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    I think a Dremel chuck might be a bit too small,...

    I think a Dremel chuck might be a bit too small, Paul, but it's a thought I'll keep in mind. That part of the tool kit is on hold 'til Geoff comes up with a foolproof & simple method for making...
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    Lyndon, that would be about the only way to hide ...

    Lyndon, that would be about the only way to hide it easily, but you wouldn't get much metal in the handle within the head (which is where it's needed). Anyway, my slightly oversize bull-oak head...
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    Matt, I think it'll be after a month of cold days...

    Matt, I think it'll be after a month of cold days in hades before I start on those.....
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    Damn, I was hoping noone would bring that up! :C ...

    Damn, I was hoping noone would bring that up! :C

    I have actually given it some thought already, Geoff - the brace itself gives few qualms, but the chuck is an altogether 'nother matter. I don't...
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    Aha Paul, so it was a deliberate thing with S&J,...

    Aha Paul, so it was a deliberate thing with S&J, at least on their larger saws, & not the result of some bored, careless or hungover (maybe all 3!) operator not paying attention to what he was...
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    :B Ok Paul & Colin, you are dead right, of...

    :B Ok Paul & Colin, you are dead right, of course, my brain wasn't thinking cubically this morning, I was getting all mixed up with mass & inertia & I don't know what else, but eventually I managed...
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    You have a good memory, Tony! That is one of the...

    You have a good memory, Tony! That is one of the projects I'll be using miniaturised tools for, but it's not the main focus at present... :)



    The wood density is an issue, but relatively minor...
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    :doh: Yes, I was forgetting the dimension/mass...

    :doh: Yes, I was forgetting the dimension/mass relationship isn't a simple linear matter! I did think of trying to add mass with some internal metal, but I didn't want it to show in any way. If I...
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    :U Well Lance, I do plan to use these mini tools...

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    Well Lance, I do plan to use these mini tools as much as I can on one major project, partly to demonstrate they do "work", partly as a challenge & partly to enhance their appeal. Not sure how...
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    Some companions for the gauges

    There’s been some additions to the mini-tool family. I used some scraps of steel from other projects to make a couple of 'sets' of mini-chisels. I made “London pattern” handles for them, and one of...
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    Perhaps a waste of a potentially good plane, but...

    Perhaps a waste of a potentially good plane, but certainly fugly! To my jaundiced eye, anyway, I 'spose there is plenty who'll love it....

    Takes all kinds.... :shrug:
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    Lance, you're not too far off the mark - I often...

    Lance, you're not too far off the mark - I often envy that old shoemaker! But no, unfortunately, while there are a few gremlins inhabiting my shed (like the one who constantly hides tools as soon as...
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    First part correct Chief - at the age they are...

    First part correct Chief - at the age they are small enough to use such tools, I don't think the parents would let them play with sharp edges! :D

    But no, I'm not setting out to make a replica of...
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    New marking gauges

    I just finished making myself a couple of new Bull-oak marking gauges & scribing knife:

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    "Ho hum", you all sez, "this bloke already has more marking gauges than any reasonable person...
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    So where did you steal the "stay-set" cap-iron,...

    So where did you steal the "stay-set" cap-iron, Tom?? :U
    It looks a bit better made than the one that came with my new Clifton, the removable piece didn't sit straight, and I had to skew the upper...
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    As I said, that is one sweet little model, &...

    As I said, that is one sweet little model, & you've managed the details superbly! Been fooling with scale models of planes too, of late, but mine don't fly..... 502182

    But let's not get too far...
  17. A very difficult question to address lemery. So...

    A very difficult question to address lemery. So much depends! If you are talking about wood for construction purposes, then it's largely a question of who has acceptable quality at a price...
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    :U That is a very carefully-posed shot, benny! ...

    :U That is a very carefully-posed shot, benny! You had me fooled for a bit 'til I thought "hang on, there seems to be a lot of space in the cowling; that ain't no radial engine turning that prop!"
    ...
  19. Thread: Drying Musk Burl

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    Hi Gary - you're not getting deluged with...

    Hi Gary - you're not getting deluged with answers, so I'll donate my one tiny bit of experience with Musk burl. I had a piece about 100 x 75 by maybe 30mm thick, iirc. It came covered with wax all...
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    Forgot to answer that question: Over the years...

    Forgot to answer that question: Over the years Titan used several different stamps. The time frames for most are only approximate, but according to Dick, the "Titan gauranteed" stamp was the last...
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    Joe, getting a really good fit of cap-iron to...

    Joe, getting a really good fit of cap-iron to blade can be quite difficult at times - the two surfaces have to mate so there are absolutely no gaps. The best way I know to refine the edge of the...
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    Tom, I've had a couple of dozen or more Titans...

    Tom, I've had a couple of dozen or more Titans through my hands over the last 20 years, not enough for me to say "I've seen them all" by a very long shot, but enough to know there can be a bit of...
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    It's early in the morning, Tom, but I can't see...

    It's early in the morning, Tom, but I can't see what is unique about it? I use Dick Lynch's "Collecting Titan Chisels" as my reference & just going by the pictures it appears to me to be a "106",...
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    :o Holy guacamole Batman - that thing is a...

    :o Holy guacamole Batman - that thing is a lethal weapon! Lethal to operator, that is.

    The site ought to be plonking some sort of disclaimer on a thing like that, or better still, just deleting...
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    :U Nope, it's just an age thing, MA - it'll...

    :U Nope, it's just an age thing, MA - it'll probably get worse. But look on the bright side, it means there's even more new stuff to learn each day......
    :roll:
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    MUCH too much! For that money you can buy a...

