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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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  7. Blue tooth red fingers

    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!
  11. 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!...
  12. 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...
  18. 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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    What utter nonsense. Abrasive attached to paper...

    What utter nonsense. Abrasive attached to paper won't work but abrasive either in a binder or dry will? BS and BS big time. I've used sandpaper to flatten water stones for over 20 years with no ill...
  20. If your planer has snipe why wouldn't you tune it...

    If your planer has snipe why wouldn't you tune it to eliminate the snipe? I'd never buy more material because I hadn't fettled my equipment as that would be bad practice. My point of view of course.
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    Mine has a 1" arbor and can spin 14" blade. I...

    Mine has a 1" arbor and can spin 14" blade. I think that the 1"er was an option.
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    I haven't found Arkansas stones to be cheap! I do...

    I haven't found Arkansas stones to be cheap! I do use Arkansas slip stones with my carving tools for the reasons that you state. Well except for the cheap part!
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    I buy my sandpaper from an industry wholesaler, I...

    I buy my sandpaper from an industry wholesaler, I buy 50 to 100 in a sleeve and the price is very reasonable compared to retail. I'm sure that you can do this too. I flatten my stones on 320 grit...
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    I have a trestle base for my bench and I built a...

    I have a trestle base for my bench and I built a cabinet to fit in the trestle. The cabinet has storage for chisels and planes etc. in dedicated drawers. I also have two rolling cabinets that fit...
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    I've made several benches and have chosen not to...

    I've made several benches and have chosen not to take the slab route. With the exception of the cool aesthetics and vibe of a slab I only see trouble. I've made lots of slab furniture over the years...
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