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    I'm a bit of a flashlight junkie too. And, as...

    I'm a bit of a flashlight junkie too. And, as Bruce mentioned, the best flashlights are only available online. With the technology of LEDs now the better flashlights only use a single one; cheaper...
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    Bruce, thanks for the reply. I had thought about...

    Bruce, thanks for the reply. I had thought about the reversing switch when I ordered it but thought I'd wait until I could find some comments from someone who has it on their machine. Sounds like a...
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    Mark, PM sent.

    Mark, PM sent.
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    Modifications to my new drum sander

    In the last 20 years I've owned 2 different drum sanders. A Performax and, more recently, a Delta. Both were open end sanders but I never ended up using that feature. In fact, I never really used...
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    Thank you all for the kind words. I know the...

    Thank you all for the kind words. I know the newness will eventually wear off but I can't help even walking by it without running my hand across the surface. Even though I sanded to a matte finish...
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    My first pedestal dining table

    I've built a couple of dining tables in the past but they had four legs. For the more confined space in this house dictating a smaller table I decided to use a pedestal. The wood is all hard maple...
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    https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/tVdDzxuCPc...

    https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/tVdDzxuCPc2IggXBkv6rR1M499rJOUUYAD_sEwgdn83cWTm4yu7STIFTRbcsMyHkWigKZshYODvQtfd2zSuQDCgxYX6UeWQ2JrWiGDp-Ke2gt3eXQG1uqDr_ahDw62TLjhSbO-zjm56Tcimw8mHkMonUeihgOg=s...
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    Very nice Tom. And you've given me a good idea to...

    Very nice Tom. And you've given me a good idea to make use of some blades that I bought many years ago. I think I may have bought these mini utility blades at a woodworking show. The price was right...
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    Years ago I made a pergola with patterned ends on...

    Years ago I made a pergola with patterned ends on the cedar 2 x 6s. I did a close cut with a sabre saw and then used a pattern bit on a hand held router. Don't remember the brand but the bit was 3/4"...
  10. I used to buy all kinds of kneeling pads at local...

    I used to buy all kinds of kneeling pads at local places like the big box stores. But the foam really deteriorates after a few months. And the dense ones that don't aren't much better than kneeling...
  11. I bought a piece of bloodwood about 25 years and...

    I bought a piece of bloodwood about 25 years and 2 different shops ago. It was buried all that time but I rediscovered it in December when I was making ornaments. Not being familiar with bloodwood I...
  12. I've had lower back issues like many folks for...

    I've had lower back issues like many folks for over 35 years. And have been going to chiropractors for about as many. When I moved to my current location I found a new chiro who worked quite...
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    A timely question as I just had this one myself...

    A timely question as I just had this one myself about a week ago for making some finials for ornaments out of purpleheart. Research showed several methods and the one I chose was to bake the blanks...
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    I have cut a fair amount of aluminum on my miter...

    I have cut a fair amount of aluminum on my miter saw over the years. Never used any lubricant. I just use the carbide tipped blade I have installed at the time and I always have a high tooth count...
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    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=1be26d134...

    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=1be26d1343&attid=0.1.15&permmsgid=msg-f:1686362174135871254&th=1767297670062716&view=fimg&sz=s0-l75-ft&attbid=ANGjdJ-WgVulrvKacPoocRQ7UDn52watThFsE9D90RanWhsVl...
  16. Lee, thank you for the advice. I had given some...

    Lee, thank you for the advice. I had given some thought to making a new round block but wanted to try and keep everything as original as possible. Turns out the block is actually 7/8 of an inch...
  17. Steve, I have used hanger bolts in past projects...

    Steve, I have used hanger bolts in past projects but it's been a long time and couldn't find the name in my old memory file. Thanks for remembering for me.

    Phil, thank you. I was leaning toward...
  18. Looking for help on repairing an antique table

    A good friend asked if I could repair a 100 year old 2 tiered table that one of the legs came off. Of course I said I could. The leg repair was pretty straight forward and now completed. However, in...
  19. Places that supply cement already mixed generally...

    Places that supply cement already mixed generally sell other related products such as S & D pipe. I bought 6" x 10 footers 5 years ago for less than $10 each. But since these pipes fit into one...
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    I have a 30x30 foot space walled off in my pole...

    I have a 30x30 foot space walled off in my pole barn for my workshop. The walls have 6 inches of insulation and the 12 foot ceiling has at least a foot. It generally stays comfortable on hot days but...
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    And for the woodworkers in us.......... ...

    And for the woodworkers in us..........

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    Inlay advice on dining table

    I'm going to start making my new dining table soon and was thinking about breaking up the monotony of the maple top with an inlay. The table will be 50-52 inches square and I was thinking about thin...
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    I know I started this thread a few months ago and...

    I know I started this thread a few months ago and the project got put on hold for various reasons. I have my wood now and it is spending a little acclimation time in my shop. I have decided to go...
  24. Metal Lathes Nice find Scott. It makes my 11 inch Logan look...

    Nice find Scott. It makes my 11 inch Logan look like a baby. You're going to need that skid steer to change chucks. :D
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    Thanks to everyone for your advice and comments....

    Thanks to everyone for your advice and comments. John, I agree with your comment about too much of a good thing. 95% of all the projects I've done in the last 40 years, including several sets of...
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