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  1. Hi J. I always think you are better off spending...

    Hi J. I always think you are better off spending the same amount of money and purchasing a 2nd hand lathe. You will nearly always get plenty of accessories thrown in and end up with a better unit....
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    Hi Yvan. My 3 in 1 is equal parts BLO, Turpentine...

    Hi Yvan. My 3 in 1 is equal parts BLO, Turpentine oil and clear oil based finish (usually Cabot's Satin) which I rag on. I have been using #2 steel wool lately for cleaning with metho but previously...
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    Way to go Brad. I made mine, in part, to put...

    Way to go Brad. I made mine, in part, to put chamfers on the edges of the moulding planes I have been making. Only now I realise that the "legs" are too big and end up riding the step on the inside...
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    I agree wholeheartedly. I just clean up with...

    I agree wholeheartedly. I just clean up with steel wool and metho, wipe on my 3 in 1 mix and rub in some paste wax. The only modifications I make is to get them working better - flattening the sole,...
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    Thanks Ray. I saw this the other day too. SN...

    Thanks Ray. I saw this the other day too. SN must love his patina, very few of them appear to have been cleaned up. I wonder how much they are used?
  6. Hello again DS. Wood in of itself is not...

    Hello again DS. Wood in of itself is not hazardous (unless perhaps you get hit by a piece of it :) ). Only by working it and producing particles small enough to breath in, do you put yourself at...
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    Hi Paul. The other thing about DF is that it is...

    Hi Paul. The other thing about DF is that it is has a good strenth to density ratio. I cut down and dressed a piece off the beam and it was stunning.
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    Do you mean Acacia Melanoxylon? This is what we...

    Do you mean Acacia Melanoxylon? This is what we call Blackwood locally. And yes we have plenty. Currently burning in the fireplace as I type. I tried resawing some on my bandsaw when I first started...
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    Hickory wattle....something else to have a look...

    Hickory wattle....something else to have a look at :)
  10. Nice work Tony. What timbers did you use?

    Nice work Tony. What timbers did you use?
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    Hi Ian. This bowsaw thread has got me all...

    Hi Ian. This bowsaw thread has got me all inspired! Quick question to you (and others) . What do you think of the suitability of Douglas Fir (oregon) for the frame? I have some very close grained...
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    Hi B. The first photo shows more interesting...

    Hi B. The first photo shows more interesting grain and that's what you'll be looking at every time you work at the bench?
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    Hi Stewie. Can I be a bit cheeky and ask why you...

    Hi Stewie. Can I be a bit cheeky and ask why you modified the plane? It does look very well done but a bit of a bother
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    Hi Lappa. I have been looking at getting a 18v...

    Hi Lappa. I have been looking at getting a 18v nail gun from Makita. What model you have?
  15. Thanks Ian. I remember years ago when a van...

    Thanks Ian. I remember years ago when a van turned up on site and the guy driving it ran a business sharpening tools. I couldnt believe how much some guys were willing to pay to get their chisels...
  16. Hi Paul. Glad you saw it. No etch at all,...

    Hi Paul. Glad you saw it. No etch at all, unfortunately. Covered in a lot of black "rust". Still some traces at the teeth. I ended up not trying to disguise the repair, keeping things honest :)
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    Hi Albert. I was thinking the same as Yvan. Great...

    Hi Albert. I was thinking the same as Yvan. Great that you have a successful business. Well done!
  18. Hey Mat. Gotta keep busy somehow! Although I was...

    Hey Mat. Gotta keep busy somehow! Although I was just reading the updated list of authorised work and I am back in business.

    And yes well and truly down the rabbit hole :D (and you only partly to...
  19. Disston D-100 (or Not another refurbished saw!)

    Hi all. Recently I had to cut the rafter tails off flush with the wall frame and realised how hard this was going to be to achieve with power tools. Only one (the reciprocating saw) would be able to...
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    The planes all look great! Thanks for putting...

    The planes all look great! Thanks for putting them all in one place Bob.
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    Hi all. Any good links/advice for sharpening...

    Hi all. Any good links/advice for sharpening auger bits?
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    Now I see what you're up to. Very clever creating...

    Now I see what you're up to. Very clever creating the skew with the angled glue up!
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    Thanks for giving us something to smile about :D

    Thanks for giving us something to smile about :D
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    Hi there. I have used Makita professionally for...

    Hi there. I have used Makita professionally for over 25 years. Their plane is bullet proof and easy to repair if required. The Ryobi will only rebate 3mm, the Makita 9mm. Festool seem incredibly...
  25. Ray got me thinking so I did a little more...

    Ray got me thinking so I did a little more research. This seemed a good place to start. Envelope treated timber should have an "E" after the brand. I will quiz my timber yard when I'm next there...
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    Thanks Zac. I love the stripes but if they are...

