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  1. That's a fair question too Bridger. Maybe the...

    That's a fair question too Bridger. Maybe the reality is just that chisels in general walk a fine line between edge failure and optimum performance.

    It's early days for me on the white steel...
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    Brian's thread on choice of chisels just set me thinking. I'd always thought it was just that I was using cheap chisels, but it starts to look like even good quality chisels sail pretty close to the...
  3. They seem to be the sort of tool that when you...

    They seem to be the sort of tool that when you need it you need it.

    The add on variety seem a bit compromised though compared to using a normal power driver. I have this Famag which is well made -...
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    The A3 31 may be a bit stiffer than the 410 David...

    The A3 31 may be a bit stiffer than the 410 David - but either way it may not matter so much. Depends on what you need of it.

    Bear in mind too that I was measuring the height variation between...
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    Nice job Rod. I haven't had a welder for a few...

    Nice job Rod. I haven't had a welder for a few years, and miss it big time.

    It came as a surprise to find when setting up my A3 410 on aftermarket levelling feet that the cabinet flexes quite a...
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    Guess it depends a lot on the type of wood....

    Guess it depends a lot on the type of wood. Cutting mortises for butt hinges in the edges of a marine ply cabinet (across the laminations/glue lines) last week almost instantly knocked the edge off...
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    Good luck to the guys. I don't think that it's...

    Good luck to the guys. I don't think that it's possible to make everybody happy all of the time, but if I had to suggest a focus that might prove attractive to many it'd be a highly focused return to...
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    I'd be wary of that joint from a structural pov...

    I'd be wary of that joint from a structural pov Julie. The very large section and short length of the leg (increased stability/less leverage) reduces the severity of the potential problem, but the...
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    Ceramic guides promt an interesting question....

    Ceramic guides promt an interesting question. Seeems to me that ordinarily speaking the guides are not regarded as being all that critical to band saw performance. (on a big/stiff saw that is)...
  10. There's times i think from my limited experience...

    There's times i think from my limited experience that it's useful to have some different types of gauge. I like the Veritas cutting disc type gauge, but there's times a heavier cut is useful for...
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    Must say that I'm another that's been through the...

    Must say that I'm another that's been through the hoops on combo square sets and Ts - and badly misled by a blase mag review of the mid range versions of these tools which seemed to more or less say...
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    That's a reasonably well proven principle Phil,...

    That's a reasonably well proven principle Phil, but not used in our context. There's a company that offers a machine vise that mounts to the column of light milling or drilling machines using a split...
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    Just thinking out loud. Not sure how it would...

    Just thinking out loud. Not sure how it would work, but another possibility (which would complicate construction) might be to arch the drawers (as seen from in front) as the bottom edge. The top...
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    Posted this before - and a football field sized...

    Posted this before - and a football field sized and dead flat assembly table would be great. Not an option in a small shop though.

    I use cheap 4x Ikea Bekvam kitchen carts which are in solid wood...
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    Good as new but used stuff without a situation...

    Good as new but used stuff without a situation where it's rare or in heavy demand over here tends to be worth 50 - 60% of new price. There's scope for prices to vary quite widely depending on the...
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    On in-between stones: (a) The makers are...

    On in-between stones:

    (a) The makers are probably not going to recommend using less than the max they think they can sell. (Shapton advise multiple stones to 'reduce wear rates', but….)
    (b) It...
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    Must say I'm another that likes to draw in pencil...

    Must say I'm another that likes to draw in pencil on draughting film - especially when sorting out layouts/creative stuff/viusalising. In this case because I'm more comfortable - CAD only stated to...
  18. I guess good support arrangements for working a...

    I guess good support arrangements for working a large solid top are advisable as well….
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    It's a pity they don't have more by way of speed...

    It's a pity they don't have more by way of speed ranges, as it's the sort of thing that could really take off if offered with the option of a properly designed work table/stand.

    I've been digging...
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    Mine (not much used) seems OK too. Can't really...

    Mine (not much used) seems OK too. Can't really tell how it's meant to work as my pins don't come out (maybe the pin is retained by a press fit in the bore in the frog?), but there's a socket headed...
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    I guess David it was the unthinking acceptance of...

    I guess David it was the unthinking acceptance of 'stuff' put in a particular socially/hierarchically evolved format (togther with a consistent desire for easy one size fits all answers) that left me...
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    The question of what effect the included angle...

    The question of what effect the included angle has (not sure how its defined above - but i mean the angle between the surfaces comprising the cutting edge) on cutting performance seems to have been...
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    Guess it depends on who you ask about mill drills...

    Guess it depends on who you ask about mill drills Keith. I recently got run off the Practical machinist forum (had my thread locked - and in a less than polite or considerate manner) for daring to...
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    That surprisd me a little too. So who is your...

    That surprisd me a little too. So who is your avatar David?
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    Thanks John. +1 on drilling jigs, guides and...

    Thanks John. +1 on drilling jigs, guides and stops. When you have a lot of work invested in something its often worth making a jig even for a one off hole.

    I'm consistently amazed at the range of...
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