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It Was Al B

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  1. Almost finished with chipping the hemlocks, maybe one more day. Started cutting some of the bigger logs to firewood length.
  2. What is the general opinion of The Sikkens Cetol cedar translucent stain. I had finished my deck using Ready Seal last summer and it kind of disappeared in one winter. Thinking of going with the Sikkens.
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    Hole Saws

    The best hole saws that I've used are the Lenox brand. They can be aggressive with the cuts but if you use a slow speed and don't apply too much pressure it might work for you. They are a bit pricey for a one purpose tool.
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    Ready Seal Stain

    I posted a photo of my cedar deck last summer. It had been finished with "Ready Seal" stain. I can tell you now that it has not held up at all. After one winter the color has disappeared on much of the deck. Looks like bare wood, though water does still bead up on the surface. Definitely not happy with the disappearing color.
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    When People In California Find Out We Are Moving To Kentucky.

    With all the volcanic and earthquake activity around the world, I think that it's a good idea, leaving California before the next major quake there. Way overdue.
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    Brand Names Are Often Overpriced

    It's nice to have high end tools, but many of the lower brand tools work well. If the cheaper tool breaks, you can usually buy another and still not invest as much cash as you would in the one high end. I have a HF 10' General SCMS that has been problem free for over 3 years. My Ryobi cordless drill and impact drivers have performed as well as my former DeWalt drivers. Still using the original batteries after years of use, but I recently purchased a couple of heavier duty batteries at a price below the cost of 1 DeWalt battery for insurance, and to back up the cordless Ryobi weed whacker
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    Box, Bowl, Etc. Trade

    Not sure my work would qualify ? I've seen some of you guy's work. Is there a materials cost limit on projects, and what is the deadline to present your project ? Just asking.
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    Happy Birthday Herb!

    Suppose someone got the math wrong ? Happy half century Herb. Guess you have another century coming. Wishing you the best.
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    Lowe's Snags Craftsman Tools

    I guess you really have to check to see who the manufacturer is with the Craftsman brand. My last Craftsman purchase was my 14" BS that was made by Rikon. Probably the equivalent of Rikons low end BS, but at a price that was under $400.00 it has performed surprisingly well for me. I did have to purchase the fence separately . The Rikon fence workes perfectly on it.
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    Homemade Hybrids

    I've had the benefit of watching a fly tying pro while he was at work. It's quite an art.
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    WW Magazines

    I stopped subscribing to WOOD magazine when they ended their forums. They still send the magazine but I spend very little time going thru it.
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    a Big Buck-Eye Birthday Salute To.

    Happy Birthday Steve.
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    Used My Chipper/Shredder

    Had a really busy day today. First, I went to the nursery to get a plant for my wife for mothers day. She was really happy with it. Then I decided to do a little work on the hemlocks. My neighbor, a lot younger asked if I wanted help. I wasn't about to say no. He went and got his chain saw, and we took down all ten trees, 15 -20 ft tall, up to 8" diameter. We trimmed the branches off, and cut the trees into about 4' lengths. Ran the chipper for about an hour before finally giving up. I think I'll have enough chipping to do for several days, but the chipper really worked well. We get lot's of campers around here during the summer months so I'm hoping if I take a few of the logs at a time out to the street, people will help themselves. I'm exhausted ! This project would have taken me weeks without his help.
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    Used My Chipper/Shredder

    I managed to get out and try my recently acquired chipper/shredder today. Spent about 3 hours using it. Really happy with its performance. The previous owner said it has had less than 50 hrs of use, and it has always been stored inside. Will handle up to 3" diameter branches. Craftsman 9 hp.
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    Gas Range With No Vent.

    Fred, the Broan I was referring to was the one that John had pictured. Probably not a choice unless the home is only one story. It vents thru the roof.
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    Birthday Salutations To.

    Sorry I missed it Fred. Hope you had a great day and wishing you a wonderful year.
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    Gas Range With No Vent.

    You might consider a bathroom ceiling vent, which is probably what the Broan is often used for. I have a Panasonic unit in my bathroom, similar to the broan but it includes lighting.
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    How To Match a Stain Color

    Take a photo of the end table and check to see if the photo matches the color of the table. The paint store may be able to make a color match of the photo. Listening to some designers, if you can't get a perfect match, it will look like you tried to match it. Your better off to go with a contrasting color so it looks more like it was planned.
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    Gas Range With No Vent.

    We recently changed to electric, but before that we had LP gas and it caused no problems without venting outside.
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    Used My Chipper/Shredder

    I'm thinking I got a good deal on the chipper. I paid $175 for it and it really is in excellent condition. Saw another exactly the same model on craigslist today and the asking price was $400. Rain predicted for tomorrow so it's in the shop.
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    Blue Bird House

    Gold finch are plentiful here. Must have at least 30 here at the feeders every day. Lots of red finch also. I don't get to see them very often, but I can hear the red headed woodpeckers in the trees behind my home.
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    Used My Chipper/Shredder

    Right on !. I took down 4 hemlocks today. The trees are too big for the chipper, but it will handle the branches easily. have about 10 more to go.
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    Blue Bird House

    I was talking to one of my doctors one day about blue birds. She is apparently one who does all she can to help them. She told me that sparrow will often lay their eggs in the blue bird's nest and let the blue birds hatch them. When the eggs hatch, the sparrows grow much faster, so they eat all the food that the blue birds bring and the young blue birds end up starving to death. She regularly checks her nests, and if any sparrows have hatched, she twists its neck and removes it from the nest. Indigo buntings are rare here. I had one in my yard a couple of years ago and it hung around for several days. Like no bird I've ever seen before with its coloring
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    What To Do With My Tools ?

    I've been pondering the idea of selling my tools. It"s getting harder to get into the shop, with the aches and pains in these aging bones. My head tells me to sell, but my heart says no. I've kept active all my life, but, at 86+, it seems that no matter what, the body keeps loosing strength. As a youth ,I could press 150 lbs 10 times easily. Now I can't lift 100 lbs off the ground. Actually, a struggle to pick a bag of cement. All the yard work this spring from the fallen tree branches, from the winter storms, sort of found muscles to that I didn't know I had.
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    MWTCA May 2018 'What's It' Project

    The photos appear to be at least 3 different versions of the item, with the second photo probably the newer version

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