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    Just use the blade guard!

    Concentration is finite. I doubt most hobbyists have enough use of a table saw to get through the hours of safe usage required to build up safe working habit and muscle memory. Safety is then dependent on concentration, and when concentration lapses, as it must, 'chop chop chop'...
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    Plywood for tool wall

    I recently built a prototype storage thing, I made the mistake of putting drill bits below the chisels. Ouch. A very sharp lesson. Next version will have some sort of bar or socket to protect unwary hands from sharp edges. Other than that, I'll refrain from commenting on what has clearly...
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    Old Planes & Chisels

    Aiya I wish I could afford the shipping from the UK to Ireland. I see tremendous tools being sold for very little - comparitively speaking - at GB auctions... +1 for having a seperate bench or area, I got oily rusty slurry from a plane restoration on my bench, and it stained a length of wood I...
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    Mitre Saw

    I've been running the Lidl one (rebadged Scheppach) since 2018 and only recently changed the blade. I also found the instruction book which had detailed instructions for squaring the blade and adjusting the laser.. win win! Recently bought the brushless Performance mitre saw for everyday use...
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    Boxford AUD Lathe (in Dublin)

    May be of interest, the lathe has popped up at a local auction in Dublin; Boxford AUD Lathe Various lathe-related items also in the same auction, I assume from the same workshop.
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    Another Joke

    I bought a CD today; Sounds that Wasps make. I put it on and thought - hang on, that sounds nothing like wasps. Then I realised, I'd put on the B-side.
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    Mitre saw in a small shed

    I have exactly the same problem. I bought the brushless lidl mitre saw, underpowered as it is, and use that for most jobs now. Sliding mitre saw comes out for Big Jobs and I usually set it up outside on a knockdown bench. Also because Big Jobs result in Big Dust Problems... Very happy with being...
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    Bronze Miniature Hand Plane - What Use?

    Yeah I have to agree. I did try to use this just now and the sharp corners on the iron make it a pain, pushing or pulling... I will stick a decent iron in it at some stage, I have a few from rabbit plane that might fit... otherwise it goes on a shelf as a lesson learnt.
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    Bronze Miniature Hand Plane - What Use?

    Proud owner of a teeny tiny Hong Kong style plane. No idea why. Anyway... The iron was horrendous, a full 3mm diff between left and right. LOL. Not a problem as it seems to be mild steel, so it was easy to fix! But dulls straight off, so I doubt if it will be much use trimming tenons or...
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    Adding potentiometer to bench grinder.

    That New England guy on YouTube with the cap and mustache has a hand-driven wheel in his studio. Workshop, I mean. There's a variable-speed grinder right there. Down in Sicily we still get old guys going door to door to sharpen knives, scissors, whatnot, all with a hand grinder on the back of...
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    Your opinion about logos.

    Reviews are way more important to me than branding. But they'd want to be demonstrably trustworthy. Unlike Tripadvisor and Amazon... I'd trust a review on a forum like this more, 'cos I can check if the reviewer is kosher or not. That said, I'd rather see an etched or stamped logo, than a...
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    what type of wood? Need to replace veneer

    Hi guys I need to replace the veneer on thus rather lovely Parker Knoll coffee table, but the question is, what wood is this? The same tables online say teak, but I'm not sure thats not just lazy sellers putting 'teak! Teak! Teak' on everything. Same adverts say the '60s, but it looks more...
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    Bronze Miniature Hand Plane - What Use?

    Sold for Eur55 and Eur60, in case anyone is interested. I may have bought one. Oh dear. I do hope it's not a bottle opener.
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    Securing your workshop

    So when we moved into our 'forever home', typical 2-story semi-d, I was concerned about the possibility of thieves hiding in the front garden and at the side gate. This is due to the street lighting casting deep dark shadows in those places. So I installed dawn-to-dusk lights on the front and...
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    Quicker table flattening (resin/wood)

    I would just like to know, what is the problem with the finish out of the mould? In my wayward youth I worked in a fibreglass boat shop, a significant amount of time went into prepping the mould before laying any glass down, specifically to reduce the time needed for the finish. Is there some...
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    Tool chest

    Mizziga che bello. C'e' ancora spazio la sotto per un altro paio delle pialle! Ho notato che Lei ha le sege tipo Iapponese, e non quelle, diciamo, piu European? O sono un tipo Neapolitane? cmq davvero un buon lavoro. Complimenti da Dublino.
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    Securing your workshop

    So I train people in self defence (Krav Maga, mainly, with a bit of BJJ and Jeet Kune Do) and we always ask in the first class of the foundation course; what things are you willing to kill someone for? Unsurprisingly, very few list cars, money, or any other possessions. Never mind spilt pints...
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    Middle of Lidl starts today

    I've had the previous version since 2018, it was a Scheppach. No problems with heavy DIY use. Needs a lot of spcae behind for the slide rails. Largely put up now waiting for Big Jobs as I got the smaller cordless mitre saw recently. That one does fine for quickly cutting pieces to length for...
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    Securing your workshop

    Most modern wireless alarms come with cycling frequencies and jamming detection, which will trigger the alarm. Mine does, for example. That said, I don't see the need if the workshop has power. Wiring up a workshop, you can leave the wires exposed, just nailed the wall. Can't do that in a 2...
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    Securing your workshop

    Sorry to hear about your tools. Scumsuckers will probably have them up on online sites tomorrow... Unfortunately I think the likelihood of a second robbery are higher now as they know you have a workshop and tools, and they know how to get in and out. Cameras are not a deterrant control...