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  1. I consider cabinets and drawers "the places tools go to hide".
  2. “It’s the spirit within, not the veneer without, that makes a man.”
  3. If the metal legs fasten with round holes, you might consider elongating them to slots to allow cross-grain movement. I also think the skirts add an element that the eye/brain expects for a wood object.
  4. When aluminum cans became scarce, we switched to 2 liter bottles, and now prefer them. No going back (since I'm the one that had to do all the crushing!).
  5. [Oy, story of my life: I'm 180 degrees out of phase!] That curvature might be really important, or at least a big selling point for some: https://www.kurufootwear.com/experts-corner/top-of-foot-pain#:~:text=The magic is found in,or even eliminate foot pain. But it does look like a bowl cutting router bit would do it.
  6. Maybe ask the question: why is that surface cupped, and "just how cupped is it?" Might not have to copy exactly. Example: is that the bottom of the heel (where the rubber meets the road)? The cupping might be either to allow shock absorbance and/or avoid flat/flat fit problems. IOW, when you duplicate in wood, might a chamfer around the edge have the same effect? (Similar to table leg construction: chamfer prevents chipping.) Maybe just chamfer the edges and add a "rubber" pad to the heel? When you change materials, sometimes the design needs to be re-understood.
  7. This might be a good place for a stick-up? A deodorant would offset a lot of the smell, eventually doing the job permanenetly if you have eliminated the mold. I did some research on deodorants (as an alternative to mechanical fresh air) and it turns out the chemical compound(s) will break the odor molecules so the nose no longer detects them as "bad". Until then, I'd always assumed deod's just replaced one odor with another.
  8. I always enjoy seeing what a kid picks as an interest. It's not uncommon to give them a present/toy, leave them to it, and find what really interests them: the box it came in, because it allows their imagination to take flight.
  9. I have the Ventura book, picked it because it looked comprehensive. She has another one. You can get the "beautifu" book on Amazing: $30. Amazing. I also see used version for $23. I've bought several used "how to" books on Amazon (including Tolpin's tablesaw), and the quality is excellent, so the price reduction is real value. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162654946X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1
  10. The rest of the story: as a botanist told me, the Euc's imported to CA were an inferior variety to the ones more often used in Australia. Found this article that expounds more. I grew up in SoCal, and remember well the thousands of Euc trees, including dozens on my FIL's farm, which he roundly cursed. https://www.independent.com/2011/01/15/how-eucalyptus-came-california/#:~:text=The blue gum%2C a mid,sheds off in long strips.
  11. Another cremation advisory: we put my dad's ashes in some kind of cremo vase, and my brother (Seattle) stored it in the attic for about a decade while deciding what choice bit of shrubbery merited anointment. When the time came, brother dumped the urn over, and all he got was a klink. Looked in the urn: the ashes had turned into a hard rock (Dad was a Marine: paying attention Gunny?). Ashes to .... coal. So don't wait too long, eh!
  12. "Low temp" AC is designed for just that, and further designed for a particular range. Just as a normal off-shelf unit has trouble below 70 (space temp), a low-temp designed for 50 would freeze up at 30. Etc. And if you get the room to 45--50 for extended time, I'm not sure what happens to the structure: you might cause moisture problems with wood. Low temp rooms are much more heavily insulated and moisture sealed. That's difficult to do with a typical bathroom wall. Wood framing is designed to allow moisture to move through it. If you vent a small room in the winter, you can
  13. Problem? Like the compressor crashing? Residential AC are designed to handle 72--80 degree interior spaces, and when you drive the temp down below that, you increase the chance of damaging the compressor (tech talk: low temp causes problems with the refrigerant expansion, coil icing, liquid slugging of the compressor). Failure is not guranteed, but success would not be expected. IOW, you might get lucky, but probably not. If you want refrigerator temps, get a refrigerator. How big are the things you're cooling? Would they fit in a food cooler where you could pack ice into the cooler?
  14. If you put a window fan near the corner, it would help with odors.
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