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Thomas Chippendale School of Furniture; Building for an audience

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and sent shards o f glass, bits of metal and vinegar all over my shop. I was not in the shop when the explosion happened, but I heard the noise from several rooms away. I lost some projects in progress, and I could have lost a lot more if I had been in the shop when the bottle exploded. Please alert your readers. Perhaps a hole in the lid would do the trick. -Tom Horst, Roswell, Ga. C H R IS M I N I C K REPLIES:

You are right. Iron

submerged in an acid, even a weak acid like vinegar, will form hydrogen gas as a reaction by-product. Poking a few holes in the jar lid to allow gas to escape would prevent the bottle from shattering if the mixture produced a lot of gas. However, I have made this stain for the past 25 years and have never had excessive pressure build up in the capped jars; I suspect that my habit of using only thoroughly rusted iron, the kind that falls apalt in your hand, is the reason. Thoroughly rusted iron is primarily ferric oxide combined with a small amount of ferrous oxide. Very little

than this. It does just about everything as long as the machine is properly adjusted and the blade is sharp. I rarely have to change to a different blade. -Walter Stanul, Malden, Mass.

elemental iron is present in the rusty mass to react with the vinegar; thus very little hydrogen gas is produced. Disagrees with sawblade recommen­ dation-In "All About Bandsaw Blades"

FWW #141 correctio ns-The Incra

( # 140, pp. 86-91), Lonnie Bird im­ plies that there is no universal bandsaw blade. He encourages readers to buy an arsenal of different blades and change them as often as needed. This might very well be true in industrial situations where economics and production demand tllat specialized blades be used for each type of cut. But for most home woodworkers, it makes more sense not to waste time constantly changing blades, but just leave one blade on almost all of the time. In my own shop and at the college shop I've managed for more than 13 years, we use a single blade (�-in. tpi, skip tooth) on all of our 14-in. bandsaws for just about every cut-from resawing 12�-in. logs to making delicate cuts in \-8-in. stock-all with acceptable results. It's hard to imagine a more universal blade

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