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  • #7627
    Joe Bottigliere
    Joe Bottigliere
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    So how is everyone out there holding up under the circumstances?
    Hopefully none of our friends are infected with this insidious enemy. So let’s talk. How are you managing; How are you spending your time with family, in the shop?
    I’d like to hear form you as I am sure many others would enjoy the online conversation.

  • #7632
    Jim Moloney
    Jim Moloney
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    I have been rough turning bowls from logs. I have a dozen greenwood blanks drying in paper bags with some of the wet shavings. I may have my Christmas presents done on time this year!

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  • #7635
    Michael Luciano
    Michael Luciano
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    So far so good. I have been working on a couple of projects and also took some time to maintain my tools. Cleaned and oiled the machines and sharpened all cutting tools. Finally satisfied with the edge on my card scrapers. Curly shavings.
    To get some air we occasionally pack a lunch and go down to the beach. Plenty of room, nice to enjoy the fresh air and sun.

  • #7636
    Robert DeMarco
    Robert DeMarco
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    Family is well . Working on a flag holder made of walnut for my father in-laws flag he served in ww2 . Also getting ready to mill up some wood for a set of lamps . And trying to take a walk around the neighborhood for some fresh air .

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  • #7639
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    Charlie James
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    Joe, thanks for asking. Everyone just sitting tight for now. I’m getting a little work done on the Jefferson laptop. Taking my time.

  • #7640
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    Charlie James
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    Oh well, I guess the picture didn’t show. I’ll try again soon..

  • #7652
    Joe Bottigliere
    Joe Bottigliere
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    Looking good, Rob. Can’t wait to see the finished job. Hopefully, in person. Nice wood choice, too. Walnut is probably my favorite to work with.

  • #7661
    Daryl Rosenblatt
    Daryl Rosenblatt
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    I’m trying to work remotely but it’s slow going, I’m doing my best. And I don’t really want to start a new big project now (I need a new tool cabinet) because the only wood I have in bulk if spalted maple, and for that, I need dust protection, and I can’t exactly run out now and get dust masks, mine are old and gross. So I’m working in the basement in my model shop on a new model ship, the HMS Victory. I think it will be about 4 feet long when I’m done. I’ll attach a photo.

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  • #7663
    Daryl Rosenblatt
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    And I just finished this right before the lockdown. My son and daughter in law got one like this for a present, but it got ruined during cleaning (don’t ask). The original is all bamboo, but unfinished and a bit rough. The cracker trough was shaped using a router bit but wasn’t sanded or anything else. So I didn’t want to just fix it (plus I didn’t want to work on bamboo, it’s like teak, a cutting edge destroyer), and I wanted anything I worked on to look and feel nice. So I found a use for some of the bubinga I got years ago, and here it is. The top looked a bit bare, so I made a butterfly inlay with epoxy resin, using crushed opal and dyed epoxy. There is a limit on uploads so I’ll have to do it in a couple of posts.

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    Daryl Rosenblatt
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    And here is a close-up of the inlay.

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  • #7671
    CT
    CT
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    I’m doing pretty fine in the shop. Got 3 built ins, 2 barn doors, dining table, coffee table, queen bed frame, large window bench seat, and of course a few guitar pick stools to complete. I also picked up a beast of a 5hp SawStop for my safety and members/students taking classes at my shop. But unfortunate with this virus only one member was able to try it out a day after assembling the saw. I also picked up a large Delta lathe from Mike J. and a JET edge sander. I do have to say I really miss offering classes and seeing members come into the shop so I have someone to talk to while working. I could only talk to myself for so long and listen to music. Being there by myself has given me the opportunity to really see what needs to be improved on in my shop as layout and storage. As well as tools or hardware that I really don’t need anymore.

    What changes have you all seen working in your shops now that you would like to change?

    Lets all hope we beat this virus and return to our normal lives where we can all see each other at the monthly meetings and get togethers.

  • #7672
    Michael Luciano
    Michael Luciano
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    Daryl, beautiful work. Love the inlay.

  • #7676
    Joe Bottigliere
    Joe Bottigliere
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    Great job, Daryl! Love it.

    You sound quite busy, Corey. Good thing no one is coming in to talk. You have no time to waste. Good luck. Keep it up!

  • #7677
    Robert DeMarco
    Robert DeMarco
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    Thanks Joe this has been on the list of things to make for a while . Not going to be able to finish for awhile I think because I need a piece of glass and don’t think the glass place is open .I while definitely bring it in for show and tell .When things get back to normal

  • #7678
    Robert DeMarco
    Robert DeMarco
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    Cory thinking about upgrading the cutter head in the joiner . Have a ten percent off coupon for grizzly tools and they are also offering free shipping right now .Would save around 60 bucks.

