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    Hi Jim, a toenail (I have seen it called...

    Hi Jim,
    a toenail (I have seen it called "nosed") shape on a gouge also allows you to :
    1. make a tapered stopped groove with a perpendicular "stop", like your finger catch- if the gouge were...
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    Woden and Record (at least) made an adjustable...

    Woden and Record (at least) made an adjustable holdfast that came with a flanged mounting hole fixture. Apparently some had a backing plate as well, so you sandwich the bench between the cast iron...
  3. We have a 6-foot black rat snake that has lived...

    We have a 6-foot black rat snake that has lived in the yard the past 5 or so years. It goes in my tool shed or workshop when it is time to shed so nobody bothers it. I will see or hear it moving...
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    Yeah, Mel, as a matter of fact somewhere in my...

    Yeah, Mel, as a matter of fact somewhere in my childhood treasure boxes I have a piece of shale with a coal fossil of a horsetail stalk that was about an inch in diameter, so I guess it could be...
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    I planted some horsetail/ scouring rush near a...

    I planted some horsetail/ scouring rush near a pond in my back yard- I figured it was native, so it would be OK. I actually transplanted a few of the rhizomes from a small stand in the woods. A few...
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    according to the Pollaks' book, Garrett Roseboom...

    according to the Pollaks' book, Garrett Roseboom made planes in his own name in Cincinnati from 1842-1861. This might be from the earlier part of that range as it appears he combined skills and...
  7. I just did this in a room this spring (1950 house...

    I just did this in a room this spring (1950 house with 6" pine baseboards). I considered the Ultra=saw, but got the Dremel MultiMax oscillating tool instead because it has many more uses aside from...
  8. Back in my early days inspecting construction...

    Back in my early days inspecting construction sites for safety, we used plug-in GFCI wiring indicators to check if the temporary wiring was done correctly. There was a test button on the tester which...
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    From when I lived further south: -He has enough...

    From when I lived further south:
    -He has enough money to burn a wet mule (i.e. a lot)
    -That baby sure has a purty head (when you can't say the truth about the baby's looks- kind of like "bless her...
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    for bowls and spoons, I get a lot of use out of a...

    for bowls and spoons, I get a lot of use out of a Pfiel D5 bent gouge at 12mm (D5L/12) and a straight D7 20mm (D7/20). I also use the bent knives, but the gouge is faster at clearing waste and...
  11. Advertising and promotion, when obvious (like...

    Advertising and promotion, when obvious (like celebrity endorsements), affect me by making me disregard it. Like probably many here, I donít look for advertisements to sell me, I look for...
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    Bob, thanks for sharing your story and the...

    Bob,
    thanks for sharing your story and the project - significant achievements all around.
    Karl
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    If you've never seen the guts of a modern sofa,...

    If you've never seen the guts of a modern sofa, try to find a free one on Craigslist and deconstruct it layer by layer without just cutting it apart. I have done this re-upholstering a few in the...
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    Hi Andrew, I would at least try to rebuild this...

    Hi Andrew,
    I would at least try to rebuild this bench if my wife gave it to me as a special treat, but I'm a glutton for punishment. Here are some thoughts along those lines:
    - This is a...
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    about 20 years ago I made several theatrical...

    about 20 years ago I made several theatrical backdrops 57 feet wide. I used muslin from a theatrical supply shop because I could get it in seamless lengths and they had a running pocket 'hem' sewn...
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    yes, clamp them side by side and cut the joints...

    yes, clamp them side by side and cut the joints across. A mini story stick would make your marking easier instead of measuring each time. You could likely stack the "sticks" for 3 or 4 trivets at a...
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    I think the method used to make your trivets from...

    I think the method used to make your trivets from one board only makes sense in a power tool world - unless the wood was some special, rare wood and you only made a few. The traditional hand tool...
  18. Look at Peter Follansbee's blog to see how he...

    Look at Peter Follansbee's blog to see how he harvests bark and makes ash splints for basket-making. He slices a young tree's bark with a knife and peels it off in long pieces:...
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    Palm tools should work fine if they are...

    Palm tools should work fine if they are adequately sharp and the right size for your designs. Working in the small space of a cookie mold, full-size chisels and gouges would allow you to get two...
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    Hi Wayne, Based on the cast metal 6-spoke...

    Hi Wayne,
    Based on the cast metal 6-spoke clincher wheels, flat firewall and moulded strip running atop the hood hinge to the firewall, it appears to be a 1927-1929 or so Dodge Brothers truck. I'd...
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    for the wine boxes, you could make a cheese &...

    for the wine boxes, you could make a cheese & crackers serving kit ;
    *screw a solid slab of hardwood (hard maple, anything non-toxic) to the underside of the lid
    *Make a cheese knife and spreader...
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    Maybe some relatives of Marianne Faithfull; they...

    Maybe some relatives of Marianne Faithfull; they seem to have had money. Their tool catalog is huge, and everything I looked at was their brand so they don't specialize in any one area (might be a...
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    In this day and age, leaving the bike out may...

    In this day and age, leaving the bike out may have sent an unintended signal to the receiver, like "just take it and be gone". There is a lot of craigslist paranoia, so they may have assumed you'd...
  24. Hi Paul, Files shouldn't work since the steel...

    Hi Paul,
    Files shouldn't work since the steel should be hardened - that said, some gouges may have been produced with not-so-hard steel, but I don't think you'd get good results even if you could...
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    I saw an antique miter box at a flea market that...

    I saw an antique miter box at a flea market that had ornate cast iron versions of these; I still wish I had gotten it, even if it was very warped. I plane or cope to final fit, so a box like this...
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