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by dunbarhamlin
Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:01 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Finally finished.
Replies: 12
Views: 2350

Re: Finally finished.

Agree about the water marks - I thought I disliked the design until I saw the cleaned up image.
by dunbarhamlin
Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:49 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Bench plane to scraper plane?
Replies: 3
Views: 1827

Re: Bench plane to scraper plane?

Nice score! Works well, doesn't it? I've a cliffie iron I keep with a 25°-30° back bevel for the same purpose.
Think I got the idea from David Charlesworth.
Of course, what really makes the difference is the racing green paint.
by dunbarhamlin
Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:05 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Help me spend some dosh
Replies: 38
Views: 8393

Re: Help me spend some dosh

Jointer or try plane probably a better complement to those shinies - and since you like the block plane format, agree, stick with LV. Same irons, I believe, so you already have lots of spares to camber-or-not and hone for various pitches. If looking at the half sizes for their heft, then has to be C...
by dunbarhamlin
Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Hand Plane Tuning
Replies: 9
Views: 2918

Re: Hand Plane Tuning

Hiya Are you making a flat top or carved top? If flat top, then the thinness of the material being shot means that just mechanically going at it, no matter how well set the plane, can leave an uneven edge due to irregular compressability of the edge. Though I use a #7 for this, some folks do use a b...
by dunbarhamlin
Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:38 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Saw sharpening
Replies: 13
Views: 3177

Re: Saw sharpening

Somax make an Eclipse clone for fine teeth (though note that they make two - one for coarser teeth) Alternative would be to use a screwdriver - set the blade vertically between the teeth and twist clockwise/anticlockwise along the blade. If you can beg, borrow or steal Franz Klauz's DVD on dovetaili...
by dunbarhamlin
Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: There should be a warning ...
Replies: 24
Views: 3733

Re: There should be a warning ...

IIRC the Record 778 wasn't an updated version of their 078 Stanley clone, but rather the design came along with their take over of Woden. Certainly both were subsequently offered as separate catalogue items.
by dunbarhamlin
Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Saw sharpening
Replies: 13
Views: 3177

Re: Saw sharpening

There are many far more practiced than me, but for fine DT saws which won't be cutting very deep, I don't set (though do wax) unless I'm aiming for a specific kerf width, and then I set and stone to width. To see what I'm doing, I use a black marker pen on the teeth and one of those lamps with a big...
by dunbarhamlin
Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: a sharp time at christmas
Replies: 4
Views: 1240

Re: a sharp time at christmas

I use a poulet shave
by dunbarhamlin
Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Utility white good housings
Replies: 11
Views: 1536

Re: Utility white good housings

Off the wall alternative - use a metal strip across the bottoms set back a little from the front so it won't show.
Insignificant impact on height, and will maintain spacing.
by dunbarhamlin
Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:52 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: glue failure.
Replies: 44
Views: 4533

Re: glue failure.

Thanks for the tip on wedge geometry - makes sense.

Isn't paint the traditional 'glue' for exterior work?
by dunbarhamlin
Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:46 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: wooden rebate plane
Replies: 21
Views: 3454

Re: wooden rebate plane

So filing out the mouth is verboten but planing off the patina is not :?: :?: I say tom-art-oh you say tom-ate-oh... Or should that be you say patina I say dirt? Never understood the interest in forbears sweat 'n' grime (not even one, two or three bears, for that matter.) Would rather make my own.
by dunbarhamlin
Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:29 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: why?
Replies: 9
Views: 1678

Re: why?

Just can't fathom (what's that? 1829mmmmms-ish) this French crap - much prefer things in real money. Bugger, would rather go back to lsd - give the little sods more chance to improve their numeracy.
I buy stuff in proper measurements from the secessionists to the west.
by dunbarhamlin
Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Veritas 20 tpi Dovetail Saw review
Replies: 18
Views: 3283

Re: Veritas 20 tpi Dovetail Saw review

The trouble is with these saws however stylish and innovative, is that once sharpened by me or my local saw doctor, they all perform in much the same way. Very true, barring hang, plate dimensions and weighting. But in a busy world, folks may want the use of a well sharpened saw whilst still learni...
by dunbarhamlin
Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:14 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: How difficult is it really?
Replies: 8
Views: 1928

Re: How difficult is it really?

Oops - got splashed by the mid afternoon bee ess stream. Agree with Jacob. Was improving edges within half an hour of being shown how, then just a couple of ah hahs before they started to get decent. And my blade's back in the plane by the time the guide's set up. Since the actual angles don't matte...
by dunbarhamlin
Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:31 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: How difficult is it really?
Replies: 8
Views: 1928

Re: How difficult is it really?

