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  1. Oh Ray, Why be so cynical? Just consider the...

    Oh Ray,

    Why be so cynical? Just consider the commercial realities.

    Just imagine this scenario:
    You bought a sheet of "proto-tricoya" forty nine years ago in 1971, and it came with a fifty...
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    Good Morning Ross Before you go any further, I...

    Good Morning Ross

    Before you go any further, I suggest that you talk to your electricity supplier.

    Like most of Australia, three-phase is available in our street. Twenty years ago I looked at...
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    Yeah: quantum mechanics makes science fiction...

    Yeah: quantum mechanics makes science fiction credible.
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    The Soul of the Tree

    Great question. I am re-reading George Nakashima's "The Soul of the Tree" and it is quite a revalation.

    I first saw Nakashima's work in the MFA, Boston in the early 1980's and was blown away. ...
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    Storm in Teacup

    Hi Paul

    Its annoying, frustrating, worrying, .... but untimately a storm in a teacup. It is so common that it is no longer an issue! Contrary to your feelings of violation, it is nothing...
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    Hi Moph Thank you for confirming my...

    Hi Moph

    Thank you for confirming my suspicions.

    One government agency providing "expert advice" but not conforming with Australian Standards! Or a typical case of the left hand not knowing...
  7. Nice idea, RiverBuilder. Your suggestion was in...

    Nice idea, RiverBuilder. Your suggestion was in Post #1146 of the thread. That numbering is a good start.
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    Good Morning Bob My house was built in the...

    Good Morning Bob

    My house was built in the 1880's and all the internal joinery is done in baltic pine - four-panel doors, architraves, skirtings, picture rails, window frames, etc. We sold the...
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    Are you sure, Moph? I think that you will find...

    Are you sure, Moph?

    I think that you will find that the figures I quoted are still current for all climate zones for all "very light coloured roofs". As Mark is in Perth I never considered he...
  10. Should polish up very nicely, BobL, But then what...

    Should polish up very nicely, BobL, But then what would you do with it? You wouldn't want to belt it with a hammer and undo all that polishing.
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    Rule #1: Do not start a new project until I...

    Rule #1: Do not start a new project until I finish an existing one (or two),

    Rule #2: Refer to Rule #1,

    Rule #3: Oh, hell. Just this once.......
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    Hi Mark I think you have got some more good...

    Hi Mark

    I think you have got some more good advice from Moph.

    What he and Kingspan do not say is that the foil will act as a vapour barrier and keep condensation to the outside of this barrier....
  13. WANTED:VIC Hi Steve I often get timber and sheet...

    Hi Steve

    I often get timber and sheet materials from Uptons; prices usually very good, but quality varies:
    Variety Of Timber By Uptons, High Quality Construction Products

    Some of their stores...
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    Fascinating Thread

    Good Morning Dominic

    Thanks for this thread - certainly raises a lot of largely unanswered questions.

    First. Looking at the axe marks - they have extremely smoothe edges indicating that a very...
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    Just received some junk mail from Fine...

    Just received some junk mail from Fine WoodWorking Magazine - coincidentally, they are currently discounting their magazine archive DVD at US$79.96.
    Holiday 2019
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    Even better.

    Even better.
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    Hi Mark Another option is to buy their DVD of...

    Hi Mark

    Another option is to buy their DVD of all back issues of Fine Woodworking Magazine - 280 magazines, computer searchable, for US$80-100 - prices vary a bit!

    I bought the DVD, and then...
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    Hi Craig Obviously, two thicknesses of ply...

    Hi Craig

    Obviously, two thicknesses of ply will be a lot stiffer then one. The thickness of the existing cheeks will give you a guide.

    The next issue is the quality and hardness of the...
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    Good Morning Craig Interesting project. That...

    Good Morning Craig

    Interesting project. That vise looks like it may originally have been a leg vise mechanism that then got "repurposed". Waste not, and all that ... With some TLC no reason why...
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    Good Morning MAIN2203 Coincidentally, Fine...

    Good Morning MAIN2203

    Coincidentally, Fine WoodWorking Magazine has just circulated some articles on woodshop design and layout to their online subscribers. Not sure if you will be able to access...
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    Hi Farm Boy A gentle caution; that was one of...

    Hi Farm Boy

    A gentle caution; that was one of the mistakes that I made.

    My shed had been renovated shortly before I bought the house. I thought it was schmick:

    two walls are pink primer...
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    Either, but more stuff at Cambridge. Mornington...

    Either, but more stuff at Cambridge. Mornington just ring through and check if they do not have something. Ditto Argyle St.
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    Hi Farmboy Just stumbled on your thread, and...

    Hi Farmboy

    Just stumbled on your thread, and wished I had done this when I set up my shed. So many mistakes ...

    That plywood option for the walls looks a little expensive. Have you considered...
  24. Thanks CT Safety warning; Woodman's technique...

    Thanks CT

    Safety warning; Woodman's technique places his index finger of his left hand dangerously close to the ungarded side of the wheel, especially when sliding the jig.

    I use that...
  25. Hi Bueller Besides the multiplicity of...

    Hi Bueller

    Besides the multiplicity of sharpening techniques, you will find even the concept of sharpness to be elusive.

    You think that you know what a sharp blade is like, then something...
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    Hi Tony Virtually any plastics...

