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  1. Ive never torrefied wood however I have made charcoal before. To start I would try to cook the wood without charring it. This may take some experimenting as far as temperature control vs charring. This can be accomplished by simply taking a metal canister with a hole in the lid for venting on a hotplate. Start with the cheapest wood source you have. If this environment still has too much oxygen the next stage would be to go with a pressure cooker type design with an input and output line. The input could be charged with CO2 to purge the oxygen then the input is shutoff. The output should have a check valve to allow air to only escape please take great care to not close off the escape line. Just another thought... Ive seen knifemakers wrap their stainless steel blades in a special metallic blanket to protect the steel from oxygen during the heat treat process. Also this comment doesnt address safety concerns which should be researched before attempting.
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    Walking Stick

    Locally ive mostly seen walking sticks like that made from (in no particular order) persimmon, dogwood, pear, apple, sweet gum, hickory / pecan and most prevalent eastern red cedar. Maybe you could buy a blank from a turner if you know one. When we have a bad storm here I usually can find a down pear tree (decorative) within a few miles of my house. I like Barrons idea of a mixed species if you have to laminate.
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    Shop Storage Shed

    I like this option as well. You could add a "carport" type roof to one side for a riding lawnmower or lawn tractor. May be an eyesore depending how its done or utilized.
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    Shop Layout

    @Chestnut makes sense but I have a hard time going with the diagonal approach. I'm ok with other peoples shop being like that but for my shop it bugs me too much. Thats just me. To the OP I dont know how cluttered your workspace gets but you may want to rotate your bench 90 degrees and move it to the right more to give a buffer for the path to the laudry area (if dust gets too bad you may need / want to curtain the laundry area off).
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    Maul axe handle

    I found the "Twist" had some advantages and disadvantages. Pros: you can pop the wood off as described and also it impeded the axe/maul getting stuck. Cons: you sacrifice some control once the blade contacts the wood which can result in a tweeked wrist. YMMV
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    Maul axe handle

    We would use a splitting axe to strike a line bisecting the log. For this the axe is easier to get stuck but easier to free. The maul would just bounce off. Then we would use the maul and alternate hitting both sides of the line then center. After a bit if the log hadnt split we would grab the wedges. I love the satisfaction when you hear that "THUD" and you know at that point you won. Of course that all changed when my dad built a hydraulic splitter
  7. I always empty mine when Im done with it that day. My thought is (probably incorrect) that would help maintain the condition of the seal(s)
  8. I am hesitant to discuss this topic without specifics because as tom king said "it depends" but mainly because without the specifics I would not want to give advice on this because in certain instances the result could be damaging to structures and or human lives.
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    Daughter's bookshelf with drawers

    This is a general question about bookshelves. What is the recommended maximum height to depth ratio without anchoring it? So in this case 52:12. Or is it best practice to always anchor bookshelves?
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    Recently I've become interested in metal smithing its Paul Sellers fault I saw his video on making your own wooden bodied spokeshave. In the video Paul does some "forging" in heat treating the blade. Here's the video Disclaimer: Some comments posted for the video by Smiths were critical of Mr. Sellers heat treating method. In my interest I came upon a Smithing Forum called I forge iron (or something like that) where I found posts on making a homemade charcoal forge called "JABOD" which stands for Just A/Another Box Of Dirt *loves that. Im leaning toward making a forge like this or more based on early 1900 portable Army forges.
  11. Ive never been there before and I dont know if Columbia SC is too far for you but a search showed a company called Woodford plywood in Columbia. Goodluck on your hunt.
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    Structural epoxy

    Ive never worked with it before but you may want to look at a material called liquid glass I think the chemical name is sodium silicate. I would definately do a test run of whichever system you decide on. Also the liquid glass may only work as a filler than a structural element.
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    Recipe Book Holder

    Welcome to the forum. I agree with all the above. Cutting bevels can be frustrating until you have the correct setup. Just an FYI in this situation you could have finessed the cut with a block plane and maybe some sandpaper for a better fit and finish. I think the piece turned out nicely especially since it was made from poplar.
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    Work table & where to find plans?

    I do agree with @C Shaffer, however, I do feel with a project like the dining room table a moment of pause may be best. Possibly build a scaled down model if your unsure of your abilities or tools. Also an 11 foot dining room table can be turn into an expensive pinch of salt Welcome to the woodworking community.
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    My Cut list needs a Cut list!

    Pssh Ikea instructions are way more confusing than those cutlists hehe