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    I use MuPDF on my tablet. It only lets me have a...

    I use MuPDF on my tablet. It only lets me have a single file open at once, (I wish it had tabs,) but was the best of the free ones I tried when I was looking a couple years ago.
  2. And, I'm told, some other states. For me, this...

    And, I'm told, some other states.

    For me, this is more a health & safety of denaturants in cheap DNA than a what the retailers did in response to a new Air Resources Board rule issue. The various...
  3. Who's "they"? The only reason for a tap I can...

    Who's "they"?

    The only reason for a tap I can think of is for the vise screw to thread into and I think most people inset a premade nut for that. What does "they" say you should use the tap for?...
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    I'd throw in Roy Underhill's The Woodwright's...

    I'd throw in Roy Underhill's The Woodwright's Shop for general background and basic instruction. And inspiration. The show was filmed for PBS. PopWood used to sell the DVD's, though I don't know...
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    Traditionally Ethanol was used. DNA is/was...

    Traditionally Ethanol was used. DNA is/was usually Ethanol with something added to make it "undrinkable". For excise tax reasons DNA (now) must be poisonous, this is often done with Methanol. It...
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    OK, I suppose I'm a Fan-Boy, but I like the...

    OK, I suppose I'm a Fan-Boy, but I like the Veritas saws. While I hate "cheap" tools, I probably overly appreciate "value" tools. These saws really hit the mark with my prejudices. (I acknowledge...
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    Huh? The Veritas Dovetail saws have a "hardwood...

    Huh? The Veritas Dovetail saws have a "hardwood handle", torrified maple IIRC (they don't say on the Dovetail saw page.) The saw plate is 0.020", same as the L-N non-tapered saw. (The L-N tapered...
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    I tend to turn things of a size and with blanks...

    I tend to turn things of a size and with blanks where I'm comfortable with just safety glasses. But situations differ. Of the commonly available shields I like the Bionic (by Honeywell / Uvex) as it...
  9. Maybe more interesting, at least for big users,...

    Maybe more interesting, at least for big users, is their 190 proof in 5 gal cans:

    190 Proof Food Grade Ethanol

    At 95% Ethanol (5% water) it's much cheaper per gallon than the 200 proof at the...
  10. Interesting. Here's a page on their site more...

    Interesting. Here's a page on their site more specific to the question here:

    Denatured Alcohol vs Nondenatured Ethanol

    It has several sections specific to the CA laws.

    (Also this stuff is...
  11. Ah ha! I remembered enough I could find it. ...

    Ah ha! I remembered enough I could find it. Allan Speers was on a quest for non-toxic alcohol. He found GRAVES GRAIN ALCOHOL for much less than Everclear and less than double the Bekhol stuff. It...
  12. Unfortunately California isn't a small place. We...

    Unfortunately California isn't a small place. We look long and skinny, but I'm 4-6 hours from Nevada in the skinny direction. (Long direction is probably 16+ hours end-to-end on the Interstate. ...
  13. Nope. Not the California liquor store stuff. ...

    Nope. Not the California liquor store stuff. Not a clean air reg, but public health / prop up the wine industry reg, limits the max proof for drinking to 151 (75%) alcohol. (BTW- Mike the 120...
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    John has a lot more experience than I do and...

    John has a lot more experience than I do and makes a good point about wrench flats. (And I think he's in the SuperNova2 camp.) I only remember getting a chuck stuck once, but I appreciated being...
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    I haven't been convinced those Cole jaws are...

    I haven't been convinced those Cole jaws are useful. Hopefully a more experienced turner can explain the pros and cons. I'll just note I've only noticed Cole jaws used in product demos and people...
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    Sorry we've confused you. Unfortunately precise...

    Sorry we've confused you. Unfortunately precise information seems unavailable online. I pretty sure we figured out the Precision Midi is the same size as the G3 chuck. The G3 will be nicer to use,...
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    Thanks. That's roughly the same size as the G3,...

    Thanks. That's roughly the same size as the G3, but I'm not confident my numbers for it are good. Both seem to be slightly smaller diameter and roughly 1-1/2" shorter than the SuperNova2. I guess...
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    I may be one of the biggest proponents of the...

    I may be one of the biggest proponents of the carbide tools here. (Explicitly ignoring the Hunter tools which are carbide but require the traditional skills and offer traditional advantages! Don't...
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    Recent long thread on the topic: Buying First...

    Recent long thread on the topic: Buying First Turning Tools (set advice and/or individual)

    Though I'll repeat my plug for a few decent (mid-range or up) tools and a Oneway Wolverine sharpening...
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    Outside of hitting something you didn't want to hit, e.g. a nail, chipping is usual due to an overly hard brittle chisel. I've never seen any of the big box store chisels being accused of being too...
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    I assume that's directed at me, but it's the OP...

    I assume that's directed at me, but it's the OP that needs to decide. SN2 is a nicer chuck, and would work well on bigger future lathes and as well for most things on OP's lathe. But the SN2 would...
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    I'm not sure I've ever seen one in the flesh, nor...

    I'm not sure I've ever seen one in the flesh, nor can I find a definitive listing of Teknatool chuck sizes. But from the scattered numbers I've found this sounds to be about the same size & weight...
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    I don't know draw knives, so can't judge how well...

    I don't know draw knives, so can't judge how well it'll work. But worst case you'll be getting a gorgeous tool-shaped sculpture! :)
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    SuperNova2 has more mass, so less turning blank...

    SuperNova2 has more mass, so less turning blank before your motor will struggle. It also has more depth, so you'll run out of bed a little sooner. (Not much, 1/2"?) Our local Woodcraft's turning...
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    Not an expert, but took a class on making end...

    Not an expert, but took a class on making end grain cutting boards once. The instructor mentioned some of the hazards of the different machine options and that he avoided them by using a hand plane....
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