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  1. Unless you already know, the next thing is a companion tool of the planer, a jointer. Before the wood gets to the planer, run one face over the jointer first. That will remove twists and dog legs. Don't try to dress the whole board. Better to cut with a little extra to length and width. When dressing a longer board, pick your straightest lumber for that purpose. A crooked long piece may not be thick enough to dress to required thickness. For shorter pieces, crooked dresses out easy.
  2. Very nice! Thinking outside of the box. Crafty!
  3. I'm impressed by your setup. And congratulations on getting large production jobs. I see in one of the pictures that it looks like a crop growing near your shop. Are you also a farmer? I like your beard. It makes me think of ZZ Top. Is there any danger with a long beard near machinery?
  4. The quantity of work is a logical consideration when buying tools. For me I use Makita. It makes sense to pick a brand and stay with it so as to have interchangeable batteries. Also lithium batteries new and left on the shelf will not deteriorate. Therefore I buy batteries and make sure there are at least 2 batteries in the bubble packs on standby. The best time to buy the batteries is December with the very best sale prices. About 50% off.
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    The botanical name of this orchid is Cattleya intermedia 'orlata'. This is a natural species. It lives in Brazil. Grows wild. Also fragrant. This one grows in my patio.
  6. I have had homemade, low end, and now the Jessem top. Looking back, I wish I bought the Jessem or equivalent to begin with. My speed of set up and accuracy is much better and worth the price of admission.
  7. Check with Jessem customer service. If they have no help then repurpose the cast iron. Router table work can demand precision that likely won't be there. And then there is the element of unknown dangers. I have a jesses lift and a jesses table. I built the base. I have the big Porter Cable 3.25hp motor. I like my router table!
  8. If you are going to lift the roof might as well make it 10' inside. Could be useful. HAs been for me.
  9. Quartered Ash. Milling the correct thickness is the key. The species matters.
  10. I have a 12" delta disc sander that gets a lot done. If it broke I'd replace it. Woodworkers supply has cubic zirconium disc paper that last a long time. There is a trick to putting the disc paper on. Different but not hard. I also have a cheap combo 6" disc with a 6 x 36 stationary belt sander. The belt gets use.
  11. If you are friendly with your neighbor, see if he would sell just enough to give you access. In real estate terms because of your shop having good access make your property worth more. And less without it.
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    Sapele Wood

    Sapele is a multi purpose wood. Exceptional beauty in any room in the house or office. And a good choice for outdoors.
  13. Quartered oak is typically tight grain. If yours is then I think I would not make accommodations for movement. I'd pin the tenons. These and other doors just like these has a 10" bottom rail. One deep continuous tenon that is dowel pined from the other side. The bottom rail is exactly even with the bottom of the styles. The doors are 18 years old.
  14. I made a front door with 8/4 Q sawn w oak. Never a problem with a wide rail. But the finish failed. Mold and mildew got under the finish over a 2 year period. So I removed the door and stripped the finish down to bare wood. I then varnished with extra, extra finish on top edge and bottom. The mildew came back under the finish. Not to be outdone by mildew I took the door down to wood again to no avail. So I did it one more time 3 years ago. This time with Sapele. I call it mahogany. It looks smells and taste like mahogany. Beautiful wood. I saved some very nice stained glass for the new door. A
  15. A legacy heirloom piece. Be proud!
  16. I have an 8" dado from Frued that I bought 40 something years ago. After many sharpenings, it is still good!
  17. After plane work is done you have a choice. Scrape or sand. Most people today sand. Scraping has been around before sandpaper I think. Scrape in the right hands can be a very good surface to finish. The foundation of good scrape work is knowing how to sharpen the scraper. Good luck
  18. Buy a carbide dado. Take care of it and you will have it for a long time.
  19. Anything with an edge, like saw blades, router bits, planer knives must buy new or expect issues. Not that you cant be lucky. Just know it is a gamble.
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    This is known as the clam shell orchid. AKA Encyclia cochleata. Growing in the new world from Northern South America, central America, the Caribbean and South Florida. The one in the picture is natural to South Florida. It flowers sequentially. A new flower appears as the previous one is fading.
  21. What a view! Nice place to live. Would this help you? This is used around here a lot especially for high up palm fronds and coconuts. Add a 10' ladder for the high ones.
  22. The face is absolutely stunning!