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  1. 17 points

    Paid it forward

    As president of the local woodworking club, I am on the contact list. I got an e-mail from a guy last week who'd like to build a jewelry box for his girlfriend but didn't have the tools to do it (lives in an apartment). He came over this afternoon. Nice young man in his mid-20s, an industrial engineer that works for a big company in town. Anyway, he brought over two 2' pieces of 1/2" maple and some 1/8" plywood 12" squares. Cut out the box sides, splined them, groove for the bottom, an egg-grate interior and a plain flat lid. Off he goes. Hope his girlfriend is happy and maybe hooked him on woodworking? I had a couple of guys who helped me out when I was first getting started.
  2. 15 points
    Ron Altier

    I found out what my work shop is

    My grandson was visiting and was making some Christmas gifts with Grandma out of wood, paper, styrofoam, etc. They was doing this in her sewing room. Soon he came to my shop looking for rubberbands. I had 3 small boxes of different sizes, from a garage sale. He left, but soon returned for a tiny hook for his tree ornament. Of course I have different sizes in silver and gold color. Later he returned for something else, while I went to another storage box, he said," Grandpa, you don't have a workshop, you got a hardware store" I just had to smile
  3. 12 points
    Lissa Hall

    new addition to library

    The wizard I would love to take credit for but it was made by my Uncle who does intarsia and got me started i n woodworking.
  4. 12 points
    Well, looks like I may be coming up for air soon! Been since the beginning of August since I've done some serious work in my shop. I just finished cleaning up and making my shop look like a workable space, and I set my Curly Maple Shaker Rocker on the bench that I started 5 months ago. I'm feeling pretty good here. I have my shop back! Dogs are enjoying the space too. I will sleep good tonight, the world is right again! Happy dogs!
  5. 11 points

    My wife's Christmas present

    mostly done, still needs drawer fronts, laminate on the top, and some lattice on the back side to contain large sheets of poster board (side with one set of drawers). middle cabinet is shallow, allowing foot and knee room so she can sit on the stool and do crafty stuff. all on large, heavy duty casters, front 2 are locking so it stays put. next up is a sewing center of a similar design.
  6. 11 points

    High Chair Christmas Present Finished

    Child's high chair from an older issue Woodsmith magazine as a Christmas gift to some new grandparents/parents. The original plans have this as a "knock-down" unit but I made it permanent. Made from hard maple (walnut plugs). Water based poly finish (thanks for the advice on raising the grain). Tray is removable/adjustable and it has a seat belt. This is the second one of these I've made. Already delivered and to my amazement, it seemed to fit the size of the child! Thanks for looking!
  7. 11 points
    I like to carry my scribe in a pocket for easy access, but a sharp metal pointy thing in your pocket can also cause pain and bloodshed! Solution...grab a retractable ball-point pen and fit it with a scriber "refill". An appropriate length of drill rod sharpened to a point and tapered as needed to resemble the original ink cartridge...a ring of solder to hold the spring and presto! A retractable scribe that is safe to carry in a shirt pocket!
  8. 10 points

    lathe tools

    I've been holding back replying to this thread. I think back to the day when I decided to give turning a try and put a piece of wood between the centers on the lathe. I took some tools and jammed them into the wood and wondered what the %$*&$# is this about. This is no fun at all. Well I did keep at it and watched videos on how to turn and eventually had enough AH-HA moments that I was able to put the tool to the wood and "CUT" it rather than scrape it away. Turning is an art and there is a right and wrong way to go about it. I would assume that you have a lathe and now need tools to use as your next purchase but you also need a way to sharpen them which is another whole aspect to learning to turn. Here is what I would like to see happen. I will put together a set of HSS spindle turning tools together and send them down to you free of charge and you can use your tool money and invest in a way to sharpen them. What you need to do is find some instruction whether it be through the local adult education program, Woodcraft and other stores offer classes from time to time or maybe one of the turners here on Patriot Woodworkers lives near you and will offer their help. There are wood turning clubs and maybe there is one near you that would be more than willing to offer their help. I just don't want you to try it on your own and get discouraged. Turning is an amazing craft and it almost happened to me after my first go round and I would love to see you enjoy it as much as I do. Send me a PM with your delivery address and I will send the tools. @Lissa Hall
  9. 9 points

