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    I subscribed from the beginning, and it was...

    I subscribed from the beginning, and it was invaluable to my growth and learning as a woodworker. I anxiously awaited each new issue. I think my subscription lapsed maybe six months ago and I'm only...
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    General Metalworking Depends on the thickness a little. With material...

    Depends on the thickness a little. With material that's 1/8" or more you have the option of tapping holes for screws, or using self tapping screws. I think, but don't know for sure that rivets will...
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    When we lived in St Louis we got first hand...

    When we lived in St Louis we got first hand experience with that. The prior homeowner had used it so every time the humidity went up into the high 80's and beyond (an unfortunately common experience...
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    Painting ceilings to match the wall color is a...

    Painting ceilings to match the wall color is a trendy thing on sites like Houzz these days. I'm sticking with the brightest white I can find, these old eyes need all the light they can get.

    Gray...
  5. I used an old 7" monitor for a truck backup...

    I used an old 7" monitor for a truck backup camera. I glued a magnet on the bottom so I can stick it to my headstock when I'm using it Works perfectly-- not bulky at all, but plenty big enough to...
  6. Did you read my post? the veneer on the last...

    Did you read my post? the veneer on the last stuff I bought from HD was 0.01" thick (think two sheets of typewriter paper). When a water-borne finish was applied to it it buckled and split over the...
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    Poplar from the big box stores is fine (it's in...

    Poplar from the big box stores is fine (it's in the trim aisle), but will be a lot more expensive than buying it from a hardwood lumber supplier. (And even more if you buy it from Woodcraft or...
  8. The other part of the derivation, aside from the...

    The other part of the derivation, aside from the resemblance of the large cuboid space ships of the Borg Collective, is their tagline "Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated". When this usage...
  9. I have one of those inexpensive boroscopes, the...

    I have one of those inexpensive boroscopes, the picture quality is pretty bad.

    I already had the laser attachment for my Bosch stabiliizer, converting it to a camera cost a total of about $30 for...
  10. Be very wary of the borg birch plywood. Last time...

    Be very wary of the borg birch plywood. Last time I bought some it had paper thin veneer over voids that rippled and bubbled when painted-- and broke through if you looked at them crosseyed I had to...
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    The price of KD poplar isn't much, if at all,...

    The price of KD poplar isn't much, if at all, more than the current cost of construction 2x4's (which was astronomical when last I looked) You'll save yourself a lot of headaches by going that route....
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    I think your units are confused (or mine are)-- 1...

    I think your units are confused (or mine are)-- 1 atmosphere = 29.9 inches of mercury = 760 mm mercury = 14.7 lb/in^2 at STP. Most gauges I've seen for woodworkers are calibrated in inches Hg and...
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    It's a conundrum, no doubt, and the answer won't...

    It's a conundrum, no doubt, and the answer won't be the same for everyone. If we're unwilling to pay our neighbors a decent wage for their work then soon no one will have a decent wage (we may...
  14. I can't think of a time when I haven't done a...

    I can't think of a time when I haven't done a wipe with a damp cloth prior to the final sander pass. It leaves a much nicer surface with no issues downstream. Why would you ever leave this step out?
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    Wood lathes are one of the very few tools where...

    Wood lathes are one of the very few tools where it's still possible to support a north American manufacturer, a small business, and buy a quality tool all at the same time. I'd choose one of the...
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    I tend to buy tires more for their handling...

    I tend to buy tires more for their handling characteristics than lifetime or cost effectiveness, so no way would I choose to drive for 2-1/2 years on tires I didn't like the feel of. So unfortunately...
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    Wind turbines work fine for power generation in...

    Wind turbines work fine for power generation in Antarctica. Much more total power was lost due to the gas transmission facilities failing in the cold. The failure is largely one of people. Extreme...
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    Assuming properly sized and unblocked soffit and...

    Assuming properly sized and unblocked soffit and ridge vents, I'd look at air sealing between the house and attic as the culprit-- warm air is getting up there somehow. Sealing all penetrations...
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    I would suggest talking to your upholsterer in...

    I would suggest talking to your upholsterer in advance and getting her advice on providing the supports needed for a good job. I'd be sure to do a sit test on sofas made both with slats and webbing....
  20. Thats pretty much what jointers are for. Some...

    Thats pretty much what jointers are for. Some situations call for other solutions and techniques, and jointing a board with a propeller twist can take some skill, but, yes the jointer is, for most...
  21. Wait--- you're storing your wife in that...

    Wait--- you're storing your wife in that cabinet??!? :D

    Nicely done! Having a new piece of furniture-- the one that can corral (and hide) both all the electronic devices and chargers as well as...
  22. A lot of higher end machinery of all kinds comes...

    A lot of higher end machinery of all kinds comes without a plug or cord, they don't know how you intend to wire it-- whether hardwired or with a receptacle, if so which kind. Many are configurable...
  23. A small finishing nail hammered in every inch or...

    A small finishing nail hammered in every inch or so.
  24. In my dad's 51 chevy pickup the vacuum wiper...

    In my dad's 51 chevy pickup the vacuum wiper motor died and we tied a rope to each of the wipers and then in through the windows on each side; one of us kids would alternately pull on the ends of the...
  25. The edges come wicked sharp. Unless you want to...

    The edges come wicked sharp. Unless you want to use up your supply of bandaids I'd certainly recommend easing them. Other than that mine came pretty much ready to use. I tried them before honing...
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