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    Nothing wrong with character marks. Scratches,...

    Nothing wrong with character marks. Scratches, dings, and patina give your planes more street cred.

    I always look suspiciously at woodworkers whose tools always look like the pictures in the...
  2. I find there tends to be less waste from the 5 x...

    I find there tends to be less waste from the 5 x 5 sheets for cabinets. You usually don't need anything longer than 60" and the 60" dimension give you more cutting options for sides and drawers.
  3. I would recommend checking with the local...

    I would recommend checking with the local inspector or code enforcement authority (especially on the joint between old and new). Codes and cities are particular about what they allow underground on...
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    A 7 degree bend would go away nicely with a piece...

    A 7 degree bend would go away nicely with a piece of flex. Plus it makes a good vibration damper and convenient way to get in the ducting if necessary.
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    Any reason you are using 5" PVC rather than 6"...

    Any reason you are using 5" PVC rather than 6" PVC for ducts? 5" is kind of an odd ball size, with fittings and pipe not as readily available at your local Menards, HD, etc vs 6" If you really want...
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    The first drawing is probably the easiest to...

    The first drawing is probably the easiest to build; the third is maybe slightly more efficient, but probably isn't necessary with your, cyclone, pipe size, and short runs. Myself, I'd do the first...
  7. That is my justification for my router collection...

    That is my justification for my router collection also, but it also extends to hand planes, chisels, handsaws, sharpening stones, hammers, braces & bits, socket wrenches, shovels, etc. Pretty soon,...
  8. As Mike says above, you need to understand what...

    As Mike says above, you need to understand what is going on with the AC and heater wiring to know if the breakers should be tied or not. Based on the breaker labeling, it looks like that the two...
  9. But only days after you mix it with water to use...

    But only days after you mix it with water to use it.

    Liquid hide glue has its uses. Hot hide glue takes a bit of logistical planning and doesn't work very economically for the hobbyist who can...
  10. I use a digital caliper from the miter slot...

    I use a digital caliper from the miter slot (mostly for speed and convinience), but I check it with the combo square method. You set it so it just barely drags against one of the front right...
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    If it floats your boat, go for it. Myself, the...

    If it floats your boat, go for it. Myself, the irons cost more than most of my planes did.
  12. The other thing is that the saw itself doesn't...

    The other thing is that the saw itself doesn't have the rigidity. You'll get flex and slop between the end of the arbor and the top. You can deflect a saw blade by about 5 thousands by just...
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    Definitely jack plane next. Very handy and...

    Definitely jack plane next. Very handy and usually readily available used pretty inexpensively. Good for basic flattening and can be used for edge jointing in a pinch. Actually having a couple or...
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    Nice piece. The "perfect dovetail" obsession is...

    Nice piece. The "perfect dovetail" obsession is a modern thing; plenty of historical originals have chips around them. Sometimes I think that is why they often just veneered over them. To the...
  15. Wood is hygroscopic. If you change the moisture...

    Wood is hygroscopic. If you change the moisture content of the wood, you will change its shape. The only way to keep that shape will be to either keep the moisture content the same indefinitely...
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    I would miss the shoulder vise on mine. I use it...

    I would miss the shoulder vise on mine. I use it all the time, even though I am more power tool than most of the Neander types. One of the main things I use it for it edge jointing, since I have a...
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    It is a Scandinavian (Frid) style bench, three...

    It is a Scandinavian (Frid) style bench, three legs on the left because of the shoulder vise and two on the right. The birch one is the back right leg.

    Chatoyance is that kind of shimmery way the...
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    I only climb cut small chamfers and roundovers,...

    I only climb cut small chamfers and roundovers, at least they are the only ones I do intentionally. Sometimes I get confused on cutter rotation and direction on large pieces with lots of direction...
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    I'd say birch, without full confidence. Maple...

    I'd say birch, without full confidence. Maple and birch are similar enough looking, that my cabinetmaker's bench has 4 maple legs and one birch one (not intentional). I didn't notice for a few...
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    I agree. I had one where I shot a nail in, it...

    I agree. I had one where I shot a nail in, it hit an unseen knot, and it poked out 90 degrees from the direction that it went in.
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    If I have one I can't get out, especially if the...

    If I have one I can't get out, especially if the nippers cut it while pulling, I drive the little stub end into the wood with a nail set and fill the hole. Then it just looks like the rest of the...
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    Never attribute to malice that which is...

    Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. -Hanlon's Razor

    Only the paranoid survive. -Andy Grove

    Details matter. Steve Jobs

    I think we consider too much the...
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    #5 Stanleys are so common and cheap, that...

    #5 Stanleys are so common and cheap, that watching for complete plane in better shape often makes more sense than repairing one (this applies to #4s, #3s, and block planes also). At least until your...
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    I picked up an old beat up one of those about 20...

    I picked up an old beat up one of those about 20 years ago. Amazing tool. It has an unbelievable amount of torque; it is basically a hand held 1HP drill press, so treat it accordingly. Never use...
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    I'm going to say two things that are not going to...

    I'm going to say two things that are not going to be well received, and probably denied outright.



    Your tools are probably worth less than you think they are, possibly a lot less.
    Getting...
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