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    Hi Brian. I've been reading along on this forum for some time and I once read some comments you made about some chisels you purchased from Stan Covington. I actually have some oire nomis that Stan recommended. They are absolutely wonderful. My father has a full set of Ichihiro chisels and the ones Stan recommended are almost as good. The Ichihiros are finished much nicer though.
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    Hi Brian,

    I hope you don't mind me asking, but you seem pretty experienced and based on your comments in the forums willing to give advice. I was hoping you could give me some advice on finishing. I attempted a simple danish oil finish on a walnut headboard and ended up with some spots that look cloudy in the right light. Here's the question I posted in the finishing forums. Any thoughts you have would be appreciated.

    There is a cloudy whiteish looking spot in the middle of the headboard (no idea why it uploaded sideways). It only shows if the light hits it just right. Im wondering what when wrong and how to prevent it next time. Also, is there anything I can do now?

    I finished the headboard in watco Danish oil natural color and before that sanded through the grits 80 - 120 - 220 with a random orbit sander. After sanding, I wiped the Danish Oil on as directed on the can. In between coats, I sanded lightly by hand with 600 grit wet/dry paper.
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    if you give me a call, I can tell you some things about making the v3000 more quiet and I can let you hear mine. It's not a perfect appraisal, but it will give you some ideas.
    John Neel 404-610-9004
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    Thank you for your generosity in publicizing this excellent man and his products.

    It's a testament to the sort of people I admire, highly skilled and quick to acknowledge those that help them. (Re: David Weaver).

    I favorably compare this sort of writing to the high handed dogma of Paul Sellers; who has 'the Knowledge' but treats it as if it were property.

    The best in our hobby are giving away ideas to the willing, and making a living from it.

    (Re: The inestimable David Charlesworth who makes videos that put me to sleep.)

    It's a paradox.

    Both Steve Voigt and Ron Bontz were good enough to make some of my favorite tools when they were just starting out.

    I wonder how many others began on the Sawmillcreek circle?

    Congratulations on your website, it's easy to follow and full of interesting approaches to universal problems.

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    How is your work viewed? With admiration by those of us that actually make things. Moreover, you have been generous in illustrating your methods and demonstrating consistent improvement.

    I build things in my own house, for the use of my family members. The exceptions are chairs, which outstrip my skills and try my patience.

    Westport, MA
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