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  1. Edwin, in regards to your lady co-worker she is...

    Edwin, in regards to your lady co-worker she is wrong to feel as she does. While she was fortunate and didn't see combat there was the chance that things could have changed in an instant. No one...
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    Roger, you are truly cynical. Unfortunately you...

    Roger, you are truly cynical. Unfortunately you are also correct.
  3. Andrew has some good points about hide vs...

    Andrew has some good points about hide vs Titebond. I do disagree on which Titebond to use. When I built my bench I chose Titebond Extend which has the longest open time of all the various...
  4. As some have already said, it varies from yes to...

    As some have already said, it varies from yes to no to depending. I served as a Marine grunt in Vietnam 1968-69 and received 2 Purple Hearts. I have for 5 years volunteered 1 day a week at our NH...
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    In the same vein as Ken, wait until you have...

    In the same vein as Ken, wait until you have parts of the top glued up. Then you will really need help to move thing around. A large top is not only heavy, but awkward to deal with so plan to move...
  6. I'm an old fashioned proponent of the KISS...

    I'm an old fashioned proponent of the KISS principal. If the blade is sharp and the plane is producing the kind of surface I want the plane is perfect. Thin shavings by themselves are more a fetish...
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    Stanley #78 in perfect as new condition. It is a...

    Stanley #78 in perfect as new condition. It is a nightmare for me to use as a left hander since you end up always inadvertently moving the depth adjuster. It's the only pan I've ever bought where...
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    The evening when the first draft lottery was held...

    The evening when the first draft lottery was held I was sitting in the lounge of Carmichael Hall at Tufts University listening to all the guys worry and bluster about how they were going to find...
  9. I've just come back from Washington DC today. I...

    I've just come back from Washington DC today. I had the pleasure of celebrating the 244th birthday of the United States Marine Corps yesterday with over 100 of the CAP Maine brothers I served with...
  10. Nice job Marinus, but I seriously doubt that...

    Nice job Marinus, but I seriously doubt that management will allow you to use the kitchen counter top after the first time you make a "small mess."
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    Our small town was willed a very nice working...

    Our small town was willed a very nice working farm by a maiden schoolteacher with the deed requirement that it be continue to be operated as a farm. Last weekend was the Spring Hill Farm fall...
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    Silicone (Poly methyl siloxane) is attacked by...

    Silicone (Poly methyl siloxane) is attacked by gasoline and swells as much as 100%. As soon as the gas evaporates and is gone from the molecular structure it will return to the original size. For...
  13. I'm with Brian on this one. I have a drawer in...

    I'm with Brian on this one. I have a drawer in one of the red roll around Craftsman tool boxes containing reference tools. I have a 24" Veritas steel straightedge which I tested on the CMM at work...
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    When I built my last bench about 10 years ago I...

    When I built my last bench about 10 years ago I started with an electric drill and an expensive German 3/4" brad point bit. My bench top is 3" thick white Ash. It was really slow going and after 3...
  15. I will preface by saying I am not a plumber so I...

    I will preface by saying I am not a plumber so I don't know if it is standard practice. Brass is definitely going to be effected by burying. Silicone rubber is the longest lived of all rubbers and...
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    I'm with Steve Newman on this one. Using a stool...

    I'm with Steve Newman on this one. Using a stool works great for me too when cutting dovetails.
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    That thing about the pen reminds me of a cultural...

    That thing about the pen reminds me of a cultural difference between us and the Russians back then. We spent over 1.5 million dollars back in the heyday of the space program and set up a research...
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    I just had both bathrooms redone and some other...

    I just had both bathrooms redone and some other work. The small contractor did a great job and corrected some errors by the original builder as he came across them. This man takes pride in his work...
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    Bravo Jim !!!!!!

    Bravo Jim !!!!!!
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    I have used both Git Rot and the Minwax over the...

    I have used both Git Rot and the Minwax over the years. Both are great for endgrain like the feet of wooden picnic tables. I make a masking tape dam and then fill it and watch it get absorbed. I...
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    You should indeed be proud Ken. Congratulations...

    You should indeed be proud Ken. Congratulations to your Grandson.
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    Management has forbidden me to go up on anything...

    Management has forbidden me to go up on anything higher than a step ladder. My heavy duty 24 foot extension ladder hangs unhappily and lonely in the garage. I was a rock climber and mountaineer in...
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    Having multiple benches is really useful. I have...

    Having multiple benches is really useful. I have a 24" x 48" Masonite hardboard topped sharpening bench with drawers underneath to hold sharpening media and a 12" x 15" granite surface pate on one...
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    I was about 10km WNW of Tam Ky Vietnam in command...

    I was about 10km WNW of Tam Ky Vietnam in command (as a CPL) of a 35 man mixed Marine and Vietnamese Popular Forces (militia) platoon(Combined Action Platoon). With our bad Vietnamese and our PF's...
  25. I understand Tony, but look at the difference...

    I understand Tony, but look at the difference between the L-N handle in Phil's picture vs the one in Derek's. Mine is like Derek's handle and of high quality workmanship.
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