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    Ruobo style bench in Teak I think, What finish?

    A tell between teak & iroko that should be fairly easy is the presence of lighter vessel lines on flat sawn surface of iroko. Colour less easy but iroko golden orange to brown, true teak golden brown from Myanmar, other stuff rich brown with darker chocolate brown markings. ^ All from world...
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    Jet AFS-500 Air Filtration System - SOLD

    Well the workshop is in Heeley, S2. Just off Chesterfield road. Anywhere near where you go? I'm in each day.
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    Jet AFS-500 Air Filtration System - SOLD

    Hi, if I arranged a courier would you be able to wrap it at all? Doesn't need to be much, it's not porcelain :-) I'm in Sheffield but very time poor... thanks
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    Quite the barn find

    There is a phrase that springs to mind: you spawny get! I see you're in the south so I would guess that it is common elm rather than wych elm. Easiest way to tell is the presence of green streaks indicate wych. Common/English a bit less stable but still a fine timber. Traditionally used for...
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    Panel glue up

    Biscuits, dominos or loose ply tongue in stopped (or thru) grooves. Dowels, accurately located, will also do it. The thing you link to just looks like a pain in the arris. At that price I doubt it would be quality too.
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    Online traditional door information?

    Hardcover according to my receipt, but I won't be too upset if paper. It's the content that I'm after! You might find Wood by William Hall (no sniggering at the back) published by Phaidon interesting for modern timber architecture. Just photos & short descriptions.
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    Online traditional door information?

    Thanks for tip, just bought a copy from abebooks for £22.80 with post, (they have more copies). I love these types of books.
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    Sharpening systems: Maguire vs Sellers

    The above posts aren't much help to a confused beginner. Your Q boils down to "which internet guru (Ha!) should I follow?", the answer being one or other but not both to begin with. Just follow one, get it working well and then you can start looking at other methods. If you have an oilstone...
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    Blade Sharpening Companies in East Kent

    It's not the geographic location you've asked for but circular saws are easy to post & he's one of the last (only?) proper saw services in Sheffield http://eastmidsaws.co.uk/
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    Black filler.

    Mike G - give Finney's wood finishes in Chesterfield a call. Mark will be able to give you the right advice. He has a range of non-contracting filler that is designed as a grain filler. https://www.finneyswoodfinishes.co.uk/
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    Mirka or Festool Sander?

    If it is to be used on the bench, then a sander benefits from having more weight. The expensive & light ones will be great if you are doing stuff in a body shop or boat yard or anywhere you're having to support its weight. If not then look at the Metabo Sxe450 which is also branded as Mafell &...
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    Where to buy british hardwoods in/near Derbyshire

    Right you are! They do delivery. There is a sawmill/mouldings outfit in Cheshire (I think!) but the Leicester yard is what you want for timber. One of the few I trust not to send me good quality without picking myself. They are also happy for you to pick through.
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    Aluminium sash cramps.

    I've not used the ones you've linked to but have 2 axminster branded ones. I like the light weight but that's it. The locking jaw sprung tab is very flimsy & over time the indents get chewed making them prone to popping out. The biggest issue however is the thread which has a terrible steep...
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    Where to buy british hardwoods in/near Derbyshire

    Try Whitmores (north Leicestershire) & Sykes (Warks) both good merchants
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    Check your timber!!!

    If the oak is dry, they will leave the heartwood alone. This is true also of walnut. However, some species like elm, sycamore and presumably plane, the lavae make no distinction & will bore through any & all of it. They will reuse flight holes for new larvae and also checks & cracks to the same...
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    Drawer Design and Construction

    You've got to laugh sometimes! This is Robert Ingham, not some chump with a top-knot & a Youtube channel. To wit, he was head of teaching when Makepeace set up Parnham and, if asked, will give a analysed answer for every method he uses. By all accounts a brilliant teacher. All that...
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    Plywood facing

    Jesus wept! Look here petal, I know this is the internet but when asking for advice it is normal to engage with those who try to help you.
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    Hand Planing Elm

    I would add that if you know what you are making, cutting out the components 10-20% oversized and planing all round helps with stress release and drying time.
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    Hand Planing Elm

    You don't say whether it's Wych Elm or common elm. It's probably the former as the beetles that carry the Dutch disease fungus don't like the cooler temperatures of the north where wych elm is prevalent. Climate change will see to that. The easiest way to tell is wych elm has characteristic...
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    Throw away your tape measure!

    The point is that a tape measure/rule only tells you what the dimension is, not if it is correct. When making, it is simply impractical to keep all the numbers I your head, so you have to keep checking your cut list or perhaps drawing. A rod is a much easier way as it gives a definite...