    Our work at local furniture bank

    Yesterday the local news came to one of our "table build" days at the furniture bank. Over the last three years, several of us from the woodworking club have been cutting parts, reorganizing the volunteer space, optimizing the workflow, building storage racks and assembly tables, and making and mentoring volunteers making dining, coffee, and end tables. We're on track to make 120 dining tables from Oct-Christmas this year. If you watch carefully, you'll see this handsome guy in the background. http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/furniture-bank-building-tables-collecting-plates-for-people-transitioning-out-of-homelessness
  10. 9 points

    Christmas 2017

    Well the gifts for friends and relatives are finished- unless Mimi adds someone to the list. A little unusual this year in that just about everyone is getting something different.
  11. 9 points
    Gene Howe

    Got A New RO Sander

    Came in a no nonsense plain brown box. Packed well. Initial impressions, very solidly built, a tad heavy, sealed on/off buttons, 6' cord, box style DC. Nice, comfortable top grip. Not too soft, not too hard, just right. Variable speed. Velcro pad. Came with 6 sanding discs. Minimal vibration on high. Fairly aggressive, great DC. Hardly any residual dust after 5 minutes of use with 80 grit. Easily controlled on crotch grained mesquite. It replaces a not quite dead PC 5". I think I'll like this one better.
  12. 9 points
    Lissa Hall

    What i have been up to.

    I am trying not to let such long periods go by without an update. So the last couple of months I have been a bit laid up. I injured my elbow after a night terror and tore 3 small tears in my elbow along with another small tear to the cartilage and was told no woodworking for awhile and have to wear a fancy brace. Now I am light stuff cause I go batty not being able to do anything. with doc permission of course. So there is that but other that I have a young man I have been working with whose mother home schools. She asked if we could incorporate some woodworking for him. Teddy is seven and decided we should make a shield, a sword, and some amour. typical young man and neither of us have ever made these items. but to date with a little help and ingenuity from the teacher, we have made a shield and are currently working on finishing up the sword. I will see if he would mind us posting it. It is truly rewarding to have someone so excited to learn new things and excited about woodworking.
  13. 9 points

    Christmas Presents

    Here are some Christmas presents I made for the relatives. The first pictures are the seven day clocks in a 7 sided polygon, the rest are in a 14 sided polygon. also included is a Peruvian walnut napkin holder. I used some different hands on some of them. Herb
  14. 9 points

    Push Drill Delirious

    Earlier this year I made a sashay through one of the in-door flea markets in the "Emerald City." Didn't need this one either but I didn't have one like it so...it followed me home I think I paid $1.95 plus tax...kinda crusty...here's the journey through the summer concluding about a month ago. Thanks for looking. Dunlap Model 4217 Push Drill...probably somewhere in the mid to late 50's. Very similar to Millers-falls of that era and uses the same Goodell-Pratt style chuck (four flutes) used by Millers-Falls when they purchased G-P. From the severe oxidation and corrosion on the handle, I suspect it laid in water or wet debris for some time... More on the planes and MF 100 (Buck Rogers) in future threads...The 4217 cleaned and polished pretty well and I was tempted to leave it that way however there was some severe pitting do I decided to paint. Not an exact paint match, but I have several spray bombs of International-Farmall red which seems pretty close. Purists will probably scream...I probably won't when they pry it out of my cold dead hands. Cleaned up pretty well...It had 7-1/2 of the original bits...1/16" usually broken if not missing . Used the Dremel & wire brush to clean surface rust, then coated with Johnson's. Poor man's storage containers I'll divulge in thier own thread. SinceI don't have access to VCI paper anymore, I wrap with wax paper before storing. I thought I had a picture with the cap reinstalled, but can't find it. When I get a round to-it I'll update.
  15. 8 points

