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  1. Over 92% of people in this country are vaccinated for Polio. If 92% were vaccinated for Covid, that would not be a worry either. As long as only about half are vaccinated, it will be with us, and no telling how many different mutations we'll see. No vaccine is 100% effective, and they don't need to be.
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  2. The name of this orchid is Brassia Edva Loo. A hybrid, both parents brassia. The flower is 18" top to bottom. It grows in the Americas. Tropical to sub tropical.
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  3. I was going to post a few tidbits of this project in the "What’s On Your Workbench” thread, but then I got to thinking that maybe I should take a chance and do a real journal. Unlike some of my previous journals this won’t be done after the fact, when I already know the project has succeeded, but rather it will be done prospectively. I tried this for my first journal some time back and unfortunately that project went to poop. Hopefully I have enough “street cred” on this forum to weather the embarrassment if this one goes to poop, as well. I am taking pains to say this as I think this will be the most difficult project I have undertaken so far. So no promises. There are a lot of points in the process where poop could just come to be. I haven't named the piece yet so the title, 4 Duet De v9.0, is just the file name in my computer. If it all works out I'll come back and edit the title. Here’s what I am proposing to make: The basin is walnut and the base is butternut; I’m hoping, once finished, that combination will have just the right level of contrast and coordination. The basin is similar to basins I have made before, so I will use a similar approach, including making the pointy part. But the deep overhanging rim will be a bit of a challenge. I am thinking of it as a wide mouthed hollow form, but I’ve only done a couple of hollow forms, so…. At least I will be able to see what’s going on inside. The base has some entirely new problems to solve. With my prior convolved pieces there was a connecting ring of wood at the very bottom of the piece that was available to create a mounting point, and even if the final form did not include an integral basin there was at least a temporary ring of wood at the top helping to hold everything together. Because the shape of the walls on this piece is externally concave rather than the convex shape of previous pieces, the single ring of wood that will hold it all together is in the mid section. This project actually began early in October when I started to look back on some thumbnail sketches I had done earlier exploring ideas for another “duet” piece. The design I previewed above is the final choice after spending my hobby time designing and re-designing this piece over several weeks. It’s difficult to actually count up the number of different versions I have drawn and considered before settling on this form, but it’s easily over two dozen. These includes bases similar to my previous pieces: And also, at the behest of some artists I have spoken with, at least one base with three pillars instead of four, which as you can see suffers from “plumber’s butt”. Well, the good news is that with all the designing, I’m getting better with Fusion 360. After the design phase I needed to figure out how I would make the piece, so I’ve spent my time the last couple of weeks engineering. The good news is I now see a pathway to make the project. Since, unlike a chair or dresser build, this is an unfamiliar process to most of you (even if you’ve seen my previous journals), I thought I would layout the broad strokes of my plan to make it easier if you choose to follow this journal. And it gives me a chance to show off some Fusion 360 mojo. Starting with the squared up blank mounted via a screw chuck in the top face, the first step will be to turn the outside of the form. Then begin hollowing by removing the bottom half of the inside. I will use the outer wall contour as a guide to the shape of the inner walls. My target thickness is usually ¼”, but I will leave the wall thicker at the level of the connecting ring. Then I will glue the bottom of the base to a sacrificial block of poplar which is in turn mounted to a screw chuck. This allows the piece to be flipped on the lathe so that the base is now mounted to the spindle. The first chuck, which had been attached to the top face, can then be removed exposing the top face for hollowing out. Again the outer contour is the guide to shape and wall thickness is determined directly. With the inside and outside contours completed it will be time to cutback the sides to reveal the form. The piece is removed from the screw chuck and a template is attached to the bottom of the poplar block using the previous screw hole. Then through the magic of Fusion 360 the waste wood is removed and it will look like this (in theory). How that magic is actually going to happen is a matter of some debate in my head. I have two plans in mind. One is to use a bandsaw follower and the template, but that has had mixed performance in the past. The second idea is to carve away the waste wood with a Dremel. I may end up with some hybrid of the two; the jury is still out. After the cutback the edges get chamfered. And then the sacrificial block has to be removed. I plan to saw this off with a flush cut saw, and hope that the legs lengths are close enough that only a little sanding will be required. So that’s the plan as I’ve drawn it. Of course it remains to be seen if it survives first contact with the wood.
