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    I have several here on the farm; all are 12...

    I have several here on the farm; all are 12 gauge.

    Two are 12 year old Grizzlyís with no problems. The one that Iím most pleased with is the Reelworks model that is a 50 footer.
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    What Jim said. Depending on the size of the...

    What Jim said.

    Depending on the size of the house, I would bring in a 200a single phase service (or larger if needed).

    For the shop, a 400a 480v three phase service should give you everything...
  3. I would consider modifying a Forstner bit to...

    I would consider modifying a Forstner bit to provide the correct profile and drill and chamfer in a single pass. You would have to start with a larger bit in order to have adequate steel to modify.
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    Mark, I used to run a 37" EMC WBS off of a...

    Mark, I used to run a 37" EMC WBS off of a Phase-a-matic 30hp RPC. The EMC was around 22hp as I recall. My only problem was that the time it took to spin the WBS up to speed was greater than the ...
  5. Festool's track saw does a great job on long...

    Festool's track saw does a great job on long rips. Last November we used our TS55 to make 20' long 45degree bevel cuts in some SYP boards for boxing in some LVL's. The joints came out dead on...
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    We have resawn literally tens of thousands of...

    We have resawn literally tens of thousands of square feet of material with a horizontal resaw in my shop. Rarely have I experienced any wood movement after resawing. We are able to maintain...
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    Very salient point Larry; thanks for chiming in....

    Very salient point Larry; thanks for chiming in.

    We're persevering down here!
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    General Metalworking I do a lot of metal fabrication and welding would...

    I do a lot of metal fabrication and welding would not be my first choice. Flat bar that size will bend relatively easy in either vise with soft jaws or a typical hydraulic press.

    Have you...
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    Based upon the color, I'm thinking that it's...

    Based upon the color, I'm thinking that it's chestnut white oak, which is an open pored white oak. It's not very common, so most folks don't realize that some white oaks can be open pored.

    The...
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    Brian, we use a sanding belt cleaning service...

    Brian, we use a sanding belt cleaning service that based about an hour from us. As I recall, it costs us around 8 bucks a belt for our 52" wide belts. They do an outstanding job.
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    A track saw is another good option for long...

    A track saw is another good option for long bevels. We used ours last week to put 45 degree bevels on some 20' boards.
  12. USDA specs call for heating all portions of the...

    USDA specs call for heating all portions of the lumber to 133F or higher in order to properly sterilize it. Some kilns, such as a conventional kiln drying pine, dry at temps higher than 133 so no...
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    My Branson and Grizzly cleaners have heat assist,...

    My Branson and Grizzly cleaners have heat assist, and it really makes a difference.
  14. Hi Matthew, I'm a kiln operator. A couple of...

    Hi Matthew, I'm a kiln operator. A couple of comments.

    First, as Jim and Kevin previously mentioned, the only type of kiln that will change the color of walnut is one that dries with steam,...
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    I like the fuel mileage specs for the hybrid...

    I like the fuel mileage specs for the hybrid version. Not so much the gas version.

    Unless you need to transport something tall in a pickup bed, itís amazing what you can haul in a Prius V. This is...
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    I have four ultrasonic cleaners - Two commercial...

    I have four ultrasonic cleaners - Two commercial Branson models, a rifle sized Grizzly unit and an inexpensive Lyman. The used Branson units that were surplused from dental offices that I picked up...
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    For the OP, your maple should be dry in 4 - 6...

    For the OP, your maple should be dry in 4 - 6 months if stored in a 70 degree environment. I would suggest stickered with no fans for the first 45 - 60 days in order to allow the surface to slowly...
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    Ditto the advice for Viking/Norseman drill bits. ...

    Ditto the advice for Viking/Norseman drill bits. I first started using them over 30 years ago and still have a lot of the original bits.

    I have a lot of "machinist grade" bits such as...
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    I also concur with the direction to start with a...

    I also concur with the direction to start with a track saw and finish with a router.

    Here is a tip for you.... a 1/2" end mill is available in lengths up to 4" and works great on wood. I've used...
  20. It appears to be red oak, due to the open pores...

    It appears to be red oak, due to the open pores in the late wood as well as the rays not being longer than 3/4”.

    There is at least one species of white oak that is open pored, and that is chestnut...
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    Sikkens Cetol is now sold in the USA as the PPG...

    Sikkens Cetol is now sold in the USA as the PPG Prolux brand.
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    Laurie, I have something like 10 generators here...

    Laurie, I have something like 10 generators here on the farm, ranging from a small 2KW unit all the way up to a 225KW unit. A few comments.

    1 - natural gas is a great option, as the fuel does not...
  23. An air gap is an insulator, so I'd space your...

    An air gap is an insulator, so I'd space your foam panels 1" of so from the outer walls. This also solves the problem of condensation being held in place by the foam insulation against the metal...
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    Cody, in my shop I ran 3" pvc conduit under the...

    Cody, in my shop I ran 3" pvc conduit under the slab from the load centers to each wall. In the wall I transition to a horizontal run of 2" conduit that has several junction boxes in it. This...
  25. General Metalworking Greenlee makes rectangular punch and die sets,...

    Greenlee makes rectangular punch and die sets, but I don't know if they have the size that you need.

    https://www.greenlee.com/us/en/rectangular-punches--dies
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