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  1. Hand tool woodworkers usually do this kind of...

    Hand tool woodworkers usually do this kind of work differently than machine guys. The machine guys make angled tenons while we make straight tenons and angle the mortise if needed. I remember Phil...
  2. There are several approaches to high angle...

    There are several approaches to high angle planing:
    1) high bed angle with bevel down iron
    2) bevel up iron with high bevel angle
    3) back bevel on a bevel down plane

    The double iron is superior...
  3. In 1824 an Englishman named Williamson...

    In 1824 an Englishman named Williamson (1793-1881) claimed to have invented the back bevel. What is interesting about his claims is that the double iron was so universal at the time that apparently...
  4. I take it you've never done restoration work.

    I take it you've never done restoration work.
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    The trouble with a lot of these makers is that...

    The trouble with a lot of these makers is that they really do not know much about how planes work. The double iron plane has been with us for more than two and a half centuries, but apparently few...
  6. Some restoration shops keep a pot of glue hot all...

    Some restoration shops keep a pot of glue hot all the time. Under these conditions the glue deteriorates and many make a fresh batch every week. If on the other hand you let the glue cool after using...
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    Welcome to the forum, Jamie. The traditional...

    Welcome to the forum, Jamie.

    The traditional kit for this work is four wooden planes:

    Jack plane 16" with cambered iron for rough work
    Trying plane 22" for truing the surface.
    Jointer plane...
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    I recommend a double iron jack plane, which I...

    I recommend a double iron jack plane, which I have used for rough work for over forty years. The toothing plane was used for preparing cross grain timbers before the advent of the double iron a few...
  9. Ground hide glue is better in every way. It last...

    Ground hide glue is better in every way. It last indefinitely in the dry state.
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    sliding deadman
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    Sliding deadman

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    I have a deadman I have used for 40 years. There...

    I have a deadman I have used for 40 years. There are 23 holes and all are used. I would not trade it for a tail vise.
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    Felibien (1667) mentions woodworkers using...

    Felibien (1667) mentions woodworkers using graphite (la pierre noir) on light colored woods and chalk (pierre blanc) for dark woods. Graphite was mined in England. Around 1800 powdered graphite was...
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    411178 Welcome to the forum, Thom. There is a...

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    Welcome to the forum, Thom. There is a cutter that sits in this slot. The cutter is made from a piece of steel with a square section, but it is V shaped at the end to cut the thread in the...
  15. The bottom measurement is right; the top should...

    The bottom measurement is right; the top should be 17 3/8, not 16 7/8.

    If you add up all the measurements across the top as is, it comes to 34 1/4. not 34 3/4 as shown. So 1/2 needs to be added to...
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    I'm not sure what the problem is. I found that I...

    I'm not sure what the problem is. I found that I was in a position to replicate Anuj's plane. It took five minutes to find the plane and less time to prepare the sole. The exercise did remind me how...
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    In 1983 I had worn through my smoothing plane...

    In 1983 I had worn through my smoothing plane iron and I bought an old junker plane for its high quality iron. The plane was a wood bottom Bailey No. 35 from maybe 1915. I never used the plane, just...
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    I use three methods (maybe more), but none...

    I use three methods (maybe more), but none involve adjusting the dado.

    On method is to make the dado then adjust the thickness of the of the divider or shelf. Another method is to make the dado...
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    I made my first double iron plane in 1975. I used...

    I made my first double iron plane in 1975. I used a Stanley #4 plane and carefully flattened the sole so that no light could be seen with a straight edge. I was tickled with the result and I noticed...
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    Bravo! You would not believe how many people...

    Bravo! You would not believe how many people doctor the sole without even trying the plane. Then they have no feel for how much this flattening really affects the performance.

    I am sure you can...
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    Eighteenth century illustrations do not have that...

    Eighteenth century illustrations do not have that flat spot on the tool rest. Here is one example:
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    In 1976 I was planing end grain with with a block...

    In 1976 I was planing end grain with with a block plane. My fingers were cramping and tiring and I thought "people did not put up with this in 1790". I never used a block plane for anything again.
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    Generally it is easier to get a fine surface with...

    Generally it is easier to get a fine surface with a pole lathe than an electric lathe. Slow turning gives better results than fast. What is needed is a nicely polished edge and good technique. Heavy...
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    Welcome to the forum Jon. Ten bench planes is...

    Welcome to the forum Jon. Ten bench planes is about the perfect number for a two person shop. Maybe you can interest your wife in joining you.
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    I abandoned scrapers, bevel up planes, high angle...

    I abandoned scrapers, bevel up planes, high angle planes, and sandpaper all over forty years ago. All deliver poor surfaces. You want a bevel down, double iron plane for efficiency and for a fine...
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