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    Bud vase, Cocobolo

    My first turning in a couple of months, following a bud vase demo by the Amazing Jake at the Knoxville club in January. (Jake even passed out glass tubes for the inserts!) I made this to take to the...
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    Air compressor warning

    One thing to consider. We have a friend who left his air compressor switched on all the time for decades. Then one day a failure caused the compressor to run continuously. It overheated and the...
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    I've trimmed a tiny bit off the stop to make an errant valve close completely and easily. Might be easier to remove the handle first and adjust the stop on the handle instead of the valve body.
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    Here is a closeup of the threads made by one of...

    Here is a closeup of the threads made by one of the threading tap/die sets I bought from woodcraft long long time ago.

    https://sawmillcreek.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=426130&d=1581977166
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    Looks like Beautiful, Fine, and Intelligent to...

    Looks like Beautiful, Fine, and Intelligent to me. My solution to the sanding dust is to carry the sander outside to a table on the covered porch on my shop.

    JKJ
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    endgrain for wood ID

    You may not see the rays easily, depending on the section through the wood and how it is prepared.

    The best thing is to look at the end grain on a small sample. As mentioned, the cross section...
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    The Wood Database is one of my go-to sites. BTW,...

    The Wood Database is one of my go-to sites. BTW, Eric has published a book with much of the material, especially of the species we are more likely to encounter. If you haven't done so, check out...
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    I like to use an oil finish on sapele. This...

    I like to use an oil finish on sapele. This platter was finished with a BLO/poly/mineral spirits blend (home-made "danish" oil). It brought out the chatoyance nicely, but of course not possible to...
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    We love it too. Last concert we went to was...

    We love it too. Last concert we went to was Chanticleer men's acappella group in Greeneville SC not long ago.
    But the last time we drove to Atlanta for music was a while back, for Simon and...
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    I can check the thread on my Ridgid oscillating...

    I can check the thread on my Ridgid oscillating sander but not until at least tomorrow. If calling Ridgid, you might ask how much it would be to replace the threaded shaft.

    JKJ
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    Oak has a distinctive end grain pattern in the...

    Oak has a distinctive end grain pattern in the pores. Red vs white involves length of rays and usually absence/presence of tyloses.

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    I haven't turned any but others here have. From...

    I haven't turned any but others here have. From a search:

    https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?222871-any-advice-on-turning-Catalpa...
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    Left hand tap/die might be hard to find but have...

    Left hand tap/die might be hard to find but have you ever used a thread restorer kit? Mine came with various taps and dies made for restoring instead of cutting threads, but the it also came with...
  14. I make handles essentially the same way. If the...

    I make handles essentially the same way. If the handle is long after mounting the square blanks in the chuck I might first steady the unsupported end with the tailstock and turn the last 6 or so...
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    I bought taps and dies from Woodcraft many years...

    I bought taps and dies from Woodcraft many years ago. Id have to go look but I think the 1/2 wood tap is much coarser than 13 tpi.

    The standard thread pitches for 1/2 are 20 for UNF (fine)...
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    Andrea Bocelli sings

    My Lovely Bride and I had the good fortune to attend a concert by Andrea Bocelli in Altanta (Duluth) a couple of days ago, one stop on his Valentine's tour, accompanied by the Atlanta symphony...
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    Ha, if we include the protection on the pole... ...

    Ha, if we include the protection on the pole... My transformer at the house is fed by a 7200v line from the pole. On the top of the pole is a fuse. That fuse has tripped five times in 15 years. ...
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    Poll: I saw a reasonable use once. A relative...

    I saw a reasonable use once. A relative obtained a bunch of cookies and placed them on tables at a wedding reception, vases and such on top. Looked rustic and elegant in the rough-hewn beam lodge...
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    I do a similar thing and have my DC and...

    I do a similar thing and have my DC and compressor switched from outside the closet. Both of mine are 5hp 230v motors The DC uses a contactor (relay) and is controlled from a 110v switch and some...
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    Ha! In my experience comments concerning the...

    Ha! In my experience comments concerning the relative weather in SoCal are often tempered by the relative cost of living. :)

    Compared to around here the overall index is 173.3 vs 85.5 ...
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    They are SMS: tri laminate non woven fabric. It...

    They are SMS: tri laminate non woven fabric. It is made up of a top layer of spunbond polypropylene, a middle layer of meltblown polypropylene and a bottom layer of spunbond polypropylene.
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    OT, but when I think of cheese the picture burned...

    OT, but when I think of cheese the picture burned into my mind is of endless rows of stacks of thousands upon thousands of 82lb wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano in a huge warehouse in Italy. THAT's...
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    In 2013 I bought medical staff jackets for less...

    In 2013 I bought medical staff jackets for less than $3 for 5, I bought med and large. I don't see them now. this is the closest I see on Amazon...
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    Poll: I think you should wait a year and see what they...

    I think you should wait a year and see what they are like.

    All these years and I've never had a use for a piece of wood cut like that.

    What are they used for if they survive? What are they...
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    I wonder if you could resaw them on a bandsaw...

    I wonder if you could resaw them on a bandsaw mill if you sandwiched the planks between heavy, straight slabs to keep them flat. I'd worry otherwise about relieved stress in the dry wood causing...
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