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Re: New Program Aims to Honor Fallen Soldiers

A very noble cause. I would be happy to help. I'm not retired so time is minimal. But, I could pump out a few. I'm from VT and have been seeking a way to pay back my fellow vets or VT fallen. Although I hope I never need to make one, I know it's inevitable that I will. Vermont has many men and women in the forces. Are there plans or measurements for burial flags? It's been some time since I've folded one, so I'm not certain of the dimensions. Also, I assume the cases are nice, with a glass cover, but not so much to over shadow the focal American Flag inside. Count me in.

Re: UPDATE: Turning Wood with Richard Raffan, 3rd edition

I have been a woodworker for 40+ years. I used a lathe in high school shop class, but haven't touched one since. For years I have bragged about not having the need for a lathe and got great results with a spoke shave, rasps, files and sharp chisels and scrapers. As I'm writing this I am waiting on the arrival of my newest purchase: a new Jet 1220 lathe. It will be interesting to read Raffan's book to learn what I have been missing all these years. I'd also like to write my own book on how to get by without a lathe to compare the two techniques.

Re: It's impossible to cheat at woodworking

I don't understand the issue. It was a hand tool event. You just happened to come up against someone who was very outspoken and opinionated. You did not sneak in a belt sander or some other power tool. What you did is not cheating...if there is such a thing in woodworking. I make my own hand planes and tools and use jigs in the same way to guide my paring chisel to finish off a critical surface. My hands are steady enough to not use a jig until I get to the last passes. I believe my tools are "hand-made".

I worked wood for 20 years and then went back to school. In the beginning when doing presentations, I would use notes. I'd actually write out verbatem what I'd say. This crutch never allowed me to become a fluid speaker. I finally tossed away my notes, and spoke freely about the topics. Much better. My advice is to hone your skills so that you don't become dependent upon them, knowing of course, you can still bring them out in a pinch.

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

I have used this technique for years without issue. Similarly, I have used the table saw to make cove molding. Aproaching any piece of equipment requires safty precautions. I wouldn't recommend these techniques to just anyone, but anyone familiar enough with machinery and a with high comfort zone around power tools. It's not for everyone.

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