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by toobyefore
Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Order of Work
Replies: 36
Views: 4832

Order of Work

Could just be the same proxy's been used for spam and been banned for that.

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Wed Jul 02, 2008 7:52 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Slip Stones
Replies: 2
Views: 707

Slip Stones

Given that they're listed on the Axminster site under oil stones, and described as oil stones, I'd use... water.

Nah, just kidding. Oil. ;D

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:35 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Dovetails and good food
Replies: 13
Views: 1871

Dovetails and good food

Wassat den; beech? Coo, didn't make it easy on you, did he? :o ;D Look pretty good for first ones after a long hiatus.

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Sun Jun 29, 2008 12:24 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Dovetails and good food
Replies: 13
Views: 1871

Dovetails and good food

So, where's the piccy of the dovetails then...? ??? :P

Cheers, Al
by toobyefore
Fri Jun 27, 2008 3:21 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Chest Gamble
Replies: 50
Views: 9903

Chest Gamble

jake wrote:Shell gimlet sounds about right (but you lacked a photo of one, I note).
Yeah, kept meaning to go back to that and do a more complete rundown for my site, but you know how it is. :-/

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:07 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Chest Gamble
Replies: 50
Views: 9903

Chest Gamble

jake wrote:...some spoon bits which whorl into a twist/snail shape at the end (there's no doubt a name for them, but I've never come across them before)
Sounds like a Shell Gimlet Bit which has a shell body with a lead screw. You might find my picture quiz here handy for odd bit-identification.

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Thu Jun 26, 2008 1:02 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Chest Gamble
Replies: 50
Views: 9903

Chest Gamble

jake wrote:
Alf wrote:Oooooo, fun. ;D Reminds me a lot of my two;
Mmmmeeeeep!
Nice to know I've not totally lost the art. ;D
by toobyefore
Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:22 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Chest Gamble
Replies: 50
Views: 9903

Chest Gamble

Oooooo, fun. ;D Reminds me a lot of my two; damn good fun going through it all to see what you've got. Beats a Christmas stocking. Looks like you might have the side handle for the egg beater in one of the tills possibly? And is that a plough iron there - plough in there some place? The short iron o...
by toobyefore
Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: rip d/t tpi?
Replies: 10
Views: 1915

rip d/t tpi?

Sorry, I must have missed it. Not that my answer would be much help - I tend not to go below 15ppi simply because I absolutely loathe sharpening anything finer. I find too aggressive a rake on 15ppi more of an issue than lack of teeth.

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:07 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: hand cut tenons
Replies: 32
Views: 5083

hand cut tenons

Pottering about over the weekend with a dovetail saw unfamiliar to me, I was reminded that as well as practice, the right saw set-up for the task goes a long way towards helping technique. In my case the aggressive rake on the teeth turned me from a moderately competent dovetailer (no Rob Cosman, al...
by toobyefore
Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:40 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: sharpening chisels
Replies: 71
Views: 10844

sharpening chisels

paulchapman wrote: Frankly, other than to assist in scooping out the bottom of the mortice, I can't think of any sensible reason.
Well that's one. Another is it's supposed to be that it helps "pop" the chips out. I'm... undecided.

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:15 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: hand cut tenons
Replies: 32
Views: 5083

hand cut tenons

engineerone wrote:i am not to happy with my hand sawing methods
Paul, it's not the easy solution you're looking for, but I fear the answer is probably largely "practice". It really does help. If you fancy, a brief mosey over to my blog during January has a few musings on the subject.

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Wed Jun 18, 2008 5:31 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: sharpening chisels
Replies: 71
Views: 10844

sharpening chisels

Ack, stick some brass knobs on everything and all will be well. ;D

This and the "why does a plane work" are very valuable threads. They remind me why I must not allow myself to get theoretical on matters woodworking. I don't understand it and it doesn't make sense.