  • #7680
    Daryl Rosenblatt
    Daryl Rosenblatt
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    Bob what kind of cutterhead are they talking about for the jointer? I changed to a segmented cutterhead, and while the change itself was a miserable experience, the results are amazing. I don’t find it quite the way everyone else says, but it finishes much smoother and it doesn’t seem to care which way the grain runs.

  • #7681
    Robert DeMarco
    Robert DeMarco
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    Daryl looking at buying the byrd shelix segmented cutter head for my joiner .Have 8 inch delta and the knives need to be sharpened and just dreading the thought of doing all that aligning of the blades .And segmented head is going to give me a better cut .

  • #7683
    Daryl Rosenblatt
    Daryl Rosenblatt
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    I got the Byrd and it worked great. There were some problems. It was supposed to fit my Felder jointer, and it did (replacing the cutterhead took abut 9 hours, but that’s because Austrians make crazy machinery). The cutterhead was about 1/16″ smaller in diameter than the OEM, so it took another hour to reset everything to the smaller diameter. After that, it worked great. So if there are alignment problems, it might be that.

  • #7685
    Robert DeMarco
    Robert DeMarco
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    From a couple of videos I have seen the shelix is supposed to go right in .Just need to get new bearings for the new cutter head .Thing I am going to buy it since they cancelled Fine wood working live I got a refund for that so should spend the money on something . Cant go to the knife class anytime soon .

  • #7687
    Joe Bottigliere
    Joe Bottigliere
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    Hey Rob,
    I got my cutter heads for the jointer and planer from MyWoodCutters.com. They included the bearings. I did go with a Luxcut III for these replacements. (Highly recommended.) I thought the price was right and very compatible with Grizzly. You might want to check them out despite the discount. I do have a Grizzly jointer, however. But these guys offered great customer service and the Luxcut was in stock. Just my two cents.

  • #7688
    Robert DeMarco
    Robert DeMarco
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    Joe I ordered the byrd shellix head last night think it is going to be about the same price . I have to order bearings now .I forgot about my woodcutter. Went on there website site is going to basically be the same price since I have to buy the bearings . Called grizzly to cancel the order but it was already shipped .

  • #7689
    Joe Bottigliere
    Joe Bottigliere
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    That’s quick. You’re gonna love it! I really don’t see any of the disadvantages people complain about. Some say it’s harder to feed or you have to feed slower or take a smaller cut. I have always tended to take it easy on my machines so light cuts (1/32 – 1/16) were typical on my jointer. Even through the planer I am very conservative. The only drawback I have noticed – and this may not be accurate – is a slight decrease in the width of cut on my jointer. It’s appears to be a little under the 6″ I was getting with my conventional cutter head. But that’s minor in the scheme of things.
    On my Grizzly, the replacement was quick, easy, and required very little adjustment of the outfeed table. It has to be lowered completely for the process, but aligning it at TDC is straightforward and I have a stinky lever instead of a wheel. So, you should be golden.
    One problem may be replacing the bearings. They’re not always easy to get off and press on without an arbor press. Wish I could come over, drink your beer and help out in the process. Oh, well. Next machine upgrade.

  • #7691
    Daryl Rosenblatt
    Daryl Rosenblatt
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    I’m like Joe, I always take light cuts. With the segmented cutterhead, I no longer worry about grain direction, which is nice. I even managed to joint and plane waterfall bubinga (which I cannot say 3 times fast) with no tearout, so the Byrd and the others are great.

    In thinking about it, it’s really like a powered toothing blade…take that Charlie James!

  • #7699
    Robert DeMarco
    Robert DeMarco
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    Thanks guys just have to figure out the bearings now .Joe would have be great to have had your over to drink my beer.

  • #7701
    Robert Coles
    Robert Coles
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    Thank you for asking how we are doing. I live alone and I am very lucky to have a garden, a studio, and a boat. The latter one is on land, in solitary confinement. Therefore, I can go and do all sorts of stuff which would have been done under pressure.
    I just completed the installation and testing of the new engine… 130 hours! I now have to take water heating, general plumbing and some painting… maybe if they can’t launch. Otherwise, a lot of maintenance which was postponed for many year.

