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  1. Those holdfasts work great in my bench top, which...

    Those holdfasts work great in my bench top, which is about 2 1/2” Doug fir. I like to save the offcuts from cutting small tenons then use them as pads under my holdfasts. So I have a stack of little...
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    I’ve got one of their cabinet maker’s rasps and...

    I’ve got one of their cabinet maker’s rasps and it works very well for me. I just got one of their modeler’s rasps, but haven’t used it yet. It looks to be made just as well as the cabinet maker’s...
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    thatís how Iíve always understood it too. Trees...

    thatís how Iíve always understood it too. Trees that grow in a forest with a canopy tend to have tighter growth rings and fewer knots. If they grow in an area that has been logged then they have...
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    I’m pretty sure both of my number 5’s are type...

    I’m pretty sure both of my number 5’s are type 19’s (48-61). They both work fine for me. I’ve never used an older one, so maybe I just don’t know what I’m missing...
  5. Oh! That is really interesting and does solve the...

    Oh! That is really interesting and does solve the problem of the exhalation valves.
  6. I’m in California and here’s what I’ve been...

    I’m in California and here’s what I’ve been using. I agree with the folks saying that an exhalation valve kind of defeats the purpose. I’d also agree that the activated carbon is extra expense and...
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    I did that for my saw bench. Only the first few...

    I did that for my saw bench. Only the first few inches of the inside of the legs needed to be square. Getting them prepped took almost no time at all.
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    I’m interested in seeing people’s responses too....

    I’m interested in seeing people’s responses too. I tend to rough cut pieces to size before planing or gluing up wide pieces. If I’m trying to save a long piece for something else, I may rip first,...
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    All right, Iím going to call this 99% done. I got...

    All right, Iím going to call this 99% done. I got the mortises patched and the door re-hung (right side up this time!). I finished it with blo and paste wax. Iím really glad I used a ledger strip to...
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    I made a little coopering plane generally...

    I made a little coopering plane generally following one of the techniques in the Whelan book. Instead of a three-part lamination or the traditional approach of chopping everything from a solid piece,...
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    ďMaking Traditional Wooden PlanesĒ by John Whelan...

    ďMaking Traditional Wooden PlanesĒ by John Whelan talks about plow planes and several types of side escapement planes Including dado and hollows and rounds, as well as several ways to make bench...
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    So I got the hinges on the door. The brass screws...

    So I got the hinges on the door. The brass screws that came with them were slightly long, so I cut them short with pliers. That worked great, I used a square awl to start the holes, ran a steel screw...
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    Thatís where I rip. I think it would work ok...

    Thatís where I rip. I think it would work ok without the birds mouth, but it is nice to have more support as you cut. I find I can use my thumb as a guide and wrap my hand around to grab the edge of...
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    Yeah, when I saw at a natural angle Iím fine. I...

    Yeah, when I saw at a natural angle Iím fine. I can tap the ground with the saw tip if I intentionally saw almost vertically, but it isnít a natural position.

    when I do a long rip I flip the piece...
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    I made a saw bench, which is really nice for...

    I made a saw bench, which is really nice for breaking down stock, storing parts while you are working at the bench, using as a step stool, and as a place to sit. But wait, thereís more! I also really...
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    I got the front door finished and fit. Iím really...

    I got the front door finished and fit. Iím really happy with how the door came out, zero twist and the panels look good to me. Iíve got it 3/32 shorter than the opening. I think that is a little too...
  17. I used Home Depot rustoleum about 18 years ago on...

    I used Home Depot rustoleum about 18 years ago on the bike I ride around town. I stripped the old paint, used alcohol or some other degreaser, and primed (I used whatever primer Home Depot had,...
  18. Actually, that is a good point. I do grab my...

    Actually, that is a good point. I do grab my marking knife to clean up corners some times.
  19. Bob, I got a set of the new Stanleyís as my...

    Bob,

    I got a set of the new Stanleyís as my first set of chisels. Overall they work pretty well for me, but I do find the land on them a little too large for cleaning out the corners of dovetails...
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    Oh, I’m not sure which is the parent company, but...

    Oh, I’m not sure which is the parent company, but Pax/Thomas Flynn are the saws I’m talking about. Apparently there is one company in England that sells saws under a bunch of brand names.
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    I went through a similar thought process, I had...

    I went through a similar thought process, I had never sharpened and set saws so I didnít want to try to get an old saw that was in bad shape fixed up. I got a crosscut and rip saw from Pax. They are...
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    Saws: sharpening and setting

    So, I had already learned to stop and sharpen whenever my chisels and planes arenít feeling quite right. Yesterday I finally learned to stop and sharpen when my saw doesnít feel quite right. It turns...
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    Doug fir is plenty sturdy for a bench. It can be...

    Doug fir is plenty sturdy for a bench. It can be a little splintery, so if you get a little careless and catch a corner of the bench with a saw you might take a chunk out. It is also pretty light. My...
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    Got the frame of the door together and one pair...

    Got the frame of the door together and one pair of panels resawn. The door came out perfectly square and it will just take a little planing to smooth up the faces. Next I have to resaw the second...
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    For something like that I would find a rod with...

    For something like that I would find a rod with the right thread to go in the insert. Then I would thread one nut on until it was snug to the insert (not tight!). Then tighten a second nut to the...
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