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    Spray graphite or teflon works very well for me.

    Spray graphite or teflon works very well for me.
  2. No need to overthink this task. No tool rental...

    No need to overthink this task. No tool rental required. As has been mentioned use the feeder base to layout your holes, avoiding ribbing. I make size on centre punches but you don't need to be that...
  3. My main bench is 22 years old and I have...

    My main bench is 22 years old and I have flattened it three times. I live with season changes until I can't and then go to town. It gets oiled and waxed to keep glue at bay. It is hard maple at the...
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    I use LN toothed blades but I am never in "hog...

    I use LN toothed blades but I am never in "hog mode" when I do. I'm just trying to get flat without tear out in trying circumstances.
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    I have a 4' X 8' assembly table on a metal base....

    I have a 4' X 8' assembly table on a metal base. My torsion box top is MDF on top and Particle board on the bottom. A bit less weight and $$$. It is 5" deep and extremely heavy. I has supported...
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    I was looking into your well being a couple of...

    I was looking into your well being a couple of weeks ago George! Great to hear that you are alive and somehow existing without a virtual presence! I hope that you are still tackling interesting...
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    In my experience this technique will bring back...

    In my experience this technique will bring back an "almost good" file but it won't restore dead ones. The cutting edges need to be good enough that a small amount of material removal sharpens things...
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    I'm not a spring chicken but I'm also not an old...

    I'm not a spring chicken but I'm also not an old fart. In my mid fifties at 6'1" and 175 lbs I wouldn't give a moments thought to whether a plane was too heavy to use all day and on many projects I...
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    This! And if this doesn't work you'll need a seal...

    This! And if this doesn't work you'll need a seal kit, but this works almost always. I put my guns away with oil in them and a cycle or two. A stitch in time...
  10. Get your slider! Then use it and learn how you...

    Get your slider! Then use it and learn how you can get the best results in you r shop. In my opinion there is no need for a third party accessory to allow you to rip with ease. Use your machine...
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    The suggestion of wetting the wood prior to...

    The suggestion of wetting the wood prior to planing is excellent and has helped me many times in the past. I use a spray bottle and let the wood sit for a couple minutes and then take a light pass....
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    Biscuits add gluing surface area

    Take a look at the edge of a biscuit, that and a wee bit more is what material you are removing from the joint. Now look at the face of a biscuit, that is new long grain gluing surface that you are...
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    I've made several wooden hand planes over the...

    I've made several wooden hand planes over the years, the earlier ones were done as an exercise in reproducing side escapement planes the later ones as a means to an end. For smoothers I laminate them...
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    I bought a blue tooth set up for my iPhone this winter. I listen to music in my shop but from an iPhone dock. I have brought the headphones to the shop but will only use them when I'm NOT working on...
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    Personally I couldn't live without a jointer as I...

    Personally I couldn't live without a jointer as I use rough lumber. I also like the control over a project that you can have when you can break out your lumber quickly and well. As Eric mentioned a...
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    The learning curve is up hill again! I don't cut...

    The learning curve is up hill again! I don't cut dovetails all the time or even much of the time. When I have a dovetail job coming up I start cutting a single dovetail first thing when I get to my...
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    I wholeheartedly agree, this is a top notch...

    I wholeheartedly agree, this is a top notch company in all regards!
  18. The OP's problem is s symptom of our times....

    The OP's problem is s symptom of our times. "Bells and whistles, features, ease of use, smart", all buzz words to describe in this case a vacuum that needs a circuit board to operate as... a vacuum!...
  19. I've had two Minimax JP combos with Tersa heads...

    I've had two Minimax JP combos with Tersa heads and have never felt that I needed a spiral insert head but wouldn't say no to one either. Minimax owns their own foundry and their castings are larger...
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    Ah yes the plague! Perfect time to come out of...

    Ah yes the plague! Perfect time to come out of hiding and pick up a trade that the world will need to rebuild - a Blacksmith! Wait, that was another plague I think. It is a fun craft and your son can...
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    If you're going hand tool only then you certainly...

    If you're going hand tool only then you certainly do need a rip saw as well as the cross cut. You might also consider a bow saw as well as the panel style. I'd suggest 26"ers if you're truly going...
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    It is a filthy pursuit and would surely...

    It is a filthy pursuit and would surely contaminate your woodworking area. If his fuel source is gas it's not as sooty but it is very dirty. A am lucky enough to have access to an outdoor set up...
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    Saw sharpening intervals vary given the work they...

    Saw sharpening intervals vary given the work they do and in what woods. To see if my saw is sharp I'll hold it by the handle in the vertical plane and put my free hand to the teeth and let the weight...
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    I love this technique! If you re-saw your...

    I love this technique! If you re-saw your laminations and carefully keep their orientation and sequence from saw to glue up you can almost avoid detection in the finished component. You have to try...
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    Just did a couple of doors on a cabinet this week...

    Just did a couple of doors on a cabinet this week and I would agree with Brandon. If in doubt do a test with two pieces of scrap!
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