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  1. 12 points
    Larry Schweitzer

    Toys that started it

    Some photos of the toys I made when I first started woodworking. Hard maple and walnut were the two most common woods used. But I also used many others often in combinations. For scale the cars and trucks have 2" wheels, 3/4" thick. I've got lots more photos and their were many one offs produced never photographed.
  2. 11 points
    Pat Meeuwissen

    weekend project

    This is my project for this weekend build is done, now time for stain and finish.
  3. 10 points
    Playing the end game of the cradle. The pedestal will be glued tomorrow and finish next week.
  4. 9 points
    Gene Howe

    My latest project

    Took me three days.
  5. 9 points
    Steve, hope the doc finds the cause and has a remedy. Two weeks of waiting would drive me batty. After seven years of trying and 3 miscarriages, our son and DIL surprised us with a 12 week sonogram, last night. It'll be their first and, our third grandkid. Looks like a cradle is on the list. Any pointers, Ron? Oakley, the pup, seems to get more active with each hour. Those pain meds are really helping.
  6. 9 points
    steven newman

    A Project in Maple..

    Little Miss was laid to rest this afternoon. Have a Momma Cat deliver four kittiens this morning.....hope they last a little longer... Ok, how about a PIP of this Blanket Chest? I got things smoothed out, sharp corners rounded off with hand tools and a sander...No router needed.. Applied a single coat of amber shellac.. Kind of hard to get a good picture.. A little better view of the "front".... One of the ends. Spokeshave to round some of the square edges. And a view of the lid. Still need to attach the hinges. That is usually an adventure.....Maybe a couple more coats, before the clear gloss goes on? Stay tuned....
  7. 8 points
    Ron Altier

    lighthouse

    A few years ago, quite a few, I made a lighthouse for my sister-in-law. I designed it and looked and looked for some things to decorate it with. I was visiting Savannah Beach and a souvenir shop provided the boat, sea captain, birds. I has small socket and I installed a 220 volt bulb in 110 . I used plastic from ceiling fluorescent lights to make the lens. That has been years ago and the bulb still burns 24/7
  8. 8 points
    Gene Howe

    A Short Trip

    Son and DIL came up from Tucson and we all took the Polaris' out for a spin. The National Forest people have cleared most of around 200 miles of OHV trails. Due to the DIL's "delicate condition" we chose a shorter loop. One that is still being cleared. They only take a few trees out and don't use a blade. About 20 miles and 4 hours. Loads of fun. We took both Polaris' and gramma and I drove the older, rougher riding one. Leaving the nice new one with a cushier ride for the new momma to be. Here's the prospective momma and daddy ready to go. Here's a shot of the trail. Most was a LOT rougher but, I couldn't hold on and operate the camera at the same time. A little break after lunch. Gramma's on the right. Had a great time. Definitely gotta try this in the snow.
  9. 8 points
    Ron Dudelston

    Cradle Progress Report

    Well, I am one week into a cradle build for a customer. He bought a cradle about 25 years ago and wanted it replicated. Thanks to the guys that noticed in the photos that the spindles in the original cradle were too far apart and didn't meet federal standards. After I took this photo, I added trim strips in the stile grooves. Hopefully, tomorrow I can finish sand this thing and get it glued together. As a point of discussion, the bottom is 1/2" walnut and I cut a dado in the end panels. Under the bottom I'll add a cleat all around the underneath side of the bottom. My OCD side kicked in and I added dowels to each rail on the sides for strength.
  10. 8 points
    difalkner

    Repurposing planer into veneer press

    Well, I posted the other day that my 20 year old DeWalt 733 planer died and that I would probably repurpose it into a veneer press. That is now complete. Here's the finished press - And the 'making of' video - Enjoy! David
  11. 8 points
    Wayne Ellington

    What's On Your Work Bench?

    Well I finally got around to getting this project done after several other things that delayed me in getting it finished. What you think? I still considered myself as a beginner. Several for my friends think otherwise. But they are not woodworkers.
  12. 8 points
    BillyJack

    What's On Your Work Bench?

