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Old 10-16-2010, 09:48 PM   #3166
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Then I graduated to 1/8" spacers, and that looks considerably better, so I think I will go for that...pending hearing otherwise from Bud of course.
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By the time I got from the stove top over to the sink it had got dark outside, so the cutting has ended for the day.
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The afternoon's production from both sides.
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Every tile here will need to be cut - at least three cuts minimum. Some need all 4 sides cut - with curves yet.

Kick me if I even think about doing this again.

I tried the first 4 with no spaces in between.
Wow, is that travertine? That is reaaaaally going to be one beautiful top. For some reason I didn't realize you were going with the large squares. Buddy, you don't do anything half way, that is for sure. That is some great cutting right there.
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I'm sure glad that my wife number 2 does read this forum.

Once again, you've surpassed your own high standards. Both the door and the tile look great.

By the way, about 3 years back, I installed some Fir Doors in a house. 28 doors cost $29,000 and change.
Those $600 doors are 'paint grade' compared to yours.
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Wow, is that travertine? That is reaaaaally going to be one beautiful top. For some reason I didn't realize you were going with the large squares. Buddy, you don't do anything half way, that is for sure. That is some great cutting right there.
Sometimes you really make me laugh Jim...this is one of those times.

These tiles are the ones the missus got in Vancouver from some back alley guy, and they are 13" x 20". These are ones that caused me to have to go out and buy that 24" tile saw!

They are in fact just porcelain, made to look like travertine. I will say one thing, the new saw cuts them beautifully, and other than all the curved cutting on the inside, outside and for the cutouts for the sink and stove, it's not too bad. Every tile needs to be cut to a fan shape first.
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I'm sure glad that my wife number 2 does read this forum.

Once again, you've surpassed your own high standards. Both the door and the tile look great.

By the way, about 3 years back, I installed some Fir Doors in a house. 28 doors cost $29,000 and change.
Those $600 doors are 'paint grade' compared to yours.
Good heavens, and here I thought $600 was expensive. I must have really been asleep at the switch. Twenty nine grand! Whew!

Now did you mean "Does" or "Doesn't" read this forum?
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It is a shame they don't make an Epoxy that would match the color and butt them tight, it is still going to look good with the unsanded grout.
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For some reason I don't remember the porcelain, they really did do a good job making it look like travertine, you won't have to worry about the porcelain staining after the grout is sealed. I didn't realize there was a different thinset for porcelain but I found out there is and I had to use a certain color thinset to keep it from bleeding through the edges of the porcelain.

Keith, it would blow your mind at the cost of a custom made door now days, you did good for yourself for sure.
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It is a shame they don't make an Epoxy that would match the color and butt them tight, it is still going to look good with the unsanded grout.
I'll check my spaces very carefully Jim, and if they are just under 1/8" (which it looks like right now) I'll go with unsanded. If they end up being just over 1/8", I might opt for sanded grout. I'll have to make sure I get the best possible sealer for the job. And even if I have to re-seal every year, that will be fine.
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and that was $29 grand for all 28 doors, so just over $1,000 each.
Including the solid jambs, hinges were extra.
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and that was $29 grand for all 28 doors, so just over $1,000 each.
Including the solid jambs, hinges were extra.
Hinges extra! Boy, they really know how to hurt a guy, don't they.
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Jim, I just went to check on your two NGC objects. If I had bothered to pay attention to your numbers, I would have realized they were in the southern hemisphere.

Uranometria prints a northern sky & southern sky edition. Mine is obviously for the northern sky. The -67 tells you they are way down south. Both of the NGC's you mention are open clusters.
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Coco's astronomy tip of the day (No. 12)

Don't let the moon get you down.

Something you should know about the moon - other than it is made of green cheese - is that moonlight degrades your seeing for the rest of the sky.

What happens is this. Most of you are familiar with how the moon changes it's position in our sky on a daily basis. The moon "loses" about 50 minutes a day as it revolves around earth. This accounts for why the moon rises and sets at different times, also why it has different phases.

Anytime we have a bright moon in the sky, the reflected moon light shines down on our atmosphere partially illuminating it. This brighter atmosphere reduces our ability to see what are known as deep sky objects. These are all the goodies we look for in our scopes, the clusters, galaxies, nebulae and so on.

At new moon (this is when we don't see the moon) the sky is at its' darkest, and therefore its' best. This means that the best viewing times are a few days either side of new moon.

Just before new moon, the moon is setting just as the sky is getting dark, so by the time you want to view, the moon is gone.

Just after new moon, the moon is setting later - as it is right now - and you need to wait until much later into the night before the moonlight has gone. In fact, what many observers do is to wait until the early morning hours before they go out to observe. Like 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning.

The only other possibility is when there is an eclipse of the moon - an event which just about every amateur astronomer wants to watch anyway - then the moonlight is drastically reduced.

This pic was taken a few years back of an eclipse that was seen here in south west Canada.
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For some reason I don't remember the porcelain, they really did do a good job making it look like travertine, you won't have to worry about the porcelain staining after the grout is sealed. I didn't realize there was a different thinset for porcelain but I found out there is and I had to use a certain color thinset to keep it from bleeding through the edges of the porcelain.

Keith, it would blow your mind at the cost of a custom made door now days, you did good for yourself for sure.
I did go online looking for doors before I built this one Jim, and you are right about the prices. And even the ones you can find are still production doors. I never did find anyone who was making one-off doors by hand. I suppose they would be a couple thousand or more each.

I should tell you about some doors for sale up at the re-cycling place at Coombs, the place we got our art glass.

They have about 3 pairs of what they call Chinese courtyard doors. They are definitely very old and not in bad shape considering. They are about eight feet tall, and a pair is about 5 feet wide. They are asking $1,700 a pair for them. And they are thick! I imagine they would weigh 3-400 pounds a pair.

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