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  1. :) 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...
  2. 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...
  3. :) 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...
  4. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. Bench plane camber choices vs. working practices

    There's very little written about this. Lots about how to camber a blade (which isn't a problem), but big differences between writers in terms of what they (admittedly tentatively, and emphasising...
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    Hi Shawn. It's obviously working for you, but...

    Hi Shawn. It's obviously working for you, but long and bad experience of the effects of silicone when refinishing cars (even a stray airborne molecule or two can somehow find its way over extended...
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    Thanks Philip and George, I'll take a closer look...

    Thanks Philip and George, I'll take a closer look too at the Spyderco slips too and would also be interested in knowing if the above is the set in question - it looks from their site like it's quite...
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    Ceramics caught my eye as a potentially...

    Ceramics caught my eye as a potentially attractive option for sharpening gouges and the like because of the low wear rate. I couldn't find any conical or round slips though (just flats), and thought...
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    Must say that i'm pretty much wide open to...

    Must say that i'm pretty much wide open to learning from all and sundry and feel that mag and similar woodworking writers fill an important role in transmitting information - at whatever level. They...
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    I've been using wax and camelia oil so far...

    I've been using wax and camelia oil so far without problems for a few years - but my workshop is very dry and probably only a challenge for a few days a year. WD 40 before that, but it didn't really...
  14. PS This Japanese gentleman came up on YouTube...

    PS This Japanese gentleman came up on YouTube while searching for sharpening information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmwl8vePMac Absolutely awe inspiring, and scary to think of the variety of...
  15. Your last paragraph hits the nail on the head -...

    Your last paragraph hits the nail on the head - it's as you say getting the geometry spot on and the edge sharp at the same time that's the harder part. The jig has its uses, but isn't the whole...
  16. Ta David, some great info there. It'd definitely...

    Ta David, some great info there. It'd definitely be better not to mix loose diamonds with moving parts. It may be that the diamond lapidary discs need very gentle handling or something, and they may...
  17. Pleased to hear it looks broadly OK as I'm flying...

    Pleased to hear it looks broadly OK as I'm flying a little blind David. The principles carry over from more general sharpening and use thinking I guess. The plan is to hone to about 25 deg. The post...
  18. Thanks David, sounds like those are about the...

    Thanks David, sounds like those are about the choices available on slip stones. We unfortunately don't have the likes of Harbour Freight over here, and end up paying premium prices for slips. There's...
  19. Hi Mike, that's a nice looking job on the disc....

    Hi Mike, that's a nice looking job on the disc. Stropping is great in respect of how amenable it is to setting up our own arrangements. As it happens I can cover similar bases via the stropping...
  20. Choice of sharpening media for gouges etc?

    Hi all, posting here because there seem to be quite a few options about for a sharpening kit for shaped/curved/angled edge carving chisels - and I'd appreciate some help on choice. There's a set of...
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    I guess the problem with the human factors Mike...

    I guess the problem with the human factors Mike is that they cut both ways - in favour of the proponents of modern materials (and anything else we care to mention) too. Versions of history are...
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    Another perspective regarding art versus...

    Another perspective regarding art versus 'science'. Working in adhesives R&D in the 80s (as an industrial dispensing systems development guy) it was easy to be taken in by very highly qualified...
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    +1 that the standard quantitative measures often...

    +1 that the standard quantitative measures often don't capture the nuances of material properties. And that's even before the question of whether people are often led more by their perceptions than...
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    Hi Michael. Just gearing up here now to properly...

    Hi Michael. Just gearing up here now to properly go after the sharpening of plane blades, and thinking in terms of using the WorkSharp too. Another reason (related to what the guys have said) why a...
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    Lovely work George, and based on skills that are...

    Lovely work George, and based on skills that are likely at risk of being lost. Begs all sorts of interesting questions - how in a more egalitarian society where the elites that bought high end stuff...
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