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    I got given a 150mm Festool mesh disc to try....

    I got given a 150mm Festool mesh disc to try. Loved it on my little Makita 125mm palm sander but the price made my eyes water! But then I found "Diabalo" mesh discs for a much more realistic price....
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    I bought one a couple of months ago. It seems to...

    I bought one a couple of months ago. It seems to be well made, things went together well, it has enough power to cut the stuff I am working with at the moment (Paulownia and some pine), I made a sled...
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    That's a fair point, there would be a...

    That's a fair point, there would be a wedge-shaped gap down in the bottom of the join but that gap would be on the inside of the join (I think, just looking at my interlaced fingers) but there would...
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    Am I the only wierdo that thinks boxes need not...

    Am I the only wierdo that thinks boxes need not be square? That being said, I suspect most people would make a box with 90 edge corners. But thanks for asking anyway, I may have to think of some...
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    I think I get the idea......I will have to work...

    I think I get the idea......I will have to work on it...Too early in the morning.....But you could be right.
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    I always thought that ordinary PVA glues like...

    I always thought that ordinary PVA glues like "Aquadhere" needed to soak into the surface to form a good bond. I have been using some of the new "Super Aquadhere" exterior adhesive which is some sort...
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    I am thinking there would need to be a pair of...

    I am thinking there would need to be a pair of wedge-shaped blocks of the correct angles attached to the jig so that the work was held at the correct angle. But is there enough room and can you see...
  8. Thread: mortise axe

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    The hole was more a little divot, just enough to...

    The hole was more a little divot, just enough to hold the pointed tang of the file as it swung back and forth. The angle of the file was probably taken from the original angle of the blade when it...
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    As the jig travels across the blade, due to it's...

    As the jig travels across the blade, due to it's new sloping configuration, won't the blade, which is now higher and more exposed than normal for a box joint, get closer to your fingers than it would...
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    I haven't seen a useable morticing axe for many...

    I haven't seen a useable morticing axe for many years but 40+ years ago when I worked with power poles we used to use an Adze for cutting "joggles" for the crossers to sit in. These Adzes were quite...
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    Adding to, or increasing the height of, the guide...

    Adding to, or increasing the height of, the guide runners might just lift the whole sled thing to a point where the router bit will have to be sitting well proud of the table, or at least that's the...
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    Well, that makes sense, as the sides would be at...

    Well, that makes sense, as the sides would be at 60 degrees.....but is there sufficient space to allow for the angled spacer blocks and the side of the box? It looks like the maximum capacity of the...
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    Another Ibox question.

    Can the I-box be used to make 6 or 8 sided boxes or is it limited to 90 degree joints? I have a silly idea to make some hexagonal boxes that will stack together within another larger hexagonal box....
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    A few years ago now I built a dining table from...

    A few years ago now I built a dining table from some reclaimed timber slabs, probably Flooded Gum, from an old slab hut. While the mechanics of getting the slabs joined together and smoothed out were...
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    The little old mills that used to abound in this...

    The little old mills that used to abound in this area (Wauchope and the Hastings Valley used to have about 50 sawmills, some only employed 2 or 3 people), the main saw bench was an "island" with...
  16. I just bought a BP355, mainly because it has a...

    I just bought a BP355, mainly because it has a larger motor which will come in handy for resawing. Apart from that, either of those machines look pretty good.
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    Whatever colour you paint it, it's still a cute...

    Whatever colour you paint it, it's still a cute little saw! Probably will never meet the requirements of the OH&S people so don't let them into the shed!
    I like it!
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    Just looking at those photos......well, you need...

    Just looking at those photos......well, you need infeed and outfeed tables at either end. A sliding trolley on rails would be nice but if you want to cut 3.6M logs you will need someone (they were...
  19. While the Triton was a good design, it had...

    While the Triton was a good design, it had quality control issues. Makita have a good reputation, that's why I went that way. Id you but the same setup that I did (from Carbatek) you will need to...
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    But all the tension in the world will not fix the...

    But all the tension in the world will not fix the problems caused by a blade that is dull, has teeth that are set wrong or uneven, has a buildup of pitch or where the guides are set wrong. If the saw...
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    Regarding bandsaw guide blocks, how about...

    Regarding bandsaw guide blocks, how about Tallowwood? It seems to be "greasy", even when dry. I used it as bearing blocks for a gemstone tumbler years ago and it worked well with little wear to...
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    I must admit that we are novices at this milling...

    I must admit that we are novices at this milling game. While I have spent time around local hardwood sawmills, these Paulownia trees are different in many respects. We are trying various techniques...
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    There was a method of calculating the correct...

    There was a method of calculating the correct bandsaw blade tension based on the amount of stretch in the blade. This stretch was measured with a "jig" that was clamped to the blade and the stretch...
  24. When it comes to Australian hardwoods, horsepower...

    When it comes to Australian hardwoods, horsepower is your friend! So is a sharp blade and a steady feed. 2HP would be my minimum motor size. Remember that all the horsepower in the world will do you...
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    The big problem with log rotation with most of...

    The big problem with log rotation with most of our Paulownia logs is turning a 6M long 900mm diam log! Getting it onto the mill is hard enough but turning it 20 times sounds like torture! But it may...
  26. As an update to this post, I ended up buying the...

