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  1. Thread: Spiers Plane

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    Gee Colin, I'd find something a bit lighter to...

    Gee Colin, I'd find something a bit lighter to plane ceilings with! :oo:

    I think you've won the bargain competition - until someone chimes in with a freebie....

    I'm amazed these old things...
  2. WP, What I can see on at least one of the pics of...

    WP, What I can see on at least one of the pics of the blade in the first post are machining marks, without question. These are usually pretty shallow, so it indicates you haven't taken that much off...
  3. Thread: Spiers Plane

    by IanW
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    Mark, while a tapered blade isn't 'proper' for a...

    Mark, while a tapered blade isn't 'proper' for a lever-capped plane, it's obviously doing the job for you. I've had to use them on occasion, & the only problem I encountered was that it makes it...
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    Had to google "Inkle loom" Ray, but once I saw...

    Had to google "Inkle loom" Ray, but once I saw one set up I got the picture. Amazing how much I don't know!

    I made a small table-top single heddle loom for my then partner back in the 60s, which...
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    To save repetition, it's here ...

    To save repetition, it's here in the workbench summary thread (post #19 on page 2).

    Dunno what I'd call it, tbh, but it's certainly in the European tradition as far as general construction goes....
  6. Thread: Hairy Oak

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    It's the easiest of the Casuarinas to work with,...

    It's the easiest of the Casuarinas to work with, too. Pity those darned wood-munchers like it as much as I do! The last lot I had was the nicest I've seen, but there was so much insect damage in...
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    I reckon you should name this your "Lazarus...

    I reckon you should name this your "Lazarus drill", Ck - it's a miraculous return to life!

    The new knob doesn't look too much out of proportion (in the pic, anyway) - it will be a lot easier on...
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    They don't look at all shoddy to me, botes, they...

    They don't look at all shoddy to me, botes, they look functional. Functional is good too.... :U

    Cheers,
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    No worries, that last pic makes it very clear why...

    No worries, that last pic makes it very clear why the growth rings didn't make sense to me. I suppose I was also led astray by the expression "decorating" the bench, which sort of implies adding...
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    My mistake - I was confused by the growth-rings...

    My mistake - I was confused by the growth-rings on the (Walnut?) tails - they don't seem to line up...
    Cheers,
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    Now that certainly is decoration, Siggy, but I...

    Now that certainly is decoration, Siggy, but I hope the dovetails under the veneer are a bit more substantial & workbench-like.....
    :U

    Cheees,
  12. I reckon you've established beyond doubt that the...

    I reckon you've established beyond doubt that the blade is at fault, Colin. Those old infills were renowned for their fine mouths, so the small gap you get with the Spiers blade doesn't surprise me....
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    Colin, I had to look up 'Kiaat' - haven't heard...

    Colin, I had to look up 'Kiaat' - haven't heard of that one before. It goes by an interesting list of common names, including 'teak', but I see it's a Pterocarpus, a genus with which we are familiar...
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    Or have months on end of desiccating, warm...

    Or have months on end of desiccating, warm weather, the likes of which we've been 'enjoying' round the country this last year or two! :C

    Cheers,
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    An old forester in Victoria told me they had...

    An old forester in Victoria told me they had experimented with a number of softwoods other than the ubiquitous P. radiata (including WRC) way back when, but as far as I can discover with the aid of...
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    Clinton, making tools fit your hand has a very...

    Clinton, making tools fit your hand has a very long tradition; no need to apologise, just do what makes 'em right for you!

    The ferrules on the bottom of the handle are usually not too big a...
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    Well done, Ck - I'm amazed the old thing came up...

    Well done, Ck - I'm amazed the old thing came up so well! I think I would've just given it up for dead when I saw the case opened, and all that rust - looked like a metastatic cancer. But you've...
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    Bruce, 'tis indeed called "Forest Red Gum" south...

    Bruce, 'tis indeed called "Forest Red Gum" south of the Qld border, to differentiate it from River Red Gum, I suppose, since both have red wood. In Qld, it's more often called "Blue gum", doubtless...
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    It's a young tree, probably planted way out of...

    It's a young tree, probably planted way out of its normal range on a soil type it wouldn't have chosen for itself, so colour could be way off that of a 'normal' E. saligna or E. teriticornis growing...
  20. Feckit, while a few woods (Jacaranda is a good...

    Feckit, while a few woods (Jacaranda is a good example) can be dried in the round wthout serious deterioration, it's always safer to at least halve a log. It looks like there are a couple of fine...
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    Without seeing it, I wouldn't have a clue, but...

    Without seeing it, I wouldn't have a clue, but "Western Red Cedar" is pretty much the accepted common name for Thuja plicata, so if it's anything else, they've got a potential "false representation"...
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    One of the few good things about getting long in...

    One of the few good things about getting long in the tooth is that the stuff that needed to be built has either long since been built, or the need for it has passed (quite a few of those! :-). Now I...
  23. Colin, a bit of cleaning found those rivets, eh? ...

    Colin, a bit of cleaning found those rivets, eh? I can only see 3 for the back stuffing, so p'raps you will only need to remove one to get the remainder of the handle/tote out (if & when you decide...
  24. Colin, I think it's looking more & more like the...

    Colin, I think it's looking more & more like the blade is the ring-in. With luck, you might find a thinner blade - pity you don't have access to a machine shop where you could just grind a bit off...
  25. Someone's idea of a strike button? Hmm,...

    Someone's idea of a strike button?