    The last things off my bench at home was a walnut top and legs for a Snap Back shuffleboard table.. At work the talk is how I made these Teak veneer booths and when ship to another company they ran a fork lift into the back of one. This was grain matched veneer ,. I heard about this Friday.....
  13. 8 points
    John Morris

    Mister McGoo syndrom

    Here is a scary thought, if you hear ringing, any amount of ringing, whether temporary or not, that ringing is significant of permanent loss in a specific range. It could be very minute, but it's gone forever. So over the course of our lives, and if you add up all the events that caused ringing, from firecrackers as a kid, to rock concerts, to war, to work, it all adds up to a full range of hearing permanently lost. We had a hearing specialist visit us at work after we had our mandatory yearly hearing test in the trailer done. That is what she stated. If you do anything that causes brief ringing after the event, you lost some range permanently. The ringing signifies permanent damage to the nerve. The above statement does not include ringing due to tinnitus or high blood pressure or over caffeinated symptons or other un-associated non-noise events.
  14. 8 points
    Gene Howe

    Mister McGoo syndrom

    The wife says I have a selective hearing loss. You know what? She's right.
  15. 7 points
    Ron Dudelston

    Finally, the Cradle is Finished

    Well folks, the cradle is mounted in the frame and it even quietly rocks. For the record, I burnt candle wax into the pivot pins. Now on to a quilt rack for a customer.IMG_1565.MOV
  16. 7 points
    lew

    Tithe Box and Shelf

    As some of you know, my sister has made it her life's work to make sure I get to heaven- fat chance! This time, she has me making a tithe box and shelf for her minister's church. I worked with him thru emails and Sketchup drawings to get the approval on the design/materials/hardware. The box is 1/2" thick birch and walnut stock with hand cut dovetails. Top and bottom are mounted in dados. The top is flush with the sides and the bottom is slightly recessed. The shelf is 3/4" birch plywood with shop made walnut edging. The hardware is a half mortised lock and a 110° stopped piano hinge. The minister has someone in the congregation do the finishing. The box is about 14" L x 7" W x 6" H. I did hit the walnut with mineral spirits to see what the grain would look like with finish- Thanks for looking!
  17. 7 points
    A couple of weeks ago I got some 3'x8' sheets of plywood off Craig's list for free from a church's festival who decided their day was over. My guess, based on the plywood cores, is that they were made some time in the '80s. Anyway, snatched it up and it's 1/2" painted plywood with lots of sticky Velcro and hot glue on one side. Had to add some 3/4" CDX plywood from the scrap bin waiting-for-the-right-project pile for the torsion boxes. Velcro goes on the non-show surface. I need to get a bit more hardware, then do some alignment and attach the supports. I also have to make a dust hood for the back. Re-purposed those sheets just fine. Re-
  18. 7 points
    Well, I finished the cradle this week and tomorrow I'll hang it from the frame. I let it cure for about three days before I handled it. I ended up wiping 6 coats od semi gloss poly on it. Thursday and Friday were devoted to building a nativity for the church. Tomorrow I HAVE CREEPING CHARLIE IN MY SIGHTS. He's been growing in my back yard all summer and I've been to busy to spray him. Tomorrow.....he' mine.
  19. 7 points
    Fred W. Hargis Jr

    OK, it's painted....

    it took 27 gallons, but it's done. After I rolled the storage room ceiling (primer) and really wore myself out, my S-I-L got a pro level airless sprayer and sprayed the rest of the primer. We put the vapor barrier stuff on the ceiling, and this stuff really was/is just that....to my surprise. I'm sure it's not what a 6-mil plastic sheet would have been , but it will do. Anyway, after he primed it, I painted the storage room the yellow for cheeriness and visibility. That back left corner in the storage room (no outlets) is where I'll put racks for the wood stash. The light blue in the shop is/was supposed to be a very light gray...oh well. I've started moving tools and stuff in to make room in the garage where they sit for the last 18 months, but I still need to insulate the ceiling, install the heat, and put in the DC ductwork. It goes in before the tools are set in place. Anyway:
  20. 7 points
    Grandpadave52

    Work gloves recommendation

    I just assumed everybody did this since that's what I do...worse thing about having mismatched pairs, is trying to find and remember which glove you've misplaced Maybe I should invest in some of those mitten strings and clips we've used with the grandkids.
  21. 7 points
    Gerald

    Outdoor spray

    My outdoor spray booth worked well. Today. Decided it was. Better than in th shop. Makes 9 of 20 plaques done
  22. 7 points
    steven newman

    A Project in Maple..