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  4. This is my first ever project using Badog CNC machine, I believed it's a Swiss-made. My grandpa bought it when he was still alive and living his retirement in Switzerland. How do you find it? I hope it's great to you.
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  5. The 4 sides. To be continued...
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  6. Sure, I'll stand in and do your woodworking while you have a root canal.
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  7. No idea why but yes they are. I do everything with SDR35 PVC up to the blast gate. Most blast gates fit nicely inside the SDR35 pipe and can act as your transition to flex hose. SDR35 =/= Sch 40. That said I believe there are Sch 40 adapters to flex hose. Woodcraft and rockier sell them i believe.
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  8. Found this. https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/visible-planets-tonight-mars-jupiter-venus-saturn-mercury/ My best friends are some of the World's top Astronomers, including my closest best friend, since we were 5 and 6. My Wife's Father is gone now, but we had a good story to tell on him. We used to have campfires, and visitors would come and go. One night, some young guys showed up who my FIL had never met before. He showed them how to find the North star. They very patiently paid attention. When they left, FIL asked who those guys were. I told him they were, even then before winning the Nobel Prize, some of the World's top Astronomers. He was a career Coasty, and let out a long list of profanity. We never let him live it down. The James Webb Telescope is supposed to launch before long. All my friends are Very nervous.
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  9. Good point about the Flu vaccine. I suspect there will soon be "seasonal" revisions to the COVID-19 series of vaccines as well, since it is mutating rapidly, same way influenza does. I recently listened to a "Stuff You Should Know" podcast that described, in layman's terms, how the mRNA vaccine for COVID-19 works, as compared to 'weakened virus' vaccines, like the polio vaccine Richard mentioned. Seems that the mRNA type informs the immune system by 'training' it, rather than weakly attacking it so that it figures things out by experience. Sort of like sending your immune system to boot camp, rather than dumping it on the edge of a battlefield. The result is far faster to produce and modify as needed, since it is created in a lab, not grown in a culture. Now, just as a reminder, politics and religion are verboten subjects. Let's take care to avoid letting a valid discussion stray into those areas, please.
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  10. My car has seatbelts and airbags but I still avoid drunk drivers if I see one. Doesn’t mean my seatbelts and airbags don’t work.
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  11. Nothing! For the first time in... well... Anyways. Got the little shop cleaned up finally, in preparation for our upcoming move (and my new shop). Trying to keep my excitement tempered, but it's not really working.
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  12. A panel saw would definitely be safer and more efficient for your worker(s). Or a big sliding table saw, though that will take up more space and be far more expensive. If you already have space to store and move the sheets around in your shop, chances are you can find space to put a panel saw. If your volume of cuts is low and space is that much of an issue, you could potentially use a track saw. “Mostly never really having kickback issues” is one thing if you’re doing this yourself once in a blue moon. But to ask an employee to be doing this regularly is asking for a worksite injury, in my opinion. There are some people on here that work/worked in commercial shops so hopefully they will chime in.
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  14. Yes, its stupid. That's why duct tape was invented...
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  15. Venus is the brightest planet, and never very high in the sky, or seen towards the middle of the night. It's closer to the Sun, so has an orbit inside that of our ride.
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  16. Nothing is on the bench while I am trying to rearrange my shop. I also picked up some pvc to hard duct my dust collection lines, but I should have known that 4” dust collection fittings aren’t compatible with 4” pvc. Why are dust collection sizes so stupid? Or is it me that is stupid? How does everyone do this?
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  17. Jupiter makes sense, this is about as bright as when it and Venus(?) were lined up a year or two ago. This was just as the moon hit the treeline, about 7 pm. Even bracing against a pole, I couldn't stabilize enough for a clear shot. Cody snapped a couple with the zoom lens on his Nikon, if they turn out I will post them.
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  18. I found an App called Skyview Lite for free. Its pretty good at telling you what you are looking at. I suspect you were looking at Jupiter.
