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by derekcohen
Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:26 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Veritas low angle smoother
Replies: 43
Views: 4183

Re: Veritas low angle smoother

Hi Jacob Have you tried a squiggle of candle wax on the sole of the planes when using them? This becomes increasingly helpful as the cutting angle increases, making what was once a resistant plane literally float on the wooden surface. A Bosch ROS?! You heathen! Actually I have an old Festo (before ...
by derekcohen
Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:12 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Squaring Chisels
Replies: 1
Views: 766

Squaring Chisels

Easy chisels to make: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ShopMadeTo ... isels.html

Regards from Perth

Derek
by derekcohen
Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Veritas low angle smoother
Replies: 43
Views: 4183

Re: Veritas low angle smoother

I am pleased to hear that you are happy at last, Jake. I must say that the LAS is one of my favourite planes. I enjoy its lightness and the feedback it offers. I did modify the tote, however ... http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a262/Derek50/Planes/LV%20planes/LVLAS2.jpg A few years ago I wrote this...
by derekcohen
Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:47 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: thought for the day - more sharpening b******x
Replies: 18
Views: 2318

Re: thought for the day - more sharpening b******x

Still somewhat grudging I'm afraid. Well it's the price innit! Also it's no good as a jack (general purpose) I'd pick up a 5 1/2 for preference every time. It's a long smoother. I think I should have bought the short one - it looks more sensible. In fact I think I will, and put the 'jack' on ebay (...
by derekcohen
Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:20 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Sideboard-Entertainment Centre WIP: Building the frame
Replies: 5
Views: 1202

Re: Sideboard-Entertainment Centre WIP: Building the frame

You could have laminated the curved rails. Structure aside they look very interesting. Thanks Brian. I did consider laminating the rails. I have built demilune tables in the past this way. However the problem with this is that the doors are low and one would see the laminations when opening them. S...
by derekcohen
Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:09 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Sideboard-Entertainment Centre WIP: Building the frame
Replies: 5
Views: 1202

Re: Sideboard-Entertainment Centre WIP: Building the frame

Hi Jacob Thanks for the reply. All of what you write may be correct. In fact I have been concerned all the way through the project so far that this may be the case. However, since I have nothing to lose but my time, I will see it through and we shall discover just what occurs when the doors are fina...
by derekcohen
Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:04 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Sideboard-Entertainment Centre WIP: Building the frame
Replies: 5
Views: 1202

Sideboard-Entertainment Centre WIP: Building the frame

Friends, here is the next installment of my WIP. There are a couple of areas I could use some advice. http://www.inthewoodshop.com/Furniture/Sideboard-Buildingtheframe.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Looking forward to all and any comments and suggestions. Regards from Perth Derek
by derekcohen
Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:19 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: WIP continued: Curving and grooving the frame
Replies: 7
Views: 1001

Re: WIP continued: Curving and grooving the frame

It's what I lack when I get pissed. :lol: :lol: :lol: What is this thing called balance? Non of my tools are obviously balanced or unbalanced in any way that I can see. Except perhaps an old steel brass and rosewood 4" square I've got which has a wide blade and will sit flat on a workpiece on ...
by derekcohen
Mon Jun 21, 2010 5:29 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: WIP continued: Curving and grooving the frame
Replies: 7
Views: 1001

WIP continued: Curving and grooving the frame

Link to the next chapter: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/Furniture/ ... frame.html

Regards from Perth

Derek
by derekcohen
Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Sideboard-Entertainment Centre WIP
Replies: 2
Views: 652

Re: Sideboard-Entertainment Centre WIP

Hi Roger

Support? Just the tape.

Regards from Perth

Derek
by derekcohen
Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Sideboard-Entertainment Centre WIP
Replies: 2
Views: 652

Sideboard-Entertainment Centre WIP

Link to my latest project: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/Furniture/Sideboard-EntertainmentCentre.html

All discussion welcome.

Regards from Perth

Derek
by derekcohen
Wed May 26, 2010 2:05 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: thought for the day - more sharpening b******x
Replies: 18
Views: 2318

Re: thought for the day - more sharpening b******x

Hi Jacob Achieving a camber on a BU blade is straight forward ... IF ... you start with a 25 degree primary bevel, and then add the camber via a higher micro secondary bevel. I don't know if you can do this with your method? The joke is that a few years ago Larry Williams (in the thread over there) ...
by derekcohen
Wed May 26, 2010 12:37 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: thought for the day - more sharpening b******x
Replies: 18
Views: 2318

Re: thought for the day - more sharpening b******x

Hi Jacob

A question for you, especially since you sharpen only the bevel and not the back of the blade: what is your opinion on the longevity of the blade edge in your LA Jack?

