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  1. One of the most impressive and challenging...

    One of the most impressive and challenging projects I've seen on SMC!!

    I really admire their concentration and focus you demonstrated on a project of this scope/scale – a lifetime achievement to...
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    Steven congratulations on successfully completing...

    Steven congratulations on successfully completing such a practical and well done project! Entryway stairs, porch, gate etc. something everyone uses every day and I'm sure you and yours will really...
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    Bill, looks awesome! I've got some wormy wood I'm...

    Bill, looks awesome! I've got some wormy wood I'm working on right now and absolutely gonna try your epoxy/bronze powder method – thanks for the suggestion! Where do you get the bronze powder?
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    Steve, that ripsaw is a real beauty – I'm...

    Steve, that ripsaw is a real beauty – I'm thinking maybe English or may be one of the smaller US manufacturers like Harvey Peace Vulcan Saw Works?

    Best, Mike
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    +1 No disrespect to anyone but I agree w/ others...

    +1 No disrespect to anyone but I agree w/ others who said Stan brought unique insight into Japanese tools as someone living in Japan and, more importantly, making a living with same hand tools.

    I...
  6. Poll: Interesting practical question. Thoughts: ...

    Interesting practical question. Thoughts:

    Struck by how many on this thread have multiple benchs (I do), maybe more of a neccesity than luxury.

    For me ability to access all sides is most...
  7. Thanks guys for the kind comments. I've learned...

    Thanks guys for the kind comments. I've learned so much from SMC - I'm glad this post was interesting for some. Maybe chance for me to make small contribution to SMC community.

    Jim, I'll have to...
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    +1 I usually don't comment on contentious threads...

    +1 I usually don't comment on contentious threads as goodness knows everyone is entitled to their opinion. However in this case, the OP has a legitimate question and contrary to current political...
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    Very nice – thanks for posting! I can't wait to...

    Very nice – thanks for posting! I can't wait to see the spaulted Maple drawer fronts – should be awesome.

    Best, Mike
  10. I always struggle with getting the cocked beading...

    I always struggle with getting the cocked beading on drawer fronts the correct height above the drawer front proper, probably because I have no idea what that distance is supposed to be. Historically...
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    The 2 narrow ends of the table will have curved drawer fronts. The lower stretcher carries the carved beading detail....
  13. Sheraton Table Build Part 2/Finished – Lots of Pics

    This is the 2nd half of a build thread for a Sheraton style breakfast table with 2 fold up leaves. Rough dimensions are ~ 30” wide x 50” long x 29” tall. The design is a combination of 2 tables taken...
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    Great project- thanks for sharing! Space between...

    Great project- thanks for sharing! Space between false top and show cabinet top is good opportunitiy for hidden compartment accessed via sliding cabinet back. The drawer backs/bottoms also...
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    +1 well done! Thanks for sharing- great pics!...

    +1 well done! Thanks for sharing- great pics!
    Best, Mike
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    Thanks for the suggestion- I'm always on the hunt...

    Thanks for the suggestion- I'm always on the hunt for good saw files and had not heard of these. Pete glad to know I can get them from you.

    Cheers. Mike
  17. Thanks all for your very kind comments. Pete,...

    Thanks all for your very kind comments.

    Pete, I appreciate your suggestion about using thickness planner to get uniform stringing. Yes his application that makes me regret getting rid of some of...
  18. t’s probably hard to see here, but there’s a...

    t’s probably hard to see here, but there’s a recessed “square” shape in the area above the serpentine beads. Maybe I should color this in black or red – what you think? BTW, try not to notice the...
  19. After the initial outlining, I use of a V tool to...

    After the initial outlining, I use of a V tool to carve along the edges and relieve the waste. – Sorry the pictures are terrible!
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  20. The design I’m using for table legs is a...

    The design I’m using for table legs is a combination of 2 different tables – a Sheraton and Heppelwhite. There are 2 main areas of carving; top of the leg just below the apron and the foot. String...
  21. One of the biggest headaches for me in string...

    One of the biggest headaches for me in string inlay is creating the stringing. You need to have a consistent with so that it fully seats all the way to the bottom of the groove. If the width isn’t...
  22. Sheraton Table Build Part 2: Table Legs – String Inlay and Carving

    This is part 2 of a folding, mahogany table build – roughly in the style of Sheraton, I plan to use my office as a work surface. The bulk of the work in this build is focused on the legs which when...
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    OK I'm convinced – as much as I hate to admit it...

    OK I'm convinced – as much as I hate to admit it I have way too many hand tools, but am stuck about how to proceed.

    I can gather the "extra" tools into a box in the shop, but what do I do then? I...
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    +1- couldn't agree more with Doug's comments.

    +1- couldn't agree more with Doug's comments.
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    Brian, Thanks for giving me an opportunity to...

    Brian,

    Thanks for giving me an opportunity to clarify; Pete Taran is "The Man" when it comes to vintage handsaw's. I certainly can't speak for Pete, but I believe he started Independence Saw, one...
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