Bill Yacey

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  1. Perhaps the cross-grain shrinkage is faster towards the ends of the join, due to the exposed end grain making the glue dry out faster, causing the ends to open up.
  2. Maple seems to swell more in the center causing the ends to open up, or maybe the glue shrinks faster on the ends than in the center; I'm not sure exactly what the cause is, but it has happened enough that I just clamp everything up and not leave anything to chance.
  3. For maple, I don't use a rub joint. I use 3 pipe clamps, one about 1 inch in from each end, and one in the center. I apply less pressure to the center clamp, and more pressure on the ends.
  4. Once the pieces are planed to your satisfaction, immediately apply the glue and make the join; don't wait, as the wood is continually moving with humidity and temperature.
  5. A little in the jar, a little in the glass... There are other purposes too. It's handy for removing sharpie pen ink. I make a tincture of alcohol and propolis which is an excellent anti bacterial / antibiotic for applying to flesh wounds. It can be drank too, for throat and stomach maladies. I also use it for fuel in my alcohol lamp for rehairing.
  6. I'm not sure about the availability in the U.S, but there is also a product from Poland called Spiritus, which is 96% if I recall correctly.
  7. True. However, mine didn't come with a case, just packed in a deluxe cardboard box along with the shrink tubing deflector. Mine lives on the end of my electronics bench standing nozzle up anyways, so I just run the fan without heat until it's cool enough to shutdown completely.
  8. Mine predates that. Smoking fingers alert you when it's still too hot.
  9. The model I have is much older, bought sometime in the 90's; It has a large round dial on the back for setting the temperature, but it still works great and is a quality tool.
  10. "Whiskey rasp" is the result of throat tissue damage. Generally, it's not a good idea to drink anything stronger than 50% straight. Stronger stuff should always be diluted with mix. Even following with a chaser isn't that good because it just takes a second or so to do the damage, while you're still reaching for the chaser. Besides, that's no way to enjoy a drink.
  11. Steinel makes a variable temperature hot air gun that pulse width modulates the heating coil. It works very well at regulating temps.
  12. It can also permanently damage the tissue in your throat.
  13. ! At any Ukrainian party, there is copious quantities of liquor and fatty foods. The fat absorbs the alcohol and allows one to drink more without getting sick, or tanked as quickly.
  14. Just about anywhere from Pierceland through Prince Albert, Saskatoon to Yorkton. Just about any place there was Ukrainian settlement. It's a cultural thing.
  15. The areas in Saskatchewan I'm familiar with, the drink of choice is home distilled alcohol.
  16. Are the marks under the varnish?
  17. Happy New Year and best wished to all!
  18. I think that any proteins introduced by hand application would tend to be vestigial traces compared to the amount of oil or resins being used; certainly not enough to make any significant contribution to the properties of the ground.
  19. Anybody making a serious study of this varnish would do well to read it, if not purchase one. Ignoring peer reviewed research seems silly. Nagyvary's ideas are something for an entirely different discussion.
  20. What would prevent someone from using egg white /glair or other protein base as a pore filler, and wiping off the excess on the surface with a damp rag? This should leave the pores filled and yet leave the raw wood still open enough for a ground varnish of close RI to enhance the wood figure.
  21. I take some dry bar soap and rub it onto a lens cleaning cloth, and polish the lenses with the soap / cloth. The soap film left on the lens helps prevent condensate from forming.
  22. The problem is they call things differently depending on location. Here in Canada, Naptha is white gasoline, camp stove fuel, or Coleman fuel, all the same stuff, and is highly volatile. Lighter fluid is volatile, but not nearly so as Naptha. I'd be inclined to try white mineral spirits AKA oil paint thinner, Varsol, Stoddard solvent. Try it on a small, inconspicuous area first, to ensure it doesn't attack the varnish.