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    Likewise. I never kiln dry Walnut. I know a...

    Likewise. I never kiln dry Walnut. I know a good operator can dry it without too much negative impact, but all the KD Walnut I've ever seen lacks something - I think it is the subtle,...
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    Yep. In most places on my farm, Black Walnut is...

    Yep. In most places on my farm, Black Walnut is by far the most common native tree, and I see a fair bit of color variation from tree to tree. This is a new one on me, though.
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    Could be. I've seen many wonderful color...

    Could be. I've seen many wonderful color effects in heartwood from tree injury left to fester in standing timber. Boxelder is famous for the red that injury can induce in heartwood below a stress...
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    Assuming that is not purple heartwood surrounded...

    Assuming that is not purple heartwood surrounded by white sapwood (it's hard to tell with the purple mostly in the center, rather than outside of the board) that looks like what I'm sawing right now....
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    The tree has an interesting history. It was...

    The tree has an interesting history. It was growing on a steep slope in a stand of old, large White Oak and Hickory, in thin soil. So, not a usual place to find a large walnut tree. The tree was...
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    White Black Walnut

    I'm curious if any of you Sawmill Creek woodworkers have run across Black Walnut colored like the log in the attached pictures? The heartwood is typical, although a bit on the paler side of the...
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    Since these are shop sawn veneers and you planed...

    Since these are shop sawn veneers and you planed the edge, I assume they are relatively thick for veneer - 1/16" or more. Since it's not particularly porous or splintery wood, you should be able to...
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    I just made a new benchtop for my son. Took a...

    I just made a new benchtop for my son. Took a pile of white oak and ash low grade 8/4 material, ripped it into roughly 6/4 strips, glued it up, and soaked it with boiled linseed oil. It'll give...
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    If I took that approach, I'd have to exile myself...

    If I took that approach, I'd have to exile myself from my shop. I don't try to damage my workbench, but it's a tool, and I don't like thinking about my tools when I'm using them - they are there to...
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    Jobsite saws really aren't built for continuous...

    Jobsite saws really aren't built for continuous duty cycle such as you describe for your first job, so I question whether you're going to be happy with any of the obvious options.
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    Less figuring than with that than with what we've...

    Less figuring than with that than with what we've got now. All times are just decimals in a pi-based system. Compare that to what we've got now: a binary (AM/PM) that is non-zero based,...
  12. I have used wireless ethernet (from a tower about...

    I have used wireless ethernet (from a tower about 5 miles distant) for internet service for 20 years. It works fine, with outages being very rare. In the last 6 months, Verizon has activated 5g...
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    There probably wouldn't be if the cultures from...

    There probably wouldn't be if the cultures from which we inherit our 12 divisions of the day didn't almost all have an aversion to zero as an actual thing. 12:00AM and PM, or indeed 12:01 AM or an...
  14. This is exactly right. Anyone who uses a...

    This is exactly right. Anyone who uses a credit card or other non-cash payment mechanism, has a cell phone, drives a modern car, uses email, uses the internet is contributing to a large data cache...
  15. The thing is, just making these things so easily...

    The thing is, just making these things so easily available puts the burden on everyone who might be concerned about stalking or other forms of victimization to be scanning for them. Makes Apple's...
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    I use a vintage Stanley 113 that I restored from...

    I use a vintage Stanley 113 that I restored from a pile of junkers in my shop. It's great for fairing concave curves, as long as 1) we're talking a fairly large radius in the curves, and 2) the...
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    You've led a charmed technical life, in that...

    You've led a charmed technical life, in that case. Engineers make mistakes and ignore warnings like any human being. The I-35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis in 2007, for example, was traced to...
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    Sorry, I have to disagree. Perkin-Elmer ground...

    Sorry, I have to disagree. Perkin-Elmer ground the primary mirror to the wrong curvature, because the technicians overseeing the grinding miscalibrated the optics guiding the grinding, and then...
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    I have seen similar estimates in a very large...

    I have seen similar estimates in a very large insurance company for which I used to do consulting work. In their case, it was claims processing systems, and due to their growth by acquisition and a...
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    Can you find a machine shop in your area that...

    Can you find a machine shop in your area that uses liquid nitrogen for shrinking interference fit item? Seems like it would be possible to spoon the liquid into the spindle hole and super cool the...
  21. In my experience, the actual change at the scale...

    In my experience, the actual change at the scale relevant for sleds is minimal. The US Forest Product's Laboratory reckons it's about 0.0002" per inch per 10 percentage point of relative humidity...
  22. I build all my sleds and jigs with HDPE runners. ...

    I build all my sleds and jigs with HDPE runners. Easy to machine, and if you mount it with a countersunk conical head screw, you can adjust it for a perfect fit simply by changing the tension on...
  23. The tool itself is just an angle setting gauge...

    The tool itself is just an angle setting gauge based on the principle of a machinist's sine plate, but that requires a manual to operate. You set the angle between the two legs by looking the angle...
  24. Lee Valley sells an excellent quality set that...

    Lee Valley sells an excellent quality set that they manufacture by CNC grinding standard HSS bits to a brad point. They are brilliantly sharp and durable.
  25. My wife and I are dedicated growers as well, with...

    My wife and I are dedicated growers as well, with gardens for food, flowers, and fiber (she grows a large garden for natural dyes and for linen production), and a large orchard. One thing I really...
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