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  1. The worst enemy of polished steel just might be...

    The worst enemy of polished steel just might be the corrosive sweat that some people have on their hands. I knew a guy who rusted right through a well oiled pistol. He rusted up the tools in my shop...
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    I NEVER,EVER buff the edge on a wheel. It rounds...

    I NEVER,EVER buff the edge on a wheel. It rounds the cutting edge very easily. Some here use a piece of MDF with green compound on it. That is a good method which does not bugger up your edge. That...
  3. Not a problem once you have used a chisel enough...

    Not a problem once you have used a chisel enough to easily do accurate work with it. I have done 4",and even 6" wide mortises many times with a 1" or 3/4" chisel. PRACTICE !!!!!

    You can find...
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    Re toothing is something we had to do several...

    Re toothing is something we had to do several times to eliminate the extreme mess others made trying to re sharpen our saws. We didn't like doing it because it eliminated a good hunk of saw width.
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  5. I have at least one about 8 or 10" long,which I...

    I have at least one about 8 or 10" long,which I never use. I'm just used to using the blade of a Starrett or B and S square blade.
  6. My favorite are the Pfiel brand that Woodcraft...

    My favorite are the Pfiel brand that Woodcraft sells. They aren't the cheapest,though.
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    I'll add: Since A2 WILL stay sharp longer than...

    I'll add: Since A2 WILL stay sharp longer than plain carbon,and since the blacksmiths were using only .80 carbon steel since it welds easier (without burning up at welding heat), Which would not stay...
  8. I'd take it if I had room !!!! But,I'm such a...

    I'd take it if I had room !!!! But,I'm such a tool pig I've filled up my 40 x 30 shop with a 16 x 22 side room.
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    Everyone I know in Conservation in Colonial...

    Everyone I know in Conservation in Colonial Williamsburg has filled in their tool well. I don't have one on my bench either. Just takes up too much working room.
  10. I keep my mirror polished bowie knife which I...

    I keep my mirror polished bowie knife which I made,and have posted pictures of here in the past,in a vegetable tanned knife sheath. Have done it for quite a few years and no rust yet. It has always...
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    The fact is,there is no free lunch with tool...

    The fact is,there is no free lunch with tool steels. PLAIN carbon steel will take the sharpest edge of any steel. It just won't hold it as long as alloy steels. Alloy steels will hold an edge...
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    Your problem is,you are holding the file at an...

    Your problem is,you are holding the file at an uphill angle while filing. This makes one set of teeth look very shallow on one side. File exactly at right angles to the saw plate,while holding the...
  13. Possibly user made.N o commercial straight edge I...

    Possibly user made.N o commercial straight edge I have seen has such fancy engravings. They would have to have been engraved before the tool was hardened. And,the engravings are not of professional...
  14. Since I have heart trouble, I would use an...

    Since I have heart trouble, I would use an electric jack plane to flatten a work bench. On a very fine setting I can get excellent results with my Bosch. I made an attachment for mine which I can...
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    Still alive

    I havenít been posting on any forum for nearly two years. Somehow I just seem to have lost interest. Iím still alive though !
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    They now have cabinet making,with my last old...

    They now have cabinet making,with my last old apprentice building spinets in one area of the shop. Added is a joiner's shop as well as the long established out door carpenters using period tools,most...
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    You can grind a small bevel on the back of the...

    You can grind a small bevel on the back of the blade, which will get rid of the pits, and give the plane a higher cutting angle, more suitable for planing hard or figured woods. Many a 18th and 19th....
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    I can make any size wood tap correctly with 90...

    I can make any size wood tap correctly with 90 degree threads (V threads). Unfortunately,the tool steel 3' bar of drill rod is pretty expensive in the larger sizes. When you get up to 2" drill rod,it...
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    I can make correct taps of any size....

    I can make correct taps of any size. Unfortunately,as said above,a large tap would cost a few hundred at least. In the DICK catalog from Germany,last time I looked,about 10 or 20 years ago,they...
  20. Thanks John. I have been reading a lengthy book...

    Thanks John. I have been reading a lengthy book about the life and times of Elmer Keith,one of the greatest six gun experts ever. Bach in the 20's he did nearly all his hunting with a pistol. He...
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    It would not be as much trouble as making violin...

    It would not be as much trouble as making violin tops and backs,which have a dip near the edges of their arches,and a more complicated shape.

    Did you know that Gibson made their arch top LP...
  22. Way back in the 1950'5 and in the 60's when I was...

    Way back in the 1950'5 and in the 60's when I was very active in making modern guitars,(before Colonial Williamsburg snapped me up,and sent me back 200 years!), I used to automatically make compound...
  23. I have been building classical and flamenco...

    I have been building classical and flamenco guitars since 1959. Other guitars since 1954. Most haven't been at it that long on other fora. The correct info given here covers the subject pretty well.
  24. In regard to abrasion resistance: some alloys...

    In regard to abrasion resistance: some alloys like chrome are added to certain tool steels to increase resistance to wear. D2 is such a steel. It has about 14% chrome and is also a very hard metal....
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    I agree with the others: A beautiful bench. I've...

    I agree with the others: A beautiful bench. I've made several over the years. For some reason,I have always really enjoyed making benches. At my age,I doubt I'll be making any more ! Too heavy for me...
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