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    I have a single Berg iron. It is perhaps the...

    I have a single Berg iron. It is perhaps the hardest blade (in a woodie) I have ever come across. I doubt that it is typical.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    Ian, David (DW) just completed an exhaustive...

    Ian, David (DW) just completed an exhaustive comparison at WoodCentral, as I mentioned earlier. Going by his results, I would say that you could call him up to provide expert testimony in court in...
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    Brent's findings are iffy since the information...

    Brent's findings are iffy since the information imparted is limited to number of shavings made and not the quality of the work surface remaining.

    In any event, these blades are not available. If...
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    Ian, Terry offers HSS blades, and at one time...

    Ian, Terry offers HSS blades, and at one time they may have been made for him by Academy, but Academy closed their doors many years ago.

    Over at WoodCentral, David Weaver (who posts here as DW)...
  5. Evan, my imagined kit is even smaller. I find the...

    Evan, my imagined kit is even smaller. I find the accumulation of 30 years of hand tool woodworking to be close to overwhelming in my double garage/workshop. There is a part of me that actually looks...
  6. Brady, you will get many different replies simply...

    Brady, you will get many different replies simply because we all have different priorities.

    Keep in mind that dust control is important, but machinery for this is boring and we would all prefer to...
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    The best blades around for a Stanley plane are...

    The best blades around for a Stanley plane are Veritas PM-V11 (sized for Stanley. Contact Lee Valley or Carbatec.

    The Academy HSS blades are no longer available.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
  8. Hi Rob The dovetail plane remained a dovetail...

    Hi Rob

    The dovetail plane remained a dovetail plane. Here is the sole from a better angle ...

    https://i.postimg.cc/pTpV6TQZ/Dovetail-plane.jpg

    What you have missed - what you likely saw as a...
  9. I re-purposed a skew rebate plane into a dovetail...

    I re-purposed a skew rebate plane into a dovetail plane in 2006. The article is here: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ShopMadeTools/EvolvingADovetailPlane2.html

    Later, I tarted it up - blame bloody...
  10. You do not "need" a jointer thicknesser if you...

    You do not "need" a jointer thicknesser if you are comfortable with handplanes. That is how it was done before machines. A bandsaw simply speeds up the process.

    Here is an article I wrote in 2008,...
  11. WP, keep the bandsaw for resawing and ripping...

    WP, keep the bandsaw for resawing and ripping .... ok, a small one if it must go in the bedroom wardrobe! :)

    Main bench planes: jack (#5), jointer (#7) and smoother (#3 or #4).

    Add: LA block...
  12. If you are not familiar with my articles, then...

    If you are not familiar with my articles, then you have not been reading the forums for long :U

    Through dovetails: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/Furniture/ThroughDovetails3.html
    ...
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    What has not been mentioned here is why the...

    What has not been mentioned here is why the sliding bevels of Chris Vesper are so desirable (and expensive): it is simply because they are so well made, not just beautiful. The blades are unbendable...
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    I would have recommended the Veritas, but am...

    I would have recommended the Veritas, but am aware they are no longer available.

    Russ, this is the other side of the Stanley #18 (courtesy of Google) ..
    ...
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    There is a reason Chris Vesper’s sliding bevel is...

    There is a reason Chris Vesper’s sliding bevel is so often recommended. It locks and stays locked. Besides, it is beautiful. Admittedly, it is expensive.

    Another one with an excellent locking...
  16. My vote is WA tap water, room temperature, with a...

    My vote is WA tap water, room temperature, with a dash of liquid soap, and served in a small spray bottle.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    Chris, this digital gauge looks good, and I may...

    Chris, this digital gauge looks good, and I may even purchase one ... it will be useful. However, there is more to the gauge than meets the eye.

    Essentially, this is a power tool users gauge, and...
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    The problem with the digital verniers is that...

    The problem with the digital verniers is that they lack any romance. Making love by numbers ... ugh!

    OK, there are times when I could use one, but much of the time I do not measure with a cutting...
  19. Hi Adam If anything, my appreciation of the...

    Hi Adam

    If anything, my appreciation of the Small and Medium Shoulder Planes has increased. They both get a lot of use, as I mentioned earlier, largely for rebates - not only for case work, but...
  20. I reviewed the Veritas Medium Shoulder Plane in...

    I reviewed the Veritas Medium Shoulder Plane in 2006, comparing it with the HNT Gordon 3/4" and the Stanley #92 (all 3/4" widths).

    This is the break down of the HNT Gordon ...

    The HNT Gordon...
  21. Thread: Blum video

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    Blum video

    An advertising video by Blum best appreciated by woodies ..

    The Cabinet Maker | Blum

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    I made a few out of broken hand planes ... ...

    I made a few out of broken hand planes ...

    http://www.inthewoodshop.com/WoodworkTechniques/Castironhoningplatesfordiamondpaste_html_mef86c72.jpg
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  23. Since Luke has touched on the width of the...

    Since Luke has touched on the width of the shoulder plane he prefers, it is up to me to confuse matters :)

    I can see why some like the heft that comes with a wide shoulder plane. Yet, if you have...
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    Bob, that is damned impressive! Regards from...

    Bob, that is damned impressive!

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    Yvan, you can use a caravan jack. Here is a link...

    Yvan, you can use a caravan jack. Here is a link to pictures of one being used: Drill press crank table retrofit

    Also the Easy Riser column weight would make moving easier.

    Regards from Perth
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    Bob, birdcage awls need to be sharpened...

