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    GORE WARNING [Sheepishly raises hand] Me too. More often...

    [Sheepishly raises hand]

    Me too. More often than I care to recall, though most can be counted just 'nasty pokes.' No hospital-worthy ones, but a few brown-panters. :-

    It's fairly common when...
  2. I've done this using nokogiri with minimal waste....

    I've done this using nokogiri with minimal waste. I prefer a kataba (single-edged saw) but a ryoba (double-edged) will do the job. Just so long as it's not a dozuki, which has a spine.

    I make a...
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    This. Have you tried cutting a thin platter...

    This. Have you tried cutting a thin platter blank lately? If so, does that deviate as much?

    If not, then it's likely to be the thickness of your blank exacerbating the effects of changes in...
  4. Yep. New Posts. Just be aware that if you...

    Yep. New Posts.

    Just be aware that if you reply to something in New Posts, then decide you want to go back and edit it for some reason, clicking 'New Posts' again will NOT include your reply.
    ...
  5. How are you with hand tools? If I was doing...

    How are you with hand tools?

    If I was doing that and my band- and jig-saw were ruled out for rough shaping, I'd use a saw to make a series of cross-grain cuts about an inch apart, stopping roughly...
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    From your description (aged and heavy) it...

    From your description (aged and heavy) it probably has brushes.

    Before writing it off I'd check for that; it is possible that a resurrection would be as simple as replacing them.

    If it does...
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    For general indoor use, pretty much any PVA will...

    For general indoor use, pretty much any PVA will do. Admittedly the really cheap ones are prone to creep, etc. but if you're talking Titebond/Aquadhere you're not talking about those. :)

    It's...
  8. To my mind, the thermal mass would be irrelevant...

    To my mind, the thermal mass would be irrelevant apart from, as Chemfish points out, slowing down how quickly things warm up as any given energy input is spread across more mass. It'd still take the...
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    Back when my wife was still my future wife, her...

    Back when my wife was still my future wife, her parents caught her licking the underside of their dining table after I asked her what the wood-grain looked like.

    But I guess if the merchants...
  10. Thread: Damper

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    Dave, originally damper was a blob of dough...

    Dave, originally damper was a blob of dough buried in the ashes of a camp fire, from the days when it was a comfort to pull up a log and pretty much spoon your food straight out of the billy. (If...
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    Yeah, Leady is probably who you're looking for. ...

    Yeah, Leady is probably who you're looking for.

    I've one or two of his mortise chucks... very handy doodads.
  12. 14-20% is too much. I've found Blackbutt to be...

    14-20% is too much. I've found Blackbutt to be fairly forgiving of MC, but even so I'd be aiming for the 10-12% range at max.



    You can do, but the real problem will be cupping. At 200x50...
  13. If you need to (eg. either it has dried out or...

    If you need to (eg. either it has dried out or you want to thin it to a paste for use as a grain filler) be careful adding water... it can increase shrinkage if you add to much. Be stingy, best to...
  14. Nar. Just 'Climate Change' will do. It...

    Nar. Just 'Climate Change' will do.

    It doesn't matter 'who started it,' what does matter is A: recognising that it is, indeed, a matter of serious concern and B: pulling our fingers out and...
  15. It won't help with applying the finish, but for...

    It won't help with applying the finish, but for sanding ragged edges on the lathe a worn-out thong (as in flip-flop!) as a rubber for cloth-backed sandpaper works wonders.

    You do need to be...
  16. VICTORIA Bugger. That'll teach me to take my time...

    Bugger. That'll teach me to take my time composing a reply... :(
  17. Have you tried giving it a second coat after the...

    Have you tried giving it a second coat after the first had more than adequate time to properly dry? In principle, at least, once what has been 'sucked up' has set then subsequent coats should be OK....
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    You can, with a special USB cable. If you just...

    You can, with a special USB cable.

    If you just use ordinary USB cables you run a risk of burning out the USB ports or their power supplies.

    What you'd want is a "networking" USB cable that has...
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    Nothing there that a little epoxy fill wouldn't...

    Nothing there that a little epoxy fill wouldn't fix! :innocent:

    Good decision not to apply a friction finish... ;)
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    Hehe. I was issued a pair of laced, high-ankle...

    Hehe. I was issued a pair of laced, high-ankle work-boots when I joined the SECV back in '81.

    I don't rightly recall the brand name, but they were the best work-boots I've ever had. The SECV...
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    Here on the east coast, the lathe itself can be...

    Here on the east coast, the lathe itself can be bought new for around that price and the tools individually for around $300-400. (They were probably bought cheaper, as sets.)

    I've no idea how...
  22. If you do decide to just run 'em through the...

    If you do decide to just run 'em through the jointer and thicky, I'd suggest thicknessing 'em first, feeding them them through on an angle.

    In practice this spreads the wear across the blades;...
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    It's probably a 'catch-all' item to prevent...

    It's probably a 'catch-all' item to prevent people trying to adjust it without help from a tech.

    The problem with a trouble-shooting guide in a book is it only covers the most common problems. ...
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    I'd put a long straight edge along the tables to...

    I'd put a long straight edge along the tables to check they're co-planar and haven't started to sag.

    'Tis a fairly basic machine, so if the checks are good and it runs smoothly, $100 is good...
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    Perhaps something that uses a separate magnet to...

    Perhaps something that uses a separate magnet to activate the catch?

    eg. You need to place a good magnet in a certain spot in the bottom-most drawer, so that when you close the drawer the magnet...
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    Grease & brown paper... absolutely awesome for...

