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  1. Now that is dedication to woodworking. John
  2. If I'm facing this conundrum when I start in the shop, I grab a piece of scrap and do a few saw cuts first. Well athletes warm up their muscles don't they? You can always gang a few scrap pieces and see how that goes. I have quite a collection of very thick wooden hair combs now too. John
  3. Stand maybe not, crawl is a possibility. John
  4. A clock would be nice, but I wouldn't put the numbers. Can't believe the colours and spalting in that apple. You did a great job on the resawing, well done! John
  5. Says the Ulmer sole is made from Goat's wood (what the heck is Goat's wood?) so I presume the staining is milk Good price (as in enviously good price). Was that a purchaser must collect deal? They always go for a very low price. John
  6. Furniture: World Styles from Classical to Contemporary by Judith Miller. Coffee table book with excellent photographs. John
  7. It depends on how you glue up. I'm not the hamburger sauce type, with glue dripping all over. I like just a little squeeze out so I usually only get a stray drop or two getting away. Alternatively a thickish sheet of plastic or even a sheet of hardboard will protect - they just take up more storage space when not in use. John
  8. Some finish is better than none, a couple of coats of boiled linseed oil seems to be the norm. The bench just needs a little protection, but if you use a film finish you risk chasing after your work as it skates around the bench. So I'd avoid wax too. Put an old bed sheet over the bench when you glue up or finish your work. John
  9. There are fewer of them around, but if you're patient, they can be found reasonably cheaply. Don't forget though that Stanley were also good at marketing, so quite a lot of planes weren't necessarily designed to fill a gap, but to boost sales. This is one of the reasons (I think) that there are fewer 'halves' around - people simply didn't buy the marketing. I have both a #4 and #4 1/2, as well as a #5 and #5 1/2. Since they are wider than the single numbers they take more effort to move along the wood. Good for a workout, and for planing wide boards, but when I need a little finesse, I'll go to the single numbers. Conclusion? I don't think they're necessary if you already have a #4 and a #5. John
  10. I have the WoodRiver equivalent of the low angle block and low angle Jack (they come under different names in Europe). Both are excellent planes, and in my case came with multiple blades at different angles. I'd say the quality is slightly better than the vintage planes. Also there are no surprises, as can happen with vintage planes, no cracked handles or rust (sorry - I meant oxygen enhancement). I have no idea if they keep their value second hand, probably not to the same extent as the Veritas and Lie Nielsen planes. John
  11. Sorry. Oxygen enhancement removers, then. Or deep patina shallowers, if you prefer. 'Scuse me while I go and trademark these names.... Done. You can't use deep patina shallowerTM without the TM symbol now. DPSTM is OK. Mah lawyah sayd so. Very off topic, but... Ok, in the late 80's in Italy there was a program called 'Indietro tutta!' written and hosted by Renzo Arbore. Now the Italian state television has always had advertising, but he managed to produce an hour long show without any interruptions. Except that.. he added his own 'advertising' for Cacao Meravigliao - a Brasilian Cocoa product. Only that it didn't actually exist. It got to the point that supermarkets would put up a sign saying "We don't have Cacao Meravigliao - so please don't ask". Now THAT is humour (even without the u). But don't let that stop you asking for DPSTM in a Woodcraft near you! (Graham - we'll split the profits 50/50, OK?) John
  12. In Europe it would probably be Larch. John
  13. Weird? Whitworth weird? Nah. http://lumberjocks.com/WayneC/blog/38068 John
  14. Perhaps you might want to seek a new circle of friends? (Just an idea) Pacifically yours, John
  15. Chris. you want pictures? Well I'll try. First the lever cap - 'cause that's the easy one. Patrick explains it all: http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan1.htm (about 1/3 down the page) the kidney shape - replacing the tear drop - entered the scene in the 1930's. Of course someone could have swapped the lever cap, but it's generally considered an important age indicator. The depth adjuster wheel. AH, well, yes. Uhm. Actually, when the Sweet Heart models came into being in the 1920's the wheel nut 'grew'. See https://home.comcast.net/~rexmill/planes101/typing/typing.htm half way down the page. So I'd say around the turn of the 20th century. Be nice to see the sole of the plane though. Nah, forget that. It's on a work bench (not someone's sofa), there are shavings (not cat hairs). Graham is right. But who is this Graham I ask. Where has One Eyed Willy gone these days? Am I getting old or confused, or both? John