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    Re: Peddle planes

    I want one! It's funny that the tail dragger configurations have some of the same forward visibility problems that real ones have. The kids will have to get used to steering by watching the sides of...
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    Re: Philosophy - and Ukes.

    It's kind of Frankenstein job. It started life as a normal 1970 singe pickup Gibson EBO bass. Then I had the fingerboard removed and replaced with a fretless ebony one. Then I had the body removed...
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    Re: Philosophy - and Ukes.

    Dryfoot, the bass Ukes are pretty cool and sound similar to a stand up bass. Mine is a fretless acoustic with a pickup, rather than a solid body, but they sound similar. The rubber, coreless strings...
  4. Re: Peel Ply as UV protection during deck rebuild

    Just because a material is UV resistant itself does not automatically mean that it will protect something under it - especially when it is so thin. There have been backpacking tents made for decades...
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    Re: Anyone else own a radial arm saw?

    I have a Dewalt from the mid 1970s that has had a fair amount of use. When ripping canoe strips we found that the blade (and arm) wandered just enough to make too much variation in strip thickness to...
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    Re: Gunter vs balance lug performance

    From a sailmaker's perspective, it's a lot easier to get it "right" (sets properly and gives good all round performance in a variety of conditions) with the lug than it is with a one-off gunter. The...
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    Re: Another outstanding model railroad

    I like the model logging railroads, and with the introductions of the skeleton log cars and replicas of the gear driven Shay locos in G, HO and N scales they're becoming pretty popular. You get to...
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    Re: Vinyl pin-striping

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    I suspect none of the above. Vinyl pinstriping is convenient, but it isn't totally dimensionally stable. Unstable stuff between layers of your finish doesn't sound very safe in the long run to...
  9. Re: Some Good News on the Civil Liberties Front

    He is, and you usually are.



    Maybe, but I'd certainly rather be me than you. What have you ever contributed to this place?



    Actually, highlanders don't. It's moronic American rednecks...
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    Re: Mooring Questions

    I was cleaning out the garage the other day and found the mooring pennant system that we used to use to moor our Farrier trimaran. It starts with a big honking galvanized swivel shackle that attached...
  11. Re: Some Good News on the Civil Liberties Front

    Like I said before, it is apparently just something that you don't understand or know anything about, so your typically snarky remarks just make you look dumb. If you care to learn, which you...
  12. Re: Some Good News on the Civil Liberties Front

    Donn, the moron is the guy who wears traditional Scottish kiltwear - kilt, belt and sporran (though about the cheapest versions of them you can possibly buy) and then tops it off with a cheap belt, a...
  13. Re: Some Good News on the Civil Liberties Front

    Why is this moron wearing a six shooter over a kilt?
  14. Re: Interesting statistics on deer rifles

    I think it was from folks watching mountain man movies like Jeremiah Johnson, where he used a .50 cal Hawken and suddenly one of the most popular muzzle loaders was a .50 Hawken replica. Some were a...
  15. Re: Lindsey Buckingham Undergoes Open Heart Surgery

    I had the same thing happen after my aneurism surgery (Dacron aorta and cow valve installed) and after four years it hasn't gotten any better. If I talk much during the day, then by evening I often...
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    Re: BROTM1: About The Isla

    Sorry Lew, but this is good stuff. Most of the Strathisla single malt gets used to make blended Scotch, but a wee bit gets sent out the door alone. The current bottle is round and clear, like a...
  17. Re: An excellent bit of small blacksmithing.

    Very nice. Plus, that guy can really hammer quickly. I figure he could probably rivet an entire Viking ship together in about twenty minutes. :)
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    Re: 60's bands you never hear these days.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St6jyEFe5WM
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    Re: Uh oh, I think I have GAS.

    The problem with those harp guitars is that they tend to violate one of the most basic principles of playing bass, in that you need to be very careful about leaving one string ringing and going off...
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    Re: Frying pans

    Yes, it has a thick flat area about 5.5" in diameter.

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    Re: Frying pans

    Speaking of cast iron pans... I just bought a Lodge cast iron 14" wok (Amazon $49 and decently pre-seasoned). It takes a while to heat up, but doesn't start to cool off every time you dump something...
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    Re: Ice boating

    The idea of a snowboat has always seemed interesting, but the resistance is much greater on skis than on skates. I suspect that you would have a heck of a time just getting the thing to move, and up...
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    Re: one for the frozen train buffs

    Saw this frozen train pulling about 75 ore cars up through Rhinelander a couple years ago.

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    Re: retro sail cover

    Common sense for common sense fasteners:

    As I mentioned before, the integrity of the fabric base that the fastener is anchored to is a very critical element, especially a couple of years down the...
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    Re: Old style sailmaking

    Yes, the Lat-Bat sails are basically just lateen dinghy sails with a big roach added and essentially a radial cut in terms of the orientation of the yarns in the cloth. Since it takes battens which...
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    Re: Old style sailmaking

    You do get a better shape doing it this way.

