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  1. You're probably right. I hadn't thought of that. In fact, I think the planer bit I was looking at was marketed/designed to be used on a drill press. That would be much slower than a router. Good call.
  2. No John, you are not boring us with any of this. How can we celebrate with you, or offer encouragement, whichever is appropriate at the time, if we don't know what is happening? Not to pry, of course you are entitled to whatever degree of privacy you wish, but please don't be reluctant to share with us for fear that we are getting tired of hearing it.
  3. If used in a hand-held configuration, I agree with you Gene. If the router was mounted on a flattening sled, do you think that would work?
  4. Pat, would this help you out? I have no experience with or knowledge of this bit, other than that I have seen it advertised. https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Types_of_Tools/Planes/StewMac_Safe-T-Planer.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=2019-08-gp&gclid=Cj0KCQjwwIPrBRCJARIsAFlVT8_A-Z3p2EF5z8lvqRpv1zOLURS9VolnepCewuMcxGE6A7KzxSdTSQQaAghoEALw_wcB
  5. Thanks Lew. I appreciate the response.
  6. Lew, I just today started looking through the blogs, and I started with your seam ripper. Those turned out really nice. I do have a couple of questions though. I googled bumble bee butter and got a page of listings talking about snakes. So what is bumble bee butter? Also, I was really interested in your shop made pen press, so would it be appropriate to ask about the plans for it? If you consider something like that to be your personal intellectual property and don't wish to share it, I totally understand that and I won't be offended at all.
  7. I read that some of the replacement blades for the Veritas spokeshaves were no longer available. I emailed Lee Valley about this. I see that some of the Veritas spokeshave blades are no longer available, including directly from Veritas. Is Lee Valley going to discontinue this line, or are you going to continue providing the PM-V11 as replacement blades? This is their reply: Thank you for your e-mail. We were advised Veritas® was discontinuing their A2 and O1 steel blades for their spokeshaves but the PM-V11® blades would and are still being produced for them. As such, we have discontinued the A2 and O1 versions of the spokeshaves and won’t be getting any more of these in stock once we sell out of what we still have available. Just information for everyone.
  8. I think reading about mistakes is good for all of us. Takes the pressure off to be perfect the first time, and I think that lets our own mistakes come less frequently. If the really skilled craftsmen can mess up, we mortals can forgive ourselves too.
  9. I finished up the plane. Trying to regrind and sharpen the iron was a real pain. Most of the problem was because the iron was really short. I was trying to follow the video I saw, I think from Stumpy Nubs, on how to sharpen the blade, but it was too short to really use his technique. As you can see in the picture below, I got somewhat of an edge on it. All in all, an interesting exercise. Here you can see the shortness of the blade, and the "different" type of adjustment mechanism. This is what I ended up with after my flattening and truing efforts. Most of that work was done on my Ridgid oscillating spindle/belt sander. Thanks for looking everyone.
  10. John, you understand me. A good, tuned up thrift store special may work just as good as a top of the line LV or LN tool, but the LV or LN just seems to do a better job, just because of the cool factor. In your head, you know that "just as good" really is just as good, but for some of us, there is an almost emotional response to the "cool" tool. It's like the difference between a room with no lights on, and one that is well lit. The actual temperature may be identical, but the darker room, at least to me, will feel cooler. OK, I'll quit rambling now.
  11. Count your blessings. Do you realize how many kids today would PAY to feel like that?
  12. @John Morris, since you occasionally post items from the old Workbench magazine, I thought you might be interested in this offer from Woodsmith magazine. Just a disclaimer, of course I have no financial interest in either Workbench or Woodsmith. I tried this a few minutes ago and somehow lost the page, so this might show up as a double post.
  13. John, I would imagine that the uncertainty of where all this is eventually headed is worse than the day to day physical discomforts. Your strength in the midst of all this is an inspiration to us all. Just hang in there buddy.
  14. I bought a cheap Windsor Design 33 plane from HF, and started converting it to a scrub plane. For one, I wanted a scrub plane to practice with, two, it was a lot cheaper than Lie-Nielsen or Lee Valley, and three, I wanted some experience in truing up a rough plane, such as one picked from a yard sale, before I had to do it on one that I cared about. And that HF plane was/is a rough build. I have the sole and sided smoothed up as much as I am going to, but I haven't started working on the camber for the iron. It's a good thing I intended to re-grind the edge of the iron because the edge as it came out of the box looked like a blade on a set of pinking shears. So that's my project for this week.
  15. That reminds me of the old joke about How many sides does a tree have? Two, inside and outside.
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