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  1. Good girl ZoeBelle. RIP Condolences to you and the kids, Brent.
  2. Thanks Antonio, and everyone else for the kind comments. The ladies wanted one bench against the wall and then chairs around the rest of the table. Could be because that is how our table is set up in Mayberry.
  3. Beautiful shot as always Peter, even though your subjects are all going to be close to home this Spring.
  4. This is going to be tl:dr for many, but Steve and I have delivered the first completed project from our Shelter Shop. By far the biggest woodworking project I have attempted, and both Steve and I are very proud of the results. Steve, Claire and I promised to build a dining room table and bench as a wedding present for Claire's sister and her new wife. Here are some pics during the process of building through yesterday's delivery. I forgot to take pictures of the 8/4 (aka 2") cherry wood boards before we started milling them down, but the lumber was excellent. We only ended up with one board that was twisted a bit, and we were still able to use it. Here is a board after some planing for thickness, and you can see the planer snipe several inches from the end, which we cut off anyway. After planing and then jointing an edge, we chop sawed the boards to rough length and then cut them to width on the table saw. The top is four boards and the bench is two. Next, we cut in mortises on the mating edges of the table and bench boards to receive floating tenons. I forgot to take pictures of that process using a Festool Domino machine, but you can see the mortises in the first picture below. That is the two halves of the table top being glued up before gluing them together later. After everything was glued up and cured, we used a track saw to cut them to final length and width. All edges have a 15 degree angle, which turned out great. Next up was sanding and finishing. We sanded from 80 or 120 through to 320 grit, and the cherry was smooth as a baby's butt. We then applied two coats of raw linseed oil followed by two coats of Tried and True original finish, which is linseed oil and beeswax. Ultimately, we also put on a coat of carnuba wax because Thos Moser does its oil finished furniture that way, which is good enough for me. Here is a piece of raw cherry next to the bench top with some linseed oil applied. This is the bench top after the first coat of Tried and True. This is great stuff that Doug introduced me to, and I love. You don't even need to wear gloves it is so natural and your hands feel better after applying some than before. We bought metal legs for the table and bench from a seller on Etsy, and they turned out to be even better than expected. We decided to rout out the underside to accept the base plates, and we also used threaded metal inserts so we could use machine screws rather than wood screws. It is very sleek and worked beautifully. We assembled everything at my house to make sure it was all good, then wrapped it up with moving blankets yesterday for delivery. We haven't been around my sisters in law for a couple of weeks so we took precautions and wore PPE. The table and bench look pretty stunning in place, and like I said, Steve and I are very pleased with the outcome. The happy couple are even more thrilled with the finished product and have been obsessively looking for the perfect chairs to complete the set. The cherry will darken over time and will only become more beautiful. Another great thing about the Tried and True finish is that it can be maintained with an occasional waxing, or it can be freshened up or repaired if necessary without the need for stripping the original finish first. From buying the lumber on March 20 to installation on April 5 is pretty quick work. Now, we have to finish another project already under way, and then move on to other projects. This Shelter Shop will stay busy for the duration, assuming we both stay healthy. Thanks for reading if you got this far. 😁
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    Amplifier porn

    Nagra stack is badass.
  6. Amazing. And the kitchen looks great as well. Chicken provencale, cauliflower gratin, and rice tonight.
  7. That's supposed to be safer?
  8. Me too, Antonio, and I wish I had said it earlier! Be safe!
  9. I'd never heard of Clem Snide until yesterday when a friend recommended his new album, produced by an Avett brother. I'll be checking it out soon, but how did you hear about him?
  10. Good to hear from you Manuel! And nice work while sheltered.
  11. COVID-19 is going to wipe out the old guard of jazz. Add Bucky Pizzareli, Wallace Roney, Manu Dibango, Marcelo Peralta, and Mike Longo. Sad times. 😢
  12. Variation on the @Absorbine_Sr kale, white bean and sausage stew that is an awesome shelter in place meal. IMG_0168.MOV
  13. RIP Curly. I loved going to see the Globetrotters when I was a kid. That does make me sad.
  14. Thanks for the hopeful messages and birthday greetings. I had a good day but it feels incredibly weird like the other shoe will drop any moment. Stay safe and healthy, my friends.
  15. @Seed Lady Bonnie, how did you know that Birgir's bakery was in that building? I have been reading Arnaldur Indridason and other Nordic noir novels and I wish I had @spritzer around to pronounce the place names and surnames because I know I'm not doing it right in my head.
  16. JH has multiple options beyond those two. I haven't heard any reason to go with anything different from JH.
  17. Land of Giants, and then a little more McCoy/Bobby collaborations.
  18. Happy birthday Bonnie! Cheers
  19. RIP McCoy Tyner. This is really sad news. But he's one of the greats who I got to see play many times and I have a lot of memories. It was especially awesome when McCoy and Bobby Hutcherson played together, which they did as recently as 2016. With both of them gone, we're getting awfully low on jazz legends. 😢 https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/03/06/arts/music/mccoy-tyner-dead.amp.html
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