    Tools & Uses---Humor

    Tools - Humor: Extremely accurate information you may or may not have seen or experienced…. SKILSAW: A portable cutting tool that an be used with little skill to make boards too short. BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs. WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh crap'. Will easily wind a tee shirt off your back. DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it. CHANNEL LOCKS: Used to round off bolt heads. Commonly employed in the creation of blood-blisters. HACK SAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle. It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes. VISE GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand. OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for igniting various flammable objects in your shop and creating a fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity. Very effective for digit removal!! HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper. BAND SAW: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut large pieces into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge. Also excels at amputations. TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of all the crap you forgot to disconnect. PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads. STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms. PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50-cent part. PVC PIPE CUTTER: A tool used to make plastic pipe too short. HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit. Also very effective at fingernail removal. UTILITY KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door. Works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use. These can also be used to initiate a trip to the emergency room so a doctor can sew up the damage.
  16. 8 points

    My wife's Christmas present

    Got the top on today. She loves it.
  17. 8 points


    THIS IS RIGHT ON THE NOSE. .......READ IT SLOWLY... I DON'T KNOW WHO WROTE IT, BUT I AM GUESSING IT WAS A SENIOR!!! K. AND THEN IT IS WINTER You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, and embarking on my new life. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. But, here it is...my friends are retired and getting grey...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change...Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit! And so...now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did! But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this earth...it's NOT over. A new adventure will begin! Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime. So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life...so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past! "Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY! HAVE A GREAT DAY! REMEMBER:.... "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. "LIVE HAPPY IN THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR! LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING: TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE SO - ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS. ~Your kids are becoming you...... ~Going out is good.. Coming home is better! ~You forget names.... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!! ~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything.... especially golf. ~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore. ~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep". ~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch. ~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?".."when?"... "what?" . ??? ~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere. ~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!! ~What used to be freckles are now liver spots. ~Everybody whispers. ~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear. ~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!! Stay well, "OLD FRIEND. Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!! It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.
  18. 8 points
    Gene Howe

    Early Christmas

    The guy in the brown truck just dropped of an early Christmas gift from me to me. It's a Stanley Sweetheart #62. A low angle jack plane. Destined for shooting board duty, among other things. Ain't she a beauty? The wife's gift is in transit. Thought about getting a plane for her, too. Settled on a birthstone ring. Probably a good thing.
  19. 8 points

    Presents for the Club

    Well it is that time again. We have our last meeting of the year a week from tomorrow that is when I give the members something I made as a present. This year I made a beam compass for that once in a lifetime time they have to mark out a circle too large for the standard Scissor compass. There are many ways to do this,a string and pencil, not very accurate, a stick with a pencil taped to it and a nail driven thru,that will work. But not as good as a fancy made wooden beam compass that should last a lifetime and be handed down to a youngster who says "Whats that thing for"? The first picture is the mock up and the rest is the build. Herb
  20. 8 points
    Gonna post this a day late for my friend John Moody. Seems he has pulled up lame and either (a) he'll heal soon or (b) we'll have to put him down. Hopefully, everyone survived Thanksgiving and Black Friday and are preparing for Cyber Monday. I have to admit that I don't get the warm fuzzys about Christmas because it has all turned too commercial but anyway, on the the Friday post. I spent this week building a pair of hanging shelf racks for my niece. Her two sons are really into sports and the racks have a shelf for baseballs, one for a basketball and the top two are for trophies. At the bottom are hanging pegs. The racks will be supported by a pair of french cleats. That's what I have done but what's on your weekend agenda?
  21. 8 points
    Have to finish up the presents for the WW club members and go to my sisters for the family TG get together on Thursday. Have a happy Thanks giving everyone. Herb
  22. 8 points
    John Morris

