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    Thank you! I really put 100% into my projects...

    Thank you! I really put 100% into my projects and take pride in really trying to do things properly, so this one is a bummer... but at least I can feel good that I did my part. What really stinks...
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    I agree. I have painstakingly reviewed the pics...

    I agree. I have painstakingly reviewed the pics close up and it’s clear something happened after delivery and after she sent her original picture. I asked her if she tried to strip the table or did...
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    It's best I have after it left my shop... small...

    It's best I have after it left my shop... small and blurry, but I agree... upon zooming, I see nothing like in the pic she sent today.

    I've (nicely) stated to her that something must have happened...
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    For good measure... when she first put the table...

    For good measure... when she first put the table in her cabin, she was so excited and sent me a video. I've taken a still from that and saved here as a picture. Although the pic is a bit dark,...
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    Thanks guys!! I greatly appreciate it. I was...

    Thanks guys!! I greatly appreciate it. I was worried I had really missed something so I'm glad all the details above helped prove out that I'm not nuts. More soon
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    Do you mean that customer likely did something...

    Do you mean that customer likely did something and isn’t being forthcoming about it?
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    hickory table top changed color

    DARN

    My friend/customer was so happy with the recent table I built for her. I gave her major friend pricing despite really sinking time into this, so I'm already working at a loss on this one.
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    I hear you and that’s true. But I would...

    I hear you and that’s true. But I would definitely call and find out for sure.

    (formerly worked in construction sales and project management so I totally get that township rules run a wide range)
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    Thanks for the comments William! I had two...

    Thanks for the comments William!

    I had two suggestions that the customer did not accept...

    1) I wanted to use tinted green stain on the base to achieve a translucent effect which would have...
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    No plumbing allowed? Perhaps you just need a...

    No plumbing allowed? Perhaps you just need a variance - might be worth a call to your code enforcement officer to see if there would be any opportunity to get a utility sink at a minimum. I've...
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    Thanks Joe! I love the final product, but...

    Thanks Joe! I love the final product, but agree... I don't plan to use hickory again if I can avoid it. Maybe use some of the scrap to make a mallet or handle.
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    Good thing to look out for, thanks for the tip. ...

    Good thing to look out for, thanks for the tip. In this case, the lumber came from a nice heated pole barn with concrete floors. Nice a clean (no gravel), at least by lumber shop standards :-)
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    Thanks guys! Things turned out as expected,...

    Thanks guys! Things turned out as expected, which is a big win on the learning curve. I'd become pretty adept at "saving" projects to overcome mistakes along the way, but this time around no saves...
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    LOL, great post. Anyone that catches me on a...

    LOL, great post. Anyone that catches me on a spelling mistake is a friend of mine (I've been known to be ruthless about the same thing... those in glass houses...)
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    First, love the stools. Thanks for posting. ...

    First, love the stools. Thanks for posting.

    Second, the Esherick museum (aka, his home/studio) is 15 minutes from my house. Last year for Father's Day, my wife and kids surprised me with an...
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    hickory top - farmhouse table

    A friend asked me to build her a table for her cabin in the Poconos, and really wanted a "rustic, farmhouse table" look.

    Initially the goal was to use reclaimed barn wood, but she balked at the...
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    Thanks everyone for the replies! I'm actively...

    Thanks everyone for the replies! I'm actively absorbing/learning, and really do appreciate it!!
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    I was able to get blue 30 gal plastic barrel with...

    I was able to get blue 30 gal plastic barrel with lid for $10 locally through Facebook marketplace. In my case, the seller works at a food manufacturer and the barrels previously held some sort of...
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    I'm learning as I read and read that these dog...

    I'm learning as I read and read that these dog holes have lots of uses... you're mentioning one such use being squaring material. I'd like to learn more about that (I'll google a bit but would...
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    Thanks! I met a guy that had the Paulk design...

    Thanks! I met a guy that had the Paulk design but I couldn't remember the name to look it up. And thanks for the tip on Anarchist Workbench. That's really cool that Christoper Schwarz has it...
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    Nice bench! You must be an engineer :-) I'd...

    Nice bench! You must be an engineer :-)

    I'd like to ask you the same question I asked Jack... how do you tend to use your vices the most?
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    I've been reading your historical posts around...

    I've been reading your historical posts around the Noden adjust a bench, and at first I moved past the idea because I *thought* bigger than my existing top might be my ticket to happiness (and felt...
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    Lots of good advice here! Thank you! I've...

    Lots of good advice here! Thank you!

    I've long been interested in making a "carriage" and "rails" for the router to flatten things... I've seen that used to flatten slabs, perhaps could be used...
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    advice on shop table

    I've gone so far down the rabbit hole reading posts about various workbenches. So much good information out there, but now I'm in analysis paralysis mode and thought it might be easier to state what...
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    John has a good point. As a guy that was...

    John has a good point. As a guy that was formerly in sales/project management for a post-frame (aka "pole barn") construction company, I got to learn a lot about that style of construction... I was...
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