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by jay
Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:05 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Wood Miles
Replies: 4
Views: 525

Wood Miles

It's been bugging me for a while, but it seems to be that most timber sold in the UK, especially the nice stuff, has been shipped in from far away lands while many of our indigenous woodlands are suffering (in an ecological sense) from neglect and under management. It's not as though we don't have t...
by jay
Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:18 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Cut price itinerant chair makers course...
Replies: 1
Views: 419

Cut price itinerant chair makers course...

I've booked myself on to a green woodworking chair making course (green wood being newly felled and still 'green' - it's ye olde method of chair making whereby chairmakers would set up shop in the wood, fell materials, turn parts on a spring pole lathe and so on) and there be places left over. Havin...
by jay
Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:22 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Split saw nuts - a remedy
Replies: 7
Views: 2114

Split saw nuts - a remedy

Good point (ho ho). Mine is indeed hollow ground, or at least such as a 6" grinding wheel will allow. Judicious use of a shaped file would probably work too. The hole saved a fair bit of filing and also came ready centered - so no thinking was needed. good job n all that, but I just hack saw a slot ...
by jay
Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:49 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Planes
Replies: 10
Views: 2137

Planes

Veritas' low angle block plane - to which the chamfer guide is designed to fit. At some point Veritas changed the spec and increased the thickness of the sole of the LABP by a shim. Veritas have resolved the problem in my case by offering to replace both chamfer guide and surprisingly the plane too,...
by jay
Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:52 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Planes
Replies: 10
Views: 2137

Planes

I can tell you we don't release seconds to the general public. We offer them to staff, donate them to schools, or scrap them. Most seconds we have are indistinguishable from firsts - so we do mark them in some way (I beleive we drill a partial (not through!) hole near the casting number). Most high...
by jay
Fri Aug 29, 2008 7:38 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: hand plane chip breakers
Replies: 38
Views: 6119

hand plane chip breakers

I take quite thick shavings on occaision with my LABP - a block plane's job is stock removal in small areas. I'd have thought that the advantage of the bevel up bench planes was that it can be quickly adjusted (including the mouth) for shavings of various thicknesses. Not sure why you couldn't have ...
by jay
Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:46 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Split saw nuts - a remedy
Replies: 7
Views: 2114

Split saw nuts - a remedy

Or yet another split nut screw driver. Didn't want to mangle any more of my nice London Pattern screwdrivers so I was happy to stumble upon a cheap old rusty spade bit and happen to plonk it down next to a saw and have a minor eureka moment. http://www.jaypettitt.co.uk/images/sawnuts1.jpg 1. find a ...
by jay
Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:56 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: banana stand
Replies: 56
Views: 7547

banana stand

Here's a fun game. Which is more aerodynamically efficient? Alonso's 2007 F1 Car or a London Bus? http://www.jaypettitt.co.uk/images/f1carvsbus.jpg Wrong. The design goals of a formula 1 car are highly specialised and implementation very advanced. However if your business is moving people around it'...
by jay
Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:01 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: banana stand
Replies: 56
Views: 7547

banana stand

Oh please. Trickle down from Formula 1 to mainstream domestic cars is negligible. Name one benefit to mainstream cars that has derived from formula 1 in oh I don't know - say the last decade. Not easy is it. The truth is that the goals of domestic cars - reliably transporting people and stuff vs for...
by jay
Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:01 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: banana stand
Replies: 56
Views: 7547

banana stand

This is no ordinary Banana Stand. This is M&S banana stand.
by jay
Sun Jul 13, 2008 1:33 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Spindle moulder tooling
Replies: 48
Views: 7497

Spindle moulder tooling

Don't be taking this the wrong way you utter post mislocating barsteward;) but I do really like the fact that this forum's woodwork section is for general woodwork with a separate specific section for power tool and machinery issues, unlike the other forum where general woodwork meant power tools. O...
by jay
Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:33 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Achieving a perfect 45 degree chamfer.
Replies: 45
Views: 7126

Achieving a perfect 45 degree chamfer.

I am bone idle lazy ................... ::) ::) So will just fit the bit to the router in the table, and a few passes later have a chamfer 1000 times better than if i tried by hand. 8-) 8-) 8-) Each to their own and all that; but how is what you describe easier than going swish swish swish with a b...
by jay
Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:55 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: How smoothe ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2220

How smoothe ?

I think I got this from some bloke off a woodworking forum, so it's probably rubbish; but my understanding of these things is that you're looking for brightly cut wood fibres. Fresh coarse sand paper will do it for you as will a suitably sharp plane blade.
by jay
Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:34 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Achieving a perfect 45 degree chamfer.
Replies: 45
Views: 7126

Achieving a perfect 45 degree chamfer.

