Careful: Your comment about the ride brings back an old memory
from when we lived in Coronado, Ca back in '68. My "shop"
consisted of whatever I could squirrel away in the apartment, it
was hot, and dinner was about a half hour away; not time enough
to do anything.
So I jumped on my bike and went for a ride along the Strand to
National City and back; refreshing, felt good, did me lots of
We needed bread, said the wife. So off to the local Safeway I
went, walking, since it was onlyh a couple blocks away. Long
story short: Do NOT stare at guys in suits in alleyways, picking
through the garbage cans! D NOT look at them like they are total
nut jobs and look away when they look back at you!
They called to me three times to stop, and I just kept
walking, hastening my step since I was almost to the busy main
street. Then I heard "HALT! Or I'll fire!" When I turned to
look, he was standing there pointing a pistol directly in my
direction but aimed high.
Keeping the story short: It was the FBI! The local bank had
been robbed. Not really an intelligent thing to do since
Coronado is an island! I met the physical description of one of
the men. My shirt was as described in their description. I had
been alone, on my bike, for the last 45 minutes, and had no one
to vouch for my whereabouts. One really does stand nose to nose
to question you and the other one back a ways, pistol at the
ready. They ask questions like they're firing a shotgun. Back
at the bank, the teller said "NO", I wasn't one of them. I was
late for dinner and had a rather mad wife for the first few
Watch out on those bike rides! ;-)
Welllll, not exactly. Hardwood boards are graded on the minimum size of
clear cutting that can be derived from them, not on the size of the
board. There are certain minimums a board must reach for each grade.
Your mention of knots is one defect that can lower the clear cutting
size, but so can splits, waney edges, and probably more things I don't
And, AFAIK, select is a term that means the board meets FAS standards on
one face, but not the other.
The quality - FAS, select, #1 common, etc is determined by yield...how
much clear wood can be cut from a given piece. Each grade also has
certain minimum board dimensions. Here is a link detailing it...
Those have nothing to do with quality or sizes...they indicate surfaced
1 side, surfaced 2 sides.
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