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  0 Thread: Advice - tool acquisition
Post: RE: Advice - tool acquisition

I agree that this is a weight off your friend’s shoulders, if not a woodworker. But, rather than making a donation to a charity, which is pretty emotionally disconnected, I would build him something (...
Derek Cohen Woodworking Power Tools 11 638 3 hours ago
  0 Thread: Dovetail angle
Post: RE: Dovetail angle

Quote: -- Generally you want a steeper angle for softwoods. The angle isn't critical, but something less than 1:8. Delicate or decorative dt's look best with 1:9 or 1:10 and very narrow pins. -- ...
Derek Cohen Woodworking Hand Tools 6 419 09-20-2021, 08:45 AM
  0 Thread: Dovetail angle
Post: RE: Dovetail angle

weedsnager Wrote: (09-15-2021, 08:56 AM) -- What’s everyone’s preferred angle for hand cutting dovetails ? -- It is not so much the ratio (I prefer 6:1 and 7:1). It is also the width of the tip of t...
Derek Cohen Woodworking Hand Tools 6 419 09-15-2021, 09:42 AM
  0 Thread: Bench Chisels with Blackwood Handles
Post: RE: Bench Chisels with Blackwood Handles

Ron, your chisels are looking better and better. I like the longer handles that you have here. How thick are the blades? 3/16”? Have you tried making thinner, say 1/8”? I have Ebony- and African Blac...
Derek Cohen Woodworking Hand Tools 11 855 09-10-2021, 08:31 PM
  0 Thread: LN Scrub Plans back in limited stock
Post: RE: LN Scrub Plans back in limited stock

Yodascaretaker Wrote: (09-01-2021, 07:38 PM) -- I’m dead set on a LN shooting plane because I found and bought a Stanley no. 52 shooting board not long ago.  The LN one works perfectly with it, so I ...
Derek Cohen Woodworking Hand Tools 7 959 09-08-2021, 08:43 AM
  0 Thread: Assembling a drawer
Post: RE: Assembling a drawer

Gcook12 Wrote: (08-19-2021, 08:36 PM) -- I am restoring an old buffet. The bottom of a large drawer is made of quarter inch planks edge glued. I have glued the drawer back together but I am reluctant...
Derek Cohen Woodworking 11 1,008 08-28-2021, 05:25 AM
  0 Thread: Veritas Bullnose vs Veritas Trim plane
Post: RE: Veritas Bullnose vs Veritas Trim plane

Master-of-None Wrote: (08-22-2021, 06:16 PM) -- Thank you all for the opinions and comments in your replies. As I expected there's a variety of opinions on the usefulness of a bullnose plane. I do ...
Derek Cohen Woodworking Hand Tools 15 1,064 08-22-2021, 07:54 PM
  0 Thread: Japanese Chisel Expectations vs Reality
Post: RE: Japanese Chisel Expectations vs Reality

If you continue to get no joy from the Seller, mention that you are preparing a review of web sellers for publication to several websites and a magazine, and that you are just waiting for the replacem...
Derek Cohen Woodworking Hand Tools 29 3,071 07-23-2021, 11:38 PM
  0 Thread: Do you actually use 52ish inch rip capacity?
Post: RE: Do you actually use 52ish inch rip capacity?

A table saw only requires a 52” if sheet goods need to be sawn. Even then, a circular saw can reduce panels to useable sizes. My previous table saw had 52” rails, and for 20 years it just took up p...
Derek Cohen Woodworking 52 4,196 07-19-2021, 07:04 PM
  0 Thread: flattening chisel backs part 2
Post: RE: flattening chisel backs part 2

tablesawtom Wrote: (07-16-2021, 05:44 AM) -- I owned a 80 inch belt sander for about 3 weeks before I resold it. Other wise never owned a belt sander .But it would work just fine. Derek you sanded th...
Derek Cohen Woodworking Hand Tools 5 660 07-16-2021, 09:37 AM
  0 Thread: flattening chisel backs part 2
Post: RE: flattening chisel backs part 2

For those of us without a surface grinder, there is an easy way to grind the lands. You need a belt sander. Use a coarser belt, say 80 - 120 grit. I used a 120 here. Positioned vertically, with a t...
Derek Cohen Woodworking Hand Tools 5 660 07-16-2021, 02:13 AM
  0 Thread: Blue Spruce Optima dovetail chisels?
Post: RE: Blue Spruce Optima dovetail chisels?

Aram, I have not heard of these referred to as Optima before now. When did this begin? I know them simply as dovetail chisels. https://i.postimg.cc/T2tDxZhD/4.jpg This is taken from my recent Un...
Derek Cohen Woodworking Hand Tools 4 790 06-23-2021, 06:56 PM
  0 Thread: PSA - Fine Woodworking's digital only subscription
Post: RE: PSA - Fine Woodworking's digital only subscrip...

Cliff, contact Ben Strano. Here is a link to the discussion I started there: https://www.finewoodworking.com/forum/exasperated-with-fww Regards from Perth Derek
Derek Cohen Woodworking 9 1,135 06-19-2021, 07:52 AM
  0 Thread: jointing before glue-up?
Post: RE: jointing before glue-up?

Here is a Jarrah board I ripped on my Hammer K3 slider using a combination blade (nothing special) ... http://www.inthewoodshop.com/Furniture/UnderbenchCabinet2_html_m6691c253.jpg A close up ... h...
Derek Cohen Woodworking Power Tools 17 1,723 06-09-2021, 08:06 AM
  0 Thread: A jig better than the "ruler trick"??
Post: RE: A jig better than the "ruler trick"??

Jack, the issue is that, unlike a ruler on a stone, your method cannot maintain a uniform height above the stone’s surface. Your design is based on a diamond stone, which is flat and even in height, b...
Derek Cohen Woodworking Hand Tools 27 3,028 05-31-2021, 06:52 PM
  0 Thread: 5 1/2 hand plane
Post: RE: 5 1/2 hand plane

Tom, the only reason I can think of for a resurgence in #5 1/2s is that Rob Cosman pushes them in his videos. He is influenced strongly by David Charlesworth, who made this size well known as his “sup...
Derek Cohen Woodworking Hand Tools 11 1,496 05-30-2021, 07:44 PM
  0 Thread: Tormek leather wheel vs Stones for sharpness
Post: RE: Tormek leather wheel vs Stones for sharpness

You need to understand that it is not simply the edge you are able to achieve the first time, but the edge you get next, and after that. In other words, does the sharpening system made it easier to re...
Derek Cohen Woodworking Hand Tools 12 1,262 05-30-2021, 11:24 AM
  0 Thread: Tormek leather wheel vs Stones for sharpness
Post: RE: Tormek leather wheel vs Stones for sharpness

Two for the price of one ... sharp AND serrated :) I do not recommend this. The Tormek is fine as a grinder. The leather wheel is for non-hand tool workers. Regards from Perth Derek
Derek Cohen Woodworking Hand Tools 12 1,262 05-30-2021, 12:45 AM
  0 Thread: Tormek problem - chisels coming out skewed
Post: RE: Tormek problem - chisels coming out skewed

The problem is very simple, as is the solution. Your photo shows that the chisel is held at a skew in the holder. The 2000 model has the holder which registered the blade front. This was replaced ...
Derek Cohen Woodworking Hand Tools 9 1,028 05-26-2021, 06:27 PM
  0 Thread: Small miter box
Post: RE: Small miter box

Anyone can have my #15 1/2 for $2995. A bargain at that price! Regards from Perth Derek
Derek Cohen Woodworking Hand Tools 16 1,862 05-18-2021, 06:41 PM

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