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  1. Jamie, I have a drop from my cyclone at the...

    Jamie,
    I have a drop from my cyclone at the lathe which I can position close to the sanding but thatís not very effective. However, there is not much dust. As mentioned, I only sand after...
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    Multi color Prusa

    For those who havenít seen it Prusa also has a multi-material printer that will let you automatically switch colors in the middle of a print. You can see it printing starting around 1:45 in this...
  3. I do have a large compressor (5hp, 60 gal) but...

    I do have a large compressor (5hp, 60 gal) but one thing to consider - I donít think itís needed for the way I use the pneumatic sanders. I never use the sanders wide open (and never with coarse...
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    Tom, do you know if stream would soften...

    Tom, do you know if stream would soften compressed alfalfa cubes?

    Two new horses currently are on a diet that includes beet pulp and alfalfa cubes to supplement the normal mixed grass hay. I...
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    If you donít find some you might try making some,...

    If you donít find some you might try making some, different shape but should work ok. Iíve heard of this idea but havenít tried it myself. I found this description:...
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    I hate it when that happens. Intermittent...

    I hate it when that happens. Intermittent electrical problems are the worst, even more difficult to find while they are working!

    But it makes me wonder - was there anything notably different...
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    I want to try that and see what it looks like. ...

    I want to try that and see what it looks like. Sounds quick.
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    Puzzles at the beach house

    I just remembered something my wife taught me that helps when doing puzzles. She takes a photo with her phone of the picture on the box. Then when searching for the spot where a piece might go she...
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    Good post, some good points. Richard Raffan...

    Good post, some good points.


    Richard Raffan once said he prefers a simple oil/wax finish or even no finish for things used daily for salad, cereal, etc., things intended to be washed with other...
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    My oldest son and I both bought Prusa kits, the...

    My oldest son and I both bought Prusa kits, the Original Prusa MK3s. A little more than your $500 (a big savings from an assembled printer) but the quality and support is outstanding....
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    I don't know if shellac degrades with moisture,...

    I don't know if shellac degrades with moisture, but I do know that plastic will let moisture through. I think oxygen degrades many finishes.

    What I do for all finishes, cans, bottles, etc, is add...
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    Do you have snow? People seem to be doing more...

    Do you have snow? People seem to be doing more puzzles the more it snows! My oldest son in SC got 6" the other day, did a 1000 piece then started on a 2000 piece puzzle. Yikes.
  13. For those not familiar with them: The carving...

    For those not familiar with them: The carving stands are the greatest things for sanding off the lathe!! (Also good for carving but I don't do as much of that.)

    I used to turn the lathe off and...
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    I prefer a "danish" oil finish like that because...

    I prefer a "danish" oil finish like that because I like the way oil brings out features of the wood and because of the soft sheen it gives. I use 6-10 coats of oil, each left to dry overnight,...
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    That's a good idea. I wondered how commonly...

    That's a good idea. I wondered how commonly cheap knockoffs of top name tools were sold and how to protect against it.

    JKJ
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    I started wondering about Mitutoyo after reading...

    I started wondering about Mitutoyo after reading this thread:

    https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?295695-Mitutoyo-500-193-20-12-quot-Absolute-Digimatic-Digital-Caliper-Chinese-Knock-Off

    Any...
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    Appropriate quality

    Thatís my philosophy too. I have several magnetic bases of different styles. The quickest to set up is the type with a single clamp knob.

    I paid over $100 for this Noga magnetic base about 8...
  18. My method

    Bill, I'm afraid the best I found are pneumatic, very compact and work extremely well.

    That said, you might try dropping the power sanding completely. What is your procedure for smoothing? I...
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    Blank dryness and rolling pin design

    That's a good point - if not quite dry it may go out-of-round as it continues to dry. If not in a big hurry weigh the blank with a gram scale and recheck the weight every periodically. When the...
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    The System Three epoxy I've been using this last...

    The System Three epoxy I've been using this last week indicates on the label three minimum temperatures for curing with the General Purpose Resin, depending on the type of hardener used:
    #1...
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    I haven't done it but I think Ipe should be fine...

    I haven't done it but I think Ipe should be fine for rolling pins (and mortar and pestle). I generally use Olivewood for these since I like the look but the properties between the two are not too...
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    Oil should be changed as per the schedule. I'd...

    Oil should be changed as per the schedule.

    I'd check for external leaks around the compressor - I use kid's soap bubble solution to find air leaks, it's incredible. I don't know how to check for...
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    You can buy gentle cylindrical heaters for gun...

    You can buy gentle cylindrical heaters for gun cabinets and pianos. I put a long one (it was called a Damp Chaser) in an upright piano once when it rained most of the summer and the keys started...
  24. sharpening by hand

    Many decades ago a gentleman in a factory where I worked taught me to sharpen twist bits by hand on a bench grinder. It wasn't hard once I knew how! I've sharpened lot of fairly large bits this...
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    I've posted this before: decades ago I came up...

    I've posted this before: decades ago I came up with a method that works well to keep CA from setting up in the bottle. Since moisture is an accelerator I seal the bottles in a container with...
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