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How do you inlay a brass corner ornament using handtools only?

Your chisels and router plane are completely adequate tools for the job. The curve you have to cut are convex in the wood, so approximating with small chisel nibbles is perfectly feasible. I would ...
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Spirit Level Reading

From one of the resources on the internet, Little Machine Shop, this bit of wisdom: These Starrett Machinist Levels have ground and graduated main vials, and a cross test vial. The 12" level ...
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Is it needed to have the lever cap flat against the blade in a shoulder plane?

This is normal. Shoulder planes of this design always like this. Maybe best example:
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How to flatten stubborn hollow on the back of a plane iron?

How to flatten stubborn hollow on the back of a plane iron? You don't have to. If you alter your strategy here things will go a lot faster. And I mean a lot, something that can otherwise take an hour ...
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How do you inlay a brass corner ornament using handtools only?

My plan is to make a full size photo copy of the hardware, then rubber cement them to the corners to begin mortising out the profile of the brass. I think this is a good plan for the top profile (do ...
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Plane/chisel sharpening technique

When sharpening a blade when should I apply pressure to the blade (pull stroke, push, or both)? Yes :-) This is one of those things where if you ask 10 woodworkers you might get 11 answers. As you'll ...
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Aligning entry and exit side of drawbores

If you're having trouble eyeballing square or plumb as you drill when working solo (so you can't take advantage of a second pair of eyes), which is something I'm convinced most people have trouble ...
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Using a left and right shooting board to square the ends of a board

It is normal to flip board end for end to shoot last end. But because you are making a floating shelf squareness of this end does not matter, you can turn board over.
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How to prevent tearout when drilling surface at an angle?

Sometimes you just can't prevent all surface tearing when drilling directly into wood. Sharp bits do help — and by sharp I mean sharp, sharp enough you want to handle the bit with care because you ...
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What are the defining features of a Holtzapffel workbench?

The defining feature of this bench is the mixture of elements from three traditions. Mostly French and German + a few English additions. Top thick only where needed to support vises. "Tree-trunk ...
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Hand plane blade lower on one side

You say Stanley no 5 so your plane is a Bailey pattern, which has a lateral-adjusting lever on the frog. Changing the angle of the cutting edge is the purpose of this lever. Push it towards the corner ...
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How to highlight imprecisions?

Have you tried using chalk? A light coating of chalk on the piece you want to fit, then try it out, make it snug so it 'rubs' on the other pieces. All the high points that need to be sanded down ...
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How to flatten stubborn hollow on the back of a plane iron?

There is no reason to get the entire back of the blade perfect flat and polished - you only need the area from the cutting edge to just behind the chip breaker. I typically flatten about 3/4 to 1&...
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Does it make sense to own a #1 if I already have a good block plane?

Can it do something that the other one can't? Given the tote and front ball, this Veritas #1 is clearly set up for two-handed use, whereas a block plane is usually used with just one hand. Veritas ...
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Does it make sense to own a #1 if I already have a good block plane?

From what I see this is not really a "no. 1" but merely a block plane with a rear handle. The overall dimensions and width of the iron back this up, especially since they chose to offer this ...
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What are some good ways to finish smoothing a wood carving after you have the general form roughed out?

Both because you're new to carving and due to the results you're getting I'm going to presume you're relatively inexperienced in sharpening too, so the sharpness of your edges will most definitely ...
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Using a left and right shooting board to square the ends of a board

How hard is it really to shoot both ways with a sharp plane blade? I think that depends mostly on you. Most baseball players bat on one side or the other, but a talented few can switch hit. I think ...
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Compass plane minimum radius

According to oldtooluser it is 20" for the Stanley 020. As the record version is a copy of this, the same is likely to apply. "Adjustable steel sole planes concave or convex surfaces where ...
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Aligning entry and exit side of drawbores

Couple of Ideas there are handy 'drill presses' that can take a regular drill to give you a similar performance to a 'real' drill press. I just bought my sister one for Christmas. Most are between $...
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Stanley 78 rebate plane spur goes too deep

The spur (or nicker) is designed to cut wood fibers when planing across the grain (that is to say perpendicular to wood grain). So it needs to be sharp and it needs to be, at least, slightly longer (...
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Best way to cut very soft 4mm (1/8") poplar plywood sheets with hand tools

I thought I remembered something from Colin Knecht (WoodWorkWeb) on this and here it is, Woodworking with Thin Plywood, like Baltic Birch Plywoods. The relevant portion is right at the beginning, with ...
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Terminology for beam drill?

These are also known by "beam boring machine" and "beam auger".
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