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  1. Thread: More on orchids

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    Hard to tell from the photo, but the potting mix...

    Hard to tell from the photo, but the potting mix looks dark - so Iím guessing itís either bark chunks or one of the commercially available Ďorchid pottingí mixes.

    In either case, you can expect...
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    Isn’t that maple - either Queensland maple or...

    Isn’t that maple - either Queensland maple or perhaps Pacific maple.
  3. Thread: More on orchids

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    More on phalaenopsis

    I mentioned previously that it isnít hard to grow-on phalaenopsis orchids that were bought in full flower, as long as you have a basic understanding of their requirements, but I didnít explain what...
  4. Thread: Glue for shoes

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    Shoe glue

    Is there any reason you wouldnít use Shoe Glue....
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    Kauri and oregan loads of times. Oven cleaner...

    Kauri and oregan loads of times.
    Oven cleaner gets those lumps off. Then rinse with a strong jet of water.

    Iíve read that talcum powder stops the lumps and tracks forming, though Iíve never tried...
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    I think Bohdan is right. I think the blades were...

    I think Bohdan is right. I think the blades were oriented in such a way to make it function as a fan. I hadn’t thought of that so thanks.

    Obviously this is not something generic off the shelf, so...
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    A photo

    Hereís a photo.

    All the spokes have been broken off, so you can see the hub (still on the shaft) and the rim (fallen down, of course).

    The flywheel appears to be aluminium. Itís very soft...
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    Replacing flywheel on compressor

    I had a mishap with my belt-drive compressor and now the flywheel is broken.

    By Ďflywheelí Iím referring to the large (280mm) spoked pulley on the compressor head that the drive belt goes around....
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    Chisels which have no curve and a bevel on only...

    Chisels which have no curve and a bevel on only one side are not much used in carving.

    Flat carving gouges (still called gouges, even though they have no curve) usually have a bevel of equal size...
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    No, not for resale. I have difficulty parting...

    No, not for resale. I have difficulty parting with really nice things.

    I have a limit of about $6 or 7 dollars for a Addis or Taylor tool. I buy them when I see them at that price, but actually...
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    Weird double post deleted

    Weird double post deleted
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    The issue is, I think, that there aren’t many...

    The issue is, I think, that there aren’t many carvers about any more, and the number is declining rapidly every day. I could mention the long time between inspiration and accomplishment and how it...
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    Yep, Elan is on the money. Sounds like heís done...

    Yep, Elan is on the money. Sounds like heís done a few.
    No need for clamps, the cabinet will square itself up as you assemble. The squareness is a product of the design, not a product of forcing it...
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    When I was there a couple of months ago it was...

    When I was there a couple of months ago it was $5.00 per cut - and a very long wait.

    I bought a heap of that okume ply that they sell very cheaply as Ďfurniture gradeí ply. It definitely isnít...
  15. The chairs look factory-made so it’s likely they...

    The chairs look factory-made so it’s likely they were originally square but have changed through wood movement or drying over time.

    Your options are to remake the front piece, plug the mortise...
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    From the breakwater, at the marina. And yep, I...

    From the breakwater, at the marina.

    And yep, I expect next time I go there it’ll be jam packed. Something you can’t control with fishing. Someone else put a photo taken at the wall on Facebook and...
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    Lets brag. Me with a good fish

    A 26kg longtail tuna I caught at Port Stephens today.

    I got this one land-based.

    A very stubborn fish on 13.6kg line.

    Caught on a dead fish bait straylined in a small berley trail.
    ...
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    When I started I ran a shop vac with just the...

    When I started I ran a shop vac with just the filter. I was baffled by why the filter seemed to clog up so quickly and consulted the manual many times to try to puzzle it out. There was no mention of...
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    My take on this is as below. Extend the false...

    My take on this is as below.

    Extend the false table well past the blade on the right hand side.

    Lower the blade, Set it up, clamp in place, raise the blade and you have a nice zero clearance...
  20. Thread: More on orchids

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    If Id known that and if I lived in your area I...

    If Id known that and if I lived in your area I would have been down the tip picking them up. I love rehabbing plants.

    I picked up a dried out Stanhopea that a neighbour threw out and it took me...
  21. Thread: More on orchids

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    I did not realise that. In a sense we have it...

    I did not realise that. In a sense we have it lucky at this latitude as we have very little problem with pests and diseases. Our downside is that our plants struggle through the winter cold - but our...
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    I have an electric knife. The angle grinder just...

    I have an electric knife. The angle grinder just does organic shapes better. Have you tried it?
  23. Thread: More on orchids

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    Carrying on

    Although we have had a constant stream of flowering orchids since my last post I havenít shown any because they are just kind of more of the same. Most have been Oncidium intergenerics.

    This one...
  24. If it was me, I would separate all the joints and...

    If it was me, I would separate all the joints and reglue.

    I have redone a few chairs and I find they go together better if fully separated. Any time you can fully separate without damage itís a...
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    Very, very nice. I tried to hit the Like...

