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  1. As Jim I've had good luck getting granite offcuts...

    As Jim I've had good luck getting granite offcuts from local monumental masonry place too. That long piece looks like a great idea. Even larger sized surface plates from China these days have got...
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    I suspect that when experienced people that are...

    I suspect that when experienced people that are clearly getting good results report differing findings it's because (as David has said before) potentially small variations in technique are making a...
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    Just found the link to your video now Winton. +1...

    Just found the link to your video now Winton. +1 on how effective the neoprene sheet is. Think I'll try that - I have PVC drawer lining sheet from IKEA which is nice and robust, but it doesn't give...
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    Thanks again guys. Just to be clear - i've no...

    Thanks again guys. Just to be clear - i've no ideological hang ups whatsoever, and have found David C's writings always to be thoroughly thought through and spot on. Exceptionally so...

    The ruler...
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    :) Get thee behind me David! (reaches for the...

    :) Get thee behind me David! (reaches for the cloves of garlic...)

    Only in this case because of a certain cussedness - and the irrational caution that it might throw up some unexpected issue on a...
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    Thank you very much Derek, will try some liquid...

    Thank you very much Derek, will try some liquid soap in the water too. Soap rather than detergent (Fairy Liquid is the one we get here) is very mild.

    The stones are all being soaked for about 10...
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    Guess it might make sense if placing storage...

    Guess it might make sense if placing storage drawers or shelves under a bench to build them into free floating/loose modular boxes or whatever - that way they could always be lifted out if needed, or...
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    Ran the search just now that i should have done...

    Ran the search just now that i should have done before posting - this fairly recent thread here seems to cover just about all the bases with contributions from the main men :):...
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    How to reduce suction on waterstones?

    I've had lots of airtime and help recently, but here goes again.

    It's becoming clear that wider flat backed blades (plane blades, wide western chisels) develop quite a lot of suction on...
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    I've a suspicion Jim that Autosol has some wax in...

    I've a suspicion Jim that Autosol has some wax in it anyway - I used it a lot on motorcycles over the years.

    As before the suggestion is not that Renaissance is the only option - and some much...
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    I'm no expert on working practices, but went for...

    I'm no expert on working practices, but went for a wall cabinet beside where the bench is going. The doors swing open and back against the walls when working - there's tools in the doors too. The...
  12. Those Bruce Lee videos are pretty amazing -...

    Those Bruce Lee videos are pretty amazing - especially the table tennis. We with our modern cult of the intellect (we like to theorise, but tend to be slow to practice/get the grunt work done) forget...
  13. Can't resist posting a shot of the Veritas low...

    Can't resist posting a shot of the Veritas low angle block plane with an O1 blade sharpened on the waterstones to function as a small smoother with what turned out to be a hint more than 0.001in...
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    I paid the equivalent of about $15 for a 200ml...

    I paid the equivalent of about $15 for a 200ml can Jim - that was off E Bay UK. It's cheaper per can than most of the current car waxes - but probably of similar price/quantity. The price can vary a...
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    Yes Jim - but there's lots of other options using...

    Yes Jim - but there's lots of other options using waxes or oils. One benefit of wax is that it leaves a no mark water repellent coat on everything, plus it has a nice feel...
  16. That's no doubt true Daniel. There's a lot of...

    That's no doubt true Daniel. There's a lot of mythology about bandsaws, but in the end it's one of those tools where if you pay enough to get one that built straight and sufficiently heavily that it...
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    I've had up to five or six uses and more on one...

    I've had up to five or six uses and more on one of that pattern of brush on PVA type glues Doug - provided I remember to wash it immediately. Half the time I forget, but they are cheap enough that...
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    Waxing hand tools - with a brush

    This is trivial (and may be common practice for all I know), but it works so well it seems worth sharing. The ongoing plane tuning intensive was leading to the usual struggle to get wax protection on...
  19. :) Makes me tired just looking at the video Kees,...

    :) Makes me tired just looking at the video Kees, but real time is great in that it transmits the reality in a way that set piece video never does. For example - it's certainly not going to be an...
  20. I guess that the sting in the tail in switching...

    I guess that the sting in the tail in switching to heavier use of hand planes for jointing and the like may be that a decent bench with a flat top and effective workholding becomes pretty much a...
  21. :) Cases where a picture is worth a thousand...

    :) Cases where a picture is worth a thousand words! It actually comes as a surprise that a hand plane can strip off so much material. From gentlemanly smoothings to hard labour. Requiring just as...
  22. No prob David, all good stuff. Stropping is the...

    No prob David, all good stuff. Stropping is the next sharpening technique for a try out here, although it may be a little while. Nice to be able to forget about Danish oil and stuff, to be able to...
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    Good going Harold. My Roubo has been starting...

    Good going Harold. My Roubo has been starting 'tomorrow' for several years - but has finally reached the stage where all the parts are ready and it's time to go...
  24. Just an update. Some of the 100 and 500 grit...

    Just an update. Some of the 100 and 500 grit diamond lapidary discs bought on E Bay for the WorkSharp 3000 ( by http://www.thk.hk ) arrived from Hong Kong and have had a test run - on the remaining...
  25. Thank you very much guys for coming back in so...

    Thank you very much guys for coming back in so much detail. As is often the case reading across the posts paints the picture - and it more or less confirms the thinking subject to gaps in my...
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