Hey, there's a new site out there called Rules of Thumb (http://
www.rulesofthumb.org/) that centralizes common and uncommon sense on
all manner of subjects. There isn't a category for woodworking, but
there should be one. I think the rec.woodworking community might want
to put some of our wisdom up there.
Many years ago I had two weeks of marine firefighter training at Texas
A&M. When we studied BLEVE's, (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor
Explosions) he told us a good rule of thumb about such fires. "Hold
your thumb up at arms length and close one eye. When you can hide the
entire event behind your thumb, you are far enough away."
"There's a difference between doing things right and doing the right
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