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by jrm
Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: so stanley are introducing a new range of "planes" `
Replies: 61
Views: 6052

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

I think the point is don't knock them till you've tried them. I have Clifton #7, LN 4 1/2 + high angle frog and Veritas LA jack among other Record/Stanley and they are all pretty well perfect for various jobs and can be tuned to buggery if you want. Painful to part with the money but I've forgotten ...
by jrm
Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:10 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: so stanley are introducing a new range of "planes" `
Replies: 61
Views: 6052

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

I have a superb little Record #3 dating from the '20s. I always liked it and didn't know why until I started to learn more about these things. The quality and machining of the frog is much better with more cast iron in contact with the blade, for example. Later ones are an excercise in accountancy e...
by jrm
Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:51 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Scraper plane
Replies: 38
Views: 4098

Re: Scraper plane

Interesting thread but I have another suggestion. AIUI The problem with standard bench planes is that the angle of the frog is too low for wilder grained timbers, hence the steeper angle of the Norris type which were intended to deal with more difficult timbers (and the 50deg LN frog which is, I sup...
by jrm
Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Bling is out-Wood is in. So Sunday Times says...
Replies: 7
Views: 1057

Re: Bling is out-Wood is in. So Sunday Times says...

I did notice there are those well known cabinet makers John Lewis and M&S on there, their talent to buy in bulk from China is true craftsmanship at its best. Bling wood has been in for ages Yes, but to be fair, they probably got some UK cabinet maker to design the pieces first. Admittedly, they wou...
by jrm
Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: The Practical Woodworker
Replies: 2
Views: 902

Re: The Practical Woodworker

I picked this up on Ebay a few years ago. A bit faded on the outside but otherwise good condition, for a ludicrous £4.00. It's in 4 volumes and the range of subject is staggering, from doors/windows, roll-top desk, poultry house, garden bungalow :roll: , inlaying, upholstery, drawing, just about any...
by jrm
Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:21 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Japanese saws
Replies: 33
Views: 5216

Re: Japanese saws

Sounds good. I would be interested in how it manages end grain hardwood though.

John
by jrm
Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:32 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Japanese saws
Replies: 33
Views: 5216

Re: Japanese saws

I tried a Jap saw years ago. I sawed into a piece of hard maple which just laughed off the experience leaving half of the teeth on the floor. chucked it in the bin and unfairly concluded that were all rubbish. I looked into the subject more thoroughly recently and of course, as with everything else,...
by jrm
Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:31 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: veritas bevel setter
Replies: 55
Views: 7196

Re: veritas bevel setter

I have lots of veritas tools. They are excellent quality and I know when buying one untried I can be 99% sure it will deliver. I don't see this one as a winner though. £20.00 for part of a protractor? Nice pictorial description of setting a 20deg bevel but using three tools. I use one of these for m...
by jrm
Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:03 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: George Ellis book, detail question; why tilt?
Replies: 2
Views: 578

Re: George Ellis book, detail question; why tilt?

I think it's just another name for what most of us probably call a 'kicker'. Maybe they mean an anti-tilting fillet? Have a search on Google books for The Handyman's Book By Paul N. Hasluck, page 580 where it's also called the drawer tilter. This looks a little clearer than the Ellis illustration bu...
by jrm
Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Newbie....Viper router cutters?
Replies: 17
Views: 5339

Re: Newbie....Viper router cutters?

No problem, just trying to answer the original question (i.e. are they any good). People can make their own decisions about who to buy from without a lecture.
by jrm
Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Newbie....Viper router cutters?
Replies: 17
Views: 5339

Re: Newbie....Viper router cutters?

Go for it Telos. Carry on defending that position. Now it's patriotic to buy goods specified in the UK and manufactured in China! I stand corrected. Titman are the only cutters made in the UK. Anything else are foreign, whether designed, specified, "commissioned" or whatever else you want to call it...
by jrm
Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:01 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Newbie....Viper router cutters?
Replies: 17
Views: 5339

Re: Newbie....Viper router cutters?

Hi Telos, Tilgear, who appear to be marketing Viper over here ARE a British company, every bit as much as Trend and Wealden who are, after all, selling products manufactured abroad. If you prefer to buy Taiwanese or Israeli products in preference to US products,that's your choice. Since you don't ap...
by jrm
Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:43 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Newbie....Viper router cutters?
Replies: 17
Views: 5339

Re: Newbie....Viper router cutters?

