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  1. Warning: rant When I read threads like this,...

    Warning: rant

    When I read threads like this, and recommendations such as 'you'll need a smoother, a block plane, a jointer, a scrub, a low angle jack, and the list goes on', then I wonder how our...
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    I'm fond of the small Dutch toolchest (when...

    I'm fond of the small Dutch toolchest (when wanting to keep it portable) otherwise the large Dutch toolchest.
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    Carbatec has a NZD 95 granite surface plate and...

    Carbatec has a NZD 95 granite surface plate and the kitchen shops are often just as good and if you're nice to them then for free. You can use grinding paste directly on the granite. There is also on...
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    Since I could not find locally evapo-rust I tried...

    Since I could not find locally evapo-rust I tried this and it worked fine, it did not take the paint off. Tried in the past vinegar and it took the paint off. It does not seem to attack the iron...
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    Go to the local kitchen benchtop manufacturer and...

    Go to the local kitchen benchtop manufacturer and get the sink cutout from a granite benchtop. Take a ruler to find the flattest one.
  6. I just mentioned in another thread: use molasses...

    I just mentioned in another thread: use molasses thinned (1:8 to 1:20 ratio) with water and let it soak, turn it over every two days and after a week, or two, it will be all clean. Little work and...
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    Kanolabs KROIL

    Kanolabs KROIL
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    Non toxic rust removal: 1 part molasses (the one...

    Non toxic rust removal: 1 part molasses (the one with sulphur in it) to 8 ~ 20 parts of water. Put in there, turn it around every two days and then after a week (or two) the rust will have dissolved...
  9. I'm going to use the Clifton chip breaker with...

    I'm going to use the Clifton chip breaker with the Stanley blades because the location of the lever adjustment hole is about 3mm (1/8") different from the Stanley. This difference in location causes...
  10. I do wonder a bit about the Sjoberg benches and...

    I do wonder a bit about the Sjoberg benches and benchtops. On thing I cannot clearly see from the photo's on the web is if the breadends are glued in or allowed to slide.

    I'm in the middle of...
  11. Greetings from the Bay of Plenty I do not...

    Greetings from the Bay of Plenty

    I do not expect too much trouble, it can easily be reversed to using a thicker blade again unlike putting a thicker blade into a Stanley. Read recently about...
  12. Thank you Ken, I intend just sticking with the...

    Thank you Ken, I intend just sticking with the Clifton cap iron since there appears to be a 3mm ( 1/8") difference in the location of the square hole for the lever. I just hope the cap iron screw...
  13. Any problems with a standard Stanley blade in a plane designed for a thicker blade?

    Perhaps one of the esteemed members has the answer.

    I am looking at purchasing a Clifton #3 but I have a number of Stanley blades of the same width.

    In case you're wondering: "Why" ?
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  14. Just my opinion, YMMV: I can buy them for...

    Just my opinion, YMMV:

    I can buy them for about 40% of the price of LN and / or Veritas. I had a number of these Chinese tools and only one made it to my son, the low angle jack. The shoulder...
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    Before getting bigger planes consider getting a...

    Before getting bigger planes consider getting a #3 or a block plane first, those will be more usefull (unless you are a builder and not into fine woodworking).
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    I'm familiar with the West system, having used it...

    I'm familiar with the West system, having used it myself when it first was introduced. With expoxy failing the argument always was that it was improperly used where the user stated that (s)he used it...
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    ^^^ with Andrew, Jim and Rob ^^^ Just find...

    ^^^ with Andrew, Jim and Rob ^^^ Just find another one that is missing parts, there are plenty of them.

    We're building a new home and there are a few things I have to do. Recently picked up a...
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    Thanks for the remark that an auger bit normally...

    Thanks for the remark that an auger bit normally is slightly larger than the stated size.

    Holdfasts need a larger hole to work properly - too small and they tend to slip. As such I am not...
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    Do you know how well do the Veritas 20mm parts...

    Do you know how well do the Veritas 20mm parts fit into a hole drilled with the 13/16" auger? I've got the opportunity to buy a 13/16" vintage Sheffield (new in box) but wonder if I should go for a...
  20. Have been looking at both 20mm and 3/4" and if...

    Have been looking at both 20mm and 3/4" and if one should combine the two. Came across a template made by "Dutchy" that has the top drilled for both 20mm on a 96mm grid and 3/4" drileld on a 4" grid....
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    The contraction / expansion is a problem when...

    The contraction / expansion is a problem when timber runs in a straight line but because the hull and ribs are all curved it is not a problem. In lapstrake boatbuilding the edges of the boards get...
  22. If you are taking up black smithing then you...

    If you are taking up black smithing then you might well have an angle grinder. Just get one of those chainsaw angle grinder disks and it will be done in no time. Here is one onePray:...
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    Just had a look at the suggested workbench. ...

    Just had a look at the suggested workbench.

    Personally I would be very tempted in getting a smaller vise and the Veritas inset vise comes to mind and at Lee Valley it is around a hundred US.
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    I posted this in the thread: 'Cost of building a...

    I posted this in the thread: 'Cost of building a bench':

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    I'm in the acquiring stage for making a benchtop workspace. I looked at the one from Derek Cohen and at the milkman's....
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    I'm in the acquiring stage for making a benchtop...

    I'm in the acquiring stage for making a benchtop workspace. I looked at the one from Derek Cohen and at the milkman's. Came across Mike Siemsen with the viseless workbench.

    I'm going to make a...
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