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  1. Many years ago, when I was still a fresh-faced...

    Many years ago, when I was still a fresh-faced punk, I was given a Stanley CS.

    I quickly worked out that as far as squares go, it wasn't... but as a cheap adjustable rule/depth marker it was a...
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    I think we all understand where you're coming...

    I think we all understand where you're coming from with this and I've seen many variants.

    Personally, I built similar but leading into a dust port that also scavenged the ways. Like all the...
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    No offense intended, but from your description it...

    No offense intended, but from your description it sounds like you've headed your post with the answer: you need to work on your technique.

    I'm guessing that as you move across the piece you're...
  4. Not Crown specific, but... From my experience...

    Not Crown specific, but...

    From my experience with any 'cryo' chisels, they hold their edge longer than most steels but are prone to more damage of the cutting edge should they hit foreign...
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    The problem with pipe clamps nowadays is sourcing...

    The problem with pipe clamps nowadays is sourcing a suitable length of pipe!

    While some people may be literally tripping over the stuff, I haven't been able to source any at a reasonable price...
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    Spotted today in Bathurst: 470065

    Spotted today in Bathurst:

    470065
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    Has the US released it's import ban on it? ...

    Has the US released it's import ban on it?

    Last I heard it was considered a vitamin supplement by the US Govt and as it didn't have the appropriate certifications it couldn't be imported.

    Or at...
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    That about sums it up. If I had to compare it to...

    That about sums it up. If I had to compare it to anything, I'd say it tastes like beef stock in the same way a snake tastes like chicken. :rolleyes:

    Apart from it's widespread use as a sandwich...
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    Back in another life when I used to shave, these...

    Back in another life when I used to shave, these were all I'd use. (Nothing else gave the same 'finish' except for a cut-throat and at the time I had enough problems with zits without taking that...
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    Aye. It's just as new to the experts as it is to...

    Aye. It's just as new to the experts as it is to us, hence the constant revisions of the mortality percentile, etc.

    One of the reasons I like the channel I linked to is that they offer that...
  11. I'd like to see the numbers crunched on that. ...

    I'd like to see the numbers crunched on that. How would the extra methane (another greenhouse gas) produced by that many horses compare to the exhaust gases of as many cars?

    I know it's an...
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    One U-Tube channel I've been following since the...

    One U-Tube channel I've been following since the early days is by Med Cram. I like it because it clearly describes what's happening, from the medical point of view, without the hyperbole of public...
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    Catches aside, I do have a couple of multi-tip...

    Catches aside, I do have a couple of multi-tip scrapers and I find I don't use them anywhere near as much as I do my ordinary scrapers.

    Where a multi-tip comes into it's own is being able to...
  14. Using a silicon bead to fill the air gap is a...

    Using a silicon bead to fill the air gap is a good idea, for a number of reasons.

    Personally, I wouldn't glue the cladding on; I'd just brad it every 250mm or so and possibly punch in the heads to...
  15. Just adding the 3 extra 70x45's would be enough....

    Just adding the 3 extra 70x45's would be enough.

    The advantage behind using 90mm 'tall' instead is it would reduce the "springiness" of the floor. Important in a house, not so vital for a cubby. ...
  16. That plan would work. Notching and bolting the...

    That plan would work.

    Notching and bolting the bearers would be a good idea.

    Personally I'd replace the joists with 90x45's but adding an extra 3x 70x45's instead should also do the trick......
  17. I do not think 4 poles would be sufficient... ...

    I do not think 4 poles would be sufficient... given the spans, I think you want 6 stumps at least to give you a bearer at each end and one in the middle.

    The pre-existing 45x70's should work OK...
  18. Agreed. If using one regularly the extra expense...

    Agreed. If using one regularly the extra expense of a good one makes economic sense.

    They do have the advantage of always being straight, though. (Unless you buy a rotating one that's so cheap...
  19. During fitouts I do this as part of setting up...

    During fitouts I do this as part of setting up the laser(s).

    My lasers have been knocked about frequently enough over the years that I don't trust their levelling systems. So I use water levels...
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    Heh. I do a lot of reading... and I agree that...

    Heh. I do a lot of reading... and I agree that a kindle is a lovely piece of kit. I've an old paper-white (with a physical integrated keyboard!) and between the loooong battery life, massive...
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    Given the replicability of that 1/4" error I'm...

    Given the replicability of that 1/4" error I'm wondering as to how you dressed the bases... did you dress a long piece then dock suitable lengths or did you do each base individually?

    If the...
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    I can't say that I've had the same problem with...

    I can't say that I've had the same problem with Yew, but I can't recall whether I've actually turned a bowl out of it. :think: I know I've turned a few goblets, but that's end-grain turning.

    I'm...
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    Rather than a whirlybird, I'd try to source a...

    Rather than a whirlybird, I'd try to source a weather-vane type exhaust. I'm sure you know the type: they look like a simple right angle bend with a mohawk on top. A bit industrial, but they IMO...
  24. Suggestions for marking out mount points to turn a pyramid?

    Well... I'm not actually turning a pyramid as such, but I'll be needing to mount my blank along the same 4 axis as a 3-sided pyramid, a tetrahedron. ie. 120° offset to each other.

    My problem is...
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    Yeah... famous last words. On the bright...

    Yeah... famous last words.

    On the bright side, you didn't utter 'em while demo'ing for an audience! :D

    The pieces of sacrificial wood can be as simple as pine board scraps glued to each...
  26. *SNRK!* "These ivory goblets, however, rather...

    *SNRK!*

    "These ivory goblets, however, rather than being hewn by hand, were turned on a lathe—that is, they were spun at high speed against specially-shaped chisels."

    I think not. Rose engines...
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    Sticky: General

    General
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    Perhaps it's time to concentrate on honing skills...

    Perhaps it's time to concentrate on honing skills in something different for a while? Box making perhaps? maybe carving?

    Then, as long as you have access to even a single car garage or a garden...
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    A supporting frame? No. When it sags, it...

    A supporting frame? No. When it sags, it shouldn't be by much. Probably little more than it would with a frame, given the weight of the top and that a frame works by sagging until it's at...
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    For 'long term temporary' use :rolleyes: I found...

    For 'long term temporary' use :rolleyes: I found that 1" foam duct-taped around the top of the arm ones worked wonders. Felt uncomfortable at first... but don't they anyway?



    Yeah, I spent...
  31. The bark and grain could be one of the...

    The bark and grain could be one of the Pittosporum family. Can't say which one, as there're quite a few species and variations between.

    Many years ago my mum had a big old ree felled, on which I...
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    That's not as simple as it looks. :no: I...

    That's not as simple as it looks. :no:

    I think the most practical 'after market' method would be pairs of locating dowels in the floor, with matching pairs of 'sprung pins' in the ceiling. ...
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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...
  34. 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...
  36. 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.
    ...
  37. 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...
  40. 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...
  42. 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.
  44. 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...
  45. 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...
  46. 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...
  47. 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...
  48. VICTORIA Bugger. That'll teach me to take my time...

    Bugger. That'll teach me to take my time composing a reply... :(
  49. 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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