Hi, Viper came out at the very top in a test in Fine Woodworking a few years ago. Basically, in true FW style, it involved routing a set length of groove in MFC using a CNC router for absolute consistency, then examining the edge. If you're interested, I'll dig it out if you need more details. If yo...
by jrm
Sun Dec 28, 2008 8:39 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Solid wood panel construction
Replies: 11
Views: 1488

Solid wood panel construction

I wasn't planning on charging for the work even though they went out of their way to say they knew it wasn't my fault. As long as they understand that, I think it's worth a bit of extra work just to show they are getting a premium service. Shame I didn't charge a more premium price. Good idea about ...
by jrm
Sat Dec 27, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Solid wood panel construction
Replies: 11
Views: 1488

Solid wood panel construction

Thanks Richard, very interesting as is the rest of your site. I received an email just before Christmas from a client for whom I made a coffe table some time ago. Textbook top construction as per your article, sprung joints to mitigate faster shrinkage at the ends, etc. As if to prove your point, th...
by jrm
Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:57 am
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: dovetails fast and freehand
Replies: 32
Views: 6128

dovetails fast and freehand

I agree, Engineerone. Gone are the days where every town would have a large and busy cabinetmakers and such work was repeated often. I think management attitudes have changed somewhat too! I can't say I lament the passing of the days where people learned such skills with a big stick behind them but ...
by jrm
Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: dovetails fast and freehand
Replies: 32
Views: 6128

dovetails fast and freehand

One of the people who taught me, now retired, learned his trade as an apprentice. He told me he was expected to dovetail a chest of drawers in a day and would be in deep s**t if he didn't. An advocate of 'pins first', blaming that "b***dy Joyce book" for the proliferation of the tails first habit. H...
by jrm
Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: PAR
Replies: 90
Views: 8731

PAR

Are we comparing like with like? The original post was concerning a quantity of expensive hardwood ordered as a one-off special batch for a job requiring a high quality of fit and finish. While the overhead for PAR softwood may be as little as 10% when produced in truly industrial quantities, it cou...
by jrm
Sun Dec 07, 2008 1:01 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: PAR
Replies: 90
Views: 8731

PAR

Sorry jfc, that sounds more like an assertion than an argument. The supplier uses 'a local joinery company' to prepare PAR for them. Presumably, the timber supplier adds a bit on for themselves too. So, how can it be cheaper? If it is, then there probably lies the problem - you tend to get what you ...
by jrm
Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:40 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: PAR
Replies: 90
Views: 8731

PAR

I had no idea that so many joiners buy PAR. Maybe someone can help me out but I'm afraid I don't understand the economic argument that it's cheaper to get someone else to do it. Whoever planes your wood will have overheads and labour costs and will want to make a profit. If this adds up to considera...
by jrm
Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:28 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: How good is the Elu MOF96?
Replies: 17
Views: 9448

How good is the Elu MOF96?

I have both a MOF96e bought about 15 years ago and the DeWalt version I bought a couple of years ago. The MOF96e was Swiss made, not Italian, though I believe the the 177 and some others were made in Italy. I did hear that Perles was the Swiss company who made the MOF96 for B&D/DeWalt/Elu. When I wa...
by jrm
Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:45 am
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Ring fence work
Replies: 15
Views: 1823

Ring fence work

As jonnyd says, with a bearing you don't need a lead pin if you make the template longer so that it engages with the bearing firmly before the workpiece reaches the cutter. Nice and smooth, no suprises.

John
by jrm
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:21 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Ring fence work
Replies: 15
Views: 1823

Ring fence work

Sorry Jacob, half asleep and addressing jfc's query to yourself when you already seem to have made the same point!

John
by jrm
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:19 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Ring fence work
Replies: 15
Views: 1823

Ring fence work

Hi Jacob, The ring fence guard/hood for my spindle has a curved bit which can optionally be attached to provide a lead in but I don't think this is necessary. A ring fence should be set eccentrically to the cutter. Having identitified the point at which the template and cutter should coincide, you n...
by jrm
Sun Nov 30, 2008 9:23 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: tenons on a table saw
Replies: 43
Views: 8042

tenons on a table saw

Hi Jacob, I've tried most methods to produce tenons. I found tenoning one side at a time had problems. 1. it's necessary to reference from two different faces which invites inaccuracy. 2. Unless the tenon is central, you have another setup to go through to get the thickness right. 3. However, the ma...
by jrm
Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:52 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: MDF build
Replies: 32
Views: 4503

MDF build

Thanks jfc and gazza.

Yes, it's a fabulous house. Renovated/extended farm with lots of oak framing work. Such a pleasure to be involved with a project like that.

John
by jrm
Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:14 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: So who is looking ?
Replies: 248
Views: 90881

So who is looking ?

Was hobby for years but trade for the last 18 months.
by jrm
Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:06 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: MDF build
Replies: 32
Views: 4503

MDF build

Hi everyone, On the subject of MDF, I thought you may be interested in a job I completed recently. http://i376.photobucket.com/albums/oo206/jrm_057/DSCF1495.jpg http://i376.photobucket.com/albums/oo206/jrm_057/DSCF1505.jpg http://i376.photobucket.com/albums/oo206/jrm_057/DSCF1496.jpg Mostly in MR MD...
by jrm
Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:42 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: banana stand
Replies: 56
Views: 6863

banana stand

It's true that many of the larger makers were trained at Parnham. But that course was over two years, with excellent tutors and with a succession of visiting lecturers of international renown. Expensive but pretty good value when you compare many of the alternatives and given that, as Paul says, it ...
by jrm
Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: banana stand
Replies: 56
Views: 6863

banana stand

Hi everyone, I've been lurking a while and just joined. Sorry to just jump in but I couldn't resist. Actually, it must be an effective strategy for anyone who's in the business of offering training in fine furniture to litter their website with examples priced in the tens of thousands; because the a...