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    You don't mention the size of the dovetail. But...

    You don't mention the size of the dovetail. But if it's just the dovetail and it's around 1/2" thick, you'll get absolutely not gain any strength. You also don't mention the width of the coffee...
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    Reasons that table tops crack; The crack was...

    Reasons that table tops crack; The crack was already there. Either from a drying defect or not trimming enough off the end before working in your shop. When I cut off a piece to clear the drying...
  3. Are you blaming the wood? Beech has been used for...

    Are you blaming the wood? Beech has been used for decades on hand plane bodies. Hard to imagine it can't work for a haunched mortise and tenon. Hard maple is like working with steel. It is not one...
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    Rockler ships for free over $39 if you get on...

    Rockler ships for free over $39 if you get on their email list. Right now they have a coupon code V20837 for 20% off on a single item that is not on sale through the month of December.
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    I'd make a plug of phenolic and epoxy that in the...

    I'd make a plug of phenolic and epoxy that in the hole instead of just filling it with epoxy.
  6. I was taught to mark out all 4 sides of the cut...

    I was taught to mark out all 4 sides of the cut for the first step. Then cut and always move the angle of the saw. On thick stop you can cut all 4 sides and meet in the middle. I barely put any down...
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    Biggest change you can make to any western back...

    Biggest change you can make to any western back saw for dovetailing is convert it to rip teeth. Japanese pull saws work great right out of the box if the tooth count is high enough.
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    A shop vac hose mounted up close will suck those...

    A shop vac hose mounted up close will suck those cutoffs away before it gets stuck in a tooth.
  9. I seriously doubt that pump has a 100% duty cycle...

    I seriously doubt that pump has a 100% duty cycle for running overnight. My guess is that the seals are shot. I've never heard of a rocking piston pump. I've heard them called wobble pumps, but not...
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    Another option would be to tap the casting and...

    Another option would be to tap the casting and add lines to an external pump and sump if the bearings are in good shape. I wonder if anyone has 3D printed an impeller? 10,000 rpm is pretty high for a...
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    No one is forced to use proprietary electronic...

    No one is forced to use proprietary electronic parts, but you need to either have the knowledge or know someone that does to replace it. The replacement selector switch on my Minimax Combo failed. It...
  12. For the most accurate work, use metal working...

    For the most accurate work, use metal working tools. Start with an optical center punch. Then if you will use a pointed drill, drill with that. If you use a twist drill, use a center drill.
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    I'd be confident that you have now proven it's a...

    I'd be confident that you have now proven it's a switch issue. VFDs do not heal themselves.
  14. Tool placement is based on personal preferences...

    Tool placement is based on personal preferences and work flow. Some tools I have, I use about once a month. No need to have them on the back of the bench. In fact I store nothing in or on the bench....
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    Best chance is the switch itself is full of dust....

    Best chance is the switch itself is full of dust. That's where you need the air pressure, inside the switch body. You don't need to be testing a live box. Unplug the lathe and use the Ohm section of...
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    White oak is one of the most difficult woods to...

    White oak is one of the most difficult woods to dry because of the tyloses in the cells that restricts the moisture from being removed. And at 3" thick I'll guarantee it's not 10% in the center. Also...
  17. Are you certain a 4" will do a better job? The...

    Are you certain a 4" will do a better job? The air velocity will drop dramatically going to a larger diameter. I'd do a cardboard mockup to test it before cutting up a hood.
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    Must be some really expensive freight charges...

    Must be some really expensive freight charges added into those. None of those species grow in Texas, right?
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    That machine has a real high quality reeves...

    That machine has a real high quality reeves drive, but it is no comparison to a modern wood lathe. We now live in the Golden Era of wood lathes for bowl turning. Today's machines are just glorious to...
  20. Craftsman never made a lathe worth buying in my...

    Craftsman never made a lathe worth buying in my option. Gap bed lathes are a real pain, and finally I would never buy a lathe that didn't have an electronic variable speed. Old lathes were sold in...
  21. How thick are the blanks? What are you using to...

    How thick are the blanks? What are you using to measure the moisture in the center? Absolutely don't use the dial on the oven to set the temperature, and as Paul said, don't get it hot.
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    I thought Portland never had a dry season. I...

    I thought Portland never had a dry season. I would definitely not store it outside. Both temperature and humidity make a difference in the stability of wood.
  23. You won't see any difference in any of those...

    You won't see any difference in any of those tolerances. And since you only know what your straight edge tolerance should be, the measurements might be off a couple thou.
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    Deeper than 9-10 without a steady rest? That's...

    Deeper than 9-10 without a steady rest? That's the discussion going on for those who said they don't use a steady rest. Personally I would turn 6" deep without a steady. It just makes hollowing so...
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    The depth of the molding permits some patterns to...

    The depth of the molding permits some patterns to be run with several passes, and others to be run at 1, maybe 2 passes. No hard and fast rule about all moldings being run the same way.
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