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    Well it even looks like it could be part of a...

    Well it even looks like it could be part of a space ship! I actually like the concept-- aren't $1200 vacuum cleaners supposed to be green though?
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    McMaster lists mil spec washers 0.031-0.033 thick...

    McMaster lists mil spec washers 0.031-0.033 thick in a range of diameters
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    Be sure to explain to the "customer" that scratches and scrapes that happen over time are going to be glaringly obvious because of the difference in color between the top surface and the underlying...
  4. Your life will be much easier if you choose a...

    Your life will be much easier if you choose a wood that starts off the color you want. This was a lesson it took me a long time to learn! If you want a dark table maple is a difficult starting point....
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    I hope you kept the movement! $900 is a...

    I hope you kept the movement! $900 is a ridiculous price for rebushing a tall clock movement. A complete overhaul shouldn't run but a third of that. (With most good clock guys it might take 2-3...
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    Aircraft plywood in 2-3 mm thickness cut with a...

    Aircraft plywood in 2-3 mm thickness cut with a laser might be a good way to go. I've seen plenty of hands made from solid wood in those kinds of thicknesses though, I think you just want to be sure...
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    I never knew that bags were available for a...

    I never knew that bags were available for a vacuum of this kind, but there they are, right on the borg web page. That may well be the easiest solution, thanks!
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    Close, I actually think it's a cake decorating...

    Close, I actually think it's a cake decorating tool. you spin the cake and it makes nice ridges around the edge.
  9. No idea what an Amish bed bolt is-- Google came...

    No idea what an Amish bed bolt is-- Google came up empty for me. The ones I use are like this:...
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    I actually made a pretty respectable amount of...

    I actually made a pretty respectable amount of money buying Apple on bad news (around $10) and selling on good (around $20) over the first 10-15 years, which it cycled through quite reliably, then I...
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    The "Golden Rule" is horrible advice-- treat...

    The "Golden Rule" is horrible advice-- treat people as they would like to be treated, not how you want to be treated.

    Related to the above, people's feelings really matter to them (more so than...
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    The Bauer design is really slick! Well done. ...

    The Bauer design is really slick! Well done.

    I really don't want to pipe another dust collection system around the shop-- I already have two. Looking to be able to clean up the stuff that escapes...
  13. Beds need to take lots of racking force, once I...

    Beds need to take lots of racking force, once I discovered traditional M&T with bedbolts I never looked back. My earlier beds with various sorts of allegedly wonderful hardware wiggle, and some with...
  14. Where I had the choice I put them ~4 ft up. Lower...

    Where I had the choice I put them ~4 ft up. Lower than that and they get buried in the snow and you have to hunt for them. More than 4 ft (of snow, that is) and I'll probably just stay home.
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    I believe early EVs used resistance heating,...

    I believe early EVs used resistance heating, which will certainly kill a battery in a hurry. AFAIK more modern ones use a heat pump-- an automotive mini-split as it were. Much more efficient.
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    Android outsells Apple nine to one worldwide by...

    Android outsells Apple nine to one worldwide by unit sales.
    Apple's market cap is twice that of Google (2 trillion vs 1 trillion)
    Apple made $261 billion last year, Google (Alphabet) made $162...
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    I installed a contactor at the dc and then...

    I installed a contactor at the dc and then dropped hardwired switches in four places around the shop at the most commonly used machines. I'm never more than two steps away from a switch when I need...
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    For anyone who wants my whole bluebird brain dump...

    For anyone who wants my whole bluebird brain dump you can find the powerpoint slides I made for the talk I just gave here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/08cdfsgiiurj1fp/COA%20bluebird%20talk.pdf?dl=0
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    The latest and greatest Tesla Model S Plaid has...

    The latest and greatest Tesla Model S Plaid has an EPA range of 520 miles and can recharge 175 miles of range in 15 min at a supercharger. Pretty much everyone I know needs to stop for a 15 min break...
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    The extra block on the front is to make the...

    The extra block on the front is to make the entrance hole deeper so that a raccoon or similar predator can't reach all the way to the nest. I reinforce the opening with a 1-1/2" stainless steel...
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    Shop vac with built in cyclone?

    I recently got a Ridgid shop vac for general shop cleanup but am finding that the filter clogs essentially immediately, dropping the airflow by a factor of 5-10. Cleaning it is a pain that typically...
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    We fledged 17 chicks from our pair last year, the...

    We fledged 17 chicks from our pair last year, the first five are on the way for this year:

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    It took me 25 years of experimenting with nest boxes to finally achieve consistent...
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    We had a high pressure lab at one of the places I...

    We had a high pressure lab at one of the places I worked. It was built with very thick, heavily reinforced concrete walls and a very weak roof-- the idea was to direct any explosive event upward,...
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    Boy, given that they snap a picture of your...

    Boy, given that they snap a picture of your plates at every toll point that's a crime that should be pretty straightforward to track down!
  25. If it's paid for then space is the only concern....

    If it's paid for then space is the only concern. I just acquired a MM20 but am finding it very convenient to have my Delta14" saw with a skinny blade on it in addition to the big resaw blade on the...
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