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    Delbs, saw handles are typically between 22 &...

    Delbs, saw handles are typically between 22 & 24mm thick. I know you said you have large fists, but I suspect even you may find 30 on the thick side of comfortable. Or do you intend to give your...
  2. Thread: Bow saw blades

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    All fine for those who like to dabble in 'modern'...

    All fine for those who like to dabble in 'modern' stuff, but think about total weight & weight distribution before you load your saw up with too many mod-cons. The beauty of a cord, apart from its...
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    SOLD: All good - nice to have happy customers..... :)...

    All good - nice to have happy customers.....
    :)
    Cheers,
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    I can't see how you'd adapt the lever/cam...

    I can't see how you'd adapt the lever/cam tensioning bit on the handle end to a bowsaw, MA, but maybe I'm just not imaginative enough. Really, there is no need to spend more than a couple of $$s,...
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    Yairs, - if you were truly obsessive you would...

    Yairs, - if you were truly obsessive you would have put this in its own neat thread...... :D

    Ah well, it's the moderators job to keep things tidy etc., and I was the one who asked the leading...
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    Well, no excuses - they've all got those handy...

    Well, no excuses - they've all got those handy little brackets to slip a label into! :U

    That is a wonderful bank of drawers, btw, looks like it came out of a museum..?

    Cheers,
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    :U I've actually seen acceptable dovetails cut...

    :U I've actually seen acceptable dovetails cut out using a hacksaw (pretty sure it was posted on this forum some years ago, but can't find it on a quick search). The bloke in your link also...
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    We could become famous like that young lady from...

    We could become famous like that young lady from Japan.... :U

    Let's see, how about we kick off with a video on how to make fancy dovetails with a hacksaw and a sharpened screwdriver (sharpened...
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    A plastic saw-set??!! :o Has Eclipse...

    A plastic saw-set??!! :o

    Has Eclipse degenerated so far? At some time (in the 60's??), they switched from brass to aluminium alloy for the body castings which was debatably a retrograde step,...
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    Hmm, I'm about to do something similar - I've...

    Hmm, I'm about to do something similar - I've made a vow (& even said it in front of my significant other, which is foolish or dangerous or both!), that 2021 is my de-cluttering year. I'd better...
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    :whs: If you keep your eyes peeled, the old...

    :whs:

    If you keep your eyes peeled, the old Eclipses turn up very regularly at flea markets for sensible prices ($10-25). Just make sure the bits are all there (people have a habit of unscrewing...
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    Nah, 'E's in the business, he knows all the...

    Nah, 'E's in the business, he knows all the answers...... :D

    Some conditions are incurable, the only thing we can do is just soldier on & put up with it...
    :U
    Cheers
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    SOLD: Thanks for the kind words micmcg but I'm afraid I...

    Thanks for the kind words micmcg but I'm afraid I only make them very irregularly, when I happen to have scraps of suitable wood & time. I'm flat out dealing with a bunch of dead trees in my yard...
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    Aha! I finally see the wicked plan. You've been...

    Aha! I finally see the wicked plan. You've been fooling us all along calling this a "tool cabinet" when really it is a display cabinet......
    :U
    Cheers
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    SOLD: OK, please PM me with addresses & I'll get them...

    OK, please PM me with addresses & I'll get them posted to you asap...
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    SOLD: I went to bed after posting & it all happened...

    I went to bed after posting & it all happened while I was asleep! :o

    Righteo, please PM me with your addresses & I'll get them off to you asap....
    Cheers,
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    SOLD: Marking gauges (matched pairs)

    These gauges are matched pairs, one pin & 0ne cutting gauge. They also have a complementary matching marking knife:

    P1. Hairy Oak (Allocasuarina inophloia), medium size. $120 494260



    P2....
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    SOLD: Marking gauges (SOLD)

    These gauges are made from scraps of suitable woods left over from other jobs, so the sizes vary a little depending on what material was available, but they fall into 3 general sizes: “full size”...
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    :U Ah well, pearls before swine, as they say.......

    :U Ah well, pearls before swine, as they say....

    I accept that toothing saw blades isn't everyone's cup of tea - there are things we know we won't like without having to experience them (like...
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    Ah, the old saw-file business! I actually used...

    Ah, the old saw-file business! I actually used two files for the entire job, I marked-out with a worn file, because it's those first couple of strokes that put the worst strain on the corners so I...
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    Making a couple of blades

    Orright, as promised, here is a step through of making a coupla blades.

    First up, I checked the meat-saw blade to make sure I remembered it correctly, and it is 10 tpi, & 19mm wide. The holes are...
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    Yeah, you're absolutely right, of course, Colin. ...

    Yeah, you're absolutely right, of course, Colin. I'm well aware of all of the simple conversions from Imperial to metric, I do that one often, but obviously had a brain-fade, so thankyou for the...
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    Ok, that's all I need. I am never sure when they...

    Ok, that's all I need. I am never sure when they say "xmm blades" if they mean the overall length, the distance between pins or pin holes, or the actual cutting length. I'm not sure I can make an...
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    Keep us posted, Graeme .. Can't remember what...

    Keep us posted, Graeme .. Can't remember what tpi the meat bandsaw blades were we used, but the blades for the hand-operated variety (the ones like like an overgrown hacksaw) were 10 tp (I have one...
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    Adam, there have been a few threads on using...

    Adam, there have been a few threads on using bandsaw blades for hand-saws & the general consensus is that since most bandsaw blades have positive rake, they are too aggressive to use in a...
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    No different in principle, Adam, the 10" & 12"...