    Tray was looking a bit "Plain Jane"....was getting bored, anyway. Decided to "play around" in the shop today Set up the Stanley #45 for a bit of bead work. Got out the #23 Bead cutter. Slid the moving skate over to support the outside quirk, then slid the fence over there as well.. Didn't need the depth stop, left it up, out of the way. Clamped the tray into the vise...just high enough that the fence will miss the top of the vise... I started at the far end, and worked my way back towards me...when the top of the bead is a nice round shape, it is deep enough..my end was the last.. Had to keep clearing the Maple Flavoured Ramon Noodles, though.. Or they jam things up. I should have started on the shorter ends...as a pin wanted to blow out...one did The other three corners looked like this. Finally got all the edges beaded.. Not sure IF it needs sanded...placed this back in the case.. Need to start spreading the shellac around....inside and out. Had to sweep the floor... Made a bunch of noodles... Need to get a brass chain to keep the lid from leaning back too far...and add the finish....stay tuned..
  23. 7 points
    I've getting some shop time in between volleyball games and next week is the tournament and it will be over for the season. It has been fun but I am ready to get on to something else. This week I got started on a smoker grill table built out of Poplar. Yesterday i was able to get the frame together and the wheels on the legs. Then I got the bottom shelf boards cut and screwed down using coated decking screws. I've got to get things together today for a show this evening so it will be sometime later tomorrow before I get to work on getting the top on. I am hoping to have it all finished this weekend though. This past week a new friend came up to me and told me he used to be into wood working where they lived before moving here and he just couldn't do it any more and he had some equipment sitting in a trailer that needed to be out and put to use before it just rusted away. He said if you are interested I have a shaper you can have if you can use it in your shop. Well of course I can use it. So this week he came by with a friend and we unloaded it from his truck and rolled it into the shop. Yes it is going to need some work on the top but it is not pitted yet so it is just surface rust and should come off pretty easily. He was using it to make raise panel doors. It is a Weaver and I know nothing about them at this point. He also brought me a case full of blades with all kind of profiles. I'm looking forward to getting it cleaned up and wired for my plugs in the shop and see what it will do. It also had two fences with it. Looks a bit scary so I'll find something to practice with first. So that is my agenda, what's on your weekend agenda? Love to hear about your projects and see all of the pictures of what you are working on. Have a great weekend and whatever you do, be safe! PS: I shot in my first pistol competition last weekend and had a blast!
  24. 7 points
    Harry Brink

    SANTA'S WORK SHOP

    It's that time of year again! I have 84+ toy cars to make for the "Christmas Shoe Boxes. This will keep Santa (me) busy for a few weeks!
  25. 7 points
    PostalTom

    My latest effort

    This started out as a 8" x 8" x 2" piece of poplar. After that, the picture pretty much tell the story. It is intended for use as a fruit bowl, hence the green rim. That, by the way, didn't go as expected. I purchased a green paint pen from Hobby Lobby, intending to hold it against the rim with the lathe on its lowest speed, but the pen was the type that you have to keep depressing the nib on the end to pump the paint to the tip. That, of course, didn't work with the bowl turning, so I would up having to pump some paint to the tip, get it on the rim of the bowl, and actually "draw" it onto the rim, while periodically turning on the lathe to even out the application. It eventually worked OK, but next time I will figure out something different.
  26. 7 points
    Thanks for the doggie comments, guys. The pain meds are kicking in. She can hobble a bit on her own and she managed to do her business. As long as we can keep her pain free, she's happy and we're happy.
  27. 7 points
    Gene Howe

