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  1. Rudy, if this is going to be a functional...

    Rudy, if this is going to be a functional interior passage door the frame needs to be at least 1-3/8" thick, and maybe even thicker for a door that wide. Exterior door frames are at least 1-3/4"...
  2. Arm-R-Seal will be fine all by itself. Wax...

    Arm-R-Seal will be fine all by itself. Wax offers nothing to the durability, just a nice feel initially.

    John
  3. If the tree is supposed to look like a tree then...

    If the tree is supposed to look like a tree then you want the grain running parallel with each member (trunk and limbs). I would cut the tree parts first and join them with loose tenons.

    I...
  4. I wouldn't use wax on a dining table. Water will...

    I wouldn't use wax on a dining table. Water will leave white rings, fingers tend to leave smudges. If you still want to use one, high content carnauba wax is a good choice; something like Lundmark...
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    Not the case with plywood like the OP is using....

    Not the case with plywood like the OP is using. Half the plies will be long grain.

    John
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    I have a Bosch 1617 EVSK and have it mostly in my...

    I have a Bosch 1617 EVSK and have it mostly in my router table. It does everything I've ever asked of it. For production work, sure, get a great big 3HP one. For me the 1617 works just fine. The...
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    If you aren't satisfied with the result of...

    If you aren't satisfied with the result of applying shellac with an artist's brush, then maybe you could try this approach. Stain and seal the top well before installing the inlay/stringing. To do...
  8. 1. Yes, the mold will die if the RH is low...

    1. Yes, the mold will die if the RH is low enough but the black stains will remain unless you treat the wood.
    2. If you want it to really dry bring it inside. The RH may be lower on average in...
  9. Bleach to kill the mold then deck...

    Bleach to kill the mold then deck cleaner/brightener to lighten the wood back to a more new color. Then bring it inside to dry out if you want to finish it again. But don't use BLO. Better to use...
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    Yes, a set of Vernier calipers works fine. Or...

    Yes, a set of Vernier calipers works fine. Or you can build something a little nicer, like this: https://sites.google.com/site/jteneyckwoodworker/current-projects/bandsaw-blade-tension-meter

    In...
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    At $150 or more for a Woodmaster CT I want to...

    At $150 or more for a Woodmaster CT I want to know what the tension is. It costs $25 or less to make one. Seems like a sound investment to me. And you would know if those two blades truly were...
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    I replaced the same OE fence as on yours with a...

    I replaced the same OE fence as on yours with a Vega Pro fence on my 1954 Uni about 10 years ago. I think I've had to realign it once. Very easy to slide, easy to use micro adjuster, fence locks...
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    Without a tension meter you are just guessing. ...

    Without a tension meter you are just guessing. It could be too hot, too cold, or just right. It may still cut fine but performance and/or life expectancy won't be optimum. If those two blades were...
  14. You might be surprised to find that the 4 seasons...

    You might be surprised to find that the 4 seasons up North presents more problems for finishes than the two seasons or so they get down South, but that's been my experience. No finish would be best,...
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    For a customer table I'd want something durable...

    For a customer table I'd want something durable over easily repairable. I also would not want to have to do a major rubout on something that large, so I'd only spray. So, good, better, best: I'd...
  16. Shellac would not provide much protection against...

    Shellac would not provide much protection against weather, it will turn white wherever water gets and lays on it for very long, and water will get under it in no time. Also, don't bother with...
  17. Allan, that's a non-issue to me, technically and...

    Allan, that's a non-issue to me, technically and practically.

    John
  18. For stain grade work I buy at least 30% over. ...

    For stain grade work I buy at least 30% over. For paint grade 20% is usually about right. Buying more than you need is good as long as you have a place to store it and will ultimately use it. But...
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    Good deal. That switch must be there precisely...

    Good deal. That switch must be there precisely so you can run the cutterhead CW to use router bits/end mills in the mortiser. Very thoughtful, and definitely an opportunity to forget to change it...
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    HD sells Sealcoat in a box with 2 gals cans...

    HD sells Sealcoat in a box with 2 gals cans inside, for about $78 with free delivery or in-store pickup. It will keep for 2+ years and you won't have problems with it eating a hole through the can...
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    I use 2 or 3 flute center cutting end mills in...

    I use 2 or 3 flute center cutting end mills in the mortiser on my Minimax combo machine. They are availble in HSS and carbide in many sizes. The mortiser on my machine spins CW. If yours spins CCW...
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    I, too, use Sealcoat shellac for nearly every...

    I, too, use Sealcoat shellac for nearly every shellac need I have. Straight out of the can it's a 2# cut, and sprays great. It gives a slight amber tint compared to the water clear acrylic topcoats...
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    The tuning fork test will tell you if a board has...

    The tuning fork test will tell you if a board has residual stress in it, but you need to take the sample at least 12" from the end which often makes it impractical. But if you can spare a foot off a...
  24. Bloxygen is the brand I use and it works great. ...

    Bloxygen is the brand I use and it works great. It's argon, or something similar. It displaces the air from the can, which means there is no oxygen for the finish to react with so it doesn't skin...
  25. I've used GF's Gel Urethane. Contrary to what Ed...

    I've used GF's Gel Urethane. Contrary to what Ed surmised, it has a very short working time, probably less than Arm-R-Seal, after which you get streaks if you try to continue wiping it. IIRC GF's...
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