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Blog series by PurpLev updated 08-02-2013 04:33 AM 3 parts 22825 reads 36 comments total

Part 1: Don't be such a ☐

11-13-2011 06:15 AM by PurpLev | 11 comments »

I’ve always wondered why are there sets of squares out there. Isn’t a square a square? aren’t they all the same? Can’t you just have 1 and be done with it since if something is square…well – it’s square, right? A recent check made me realize I probably have more squares than any other tool in my toolbox (excluding chisels and drill bits of course). How did that happen?!? When I first started woodworking, I got myself a 12” square from the ...

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Part 2: emBRACE the BOREdom

11-18-2011 05:46 AM by PurpLev | 4 comments »

I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is, but I am somewhat attracted to Brace bits… go figure. something about the shape and engineering of the tool really works for me I guess. My first introduction with the brace was way back in ….2009 (ok maybe not that long ago). I was sitting in a bar, and caught her in the corner of my eye. there was something about her…. oh wait… wrong movie… OK – swap reel… I was dropping the trash at the transfer...

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Part 3: Not Another Sharpening Post.... - YES!

08-02-2013 04:33 AM by PurpLev | 21 comments »

With everyone getting stuck up and all sensitive about sharpening and what not lately I figured what better time to have yet another sharpening related post – so here it is – my way – at least nowadays (it keeps evolving as the years go by and getting better and better for me). I keep hearing about the marvels of water and oil stones all the time, and always wanted to “be there with the best”, so at some point I got a couple of arkansas stones – a hard ,...

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