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  1. Brilliant Malcolm. Just a word of caution - I...

    Brilliant Malcolm.

    Just a word of caution - I always place a clamp across the tail board when hammering in the kerf chisel. This guards against splitting in some woods. Also I do not hammer in the...
  2. Kees, what would your data say about a BU...

    Kees, what would your data say about a BU orientation with a low cutting angle (37 degrees) and 12 degrees of clearance, against a BD orientation (single iron) at a common angle (45 degrees) and...
  3. Hi Allan Yes, I did post pictures of a LN #3...

    Hi Allan

    Yes, I did post pictures of a LN #3 with 55 degree frog cutting with- and with out the chip breaker. I find that the effect can be additive.

    Link: ...
  4. Warren, you held onto this piece of wood for 37...

    Warren, you held onto this piece of wood for 37 years? Why?

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
  5. Hi John The sides are perfectly square, but...

    Hi John

    The sides are perfectly square, but that is not going to help you at all in this case.

    First of all, this plane is a dedicated smoother, and the blade you keep in it is not going to...
  6. Hi Frank Yes, the BUS is modified. I did this...

    Hi Frank

    Yes, the BUS is modified. I did this recently.

    http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a262/Derek50/Planes/LV%20planes/BUSMOD2_zps3bc14f08.jpg
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    Hi Prashun I like that piece very much. The...

    Hi Prashun

    I like that piece very much. The lines work, the joinery is right, I love the bookmatching of the top, and the drawers (which you fretted over) look like they should. I'd be happy to...
  8. This follows on from the demo I did earlier with...

    This follows on from the demo I did earlier with the chip breaker vs high angle BD plane.

    I thought that it would be a good idea to complete the photos and provide a more complete idea of the...
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    :D:D:D Hi Bruce As David mentioned, a...

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    Hi Bruce

    As David mentioned, a heavy plane is very helpful on very hard woods. If you want a really heavy smoother, you try my Marcou S15, which weighs in at 7 lbs 11 oz! There is...
  10. Hi Kees You can leave hand tool marks on...

    Hi Kees

    You can leave hand tool marks on surfaces that started life as machine-prepared. Personally, I do not finish surfaces that will never be seen or felt, or do not rely on a finished surface...
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    I echo David's comments - usually binding is...

    I echo David's comments - usually binding is telling one that there is insufficient set.

    A little Renaissance wax rubbed on the plate kills two birds with one stone.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
  12. Chris, I can identify with what you write. Of...

    Chris, I can identify with what you write. Of course I am not a professional with the need to sell what I make to pay household expenses, nor do I need to meet a deadline and so efficiency in this...
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    Hi Adam The size of the mouth becomes...

    Hi Adam

    The size of the mouth becomes unimportant once you have a cutting angle of about 55 degrees. Leave it wide open if you like with a 60 degree bed in a BD plane or a 60 degree included angle...
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    Kees, I think what Stanley did was to refer only...

    Kees, I think what Stanley did was to refer only to the chip breaker as a "cap iron", that is, to beef up a thin blade. That is the substance of their patent, as I recall. No where am I aware that...
  15. David, thank you for starting another interesting...

    David, thank you for starting another interesting thread. There are lots thought-provoking comments. However I think that "who" uses handtools professionally takes us down a blind alley. Questions...
  16. Hi Ian I'll add mine in as I keep the bulk of...

    Hi Ian

    I'll add mine in as I keep the bulk of my chisels in a cabinet above/alongside the bench. The notable point about the chisels in the door is that they live in holes, not slots. This is to...
  17. Tom Fidgen Peter Follansbee Stephen...

    Tom Fidgen

    Peter Follansbee

    Stephen Shepherd


    .... but what is the point of this question?

    Regards from Perth
  18. Hi Sean It is easy to advance or back off the...

    Hi Sean

    It is easy to advance or back off the blade on a BU plane "on the fly".

    Ensure the Norris adjuster is clean and waxed ...
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  19. David, it was not a serious planning session, but...

    David, it was not a serious planning session, but a quick illustration that the chip breaker imparts a positive effect on performance. While not perfect, it was enough to show the effect.

    Regards...
  20. Hi Winton High cutting angles have a place,...

    Hi Winton

    High cutting angles have a place, either with a BU with a high included angle or a BD with a high bed. As do back bevels, and close set chip breakers. They all work and are just choices....
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    Thanks for that, David. Regards from Perth ...

    Thanks for that, David.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    Hi Mike I did not use the stones immediately....

    Hi Mike

    I did not use the stones immediately. The first thing I did was to place a straight edge on the top. Both stones showed light at the centre - and the reverse on the other side, indicating...
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    My Spydercos arrived today - medium and ultra...

    My Spydercos arrived today - medium and ultra fine in 8x2". Each required about 10 minutes to flatten with a coarse diamond stone. I am pleased this does not have to be done again for a very long...
  24. Oh ... I've a special screwdriver for lever caps....

    Oh ... I've a special screwdriver for lever caps. 18C ... :)

    http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a262/Derek50/Screwdrivers/Screwdriver1_zps359cfccc.jpg

    Kees, has anyone suggested how wide the...
  25. In the wooden jointer thread Judson directed a...

    In the wooden jointer thread Judson directed a question to me about the more vertical (e.g. LV) versus low (e.g. Bailey) style handles and which was preferable. My reply was brief and may have...
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