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    I love the TruOil. I haven't finished a gun...

    I love the TruOil. I haven't finished a gun stock with it but a friend used it on his first gunstock made from walnut and was VERY pleased with the result - looked and felt quite professional. I...
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    Hello John! This page might have some ideas:...

    Hello John!

    This page might have some ideas: https://www.outdoorlife.com/11-best-axes-hatchets-and-tomahawks/

    I'm a bit partial to SOG although they may not fit your desire for "rustic"! My...
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    Fantastic! Your little guy gives me dangerous...

    Fantastic! Your little guy gives me dangerous ideas. :)
    Hey, have you thought about putting some photos of some of your wonderful work in a album here? I think it would be great if more people...
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    Thank you for the kind remark! I see I wrote...

    Thank you for the kind remark! I see I wrote that note over 3 years ago. My opinion today is the same. :)
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    You shouldn't have to do it, but someone with...

    You shouldn't have to do it, but someone with welding and metal-working skills and a short piece of steel the same diameter might be able to modify that banjo enough to use it until the right one...
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    That is great! (And nice photographs too :)) ...

    That is great! (And nice photographs too :))

    What did you use for the hair?

    And do you have more gnome photos somewhere? I searched your started threads and didn't find any.

    JKJ
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    Dave, I've dried a lot of exotics including...

    Dave,

    I've dried a lot of exotics including Bocote but I go about it differently. Don't know if it's a better way but I haven't had any cracks. The down side is it's not fast...
    Since the...
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    Dustin, Don't know if anyone mentioned them,...

    Dustin,

    Don't know if anyone mentioned them, but I order basswood from Heinecke: https://heineckewood.com/
    I've bought 8/4, 12/4 and 16/4 planks. The quality has been outstanding. They...
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    Interesting lathe that converts from a wood lathe...

    Interesting lathe that converts from a wood lathe to metal lathe. Wonder if that is a shop-made conversion. I like the built-in tray that collect the metal chips.

    Interesting wood insert for cup...
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    Richard, I'm just gaining experience, but: ...

    Richard, I'm just gaining experience, but:

    Some filament materials are stronger than others, some quite strong, some weaker and brittle, some flexible, some biodegradable. There are many types ...
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    Video here

    Dave,

    This is the thread where Perry talked about this a few years ago. It links to a video of turning the Christmas trees (and other things). The later comments in the thread still stand.
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    Shur'nuf. Back in the late '70s, early '80s I...

    Shur'nuf. Back in the late '70s, early '80s I stayed on top of everything. Had a genuine Teletype connected to a 110 baud modem and a 6800 SWTPC kit/homebuilt hybrid computer. Hit the bulletin...
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    When I had a RAS in a 16x16 shop I put it on one...

    When I had a RAS in a 16x16 shop I put it on one wall with about 10-12' to the left. To the right was the door so if needed I could open the door for more room on that side.

    JKJ
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    And these needle cases are cocobolo. 449750 ...

    And these needle cases are cocobolo.

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    The middle hand bell (not yet handled) is cocobolo as well as the bell on the far right in the second photo.

    449755 449756

    Hopefully this...
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    When I look at the cocobolo I have under the...

    When I look at the cocobolo I have under the microscope I see amber-colored solid resin in every pore.

    The orange and dark brown in your box certainly looks more like cocobolo than any other wood...
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    It sounds like you mean driving it in square...

    It sounds like you mean driving it in square without first turning a tenon on the 1x1 basswood. If so, how well it would hold would depend a lot on how compressible/deformable the wood is, of...
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    After discussing it for a few years, my oldest...

    After discussing it for a few years, my oldest son (out of state) and I both bought Prusa MK3S kits a few months ago. We communicated a lot and both kit builds took time and attention to detail but...
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    One thing may help with the worry of future...

    One thing may help with the worry of future obsolescence. Most of today's better variable-speed lathes use 3-phase motors and VFD/inverters to make them work. VFDs are readily available and are...
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    Photography Class - live, oneline

    The management agrees this upcoming event could benefit SMC Members who have an interest in photography and photographing their work.

    Live online class by John Lucas
    How to Photograph Your Fine...
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    Great shots! Do you have to train the birds? I...

    Great shots! Do you have to train the birds? I know a guy who trained a squirrel to eat from his hand - it took a LONG time!

    I do have a half-grown peacock who will climb on my arm and eat from...
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    Hey, if you like birds, get some free scrap...

    Hey, if you like birds, get some free scrap clippings from your local llama/alpaca farmer. We usually have a big bag of "seconds", not worth keeping for spinning or felt-making.

    You can just...
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    If it's not planar you may end up with a stack of...

    If it's not planar you may end up with a stack of boards with dips or bends.

    I put down two rows of cinder blocks then put lengths of 3x3 or 4x4 on each row. I put 3x3 cross pieces every 20-24"...
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    Two basic formats: floor mounted and bench...

    Two basic formats: floor mounted and bench mounted. I have one of each. The floor model has a greater quill depth, one of the most important specs depending on what you use it for. The bench...
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    Lee, I LOVE bird picts - please post more if you...

    Lee, I LOVE bird picts - please post more if you have them. A most excellent shot of the bird in flight!

    I've been disappointed with game cameras, other than discouraging people from stealing...
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    One caution: many people get into the excitement...

    One caution: many people get into the excitement of a supply of free wood and end up with much or most of it wasted, ending up that it would have been cheaper to buy the lumber. I think it is...
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