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  1. Maybe just ignore it.

    Maybe just ignore it.
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    I had the excellent job of managing construction...

    I had the excellent job of managing construction for a major manufacturer. We always used union trades. They were expensive but we almost never had quality issues. Each and every worker carried pride...
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    In New England we had 15 amp 240 volt services....

    In New England we had 15 amp 240 volt services. You get 4 - 15 amp 120 volt circuits out of it and of course that adds up to more than the service is supposed to provide. I think the theory was that...
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    I put up a lightweight shelter for my brother...

    I put up a lightweight shelter for my brother last year in a sheltered spot. Big wind shredded it a month later.

    Firewood is fine out in the weather, just sweep the snow off it and bring it in.
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    Home Defense works ok.

    Home Defense works ok.
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    General Metalworking I have a piece of heavy rail about 6" long. It...

    I have a piece of heavy rail about 6" long. It was part of the debris from a switch that had been demolished. I don't know how a 6" piece figured into a switch. It has smooth flat ends. The top is...
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    Some lessons are painful. If it only took 6...

    Some lessons are painful.

    If it only took 6 weeks to make the first time, it should only take 3 weeks to make again.
  8. That would go in my "Scrap Solvent" can. It's a 1...

    That would go in my "Scrap Solvent" can. It's a 1 quart paint can (properly labeled). It gets half full in about half a year, (I'm parsimonious with solvent), then it gets burned in the fire pit,...
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    Got my steps in today

    The task for today was to raise the outside hose bib a couple of feet. This involved moving it a few feet to the east so it would go into a closet wall, so the freeze proof faucet didn't come thru...
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    No, just a pliable head, a cup of tea in the...

    No, just a pliable head, a cup of tea in the morning gets to me in the wee hours.
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    Caffeine - Rollercoaster into Hell

    Caffeine and other stimulants I have tried provide a nice boost but it's a rollercoaster that goes a little less high and decends a little lower with each cycle.
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    Skeleton Keys

    I have about 30 old Skeleton Keys and would like to use them as decoration in some way.

    The finish varies from shiny to rusty so naked or painted are options.

    Any suggestions?
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    If you experience an explosion in a cardboard or...

    If you experience an explosion in a cardboard or plastic tent you will get singed and knocked on your butt, but your house will remain standing.
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    The small ones will make nice cutting boards with...

    The small ones will make nice cutting boards with very little work. Round over and add rubber feet.

    Cut the large ones into smaller squares and assemble them into parquet panels for wainscoting...
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    You're gonna need some wooden parts too.

    You're gonna need some wooden parts too.
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    Agree with Mike. Though I glue in plywood...

    Agree with Mike. Though I glue in plywood bottoms, slips will work just as well.
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    If a giant dovetail is not in the cards you can...

    If a giant dovetail is not in the cards you can use a dado for alignment and screws to hold it in place. To accommodate expansion there are two good approaches that come to mind.

    1. Oversized...
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    Tom Bussey, that's a slick solution.

    Tom Bussey, that's a slick solution.
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    Nice bench but it looks like it could have a...

    Nice bench but it looks like it could have a couple of issues.

    The top may shrink and warp as it dries. Not a biggie but will be noticeable. And with it restrained by the crossmember, something...
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    Start with a 45 cut on the table saw then go to...

    Start with a 45 cut on the table saw then go to the hand planes.
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    Do you have your feed arrow pointing the wrong...

    Do you have your feed arrow pointing the wrong way?
  22. I like the tuning fork tool but have an...

    I like the tuning fork tool but have an improvement to suggest. Say the hole is 3/4", make the tool with 3/4" x 1/8" flat metal. File or grind a little as needed to fit into the hole. Bend it into a...
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    Hi Andrew Those bolts on the inside look like a...

    Hi Andrew
    Those bolts on the inside look like a hazard to the hands when digging in the dirt
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    Rod Those are great. No doubt the concrete patio...

    Rod
    Those are great. No doubt the concrete patio stones look much better than wood after a couple of years. To place them on concrete would require a bottom frame but that shouldn't be hard to come...
  25. Hi Roger Tables, chairs, stools etc get some...

    Hi Roger
    Tables, chairs, stools etc get some abuse. One dining table I built failed when the owner and his girlfriend.....well they were not injured. Your concern about supporting a 120 pound top...
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