Bill Yacey

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About Bill Yacey

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  1. Wasn't there a joke about Geppetto giving Pinocchio some sandpaper to alleviate some sliver problems?
  2. There are a few of us that are closet sandpaperists.
  3. MDF in my experience has pretty poor stiffness, and I imagine it will be very dead acoustically, too. I look forward to your findings.
  4. If you want to remove the sheen on an uneven surface, make a pumice and oil paste, applied with a soft bristle tooth brush.
  5. I learned U.S. by listening to and watching U.S radio and television. They tried to teach us Canadian French as a forced attempt to create national unity between the East and West, but it didn't go over so well.
  6. Thank goodness for Google Translate, otherwise we wouldn't be able to have this discussion.
  7. The tribal bushmen "Keepers of the Giraffe", hand select trees on the Alberta side of the border and carry them across to the Saskatchewan side to keep them fed.
  8. Great. You just set in motion the mass deforestation of what was a nice province.
  9. A scroll saw is one of those tools that would make-you-the-wood-worker-you-always-knew-you-could-be, until you get one, and start using it. Quickly you learn that it has very limited capabilities.
  10. Nope, he used Craftuomolinni.
  11. A couple weeks ago I received a mailing from Lee Valley, entitled "Sharpening by Hand, A Woodworkers Resource Guide". It's 24 pages of more or less sales propaganda with pricing on their different sharpening products, but they also discuss the products, pros and cons, as well as comparisons of the different sharpening mediums and purposes. I think this is essentially the same info as the booklet I received: Sharpening
  12. That's what I use, and it works very well.
  13. No, I don't think their steel quality was anything to write home about, but they made best use of what they had available. It probably just entailed more frequent sharpening, likely the job of a apprentice. It was always work, no matter how you look at it.
  14. Making a quality steel alloy is only part of it. The heat treating and resulting hardness has a lot to do with the quality, durability and ease of sharpening too. I remember my dad commenting on some tool or another as being made of poor steel, when in fact the temper was probably drawn too much towards the soft side.
  15. As a matter of interest, I seldom see mention of Swedish steel used in fine woodworking tools. Yet, it has been known as some of the finest quality steel made in Europe.