The yellowing doesn't last. It won't take long outdoors before that mellows to a light brown. Also, most of that yellow you see is lens overexposure. If you want a darker brown you'll need to experiment. Atleast we are still on topic!
I have a Powermatic PJ-882 HH jointer and It is a parallelogram design. My jointer was rolled into my garage and all i had to do was plug it in. It was as close to perfect as one could need. Before this jointer I had a Delta DJ20 and I cant remember if that was or not. My first jointer was a pretty inexpensive (maybe 800$-long time ago) General international which definitely was not the parallelogram design.
Definitely try to get a Paralallogram jointer if you can. It is easier to adjust if needed and there is way more adjustability. With dovetail ways I believe you can only adjust for sag.
As for 6" vs 8", for my workflow and the lumber I use, there is no way I would do it with a 6". I did it for years and hated it. Almost all the lumber I buy is between 6"-8". I hear what Mike is saying about cutting up the parts first and then milling but that is double the time at the jointer which is less efficient for me. If i need four rails that are 1 3/4" wide out of an 8" board it would be a couple passes at the jointer, then plane, then rip the pieces. For me It makes more sense to just mill the whole 8" board instead of jointing 4 boards so an 8" jointer wins everytime. Again, this is different for everybody but I hated the 6" jointer. It was the first upgrade I made after i outfitted my first shop. Maybe I was bias because at school they only had 8" jointers and thats what i learned on. If I can ever afford it I will be stepping up to a 12" or 16" jointer.... a guy can dream.
The pics are great thanks! I am sure once I am on my 3rd or 4th coat of Epifanes and I will be hating life. I hope the results are worth it and the finish lasts. That will be a real pain to redo.
I hope to get to the patio set later in the summer on which I plan to use the Sikkens. I was looking at the colors....did you find the natural was a bit yellow? I will have to go to that big orange place and get a few colors to try out. Hope to be more on the brown/teak end of things.
i have realized that I totally hijacked this thread....sorry Pug.
Yeah this was basically my first 'hobby activity' since the birth...it was good to go do something that wasn't baby-related or work-related. As for storage I am still figuring it out....my back patio is covered well from the elements so it's there for now, but it's kind of in the way....in order to store them in the garage I might have to make some modifications to my rafter storage area, or shorten boards, neither of which I want to do...just hoping I figure it out before my wife loses patience with the back patio setup