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04-04-2012 12:39 AM

I would not have believed this if I didn’t see it with my own eyes! Oh I could have used this a whole bunch of times!
http://bcove.me/u3dxh79d

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams


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#1 posted 04-04-2012 12:50 AM

I got some oceanfront property for sale in Arizona that is especially nice, too.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#2 posted 04-04-2012 12:53 AM

I painted my 2000 sq.ft. house with elastomeric paint and stretched it with two tow trucks, and not its 3000 sq.ft.

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#3 posted 04-04-2012 02:49 AM

Man! Does that bring back memories.

When I was 11, my uncle “helped” me build a rocking chair for my mother (i.e., he did all the work and I watched). On the first day working with my uncle in his basement shop we prepped and rough-cut all the pieces. He stared at the stacks for a few minutes, not looking happy, and said “I think we cut the board for the rockers too short. You go get the board-stretcher out from under that stack of cherry over there while I clean up here.”

That stack of cherry was stickered rough-cut, 10 – 12 inch wide boards about 8 – 12 feet long. Mostly 6/4, but about 25% 8/4. About 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall. He said I should just move the whole stack to the other side of the basement, flipping the boards and making sure I placed sticks evenly between each board. He said I’d find the board-stretcher in there somewhere.

Of course, I didn’t find it. When I reported back, he said he re-measured and the we’d be able to get the rockers out of the board we’d already cut. He suggested we quit for the day and go get a pizza.

Building that rocker was some of best fun I’d ever had. I loved that rocker. I’ve loved all the bad woodworking it inspired. I love all the tools and wood and time I’ve seen since then (almost 50 years ago). I still lust after that stack of cherry. And now I, too, restack my lumber once a year – whether it needs ot or not.

But I never did get me a board-stretcher.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#4 posted 04-04-2012 06:01 AM

I’m having a tough time deciding if the OP is serious or not.

On another note, someone is terrible at math: If you take a 4 feet long board and stretch it to 5 feet, that’s a 25% increase in size not 20%.

Great stuff, it even gets rid of knots!!! – Jonathan

Yep, I’m buying a few barrels for some of my pile of logs I’m sawing up. This stuff is going to be furniture-grade when I get done with them.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#5 posted 04-04-2012 06:12 AM

If you take a 4 feet long board and stretch it to 5 feet, that’s a 25% increase in size not 20%. He probably got mixed up. If the stretched board isn’t sealed at just the right time, You get what board stretchers refer to as “snap back”. When that happened the 25% increase becomes a 20% decrease. Some guys use that difference to claim they still have 5% even though the board is the same size it was when they started.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 04-04-2012 09:48 AM

Mmmmmm Hmmmmmmm.
And just in time for the First of April!

db

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#7 posted 04-04-2012 11:24 AM

Can I get it in a five gallon bucket? Does it work on oak and walnut, or just pine?

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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#8 posted 04-04-2012 01:44 PM

I now know what the stuff is that they’re selling in those annoying spam e-mails, you know the ones that say “Increase your manhood by 3 or 4 inches”......

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#9 posted 04-04-2012 01:45 PM

I’m wondering if that stuff would work on my…. oh, never mind. I just remembered this is a family website.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 04-04-2012 01:46 PM

Great minds think alike, Poopie.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 04-04-2012 01:48 PM

Heh, not often that I can scoop the sickest minds of LJ..After careful consideration, however, I think I’d opt out of a clamp at one end, winch at the other.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Doss

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#12 posted 04-04-2012 02:38 PM

Charlie, Jonathan, and poopiekat… y’all are too much.

I’m hoping this is an April Fools with a large miss on the timing of April 1st.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#13 posted 04-04-2012 08:54 PM

This was just to funny! I found this in a email from Fine homebuilding. It was pretty well done but a little to close to April 1. When I was an apprentice they would ask you to go get the round combination square or “round square”, fortunately I never fell for that.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#14 posted 04-04-2012 09:04 PM

april fools if you believe in this santa is the real deal.HE HE Alistair ps dont you think the little wooden block would have popped off,being held by a single screw wow oh wow

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#15 posted 04-04-2012 10:03 PM

Come on guys, he shows the wood stretching in a couple of close ups.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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