    Hi Tony

    Virtually any plastics supplier/plastics fabricator will be able to supply perspex and polycarbonate sheeting in a range of thicknesses from about 3mm to 12mm, or thicker, and cut to size....
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    I would leave a small gap - say 5 mm - between...

    I would leave a small gap - say 5 mm - between the cladding and the concrete to stop wicking. Peace of mind, if nothing else.
  28. Hi RB Here's a photo of my version of the...

    Hi RB

    Here's a photo of my version of the "surgeons trolley" - identical to my mates - but repurposed to my stduy. Couldn't post it yesterday as camera battery was flat!

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    Cheers
    ...
  29. Been thinking, RB, with the amount of space that...

    Been thinking, RB, with the amount of space that you have it is almost mandatory that most things are on wheels, or at least slides, otherwise you will have a lot of carrying to do.

    Still think...
  30. I withdraw what I just said ... in your case only...

    I withdraw what I just said ... in your case only Riverbuilder. Envious of your space.

    For the troglodytes those dimensions are 115 x 59 feet - sounds even bigger, that way.
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    That insulation will be better than nothing, but...

    That insulation will be better than nothing, but not by much....

    Recommended insulation for Hobart is:

    Roof: R = 4.1
    Walls R = 2.8
    And if you live in a colder part of Hobart such as...
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    Neither; They are quite pert. Sorry for the...

    Neither; They are quite pert.

    Sorry for the delay, but I had to check some measurements. I am 185 cms tall, and nipples are at 1300 mm. Definitely no 50 mm of gravity!
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    Hi Mark The best advice that I can give is not...

    Hi Mark

    The best advice that I can give is not to repeat the mistakes that I made thirty years ago. Now that My shed is full of treasures its a major removal to clear it to fix basic problems:
    ...
  34. Used display racks, both mobile and fixed, are...

    Used display racks, both mobile and fixed, are available very cheaply from shop fitting business. Retailers constantly upgrade, and cannot have tatty displays.

    However, I agree with Derek, floor...
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    Interesting, Matt, how the body responds. I...

    Interesting, Matt, how the body responds.

    I have a little arthritus in the finger joints, a little less control and strength. Now I find that I increasingly prefer to use longer chisels!
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    Nothing like that, hereabouts, Robson. Might be...

    Nothing like that, hereabouts, Robson. Might be something in Melbourne or Sydney.

    Even charities and op shops have stopped accepting donations of old electrical machinery or tools.
  37. Thread: Incra gauge

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    If Aldav is correct, and I think he is, and it is...

    If Aldav is correct, and I think he is, and it is the Incra V-120 then Carbatec currently has that model on sale for $139 !
    Incra Miter V120 | Carbatec



    Cheers

    Graeme
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    Good luck. You might find that the scrap metal...

    Good luck. You might find that the scrap metal dealer's refuse it, even as a gift, as the mixture of metals makes it "too hard".
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    Ahh, Derek The conceptual purity of the very...

    Ahh, Derek

    The conceptual purity of the very best of modernist design .......

    For the post-boomers you need an explanation that an open reel tape recorder was, sort of, the precursor of a USB...
  40. Thread: Incra gauge

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    HI Tony Is the broken casting here significant...

    HI Tony

    Is the broken casting here significant ???

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    Cheers
  41. True. And a clear finish over that unique...

    True. And a clear finish over that unique greeish timber would really complement a postmodernist design.

    Not quite so comfortable with something more classical.
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    Please continue, Derek. I, for one, have really...

    Please continue, Derek. I, for one, have really enjoyed this series and it has stirred some important memories.

    My interest in design and woodwork was sparked by a visit to the Museum of Fine...
  43. Two questions Zoovegroover: did you oil all...

    Two questions Zoovegroover:

    did you oil all surfaces? and
    how many coats of oil did you apply.


    Wood will always move with changes in moisture. Good and balanced surface treatment will...
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    I think Skew's pretty well nailed it. When I...

    I think Skew's pretty well nailed it.

    When I worked in the timber industry many years ago, we used to dry timber to two different standards:

    12% moisture by weight - default measure, most...
  45. Thread: Spokeshave

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    Excellent video. Blades are readily available:...

    Excellent video.

    Blades are readily available:
    Veritas Small Spokeshave Kit | Spokeshaves - Carbatec
    Hand-Made Wooden Spokeshave Blade - Hock Tools woodworksupplies.com.au

    When making the...
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    Tapered Square Shank

    Welcome to the Forum, Soundwave.

    CT's correct. For the two-jaw chuck in your brace really you need bits with tapered square shanks like these:
    ...
  47. Perhaps not what you are looking for. ...

    Perhaps not what you are looking for.

    Milwaukee tools are badge-engineered Ryobi products made by Techtronic Industries, headquartered in Hong Kong but with factories in Shenzen, China.
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    Timely Post

    Timely Post, MM. I am going through almost the same thought processes, but silly me never thought of posting.

    Most bench heights are c.900 mm and I had always assumed that this was the ideal or...
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    Derek's Next Project ????

    https://i.postimg.cc/C12wNnBf/2a-Porsche-356.jpg
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    I just logged on. Japan Tool site still works...

    I just logged on. Japan Tool site still works fine for me. I have not had any trouble.

    Something very strange is going. We need to consult a twelve year old!
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