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    There are modern finishes which have all but...

    There are modern finishes which have all but replaced what our grandfathers had for options.

    MY favorite is MinWax Tung Oil Protective Finish. No, this is not straight Tung oil.
    First coat...
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    I do not want to hijack your thread. At the same...

    I do not want to hijack your thread. At the same time, I figured that I should show you what a dish of mine
    looks like with a textured surface (about a #5 sweep with a crooked knife) and feet on...
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    MDF is so dirty, I wonder if you need any...

    MDF is so dirty, I wonder if you need any CrOx/AlOx stick at all?
    Industrial sticks are 5 times bigger than Veritas for 1/2 the price.
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    Great pictures of the progress, thank you. ...

    Great pictures of the progress, thank you. What's your decision regarding feet for the dish?
    Please tell me again how big this is. I can sort of guess from the 7/30 gouge = a biggie.

    Took me a...
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    Time for the focussed brilliance of a LED light...

    Time for the focussed brilliance of a LED light and a 10X magnifier to inspect the edge.
    I'll stick with my polished granite and a scribble of CrOx/AlOx.
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    Get an offcut of granite stone kitchen...

    Get an offcut of granite stone kitchen countertop. Scribble chrome green all over that.
    Wipe the blades, maybe 3 passes at most, to tune them up.

    I have figured out how to take Philips electric...
  7. A cheap burner will give you cheap results. You...

    A cheap burner will give you cheap results. You can't mimic what good pyros can do so keep that in mind.
    Oil, acrylic and watercolor paintbrushes are the very same.

    Up north here, many pyros...
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    That dish is going to be a wonderful accent to...

    That dish is going to be a wonderful accent to find on any table.

    In turn, you have given me ideas to do glue-ups of different woods for different colors without having to resort to stains or...
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    This is just great. Reminds me of carving in...

    This is just great. Reminds me of carving in Yellow Cedar (a native here, Chamycyparis nootkatensis).

    The bottom.
    Cut four olive leaves, glue them on and model them. They can act as "feet" for...
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    Mountain Pine Beetle destroyed some 18,000,000 ha...

    Mountain Pine Beetle destroyed some 18,000,000 ha lodgepole pine and ponderosa pine.
    In part, the population did not experience enough sudden extreme cold to kill the larvae under the tree bark.
    We...
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    How thick is the plywood? I can see using my...

    How thick is the plywood? I can see using my RotoZip against a simple straight-edge.
    I have a Dremel SawMax but I'd need to fool with the corners of the cut with a flush-cutting hand saw.
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    Well, clean them up as best you can. Slather on...

    Well, clean them up as best you can. Slather on some clear epoxy or a few coats of polyurethane.
    I'm still thinking that I want to be able to see the intricate patterns in the wood grain.
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    That's OK. I should photograph them anyway for...

    That's OK. I should photograph them anyway for home insurance purposes.
    One, a black bear, is in the city.

    The other, here, is a 16" Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Ram.
    Full curl and carved...
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    I actually finish fuzzy chain saw carvings that I...

    I actually finish fuzzy chain saw carvings that I have bought. Makes dusting them a little easier.
    Slather on a couple of coats of MinWax satin polyurethane and let that set up good and hard.
    ...
  15. The surface of woods look like that because there...

    The surface of woods look like that because there is air, not water, in the surface wood cells.
    Refill those cells with anything, displace the air, and you will see the fresh, saturated appearance...
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    Remember that electricity is like a waterfall =...

    Remember that electricity is like a waterfall =
    The height of the waterfall is the voltage and the amount of water going over is the amperage.
    The amps do the work.

    In fact, I^2xR is the...
  17. Must have to saw up a lot of furniture to make a...

    Must have to saw up a lot of furniture to make a good bed like that one.

    Instead of sandpaper, use very coarse steel wool.
    The strands are flat so they cut like a thousand chisels without...
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    You have started. That's 1/2 the battle. A...

    You have started. That's 1/2 the battle.
    A large bench is a good idea. You are no longer grovelling on the floor.
    My bench is crude, 96" x 32", so accidentally drilling a hole in the top is no...
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    Yeah, go 1500 and hone with CrOx (chrome green)...

    Yeah, go 1500 and hone with CrOx (chrome green)
    If that edges performs as you hope, don't bust a gut trying to find better than best.

    Look at the Scanning Electron Microscope pictures of...
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    Different bevel angles on edges work for...

    Different bevel angles on edges work for different applications. No guessing is necessary.
    I tuned up a big set of Sorby(?) lathe tools, freehand.
    All kinds of steep bevel angels as I measured...
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    China: stay home. -40C might surprise and amaze...

    China: stay home. -40C might surprise and amaze you, it's always bitter.
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    Do you have such places called "Maker Labs?" ...

    Do you have such places called "Maker Labs?" Tons of junk parts and machinery to strip like medical pumps, etc.
    Somebody donates a 3D printer, Might have a 3D CAD cutter, things like that? Keeps...
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    Try to always sand with the grain direction. Sandpapers cut the surface and the hard grains will cross-cut the wood fibers.
    I agree: don't skip a grit grade. It's actually faster to move along...
  24. While you're waiting for the "deal of a...

    While you're waiting for the "deal of a lifetime", take a hard look at the Makita cordless.
    I have a 6722D model at 4.8VDC & 220 rpm. It's old now, came in a case with a great range of bits.
    No...
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    CSIRO produced a wood identification card deck. ...

