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Re: UPDATE: Finishing Wood from Fine Woodworking

I don't have anything clever to say now, but I probably will after I read the book.

Re: UPDATE: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn

I'm not familiar with this author so I don't know if this book is just idle philosophizing that makes sense only to the author or material that inspires others and contributes to the advance of civilization. I hope it's the latter.

Re: Shop Talk Live 34: Bandsaw Master Michael Fortune

Concerning running three phase motors on single phase lines: why not use a variable frequency drive? These are small and light (consisting of semiconductors and capacitors--no transformers or motors) and have the added advantage of controlling motor speed as well (or just leave it set to 60 Hz). I am running my 240 V three-phase 1 HP drill press this way and it is great. I am amazed how this small little box can run that big heavy motor, but it does. Larger versions are available but eventually you get into the problem of requiring voltages higher than 240V. (By the way, why is it that motors are rated at 230 V, the actual voltage is 240 V, and everyone calls it 220 V?)

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