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  1. Grainger has a large selection. Iíve bought some...

    Grainger has a large selection. Iíve bought some at HD that have lasted a long time, but I get the feeling you use them a lot more than me.
  2. Check out Blum Tools....

    Check out Blum Tools. http://blumtool.com/?page_id=50

    I needed a portable workbench and happened to see one of these on Craigslist. I was somewhat skeptical but the price was right so I bought it....
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    Iím 72. Had and used a dial caliper for years,...

    Iím 72. Had and used a dial caliper for years, then I picked up a Mitutoyo digital caliper at an estate sale filled with machinistís tools. The dial caliper was sold on Craigslist within a week.
  4. Not at all surprising. This type of thing has...

    Not at all surprising. This type of thing has been happening for years in many other sectors. I first noticed it with canned pet food and then other food items. Instead of increasing the price, the...
  5. A variety of dental picks are an important part...

    A variety of dental picks are an important part of my tool collection. Dentists often recycle them, so you might be able to score a couple for free.
  6. I donít think Iíve seen the word ďfeedbackĒ used...

    I donít think Iíve seen the word ďfeedbackĒ used as much since the time I attended a Jimi Hendrix concert.
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    Gerald, It depends on the dimensions you use....

    Gerald,

    It depends on the dimensions you use. The math for mortises is usually 1/3 the thickness of the material. In other words, a mortise in 3/4Ē stock should be 1/4Ē; 1 1/2Ē stock (6/4) should...
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    David, I have a lot of high end tools, many LN...

    David,

    I have a lot of high end tools, many LN products among them. I also have a lot of my dadís old tools, including a mixed set of 60-70 year old yellow plastic-handled Stanley 60 and Buck...
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    As long as itís sharp, who cares? 😉

    As long as itís sharp, who cares? 😉
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    +1 for Ray Iles Pigstickers. They feel good in my...

    +1 for Ray Iles Pigstickers. They feel good in my hand and are very robust. I have the 1/4Ē & 1/2Ē. The 1/4Ē gets a lot more use. One of these days I might get a 3/8Ē.
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    I concur with Jack. You donít need to disassemble...

    I concur with Jack. You donít need to disassemble it. Blow out the dust and loose dirt with compressed air (can or compressor), wipe it down with Simple Green, lube the pivot points with 3 in 1, wax...
  12. I have the bronze. Itís a bit heavier, wonít ever...

    I have the bronze. Itís a bit heavier, wonít ever rust and I prefer itís appearance. Other than that I assume they perform the same. The LN 4 is a great plane.

    Regarding your initial question, I...
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    Chisel orÖ A low angle block plane with a very...

    Chisel orÖ
    A low angle block plane with a very sharp blade. You wonít get any blowout if you slightly chamfer the edges prior to planing across the grain.
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    Stew has some good advice, but hereís a time...

    Stew has some good advice, but hereís a time saver I learned about from a member of an old tools group I belong to. If possible remove the handle and start by spraying on WD-40, letting it soak in...
  15. The Burns documentary was great, but utterly...

    The Burns documentary was great, but utterly heartrending to relive Aliís decline. I was born, raised and lived in Chicago until 1978. One day I was downtown, walking on State St. when out of a small...
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    Jim (and Stan), The saws Mike is selling are...

    Jim (and Stan),

    The saws Mike is selling are No. 12s, not D-12s. There is a huge difference between the two models. No. 12s were some of the best saws Disston produced and are highly desired and...
  17. I have the Dewalt with OEM blades. Itís a great...

    I have the Dewalt with OEM blades. Itís a great machine. Rock solid and rarely any snipe when set up properly. It weighs almost 100 pounds, so I wouldnít consider it portable. I have it mounted on...
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    I prefer worm drives. They never bog down and,...

    I prefer worm drives. They never bog down and, with proper maintenance, will outlive me and whoever gets it after me. Like Bill Iíve got a PC314 Trim Saw, equipped with a 4 1/2Ē Forrest WWII blade....
  19. Also in the Lamello camp. Have had it for over 20...

    Also in the Lamello camp. Have had it for over 20 years and still going strong. And I always use Lamello biscuits. It always pays to buy the best quality you can afford.
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    Iíll keep it brief. I encountered a former...

    Iíll keep it brief. I encountered a former neighbor from Chicago on a ski slope in Zermatt, Switzerland. I had stopped halfway down the mountain to admire the view when this guy skied up to me and...
  21. Nice gesture but you should have checked eBay...

    Nice gesture but you should have checked eBay before giving them away. Thereís a huge collectibles market for stuff like that. Those things go for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
  22. I donít buy a lot from Loweís or HD, mostly...

    I donít buy a lot from Loweís or HD, mostly hardware, plumbing/electrical/painting supplies, etc. Never had an issue at either place if I needed to return something. Customer service at both places...
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    Shameless plug: You should have purchased the...

    Shameless plug: You should have purchased the deck building books I offered for sale here recently. I have a few more and they might appear in a classified section near and dear to you soon. 😉
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    This is really interesting. I did some research...

    This is really interesting. I did some research and discovered there are 5 species of North American Black Walnut, including 2 native to California. Iíve never inquired but since I live in California...
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    Derek, There are many species of walnut, so...

    Derek,

    There are many species of walnut, so Iím assuming your experience is with walnut native to your area of the planet. I donít find that to be the case with American black walnut. Itís been...
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