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  • #7704
    Robert Coles
    Robert Coles
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    In the shop, I try to preserve my lungs and yesterday, I made a dust collection system based on the ClearView cyclone. It fits my Festool vacuum.
    It seems I collect some dust in the receptacle. I thought I would see more, but I only used machines that make fine dust, comparatively to a planner, a router table, my jointer or even the lathe.
    Interestingly enough, when I connect my Delta 1725 cfm, the air flow is increased but it seems that the vacuum is not as efficient. I will have to take measurements with a scale and an anemometer.
    What did YOU all do in your shop ?

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  • #7706
    Robert Coles
    Robert Coles
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    I have another question regarding my very very old bench. It has a wood vise with a wood screw. It seems that the screw is not aligned because it never clamp the moveable jaw parallel to the bench.
    I don’t understand how to disconnect the outside how so that I could make a new one. Can anyone help me with some idea ?

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  • #7712
    CT
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    I did some research for a Bryd head for my Rockwell Delta 37-315 jointer and from Oella saw and Tool with bearings it would be $499.49. That includes shipping. It was $16.96 cheaper than MyWoodCutters. I checked out Grizzly for a spiral cutterhead and wasn’t sure which one to get as they don’t really have detailed specs or a list of all the machines they work on. Simply googling Rockwell 37-315 bryd head Oella Saw came up the best bang for your buck and they have outstanding customer service. I plan on ordering one once things calm down and I go back to classes. The knives I have in there now really should be sharpened but I do not want to deal with resetting them with the jointer pal and stuff. Right now if its important I go back to my bench and give a swipe or two with a handplane to clean up any tearout of simply glue it up as it won’t be seen.

  • #7713
    Joe Bottigliere
    Joe Bottigliere
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    Robert,
    I’m guessing you want to remove the jaw so you could work on it or replace the screw. It sounds like the screw may just be worn down from years of use. Even metal screw vises experience that especially if allowed to cant or twist while clamping.
    That appendage sticking down in that top photo should carefully be removed. That, I believe, what retains the screw in the jaw but allows it to rotate in the nut. (The proper name escapes me.) The entire jaw with screw should simply unscrew from the bench unless there is a retainer on the end of the screw which would stop the user from accidentally pulling the jaw out. This may be a simple little piece with a slot which engages a chase on the threaded shaft.
    Hope that helps.

  • #7714
    Michael Luciano
    Michael Luciano
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    Joe, is that a split collar? Some really old wooden vises used a tongue and groove to hold the screw to the vise face.

  • #7715
    Robert Coles
    Robert Coles
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    Thank you, Mike and Joe. I will see. Else, I have to unbolt the whole assembly from the bottom of the bench.

  • #7716
    Joe Bottigliere
    Joe Bottigliere
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    That sounds about right, Mike. I could not remember the terms. I’m still working on treen and foxing …
    I’ve seen vises where there is nothing more than a wooden wedge holding the screw to the jaw. I think, the split collar is used on the back end but I could be wrong. Regardless, I think you [Robert] get the idea. These things were made to be repaired. And if they were glued in, I bet they used hide glue so it could be disassembled.

    Mice engine, by the way. Did you restore it or is that purchased rebuilt?

  • #7717
    Robert Coles
    Robert Coles
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    Thanks Joe. It is a brand new puppy. The old one was 38 yrs old and was falling apart last summer, causing me to abort the season in August!!! It was working like a charm… but all accessories were failing at Volvo Penta prices! Heat exchanger, water pump, recirculation pump, aluminum transmission/sail drive, alternator…
    This one is built around a Kubota tractor engine, engineered in Great Britain, with many Italian parts.
    I just received the bronze folding propeller: as beautiful as Gina Lolo Brigida. Let’s hope she also propels!!!
    The first challenge was to adapt the motor mount: white oak blocks… OK at least this was some woodworking lol

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  • #7769
    Ben Nawrath
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    Glad you guys are doing well. I’m working on a hall tree projects with some sycamore for the bench seat. Luckily Jim H identified it from a sing,e picture, I had no idea lol. More importantly, I’ve been taking care of shop projects along the way. Normally I work around things, don’t have time to properly clean up, make concessions because something isn’t finished… so I’ve been knocking things off my list to make my life easier!

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  • #7774
    Robert Coles
    Robert Coles
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    Some dust and shavings in your shop, Ben… but more glitter in his boy’s eyes 🙂
    I have been working on a box for my Leigh D4 jig. It is a weird “stair” shape and it is a challenge to keep it as mall as possible, functional and light…
    I have a challenge to join the plywood sides: the Kregg system is not good in 1/2″. Therefore, I rout a groove in the adjoining planks which are 3/4″ cherry. But then, it reduces the inside dimensions and the storage box get tighter… I just drew a 1:1 shop plan, but the jig is home and I am isolating in Westchester…not able to confirm the exact outside dimensions of the jig. This drives me crazy.
    Actually, I don’t really know how to justify that project: I have the jig for 5 years. I used it once and it took me more time to adjust it than to cut the dovetails by hand. However, this was for a strange project where the sides were 12 degrees canted from the top, like a trapeze…
    I might just ebay the whole stuff once done …

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  • #7776
    Michael Luciano
    Michael Luciano
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    Not fair! Using the superior metric system, not a fraction to be found.

