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STL243: Are large squares mandatory?


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Query 1:

From James:

Greetings to the terrific podcast crew at FWW!

 What sort of issues can woodworkers do once they get collectively? Are there small initiatives which can be nice for a few folks to work on collectively? Are there different issues to do within the store which can be higher than engaged on a mission collectively? Sharpening, refurbishing, watching FWW workshops? Is a visit to the lumberyard a greater factor to do? Or do two woodworkers simply get in one another’s approach?

Each my father and father-in-law share my curiosity in woodworking, so once they come to go to I’d like to do some woodworking or one thing woodworking associated with them. Do you could have any concepts?

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Query 2:

From Ken:

For prime-quality cupboard making (sheet items) is a top quality framing sq., maybe with stair gauges, truly adequate, e.g. tolerances at 18+ inches?  Or, is simply getting an 18 or 24 inch blade for a combo sq. an alternate? The sticker shock of the high-end big squares bought me questioning.

*It doesn’t appear to be John White did an article on his fancy framing sq.

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Query 3:

 From Monte:

I’m having hassle discovering a flat, aircraft floor on which to construct furnishings. I’ve been utilizing a poor man’s meeting desk (a hole core inside door set over low sawhorses), pondering that the torsion field design of the door would supply an acceptably flat floor on which to construct. My store ground is uneven. My workbench is just too small to assemble a big piece of furnishings. I’ve no desk noticed with its supposedly lifeless flat floor on which I’d construct. Therefore I purchased a Luan inside door.

A current mission weighed almost 100 kilos. All 4 legs sat flush on the floor of the door and the legs have been centered over the supporting sawhorses. I examined for flat by altering the place of the piece a number of occasions. Every time, the legs sat flush on the floor. After I moved the piece to its meant place of service nonetheless, the legs wobbled sufficient that I wanted to shim opposing legs. I’m pondering that the load of the piece might have compressed the skinny partitions of the door sufficient to make the piece look like setting evenly, although I can not say this with certainty. I’m questioning what every of you utilize while you assemble a four-legged piece of furnishings. Ought to I make a extra sturdy torsion field on which to construct, or is there one other answer?

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