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  19. Kind of cantilevered kind of not. There will be a central brace, circled in red below, that extends from where the clamp is towards the front of the case. This is a terrible 1 min drawing showing the side. Keep in mind the brace going up from the rear will be in the center and there will be only 1. I"m still working on proportions and dimensions this looks REALLY ugly to me but it gets the idea across. I did a double 8mm x 1.375" x 2.5" floating M&T So 1.25" in to both the leg and the brace. So a pretty beefy tenon setup given the legs were 1.5"x1.375". I left maybe 1/16" between the edge of the tenon and the edge of the leg to maximize size. There was still some slight twisting. I need to install the brace circled in red above and fasten everything to a case stand in. The circled pieces would need to change length in order to twist, this should increases stiffness significantly. I used the domino mortise machine but didn't use dominoes, i almost always use home made stock these days. This system is confusing to discuss when you don't use their tenon stock so I try and avoid mentioning i used the machine and have just defaulted to saying floating M&T. I could try integral tenon setup and go with a really thick tenon but I'm worried about it splitting the leg hence double floating. I like your design a lot, but the case will be open to the front, like a box on it's side and hiding the additional width like you did won't work as nicely for me. I also plan for the base to be 2.5"-3" narrower than the upper case, which would make the situation that much worse.
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  20. Richard, I don’t think you understand how vaccines work. No vaccine can keep anything from attacking you. The vaccine trains your immune system to recognize the infection and quickly attack it. The infection has to be already in your system (and by definition attacking your cells), but often your immune system kills the infection before you feel much, if any, of the symptoms. Sometimes, however, an individual’s immune system won’t make the proper reaction to the vaccine and does not react quickly enough when they are exposed to the disease and the person gets sick. Other times, the virus mutates and and individual’s immune system does not recognize the mutated version as harmful, and therefore does not attack it soon enough to kill it before the person gets sick. The fact that you have never had polio has just as much to do with living in the USA as having the vaccine. Polio is nearly eradicated. There were only 140 reported cases in 2020. This comes from nearly 50 years of high vaccination rates. The early versions of the vaccine were only 50-60% effective. Now they are 99+% effective after all doses. The flu shot IS a vaccine. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/flushot.htm It is reformulated every year to target the strains of the flu virus that are expected, so the effectiveness fluctuates every year. As with EVERY vaccine, it is not 100% effective.
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  21. The vaccine trains ones immune system to fight the virus, if it shows up in the system. If one has a poor immune system, or compromised by some complications, Colin Powell as an example, that immune system can't take advantage of the vaccine. You might get sick from the virus, if you're vaccinated, but with an already trained immune system, if you have a good one, you won't get very sick, and slim chance of getting sick enough to have to go in the hospital, and close to zero chance of dying. The vaccine cuts down on transmissibility by, at least, 40 to 60%. That's enough to make a difference all around. Of the about 1500 people who died yesterday, not one with a good immune system, who had been vaccinated, died. I forget the number, but of the vaccinated ones, compromised immune system or not, who died were in the single digits. I've done my part for not spreading this virus, and don't want to be around anyone who has not. Simple as that. It would have been over long ago, if everyone had done their part. The vaccines have been proven that they are effective. Only disinformation says that they aren't.
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  22. I've been doing some prototyping for an upcoming project. These are my idea for the base for some end tables. The back is where the clamp is. I'm going to have a single brace from the cross piece to the front to support a box for the end table. I'm just checking the design for strength and flex before doing the real deal. My intent is to go with a modern design that appears to defy gravity. In my testing it's clear the rear cross brace will need to be a halflap. Currently it's M&T but there is too much twist. I also will add some sculpting and some tapers to these parts to add some flare. I've also been working on some shop upgrades which I'll post about later.
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  23. Not sure respect is my position on their decision. I don't want anyone near me that hasn't been vaccinated.
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  24. Follow up I ended up using North America Van Lines for my move. Equipment and wood arrived in good shape. I got a 30' x 40' x 12' stick built detached garage that I have slowly been turning into my new shop. 2x6 studs. Had one 120v outlet and minimal lighting. So far I have gotten wiring done, insulation consisting of 2" of foam and 4" cellulose in the walls, and 14" of blown insulation in the ceiling. and sheet rock hung. LP tank and furnace are in, minisplit will follow later. New lighting and ceiling fan will be done by me this week. Given the supply chain and worker shortage it has been a challenge, but I am pleased so far.
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  25. Pam, my Mother, and I got our booster shots yesterday. A little arm soreness this morning, but that's it. Two more of our neighbors died from Covid in the past couple of weeks. Both were unvaccinated, but otherwise seemed in pretty good shape, and not even overweight like so many who have passed have been. No one I know who has been vaccinated has had any illness. I don't know of any that have had immune system problems, so the vaccines can work for them.
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  26. Chet, you have it backwards. I do the woodwork and you get the root canal...lol
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