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  • Birthday 04/30/1968

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  1. My anvil swims better than I do.
  2. When did they have anvils in ballparks?
  3. Well, you could have said cricket bat, I suppose.
  4. Oddly enough, this is also a critical element of proper placement of doorstops and of the "sweet spot" on a baseball bat.
  5. Very nice. Pretty blade, too.
  6. Is there no flat platen, or is it just not shown in these photos?
  7. I like that definition of "passive vocabulary"; I'll have to remember that.
  8. Interesting idea, although Windsor chairs were traditionally made using "spoon bits" -- bits with a straight semi-cylindrical fluted section for most of its length, terminating in a half-dome shape at the business end. These almost always had the tapered square section at the end to fit in the chuck of a hand brace. They're still made, for that subset of woodworkers who still make Windsor chairs by hand.
  9. A somewhat unusual item: a hook that wraps around the corner post of my bed to hold the hose from my CPAP machine when not in use. (I built the bed as a wedding present for my wife, by the way.)
  10. Just as long as no-one got hurt.
  11. A mortise is a slot or recess, usually with flat sides. In joinery, a mortise usually receives a matching tenon. If the joint goes all the way through the workpiece, it is a "through mortise"; if only part way, a "blind mortise". Since the English language doesn't have a generic word for "something cut with a router" but instead uses "routed" as an adjective to describe the specific thing so cut, it sounds from your description like your anvil sits in a "routed recess". However, given that that recess is designed to join together your anvil and its base, it is appropriate to call it a mortise or to say that your anvil is "mortised into" the stump. Just to be clear: this isn't meant as personal criticism. I'm just trying to make sure that we're all on the same page, so far as vocabulary is concerned. English is tricky enough, even before we get into the obscure terminology of specialized crafts.
  12. Even Estwings have a cushioned rubber handle that conforms to the shape of the hand.
  13. Hardened and tempered O1 could be a bit of overkill. Mild steel and normalized spring steel seem to be more in general use.
  14. Sorry to be pedantic, but I think you mean "mortised", not "mitered".
  15. My daughter was born in the back of an NYC taxi. She's tough as nails, God bless her. (Oh, and I think her archery record at the local Girl Scout camp still stands.)