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Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro

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inside the woodshop 2014-10-18T19:57:45Z
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Diamond nagura

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:57pm
There are the good reasons for using a diamond stone as a nagura. This is not a novel idea – the intent here is to present a clear rationale for it. However, there’s also a significant practical problem involved. All of this applies to synthetic finishing waterstones. I think most or all of this probably […]
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Nagging nagura questions

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 9:22pm
Several reasons are usually given for using a nagura on fine grit waterstones. These include: to raise a slurry, to remove unwanted deposits in natural Japanese stones, to refresh the cutting surface of the stone, and to flatten areas of the stone. Let’s think about what’s going on when a nagura is used, recalling what […]
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New favorite finishing stone

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 6:18pm
I guess I can’t quite leave sharpening alone. About six months ago I switched to using a Naniwa Chosera 10,000 as my primary finishing stone. I had been using a Shapton 16,000 glass stone for this purpose and could have left well enough alone because it is an excellent stone. It’s fast, the grit is […]
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Urns for veterans

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:19pm
Here’s a great idea for your next woodworking project! The Patriot Guard Riders of New York, members of the 1/4 million-strong national PRG, honors United States military veterans. One of their efforts, the Veteran Recovery Program, has as its mission to identify and honorably inter the unclaimed cremated remains of veterans. The Northeastern Woodworker’s Association, […]
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Veritas changes the game again

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:05pm
With their new line of customizable hand planes, Lee Valley/Veritas continues their impressive record of innovation in woodworking tools. Within each plane size, you can choose the blade steel, the handles (thankfully), and the frog. The most compelling option, in my view, is the choice of frogs, and particularly in a smoothing plane. This gives […]
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Different wood, different matter

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 11:33pm
Woodworking instruction and practice usually make use of easily worked woods such as poplar or pine. This is practical – it makes learning easier and fosters confidence. However, when moving on to more cantankerous woods, the techniques may not be fully applicable. Not only quantitative changes but also qualitative alterations in technique may be necessary. […]
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Verifying the alignment of jointer knives

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 4:55pm
Let’s explore a simple method to verify the alignment of jointer knives, which is necessary when changing or adjusting them. The first goal is to have all of the knife edges across their full widths in a consistent relationship to the outfeed table. The top of the arc of the knife edge should be very […]
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