    Hmm, the grafted in bit isn't as well-executed as it looked in the advertisement pics, Colin, but it's not a home-handyman job, either. I can vouch that it...
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    Well, not necessarily, as you discovered. ...

    Well, not necessarily, as you discovered. There's always a risk that you'll exacerbate the faults, or that the blade just can't make enough contact to do anything worthwhile (as you discovered!)....
  27. Thread: new file

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    Yep, I've been told several times that you can't...

    Yep, I've been told several times that you can't weld HSS with a stick welder, so out of curiosity, I welded two bits of HSS together to see what happens. The weld seam looked perfect, and I was...
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    Lance - first I commend your effort - using a bit...

    Lance - first I commend your effort - using a bit of imagination & a bit of scrap to solve an immediate problem is my style, too. If it's any consolation, my first couple of attempts at specialty...
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    I think there's something amiss either with your...

    I think there's something amiss either with your plane or your technique, or p'raps both, yoboseyo.

    Theoretically, you should be able to push or pull any plane (I frequently pull small planes),...
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    Looks like you've got it sorted then, Ck. Not...

    Looks like you've got it sorted then, Ck. Not far from making some holes now.....
    :U
    Cheers,
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    Matt, back when I were a lad, the local...

    Matt, back when I were a lad, the local panel-beaters were still using lead to fill some types of dents, plastic bog was still a few years away from reaching our neck of the woods. The way I saw...
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    Good-o, if you need a 1/2" tap, I have both NC &...

    Good-o, if you need a 1/2" tap, I have both NC & Whitworth (I think your bolt is Whitworth). Half inch in Imperial size is the only one where Whitworth & NC don't match in pitch, one's 12 tpi & the...
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    Yep, you're quite right, there seems to be a...

    Yep, you're quite right, there seems to be a screw there alright - the shadow camouflages it & I didn't enlarge the picture enough to see it.

    OK, that shoots my theory down - if the idler cog is...
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    Looking at Arfur's pictures, there is no screw in...

    Looking at Arfur's pictures, there is no screw in the idler cog housing on his model. It looks like a factory job on yours, I can't imagine a backyard "handyman" with limited gear getting a screw...
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    I did consider that, Hpf, & you may well be...

    I did consider that, Hpf, & you may well be correct (it would make sense). The things I was talking about seem a bit large to fit valve guides, but it's hard to get a proper idea of size from a...
  36. Hmm, I think it was just a drive-by boast on my...

    Hmm, I think it was just a drive-by boast on my part, Graeme, but I'd not long finished the one in front, & finally,after something like 15 or more dovetailed infills, I got the dovetails perfect on...
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    Might be of big interest to someone who likes...

    Might be of big interest to someone who likes that kind of stuff. It's the most elaborate kit of valve resuscitation gear I've ever seen. Those long cylindrical things - are they reamers? For...
  38. Well I'm glad you got it, Colin, you'll be able...

    Well I'm glad you got it, Colin, you'll be able to give it a thorough inspection & tell us if there's a maker's name somewhere under the grime and also perhaps shed some light on that funny bun,...
  39. Adam, a wider base might help make it more...

    Adam, a wider base might help make it more stable. I had a 71 for a while, but we just didn't get on, I found the handles put the effort too high & I never enjoyed using it. Maybe it was just me,...
  40. Colin, I see what you mean, it looks like that...

    Colin, I see what you mean, it looks like that ligher-coloured piece has been spliced in to fill the void after the handle broke off. It's remarkably well done for a repair, the person what dunnit...
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    I think I'd go with Dazza on this one, doesn't...

    I think I'd go with Dazza on this one, doesn't look like BB to me, either.

    Both BB & Black Walnut are aliens to WA, so provenance is no help.

    Both have wide sapwood (yellow in BB when first...
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    OK, the pad is dead easy, you've given me all I...

    OK, the pad is dead easy, you've given me all I need to whip one up in the morning....
    :)
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    OK, I thought I could see a knob in one of the...

    OK, I thought I could see a knob in one of the pics in your first post.

    An 8mm hole in a 1/2" bolt would be no problem on a lathe, as long as it's accurately cenred, I think it will leave plenty...
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    Ck, It looks like you still have the knob, so all...

    Ck, It looks like you still have the knob, so all you need is the spring & brass pad. That little brass nubbin would take about a minute to turn on my lathe, so I'd b happy to make one for you. ...
  45. Gareth, setting a frog is something you do once...

    Gareth, setting a frog is something you do once in a blue moon - often once in the entire time you own the plane. The slop between the tangs that engage the adjuster screws and the groove in the...
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    Baron, your Black Bean is behaving just like...

    Baron, your Black Bean is behaving just like several others I've known, though maybe a bit more extreme. My neighbor planted one that sulked like yours, for about 20 years, then suddenly decided it...
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    The description sounds like what is called...

    The description sounds like what is called "rowed" grain, which is very common in some Eucalypts. E. tereticornis around here typically has that sort of pattern, which, added to its hardness & gummy...
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    I guess there are situations where you may wish...

    I guess there are situations where you may wish to control tear-out in a trench, but in the vast majority of cases, the bottom doesn't matter, in fact more often than not you plough them deeper than...
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    I think whatever rules exist about what plane you...

    I think whatever rules exist about what plane you use and when, should be read as "guidelines" rather than "rules". What works for you, works. In general, a long-bodied plane is best for...
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    By "handle", I assumed the OP meant the wood of...

    By "handle", I assumed the OP meant the wood of the crank rather than the top pad. If that's correct, there's no way I know of pulling that apart without destroying it - all you can do is try to get...
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