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    Nice catch. Does your fume extractor vent...

    Nice catch. Does your fume extractor vent outdoors or just filtered air returned to the lounge?
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    Just wait until the bustards are at the far end...

    Just wait until the bustards are at the far end of the garden and you can see them in a spotlight.

    This is an excellent example of a change coming to scroll-saw patterns = multiple depths of...
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    All woods tend to look a little "white" from air...

    All woods tend to look a little "white" from air trapped in surface wood cells.
    That's your indicator for timing to give the board another swipe with oil.

    To begin with, slather on the oil. Slop...
  4. I collect salts from all over the world. Not...

    I collect salts from all over the world. Not just for show, I use them in my kitchen and on my table.

    Grinders are OK for peppercorns but I gave up on the lot of them for salt.
    Some salts are...
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    That was an inspired design. Inspired.

    That was an inspired design. Inspired.
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    Office stationary supply stores usually have both...

    Office stationary supply stores usually have both "carbon" paper (greasy) as well as "graphite" paper (which can be erased.)

    I use 100cm wide white paper sold in 100' rolls as cheap table...
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    That design concept fits into my head. Well...

    That design concept fits into my head. Well thought out.
    Brian
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    THANK YOU I wish you both the very best of good fortunes....

    I wish you both the very best of good fortunes.
    I have been a caregiver just twice now, so far.
    It's a sad path to travel.
  9. What is the purpose of the slurry of smashed...

    What is the purpose of the slurry of smashed abrasive particles?
    I thought the water flushed away the swarf so the abrasive cuts cleanly at a predictable grit size.
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    You're welcome. I've read a lot of positive...

    You're welcome. I've read a lot of positive testimonials since I ran across this process, myself.
    There's so little air (oxygen) in the wood that veg oils can't go rancid.

    Plus, the surface wood...
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    Any oil finish wil appear to discolor the wood...

    Any oil finish wil appear to discolor the wood because you are replacing the surface wood air with oil.

    I use top grade olive oil as a finish on carved spoons (70) and forks(30).
    That's because...
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    The edge will be held by enough steel behind it...

    The edge will be held by enough steel behind it for support. Not enough support and the edge will crumple.
    I read that there's a range of suitable bevel angles that found this claim for work in a...
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    I do like the stippled background in #3 (?)....

    I do like the stippled background in #3 (?).
    That is a very rare design element in this day and time.

    Cheese boards are good = they can deliberately slow down a meal and boost the conversation....
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    The scanning electron microscope pictures show...

    The scanning electron microscope pictures show that steels are soft and plastic and shredded at 1,500 grit.
    On my wood carving gouges and adzes, I'll tip the axis up a degree or so at 1,500 then for...
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    Glue. How long have hominims worked with this? ...

    Glue. How long have hominims worked with this?

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190626133802.htm
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    Agreed! That's a concise article, thank you. ...

    Agreed! That's a concise article, thank you. Conifer resins and beeswax. Here, there might have been some pounded grass fiber added.

    Top quality (>>$50,000) violins are assembled with as many...
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    Take a look at the end grain with a magnifying...

    Take a look at the end grain with a magnifying glass. The hickories (Carya sp) and the Ashes (Fraxinus sp) are ring porous.
    This provides some of the elastic properties that you would expect in the...
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    That's great! You got the gliding posture just...

    That's great!
    You got the gliding posture just right. Show-off!
    Fresh snow south and east of my place today.
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    Ring up your local chemistry department at...

    Ring up your local chemistry department at college/Uni.
    Ask them where they shop. Fisher? VWR?

    Don't be offended if they go all paranoid on you.
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    What is happening? Are you getting a lot of...

    What is happening? Are you getting a lot of raised grain?
    That happens to my work. Lay on one coat (I like MinWax Tung Oil Protective Finish.)
    Wait unti it goes hard and has no smell. In my...
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    S'cuse the side bar here. I've used Kestrel...

    S'cuse the side bar here. I've used Kestrel blades for some years.
    I'd be really happy to blow the dust off and use that again.

    As long as old carving tools don't show any rust pitting, they are...
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    Here in the Pacific Northwest, the First Nations...

    Here in the Pacific Northwest, the First Nations make 'kerf-bent' boxes out single sheets of western red cedar or yellow cedar.
    3 of the corners have very elaborate undercut jointing which meshes...
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    nadcarves: Aaron is right = there aren't many of...

    nadcarves: Aaron is right = there aren't many of us left at the bench.
    Every anglo carver that I've met in the last 20 years has been self-inspired and motivated to pick up a gouge and make...
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    Leonard Lee claimed you have the choice of a...

    Leonard Lee claimed you have the choice of a square edge or a hook.
    The work piece is of far more importance to me than the scraper beyond being functional.
    Usig a chalked file then a token...
  25. I thought about it. I need decades of practice...

    I thought about it. I need decades of practice for striking accuracy. I quit. Fun to try.
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    I make my own from 3" pieces of hard steel lumber...

    I make my own from 3" pieces of hard steel lumber strapping. Dozen at a time.
    Always chalk the files to cut smoothly and cleanly. I use the file tang for burnishing.
    I follow the written and...
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    I am totally amazed that anything survived...

    I am totally amazed that anything survived February. Even my survival.
    It was too cold for the sled-heads and even the heliskiers (usually warmer up top).
    Saw mills shut down for weeks on end (...
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    What works here at 53N is to put wormy wood in a...

