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    Robert Wearing, 1921 - 2020 R.I.P.

    Posted on the Lost Art Press blog; Bob Wearing has left the workshop. https://blog.lostartpress.com/2020/04/2 ... 1921-2020/ One of the few who kept the craft of woodworking with hand and simple power tools going during the mad rush to modernise, a teacher of many, and a stalwart of the...
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    Decimal points matter ...

    Spain has had a new submarine designed and built. Unfortunately, it's 70 tons too heavy - and may not surface again if it dives. This happened, apparently, because someone put a decimal point in the wrong place whilst doing their calculations. https://o.canada.com/news/spain-builds- ...
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    David Esterly, 1944 - 2019

    David Esterly passed away earlier this month. He was a young post-graduate student in London in 1974 when he first saw the work of Grinling Gibbons. It inspired him to such a degree that carving in the manner of Gibbons became his life's work, and the quality and artistry of the work he...
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    Notre Dame

    Ouch - that's not good. At time of posting, the fire is under control, but not extinguished. Huge amounts of work to do cleaning up, and assessing the structure to see what needs doing to stabilise it. Cause of fire not yet known, but arson is though unlikely. On the positive side, I've seen...
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    The Criterion No 3 Hatchet

    Some years ago, I inherited a collection of old tools, among them a very rusty and pitted hatchet with a crudely made replacement handle. Last week, I decided to do something about it, so I ordered a new hickory 14" handle for it (still waiting....) and ditched the old one. Derusting in vinegar...
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    Why modern chisels are "softer" than some older ones.

    Here's a short tutorial on how to remove skirting boards. Note the use of the chisel from about 1 min 15 sec. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj0mkY9-uIE Can't see some of the modern fancy steel high price chisels putting up with this! It's a very good illustration of horses for courses....
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    Modern Architecture

    An article spotted on my daily rummage around the 'net. Thought it might strike a chord with a few of the forum's contributors. https://capx.co/to-make-britain-richer- ... beautiful/
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    Cannels - anybody know why?

    We all know about in-cannel and out-cannel gouges, but why the word 'cannel'? Wossit mean, and why is it used for gouges? My Concise Oxford dictionary isn't very helpful; the entry for 'cannel' describes it as a bituminous type of coal which burns with a bright flame. Interesting, but can't see...
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    Record Vice (and Plane) Paint - Roundel Blue.

    Whilst rummaging about for something else, I inadvertently stumbled across a source of fairly small quantities of Record blue paint. It's machinery enamel, which is quite Good Stuff from previous experience, and supplied by Paragon Paints of York; they're a spin-off company of Stationary Engine...
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    Experience, efficiency and enjoyment.

    During the somewhat extended -and sometimes surreal - thread on OBM or bevelled-edge chisels for morticing ( regular-mortice-chisel-or-bevel-edged-for-your-mortices-t109499.html ), several side discussions developed, one of which was about efficient methods. I thought it worth extracting the...
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    Damascus Steel Plane Blade

    Bit 'different', this! Alec Steele is a young blacksmith (and showman) working in Norwich, and these are videos of his making plane blades in Damascus steel. Jacob will absolutely love it.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=017RX4U5BTI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwn9bdCBVhE...
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    Simple small drill bit lash-up.

    Paul Sellers shows how to use a nail as a substitute for a drill bit - a very simple and elegant dodge, I think! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCCiz9SwJhc
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    The Wheel Marking Gauge Rant.

    A recent question about gauges ( marking-gauges-suggestions-t105009.html ) prompted a bit of discussion about gauging technique and gauge types, and somebody (well, alright - me!) opined that that they didn't get on with wheel gauges. That's on the basis of ownership and use of a sum total of...
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    Lancashire Pattern Tools.

    A recent thread about a pair of Thewlis pincers and some rummaging on Thewlis' history ( thewlis-pincers-and-a-bit-of-thewlis-history-t104398.html ) leads to the wider question of Lancashire Pattern tools in general - Thewlis being a firm based in Warrington, which is, as every fule kno, still...
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    Fine tuning of planes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9_qlaP1y_Y Can't think how we missed this trick, chaps........
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    Thewlis pincers - and a bit of Thewlis history.

    During a spell of vintage tool acquisition a couple of years ago, a pair of pincers by Thewlis & Co came my way. I own two other pairs of pincers; both 6" pairs, one bought new in the 1980s, and one older, which I may have inherited. Neither pair are much to write home about. The inherited...
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    Thewlis pincers - and a bit of Thewlis history.

    Deleting duplicate post.
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    Cutting Tenons.

    Well - we've had plenty on mortices of late - so how about something to bung up the hole, as it were? I was taught to cut tenons at school. The drill was to catch the workpiece in the vice, sloping away from you as you stood side-on to the bench, looking 'along' the vice, if you see what I...
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    One for the Plane Makers

    Came across this whilst rummaging about in YouTube. Thought it might be of interest - especially for those obsessed with blade steels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb6Kw4d-k2w
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    Making holes in plywood - using a candle!

    Can you make holes in plywood by firing a candle from a musket? Watch and find out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orO3PxLPiKU (PS - Chemists must all have a slightly mad streak in them somewhere!)