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    I have a friend who is a award winning builder in...

    I have a friend who is a award winning builder in the area who tells me that he can't build houses the way he wants to because customers only care about one thing - the price.
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    I have avoided the machines because I don't trust...

    I have avoided the machines because I don't trust them, but was never too sure with the kids running the machine either. I too go to a nearby family-owned locksmith for all this stuff now.
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    I appreciate the sentiment. I hate those...

    I appreciate the sentiment. I hate those magazine articles featuring someone's new workshop-in-the-woods, bigger than my house, with all those fancy high end tools. Most of the guys I know have a...
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    You can make the same complaint about concerts.

    You can make the same complaint about concerts.
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    I believe benzene is one of the components of...

    I believe benzene is one of the components of gasoline anyway. I think it is singled out on the MSDS because it is a known human carcinogen, not as a separately added ingredient. I could be wrong,...
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    Beautiful color. What did you use for finish?

    Beautiful color. What did you use for finish?
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    This is a topic I think should be covered more...

    This is a topic I think should be covered more comprehensively by magazine articles, TV shows, etc., and worth a lot more sharing of tips.
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    jack, FWIW I'm no expert, but I made a bench out...

    jack, FWIW I'm no expert, but I made a bench out of white oak about 5 years ago, that has been in full midwest sun and snow for that whole time. I used epoxy for the joints. It has held up...
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    The lesson I keep learning on this and other...

    The lesson I keep learning on this and other forums is that you can't be too subtle and humor and irony doesn't always come across.
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    I already have had credit monitoring from two...

    I already have had credit monitoring from two other big data breaches. Now Capitol One? Grrr. What I dont understand is why these three private companies- Experian Equifax and Transunion, have...
  11. Go with the plywood. Its not cheating.

    Go with the plywood. Its not cheating.
  12. I've taken to doing all sanding outside, if the...

    I've taken to doing all sanding outside, if the weather cooperates.
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    Have you checked with any local engravers? Shops...

    Have you checked with any local engravers? Shops that sell trophies, etc.
  14. I gave up after about thirty minutes. They...

    I gave up after about thirty minutes. They didn't make it easy to browse if you didn't have anything specific in mind.
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    I just saw Craftsman brand power washers at...

    I just saw Craftsman brand power washers at Menards*. Didn't notice anything else.

    *Menards is a midwest big-box competitor to Lowes/Home Depot.
  16. Yeah, I have the Bosch, and not happy with the...

    Yeah, I have the Bosch, and not happy with the way the base slips down while in use. Don't know about the new model. I used it to rout those knife hinges too. I picked up a Ryobi trim router at a...
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    Gerry, I have seen pre-glued 2'x4' panels of...

    Gerry, I have seen pre-glued 2'x4' panels of 1/2" glued AR cedar for this purpose, at lumber stores, as well as thicker tongue and groove cedar for making closets. Might save you some work.
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    Thanks guys for the tips. I passed on the lathe....

    Thanks guys for the tips. I passed on the lathe. They wanted $300, and as suggested, I looked under the hood and it looked like there was a lot of wear. I might have bought it if I hadn't checked...
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    Delta 1440 lathe worth saving?

    I am going to look at a used Delta 1440 tomorrow and would like to know if its a decent lathe. I won't know age, condition or asking price until I get there, but if its a reputable tool, I'd be...
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    This explains why my head doesn't rust.

    This explains why my head doesn't rust.
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    I was sad to see my local Sears close. They at...

    I was sad to see my local Sears close. They at least had older salespeople who could make change and give advice based on experience. People say they want good customer service, but the reality is...
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    My Ace sells black epoxy.

    My Ace sells black epoxy.
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    GŁnter, we were just there - on Canada Day! Go...

    GŁnter, we were just there - on Canada Day! Go up the CN tower, whether for dinner or not. We enjoyed the Hop On Hop Off bus tour which also included a 45 minute boat tour of the harbor. St...
  24. I've successfully used the round glass plate (the...

    I've successfully used the round glass plate (the rotating plate) from an old microwave for this purpose.
  25. I've used maple, cherry, walnut, and oak cutoffs...

    I've used maple, cherry, walnut, and oak cutoffs for smoking, but I think eastern red cedar (which is really a juniper not a cedar) would be too acrid and bitter for this purpose.
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