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    A century earlier, kids likely carried small...

    A century earlier, kids likely carried small caliber rifles to school so they could hunt rabbits on the way home to have some meat on the table.

    jtk
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    In todays world, Mr. Byers would likely be either...

    In todays world, Mr. Byers would likely be either in court or prison.

    Some of the things teachers did a few decades ago to advance the maturity of their students are frowned upon today.

    I...
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    +1 on what Prashun said about the size....

    +1 on what Prashun said about the size. Construction lumber usually comes in 8' lengths so making the bench ~48" will waste less wood.

    On the height, I would size that for your grandson. Then make...
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    My wife knows most of my passwords. Anything I...

    My wife knows most of my passwords.

    Anything I don't want her to know about is erased from history.

    I am kind of sneaky though. This morning she had to go into town. So before she got in the...
  5. That is a conundrum, make it like new without...

    That is a conundrum, make it like new without taking away or adding anything.

    jtk
  6. From what you said, I would not have bothered...

    From what you said,
    I would not have bothered with the lapping in the first place.

    jtk
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    Two of my rules on sharpening: 1) Keep it...

    Two of my rules on sharpening:

    1) Keep it simple
    - if sharpening becomes an esoteric ritual it will distract from actual wood working and you may not want to take the time to sharpen when it...
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    Sticky: Looks a lot better than a medium size wheel...

    Looks a lot better than a medium size wheel barrow I built and sold.

    jtk
  9. Alex, Welcome to the Creek. Your profile...

    Alex,

    Welcome to the Creek. Your profile doesn't list a location. That would have a lot to do with determining what may be best for your need.

    My home is in rural southwest Washington state. We...
  10. Are you sure the sole of your planes needs...

    Are you sure the sole of your planes needs lapping?

    Is it end to end, side to side or a bit of both?

    I use a hunk of granite that came from a monument maker for $25. It is as flat as can be...
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    I just recently bought a second #51 spoke shave....

    I just recently bought a second #51 spoke shave. It is convenient to have one set for a light cut and one set for a heavier cut.

    Having one red and one black would make it easier to remember which...
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    Just to confirm what Tom posted my #51 spokeshave...

    Just to confirm what Tom posted my #51 spokeshave has 10-28 threads. Not something most (or any) hardware stores stock.

    jtk
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    At one time I lived within a reasonable walking...

    At one time I lived within a reasonable walking distance to a 'well-stocked' hardware store.

    Now it is about a 25 mile round trip to the nearest hardware store. Carful use of a file on a screw is...
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    Perhaps it is one someone replaced the original...

    Perhaps it is one someone replaced the original screws with what they had on hand. There may be evidence of the threads being tapped for the newer screws. I will try to remember to check mine next...
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    If this is the saw set you have: ...

    If this is the saw set you have:

    http://www.blackburntools.com/vintage-tools/archived/11-027-002/index.html

    Then the sliding part should be adjusted to guide the saw plate to rest against the...
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    Dan, Pictures always help in situations like...

    Dan,

    Pictures always help in situations like this.

    Are you sure the red shave is a Stanley made product?

    jtk
  17. Mike, Do you have any sharpening equipment...

    Mike,

    Do you have any sharpening equipment other than the grinder?

    Sometimes it is best to build on what you already have.

    To me it seemed water stones were a bit expensive. When it came...
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    It appears the trademark was used into the...

    It appears the trademark was used into the 1980's:



    http://www.robert-sorby.co.uk/companyinfo.htm

    There used to be a website with British trademark registration history. It come up with a...
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    It is always easy to spend someone else's money....

    It is always easy to spend someone else's money.

    Warren's approach is simple and easy. It is also less prone to error.

    A bench chisel can do the job. For deep mortising the heavier the chisel...
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    One of the faults of the English language are the...

    One of the faults of the English language are the connotations associated with some words. Brute force often implies there is no control of the force. Bashing, whacking or abusing all seem to imply...
  21. Thread: Rust

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    Besides rust on a tool usually rubs off on the...

    Besides rust on a tool usually rubs off on the workpiece.

    My tools are for using not rusting.

    jtk
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    Thanks John, glad to hear they finally got around...

    Thanks John, glad to hear they finally got around to it.



    I use it all the time when I want to include an image in an email or file. It can be a cut and paste operation or it will create a file...
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    I know about that. I have a lot of Appleworks...

    I know about that. I have a lot of Appleworks files. The OS on my machine is getting a little outdated. It is the last one to support Appleworks. I understand there is a translator available.
    ...
  24. Mike, Even though I am an avid hand sharpening...

    Mike,

    Even though I am an avid hand sharpening advocate, it would be foolish for me to advise you to forget about using a honing guide. I have rigged up my own guides.

    A honing guide insures...
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    When you bought your last HP laptop, an...

    When you bought your last HP laptop, an equivalent Mac had likely already been in use for a few years.

    Here is just one simple function of the Mac OS:

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    This image was captured on the...
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