    Grease & brown paper... absolutely awesome for preserving metal, although it can be a right PITA when it comes time to clean up. Especially if several decades have passed rather than years. ...
  27. Thread: Padauk

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    It works, glues and finishes quite nicely. I...

    It works, glues and finishes quite nicely. I found some pieces prone to tear-out when machining, but usually in local spots of cranky grain... which is pretty much true of all woods.

    I've also...
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    Sounds like the perfect application for Tung or...

    Sounds like the perfect application for Tung or Danish Oil. (And by Danish, I mean a Tung Oil with driers added, not a PolyU that has had a can of Tung Oil waved over the vat. ;) )

    Being oils,...
  29. I'm not familiar with the properties of White...

    I'm not familiar with the properties of White Mahogany so can't be specific.

    Still, the 'best' timbers for decking are slightly oily, hence the trend to let them weather or washing down with...
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    Back in the 70's our Woodwork class made several...

    Back in the 70's our Woodwork class made several kick-wheels for the Art class.

    I don't rightly recall how the top bearing was set up, but I do remember that the bottom bearing was quite simple. ...
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    It looks like the discolouration is in areas...

    It looks like the discolouration is in areas where there are micro-cracks and/or open pores/veins? Perhaps a build-up of the EEE or Glow that was tainted somehow?

    Did you remove all the fine dust...
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    ...and no, cutting 'em with the grain at 45deg...

    ...and no, cutting 'em with the grain at 45deg won't have the same strength. Too many short shear lines.
  33. That is, indeed, a gorgeous old door! How are...

    That is, indeed, a gorgeous old door!

    How are the the quadrants (the curved braces in the corners) attached? It looks like they're simply butt-joined and screwed/nailed? Or are they mortise and...
  34. I like Gillie Stephenson's brand... I think...

    I like Gillie Stephenson's brand... I think Bunnings would carry it.

    Just look at the furniture waxes at your local HW store. Look for a carnauba/beeswax mix that's colourless. Pretty simple.
    ...
  35. At worst, only a shade or two. I'd recommend a...

    At worst, only a shade or two. I'd recommend a 50:50 carnauba:beeswax mix. And a buffing mop on an electric drill, unless you really like to apply a LOT of elbow grease. ;)

    Try a small section...
  36. You can always go for the old wax 'n buff. ...

    You can always go for the old wax 'n buff.

    But... the piece will need to be rewaxed - and buffed - fairly regularly to keep the look. Worse, once you apply wax you cannot simply apply any other...
  37. Nice. You've certainly done the timbers' justice.

    Nice. You've certainly done the timbers' justice.
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    +1 for benchtop connectors. :2tsup: I trust...

    +1 for benchtop connectors. :2tsup:

    I trust that you have some wiggle room in those dimensions?

    As it is, the mitre angles of each piece is slightly different. Not by much, a tad over a...
  39. Yup. I 'restored' a relatively new spinning...

    Yup. I 'restored' a relatively new spinning wheel a while back and later heard "on the grapevine" that the customer was complaining about my work to other spinners as the wheel had fallen apart...
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    :whs: I think you picked the right form to...

    :whs:

    I think you picked the right form to showcase the grain... but if your SWMBO is anything like mine, the first thing she'll do is fill it with not so pretty stuff. :sigh:
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    oooer! What a horrible thought. Oddly enough,...

    oooer! What a horrible thought.

    Oddly enough, I thought the last AWTEX was the most polished presentation I've yet seen. (For AWTEX, that is.) In the Nunawading days, there was always an...
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    If you have a chainsaw or a suitable bandsaw and...

    If you have a chainsaw or a suitable bandsaw and blade and feel comfortable doing so, I'd split the log down the middle.

    If the log is of a reasonable diameter, it's better to make two parallel...
  43. As someone who has to split his own firewood most...

    As someone who has to split his own firewood most of the year, I can tell you there are quite a few words to describe resistance to splitting along the grain.

    Unfortunately, as this is a 'family...
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    Obviously there's some 'up-lift' involved. Can...

    Obviously there's some 'up-lift' involved.

    Can you simply run a restraining bolt & washer down through the whirligig, screwing into the main pole?

    You should be able to contrive a mechanism for...
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    I'm a tad surprised no-one has mentioned the...

    I'm a tad surprised no-one has mentioned the bandsaw jig yet.

    Pretty much the same physical set up as the chisel/plane type dowel maker, except it's clamped to the BS table with the BS blade...
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    Inspecting my chain, I'd say that he used the...

    Inspecting my chain, I'd say that he used the wrong size (I'd guess a 5mm... the chain on the li'l gal is 1/8") and also used a 'rocking' motion.
  47. Door dimensions vary quite a bit. Personally I'd...

    Door dimensions vary quite a bit. Personally I'd consider 35mm the absolute minimum thickness for an external door but I have made thinner. Similarly, I've made external doors with 90mm top AND...
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    I lent my li'l one out to a mate under the...

    I lent my li'l one out to a mate under the misapprehension he was familiar with CS's.

    He sharpened it with a 2-in-1 but from what I can tell he had no clue how to set it up.

    On return he...
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    It's nothing special. Apply a coat of whatever...

    It's nothing special. Apply a coat of whatever I'm finishing with (usually Tung Oil, but it depends) and wet-sand with a mid-range grit. Say about 360-480grit, but this depends on the timber. ...
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    For timber as lightly coloured as this, I'd use...

    For timber as lightly coloured as this, I'd use both methods. PVA/wood-dust for the larger chips, but a wet-sand to fill the bulk of 'em with slurry.

    The results won't be 'invisible' fills - the...
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