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  • boffincentral commented on Mikhandmaker.'s instructable Sanding Saw2 months ago
    Sanding Saw

    Nice execution. I really like it. If you can source it locally, Cloth backed sandpaper is available in rolls and widths that would mean you would not need the the leather strip. I think cloth backed sandpaper would be easier to tension too. Less moving parts. Using cloth backed sandpaper you could also simplify the way the paper is held. A simple handsaw cut at an angle would probably be enough.

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  • boffincentral commented on Wood Review's instructable How to Look After Your Tools5 months ago
    How to Look After Your Tools

    Titan missiles are only briefly in contact with wood :) Japanese craftsmen use Camellia oil which is a light vegetable based oil that does not polymerise. I have used it but I have found it insufficient for my location and conditions. There is a saltwater pool in my back garden that the prevailing winds in this locality travel over on their way to my workshop (aka, the garage). The humidity in the summer here is frequently over 80% and rarely under 65%.These days I use Jojoba oil. I have an oily cloth hanging off the tail vise of my bench that has been continually used and Jojoba oil added to as needed. Jojoba oil will polymerise over time but it is easy to clean off. I just wipe it with the same oily cloth until the polymerised oil has buffed off.I also use wax on plane bodies (a plain...

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    Titan missiles are only briefly in contact with wood :) Japanese craftsmen use Camellia oil which is a light vegetable based oil that does not polymerise. I have used it but I have found it insufficient for my location and conditions. There is a saltwater pool in my back garden that the prevailing winds in this locality travel over on their way to my workshop (aka, the garage). The humidity in the summer here is frequently over 80% and rarely under 65%.These days I use Jojoba oil. I have an oily cloth hanging off the tail vise of my bench that has been continually used and Jojoba oil added to as needed. Jojoba oil will polymerise over time but it is easy to clean off. I just wipe it with the same oily cloth until the polymerised oil has buffed off.I also use wax on plane bodies (a plain beeswax based furniture wax) and that has the added advantage of lubricating the sole in use. I have not had any problems getting a finish to adhere afterwards. There would only be a teeny tiny trace amount left after contact with the plane. I use Jojoba oil on the other plane components.My fine hand tools are in a wooden tool box I made many years ago. This box has small drawers similar to a machinist's chest like those sold by Gerstner.This strategy seems to work well enough; but the best way you can look after your tools is to use them. Tools that are used will get the most attention. And it's fun to use them :)

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  • REcycle - How to Build a Two Wheel Cargo-bike

    Well you can, and there are such things around. If you search for long tail bikes you will find examples (commercially available and home made) with your search engine of choice. The downside of long tail bikes is you end up with a really really long chain. This style of cargo bike (also known as a bakfiet) probably originated in the Netherlands (though I could be wrong about that point) and is very popular there. In my opinion, keeping the transmission side of things simple is probably the easiest method for a home builder. With a long tail bike, alignment of the chain line for a home builder could be problematic.

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  • Beginning Woodworking: Making a Bench Bull - a Basic Miniature Multipurpose Workbench

    You're right about chopping mortises being loud!I wear hearing protection when doing it these days. My hearing has been damaged from my service in the Navy and I want to preserve what I have left!

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  • boffincentral commented on bricobart's instructable Manual Bandsanding Like a PRO1 year ago
    Manual Bandsanding Like a PRO

    Great idea. I like the simplicity. You might also find a bow sander useful for the work you do. There are plenty of examples on the net but the concept is simple enough.

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