Regards from Perth

Derek
by derekcohen
Fri May 21, 2010 8:22 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Convert your #5 to a scrub plane and back in seconds
Replies: 12
Views: 1645

Re: Convert your #5 to a scrub plane and back in seconds

Hi Jacob Keep in mind that that plane is some years old, and has been used on Aussie hardwoods, all very hard and having a high level of silica (sand). My Stanleys planes look similar. I take care of my planes, but do not baby them - they are tools to be used, and used they look. Regards from Perth ...
by derekcohen
Thu May 20, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Convert your #5 to a scrub plane and back in seconds
Replies: 12
Views: 1645

Re: Convert your #5 to a scrub plane and back in seconds

Gawd Jacob, you really want to do it the hard way! :lol: Why not just invest in a couple of blades for the LA Jack? Keep one at 25 degrees for end grain and cross grain, another at 50 degrees for face grain, especially interlocked types, and then you could camber another with a 5 1/2 - 8" cambe...
by derekcohen
Fri May 14, 2010 1:41 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?
Replies: 87
Views: 5598

Re: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?

It's a bit of a mystery though innit sometimes this planing? I've been doing some soft but wild grained cedar of lebanon. Record 5 or 5 1/2 bad tear out. Veritas LA jack still tearing out but not so bad. QS 4 better by far. Gave up and bunged it through the thicknesser (blades not too sharp, it's o...
by derekcohen
Tue May 11, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?
Replies: 87
Views: 5598

Re: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?

Hi Jacob So far you are completely missing the LAJ's potential. Really. Seriously now, try honing the edge at about 50 degrees, then use the plane on the absolutely gnarliest piece of wood you can find. Then try the wood again with one of your Stanleys for comparison. Let us know what you experience...
by derekcohen
Tue May 11, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?
Replies: 87
Views: 5598

Re: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?

LV LA Jack Is the new style ductile steel softer than the old plane material? I just hit nail and have a scratch across the sole. Wouldn't have touched a Record. Not that I'm bothered abt a scratch except the resale price has plummeted. Might as well throw away the box now! Sharpening - easiest way...
by derekcohen
Mon May 10, 2010 12:51 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?
Replies: 87
Views: 5598

Re: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?

...... The LN is a fine plane (I enjoy using the Stanley) but it is far less sophisticated than the Veritas..... If sophistication is the lateral adjuster (which isn't much good) and the grub screws (seem pointless to me - why not make the blade slightly wider but tapered back? ) ... One does not h...
by derekcohen
Mon May 10, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?
Replies: 87
Views: 5598

Re: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?

I might do next time! Veritas low angle jack lateral adjuster problem; the leverage is so little that it's easier to shift the blade itself with thumb and forefinger, and it's more precise. Either way you have to loosen the cap adjuster first. Bailey sorted all these details 150 years ago! Can make...
by derekcohen
Mon May 10, 2010 12:12 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?
Replies: 87
Views: 5598

Re: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?

Just spotted the LN is £36 cheaper than the Veritas. So that's £36 for a lateral adjuster which doesn't work! Bugger. Though you can get 01 blades for the veritas, which will make sharpening easier. I've ordered my Veritas skew block with O1 (having sold my LN first as an demonstration of financial...
by derekcohen
Sun May 09, 2010 5:22 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: A Shaker table for Mother's Day
Replies: 16
Views: 1470

Re: A Shaker table for Mother's Day

Thanks guys. Lynndy was very pleased - hardly suprised though! :) Still, she did not see the finished piece until I took the pictures (not as good as usual as I had a crappy camera - my good Canon was nicked on a recent homeward flight boarding in Cape Town .. beware!). We had a great day with frien...
by derekcohen
Sun May 09, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: A Shaker table for Mother's Day
Replies: 16
Views: 1470

Re: A Shaker table for Mother's Day

Hi Jacob Becksvoort does beautiful handcut dovetails .. indeed he is well known for them. Those awful (I agree!) machined dovetails in the latter pictures were from a second website I found as I hunted for legs .. table legs! By-the-way, there's a very nice Shaker table on your website! Regards from...
by derekcohen
Sun May 09, 2010 2:21 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: A Shaker table for Mother's Day
Replies: 16
Views: 1470

Re: A Shaker table for Mother's Day

Oops, sorry about the"let" .... that's pure "dyslexia" ... should have read "tell"! The legs on shaker tables usually took the form of one of two forms: either tapered straight or tapered turned. Most woodworkers who attempt to build in the Shaker style tend to use the ...
by derekcohen
Sun May 09, 2010 12:51 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: A Shaker table for Mother's Day
Replies: 16
Views: 1470

Re: A Shaker table for Mother's Day

senior wrote:.. but I'd argue the "shaker style" bit with you. :)


Let me more ...

Regards from Perth

Derek
by derekcohen
Sun May 09, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: A Shaker table for Mother's Day
Replies: 16
Views: 1470

A Shaker table for Mother's Day

The Shaker-style table is complete, just in time for Mother’s Day. (This was built over three weekend days, off-and-on in the workshop) Lynndy wanted a table for her sewing machine. It needed to be high enough to sit at using a diningroom chair, large enough for the sewing machine, and compact enoug...
by derekcohen
Sat May 08, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?
Replies: 87
Views: 5598

Re: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?

