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  2. I think this skill is the biggest thing that differentiates fine woodworking from woodworking.
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    That's great to hear Tom. Little by little we are hearing stories like this starting to take place.
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  5. ha ha I think the patience is the skill!
  6. I'm really excited to work with the Sycamore, unfortunately do not have a plan for it yet but I'm sure I'll find something. The walnut is for my mom's new dining table that she's been wanting for about 15 years now . The hickory will be some new shelving for her laundry room (still working out the details for this), and the spalted material is going to be used in some new living room furniture for my living room. Should be a very busy summer none the less
  7. Thanks to vaccines, we had our first family get together last night, for Mother's Day. We haven't seen our Son, now 38, since Thanksgiving of 2019, the last family get together. We had only seen, from a safe distance, our Daughter, now 32, once a number of months ago. With everyone vaccinated now, it seemed safe enough for all of us to be fairly close to my Mother, who is now 105. It was Great, and my Mom really enjoyed it. We don't really have a Dining Room, but converted Pam's fiber room. The weather was so perfect, that we had the windows in the house open, and there was an a
  8. There are hand floats too. Floats are used while the pour is still fairly soft. The first float is the Bull Float. It has a long handle-like 12' long. The concrete is left to set up a little while, after bull floating, and then the machine is put on it. They probably hand floated it around the edges, and used an edging tool to turn the sharp, and easily broken corner back in, while it was still pretty soft. Once it starts to set, there is no moving the aggregate in it, but you can still work the surface.
  9. I've heard that our friend @Coop has had that experience on several occasions.
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  11. The poly or varnishes labeled "spar" are intended for applications where are little extra stretch is necessary. Like boats. @Chestnut is correct, all common wood finishes will flex, even epoxy. You probably don't need anything special for your table
  12. Thanks Tom. Just showing my ignorance of the terminology. The guys were using metal tools that I thought were “floats”. They were also on their knees doing handwork which I guess I should’ve called troweling. I almost addressed this thread directly to you because I was truly hoping for your response and the benefit of your experience. Thanks :-)
  13. As a contrast I can’t recall ever tripping one except in the house. I have heard that variable frequency drives and some variable motor controls caused them to trip in error. The easy fix there is to pass-through a non-protected outlet before starting the GFCI line. You can then plug your problematic tool into the non-GFCI protected outlet ahead of the protected section. Apparently this doesn’t apply to corded variable speed tools because I run corded drill motors and variable speed routers on GFCI circuit’s all the time without incident (???). Old wives tale maybe? Erroneous reports from
  14. I've heard that GFCI circuits don't work & play well with power tools.
  15. I found something I had forgotten I had. Tossed a bunch of stuff out and out Some stuff away and find the top surface of my workbench...
  16. Klingspor is were most shops shop. Some shops use VSM. But their a lil harder to buy..
  17. All woodworking finishes flex. This isn't something you have to worry about.
  18. I'm building a gaming table with a recessed play surface...the walls of the recess are oak and they flex ever so slightly...I'm going to blue a piece between the wall and the table apron to secure but it will likely have a little give...what is a good finish that won't crack under shouldn't be much but some...will polyurethane work or is there something better ..
  19. My shop has a concrete floor. I wear Teva sandals. A synthetic sole that has give to it. Many other brands and types of shoes with some cushion to the sole. I wear the mats.
  20. Hard to tell from the pic, but if you haven’t already, you’ll want to round over all the edges of the platform. I’ve personally never used the safety dowels. I made my platform to a snug fit so there’s really no chance of it shifting. Looks great!
  21. That looks really good, congratulations!
  22. I almost cannot believe the real home stretch. Just need to drill the holes for the dowel safety pins; final sanding with 220; and then finish with some danish oil. Sure there were a few bumps along the way and things in the project that could be improved, but overall I am pretty happy for my first build that was not as much of a DYI style project. There is some truth in “just build something” as I think I was holding myself back by thinking it would be too hard or I would just mess up. Plus I am a firm believer in my Uncles Two Day Rule. When doing any project if you mess something
  23. I tend to treat my work space the same as my work bench, meaning I beat the crap out of it. My opinion is to not bother with any coating unless your work demands it.
  24. When I built my shop I planned on coating the concrete. I chose not to, primarily because of cost. But I did do a lot of research. I found this forum had the most information.
  25. Here, floating is the first step/steps after pouring. Anything beyond that is called troweling, whether by hand, or machine. Floating just pushes down the aggregate, and brings the "fat" to the surface. The best finish you can get with any float is still pretty daggone rough. The slicker the finish, the more the trowel/trowel blades are turned up on edge, and the more passes in the process as it sets up, with the trowel getting turned up more on edge for each step.
  26. Floors were floated smooth but not polished per my request. They are much smoother than something like a sidewalk or a driveway but not so smooth that I’d like to drag my elbow across it :-) I may have just been thinking too much as my original intention was to leave it bare. I just like getting other peoples input and experiences to factor in.
  27. This episode addresses Acacia specifically and will explain why a lot better. TL:DL No commercial import. Furniture is made where lumber is grown and harvested. Because it's not commercially imported it's not pulled off the commercial orders and sold to lumber retailers. Again it's a low demand overseas wood volume is low and shipping costs are therefore relativly high causing it to be expensive.
  28. It definatly extends the ammount you can run the vac before needing to address a clogged filter. After ruining festool vacs though i really like bagged vacs. Pull the bag out and empty it or toss it, no added fuss with a space consuming cyclone. They make vac bags for most shop vacs now i believe.
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