On Monday, August 15, 2016 at 12:26:44 PM UTC-4, Leon wrote:
I was going to ask that question, but I decided he knew what he was doing,
so I didn't.
Speaking of dowels, last week I bought a 36" length of 5/8" dowel stock,
labeled as Beech, from a local crafts store. It seemed really light
compared to a short length of of hardwood dowel that I had lying around so
I did not feel confident in using it.
The next day I went to local lumber yard and looked at their 5/8" dowel
stock, also labeled as Beech. It looked and felt much sturdier. I
mentioned that to one of the staff and she said that lots of stores are
importing Beech dowels from China and it's pure crap.
Sure enough, I went home and right there on the bar code label of the
craft store product was the word "China". I weighed both pieces and the
lumber yard dowel was almost 20% heavier than the crafts store dowel.
On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 1:00:05 PM UTC-4, Swingman wrote:
Well, I'm not defending the Chinese, but AISYK there are different
species of Beech, some of which are harder than others.
The Chinese aren't wrong in labeling the dowel stock as Beech although
it wouldn't be good for anything other than light crafts. In this case,
I'd actually place more "blame" on the craft store for selling the
crappy Beech for the same price as the lumber yard sells the better
stuff. I don't know their cost, but I'd guess the craft store made more
profit than the lumber yard.
On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 8:51:22 PM UTC-4, krw wrote:
All kidding aside, I have been listening to podcasts from a show called
RadioLab out of NYC. Per Wikipedia, "the show focuses on topics of a
scientific and philosophical nature." They have distinct audio style,
intermixing the voices of the hosts, the interviewees, sound effects, etc.
This podcast, "From Tree To Shining Tree", discusses the relationship
between trees in a forest, including how different species interact both
underground and within their cell structures.
From the podcast site:
"In this story, a dog introduces us to a strange creature that burrows
beneath forests, building an underground network where deals are made and
lives are saved (and lost) in a complex web of friendships, rivalries, and
business relations. It’s a network that scientists are only just be
to untangle and map, and it’s not only turning our understanding of
upside down, it’s leading some researchers to rethink what it means
OK, that's the rec.woodworking relate. Another very interesting podcast is
"This episode we consider a string of barbaric crimes by a hated man, and
the attorney who, when called to defend him, also wound up defending a core
principle of our legal system. When Frank Armani learned his client?
gruesome secrets, he made a morally startling decision that stunned the wor
and goes to the heart of what it means to be a defense attorney - how far
should lawyers go to provide the best defense to the worst people?"
This case is now a major part of any ethics course taught in law school.
IMHO, I think you would be better served using a piece of white oak, or even
mahogany. Both woods will resist decay much better than poplar. IME, poplar
does not survive well in the great outdoors based on some camp gear I made 30
years ago. It literally fell apart after a few years hard use. I stored it
outdoors under a roof, but the high humidity caused fungi and rot. SYP is more
rot resistant than poplar.
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