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  1. I have used a soft Arkansas stone on every tool I...

    I have used a soft Arkansas stone on every tool I have sharpened since 1983. Before that I just used a Washita and a black Arkansas. I use it in a worn smooth condition; I do not abrade it to roughen...
  2. Forty degrees is near the lower end of the range...

    Forty degrees is near the lower end of the range for a bevel down plane. The reason is that roughly ten degrees of clearance is needed for a plane to work well and roughly 30 degrees of bevel is...
  3. This guy is way in over his head. There is a...

    This guy is way in over his head. There is a reason most people are better off copying classic designs than making up new ones.

    The question is not whether an end grain to end grain is stronger...
  4. I have used one 1/4 inch chisel for over fifty...

    I have used one 1/4 inch chisel for over fifty years. It is the only 1/4 inch chisel I have ever owned. It has been sharpened so many times that at one point I put on a longer handle to bring it back...
  5. Maybe you are thinking you cannot make an edge...

    Maybe you are thinking you cannot make an edge flat without a reference face. You can. In making a joint, it is sometimes helpful to use a square from a rough side, but the things we use for judging...
  6. The most efficient handwork is to do no work on...

    The most efficient handwork is to do no work on the faces of the boards until after the panel is glued up. Otherwise you have to flatten each individual board then flatten the whole thing after glue...
  7. I use English "cast steel" chisels from the 19th...

    I use English "cast steel" chisels from the 19th century. I like them because i can get a very fine long lasting edge. I use Arkansas stones.

    I have tried the Lie Nielsen A2 chisels at tool fairs...
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    From my phone. I stopped using scrapers in...

    From my phone.

    I stopped using scrapers in 1976 when I realized that the surface was better before using the scraper. In 1978 I made a small box and sanded it with 400 paper. When I realized it...
  9. Toshio Odate sharpens full bevel on his chisels....

    Toshio Odate sharpens full bevel on his chisels. He starts with 1200 and says that if you need something coarser than 1200 you have waited too long to sharpen.

    I have sharpened full bevel for...
  10. Yes, you want the door held together with pins....

    Yes, you want the door held together with pins. The pins you can knock out from the back side. Using waterproof glue in mortises could easily tip the balance from just replacing a part to junking the...
  11. I would not glue anything. With this type of...

    I would not glue anything. With this type of thing, you could easily have to replace the bottom rail or part of panel. You want it to come apart very easily.

    I guess you could glue up panels, but...
  12. Carving is a large part of my business and I know...

    Carving is a large part of my business and I know many quality carvers. We do not use buffers for our tools. We want a precision edge because we ride the tools on the bevels and on the backs. When...
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    Here in Lancaster County we sometimes move an old...

    Here in Lancaster County we sometimes move an old timber frame barn or house. We take out the pins, disassemble, and set up the frame again with new pins. We have been doing this for 300 years....
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    On historic work the pins are just about always...

    On historic work the pins are just about always the same species as the joint they are going in. There is a good reason for that. When a pin goes in an offset hole, there is deformation, bending or...
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    Many questionable posts in this thread, this is...

    Many questionable posts in this thread, this is but one example.

    "Switch to stones"? I have been sharpening seriously since 1962. I never tried sandpaper, not entirely sure what lapping films are....
  16. We raise and lower the stop for different...

    We raise and lower the stop for different situations. For planing stuff that is 1/8 thick or less the stop has to be very low so we can plane over it, but that will not work for a piece that is...
  17. I have used the same beech stop since 1979. It is...

    I have used the same beech stop since 1979. It is usually loose in fall because it loses moisture faster than the bench top, and then tight in the spring because it gains moisture faster than the...
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    Bingo! Yes we generally decide when a stone needs...

    Bingo! Yes we generally decide when a stone needs flattening based on tool performance. For plane irons we usually like a little camber on the irons, so a small concavity on the stone is beneficial....
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    Nobody has suggested that tapered saws were made...

    Nobody has suggested that tapered saws were made in America in the late 19th century. However, Pete Taran has suggested that the saws that Seaton bought from Christopher Gabriel of London in 1796,...
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    It is beyond peculiar that you suggest that an...

    It is beyond peculiar that you suggest that an English saw might not have been originally tapered because tapered saws do not show up in "American literature". Have you done enough research to know...
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    ECE Primus has long made a double iron rabbet...

    ECE Primus has long made a double iron rabbet plane. It is a hornbeam plane with the Pirmus mechanism (back spring and adjuster) and adjustable throat, that sells for $200 or so. Peter Follansbee...
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    When I was trying to learn this method 45 years...

    When I was trying to learn this method 45 years ago, I had one sample which was giving me trouble. I honed a tiny flat at 75 or 80 degrees and that made the difference. You could not really see the...
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    I bought a nosing plane in 1983 when I was...

    I bought a nosing plane in 1983 when I was building a spiral staircase. It has seen occasional use since, but is not much used for furniture.

    My plane was made in Philadelphia around 1840 and has...
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    I talked to Ron Hock about the cap irons he makes...

    I talked to Ron Hock about the cap irons he makes at the WIA conference in 2009. When I told him they were a bit flat for optimum effectiveness he said that you could put the very end of the iron in...
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    No, I think they redesigned them out of...

    No, I think they redesigned them out of ignorance. There were some bloggers at the time who suggested that cap irons were only used as blade stiffeners and who flattened out cap iron bevels on their...
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