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  1. John, I could be wrong (which I often am) but...

    John,

    I could be wrong (which I often am) but I think folks that like to have the finest edge they can get tent to gravitate to natural stones. Either Ark, JNat, or both.

    ken
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    Curt, First, I have not worked with a wood...

    Curt,

    First, I have not worked with a wood screw and a crisscross but I can see two potential problems. While my Lake Erie Screws move very freely they do not freely spin like the BC metal screw....
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    Andrew, The mess is still in the shop :o. I...

    Andrew,

    The mess is still in the shop :o. I have to a major clean up needed now that the benches have been swapped. Shaping chair parts with a draw knife and spokeshave doesn't leave much sawdust...
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    Rob, Quick feet have saved me a few times. :p...

    Rob,

    Quick feet have saved me a few times. :p

    ken
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    Jim, You can't go wrong and it is an easier...

    Jim,

    You can't go wrong and it is an easier build and install vs. a parallel guide of any kind.

    ken
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    Tony, I never thought I would find anything...

    Tony,

    I never thought I would find anything better than a Lake Erie wood screw but the BC set up is better.

    ken
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    If I remember, it is Beech just like the slab. ...

    If I remember, it is Beech just like the slab.

    ken
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    David, Mine was in Africa watching 55gal drums...

    David,

    Mine was in Africa watching 55gal drums of jet fuel being loaded and unloaded from the bed of pickups with not a shoe in sight. I couldn't watch.

    ken
  9. Andrew, Most natural stones will not shine...

    Andrew,

    Most natural stones will not shine like a synthetic stone.I think because of the shape of the scratches from each. Just remember shiny is not necessarily sharp. Shiny may look pretty but...
  10. Rafael, You are correct, there were a couple...

    Rafael,

    You are correct, there were a couple of spots that looked as if they would reflect light.

    ken
  11. Andrew, A couple of questions: Did you feel a...

    Andrew,

    A couple of questions: Did you feel a burr coming off the soft stone? After working on the polishing stones and removing the burr could you see reflected light on the cutting edge? The...
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    Mike, As I've said before, I'm a Moravian fan...

    Mike,

    As I've said before, I'm a Moravian fan boy. There is nothing wrong with other styles but I think a Moravian fits the needs of the modern woodworker better. For the first timer the joints...
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    Brian, Ain't that the truth. ken

    Brian,

    Ain't that the truth.

    ken
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    I just have to add: How do you like my OHSA...

    I just have to add: How do you like my OHSA approved safety sandals? :p

    ken
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    BenchCraft Vise and Crisscross

    I've been working on the new 6' bench in addition to the older bench but because the face vise is so sweet on the new bench it is getting most of the love. The two benches are very similar except...
  16. Andrew, Thinks, I should be able to find it no...

    Andrew,

    Thinks, I should be able to find it no need for a link.

    ken
  17. Andrew, What did you use to take the photos? ...

    Andrew,

    What did you use to take the photos?

    ken
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    Steven, Good on you. I expect you will enjoy...

    Steven,


    Good on you. I expect you will enjoy both the Moravian build and putting it to use. I think I posted earlier that a bench height about 250mm (~10") below the elbow is a good all around...
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    Tom, A couple of things about your new JNat. ...

    Tom,

    A couple of things about your new JNat. If it is a very good stone the odds are you will be disappointed it the "shine". Some of the most prized JNats leave a "cloudy" finish. I don't want...
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    Doug, Check out this Paul Sellers video, he...

    Doug,

    Check out this Paul Sellers video, he might disagree with you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJHrSmZQx10


    ken
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    Rob and Jim, I need to order a couple of the...

    Rob and Jim,

    I need to order a couple of the micron sheets to see what the scratches and the scratch pattern looks like. I know diamond plates leave terrible scratches but I see these are not...
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    Jim, Large stones and collector grade stones...

    Jim,

    Large stones and collector grade stones can be expensive. If you are willing to work with smaller and/or irregular stones the cost isn't too bad. In their defense, even the smaller and...
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    I would just add: If you need very much pressure...

    I would just add: If you need very much pressure you are working with a dull cutter.

    ken
  24. Malcolm, Congrats, your acquiring the chest is...

    Malcolm,

    Congrats, your acquiring the chest is what I expect most of us wish for our tools. When the day comes, and it is coming like a freight train, I hope my tool chest will be passed to...
  25. Thanks Mickley, I'll bet the Shapton blade...

    Thanks Mickley,

    I'll bet the Shapton blade will really shine. Beautiful illustration of the difference between natural stones and man made.

    ken
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