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Not a bad demonstration of an understanding of the effect of gravitational bodies on space.  Heck, even I understood it. :)
What is gravity? It's one of the easiest scientific concepts to understand the effects of, and one of the hardest concepts to understand by itself. Here — using a large sheet of spandex, some marbles, and a couple weights — is a demonstration that makes the entire concept remarkably graspable.
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I wasn't suggesting it was new, heck Carl Sagan used a fancier version in Cosmos.  But it's an inexpensive way for teachers to introduce students to the concepts.  And fun to watch.
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Nothing quite like that feeling when you scratched your project the day before you're about to give it away.  I feel like an idiot.  Hopefully buffing out the scratches and putting on another layer of wiping varnish will erase my sin.
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Dodged a bullet, turned out fine.  The recipient was very appreciative, I'll post pictures after giving the other one out. :)
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Quick question.  I've been asked to make a footstool with storage for a friend.  Her initial request for for a lidded box of some kind that she can store yarn and knitting supplies in and put a pad on top.  Subsequently she's also considered a drawer and shelf arrangement instead, but something along those lines.

I'm leaning towards a sea chest style because I feel like the extra width at the bottom will be more stable and would present an interesting challenge for my skills.  Bring up the bottom a couple of inches so the corners become feet.

My question is, does anyone have experience with dovetailed or keyed miter joints on a beveled side like a sea chest?  Am I biting off more than I can chew or will this be fairly uncomplicated?
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http://shopclass.popularwoodworking.com/p-691-the-woodwrights-shop-s14-ep04-a-sailors-sea-chest.aspx

Looks like St. Roy has already done this.  Guess I'll pony up for the episode.  Thanks for the help though.
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Well played, Anne Wheaton, well played.  And you're a lucky man +Wil Wheaton.
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Some cool handsaw tricks I haven't seen before.
by Carl Bilderback pages 64-65 from the October 2006 issue This article also appears in the book “Handsaw Essentials.“ About 35 years ago I was using a handsaw in what I considered the usual method: Cut, blow the sawdust off my pencil line and then cut some more. The foreman on the job was watching me work and he came over and stopped me. He said he was told many …
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I immediately went and tried that orbital-type sawing motion. Can't say I noticed much difference but then I'm still developing my muscle memory. 
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Excited because I just reserved a spot in a class called Handtool Bootcamp from some guy named Rogers.  Hope he knows what he's talking about. ;)

All kidding aside, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to get a solid grounding in hand tool technique from Shannon, hoping he can keep me from forming bad habits that I might form on my own.
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Learn and enjoy.
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While disappointing, it was a very Kerbal landing.
Dramatic new photos and video of the daring and mostly successful attempt by Space X to land their Falcon 9 booster on an ocean-going “drone ship” were released this morning, Friday, Jan. 16, by Sp...
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+Ian Dilick Look at this week's fanwork friday
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Woodworking Math.  Where buying a $300 plane to make a $30 project makes sense.  Maybe I'll make it up in volume...
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Woodworker confession here.  I just bought a cat tree at the pet store. This after I've had a 4x4 post gathering dust in my shop for over a year, waiting to become a cat tree.

I realized yesterday that I'm not really passionate about making a cat tree, messing with carpet and wrapping rope, so it was constantly going to end up at the bottom of my project list.  Meanwhile my cats were going ton continue to perch on other high objects that weren't intended for them.  

Also, I was a little worried if I made one and posted it I would suddenly be in the cat tree business for my group of close friends. Failure, or clarity of thought?  I have no idea.
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I think that is extreme clarity of thought. It is hard to admit since you do work with wood but if you aren't into making something it is much better and more efficient to just go spend the money on it. Personal Opinion from one who thinks she can make anything. Part of it is a matter of time available also.
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Happy Birthday +Scott Meek!
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Holy cow, what a carving job!
  Nothing to see here, just an old grandfather clock covered in a white sheet.     Not sure why this is on display at an art musem. Perhaps the clock was damaged and was covered up t...
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I had the fortune of seeing this in the flesh, and I have to honestly say that most photos do not convey all of the detail that you can observe in person. It is very truly one of the most remarkable carvings that I have seen.
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Attended a great woodworking class this weekend.  Hand Tool Boot Camp taught by +Shannon Rogers, hosted by Shawn L. Graham at Worththeffort.  Great class and the facilities were very well set up to assist in learning.

Thanks to Shannon for giving me a good grounding in basic manual skills. I'm sore and very tired; but after three days of sawing, planing and chiseling, I'm much more confident in being able to saw to a somewhat straight line, planing a board to something resembling flat and square, and chiseling out bevels.
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Pretty eclectic collection of objects on the bench there.  You could make a great Rube Goldberg machine out of them. ;)
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I no longer count of all the interests and hobbies I've taken up at one time or another.  I'm an amateur woodworker, just starting out in the craft but seriously enjoying myself.

I've been married, been single, started careers and radically changed them, bought property and sold it.  In other words, I'm a student of life, and maybe some day I'll figure out what I want to be when I "grow up".  But I'm not waiting till then to live.
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