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  1. My feeling on hard vs. translucent vs. black is...

    My feeling on hard vs. translucent vs. black is they all end up with a polished surface with use, so comparing them gets a bit challenging. A brand new translucent might be about as aggressive as a...
  2. Hi John, as a another relative newbie using...

    Hi John, as a another relative newbie using Arkansas stones I'll chime in, although I think what I have to say won't be as useful as all the previous replies!

    I started out using a double-sided...
  3. I have not used the Ray Iles chisels, but have...

    I have not used the Ray Iles chisels, but have had the chance to handle the LN mortise chisels at the factory showroom in Maine, and own a set of the Narex chisels. Based on what I've seen, the Narex...
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    Thanks for posting this one Jonathan - it's...

    Thanks for posting this one Jonathan - it's something I've been wondering about as well. For me, achieving consistency and acceptable accuracy with my hand saws is a challenge. I have access to some...
  5. Thanks for your post and insight on preferences...

    Thanks for your post and insight on preferences those old carpenters had! I have my doubts anyone uses handsaws in construction or finish carpentry anymore these days, definitely a lot of skills...
  6. That makes sense. Since most of these old 26in...

    That makes sense. Since most of these old 26in handsaws were used in the balloon-frame construction booms of the mid-late 1900s probably with very un-seasoned stuff, heating and sticky resin would be...
  7. Taper in hand saws and panel saw plates - how much difference does it make?

    I've been thinking of posting this question for awhile, and the other saw thread this morning reminded me.

    Most vintage, and high-end contemporary saws have tapered plates (LN, Bad Axe), while...
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    Agree... The weapon / 19th century military...

    Agree... The weapon / 19th century military analogies are over done in their marketing. I haven't tried any Bad Axe saws, but my suspicion from having tried the LN panel saws is that the modern 1095...
  9. About a year ago I bought a hard Arkansas stone...

    About a year ago I bought a hard Arkansas stone to try out as my final stone for my oilstone setup. Over time the hard Arkansas has smoothed out to the point I'm considering re-dressing the surface...
  10. I made my Nicholson bench out of spruce...

    I made my Nicholson bench out of spruce construction lumber, and wouldn't be afraid to make another out of even softer white pine, as long as it didn't have too many knots. Yellow pine is much harder...
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    I've heard of scrapers being used by machinists...

    I've heard of scrapers being used by machinists to achieve very flat surfaces, but that sounds like a highly skilled operation.. Maybe it's easier than I imagine, it's worth a look into at least.
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    The zipper effect is exactly what I'm getting...

    The zipper effect is exactly what I'm getting with the MF plane. I'm using a cambered, so I think the chip breaker is far enough back not to cause issues. I have to take a really heavy shaving to...
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    Lapping frog faces on Bailey planes

    Chris Schwarz recently posted 2-part series on tuning up jack planes on the Lost Art Press blog in which he mentions lapping the face of the frog without removing the lateral adjuster or the depth...
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    It certainly sound logical to use a smaller back...

    It certainly sound logical to use a smaller back saw for most average sized tenons, and cut the really large or very wide tenons with a panel saw or handsaw. Doing a little digging though, I think...
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    Thanks for the kind offer Dave! I'd love to take...

    Thanks for the kind offer Dave! I'd love to take you up on it, bu I live out in southern NH, so Albany is unfortunately a bit too much of a haul.
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    I'm a bit of a newb, but have had good luck with...

    I'm a bit of a newb, but have had good luck with BLO, followed by a few coats paste wax on one furniture project, and lots of tool handles. Light coats dry faster, and actually allow you to get the...
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    Reading your reply and all the others has me...

    Reading your reply and all the others has me leaning toward a 16in tenon saw, probably 11ppi, maybe a little bit finer. A panel saw should do for everything else, esp. based on my experience with the...
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    I'm all over it :) I live in New England so I've...

    I'm all over it :) I live in New England so I've got a soft spot for anything Millers Falls, and ordered a Millers Falls 214 saw set the other day. I haven't decided on a saw vice yet, but will...
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    First, thanks Stephen, Ken, and Jim for your...

    First, thanks Stephen, Ken, and Jim for your replies! So that begs the question, what would be the benefit of a very large back saw filed rip, like one of these 16 or 18in tenon saws vs. an 18 or...
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    Tenon saw size?

    So I recently had a bit of an eye opening experience. I thought I'd been getting along fine with my ryoba and dozuki - until I picked it up a 26in 4.5ppi Disston handsaw (filed rip) at a junk store...
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    I have a Fiskars billhook that is pretty good -...

    I have a Fiskars billhook that is pretty good - the handle is very tough, and comfortable enough considering the price point, although I do feel like the shorter handle on this tool does sometimes...
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    I'm 32 and new to the forum here. I really only...

    I'm 32 and new to the forum here. I really only got into woodworking over the last 2 years or so, I've learned a lot along the way, but wouldn't consider myself an expert. My experience, and...
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    Just depends on how often you'll be moving it. I...

    Just depends on how often you'll be moving it. I made my small Dutch chest out of 3/4 pine, and I can pick it up full of tools. However, I probably won't ever need to pick it up often. Right now it...
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    I'm curious what other folks will say about their...

    I'm curious what other folks will say about their experiences with PMV-11. My experience with regular steels has been that pine knots can mess up an edge quite quickly :) It also seems to me your...
  25. I used 4 tails. They're painted over, and now you...

    I used 4 tails. They're painted over, and now you wouldn't even know it was dovetailed, so they really just need to hold things together - there isn't any real concern for aesthetics or showing off...
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