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  1. If you're running grooves on figured stock with...

    If you're running grooves on figured stock with grain emerging and diving all over the place, I strongly suggest using a cutting gauge to define what will be the arris of the grooves, first. One bit...
  2. You need to understand that you don't grind all...

    You need to understand that you don't grind all the way to the edge regardless of the kind of wheel you have unless you have a really bad gash on the edge. Most gashes can be taken out on a medium...
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    I just set them down on the bench, but if...

    I just set them down on the bench, but if somebody is freaked out by that then cut a piece of shelf liner or router pad and lay that on your bench or on the shelf underneath your bench. Plop your...
  4. Ends to be shot, in a vice or on a board doesn't...

    Ends to be shot, in a vice or on a board doesn't matter, are chamfered on the exit side to prevent blowout on the exit cut. The board is then ripped to final width which takes out the chamfers and...
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    Use neatsfoot oil on your oilstones and all your...

    Use neatsfoot oil on your oilstones and all your tool handles will acquire the necessary patina - a layer of oil, sweat, and grime that in the end gives the tool its 'feel' not to mention an...
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    A ton of 01 tool steel sells for about $650. A...

    A ton of 01 tool steel sells for about $650. A woodworking chisel can be inexpensive, and still be of decent quality.

    Tool Steel H13 Price, 2022 Tool Steel H13 Price Manufacturers & Suppliers |...
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    Yep. Use what works for you.

    Yep.

    Use what works for you.
  8. If you use western planes perfectly well, why are...

    If you use western planes perfectly well, why are you hellbent on using Japanese planes? Why be distracted?

    When the Japanese tool craze first started, they foisted absolute junk rejects on the...
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    That's great. Unless I'm paring far from the...

    That's great. Unless I'm paring far from the edge (a relative rarity for me) I love a shorter chisel when making final paring cuts. That's good, because almost all of my chisels are now very short....
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    You can hone on the grind for straight/very close...

    You can hone on the grind for straight/very close to straight cutters, but it's easier IMO to do a little tip up on profiled cutters like your jack plane in order to maintain the shape at the end. I...
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    You pick whatever works for you Mike.

    You pick whatever works for you Mike.
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    If you have to site every single blow of the...

    If you have to site every single blow of the chisel, regardless of how long you've been at it, you might as well get a mortising machine. That, or be cross-eyed by the end of the day. My head...
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    The problem with forums is that it's hard to...

    The problem with forums is that it's hard to tease out if we're hearing from people who spend an entire weekend laying out and chopping four mortises, regardless of chisel length, or somebody who...
  14. Embrace your Western European woodworking...

    Embrace your Western European woodworking tradition and dump the Japanese stuff.

    If you use your western planes more, and more effectively, then when/why would you pick up a Japanese plane --...
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    You'll need a longer chisel from time to time,...

    You'll need a longer chisel from time to time, but otherwise if you like butt chisels use them. They're not "starter" chisels or "rookie" chisels. No shame in having them as your go-to.
  16. Face laminated lumber (think 2x4s or 2x6s glued...

    Face laminated lumber (think 2x4s or 2x6s glued face-to-face to make a benchtop) move through their thickness, and very little through the width as a glued top. This is why face laminations make...
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    Nope, you've got it. There is no better or more...

    Nope, you've got it. There is no better or more direct way. Clamp the pack between two pieces of softwood -- "whitewood" from a big box store is fine (it's spruce), with the edges barely sticking...
  18. You can pick through the 2x4s and find enough...

    You can pick through the 2x4s and find enough that are straight and flat enough that you won't have to four-square each individual board. So don't.

    Face laminated lumber moves through its...
  19. You need the bushings. Check EBay. Here's a...

    You need the bushings. Check EBay. Here's a warning though -- not all auger bits will fit. Newer ones are often a 64th over nominal. I have the same jig you have and an old set of Stanley...
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    If it's bellied on the side opposite the bevel,...

    If it's bellied on the side opposite the bevel, they beveled the wrong side to begin with. They were supposed to find the concave side, and then put the bevel on the other side.

    Send it back.
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    Hands: County Cavan Cabinetmakers, Part 1: ...

    Hands: County Cavan Cabinetmakers, Part 1:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx2y7MAys20
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    In the fullness of time, you may very well want...

    In the fullness of time, you may very well want to settle in with a lower tooth count DT saw. In the meantime, a high tooth count gent's saw -- 18+ is much less sensitive to problems with the set of...
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    After we delve into its ID, then maybe we'll have...

    After we delve into its ID, then maybe we'll have time for its Ego and SuperEgo too.
  24. Every tooth on a handsaw does not have to have...

    Every tooth on a handsaw does not have to have set. The only requirement is that the ones that are set are even (or have less set) with the others on the side to which they've been set. What you...
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    The Piddlehinton Shop The Vintage Tool Shop,...

    The Piddlehinton Shop The Vintage Tool Shop, The Old Dairy, Carters Barn Farm, Piddlehinton, Dorchester DT2 7TH
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