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  1. Hi James I found it, and therefore deleted by...

    Hi James

    I found it, and therefore deleted by post ... but you were too quick! :)

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
  2. Hi Tony What task do you want the plane for?...

    Hi Tony

    What task do you want the plane for? Smoothing I am assuming.

    A low angle is a good idea to achieve lower resistence when pushing the plane, however it may be neutralised by a wide...
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    I agree with Dave's comments - the question is...

    I agree with Dave's comments - the question is this spokeshave significant different from the Lee Valley version to stand on its own, or is it an unlicensed copy?

    see:...
  4. You could try lettuce leaves. Regards from...

    You could try lettuce leaves.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

    p.s. hardwood works better than leather.
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    Hi George Tasmanian Blackwood - in my...

    Hi George

    Tasmanian Blackwood - in my experience - is rather easy to work. Medium hard only, and while figured, it is not interlocked. It is almost identical to Koa, which you may have experience...
  6. Hi Kees Power comes from the hips, never the...

    Hi Kees

    Power comes from the hips, never the arms. You will just tire yourself out. And adding speed will just do this faster!

    I posted the links on the Aussie forum, where they were read by a...
  7. Hi Richard I cannot imagine the benefit of...

    Hi Richard

    I cannot imagine the benefit of both downforce and forward thrust being exerted from the handle side of the plane. The only time I expect to exert downforce at the handle end is when we...
  8. Thanks Shawn. The handle on the #604 is going...

    Thanks Shawn.

    The handle on the #604 is going to remain! It is a significant improvement in control, comfort and power.

    One of the design features of this handle I did not mention (there were...
  9. The Veritas Custom Planes - more than a review

    One thing lead to another, and I wrote a series of articles ... four in all.


    It just seemed to flow in that direction.


    It began with the idea that if one could design a plane of their...
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    And that is the issue to contend with. I bow to...

    And that is the issue to contend with. I bow to your experience here, David, since I have little with Wenge. Personally, I would avoid using it. There are better choices. Matthew, I suggest that you...
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    What an interesting collection of ideas, which...

    What an interesting collection of ideas, which goes to show that there will always be a variety of opinions and rarely only one.

    I would like to emphasise that a 1/8" chisel for dovetailing have...
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    Hi Matthew The Janka hardness of Wenge is...

    Hi Matthew

    The Janka hardness of Wenge is similar to that of Jarrah and Hickory, somewhere around 1900 pounds-force. This is about 50% higher than beech. As you know, I've made many planes from...
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    Hi Prashun I own several 1/8" chisels, almost...

    Hi Prashun

    I own several 1/8" chisels, almost all for dovetailing. These include 1/8" (vintage) Stanley 750 (which is O1), an O1 Veritas I shaped out of a 1/4" pre-production sample before they...
  14. The irons on a wooden plough plane usually range...

    The irons on a wooden plough plane usually range from 1/8" through 5/8" in a full set of 8. If the skate was wider than 1/8", then the 1/8" blade could not plough a groove unless the iron was...
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    Hi Mateo Can you say more about this? If...

    Hi Mateo

    Can you say more about this?

    If you are pushing down from the rear, how do you push the plane forward?

    Regards from Perth

    Derek[/COLOR]
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    Hi George I suspect that this would make a...

    Hi George

    I suspect that this would make a great knife for cutting lino :) Perhaps that is where the shape came from.

    It's great for "carving" the end of a pencil, and it excells in striking a...
  17. It depends ... on the wood you use, how much work...

    It depends ... on the wood you use, how much work you do, how fit you are, the space you have, finances ...

    I predominantly use either salvaged old wood, which will be very dry and hard, or long...
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    Striking a line with a marking knife is as much...

    Striking a line with a marking knife is as much technique as it is about the tool. Cutting too deeply too soon will result in the edge of the blade being sandwiched by the grain, and then following...
  19. Since I have the space, I have both a tablesaw...

    Since I have the space, I have both a tablesaw and bandsaw. As Curt points out, the tablesaw can leave a finished surface. It is useful when ripping and, especially, crosscutting thick hardwood. That...
  20. Hi Jonathan A couple of observations: 1....

    Hi Jonathan

    A couple of observations:

    1. You managed to sharpen a #4 and #5 without an issue. That says it is something about the block plane blade.

    2. I notice that the block plane blade...
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    Hi Adam For laying out joints I would get a 6"...

    Hi Adam

    For laying out joints I would get a 6" combination square (either a Starrett on eBay, or one from Lee Valley). The small double square is useful as a depth gauge, for marking mitres, among...
  22. David, don't fret ... there is a LOT of cab sav...

    David, don't fret ... there is a LOT of cab sav in Margaret's River! It is not only a major wine area, and the home of the Jarrah and Karri tree, but just 3 hours south of Perth. My wife and I were...
  23. Adam, that is important .. and even more so if...

    Adam, that is important .. and even more so if the bench top is not the thickest - a thinner top may flex.

    For those that did not register this from the photo - the chisel is positioned at the...
  24. Hi Jeff In a nutshell, choose either a high...

    Hi Jeff

    In a nutshell, choose either a high cutting angle or use the chipbreaker, but not both. I can get equally good results with a 40 degree frog and chipbreaker (in one of the Veritas Custom...
  25. :) Photoshop is great! Regards from Perth...

    :)

    Photoshop is great!

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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