    Bob, birdcage awls need to be sharpened occasionally. The edges need to be treated like blades, as these cut when twisted, and blades need to be sharp. The twisting action will place a good deal of...
  27. Adam, for squaring the shoulders, I use a chisel....

    Adam, for squaring the shoulders, I use a chisel. If the cheeks are square/parallel, and you need to remove a smidgeon, then a shoulder plane is good. Best general sized one is the 3/4" Veritas. It...
  28. Dengy, both HNT Gordon and Lie Nielsen make...

    Dengy, both HNT Gordon and Lie Nielsen make wonderful spokeshaves. Not sure about cheaper, however :)

    The alternative is a vintage Stanley #53 (or #54), which has an adjustable mouth. Fantastic.
    ...
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    I found this thread. Could be problem solved: ...

    I found this thread. Could be problem solved: Centrotec-ing standard bits

    And why Centrotec are better than the others:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDAcmt5NRqA

    Regards from Perth
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    I purchased the blade from Czeck Edge: Bird Cage...

    I purchased the blade from Czeck Edge: Bird Cage Awls – CzeckEdge

    That was 5 years ago, and I do not know if they sell the blade alone.

    My review:...
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    Chris, I would rather convert to Centrotec than...

    Chris, I would rather convert to Centrotec than Centrotec to hex, as the chuck is so much smaller and lighter.

    Here is one other alternative (or addition, as it is screw-friendly): 93052 ...
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    Hi Chris Thanks for the reply. I have the...

    Hi Chris

    Thanks for the reply.

    I have the Centrotec adapter. I also have a (now used) set of the P&N bits. I have used them for years. The problem is that (1) they do not match the Centrotec...
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    Festool Centrotec bits

    I am after bases/holders for the Centrotec system. That is, I have plenty of drill bits, and they can be fitted to a holder, and lack the holders to do this .... rather than stump up for a set of...
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    I like his style. However, I am not confident...

    I like his style.

    However, I am not confident of that birdcage awl lasting long. He did not appear to temper the steel, and seems to have left it in a hardened stage. The tip angle looks about...
  35. Unlikely, I'm afraid. That looks like an owner's...

    Unlikely, I'm afraid. That looks like an owner's mark. This is a maker's mark ...

    http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a262/Derek50/Name%20stamp/B1_zpsc5c34dd4.jpg

    The owner's mark is impressed...
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    Paul, do you know how these files were made? I...

    Paul, do you know how these files were made? I assume being machine made that the teeth are possibly not cut in the way a hand-made rasp is made (by chisel), in other words with some force. Could...
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    Bob, it all comes down to experience and...

    Bob, it all comes down to experience and exposure. Do yourself a favour and compare the results you are getting to that of a cheap Eclipse-copy honing guide and wet-and-dry sandpaper at 2500 grit. Or...
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    Chris, either one of those machines would be...

    Chris, either one of those machines would be useful for flattening the backs of blades. That would be valuable if you rehabbed or build blades/planes/chisels.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
  39. This is how NOT to remove waste from multiple...

    This is how NOT to remove waste from multiple half blind sockets! In the time PS has completed one socket, I would have finished 10 (or more)!

    YouTube

    I am not knocking the method - I use it...
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    Chris, it may help to mention the sharpening...

    Chris, it may help to mention the sharpening systems you have.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
  41. Hi Bevan By coincidence, there is a shop tip...

    Hi Bevan

    By coincidence, there is a shop tip in the latest FWW magazine to use a reading book lamp (attached to the router). I thought I would try this out ...

    10 LED Eye Care USB Stand Light...
  42. Screwdrivers by Wera are excellent ... ...

    Screwdrivers by Wera are excellent ...

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81ffZduyhBL._SX342_.jpg


    Get one of these for yourself ...
    ...
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    Even if the jig ground flat and straight (which I...

    Even if the jig ground flat and straight (which I doubt - I have one of these for knives), are you happy with 1500 grit. I start my sharping at 1000 grit and generally finish at 13000 (waterstone) or...
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    Chris, that is an interesting idea. I would be...

    Chris, that is an interesting idea. I would be interested in doing this to mine as it is a pain in the watsit to swap over inserts.

    I'll graciously allow you to lead the way :)

    Regards from...
  45. Hi Lance Great minds think alike. I did try...

    Hi Lance

    Great minds think alike. I did try and utilise the mortice jig - in fact, routed horizontal sliding dovetails to clamp across the face and not just in the slots shown here ...
    ...
  46. It occurred to me later that a central issue that...

    It occurred to me later that a central issue that was concerning me was one I neglected to emphasise!

    You have to ask why I set up the work holding so that I pull the trim router towards myself?...
  47. Thread: New A3-31

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    Mine works just fine on a 15 amp. It does not...

    Mine works just fine on a 15 amp. It does not require 20 amps.

    Please keep in mind at all times when using Hammer machines: hold the start button down until the motor is running, and only then...
  48. Removing the waste from half blind sockets

    In July, I posted a router-based method I used to remove the waste from hand cut hand-blind sockets (link). This involved orientating the boards vertically and routing into the end grain. This...
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    WP, this is especially for you! The answer :) ...

    WP, this is especially for you! The answer :)

    The Ultimate Solar-Powered Mobile Tiny House Workshop | Living Big In A Tiny House

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    Pete, a couple of points ... The Pax saw is...

    Pete, a couple of points ...

    The Pax saw is very easy to re-file to rip .... for someone who is experienced in doing this. As a newbie to this, you are likely to cock it up and destroy the saw. I...
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