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kmealy last won the day on June 6 2018

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  1. There was a map of the route on a related post last week. It got trucked to a port, then around the horn to the destination by barge. I was just surprised of how little force it took to pull apart (tension) and how little load it held (shear). Lamello makse a biscuit system that has much stronger connections, IIRC. https://www.lamello.com/inspiration/customer-reports/report/?tx_news_pi1[news]=443&cHash=4832e3fee2867d2c46ab31e9d2dacced
  2. All you have to do is push thing together. Then pull them apart when you want to disassemble. Move over Domino! https://lockdowel.com/news/
  3. cavates ? Most lacquers dry too fast to be anything but sprayed. Though there are a couple of brushing versions (Deft and Watco are the ones I know). This means doing in a spray booth with good ventilation or an open air environment.
  4. I used this for some built-in cabinets for the church a few years ago. Indeed a great time saver and durable finish.
  5. I'm posting this with a heavy heart... As much as I love my woodworking, it takes up too much of my time and I am struggling to keep up with the everyday basics such as cleaning and taking care of my home, so something has to give. I will be getting rid of my collection. Below is a list of what's available. Serious inquiries only please and don't insult me with your offers. Thanks for reading and understanding... 1. Dustpan and brush 2. Sponges 3. Dusters 4. Mop and bucket 5. Window cleaner 6. Vacuum 7. Dishwashing liquid 8. Laundry detergent 9. Fabric softener 10. Laundry baskets 11. Toilet brush 12. Cleaning sprays 13. Scrubbing brushes 14. Lawn mower 15. Weed eater
  6. I made a "keeping box" for my wife's yarn a few years ago out of some air-dried cherry. I put on a coat of BLO and put it on the patio during the day for a few days before finishing with shellac. It got a nice tan and got about 10 years of patina in a week.
  7. Yep, don't need one of those.
  8. No, it's a thinned polyurethane. You can probably do a couple of coats without sanding but you should sand between coats.
  9. Sprays work even better. It takes me about 2 minutes to spray a chair and that includes time to flip it over and rotate it around. I did some Morris chairs with Waterlox brushed on and I think it took me several hours to get the two of them done.
  10. If you use a light colored (blonde or super-blonde) shellac, it should not change the color much unless you are working with a very white wood. And then only if you are planning to use a water-borne finish or CAB lacquer (aka Water-white). I've only used a filler a couple of times outside finishing class, but I used a rubber window squeegee (at 45 to the grain) to work it in. The filler I used was dark, nearly black.
  11. A video on applying a wipe-on finish (Arm-r-seal). Contrary to implications, it is not an oil-varnish blend but a thinned varnish. I used some in the last couple of weeks to put on some water-worn kitchen cabinet doors at the church. I was not sure what the finish was (suspected lacquer but not sure that someone else had not done something in the last 45 years). I sanded down the finish, applied a couple of coats of shellac as a barrier coat, applied two coats of Arm-r-seal, applied a coat of gel stain as a glaze to restore some of the lost color, and two more coats of Arm-r-seal. Sanded with P400 grit between each coat (except after glaze). Should be good for another 45 years. Wipe on finishes work very well on things like chairs and beds where there are a lot of joints and spindles. I
  12. Yeah, when I went for my first annual Medicare physical, the doctor asked me the day of week, month, day, and year. Yipes, I had to think about that one. Luckily, my daughter's birthday was exactly two weeks earlier and I did some quick math.
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    Yes, we build what we need for each production. There is not always a lot of re-use except for standard items like stairs, sometimes walls, and platforms. But we do save a lot of it. Our big problem now is that we are 9 weeks from showtime and we have nowhere to build anything. A typical production has 50-60 actors, so the sets tend to be rather large.
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