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  1. The row of screws near the desk middle have fewer...

    The row of screws near the desk middle have fewer screws so why not elongate the holes in the metal in the direction of the wood movement (rock the drill back and forth). Leave the edge screws as...
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    Ron is right in that with MDF you change your...

    Ron is right in that with MDF you change your working methods and jointing. Biscuit jointing works well. The main problem is getting real wood smooth enough to paint well. Painting swells the grain...
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    If you are going to paint it then MDF board is...

    If you are going to paint it then MDF board is nice and smooth but you need to seal it before painting. The bottom edge needs to be very well sealed or 1/2 of hardwood added as getting it wet will...
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    For most of us Ken the first real bench IS a...

    For most of us Ken the first real bench IS a major project, both in time and size. Lamar admits as much in his comment.
    As for ‘functionality’ that is where peoples ideas differ based on what they...
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    Lamar, making a workbench is a major project....

    Lamar, making a workbench is a major project. Most of us would find the top of the bench more interesting! Please post photos of the Roubo or whatever you think is French.
    Yes storage shelves can...
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    He is planning to use regular hardwood. Never...

    He is planning to use regular hardwood. Never seen a piece of wood that did not expand in water, however quickly it was dried.
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    Parquet floors are not lap jointed but tongue and...

    Parquet floors are not lap jointed but tongue and groove, they are short pieces with no real expansion forces to contend with. Herculaneum floors only show wear where the slaves were chained to a...
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    Yes open frame, no door, no drawers just the...

    Yes open frame, no door, no drawers just the frame. Keep the drawers for the middle section. If you run the front edge straight from angled wall to angled wall you avoid any corner sticking out in...
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    The grain would be at 90 degrees! Not going to...

    The grain would be at 90 degrees! Not going to last long at all.
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    Think about glueing the splines at the middle of...

    Think about glueing the splines at the middle of the table only, leaving the rest of the spline pegged but floating.
    Ask him to do a simple drawing of the table top, then draw in again with 3%...
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    On a similar vein: a 90 degree bend at the vent...

    On a similar vein: a 90 degree bend at the vent that goes forward and opens to a long narrow vent across the whole of the middle section. This keeps its image as a vent unobtrusive and even across...
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    When the table expands the 45 degree angle moves...

    When the table expands the 45 degree angle moves outward from both sides opening the joint. Only veneer on a dimensionally stable substrate will maintain its position.
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    Strange their web site shows an historic picture...

    Strange their web site shows an historic picture and not the plane you would buy. The prominence given to rejected castings is bizarre. They claim there are few, so why promote them at the start of a...
  14. Yes standardising the orientation can only be a...

    Yes standardising the orientation can only be a good thing. As the spline lengths will be a bit of a guess pegging them from underneath ensures long term stability. At least one peg at the middle of...
  15. For the solid wood approach when glueing up the...

    For the solid wood approach when glueing up the chevrons make say every 4th board three inches longer so it can overhang 1& 1/2 each side. By staggering clamps diagonally across the glue up the...
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    If it truly was my last project it would have to...

    If it truly was my last project it would have to be my coffin. At least it would be my last chance to convince people at my funeral I did some cabinetry!
    I can hear them now “you know he made his...
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    Perhaps Im old fashioned, large drawing paper...

    Perhaps Im old fashioned, large drawing paper and a pencil and ruler. Each cabinet gets an individual drawing, the design and materials standardises the cut list pretty quickly.
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    Just wondering if the seat stretchers get kicked...

    Just wondering if the seat stretchers get kicked by peoples heels as they are so low?
  19. Now Im reminiscing! Add acoustical padding on...

    Now Im reminiscing! Add acoustical padding on the walls for zero sound stage and I wish my ears could still appreciate it!
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    If you are dead keen on the moving top idea, make...

    If you are dead keen on the moving top idea, make the carcass ends slope the other way. Incorporate the leg splay angle to be the same and position the legs right at the end. Make the table top with...
  21. Lovely result, very substantial. Drop front cribs...

    Lovely result, very substantial. Drop front cribs are out of fashion my daughter tells me!
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    Whos to say the top glue up all has to be the...

    Whos to say the top glue up all has to be the same thickness? The front edge can use thicker wood and the end grain thickened up just at the ends, the back? Who cares! This keeps the fine furniture...
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    Jacob, 6 of table length will seat two each side...

    Jacob, 6 of table length will seat two each side and one on each end, even with 3 of width it will be cozy, is that your plan? Buy the bar stools first and work out a good table height. If you make...
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    Used Titrebond III for African Mahogany...

    Used Titrebond III for African Mahogany lamination, four layers on a form, no creep but wrapping the whole thing in carbon fibre and epoxy may explain the lack of creep. It was a large construction,...
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    On my 10,000 grit synthetic used without a nagura...

    On my 10,000 grit synthetic used without a nagura you get black streak marks on the stone. For a large blade like a plane blade those black marks wont cut as well as the rest of the stone, if at...
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