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  1. Fun fact: some jurisdictions require two-party consent to record voice or video. If you live in one of those states and don't have a sticker, then the recordings are not admissible in court. Posting visible "You on camera, fool!" at doors or windows means that any fool who continues to enter has given constructive consent to be recorded. Important note: even if the recordings are not admissible in court, they can still be used to help apprehend the fool. Better safe than sorry; post the stickers. Fun story from the Real World: my wife works for a Federal judge and they get the usual run o
  2. I think it was the built-in drinks cabinet that added all that weight.
  3. ClassAct


    Well, if the TSA can't catch weapons going through screening, they probably won't catch a typo.
  4. Post-it note projects? Heck, I have a three-page spreadsheet of projects big and small from magazines, listing the project, magazine issue, and reason for wanting it. Sure, there are several Morris chair "recipes" on there, but when I get around to doing a chair I'll have several plans to choose from or modify as the case may be. I still follow Marc's build-or-buy decision-making tree, because I won't be able to make all the projects on the list before heaing to the great woodshop in the sky. I like having a fun list of stuff that I can do, though.
  5. Old Brown Glue. I think The Schwarz has been proselytizing brown glue recently. I'll get a bottle of OBG for my next project and try it. I don't have any religious preferences for or against the ubiquitous Titebond, but I do like the thought of OBG not interfering with finishes. Reversability isn't a concern for me; my stuff will never be in a museum a hundred years from now. I also like to support small businesses whenever I can. If I can do that with OBG and get the same results as Titebond, then I'll go with OBG.
  6. Hmm. If it was my piece of cherry, I'd use it for something else. It doesn't seem right to shape it, drill a few holes in it, and then seal it. Maybe I'd try to create an arts-n-crafts-looking toothbrush holder with small strips of cherry, or even set my hand to some carving (trying the carving first on a test block of some other wood). But it's your block of cherry -- do whatever brings you joy! As for sealing, I'd say a wipe-on poly like Arm-R-Seal will do you just fine.
  7. A few thoughts: Whatever your health issues are, take a look at doing some physical therapy. Even for serious illnesses, moving around helps the body maintain strength, flexibility and endurance. Ideally your therapist can suggest exercises that help reinforce woodworking muscles. As to forgetting where you were in a project, it can help to keep a notebook and write down what you finish, even if it's a mundane step like "calibrate table saw." That way it can help you recall what you were doing before the trail was lost. If even your current pending projects seem daunting, do som
  8. Thank you folks! Next up: Queen Anne highboy from repurposed popsicle sticks.
  9. ClassAct


    The last pic makes it look like Minneapolis still has dirt streets.
  10. The tale starts at BoardGameGeek, where I was reading about vaulted game tables. One thread was about building a table from some guy named The Wood Whisperer. Well, I checked it all out and despite what I saw, I ended up here. Some of you may not think that a good thing. I enjoy playing games, including conflict simulations, aka "wargames," but I have two, make that two-and-a-half problems. The first two are our Maine Coon cats, Loki Furr and Luci Furr. They enjoy playing games too but for different reasons. The remaining half-problem is my beautiful bride, who fully
  11. Great project with great results, and I like your coffee setup. Now go and buy a Vetrano 2B Evo espresso machine and get cranking on the quality brew! I want to see more from you, because (a) your sense of humor is like mine, and (b) you have about as much home shop as I do. Well, more, as you have a table saw. Otherwise my gear looks about like yours. What's your next project?
  12. Loved the old series. Tried watching the first ep of the new series with Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt but it was just buffoonery. Oh well, times change.
  13. That's good. I'd hate to see you use sheets that were removed after a Code Brown went down.
  14. I showed my wife and she liked them too. We like that they're artistic without going over the line into cutesy. Tasteful, artistic, well-crafted. Great work, Arie!
  15. I'd call the Woodsmith crew's delivery matter-of-fact. I much prefer that to over-the-top or waaga-waaga. Too many vloggers think the only way to interest an audience is to talk fast and over-emote. But boy, I could listen to and watch Frank Klausz all day long. I downloaded their router table plans (free, for now) and added it to my one-of-these-days list. Have to get a shop first.