uses the power buff. Interestingly, in that video he uses a steel ruler...
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    The first thing I would check is blade sharpness....

    The first thing I would check is blade sharpness. If you have even a 10x magnifier and you can see any nicks or rounding of the cutting edge then it needs sharpening. In my limited experience end...
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    It took me a couple of hours slowly opening the...

    It took me a couple of hours slowly opening the throat, behind the mouth, of my plane just removing enough to let the chips flow while keeping it as tight as possible. Thats one area of plane...
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    Movement is greater in timber at a tangent to the...

    Movement is greater in timber at a tangent to the grain, i.e. backsawn boards, than radially, ie quarter sawn boards. The link below goes into a bit of detail regarding timber movement....
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    I made a kitchen table about 20 years ago and it...

    I made a kitchen table about 20 years ago and it has held together, no cracks, and its half in the sun every day. I was figured there was a high chance the table top would crack and dont claim to...
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    The complexity of every other build in this...

    The complexity of every other build in this challenge is way in excess of my little contribution so harping on about the quick build is all I've got to crow about.
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    Have been super busy for the last 3 weeks helping...

    Have been super busy for the last 3 weeks helping my long suffering wife with a major project in the garden but managed found a few minutes here and there to finish the plane off.

    After gluing up...
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    They've turned out well Ted, that's an...

    They've turned out well Ted, that's an interesting effect.
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    I'm expecting it will work CK and hope to get...

    I'm expecting it will work CK and hope to get some time to finish it off in a few days . Had a busy weekend pursuing one of my other interests, riding a mountain bike around the trails at Derby.
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    That could work, if the plane is no good, that's...

    That could work, if the plane is no good, that's where it will end up
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    Thanks MA. Not Mountain Ash, another of our...

    Thanks MA.


    Not Mountain Ash, another of our lowland species, E. obliqua.
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    Thanks Brad, it's definitely simpler than most...

    Thanks Brad, it's definitely simpler than most though.
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    Thanks CK An old piece of firewood.

    Thanks CK


    An old piece of firewood.
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    A defining feature of a Krenov plane, compared to...

    A defining feature of a Krenov plane, compared to other laminated planes, is the shape of the wedge bar. So Iíve read, this shape gives better holding power on the wedge than a simple round dowel....
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    Challenge 20-21 Tony A - Krenov smoother

    A bit late to this party but here we go.
    Whilst I am keen to make a brass dovetail smoothing plane, I would like to improve my knowledge of planes before I do. And to that end I have chosen to...
  20. I built my bench with used bridge decking. The...

    I built my bench with used bridge decking. The stringer logs that formed the structure of the bridge had given way and the decking wasn't completely shot. Preparation of the timber was a time...
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    Thanks for taking the trouble to post this build...

    Thanks for taking the trouble to post this build Derek. I like the idea of what you have done here and this will be an excellent resource when I get around to to building my own under bench storage.
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    I use a stud finder with a metal function on it....

    I use a stud finder with a metal function on it. Hasn't let me down.
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    No doubt there are a few of us here with...

    No doubt there are a few of us here with offspring living and working on the other side of the world whom we haven't seen for a couple of years, and probably wont see for at least another. At least...
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    Boobs were first reaction. Tis a more attractive...

    Boobs were first reaction. Tis a more attractive bulldog than set of boobs though.
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    Im looking forward to seeing the finished article...

    Im looking forward to seeing the finished article John. Some pretty amazing veneers you have been using (i saw boobs, but my wife would say that's not surprising) One of the attractions of this forum...
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    I made a blackwood / huon pine end grain chess...

    I made a blackwood / huon pine end grain chess board a bit over 12 months ago. 40 mm squares with an overall thickness of about 50 mm. (sorry, no photos). It has survived 12 months in far NW Tassie...
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    Love it Paul, may we kids never grow old

    Love it Paul, may we kids never grow old
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    Nice work Pat. Look forward to seeing the...

    Nice work Pat. Look forward to seeing the finished coolibah burl
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    Nice work smiife and the finish has polished up...

