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  1. Bangor Maine PD

    I follow this guy on Facebook, though I've never been to Bangor, but because it's quite entertaining. I nearly rolled out of my chair reading this this morning https://www.facebook.com/search/str/bangor%2Bmaine%2Bpolice%2Bdepartment/stories-keyword/stories-public?esd=eyJlc2lkIjoiUzpfSTIyNzQzMjg2NjA3ODoxMDE1NTY2NDE4NDcwMTA3OSIsInBzaWQiOnsiMjI3NDMyODY2MDc4OjEwMTU1NjY0MTg0NzAxMDc5IjoiVXpwZlNUSXlOelF6TWpnMk5qQTNPRG94TURFMU5UWTJOREU0TkRjd01UQTNPUT09In0sImNyY3QiOiJ0ZXh0IiwiY3NpZCI6IjRhZDJhNDEzY2VmNmRhZjU5MTY4ZjBmNDc2Njg2YTYxIn0%3D
  2. Tool Handy Hack

    A couple of years ago, I was painting a number of rooms in my house. I read an article about using an angled putty knife to cut the masking tape into the corners on trim. I ran out to the corner hardware store and bought the basic knife and cut the top to an angle. I found it handy for the tape but also other projects like puttying in corners, scraping, etc. It's earned a place in my tool drawer.
  3. Pootatuck Lion Miter Trimmer

    Nope, I never found one.
  4. DC wireless remote

    I guess I need to apologize if I offended anyone. Just offering a different solution as an alternative, especially if you are doing new wiring. It's the way the electrician did my prior shop.
  5. Tool Handy Hack

    I think a pocket knife may cause cancer in California. I was talking to one vendor of woodworking supplies and they put that on every product they sell, just in case.
  6. Pootatuck Lion Miter Trimmer

    Very nice. Keep your fingers clear. I've heard you can send the blades back to Pootatuck for sharpening (but that was 20 years ago, so I don't even know if they're still in business)
  7. Tool Handy Hack

    ETS? http://www.acronymfinder.com/ETS.html
  8. Someone over on woodnet gushed about this lumberman in Indiana, a bit NW of Ft Wayne. Thought I'd pass it along. http://woodsbygwgreen.com/ There is also a place in SE Indiana, Wilhelm Lumber. Very folksy place. You tell Beau what wood(s) you are interested in and he'll pull down a skid and let you sort through. Then you can have it straight line ripped, planed to whatever thickness you want, and surface sanded, all at your option.
  9. Shaker-ish spice cabinet

    He was also my geometry teacher. Sadly passed away in 2011. He was from Greece and the proverbial, "landed in NYC with $38 in his pocket." Put himself through college and became a teacher, later a principal. He had some strange expressions due to his learning English. He always talked about angles in degrees, first minutes and second minutes. And his way of expressing infinity or infinite series, "I be an old man, writing, writing, writing..." as he walked across the blackboard.
  10. About a dozen years ago, my daughter & husband were renting a 19th century house with a 19th century kitchen. She asked me to make a spice cabinet for her. Two houses later, they've now re-done their kitchen and don't need it any more. But I do, so it came back. Different sized spice containers than she had, but still works.
  11. Trimming edge banding on my shelves

    Clever. I normally use solid edge banding, unless it's curved, but this would work for solid too.
  12. Hoosier wood source

    Yes, I have gotten a number of orders delivered and picked up at FML. Not only great QSWO, but domestic plywoods. They'd deliver to my door and unload for me to the garage. A couple of weeks ago, I went to C R Muterspaw in Xenia, OH (east of Dayto n), since I'm a lot closer to him now. Nice rustic place (there was a goat and a pony on the other side of the wall from the "main office") Glen Huey did an interview with Chad on 360w/w and I decided to try. He's got some good stuff there, too.
  13. Tool Handy Hack

    I think I just ground off the burr on a belt sander, but making a sharp edge would be a good idea for other applications. Hmmm maybe time for a second one @Stick what other uses do you invoke?
  14. Shaker-ish spice cabinet

    In HS chemistry, we built a hydrogen generator one day. The flask had a tube that ended under water and would send out bubbles. The teacher said, oh watch, if you hold a match at the bubbles, you get a little pop...pop.. pop. He did this and BANG, the flame backed up the tube to the flask, blew the top off and smashed out the overhead fluorescent lights. End of lab today, students.
  15. I saw Chad Stanton do a video on LFL and got my interest up. I live on a country road with not a lot of traffic but am considering making one for the church parking lot (on a more traveled country road as it's 1/2 mile from an interstate exit). I'd probably make it a miniature version of the church building (the front part). I have some stained glass that I could use for the Gothic windows. Comments, ideas?
  16. "Crash Report" posted on Sheriff's web site yesterday. And today calls from ambulance chasers started... There's a TV ad that runs on the news most evenings, "Don't go with the ambulance chasing lawyers, call our law firm, we have experience in settlements..." Um, the difference would be???
  17. Shaker-ish spice cabinet

