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Sir:

The Tech Tip for sanding wooden wheels (November/December 1988 AW) has major problems. First, the hardness of the f ile teeth will destrov

the drill chuck. Second, the brittle-ness of the file can lead to breaking and possible injuries. Third, the tang of the file is softer and often bent. The runout of a skewered wheel could fling it off as a missle. The suggestion to limit the speed is absolutely mandatory.

A hardwood dowel could be used instead of a file with provision for retaining the wheel. A split end and a wedge could be used or the end of the dowel could be threaded and lock nuts used.

Ed Strong Elk Grove. CA

Sir:

I made the High-wire cyclist exactly as shown in the November/December 1988 issue, but I can't keep the cyclist on the nylon fishing line. I

even placed the lead weights on a metric scale, so I'm sure the weights on each side are equal.

The cyclist will ride momentarily

but we spent more time picking him up from the floor than we did watching him ride the high wire. Could I get an explanation from John Fisher on what I did wrong?

Elmer stuiilmiller Harlem, MT

JOHN FISHER REPLIES:

Chances are von didn't make the hal-

ant ing poles lung enough to balance the cyclist properly. If you look at the photo in the article, you '11 see that the weights extend well below the wire. On my original cyclist the poles measure 14'/: in. long.

Sir:

Yesterday, I took off early and flew to Detroit to see a woodworking show listed in Woodworker's Calendar. After renting a car, I proceeded to the Michigan State Fairgrounds.

where the show was to be held October 7-9. When I arrived at the fairgrounds. I was told that over 100 people had already come to the show but there was no show at the fairgrounds. I checked newspaper ads and other arenas and no show. I spent over $300 to see a show that didn't exist. Why do you publish information that misleads people?

For your information, I went to another woodworking show recently and it was poorly attended and didn't have many exhibitors.

Last year I attended no fewer than 13 woodworking shows from coast to coast. If you and the promoters are interested in promoting the woodworking profession and hobby, someone is going to have to take the lead and put on better programs or the shows are going to fold for lack of interest. You can't charge the exhibitors an exorbitant fee and expect them to come back when you have nothing to offer the public with limited booths and publicity.

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Batavia, 1L

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