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    All types, from rough construction to fine furniture to craft items like boxes and ornamentals.

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  1. Byrdie

    A Twisted Form

    For *my eye, I think I'd want to see the far side of the arms flow more into the rim of the bowl rather than turn and meet the bowl in the almost perpendicular manner that the appear to now. I also think I like the original where the arc of the arms appeared not to rise above the rim of the bowl. Do these comments come across clearly? I'm not sure I'm saying them the best way I could.
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    One can never have too many clamps ... I'm going to have to look for some of these!
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    A Twisted Form

    Oh great. Now my YouTube search is going to be full of that ...
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    Job Postings

    Interested in organs and organ making, unfortunately not interested in moving ... again. If I were a bit younger this would be real tempting! Wish the best of luck and hope you find who you're looking for.
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    Hello from Cape Cod

    I wish that was my level of "mess."
  6. The other advantage of wider legs on the bench is that you don't end up with a long unsupported section of bench outside the legs. Too long a piece ends up acting like a teeter totter when someone sits on it. Don't ask me how I know.
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    45 mitres

    I always cut my miters at the table saw with the aid of a Wixley and have had good results. The blade in the table saw is more stable as is the bed to reference from. Most of my miters have been for boxes of one sort or another and if there's gaps they're too fine for my eye.
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    Style References

    So don't try to replicate Maloof, just try to represent him. I've got confidence in your skill. I'm sure the more you try the closer you'll get and you're probably already closer to the look and feel than you think. That's exactly what Maloof is, a feeling. It's not a rigid style or set of steps in woodworking. I watched a video of him working at the bandsaw during an interview he did. He wasn't trying to match exactly what he'd done before. He was working and shaping the wood until it had the right feel, until his eye found what it was looking for. And maybe you're not meant to do Maloof. You may love the way it looks, who couldn't. But maybe you're meant to do Cooper. That might just be what the next generation will be talking about!
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    Freight shipping cost estimate?

    Road trip. Build the cost of gas and hotels into the cost of the build. Yeah, I know. There are more than a few logistics companies out there that will do the majority of the leg work for you but you'll have to have a pretty good estimate of the volume and weight before anyone can give you valid answers.
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    Hello from Cape Cod

    Welcome Steve. Look forward to seeing some pics and notes as you progress on the sideboard.
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    Abel fret saw parts

    I only did a quick search but it looks like your best bet would be to find another saw on the net for parts and cannibalize it. I believe the saw was made in France and I'm not confident the manufacturer is still in business.
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    An improved Moxon vise

    Lot's of great ideas!
  13. I'm not particularly a big fan of slabs but I do like the design of that base. Considering the color and swirling grain in your slab, I'd think you would want to go with something nicer than D Fir for your base. I like something dark with a little more action in the grain if it were me. First thing that came to mind for me was Jatoba but I don't know that you need something that hard or at that price point. The color would work well, however.
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    Blackened Glue Line

    It's one of two things - either a contaminate or a chemical reaction. I'd go with the later. Something in the wood or some other particulate got into the glue and caused a reaction that turned black. Haven't a clue what it might be although the suggestion that it was steel of some sort is the one that makes the most sense as that typically goes black.
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    Router table

    Woodpecker builds *very nice stuff but I think they find it just a little to precious for my budget and tastes. I just bought a Jessem router lift very similar to the one that's included with that table. Priced very decently at Woodcraft and the two gift cards my brother had given me for Christmases didn't hurt either. I've unpacked it and taken a very close look at it. I think the construction is very well done and well thought out. It includes the ability to adjust for future drift and the machining on mine is very tight and clean. On the other hand, the price of the lift and table combo you linked to is not something I'm willing to budget for. I like building stuff and I'm sure I can put together a very nice table for about half the cost of that package. I've had rough plans drawn up for about 4 years and having bought the lift is my inspiration to finally build it. I'll save the extra money to buy bits. No more using the inexpensive (I dislike the word "cheap") plastic portable one I've used for years with an old B&D router. It's served me well but I want something better.