Sure, that's the point I was trying to make. There's horse's behinds
everywhere, including 1 or 2 in Canada. We mostly ignore ours too.
The vast majority of Canadians are much too polite to engage in the kind
of "virulent rhetoric against the US" the OP was talking about :-)
I used to work with a Canadian fellow who referred to one of your former PMs
as "Cretin". :-)
I've noticed that. I've vacationed in Canada a number of times -- my wife and
I honeymooned in Jasper Nat'l Park, for example -- and have *never*
encountered rudeness there, except, I'm sorry to say, from other Americans.
Just the same, I'm sure you have your share of volatile and voluble lunatics,
just as we do.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Still remember the cafe in Thunder Bay where the wife and I stopped for
lunch. Everyone was speaking English when we came in, then switched to
French. So, what the hell, we started conversing in Russian. They appeared
somewhat annoyed, but went back to English thereafter.
Wouldn't have worked in the prairie provinces....
Why the flame? All I suggested was another option - just to open up the
thinking a little. My points are all valid - just as yours are. So
what? YMMV is all I come away with from your comments ...
B A R R Y wrote:
Flame? None-intended! <G>
I'm very sorry if you take two-way discussion as a flame.
Having been down the down you mentioned, I just thought it deserved
follow-up, especially the part about passing the tools down.
Make it a couple. The Veritas low angle block for starters, because
it's probably the most useful single plane-like tool you'll ever find,
especially if you're not regularly planing stuff.
For a bench plane, I'd suggest the Veritas #5. A #5 is a better
general purpose plane than a #4. Also old #4's really do grow on trees.
If you want a small plane for taking to a door rather than benchwork,
think about a #3 instead.
I prefer the Veritas design to the L-N and there's nothing between them
in build quality. L-N are prettier and more traditional, but I think
the Veritas adjuster design is just better thought out than Stanley's.
If you want a smoother later, it needs to be a separate plane just so
you can sharpen and tune it differently. A #4 1/2 would be good here,
or a Steve Knight. Also by that time you're probably due for a scrub
plane (cheap old Stanley #4, rersharpened).
As you will no doubt be advised
Veritas adjustable throat block plane for the needs you described
though their regular block plane would do fine as well.
The LN "block/rabbet/rebate plane doesn't need an adjustable
throat - it's tight out of the box - and sharp. Does what the
can do PLUS, because the sides of the body are open at the iron,
and the iron sticks out a few thousandths on both sides, it's
also nice for tuning tenon faces - and shoulders (the V can't
do shoulders - but they make THREE nice shoulder planes that
give you multiple holding position AND set screws to keep the
iron where you put it, even if you take it out for sharpening -
no futzing around after sharpening. They also work very
nicely thank you very much.
But to be honest, the stanley block plane I picked up at a
flea market for around $10 will do what you want to use
it for - IF you sharpen the iron. Not as flashy - but it'll
do just fine. Then when you win the lottery . . .
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