    Nice work smiife and the finish has polished up really well. How did you put the feature in the base.
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    Thanks for the advice. Ill pass the comments onto...

    Thanks for the advice. Ill pass the comments onto my mate.

    MM: No finish applied at this stage, will be applied to both top and bottom surfaces as you suggest.

    Alex: he is hoping to avoid...
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    Advice on flattening a cupped slab

    A mate of mine is making a bench top from a natural edge blackwood slab and he is having problems with it cupping. The slab is about 30mm thick and 600 wide, full width of the tree but cut a bit off...
  32. Thread: Claret ash bowl

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    Thats given a rather plane piece of wood quite a...

    Thats given a rather plane piece of wood quite a lift. Its turned out quite nicely.
    I have an ash? bowl similar to yours that has been drying for while now and am going to try charring it. Should...
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    Id pretty much do as Rob said previously, Id go...

    Id pretty much do as Rob said previously, Id go with high nickel rods using a stick welder. On a piece like yours I wouldn't pin it, I feel that is more likely to weaken it rather than strengthen. A...
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    Be aware if buying drill rod that it is typically...

    Be aware if buying drill rod that it is typically sold in the annealed state and will require hardening. High speed steel rounds are a better option for most of us.
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    Looks pretty darn good to me too Jim. Fitting...

    Looks pretty darn good to me too Jim. Fitting that it goes to your wife, they tend to be our greatest critics.
  36. Thread: Camphor bowl

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    Nice bowl there smiife, lots of character in that...

    Nice bowl there smiife, lots of character in that piece of wood. The finish looks to have come up well.
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    G'day Connor. I have 80% finished one of Rob...

    G'day Connor.
    I have 80% finished one of Rob Macks kayaks (the double) and it all went together pretty well. In my experience his designs are pretty good. Regardless of what design you go for I...
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    Anorak Bob's hand plane build

    For those interested in hand planes Anorak Bob has just finished a neat looking build on the metal work forum.

    Adventures with cast iron - a wood plane. - Page 10
  39. Thread: Sheoak bowl

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    That was my first reaction but not having seen...

    That was my first reaction but not having seen the pierced bowl that inspired smiife in the first place I felt I should keep an open mind.
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    Thanks Ted, the grubs had started the hollowing...

    Thanks Ted, the grubs had started the hollowing for me. Drilled quite a lot of the center out with a forstner bit and battery drill. there was a lot of rot on one side of the inside which put it out...
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    Thanks for the comments. Yes EEE is the final...

    Thanks for the comments.
    Yes EEE is the final finish. I like to give Danish Oil a buff using EEE after it has had a week or two to harden. Brings a nice sheen to the finish
  42. Thread: Sheoak bowl

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    A very nice bit of turning there smiife, I do...

    A very nice bit of turning there smiife, I do like the grain of sheoak. Personally, I would practice some piercing on something I was happy to stuff up before trying a piece of wood like this one.
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    Thats brilliant Derek, the design is very clever...

    Thats brilliant Derek, the design is very clever and finished very nicely.
    Are you willing to describe how you turned the spiral?
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    Another blackwood vase

    Another blackwood vase and this one had it all; rot, grubs and a large hole from a fracture were a branch broke off when the tree fell down. Turning was a bit of a challenge due to internal rot,...
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    G'day smiife. The malee box looks brilliant, a...

    G'day smiife. The malee box looks brilliant, a very nice piece of turning. I think that the finial is a is a bit too heavy and something finer would set the work off better. Maybe the base could be a...
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    More typically silver wattle around here....

    More typically silver wattle around here. Apparently some of the more "commercially savvy" millers have been known to alternate rows of blackwood and wattle when racking the timber to dry. After a...
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    That is very nicely done John. Look forward to...

    That is very nicely done John. Look forward to seeing the finished piece.
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    That is some really detailed and accurate work...

    That is some really detailed and accurate work there Jim, nicely done.
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    No, its the puns that are killing us

    No, its the puns that are killing us
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    Nice work Jim. I particularly like the maple box.

    Nice work Jim. I particularly like the maple box.
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