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Old 06-19-2010, 10:18 PM   #1411
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i like the mahogany unwiped. nice effect can be had just brushing but the red pigment takes serious dry time before finish coat
You hit the nail right on the head. I have the second coats done now, and there isn't that much difference from the first one alone. If anything, it has just filled in more.

When I get a finish on there, that's when the colour will start to show up. I'll take some pix without any flash so that the proper colour should show.

I think I might try both the varathane and varnish to see which one comes up best.

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Old 06-20-2010, 07:12 PM   #1412
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Hi, I erased your PM...1100Ninja, "road cruiser"..will talk to you when I return..I hope...might be more 'adventure' than I can do..but just have to!
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Old 06-20-2010, 10:23 PM   #1413
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Hi, I erased your PM...1100Ninja, "road cruiser"..will talk to you when I return..I hope...might be more 'adventure' than I can do..but just have to!
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Good luck on the ride Scoggy...let us know when you get back.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:14 AM   #1414
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...OK, couple of quick items this morning.

Barb was asking what kind of flower the swallowtail butterfly was sitting on...
by a process of elimination using the bible of gardening out here (Western Garden Book) I believe it to be a Phlox.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:19 AM   #1415
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Here are the sample boards (pix taken outside, no flash, no sun - it's before 7 am here when shot). One end is varnished, the other varathaned with clear gloss.

The advantage of the varathane is that three coats can be applied - and dried - in one day. The varnish is one coat per day.

While it may not show in the photos, the varnish has a very slightly deeper appearance. However, I think the speed of drying will be better in this case, as we do not need a particularly glossy board.

The lighter of the two photos was taken with the sky reflecting off the wood, all cloud.
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:01 PM   #1416
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Hi Cocobolo,
First off like everyone else has mentioned before, I am completely amazed by everything you do and the way you do it. I am an avid follower of your thread and new to the construction business. I have learnt alot and mostly been inspired by your work. Kudos to you and thank you for all the valuable information that you share (we do not have too many resources of you likes anymore). Trully appreciated.

I'm unclear on how you created a "groove" to tap in the staves. Does the chamfer in the previous step create a groove deep enough to hold those long staves? Do the staves have tongue and grooves?
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:36 PM   #1417
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Hi Cocobolo,
First off like everyone else has mentioned before, I am completely amazed by everything you do and the way you do it. I am an avid follower of your thread and new to the construction business. I have learnt alot and mostly been inspired by your work. Kudos to you and thank you for all the valuable information that you share (we do not have too many resources of you likes anymore). Trully appreciated.

I'm unclear on how you created a "groove" to tap in the staves. Does the chamfer in the previous step create a groove deep enough to hold those long staves? Do the staves have tongue and grooves?
Let me first thank you for your kind comments.

Once again I seem to have managed to miss out a step in the process!! Nothing new for me!

The groove in the bottom of the staves was cut on the tablesaw using a dado blade. It is about half the depth of the stave thickness.

There are no tongues and grooves in the staves. There are angles cut on both sides of each stave which match up perfectly when they are pressed tightly together by the hoops.

The fact that cedar will expand measurably when wet is what keeps the tub watertight.

If I still haven't explained it properly, just ask and I will try to do a better job!

And thanks again for following...
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:39 PM   #1418
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Absolute precision. Marvelous lines.... a real craftsman. A master builder. Dang!! his work is good.
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:21 PM   #1419
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Schools out Coco! I'mmmm............baaaaaaccck! Hehehe.........Oh man. You have kept your promises on posting the beautiful wildlife that surrounds your lovely home. I've missed your posts here and wanted to come back to see how it's coming. We learn to use a saw---at least make the water spit on it in the right place-----have some public announcement that you have decided to change a color of tile...in mid-stream----have another grandbaby-----let a SNAKE LIVE (are you CRAZY???? Kill that joker Coco!! Where's your guns man??? )----and still manage to make great progress! You are incredible buddy! Simply amazing!

Keep it up! It didn't take me a week to catch up this time! Hehehehe.....

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Tracy...every once in awhile I need a good chuckle.

Your post just did that for me in spades!

But, as for the guns...well...
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...just remembered an old trick for when you are varnishing small pieces.

You know how varnish is the world's greatest magnet for dust? It never fails, you varnish - the dust appears out of nowhere.

When you do small pieces, lay them carefully in a drawer and close it. Leave the pieces there for 24 hours. The varnished piece will be nice and clean when you take it out - assuming of course that you removed all the dust from the drawer in the first place!
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:46 PM   #1422
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Nothing very thrilling yet I'm sorry to say. Had to waste half the day going to town.

I have managed to finish cutting all the soffit boards for the front overhang. Have got the first 3 coats of varnish on the deck posts...I'll save the pix until I have a few installed. Need 4 more coats of varnish on first.

The tiling is coming along well in the bathroom...and in case I didn't mention it - I think I have found a source for the terra cotta tiles we want - from the original manufacturer possibly! Haven't got the official word yet, but it looks good.

Off to cut more tiles for the bathroom now!
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Many years ago, when the island was first developed, apparently what we call "the pond" was actually a pond. But in the 45 years since development started, various plants have taken over the pond turning it into more of a wetland.

As a result of this, the bird populations which used to use the pond have now declined considerably.

This morning - before the trip to town - a small group of us got together to try and make a small improvement.

This is my friend Allen about 100 yards out into the pond area.
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There is quite a bit of activity in this wetland in the way of tiny creatures and insects...and several very attractive plants.

I was heading into the water to get a close up pic of an iris, when I spotted this little frog sitting right in the flower.
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I tried to move slowly around the side of the iris to get a better pic, but he (or she) jumped off onto the reed grass.
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