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I seldom buy things on the spur-of-the-moment, but I am not immune to it either ... a few weeks ago an email floated across my desk about an Amazon "Prime" day where there were some discounts or certain things one thing caught my eye, which of coarse made me review the whole email and I spotted a few things that looked interesting to me ...
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They weren't very expensive items, and I don't even remember the prices but I decided to pick up a few of them and so here they are ...
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Easily the most emails I receive from people who are having problems with their wood and or their wood projects are issues that come from using wet wood. That is ... wood that has a moisture content above the recommended 9% that is often used as the guideline for making quality furniture. Most who I talk to don't even know what the moisture content of their wood is and very, very few own moisture meters.
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Moisture content is almost never talked about but it is THE most important issue when you are buying wood because almost everything that falls out of your builds that becomes problematic is a result of the high moisture contained in your wood.
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I often wonder how many other people spend the same amount of time that I do in making "things" in my workshop work better. I see SO MANY things that could have been easily made better or more convenient at the factory where they were made, or at the very least, made less frustrating to use ...
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but now I am tasked with making those alterations and adjustments myself. And in some rare cases, other manufacturers that make the SAME tool of the appliance, see the same things and remake the new tools better ... I love that !!
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It's not until I get around to actually fixing a problem that I realize just how long I have been putting up with the issue in the first place. Case in point, replacing the wheels on my workbench !! But I do have an excuse, I wondered for a long time what would be the best alternative for the replacement.
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As it turns out, pretty much anything would be better than what I was putting up with ...
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I learned the hard way many, many years ago just how important accurate measurement is, and by that I don't just mean measuring the length of something but also ensuring things are "square" that need to be, and "flat" that need to be. And all this boils down to is a good measurement.
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For years I have resisted the temptation to purchase 1-2-3 blocks, even though I know how accurate and useful they are, but I know by now, in my own woodworking, the only measurement I would be using in one of these blocks would be the 2-inch side, which is why I have shied away from them.
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I was contacted by an organization that works with kids who I had donated wooden toys for distribution at Christmas in 2017, 2019 and 2021. They asked if our Guild could do an event for them. I have learned to ask appropriate questions before making a commitment.
When – 4 days hence
Age of the children – 5 to 10
How many – 6 to 24
Length of time – 30 minutes
With these answers my initial response was 'no' ...
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