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    Funny walnut smell?

    Hi All, I've done a fair amount of work with walnut, American and Euro. It's one of my favourite woods. I love the way it works, the way it looks and, of course, the way it smells when you're cutting it. A while ago I bought a great-looking piece of supposedly Euro walnut off some bloke on...
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    Masur birch alternaitves?

    Hi All, I'm wondering if there's any good alternatives to masur birch? I'd like a similar look for one of my next chess sets - light colour with light figure & marbling pattern, but the stuff seems to be crazy expensive. Maple burr comes to mind, but is it easy to turn, is it stable, and can it...
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    2.5in bandsaw table inserts - where to get them in UK?

    Hi All, I've got a very old Axi 14" bandsaw (Delta 14 clone) with a 2.5" table insert (side notch). The table insert is getting to the point where it's barely doing its job, so I think I'm long overdue for a replacement. Does anyone know where I can buy a table insert in 2.5" (that's 63mm) in...
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    Unusual 30 degree bedrock frog?

    Hi All, I've picked up an old noname bedrock-style frog - sized somewhere between No 4 and No 3 for a plane build. The frogs looks like any other bedrock frog apart from the fact that it's got a 30 degree angle. Anyone got any ideas what plane this is designed for? BD? BU? Thanks.
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    Chess pieces advice?

    Howdy folks. I've wanted to turn a chess set for quite a while, but never had a reason to do it, as I don't play chess. Recently my daughter got into it and I figured I'll turn a nice tournament-size set out of olive and bubinga. Perhaps make a good board to match it, if the pieces come out...
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    Another hand saw restoration thread

    Hi All, So far I have been a happy user of Japanese pull saws, however, every cool kid on the block seems to have an old restored hand saw, so I thought I'd join the club, attempt to restore a couple saws and learn to sharpen them properly. A quick browse through ebay, and I got myself a...
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    Wooden hand planes suggestions?

    Hi All, I am going through a wooden plane phase and currently considering replacing my metal planes with an arsenal of woodies. The plan is to batch produce a variety of woodies from bits of scrap i have around the shop and see if any of them work particularly well for me. Would anyone have...
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    Any suggestions for wood for turning rings

    Hi All, I would be grateful for some advice on what wood to pick for turning a pair of rings, both to go on titanium blanks. Ring one: 8mm wide, with 5mm groove to be filled with wood. Ring two: 4mm wide, with 2mm groove. So I need something that will look impressive as a thin strip embedded...
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    silly person's question about induction motors

    Hi All, My pillar drill's motor appears to have packed up this morning (serves me right for not using the drill for anything apart from drilling :roll: ). The motor is now seriously lacking torque when starting - it would barely spin at about 60 RPM if trying to start the drill in high gear...
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    Wood reamer materials advice needed

    Hi All, I am looking to get/make myself a set of wood reamers in a variety of shapes & sizes (trying my hand at making baroque flutes). I would be very grateful for advice on what materials can be used for a reamer for hardwoods. As I do not own a metalworking lathe, my options are rather...
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    Best set-up for boring deep wide holes?

    Hello all, I would be grateful for some advice on how to accurately bore deep wide holes. I am looking for the best set-up for making hollow dowels, 14" long and, say 1" OD and and internal diameters varying from 13 to 19mm right down the centre of the dowel (i.e. 1 dowel with 13 mm ID, one...
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    New wood turner - just got a DML 24x

    Hello All, After a long fight with the burning desire to get a lathe, I have finally bought myself an old Record DML24x with a set of 5 basic turning tools. "The Book" is already on its way and I am looking forward to trying the lathe out once I clean the rust off and sharpen the tools. The...
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    New bench drill questions

    Hi All, I apologise for yet another bench drill thread, but I have got a couple daft questions that I am hoping to get get an answer to. So far I have been using an old Aldi (Powercraft) bench drill that, despite a decade of abuse, has been working reasonably well for my needs. The few things...
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    Choosing a 7" vise

    Hi All, I have recently decided that it's time to say goodbye to the old ikea table that I've been using to date and build myself a decent bench. I would be grateful for some ad-Vise =D> on choosing the 7" vise. My current options are: Dick (Non-QR) Axi (QR) Eclipse (QR) 9" QR Dakota...
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    Working with wenge

    Hi All, I would be grateful for some advice. I have recently purchased some 20 year old wenge boards at a very attractive price. That was before I've read that wenge is, apparently, one of the worst woods to work with. The splinter issue is easily solved: after removing ~30 micro splinters...
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    Vintage Record 09 1/2 block plane

    Hi All, I would be grateful for some advice on block planes. I have recently been given a box of old tools and among them was a Record 09 1/2. My only block plane to date is Stanley 110, so I got very excited at trying the old record out. The plane looked promising, but so far has not...
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    Fixing a Microcleene MC1200 air filter

    Hi All, I have in my possession an old Microcleene MC1200 (cylinder type) air filter that appears to have been hit a few times and is not currently working. I would be very grateful for your advice about how to fix it: 1) The impeller has come off the motor. By looking at it, it appears to me...
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    Replacing bearings on an old planer

    Hi All, I have recently adopted an old 6" Warco planer (jointer), (which is a clone of the standard 6" Delta joiner), and after a good clean it seems to be working just fine if not for the horrible racket made by the bearings. A quick inspection revealed that one of the cutter head bearings and...
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    Bandsaw advice - Axi JBS160 (Delta 14" clone)

    Hi All, Following some advice from this forum, I have recently purchased the biggest saw I could comfortably fit into my current workshop, which happened to be a 14" axminster JBS160 saw that appears to be a clone of Delta 14" or Grizzly G0555 and I would be grateful for some tips about...
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    Newbie woodworker questions - dust extraction

    Hi All, I have been lurking around this forum for months and finally decided to post, seeking some advice on setting up a workshop for woodwork (mainly lutherie). I am currently looking to get some woodworking machinery and I am planning to have a medium-sized bandsaw, router/saw table...
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