Ha. Jacob's observation encompassed the full gamut of unconstrained manual honing technique, carefully espousing neither one method nor another, but highlighting the chasm between purported and actual learning curve. If anything, I'd say his analogies still exagerate the difficulty of those first st...
by dunbarhamlin
Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:26 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Toolmakers "elsewhere"
Replies: 18
Views: 3381

Re: Toolmakers "elsewhere"

does anyone have a "k" type thermo coupling and meter ?? Nope. Did Robert Sorby? Or Henry Bessemer? Afraid with that approach we'd still be taking the mickey out of our neighbouring chimp 'geeks' for trying to use a stick to dig out grubs. Might as well say don't sharpen your own saws if you can't ...
by dunbarhamlin
Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:33 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Skew grinding and more A2 probs
Replies: 35
Views: 4029

Re: Skew grinding and more A2 probs

Had an email exchange with a charming lass from Lie Nielsen. Though not in general production yet, Lie Nielsen are happy to supply O1 blade for their skew blocks (few weeks lead time) and their miter plane will be available with O1 in the very near future. This tips the balance for me - don't see th...
by dunbarhamlin
Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:07 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Jacob's Library
Replies: 119
Views: 10662

Re: Jacob's Library

Hahahaha I used to be able to give a hoot, but my mandolin playing scared away all of my pet owls. So now I'm only bedevilled by de bezel when I haven't had my prunes. After all, anal retention can lead to serious health disbenefits if practised for prolonged periods. :lol:
by dunbarhamlin
Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:12 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Veritas skew rebate plane - a review
Replies: 24
Views: 6271

Re: Veritas skew rebate plane - a review

Does look super.
modernist wrote:Why make rebate planes any other way.
Because beech and box from The Great Corruptor feels wonderful to use!
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by dunbarhamlin
Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: trend airshield
Replies: 14
Views: 2000

Re: trend airshield

I find them so, though I don't think I've worn continuously for more than three or four hours. The main benefit for me is integrated eye protection which works with normal spectacles and doesn't limit field of vision. The toss up is a stream of cool dry air across face (maybe drying) against soggy m...
by dunbarhamlin
Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:56 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: trend airshield
Replies: 14
Views: 2000

Re: trend airshield

I've just gone for the JSP again as it's lighter (cocobolo to machine - want to stave off sensitisation as long as pos)
by dunbarhamlin
Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: James Krenov 1928-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1864

Re: James Krenov 1928-2009

Dammit! Just barked a laugh at work - quoting the obit, "He wrote ... in a crisp style."
I doubt even many who enjoy his prose would describe it so.
by dunbarhamlin
Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Honing Guide and Squareness
Replies: 41
Views: 9087

Re: Honing Guide and Squareness

Hahaha just googled dart sharpening - makes jigged/freehand concave/flat/convex single/multiple bezelled tool iron sharpening discussions look quite rational.

Want an electronic (sic) dart sharpener? Dash across to http://www.dartsharpener.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; :D
by dunbarhamlin
Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:15 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: scrub plane
Replies: 20
Views: 2694

Re: scrub plane

Scrub planes; perhaps not so much a design of plane, more a plane set up and set aside for "scrubbing" IMHO, which with wooden planes is a good idea because of the difficulty of adjusting (in spite of what the enthusiasts say!) :D Hey, I'm a convert - you obviously haven't tried adjusting with a Ph...
by dunbarhamlin
Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:02 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: How many of you do your own bookeeping/accounting?
Replies: 12
Views: 1958

Re: How many of you do your own bookeeping/accounting?

When I did work for myself, I did the lot. But given my administrative discipline (poor) in future I'll use an accountant. Took years to get back everything the tax office owed.
by dunbarhamlin
Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:03 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: old oil stones
Replies: 56
Views: 5989

Re: old oil stones

Do agree, BB
I think I twigged that maybe a month ago? Certainly no more. In hindsight it seems obvious that prefered lubricant will be biased by trade links, regional geology, and possibly climate too. (Thinking how quickly water evaporates on a stone in the UK - must be unusable in hotter climes)
by dunbarhamlin
Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:09 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: old oil stones
Replies: 56
Views: 5989

Re: old oil stones

It seems that the rasing of the Kon Tiki was most appropriate in this thread - though not for the reason it was cited. We've switched from dogmatically asserting that oil couldn't have been used, to engaging in further study and finding that oil was indeed used at least as far back as 'Ancient' Egyp...
by dunbarhamlin
Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:36 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: new stanleys
Replies: 225
Views: 24011

