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    I like to use gas compression fittings for...

    I like to use gas compression fittings for ferrules. You can nicely turn and polish the brass ones with wood lathe tools so you'd never know it was a plumbing fixture! The added thickness lets you...
  2. I've used faceplates on endgrain when I've had a...

    I've used faceplates on endgrain when I've had a lot of wood to waste, but that's not generally the case and it makes the piece longer than it needs to be, exacerbating vibration. So it is rare. I...
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    Raising the grain at the last sanding step and...

    Raising the grain at the last sanding step and quickly taking off the raised fuzzies with a fresh, sharp piece of sandpaper of the final grit is well worthwhile. I think you will find it improves...
  4. I routinely hollow pieces as large as about twice...

    I routinely hollow pieces as large as about twice that size held in a chuck. No problems so far, at least using a chuck with dovetail jaws. You'll want to check that the chuck grip is tight from time...
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    This title has had me wandering around for days...

    This title has had me wandering around for days with an image of the cowboy humorist-- "Oklahoma's favorite son"-- wandering around in a robot suit pointing out dangers. That does not compute...
  6. I think of maple, cherry, and walnut as the...

    I think of maple, cherry, and walnut as the "American trinity". Each is beautiful separately, they work well together in any combination. Each is pleasant to work with. Their properties are similar...
  7. Shellac.net is my go-to source for shellac. Many...

    Shellac.net is my go-to source for shellac. Many colors and grades, dewaxed or not, all appear to be in stock.

    They also sell shellac reducer (AKA denatured alcohol) in California, something that...
  8. sorry, didn't catch that! You could extend any...

    sorry, didn't catch that!

    You could extend any shaft with a couple of couplers-- https://www.mcmaster.com/standard-shaft-couplings/set-screw-shaft-couplings/
  9. Packard sells the "Deluxe" mechanisms (which I...

    Packard sells the "Deluxe" mechanisms (which I prefer to crushgrind, at least for grinding pepper) in sizes up to 24". Others probably carry them as well, eg Craft supply.

    They use a square...
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    Love living on the outskirts of Boston, I regard...

    Love living on the outskirts of Boston, I regard it as one of those "you get what you pay for" situations. Stupidly expensive, but everything else about it is great. I'm happy doing outdoor...
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    Unlike many others here I've happily used a...

    Unlike many others here I've happily used a Hitachi SCMS for final crosscutting and miters for over 20 years now. I get better results than using a sled on the table saw, I think because moving the...
  12. I expect almost anything will work. A lot depends...

    I expect almost anything will work. A lot depends on the finished look you want and how much time you want to spend. Ranging from a full head framing nailer to staples, to finish hails, to screws....
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    We went through three generations of Roombas, as...

    We went through three generations of Roombas, as I was fascinated with the concept. When I gave up I concluded that they were great as long as you had a minimal amount of furniture, no area rugs, and...
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    Given that the congresscritters in their infinite...

    Given that the congresscritters in their infinite wisdom have effectively stripped the IRS of the ability to audit all but the most egregious frauds, they are seriously not going to come after you...
  15. If you're comfortable outfitting an older machine...

    If you're comfortable outfitting an older machine with a 3 phase motor and VFD to give you variable speed drive and a lower low end speed and with the possibility of needing to replace bearings then...
  16. Thread: Eclipse?

    by roger wiegand
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    heavy clouds and rain. I woke up to be sure.

    heavy clouds and rain. I woke up to be sure.
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    Mine is 240V, it was a lot cheaper on the auction...

    Mine is 240V, it was a lot cheaper on the auction site than 120 v versions. My lathe is 240V, so power was already there. I just added a switched outlet to plug the vacuum pump into. The only thing...
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    Boulter Plywood in Somerville MA stocks it (it...

    Boulter Plywood in Somerville MA stocks it (it was black last time I bought it, not red) and they ship, but it might well be expensive to do so.
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    4 AWG THHN copper wire (what seems to be required...

    4 AWG THHN copper wire (what seems to be required for a Tesla Gen3 charger at full capacity) runs about $2/ft here so that "maybe someday" wire would cost me an extra $150 or so. I'd rather just...
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    I'm not aware of any chargers that require the...

    I'm not aware of any chargers that require the neutral. Given the current cost of 6 or 4 AWG wire why run the extra line? A NEMA 6-50 outlet will do the trick.
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    Consumer Cellular resells service from AT&T and...

    Consumer Cellular resells service from AT&T and T-Mobile, as does Mint. There's no reason to think that there would be any speed or coverage differences as they are reselling the same service. If...
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    Charging speed was pretty important to me as I...

    Charging speed was pretty important to me as I decided which EV to buy (full disclosure, I've ordered a Tesla Model Y). The longest trip we routinely make is to my sister's in Ohio-- about 600 miles....
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    I use veneers when laminating guitar necks of all...

    I use veneers when laminating guitar necks of all different thicknesses. If the color is sufficiently contrasty even the thinnest solid wood commercial veneers will show up. I've used ones that are...
  24. Thread: Offcuts

    by roger wiegand
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    Medium size offcuts are the bane of my existence....

    Medium size offcuts are the bane of my existence. Too big to burn, only rarely big enough to be useful. We already have cutting boards coming out our ears. They are beginning to overwhelm my shop....
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    OK, here's the answer to all of the electric car...

    OK, here's the answer to all of the electric car problems:

    https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/new-mercedes/3021121
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