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    • Thanks Eric. I had a nice "discussion" with my daughter about purpleheart before I began the project.  I am pretty sure that she will not be in love with the color purple as she gets older, which should work out well as the piece changes color.  I have seen some aged purpleheart and it had a reddish tint, almost looking like aged padauk.  
    • The Record #4 in my restoration video I bought for $5 and was a pretty easy clean up.  There are deals out there, you just have to keep aware.  I don't know where you live, but paying $50 for an old #4 is just madness.  
    • Another happy owner.  Other space hungry machines that only get occasional use have been sent packing.  The 19-38 takes up a good footprint but, does earn its keep in my shop.
    • A gift piece involved some purpleheart.  I visit this person about once a year for one thing or another.  The piece sets where it gets a fair amount of secondary sunlight and is the color of dark egg plant (think Welch's Grape Juice) after about 4 years.
    • I have sort of a hatchet-face, wear glasses and use muffs for hearing protection.  Finding a mask that does the job, fits well, is comfortable and that doesn't block my vision is a challenge.  AO Safety made a single cartridge mask that I still have an use which is my favorite.  3M saw fit to discontinue it when they absorbed that product line.  I saw Philip Lowe wearing one in a video and wrote to him to ask if he had a source for any old stock.  He was good enough to write back and we agreed that if either of us found a source we would let the other know ;-) I use a 3M half mask with the quick-latch for finishing.  For dust I use this Miller.  The miller meets all my criteria and is inexpensive.  It has really become my go-to mask for particulate protection.  When you find the mask that works for you I would buy a spare.  Manufacturers have a habit of "fixing" things or getting bought.  An item as personal as a respirator that fits and works well for you deserves a spare.
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