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    I have used Disston saws for over fifty years,...

    I have used Disston saws for over fifty years, but never heard the term "bench saw" before. I think that the reason that short saws without backs are in short supply is that nobody bought them, not...
  2. In the eighteenth century, and for centuries...

    In the eighteenth century, and for centuries before that, craftsmen used water stones for sharpening and oil stones for polishing. In other words the tool was made sharp by the water stones and the...
  3. My black Arkansas stone came polished like piece...

    My black Arkansas stone came polished like piece of glass when it was new in 1976. It has lost less than .001 inches in thickness since then, so it wears very slowly.

    Today some think that an...
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    I think Roubo would laugh to see such sport....

    I think Roubo would laugh to see such sport. Cutting up a piece of timber just to glue it back up again.

    Where in the world did you get the idea that laminations were more stable? Surely not from...
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    I recommend you follow the Roubo method rather...

    I recommend you follow the Roubo method rather than the Schwarz method. Roubo would have been amused at someone trying to glue all these strips together.

    Roubo recommends a single plank for the...
  6. People invariably blame the set when a saw cuts...

    People invariably blame the set when a saw cuts to one side, but inspection usually shows that the teeth are longer on one side than the other. Unless you set the teeth on one side and not the other,...
  7. I have two questions: Did you file all the...

    I have two questions:

    Did you file all the teeth from one side?

    Did you fool with the set at all?
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    The plane you made is a plow plane. A universal...

    The plane you made is a plow plane. A universal plow is one that has multiple irons and a movable fence.

    You can also convert this plane to a common fillister by making an insert that fills the...
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    Personal preference is important, but the people...

    Personal preference is important, but the people you reference do not have a wealth of experience. Chris Schwarz was apparently not aware that the tenon saw in the Seaton Chest was filed crosscut....
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    I would say this large backsaw was designed for...

    I would say this large backsaw was designed for people who don't know what they are doing.

    I once won a tenon sawing contest using a 16" Badaxe saw and got the saw as a prize. At 4" high, it is a...
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    Generally we finish furniture after assembly,...

    Generally we finish furniture after assembly, although finishing parts is occasionally helpful. As examples, sometimes it is helpful to finish mouldings before installing and, as mentioned, we often...
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    I met Chris Vesper in 2011. As I looked over one...

    I met Chris Vesper in 2011. As I looked over one of his bevels, he told me the Stanley 18 bevels don't work. "They don't hold a setting."

    I said "Sure they work, I have used one since 1978."

    He...
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    I got my first Norton stone (fine India) in 1962....

    I got my first Norton stone (fine India) in 1962. I was using a King 800 stone when Norton announced that they were going to develop a line of water stones, "specially formulated for the American...
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    We laughed about these planes 30 years ago; I am...

    We laughed about these planes 30 years ago; I am surprised they are still in business. They are designed for the guy who has plenty of money and no skill.

    You don't actually sharpen the blades....
  15. I agree with Robert that the bevel down planes...

    I agree with Robert that the bevel down planes are more desirable. I started researching double iron planes (bevel down) in 1973. I stopped using all bevel up planes and sandpaper over forty years...
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    I have used Henry Taylor gouges for over forty...

    I have used Henry Taylor gouges for over forty years. I have never put one to a grinder or buffer or motorized appliance. It is too easy to mess up crucial geometry with a machine. Use oil stones....
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    Arkansas stones sort of catch on the roughness of...

    Arkansas stones sort of catch on the roughness of the tool bevel, smoothing the edge. When the edge is polished the action of an Arkansas stone slows down. So we usually sharpen with a coarser...
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    The traditional method is to use a water stone...

    The traditional method is to use a water stone for coarse sharpening and then oil stones for polishing. Diamond stones, Shapton stones, and other harsh stones are poor choices for use before oil...
  19. You must not have read the original post that...

    You must not have read the original post that Marinus made. It sounds as if you could be of help to him..
  20. In the 18th century "panel saw" meant a hand saw...

    In the 18th century "panel saw" meant a hand saw with fine teeth, seven or more to the inch. It was so called because it was used to cut thin stuff like panels, which were often 1/2 inch or less. The...
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    In 2011 I won a sawing contest using a Bad Axe...

    In 2011 I won a sawing contest using a Bad Axe tenon saw. As a consequence, I took home the saw as a prize. It had the hybrid filing. When it came time to sharpen it again I sharpened it as a rip...
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    There are six saws in the Seaton chest (1796): ...

    There are six saws in the Seaton chest (1796):

    Hand saw 26" 5 tpi
    Panel saw 26" 7 tpi

    Tenon saw 19" 10 tpi
    Sash saw 14" 13 tpi
    Carcass saw ...
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    I wonder what kind of work you are doing. I just...

    I wonder what kind of work you are doing. I just about never use 3/4 stock.
  24. I don't know what TL;DR means. I would not...

    I don't know what TL;DR means.

    I would not buy a left handed skew rabbet.

    I have done this kind of work many times by hand. Some think you want to use power tools. If you want to do this by...
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    I have read the suggestion of six teeth in the...

    I have read the suggestion of six teeth in the cut (for both rip and crosscut) many times. However historical materials from before 1830, suggest much a coarser saw for a given job. For example,...
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