For the Birds
Being only an infant in wood turning, I was delighted to sec a design that was other than a candlestick or wood bowl (Turned Birdhouses, March/April, 1990 AW). I do think that a few design additions would make the houses a little more inhabitable. The addition of drain holes (minimum of 4)drilled in the base, and vent holes drilled at an angle at the top of the body would allow for drainage and cooler conditions.
Also, birdhouses should be cleaned every spring and vents cleaned. To make this easier, the roof or base could be made removable.
Ed Iannuccilu Plainview, MN
Shop Wiring: 115Vvs. 230V
In the January/February, 1990 AW you printed a Q&A debating the advantages of 230 volts versus 115 volts.
There is a very definite advantage to using 230-volt motor connections when you are about to wire your shop—#14 wire is rated at 15 amperes and #10 wire is rated at 30 amperes. The thinner #14 wire is cheaper and easier to handle. The savings in copper for a medium-size shop could be considerable.
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