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  1. It's SHOWTIME! After 3 months of Saturdays and 8 days of late evenings, the stage construction for Shrek is done. First show last evening, two on Saturday, and one on Sunday, then the blitz to disassemble, load on a truck and haul back to the workshop.
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    minwax stains

    SW bought Minwax a few years ago. They recently also bought Valspar (one of the other top 10 finish manufacturers) recently. Lowe's carried a lot of Valspar stuff and also carried SW stuff in the last few years. IIRC, Varathane was taking over the Home Depot Minwax shelf space. Varathane is a division of RPM (one of the other big ten) . Most of the brands you are familiar with (with exception of General Finishes) are subsidiaries of these big guys. https://www.pcimag.com/articles/103648-global-top-10-and-pci-25-top-paint-and-coatings-companies
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    OK, I can't spell....

    I would like to point out two things: - This is in Dayton - It's "its major cities" (apostrophe police has been notified), Sorry, Fred. (It's = contraction for it is, its = possessive belong to it) But I mess this one up when I'm not paying attention and fingers just take over muscle memory.
  4. Berea is an interesting town -- lots of artisans, including Kelly Mehler, Warren May, Will Bondurant, Charles Harvey, and a college that offers free tuition in a work-study program (with woodworking a significant part). If you go, look around town and have a meal at the College's Boone Tavern. It's right off I-75 about 2 hr south of Cincinnati. Nearby is a nice Shaker Village, also. https://www.lie-nielsen.com/hand-tool-events/USA/208
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    A domino alternative

    There was an article many years ago in FineWoodworking about why glue joints fail. And I've repaired hundreds of them in chairs. IIRC, it comes down to two points: 1. There is minimal glue contact area, a circle having minimum circumference per cross section area. And most of that in one part of the joint be end- or short-grain surfaces. 2. There is a lot of cross-grain construction. The dowel will shrink and expand in its diameter seasonally. The part of the wood it's glued into will not shrink and expand in its end grain orientation. So it tends to pull the already weak glue joint apart. When I've re-glued chairs, usually by the time I get the corner blocks off, the dowel joints pull apart and often I can pull the dowel pins out with a pair of pliers.
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    It's Gone. Good Riddance

    but, but, I thought Craftsman tools were the best! (cough, cough)
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    Shopsmith 10ER

    go for it!
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    I have used these ratchet clamps

    On the 20 mile interstate drive home today I saw one sofa, one recliner, and 4'x5'x1' silver box of some sort on the shoulder. And they just mowed that whole stretch last week, so it's all new.
  9. When I moved into the new shop, I bought a few new LED lights, most from Costco. I get a letter in the mail today from Federal Trade Commission telling me that Lights of America exaggerated output and duty life of their LED Lamps. Included is a check for $69 as my share of the settlement! woo-hoo
  10. Poly is just a type of varnish. On another forum last week, someone posted these gems there is no non-poly varnish. varnish is made of poly, mineral spirits and a type of oil, usually linseed I also said she could use a tung or hemp oil. mix it with mineral spirits and poly, and you have your own varnish! as for watching you tube videos, there are plenty of people doing things incorrectly. kind of like on here where people post erroneous comments. (ummm, see above) When I called her on it... Perhaps my statement was a little generalized. although,At its core, polyurethane is a petrochemical resin that contains isocyanates.so technically i'm not too far off.* Unfortunately, polyurethane is less flexible than varnish, so it may not be the best choice to use on wood pieces that move or flex. Which is what I mentioned in my comment. you don't have to worry about the poly cracking so there is no need to spend money on a varnish. [umm I thought you said there were no non-poly varnishes.] *not exactly -- Isocyanates are compounds containing the isocyanate group (-NCO). They react with compounds containing alcohol (hydroxyl) groups to produce polyurethane polymers, which are components of polyurethane foams, thermoplastic elastomers, spandex fibers, and polyurethane paints.
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    Free Bosch Tools

    Open an account with Spamgourmet. You can define any new address you want, such as : IenteredtheBoschContest.20.kmealy@spamgourmet.com This unique address allows, in this case, 20 emails, then trashcans the rest unless you update the remaining count or set up an authorized sender's e-mail. Free.
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    Corn hole anyone?

    My dad (a long time horseshoe enthusiast) used to have a set of these he took to picnics and camping -- "Washerboard" is what he called it.
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    Corn hole anyone?

    I think us Cincinnatians claim title, too, especially the west-siders. (crossing Vine street or I-75 generally requires a passport). "The west side of Cincinnati, Ohio, specifically Harrison, Ohio has been one of the main areas of modern resurgence and renewed popularity of the game. It is popular at tailgate events throughout the Midwest and has recently become a nationwide favorite, with national championships covered on ESPN." - Wikipedia Bit of trivia: Harrison, Ohio is home to Campbell-Hausfeld, Midwest Dowel, and McFeely's Hardware.
  14. Shop auction online going on currently. Too far for me to travel, but looks like some good stuff. https://www.ebth.com/categories/4498-home-improvement-equipment-auctions
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    I have used these ratchet clamps

    I got some Snap-on heavy duty ones from Costco IIRC - $20 for 4. pulled the pin on the short end and had the wife sew together the other end away from the clip. I can revert to a tie-down should I ever need it.

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