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Al B

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    USA Salisbury, MA
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    A vacation is what you take when you are tired of taking what you have been taking.

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  1. Gotcha Lew, It's what you might call senior spelling. Swapping vowels for effect. Let's see, try again, "taper", now I got it.
  2. Gotcha@HandyDan I went to the shop and tried using the cut off piece taped to the board for tapering to opposite side. Worked well on practice pieces so that's the way I'll be making my cuts, unless I go with the log recommended by John. Thanks everyone for the help.
  3. @HandyDan I went to the shop and tried using the cut off piece taped to the board for tapering to opposite side. Worked well on practice pieces so that's the way I'll be making my cuts, unless I go with the log recommended by John. Thanks everyone for the help
  4. @John Morris The log does sound like a good idea, but I am trying to satisfy a request by my daughter. I'll propose the suggestion. It may be to her liking.
  5. In MA we are down to a positive test rate of 0.8% and we have opened barber shops, salons and several restaurants have set up with outside tables.Store are open but people are not shopping, resulting in several small businesses closing for good. Factories seem to be functioning normally. The state hasn't totally committed yet but we could be opening restaurants next month if things don't make a negative turn. I'm not too hopeful because of all the infections on college campuses. Harvard. Northeastern University, Boston college and others reporting outbreaks. Wondering if this is an indicator of what will happen in the public schools.
  6. There are teachers willing go get back in the classroom, provided the proper safety precautions are taken. Many teachers unions are balking because many schools are not designed or equipped to take the precautions. Locally, schools are opening remotely, but some are allowing a percentage of students "those with learning disabilities" into the classrooms. They are also allowing some sports activities. The fact is, people are nervous about sending their kids to school. Until we have the virus under control or a vaccine is developed and proven safe, this will continue. If everyone simply wore a mask, according to Dr Fauci, we could get it under control in about 3 weeks. People saying requiring the wearing of a mask violates their constitutional rights. It shouldn't have to be mandated, Just do it ! Europe is now experiencing a second wave and experts are saying it could be worse than the first wave.
  7. Thanks John, I'd have to make the jig if I want to bevel and tapir. Somehow, logic tells me that for square cuts, all I have to do is move my fence and tapir jig to the opposite side of the blade using the same setting. I Haven't gotten back to the shop to check this out. I'm thinking square cuts covered with molding strips should look ok for a bird bath base. I'm using 3/8" plywood.
  8. I don't believe he was planning to leave home. He said he lives on high ground, about 70' above sea level, so wasn't worried about flooding, but he did experience 100 mph winds there.
  9. Haven't seen Steve posting here since the hurricane. He posted that night before the storm hit, but nothing since. Hope he and his family are OK.
  10. Years ago I built a windmill with an octagon tapered base. Today I decided to build a birdbath base using the same basic design as the windmill and guess what. I've forgotten how to do it "senior moment I guess". I do have my homemade taper jig. I cut rectangular pieces to the to the height desired and cut the tapir an one side. Haven't been able to figure how to cut the matching tapir on the opposite side. HELP PLEASE ! Thank You . A beveled tapir would even be better, just saying. The basic size I'm thinking is an octagon approximately 24" high 12" across the flats at the base and 6"across the flats at the top.
  11. I don't know how many years have gone by since I started taking a multiple vitamin, vitamin D, and vitamin C. but it's been a long time. I can honestly say I've gone years without getting the flu, and I honestly can't remember the last time I suffered anything more than a runny nose from a cold. Nothing worse than the allergies from pollen. Will be getting my annual flu shot soon. I have the disposable masks like those used in hospitals. I've found them to be easier to breath thru than the washable types. Keep some at home and some in the car. Same with the hand cleaner. Otherwise, basically hibernating like lots of others.
  12. @Ron Altier Great shots Ron. Rare opportunities to get them.
  13. I heard that the Wynn casino in Las Vegas reported almost 1000 of their employees have tested positive for the virus.
  14. I've been quietly following the progress on the desk John. Looking like it nearing the finish. Looks great and really glad your son is developing an interest in woodworking .
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