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  1. Seems to me this would also work with dado blade: use the jig to define the sides, then hog out the center without having to fiddle with dado blade width.
  2. I used one such folding table for years, then the top finally fell apart (not my fault!!!...well, maybe). I took the legs and installed them on a pocket door; the legs finally came apart after a decade of use. I kept the pocket door, and now just put it on folding sawhorses. With something as rigid as a table/door, it may not matter that you're on a slanted slab: just take all measurements from the table surface and don't use a level. Or shim the legs.
  3. So I turn my back on you guys for a day, and when I return there's Tongue Girl and someone talking about yanking it. This is when you realize that gutter and sidewalk aren't that far apart?
  4. Well, ok. Pinkie finger, eh? Um, how do I get the glue out of my nose?
  5. I use a 1/2" wall peg. Absent an earthquake, no jostling. If I ever used more than the same blade in the TS, I'd probably just run blue tape over the teeth.
  6. I experienced a few acquisitions from the bottom of the pile. I learnt some lessons: 1. Stress kills: really; killed at least three, maybe more in the transitions I lived 2. New buyer makes old management stay for two years minimum to glean their experience 3. Old management suffers greatly in the second year, especially when the buyer ignores their advice 4. Entrepreneurs can't stand wearing the collar (slave collar); drives 'em nuts. Slave collars are an acquired taste. 5. Operations never seem to live up to the expectations of the buy: psychologically, it's due to buyers and sellers operating from Fantasy Land 6. Once you understand that all employment (Life, too!) is a temp thing, it gets easier So, this Festool/SawStop thing will be interesting, from the outside. I'm curious to see what Bosch is doing in Europe.
  7. A square foot is 12x12=144 square inches, so the pressure from 1# is 1/144 PSI. But the vacuum math is correct, and shows how quickly a "PSI" can build up. (Think about a basement wall with water build up behind it: 3' of water column doesn't sound like much until you convert it to 1.3 psi and multiply by lots of square inches.) I read somewhere that wood glue works by raising the grains at the joint boundary. The grains intermix and then are frozen in place when the glue dries. Pressure that causes squeeze out simply pushes the grains into each other and overcomes the very slight non-flat surface matches (microscopic level). Once you get the grains mixed, more pressure won't improve the bond. Squeeze out will pretty much continue until the surfaces completely touch, unless you have wide areas that trap glue, which is why lamination uses a different glue, different mechanism. I also recall a test where joints were found stronger if the glue is "worked" slightly before matching surfaces. I think what's happening is that brushing glue insures it penetrates the grain, raises the grain, and then squeezing out excess doesn't hurt because the grain already is "up for the job". The 45 angle propagation of pressure is a good model. In soil, it's called "angle of repose", so as you dig near a foundation, you want to avoid penetrating the 45 angle from the top of soil / wall intersection. Most materials will experience the same distribution of pressure. Extremely rigid materials get a wider "splay", but I'd say wood at 45 is a good approximation, useful for determining caul locations. Note that when joints are tested, they almost all break just behind the glue/joint surface, confirming that the joint itself is stronger than the wood.
  8. Ya I know, I been mushy a tad lately, don't know what's been coming over me, menopause? Seriously: it is a type of "pause". When we are busy doing with/for others, we often don't realize how far we've come. The mushy feeling: you looked back at the trail, realized how much Journey you'd accomplished, how many you'd helped. Good reason for "mushy". Thank you.
  9. This will sound weird (my stock in trade) but I found that the dish scrubbies at the local grocery work pretty well. You can effectively vary the "grit" rating by letting off the pressure. I was using it to make a satin finish on gloss poly, it did well, so I tried it on other finishes. I can't tell the diff.
  10. I don't understand this part of construction all that well, but one of the more interesting columns published in the air conditioning journal is "Building Sciences", which attempts to fill our AC heads with an understanding of moisture control. Every time the guy mentions moisture barriers, it comes down to "no plastic or other impervious barrier". Turns out, some moisture migration through the structure is desired, so you use materials that allow slow movement, such as OSB. It rejects water, but will allow moisture. Here is their website, with a lot of articles available on the topic:[]=5
  11. How do you spell "chupsta" er, hootspackle er, CHUTZPAH!!! (thanks and a tip of the hat to Google)
  12. Do you remember the episode of MASH where the COL advises the doctors of the two rules of war: 1. young men die 2. doctors can't change rule 1 The same constraints insure that those of us "with age" will never understand the new venues. It has always been thus, since Ancient Babylon, and before. The time scale of change has become exponential ("hockey stick" is the comparison for those into charts). We sit on the trash can of History. We can bitch, but no one will listen. What I found as a Scoutmaster: all the teaching and warnings in the world do not obviate the need for each person to make their own mistakes. What I finally realized about Scouting was that the youth WOULD make the mistakes, multiple times, before learning, but Scouting might mean they only made the mistake a couple times instead of five. Judiciously, sometimes we can insert a lesson to shorten the process. I guess FB is the equivalent of the corner Malt Shoppe? Saddlery? Tavern? Hovel?
  13. Actually, it's quite logical. You see what kids wear these days? Schools have been structuring tighter and tighter rules to limit disruptive clothing trends*. It's part of the school uniform trend: similar to Scouts: when you put on the suit, you put on a behavior. The problem comes down, of course, that you write the rules and forget exceptions, or simply ignore the possibility of needing exceptions. "My way or highway" thinking will do that. But I've never been impressed with the flexibility of educators; they tend to be very Establishment, like so many people who don't really understand what they're doing. In the case of a military uniform, the original clothing rule was backed by logic of "if we let him do it, they'll all want it". Original logic doesn't really apply to the situation, but the administrators are incapable of seeing their way out without a fuss. *and when did two undergarments constitute proper clothing for young ladies!? Why, I was walking through a shopping mall (before they closed) with my teen daughter and I noticed that all the young girls wore short shorts with the top two buttons undone**. When I turned to my daughter to scorn this practice....well, you can guess the rest, right?! Yup. **am I distracting myself? Well, anyway, one might ask why I noticed? Where did my eyes automatically rove? I suppose every generation comes up with new bait for an old hook.
  14. Well, I don't know why I came here tonight I got the feeling that something ain't right I'm so scared in case I fall off my chair, And I'm wondering how I'll get down those stairs. Shelves to the left of me, pegboard to the right, Here I am, stuck in the middle with you: I think it's "the space dictates the storage".
  15. I think it's generational. I joined FB thinking I would find Army and high school classmates. No such, but once I saw how other people use it, just leaves me cold. Haven't used it since forever, but it sure is a fav with my kids. Clashes with my curmudgeon pledge.

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