    A trick

    Tried a trick that worked so, I’ll share. I've found that 3M packing tape makes great masking tape. Today, I needed to protect some maple from stain. The maple was a 5/16” strip alongside a wide piece of mesquite. I knew painter’s tape wouldn’t cut it. But I was able to get the fine edge of the packing tape dead on along the joint. Now, most stains are much thinner than paint and, even though I sealed the edges with finger pressure, I wasn’t confident of that seal. So, I borrowed Phyl’s hair dryer and heated the tape, pressing behind the dryer with a tongue depressor. Crossed my fingers and applied the stain. When the tape came off, not a speck of stain had gotten past that tape. And, it’s great for wooden cauls, too.
  28. 7 points
    TGIF Solvents and Thinners In finishing, we can use a number of solvents and thinners. We need to know what & when to use. I’ll try to keep this at HS chemistry level or below. But to understand the products it helps understand some of the basic properties. Things are changing due to VOC (volatile organic compound) and HAP (hazardous air pollutant) laws in many states. First, I like to remind people there is a difference between a solvent - something that dissolves something thinner - something that dilutes something to change viscosity or evaporation rate (flash off) A possible point of confusion is that the same product can be either or both. For example, mineral spirits will thin oil-based varnish but dissolve wax. Lacquer thinner is a solvent for lacquer and adding it to lacquer will thin it or possibly alter its evaporation rate. Alcohol is a solvent for shellac but a thinner in lacquer. To really find out what’s in a product, you need to look on the label. More often you need to look up the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) now also known as Safety Data Sheet (SDS). And you may need to decode the names by CAS (Chemical Abstract Service) number. Many chemicals have multiple names but there will be a unique CAS number. For example “aromatic petroleum distillates," "cyclic aliphatic hydrocarbons", "distillates (petroleum), hydrotreated light” or “volatile hydrocarbons” may be mineral spirits, or something else entirely (see distillates, below). But if you get the unique CAS number, you can determine what it is. For example, the CAS number for water is 7732-18-5 (who'd have thought that?) Safety: In general, with the exception of water, avoid contact with skin, eyes, and use in a ventilate area to avoid excesss fumes. For some products, you should also wear a hydrocarbon respirator (not just a dust mask). Also, assume most are flammable. Mostly, we use three different products – petroleum distillates, lacquer thinner, and alcohols. But these represent more narrow component groups. Major categories Water Water, in chemistry, is known as “the universal solvent”. Technically, H20 is a “polar solvent” because it has a positive side and negative side. The first rule of solvency is “likes dissolve likes.” So water tends to dissolve things like it. This includes a lot of foods and dirt. But it’s not really a good solvent for finishes (because we don’t want finishes to dissolve if we spill water on them.) But we can use it as a thinner. In small amounts, we can use it to thin waterborne finishes. In order to comply with VOC laws (especially in strict areas like California), manufacturers are adding into things like “green paint thinner.” Because oil and water don’t mix, it’s an emulsion and white (like milk, another emulsion). I have not tried these, and would do trials if thinning varnish. But it would work OK to clean brushes, etc. Distillates These are usually petroleum based products, but I will include others chemically similar. When petroleum (crude oil) is distilled, various volatiles come out at different levels and give different products (fractional distillation). From fastest evaporating to slowest, these are some of the products Gasoline - don’t use this in finishing VM&P Naphtha -- VM&P stands for varnish maker’s and painter’s. This is a good fast-evaporating thinner for varnish and also a good solvent for cleaning and removing wax. Also known as benzine (i as in alive) Mineral spirits –aka White Spirits, what we normally see in “paint thinner” Slower evaporating and oiler than naphtha. To make “odorless mineral spirits” or “odorless paint thinner” the following are extracted from mineral spirits, and may also be extracted from naphtha o Benzene aka benzol – a carcinogen and generally not available any more (e as in dead) o Toluene aka Tolulol – thinner used in many lacquer thinners o Xylene aka Xylol thinner for conversion varnish, used in some cleaner type products. It can clean off paint splatters, but can damage some finishes (waterborne). You can also use it to remove dried on glue (chemically similar to paint) Kerosene (story: my brother-in-law said his dad used to use kerosene to thin varnish. It smelled so bad for so long that his mother would not let the piece in the house for months.) Mineral oil aka Paraffin Oil– used for cutting boards, furniture polishes, baby oil Paraffin - wax Paint thinner is a generic name and can be mix of several