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  1. JoshD

    Swapping roles with workpiece

    Very good! Especially about the sharpening! Am due to go in any time now, just waiting for him to finish up last patient...
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    Swapping roles with workpiece

    I'm there with you ... in spirit ! Am I helping?
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    Which wood for decking

    Hmm that's a bit worrying. We aim to use only sustainable.
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    Which wood for decking

    We used a sustainable hardwood called ipe. It's super, very tough; not ribbed so it needs spreading to clear algae to reduce winter slippiness
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    Swapping roles with workpiece

    Thanks guys
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    Swapping roles with workpiece

    I am in hospital recovering from op to have lumbar spine fused L2-S1 (two stage op, first stage yesterday). No workshop for 3-6m, longer still until heavy stuff. So have live vicariously through forum. Turns out I prefer to be doing the cutting and chiselling rather than having it done to me.
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    Time for a new Drill & Impact driver....what's your thoughts?

    Yes, bad habit to tighten up with it .... But I sometimes do! And sometimes regret it! Useful though for undoing, and (surprisingly) sometimes very handy with drill bits, especially auger bits, and especially auger bits with an aggressive pitch on the central threaded portion
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    Time for a new Drill & Impact driver....what's your thoughts?

    I love my Bosch (blue) 12v pair, drill and driver. They're compact and lightweight, and it's amazing how much that little bit less weight helps. No hammer function though, I have that on my 850w corded beast. I bought the driver that comes with right angle and offset attachments: the offset is...
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    Cutting circles on a router, how many passes?

    All helpful advice, thank you. I suspect that you worktop guys are using templates, correct, which allow you cut most of the waste and use the router for a clean finish? For my part I'm generally using a piece of ply screwed to the router base with a pin in the workpiece in the centre of the...
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    Post a photo of the last thing you made

    I'm out of action for big stuff due to back problems (due for surgery next month). Had some spalted elm in for a bigger project and used an offcut to make this tray. I've never used it before. I wonder if my elm is a bit too spalted: very fragile, very porous? I ended up using epoxy to fill...
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    Cutting circles on a router, how many passes?

    I do quite a bit of circle cutting and target 3mm per pass like the others. But I always wonder what bit to use: you'd perhaps have thought that a small bit would be able to cut deeper, because there's less material to obliterate, but going below ~10mm doesn't seem to help much. What do others...
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    Meddings Drill.

    Nor do I. I use Vfd, cost ~£100 on eBay. Had to change wiring star to delta, I'd not done that sort of thing before but was not hard.
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    Meddings Drill.

    I've got the bench mounted version of that; it's great, but incredibly heavy.
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    Dowels: Do you drill a hole that's 0.5mm smaller?

    I buy dowel in long lengths or cut my own and it's not fluted. Probably fluted would generally be better, not just at holding glue but also releasing air trapped in the hole. I have at times used 9.5mm bit with 10mm nominal dowel, but checking with calipers shows that the dowel was a bit small...
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    Sharpening, Steel or both.

    JUst to report back, following advice in this thread, instead of finishing up with stropping I switched to finishing off with the same green wax paste (comes in a solid block and you crayon it on) on wood. For wood I used birch ply as a soft-ish hardwood. I've noted the suggestion of using...
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