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  1. How does a hard start kit work? In looking at...

    How does a hard start kit work? In looking at the advertisements it appears to be nothing but a capacitor that is put across the single phase line powering the compressor. The compressor motor is...
  2. The failures we see in chair joints are not...

    The failures we see in chair joints are not broken dowels. The dowel pulls out of the mortise in the back of the chair. The failure is not a glue failure - there is wood still attached to the...
  3. One interesting question is why do the chair...

    One interesting question is why do the chair manufacturers only put two dowels in that joint at the back of the chair seat. It's clear that two dowels do not provide sufficient...
  4. The failures we see in chair joints are not glue...

    The failures we see in chair joints are not glue failures. The dowels are well glued. The problem is that the wood that the dowel is glued to fails in shear.

    Mike
  5. The analysis that I did was for the real world...

    The analysis that I did was for the real world situation. I didn't use 1/8" dowels because chair manufacturers use 3/8" dowels. And if you want to use dowels that would have approximately the same...
  6. And, by the way, when a dowel joint fails on a...

    And, by the way, when a dowel joint fails on a chair, it's not the glue that fails - it's the wood. When you separate the joint, you'll see wood attached to the dowel. What happens is that the...
  7. Not at all. US made chairs - made in the 20th...

    Not at all. US made chairs - made in the 20th century - use two 3/8" dowels. Two dowels will hold the chair together for a while, but if the chairs are used a reasonable amount, the rear joint will...
  8. When I need wider tenons with my Domino, I just...

    When I need wider tenons with my Domino, I just make the mortise wider (with multiple plunges) and then cut one domino tenon so that it, with one full size domino, fits into the mortise. I don't...
  9. Keegan is correct about loose tenons being...

    Keegan is correct about loose tenons being stronger than dowels. Like him, I've repaired a lot of chairs and almost every one that had a failed joint (and it's almost always the joint where the seat...
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    I had a paper I wrote (See here ...

    I had a paper I wrote (See here if you're interested in the paper) appear as chapter 6 in a book on communications (ISBN 1580535283). However, I had never been contacted about it - I just happened...
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    Doug - your mail box is full. Mike

    Doug - your mail box is full.

    Mike
  12. The tote is sold pending payment. Mike

    The tote is sold pending payment.

    Mike
  13. Stanley Rosewood Tote for #5 or Higher Plane

    I'm trying to clean out some of my shop. Here's a Stanley rosewood tote. It has the hole in the toe so I expect it fits a #5 or higher plane. It's been sitting in a drawer for many years so my...
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    Lid Stays are sold. Mike

    Lid Stays are sold.

    Mike
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    I agree. Someone turned me on to that product...

    I agree. Someone turned me on to that product and it's much better than wax.

    Mike
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    The Knobs and Totes are sold pending payment. ...

    The Knobs and Totes are sold pending payment.

    Mike
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    The Quadrant Hinges are sold. Mike

    The Quadrant Hinges are sold.

    Mike
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    Seems to be a "damned if you do, damned if you...

    Seems to be a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation. There's been a lot of complaints about companies forcing people to use arbitration rather than being able to go to court.

    Mike
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    Knobs and Totes

    Offered here are some knobs and totes - mostly shop made - that I never used. The tote on the left is cherry - it's drilled and looks essentially perfect - I don't see any issues with it. I don't...
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    Rockler Butler Tray Hinges

    Here are two Brass Butler Tray Hinges that I bought at Rockler. They didn't work in the application that I had and I just put them aside. The package has been opened but the hinges were never used....
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    Brusso HD-638 Quadrant Hinges

    Never opened set of Brusso HD-638 Quadrant Hinges. I bought these some time back and never used them. I checked the Brusso site and they're listed for $50.00. I'll sell for $35 plus postage if you...
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    Brusso JB-280 Lid Stays

    More shop cleanout. I have two Brusso JB-280 Lid Stays. I bought them for a project and then found another way of doing what I bought these for.

    One is unopened and the other is opened but never...
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    I went to Cuba and while there asked about the...

    I went to Cuba and while there asked about the drive train on those old vehicles. They're mostly diesel - I don't know where they got them, probably Russian. There's essentially nothing original on...
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    Price dropped to $2 each plus postage. Somebody...

    Price dropped to $2 each plus postage. Somebody take them all and Iíll make you a deal.

    I want to get rid of them.

    Mike
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    Locking Draw Latches

    I'm going to try to clean out some of the things in my shop. Here are some locking draw latches - size is about 3 inches from top to bottom and about 1 3/4 inches across. They're larger than the...
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