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  1. It's really a matter of the work I find myself...

    It's really a matter of the work I find myself doing. With the exception of a pair of tables and a shop cabinet, everything I've made over the 2-3 years has had at least one, and usually two, hand...
  2. Adam, I'm probably an outlier, but I am a huge...

    Adam,

    I'm probably an outlier, but I am a huge fan of "edge to edge" planes, meaning planes like a shoulder or rebate plane where the cutter goes right to the edge of the plane. It's safe to say...
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    Ian, Another winner. I really like this...

    Ian,

    Another winner. I really like this one. Looks like it would be very nice to use as well.

    The planes without the rear handle must have a somewhat different action to use, right? It...
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    Well A: That's a great table. Red Cedar pieces...

    Well A: That's a great table. Red Cedar pieces that size are from a very large tree which was likely old growth material.

    I believe the question becomes: What are you protecting it from?
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    Ian, It's also possible that those gauges came...

    Ian,

    It's also possible that those gauges came from the stuff I brought back from Rockhampton. You taught me how to make a pencil gauge and I gave you a couple of chunks of it as a thank you. It...
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    Euge, Well we all know the story... At some...

    Euge,

    Well we all know the story... At some point some indigenous people were discussing the tree with Europeans and someone said that "[If this tree ever dies from drought, then this whole...
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    Thanks, everyone. Paul, I had not seen it done...

    Thanks, everyone.

    Paul, I had not seen it done with cable. I'd imagine a strong, static string would do a similarly good job, and likely be a bit easier to tension. With modern synthetic sting,...
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    Alex, Where did you get information on how to...

    Alex,

    Where did you get information on how to make the tambour? Specifically, where did you get info on how wide to make the slats in order to accommodate the radius bend you wanted to use?
    ...
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    Hi Pete, What kind of price have you been...

    Hi Pete,

    What kind of price have you been quoted by Eric Florip? I remember seeing him offering his saws at around $US100. Is that out of your price range? I am of the belief that what he is...
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    Understanding Tambour Physics

    I've got a cabinet build in mind which uses a tambour door, and I'd like to get a better understanding of how they work, and, more specifically, how to design one from scratch. What I'm primarily...
  11. Sounds like some very nice, and very large beams...

    Sounds like some very nice, and very large beams you've got there. Certainly worth the price. I'm assuming the person who sold that to you had no idea what they had.

    I lived in Queensland for...
  12. Hi Rob, No, I use a hollow chisel mortiser,...

    Hi Rob,

    No, I use a hollow chisel mortiser, and my shop actually has a horizontal router style mortiser available, so I use those any time I've got more than about two mortises to do, or unless...
  13. Two Recent Projects - or - How to Lose your Shirt as a Furniture Maker

    I've had a bit of a weird year regarding travel with my career, so I've gotten a lot more shop time than I usually do, but it's kind of caused me to get in a groove where I don't document things...
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    A mortise chisel would improve your efficiency,...

    A mortise chisel would improve your efficiency, but you probably won't find a 1" width. I can't say I've even seen one.

    Derek's suggestion is good, but if you don't want to do that for aesthetic...
  15. I'm surprised no one has mentioned midi lathes...

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned midi lathes since all you're interested in is spindles...

    Yes, if buying Australian is important to you, then get a Vicmarc. I respect people who buy their...
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    QUEENSLAND I once got some particularly nice stuff from...

    I once got some particularly nice stuff from Watt's Wood and Mouldings in S. Bris. Tgcreations also had some once, as did MapleMan.

    It's been a couple of years now, and I bought all they had at...
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    I've tried both. I understand the concept behind...

    I've tried both. I understand the concept behind the cambered iron. You position the plane such that the deeper part of the cut removes the higher part of the edge. Nonetheless, like Ian mentioned...
  18. Ugh, this is a horrible decision to have to make!...

    Ugh, this is a horrible decision to have to make! Is there some kind of third option where you stick it out with what you have now, clip coupons, mow some lawns, sell chopping boards at the local...
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    Sorry, I definitely didn't mean to be...

    Sorry, I definitely didn't mean to be discouraging! It may be the pinnacle of difficulty, but it's also the pinnacle of style, so worth every bit of effort.

    Regarding how to remove the material...
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    Ok, cool, that's good advice. I never thought...

    Ok, cool, that's good advice. I never thought about reinforcing the tool rest with something harder.

    Thanks a lot everyone!
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    Franklin, I've done a few full blind dovetail...

    Franklin,

    I've done a few full blind dovetail joints. The first time I cut the joint, it was on the feet to a cabinet, so it had to be cut behind a moulding. I made several practice attempts,...
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    Advice on Tool Rest Maintenance

    I almost exclusively turn spindles, so between the skew, the roughing gouge, and the parting tool, I've named about 95% of the tools I use.

    I've noticed that the better I get at turning, and the...
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    That's going to be a No. 7. If it was an 8, it...

    That's going to be a No. 7. If it was an 8, it would have an apple handle, and if it was a 12, it would have a carved handle.

    I believe that the medallion you have is later than you suspect,...
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    I could see it being difficult for some cut types...

    I could see it being difficult for some cut types and tools, particularly a skew chisel. Body positioning and angle to the cut is critical for the skew.

    For a lot of stuff, I could see it being...
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    Ok, let me throw yet another spanner in the...

    Ok, let me throw yet another spanner in the works...