Re: new stanleys

Mr C's vids are distributed/produced by LN, but don't focus exclusively on LN's tools. Indeed IIRC, in the DVDs Mr C states that even the LNs benefit from some fettling.
(BTW, he was at West Dean this weekend.)
by dunbarhamlin
Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:33 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: new stanleys
Replies: 225
Views: 24011

Re: new stanleys

F lat = F ace, B evel = B ack, chisels and planes both. Is this (right and proper) distinction between back and face still taught, or is the popular misapplication of back to mean face now creeping into the various trade curricula? (As seems to have happened with bevel and bezel, the former being t...
by dunbarhamlin
Sun May 17, 2009 12:45 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Lie Nielsen Panel Saw
Replies: 6
Views: 1563

Re: Lie Nielsen Panel Saw

Though not justifiable for the pros, since a decent Tyzack/Disston/Spear&Jackson etc panel saw can be had for ten or fifteen quid on ebay, it does indeed look good and will no doubt perform just as well as a £6 hardpoint. (Not belittling it - I've just splashed on a 26" coarse crosscut from Ed in Oa...
by dunbarhamlin
Fri May 08, 2009 10:22 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Firmer chisels
Replies: 10
Views: 1374

Re: Firmer chisels

My brother uses them.
The backs/faces took minimal preparation, they've got plenty of meat and seem to take a fair edge. Not great as nail cutters though (ahem)
by dunbarhamlin
Fri May 01, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Spokeshaves
Replies: 55
Views: 8891

Re: Spokeshaves

Hey, even Moxon advocates a grinding wheel. I don't have one at the mo but have toyed with getting one for repair. Paul, Phillyshaves DO look good, though a Phillyster is next on my little* list - those H&Rs have seriously altered my attitude towards woodies! *Surprisingly, it is a little list now. ...
by dunbarhamlin
Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: windsor chair, welsh settle, arms
Replies: 42
Views: 7066

Re: windsor chair, welsh settle, arms

I can't do the Brian Boggs thing of adjusting on the fly, but set up too fine and tap coarser with a hammer/turnscrew/whatever's to hand. As a novice user, in use I do find (eg) a Boggs more controllable than the more top heavy (and therefore tippy) LV
by dunbarhamlin
Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:38 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: windsor chair, welsh settle, arms
Replies: 42
Views: 7066

Re: windsor chair, welsh settle, arms

In hindsight, I suspect the recent Chinese made rasps from d*ck in Germany might have been helpful, but they weren't on the market at the time. Tried some B&Q rasps but they were too harsh for this redwood Might be OK on harder stuff. Completely different tools. I find DIY store rasps more akin to ...
by dunbarhamlin
Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:17 pm
Forum: Dom's Cooking Corner
Topic: A bit heavy on the Devil
Replies: 3
Views: 2885

Re: A bit heavy on the Devil

:D Sounds good.
Remember having to evacuate a shared flat when I was a student because I'd forgotten I was roasting dried chillies and mustard seeds.
by dunbarhamlin
Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: so stanley are introducing a new range of "planes" `
Replies: 61
Views: 6706

Re: so stanley are introducing a new range of "planes" `

thicker blades are easier to sharpen, No they aren't, they are harder to sharpen - more metal More metal means more time - not harder. If using a microbezel or hollow grinding, blade thickness irrelevant except when regrinding. If using a flat bezel or hollow grinding, a thick blade is easier to re...
by dunbarhamlin
Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: new honing jig
Replies: 19
Views: 4052

Re: new honing jig

Sadly, it would probably take no more than a fursty ferret listening to the first 160 bars of Rhinegold to get me to press Buy.
Does look rather groovy - perhaps the compound angle setting whatsit could be used in a LV mitre saw?
by dunbarhamlin
Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: mortice gauge
Replies: 19
Views: 2974

Re: mortice gauge

Just an alternative solution wrapped up in marketspeak. I note your mortise isn't square, but radiused - another solution to the problem.
Vesper's have yet another approach - radiused corners.
All good.
by dunbarhamlin
Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: mortice gauge
Replies: 19
Views: 2974

Re: mortice gauge

I suppose if you can wear the brass away quicker than the wood can shrink, that would be true. But the wear is clearly and visibly localised, so you've got a gauge with a non-flat reference face, which seems less than ideal. A simple wooden face can be flattened easily. Does this actually matter? W...
by dunbarhamlin
Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:29 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: mortice gauge
Replies: 19
Views: 2974

Re: mortice gauge

I would recommend a cheaper gauge, without brass face pieces. Since brass doesn't shrink at the same rate as wood (!!!!) the brass and wood on the head may well end up out of alignment. At the extremes of extravagance, this is turned into a feature in the information card with Master Clenton's gaug...