    I do the cooking in my house. As a college friend who was completing his PhD in chemistry, "Cooking is just applied chemistry."
  18. Here you go: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/12/2017-09098/safety-standard-addressing-blade-contact-injuries-on-table-saws#open-comment
  19. Moaners, Groaners and other dribble... V.2

    The Goldberg Brothers - The Inventors of the Automobile Air Conditioner Here's a little fact for automotive buffs, or just to dazzle your friends. The four Goldberg brothers,Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Maxwell, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. On July 17, 1946 , the temperature in Detroit was 97 F degrees. The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford's office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter. Henry was curious and invited them into his office. They refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car. They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 F degrees inside, turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the car off almost immediately. The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent. The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label, 'The Goldberg Air-Conditioner,' on the dashboard of each car in which it was installed. There was no way that Old man Ford was going to put the Goldberg's name on two million Fords. They haggled back and forth for about two hours and finally agreed on $4 million and that just their first names would be shown. And so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show -- Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max -- on the controls.
  20. I am now retired and have reached SSA's FRA. The concept of lifetime employment was never even a consideration for me. starting in 1974. Not only was it not necessarily good for my career (think technology and wage stagnation) but companies I worked for would have regular lay-offs, or maybe worse, put you into a dead-end job. So the street went both ways. We were as loyal to them as they were to us, maybe more so. I had a 401(k) with no company contribution (always promised a match, depending upon corporate profit, but because it was a privately held company,, they could determine what the profit was.) My wife's last job was at an insurance company that was 30 years behind times. Lots of lifers there, but every few years, they'd change the retirement benefits. We get about enough to cover our health insurance. One of my uncles was a union steelworker. Not only are those type of benefits gone, so is the job. When I'd visit home in the '80s they were shuttering the mills left and right and many people had no job nor a good prospect for one, having always done the same thing for the same company in the same industry.
  21. But they do seem to be going for the Restoration Hardware et.al. fake antique, the industrial chic (freight carts as coffee tables, plumbing pipes as bookshelves, etc.) https://www.marketplace.org/2017/08/15/business/one-vintage-thing-that-doesnt-appeal-millennials-furniture
  22. Given your wood costs, equipment, time, and if something with doors or drawers, hardware, the finish is often the least expensive component of a project. In the house we bought last year, DPO (dreaded prior owners) painted the MBR bath cabinets. About the first time we used it, the black paint chipped off behind the drawer pull. Roughly 18 months later, the finish is still soft and sticky. Probably bought the cheapest paint they could find. So time to do something about it. Plan was to strip and refinish. Trial showed black paint came off OK, but white factory finish underneath a bit more stubborn. I normally use NMP strippers, but went out and bought some industrial duty methylene chloride and got started today. Well, the black came off, sort of, but left a lot of sticky rubbery residue. So the cheap paint did not even strip well, one of the worst I've ever had. Getting to the face frame, I went back with NMP since it needed to be done inside. Let it sit for a couple of hours and it came off reasonably well, even the white underneath. While the NMP was working, I cleaned up one of the doors. Lots of work. I think I'll give them all another run with NMP. I'll keep you posted on progress during the project. I initially thought I'd just make new doors and drawer fronts. Still an option.
  23. We have covered six different finish types. How do you know which to use, when? As I've probably said before, you don't need the same finish for a clock, a dining table, a breadboard, and a pickled white cabinet. The answer won't be the same for you in your garage as your buddy with his spray booth and nice exhaust (or vice-versa). If you live in an area with VOC restrictions or have a limited source of supply, or limited space to apply a finish, that may limit your available options. Many people, frustrated with getting a finish to work, find one and use it for everything. My Finishing Rule #2 When you pick any finish, you select an attribute or two you want and you get all the other attributes that come along with that choice. There is no finish that's perfect for every need. Color or lack thereof Resistance to abrasion, UV, water, other chemicals, heat Ability to apply with your skill level -- spray, brush, or wipe Ability to apply in your in your environment -- fumes, dustiness, temperature, humidity Time to complete finishing -- number of coats, time for each coat to apply and dry, and time between coats Repairability Gloss level Film thickness Hardness Chatoyance Cost Availability Compatibility with existing finish, if any There is really no right answer, as long as the answer is not “use the same finish for everything.” Unless you are making the same thing over and over. Rather than paraphrasing the experts, I’ll just link to their comments. Additional reading: http://homesteadfinishingproducts.com/choosing-a-finish/ http://www.popularwoodworking.com/jun13/flexner-on-finishing-how-to-choose-a-finish
  24. Be frugal, not cheap

    I plan to make an espresso finish. Start with a red undertone dye, then stain with GF Espresso stain, and I'll be trying EnduroVar for the first time. Probably will brush on the face frame and spray the rest.
  25. Gene, your son is on the phone, he says he wants to move back home. But just for "a little while."

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