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    There are ,or were, “pitch solvents “ for...

    There are ,or were, “pitch solvents “ for cleaning still good sand paper. One place that sold it was Kindt Collins , a patternmakers supply
    house.
  2. Thread: Bed design

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    I don’t like it. But it’s so simple that I have...

    I don’t like it. But it’s so simple that I have to wonder why those who do....don’t just make one. Or have one made. A less expensive bed
    could be a copy of an 18th century tall poster with with...
  3. Frederick, that sounds like an excellent fix for...

    Frederick, that sounds like an excellent fix for a GOOD toilet ! But it won’t do much for one of those ‘80’s “water saving” toilets! They didn’t
    save water ....just flushed on the “installment...
  4. Thread: Why Shellac?

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    And they used to coat pills with it to keep them...

    And they used to coat pills with it to keep them from dissolving too fast. But today some drug makers WANT them to dissolve fast ! What’s
    the SCIENCE ?!
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    On my first job I worked in a mainly turning...

    On my first job I worked in a mainly turning shop. Boss had 3 lathes and one looked much like yours. He did nothing but address the
    electrical hook up and dust and chip collection before making...
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    You might have hit ....a small piece of grit. Are...

    You might have hit ....a small piece of grit. Are you seeing any small thin raised lines in the newly cut surface? If so the out feed table is
    now too high . All it takes is a couple thou of that...
  7. Thread: Pro, or not

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    Some of those “pro” astronauts haven’t even been...

    Some of those “pro” astronauts haven’t even been to the moon. Yes, they have been in those NASA simulators , but they are pretty tame
    compared to the Disney Land rides ! and laundromat driers.
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    When I find a cut resistant glove ....I will...

    When I find a cut resistant glove ....I will throw down the gauntlet !! ‘Cuz I’m getting real tired of spraying it with WD-40 !!
  9. Thread: Pro, or not

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    Couple of things. As said before , clients often...

    Couple of things. As said before , clients often have their own ideas about what a “pro” is....and it usually ain’t tradesmen. I’d rather have them call me “tradesman”....than “bumpkin”, So, I...
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    Agree! If the edges are good ...the middle ain’t...

    Agree! If the edges are good ...the middle ain’t goin’ anywhere. It’s kinda’ like the way sheets are held on a bed ....except without the
    contact cement !!
  11. Steel cabinet scrapers are good,too. Sometimes...

    Steel cabinet scrapers are good,too. Sometimes called “card scrapers “. You file the edge flat ,then make a burr with a “burnisher”. The
    agate or carbide burnishers work the best. But a drill...
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    Warren, thanks. Yes ,some of the stuff will last...

    Warren, thanks. Yes ,some of the stuff will last a long time. And I’ve seen good laminate guys find non sticking places in their own work
    before It left the shop. And when sales guys are pushing...
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    This thread has inspired me to look up new views...

    This thread has inspired me to look up new views on contact cement. Don’t see as much about failures as I used to. The on the phone reps
    used to say that it “would last 5 to 10 years”. Maybe it’s...
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    Too cold , I think you need at least 70. But...

    Too cold , I think you need at least 70. But please read the directions.
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    I don’t see your location noted. But the stuff...

    I don’t see your location noted. But the stuff doesn’t work well in the cold , and really isn’t a permanent type adhesive. Inside it usually
    lasts until your interior decorator tells you to get...
  16. I hate those those things . In an employment I...

    I hate those those things . In an employment I replaced one with with a nut and a wrench chained to machine .Everybody much preferred it.
  17. Thread: Kitchens

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    I love good wall paper ,especially the “fantasy...

    I love good wall paper ,especially the “fantasy flower” patterns of 18th and early 19th century. But it’s too beautiful and expensive to
    allow it to be used in the kitchens of those of us who...
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    The Bally is real good. Don’t think I’ve ever...

    The Bally is real good. Don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those open up.
  19. Lot of bench tops ,over time, will start to show...

    Lot of bench tops ,over time, will start to show some slightly open joints. But I’ve never seen one fall apart. The small openings are
    probably from “ compression ring set” . For brevity: too much...
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    Andrew, its a nice piece and I’m sure the postman...

    Andrew, its a nice piece and I’m sure the postman will be proud to use it . But any drug seeking wanderers will be pretty annoyed when they
    find no razor blades , no band-aids and no Listerine...
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    I think the old Uncle Sam ownership of mailboxes...

    I think the old Uncle Sam ownership of mailboxes probably came about to better prosecute thieves . Lot of people used to send cash by
    mail. But now most thieves prefer work in the comfort of...
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    John, that makes sense. But a few years back I...

    John, that makes sense. But a few years back I looked up the rules .... and they do exist! Heard stories about people not getting mail and
    then contacting postal service and EVENTUALLY getting a...
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    You could cover the plywood with a piece of real...

    You could cover the plywood with a piece of real linoleum, small or large pieces of veneer, felt or cloth . The desk top needs to be symmetrical,
    what you have now looks too much like a just a piece...
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    For years I thought walnut was strictly for ‘...

    For years I thought walnut was strictly for ‘ good to best’ interior work. Was surprised to hear that it was also durable ,and used by country
    folk for practical things that had to be right out in...
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    Bruce, that is such a difficult pattern that I...

    Bruce, that is such a difficult pattern that I would be proud to just post the drawing. Beautifully realized it is a marvel .
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