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Gary Hanscom

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    I am making it with edge grain...maple.
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    Greetings all. Quick question here ( I hope). I am building a butcher block rolling island for my daughter (which many of you helped me with in the design stage). During the thickness planing stage on the butcher block top, I got a couple small tear out spots which are too deep to sand out. I was thinking that I could fill the depressions with some epoxy. I have never had to use epoxy and am looking for any suggestions any of you may have as to any preferences you may have. Don't need more than a tablespoon so no large quantity needed. And will epoxy take mineral oil "finish" ok? Thoughts? And as always, thank you in advance for any assistance. Gary
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    What's On Your Work Bench?

    You all have such nice neat benches! I'm in the middle of building a rolling butcher block island (many of you helped with the block material) for our daughter and SIL. My shop is small and I have a tendency to not clean up a lot until the job is done. Carcass is in partial view here. About to start on the top and the doors.
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    Butcher block material?

    Thank you gentlemen! Maple it shall be! Gary
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    Butcher block material?

    Building an oak mobile kitchen island for my daughter. Wondering about butcher block top material. Probably oak is not best? Maple better? Ripped and glued with edge up? Any thoughts? And as usual, thanks for any input! Gary
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    Interval measurements

    I'm pulling some school math from the back of my head here from some 50 years ago, but I think there is a reasonably simple formula for this. Example: Say you have a 48" board that you want to apply 12 "somethings" to. Simply take the length (48) and divide it by the number of "somethings" you want (12) and add 1 to that number. I.E. 48/(12+1) = 48/13 = 3.6923 inches. Not necessarily a nice measurement to make but it is accurate. Gary
  7. Getting ready to button things up for the coming fall/winter seasons...mainly closing the pool, winterizing the H2O, getting the cover on and cleaning/storing the filter. Would like to get in a nice motorcycle ride with my wife before it cools down too much...didn't do much riding this year due to the high temps and humidity all summer here (Maine). Still puttering on some hatch covers for a friends sailboat. Ended up using a heat gun to remove several layers of previous owners efforts to preserve the wood. Then it's putting on the French varnish in multiple layers. Not much woodworking going on in the shop here!! Gary
  8. I often do repair work on furniture/building parts (windows, etc.) for friends from our church. Seems as word gets around if you work cheap!! Anyway, I got a new project from an older couple that had been given a very old sailboat....and was asked to refinish several hatch covers/doors/etc. What the heck I said, why not? Something new to work on and I might just learn something new. Once I had the pieces home, closer examination revealed much more was needed besides sand and finish!! 4 days into the job and I still haven't opened a can of varnish. Veneer seems to have worn away/peeled away in numerous locations requiring reattachment and careful "smoothing". So my weekend will be filled with gluing up patches and finally some sanding in preparation for finish. Gotta love those friends!!
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    Saw Hook for my Pull Saw

    I agree with the fence location. Why not run the fence the entire width (length?) of the jig and have only a saw kerf to keep the blade aligned and have back support on both cut ends? Gary
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    I tried using a Sharpie on the inside of the lid on our cremation urn before any finish was applied. Shellac (wipe on) made it run some, not a lot but enough so I wasn't happy with it (cherry). Ended up with a ball-point pen! Shellac did not make it run or smudge at all. Gary
  11. Finished up an urn I made for the LOML and me. Duplex design, cherry with maple accents....my favorite woods to work with. Now we hope that it will be a long time before we get to put anything in it!! Gary
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    Herb (dadio) has a new stash...

    Herb is one rich dude!!!
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    High Falls Furniture...on youtube type HFFCOM (no dot in there) Good stuff, explained, detailed, and sped up when needed. Gary
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    MDF and moisture

    Thanks everyone! Great info. Guess it's gonna be a plywood or 2x4 top for us! A bit different here in Maine from Arizona for sure Gene! Gary
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    MDF and moisture

    Beginning to plan for a workbench for my S-I-L's basement workshop and many ideas/plans call for MDF tops/underlay. His basement is in an old New England farmhouse that is concrete floor and walls but water (not large quantities at all) does enter. It is all channelled to a drain so does not even get onto the main floor. However, the basement is "a little damp" feeling at times. My question is: is higher humidity enough to bother MDF? We're in Maine so it's not like Louisiana humidity but there is some dampness to the place. Thoughts? Thanks Gary

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