  • #7778
    Robert Coles
    Robert Coles
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    I am divided between the two approaches

  • #7781
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    Charlie James
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    Bob, I always got my bearings at Jamaica bearings although I haven’t been there in a long while they might still be around. Very helpful and they have every bearing known to man.

  • #7795
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    Andrew Scano
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    All
    We are staying healthy. Just finished a new split top Roubo workbench with ash and walnut. Thank you to Harry at Urban for lending me the plans to get a jump start and his advice along the way (he will eventually get them back as I now have two sets of plans)! Purchased the materials shortly before the pandemic took over.
    Regards
    Andrew

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  • #7797
    Michael Luciano
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    How about some updates….
    Jim, from the pile of shavings in front of the lathe, I would say you are a busy guy.
    Robert, how goes the quest for the bearings
    Robert how is the box
    Charlie, what are you making
    Daryl, have you perfected the tortilla pizza
    Joe, put down the fork and get in the shop
    I sharpened all my tools…twice.

    The question of the moment….tomorrows virtual meeting are we zooming or facebooking? I accidentally deleted Mike’s email.

  • #7798
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    Charlie James
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    Mike, I’m still making the Jefferson laptop desk. My pictures don’t show up for some reason. Any suggestions to post them?

  • #7799
    Michael Luciano
    Michael Luciano
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    Charlie, Jim M is the expert. I am sure he will contact you after reading this posting. Joe B is also proficient. (Been waiting years to use that word in a sentence).

  • #7800
    Jim Moloney
    Jim Moloney
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    Charlie, try emailing them to me at jpatmo@aol.com I will see if I can post them for you.

  • #7807
    Robert DeMarco
    Robert DeMarco
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    Mike bearings were ordered today should have them this week hopefully . So I will keep busy in the shop working on a set of lamps for our bedroom .Hope everyone is well .

  • #7808
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    Charlie James
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    Thanks Jim. I’ll let you post the ones I sent, if you can. I’ll try that fix you sent me, I appreciate it…

  • #7809
    Jim Moloney
    Jim Moloney
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    These are Charlie’s photos. It turns out that his iphone was saving the photos in a format not supported by the website or windows 10, I found a free online utility that converted them from .heic to .jpeg If anyone else is using an iphone or ipad and the photo format is set to .heic there is an additional setting on the phone that will automatically convert them when they are uploaded. I found these instructions:

    How do I convert iPhone photos to JPEG?
    Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone and go to “Camera” Choose “Formats” and select “High Efficiency” to capture iPhone photos in HEIF / HEVC format. Recommended, next to go “Photos” and under the ‘Transfer to Mac or PC’ section choose “Automatic” to automatically convert the HEIF images to JPEG upon file transfer.

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  • #7814
    Michael Luciano
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    Charlie, looking good. Love the inlay work. Will the laptop desk be completed by showtime?

  • #7815
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    Charlie James
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    Thanks, Mike. I hope it’ll be ready! Still have a bit to go though…

  • #7816
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    Charlie James
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    Jim, thanks for posting the pictures for me..

  • #7817
    Joe Bottigliere
    Joe Bottigliere
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    Looks like I have a lot of catching up to do.
    Nice work as always, Charlie.
    Ben, are you actually planting a sycamore in your hall to hang coats? What am I missing … But we can all see where the real craftsmanship lies in that family. Keep him at it.
    Great bench, Andrew. I’ve been threatening to build mine for nearly a decade now. Much longer with this quarantine and I just might get the chance. In the meantime, I’ve been busy making a closet door out of knotty alder from Urban Specialty Hardwoods. Almost done. But working from home can take more time than it allows. I’ll get pictures when I can.

  • #7818
    Ben Nawrath
    Ben Nawrath
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    Planting sunflowers!

  • #7825
    Joe Bottigliere
    Joe Bottigliere
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    That would make it a “hall flower” project, no? Maybe it’s for little coats.

  • #7838
    Robert DeMarco
    Robert DeMarco
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    So the new cutter head is in and working wonderful. Should have done this a long tome ago . And wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be . Thanks for all the help and insight .

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