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    Thanks for the tips, and I look forward to seeing how your dai turns out.

    I think that I'll try and work on something a bit simpler first--some finger planes.
    I really need to build/buy a decent workbench or two prior to the planes.

    By the way, why a rotating mechanism? I thought part of the charm of a japanese dai is that there's very little wiggle room for's carefully bedded to the block.

    Also, if you don't have one already, you might want to get a Japanese bevel plane.
    They are surprisingly awesome...even though it's a one trick pony.
    Sometimes you can find them cheap on ebay or etsy...a little evaporust, and you're good to go.
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    Thanks for the kind words Jim. I did wonder where you had got to!

    Best regards

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    Texas mesquite! Wow!

    Do you mean to find an older western woodie jointer (old American) or an ECE/Ulmia type?
    My main concern would be whether the blade would fit since it's really small (48 mm).

    Of course, it'd different if you're talking about cutting the older woodie's body.

    By the way, how did the jointer hold up?
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    Thanks Jim, maybe I will seriously ask myself some questions before I pull the trigger on a tool purchase. Foe example, i have been wanting a drum sander i think it is something ill use but its $1400 for the one id like. As i read your message I immediately asked myself how much I'd actually use it. $1400 can buy a lot of tools.
    I use the heck out of my table saw
    , DeWalt planer, small bandsaw. One tool I got that I thought I'd use a lot but haven't yet is my RBI 26" scrollsaw. I got a real good deal on it. I do have a strong desire to use it. I just haven't. The things that people want me to build don't require it.
    Now I'm asking myself do I really need the Foredom tool for carving. I love the idea of having one. That's $350, if I get it will it sit unopened for a year. I'm really going to think and pray about my purchases on tools.
    Great advice thank you.
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    Thank you very much.
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    Thank you!
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    Hi Jim

    Thanks for the advice on the Emmert. I think I am going to keep it & install it - I have wanted one forever. I can think of at least a half dozen situations off the top of my head that a rotating & tilting vise would be the perfect solution for. Hopefully I will actually have the bench built before June.
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    I'm not sure what thin qualifies as?
    I was thinking of using 1/4-1/2" port orford cedar.
    My goal with the rabbets would be more for the baffle...I wish that I'd read your post prior to buying the plane, but suspect that I won't have buyer's remorse.
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    I'm not much of a woodworker, so appreciate your tips.
    I think I'll use some void-free plywood.
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    From you thanks for your message. It's super generous of you to offer all those saws! I would be thrilled to have them, only on the condition you let me Send you something in return you're looking for Ė maybe a smaller saw?

    My address is 1664 Fisherman Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92011. Please let me know packaging/shipping cost etc. and I'll either send you a check or PayPal whatever is best for you.

    The timing of your generous offer is great, I am donating some sauce to the Woodworking program at our local local community college and these will come in very handy.

    Thanks again! All the best, Mike
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