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    'Este' Plane Restoration - 50mm Iron

    I have used the cast iron top of my sawbench and planer thicknesser to stick wet and dry to for a reasonably flat surface. I have also got 10mm glass reasonably cheap. I have found that when flattening the sole two lengths of abrasive stuck end to end, or along piece cut from a roll, is much...
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    Linseed oil and linseed oil paint

    I only have a phone with me at the moment, I'm away from home. I never did it for a living but was taught by a plasterer who worked for Historic Scotland and taught in the States too. As soon as I have a slightly bigger keyboard I'll put pen to paper. I bought, still buy, my burnt sand from...
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    Linseed oil and linseed oil paint

    The chemistry I studied at degree level tells me otherwise, as does my past experience, but I use a different product. I also open tins carefully, cleaning both meeting faces with a lint free cloth before I start work. That is why these are available. I have never used them, but might have saved...
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    Linseed oil and linseed oil paint

    If the tin is half empty there is plenty of oxygen to start it setting up.
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    Linseed oil and linseed oil paint

    Whilst I agree generally with the rest of your post, in my experience, and I do tend to buy small, 500ml tins, even without added driers the linseed oil paint I buy skins over very quickly unless you manage to exclude the oxygen. You can lose quite a lot of the tin.
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    Linseed oil and linseed oil paint

    Nice. I have been using burnt sand mastic for years, i hate modern synthetic sealants.
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    Finding a square square..

    I was looking for a reasonably priced large try square. I thought the Shinwa might be worth trying but they state better than 0.1mm per 100mm. I thought that is quite a lot over a 60-90cm square.
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    Quick release nuts for grinders

    I agree, I have them too.
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    Spokeshave difference

    I think it's probably curved looking at ebay pictures.
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    Spokeshave difference

    I'm trying to find some Osage orange. It's a fairly common ornamental in Northern Italy. I have also cut some Persimmon branches which are drying.
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    Finding a square square..

    I use Matsui through Amazon.jp
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    What hammer for chisels?

    Personaly I would use whatever you feel comfortable with.
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    Plunge saw - battery or corded?

    I was hoping for more on the saws and less on the rails. I have two 3.1 batteries, can anyone tell me how well the TSC55 will work with them? Just for cutting up sheet material, I have a table saw.
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    Spokeshave difference

    I have bought a user Rapier, I'll see how it goes.
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    Spokeshave difference

    It's a genno or Japanese hammer which would retail somewhere between £100-£200 so it's worth the effort. I have some old ones too which I'd like to make handles for. I like to buy the best I can afford so that I know it will last and I hopefully won't want or need to upgrade in thr future-
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    Spokeshave difference

    The trouble is if I buy a cheap one I won't know if it's me or the spokeshave stopping me get a decent finish.
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    Spokeshave difference

    Torn between wood version, as used in chairmaking, or metal like a Veritas. What width blade minimum useful if you only want to buy one?
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    Spokeshave difference

    Should have been obvious. I’m getting old. Now to find one. But thanks for stopping me buying both.
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    Whats the temperature where you are ?

    35 in Venice with high humidity.
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    Recommend plastic handled chisel.

    My Marples splitproof go back to the 80's but I must confess I have never chopped a mortice with them.
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