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We went on the hunt for Jarrah (aka Swap Valley Mahogany).
Found a 28” x 7’ x 2” thick slab of fiddleback (curly), and some 100 year old fence posts.
The Mrs said, “That would look nice for the TV table.” 


So I went back to get the truck and picked it up before a change of heart. 😎
The TV is a 65” LG OLED and NEXIUS makes a lift for these TVs.
So the plan is to have that at the back, and stuff the TT, Preamp, Phonostage, amp, and AVR-processor in the table.

Might do doors on it in a Japanese style (Kumiko), with rice paper behind them... dunno yet.

 

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Loving this thread.  Yes.  Love the fiddleback. Wish I was there to help. Would be a blast. I too do kimiko. Learned under Mike Peckovitch the art director of Fine Woodworking.  The kitchen table I made under his tutelage too. He’s a great instructor. I’ll try to post a pic of my last kimiko I made. 

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@ctsoonerooooohhhh that is all lovely.
I have been trying to find some Japanese inspired touches for the TV table, as well as for a couple of planks of myrle  for a dining room table and chairs.

I got some old Jarrah fence posts in 6x6 that are ~40” long (8x).
They were ~100 years old and covered in (likely lead based) white paint. I ran them through the thicknesser and then put a coat of Osmokote on them and that look stunning.

I should “hire” you for some coaching/design help. Nothing you have shown is too tough to look at  (<— Australian’s use a lot of double negatives by the way. When you ask if they want say a glass of water or a beer,m they usual;y respond with, “I wouldn’t say no.” That has rubbed off on me..)

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Floors are a bit of work.
One coat of Osmo is on the large entry room… Basically it is a WAF test of my skills before any other rooms.

It should come good with 3-4 coats.
I used a squeegee followed by a Festool Vlies pad. So in the AM then I’’ll give it a kiss with the scotch bright and then another coat of Osmo.

Floor work is expensive here, as well as a long lead time.

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11 hours ago, Holmz said:

One coat of Osmo is on the large entry room

I never heard of Osmo until now (like Metabo). Website looks very interesting, as I have a few wood projects I'd like to get moving on. Though it will be done by someone else-My body resents such demands lately. 

Looking at the photo- Did you paint yourself into a corner?

B

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1 hour ago, GdnrBob said:

. ..
Looking at the photo- Did you paint yourself into a corner?

B

One of my favourite movies is  “No Country for Old Men”. The sound track is not great.
But I did imitate Anton removing the socks. 😇

I planed to hop to the threshold, but need to walk over and towel up some thick spots, and also shut a window.

If you do not like violence, then I would avoid it as well as the Kiwi film from ~1998, “Once were Warriors.” Both are a bit heavy on violence.
(Whereas the floor work only got a loving rub.)

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1 hour ago, DrumTemp said:

Beautiful work. That is a real talent!

Thanks - but it is more of just hard work and some tools… There is no talent, other than the talent of talking the Haus-Boss into letting us save time and money. (Which is like 5 of the Ayer monoblocks)
(And even the gift of gab might be a learned skill. 😎)

But “Thanks Mate”… I know where you are coming from. I appreciate the sentiment.

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9 hours ago, GdnrBob said:

And, you have to replace the baseboard mouldings, too.

You ARE dedicated.

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Half of the “skirting boards” (yeah that is what they call baseboards here) were painted over with a mission brown paint.
So theose need to come off, be stripped, sanded, and recoiled.

The ones in the MBR were actually MDF painted white. So I got $300 OF 8X2” jarrah, then they were band sawn oin half and run through the machine, which attracted $150.

Once they are done I will have carc’ed it before they need redoing again.
And with the Osmo one doesn’t really sand it again… just add another oil/wax’ing every 5 years… so the hard work is in removing the old oil/polyurethane the first time.

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20 hours ago, GdnrBob said:

And, you have to replace the baseboard mouldings, too.

You ARE dedicated.

B

Work mate said IU got some boxes from NY, that she picked up for me.

Second coat applied to this entry and the first coat in the MBR.
It’ll dull down, and I will probably do 4 coats, but if it is too glossy after 3, I’ll do a Satin or Matt on the last coat…

Dunno when I was a kid we used to run down the hall and skate in our socks on the waxed parquet flooring.
(I can picture seeing an orthopaedic specialist if I tried it now 😉 )

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11 hours ago, Holmz said:

Dunno when I was a kid we used to run down the hall and skate in our socks on the waxed parquet flooring.
(I can picture seeing an orthopaedic specialist if I tried it now 😉 )

Ahh, I remember waxed floors. A true PITA, but a finish that can't be duplicated. I also remember the smell. Funny how you remember weird things....

Hopefully, I don't get Altzheimer's.

11 hours ago, Holmz said:

Work mate said IU got some boxes from NY, that she picked up for me.

Wow, finally!

I hope they are in good condition after their long journey.

B

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I picked up the secondhand VSP phonostage.
It will be $675 (AUD) for the parts out of Switzerland to convert it to 230v from 115v.

I was expecting to have to pay customs (duty and GST) charges today.
(Typically 10% duty <or more> + 10% GST on top of that.)

The Border Protection and Customs agent said, “What are you declaring?”
I said, “A used piece of Stereo electronics gear.”
He did not ask how much it was, just… “How old is it?”
I responded and he said, “Don’t worry about it, just take lane #6.”
(Which exits. Bypassing the charges.)

I don’t ever take a chance on running that gauntlet to save a few coins, and the truthfulness and honesty is usually rewarded with no charges about 90% of the time.
(And lower BP readings.)

I’ll need to call Donna and Christian and see if their new speed controller power supply for 230 is ready.

I guess I still need a step down transformer… for the 2W sub and the Audible Illusions pre-amp.
Or I call Hanford and also replace the Pre.

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