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Old 10-02-2010, 11:23 PM   #2836
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Hmmmm...never thought of that. They might. I was planning on making up some wood panels.

I know that we got the last of the ones they had before.

I think the missus wants opaque panels in there...nervous Nelly that she is.
Yes, glass would kind of defeat the purpose of having a bedroom door.

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My stars, sorry about that, that is one heck of an instrument. Since talking to you I have become interested in the stars and planets, they are really very very interesting. Can you take pictures through that one? Some of the pictures online are fantastic.
Jim, it is possible to take photos through just about any telescope with removable eyepieces.

You wouldn't necessarily use a camera of the type you use for your daily photos, there are special cameras just for astrophotography. Most of those are somewhat pricey.

Adapters are available for most cameras to your scope, it all depends on just how much you want to get into it.

My very good pal Randy takes some pretty good shots, and he is using the latest Canon DSLR. I loaned him an 80mm high quality refractor and he has taken some beauties through that.

He has a couple of scopes of his own, and I think he's using his 8" reflector right now to image Jupiter.

As you know Jupiter is currently high in the sky at night...and if you can look at it before the moon rises, you can get some excellent views. Any time during the next week or 10 days should produce excellent viewing of "The king of planets".
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Buddy, being a land lubber and only seeing the ocean from the top of a carrier or the beach, I only saw the small jelly fish and I thought that was how they all looked like. That is just unreal a jelly fish that size and color, I never knew they existed like that. Thanks for the photo Keith, I do appreciate that.

I got to tell you, that is a workbench any man would love to have. I would be afraid to do any work on it it is so pretty.

Seeing how you are building your door makes me say to myself, why didn't you think about that. I would have never thought to build a door that way. I can for sure tell you one thing, your door will be a lot stronger and less chance of it moving, twisting or warping the way you build yours than the way I built mine.

I used solid wood and used shaper cutters to make my rail and stiles and put them together like a cabinet door except I used dowels through my stiles into my rails for strength. I wish I had seen how to build a door like you are way back when, that just makes good sense.

I guess one is never too old to learn. Thanks buddy for showing us so far.
You know, usually, there are loads of those jellyfish around. I haven't even seen one in the bay this year, which is very unusual. Maybe the hot weather we have had for the last 5 days is doing some damage, I don't know.

The main reason I am making the door that way is because I can! How's that for a dumb answer. I don't have a shaper or the cutters to go with it. I do have a slew of router bits, but I'm none too sure if there is anything suitable.

Once I get things glued up - after I make the panels of course - I think it might be a good idea to leave it clamped to the bench for a couple of days.

That way it shouldn't get any ideas about moving after the glue is well set up.
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I was trying to get some pics of the boards as they were exiting the planer, and I didn't catch this one in time. Get a load of that snipe!


Don't ya just hate it when that happens? I finally fixed my problem with that. My shop is very small now and I have to be somewhat creative with everything. I built a roll around for my planer that makes the wood come out right at the height of my table saw top. When the boards come out the saw top catches them and no snipe.
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At one point, I used to keep a few stats on my sawmill production.

The average I got from a log was about 70 BF.

Average daily production - if I worked all day (an 8 hour day) was about 400 BF.

The highest day I ever had was just over 700 BF, but that was exceptional.

If you believe the company literature, the mill is capable of 1,500 BF a day.

That may be possible, maybe, but you would need nice clean logs sitting close to your mill - something impossible for me - and a machine of some sort, backhoe or forklift, to move the logs and finished lumber.

And another thing to remember is that to attain 1,500 BF of production, you would likely need in excess of 2,000 BF of logs in the first place. That in itself would be 6,000 pounds plus that you would be handling every day.
Keith, I have been looking online trying to find what the high yield mills did. The most I found was 400 feet a minute. That can still be deceiving, as we don't know how many machines they are running at a time.

Some folks don't know how much 700 BF of lumber is, I can tell you that is a lot of lumber. If that was red oak that would cost, down this way, about $2,100.00. I just don't see how one man could do 1,500 BF a day by himself unless, like you said, he had all the machinery and all the conditions were perfect. One thing is for sure, he would be one wore out dude at the end of the day.
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The best tool for flattening boards (other than a hand plane) is a jointer.

Your thickness planer wants to flatten the board before it gets to the knives thus partially defeating your attempts to take any cup out.

My jointer is only 6" wide, so with the stiles and two of the rails being over that, I was relegated to using the planer.

Before I could do that, it was in desperate need of a new set of blades. The others had been thoroughly beaten into submission over the past few weeks planing red cedar.

Alas, when I checked my blade boxes, all had been used. This made it necessary for me to break out the big sharpener.



That is one machine I would love to have like. I have been sharpening my planer blades by hand which is nowhere as good as your machine will do. I know your machine does a great job because of the shavings in you picture and that really does take a sharp blade.

I hate to plane into boards that have set for a long time and collected a lot of dust. I try to blow it off but can't get it all, it will really dull blades quickly. Don't you hate it when you loan your planer out and it comes back making sounds like it would deafen you when you start to do some planing?
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Jim, it is possible to take photos through just about any telescope with removable eyepieces.

