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Blog series by BlueRidgeDog updated 01-02-2020 09:23 PM 3 parts 2936 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: Lie-Nielsen Honing Guide

03-20-2019 10:39 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 4 comments »

My father was a wood sculptor. I spent my childhood surrounded by his tools and sharpening bits. He could put a razor edge on piece of cardboard and read grain direction from 10’ away. He could get a glass smooth finish on an end grain cut of the hardest wood with just a handful of nowhere near flat oil stones and a buffing wheel. He taught me a lot. More than I realize now that I am “up there” in years. One thing was how to put on edge on most any tool…by ...

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Part 2: Magnets...amazing things

04-04-2019 11:29 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 6 comments »

I have been meaning to do this for a long time. I picked up $10 worth of rare earth magnets from https://www.magnet4less.com/ (1/2×1/8) A half inch shallow hole in push blocks and I no longer have to go hunting for them.

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Part 3: Wooden Clamps or Handscrew Clamps

01-02-2020 09:23 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 3 comments »

When I was little and then coming up in the trades, these were the go-to clamp. They were used for everything and then smaller F style clamps sort of took over. That was sad because what you may have gained in clamping power, you lost in throat depth and in flexibility. Last weekend I was clamping up a leg to a bookcase and needed to hold the leg in, but the clamping purchase was not in line with the leg. No problem as wooden clamps can clamp at different points, but still be parallel. ...

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