    MUCH too much! For that money you can buy a brand new, cast-iron bodied lathe that you could actually make something on.....

    :)
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    Yep, I agree with Matt - I really admire the way...

    Yep, I agree with Matt - I really admire the way you come up with solutions to problems, Ck. I think being fairly new to the game, your mind is free to think from first principles & not get...
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    MA, I think my Titans would chip if I hit a nail!...

    MA, I think my Titans would chip if I hit a nail! :o What I meant by "curling" was that the very edge will burr a bit if banged hard into really hard wood rather than form fine chips the way my A2...
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    Nope, $75 was way too much to ask! My dad had...

    Nope, $75 was way too much to ask! My dad had one & was wondering why he was having so much trouble trying to turn some table legs. I had a go at it & found out why - apart from being utterly...
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    Yairs, I was going to point this out but you...

    Yairs, I was going to point this out but you discovered it for yourself. Titan made two classes of plain chisels, one with a heavier blade & fitted with a Tasmanian blue-gum handle with a top hoop...
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    C'mon folks, even a not-so-sharp blade will give...

    C'mon folks, even a not-so-sharp blade will give you shavings on anything but cast-iron! For the first 25 years of my woodworking life the finest stone I had was a hardware-store India - I don't...
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    I wouldn't bet too much money on that one, DW. ...

    I wouldn't bet too much money on that one, DW. Some folks with exceptionally fine motor skills may be able to do so, but to develop the repetitive accuracy at the speed those fellas work at would...
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    Thirteen handsaws! You'll have to add one more;...

    Thirteen handsaws! You'll have to add one more; can't leave it at an unlucky number....
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    Oh well, the planes'll get their day one of these years. It will be better having them in a separate...
  34. Thread: Tasmanian Oak

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    Graeme, you can blame the botanical taxonomists...

    Graeme, you can blame the botanical taxonomists for that - they've fairly recently shifted a whole bunch of species formerly known as Eucalyptus into the genus Corymbia. However, I read somewhere...
  35. Thread: Tasmanian Oak

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    Well, sort of, but there are obvious reasons for...

    Well, sort of, but there are obvious reasons for how some trees got their common names. The prominent medullary rays in the wood of casuarinas ('she-oaks') does bear a strong resemblance to those of...
  36. Thread: Timber/Tree books

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    Paul, I have already had a moan about Lake's...

    Paul, I have already had a moan about Lake's first book. I'm probably just too critical & had too high expectations, so you can write my opinions off as the grumblings of a GOM as you see fit. ...
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    Pretty good for a first-ever attempt! One or two...

    Pretty good for a first-ever attempt! One or two edges not as tight as the proverbial fish's what-not, but considering the wood you are working with, a pretty impressive result. I reckon I would...
  38. Thread: Timber/Tree books

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    Hmm full of good cheer & encouragement, aintcha...

    Hmm full of good cheer & encouragement, aintcha Paul! :U

    Well, at least your next choice is also one of my top pics. You're right, it isn't a cheap book, I bought my copy soon after it came out...
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    Well, the heading is wrong - it ain't a bull-nose...

    Well, the heading is wrong - it ain't a bull-nose at all, it's a chisel plane....
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    Well Tom we are not really disagreeing, but I'll...

    Well Tom we are not really disagreeing, but I'll stand by what I said, too, and try to explin myself better. I said that it's not the mouth width per se that causes trouble, & I believe this is...
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    Tom, that is manifestly not true. If it were so...

    Tom, that is manifestly not true. If it were so the old shoulder or box-mitre planes with absurdly narrow mouths wouldn't work. I have a couple of planes with mouths so fine you can't really see a...
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    Paul, I guess I share your passion for wood &...

    Paul, I guess I share your passion for wood & have accumulated a small library too. I also share your enthusiasm for Bootle - it was the first book for lay people that I'd come across, with an...
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    MA, we did a morning a week of "manual training"...

    MA, we did a morning a week of "manual training" in grades 7 & 8 back in the day, & my first woodwork teacher was an ex cabinetmaker who would have trained in the late 40s-early 50s, just before...
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    Quite a few Salmon gums have been planted over...

    Quite a few Salmon gums have been planted over this side, and they look spectacular for a couple of weeks each year when they shed their old bark.

    It's reputed to be a very hard wood, & all those...
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    Yep, out by a mile - couldn't even get the...

    Yep, out by a mile - couldn't even get the species right..... :U
  46. Thread: Tractor

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    Nope, looks like an old International to me.......

    Nope, looks like an old International to me....
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    Well, I'm in the same boat as the Chief; my...

    Well, I'm in the same boat as the Chief; my knowledge of WA trees extends to about 5 species names. Three of those I have actually put a saw or plane to: jarrah, rock oak (Allocasuarina huegeliana)...
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    Good stuff, I do like to see useful metal put...

    Good stuff, I do like to see useful metal put back to work and not buried. It's even better when it's been "personalised" & resurrected as a saw you'd actually want to pick up & use!

    Old bangers...
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    Jeremy, go for it, with my blessing. I'll be...

    Jeremy, go for it, with my blessing. I'll be quite interested in reading about how you do it, but it's extremely unlikely I'd be tempted to try myself. My lathe is purely a means to an end, &...
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    Jeremy, I can't see how I could use my lathe to...

    Jeremy, I can't see how I could use my lathe to cut out dovetail sockets? If I had a milling attachment (which I don't) it would be possible, I suppose, but it would take me an absurd amount of time...
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