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:25 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: sharpening chisels
Replies: 71
Views: 10844

sharpening chisels

Thoughts? Erm, I dunno. Evidently I must be considerably more skillful than yew* sounds boastful, rude and incredibly unlikely! But after all the bevel is still there, to guide you. Oh well, it's so flippin' long since I did any timber torturing it's probably best if I sit on my tongue anyway! Cheer...
by toobyefore
Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:30 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: using cascamite or whatever it is now called
Replies: 10
Views: 2103

using cascamite or whatever it is now called

How would we know? They could have buried the evidence...
by toobyefore
Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:07 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: sharpening chisels
Replies: 71
Views: 10844

sharpening chisels

Hi Derek - long time no speak! Don't you also use a chisel bevel down? When I do so, the bevel effectively becomes the back of the chisel. Accuracy will be affected unless this is flat. Two things occur to me in response to this. First, exactly how accurate does one need to be when using a chisel be...
by toobyefore
Sun Jun 15, 2008 7:37 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: sharpening chisels
Replies: 71
Views: 10844

sharpening chisels

The construction of Japanese chisels is different to that of western chisels. There are two laminations of steel, the cutting edge is made from a much harder steel and the back is much softer. The theory being that the cutting edge can sharpened to a very sharp edge but the softer back prevents the...
by toobyefore
Sat Jun 14, 2008 6:57 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: woodworking machines
Replies: 10
Views: 1959

woodworking machines

Sheesh, there's a guard on the first one! What a wuss... ::) ;D
by toobyefore
Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:40 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Am I wasting my time ???
Replies: 39
Views: 4786

Am I wasting my time ???

SOMEBODY HELP ME !!! tis addictive this hand tool stuff , int it ! I cant stop planing bits of wood ! just for no reason other that I can now :o :o :o :o I am disappearing in a mountain of shavings !!!! it scares me that I might want to spend a lot of cash on a good plane now ! Congratulations - of...
by toobyefore
Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:37 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Am I wasting my time ???
Replies: 39
Views: 4786

Am I wasting my time ???

Not sure how many of the links are still extant, but you might find this helpful. Probably a few dozen useful ones on here as well.

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:26 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Am I wasting my time ???
Replies: 39
Views: 4786

Am I wasting my time ???

Standard advice for many a year has been that if you want to learn how to fettle a plane, start with an older Record or Stanley. At least that way you're starting with a better quality product in the first place, with the added bonus that the cast iron will have finished doing any moving it's likely...
by toobyefore
Sun Jun 08, 2008 10:46 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Revelation in stock preparation
Replies: 9
Views: 1377

Revelation in stock preparation

engineerone wrote:planer thicknesser shock horror what happened to the "goddess" ::) :o 8-)
What can I say? Feet of clay. 8-)
by toobyefore
Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:41 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Revelation in stock preparation
Replies: 9
Views: 1377

Revelation in stock preparation

Hmmm, something to think about there, Paul. Although I feel the biggest revelation in stock prep is probably the planer thicknesser; but I'm not supposed to say that, am I? ;D

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: John Brown
Replies: 9
Views: 1364

John Brown

dunbarhamlin wrote: Isn't it good we don't all like the same thing?
Now there's a quote...
by toobyefore
Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Chopping board
Replies: 18
Views: 8086

Chopping board

Why use an oiled board at all? My folks have had a butcher's block these past, ooo, at least 35 years - probably more, but I'm too young... - and it just gets wiped over day to day and a scrub with a brush under hot water as required (we refer to it as "scrubbing the decks" 'cos my old man is ex-Nav...
by toobyefore
Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: A Wenzloff moment x2
Replies: 17
Views: 3056

A Wenzloff moment x2

D'you know, I think Mike might be good enough to turn pro... ;D

Beautiful Brace of Sawing Goodness, Paul. Enjoy them - as if you need telling!

