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    I must admit that it took me a while to get to...

    I must admit that it took me a while to get to this point. I realized at some point that if that can of nuts and bolts was worth the time to sort I would do it and put them in the proper space that...
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    Some people dedicate space for their hobbies such...

    Some people dedicate space for their hobbies such as kitchens, computer rooms, TV (movie) rooms, and sewing rooms. Many times our hobby room is a garage or basement room that doubles as a catch all...
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    Interesting Ron. Your work looks very good. Have...

    Interesting Ron. Your work looks very good. Have you done any experiments concerning durability or strength with the polymers you are using? What do you find different in the working characteristics...
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    For most of my working life I did 60 hour weeks,...

    For most of my working life I did 60 hour weeks, 5:30 in 5:30 or 6:00 out. Sometimes I would start looking at my hobby work as a task, thatís bad. I then started separating hobby from home chores....
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    Itís more up to the wood being worked than the...

    Itís more up to the wood being worked than the thickness of the shavings you can achieve. A plane needs to cut clean and not leave scratch marks. Itís than up to the finisher. Those beautiful...
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    Bridle joints and bolts. Like trestle work or...

    Bridle joints and bolts. Like trestle work or wagon or early car work where vibration can be expected. Bolts with plates can be tightened as needed.
    Jim
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    Happy to see youíve found your angle. Youíll have...

    Happy to see youíve found your angle. Youíll have great fun and be challenging yourself from now on.
    Jim
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    Sometimes people think the thickness of the...

    Sometimes people think the thickness of the chisel is to jig along the mortise, and it is, but it also supports perpendicular to the mortise with the wide side. Its easier to bell the mortise with a...
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    You will miss a good chance to learn sliding...

    You will miss a good chance to learn sliding tapered dovetails. A very good joint for slab benches and similar builds. Mortises will work. Millions of kidís step stools have been made using mortises...
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    You have it Mike. To prove it to yourself just...

    You have it Mike. To prove it to yourself just lay any square against a straight edge and just start raising the blade changing the pitch. You will notice the angles donít change only the lengths...
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    For anything smaller than 1/4Ē I use a bench...

    For anything smaller than 1/4Ē I use a bench chisel. I have 1/4, 5/16, and 3/8 mortise chisels. Anything larger, which is seldom, i drill and pare. I donít think you need to split hairs over it. I do...
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    Hi Mike, I donít know if this will help you much...

    Hi Mike, I donít know if this will help you much but it works for me. When working with a hip roof to find the length of the hip rafter you use 16.97Ē per foot run of a common rafter. I than just use...
  13. I started the down size a couple of years ago....

    I started the down size a couple of years ago. Gave all of the doubles to daughter and SIL. Still have lots of tools that I still ďneedĒ. Every time I think about more down sizing I end up getting a...
  14. Derek, I always enjoy seeing your work. Sometimes...

    Derek, I always enjoy seeing your work. Sometimes I wish I could organize in such a fashion. I have far too many tools that I use often. The drawers of my many tool boxes are full. I know where...
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    I may not be right on this. A hobby is something...

    I may not be right on this. A hobby is something that you can do for enjoyment after you have fulfilled your obligations. I try to get as much enjoyment out of obligations as hobbies. For obligations...
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    Most of the glue joint failures I have seen are...

    Most of the glue joint failures I have seen are not due to glue failure. A joint usually fails because of stresses beyond the capability of the glue, gap filling, wood shrinking, cross graining,...
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    I am far more careful about where I set the plane...

    I am far more careful about where I set the plane on the bench. Many more planes have been damaged by being knocked to the floor when repositioning material. Unless you have a hard surface finish on...
  18. Well said Charles. Whether shooting board, miter...

    Well said Charles. Whether shooting board, miter jack or trimmer all are an extra step to make correction to the first task.
    Jim
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    I like hot hide glue and would use it more. I use...

    I like hot hide glue and would use it more. I use it when doing a lot of gluing. Since I do mostly small work now its too time consuming. Its great for rub joints cleans up easier and does a good job...
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    LOL about this thread. Got to thinking. When you...

    LOL about this thread. Got to thinking. When you are retired everything can be a hobby because you no longer have a ďjobĒ and the responsibilities that go with it. You only have obligations, pay your...
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    I only glue both sides when gluing end grain. On...

    I only glue both sides when gluing end grain. On the end grain piece I put glue on and rub it in good with my finger. I than glue the other piece and go back to the end grain piece and put a little...
  22. I try not to depend on a shooting board for...

    I try not to depend on a shooting board for sizing. I try to saw to the line carefully. If using a pencil line I try to stay right on the edge and not go into the line. If my sawing is good I donít...
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    Hi Richard, I have a few years on you. Iíve had...

    Hi Richard, I have a few years on you. Iíve had the same thing happen at times. My cure is to pick the job I like the least and focus on it to completion. There is a great relief in this and you then...
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    Hi Richard, As others have said I try to stay...

    Hi Richard, As others have said I try to stay away from plywood when I can. Sometimes you must. Here is how I usually do these cuts. I have two mill knives that I have ground to single bevels right...
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    In going along with this thread, what standard do...

    In going along with this thread, what standard do you try to work to? Over the years Iíve heard 1/16Ē most often. For myself I think 1/32Ē to 1/64Ē is more appropriate. Thatís somewhere in the...
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