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    I prefer to use rift sawn stock, vertical grain...

    I prefer to use rift sawn stock, vertical grain orientation, perfectly clear and without runout.

    In your case I'd want to start with 12/4 stock, if you knock them down to 2.25" you can likely...
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    We used yellow cedar last year and I believe they...

    We used yellow cedar last year and I believe they will again. I believe that either yellow cedar and hinoki cypress are the woods most commonly used since port orford cedar is so hard to find. It...
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    Those big planes are something, Jim Blauvelt...

    Those big planes are something, Jim Blauvelt brought one to Kez NYC last year and I got to take a shaving with it. It takes a real effort to pull.
  4. I agree with Warren, if you can modify your...

    I agree with Warren, if you can modify your approach a bit then this is far more ideal. One slab 22" wide is a heavy bit of oak, especially wet.
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    Im aware that was stated which is why I pointed...

    Im aware that was stated which is why I pointed out 'short' grain. The patch would be anchored onto end grain and likely fail once cut into.
  6. Nice work Andrew!

    Nice work Andrew!
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    The patch is fine, but you can't cut back into it...

    The patch is fine, but you can't cut back into it since you would be creating a short grain situation.
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    There is a steep learning curve with sliding...

    There is a steep learning curve with sliding dovetails. When I was starting out I had one set which quickly turned to a dado, haha.

    Make two (per side) tenons with dovetails on their ends, fit...
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    Kees, in future situations like this you might...

    Kees, in future situations like this you might consider single sided sliding dovetails. This will allow you to knife the outside edge of each DT.

    Mind you, dovetails holding a top down need to be...
  10. Mike, I've in fact done the opposite and put...

    Mike,

    I've in fact done the opposite and put a thin Tsunasaburo laminated iron into a plane that would normally take a heavier iron. The result was to my preference.
  11. You can rationalize it but why not build a...

    You can rationalize it but why not build a stronger design?
  12. I think you should revisit this design from the...

    I think you should revisit this design from the premise on forward. This design asks a lot of its structure, if you can do something instead which breaks It in the center you will be doing yourself...
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    Price per board foot is much more relevant but...

    Price per board foot is much more relevant but much like Australia it would seem that what you pay us often very dependent upon location. I typically pay $8 bf for hard maple, $10-$15 for walnut and...
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    Many Americans work with imported exotic species...

    Many Americans work with imported exotic species of wood. It's no longer my preference to do so but at one point I had more exotic wood furniture than anything else. The first piece of furniture I...
  15. Wow Mike, really wonderful work. Following along...

    Wow Mike, really wonderful work. Following along with great interest!
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    It's been my experience with some retailers that...

    It's been my experience with some retailers that they will place the order then wait until they recieve it to further communications. Not sure if that is the case here, but it's possible.
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    If the miters get too long then you can add a...

    If the miters get too long then you can add a spline to strengthen them, but they're otherwise pretty strong.
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    Do the same on both ends, then it will look...

    Do the same on both ends, then it will look right. For instance the beech would be miter, pin, tail, pin, miter.
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    I lay them out with a half tail. Best to make...

    I lay them out with a half tail. Best to make that tail short and if you can't then join in a spline to keep it closed during seasonal changes.
  20. Whatever wood you end up using it will turn grey...

    Whatever wood you end up using it will turn grey within a season or two. I built a padauk outdoor table, it's going on five years now and nicely silvered.

    It started Red off bright orange then...
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    How long did it take to get the original plane?

    How long did it take to get the original plane?
  22. Indeed, I am the secret trouble maker of this...

    Indeed, I am the secret trouble maker of this forum :D
  23. It's truly our favorite pastime.

    It's truly our favorite pastime.
  24. First thing is first. Is the stock flat and...

    First thing is first. Is the stock flat and uniform thickness? Have you verified this with winding sticks. If you have not, or if you are assuming it perfect off the machine, it is not perfect and...
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    I like VG lumber for structural members (chairs...

    I like VG lumber for structural members (chairs or otherwise), so I might look at the same "fence post" and think...perfect!

    Precisely, my logic behind suggesting rift is that it is easiest to...
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