chemicals or chemicals with some components extracted. Turpentine is distilled tree sap and works much the same as mineral spirits. It is more expensive, smellier and slower evaporating. It has a higher solvency factor (KB value, see below). Except for special applications like oil artists, it has largely been replaced by petroleum distillates. D-Limonene is another distillate product. It is a mild solvent that is used in hand cleaners, Goo-Gone, and “Lemon Oil” furniture polishes (that are mostly mineral oil). It is obtained commercially from citrus fruits through two primary methods: centrifugal separation or steam distillation. “Green Paint Thinner” or “Paint thinner substitutes” In order to comply with VOC laws, sometimes distillates are diluted with water. If you thin varnish with one of these, you can raise the grain quite a bit. To avoid this either use pure mineral spirits, where available, in the first coat. Or let the grain raise and sand off after the first coat (burying the grain). “Paint thinner substitutes” can be anything. Some contain chemicals that will damage an existing finish if you just want to clean or wipe off the wax. Read the label and put on your Dick Tracy decoding ring and looking at the MSDS/SDS. Trials are always a good idea to avoid surprises after you’ve just spent a month in construction. Alcohol Alcohol is the solvent for shellac. It’s also used as thinner in lacquer thinner. The most common types are Ethanol – grain alcohol – what’s in liquor, wine, beer, moonshine, etc. Methanol – wood alcohol – poisonous to drink Isopropyl – rubbing alcohol – usually contains too much water to use in finishes While we could dissolve shellac in “everclear” (180+ proof (90%+) grain alcohol, ethanol), it is heavily taxed as a beverage. Manufacturers add methanol to make it non-potable and thus cheaper. The result of this is denatured alcohol aka methylated spirits in Britain. We could use pure methanol to dissolve shellac but it would be more hazardous, more expensive and faster drying. Shellac already dries in just a few minutes so there’s not too much a need for this approach. Alcohol is also good to remove markers like Sharpie from finishes that are not shellac. Alcohols are miscible in water, meaning they blend and are not like “oil and water.” Most alcohols have at least some water left in them as it’s impossible to distill out all the water. Ketones A ketone is an oxidized alcohol. Acetone is a familiar one. Acetone is a very strong and fast-drying solvent and will damage most finishes and plastics.. So it’s good for stripping. Acetone is also a major ingredient in lacquer thinner. Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone (MEK) aka butanone, 2-butanone is another example that you might see at a paint store. MEK is slower evaporating than acetone (but still fast) and can be used for some of the same purposes. Glycol ethers You are not likely to see a can of glycol ether in the paint store unless you see a strange can of something called Butyl Cellosolve (trademark for Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether). Glycol ethers are a broad class of hydrocarbon compounds with long names and long chemical formulas*. Glycol ethers are either "e-series" ethylene glycols or "p-series" propylene glycols. GEs are the solvent in waterborne finishes (softening the resins, then evaporating and letting them coalesce together). They are also use as a solvent in lacquer thinners. I use propylene glycol to make waterborne glazes and to retard the drying of waterborne wiping stains. It's also used in inks and some cleaners. Glycol ethers are miscible in water and other solvents, evaporate slowly, soften many resins and dissolve lacquer. It is common in lacquer retarder, making lacquer dry more slowly to avoid blush. (* example Diethylene glycol mono-n-butyl ether CH3CH2CH2CH2OCH2CH2OCH2CH2OH -- See what I said) And why did they misspell this label?? Lacquer Thinner Where does lacquer thinner fit in this classification? We haven’t covered it yet, but seen it referenced. Lacquer thinner is a mix of maybe 5-10 of a group of 25 or so distillates, alcohols, ketones, and glycol ethers. Some act as a solvent, some as a co-solvent (aka latent solvents, only work well when another primary solvent is present) and some as a thinner (dilutent). The exact formula and proportions can vary by manufacturer, cost considerations, and desired evaporation rates. Trial and error or a graduate degree in organic chemistry would be a way to tell what works when. Lacquer thinner makes a good final rinse for brushes used for oil-based varnishes. First, get out most of the varnish with mineral spirits or paint thinner. Then rinse in lacquer thinner to pull out the rest and remove the oiliness of mineral spirits. More Reading Green solvents and their use https://www.woodshopnews.com/columns-blogs/its-a-struggle-working-with-new-compliant-solvents K-B value – the measure of a hydrocarbon solvent https://electronics.microcare.com/resources/faqs/kb-value-tell-solvent/ Things change and they don't always tell you: https://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/goof-off-has-changed
  29. 7 points
    Joe239

