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    Paul- I probably use the Ray Larsen the most...

    Paul- I probably use the Ray Larsen the most with the James Swan coming in a near second. The one I use the least is the smallest. All of my drawknives are sharpened with a bit of a back bevel. ...
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    Drawknives

    Paul- These are the drawknives I own and use. From the top descending they are:

    James Swan & Co. 10"
    Genuine Forgery by Ray Larsen
    C. J. Kimball & Son
    Unknown maker

    I inherited all but...
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    Genuine Forgery Scorp

    This is the standard scorp that Ray Larsen sold. Also bought 20+ years ago.
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    These 2 pictures are of the Ray Larsen Genuine...

    These 2 pictures are of the Ray Larsen Genuine Forgery gutter adze I bought from that crusty old Swamp Yankee over 20 years ago. He was a fantastic guy and also did custom tools to order. Ray also...
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    Paul- My adze is has the bevel on the inside. ...

    Paul- My adze is has the bevel on the inside. I'll take a couple of pix tonight when I get home. Unfortunately the maker, Ray Larsen, of Genuine Forgery passed away a few years ago and his tools...
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    Paul- My gutter adze is an almost perfect U...

    Paul- My gutter adze is an almost perfect U shape with slightly wider tips and a curve from cutting edge to poll. It is similar to the LV gutter adze but with a longer distance poll to cutting edge...
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    When I took a class from Mike Dunbar over 20...

    When I took a class from Mike Dunbar over 20 years ago there was a progression of tools used to sculpt a Windsor chair seat. We started with a gutter adze for the roughest heavy stock removal work...
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    I think that the owner of those restaurants has...

    I think that the owner of those restaurants has his or her heart in the right place. Last Friday I went to "The Wall that Heals", a half scale replicas of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial while it was...
  9. A couple of cautions other than those the others...

    A couple of cautions other than those the others have mentioned. 1" thick acrylic is likely to be cell cast material and as such it has a large variation in its thickness through out the sheet. ...
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    Zach raise an important point. Eye dominance...

    Zach raise an important point. Eye dominance makes a huge difference. Like Zach, I'm gauche but right eye dominant.

    To test for eye dominance hold a pencil vertically in front of you and in...
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    I really don't know how to respond to you David...

    I really don't know how to respond to you David without getting political and violating the TOS. About the only thing I can offer is that I believe that every American should do some form of...
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    One very helpful way of reducing or preventing...

    One very helpful way of reducing or preventing bits of wood from sticking in the teeth is to use regular white chalk and rub it against the grain before each use. The little bit of chalk dust it...
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    Malcolm, the stone is actually provided by the...

    Malcolm, the stone is actually provided by the Veteran's Administration. To my mind it is a small thing when we consider what those who served have sacrificed or at the very least had the potential...
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    Reading real history instead of the shortened,...

    Reading real history instead of the shortened, softened, bowdlerized pabulum which was fed to us in school can be a real awakening. If you look deeply into the Declaration written by Adams and...
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    It is important to remember that all of the...

    It is important to remember that all of the founding fathers were human beings, complete with the flaws that all of us have. Each was both selfless and selfish, all had an axe to grind, and most...
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    Nice work Stewie. I'm curious about why you had...

    Nice work Stewie. I'm curious about why you had to go to the UK for a stamp. The must be plenty of folks making stamps in Aussieland.
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    If you have dog holes make a stop thinner than...

    If you have dog holes make a stop thinner than the pieces you expect to plane and tenon it to a wooden dog. I have several including one which goes all the way across my bench top and fits into a...
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    There were indeed esoteric Navy ratings that have...

    There were indeed esoteric Navy ratings that have gone away. My mother passed away in early December and I got to look at her discharge papers. She was a Specialist Q 2nd class. Under duties it...
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    Very nicely done Steve. I would contend however...

    Very nicely done Steve. I would contend however that it is still a birdcage Windsor whether ornamented or not. There were lots of makers "back in the day" and their interpretations varied all over...
  20. I'm with Frederick on this one. The wood make a...

    I'm with Frederick on this one. The wood make a good bit of the choice as to what finish to use. Close grain woods like maple Olive, Cocobolo, etc do just fine with an oil and wax finish. Open...
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    Whether you think you can or you can't....you're...

    Whether you think you can or you can't....you're right.
  22. All of us are different and have different...

    All of us are different and have different interests and priorities. How dull this world would be if we all had the same interests and passions. To put a point on it: Different strokes for...
  23. Love the humor Matt and I pretty much agree with...

    Love the humor Matt and I pretty much agree with your 2 posts. However, I'm demoting King Brian to Duke.:D
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    The vast majority of spokeshave made in the 19th...

    The vast majority of spokeshave made in the 19th century were not used for woodworking in the sense we think of it. They were for shoemaking. The concave curved blades were primarily used to shape...
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    I appreciate the fact that you described evaporust as fool "resistant". I have seen clearly demonstrated innumerable times over the years in all kinds of venues that there is no such thing as...
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