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  1. It's a big disadvantage to the small UK maker. I've lost two customers to the VAT charge. Effectively the EU customer becomes what is technically known as 'the importer of record'. That represents a 20% hike in the price. Neither were prepared to pay that increase although one of them did ask if I could remove the British VAT charge. Impossible because I'm not VAT registered, therefore there is no VAT. Earlier on in the year I did get a few emails asking about the changes and what the charges would be. Lol. I didn't have a clue and said as much. Perhaps I lost them as well, who knows. I do know that the market has shrunk and it's difficult to see how I can compensate for it. It's not as though I refused orders from the US, Japan or even India! I've even thought of reducing my price to EU customers by 10%, meeting them half way. I was on the edge of viability anyway. This has just made life much more difficult. If some alternative magically appeared tomorrow I'd be out of the workshop in a flash. There's more to life than chipping away at bits of wood, taking all the risk and being served with a meager living.
  2. Just can't help himself. He's at it yet again, despite all the warnings. I'm finished with this forum.
  3. I don't think the denaturant is a poison as such, just foul tasting. The poison is the alcohol itself.
  4. Bio ethanol also contains a denaturant although it's a small amount. I'm surprised that denatured alcohol contains 50% methanol. I thought in the US it was around 20%. In the UK it used to be around 5%. I'm referring to the stuff with the purple dye. It no longer contains methanol. In the EU the 'recipe' was harmonised, perhaps 6 or 7 years ago, methanol was removed.
  5. It's the nature of French polishing that ensures a thin finish. I suppose you could end up with a thick finish if you kept at it for long enough. Most people become bored long before that happens though.
  6. You can use Bio ethanol. It's basically ethanol with an added denaturant but without the added purple dye i.e. it's water clear. It's commonly used for stoves and fires. The large DIY shops often sell it. Also available on the auction site. Cheap, well it is compared to Everclear. Methylated spirits (at least in Europe) does not contain methanol. It's ethanol with a touch of propanol, ethyl methyl ketone and the dye. It's now a standardised recipe throughout the EU. In the US it may still contain methanol but I'm not familiar with the current practice. The strong (97% +) isopropanol also works. It's slower to flash off than ethanol but in real life the difference is marginal, to say the least.
  7. Not sure it was strictly marketing. More likely a continuation of plane blade making practices such as Sorby and your Nurse. The Stanley and Record laminated blades are perfectly good blades. They are thinner than the type found in old wood planes but if everything is set up well, the blade made razor sharp, then these planes are extremely capable. The idea is also similar to that found on Japanese chisels i.e. a hard steel backed by a softer steel.
  8. Sorry fiddlecollector, that's not true: https://recordhandplanes.com/dating.html
  9. I seem to recall that there were some Stanley blades that were laminated too. I could be wrong about that. The lamination does end below the key hole slot, as Greg states. If you look very closely you might be able to see a line running across the blade.
  10. I have two Record planes. I think both are from the early 1950's, one is a stay set. You can date them (roughly) by the blade and the planes features. The stay set is definitely a laminated blade, the other not. Both state crucible tungsten steel. The steel in both is perfectly good. Never felt the need for an aftermarket blade (although I've had a few for other planes).
  11. I recently read that you should use the diluted bleach solution within 24 hours and it should remain on the surface for some 10 or 15 minutes before wiping it off. Presumably the bleach solution becomes weaker over time. I've absolutely no idea if that is true though. Not sure I'd want to dowse apples or carrots in bleach solution. Waiting weeks isn't really viable either.
  12. Let's face it. The world was very ill prepared for a pandemic of this nature. We can't even supply enough masks and personal protective equipment for our health workers. Such a basic and easily manufactured product.
  13. Yep. Think I'll stick with scratch stock. We can all scratch our stock.
  14. I wouldn't worry about the label. Strong or weak, either way someone will be along quite soon to swap it out.
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