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  1. Willemjm

    Shipping cabinet doors

    Anyone here shipped doors before? How do you package them and who do you use as the carrier? Working on a quote for doors for a complete kitchen. I think I know how to do this safe and economically, but will appreciate input from those with experience.
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    Forstner Bits

    Just saying, I purchased a whole set of those carbide bits as per the suggestion for an inexpensive one. Big mistake, they are terrible, chatter and vibrate, ending up with a bigger hole than the bit. Freud is the way to go. I sharpen mine on a CBN wheel. The Freud carbide bits are a bit more...
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    Unexpected visitor checking my glue joints.

    He said it passes, provided I cured above 60F Any idea which ethnic group he belongs to?
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    Spice Grinders

    Eighty of them in around two weeks. Spalted Pecan, 2.75” x 10”
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    Lumber addiction

    LOL Wide treads to use all that lumber on 12 steps.
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    Lumber addiction

    Yep, happened in the last 5 minutes, just hit the reserve price and prayed.
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    Lumber addiction

    Just can't help myself, might have to go for counselling. Just bought 1050 bf prime Cherry 4/4 select or better, which I don't need. Darn!
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    3PH question

    Oka, nice explanation. Just one point to mention. All my single phase 3hp 240V motors are connected to 20A breakers, no issues. 1hp= 746Watts 3hp= 2238Watts Current = 2238/240/0.8 = 11.7 Amps For starting current, unlikely that would go above 15 A For 3 phase divide the above by square root of...
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    Wet spindles into mills

    Craft Supplies USA. Crush Grind mechanism.
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    Wet spindles into mills

    I do both a pin moisture meter and I weigh them.
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    Wet spindles into mills

    I drill a hole all the way through mine, slightly smaller than what would be needed for the final product. Then I let them dry until they are below 12% moisture content.
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    Tenoning jig?

    Mine is an inexpensive cast iron standard tenon jig and I always use it. It depends how you cut your mortises. If they are cut true, square and accurate, a 0.001” difference in tenon thickness makes the difference between the right and the wrong sloppy or over-tight fit. When I do a dry test...
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    Attaching leather to wood.

    For larger pieces I use a contact adhesive. For smaller pieces, or where it is hard to get into, I use double sided carpet tape. Neither has ever given me any issues.
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    WTB - Tormek and/or accessories

    Visit someone who uses CBN wheels on a good quality bench grinder, with the right sharpening jigs and check it out. A tiny fraction of the time in comparison and you will never go back to anything else.
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    Edge gluing

    I have never needed to run two boards together. Never had a problem glueing up directly from the jointer. I think that is over complicating things, just set up the jointer properly. When I purchased my jointer and had it set up, I jointed two 72” long boards and placed the edges together. I...
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    Screwing and Gluing Joints

    I never use screws with proper joinery, only glue. The glue is stronger than the wood and every time I have done tests on cut-off pieces from glued joints over the years, in all cases the piece did not break on the joint. Artisan built furniture with good joinery should have no screws. If...
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    Breadboard tabletop mortice lenth

    I always do full width, about 1 1/2” short of each top side. Glue only 3” center and pin the rest with elongated holes to allow for expansion. The last one I did over 40” width moved about 1/2” between winter and summer. I do the BB slightly wider than the top with slight radiuses where it...
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    Grandfather Clock--Seeking Movement

    Dave, try Faircloth Clockworks in Sanford NC. Mr. Faircloth is a one man operation, been in the business for his whole life. I have an antique clock with a German movement which he services for me every year and he seems to be able to source just about anything.
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    Moisture content in air dried wood

    Thickness has no effect. Quarter sawn roughly 1/2 of flat sawn.
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    Moisture content in air dried wood

    In NC around 12% Once you place the finished item in a conditioned home, in winter it would go somewhere below 8%. A finish will not stop the moisture content from changing, just slow it down. A general design approach is to allow for 1/8” movement across the grain for each 12” of flat sawn...

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