Hi Jacob You are not being objective at all, are you? :roll: Do not read into what I wrote as support for your obsession with thin silly :D Stanley blades. Oh, no no no no no .... Thickish blades are good .. Stanley-thin blades are bad ... Thickish blades are good .. Stanley-thin blades are bad ... ...
by derekcohen
Sat May 08, 2010 5:35 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?
Replies: 87
Views: 5598

Re: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?

The small LA Smoother is a delightful plane. It has a thinner blade - 1/8" thick - and 2" wide. It will leave your best smoother for dust! Does sound a better bet. Aren't thin blades crap though? That's what everybody says though I don't think so myself. My opinion is that 1/8" is re...
by derekcohen
Fri May 07, 2010 5:17 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?
Replies: 87
Views: 5598

Re: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?

Hi Jacob While the LA Jack may certainly be used like a traditional jack plane, that is it can take thick shavings with a deeply cambered blade, it is really not a jack. It is, instead, a panel plane - a long smoother. What you want to do is stop fiddling with the plane - you will go blind if you ke...
by derekcohen
Thu May 06, 2010 10:18 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?
Replies: 87
Views: 5598

Re: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?

Moment of madness - Bakewell not far away and I've bought a LV la jack. I didn't want to but I want to know if they are any good. :o :shock: :) :D :lol: Don't like it already. Bloody great thick blade going to be impossible to sharpen or camber unless I fork out for some better grinding gear. I ref...
by derekcohen
Wed May 05, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?
Replies: 87
Views: 5598

Re: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?

Hi Brian You most welcome for a pint or two (or three) :) There are some rogue A2 blades around as there are rogue O1 blades (as a result of poor heat treating). I have several LN planes including 3 of their BU block planes plus a LN blade in a Stanley #65 block plane. I also have 3 Veritas block pl...
by derekcohen
Wed May 05, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?
Replies: 87
Views: 5598

Re: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?

Grinding and honing (Jacob avert your eyes!): BD plane blades and chisels (including Japanese chisels!): I mostly hollow grind at 25 degrees and freehand hone using the hollow as a jig. In other words, use the hollowed edge to create a microbevel. The Tormek gets you right to the edge of the blade, ...
by derekcohen
Wed May 05, 2010 7:38 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?
Replies: 87
Views: 5598

Re: expensive and long lasting or cheap and easily replaced?

Oh fiddledeedee Mr G :) Jacob, one of thse days I shall lock you in my workshop and we shall - between the pints of ale - compare sharpening and planes and swap lies .... and you shall exit a wiser, if more inebriated, man ... :D k2010, the choce of a Veritas BU moother is not just a good one, it is...
by derekcohen
Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:22 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: dovetail saw
Replies: 27
Views: 4793

Re: dovetail saw

Hi Jacob I really shouldn't tease you with this, but I cannot resist! :D It was a recent birthday present from the family .. Mike Wenzloff came out of retirement (from making custom saws) to make this 20 ppi dovetail saw in African Blackwood with a Harvey Peace handle: http://i13.photobucket.com/alb...
by derekcohen
Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Fast dovetails
Replies: 55
Views: 5198

Re: Fast dovetails

Well, since I posted this over "there", I will post it here as well! :)

http://www.inthewoodshop.com/Furniture/ ... tails.html

Regards from Perth

Derek
by derekcohen
Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Thanks Mark
Replies: 4
Views: 577

Thanks Mark

Thanks to Mark (mtr1), the iron in my plane has grown from this ... http://www.inthewoodshop.com/Commentary/APlanefromMatjiesfontein_html_6b37569c.jpg ... to this ... http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a262/Derek50/Planes/Newblade1.jpg I was jointing two boards together. They came out well .. http://...
by derekcohen
Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:20 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: There should be a warning ...
Replies: 24
Views: 1998

Re: There should be a warning ...

Well done, Jacob! My memory is letting me done (well it is my 60th on the 11th). At least the wider sub-fence will sort out the issue for both Veritas and Record. I assume that the Record #78 has the same design fence as the Stanley #78? Then it changed completely on the #778 when they added the sec...
by derekcohen
Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: There should be a warning ...
Replies: 24
Views: 1998

Re: There should be a warning ...

Just had a look at my Stanley 78 to remind myself ... The fence neatly covers the unused edge of the blade so you couldn't cut yourself even if you wanted to. ..... PS or in other words - it's a design fault. Jacob, you really write such twaddle at times! :lol: :lol: :lol: Do you actually read what...
by derekcohen
Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: There should be a warning ...
Replies: 24
Views: 1998

There should be a warning ...

... on the side of all rebate planes, especially skew rebate planes. I cannot recall a time that I have finished a planing session without cutting all my fingers. This is near the end of today ... http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a262/Derek50/Furniture/Dovetail%20Cabinet/raised%20panel%20doors/Fing...
by derekcohen
Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:21 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Completed just in time for Christmas!
Replies: 10
Views: 969

Re: Completed just in time for Christmas!

Hi Steve

You will note that this fault only occurs when Phil comes on. Nothing to do with me!

Best wishes from Perth for Christmas and the New Year.

Derek

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