    Lifes Simple Pleasures

    One of lifes most wondrous pleasures is checking the cookie jar for a couple weeks, each and every day, and nothing is in it, I have then given up on the effort but still check the jar every other day now, then I just give up on it altogether. Then, for old times sake, I check it just for the heck of it, and it's full of home made Chocolate Chip cookies! I am serious, my world is completely fine today. Life has been throwing a few curve balls at us lately, my cookie jar has been empty, I awoke early today and laid in bed for a few minutes in the quite of the morning while the rest of the gang slept, I prayed to God, I asked for enlightenment and put all my trials and worries in HIS hands, I then got up in the darkness and walked my home and checked on the sleeping babes, and I then started my morning. And just now, I did my cursory cookie jar check and it was full. I know GOD did not make the cookies, but I think He has something to do with it. By the way, breakfast? You really have to ask! Hey, cookies have all the food groups in them don't they? Specially with a big glass of milk. Have a wonderful day friends.
  23. 8 points

    Yet Another Push Drill Refurb

    Ok, so this year at the Covered Bridge Festival yielded a new vendor. Somehow he convinced me to abandon my self-imposed ban not to exceed $5 for a push drill purchase unless it was a pristine, mint, all bits model...Well this one met most, OK some, alright, resembled that criteria...I was unsupervised while there and was debating to purchase a $5 Lemon Shake-up...cost avoidance on the Shake-up provided cash flow for this... A Craftsman (no model number nor has my inter-web searches yield a model number for this one) Push drill with the (3) bits shown by the handle. It uses Stanley-Yankee style bits versus the Goodell-Pratt/Miller Falls style. I also bought a near full set of Stanley bits, although th 1/16" is slightly bent. Total as shown was $13...I offered $10 and he said "OK"....so technically the drill did not exceed my personal limit of $5...I have yet to establish a max limit on bits. Very similar to the Millers-Falls #100 "Buck Rogers"; In fact the same person designed both. Disassembly was much easier and more logical than the M-F. The wooden plunger in this one is turned from white oak versus the maple in the M-F 100. Again cleaned it with acetone, Scotch-Brite and 4 coats of Johnson's. Dremel work on the rest. The turret cap is not Tenite on this one but still had some of that odor. It was faded from UV or ??? exposure. Some time at the buffer with various compounds brought it back to life. I chose not to attempt to remove the body from the see-through magazine. It appears was pressed to the aluminum body during initial assembly. The body is some type of aluminum alloy and has a good deal of heft to it. Much heavier than any of my other push drills. I decided to keep the natural patina on the handle too. there was some rust staining in the magazine windows,; I used some Simple Green and automotive window cleaner (non-ammonia) with a nylon brush and was able to remove most. White grease on all the moving parts and back together. As mentioned, very similar to the Millers-Falls #100. Actually, I like the feel and bit storage delivery design better on the Craftsman. Both are keepers... Tuned up and ready for it's new home too. Modified my storage container design some. Thanks for looking.
  24. 8 points
    Waxing Moon

    Christmas Shopping....Done

    I am officially relieved from crowded retail stores until after the new year....
  25. 8 points

    Anybody Here Seen Our Old Friend...

    Hi everyone, I have been quite busy lately, thanks for the concern, Been having some dental problems too and when my mouth hurts, i am not in a good mood. Have had some oral surgery and going in Mon. for an extraction. Just before TG too hope I can eat TG dinner. bad time of year to have a sore mouth. After 11 years in the NWWoodworkers Association and on the steering committee for the last 4 years, I have finally successfully formed a new steering committee and since I was the only one left, and now I am back to being just a member of the club. I have also been making Christmas presents for family and for our members to be given out at the Dec. meeting. I will post some pictures soon. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Herb
  26. 8 points
    Gene Howe

    It's that day again.

