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    Chipped edges on new planes and do new planes need sharpening before use?

    Perhaps that Jacob is another re-incarnation of Jonesy (the black dagger). I notice he has splurged out his silly old tale of curmudgeon-taught sharpening somewhere upthread, as he has done on forums since 1923. There are only those who can sharpen and those who can't, says he. Presumably this...
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    Disc sander issues

    PPS Sigh - the short little attention spans generated in the TV-watching generations. Can you even get to the end of one sentence? Not everything has to consist of flashing screens containing 1 second of cartoon character antics, you know. :-) Still, best to ignore things you wish to remain...
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    Chipped edges on new planes and do new planes need sharpening before use?

    Hmmmm - yes, you may be right. In future I will be buying car and bicycle that does not go, as speed kills! Also, I will switch all the electric off to the electrical items at the mains. Electrocution is always a possibility - but not if there's no lecky in the wire. .... Perhaps we should all...
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    Chipped edges on new planes and do new planes need sharpening before use?

    If you have no blade camber on your smoothing plane how do you avoid having to sand off the plane tracks left by the corners of a straight edge? Do you think that a sanded surface can be distinguished from an only-planed surface once the finish has gone on (assuming no plane tracks become...
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    Disc sander issues

    Leksherin' is one of my many hobbies! I am attempting to adopt an even more reedy and pedantic tone than that of one or few of the other pontificators about this place. It seems all the rage. :) As to showing my furniture - well, I have many a photo. But none of the pieces are price...
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    Disc sander issues

    It's true - some Ikea furniture can last for a while and doesn't drop to bits at the slightest knock. But an awful lot of it doesn't last - because of the chipboard sag; and a lot of it is too delicate for much normal family use. The house we moved into recently has an Ikea kitchen. The...
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    Disc sander issues

    "The market" is not some natural phenomenon that "makes demands". It's a construct of humans, consisting of many things including misleading adverts and laws that tend to protect the seller more than the buyer, to a degree allowing sellers to lie about the quality of what they sell and often to...
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    Disc sander issues

    Ha ha - very droll! Poor manufacturers are justified in selling dross to those they gull because otherwise they might not be able to make loadsa money and some proper manufacturer would get the dosh instead. Let's all stop making proper furniture and rush down to Ikea to buy their chipboard...
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    Chipped edges on new planes and do new planes need sharpening before use?

    David Charlesworth does not over complicate things - he explains carefully, in detail and with great clarity many of the reasons behind the processes that some just copy and use with little intelligence. He is a fine antidote to many of the prattling over-excited Youtube "gurus" who are more...
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    Chipped edges on new planes and do new planes need sharpening before use?

    You'd have learnt what a sharp blade in a plane feels like to use - a benchmark for testing your own future efforts to sharpen. Knowing what "sharp" feels like is the number one hurdle for those trying to learn to sharpen. Those who don't RTFM are surely the most in need of a sharp plane out...
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    Felt shingles? Any opinions?

    A shed of mine in NW England, exposed to plenty of rain and high winds, has never lost a felt shingle in 20 years - although the sheet-felt covering the apex got blown to bits despite being reinforced with a batten. The trick is to use felt shingles of good quality and weight. Some felt...
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    Chipped edges on new planes and do new planes need sharpening before use?

    It's certainly the case that any woodworking tool will need maintenance; and the necessity of sharpening planes & chisels is unavoidable. Myself I'm coming 'round to Tony Z's point - perhaps the compromise would be for retailers to offer an additional service to initially set up a chisel or...
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    Table Saw Advice.

    Did you notice this monster when you were at that website? https://www.dm-tools.co.uk/product.php/section/7129/sn/MAFMKS185E#.X18uMhBKj18 I have often looked at this beast with a feeling of longing; but also a feeling of how much it would hurt should the beast escape one's control. The price...
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    Chipped edges on new planes and do new planes need sharpening before use?

    But why are they an exception? Lurker believes it's a way to force buyers to learn to sharpen because they'll have to eventually - a reasonable point but with an alternative: provide them first with a sharpened plane blade so they know what one should feel and work like; and put a Peter Sefton...
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    Chipped edges on new planes and do new planes need sharpening before use?

    I bought a new Scheppach bandsaw of the huge variety some 16 years ago from Kendal Tools. They delivered it, put it together, set it up and gave me a good lesson or three about how to keep it running well. They also offered the best price for it that I could find at the time and chucked in two...
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    Chipped edges on new planes and do new planes need sharpening before use?

    Let's do it with every manufactured item that needs maintenance, then. Nothing should work out of the box so that the lucky buyers have an opportunity to learn how to fix the bearings of their car engine or sharpen the blade in their lawnmower. "30 minutes". You must be a busy lad. My plane...
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    Chipped edges on new planes and do new planes need sharpening before use?

    It's certainly not the customer's fault. But often, it's a customer who has all the inconvenience; and perhaps even the cost of a useless tool that wasn't, and won't ever be, fit for purpose. Personally I believe a seller of anything should have the knowledge, skills, ability and resources to...
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    Chipped edges on new planes and do new planes need sharpening before use?

    To be clear, I wasn't criticising Peter Sefton or any other particular tool reseller; or using the Seb case as an exampl, even. I was replying to T's suggestion of adding a surcharge to fettle a tool not coming into a tool purveyor's shop already fettled by the manufacturer. In effect I agree...
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    Disc sander issues

    So .... it appears that the disc is not flat and the arbor or bearings of the disc is not running true. In other words, it doesn't function as a disc sander is supposed to function because its been badly made. Would you keep a new car with oval wheels or try to replace the wheel bearings if...
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