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    It's mostly hollow around the lever cap screw, at...

    It's mostly hollow around the lever cap screw, at least in the frogs of this style. Good contact at the bottom and top of the frog is more important than worrying if there's contact in that central...
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    Tom, I did a quick internet search of the...

    Tom,

    I did a quick internet search of the safety data sheet (SDS) of brake cleaner. Here's is one of them, this one is mostly acetone:
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    I would suggest you look at them this way, the...

    I would suggest you look at them this way, the handles come from the factory needing just a bit of fitting, why assume they are a perfect fit, they're mass produced? A bit of sandpaper or rasp should...
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    You don't like them because they are coming loose...

    You don't like them because they are coming loose or you don't like the balance of the LN chisel?

    Unless you choose to do so, there's no compelling reason to have the chisel measure exactly a...
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    The shavings will choke at the mouth, the...

    The shavings will choke at the mouth, the chipbreaker will deflect them and hit the wall of the front of the mouth, crumpling them. One needs just enough clearance for the shavings to pass. If you...
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    I don't know if this is what you already intended...

    I don't know if this is what you already intended to do, but I would start by filing the front of the mouth so that you remove the metal indicated in red in the sketch below. This has to be combined...
  7. That's the guy I was thinking about. Thank you.

    That's the guy I was thinking about. Thank you.
  8. I recall seeing a post on his website about...

    I recall seeing a post on his website about shutting down his business. Perhaps I'm confusing him with another dealer in Japan that closed his business. I'll amend my post.
  9. You could try to contact them in advance. In some...

    You could try to contact them in advance. In some instances fanciful sets are marketed to western buyers and not necessarily what typical Japanese cabinet maker uses.
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    I would use larger plastic containers and add the...

    I would use larger plastic containers and add the disiccants to it rather than individually wrap every tool. I would periodically monitor the tools to check for rust.
  11. Once the seat is hollowed, the bottom is flat and...

    Once the seat is hollowed, the bottom is flat and can be used as reference? Who knows, you got to be doing one yourself to evaluate.
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    The frog is back because the iron is 0.1" thick,...

    The frog is back because the iron is 0.1" thick, if not, the shavings will choke at the mouth. As it is, the plane works w/o modification. Even if the iron bevel were to touch the bottom casting, the...
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    Several of my smoothers have a gap of at least 2...

    Several of my smoothers have a gap of at least 2 thousands between the iron and frog around the lever cap screw, it does not affect their performance. Any vibration started at the edge while cutting...
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    As long as the bevel at the cutting edge is 25...

    As long as the bevel at the cutting edge is 25 degrees, it should be fine.

    The iron is hardened only below the slot, the upper part can easily bend. Don't fret too much about it since the only...
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    Are the soles of your planes flat? Can you take...

    Are the soles of your planes flat? Can you take very fine shavings with the cap iron very close set, like 1/64" or less? There's no magic distance, you have adjust until you get proper shavings.
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  16. The 16-150 ($13.50) looks less ornate than the...

    The 16-150 ($13.50) looks less ornate than the STHT16727 ($12.) Both are drop forged carbon steel chisels, but their performance is determined by the heat treatment. Based on the price, they should...
  17. Thank you for the review as well. Have you tried...

    Thank you for the review as well. Have you tried a smoother plane? It can leave a bright surface as well.
  18. You may have to dive into the realm of...

    You may have to dive into the realm of "descriptive geometry" to figure out the precise angles to assemble a pyramid like you originally wanted. The website above may be a good starting point. The...
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    I've used SiC grit to flatten dished vintage...

    I've used SiC grit to flatten dished vintage stones, which I accomplish with coarse grit, 90x. I can't see the point of polishing the stones, they'll eventually settle down with use. Washitas wear a...
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    Use of silicon carbide grit as an abrasive to...

    Use of silicon carbide grit as an abrasive to flatten stones has been mentioned before. It's a very fast, dustless and cheap method, yet flattening stones, diamond stones, sandpaper, cinder blocks,...
  21. Just a few thoughts to add to the discussion,...

    Just a few thoughts to add to the discussion, each act of measurement includes an error. It can be above or below the desired value, so repeated measurements as a method to check on your work will be...
  22. In Patrick Leach's monthly list there are...

    In Patrick Leach's monthly list there are occasionally H&R full, half and partial sets. In the May list there is a half set for about $700.

    Considering that a brand new pair costs in the region of...
  23. The Washita I used is the coarsest or softest of...

    The Washita I used is the coarsest or softest of all the washitas I have. The other ones feel "harder". None of mine are labeled, so I don't know how they were graded by the manufacturer. When they...
  24. Not as much pressure on the washita after...

    Not as much pressure on the washita after removing the burr, finish with the strop. I've tried a translucent and even a black ark after the washita and if it gets any sharper it is not noticeable in...
  25. Philly Planes does.

    Philly Planes does.
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