    CSIRO produced a wood identification card deck. Several hundred species.
    Wood anatomy is as clearly distinct as finferprints. That means thin sections and a microscope.
    The banding you see are...
  26. You make a few passes, the bit dulls and the...

    You make a few passes, the bit dulls and the smoke tells you that you have burnt the wood.
    For all that you are doing, you might get away with it.
    What's the wood? MDF by chance? Then, try to...
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    Philips heads were the result of very stiff...

    Philips heads were the result of very stiff lobbying to government. The better Canadian Robertson design was dropped.
    Still the preferred wood screw here. The Chinese built 8 factories to produce...
  28. Thank you. Brighter LED work lights are just...

    Thank you. Brighter LED work lights are just what I could use.
    I don't need the back wall of the shop lit up, just the job site.
    Right now, I have incandescent bulbs in swing arm desk lamps....
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    The OP says that the wood is already installed. ...

    The OP says that the wood is already installed. = Done deal.

    To showcase wood grain and colors, MinWax Tung Oil Protective Finish is the choice.
    Counter tops. Walking canes. Wood carvings.
    ...
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    Here, there are several knock-off, almost...

    Here, there are several knock-off, almost clone-like copies of Dremel. As long as the bits fit the collets, off you go.
    Why you find that odd-ball discount pricing, is anyone's guess.

    The only...
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    I'm at 53N, the far north, and it's -20C again...

    I'm at 53N, the far north, and it's -20C again this morning.
    I've seen demos of the King Arthur carving equipment.
    I cannot imagine hope I would cope with the chips and saw dust in my little shop!...
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    Those are wonderful. For tooling, what's the...

    Those are wonderful. For tooling, what's the size of your favorite gouge? Maybe power carving?
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    We have a "Transfer Station" where I can drop off...

    We have a "Transfer Station" where I can drop off every thing from wet garbage, magazines, paint to dead propane bottles.
    There's a Swap Shed where old computers and pocket novels go to die.
    I have...
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    When you are looking at North American cedars for...

    When you are looking at North American cedars for wood carving, the first step is to do a ring count.
    Count growth rings per inch. Less than 12/inch is fence board crap. 15 - 30 is really good....
  35. We have rolls of kitchen "waxed paper." Called...

    We have rolls of kitchen "waxed paper." Called "sandwich paper" in some countries.
    Very inexpensive and most wood glues won't stick to it.
    OK for bench top stuff like laminating knife handle...
  36. Very sharp spoke shaves "sing" in the wood. I...

    Very sharp spoke shaves "sing" in the wood. I like to watch the long, long curly shavings come off a square stock
    on it's way to being a wheel spoke or a spoon handle.
    I got into the habit of...
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    I've been carving western red cedar for nearly 20...

    I've been carving western red cedar for nearly 20 years. As said, common here in the Pacific Northwest. I live in the middle of it.
    I work in shake block chunks 24" tall up to 64" x 5" x 5"...
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    If it's your intention to try to drill out a...

    If it's your intention to try to drill out a starting caving to chisel out the batteries,
    these is a drill bit of 20 cm length referred to as an "aircraft bit." Why I don't know.
    Also, I have a...
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    Always cut down into the grain. You learn...

    Always cut down into the grain. You learn quickly in bad woods like western red cedar and any of the pines & spruces.
    That means you must work from both ends or all around from the circumference as...
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    Check with your wood suppliers. Here we have a...

    Check with your wood suppliers. Here we have a specific Poplar (Populus tremuloides) product called "drawer side."
    It is exactly 1/2" thick and 6" wide. Clear with good dimensional stability,...
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    Starting with square blanks, I pulled 2 spoke...

    Starting with square blanks, I pulled 2 spoke shaves more than a mile in Betula birch to round off the handles of 70 spoons and 30 forks.
    The adjustable Samona (S Korea) spoke shaves were $16.00...
  42. Samona (S Korea) straight spoke shaves were...

    Samona (S Korea) straight spoke shaves were $16.00 each. Very good steel in the blades.
    I set one heavy and one fine for the ridges, saves adjustments. Top dollar doesn't cut any better.
    Very...
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    I predict that after a very good veg oil coating...

    I predict that after a very good veg oil coating that you will be slicing and dicing food for many years to come.
    Oiled, that should be quite a sight.

    My best chopping board is an off-cut glue up...
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    Great puzzle!I'd assemble every grit of fine...

    Great puzzle!I'd assemble every grit of fine sandpaper that I own (up to 3M 2500 grit wet&dry)Next, a steel scrap, soft enough to sharpen easily. I know, we all have one somewhere.I confess that I'd...
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    I've measured every edge that I've bought. I've...

    I've measured every edge that I've bought.
    I've assumed that the factory bevel angle was important so I keep to those.
    I did scrub some pairs of skews down from 25 to 20 for wood carving.

    Planes...
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    Uncommon subject and very well done.

    Uncommon subject and very well done.
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    I have made them from the 1.25" hard steel...

    I have made them from the 1.25" hard steel strapping found on large lifts of timber.
    Leonard Lee's book on Sharpening has an excellent description of processing and sharpening.
  48. Just plain water up here. After 4K, I hone on...

    Just plain water up here.
    After 4K, I hone on AlOx/CrOx which has some sort of a waxy carrier.
    That's plenty for rust inhibition.
    Mind you, I've never has issues with high humidity, either.
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    Cabinet scrapers will be vastly superior to any...

    Cabinet scrapers will be vastly superior to any sand papers.
    And you can begin when the stripper is still wet.

    Is it worth the grief of restoration? No.
    Maybe if it was a big, free-standing...
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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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