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    If you leave the tops in the sun for hours and...

    If you leave the tops in the sun for hours and they have a lot of moisture in them, then yes, you could be causing the checks. But I still bet they are there before shipping. In one of the photos...
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    Check the switch that gets depressed when top is...

    Check the switch that gets depressed when top is in place. You should be able to look at the brushes. Are they mangled and jamming the armature?
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    Learning to turn a burr on a scraper was an...

    Learning to turn a burr on a scraper was an "ah-hah" moment for me. I've found that a drop of oil spread along the edge is absolutely necessary for a smooth burr. Also, once it dulls a bit, it can...
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    I'd take a longer look at Scott Smith's post...

    I'd take a longer look at Scott Smith's post above. Drying a little more in your shop shouldn't cause end checking unless you are only letting the ends dry rapidly and not giving the tops time to...
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    I'd say not really....if you are wanting a smooth...

    I'd say not really....if you are wanting a smooth finish. It looks like you just knocked the tops of the orange peel off. Once you put a shine on it, you will see how uneven it really is. I'd sand...
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    I have an account with a local store that carries...

    I have an account with a local store that carries it along with their Benjamin Moore line. I don't do a lot of business there, so they don't generally remember me when I stop in, but they don't...
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    You can get a very nice finish with a $20 Harbor ...

    You can get a very nice finish with a $20 Harbor Freight gun and pigmented conversion varnish. I use ML Campbell’s Envirovar and it lays down very smooth in two coats. It’s not a piano grade...
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    How about sanding it all properly and letting...

    How about sanding it all properly and letting natural wear and tear distress it? Those swirls look like a poor sanding job at best.

    Dan
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    Aside from safety, the biggest issue for me is...

    Aside from safety, the biggest issue for me is getting the dado equally deep across the width. Probably not such an issue with 13 inches, but either way, you need to make sure the face getting cut...
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    Google Jasper router base plate. Drilled very...

    Google Jasper router base plate. Drilled very accurately for use with bushings.

    Dan
  11. Don't cut the door hanging. It's called a jamb...

    Don't cut the door hanging. It's called a jamb saw for a reason. Check out the hanging hardware with a mirror if you have to. Look very closely at the trim and see if there is not a piece that is...
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    Definitely cherry. You can see the gum pockets...

    Definitely cherry. You can see the gum pockets in every piece. The sapwood starts out nice and light but turns into an ugly yellow as the heartwood turns deeper red. Dan
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    Not trying to offend anyone here, but I've always...

    Not trying to offend anyone here, but I've always felt that a glue line should be as invisible as possible. I align glued boards carefully to hide the different grain patterns and I make sure my...
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    Ask your a girl in your life about a wax warmer....

    Ask your a girl in your life about a wax warmer. Get a cheap one and don’t let her use it.

    Dan
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    You definitely need a jointer if you’re working...

    You definitely need a jointer if you’re working with rough lumber. But you really need to learn how one works first. Find a six inch machine used. Make sure the owner can show it works. You’re not...
  16. I can’t imagine going back to a contractor saw....

    I can’t imagine going back to a contractor saw. And I had a pretty solid one.

    Dan
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    It’s only missing bolts and is rusty. Mine came...

    It’s only missing bolts and is rusty. Mine came with much more rust than that and I had it running smooth in an hour. The bearings are probably fine unless there was water running into them. If he...
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    Makore? African cherry... maybe with sloppy...

    Makore? African cherry... maybe with sloppy handwriting.

    Dan
  19. Prepare each sub assembly as if it was a rough...

    Prepare each sub assembly as if it was a rough cut individual board. Don't worry about losing thickness or width too much, but don't take off any more than necessary either. Once they are dead...
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    Here are a couple photos of the desk. ...

    Here are a couple photos of the desk.
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    Need some design help with a desk

    As usual, I am most of the way through the construction of a desk for my daughter and I am having issues with the design of the drawers. I struggle with design in general and most of my furniture...
  22. Ozone will work for sure. You can buy a generator...

    Ozone will work for sure. You can buy a generator and do it yourself. I use one for my truck and hunting clothes.

    Dan
  23. Other than those two slabs of walnut, don't use...

    Other than those two slabs of walnut, don't use any of that stack of wood for furniture. It might be okay for some turned pieces or small projects. Cherry is not that expensive these days.

    Dan
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    Clear epoxy makes it much less noticeable. Dan

    Clear epoxy makes it much less noticeable.

    Dan
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    I bought a relatively inexpensive pop-up tent...

    I bought a relatively inexpensive pop-up tent from Walmart about 12 x 12. And then wrapped it with plastic hung from the sides. I cut a hole in the plastic and taped in a 20 x 20 filter and braced...
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