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    Most Efficient Way to Strip down Plane Handles?

    Recently I acquired large amount 15+ of stanley/record old planes , I want to restore them, keep the best and sell the rest. I tried to sand 1 set of handles, it took me good 45minutes of a task I really didn't enjoyed at all just to strip the old finish and prepare them for new finish. What...
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    How do you Actually Sharpen the ChipBreaker Effectively?

    I'm still struggling with this.. I just have no idea how to actually sharpen the chipbreaker so it doesn't catches any shavings/dust under it.. There are Tons of videos about how to ''set'' the chipbreaker and telling what it should be like( straight/no light coming etc...) but there is not a...
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    Getting Stuck Rear Handle Off of a Old Record Plane?

    Got an old no4 record, wanted to sand the handles and refinish them , however.. This is the first time I have a plane which only has 1 screw ( actually just a Nut) for the rear handle. Question- Is there any special technique to getting the handle off? I took the retaining nut off but it doesn't...
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    NICEST Town to Live in if you want Weather/Outdoor stuff?

    I'm considering purchasing another property and moving somewhere down south as Most of my clients are from there and It's really soul crushing having at least one whole-day commute per week. What would you say is the Nicest Smallish town you have ever lived or have visited within about 100mile...
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    Quangsheng Low angle VS Standard Angle Block Plane?

    I wanted to order the cheaper Quangsheng standard angle block plane as I thought they are the same except the bed angle, However was about to order and I saw that the adjusting mechanisms are actually totally different for them? Have a look at the pics, the rear adjusting mechanism looks way...
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    Flat Screwdriver for Adjusting Handtools( Planes) ?

    Is there a special kind you use for this purpose? None of my flathead screwdrivers are really any good for this purpose ( the huge slots where you would need a rather wide and thin screwdriver). Where do I get one? With just a regular screwdriver I end up chipping the screws as they don't...
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    Cheapest Usable NEW Block Plane?

    I'm looking for a cheapish block plane ( 60 1/2 or 90 1/2 style with adjustable mouth) for the very odd time I might need one ( I don't really know how often I will use it since I have never had one) . I'm confused by all the reviews online.. basically If you read what's online than every...
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    50 Deg angle in Eclipse Honing Jig?

    just got a bevel up plane and wanted to hone my plane iron to micro 50degrees, trouble is.. I have no idea how far do you need to extend the iron out of the jig to get 50 degrees? Anyone have the same jig and can shed some light, perhaps is there a guide/common values available or a formula to...
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    Good quality Forstner Bit set?

    Need a set which includes a 35mm size, what would you suggest that has excellent performance/quality and will last? I have found a set by makita https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LHWCPPI I love their tools,however makita accessories are hit or miss not sure which one is this set. what's the best...
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    Ultimate sharpening- Any more room for Improvement?

    Continuing my never ending quest to get the sharpest edge, My setup so far for sharpening plane blades/chisels: -400/1000 Diamond stone -Autosol paste on strop ( circa 3-4k which gets progressively smaller I think) -Chromium oxide on strop ( something stupid high as 30-50k) I get an edge I...
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    How do you get square 90deg. edges with a handplane?

    Is it all about the technique/holding the plane or is there some sort of special trick (except messing up your finger/knuckle)? When jointing edges ,however I try, I just can't get constantly totally 90deg. precise edges, without spending an awful amounts of time with a square.
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    Silverline Router Bits - Ok , or waste of time?

    I need a router bit kinda urgently, and the only thing I can find in the size I need is from Silverline which I'm able to get locally, Or... wait 3-4days for delivery and order trend from ebay. I need to cut out about 20metres of 12mm groove , I know silverline brand is total junk,but would...
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    Mechanical Pencil suggestion for marking out?

    I have a large box of staedler noris regular pencils,great stuff,however, I find that I can only mark out to 1mm accuracy with them due to the lead that needs to be sharpened constantly to have a crisp end.. I don't think I need to continue,you all know this already... Would a mechanical pencil...
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    Low angle Jack+ Pine = Any Reduced Tearout?

    I'm realising I enjoy working with handtools ( well just the planes) more and more every day,probably because I finally learned how to properly sharpen them :D 99% of the time I'm working with pine (cheap/sometimes free & readily available), however working with pine it's not a smooth sailing ...
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    Are these worktops PRIME quality?

    Ordered a couple of oak worktops - Described as 40mm Stave PRIME quality , in pictures no knots whatsoever, all looking nice. Today I got them and I kinda feel ripped off as they don't really look Prime to me, feels like they have been made from some scraps and offcuts + there is just pure...
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    High Performance GOOD Plugs- Where to buy?

    I used to have a large stash of good quality plugs I had bought while in germany, I'm out of them and need some again... unfortunately I'm really struggling to find anything even remotely good here. Screwfix/toolstation/other sheds just seem to stock cheap flimsy short junk. Does anyone know a...
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    Any Cheap & Decent NEW LA block plane which you can buy?

    I wanted to purchase a low angle block plane(not the very tiny models, but the bigger ones) I don't really want to wait weeks/months for something to come up on ebay, - they are rather rare there and go for high prices anyway. I checked the reviews for the 60 1/2 stanley , Record, faithful New...
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    Cabinet Hinges for Cabinets With Face-Frames?

    heya, just finished making all the carcasses for my kitchen cabinets , now left with making the drawers and doors, However I'm a bit confused about the hinges. At start I thought I will need to use regular non-cabinet hinges as I'm building them WITH faceframes unlike the mass-produced ones...
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    Any Driving Instructors here? Best tips?

    might be an odd question,however my mother isn't that good at driving ( she got her license a looong time ago and it was basically given to her without any training/requirement at all) , in the past years she has barely driven, now she has re-started to drive and does a short set route every day...
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    Are there ANY glasses which Doesn't FOG up?

    I have 4 !!! different safety glasses, all of them sweat/fog up like crazy and make me blind and unable to see anything as soon as I start doing something, some of them were very cheap,some of them expensive, but all fog up.. Doing any kind of work/fixing car is just impossible with them as they...
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