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Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro

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inside the woodshop 2014-04-12T07:09:34Z
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Compass plane in use

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 12:09am
The compass plane is an effective tool when thought of as a jack plane for curves. It is mostly a shaping plane, where the shape is a curve, not a flat surface as for a regular jack plane. It is mostly fantasy to think of the compass plane sleigh riding over varying-radius curves spilling out […]
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Compass plane – fettling a Stanley #20

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:40pm
I enjoy incorporating curves in my work and so have explored lots of different tools and methods for shaping, refining, and smoothing them. Years ago I used a new Record #20 compass plane but then got rid of it. The problem, however, was mostly in my approach to the tool. I’ve harbored mixed feelings about the […]
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Shooting long grain

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:37pm
This is so easy. Shooting is a fast and accurate method for making a straight and square long grain edge on small boards, generally less than about two feet in length. This is far easier, especially for thin stock, than planing the edge while the board is held vertically in a vise. Though shooting is […]
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Tooth pitch and sawing accuracy

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:25pm
Finer pitch saws generally produce more precise cuts than coarser pitch saws. Well, of course they do. The finer teeth make a cleaner kerf with which to track a line. They also advance the kerf more slowly and thus presumably more controllably since each stroke is a relatively smaller commitment that can be adjusted as needed. […]
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Photography, seeing, and woodworking

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 12:34am
A nice byproduct of messing around with photography using a fancier camera has been that I think I’m also improving my seeing skills for woodworking. By this I mean learning to better observe and process visual elements of composition and design. The simple key is that this takes effort – it’s not automatic – and […]
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It’s always something

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:14am
A project idea has taken hold, a concept has developed, and maybe you even have scale drawings. This could come to fruition but your jointer isn’t wide enough or your bandsaw isn’t tall enough. Or the boards you found for the project aren’t quite consistent in color and figure. Or your shop isn’t big enough, […]
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More about skinny saws

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:53pm
Is a thinner kerf saw more accurate? Does that make a skinny saw better? After all, we associate thin with accurate, such as thin pencil lines or thin gradations on a rule. Accurate sawing means a clean, neat kerf that consistently splits the layout line, with the kerf in the waste wood. This comes from […]
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Skinny saws?

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:45pm
In saw descriptions and discussions, there is often the implicit assumption that a thinner saw cuts proportionately faster than a thicker saw. At the risk of setting this up as a straw man case, the assumption goes that, as an example, with all else being theoretically equal, a .012″ plate will cut twice as fast […]
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