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    I have never BBQd with European Beech. A few...

    I have never BBQd with European Beech. A few lumps of American Beech in the charcoal is pretty tasty on beef, nice change of pace from hickory. I think the malt for Rauchbeer is smoked on Euro...
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    I agree with all the above. I have one blade for...

    I agree with all the above. I have one blade for my scrub cambered at 3" radius. It leaves a washboard but it chews through spruce and fir like a locomotive. 1.5mm of twist in the sole on mine...
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    If you made your top 8 inches thick how wide...

    If you made your top 8 inches thick how wide would it be? Just asking. With beech 4" thick and two meters long is likely very satisfactory, but I am not investing this kind of time into benches...
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    That is a beauty.

    That is a beauty.
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    I found it in the same reference as above, on...

    I found it in the same reference as above, on page 43 he calls for three inches. I bet it depends on your foot size and how heavy a boot you wear, but he does mention on pp43 for planing crossgrain...
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    I found the reference I had alluded to earlier. ...

    I found the reference I had alluded to earlier. It is Chris Schwarz's _The workbench design book_ (c 2010).

    Only reviewer's of the book are allowed to quote brief passages without written...
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    My current is 4" off the floor, too high to hook...

    My current is 4" off the floor, too high to hook my toes under. I read somewhere having the bottom face of the stretcher about three inches off the floor lets you hook your toes under it when...
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    Jason, you have reached paralysis by analysis. I...

    Jason, you have reached paralysis by analysis. I fully agree with both Davids and Anuj above.

    I would suggest you take a 2x4 scrap maybe 16" long and your number four plane to your local...
  9. Is there a "like" button on the horizon?

    i would find it especially useful in the workbench threads in the neanderthal play ground... agree with this one, agree with this one, and have just a couple items to add as food for thought.

    just...
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    well that's a clever thing. Cool.

    well that's a clever thing. Cool.
  11. Gauging Interest, birch plane blanks

    Briefly I am the crew chief for my church's BBQ team. We served 700 plates of food in 2019 and are looking to serve 2000 plates in 2020. We are spending a LOT of money on charcoal and are actively...
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    I have a pair of different colored 24" levels...

    I have a pair of different colored 24" levels that are working for me for now. Are these also known as winding sticks?
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    Ken, you earned it. I am personally at my shop...

    Ken, you earned it. I am personally at my shop nervous about any knock down bench because my climate is so extreme and I am fooling with 4x4 and up most of the time. The MT joints on my bench...
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    My bench top moved seasonally. I built in...

    My bench top moved seasonally. I built in January 2019 from home store construction lumber. It was flat in February. In July 2019 it was crowned. I took part of the crown off in July, but I...
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    I agree with everything posted so far but don't...

    I agree with everything posted so far but don't need to rehash it. I don't see a post from Ken Hatch in here yet, he is very knowledgeable.

    What wood working do you want to do? If you want to...
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    I like Marinus' idea in post #27

    I like Marinus' idea in post #27
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    I don't have any pieces that big to try. The one...

    I don't have any pieces that big to try. The one growing in my yard is giving up excellent BBQ wood. At my wife's urging I ran a sliced potato through the smoker on charcoal ad lilac with just...
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    I got a pair of the Crucible holdfasts, I opened...

    I got a pair of the Crucible holdfasts, I opened the box about three hours ago. My first impression is these have exceeded my very high expectations, but it is early.

    I am going to run these a...
  19. No, no it is all good. Don't sweat it man. I...

    No, no it is all good. Don't sweat it man.

    I did a quick search before I started a new thread, having multiple ideas here is good for future search button users. I am sure the subject has been...
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    I let this one go a few days because I figured I...

    I let this one go a few days because I figured I was doing it wrong. I was (halfway) expecting someone to say "I used to use Jojoba oil until I started mixing my own shellac, but then I found I got...
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    I have an incomplete mixed set and agree with the...

    I have an incomplete mixed set and agree with the previous, sharp is more important than Irwin v- Jennings pattern. I haven't had to sharpen any yet and mostly work in softwood.
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    I think Don is right about lignin. I have steam...

    I think Don is right about lignin. I have steam bent quarter inch stock, both kiln dried ash and KD hickory for boat parts. They were both a lot of bother compared to reading about it online -...
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    Wanted To Buy: 1" corner chisel

    I have been watching several websites for a few weeks.

    I am planning in the next few days to order one at $50-60 from Jim Bode. At that price I think I can sharpen one of those and feel like I am...
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    1) Do any of you have experience with viseless...

    1) Do any of you have experience with viseless workbench when using manual tools? What were/is your impressions?

    I am absolutely bananas for my holdfasts. I had wanted a pair for a long long...
  25. One obstacle down. Thank you Derek. Also, I...

    One obstacle down. Thank you Derek.

    Also, I figured out the "belly" on it is not from the forge but from being beat on - unevenly- with hammers.

    I talked to my smith. I am going to burn it...
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