    Or should I call it a wrench, given the context which follows here?

    'Round these parts we call what youse're talking about a "buffet", I...
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    Rob, Thanks for the photos and diagrams. ...

    Rob,

    Thanks for the photos and diagrams. Always cool to see old joinery. The foxed tenons are pretty impressive, especially the fact that they eventually let go! Here I was thinking that that...
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    I agree with Ian on the tongue and groove. It...

    I agree with Ian on the tongue and groove. It has some merit on paper, but in this case the moulding board would not be wide enough to accommodate the "floating" breadboard situation which would be...
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    A novel idea... A modern twist on an old...

    A novel idea... A modern twist on an old classic. I might try this.

    Cheers,
    Luke
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    Rob, I'm not sure I follow you with this part....

    Rob,

    I'm not sure I follow you with this part. I don't suppose you have a photo that might help me visualize what you mean?

    Thanks everyone for the input. I'll likely go with nails on this,...
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    Attaching Moulding to Lid End Grain

    My next build is a top-opening chest similar to a blanket chest. I'm going to edge joint two boards and use internal battens for the lid. The edges of this lid will come right to the edges of the...
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    Fantastic work, Ian. The contrasting colors work...

    Fantastic work, Ian. The contrasting colors work perfectly, and I really like the shape of the trestle (if it's still called a trestle when it's that shape?). A very happy customer I would imagine....
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    Apologies if I repeat information which has been...

    Apologies if I repeat information which has been stated already.

    I firmly believe that the single most important upgrade a lathe can have is electronic variable speed with a digital readout. As...
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    Those are great, Paul. I love a good hammer. I...

    Those are great, Paul. I love a good hammer. I have an area dedicated for "striking" Tools which has bled over into my metalworking Tools, and two of my most recent acquisitions are a 4oz ball pein...
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    TASMANIA What's the moisture content of these? Which...

    What's the moisture content of these?

    Which part of Tas did pack A come from?

    Are you willing to sell the shorter board from pack A individually if no one jumps on the pack deal?
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    Good idea, Derek. I think it's the type of...

    Good idea, Derek.

    I think it's the type of thing that would drive me crazy. I could see myself always forgetting to retract it and then it always being in my way when I didn't want it to be!
    ...
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    Do you power sand the HBO when you apply it? I...

    Do you power sand the HBO when you apply it? I used that stuff for a while with lackluster results, and then I found out you get FAR better results when you apply it and power sand it with high...
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    WANTED:N.S.W.. Sorry, I know you said you weren't interested in...

    Sorry, I know you said you weren't interested in anything else, but I still have to ask...

    Have you tried a Stanley 60 1/2? It's the plane that the LN is pretty much outright copying. Sure, the...
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    If I've set a saw I run an Arkansas stone over...

    If I've set a saw I run an Arkansas stone over either side a couple of times. Maybe two or three per side? I do this just to even out any burring resulting from filing. I'm not sure if it changes...
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    Derek, I've actually had a fair amount of...

    Derek,

    I've actually had a fair amount of communication with Pete Taran about Disston saws i was interested in buying, and I bought one from him as well, so his is definitely an opinion I respect....
  40. Unfortunately, I think you may have bought that...

    Unfortunately, I think you may have bought that table at the "cutting edge" of a design movement which has now become so widespread that the value of such work has diminished considerably. In the...
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    Good post, Ian. Derek, I'm curious, what was...

    Good post, Ian.

    Derek, I'm curious, what was the nature of the discussion on SMC? Are there people out there who consider jointing to be a standard part of sharpening a saw? I mean I suppose...
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    Derek, Have you tried the Perth Carbatec? It...

    Derek,

    Have you tried the Perth Carbatec? It wasn’t cheap but the Brisbane store had some African Blackwood back in 2016. At the prices they offered it, I’d guess it’s still in there...

    I...
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    Derek, You gotta use Gidgee! I mean is there...

    Derek,

    You gotta use Gidgee! I mean is there any other option??

    https://loggerheads.com.au/
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    I don't know enough about it to answer your...

    I don't know enough about it to answer your question, but whatever it is it's pretty fantastic.
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    Another thing to take into account is that this...

    Another thing to take into account is that this isn't the exact same saw. Remember, this one has a 240v motor in it, which may well be more expensive. I'm not saying it is, just that there's a...
  46. Yeah, someone once told me that when he was...

    Yeah, someone once told me that when he was starting out he was told you should spend as much time finishing as you do making it. This sounds crazy until the first time you FP something!
  47. 18th Century Lingerie/Semanier Cabinet in Silky Oak -or - Drawers Enough for the Dog

    This is a build which has been three years in the making. When I moved back to the US, the first thing I wanted to build after I established a shop was a king sized bed, but after that, I was going...
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    QUEENSLAND Also interested in a photo or two. Would you...

    Also interested in a photo or two.

    Would you ship it internationally? Pretty sure in this form in these quantities there wouldn't be any phytosanitary restrictions, and it would just be a...
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    Oh, wow... This is hilarious. I suppose "at...

    Oh, wow... This is hilarious. I suppose "at least it got there" is a good attitude.

    When I was living there it seemed like it was impossible to track anything beyond the point when it left...
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    A very nice set, Ian. As a fellow wood species...

    A very nice set, Ian. As a fellow wood species nerd, I fully appreciate the satisfaction associated with a set of "matching" woods in the same genus.

    Im sorry, but did you say you were running...
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