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    Thanks for the reply, David. I have not done...

    Thanks for the reply, David. I have not done ripping in a vise; I generally do ripping on a trestle as in this picture.
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    I would find a 19 inch tenon saw clumsy also. I don't think we have...
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    The term panel saw originally meant a saw with...

    The term panel saw originally meant a saw with fine teeth for cutting a thin panel. The panel saw in Nicholson has finer teeth than the crosscut saw or the rip saw, but is 26 inches long. I can't see...
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    Ashley Vaughan returned my call just now. He is a...

    Ashley Vaughan returned my call just now. He is a hortaculturist in South Carolina who does woodworking on the side. He seemed pretty excited that people were interested in his molding planes. Just...
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    I found a telephone number for Ashley, called...

    I found a telephone number for Ashley, called this morning, and left a message that people were discussing his planes on Sawmill Creek.
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    I think David was writing this while I was taking...

    I think David was writing this while I was taking a picture. Even though the coping saw kerf is noticeably wider than the dovetail saw kerf, it goes down easily in the kerf. Turning the saw with...
  6. Derek, Bob's post must have gone over your head....

    Derek, Bob's post must have gone over your head. Many chisels available today are within the parameters he calculated. Bob,s own set had plenty of clearance.
  7. Thanks for doing the calculation, Bob. I have...

    Thanks for doing the calculation, Bob. I have presented this before, but it seems to go over people's heads.

    In the 18th century, chisels were usually not beveled at all. However chisels for a...
  8. What you are missing is that we cut to the corner...

    What you are missing is that we cut to the corner with the saw; the chisel does not need to cut the material at the very corner.
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    I recommend beech. Beech's asset is that it...

    I recommend beech. Beech's asset is that it absorbs shock and vibration, so that it is more comfortable to use. If you saw a lot you can feel the difference. Apple and pear are also good in this...
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    Two stones are sufficient if you know what you...

    Two stones are sufficient if you know what you are doing. If you are just going to rub mindlessly while watching television, yes you can end up with one slightly concave and one convex. Invariably,...
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    The holdfast in Roubo is very different from many...

    The holdfast in Roubo is very different from many made today. The arm of the hold fast tapers the whole way and is 1/8 to 3/16 at the end. Roubo says they should be very flexible. That way they don't...
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    I have been doing hand tool woodworking since...

    I have been doing hand tool woodworking since 1970. Two of the tools you mentioned were on my list to buy decades ago, but then dropped off the list. I never owned any of them. If I had to pick one...
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    Is this a native wood? The only "cedar" I can...

    Is this a native wood? The only "cedar" I can think of in your area is Northern White Cedar.
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    David Weaver's results were between 8 and 30...

    David Weaver's results were between 8 and 30 percent longer for pmv11 than O1. It was not the "4X as long" that you claimed earlier today. I did one of David's tests using a 1915 plane iron; I quit...
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    "Powder Metal (PM) steels have the finest grain...

    "Powder Metal (PM) steels have the finest grain around, probably finer than O1."

    Is this what the marketing department says, or is there real documentation.

    " PM-V11 gets as sharp, or...
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    I don't know where you looked, but pmv11 is...

    I don't know where you looked, but pmv11 is harder than vintage steel only if you temper it less than you temper the other steels. O1 can be harder or softer than Lee Valley's pmv11 tools, depending...
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    I certainly agree with you, Jim. Hand tool skills...

    I certainly agree with you, Jim. Hand tool skills were in serious decline by 1830. The idea that we are going to get inspiration from a 1941 booklet is peculiar. We cannot expect a 19th or 20th...
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    Yes, I was thinking same thing, David. Andrew...

    Yes, I was thinking same thing, David. Andrew seems to confuse hardness with abrasion resistance, which makes analysis confusing. High carbon steels can be harder or softer depending on how they are...
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    Shapton HR "High Resistance" are designed for...

    Shapton HR "High Resistance" are designed for stainless steels like PMv11 and semi stainless steels like A1 and D1. Because these steels are abrasion resistant,
    the stones are particularly harsh and...
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    I am kind of a late convert to the octagonal...

    I am kind of a late convert to the octagonal handles. I started making them in 2008 after thirty years of making turned handles. One advantage to octagonal handles that has not been mentioned is that...
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    I remembered your saying this. In order to get...

    I remembered your saying this. In order to get the quote right I googled Klausz doyen and got your website. I probably actually read it here on Sawmill Creek:
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    On your website you say "Frank Klausz is a doyen...

    On your website you say "Frank Klausz is a doyen among woodworkers". I never heard a woodworker say that sort of thing, but I have seen videos of him chopping dovetails. He chops directly over the...
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    I chop dovetails directly over the bench. I may...

    I chop dovetails directly over the bench. I may have used a piece of scrap when I was a beginner.

    I use traditional chisels (long and thin) for chopping dovetails, which gives more control. I go...
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    It is also what we cabinetmakers do. There are...

    It is also what we cabinetmakers do. There are times when we use a mitered joint at the front of a case, but not at the back. In traditional casework we usually use half blind dovetails and have a...
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    Salt is hygroscopic; it absorbs water from the...

    Salt is hygroscopic; it absorbs water from the air and it tends to retard evaporation when it is dissolved in water. It also retards moisture transfer from the glue into the wood, which slows drying....
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