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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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
    ...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  8. 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...
  12. 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.
  16. 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...
  20. If you're after a long-term 'fix' I'd pull it...

    If you're after a long-term 'fix' I'd pull it down and stow it somewhere dry for a few months to ensure ALL of the moisture dries out of the cracks.

    Then fill them with a 2-part epoxy. You'd also...
  21. When doing M&T's by hand I'll drill with a 3-4mm...

    When doing M&T's by hand I'll drill with a 3-4mm bit first, coming in from both sides to about half depth, until the holes meet. A pedestal drill with a fence to keep things square makes things much...
  22. For a front door, definitely M&T. Pretty much...

    For a front door, definitely M&T. Pretty much for the reasons mentioned in the post above.

    A properly constructed M&T will hold together and prevent the door sagging even when the glue fails. ...
  23. I read thicknesser for some reason. :- Whoops...

    I read thicknesser for some reason. :-

    Whoops :doh:
  24. If you still have problems with the feed after...

    If you still have problems with the feed after getting all anal with the table, do you have any sheets of ply lying around? Something you can make a sled from? (MDF would also do, but tends to be...
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    I've had to do this quite a few times, for...

    I've had to do this quite a few times, for various reasons. (Usually related to clients with short arms and deep pockets. :rolleyes:)

    The best results come, as Poundy suggests, when you only just...
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    Yeah, it does help if they're intact on the...

    Yeah, it does help if they're intact on the night. I made the same mistake with my first, too...

    With that box, is there an "inner box" to hold the candy or do they go all the way down to the...
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    Nice! I managed to get away with just carving...

    Nice!

    I managed to get away with just carving a punkin' again. ;)
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    They work. We're in a rental with cream carpet...

    They work. We're in a rental with cream carpet and just recently ran one o' them over it.

    A couple of things I noticed that may help you....

    They're not hard to use, but doing a whole house...
  29. Although I'm familiar with the TL-1000's...

    Although I'm familiar with the TL-1000's appearance and know that it was Teknatools first lathe, I've never used one myself.

    Reading your post, I gather that you're saying it doesn't take a morse...
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    If it wasn't already finished I'd suggest bagging...

    If it wasn't already finished I'd suggest bagging it for a few weeks with a bowl of ammonia or a suitable fumigant. But Ammonia fuming would significantly darken the colour of the timber.
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    I'd suggest an oil-based finish. If 'twas made...

    I'd suggest an oil-based finish.

    If 'twas made from Merbau or another wood commonly used for timber decking I'd suggest a suitably coloured decking oil, but for Macrocarpa I'm thinking plain ol'...
  32. I do not believe that is mildew. The dealer is...

    I do not believe that is mildew.

    The dealer is correct in that it's a flaw in the finish but I suspect that time is the culprit, not humidity change. (Although that is a possibility too.)

    Teak...
  33. Hehe. The wife and I met over the internet. ...

    Hehe.

    The wife and I met over the internet. She's Canadian, I was 'ere in Oz, which made face-to-face meetings rather rare. :rolleyes: She finally managed to finagle some holiday time off and...
  34. Googling "long drinking straws" immediately came...

    Googling "long drinking straws" immediately came up with a few possible results. One Aussie site had 70cm straws @ $3 per 50... (Ignoring postage, etc.)

    28" (71cm) seems to be lthe longest...
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    I can't help but wonder what the operators would...

    I can't help but wonder what the operators would do if they gave someone a heart- or panic attack? I find it hard to believe they'd have insurance.

    The best one of these u-tube scares I've seen...
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    Nicely said. :)

    Nicely said. :)
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    It has been so long since I've seen a pinch pot...

    It has been so long since I've seen a pinch pot that I'd almost forgotten they were ever a thing!

    It's good to see someone making something a bit different than the average bowl/pen/decorative...
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    Now, that is happy news, Thank you! :D ...

    Now, that is happy news, Thank you! :D

    Sceney's is, indeed, what I buy but the only reliable source I've found is a paint supplier in Cowes, Vic. As we visit friends there most Xmas's I've...
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    I would say that the main reason to 'ride the...

    I would say that the main reason to 'ride the bevel' is to give the tool good support behind the cutting edge so it's less likely to grab and dig in.

    It's a safety thing... that's where the tool...
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    Pure TO. Mind you, I have to drive interstate to...

    Pure TO. Mind you, I have to drive interstate to get it. :sigh:



    Yep. I'm not an "apply by the measure" kind of guy, I tend to eyeball everything. Good Tung Oil is fairly fluid under warm...
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    I'm partial to Tung Oil as my "do everything"...

    I'm partial to Tung Oil as my "do everything" finish, although most people would probably prefer a Danish instead, due to the quicker drying time. Still the same thing, more or less.

    Mind you, I...
  42. :whs: If you're primarily jointing long stock,...

    :whs:

    If you're primarily jointing long stock, a benchtop jointer is not the wisest choice... but if what you're dressing is no longer than around twice the length of the bed then it's a good...
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    Looking at the bark patterns, that 'un is going...

    Looking at the bark patterns, that 'un is going to have some interesting grain.

    Not so good for milling, but possibly some awesome turning blanks in there...
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    Hehehe. In the late 80's a mate and I went on...

    Hehehe.

    In the late 80's a mate and I went on a long run to pick up some 2nd-hand parts for my bike, a 1945 WLA Harley. I was riding my ol' gal while my mate took his beat up old 750 Kwaka...
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    What a timely post! I've recently been...

    What a timely post! I've recently been considering spending the pennies and grabbing a #360 CBN myself, to replace my AlOx, as it's due for replacement soon(ish.) Considering this post and few...
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    Pencil marks won't fade. Given enough time the...

    Pencil marks won't fade. Given enough time the deck will weather and the marks will disappear because the surface is sublimating away. But that's a completely different thing and, unless you want...
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    I like the form, it shows off the grain very...

    I like the form, it shows off the grain very nicely, as does the finish. Good choices! :2tsup:

    It looks like the 'fault' runs right through the foot? I gather it didn't give you any...
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    What's the range on one o' those little xmitter...

    What's the range on one o' those little xmitter doodads?

    To save myself a long walk to check the mail I thought about one of those little flags like we see in older US movies... except nowadays...
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    I like it! I agree with Orraloon that it's a...

    I like it! I agree with Orraloon that it's a good, practical project.

    I'd be quite happy with the ends as they are, perhaps using sliding dovetails instead of plain rebates just to make the point...
  50. Because the legs are tied together in pairs, one...

    Because the legs are tied together in pairs, one possible simple way would be to fix a diagonal locking slat under the table, similar to the sketch. (Gah! I despise Windoze's Paint programs. :( )
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