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  1. I've noticed that the jaws on my metal saw vise...

    I've noticed that the jaws on my metal saw vise curve slightly, so they close at the ends first and then in the middle. This should ensure that the sawplate is held over the full length of the jaws....
  2. Poll: I wish I could find out whether a freestanding...

    I wish I could find out whether a freestanding bench worked better than my bench up against the wall; but my shoplet is too small, so it must be against the wall, where it's firmly bolted in place. ...
  3. Rarely do we read this sentence here! Start...

    Rarely do we read this sentence here!

    Start thinking about something you'd like to make, and make it!

    Glad it's good weather in Galveston - enjoy it while it's there!
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    Even if I took my shoes off - even if I asked my...

    Even if I took my shoes off - even if I asked my bride to come out to the shop and take her shoes off* - I'm not sure there'd be enough fingers and toes to count my herd of planes.
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    *which...
  5. Following on Lawrence's comment, much, much...

    Following on Lawrence's comment, much, much smaller sizes - on the order of 1/8" (4-5 mm) diameter, and around there - are used for making holes for screws and similar purposes, and are called...
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    The big issue, in thinking about removing it, is...

    The big issue, in thinking about removing it, is the two-part question of whether there's rebar and, if so, whether it's attached to the house. A little examination of the joint between porch and...
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    You left out House Handle:...

    You left out House Handle: https://www.househandle.com/products.html#machinist for the ball peen hammers, and https://www.househandle.com/ for their home page.
  8. I like Lee Valley's steel. I haven't tried this...

    I like Lee Valley's steel. I haven't tried this particular item, but, if you find it's not a sharpening technique issue but a failed blade, you might consider this:...
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    Seven, although not all in one toolbox, unless...

    Seven, although not all in one toolbox, unless you count the clamps, in which case it gets up to ten.

    Back when I was young and had clapped-out cars and other machines but limited tools, I could...
  10. I use mine pretty much only for inside...

    I use mine pretty much only for inside measurements. Mine has the slide at one end, and it's very handy (and accurate) for measuring how long to cut a board that will be going between two end...
  11. And when you break the yardsticks? Do you then...

    And when you break the yardsticks? Do you then have folding two-foot, followed by folding one-foot, rules?

    I wound up pulling the brass slide from one of the hopelessly broken folding rules I...
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    Clever, and it looks safer than the technique...

    Clever, and it looks safer than the technique I've seen illustrated in which the sharpener holds the drawknife kind of like a violin and rubs a stone over the edge with his/her other hand.

    As to...
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    And, before Bondo, lead was the material of...

    And, before Bondo, lead was the material of choice to fill the parts of the dents that you couldn't pound out. Thus, the 1940s/50s term "lead sled," for cars that had been dinged enough that the...
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    Very helpful for architectural sheet metal -...

    Very helpful for architectural sheet metal - think flashing over windows. Not cheap, but they show up at yard sales from time to time, where I grab them every time I find them.

    A lot of people...
  15. Do you have a Whitworth Crescent wrench, too? ...

    Do you have a Whitworth Crescent wrench, too? Those are pretty rare.
  16. Brilliant, Mike!

    Brilliant, Mike!
  17. I've been dismayed by the anger, invective,...

    I've been dismayed by the anger, invective, resentment, and pure negativity of some of the posts in this discussion. When the membership gate goes up, I probably won't join/contribute, but not...
  18. I'm sorry to hear your bearing houses there...

    I'm sorry to hear your bearing houses there aren't oriented to individual folks. We live in an area with agriculture history and many active agricultural operations; so the local bearing house is...
  19. Can't help directly, but if you find a good...

    Can't help directly, but if you find a good counterperson at your local bearing house, I bet s/he can help you. Cool that you've got your grandfather's quality brace.
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    Are you sure it's a Stanley? Just because the...

    Are you sure it's a Stanley? Just because the iron says Stanley on it doesn't make it a Stanley. Give us a picture of the lateral adjusting lever, and maybe we can speculate better on what it might...
  21. Trying to remember where I saw instructions. I...

    Trying to remember where I saw instructions. I found this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOKOubV3B48 Didn't watch it all the way through, but it might help.

    The things I recall from...
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    Hope, springing eternally...

    Hope, springing eternally...
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    Look at completed sales on eBay and other online...

    Look at completed sales on eBay and other online sites as a guide to pricing. Then consider adding "...or best reasonable offer..." as part of your ad.

    Sorry to hear that your body is betraying...
  24. You can, if you're willing, rethread the hole to...

    You can, if you're willing, rethread the hole to fit modern standards. Use a 10-32 tap, if I recall correctly; let me know if you need me to check.
  25. Back in the early days of Foine Wooddorking -...

    Back in the early days of Foine Wooddorking - when photos were all black and white, many of them probably shot on view cameras (well, not quite that long ago) - there was an article touting curved...
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