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  • #673232
    Sandy
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    I have the same scraper. The first time sharpening mine, it wouldn’t cut butter. I’m no expert at this by any means but my opinion is that a small bur works better. Until I watched Paul’s video very closely I was putting way to much effort into trying to form the bur and it was probably rolling completely over like a curl. I could feel the darn bur with my finger but it wasn’t cutting the wood at all. Using a card scraper I started a DOE…. Design of Experiment. Changing the number of burnishing strokes and pressure applied to the burnishing tool. two key things I found… make sure you get a good sharp corner on the blade before you start burnishing, and lighten up on the burnishing. It takes practice to get your technique right but when you perfect it, you can cut any wood with it including soft woods.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #667251
    Sandy
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    It’s the techniques that is being taught not necessarily the project. You can use the joinery to build any number of things.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #648175
    Sandy
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    I’ve often wondered why Chisels don’t come flat. They are ground on the back but they appear to be hollow ground. Is that by design? What would the purpose be knowing that most craftsmen spend a lot of time working on a new set of chisels getting them flat….

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #644421
    Sandy
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    Yes moving the frog forward will help but also, you need to get your sandpaper down to about 1000K or finer and then strop it. Question for you…. looking at the picture with the square on the soul… have you checked your square to make sure it is square? That’s a lot to be out and I would think there would be some visible damage. Keep working on it. Looks like a nice plane and you will be proud of it when you get it finished.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #644403
    Sandy
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    You can’t beat an old saw. I don’t know if its the material they are made of or the way they are made but they sharpen good and seem to last a lot longer. I have an older Pax that I really like. You are right about the finer toothed saws though. They are hard to sharpen and take special files. The Lynx that I have is vey fine toothed and I’m not sure I could sharpen it. Maybe with diamond files.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #644382
    Sandy
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    I agree with Larry. Sometimes you can tell buy looking and sometimes not. Just set the plane shallow and give it a cut. You’ll be able to tell right off the bat which way you should be working.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #644374
    Sandy
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    If cost is not an issue and you want a good saw… BadAx has some great saws. They are a bit heavy but they cut really nice. I tried one last time I was in Highland woodworking store and really liked it however, they are very expensive. I’m a bit more conservative with my money so I opted for the Lie Nielsen. I haven’t used the Veritas saw…. but I don’t like the looks of them… Not a good reason not to buy one but it is my opinion. I also have a Lynx. Its even more moderately priced and has worked very well for several years. If you can go to a store that has several brands, give them all a try.

    https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/hand-saws.aspx

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    • This reply was modified 7 months ago by Sandy.
    • This reply was modified 7 months ago by Sandy.
    #644103
    Sandy
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    Paul, You are correct, part of it is about collecting. I’ve bought a few new tools but most of what I have are from junk stores or flea markets. I found a Stanley 4 1/2 with serrated soul a while back. It looked like it had never been used. Got it for $8. I can imagine shipping puts a lot of tools out of reach in the land down under. If you know someone who does a lot of international travel you might piggyback a few tools in their luggage. I’ve done that across states here in the US. One of my friends brought a molding plane back form LA in his suitcase. Another brought a plow plane back from Ga in the saddlebag of his motorcycle.

    I just did a search for “woodworking hand tools in Australia” and found a lot of resources. Check that out!

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #642075
    Sandy
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    I was surprised that I didn’t have that much fettling to do. I spent a lot of extra time on my layout and sawing than normal because I figured there would more time finessing the joint if I didn’t.

    I completed the first one. Now I am going to try something a bit different on the second one. The top piece just didn’t seem to match the rest of the stand. It looks a little unrefined as Paul would say. Picture to come!

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #641831
    Sandy
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    Here’s something I did because I had the same issue. I modified my template to be the exact size of my sliding dovetail. I can mark the dovetail and the pin from the same template insuring a match no mater what thickness my peg turns out to be. And the bonus is, I can use the template for final sizing of the dovetail slot. The all the fettling can be done on the Peg!…

    After re-reading your post I see that I am talking about a different issue. But for anyone new… here is a good suggestion!

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    • This reply was modified 7 months, 1 week ago by Sandy.
    #641111
    Sandy
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    Thank you Sven. I’ll see what I can find a one of the local Wineries and then maybe I order a set from there.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #641109
    Sandy
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    With the finish applied!

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #640981
    Sandy
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    Thank you Matt. The joint looks more complicated than it really is. That was actually the easiest feature to make. Gluing up the bearers and getting them formed was the challenge. Well, maybe more time consuming than challenging. I didn’t want to tie up my vice and only had one extra. So the glue up was one at a time. I’m going to try something different with the glass bearers on the next one. The top looks a little unrefined. And by the way…. where in the world did he get glasses with 1/4 inch dia stems? Even though Paul said to adjust for your glasses…. i didn’t. Better start listening to the master!

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #639538
    Sandy
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    I had some oak cut for my next bench. No picking through stacks at the big box stores… I just take what the Sawyer sold me… it should have some character… I couldn’t get this thing to attach files this morning. Maybe later. 🙂

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #636839
    Sandy
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    I would think that 3/4 Oak would be fine. I have some Oak being cut for another bench and I might go 3/4 on purpose just to cut the weight down a bit. As far as the messing up, I messed up on several things but there are usually ways to fix the booboos.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

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