That little gadget has its uses. I've been making some octagonal tool handles that I wanted to look reasonably smart and it did alright at keeping me from going all wonky. I cant even peep over there as my IP is blocked ::) You have a fixed IP address? Ignore me if I'm teaching you to suck eggs, but...
by jay
Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:40 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: can you flatten oilstones
Replies: 9
Views: 2169

can you flatten oilstones

I have an old oil stone that I flatten/fluff up whenever I need to flatten the back of something. With a fresh dressed surface it cuts quickly and there's no worries about wearing out expensive diamond stones or munching through endless sheets of wet and dry or squishing soft water stones into odd s...
by jay
Sun Jun 15, 2008 12:58 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: why does a plane work ....
Replies: 29
Views: 4676

why does a plane work ....

oh were it that simple. Key to the convex problem is to note that the heel follows in the cut (let's stick to planing edges, it gets worse with faces) and the cutting iron follows the mouth. Cutting depth is not constant, but follows an arc whose aspect is defined by the angle described by mouth and...
by jay
Sat Jun 14, 2008 7:52 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: why does a plane work ....
Replies: 29
Views: 4676

why does a plane work ....

I suspect Nick is applying so much downward pressure that his bench and workpiece are deforming under the strain, resulting in concavity.
by jay
Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:42 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: why does a plane work ....
Replies: 29
Views: 4676

why does a plane work ....

http://www.jaypettitt.co.uk/images/weeee.png The problem I see with your diagram Nick, is that your plane (your's is much posher than mine by the way - kudos) is about to slice off the high spots on either end. A few more swishes down the road and it'll make a tiny little hill. Give in to the conve...
by jay
Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: finishing cloths/rags
Replies: 8
Views: 2024

finishing cloths/rags

Linseed oil (and possibly other finishes) generates heat as it cures - which can cause rags to ignite, especially if they're tightly scrunched up (easy to test). It's not difficult to imagine someone scrunching a rag up and tossing it into a waste paper bin or leaving it next to lots of shavings. It...
by jay
Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:11 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: why does a plane work ....
Replies: 29
Views: 4676

why does a plane work ....

In practice the fractionally convex surface you get from a hand plane will be good enough a lot of the time. For show faces it's not really a problem. If you need long mating surfaces (gluing boards together by the edges for example) it's not so great. It's those occasions that you need to be taking...
by jay
Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:52 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: why does a plane work ....
Replies: 29
Views: 4676

why does a plane work ....

In that respect hand planes don't work. If you just apply plane to wood and go pushpushpush you'll end up with an everso slightly convex surface. You need to compensate by taking a few extra 'stopped' strokes out the middle before taking a final swish or two of the whole length if you want a perfect...
by jay
Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:46 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Drawbore Pins
Replies: 25
Views: 6411

Drawbore Pins

I disagree with that. The whole point of assembling a structure with a varied set of components and joints (including pegged mortice and tennon's) is to transfer and spread live and dead loads evenly throughout the entire structure so that you dont get any weak spots where theres a concentration of...
by jay
Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:07 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Drawbore Pins
Replies: 25
Views: 6411

Drawbore Pins

Pins do a little bit more for you than just allow you to test a joint and avoid losing bits of broken pegs wedged into inaccessible joints if you overcook it. You can make-do without, but pins give you more leverage to pull together and peg a joint with intentionally greater offset between the holes...
by jay
Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:00 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Drawbore Pins
Replies: 25
Views: 6411

Drawbore Pins

I think you're confusulating drawborn construction with, well - not sure what; but some other peggy holey thing. The rhyme and reason of drawboring a tenon and mortice is to create an elastic joint that thrives on shrinkage and swelling and twisting and wracking and all the nasty things wood does af...
by jay
Fri May 30, 2008 9:35 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: The West Dean Hand Tool Event thing...
Replies: 8
Views: 1476

The West Dean Hand Tool Event thing...

hray! I'm planning to go there tomorrow. I've PMed my phone number; hopefully we can meet up. My intention is to eschew my preference for public transport and drive (I have an errand). If any of you are close to the route from Essex/Suffolk borders and want a lift pm me.
by jay
Wed May 28, 2008 4:45 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: The West Dean Hand Tool Event thing...
Replies: 8
Views: 1476

The West Dean Hand Tool Event thing...

Who's going then? Is there a pub?
by jay
Tue May 27, 2008 1:39 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Drawbore Pins
Replies: 25
Views: 6411

Drawbore Pins

Not really a traditional method for Mandolin construction, but hey... I found drift pins in a local tool shop last year - sadly now closed down so not much help, but they are out there. So are Ray's pins a funny shape for better twisting or straight and circular with a point on? --edit-- Searching G...
by jay
Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:01 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Pau Ferro Chisels
Replies: 9
Views: 1637

Pau Ferro Chisels

Pics please.

(ps. antihistamine works a treat.)
by jay
Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:25 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Arrrrgggg!
Replies: 34
Views: 5051

Arrrrgggg!

Did you learn a long, hard lesson in the need to enthuse and co-exist with your apprentice?
by jay
Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:58 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Millers Falls #3
Replies: 3
Views: 1574

Millers Falls #3

There was me feeling all superior for spotting the afore mentioned Millers Falls hand drill on the eBay when nobody else seemed to and snatching it for the princely sum of
by jay
Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:27 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Federation of Master Builders
Replies: 9
Views: 1739

Federation of Master Builders

Rather be joining the Federation of Amateur Builders.
by jay
Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:20 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Making a door
Replies: 36
Views: 6167

Making a door

As a one time postman I developed a rather strange appreciation of nice front doors. They kind of set the tone of a house - every now and then there's a door that is warm, friendly and welcoming, many are just a bit sh*t and some have obscenely small letter boxes rigged with vicious finger mangling ...