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  1. I do 95% of the work cross grain then knock off...

    I do 95% of the work cross grain then knock off the highs with a smoother...good for another year.
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    Many reasons, some of which; Sandpaper is more...

    Many reasons, some of which; Sandpaper is more expensive over a long period of time. Sandpaper dubs the edges when flattening, this is especially annoying as one progresses to the fine steps of the...
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    Also, I should have mentioned this earlier but...

    Also, I should have mentioned this earlier but diamond plates do not make for a fine edge, they cut very well and do the edge will always have some serration to it until you get way way up there in...
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    There is a truth to that along with the fact that...

    There is a truth to that along with the fact that one normally does not rework the back with each sharpening and so the edge is improving because coarse marks that are otherwise hard to see are...
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    The chance of a manufactured blade from LN, LV,...

    The chance of a manufactured blade from LN, LV, Hock, similar being bad is so near to zero it can be practically eliminated as a variable.

    I had a new blade from hock that kept chipping very...
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    This is what I was driving at earlier as well, I...

    This is what I was driving at earlier as well, I recently planed a slab that had been sanded, likely by some sort of industrial belt and it was hell on my blades. Once the top layer was off then it...
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    Rehone a few more times and see if doesn't clear...

    Rehone a few more times and see if doesn't clear up. Don't go to 200 grit, start at 1000~ and work up to a finish. Alternatively you can grind at 30 degrees and hone at 35 using just your finish...
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    What are you planing?

    What are you planing?
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    Did they get hot when you were grinding them? ...

    Did they get hot when you were grinding them?

    If they did, they will chip badly for a sharpening or two. If you grind, don't grind all the way to the edge, keep it back a little then get the edge...
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    Post a picture of the dulled blade.

    Post a picture of the dulled blade.
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    For western tools use a bench grinder and keep it...

    For western tools use a bench grinder and keep it cool. Low grit stones are a heap of aggravation and not necessary outside of repairing chips or fixing bevels.
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    All of this can go, that is walnut, honduran...

    All of this can go, that is walnut, honduran mahogany, sepele and padauk.

    https://brianholcombewoodworkerblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/img_6284.jpg

    SOME of this can go, NOT ALL. It's mainly...
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    I'll post a photo later today since there seems...

    I'll post a photo later today since there seems to be some interest generated. I don't want to have anyone drive from a distance unless there is something you really want.
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    Free 'Shorts' - Central NJ

    My shorts pile is getting overwhelming, if you are local to central NJ and want small pieces of hardwood which may be useful for various small box projects or turning then send a PM.
  15. Always best to use a measuring tape only when the...

    Always best to use a measuring tape only when the actual measurement need not be precision. I use a measuring tape regularly to make a standard and use the standard as the guide for repeating. ...
  16. Keith makes an excellent point, you might...

    Keith makes an excellent point, you might consider your checking tools before considering the plane to be out of square or out of flatness. I have a certified granite checking block and a precision...
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    John, These arguments have been hashed out...

    John,

    These arguments have been hashed out numerous times, another round will not likely settle the debate. The long and short of it are that plain high carbon steels blacksmith made either of...
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    They're often good knives, the thing is, a blade...

    They're often good knives, the thing is, a blade smith,just like any other profession, is going to spend their time making what pays the most given whats available to their field. It takes multiple...
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    I have an 1850's draw knife and found the same as...

    I have an 1850's draw knife and found the same as Warren, the steel is excellent and the wrought is very high quality.
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    They work, I wouldn't be surprised if nearly...

    They work, I wouldn't be surprised if nearly everyone of us has a few pocket-screwed pieces around the place. My wife wanted a bed when we first moved in together (and were dating) I needed it in a...
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    You could replace those dowels with through...

    You could replace those dowels with through tenons, they're just more work.

    Use mortise and tenon joints for the legs.
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    Wider will help a lot in that respect, I would...

    Wider will help a lot in that respect, I would make them as wide as reasonably possible
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    If you don't see a big reduction in strength then...

    If you don't see a big reduction in strength then trench out 2/3 from a board then see how strong it isn't. I know this from experience and having made the mistake of taking out 2/3.

    1/2 is...
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    1/3 max for sliding dovetails,otherwise the...

    1/3 max for sliding dovetails,otherwise the trench removes too much strength from the top.
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    Ah-ha! 1.25" will be fine for that. I think...

    Ah-ha! 1.25" will be fine for that. I think the bench will work well as planned
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