    Friday is special. It means that tomorrow is a shop day.....like the other six.
  27. 7 points
    Ron Altier

    woodzy taste

  28. 7 points

    My wife's Christmas present

    got the back side finished up for large sheet storage (poster board and such). used some leftover plastic lattice (hey, we're cheap).
  29. 7 points
    steven newman

    Friday morning Moving Sale

    This keeps up...I won't have any room for a new plane.....a Moving Sale, in December? Motored down to take a look this morning....turned down the hacksaws, picks and shovels....but did buy two hand saws.. One MIGHT turn out decently...the other? Only two holes even matched up.... Despite an owners best attempts....there was also too much of this mess... Bad teeth, too......too much work, and I did NOT have a handle that matched this plate.....parts saw... Now, the other saw? Needed a couple tools. The punch is to knock the bolts out of the handle, once the nuts were removed.... Cleaned the bolts up with the wire wheel... Then stashed them aside....so they wouldn't roll away....Set the handle aside, too.. I'll get back to it in a bit,,....Plate needed a bit of sander work.. Dog holes make a great place to stash a screwdriver,BTW. I started with 80 grit, and got to 220 for the final go around.. Looks a little better? Got both sides all nice and spiffy...time to clean a handle.. Got most of the old finish removed, and a few bad spots cleaned up....gave this a wipe down, then another with a bit of amber shellac. wound up with about...three coats, may get a few more....assembled the saw...clocked the slots on the screws.. And the "Show side" Almost looks like a saw? That Disston site says this is a D-112, about 1928 era. 7 ppi, 26" skew back crosscut saw. Set up a test cut.... Cuts fast, no binding, no wandering off. Might just be a keeper. ( Disston quit making these after 1929...) $18 for the pair of saws.....might still have come out ahead? I'll see about a rattle can of clear lacquer later....as Disston used that, instead of varnish. Was a high priced ( $4.50 !!!) saw when first sold, this is the skew back version of the D-12. Not too bad of a day?
  30. 7 points
    Gene Howe

    It's that day again.

  31. 7 points
    "Skill is made, not born in us, and it advances best through difficulties." - Charles Hayward (1898-1998) and http://chiefs-shop.com/html/five_things_about_beginner_woo.html
  32. 7 points

    Coming Up For Air (woodworking)

    You may want to update that picture on your bulletin board. John
  33. 7 points
    It's not a mistake, it's a learning opportunity. Or a chance to re-consider the design. I have a friend that I've helped out from time to time. He would always irritate me with the comment, "It sure is easy when you have the right tools." I felt like telling him I had a very nice violin upstairs if he'd like to do some Vivaldi for me.
  34. 7 points

    Plane Picking

    Behind getting the preliminary pictures posted. During the Covered Bridge Festival I managed to rescue these treasures from the scrap heap. Last thing I needed was another block plane or pieces parts BUT... Top is a Stanley Defiance pattern/model-maker block plane; almost a clone of the Stanley 102. I suspect this is one of the last ones made which was mid 1952. Lower left, remnants of a Stanley 220; middle, remnants of another Stanley similar to the 220 but a tad shorter. Far right, Craftsman 619.3704, adjustable throat. Soles need some work...In-process on the Defiance & Craftsman to at least remove the rust and preserve until spring and warmer weather. Defiance was marked $12; paid $6...other than the color, it's nearly identical to the Stanley 102 I have. One big difference is the iron; the edges along the sides have a radius versus square edge; The (3) on the right were in a bag marked $10; paid $5...I really only wanted the Craftsman and it was complete; other two...well...the adjustment knobs just spoke to me... You can see the two Stanley's have been dropped; The top one is missing the iron, the knob and the cap lever; The middle one is complete except the big chunk missing; It has a pretty decent iron; I'll stash all back as parts donors for now; The Craftsman is complete; The iron will need some TLC to bring back but does not appear to have ever been sharpened. It has a riveted lateral adjustment lever and the cap was originally nickel plated as was the throat lock knob and blade adjustment knob. It'll take some work, but I think it will clean up pretty decent. Thanks for looking...
  35. 7 points

    Black Friday tools, meh.