    You can, but it depends on how good you are on the floor. It's panel-shaping vs. broadseaming to essentially arrive at the same shape. The computer...
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    Re: Ice boating

    Or.... you could go old style, and I mean seriously old style. The funny part is that though you aren't going to be blowing the doors off of modern iceboats, this thing would actually work and kids...
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    Re: Ice boating

    That's basically what our Arrow is - a big two seat DN style, though we have had it up around 65 on the GPS at times, and you don't just decide to drive slowly in any iceboat. The wind blows, the...
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    Re: I may have been hacked...

    Chances are that they actually have nothing more than your email address or phone number for many of these scam attempts. If they can convince you that your computer or your accounts are in danger...
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    Re: Whisky review

    A decent introduction to lightly peated whisky (though blended for what that's worth, but pretty reasonable in price) is actually Johnny Walker Red. The next step up the peat ladder might be Talisker...
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    Re: retro sail cover

    I don't think that system is necessarily better or worse than twist locks, which are actually called "common sense fasteners", but there is certainly no reason that it can't work just fine. The...
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    Re: Whisky review

    It does take a while to get used to the heavily peated whiskys and that "Band-Aid" flavor that they have. There are also plenty of good single malts which are either not peated, or lightly peated....
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    Re: traditional dutch iceboat sailing

    The hand held skate sail used with regular ice skates is a pretty old concept, but I'm not sure about the board sail type. We had one long close reach a few years ago on one of our local lakes where...
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    Re: Old style sailmaking

    Looks great! I had a discussion about fifteen years ago with my Bainbridge/Aquabatten sales rep about the fact that they were no longer carrying much of the old traditional sailmaking hardware bits -...
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    Re: Help me rig this sail

    That was my original thought as well, but even when magnified it gets so pixelated that you can't clearly see the details like batten pockets and edges. If it is, it would pretty much have to be a...
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    Re: Help me rig this sail

    It's funny, but the first really big brain teaser that I came across when learning to make sails (from a book in central llinois with no mentor, or even water around) was a passage about laying out...
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    Re: Help me rig this sail

    Actually a loose-footed sail should be rigged loose and a sail attached to the boom along the foot should be used as such. The two are cut differently (to the point where the bottom panel is attached...
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    Re: Building a Hybrid Moonfish

    I imagine that you are already aware of this, but I'll mention it just in case. When bending flat stripped panels to make boat sides you can have the inside surfaces pre-fiberglassed. The bend will...
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    Re: For Norm and Lew

    It's not quite as difficult as these guys make it out to be once you learn the processes required. When we first got to switch from four tracks to sixteen tracks in the summer of 1972 it made the...
  40. Re: How did you meet your mate? What attracted you to her or him?

    I met my wife at a party for the local downhill ski club, back when I was in the ski business. She was a visiting post doc at the University and from Latvia, with a PhD in Chemistry from the Moscow...
  41. Re: Restoring classic wooden canoe with fibreglass showing through

    If this stuff is all above the waterline, I suppose another possible approach would be sanding partially through the fiberglass, removing the bruised part and recoating the areas. The dots you are...
  42. Re: Restoring classic wooden canoe with fibreglass showing through

    What you are seeing is tiny fracturing down inside the glass fibers themselves - essentially a "bruise". They can be caused by impact, where the glass was flexed enough to stretch a little bit (which...
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    Re: And now a little bit of a twist

    Whenever the singer isn't singing, they revert back to the same tired blues progressions that could be plugged directly into dozens of songs. Why? What do they think it is adding to a classic song?...
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    Re: And now a little bit of a twist

    This is what happens when you're just too lazy to write your own lyrics for the same old three chord progression.
  45. Re: Trump buys McDonalds food for visiting football team.

    Those guys might eat that stuff late night after the bars close, but not for dinner. I had a friend who had the daily catering contract to feed a Big 10 football team at their stadium training...
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    Re: Trees and sidewalks

    Here the city often plants locust trees in those spots, I think because they grow quickly. Those little bitty leaves fall off in the fall, drain right into the storm sewers and then straight into the...
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    Re: Used guitar prices can be quite a shock

    I run the twelve strings through Vox Super Mini Reverbs, which I have two of. The heads are basic plain Jane solid state, fifteen watt amps with tremolo, reverb and gain. They're not much for great...
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    Re: Used guitar prices can be quite a shock

    Bite the bullet and buy Baltic birch plywood to make the cabinet. It's fantastic stuff to work with. The last one I did, I switched to water based contact cement for bonding the tolex vinyl skin to...
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    Re: Used guitar prices can be quite a shock

    That's pretty easy these days and not all that expensive. Mine is done on this Korg laptop-sized 16 track deck (256 virtual tracks, so you can have pretty much as many as you want if you do some...
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    Re: Brine a Turkey

    I usually also throw in about half a bottle of pickling spices (mustard seeds mixed with some other herbs) with the water, salt and sugar.
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