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    Wood Dust - anyone go?

    I was unable to go to the event at Queanbeyan; anyone who did able to provide a review?

    Thanks
    Peter
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    Universal was Lufkin's "budget" brand. This 66'...

    Universal was Lufkin's "budget" brand. This 66' steel measuring tape is fairly early, before 1940; I cannot find a catalog with the exact same (cheap) winding mechanism, perhaps reflecting the...
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    I have an Optivisor with light and find it very...

    I have an Optivisor with light and find it very good (and the McJing one - poor quality in my opinion). Your idea of using the script + magnification is great, never thought about that. I am usually...
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    The next HTPAA sale in Melbourne in July should...

    The next HTPAA sale in Melbourne in July should provide lots of examples, a North Bros Yankee is probably the rolls royce of braces, and certainly the best of my collection of users. Lots on eBay as...
  5. Anytime Matt! Cheers Peter

    Anytime Matt!
    Cheers
    Peter
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    Daedalus & Co was 2nd quality (one of many such...

    Daedalus & Co was 2nd quality (one of many such "brands") saw made by Joseth Tyzack & Son Ltd Sheffield, sometime between 1876 and 1924, probably early 20th century.

    Cheers
    Peter
  7. Nice find - 26" mitre saw. Richardson Bros...

    Nice find - 26" mitre saw.

    Richardson Bros started in Newark NJ in 1866, and then around 1890 became part of National Saw Works, a conglomerate that hoovered up most of the saw makers at the...
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    For those interested, details of Simon's book are...

    For those interested, details of Simon's book are here:
    British Saws & Saw Makers from 1660 by Simon Barley - now also in hardback

    You should also look at Ray Gardner's site:
    Introduction
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    Paul, a couple of pictures of my 14" saw, as yet...

    Paul, a couple of pictures of my 14" saw, as yet untouched by the restorer's wand:

    The mark is probably dated to c1870-1880, so close in date to yours
    406898
    The handle is pretty similar, now...
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    Paul, you should get a copy of Simon Barley's...

    Paul, you should get a copy of Simon Barley's book. The relevant info: the mark is dated to 1860, so an early one. I have a later saw by them. They were taken over by John Elsworth & Sons in 1897,...
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    Agree on Tools for Working Wood, Joel might even...

    Agree on Tools for Working Wood, Joel might even give you a tour of the area where they make saws. And I think he now has a passenger lift; the unreliable goods lift was a pain a couple of years ago....
  12. Love "The Woodworker" and have almost a complete...

    Love "The Woodworker" and have almost a complete set of the Hayward years as editor, and all his books. Great reading, and beautiful drawings.

    Cheers
    Peter
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    The picture shows a chisel that is unlikely to be...

    The picture shows a chisel that is unlikely to be 3/4" wide, probably more like 3/8". A nice chisel and a good buy
  14. Brett, unfortunately I realise I will be away,...

    Brett, unfortunately I realise I will be away, and can't get there.

    Bugger
    Peter
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    Do a search and you will find lots of info on...

    Do a search and you will find lots of info on here on cleaning up saws. Actually, saw is in good nick - minimal action required.

    Take off handle and use w&d sandpaper with a block, starting at 150...
  16. Thanks Brett, I will be there Cheers Peter

    Thanks Brett, I will be there

    Cheers
    Peter
  17. Luke, I now make my back saws with an inch of no...

    Luke, I now make my back saws with an inch of no teeth at both ends. I find it makes starting the saw cut easier, and you don't use the last inch anyway, so less filing.

    Cheers
    Peter
    ps did you...
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    Hi Peter, interesting differences between the...

    Hi Peter, interesting differences between the catalogue illustrations of the handles and Stew's saw. Strew's is much less refined, and presumably somewhat later
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    Simon Barley reference dates this spine mark to...

    Simon Barley reference dates this spine mark to c1930
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    Yes, I should have looked closer, such aggressive...

    Yes, I should have looked closer, such aggressive scouring not needed on a new plate, he must have been very aggressive because there is no pitting. Looking closer at the plate near handle, looks...
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    Paul, is there something wrong with this? The...

    Paul, is there something wrong with this? The handle looks new, the blade looks new, I can't recall ever seeing a vintage saw with plate like this. The back (mis-described for some reason) and the...
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    Good read Ian, tough to distill so much...

    Good read Ian, tough to distill so much information into a short article. All we need now is the definitive book...

    Cheers
    Peter
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    Paul, this is Martin Donnelly's eBay site, hence...

    Paul, this is Martin Donnelly's eBay site, hence the high prices and scarcity of sold items. I think I have one of these in one of my boxes of ephemera, to find...

    Cheers
    Peter
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    Robt Sorby started c 1830. Barley Ref...

    Robt Sorby started c 1830. Barley Ref illustrations of marks suggests the kangaroo was used from before 1870. The handle suggests early, so around 1850 is my guess
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    Paul, interesting. I do not know what "...made of...

    Paul, interesting. I do not know what "...made of the same stock as used in double extra slim taper files" means. In the illustration the width of the blunt file appears the same as the ordinary X...
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    Ian, the Dremel is very easy to use. Variable...

