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    Steven, Nice saws. To change the words on...

    Steven,

    Nice saws. To change the words on the old Beatles song: "Happiness is a sharp saw."

    Stew
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    Hi All, There was another factor as well. ...

    Hi All,

    There was another factor as well. After WWII was over, there was tremendous destruction all over the world. In this country, in 3 or 4 years the baby boom underway full steam ahead. ...
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    Josh, used plane irons can be had on that auction...

    Josh, used plane irons can be had on that auction site. Prices, as well as condition, vary drastically. There are a few, primarily for #4/5 that look pretty good that can be had for less than $20...
  4. Erich, back when I was working for a carpenter we...

    Erich, back when I was working for a carpenter we had a good metal miter box and also had used the wooden ones with slots cut in them.

    The problem with the wooden ones is they have a bit too much...
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    Michael, just sat down to take a break, and saw...

    Michael, just sat down to take a break, and saw your post.

    The problem is more related to surface tension than viscosity, I think. Water has a much higher surface tension than does the honing...
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    Steven, Ya did good! The condition of the...

    Steven,

    Ya did good! The condition of the stuff looks good to very good to almost new.

    The framing square looks to be a bit rusty, but you and I both know it will clean up very nicely. Even...
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    Ken, As with the other projects you have...

    Ken,

    As with the other projects you have posted photos of, you have done a beautiful job. The table should be one to last for generations as was the woodworking goal described in "The Anarchists...
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    Hi Steven, The drawings are pretty good, so...

    Hi Steven,

    The drawings are pretty good, so Rocky must have done them with some slight assistance of Bullwinkle. I have doubts that Bullwinkle could draw that well, but you never know. At least...
  9. Ken, Good point on Arizona, but I am thinking...

    Ken,

    Good point on Arizona, but I am thinking it might be a tad unhandy for me to keep my saws, chisels, and planes there, if I end up living in Oklahoma. A four day drive every time I need a...
  10. Popular Woodworking Test of Rust Preventatives

    I was reading the Q&A section of Popular Woodworking, August 2005, page 15, and in it Christopher Schwarz answered a question on "How to Remove Light Rust From Hand Tool." The article spilled into...
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    David, wow, having an vintage tool chest with the...

    David, wow, having an vintage tool chest with the tools in place is amazing. Can you take some photos and show and describe the tools?

    Thanks and regards,

    Stew
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    I am in the same situation as is Blake for...

    I am in the same situation as is Blake for exactly the same reason, very few hand tools to be fournd in West Texas. I have bought a tiny number in our area, but it is very few.

    I also do the...
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    Jeff, beautiful job with yellow pine. Very nice...

    Jeff, beautiful job with yellow pine. Very nice workmanship.

    Also, you wooden bandsaw in the background looks great. All I can say is wow.

    Regards,

    Stew
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    Rafael, the Defiance are a different model. At...

    Rafael, the Defiance are a different model. At least the Stanley Defiance chisels that I have seen are stamped with a capital D on the socket, ie: "D."

    I hadn't really looked that much at the...
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    Stanley 750 vs Made in USA Chisels?

    Hi All,

    On the auction site I see more Stanley "Made in USA" socket chisels than I see of the 750s or 720s. The "Made in USA" chisels also sell for lower prices.

    My assumptiion is a lot of...
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    Ron, +1 on beautiful work. Absolutely...

    Ron,

    +1 on beautiful work. Absolutely beautiful.

    Regards,

    Stew
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    Blake, You might look at Youtube videos by...

    Blake,

    You might look at Youtube videos by Paul Sellers. There is one about restoring an old Eclipse saw set, a brand made in England. He talks about the set using the Eclipse set. I finally...
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    Steven, Great advise......I wish you or...

    Steven,

    Great advise......I wish you or someone like you had warned me about that 40 years ago....that and the warning on the planes.....now it may be too late. Sigh.

    From personal experience...
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    Jim, Mike, and Frank, It wasn't wise to trade...

    Jim, Mike, and Frank,

    It wasn't wise to trade wits with Churchill, because he was "world class" quick witted.

    My favorite Churchill quote, and I don't know the circumstance but do know that...
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    George, I think the idea of the masonite, I...

    George,

    I think the idea of the masonite, I would go with 1/4" stuff, is the way to go. What you don't get on the bench does not need to ever be cleaned off. When you are done with the...
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    Blake, As you probably already know. The...

    Blake,

    As you probably already know. The "toe" of the saw is the corner area where front tip of the saw blade and the tooth line meet.....the end furthest from the handle on the bottom of the...
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    Kris, Disston used beech on their #7 and #D7...

    Kris,

    Disston used beech on their #7 and #D7 saws, and a small smattering occasionally on other of their less expensive saws. They used apple on their better saws, including most of their very...
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    Blake, David did a great job of describing the...

    Blake,

    David did a great job of describing the various types of saws, doing a good job with 1/3rd of the words it would have taken me. A couple of thoughts. If you do a search for "back saw"...
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    Blake, you may already know the following, and I...

    Blake, you may already know the following, and I am sure that almost all of the folks on this site know the following hand saw basics, but thought it would not hurt to list some basic information for...
  25. Thread: Saw advice

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    Blake, A few thoughts. My handsaw use has...

    Blake,

    A few thoughts. My handsaw use has been carpentry work primarily, rather than fine woodworking, so I am biased because of that with regard to handsaws. I like 26" handsaws, primarily due...
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