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  1. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wsj.com/amp/articles/thousands-of-southerners-planted-trees-for-retirement-it-didnt-work-1539095250 This article is about slashpine, right? Whatever the conditions are otherwise it sounds like this wood is ideal for a benchtop, cheap and plentiful
  2. Hardwoods are good for sure (my husband's main workbench is made of ash) and I think a lot of people choose Maple for valid practical reasons but what's interesting is that the yellow pine gets harder over time. I just like the idea of something like a wood choice being called the mullet of the forest. I had to laugh. But I really like the idea of a workbench that looks that awesome being constructed for $175. Anyone who does that shows they are serious. Who would want some kind of fluffy , pristine work bench made of exotic wood? It's a work bench.
  3. "And the final disadvatange? Softwoods are über redneck. No one is going to "ooh and ahh" over your choice of yellow pine. It's the mullet of the forest." Lol
  4. Whhat, you pros don't have a festering, gurgling pot of glue constantly heated, to which more granules and water are added as needed, not even really measured? You mean, you always know how many times it's been heated and re-solidified in the fridge? Wild. I think my husband got some of that NC 315 glue as a gift. He probably mixes it with 225 strength. But the rest of the process is what Nathan described. Is this a Jacques Francais thing? That would make sense.
  5. Haha so easy and yet not , right? It's probably not even a thing with fish glue. Well, at some point my husband picked up the habit of using glue the first time it's heated for certain tasks and specific tasks with each successive heating and finally using glue when it's heated the fourth time for the purfling. And he was told not to heat it a fifth time for gluing tasks, maybe for sizing or something Someone of renown told him to do it that way, so he does. Definitely, even if he has new glue he will heat it and cool it down completely once or twice before using it depending on what he's doing. So I have even done that too a little if I'm using hhg for something. I have brought this up before on here and a few people have definitely affirmed that way of doing things but many more haven't ever heard of that practice. There are good reasons for doing it but I don't know all of them. I was curious if you do that.
  6. You water it down or use a 4th heating or something, right?
  7. Maternal adverse outcomes and infant mortality are very, very high in the States. Decreased since 1970, maybe, but not continually, as far as the US is concerned. Where are you getting this stuff? If you're looking at the fact that the United States is equipped to take care of very premature babies, then maybe. And those of us concerned with the future should ask, why all these premature babies in this country anyway? I'm familiar with these statistics enough that I opted out of the US health system as much as I could. There's other reasons other OECD countries have seen increases in life expectancy and everything else, far past what the US has been able to achieve.
  8. Ok. Point taken. He did though. I am still somewhat on topic, when I express opinions that denatured alcohol (paint store variety) isn't a decent product for any use and should be banned, and the option to buy any proof ethanol should be preserved. Both statements are political. It's easy to veer off into the social ramifications of the kind of regulation seen in California (or France, Denmark, Malta, and etc.). One of which, possibly, is increased lifespan. We don't know yet if Californians live longer and have less birth defects than the rest of the country, but someday "we" will, even if we won't. I guess I should stop. I find the topic interesting. I will say, at Red Wing a lot of information against using denatured alcohol was presented. I expect all of the schools would be in agreement about it.
  9. Well, at the moment the United States is still the wealthiest country, and yet for life expectancy we are at 38, sandwiched uncomfortably between Lebanon and Cuba. It's a "long trend", since this metric has been stagnant or falling slightly for a decade. That has not been the case in countries with a different regulatory environment. And there are lots of reasons for that. But maybe it's best not to be overly dismissive of poisons in our air, food, medicine, water and homes. Maybe? Business friendly policy is bad for our health. Maybe this is not an opinion. The fallout will continue to be seen, since the EPA and FDA have been gutted totally. I'm sorry to do this, but you started it.
  10. That's not strictly true actually, since this is the first year that life expectancy has gone *up* in the United States in some years. And maybe we should consider the quality of those years as well. I think maybe you're asking the wrong question and we might wonder instead why everything is allowed to be toxic in the first place. As Jezzupe and others have wondered, why is denatured alcohol allowed to be manufactured and in fact mandated to be poison?
  11. Really? I always liked it. I appreciate that I can enter any ingredient and get some information. Biased, sure. But I'm biased. I look around and see the rate of chronic disease and figure it's something being done to us, not something we are actively choosing. This website helps, maybe, for making choices about risk. Spending any time on Skin Deep easily gives way to becoming a worldview for sure (everything is poison), which I don't expect agreement about. Maybe I feel that way because I lack a lot of chemistry education. Denatured alcohol isn't considered a huge problem there, btw, as most formulations are a 3 on their scale. But they also assume you're not splashing around in it, and denat alcohol for cosmetics use maybe isn't the same as used for solvent. I remember reading some concerning literature about denatured alcohol maybe 10 years ago. Concerning as in, the message is to never, ever touch it for any reason.
  12. Very strongly agree. If you want to be baffled and angry then head over to the EWG project Skin Deep. Enter your favorite product and see it rated for the danger it poses. Endocrone disruptors, cancer-causing ingredients, reproductive harm, and on and on. Look it up. I guesd it's mostly men here, so tell your wives about that website. It's a huge undertaking that, obviously, industry is less than thrilled about. Denatured alcohol is the tip of the iceberg. There's plenty of evidence-based science going on in this area, and it's all accessible easily on Skin Deep, don't take my word for it.
  13. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theliquorbarn.com/amp/polmos-spirytus-rektyfikowany-192-proof-750ml/ Alternative? Seems cheaper than everclear and probably easier to get than the Kentucky moonshine. And 192 proof. Reviews confirm that people choose to drink this.
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    Chalk?

    My persistence eventually paid off. I could sell you a square for, oh, $30 plus shipping. Now, this may serm like a lot, but you are looking at perfect chalk that is not made anymore. Go ahead, imagine how perfect it is. It's even better. (( In seriousness, I think the Eternity Arts stuff is somewhat close, and this is the chalk recipe they were trying to emulate. Their website says as much., as I recall)