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    Unknown Cramps/Clamps

    Thank you both! Can't imagine myself ever needing to use the valve tool, could find a use for those framing cramps though. Using them in the rebate makes so much sense, I thought they might be for mitres but couldn't work that angle out. I'll keep the other one out for now and see if I can...
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    Unknown Cramps/Clamps

    Morning all, I've inhereted a pile of tools following my grandfather downsizing, and there are a couple of odd cramp like devices that look to be for some specific purpose - problem is I'm not sure what the purpose is! Does anyone recognise these or know what they are for? Some of them only...
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    Help me understand this joint

    Thanks for the replies guys, I think I've got a better idea of how to work it now. Will hit the drawing board and then maybe try a mock up of one corner just to make sure! The bolting option does also appeal for portability, I may investigate options Thanks for the photo too Custard, really...
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    Help me understand this joint

    Evening all, I came across this desk some time ago and it's stuck in my mind. I'm thinking for my next project I might make a table along similar lines. I really like the exposed dovetails on the corner, but I just can't work out the mechanics of it. http://www.gallery.acfc.co.uk/index.php...
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    Looking to try some metal work - aluminium trays

    Thanks guys, googling for tinplate I've come across some good youtube videos, tinplate and solder does look to be the way to go (or at least worth a try!) Cheers
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    Looking to try some metal work - aluminium trays

    Hi Chaps, Some time ago I came across a little wall cabinet with some fairly simple looking aluminium (I believe) drawers. It seemed to be cut and folded sheet metal with perhaps spot welding/soldering to join the seams. I took a few pictures (attached) and stored the memory away. I'm now...
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    Do I need a No. 5 Jack Plane?

    Thanks for the advice guys, certainly sounds like I can do without. I will continue resisting the urges (unless I come across a bargain obviously :D )! This is a major point I hadn't thought of. Whenever I pick up the No. 3 or 7 there's always a little bit more time required as I can't...
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    Do I need a No. 5 Jack Plane?

    This is something I keep coming back to (usually when looking for an excuse to buy new tools). In the way of bench planes I've currently got Nos. 3, 4, 6 and 7 - the No.4 is a older (green) Clifton, and the No.6 is a beautiful Record which I dated as being from the mid-30s (if I remember...
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    Marking Knife

    This looks uncannily similar to the blade that fits in my marking knife! May need to bear that one in mind in case I ever need a replacement blade (and am too lazy to improvise some other piece of metal to fit). I don't know if that's what this tool was originally designed for - an adjustable...
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    Any idea what these were? Mystery furniture bits.

    An Umbrella stand it is! I was starting to think some sort of towel rail with the separate bars, but that makes more sense. Now to figure out if an umbrella/stick stand is something I need in my life... Thanks for the help guys.
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    Any idea what these were? Mystery furniture bits.

    Hi Chaps, I've been having a bit of a sort out and uncovered these 'ends' from some mystery bit of furniture. I obtained them a little while ago whist helping a retired carpenter clear out his workshop. He'd kept all sorts of odds and ends - wardrobe doors, drawer fronts etc - of which I...
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    A Froe - right tool for the job?

    I've been wondering the same really - I've never expected to get much out of this considering the rot. The two largest cracks go pretty much the whole way through the trunk and are full with this mossy sort of stuff, which made me think splitting or getting it cut radially may mean the splits...
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    A Froe - right tool for the job?

    Ok - thanks for the input guys. I might have to have another look at options to get it sawn up in that case. I've found another place reasonably near by which may do it. It's also lost enough water weight that I should be able to manhandle it into the back of a car now which should make life...
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    A Froe - right tool for the job?

    I've got a largeish chunk of Laburnum which has been lying in my parents garden for too long now (at least three years). The core of the tree did have some sort of rot - a sort of mossy type stuff filling cracks on the inside, but I figured I might be able to get a few lengths of usable wood...
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    wooden plane info please

    You can buy a liquid woodworm treatment where you just apply a few drops to all the flight holes - I've used it in the past on old planes. The trying plane (also sometimes called a trueing plane) might be more familiar to you as a jointer plane, which seems to be a more common term for them...
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