    Cabinet in Wood Magazine

    Cabinet doors are finally done. Unfortunately Irma decided to visit and flood my shop 7" wall to wall. Took a while to get cleaned up and back into production. Overall the doors came out out the way I wanted. I didn't like how the plans added molding to the inside edges of the door face. That does nothing to cover the dado joints used to hold the door frame itself together. So I went off-script, bought a fancy molding router bit and made my own molding that overlaps the cabinet frame edges. Nice decorative edge and it covers the unsightly joinery that results from a $500 table saw. Turned out pretty good I thought. Here are before/after photos of the cabinet doors. Once the polyurethane coats are applied, I get to figure out how to install six-foot piano hinges.....
  30. 7 points
    Good Morning, y'all! September has vaporized just like August and the leaves will be falling in the Midwest sooner than I like to think. My weekly shop time will be spent building a cradle for a client. Both sides are finished and the ends are going together today. I need to get it out of the shop to start four other projects that are in the queue. Have a great week folks.
  31. 7 points
    Ron  Pemberton

    Mister McGoo syndrom

    Huh???
  32. 7 points
    Grandpadave52

    Mister McGoo syndrom

    Yet another reason to outlaw alarm clocks...
  33. 7 points
    HandyDan

    Mister McGoo syndrom

    I just live by the motto. What I can't hear doesn't pi&& me off. It has it's upside.
  34. 7 points
    Dadio

    Mister McGoo syndrom

    I checked out cochlear implants, they run up #50k to $100k ,and are not recommended for persons over 70, so I missed out by 10 years, But 10 years ago I couldn't afford it and now can't either. Besides that much money would buy a Festool. Herb
  35. 6 points
    Dan it would be nice if I was able to carve with my hands but the joints in my hands is way past even waving by- by. That's the reason the Dremel gets used. Before the pattern is taken off the wood I cut out all the pieces and do away with the wood not needed. I cut out the spokes before the pattern is removed then removed the paper and cut down the spokes to make it look like they are in the middle of the wheel. This being the first of this type I am learning where I should cut with the scroll saw and what not to make too small for safety sake around the sharp spinning knives. I add a backer board so the things will glue back together and maybe look presentable. I can't cut the spokes down first before I cut out the spokes because I need the pattern. Also by the time I enlarge the pattern the lines are hard to follow. The challenge of trying to figure out these non important things is enjoyable believe it or not. More so than sitting on the dock catching fish. Any suggestions from anyone?
  36. 6 points
    Still on the mend and taking it easy. Did get to the shop and messed around a bit. See the doctor Monday and should be okay to get back to it after that.
  37. 6 points
    Whew, great work John! I still love those green egg tables, hey you should put some type of brand on the table if you don't already. My Friday started out with a bang, very dear friend of the family called me up around 10 am this morning, and needed to be taken to the hospital, she wasn't feeling good, long story. After a brief hold up in triage, they admitted her immediately, she was having heart attacks as they were examining her, they got her into the STAT room on gurney, put her to sleep, and laid the electric paddles on her to get her heart beating the way it should. She has a defib implant, but it failed. That is why she was feeling so bad the last couple days. I just got home a half hour ago, 11:15 pm, and she is still at the hospital resting in her room now. They'll have to re-implant another device. I am completely glad she called me, and I could be here for her. She lives up in the mountains, I got her to where she needed to be quicker than rescue could of. Thanks @John Moody for getting this topic up, the week just aint the same without you and your Friday Topics, thanks sir.
  38. 6 points
    My 13 year old son is missing the game, so is wife, but a clear message must be sent, to the NFL owners, and my family, those actions are not tolerated. What kind of message would I be sending my 13 year old young man if he thought that in any way dad was ok with this? This is one of those "big teaching moments" for my kids. I want my young man son to understand and to be conditioned, that the flag does not hit the ground, and we stand when it passes in parade, and we stand at events. My son was named after his Marine great uncle who fell on Guam in WWII, my son must know, that flag never hits the ground. Standing for the flag should be as second nature as opening a door for a woman, and he's really good at that. He's a good kid.
  39. 6 points
    I love this crowd. Grounded, feet firmly planted on terra firma, thanks @HARO50 . Egos, we just don't have em here, thanks to all for making this community experience a wonderful place.
  40. 6 points
    First Hat...thank-you for your unselfish service to our nation. That in itself demonstrates your willingness to lay down your life for the flag and it's people not only for what you believe but also for what others believe be it right or wrong. As for your statement above (I placed in bold), I respectfully disagree. I do so solely on what started this whole debate over a year ago citing Colin Kaepernick's exact words (below). I'm sorry, but there is no other way to interpret his words than for the face value of his statement. I might add too, do some in depth investigating research of his financial contributions to various organizations which are total anti-law enforcement, nearly anarchic organizations. "During a post-game interview on August 26, 2016, he (Colin Kaepernick) stated, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder", adding that he would continue to protest during the anthem until he feels like "[the American flag] represents what it's supposed to represent..." To say there is not discrimination in our country would be and is a denial of the truth and you are correct, it is all around us. Lew Holtz is quoted as saying "Any time you treat one person differently than someone else, you are being unfair" which I agree is a true statement. I don't deny them their right to protest or make a statement, just find the proper venue and if need be, spend some of their millions to buy air-time to do so. Football was a game, not a political platform. The only sides that should be chosen here are AFC vs NFC and which team in which division I think is going to win it all. They are paid (very well I might add) employees of those teams...nothing more. I don't deny there may have been some questionable police actions that have occurred which are tragic and needless. However, I can tell you this...there are far more police officers killed in the line of duty each year, yet I've never seen an officer fail to respect the flag or take a knee when duty calls nor riot, loot and burn communities and others properties in protest. I can't say I've ever witnessed an officer discriminate who they should save when they've risked their own lives to save someone from a burning building, raging floodwaters, or sky scrapers targeted by terrorists crashing airplanes. As a citizen of this great nation, I grew up reciting daily these words..." I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Failure to stand and pay respect to our flag during the playing of the National Anthem in any fashion because I disagree with something is a willful denial of the pledge. Further more it violates U.S. Code 36... 36 U.S. Code § 301 - National anthem (a)Designation.— The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem. (b)Conduct During Playing.—During a rendition of the national anthem—(1)when the flag is displayed—(A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note; (B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and (C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and (2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed. (Pub. L. 105–225, Aug. 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1263; Pub. L. 110–417, [div. A], title V, § 595, Oct. 14, 2008, 122 Stat. 4475.) Obviously we stand in opposition to one another on this topic and I don't expect to change your mind any more than you might expect to change mine. Hopefully we can agree to disagree in an agreeable fashion. Thanks for openly sharing your point of view and at least trying to understand mine.
  41. 6 points
  42. 6 points
    I don't know -- we might have to demote him from "master carpenter" because he used a cardboard box and not wood to make this.
  43. 6 points
    Steve Krumanaker

