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Pete W

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Under pressure from LOML and her dad, I'm trying to come up with ideas for Christmas presents. So far I have Lee Valley planes and, um... that's it. Not that there's anything wrong with Lee Valley planes, but they are a bit on the pricey side for my FIL.

So, here's a chance to exchange ideas. What's on your list? What have you seen/tried/bought/received that you really like? Read any good books lately? Here's mine....

Wants
1. Veritas medium shoulder plane
2. Veritas low-angle block plane
3. Veritas low-angle jack plane
4. A beginner's set of good-quality carving tools (haven't been able to find one yet)

Recommended
1. Veritas low-angle smoother
2. Any of James Krenov's cabinetmaker's notebooks
3. Digital electronic calipers - seem to use them every time I enter the shop.

Pete

PS: Can we take it for granted that we'd all like a barn-sized workshop and more time to use it :).
 

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How about Veritas Wonder-dogs (always handy).



or an incra T-rule...






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That is a great idea of Adams for the Incra rules - if you like this idea, Tilgear is the place to go for them. IIRC, they are about 2/3 the price of Axminster/Rutlands... :roll:

Or how about an Incra Guaranteed Square?



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Hi All,
How about these......

For the Normite- plaid shirt and false beard. Oh, and safety glasses... :roll:

For the Galoot-bottle of camelia oil and rust removing sanding block.

For the Router freak- collet cleaning kit and ear protection.

and finally, for Me- an additional two hours in every day to allow me more shop time :lol:

regards
Philly :D
 

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That T-rule looks the business, is there a website for Tilgear somewhere? A brief search has yielded nothing.

Cheers.
 

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Andy,
Funnily enough, I happen to have a Pax dovetail saw. It's a nice piece, lovely weight, but with crosscut teeth. It cuts well enough but I am converted to ripteeth on my dovetail saw now, so would recommend that.
cheers
Philly :D
 

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dedee":3gichqao said:
They sure have some gorgeous looking saws.
Flashy. Look at those handles now. Have they made any effort at all to round the corners? Pah. I've tried one at the Axminster show and I was underwhelmed. (Can you tell I didn't like them? :oops: )

Tilgear are websiteless. They've only recently started taking credit cards and stopped closing for lunch. :roll: You can find them by carrier pigeon here:
Bridge house
69 Station Road
Cuffley
Herts
01707 873434
Open 8.30am - 5pm Mon-Fri

Philly":3gichqao said:
For the Galoot-bottle of camelia oil and rust removing sanding block.
Yeah, the latter to remove the rust when the former fails... :roll: I'm rapidly going off Camelia oil as an anti-rust cure. To my horror I found a tiny rusty finger print on the Veritas large shoulder plane yesterday :cry: - despite careful aplication of said oil before putting it away. Never had any trouble with a five quid tin of wax. :evil:

Cheers, Alf
 

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Hi Vormulac,

I'm afraid Tilgear are stuck in the stone age - you'll have to call them on 01707 873434 for a catalogue.

For the T-rules, the price discrepancy isn't so big (it was the ordinary rules I was remembering)

Prices:

150mm T-rule - Tilgear £18.80, Axminster £19.63
300mm T-rule - Tilgear £28.79, Axminster £34.56

150mm marking rule - Tilgear £9.40, Axminster £13.50
300mm marking rule - Tilgear £14.69, Axminster £22.82

<edit> Alf beat me to it AGAIN :roll:

Cheers,

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Well, my thanks to you both for falling over each other to heap your wisdom upon me. Makes one feel quite special... *sniff*

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Keep 'em coming, everyone. (Nobody got any good books to recommend?)

The Incra T-rules looks good; I think I'll add one of those to the list :).

I have a number of eBay saws awaiting restoration, including a Disston tenon saw, so I'm not really looking for new models. But if I was, the Adrias would be top of my list. In fact, I'd happily take just about anything from the Classic Handtools catalogue, but I don't think my father-in-law can afford anything from there :shock:.

If your family's richer than mine, you could profitably point them at this page: http://www.classichandtools.com/acatalo ... auges.html :).

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Adam,

I've looked and looked at that wonder dog and can't for the life of me figure out how it might work. It looks like a prop from a Jet Li movie!

HOw does it differ (apart from appearance) from a regular hold-down?

Pete
 

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Pete W":bsmrmsb4 said:
Adam,

I've looked and looked at that wonder dog and can't for the life of me figure out how it might work. It looks like a prop from a Jet Li movie!

HOw does it differ (apart from appearance) from a regular hold-down?

Pete
The system works on-the-flat.

You put your workpiece on the bench - and use a couple of stops like this...



Then you put in a dog and tighten it up like this...



Sorry about the small image size...

Adam
 

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Cor, your workbench aint 'alf clean, Adam! :shock:

My Christmas wish list?

1. More peace in the world - any hope?
2. Much more time in my workshop ........ so much to do, so little time to do it.

Anything else will be a bonus - so I'll probably end up with a new garden vac. or something else daft. :roll:

Cheers,

Trev.

(Happiness is wanting what you have, not necessarily having what you want). Or is it? I'll get me coat..........
 

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trevtheturner":14u22j1o said:
Cor, your workbench aint 'alf clean, Adam! :shock:
That ain't my workbench. I rather suspect that might belong to Mr Rob Lee at Veritas!

Adam
 

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I have several book suggestions.

1. Charlesworth's Furniture-Making Techniques, 2 vols. I have the first volume, and like it. The plane fettling articles are very interesting, but may infuriate some. In this volume DC also includes: preparing stock with a plane; M&T joints, and various ways of making them, including a neat trick to overcome router (plane or tailed) overbalance; a "compound dovetail joint"; the "dreaded secret mitred dovetail joint". He ends with a couple of articles on making spokeshaves. The book may scare the hell out of those who do not wish to work to such a degree of precision.

2. For the devotee of the tailed router, Woodworking with the Router, by Bill Hylton & Fred Matlack is great: its scope is very large, from basics to (what I, as a novice, would call) advanced stuff, and is packed to the gunwales with jigs, guides etc.

3. For the Galoot (be s/he :wink: In Training or Colonel of Galoots), is the wonderful, marvellous, erotic (no, no, stop, that's going too far), gorgeous photo-laden The Handplane Book, by Garret Hack. Hack covers the history of the plane, and its many incarnations. He also includes great tips on fettling, as well as helpful sections on technique and use. A fine tome, which should be bought in conjunction with a bib, given the amount of dribbling it will elicit from the interested reader. This really is tool pornography.

JS
 
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