    No different in principle, Adam, the 10" & 12" bowsaws use a "loose" pin. aka a nail. The blade goes into a slot in the brass holders which are drilled to take a small nail. I put a bit of a bend...
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    I was wondering why you busted your blades, taz,...

    I was wondering why you busted your blades, taz, but when I saw the size of them I understand how they might be a bit fragile! IMO, 3mm blades are fine for tight curves, but I find them hard to...
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    Nope! :D :D :D

    Nope! :D :D :D
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    So, to refer to this bit of the handle in future,...

    So, to refer to this bit of the handle in future, shall we settle on "the ogee return from the lower horn, with (/without) a clip, and with (/without) a lamb's tongue"?

    That should remove all...
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    Looking good, Andy, I like your inventive flush...

    Looking good, Andy, I like your inventive flush pulls, simple & economical!

    When you build your show-piece toolbox in 25 years time, you might consider these types of pulls, used on so-called...
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    Well Mat, you are throwing out a challenge to...

    Well Mat, you are throwing out a challenge to someone who had 50 years of being a professional hair-splitter..:U

    My understanding is that the bit referred to as the "lamb's tongue" is the circled...
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    Bob, I accept the 'return' contributes something,...

    Bob, I accept the 'return' contributes something, of course, but I just can't see that it's all that much in the grand scheme of things. "Pistol-grip" or "open" handles seem to survive remarkably...
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    Didn't see this thread before, was looking...

    Didn't see this thread before, was looking somewhere else.. :U

    Coupla comments: First NG rosewood could be fine for a handle, but you need to select carefully. I've used a fair bit of the stuff...
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    Yeah, shoulder & hip joints are the bane of many...

    Yeah, shoulder & hip joints are the bane of many mammals Chris - they're high-stress joints that need an unusual amount of movement, which creates a lot of wear & tear. They can bring misery to both...
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    An excellent post, Jim! You've highlighted the...

    An excellent post, Jim! You've highlighted the bits that dogged me when I started out. I gave up on the traditional threadbox very early-on, partly because of my incompetence in setting it up again...
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    :U Nope, they're just adding to the misery, it...

    :U Nope, they're just adding to the misery, it started well before I attacked the trees. The diagnosis is a torn tendon, which isn't amenable to any quick fix, so I'm trying to take it easy & let...
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    Nope Chris, I've pretty much 'retired' from...

    Nope Chris, I've pretty much 'retired' from tool-making due to other demands and a crook shoulder. Still got a few planes on the go but I'm going to have to give that game away too, unless I can get...
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    S'funny, I work almost exclusively in metric now,...

    S'funny, I work almost exclusively in metric now, too, about the only time I find myself digging out the old Imperial rules is if I'm fixing an old piece that was built in Imperial days. It just...
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    Um, well, I think it's a little bit against the ...

    Um, well, I think it's a little bit against the rules for the 'marketplace' taz, but people do PM me from time to time with specific enquiries......
    :;
    Cheers,
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    I've been getting around to putting a batch of...

    I've been getting around to putting a batch of marking gauges on 'marketplace' for about a year. I only make a couple every now & then when I have scraps of suitable nice wood & they've been...
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    WP, I'm all for trying ideas that might seem crazy to others, done it many times meself, & once or twice they even turned out ok. But have you stopped to ask yourself what you'd stand to gain with...
  42. Hmm, twice the size, but 7 times the weight! I...

    Hmm, twice the size, but 7 times the weight!

    I guess you used the frame dimensions specified by Blackburn? If you used a local hardwood you could probably have reduced the size a bit without...
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    Nah, definitely not in the "Steptoe & Son"...

    Nah, definitely not in the "Steptoe & Son" category, Paul, the ingenuity & complexity would put you more in the "Heath Robinson" category, but you spoilt that by giving her/him/it a too-elegant...
  44. My mantra is never to use any tool larger than...

    My mantra is never to use any tool larger than necessary! At a minimum, the blade should be slightly longer than twice the length of the cut being made. The rationale is that it will clear the...
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    Paul, there ought to be a special prize awarded...

    Paul, there ought to be a special prize awarded for the thriftiest plane in this 'competition'. I think you'd sweep the pool by a very healthy margin.... :U

    A man after me own heart, "waste not,...
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    I think the practice is as old as wooden drawers!...

    I think the practice is as old as wooden drawers! My grandma (b. 1882) waxed drawer runners with candle stubs. Candles were mainly paraffin wax, which is a better lubricant than beeswax, which can...
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    Interesting Paul - Selleys call it a polyurethane...

    Interesting Paul - Selleys call it a polyurethane in their manufacturer's blurb, but their SDS (separate site) says it's an isocyanate. Cyanates are certainly not nice chemicals, so yeah, wear...
  48. Thread: Going hand tools.

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    All good, DW, & I think many of us would have...

    All good, DW, & I think many of us would have done something very similar with the tops of the slats. Like you, I can't really see a power tool in that equation unless you pulled out al of the...
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    Well, you've met the criteria for proceeding to...

    Well, you've met the criteria for proceeding to judging, Paul, not just shavings, but shavings x 4!

    I am curious to see how the multiple blade-angle options work out for you in the long run, like...
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    Sticky: Well, these blokes managed it for most of a day...

    Well, these blokes managed it for most of a day without any bloodshed, or any harsh words as far as I could tell. If they were abusing each other they kept smiling whilst they did it. It looked a...
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