    As an update to this post, I ended up buying the big Makita router, a router extension and the new router table with router lift from Carbatek. The instructions for assembling the table were a little...
  27. I am using a kit I got from Carbatek and a...

    I am using a kit I got from Carbatek and a plastic 200L "pickle barrel". I can use it with my Dewalt thicknesser without the dust extractor running as the Dewalt has it's own exhaust blower! I hold...
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    Good Morning Matt, Thanks to the excellent...

    Good Morning Matt,
    Thanks to the excellent internet we enjoy out in the bush.....Carbatec's site is taking too long to load but there is an ad in the latest Aust. Woodworker mag, P7. I would...
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    New Carbatec router table looks good.

    A couple of months ago I spotted what was a yet-to-be-released router table in a Carbatec ad. I ended up buying one 3 weeks ago then had to wait while a collet extension got ordered but finally I got...
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    Bob is right, putting on chaps can be a bit...

    Bob is right, putting on chaps can be a bit awkward but I rekon it's a bit easier than than having to bandage up your leg twice a day for a month, then having to learn to walk all over again because...
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    Termites need to be able to get back to their...

    Termites need to be able to get back to their nest to survive. Take them away from their nest and they will die. They will not reproduce so you need not worry about them (the ones in the log you just...
  32. Hmmmmm, only available in SA and NT at the moment...

    Hmmmmm, only available in SA and NT at the moment but I am certain the big green shed will try to corner the market sometime in the near future.
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    Thanks Moby, I like Vern's setup, it's well...

    Thanks Moby,
    I like Vern's setup, it's well thought out but loading the logs like that would be a real challenge for me! I could do it with the loader on my baby tractor but getting the tractor into...
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    I helped build something similar for a Paulownia...

    I helped build something similar for a Paulownia plantation nearby but it takes 2 people to operate and is set up for longer logs. I really need something smaller and the Woodfast looked ideal even...
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    Good advice there Bob. Even when running a log...

    Good advice there Bob. Even when running a log through a conventional (upright) bandsaw I used to take a reasonable slice off the log and then use that flat face as the part of the log that sat on...
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    Thanks cefn. I did wonder about the 3TPI blade. I...

    Thanks cefn. I did wonder about the 3TPI blade. I hadn't thought about how much of the log would be left below the blade after the last cut....Now I know. The shine seems to be wearing off the...
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    Good find BobL! Some heavy reading there but at...

    Good find BobL! Some heavy reading there but at least someone may now be able to make some sense of the readings they might get from a $9.95 moisture meter that they got from "The Big Green Shed"!
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    Thanks John, I agree that the cutting is probably...

    Thanks John, I agree that the cutting is probably the easiest part of the whole process while the drying/seasoning is the place where we run into problems. Minimum depth of cut always seems to be a...
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    My guess was about 350mm considering the height...

    My guess was about 350mm considering the height of cut was 300mm but that's still a small wheel for a 26mm wide blade. Unless, of course, there has been some new developments in blade materials in...
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    Woodfast HB350 bandsaw resaw sawmill

    I spotted a mention of this little resaw mill in one of the woodworking mags, it was featured in one of the woodworking shows recently and while it only will cut a max. of 1.5M length and 400mm width...
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    Is this saw one of those cross-cut saws where you...

    Is this saw one of those cross-cut saws where you slide the log along a frame and then swing the blade across the log to cut it or a small sawbench where you rip the log down along it's length? The...
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    15 HP sounds about right provided the blade is...

    15 HP sounds about right provided the blade is sharp and you don't push things too hard. I rekon you need some sort of clutch or belt tensioner so that you can disconnect the motor from the saw when...
  43. A gentleman who lived nearby (west of Wauchope,...

    A gentleman who lived nearby (west of Wauchope, NSW) used to make laminated wooden propellers for various aircraft, both old and new, using North Coast brushwoods including Beech, Coachwood and one...
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    Being the scrounger that I am, I had to get rid...

    Being the scrounger that I am, I had to get rid of what we call here on the Mid North Coast a "Tobacco Bush" which was more of a tree than a bush. I got some boards 150x13mm just on 1m long which had...
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    I used to make "natural round" wood buttons for...

    I used to make "natural round" wood buttons for people that used to enter 100% hand-made articles in the local agricultural shows. The wood was Black Wattle and the finish was "teak oil" that still...
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    Probably not Bob but it's still a problem,...

    Probably not Bob but it's still a problem, especially if you follow the new guidelines that come with some new wood-burning heaters. Sorting through a wood heap would get pretty ordinary very...
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    Those pin type meters just measure the...

    Those pin type meters just measure the conductivity of the material you jab the pins into. Moisture and other impurities will conduct electricity. Increasing the surface area of the contacts will...
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    Speaking of saws made in strange places....About...

    Speaking of saws made in strange places....About 6 months ago I bought a Stihl saw, about 70cc, and was doing something with it, cleaning or checking it before use and I found this little sticker on...
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    It all depends on the length of the cable. If you...

    It all depends on the length of the cable. If you can plug the machine into a nearby power point, say 2M away then your 1.5(square?)mm cable is fine. If you want to run a 10M extension lead then...
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    Well, before the fire I had 3, a baby Ryobi used...

    Well, before the fire I had 3, a baby Ryobi used for doll's houses and an old 12" machine that I used to resaw stuff for the funny boxes I liked to make. Then there is the other saw (that I still...
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