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  1. At what point is it “worth it” to have your own mill?

    I recently acquired many (30+) full sized logs of olive, pear, Brazilian pepper and a few other species. I have used a chainsaw mill and/or my bandsaw to process my logs previously, but these are...
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    Cured epoxy softens with heat. It’s a terrible...

    Cured epoxy softens with heat. It’s a terrible choice for a coffee cup or chili bowl or hot oatmeal dish etc.... room temperature drinks or cold drinks or cold cereal have no effect on the epoxy. ...
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    Why would you say that? Epoxy resins are used...

    Why would you say that?

    Epoxy resins are used to coat the inside of metal food containers – like canned food and metal bottle caps.

    i wouldn’t recommend drinking epoxy from the bottle, but once...
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    ‘You can also chop it up into segments to make a...

    ‘You can also chop it up into segments to make a new block and use it to contrast with other woods....
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    Thanks to all of you riders who chimed in... I...

    Thanks to all of you riders who chimed in... I just finished the 2 1/2 day motorcycle training and safety course and it was good fun. I learned a ton and didn’t drop their bike, so it was a win!
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    Any motorcycle commuters here?

    I’m set to get my motorcycle license in a couple weeks and a new bike shortly thereafter. Just for reference, I’m curious if anyone has recommendations or experiences they’d like to share with a new...
  7. It’s not often I feel qualified to chime in with...

    It’s not often I feel qualified to chime in with a whole lot of authority, but rotten, void filled wood is pretty much all I turn anymore...

    the problem you're having with the epoxy running out...
  8. I do 4-5 art/craft shows per year. I started...

    I do 4-5 art/craft shows per year. I started doing them a few years ago because I ran out of people to give my stuff to and I realized I can more than pay for my hobby with a few good shows. I only...
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    It depends entirely on what you are going to...

    It depends entirely on what you are going to turn. I rebuilt my 1958 pm90 with the reeves drive and it was great for spindles but turned rough bowl blanks WAY too fast and created a few moments of...
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    It's a modern phenomenon. In a chat room, or...

    It's a modern phenomenon. In a chat room, or forum, an ellipse is mostly used as a "soft stop." It provides the reader a chance to read the text with a pause, as in conversation. Hard periods are...
  11. just to increase your level of doubt - I don't...

    just to increase your level of doubt - I don't have any and I had never even heard of them until this thread! I guess I need to get out more....
  12. It's a shelf so you're sure to have one edge up...

    It's a shelf so you're sure to have one edge up against the wall.... put some screws in the edge and hang it however you want. No one but the termites boring through from the outside of the house...
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    Selling "plain" wooden bowls is tough business. ...

    Selling "plain" wooden bowls is tough business. A common estimate is $4-$7 per inch of diameter for plain, utilitarian bowls with no inlays, designs, or artsy accents. Do something different,...
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    I'm in the minority, for sure, but I generally...

    I'm in the minority, for sure, but I generally don't ever talk on the phone anymore. I have maybe 5 people I talk with regularly but other than that, its all texts and emails. I NEVER answer the...
  15. Thanks for the insights... the island top is...

    Thanks for the insights... the island top is definitely staying in the kitchen.... whoever built it used a lot of construction adhesive to connect the top to the cabinet boxes below.... no screws or...
  16. WAY over-applied 100% tung oil removal, stripping?

    I made a cutting board for a client and she's now asked me to "refinish" (strip, sand and finish) a 4'x8' solid wood island in her kitchen. No problem, right?

    Well..... she moved into her house...
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    When feeling this kind of frustration is when I'm...

    When feeling this kind of frustration is when I'm very glad to have been a decent athlete a long time ago in a previous life. Athletes practice. They practice a lot. They do drills. They repeat...
  18. This thread is great! I gather from reading...

    This thread is great!

    I gather from reading this that most of the folks here would never use a straight razor to shave with.... it makes me realize that just about every sharpening video ends...
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    Thanks for the kind words.... I think I'll keep...

    Thanks for the kind words.... I think I'll keep playing with the idea.

    the finish is rattle can spray lacquer.

    Im leaving it on the lathe to spin the paint. I made a surround out of a very...
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    Centrifugal painted bowls

    I was inspired by some pictures I saw on the forum some time back... (David Smith, I think). I had some very bland pieces of alder lying around and wanted to use them up. Below is the result. I...
  21. Afraid of losing a finger while woodworking? MIT has a robot for you...

    Furniture builders/designers beware.... the kids at MIT just made robots that will make every cut for you. Maybe this is the ultimate sawstop system! And it looks like CNC is yesterday's news....
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  22. Thanks guys... the shellac undercoat was zinzer...

    Thanks guys... the shellac undercoat was zinzer seal coat (dewaxed) and the paint was rattle can enamel from rust oleum.... I was pretty sure it was a chemical reaction as the shellacked finish was...
  23. Crinkled spray paint over shellac....

    I want to paint some wood (don't judge...) with a very smooth gloss black finish as a base coat. The wood is bone dry. I sanded this piece to 220 and gave it two coats of shellac as a sealer. It...
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    Please excuse my complete ignorance on this...

    Please excuse my complete ignorance on this subject, but now I'm very curious as to how much it actually costs to run a website like SMC on an annual basis. $10,000 per year? $100,000? $1,000,000? ...
  25. A few questions for the furniture repair/refinishing folks....

    Ok.... so I got a request to repair and refinish and old secretary desk. It has sentimental value to the owner but it is not a piece of any high dollar value. It's 19th century style, but likely...
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