You wouldn't necessarily use a camera of the type you use for your daily photos, there are special cameras just for astrophotography. Most of those are somewhat pricey.

Adapters are available for most cameras to your scope, it all depends on just how much you want to get into it.

My very good pal Randy takes some pretty good shots, and he is using the latest Canon DSLR. I loaned him an 80mm high quality refractor and he has taken some beauties through that.

He has a couple of scopes of his own, and I think he's using his 8" reflector right now to image Jupiter.

As you know Jupiter is currently high in the sky at night...and if you can look at it before the moon rises, you can get some excellent views. Any time during the next week or 10 days should produce excellent viewing of "The king of planets".
I was outside with one of our grandsons last night and I said to him, see that bright star right there, and he said oh you mean Jupiter, I just said to myself hmmmmm, smart little fellow.

Looking at the planets myself and looking at pictures online are two different things, totally. It just feels so personal when seeing them yourself, if that makes any sense. It just amazes me at all the things man has come up with to do and see different things with. I know the telescope has been around may years but seeing through one for the first time is just unreal, it is like you can just reach right out there and touch the planets and stars.
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I was outside with one of our grandsons last night and I said to him, see that bright star right there, and he said oh you mean Jupiter, I just said to myself hmmmmm, smart little fellow.

Looking at the planets myself and looking at pictures online are two different things, totally. It just feels so personal when seeing them yourself, if that makes any sense. It just amazes me at all the things man has come up with to do and see different things with. I know the telescope has been around may years but seeing through one for the first time is just unreal, it is like you can just reach right out there and touch the planets and stars.
It's hard to keep up with these kids today, isn't it?
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Don't ya just hate it when that happens? I finally fixed my problem with that. My shop is very small now and I have to be somewhat creative with everything. I built a roll around for my planer that makes the wood come out right at the height of my table saw top. When the boards come out the saw top catches them and no snipe.
Another thing I unearthed yesterday was my portable roller. It has a mate somewhere here. I even left all the dust on it just for the heck of it. It used to be in constant use, until I dismantled the long saw tables several months ago. That's when everything got buried.
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I seem to have a habit of buying tools just because they are on sale and then the box never gets opened.

Yesterday I found a box with a brand new Bosch jigsaw, it's the top handle kind with the variable speed trigger. I have been used to using the barrel type for 25 years and didn't know what a treat this new one would be until I used it last night. I think I bought it last year sometime.

And many months ago I got an oscillating spindle sander, supposedly for the wife to use for her stained glass. Little did I know at the time that she needed a wet diamond type for that.

Finally opened the box this morning and assembled the little guy - well, maybe not so little, it's pretty heavy. Looks like it's going to come in useful after all.

Late last night the design for the panels came to me and I will need the sander to finish some of the ends of the boards. Much easier to show you a pic when I start doing that.
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I just happened to wander by the (almost empty) tub and spotted a few thousand mosquito larvae enjoying a swim.

I should have remembered to put the lid back on after it stopped raining last time. As Jim says...old timers.
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You might have to look carefully, but trust me...they are there.

My neighbour's dad has a farm up near Penticton and uses this cornmeal like stuff to wipe out the larvae. So he very kindly got me an ice cream pail full about five years ago. It has lasted us until this past summer when he once again very kindly got me another pail full.

You only need a small amount for the job, maybe a tablespoon for a barrel.

There isn't much water in the tub so this small handful should work.
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By tomorrow morning, they will be toast. Then I will need to get in there and clean the whole shebang out.

Just sprinkle this small amount on the water - that's all. It has no effect whatsoever on anything except mozzie larvae.
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I seem to have a habit of buying tools just because they are on sale and then the box never gets opened.

Yesterday I found a box with a brand new Bosch jigsaw, it's the top handle kind with the variable speed trigger. I have been used to using the barrel type for 25 years and didn't know what a treat this new one would be until I used it last night. I think I bought it last year sometime.

And many months ago I got an oscillating spindle sander, supposedly for the wife to use for her stained glass. Little did I know at the time that she needed a wet diamond type for that.

Finally opened the box this morning and assembled the little guy - well, maybe not so little, it's pretty heavy. Looks like it's going to come in useful after all.

Late last night the design for the panels came to me and I will need the sander to finish some of the ends of the boards. Much easier to show you a pic when I start doing that.
I love the Bosch top handle, I have worn 2 of them out and the one I have now I tore the shoe up when I dropped it. I made another shoe for it and it is still going strong. What sold me on the Bosch was a fellow demonstrating one at a supply store one day, he took the saw and while it was running he plunged the saw blade all the way through a board and just went to cutting, I was sold and still am.

I had the chance to buy one of the spindle sanders several years ago but didn't, I wish I had a bunch of times since then. One other tool I passed up was a Williams and Hussey molder and I still to this day hate that I passed that one up.

I love the dust on your roller stand, it just looks natural.
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By tomorrow morning, they will be toast. Then I will need to get in there and clean the whole shebang out.

Just sprinkle this small amount on the water - that's all. It has no effect whatsoever on anything except mozzie larvae.
That is better than putting a few drops of oil in there. I was going to ask you how the Moskeets were up you way. At one time I thought they were our state bird down here. Your friend should market that stuff, it is by far better than poison.

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