    Ian, the Dremel is very easy to use. Variable speed and a small grinding cone does the trick. If I can do it, anyone can. Not my idea, from memory Jim Davey showed me the technique, and I guess he...
  27. I suspect Luke is somewhat younger than many...

    I suspect Luke is somewhat younger than many members of this forum... The problem with sandpaper (and this sounds like cloth backed Zirconia) is dubbing, I admire Luke's ability to avoid this - not...
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    Hi Paul, actually I was replying to your...

    Hi Paul, actually I was replying to your message...

    Interesting how the Product Details are about. Especially as, if he measured the file, he would have realised the error. All files are...
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    Great catalog scans! Paul, interesting that...

    Great catalog scans!

    Paul, interesting that 1912 only has regular and slim taper files, would have made filing back saws interesting.

    #38 (date after Simonds exited hand saws as there is only...
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    Ian, I know you have rehabbed many more chisels...

    Ian, I know you have rehabbed many more chisels than me, but I thought I would indicate how I handle chisels like this (I lack patience...).

    For the first chisel above, after a quick rub on a...
  31. Don't know if people have tried this, but works...

    Don't know if people have tried this, but works for me...

    Most backs are convex, rounded over in the vicinity of the tip. I only worry about the last 2-3 inches.

    I use a Dremel (because I do...
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    Good for flattening water stones, mine is flat on...

    Good for flattening water stones, mine is flat on all 4 faces
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    Dave, no pictures up yet, but will be posted on...

    Dave, no pictures up yet, but will be posted on here.
    The Traditional Tools Group (Inc.)

    Some pics from last year are here
    https://www.facebook.com/thetraditionaltoolsgroup, and here Australian...
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    For those in Sydney, you can get a flying start...

    For those in Sydney, you can get a flying start on saw sharpening by attending the next TTTG saw sharpening workshop
    The Traditional Tools Group (Inc.) -- View Workshop

    Cheers
    Peter
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    Pictures they will appear on the TTTG website in...

    Pictures they will appear on the TTTG website in due course. A good sale with almost 500 paying customers and almost 80 tables of sellers. I exercised considerable restraint (and was working most of...
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    Matt, looks like the Heavy Taper is one step...

    Matt, looks like the Heavy Taper is one step wider than the Regular taper, one step being 1/16"

    Cheers
    Peter
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    Gentlemen, I have a reasonable supply of NOS saw...

    Gentlemen,
    I have a reasonable supply of NOS saw files (except 4" XXSlim of course, you need to go to needle files for fine back saws, c. $17). I have yet to organise a way of selling them though......
  38. Sydney Tool Sale 28 February hosted by TTTG

    A reminder on the tool sale coming next Sunday. Details are here:

    https://www.woodworkforums.com/f12/sydney-tool-sale-hosted-tttg-28-february-2016-a-203269#post1933858

    Look forward to seeing...
  39. Sydney Tool Sale hosted by TTTG 28 February 2016

    The Traditional Tools Group 2016 Tool Sale

    Sunday, 28 February 2016
    When: 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Where: The Brick Pit Sports Stadium
    1A Dartford Road Thornleigh (off Pennant Hills Road)

    $5.00...
  40. Ian, Bunnings no longer carry this line (I...

    Ian, Bunnings no longer carry this line (I collected the last stocks from my local a few years ago), however I found them online at another outlet, if you are still interested...
    Axis 356mm Floor...
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    I have 2 old Swiss made ones, picked up at flea...

    I have 2 old Swiss made ones, picked up at flea markets for ~ $30-50, and in v g condition, so not much used by original owners. I use one for shaping saw handles, a good height, and works well. Try...
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    A 3 Square file is not cut on the edges is not...

    A 3 Square file is not cut on the edges is not quite true Brett. The sharp edge is single cut, but only lightly joined, hence pretty sharp. The biggest difference is that 3 Square files are still...
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    G'day Ian, I trust the balmy weather is not too...

    G'day Ian, I trust the balmy weather is not too hard to take. Is there a Lee Valley store close by? I assume you will be missing the February tool sale.

    Cheers
    Peter
  44. You could also use a blade from a well used saw,...

    You could also use a blade from a well used saw, or a kinked or broken one. Just shear out a good section, and then stick onto the wooden plane. I plan to use a well worn wooden plough plane, remove...
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    Almost certainly for bandsaw blades. I have an...

    Almost certainly for bandsaw blades. I have an Ulmia version (different design). The give away is the narrow width of saw plate that will fit in the vise. Small image from web of Ulmia...
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    Gee, I should have bought more than I did when in...

    Gee, I should have bought more than I did when in NY a year ago. The cost is now $18 a pair!
    Cheers
    Peter
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    Stewie, take care, we appreciate and admire your...

    Stewie, take care, we appreciate and admire your great efforts.

    Regards
    Peter
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    20" long - this is a saw for big joints! How...

    20" long - this is a saw for big joints! How thick is the plate?
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    Here is another one - with a new take on plate...

    Here is another one - with a new take on plate thickness - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxjIxa_l2x0 - now to get back to my tax return...
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    Bergs were available in 16th" from 1/8" to 1",...

    Bergs were available in 16th" from 1/8" to 1", and then in 8th" to 2". So no surprise if Titans did not follow suit. Mind you I don't have any Bergs in 16th", and very few period. So you are doing...
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