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Old 10-18-2010, 09:48 PM   #3226
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Wow, I cannot believe how perfectly you cut all those tiles. I don't care how many bits of wood and straightedges you used, those end pieces are clearly impossible to cut.

I could not be more impressed if you built a telescope from scratch (actually, you probably have lol), but you do realize you're completely insane for putting yourself through that, right?
Thanks very much Jules. It's the old story, the difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes just a little longer.

And you're definitely not the first person to cast aspersions on my sanity.

This is the first telescope I built...
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On the back side of the door, I added a piece of arbutus wood to prevent any tearout as the hole saw exited the door.
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Aside from the fact that the old fir in this door was as hard as nails, there were no surprises, and the hole drilled out cleanly.
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Aside from the varnish, the missus also did some decorating on the glass.

Because the colour has been added to the outside of the door, she is uncertain how long it will last in the sun. Time will tell, I guess.
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I have started working on the sill to be installed beneath the door.
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Looking good... again.

She should be quite pleased, and you know what that means for you...
















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Checking here to see if the space is small enough under the door. Seems to be OK.
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:02 PM   #3233
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Before it got dark, I rounded the ends of the future sill, and tested my new plane on the upper edge.

One pass and the edge is rounded. The ends are done by hand sanding.
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You don't know the half of it jl...already she has decided to abscond with a neat old light fixture I found a few years back. I had ideas of putting it somewhere near the entrance to my Japanese garden.

Evidently, I am told it will now be going just outside the door at the entrance to her studio.

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And the last thing I managed to get done before sunset - which is waaay too early these days, was to cut the taper on the top piece of the sill.
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How did you cut such a long taper?
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Coco's astronomy tip of the day (No. 13)

A bit about Orion, one of the most interesting sights in the night sky.

You will need to be down south somewhat to be able to see Orion right now, but by next month, the constellation should be above the southern horizon for viewers in the south of Canada, or northern US.

Orion should be visible from southern Tennessee right now late at night.

Before Orion comes into view at night, you will be able to see the Pleiades, a preliminary picture of which is shown here. You will be looking south to see this...and to the left of the Pleiades you will see what looks to be a fairly big triangle of stars. This is Hyades. (High-uh-deez.)

Still further to your left and low on the horizon Orion should appear in due course. As we progress into January, Orion will be high in the night sky and offer some spectacular views.

Just below Orion's belt (three bright stars in a line) you will find the great nebula in Orion. Indeed, this an aptly named nebula. Easy to see with the naked eye under dark skies, and a fabulous view through a medium to high powered telescope.

There are so many interesting sights in Orion, the famed Horse Head nebula for instance, that it would take a small book to list them all.

For now, just know that Orion can literally give you a lifetime of incredible viewing pleasure. The brilliant supergiant star Betelgeuse shines brightly at the top of Orion...you can't miss it.

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Very carefully?
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Sorry, I couldn't resist!

Here's the trick. On the side of the board where you need the wood removed, you decide how much you want to take off. I didn't have a lot of room under the door, so I was limited in that regard and decided that 3/8" was about all I could afford.

Using a strip of wood as long as the sill and 3/8" thick, you temporarily glue this narrow strip on the bottom of the sill.

Run the board through the planer until you have removed 3/8" and that's it.

You just knew there was an easy answer, didn't you?

Please note the edge grain.
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The door is absolutely beautiful! Mrs. C did a fabulous job on it.

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