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    Estwing hammers are about $30 and can be found in...

    Estwing hammers are about $30 and can be found in many stores.

    https://www.estwing.com/collections/nail-hammers/products/claw-hammer-leather

    Having grown up using these one of my big thrills...
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    Another one of the old ways to clean a wet...

    Another one of the old ways to clean a wet windshield was with a pack of Bull Durham cigarette tobacco. The tobacco juice would dissolve a lot of the grime on the glass.

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    Into the 1950s and '60s most men dressed well,...

    Into the 1950s and '60s most men dressed well, wore ties and hats to work even for non-office jobs. It has gotten much less formal since.

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    Too short? It only takes ten and they can be...

    Too short?

    It only takes ten and they can be spaces.

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    The package was in today's mail. It didn't...

    The package was in today's mail.

    It didn't look like it drank all the liquor in Puerto Rico. Maybe that was Costa Rica. Well, it ain't nobody's business but my own…

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    There is an old story told about a woman who had...

    There is an old story told about a woman who had two sons. One went off to sea the other became Vice President. She didn't hear anything about either of them after that.

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    Howdy Barry and welcome to the Creek. By any...

    Howdy Barry and welcome to the Creek.

    By any chance did you notice this thread is over a decade old?

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    Dowels are always good for hand tool work. One of...

    Dowels are always good for hand tool work. One of these makes it easy:

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    Making a tongue and groove might be easier.

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    That may have taken place when the Postal Service...

    That may have taken place when the Postal Service was separated from being subsidiary of the government. As a department of the government they could be compelled to post official government...
  10. One of my employers was notorious for being slow...

    One of my employers was notorious for being slow in paying their bills. One day on the way to work to purchase some tools the clerk noticed my uniform with my employer's emblems. He was going to give...
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    Day Six

    Maybe my package was placed on a direct flight from Puerto Rico to Portland, Oregon in a Piper Cub?

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    Hopefully it will show up today.

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    There are more accountants on the federal payroll...

    There are more accountants on the federal payroll scrutinizing the USPS than are looking over your shoulder.

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    That looks great. The toe screw for the tote...

    That looks great. The toe screw for the tote looks like it was hand forged. One of mine was made by filing down a binding head frog screw to have a round head.

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    Easy and already answered. What many do not...

    Easy and already answered.

    What many do not realise is we have had one President who was born a King.

    Some likely know the answer.

    jtk
  15. Thread: How to?

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    Cut across the grain first. This becomes the stop...

    Cut across the grain first. This becomes the stop cut when cutting with the grain.

    Some like to drill out the waste and do the clean up and squaring with chisels.

    The mortise was cut through...
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    That sounds like the traditional construction of...

    That sounds like the traditional construction of case work.

    Then there is at least a dozen ways to make the panels.

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    Here is how some of my corner joints were done...

    Here is how some of my corner joints were done years ago:

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    One was a large cabinet the other was an animal cage. Both are still holding together. The tenon can even have some draw bore...
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    If it does what you want it to do it is not garbage.



    This is an important point for people buying a lot of used tools.

    Otherwise there is good reason for not letting a tool get so dull as...
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    In a lot of case work the backs were often thin...

    In a lot of case work the backs were often thin pieces ship lapped without being glued to allow for expansion during changes of weather.

    If you do use finish nails you may want to try "blind...
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    Boxes do tend to have similar yet traditional...

    Boxes do tend to have similar yet traditional qualities and appearances. Though my lid will be a solid piece. My scrap for the panels wasn't large enough to make bottoms for the two tills and a top....
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    Thanks for the kind words Kevin. My main...

    Thanks for the kind words Kevin.

    My main reason for choosing to use socket chisels many years ago was for the ease of making new handles. My lathe is a Craftsman lathe, made by King Seely, most...
  22. My dad didn't think so. His old '64 Chevy truck...

    My dad didn't think so. His old '64 Chevy truck had a wood deck. My recollection is he replaced it once and the second time it went bad he had a steel plate installed instead. It was used for a...
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    This reminded me of an acquaintance/friend in...

    This reminded me of an acquaintance/friend in Berkeley, CA who was a maker of pottery. He made many sizes and shapes. He also made a lot of small items less than an inch tall. He had a license to set...
  24. Thread: How to?

    by Jim Koepke
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    Do you have any way to create an image? It may...

    Do you have any way to create an image?

    It may be the late hour and one small glass of rum but the vision isn't coming to me.

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    The glue up for this seemed as if it was going to...

    The glue up for this seemed as if it was going to be an ordeal. Then it dawned on me to dry assemble one side of the box while holding it in the vise to glue up the other side. Then it could be...
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