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Old 07-18-2012, 01:07 PM   #6616
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It might be worth mentioning a couple of things here.

First the auxiliary square router base makes it easy to follow the guide board. Sometimes the round bases tend to want to jump out just a touch and you don't always get a dead straight cut.

The other thing is to remember to push down on the leading edge of the router as you enter the cut and shift your weight to the back of the router as you get to the end of the cut. I know all you long time router users know that but there might be some novices looking in...never know.

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The other thing is to remember to push down on the leading edge of the router as you enter the cut and shift your weight to the back of the router as you get to the end of the cut. I know all you long time router users know that but there might be some novices looking in...never know.
That would be me right here...

I'm guessing this is so the router remains flat on the surface of whatever you're routing?

Thanks for the tip!

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Old 07-19-2012, 09:18 AM   #6618
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That would be me right here...

I'm guessing this is so the router remains flat on the surface of whatever you're routing?

Thanks for the tip!

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You're more than welcome...the same thing applies to planing wood by hand, or sanding. All that sort of thing.

One other hint in order to keep the edges of your wood flat is to clamp an extra piece of wood against the edge. That will prevent any dips or unwanted nicks from happening.

And particularly in the case of a router, an extra clamped piece will prevent the all-too-common tear out that happens when your bit exits the cut.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:48 PM   #6619
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Last night it was time to get started on the varnishing of the solarium bench. As usual, it was getting fairly dark by the time I got the first coat done, so I went upstairs and tried a shot through the hole in the floor using a flash.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:51 PM   #6620
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Don't be deceived by that picture, first coats are never good on cedar.

This morning I sanded it with 180 by hand, with the grain, and applied coat number two. Still a few glitches, but that's to be expected with such a soft wood.

Where the missus touched up the colour of the filler, it needs re-touching just a little darker.
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Might as well toss in last nights' sunset for good measure.
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Just looking at your pictures and see all the things there knowing you had to carry every single thing in those pictures to your home by boat and haul them up hill. That is amazing within itself. Thanks for the Sunset, it is always soothing and a real cozy feeling seeing them.
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I hope to be taking a short holiday off the Island at the end of this month...so there is a bit of a panic to get certain things done before I leave.

Current projects include the bookshelves, the bench varnishing (7 coats) and the tiling in the bathroom, and of course that last one will be the big time consumer.

With a little bit of luck I hope to have a pic or two for later on this evening. Cloudy and quite breezy again today, so inside work it will be.
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Turned out to be a lovely day here after all, but it got gobbled up with tiling work nonetheless.

Here's the Hardiebacker down on the bathroom floor...and I'm sure most of you will be saying why on earth are there all those little pieces instead of just one or two.

Well, when I started, the composting toilet was in place, and I originally intended to try and get the backer and tile to go just under the edges of the unit. But that proved to be a whole lot more difficult that I thought, and the better option was to remove the whole thing. By that time, I had some of those little pieces in place...so now you know.
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In order to keep some sort of coherence to the floor tile, we decided to do another border around the edges with 4" tiles to match the shower area. I had enough tiles all pre-cut for that, except that there were two very different tile colours, which wasn't much good. As luck would have it, I found just 9 brown tiles - all the same colour - so I cut those up into 4 1/4" squares and used them for the border.

Here's the dry fit test.
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Next they got set, and there was enough thinset left to do one of the big infill tiles, so I stuck that down as well.

There are two of the edge tiles which are not set, as that is where the drain from the bathroom sink will be going.
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By the end of the day I had all the infill tiles cut to fit and managed to get them set right before a late dinner.

Can you imagine all the fun fitting everything in that crazy space?
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Wow! You sure got some wicked cuts going on there Fantastic. dorf dude...
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It looks like a lot of work Keith, but it sure does look good. The sunset pics look great too.
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I bet you are one wore out dude after all that cutting, that would have taken me at least three days. Sure does look good.

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