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  1. Regarding rasps .. One needs to assess the...

    Regarding rasps ..

    One needs to assess the nature of the grain and the hardness of the timber when deciding on the tool to use. I love using spokeshaves, but here I used a variety of rasps to...
  2. Lowell Anything can be made to work. The...

    Lowell

    Anything can be made to work.

    The issue is whether it is an efficient tool, or not. And if not, what is better?

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    Best done under running water. The alternative...

    Best done under running water. The alternative is a tub of water.

    The good thing about these stones is that you do not need to flatten them as often as with others.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    Life in the shop is too short to muck about with...

    Life in the shop is too short to muck about with inefficient methods of sharpening and flattening stones. I use a 275 grit diamond stone for all my waterstones, Shapton (1000/5000/12000 - the latter...
  5. Hi Stew Paul Sellers has some idiosyncratic...

    Hi Stew

    Paul Sellers has some idiosyncratic views on planes, the reasons I shall not comment about, but it should be noted that he is likely alone in his thoughts in many cases.

    The instance of...
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    I own a Stanley #112 and #80, plus the small...

    I own a Stanley #112 and #80, plus the small Veritas scraping plane, none of which get much if any use. They all work, and do so quite well, but just do not serve a purpose in my choice of method.
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    Five plough planes, Kees!!! And I thought...

    Five plough planes, Kees!!!

    And I thought that you were a minimalist! :)

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
  8. Spot on with the housings, Brian. For the...

    Spot on with the housings, Brian.

    For the webs, I plan separate assemblies - to do the front and rear dovetailed sections first, then add in the mortice and tenon sides.

    Regards from Perth
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  9. Hi Brian The sliding dovetails will be very...

    Hi Brian

    The sliding dovetails will be very short - just about 1/2 - 2/3 of the leg width each. Consequently they will not be tapered.

    What I have to do is fit the sliding dovetails into angled...
  10. Now the intention was not to use these marks as...

    Now the intention was not to use these marks as the template, but rather to create a template from them. To do this the MDF outline was sawn down the centre, and then the curved side band sawn out,...
  11. Back on Track

    First of all I am very pleased - and relieved - to mention that the panels are back in one piece and together.


    Then just a couple of comments about the failure and the hide glue ...


    The...
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    The edge plane is one of those speciality tools...

    The edge plane is one of those speciality tools that gets little use, and generally one can and does find a work-around .. it is not an indispensible tool at all. However, it is really useful when...
  13. 1. Mark a line square to the side of the blade as...

    1. Mark a line square to the side of the blade as close to the back of the bevel as you can.

    2. Grind back to this squared line without a bevel (squared edge)

    3. Now grind the new bevel (I use...
  14. Good God George - that is stunning work!...

    Good God George - that is stunning work! Especially the rose. Stunning!

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
  15. Hi Megan I find it interesting that there is...

    Hi Megan

    I find it interesting that there is an incentive (usually in the form of a download) to become a new member, but nothing of the same to renew a subscription. Indeed, the incentive is to...
  16. One step back

    It's always a bit disheartening to hit a problem that threatens to derail the project before it has managed to truly get underway.


    When we left off last time, the panels were done and I began...
  17. Hi Ian It always depends on the importance of...

    Hi Ian

    It always depends on the importance of the joint, that is, will it form an aesthetic part of the piece you are building. So the mortice-and-tenons in the chest sides need to be as perfect...
  18. Completed panels on the Lingerie Chest

    A final few pictures to complete the section on the panels, as we move to planning out the drawer dividers.


    Here is the second panel (on the right) ..

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  19. Thanks James. Regards from Perth Derek

    Thanks James.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    Handplanes, among other tools, are essential as...

    Handplanes, among other tools, are essential as paperweights and art. The workbench makes a fine desk. Sometimes one has to acquire tools to do essential office repairs!

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    Hi Phil I assume that you are planning to saw...

    Hi Phil

    I assume that you are planning to saw the cheeks (and not the shoulders). If so, I would rather use a dedicated rip saw.



    Stephen, do the tapered saws have some electronic depth stop...
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    Hi Kees While we say that all one needs is the...

    Hi Kees

    While we say that all one needs is the immediate back of the bevel to be polished, it is simply not possible to do this small section in isolation. In reality we end up lapping a wider...
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    I'm a little late here, but want to suggest that...

    I'm a little late here, but want to suggest that the best steel for a thin blade is a HSS jigsaw blade.

    These are just the right thickness, about the same as a dovetail saw kerf, and a good width...
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    Hi David My comment was about the horizontal...

    Hi David

    My comment was about the horizontal plane, that is, tracking the knife parallel to the face of the fence.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    Hi Graham Nice video! As you pointed out,...

    Hi Graham

    Nice video!

    As you pointed out, a single point is never going to be a problem with accuracy. Also, variations did not affect your cutting gauge.

    In my opinion, an off-square...
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