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Old 08-14-2011, 08:30 AM   #5251
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OK, that's better.

Yesterday, the missus was in bed all day with this nasty leg problem. Now usually, I would beat her over the head with a big club to fix it, but since that wasn't working I thought I would make her up a bouquet of flowers instead.

This was the rose I started with and it went from there.

If you ever want to see a big smile on your wife's face, do something like this for her. It even earned me a big kiss!
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:32 AM   #5252
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Few more from the garden yesterday.
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When I was coming back from town on Friday evening, there was what looked like a promising sky developing to make a decent sunset.

I started taking pics when I was on the sailboat and stopped as the sun was disappearing. Here's part of the series.
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I spent quite a few hours working in the garden yesterday, as the missus is not able to do anything right now.
But I still did a little more work on the bed, and there is a possibility (if it doesn't rain) I might have more to show later.
The powers that be have us getting a 60% chance of showers all day and this evening, soooo....
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My stars Keith, those are just stunningly beautiful, thanks for allowing us to share the beauty of your world. We are wishing your Missus a speedy recovery, you are a good man buddy.
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You're more than welcome Jim. It looks as though the missus is going to be down for a while longer yet. So bed rest will be the order of the day.

After the weekend hordes wake up (it's only 8 am as I write this) I will get to making some noise outside on that bed.

Yet another cloudy, cool day in the offing here. Definitely the coldest August I can remember.
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OK, well the base pieces are all coming along nicely. These will comprise the four feet, two stretchers for the feet and the four vertical side boards.

The side boards will be held together with aluminum angle and screws.

I made the blocks up for the feet today and cut the aluminum angle. I was going to be very clever and show you how to cut the angle safely on the miter saw.

It wasn't until I downloaded the photo from the camera that I realized what a goof up I had made.
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What you cannot see is the way I hold the aluminum in place.

I use two pieces of wood, about 1 x 2 and a foot or so long. One I press against the back side of the angle, and the other against the front. Of course, as soon as I brought the saw down for the cut - as in the picture - you can't see through the blade!!!! Dumkoff you...
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Once the first piece is cut, I use it to mark off the length of the remaining pieces, like so.
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Cutting chunks of arbutus, or any hardwood for that matter, on a miter saw needs two things to be successful.

First, let the blade get up to full speed. Then using only moderate pressure, run the blade through the wood slowly.

Anything else is almost guaranteed to burn the wood. Oh, I know this doesn't happen to you, I'm only mentioning it for those other folks.
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Each of the feet are glued up from five pieces of arbutus into roughly a 5 1/2" square chunk of wood.

The main reason for that is because I am fresh out of arbutus 6 x 6's.

I maybe should have used biscuits to stop the pieces from sliding around, but didn't. I glued the bottom three pieces together first...like so
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Cutting chunks of arbutus, or any hardwood for that matter, on a miter saw needs two things to be successful.

First, let the blade get up to full speed. Then using only moderate pressure, run the blade through the wood slowly.

Anything else is almost guaranteed to burn the wood. Oh, I know this doesn't happen to you, I'm only mentioning it for those other folks.
Personally, I've never had a problem cutting arbutus.









Maybe because I've never had any to cut....


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Then once the glue was well set up (a couple of hours) I cleaned off as much of the excess glue as possible with a scraper, then ran the pieces through the thickness planer.

Yes, I know you aren't supposed to put short stuff like that through, but if you do one of two things you can get away with it.

If you have extra scrap stock which is the same thickness as your piece, you can push them through back to back.

Failing that, you can feed your piece into the planer making sure to take only a very small slice off the top, and push hard on the bottom of the piece as it goes through.
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With the first three pieces set up, the other two were added thusly...

Try not to get into the habit of only putting glue on one piece of wood when you glue up. I know that at least one of the manufacturers says it's OK, but I disagree. Much better to have a glue to glue contact, than glue to bare wood.

Any excess will squeeze out, whereas if you have a partially dry joint, you might not be too happy with that.
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Here's the four blocks - two left and two right.
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