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Old 06-18-2010, 10:28 PM   #1396
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The tile is looking great. It looks like a lot of work.

It's a swallowtail butterfly. What kind of flowers are those?

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Old 06-18-2010, 10:29 PM   #1397
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Looks like a Ropetail! Oh wait.........NEVERMIND!
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Bud, are you sure that shouldn't be a Rope HEAD.
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:32 AM   #1399
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The tile is looking great. It looks like a lot of work.

It's a swallowtail butterfly. What kind of flowers are those?
Thanks, I'll try to remember that.

The flowers I will have to look up, the missus knows, but she's away.
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Bud...I see you're on right now...Is there some slick way of holding a small piece of tile on to the 45 holder?

Last night I had a piece about 1 1/4" wide and maybe 5" long, and I needed a 45 cut on the long edge. The blade was a little too close to my fingers for my liking, so I did the job with the angle grinder. Crude, but it worked.

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Not sure what you mean...

When I have finger-gitters to cut I sometimes can trap the piece with a pair of sticks (or whatever). I won't tell you the diamond blades can't be dangerous but they really won't get you hurt too quick/bad if your cautious. They can give you a good abrasion but I have never seen anyone actually get cut by a diamond blade.
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Not sure what you mean...

When I have finger-gitters to cut I sometimes can trap the piece with a pair of sticks (or whatever). I won't tell you the diamond blades can't be dangerous but they really won't get you hurt too quick/bad if your cautious. They can give you a good abrasion but I have never seen anyone actually get cut by a diamond blade.
Yes, I had read about that. I can understand that without any sharp teeth as with a wood blade on the tablesaw, the damage wouldn't be nearly as bad.
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Yesterday we found a shipper for the T/C tile in Missouri...well, after a telephone call to the store this morning, it turned out that this terra cotta tile was in fact porcelain, not terra cotta at all. Back to square 1.
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I have been trying to get some of the more mundane things out of the way while wife number 2 is in Vancouver.

This morning I did some test staining (the first step anyway) on some Virola I picked up a few weeks back.

First sanded the wood very lightly. The outside plies are often 1/40" or even less. It takes very little to sand right through them. Please be kind enough not to ask how I know that.

Then brushed the three different stains on to sample pieces. Red mahogany, ebony and dark walnut.
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Somewhere between 5 and 15 minutes, you wipe the stain off. Being a middle of the road type of guy, I did the job at the ten minute mark.

Red mahogany here.
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Next was the ebony...I don't think this colour goes well with the arbutus treads, so I think it's out. But I will continue the test finishing anyway just to see what it looks like.
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The last one was dark walnut...the jury is out on this one yet. Again, I will complete the process to see what happens.

A second stain coat is applied after 4 - 6 hours, so 5 hours it will be...

Let that dry for 24 hours then go for the finish coating.
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Already had three visitors today, and one of them mentioned he thought this was a photo moment.

Talk about a life of luxury for these guys...
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Wanted to come see all the wonderful work you have done, but am Having problems with logistics, readying my self for the Big Mc ride from Here to Atlantic and back on my ..motorcycle..and judging by the weather reports from the USA nothern climate stations, I might turn South and go where the weather is good, but that would circumvent my character! "Tough Toss", between logistics and preparaation..and where..but that is the 'simplistic"..reason..that I ride!
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I have been trying to get some of the more mundane things out of the way while wife number 2 is in Vancouver.

This morning I did some test staining (the first step anyway) on some Virola I picked up a few weeks back.

First sanded the wood very lightly. The outside plies are often 1/40" or even less. It takes very little to sand right through them. Please be kind enough not to ask how I know that.

Then brushed the three different stains on to sample pieces. Red mahogany, ebony and dark walnut.
i like the mahogany unwiped. nice effect can be had just brushing but the red pigment takes serious dry time before finish coat

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