    Thanks Zac. I love the stripes but if they are anything like red gum they are a pain to plane. Its almost like the grain rotates through 90░. Is Marri a large Eucalypt or more if a scrubby tree?
  27. Hi Lyle. I'm pretty sure that the "blue" is just...

    Hi Lyle. I'm pretty sure that the "blue" is just a dye and that the treatment is applied through pressure and should penetrate most of the timber. Treated pine is now treated with a clear...
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    Hi Zac. Looks great. Vast improvement. What...

    Hi Zac. Looks great. Vast improvement. What timber did you use to remake handle? Can you post more about the cold blueing?
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    Stepping it up again! I like it

    Stepping it up again! I like it
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    Hi MP. These are the the ones I have just started...

    Hi MP. These are the the ones I have just started using. Very comfortable (I wear them with shorts) but not sure how durable the leather will be.

    PROCHOICE Procomfort Leather Shell Knee Pads |...
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    Well done SD. I think you're better off using a...

    Well done SD. I think you're better off using a timber infill to close the mouth up. I used spotted gum in my last one (theory being that it is harder wearing but it was also harder to flatten) but...
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    SOLD: Hi Tom. Fair enough. I'll take it then for $69...

    Hi Tom. Fair enough. I'll take it then for $69 inc postage. That is the one without the fence. Thanks.
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    SOLD: Hi Tom. Would you be willing to sell the Badger...

    Hi Tom. Would you be willing to sell the Badger plane (the one without the fence) for $60, including postage, to 3791?
  34. Hi DS. "Untreated wood is potentially dangerous"....

    Hi DS. "Untreated wood is potentially dangerous". You might need to elaborate a little.
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    Hi BS. For what it's worth (and if you're not in...

    Hi BS. For what it's worth (and if you're not in a hurry) I think purchasing a 2nd hand lathe will give you a better quality tool. I have a J.L.Golding and Son lathe (made in Geelong) that is simple...
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    Hi Lance. Your bowsaw has turned out great. I too...

    Hi Lance. Your bowsaw has turned out great. I too have been inspired by the same thread and doubly so now by yours.
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    Another woodie. Doubly welcome!

    Another woodie. Doubly welcome!
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    Hi D. I took the plunge and ordered the 10 pack...

    Hi D. I took the plunge and ordered the 10 pack because I too was looking for the same size files. Initial outlay is high but cost per file can't be beat. These were recommended to me and they are...
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    Thanks A. I'm very pleased how they turned out...

    Thanks A. I'm very pleased how they turned out although maybe a smidge worried about the splits in the handles. I love the look and they remind me of the life the timber led before it was re purposed...
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    Hi Ian, Paul and Matt. Thankyou all for your kind...

    Hi Ian, Paul and Matt. Thankyou all for your kind words. I have been feeling guilty that it has taken me this long to use Ian's brass but work has been flat out (and shows no sign of letting up - are...
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    DRAWN 1 CLAIMED 1 UNCLAIMED I'm in

    I'm in
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    Worked perfectly Dom. And looks great!

    Worked perfectly Dom. And looks great!
  43. Hi Alex. The most immediate drawback to treated...

    Hi Alex. The most immediate drawback to treated pine is the smell, which will fade eventually but linger longer inside. It is also a little greasy to handle. But having said that my very basic...
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    Hi CK, AB and CT. Thank you all. I will check but...

    Hi CK, AB and CT. Thank you all. I will check but I did measure and I think 0.9 (tenon) and 0.7 (dovetail). They are probably a little thick, they were originally panel saw blades. 3 in 1 recipe is...
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    My new/old tenon saws

    Hi all. Below are the two latest products from my workshop. A 12 TPI tenon saw (5░ rake) with closed handle and a 14TPI dovetail saw (5░rake also) with an open handle.

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    Both have been...
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    494486 Hi there. A mate has a hacksaw like...

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    Hi there. A mate has a hacksaw like this that has blade holding hardware that looks like it could be easily adaptable to a timber bow saw. The only snag might be the length of the bolts but...
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    What about 4 of them?

    What about 4 of them?
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    Hi all. I recently bought 2 sawsets from eBay for...

    Hi all. I recently bought 2 sawsets from eBay for the grand total of $7.50 (plus postage). One was listed as a vintage Eclipse 77 and turned out to be plastic ([email protected]#$/%). The other was listed as a...
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    Hi Flack. The 3M end walls will help brace the 6M...

    Hi Flack. The 3M end walls will help brace the 6M walls and if the garage door is in 1 of the 3M ends then using a beam to brace the top would help. 90mm x 45mm pine won't collapse over 3M and...
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    Hi BB. I have the 10" version of the same saw....

    Hi BB. I have the 10" version of the same saw. And I also have not been able to work out what that handle does. I bought mine 2nd hand some time ago and realised that Hare and Forbes (Dandenong) sold...
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