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tinnman65

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845 days ago

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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WDHLT15

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#1 posted 845 days ago

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

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yammi450

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#2 posted 845 days ago

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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jdmaher

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#3 posted 845 days ago

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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Doss

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#4 posted 845 days ago

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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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 845 days ago

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

#6 posted 845 days ago

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

db

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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RandyM68

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#7 posted 845 days ago

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 844 days ago

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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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 844 days ago

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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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 844 days ago

Great minds think alike, Poopie.

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

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poopiekat

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#11 posted 844 days ago

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 844 days ago

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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tinnman65

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#13 posted 844 days ago

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 844 days ago

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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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 844 days ago

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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