    What works here at 53N is to put wormy wood in a freezer (they run about -20C) for 48 hours then let it warm up.
    Repeat this 4-6 times and the bugs cannot respond to the fast changing temperatures....
  29. My grandfather built fishing boats of western red...

    My grandfather built fishing boats of western red cedar and Douglas fir in Vancouver BC.
    I remember those saws with the loopy metal handles. Might have one in the bottom of a box.
    Thanks for the...
  30. Not a single one of those would look the least...

    Not a single one of those would look the least bit out of place if it landed on any of my wood carving benches.
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    The wear on a synthetic stone is mostly related...

    The wear on a synthetic stone is mostly related to the quantity and quality of the adhesive binder.
    There's a code for that if the stone maker is willing to reveal what they do.

    Flattening my 1K...
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    Welcome and greetings from the big rocks west of...

    Welcome and greetings from the big rocks west of Jasper.
  33. Your ebony is the next best thing to stone. ...

    Your ebony is the next best thing to stone. Might as well call it stone, OK?

    I carve some Brazilian steatite soapstone. I can carve it with a screwdriver if I had to.
    Like finishing an...
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    Dad must have cracked the whip! I looked in his...

    Dad must have cracked the whip! I looked in his book and didn't think to check the catalog.
    I do remember thinking that, over the past decade, LV has a better selection and qualities of all sorts...
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    BRAVO!!!! Those are drop-dead beautiful. Well...

    BRAVO!!!! Those are drop-dead beautiful. Well done!
    Finish: I just use very hot water on the ones in my kitchen.
    Not even boiling can move the oil in the wood.

    Thank you for showing the...
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    Leonard Lee: The Complete Guide to Sharpening. ...

    Leonard Lee: The Complete Guide to Sharpening. Ch 15, p205.
    He shows a countersink-like device, followed by finishing with an abrasive rod (ceramic?)

    I like the hardwood cone concept with a...
  37. orraloon said: "Larger jobs I use the machines...

    orraloon said: "Larger jobs I use the machines for the grunt work of stock prep."

    I have not been a serious wood carver (mallets and Pfeil gouges) for 20 years. Carving in the round, each project...
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    For straight edges, any flat surface will do as a...

    For straight edges, any flat surface will do as a strop to hold honing compound.
    For years, I've used strips of food box/breakfast cereal cardboard stock.
    I stick that down with dabs of masking...
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    No, not Canadian. Has absolutley no freakin'...

    No, not Canadian. Has absolutley no freakin' clue what the silhouette of a conifer tree looks like.
    In your dreams, dorkling.

    Actually, I believe it's a collection of Inuit snow saws from...
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    I have used bees wax. The initial application...

    I have used bees wax. The initial application (preheating) is a tremendous mess, spattered all over the stove in my kitchen. Not again.
    My house, my kitchen, my mess, me have to do the clean up....
  41. Besides the oaks (Quercus) and the Ashes...

    Besides the oaks (Quercus) and the Ashes (Fraxinus) the most popular furniture woods
    still must be various maples (Acer) and Walnut (Juglans).

    General purpose woods must be regional. Good...
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    I was intent on using Charles' Law to do a very...

    I was intent on using Charles' Law to do a very fast and permanent finish, whatever the material was.
    I looked into Salad Bowl Finishes, the two ingredients common to them all were bee's wax and...
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    I use two other alternative methods. These are...

    I use two other alternative methods. These are inexpensive and worth the trials.

    1. Let the first finish coat set up good and hard.
    Gently scrub the surface with extremely coarse steel wool. ...
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    I think it's worth the experiments. Any edible...

    I think it's worth the experiments. Any edible oil ought to be adequate.
    I used olive oil because I have lots of it in the kitchen, I buy 3 liter tins in the Greek market.
    The degree of...
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    What a pleasure to watch. Wood carving. Growing...

    What a pleasure to watch. Wood carving. Growing grapes and wine-making.
    Things I have done for more than 40 years. Life is good.
    Thank you.
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    Baking in SWMBO's oven? Never even roasted a...

    Baking in SWMBO's oven? Never even roasted a chook for hours? Never a fruit pie or bread?
    I've done all the experiments, you guys run with the results. Application.

    I'm going to cook my spoons...
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    If I sat in that chair, I'd be asleep at the...

    If I sat in that chair, I'd be asleep at the dinner table until after midnight.
    It looks so comfortable, even for my boney backside.

    Gallery grade work, sir. Thank you.
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    Water in wood is in 2 places: 1. In the open...

    Water in wood is in 2 places:
    1. In the open void lumens of the wood cells as "free" water,
    2. "Bound" into the various components of the wood cell walls.
    Thus when wood dries, the wood water is...
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    The triglycerieds in olive oil must be exposed to...

    The triglycerieds in olive oil must be exposed to oxygen in the air (at high concentration) in order to break unsaturated bonds in oxidations.
    I am correct in claiming the olive oil in wood will not...
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    I carved and finished 70 spoons and 30 forks in...

    I carved and finished 70 spoons and 30 forks in birch (Betula papyrifera.)
    Preheat your oven to 325F
    On a cake rack over a sheet pan, slather the wood works with the oil of your choice.
    I used...
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