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    It's a conundrum, no doubt, and the answer won't...

    It's a conundrum, no doubt, and the answer won't be the same for everyone. If we're unwilling to pay our neighbors a decent wage for their work then soon no one will have a decent wage (we may...
  2. I can't think of a time when I haven't done a...

    I can't think of a time when I haven't done a wipe with a damp cloth prior to the final sander pass. It leaves a much nicer surface with no issues downstream. Why would you ever leave this step out?
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    Wood lathes are one of the very few tools where...

    Wood lathes are one of the very few tools where it's still possible to support a north American manufacturer, a small business, and buy a quality tool all at the same time. I'd choose one of the...
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    I tend to buy tires more for their handling...

    I tend to buy tires more for their handling characteristics than lifetime or cost effectiveness, so no way would I choose to drive for 2-1/2 years on tires I didn't like the feel of. So unfortunately...
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    Wind turbines work fine for power generation in...

    Wind turbines work fine for power generation in Antarctica. Much more total power was lost due to the gas transmission facilities failing in the cold. The failure is largely one of people. Extreme...
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    Assuming properly sized and unblocked soffit and...

    Assuming properly sized and unblocked soffit and ridge vents, I'd look at air sealing between the house and attic as the culprit-- warm air is getting up there somehow. Sealing all penetrations...
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    I would suggest talking to your upholsterer in...

    I would suggest talking to your upholsterer in advance and getting her advice on providing the supports needed for a good job. I'd be sure to do a sit test on sofas made both with slats and webbing....
  8. Thats pretty much what jointers are for. Some...

    Thats pretty much what jointers are for. Some situations call for other solutions and techniques, and jointing a board with a propeller twist can take some skill, but, yes the jointer is, for most...
  9. Wait--- you're storing your wife in that...

    Wait--- you're storing your wife in that cabinet??!? :D

    Nicely done! Having a new piece of furniture-- the one that can corral (and hide) both all the electronic devices and chargers as well as...
  10. A lot of higher end machinery of all kinds comes...

    A lot of higher end machinery of all kinds comes without a plug or cord, they don't know how you intend to wire it-- whether hardwired or with a receptacle, if so which kind. Many are configurable...
  11. A small finishing nail hammered in every inch or...

    A small finishing nail hammered in every inch or so.
  12. In my dad's 51 chevy pickup the vacuum wiper...

    In my dad's 51 chevy pickup the vacuum wiper motor died and we tied a rope to each of the wipers and then in through the windows on each side; one of us kids would alternately pull on the ends of the...
  13. The edges come wicked sharp. Unless you want to...

    The edges come wicked sharp. Unless you want to use up your supply of bandaids I'd certainly recommend easing them. Other than that mine came pretty much ready to use. I tried them before honing...
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    My plywood supplier will cut it for a nominal...

    My plywood supplier will cut it for a nominal fee, I think something like $1/cut. They will get it within a sixteenth, usually better. Most lumberyards have a panel saw and will rough cut for you. I...
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    I like the consistency and performance of the...

    I like the consistency and performance of the Mohawk shellac reducer. With DNA from the hardware store you never know what you're going to get from can to can, especially now that it is sold as stove...
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    Another Omron vote. Take it with you to your doc...

    Another Omron vote. Take it with you to your doc and check the calibrations. Mine is spot on with what the nurse reads. The one I got has wireless connectivity to a phone app that stores and charts...
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    Current ordinary commercial heat pumps will...

    Current ordinary commercial heat pumps will perform with a COP (Coefficient of performance) >2 at 10 degrees below zero F (-23.3 C). (COP is, is, if I understand, a comparison to electric resistance...
  18. Back in the old days of vacuum motors the grease...

    Back in the old days of vacuum motors the grease inside would get dirty and sludgy and the wipers would get progressively slower-- or more intermittent.

    Last time I had an electric one that...
  19. I have the Supermax 19/38, but I don't think it...

    I have the Supermax 19/38, but I don't think it matters which sander you use. I've gone down to 1/8" on my planer using a sled, but thinner is more likely to work on the sander. When I make my own...
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    Frets before or after gluing the fingerboard to...

    Frets before or after gluing the fingerboard to the neck? I was taught and have always done it after, it would be easier to brace the fingerboard against downward pressure before. I was told that you...
  21. You don't want to do that right on the sander...

    You don't want to do that right on the sander bed. Put your veneer onto a dead flat sheet of wood or plywood, or MDF and run it through the sander at 3/4" (or whatever your base measures) plus 1/32,...
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    This raises a couple interesting questions. The...

    This raises a couple interesting questions. The instruments I've built before had standard nickel silver frets and I filed them to tweak high spots and such. The request for the new instrument is for...
  23. I like chemical strippers most of the time, less...

    I like chemical strippers most of the time, less chance to damage the surface or sand/scape through veneers. Clear finishes usually come right off. Of course I now have this third arm growing out of...
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    My son is picking the electronics (its going to...

    My son is picking the electronics (its going to be his guitar, I don't play) and he's chosen the Fralin Vintage Hots. To be honest I can't hear what a lot of people seem to be able to hear when they...
  25. Last time I built a rod (a long time ago) epoxy...

    Last time I built a rod (a long time ago) epoxy was the recommendation. I don't think I'd use it on a good bamboo rod, it being relatively irreversible. Most of my rods suffer some other unfortunate...
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