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About Rutabagared

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  • Birthday 01/22/1969

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    Southwest Pa
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    Furniture, cabinets, projects that improve my shop, tools
  1. dcustoms, Glad to hear Lex is recovering. Having your neighbors' dog deemed a dangerous dog is absolutely the correct approach. There are many restrictions that will be placed on your neighbors and they'll be held criminally liable if they don't comply. Also, their homeowners insurance may elect to cancel their policy or increase their premiums to a cost prohibitive level. I'm a animal lover and I especially love dogs, but your neighbors are irresponsible pet owners, and their dog is dangerous. It has attacked twice. It tried to attack you, causing you to rightfully fear for you and yo
  2. I've been using 5 gallon buckets. Joe
  3. Dean, I've purchased a lot of qswo from West Penn Hardwoods and have always been very pleased. They currently have a shipping special. Joe
  4. I wouldn't sweat the darkening too much unless the cabinets will be exposed to direct UV light. I installed my kitchen cabinets a bit over 8 years ago and they've darkened a few shades, but nowhere near the amount that would muddy the grain or darken the overall "feel" of the room. On the other hand, other cherry furniture I've built and placed in rooms with greater UV exposure have darkened beyond the kitchen cabinets despite the fact that those pieces are only 3-4 years old. Still, even this furniture is decades away from that antique cherry look. I've built 20 or so larger pieces from
  5. I always leave mine in the tuned position (blade not retracted). That way it's ready to go as soon as I pick it up. Just ensure you store it in a way that prevents blade contact with anything metal. I store mine in a drawer sole-down. Joe
  6. They usually process and ship out in about a day. So I'd about a day (2 max.) to the overall shipping schedule. Joe
  7. Not trying to start a political debate . . . just an item of interest. The link below is to an article alleging Gibson Guitars may be illegally smuggling wood from India to make fretboards. Joe|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
  8. I wouldn't shy away from stock dried in a solar kiln. It's inherently difficult to dry stock in it too rapidly unless the loads are too small for the area of the solar collector, which I doubt in this case if he's trying to maximize the summer drying season. Joe
  9. Rutabagared

    Go Green!

    I posted in the Declining Lumber Quality thread about buying green lumber direct from the sawmill and drying it yourself for big savings, and I wanted to follow-up since I just received a load of green lumber about a week ago. Below is about 400bdft of 4/4 and 60bdft of 8/4 cherry. I got this delivered and stacked as you see it for just over $600. All of it is FAS. Green lumber prices are down due to the unfortunate state of the housing market. This will amount to about three kiln charges (solar kiln). If things go well, all will be dried to a workable state by fall. (Solar ki
  10. I think the intent is purely to allow open floor space beneath for whatever reason, possibly the nose of a car. It may seem silly to a woodworker, but speaking as someone who used to have a very cramped space, that tiny bit of space can make a difference as to whether the car fits or not. It would be sturdier if it tied into the floor, but I wouldn't be worried about the weight on the studs. Joe
  11. I agree. A coiled up extension cord functions just like a large resistor, increased current generates increased heat. Joe
  12. If you have the patience and space (and your family/neighbors don't mind staring at a pile of lumber), you can buy the lumber green and air dry it yourself. Check with some local saw mills, several in my area sell direct. I've been purchasing green lumber this way for several years with no issues. I usually allow my lumber to air dry to about 20-30%, which happens much quicker than you'd think (as little as a month during summer), I then dry it to 6% in a solar kiln. (Of course the solar kiln is optional, but if you're interested I built it several years ago for a few hundred bucks. It's
  13. Chet, I'm so sorry for your loss. Take some comfort in knowing you gave her a wonderful life. Joe
  14. I would dry fit the back during the glue-up of the cabinet. Use a few screws to attach it to reduce the number of clamps required. Add some pieces of waxed paper between the back and the cabinet anywhere you have concerns about squeeze out. It's thin enough not to cause problems. After the cabinet is thoroughly dry, remove the back. Adding the back later will also make it much easier to apply a finish to the inside. Nice cabinet by the way. Good luck! Joe