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    Ken, I believe I have figured out a way for a...

    Ken, I believe I have figured out a way for a tail vise. I’ve had the hard maple for nearly 2 years now to build the pictured bench modeled here. Health crap has curtailed my shop work at present. I...
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    Push on center, open like butterfly. Pivoting....

    Push on center, open like butterfly. Pivoting.
    Jim
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    Derek, I suggest these two methods. Let the...

    Derek, I suggest these two methods. Let the drawer face hang below the rail. Put a pull bar under the drawer bottom, all of the way across, so it can be reached at any point and allows the drawer to...
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    Congratulations on your award Derek. The awards...

    Congratulations on your award Derek. The awards given often times leaves one with a lot of head scratching time. The first place prize winner is very well done too. Sometimes we see one thing like...
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    Very interesting discussion. Iím definitely a...

    Very interesting discussion. Iím definitely a believer in good layout tools no mater the discipline. The issue I have always had with machine tools and woodworking tools in the same area is...
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    Well done. Very clownish indeed. Jim

    Well done. Very clownish indeed.
    Jim
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    Good plan. Gently, slowly, mark before you start....

    Good plan. Gently, slowly, mark before you start. Good luck.
    Jim
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    I've ground lots of steel over the years. Here's...

    I've ground lots of steel over the years. Here's my take.
    1) speed of the grinder makes little difference
    2) wheel grit makes a lot of difference (just like sandpaper)
    3) grinding is not a...
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    I triple dog dare you to ask a sharpening...

    I triple dog dare you to ask a sharpening question.:p
    Jim
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    Bench coming along well. It may only be in the...

    Bench coming along well. It may only be in the southwest where a 30 minute storm can substantially change your entire landscape view. Good thing your shop will dry quickly in hours instead of days....
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    I’ve had lots of experience with nail guns of all...

    I’ve had lots of experience with nail guns of all kinds. I’ve shot many millions of nails. I would guess that I’ve double shot a few, don’t know how many but less than 50 I would bet. I would not...
  12. Deck and stairs looking good. Best part is...

    Deck and stairs looking good. Best part is Grandpa and Grandson, great team.
    Jim
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    Very sorry about Sam. There is some very special...

    Very sorry about Sam. There is some very special attachment to your "shop dog".
    Jim
  14. lol Derek, very soon the cyber machine will make...

    lol Derek, very soon the cyber machine will make the connection and you will get 3 subscriptions and your card will get the charges. About a year from now you may get it all straightened out, just...
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    I like the table Derek. The leg shape is nice and...

    I like the table Derek. The leg shape is nice and goes very well with the piece. The splay from the side looks great. I had to look at it a few times from the front. I think the splay looks a little...
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    From what you described I think you have a dip or...

    From what you described I think you have a dip or cup at that point on both boards. A plane may not be the tool for this. Depending on how large the panel is I would be tempted to use a card scraper...
  17. Looking very fine Derek. I kept thinking I had...

    Looking very fine Derek. I kept thinking I had seen rounded dovetails like yours somewhere. I think I finally remembered. The old radio casework from the 1920s and 30s had those rounded corners. Some...
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    I'm not suggesting that anyone do tails this way....

    I'm not suggesting that anyone do tails this way. It's like chocolate or vanilla to me. I like cars with hub caps too. Nothing appealing to me about lug nuts showing. Makes a car look like a 2 and a...
  19. I think Ken has it right now. To build something...

    I think Ken has it right now. To build something that is essentially a copy is one thing. To understand why it was built the way it was is another. That lightbulb moment when you figure it out is...
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    If you are suppose to cut tails on the front and...

    If you are suppose to cut tails on the front and back boards and not on the side boards of a drawer than I've been misinformed for 60 years. I like the strength of the joint just not the look. I also...
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    I found two photos of work on a box. I don't use...

    I found two photos of work on a box. I don't use the same proceedure for drawers because there is no miter for the drawer. For mitered full blinds I just use a paring block for the miters.
    Jim
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    Jim you might try putting one of the old style...

    Jim you might try putting one of the old style car radiator petcock drains in the bottom of your can. That makes it adjustable.
    Jim
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    Good job Jim. It will be good to hear how you get...

    Good job Jim. It will be good to hear how you get along with it in use. I'm a bit surprised that there are not many of those heard about for woodworkers. Lots about hand crank grinders but not so...
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    For me it was not liking the look of dovetails on...

    For me it was not liking the look of dovetails on small boxes. I worked on learning to make mitered full blind dovetails first.
    you can than have the grain wrap the corners. That doesn't work so...
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    The three pieces in the photo mock up are front...

    The three pieces in the photo mock up are front on the right, rear on the left, side on top. The tails are on the side. Pins on the front and back. When looking directly at the back the ends of the...
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