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    Seems there is just too much water involved for a...

    Seems there is just too much water involved for a box like that. The lid will have some movement and the whole box is not that heavy. It looks good in a magazine.
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    Donít dry the stones just use a lidded plastic...

    Donít dry the stones just use a lidded plastic tub and make a stone pond, keep them immersed all the time, a big time saver. After trying several mats, drawer liners etc the smooth work well until...
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    Ashley Isles paring chisels are slim, sharp and...

    Ashley Isles paring chisels are slim, sharp and strong. They fit the paring chisel definition perfectly. Four sets of chisels and some randoms but no clear favourite. It all comes down to the scale...
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    Excellent advice Robert! Thatís exactly what I do!

    Excellent advice Robert! Thatís exactly what I do!
  5. Matt, after collecting wood for a while you will...

    Matt, after collecting wood for a while you will have some very clear ideas what you want in a bench. I would urge you to think about what you like to make or will have to make. Functionality is...
  6. Without them you would use a taught string line...

    Without them you would use a taught string line and three identical blocks of wood. The middle block would kiss the string, or not, as you slide it. They would be far better than your ‘straight’...
  7. Assaf, I forget how thick your top is but as...

    Assaf, I forget how thick your top is but as mentioned here thick tops donít have any give, hence lots of accuracy is required. Donít worry about the top face very much you will plane that flat...
  8. At one time Great Britain was the Ďworkshop of...

    At one time Great Britain was the Ďworkshop of the worldí. Now itís clearly Asia. My British heritage made me used to a steel industry, coal industry, engineering companies and a country that made a...
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    In my commercial work I take great delight in...

    In my commercial work I take great delight in making a drawer 1&1/2Ē deep if that is all thatís needed. The customer has usually never seen purpose made drawers before. One huge benefit is it keeps...
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    Iíve seen them with blankets on, usually in a...

    Iíve seen them with blankets on, usually in a store selling blankets. Towels suggest some drying is involved which is a problem when they overlap, hence the Ďrailí we are all used to. If you have a...
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    Yes I think breadboard ends will look terrible...

    Yes I think breadboard ends will look terrible with that style. Can you study the grain and flip the boards over to alternate the grain and minimize the twist? Using narrower boards may help with...
  12. Just to add the Clifton in the mix, Cdn.$27 more...

    Just to add the Clifton in the mix, Cdn.$27 more than Lie Nielsen but a 3 week wait time. A heavier plane but well made. The price on line includes 20% tax which exports donít pay. Worth a look.
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    Private message sent.

    Private message sent.
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    Mark, wood is elastic, you donít go from...

    Mark, wood is elastic, you donít go from Ďsnugging up the jointí to destroying the cells, there is an elastic compression first. If there was not then all wedges and shims would be tapped in...
  15. I brush melted wax on the end grain of boards Iím...

    I brush melted wax on the end grain of boards Iím drying as the ends will dry and check, way before the rest of the board is dry, as in years.

    Covering the whole board in wax slows water vapour...
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    Once the wedge is driven you canít assume itís...

    Once the wedge is driven you canít assume itís just part of the tenon and normal seasonal movement will continue. The wood is now in compression, at least 15%. You also canít assume the compression...
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    Yes Mark I see what you mean, unfortunately for...

    Yes Mark I see what you mean, unfortunately for the appearance the most stable joint for moisture change is picture 2.

    However when you add the wedge the compression in line with the rings as in...
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    Mark you contradict yourself, the two photos have...

    Mark you contradict yourself, the two photos have 90 degree opposite tenon configurations yet you say they both match mortice movement. In the second picture the grains are at right angles, therefore...
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    Iím with Dave, keeping the tenon grain aligned to...

    Iím with Dave, keeping the tenon grain aligned to the mortice. The seasonal wood movement will match, it just plain looks better as well. The wedge grain if flat sawn can also match. The wedge...
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    Thatís one of the originals with cast aluminium...

    Thatís one of the originals with cast aluminium before they went all steel. The clamping edges were coved in the middle if I remember correctly. You can make it better than the original. Wood, paint,...
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    Being able to find things when you want them and...

    Being able to find things when you want them and not have to be clairvoyant! Interesting concept. My filing system is not as well defined, tool tray, tool box then on with the hat. My workbench shelf...
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    The flowing grain across the front.....thatís...

    The flowing grain across the front.....thatís what craftsmen do, ever see that in IKEA?
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    New handle on old woodie

    After 18 months on the shelf the ‘one day’ arrived. New handle time.

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    Each plane was $10 (pre-covid). The smoother in the background has a stylish quality handle, just too small for...
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    It seems likely they will sag over that span....

    It seems likely they will sag over that span. The sag may be livable. The beam overhang is not much of a cantilever either.
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    Michael I just finished doing the same thing for...

    Michael I just finished doing the same thing for an old wooden plane. Your grain direction is good for maximum strength. The 'crisp' edges have a machine made look to them. I shaped mine with a spoke...
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