    Big day!

    Had the first day of class with Glenn Lucas today at Marc Adams School of wood working in Franklin IN. It's a big class, 17 of us. Still Glenn gave each of us all the attention we needed. Turned a couple small bowls and tomorrow we're doing a platter. Big day for me, from 8am to six this evening, NO NAPS! Learned a lot and hopefully I'll retain at least a little of it. Hard to describe the Marc Adams facility, it's huge. 17 OneWay lathes in our room alone. Steve
  44. 6 points
    HandyDan

    Even Trees Do It

    Where's There's a Will-----
  45. 6 points
    steven newman

    A Project in Maple..

    Took a day off....was getting a bit bored....decided to SLOWLY do a small bit in the shop, and limit the trips on them stairs... Now I remember why that shelf sticks out that way....I checked the edge for square.. Not...but, we have ways,, Millers Falls #14 Jack plane...lots lighter than them BIG jointer planes... I was going to use this cutter.. To mill a 3/16" tongue on the freshly jointed edge....board was a tad too wide...would have left a whisker on the edges....I do have a wider one... Meet it's big brother..a 1/4" tongue cutter. At least it will reach all the way across the edge.. And still have the skates riding on the wood. Less tipping, that way... Once I figured out which way the grain was really running, I could start at the far end.. And work my way back towards the other end. Helps the rub the candle around a bit, too.. Since the cutter has it's own depth stop, just a matter of going until it stops cutting. Since these are going into stopped grooves, I needed to trim the ends a bit.. Saw to cut, chisel to remove. Got all the end panels' edges done...laid one of the front/back panels on the bench....needed to set up a contraption.. Has a 1/4" straight cutting bit...one of four such bits I have...I marked the stop and start lines....and had to figure out which to actually start from....once that was figured out.. So far so good, right? Normal luck in this shop...got about an inch into the next groove's cut.. Hate when that happens....got the next bit loaded up and set, and cut some more.. Then got the other two grooves cut. Was doing test fits along the way, too.. Hmmm, might as well spread the Elmer's around, and use a few clamps.. Diagonal clamp to pull this into square.....tape measure to check the diagonals, both said 35", exactly. Will let this sit til tomorrow. Then decide what next to cobble up for it. Stay tuned....I am sitting here, pulling dried glue off my fingers....and having a Mountain Dew......and will just sit for a while...
  46. 6 points
    Well my weekend started last Tuesday evening with several men and ladies from our church coming over and we worked on cutting, planing and sanding the pieces of Poplar for the benches. This was a project to work with a few at risk kids and give them a chance to build something and take it home with them. Tuesday Evening, While a couple of us continued to rough cut some pieces, others started planing boards I had already cut before they got there. They had quite an assembly line going before long. Thursday On Thursday, I finished up what wasn't done and drilled all of the Pocket Holes in all the pieces. To make it easier to transport and to let each boy pick his project, I shrink wrapped them into a complete bench with the four pieces needed to build it. Saturday We met with the five young guys and before any of the assembly started, I gave a short devotion to them. We then let them pick out their bench package and we divided up so that one man was working with each boy. We let them do the marking of where the stretcher would go and shared with them why you need to learn math. Most of these boys had never used a drill and they got so excited. While we were working with them on building their own bench, our wives were making homemade pizza and cookies for them. They seemed to really enjoy building the bench and was so excited when they found out the got to keep it and take it home. I shared with the boys that the lumber for these came from a tree that was blown down in a storm and that we took it to a sawmill and had it cut into lumber. One of the boys said he though boards just came from Lowe's, he didn't know they came from trees! And easy project but was very special t them. When they were being taken back to their homes, one of them ask if we could help take it in his house so no one would get it. Breaks you heart sometimes, but I was so thankful that I could be a part of this. This week it is back to working on other projects in the shop and starting to ramp up for Christmas, yes I said it Christmas! Wow it is hard to believe it is just around the corner.
  47. 6 points
    My woodworking for the past week and this week is to finish getting all the tree branches hauled to the dump. We have 4 pepper trees (which I hate) with 2 on the front slope and 2 on the back slope. The front slope trees were easy to deal with as they are smaller and pretty well groomed. The back slope trees......well.....they have a mind of their own and grow willy-nilly in different directions. They were about 30' tall and were a real pain in the bee-hind to deal with. After getting the lower branches trimmed so I could actually get to the trunks, there was no way that I could trim them up properly as they had overgrown so much and had big branches hanging over the neighbor's yard. So I decided to cut them all the way down and remove them completely. So I went to Harbor Freight and bought a electric chain saw that is on a long expandable pole. It was cheap and really worked good to get the branches up to 3"-4". But then I had to go to Home Depot and buy a 14" electric chain saw to deal with the large branches. Between those to chain saws I got everything cut down. I took a couple of days off to recover as my back was killing me, so today I will start loading up the truck to make a number of runs to the County Dump. One of these days I will actually get back to doing woodworking in my shop as I got a bunch of things that need to get done.
  48. 6 points
    Ron Altier