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:56 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: cheap oak kitchens
Replies: 13
Views: 1491

cheap oak kitchens

tusses wrote:but what if someone saw my post and ordered a kitchen off them - before the others pointed out he's a rogue !
Then they deserve all they get for being a div, quite honestly. ;D

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:21 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: John Brown
Replies: 9
Views: 1364

John Brown

Thanks for the heads up, Paul - could just as well copy off Chris's post and put my own name to it, quite honestly. JB was the single biggest reason I got in the hand tool lark, and I didn't even realise it at the time. The world is a better place for his stay, and poorer for his passing, which soun...
by toobyefore
Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Drawbore Pins
Replies: 25
Views: 6258

Drawbore Pins

Belatedly I'm reminded that I have what I think are three coachbuilder's drawbore pins. I'm more than a little hazy about what coachbuilding actually entails, but I imagine curved parts and such leave clamping out of the options. Anyway, they're about 6 inches long with T-handles - don't have a pic ...
by toobyefore
Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:27 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: West Dean Hand Tool event pictures
Replies: 7
Views: 2166

West Dean Hand Tool event pictures

Heh, heh - I actually like the chair ones even more, but thanks. ;D

Sheesh, glad I couldn't stick my name down for Boggs' class now - imagining coping with that lot as your fellow classmates. :o

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:19 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: band saw lovers ...
Replies: 7
Views: 1590

band saw lovers ...

Most useful? Ripping, re-sawing, shaped stuff. Hell, everything; don't think any project goes out the door that hasn't seen the bandsaw at some point. Often more than once. The bandsaw is King here at Alf Towers. Thus it gets a prime position, against the centre of the longest wall.

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Sat May 31, 2008 5:58 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: West Dean Hand Tool event pictures
Replies: 7
Views: 2166

West Dean Hand Tool event pictures

Ah, muchos gracias, Paul. Although why all these pics of people when there were tools and wood to take pics of... ::) ;D And you lived to tell the tale after meeting BB; well done. ;D

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Fri May 30, 2008 8:45 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Dovetail marking gauge
Replies: 14
Views: 3565

Dovetail marking gauge

Brian, that's sad to hear. :-/ I reckon he must have single-handedly been responsible for more jigs and such than everyone else put together.

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Thu May 29, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Dovetail marking gauge
Replies: 14
Views: 3565

Dovetail marking gauge

Very spiffy, Paul. The lovely modern invention of perspex/acrylic really is a bonus - no more faffing around wondering where the marks are underneath, although Ian's brass one does look the part. Is it the Bob Wearing design? Dunno; I went with a Rob Cosman-esque type 'cos I like that I can mark the...
by toobyefore
Wed May 28, 2008 6:06 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: The West Dean Hand Tool Event thing...
Replies: 8
Views: 1427

The West Dean Hand Tool Event thing...

Ah bless you, Mr C. In return I'll try and resist extracting the you-know-what in a certain long-running thread.

"Try" being the operative word... ;D
by toobyefore
Wed May 28, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: The West Dean Hand Tool Event thing...
Replies: 8
Views: 1427

The West Dean Hand Tool Event thing...



I'm stuck in the back of beyond and haven't a snowball's. Please, lucky people, piccies and a long and detailed report? Pretty please? Where's the damn begging smilie... :-/

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Wed May 28, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Mortise Bench
Replies: 10
Views: 1931

Mortise Bench

That's interesting; different from what a mortise bench brings to my mind. Bit Japanese. Mostly the sort I've seen have resembled a regular saw horse, but with a wider top, although if memory serves sometimes you get specialist ones with straight legs that continue above the top surface to provide s...
by toobyefore
Mon May 26, 2008 8:52 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: WIP Pictures??
Replies: 7
Views: 1255

WIP Pictures??

Dammit, you mean all I needed was a beard and I might actually make stuff? Bugger.

Yes, please to WIPs. I'll try to forgive you for having some WIP to picture... :-/

Cheers, Alf
by toobyefore
Fri May 23, 2008 8:00 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: alf advice please
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

alf advice please

One of these days I really ought to measure it out so I have an answer for this one... :-/ However I cunningly bethought it worth putting various informations in a blog entry here - although subsequently I discovered it really did speed things up to use it hot . The basic thing to keep in mind is mi...
by toobyefore
Mon May 19, 2008 8:22 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: how do you hold a wooden jack plane?
Replies: 58
Views: 9380

how do you hold a wooden jack plane?

This post to the Old Tools List on sharpening practices of yore popped up and I was reminded of this thread. Might be worth watching if anyone's interested, to see what comes up.

Cheers, Alf