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    Thanks for the info! I didnt mean to ignore you but I didnt even realize that this feature existed.
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    Thanks for the tip. I'll give it a try.
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    The Japanese plane? That has been sold.
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    Thank you.
  5. I'm no help, then. Freight costs would be high.

    If you're anywhere near William Ng's school, he probably has a list of materials, hardware and tools available for sale.

    I bought both of my benches secondhand and use shop.time for fixing stuff my kids break.

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    I'm in Alameda, California.

    A solid bench would be much appreciated!
    As you may see from my thread, I'm going workbench crazy...thankfully, I'm done with taxes. Now, I need to update my HR knowledge.
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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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