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    "There is hardly anything in this world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and those people who consider price only, are this man's lawful prey." John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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  1. kmealy

    Improving On Everything

    I know that's true here for raccoons, on the property where you trapped it or send on to its eternal reward. My former neighbor, AKA Crazy Squirrel Lady, attracted them by bringing up 500 lb of pecans at a time from GA. Loaded the dozen or so bird and squirrel feeders about 4x a day, in addition to dumping a 5 gal bucket of bread across the street. I think the record was 14 in my 1/3 acre back yard at once. I learned to trap the chipmunks before they destroyed my patio slab. The rest met Mr. Gamo. She was a wildlife rescue and I groaned when I saw a strange car in her drive and someone walking up to the front door with a cardboard box. The ones that lived, she'd just release in the yard.
  2. Usually, I dip it out with a paper cup. I save all sorts of plastic containers from the kitchen (coleslaw containers, peanut butter jars, etc.) run them through the dishwasher and use for my "dispenser" to brush from.
  3. As I started reading, I was going to suggest pre-finished. Good choice.
  4. Three techniques for good varnish finish Thin the finish. Most varnishes will flow out better if you thin them a bit. I like to thin the first couple finishes a lot (50:50), then move to 60:40, then 90:10 for subsequent coats. Stir well to bring the flatteners into suspension and regularly during application because they will settle out faster in a thinner finish. I like to pour out the varnish into a separate container so I don't contaminate the can. Brush technique. First, use a good, natural bristle brush. "Condition" it before use by wetting with mineral spirits, then wiping with a clean rag. Dip the brush into the varnish and remove excess on the side of the container. Start the strokes away from edges or you'll get a run on the edge. Work from one end to the other. When the whole surface is covered, wipe the varnish off the brush, hold it nearly vertical and "tip-off" the finish by lightly passing the brush from one end to the other. This fills the dry spots and cuts down the heavy spots. Sand between coats. Let the finish dry at least overnight. Sanding will remove the defects like dust, lint, and bubbles in the slow-drying finish. A good sandpaper is 3M's 216U, sold as "Sandblaster." P400 grit is a good one to use. This will level and remove the defects. A follow up with light gray Scotch-Brite™ Ultra Fine Hand Pad 7448 will provide an even dullness. Remove the dust with a cloth dampened in mineral spirits or naphtha. Steel wool can leave shards that might eventually rust.
  5. kmealy

    Kerry Pierce

    And something for Steve: https://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/shop-tour-kerry-pierce-part-1-handplanes I think Kerry's father was also a skilled woodworker. I seem to remember some stories/articles by him when I was first starting out. I believe he had only a couple of fingers on one hand, but still managed a lot of hand work. (Is that right, @JohnMorris ?) Oh, and there is a small museum with a lot of Shaker artifacts just a few miles from me, if you are ever in the area. And last I knew, a former neighbor is one of the leads on the Whitewater reconstruction project. https://blog.lostartpress.com/2018/05/20/union-the-lost-shaker-village/
  6. kmealy

    Brand Names Are Often Overpriced

    I heard an old maxim somewhere in software development, "Adding more people to a late project makes it later." (negative returns) I remember in an economics class where the professor was talking about maximizing profits. He had one curve that was revenue and another expense and the x-axis was volume of sales. He went on for ten minutes or more about the "sweet spot" where the optimum spot was. I'm (as a math major) rolling my eyes and saying to myself, "Just take the first derivative and set to zero."
  7. kmealy

    Brand Names Are Often Overpriced

    (the law of) diminishing returns phrase of diminish noun: law of diminishing returns 1. used to refer to a point at which the level of profits or benefits gained is less than the amount of money or energy invested. I've often said this of my Festool sander -- it's a very nice sander, but I'm not sure it's that much nicer than my Bosch to spend twice as much for it.
  8. Funny that he knows exactly what he spent for his tools, but can't remember what year he started certain work. And he likes Craftsman tools.
  9. We had a friend who graduated from high school in Louisville. Her dad was a senior engineer with the GE appliance plant there, and she had grown up in multiple states. When she went to Florida as a college freshman, her new roommates looked at her and said, "Oh, you're wearing shoes!" Surprised, she said, Yes, but why do you ask?" "Well, you're from Kentucky." She told them that Louisville was a major metro area about 10x the size of this college town.
  10. kmealy

    Useless conversation and other drivel...

    Romantic text message An elderly couple learned to send text messages on their mobile phones. The wife, a retired college English instructor with emphasis on the classics, was an unapologetic romantic; her husband, a retired salty navy chief petty officer of thirty years' service, was a no-nonsense guy. One afternoon the wife went to the local Starbucks to meet a friend for coffee. While awaiting her friend's arrival, she exercised her new skill by sending her husband a romantic text message: "If you are sleeping, send me your dreams. If you are laughing, send me your smile. If you are eating, send me a bite. If you are drinking, send me a sip. If you are crying, send me your tears. I love you." The husband responded: "I'm on the toilet. Please advise." Almost brings a tear to your eyes.
  11. kmealy

    Eames Design

    I had to go out last week and inspect one that was not working. 9 pages of diagnostics, and the controller has a many options as a smart phone. but most of boiled down to "replace the controller," or "replace the chair." Too smart by half?
  12. kmealy

    'Will You Please Review Me?'

    Don't forget all those "male enhancement products" you can get. My wife just said last evening that she's not getting so many of them any more.
  13. kmealy

    WW Magazines

    Just saying, many of these magazines are available via library e-books. At least in Ohio, several large libraries (Cincinnati & Hamilton County, one of the highest per-capita circulations in the US, and Cuyahoga County (Cleveland)) are available to any Ohio resident. Get on the internet and browse through them. Saves a tree for more important purposes
  14. Remember Craftsman was sold to Stanley Black & Decker. They manufacture tools in their own and the original 3rd party factories.
  15. I see Ashley is now the largest domestic residential furniture manufacturer. https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/management/fdmc-300/who-are-largest-fdmc-300-residential-furniture-manufacturers Really?! I've worked on a lot of this as one of my former customers used to sell a lot of it. The warehouse manager used to call it "Trashley." Something like 80% of their repair expense was for this junk, almost all of it from China. I'm talking about repairs right out of the box. And it never seemed to last long once at the customer's home.

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