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  • #661651
    Matt Sims
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    The other thing I meant to say was…
    it’s interesting that yours, like mine, has the steel back protruding a little further past the front of the blade that I have normally seen. I wondered if this was a blade that had been replaced at some time in the past, but seeing as yours is the same I suspect it’s a quirk of this maker, whoever it is!

    Matt

    #661648
    Matt Sims
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    I also have an almost identical saw… It says “Cast Steel” on the back, in the same way yours does… Mine has only 2 rivets though. (Difficult to tell the size of your, but mine has a blade that is 10″)
    It was given to me in a pretty poor shape, with lot’s of other “junk”…

    But I recut the teeth as per Paul’s method and it really is quite a nice tool now. The handle has been glued a couple of times, but it’s solid.

    CastSteelSaw

    If your’s is as good a mine, (now), is then you’ve got a bargain for £3!

    Regards,
    Matt

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    #660585
    Matt Sims
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    That’s good to know… I’m not far from Uxbridge!
    Ta,
    Matt

    #659620
    Matt Sims
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    Like Mike Walsh I also saw Rob Cosman’s recommendation to have chisels sharpened at about 17 degrees for dovetails in pine… It made a big difference and so I have some chisels ( a set from lidl), that I have at that sharper angle and use just for that. The difference is quite remarkable…

    Of course, they do need sharpening even more often, but it’s worth it.

    Regards,

    Matt

    #659058
    Matt Sims
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    I’m new to it…

    I got mine, a Record Power BS300E in January (2020)… mostly funded with money for a big birthday in December, and selling some of the surplus tools I’d bought since becoming a “sellerite”! (Who needs 20 saws?)

    I wanted it primarily for dimensioning, mostly resawing/ripping.

    I have to say that I’ve been disappointed somewhat, overall…

    Changing the blade takes ages…. Well actually swapping the blade out doesn’t take too long, but the subsequent tweaking does.

    There is no “quick release” for the tension, and the tension knob is/was really stiff. (dismantle and grease cured that)
    The upper wheel tracking adjustment was really stiff as well. I’ve now dismantled and greased that which has helped a lot… but it was so stiff that the plastic knob on the adjuster broke. I’ve cured that also!
    The supplied bearing gubbins is a real faff to adjust; The top ones aren’t parallel to each other, and the lower ones are almost impossible to see to adjust back/forward properly.
    The scale for width isn’t accurate, easy to read, or adjustable.
    The mitre fence isn’t “snug” in it’s guide track, so can’t be relied upon.
    The fence can’t be easily removed once set up… you have to set the table to 45 degrees to get enough clearance to do so

    Allen keys are supplied, but you need different sizes for difference tasks… easy to get in a muddle.

    Also, I had a major problem last week… Key holding the pulley wheel on the motor shaft had come off. According to the specs it should have been 35mm long… it was only 20 mm.

    Record Power support sent parts to me… and I was able to fix it.

    But what is really disappointing is that even if we weren’t in the current “lockdown” Record Power wouldn’t have fixed it for me anyway. Although there is a “5 year guarantee” if it goes wrong “we don’t fix it… we’ll send you the parts but you have to fix it yourself”

    That can’t be right can it!

    Having said all that, with a good quality blade, and care taken in setting up, good results can be achieved.

    For extraction I bought a Record Power extractor, at the same time. It’s the cheapest one they do, and it works well… but boy it’s noisy!!
    The extracting seems to be better when the sawing is better… with the poorer quality blades the sawdust particles are bigger and don’t get down to where the extraction is. This is not a major problem however.

    I’ve never had one before, so I can’t compare with anything else. I don’t think, for over £700 altogether, I’ve been expecting too much!

    Regards,

    Matt

    #656784
    Matt Sims
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    I’ve got a Stanley 34 transitional. I got it on eBay 5 years ago, with two other wooden planes, a small smoother, and a “jack” plane. I only bid because the seller was local to me, and I could collect to avoid postage.

    I won the bid, (I think I was the only bidder), and got all 3 for a total cost of £1.50, (plus petrol cost of driving 3 miles!)…

    Anyway… The large transition works very well, once I’d cleaned it up and sharpened etc. However, it is long, and heavy-ish, and hasn’t had a lot of use, because I haven’t needed to use it… more often that not the wooden jack, or my Stanley 5 1/2″ does the job of straitening just fine. The one advantage it does have is that it’s a wide blade… I’m not sure, off the top of my head how wide,, but it’s wider that the Stanley 5 1/2″ blade.

    Regards,
    Matt

    #655305
    Matt Sims
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    ” I feel so stupid! ”

    Don’t! We’ve all done similar.. and will probably all continue to do so!

    Good luck,

    Matt

    #652126
    Matt Sims
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    Thanks all.
    I made the initial shape with a bandsaw, (my previous effort was with a coping saw… but I didn’t have a bandsaw then!), having made a template by drawing round another handle on another saw…

    Then it was just shaping with a couple of rasps; a crude one that came in a cheap set of “files” from somewhere, and then a nice auriou, ( a birthday prezzie a couple of years ago)… finished off with some 120 sandpaper and 2 coats of BLO.

    I’m quite chuffed, and really quite surprised at how difficult is wasn’t!

    Regards,
    Matt

    #652039
    Matt Sims
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    Thanks!

    #652030
    Matt Sims
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    Well, I’m quite pleased with the result.

    RawHandle1

    And it’s now fitted, and the BLO is curing.

    Fitted1

    I had the same issue as Paul in a recent blog, and had to recess the bolts slightly. The important thing is that it fits my hand nicely and it’s a lovely saw that cuts well!

    Matt

    #651410
    Matt Sims
    Participant

    Thanks all…
    I’ve prepared a blank from the smaller of the logs, (The other log is about 7″ in diameter and about 4 foot long).

    It looks like it’s going to be suitable!

    EucalyptusLog

    EucalyptusBlank1

    I’ll post back when it’s all done, (though that may be a little while!)

    Regards,
    Matt

    #651323
    Matt Sims
    Participant

    Thanks for that Larry…
    I’ll look into it further!

    Regards,
    Matt

    #651310
    Matt Sims
    Participant

    Thanks for that…
    But to clarify, what I’m after is functionality…. I’m not really bothered about “authenticity”…
    What I wan’t to know is whether or not the Eucalyptos would actually work? It’s not a wood I’ve used before at all.
    (I made a saw handle out of meranti once… it was rubbish for that!)

    Thanks,

    Matt

    #651291
    Matt Sims
    Participant

    Thanks Darren.

    I think I’m OK on the points you raise…
    Just don’t want to waste my time making it from this if it isn’t going to be suitable!

    I do have some apple wood, from my own garden drying out that I could use, and I know this would be suitable, but
    a) it’s nowhere near dry enough yet
    b) I’d rather use it for something else!

    Thanks though…

    Any more observations on the suitability of Eucalyptus from anyone else?

    Regards,

    Matt

    #634081
    Matt Sims
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    If you’re not selling it, i.e. it’s not for a customer, it’s just for yourself, I’d be pragmatic and go ahead and make the best of it as is… especially as you say you are time limited.
    Of course that depends on how bad it will look and whether or not you can live with the finished article!

    I don’t think any o the items I’ve made are “perfect”… but I’m proud of all of them.

    Good luck with your decision.

    Regards,
    Matt

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