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    I usually do my layout work empiricaly so i only...

    I usually do my layout work empiricaly so i only measure once. As an example. If building a dresser I make the top first. On the underside I do all of my layout work. I usually use my 6í folding...
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    Very interesting Steven. Your mind must have been...

    Very interesting Steven. Your mind must have been working very hard during your rehab. After youíre done you will have to tell us whether you want to do that ever again.
    Jim
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    For chisels, hollow grind if needed, xxfine...

    For chisels, hollow grind if needed, xxfine diamond and strop. I give them a few rubs on the strop before use and a few after or during use. Plane blades the same except sigma stones if needed. To me...
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    I use a four fold or a 6í 90%. I also use story...

    I use a four fold or a 6í 90%. I also use story sticks (poles). I believe a lot of it has to do with how you learned. Many times in the course of work there are multiples of the same piece. I measure...
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    We have a set of blocks, 12 blocks, that stack on...

    We have a set of blocks, 12 blocks, that stack on dowels stuck into a base. They have been the most popular of toys with 24 grand kids and now three great grands joining the fray. Animals and...
  6. Iím a BU user. It always seems to me that it is...

    Iím a BU user. It always seems to me that it is difficult to compare. The operation of the planes is very different to me. They both can achieve similar results. I think the big difference is the...
  7. Thread: Dowels

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    Itís usually the flex that gets you on longer...

    Itís usually the flex that gets you on longer dowels. Water pipe is sized close to standard dowels. Keep a couple of pieces of different length and size. Put your riven piece thru the pipe first set...
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    Well said Jim😂

    Well said Jim😂
  9. Hi David, it was very common years ago to use...

    Hi David, it was very common years ago to use tapered pins in tools and machines. Those could be tapered pins and are holding to the brass nut, cross piece in your gauge. They would be driven in and...
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    Iíve always used mineral oil. It seems to stay on...

    Iíve always used mineral oil. It seems to stay on the stone and not run off the edge. I was taught the oil is used to float the swarf and keep it out of the stone. The other thing I was taught is do...
  11. I remember that project Steven. Good one. Jim

    I remember that project Steven. Good one.
    Jim
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    This is a great time of the year for outdoor...

    This is a great time of the year for outdoor projects. Iíve been inside all summer and itís time for me to be outside. Iím going this week for materials to rebuild the deck stairs. Iíll be oiling the...
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    Most of my woodwork is done with hand tools. It...

    Most of my woodwork is done with hand tools. It is a hobby now and not a profession. I do believe you use the appropriate tool for the job. Iím not going to go build a house with a hand saw and a...
  14. You can call it NCB, Newman Classic Builds. Just...

    You can call it NCB, Newman Classic Builds. Just like the TV show that has some really old great shows. I remember the one A River Runs Through It, Stevenís shop that is. Hope you donít get hung up...
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    If you donít have a special tool for the job. Cut...

    If you donít have a special tool for the job. Cut a notch in the side of a piece of scrap at 45* to fit your 1/8Ē chisel. Clamp the chisel in the notch, knife both sides of the cut, clamp a fence on...
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    Nice one Steven. Rounding out your stable.

    Nice one Steven. Rounding out your stable.
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    I built an ambidextrous shooting board with an...

    I built an ambidextrous shooting board with an adjustable fence an adapter for 45ís and a donkeys ear. It works very well for me. Shooting is a bit of when the stars align. As Jim says shims of...
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    Have a safe and enjoyable trip Jim. I wouldnít...

    Have a safe and enjoyable trip Jim. I wouldnít count on giving lessons on sharpening however. Once you make the knives sharp you will get packages in the mail for redoing. People learn quickly to...
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    As far as I know this is mine: ďHumbly accept...

    As far as I know this is mine: ďHumbly accept praise, gladly receive criticismĒ Iíve tried to live by this and in return Iíve gained much knowledge.
    Jim
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    My uncle said ďNever let a day go by without...

    My uncle said ďNever let a day go by without learning something. You will need that someday.Ē At the end of the day I still review just to check if I learned something. Not always about hand tool...
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    Ha Ha. Very true but usually you have more than...

    Ha Ha. Very true but usually you have more than one to work on. That makes it a bit more comfortable than sitting on an ant hill on the ground.
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    Just fine method. From the history I have studied...

    Just fine method. From the history I have studied we started on the ground and worked up. Stand up benches came in with hard floors. Three legged benches, stools and saw horses were the norm for a...
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    Very nice set up Derek. I just canít get that...

    Very nice set up Derek. I just canít get that organized. I thought about fitted drawer styles but have too many tools I guess and I want them all close. I have a 5íx4íx3í job box, 2 five drawer roll...
  24. Iíve come to the point where I only use BU...

    Iíve come to the point where I only use BU planes. Iím one of the ones that prefers the low center of effort. I kept a #6, 2Ė#5s, 2-4s. They havenít been out for a while. I gave the rest of the fleet...
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    Brought back some memories.?standard stuff in the...

    Brought back some memories.?standard stuff in the 1960s. Went to work for a plumber at 14 back then. A 120 lb Charles Atlas weakling. Star drills, cold chisels, cast iron, lead joints, hand threaded...
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