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The clamps are removed from the post and railing. Everything looks not too bad.

I just ran them both through the planer and trimmed the ends of the post. The hand rail won't get trimmed until I decide exactly how it will be attached. With this weather, it sure won't be today!
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The clamps are removed from the post and railing. Everything looks not too bad.

I just ran them both through the planer and trimmed the ends of the post. The hand rail won't get trimmed until I decide exactly how it will be attached. With this weather, it sure won't be today!
Have you ever seen wood that you just wanted to hug becuse it was so pretty, well that is just that beautiful. (kinda kinky isn't it) LOL sorry, I couldn't help myself. I am serious about the beautiful of your creation though, the color is really going to pop when you put the finish on.
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Have you ever seen wood that you just wanted to hug becuse it was so pretty, well that is just that beautiful. (kinda kinky isn't it) LOL sorry, I couldn't help myself. I am serious about the beautiful of your creation though, the color is really going to pop when you put the finish on.
Well, thanks Jim. I used 15 layers of wood for this corner post...10 red cedar and 5 yellow cedar. The curve was slightly more severe on this post, so I thought perhaps I should make the strips just a little thinner. Plus the post itself is also wider than the others due to the angle.

The thinner strips made it easier to clamp up.

I hope to get on to the shaping today, and then the varnishing once that is all done. I'll keep you posted on how that goes.
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Another small but time consuming job completed.

The cedar is now finished around the window at the top of the stairs in the tower.

Morning sunlight comes through this one into the master bedroom. Looks pretty nice when it does that.
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Another small but time consuming job completed.

The cedar is now finished around the window at the top of the stairs in the tower.

Morning sunlight comes through this one into the master bedroom. Looks pretty nice when it does that.
I can see why that would take a good while, each strip had to be cut dead on, there is no room for slack at all, then climbing up and down the ladder. I bet you are tired about now. It sure does look good Keith, I would be mighty proud of that.

Does your post wrap the corner?
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Jim...there's a very long answer to your question...check your email.
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Jim...there's a very long answer to your question...check your email.
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I don't want anyone to think I'm keeping some deep dark secrets from you...not so.

What it is...it's a mess there right now. When I get it all tidied up you'll get to see how the whole lot ends up looking.
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I don't want anyone to think I'm keeping some deep dark secrets from you...not so.

What it is...it's a mess there right now. When I get it all tidied up you'll get to see how the whole lot ends up looking.
And well worth the wait it is, you will see, just unbelievably beautiful!!!
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I did manage to shape and sand the hand rail and post today.

This is the back side of the railing. Nothing to get too excited about, just the first varnish coat.
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Coco's astronomy tip of the day (No. 20)

Get your eyes adapted to the dark.

Have you noticed that when you first walk outside at night you can hardly see anything? That is because your eyes have adapted themselves to the light level inside your house. White light kills your night vision.

Should you ever find yourself at a star party (that's what we call it when a bunch of us get together to view the sky) you will find that white lights are totally banned from the viewing area. Everyone uses a small red light with a variable brightness control.

That way you don't lose your night vision.

Give yourself this test...Go outside and look up. It's OK, nobody's looking.

See how many stars you can spot right away. Stay outside for half an hour and do not look at any white lights. Then take another look up and you will see far more stars, guaranteed. It doesn't work in the middle of downtown Boston of course, (I'm not picking on Boston, it's the same for any of the bigger villages) you will need an area in which you can actually see stars in the sky.

Street lights are one of the worst things for night sky viewing, so do whatever it is you need to find a dark area.

If you are the proud possessor of a telescope or decent binoculars, the difference is even more pronounced once your eyes are dark adapted.

From most areas in North America you can only see a couple of hundred stars when you first look up. If you are in a dark area, with dark adapted eyes, you may see over 3,000 stars.

There's one other little detail that might help you. If you are viewing through a telescope and you are trying to find what we call "a faint fuzzy" try using averted vision.

It works like this. Look through your scope and focus your eye right in the middle of the field of view. Hold that for several seconds. Then shift your focus to one side of the field of view. Now what does the center of the FOV look like? It takes a little practice, but you will notice immediately that you can actually see more where you are NOT looking, than you can directly where you ARE looking.

There is a valid optical reason for this having to do with the rods in your eyes, but we'll not delve into that now.

I have received an inquiry as to whether or not you can use both eyes to look through a scope. The answer is yes.

You can get an accessory which fits into the focuser of your scope to view with both eyes, just like binoculars. Usually somewhat expensive, and perhaps surprisingly will actually degrade your view very slightly. This because of the extra glass elements introduced into the optical train. But for some folks it is a boon.

Not only that, but some manufacturers make binocular telescopes. Two identical scopes mounted side by side. Usually expensive, but incredible views.
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This is typically what binoviewers look like. These are by Williams Optics.
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Coco's astronomy tip of the day (No. 20)

Get your eyes adapted to the dark.

Have you noticed that when you first walk outside at night you can hardly see anything? That is because your eyes have adapted themselves to the light level inside your house. White light kills your night vision.

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That way you don't lose your night vision.

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See how many stars you can spot right away. Stay outside for half an hour and do not look at any white lights. Then take another look up and you will see far more stars, guaranteed. It doesn't work in the middle of downtown Boston of course, (I'm not picking on Boston, it's the same for any of the bigger villages) you will need an area in which you can actually see stars in the sky.

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There's one other little detail that might help you. If you are viewing through a telescope and you are trying to find what we call "a faint fuzzy" try using averted vision.

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Not only that, but some manufacturers make binocular telescopes. Two identical scopes mounted side by side. Usually expensive, but incredible views.
Thanks Keith for the new tips, that is really interesting. When we do get a telescope we are going to go up on Raccoon Mountain as there are very few lights if any up there but there are down here in the valley.
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Thanks Keith for the new tips, that is really interesting. When we do get a telescope we are going to go up on Raccoon Mountain as there are very few lights if any up there but there are down here in the valley.
One thing about gaining elevation, even just a few thousand feet, the air becomes clearer, and you definitely get better views.
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Wow, that is beautiful Keith, I see what you are talking about a binoviewer.

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