    It happened to me

    Not long after I moved to colorado, I discovered that my old car would not meet emissions requirements without investing more money than the car was worth. So we got a Mazda small SUV. It has the whistles and bells, things I had to get used to. I went to the grocery and it was snowing big heavy wet flakes and it was accumulating fast. There was several (maybe 10) inches on the ground when I went in the store. I came out 15 minutes later and EVERYTHING had several more inches on it, including my car. I walked over to it and pushed the unlock button on the remote. NOTHING. I went on the other side and tried, Nothing. I had a light sweat shirt on, it and my groceries were getting covered fast. I called the Mazda dealer and was told to take a key out of the remote, go inside and hold it near the ignition. OK. I could not find the key slot. Went to the other side, found it and it wouldn't turn. By now I am soaked and looked around to see it anyone is laughing. NO, no one could see more than 8 feet in this mess. I decided to make one more attempt. If it failed I'd go inside and warm up. I walked to the drivers side, put the remote next to door handle and pushed. DID I HEAR A CLICK!!!! I tried the door and NO. So I pushed the button it again. It clicked again...............however it was then I realized the clicking noise was coming fromt the car behind me. I was trying to get in someone else's car
  49. 6 points
    Grandpadave52

    Mister McGoo syndrom

    Toss me an oar...mine was from all the farm equipment years running tractors on dynos inside (and out), plus the years operating in the field before cabs. Didn't help any racing go-carts, operating chainsaws etc. and running power tools w/o protection either. When I went into manufacturing my baseline was 60% loss in right ear and ~25% in left ear...hearing protection was required there but too little too late...a typical male begins gradually losing that upper level frequency hearing (women's & children's) starting around age 40 w/o any other damaging influences. My wife asks, "do you really need that TV turned up that loud?" to which I respond "I can turn it up more if you're going to talk during this game" That's when the fight begins...
  50. 6 points
    DerBengel

    You won't believe this!

    Okay, you are taking away from my study time, but I got MORE DONUTS! Man! It's hard keeping you guys happy and full!!! SOME MORE ECLAIRS: COFFEE: And a way to drink it: OH! And don't forget the cream and sugar: And something to stir with: Now...you guys are responsible for your favorite cups, napkins- or just use your sleeves...I hope this covers you guys for at least a week!
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