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    There are a number of good suggestions in this...

    There are a number of good suggestions in this thread, but I'll add what I think is the most likely cause: you don't want the right (leading) side of the iron to be sharp. On a skew plane, the skew...
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    I dunno, I thought Warren's advice was typically...

    I dunno, I thought Warren's advice was typically blunt but basically spot on.
    The idea of starting out with "10 favorite planes" is pretty silly…no wonder the OP seems paralyzed by information...
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    I agree with Jim's first point. If it ain't...

    I agree with Jim's first point. If it ain't broke, don't fix it; give it a quick squirt and put it to work. I definitely do not recommend disassembling the tool unless it is not functioning.
    Have to...
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    Derek, below is the reply I posted at wood...

    Derek, below is the reply I posted at wood central.


    I appreciate you bringing up the topic and laying your cards on the table. As a maker of wooden planes, I am obviously biased, so that's my...
  5. Thanks Derek. I agree about John Strawn. To teach...

    Thanks Derek. I agree about John Strawn. To teach yourself the use of the close set cap iron on a Japanese plane, back when no one was talking about it, was no mean feat.
    Re your last sentence--can...
  6. When the bevel terminates at a steep angle (70-80...

    When the bevel terminates at a steep angle (70-80 on a common pitch plane), the cap iron tends to work within a narrower range than if the bevel were 50-ish. Thus, the difference (in distance from...
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    No, it will not. Glass is softer than novaculite,...

    No, it will not. Glass is softer than novaculite, so the particles embed partially in the glass and abrade the stone.
    If you want to save your glass, you can buy plastic laminate sheets from Lee...
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    Jim, Back when Benchcrafted was selling parallel...

    Jim,
    Back when Benchcrafted was selling parallel guide hardware, they had a diagram for this. Three rows with 15/16" between holes, thus there is a hole every 5/16".
    However, I've never seen this...
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    For a molding plane to work, you need the...

    For a molding plane to work, you need the following:
    1. Sharp iron.
    2. Well-fitting wedge.
    3. Profile of the iron matches sole.
    4. Sole is flat (straight edge placed parallel to the fence will...
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    I am impressed and grateful, but not surprised,...

    I am impressed and grateful, but not surprised, because this is how Rob and co have always done business. Thank you, Rob.
  11. Haha, good one Stewie. But I'm saving the 6 bucks...

    Haha, good one Stewie. But I'm saving the 6 bucks to buy you a grammar manual so you can stop serially abusing semicolons. ;)
  12. I use the Norton oil also, Warren. Yes, it is...

    I use the Norton oil also, Warren. Yes, it is more expensive. No, I don't care. I spend a lot of hours in the shop, most of it hand work, and I don't remember when I bought the last quart. Probably...
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    Brian, Very well explained; I have nothing to...

    Brian,
    Very well explained; I have nothing to add. You have a gift for brevity that I obviously lack. :D
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    Is this true? I have never seen any evidence for...

    Is this true? I have never seen any evidence for it outside of large shops in London, where the degree of specialization was far higher than elsewhere. I imagine it was true in shops like the...
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    I'm sure I will regret weighing in on this, but I...

    I'm sure I will regret weighing in on this, but I hate to think people are imagining they're planing all wrong just because their forearms aren't perfectly horizontal.
    Derek, I don't think your...
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    Very true Brian, though I would stress that (as...

    Very true Brian, though I would stress that (as you imply) this is relative to normal planing position, i.e. leaning forward, legs bent and spread apart. Anyone assessing wrist position from a normal...
  17. I rarely disagree with my friend Ken, but I have...

    I rarely disagree with my friend Ken, but I have to say that if you buy a lilly white with label, you are paying mostly for collector value, and paying dearly.
    Dave Weaver has an excellent vid about...
  18. John, I use oilstones and lots of other people...

    John, I use oilstones and lots of other people do. People who use lots of A2 or high speed steel will probably not love the Arks, but for O1, vintage steel, and even pmv-11, it works great.
    Your...
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    Great stuff Derek, thanks for posting.

    Great stuff Derek, thanks for posting.
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    Justin, as far as I know TGIAG was the only place...

    Justin, as far as I know TGIAG was the only place selling folded backs. I *think* if you buy a Gramercy kit from Tools for Working Wood, you get a folded back--maybe someone here can confirm that?
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    Not Derek, but…it looks like he's got several...

    Not Derek, but…it looks like he's got several 2100 or 2101 (North bros/Stanley/Yankee) braces with Universal chucks in that cabinet. Those will take round and hex shank bits. I have a Stanley/Yankee...
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    Interesting…that file looks quite a bit different...

    Interesting…that file looks quite a bit different from a standard auger file. I suppose because the wood owl bits have 3 spurs instead of the traditional two. But at least it suggests, as you say,...
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    Hey Derek, Are the wood owl bits soft enough to...

    Hey Derek,
    Are the wood owl bits soft enough to sharpen with a standard auger bit file?
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    Joe, a lot of knowledgeable people recommend the...

    Joe, a lot of knowledgeable people recommend the Wood Owl bits. I have not used them, but they might be worth a look. LV sells them and the have a free shipping event through 1/7.
    As an aside, the...
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    Until a few months ago, I used loose silicon...

    Until a few months ago, I used loose silicon carbide grit on a sheet of glass, with some WD-40. The virtue of this method is that it's cheap. You can still find a pound of 80 grit silicon carbide...
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