    A bit disappointed. A drill/driver+impact was on my Xmas wish list. HD has the one I wanted on Black Friday ad, $149. It was on sale through yesterday for $139, delivered to home. Hmmm. The Bosch Colt was $79 at Lowe's, originally $119 (really??). Hmmm. I got it for $99 - 5% a couple of weeks ago. While saving a bit, we've used it for two days. As my wife says, "I'm not getting up at 3 am, standing in line for an hour, perhaps missing out on even getting one for $10 savings on something."
  36. 7 points
  37. 7 points
    Steve Twydell, whose youtube channel is "templeboy turnings" did a video on turning a "cube within a cube". It's kind of a neat project because you actually start with a cylinder and then turn it square before forming the inner cube. It's pretty much been a lesson in humility but after several attempts I had a limited success. No finish, no sanding on this as I'm still learning. The hardest part, at least for me, has been to get everything square. After that, it's pretty straightforward. Here's a link to his video. cube in a cube In other news that matters to no one but me, I scored a huge maple log this week. Close to 30' feel long and 24"+ at the butt. Got my work cut out for me. Steve
  38. 7 points
    Sure wish I could Stick I know you'd love it.
  39. 7 points

    Push Drill Delirious Part Duex

    One of last year's find at the Covered Bridge Festival yielded one of my prized push drills now that I have it operational. A Millers-Falls, Model 100 (aka Buck Rogers). Found it in a pile of stuff but no price. I finally found the vendor and asked how much for this...He replied "I don't even know what that is...how about $3.75?" I couldn't get my money clip out fast enough...I didn't know how many bits were trapped inside, but it had an original tube which contained several I could tell. Mom's illness came shortly thereafter, then all the trips & time to the hospital, the nursing home, then eventually her passing, many things were placed on the back burner for some time. A few weeks ago, I decided it was time to figure this thing out so here's the journey. Thanks for looking... As purchased...you can see the Red Tenite has the typical "mold" from age, and exposure. It really stinks too. Bits in the tube turned out to be straight shank probably for an egg-beater style. Not for this drill or any of the Stanley style either. After some internet searches, I finally found some information on how to disassemble the 100. Soaking with WD-40 still would not free up the Red handle portion to rotate easily to remove the bits in the handle. The multiple layers of blue masking tape provided a gripping area where I could use gripping pliers without damaging the aluminum. I had tried strap wrenches with no success. Even at this stage, I still could not get the handle to rotate easily or to further clean. NOTE: The wood plunger. This one appeared to be turned from maple. You can also see the "gang green" transferred from the brass. I had pre-cleaned the Tenite handle first using a nylon scraper, then green Scotch-Brite. Cleaned the plunger with Acetone, Scotch-Brite, then 3 or 4 coats of Johnson's Wax. I added another layer of painters tape to the plunger barrel to remove it from the spiral drive. Handle was cleaned with Simple Green & water mix then buffed on the lose sewn buffing wheel and Blue Compound specific for plastic...yep it still stinks. The adapter on the right by the plunger barrel incurred some damage to the internal spirals as well as the shoulder during removal. I had to use an Easy-Out.; spent a lot of time with jewelers files to repair, but getting it out let me finally get the handle free. I chose not to to remove the brass tube from the end cap fearing I would collapse it trying to get a firm grip. A lot of cleaning and polishing with the Dremel, hand polishing with 240-400 grill wet/dry and also final buffing with different compounds at the buffer. I made a flap sander from a 1/4" bolt shank by cutting a slot in the shaft to wrap sand paper arse a way to flap and enlarge the ID of the handle some. I guess the Tenite either shrinks (it certainly stinks) over time or maybe the WD-40 had an adverse effect on it. Anyway, after ever thing was cleaned and polished, it still would not rotate freely on the brass sleeve without flapping. Sub-assembled with white grease to lube all the internal moving parts; The reveal after tape removed and everything cleaned and polished. Oh yeah, it was worth the patience & work as all 8 original bits with minimal surface rust were in the handle turret I don't think this had been used much and some bits not at all. All bits were buffed with the Dremel and scrubbed with Johnson's and a toothbrush. The non-matching bits will get a new assignment to one of my egg-beater drills. Ready for it's new luxury dwelling. Thanks for looking.
  40. 6 points


