"router plane"is a more specific search than
router planeAnd similarly, "stanley plane" may well avoid getting pages and pages about Spitfires and Mustangs. It's worth trying the simpler form first though; it gives a wider range of results, and google's ranking may be good enough to put the stuff you want near the top. Use the phrase form if you're getting swamped with chaff.
"bow saw" OR bow-saw OR bowsaw
A while ago I was reading a Fine WoodWorking article about making measured drawings of classic furniture from photographs. This sounded interesting, and an ideal application for computer software. So I did a pretty vague search:
measurement photograph accurateThe results weren't too bad, but browsing the first few sites told me something veryimportant. The technical name for this whole activity is "photogrammetry". Using my other favourite keyword when looking for basic information I searched for:
Oh, you're back. Now, there's a partial, dreadful archive of of this at egroups, but the search engine sucks, and the listmoms turned off the feed recently. Due to some splendid work by various members of the Porch (which has the disproportionate representation of geeks common to most internet groups) there's a fully searchable archive programmed and hosted by Christopher Swingley. The search engine is MySql, which (sadly) doesn't support many of the techniques described earlier. You just get to feed it multiple keywords. Better things are promised (natch) for the next release (4.0).
To use my synonym and phrase techniques, you need to be careful. Synonyms have to go in parentheses, and must notbe separated by spaces. On the other hand it does support wildcards, which is useful for zapping plurals. "plane*" is easier than "(plane,planes)" Sadly, wildcards don't appear to work in synonym phrase sets, so you can't do
("plow plane*","plough plane*")you have to expand it all out as
("plow plane","plough plane","plow planes","plough planes")
Here's a fairly careful search I was running regularly a while back
(43,043,44,044,plow,plough,combination,dado,beading,grooving) (plane,planes) (record,marples)
Ebay is also a good way to find specialist dealers. If you find somebody selling an item of the type you're interested in, they may have a website, which may have links or a helpful FAQ. Chase the trail, use the web!
More usefully, his website is also full of nicely photographed and described tools, and he doesn't appear to delete stuff. This mean that his website is a remarkable tool reference. His website has it's own search engine, which is dreadful. A much better way to find stuff is to use another of google's features, the ability to restrict a search to domain's which satisfy a particular test. Just add the term "site:www.mjdtools.com" to the rest of your google search and voila! For example:
site:www.mjdtools.com "scrub plane"(A little low end for MJD, I fear)
The latter has no search engine, so I've manually made a directory to the index for each volumne
http://www.redbrick.ac.uk/students/harry/hobbies/tools/planes/stanley/smoother.htmlIf this comes up empty, it may well be worth trying to knock off the components of the path, one at a time.
http://www.redbrick.ac.uk/students/harry/hobbies/tools/planes/stanley/ http://www.redbrick.ac.uk/students/harry/hobbies/tools/planes/ http://www.redbrick.ac.uk/students/harry/hobbies/tools/And so on. In this case, it would appear that
http://www.redbrick.ac.uk/students/harryis as short as you'd like to go; one would guess this is harry's home directory. If any of these attempts succeed, you may then be able to navigate back down to your desired information using the links on the higher level pages.
If you're a Netscape user, and the URL that fails looks like this:
http://www.redbrick.ac.uk/students/idiot/pictures/my tool.jpgyou've most likely got a page created with Microsoft's Front Page. This application generates URL's with spaces in them, which is outside the HTML spec. You may find it unsurprising that Microsofts's Internet Explorer has a compensating feature that accepts these invalid URL's. You may further find it interesting that Microsoft have been told about this problem in FrontPage for a long time, but have never "got round" to fixing it.
Regardless of any conspiracy theories that may be hatching in your mind as you read this, all you have to do is edit the URL, replacing each space with %20, and you should be OK (unless, of course, the link is both invalid and outdated).
This was recently used to resurrect the (long believed extinct) Jay Sutherland Stanley Plane Dating pages
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