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    Heat treating old Ward chisel: Bad idea or not?

    near zero chance of doing that without ruining the temper. It can be done on a ceramic belt at high speed without water, but not much (except filing if it's laminated).
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    Suggestions for future heating system

    I have a split on the add-on part of my house. It's efficient until the temperature gets well below freezing, but I don't think that'll be much of a problem in the UK. At freezing or slightly below and anything above, it's a marvel. The only question is whether or not HVAC installers are...
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    Heat treating old Ward chisel: Bad idea or not?

    I didn't read well enough at first what you're doing. If the thing can be sharpened and the edge chips instead of folding, it's still full hardness and you are very unlikely to improve the factory heat treat - they were done very well.
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    Heat treating old Ward chisel: Bad idea or not?

    It will harden with a can forge (paint can, and refractory blanket or kawool liner, but how much length you can harden is a good question). I harden almost everything I make with one or two TS4000 or TS8000 bernzomatic torches and propane (mapp for something that needs to be a color or two...
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    Carbides in Plane Irons

    we have aldi - I have a set of chisels that aldi was selling and would guess that they're probably cr60v. That's a 0.6% carbon steel. I also have a gaggle of harbor freight sets that I suspect are the same thing, but it's possible that some of the sets would've been made with the same chrome...
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    BBC Scaremongering again

    Older people are a less desirable demographic for advertisers. It's both a current and future issue in the eyes of finance staff, editorial and advertising - the desire is to see current and especially future applicability to the most desirable demographics. The category is often referred to as...
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    BBC Scaremongering again

    The advice to read a group is better than reading one (The latter is a variation of verisimilitude). But journalistic standards aren't really that high, and maybe they've never been. It's almost like any other profession - there are standards, and professionals will sometimes get really...
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    Carbides in Plane Irons

    For a long time, I've run around saying I can make a match for a hock iron. After seeing all of the big carbides in my irons and not much in hocks, I thought I'd better make an iron (i've given away my other O1 irons - it's easy to give something away like a door prize when you can make another...
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    Carbides in Plane Irons

    Stanley sweetheart iron (and it's a sweetheart of an iron - I'd guess 60 hardness based on washita feedback. A little surplus carbon or something in it (so it's not 1075 steel or anything - maybe someone will XRF one of the irons sometime - maybe I"ll do it.). Hock O1 - high hardness. Hock...
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    Carbides in Plane Irons

    They are little dots sticking up - they cast a shadow off of their front ends, and I have a bit of a cheat - someone else has a picture taken head on with a much more expensive microscope and they're clearly little dots sticking up. The black shade off of the tips of them is a shadow - the...
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    Carbides in Plane Irons

    I make tools. I make other things, but I make more tools than the average person and have come to curiosity about not just making this or that spec, but in feel and use, something that will work really well and invite being used. Over time, I've learned that I will give up edge life for...
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    Cracking job opportunity

    wow..the population has halved in the county since 1801. Not something you see too often.
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    Any tips on planing wenge?

    It works, but david recommended it for figured wood as I recall (and it does work for that). I recommended it if no learning is wanted, but it will be physically punishing to plane this piece of wood any significant amount with that method. It can be planed with a standard plane angle using...
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    BBC Scaremongering again

    They're learning the same thing everyone else has learned - it's more profitable to make people upset and try to extend the irritation than it is to avoid it or provide "news", which would be defined as information that you didn't yet know. I realize it's hard for you to get out of supporting...
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    Any tips on planing wenge?

    (this is a rosewood plane billet planed using "the trick" and a stock iron. ) This is a rosewood guitar neck without "the trick" applied to the edge - see the silica in the pores. You can blow it out, but take a shaving and there's more in the next layer. The wood planes beautifully and would...
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    Any tips on planing wenge?

    It could be surface dirt. If it's silica in that significant of an amount, you'll be able to see the silica sitting in the pores. You could skim the top off with a power planer if you have one. If not, increase shaving thickness to the extent you can as the iron will cut longer with a thicker...
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    Any (post 2008) Economists in the house? - Inflation.

    Either would result in a more livable society, too, which the voters are well aware of. The vote amounts to a whole lot more than polls.
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    Any (post 2008) Economists in the house? - Inflation.

    (Biden did claim that he graduated in the top half of his law class before someone tracked down the official records, though. I guess even though I think he's a decent guy, he's still a politician and can't resist using a lie to try to sell his credibility).
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    Any (post 2008) Economists in the house? - Inflation.

    Biden is also moderate with really little accomplished but with a reputation for compromising on legislative efforts. It looked attractive and he was able to get POed trump voters (for good reason - Trump squandered his own opportunity). I think Biden may be squandering his now. He was handed...
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    Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker

    well, the viewers don't like competent displays that seem inaccessible. Nobody feels good if they see someone doing things they discern that they couldn't do unless it's gee golly stuff ("wow..I could never sing like ella fitzgerald!!") My kids love the format - it's like pro wrestling - first...
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