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    Thanks for those more illuminating pictures. It...

    Thanks for those more illuminating pictures. It looks like the original was not as well-built as I thought it might be, but more along the lines of disposable mass-market stuff, in which case it's...
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    Well, for one thing, because it looks good?...

    Well, for one thing, because it looks good? Nobody has disputed that it's a handsome piece of work.
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    Yeesh, I think the record for how long I've held...

    Yeesh, I think the record for how long I've held a board is 23 years. I was waiting for it to speak to me. It turned out to be the silent type.

    I should strive to be more economical with my stash...
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    Those aren't drawers. If you look closely, the...

    Those aren't drawers. If you look closely, the legs appear to end in male wooden threads that screw into another piece fastened to the interior of the carcase, which doesn't leave room for what some...
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    Here's something nobody's pointed out. What makes...

    Here's something nobody's pointed out. What makes you think those are even drawers?
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    You could just build it and let _them_ figure it...

    You could just build it and let _them_ figure it out. :^)

    Seriously, how does the original work?

    There's an old Russian proverb, to some problems there are no solutions.
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    You can buy inexpensive "dockling stations" (20...

    You can buy inexpensive "dockling stations" (20 or 30 bucks?) where you just stick the drive in the correct slot and you can access it. (Not for permanent use because the cooling may not be...
  8. My brother-in-law who worked for the power...

    My brother-in-law who worked for the power company used to brag about doing that very same thing. Unfortunately he died of cancer. As did his wife and all of his children. Very sad.
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    With the drill press, that's kind of scary, isn't...

    With the drill press, that's kind of scary, isn't it? What I did with mine (Nova Voyager) is bolt it thru a steel plate to a Portamate 2500, which actually _lowers_ the center of gravity and enlarges...
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    I hate pegboard because it makes the room too...

    I hate pegboard because it makes the room too dark. If I want to hang stuff on the wall I'll screw a board to the wall studs and put hangers on it. Shelves are IMO much better than cabinets because...
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    In fact, you can build an entire piece of...

    In fact, you can build an entire piece of furniture from start to finish without any measuring at all, using a story pole. And have it repeatable.
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    You do awesome work, Brian! I was just trying to...

    You do awesome work, Brian! I was just trying to make a more general point. I wasn't talking about you specifically, and I apologize if anyone got that impression.
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    Boards are always cut straight at the mill, and...

    Boards are always cut straight at the mill, and bow afterwards (particularly after drying.) That much we can all agree on. Compression wood shrinks a lot more when it dries, causing it to bow towards...
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    Hmmm, you mention 8' boards. I find that the...

    Hmmm, you mention 8' boards. I find that the "focus" (for want of a better word) of the bow or a kink _often_ tends to be related to a knot or some kind of discontinuity or grain reversal or some...
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    I'm surprised that nobody so far has suggested...

    I'm surprised that nobody so far has suggested fasting. Check out Jason Fung's book "The Complete Guide to Fasting". You will feel great! This is what I do when I can't grill or I can't get any...
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    In the days before a/c, builders were a lot more...

    In the days before a/c, builders were a lot more competent at constructing habitable structures that encouraged natural airflow. And yes, people were also a lot skinnier. ;^)
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    I've never experienced any "purple staining" when...

    I've never experienced any "purple staining" when working with walnut or oak, but then I've never worked with them outside of an air conditioned environment, re sanding etc. (I don't like to work in...
  18. Yes indeed. If a product is unsuitable for its...

    Yes indeed. If a product is unsuitable for its purpose, you should be able to return it, but of course you need to _tell_ them that it's a useless piece of ..., in a way that makes it clear that...
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    It's good that you mentioned sitting in a chair...

    It's good that you mentioned sitting in a chair (although I've never tried that, personally.) There is a certain balletic motion that goes into feeding the stock (face anyway.) IOW, applying pressure...
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    Purpleheart turns brown with age (the wood...

    Purpleheart turns brown with age (the wood surface oxidizes, no matter what the finish IME.) Expose a new surface with machining and the color can come back. Hard to work, as you say, and can be very...
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    May I introduce 7) Don't throw away the guard....

    May I introduce

    7) Don't throw away the guard.

    7a) (Corollary) If it feels unsafe, it probably is. (Perhaps the most general theorem in power tooldom.)
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    Speaking of which, does anyone know of a...

    Speaking of which, does anyone know of a replacement guard for a Powermatic 882? The standard guard kind of sucks, I have cardboard taped to mine, etc. It's by far the cheesiest part of an otherwise...
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    1) Don't be trippin' when you're jointing. The...

    1) Don't be trippin' when you're jointing. The blades are not as fascinating as you think they are.
    2) Don't lift the jointer up by its ears. It hates that.
    3) Always make sure the travel path of...
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    Well I don't know. That's about the same size as...

    Well I don't know. That's about the same size as an 11" Stonehenge. Hard to guess what it weighs, without knowing the species. :^)
  25. What difference does it make? All it costs them...

    What difference does it make? All it costs them is the minimal labor to put something back on the shelf, which is repaid by the good will of the customer.
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