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  1. A loop of rope twisted with a stick can be an...

    A loop of rope twisted with a stick can be an effective clamping device. (aka Spanish Windlass)

    Think of the loop of twine at the top of a bow saw used to tension a blade.

    Springy pieces of...
  2. Poplar is easy to work. It is one of the softer...

    Poplar is easy to work. It is one of the softer hardwoods.

    Alder seems a bit softer, maybe too soft for a lot of projects.

    Cherry is nice but most of the cherry in my experience has been the...
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    Millers Falls Cigar Shave

    One of my more recent habits is checking the SMC Classifieds often. Many times desired treasures have been seen at decent prices only to see someone else has already arranged to purchase the item....
  4. Found one item still available. Bought it and a...

    Found one item still available. Bought it and a couple of other things needed.

    It is now dawning on my why it was always difficult to buy a gift for my father. Like me at this age he pretty much...
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    Nice way to get a lot of utility from a miter...

    Nice way to get a lot of utility from a miter box.

    jtk
  6. Those all went fast at the seconds sale last...

    Those all went fast at the seconds sale last month > https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?294309

    A few here got lucky.

    jtk
  7. There are easy ways to deal with vise racking >...

    There are easy ways to deal with vise racking > https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?183743

    Very easy to make:

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    This was made to fit my vise. The slot spacing and leaf sizes may be...
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    Agree jtk

    Agree

    jtk
  9. Where there is a will, there are ways. jtk

    Where there is a will, there are ways.

    jtk
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    Thanks for the link. There is no reasonable voice...

    Thanks for the link. There is no reasonable voice to dismiss the design of the FWW bench. After all it is a flat surface with work holding devices supported by legs.

    Is there anything untoward...
  11. Here is a mock up of something seen in an old FWW...

    Here is a mock up of something seen in an old FWW magazine:

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    This has the springs on both sides instead of having one at the front. This was made in about 10-15 minutes. It could be made...
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    To the best of my knowledge no one has called for...

    To the best of my knowledge no one has called for censoring your posts.

    My request was for you to share your design philosophy.

    My request was not for you to validate your opinion or choice but...
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    Edward, You seem to miss one very important word,...

    Edward, You seem to miss one very important word, CONTEXT.

    Your comments seem to imply there is only one bench in Chris Schwarz's first book:



    You had noted your error earlier but you seem...
  14. Did You Miss the Lee Valley Seconds Sale?

    Tomorrow is cyber Monday.

    Starts 12 Midnight EST.

    Includes discounted gift cards, very tempting.

    Supplies are limited.

    jtk
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    Videos for Cats

    One of my cats is very clear on enjoying videos made for cats.

    She even tends to track the curser on the screen during my time on the computer.

    She also watches TV with us.

    My big question...
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    That could indicate the blade having more set on...

    That could indicate the blade having more set on one side.

    Often this can be corrected by running a stone over the side to which the blade is pulling.

    jtk
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    It works as long as your chisel is smaller than...

    It works as long as your chisel is smaller than the dog hole. Some folks have had problems with socket chisels falling off of the handle. It can also be painful if you reach under the bench top for...
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    If it goes one way at times and a different way...

    If it goes one way at times and a different way at other times it doesn't sound like set. Bad set on a saw tends to be consistent about which way it pulls.

    If it "seems to be a function of how you...
  19. My round dogs do tend to drop through on the...

    My round dogs do tend to drop through on the thinner parts of the bench. It is more difficult to get as effective or a holding spring on round dogs.

    Would it be difficult to glue a hunk of wood in...
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    Lack of funds can lead to a lot of learning. ...

    Lack of funds can lead to a lot of learning.

    jtk
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    Thanks Ole, that was an interesting and...

    Thanks Ole, that was an interesting and informative video.

    The only regret is being an old timer it is no longer possible to tell the old timers who taught me they were spreading an old wive's...
  22. Luke, good answers above. One thing seen on...

    Luke, good answers above.

    One thing seen on many benches with square dogs is every hole has its own dog. This allows the user to lightly tap the underside of the dog when placing work. Then tap...
  23. Some like 'em square and some like 'em round. ...

    Some like 'em square and some like 'em round.

    Square depends on the bench maker but usually a standard thickness so they can be cut from scrap stock.

    For round dog holes, my choice, 3/4" is...
  24. Besides this Kevin the OP is working with panels...

    Besides this Kevin the OP is working with panels made of glued up end cuts and mill scrap. The pieces are not oriented with the grain going the same way.

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    The title of this image is, "If...
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    Thanks to all and a Happy Thanksgiving back to...

    Thanks to all and a Happy Thanksgiving back to you all.

    jtk
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