    Very, very nice.

    I tried to hit the Like button, but there isn’t one.
  26. Thread: Boonaree

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    Interesting. Some of the other timbers in the...

    Interesting. Some of the other timbers in the background of photo 2 look good too.
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    Also, as I never tire of pointing out, the black...

    Also, as I never tire of pointing out, the black walnut will fade to brown, and the redheart will fade to brown, and the maple will go brownish when the oil gets into the end grain. What you are...
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    Fair enough. Iíll resist the temptation to...

    Fair enough.

    Iíll resist the temptation to trawl the internet to find someone, somewhere who is bending chair timber that isnít beech, as its not really core to the discussion.

    Na, sorry, canít...
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    I think the thing that needs greatest...

    I think the thing that needs greatest consideration is not achieving the shape, it’s achieving the resilience on those four 90% corners. Consider a person plonking themselves into the chair,...
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    C’mon Elan. Sweeping statements like that are...

    C’mon Elan. Sweeping statements like that are just begging for refutation.

    Check out this add from Ikea parent company

    https://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/S99197776/
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    My concern here is your choice of timber. The...

    My concern here is your choice of timber. The Poang chairs are made of birch (not beech). Birch is a springy timber with long grain and ideal for bending. Moreover, it’s able to withstand the forces...
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    A really good project. A bit of upholstery, a bit...

    A really good project. A bit of upholstery, a bit of woodwork, and a bit of finishing. Lots of variety.

    You should enjoy that. I wish you every success.
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    Malbs solution of one shallow scoring cut...

    Malbs solution of one shallow scoring cut followed by one deep through cut works well - I’ve been doing it for the last few days with good results.

    I get even better results with a cordless...
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    Great tip. Thanks very much. Cheers Arron

    Great tip. Thanks very much.

    Cheers
    Arron
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    Ok, so how do you stick it down if you insist on...

    Ok, so how do you stick it down if you insist on doing it manually? I only have about 4 meters to do, and a stupidly high resistance to frustration.

    Cheers
    Arron
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    OK, I guess I overreacted. My original...

    OK, I guess I overreacted. My original contribution was something like this:

    The IKEA kitchens are fairly short lifespan products. I know because we have one. Therefore, I wouldnít choose a...
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    deleted after remembering forum rules about not...

    deleted after remembering forum rules about not criticising a business online.
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    If you have already made the drawers to a size...

    If you have already made the drawers to a size that wonít allow drawer runners then yes, the hardwood fillets will work well to prevent the mdf wearing. Fit them in such a way that they can be...
  39. Thread: Huon bowl

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    Very impressive. I tried to do the same thing...

    Very impressive.

    I tried to do the same thing in Huon but just couldnít get the design right. Looked quite clumsy so I binned it.

    Cheers
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    Oven cleaner does a good job. Brush on, hose off.

    Oven cleaner does a good job. Brush on, hose off.
  41. Both will work. Your choice. The only thing to...

    Both will work. Your choice.

    The only thing to add is that, like any softwood, if you apply an oil direct to the Oregon then it will go blotchy. This is due to the differential absorption. There...
  42. Thread: More on orchids

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    You could probably grow an orchid or two directly...

    You could probably grow an orchid or two directly on the trunk of the poinciana. Look up Ďnobile dendrobiumí in Google. They are often naturalised on trees. Just wire the plant onto the trunk with a...
  43. Thread: More on orchids

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    Thatís a difficult question for me personally...

    Thatís a difficult question for me personally because I donít know much about growing orchids in your climate. I looked up your climate on BOM and it looked like you get a hot, rainy summer and a dry...
  44. Thread: More on orchids

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    and more on phals

    This is another rescue phal.

    Itís very unusual. Itís a peloric, which in this case means the lip shape has been influenced by the petal shape. You can see that its labellum (the downward pointing...
  45. Thread: More on orchids

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    Carrying on

    As there isnít much else flowering at the moment itís time to talk Phalaenopsis.

    Phalaenopsis (or phals) are those white or pink flowered orchids you see today in such numbers in supermarkets or...
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    Replying to your questions above, Paul. Yes,...

    Replying to your questions above, Paul.

    Yes, you can stick the leather direct to the surface of the box but itís a major pain as you are doing inside surfaces. Also, you will probably end up with...
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    Yep, Evan, thatís the Parfix I used.

    Yep, Evan, thatís the Parfix I used.
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    Yep, Evan, that’s the Parfix I used.

    Yep, Evan, that’s the Parfix I used.
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    Oregon, tassie oak and meranti. Clear pine too. ...

    Oregon, tassie oak and meranti. Clear pine too.

    I doubt the Tassie oak or meranti will meet your criteria of being sustainably sourced.

    The Oregon will probably be recycled.
  50. Thread: Corner joint

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    Can you do it using three clamps, as in the...

    Can you do it using three clamps, as in the attached figure.

    Clamps A and B are clamped to each segment of the joint.
    Clamp C clamps to A and B and draws them together, taking the joint with...
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