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    I totally agree, Ken! It can do a lot of things...

    I totally agree, Ken! It can do a lot of things that the roughing gouge, spindle gouge, and parting tool can do. And there's something so satisfying about the way it cuts. So crisp and smooth. ...
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    David, Yes it is. The Windsor design has been...

    David, Yes it is. The Windsor design has been scrutinized deeply by so many people. Rake, splay, spindle angles, seat cant, are all pretty well understood.

    There's a great book by Mike Dunbar...
  3. I have one and love it. It is versatile. Itís...

    I have one and love it. It is versatile. Itís just another tool in the arsenal. I still do a lot of work by hand. I tend to use it on table bases
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    Ready for finishing

    I had a chance to wedge and assemble the chair this morning. There isn't a lot of glue used here. Most of the tenons are wedged. I've always pre-sawn the kerf when making wedged tenons in the...
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    The design is not mine so I cannot take credit...

    The design is not mine so I cannot take credit for that.

    Sycamore is great to work with. Like poplar it feels halfway between a hardwood and softwood. I used sycamore for the seat because it...
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    Fitting the spindles

    I got a chance to fit the spindles today. I have the Veritas 'pencil sharpeners' to do the tenons. However, I find that it's easier to to do them at the lathe.

    I am toying with the idea of...
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    Thanks, Tom. FWIW, I am doing this build with a...

    Thanks, Tom. FWIW, I am doing this build with a coworker who is relatively new to woodworking and absolutely new to the drawknife and green woodworking. Heís been able to do everything.

    This...
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    John Jordan had a great post on turning skinny...

    John Jordan had a great post on turning skinny things. Using a steady rest helps, but I realize that by holding spindles in a chuck at the headstock (instead of between centers) and then altering...
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    Spindles and crest

    Buchanan drawknives the spindles at his shave horse. I wanted to get some practice using the skew at the lathe, so I turned mine. I haven't tamed my skew yet, so I will end up smoothing these with...
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    Curtis Buchanan's Democratic Chair

    I've been thoroughly enjoying this project, so I thought I'd share...

    I'm a big fan of Curtis Buchanan's work. His videos have a humble, 'golly-gee' quality that is endearing.

    His latest...
  11. I like my Veritas's. I bought their standard...

    I like my Veritas's. I bought their standard imperial set. Comes with a box.

    I also very much like having a set of brad point bits. When the depth of the hole exceeds the depth of the...
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    I learn something every day. Thanks!

    I learn something every day. Thanks!
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    I'd step back and consider if it is worth the...

    I'd step back and consider if it is worth the time and expense of fabricating your own cyclone for the HF blower. A Thien baffle worked pretty well on my table saw, bandsaw, and jointer for several...
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    Thanks John. I figured it out. I was starting...

    Thanks John. I figured it out. I was starting with the handle too high. Dropping the rest a few mm forced me to drop the handle of the skew and lift up into the cut. Of course, the bevel needs to...
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    Thanks for the tips

    I think I am starting to get it.

    Yes, Roger, thanks, I am using the long point.

    The trick was setting my rest a little lower and then (as Roger said) lifting the tool into the cut. I was...
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    Cutting v grooves with Skew chisel

    I am having a devil of a time using the devil's can-opener.

    I am trying to cut v grooves on chair legs. Once they get deeper than 1mm, my point catches the edge and skates down the leg. I have...
  17. Yes. I was pleased

    Yes. I was pleased
  18. I purchased legs from Stump Standards in Ohio. ...

    I purchased legs from Stump Standards in Ohio. Wayne Stump was a pleasure to work with and (5 years ago at least) the prices were far more reasonable than $3000.
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    vegetable oil does not react with polyurethane. ...

    vegetable oil does not react with polyurethane. It may impede its ability to cure, but it's not a reaction. The linseed can indeed cause problems. It's all contingent upon how thick the Danish oil...
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    I agree with Jim. Watch Danish oil contains...

    I agree with Jim. Watch Danish oil contains linseed oil. To say it is incompatible is not really true. The linseed oil means the watco will not dry fast. This creates a soft surface upon...
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    What is your chair design? The severity of the...

    What is your chair design? The severity of the bend and thickness of the piece will dictate your steam time and how forgiving kiln vs air dried stock will react.

    Itís easiest with green stock if...
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    In theory, Chris is right. But, I find that the...

    In theory, Chris is right. But, I find that the bags are extremely prone to getting sucked up, in a way that debris is not.

    I agree that first and foremost you need to make sure your drum is...
  23. I mounted mine right on the horizontal brace of...

    I mounted mine right on the horizontal brace of the stand.
  24. For chairs the bandsaw will be invaluable. But...

    For chairs the bandsaw will be invaluable.

    But ultimately I would get a jointer. Get. 6Ē used in from clist. Then upgrade later when you can appreciate it for what it will cost. For now a 6Ē...
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    As long as you keep it flat, it can work. But if...

    As long as you keep it flat, it can work. But if you ever have to re-level the top, the fitting of any lift/rings/or plate will have to be adjusted too. I suspect this is why a lot of people stick...
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