    Got my Social Security statement for 2018- $10 more a month! I'm rollin' in it now
  41. 6 points
    I have two minds. One is lost and the other is out looking for it.
  42. 6 points
    Fred Wilson

    New Military Items

    Sorry I haven't been around for a while. Wife has been quite sick and all my attention is on her and her recovery. That being said, I have spent a little time in the shop to work on a few Steve Good military patterns. Examples below. Hope everyone had a great turkey/ham day and with Christmas coming up, please remember the reason for the season. In alphabetical order (so I don't get into any more trouble). Maple on Sephelle
  43. 6 points

    Wiping on water based poly

    Finally finished (pun intended). Thanks for the finishing advice.
  44. 6 points

    Black Friday tools, meh.

    Did it once one time a LONG time ago when the Day After Christmas used to be the biggie; did it because my wife said I was going to do it and I should find something to like about it. Queued up in Target's parking lot 45 minutes before the opening time...lined up at the door 20-25 minutes prior to the trophy dash... My assignment was to snag a shopping cart and meet her back in the Christmas section...we both were more fit then than today... When the doors opened I had visions of the Boston Marathon or perhaps the Running of the Bulls...no doubt a sign of fear and panic was on my face....I had no idea women could run and block that fast I survived the preliminary assault obtained a cart and proceeded to the battle front. I managed to make it to the front lines unscathed and was ordered to find a place to stand and guard the cart... I obeyed the CO, found an obscure out of the way location (I thought at the time) conveniently located by an Emergency Exit should the battle escalate...what happened next instilled a horror in me I shall never forget... Women of all ages and sizes literally screamed at me to get out of their way...berated me for being there to assist my wife...one even cussed me all the while items were flying off the shelves, whizzing by my head landing into assault vehicles Maybe it was the cup of coffee in my hand I managed to cling to and I hoped to enjoy that angered them...maybe the disbelieve and yes, even fear on my face of this crazed, mob mentality...IDK Anyways, surviving that battle of insanity taught me a very valuable life lesson...STAY THE H3!! AWAY FROM SALES!
  45. 6 points
    Steve Krumanaker

    lathe tools

    I've seen this kind of behavior out of you before. It's one of the things that, even though we've never met in person, make me honored to call you friend. Steve
  46. 6 points

    Christmas Presents

    saw this clock... how soon before yur done... ya could leave of ''I'm retired''...
  47. 6 points
    With winter snow not far away, I've moved the snow blower into the shop. Still leaves a little room to do "whatever" during the winter. The wood stove heats the shop if any repairs are needed and for any small project that might come up. Thanksgiving is a sad reminder of my son's passing, but an opportunity to spend the day with his family remembering happy times.
  48. 6 points


    on another forum i visit now and then, they get their panties in a wad if you don't use proper English. they call you out on it and insist that everyone be "professional". i understood every word of the above. just because someone doesn't sing your song, doesn't mean that they don't have something worthwhile to say.
  49. 6 points

    It's that day again.

    Thanks Gene!!
  50. 6 points
    Another week in the books. Been busy making requested Christmas gifts but unfortunately it has been all flatwork. However, our band of turners here at the Patriot have been busy. @Steve Krumanaker showed us a little box he made, last week. Well, he finished a bunch more and they are beauties! @HandyDan Finished up a "few" pens and pencils. You may remember that Dan uses the "guts" from premade pens/pencils instead of buying expensive kits. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools posted a really awesome bowl turned by Will Atwood. Will is the manager of the manager of the Woodcraft store in Lexington, KY. Rick Turns posted a video review of a pretty nice looking tool rest. It looks well built and appears to work well with bowl turning and probably just as good for spindle work. With Christmas looming ever closer, here's a neat little project from Mike Peace. Nice way to practice offset turning- Mr. David Reed Smith published an article/tutorial on how to make some turned/stacked coaster. These might just make someone a very nice Christmas gift. Here's a link to his posting- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/Coaster/StackingCoasters.html Safe Turning
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