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    Edge retention is only one part of the tale....

    Edge retention is only one part of the tale. Technique is the bigger part. Knowledge of what you are chopping, the angle you are chopping, how hard the blows are the angle of the wedge the width of...
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    Hi Derek, Iíve done lots of these. I saw the...

    Hi Derek, Iíve done lots of these. I saw the tails,,then the rabbet both ways. Knock off the end pieces then clear the waste. Not too hard. You could also use your router trick by hand or power. You...
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    Depending on the saw, in many cases you donít...

    Depending on the saw, in many cases you donít need the shooting board.
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    Rob, Find a place to keep it handy. Much easier...

    Rob, Find a place to keep it handy. Much easier to use then setting up a table saw for just a few cuts. Kind of like getting a nail gun and a compressor out to drive 5 nails.
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    Lee Valley sells something similar as a batoning...

    Lee Valley sells something similar as a batoning chisel. I have had a right and left for 3 years or so. They work really well for splitting off small pieces for dowels or similar jobs. They also work...
  6. Beautiful work Mike.

    Beautiful work Mike.
  7. Wax paper sheets in the dispensing box. Grab as...

    Wax paper sheets in the dispensing box. Grab as you need for under a glue up and such. No fumbling with a roll grab and go.
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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...
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    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
  21. 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...
  24. 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...
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