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  • #5299
    Anonymous
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    Hey Paul. Are you marking your reference faces when you make your knife wall or are you just memorizing which two are your square references? You’re flipping boards around so fast I cant tell. ; )

    Also, how are you keeping track of which board goes into which dado and which edge is “up”?

    Best.

    Jeff-Texas

    #5305
    Paul Sellers
    Keymaster

    We are about to do a post on reference faces; to clear up any and all ambiguity.
    I personally no longer need to mark mt reference faces because I remember them every time I pick up my square, knife and gauge. That said, it’s important we do register correctly. Here is a point though. Most people actually use dimensioned stock straight from the machine, which, unlike hand sawn hand planed stock will be dead parallel and dead square and dead straight. This has influenced how and what we do. As a result, it’s not technically necessary to use reference faces as it was in times past. We will cover this in a much fuller way in a giveaway YouTube very soon.

    #5309
    Anonymous
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    Thanks Paul, good job

    #5340
    Anonymous
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    Thanks Paul. I guess 40 years practicing your craft will do that. If you saw all of the writing and marks on my boards, you’d probably chuckle. At one point last week, I had edge “A”, the face mark, the edge mark,  and an arrow pointing up written on a board. I flipped it over to make a knifewall, and it had edge “C” and another face mark written on it. Great, now what was I supposed to do? I need a secretary. ; )

    When I get famous for my woodwork in the future, the guys on the Antique Roadshow won’t have any problem identifying my work with all the marks on it. No need to even sign it.

    #5341
    John Poutier
    Participant

    That Jeff….is funny!

    Yorktown, Virginia

    #5344
    Anonymous
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    Thanks Paul. I guess 40 years practicing your craft will do that. If you saw all of the writing and marks on my boards, you’d probably chuckle. At one point last week, I had edge “A”, the face mark, the edge mark, and an arrow pointing up written on a board. I flipped it over to make a knifewall, and it had edge “C” and another face mark written on it. Great, now what was I supposed to do? I need a secretary. ; ) When I get famous for my woodwork in the future, the guys on the Antique Roadshow won’t have any problem identifying my work with all the marks on it. No need to even sign it.

    Nice one Jeff.  just say It’s a writing desk buddy. 🙂

    #5346
    kelly
    Participant

    Jeff, you crack me up. 🙂

    Paul, I’m looking forward to that video you referenced above regarding reference faces

     

    Texas, USA

    #5357
    Anonymous
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    Yep, a hundred years from now scholars will be writing books about me and my furniture. Was he dyslexic, a genius, a savant? Did he cut his ear off on purpose or was it truly a hand-planing accident? Are the markings on his furniture a secret code to the Aztec city of gold?

    Nope. He failed “Reference Marking” day at Paul Seller’s woodworking school. Fame is within my grasp guys.

    #5361
    Anonymous
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    Pmsl Jeff 😀  I opened this page just as I began drinking a fresh cup of coffee and reference marked my entire keyboard in Nescafe as I read your posts. 😀  Le Chef (Otherwise known as SWMBO or Mrs P) is as baffled as ever 🙂

    #5362
    Anonymous
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    HaHa love it Jeff. I have been dyslexic all my life, when it really shows is when I cut the same piece of wood three times and its still to short .

    #5370
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Sorry about that Gary. I’ll try to time my comments around your coffee time in the future. “..reference marked my entire keyboard..” Classic. Hope it didn’t ruin it. ; )

    LMAO Ken. When I used to frame houses, the first day on the job, the boss sent me down the street to ask another crew boss for a “board stretcher”. Sounded good a the time, as I was 14 and brilliant. I didn’t fall for that one again.

    #5372
    kelly
    Participant

    LAFFS!

    Texas, USA

    #5374
    Anonymous
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    HaHa Jeff, I remember being sent to the stores for a long stand. First and last, I stayed away for hours 🙂

    #5375
    Anonymous
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    Ya’ll remember this thread because one day you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren you knew the guy who started the “asymmetric period” of woodworking.

    #5377
    Anonymous
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    I’m gonna start drinking my coffee through a straw lol 😉

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