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  1. Wow with a capital W. The imperial gallon is slightly more than a US gallon at roughly 4.5 litres to a gallon. Even so we are being fleeced hand over fist here and have been since the start of motoring.

    Price of a litre of E10 petrol (10% ethanol - the rest is regular unleaded) today is about £1.61 GBP or $2.02 USD

    So 2.02 multiplied by 3.8 equalling $7.67 a US gallon. 

  2. My car has a 70 litre tank (not sure how many US gallons that is) and last time I filled up a couple of weeks back it cost £100 GBP. At todays currency exchange rate that equates to $125 USD. We in the UK have always had more expensive gas (petrol) than the US but recent events have pushed the cost up massively.


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  3. I remember Millennium Eve all those years ago. I was working in the IT department for our local international airport, Manchester UK, on the Y2K bug which we had been working on for about 18 months prior to make sure planes didn't fall out of the air. I went in at 11:30PM after leaving a party and with about 40 others sat monitoring screens when the clock struck midnight. Needless to say nothing happened except we could hear loads of fireworks. The airport had been closed to all air traffic at 6PM and didn't open up again until 6AM the following morning. We "celebrated" the success and turning of the year with a plastic cup containing a few teaspoons of warm cheap fizzy wine! Not good.

    I couldn't see anything as the server hall doesn't have any windows and only heard the bangs when I came out after midnight back into the office. Every year now around here there are firework displays on new years mostly from peoples private houses. A lot of public displays have been cancelled this last new years due to Covid issues but that didn't stop people having them in their yards.

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  4. On 7/28/2021 at 11:16 PM, RichardA said:

    Another beard bites the dust.  But he'll be playing with Elvis in no time at all.

    So sad to hear of his passing. I never saw ZZ Top live but have watched them on videos over the years. I keep watching their appearance on Howard Stern on Youtube 

     playing La Grange one of my favourites. My recently made Les Paul has the same electronics that Billy Gibbons has in his - Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates.

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  5. Yes sanding back to wood will clear off the Danish oil. Wipe it down with white spirits or meths after you have sanded back. Start with something like 60 or 80 grit then go up in increments. 80-120, 120 to 180 before applying the first coat of water based finish.

    Wait until it has cured overnight then very lightly sand at about 320 grit as water based finishes raise the grain of the wood. Essentially this gives a slight rough feel. However hitting it with 320 or even higher will remove that roughness. The good news is it only raises the grain once so subsequent coats will end up really nice. Once finally cured after a couple of weeks I normally burnish the surface with a brown paper grocery bag, seriously, and that makes the surface silky smooth. So when you go to your local grocers shop try to get some veg in a brown paper bag then save them up to do furniture :)

    You have no need to apply furniture polish or beeswax to the finished article as the finish is polyurethane varnish and you will find the polish will sit on the surface. So just wipe it down with a damp cloth.

    Hope this helps.

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  6. 44 minutes ago, sarahe said:

    The product you recommend, this is an alternative finish after sanding?

    Hi Sarah. Yes this can be applied to a sanded surface. It gives a slight amber tint which is very attractive. It will work really well on oak and try to use satin rather than matt or gloss. Matt shows up finger prints and gloss shows up imperfections in the surface.

  7. Yes white spirits is mineral spirits.

    Sarah you may be better using a water based finish from General Finishes Europe which is now trading as EuroFinishes out of Scotland. I use them all the time. EnduroVar is one of the best, expensive yes, but real quality stuff. It dries quickly and doesn’t smell. EnduroVar satin is the best.



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  8. Thanks everybody. It plays really well and I shaped the back of the neck with my Clifton 550 concave spokeshave - a picture from their website below. The curve it gives fits the hand really well. That tool is normally used for shaping stair rails or cabriole legs but it is the ideal radius for guitar necks. I have had it years but never used it on a neck before. It will get much more use in the future.




    I also have the Clifton convex 500 spokeshave too but have not yet found a use for. 



    It currently resides in my plane cabinet. No doubt a requirement will crop up and I can use it. 

  9. You could always look on auction sites for a #7. I own the Veritas one you have linked to and it doesn’t perform any better than my Stanley #7 ebay special which is about 50 years old. Only difference of course is the Veritas one is bevel up, has the adjustable mouth and you can put on the magnetic fence. It is the same cutting angle.

  10. 3/4 or 1" are the best to start with as they are easy to handle and keep square to the workpiece. I have a couple of Stanleys and they are fine. Then graduate to a smaller one say 1/4" or 1/2" for smaller work. I have a Sheffield UK 1/4" Clifton 400 Shoulder/Rebate/Rabbet plane and it is really good.

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