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  1. 6 points
    HandyDan

    Wednesday's Inspired

    In Lew's July 12 Wednesday's Wisdom post he posted a video showing a wooden case tape measure being made. I have my front lawn sprayed for weeds and fertilized and the outfit that does it leaves a little trinket each time they come. This time it was a 3' tape measure with a cloth tape. It even has a metric scale on the other side and is spring retractable. I thought I could make a wooden case for it so I did. I turned a Walnut case to fit it and drilled a hole in the center for return button and then made a thin Poplar cap for the other side for a little contrast. I used a threaded rivet and screw to make the retract button. Have a look, it works well.
  2. 5 points
    kmealy

    We All Use Math;

  3. 5 points
  4. 4 points
    clhyer

    One bedroom completed!

    Well, almost anyhow. I shared a couple pics of the dormer work done earlier in the spring. The rest of the job fought me every step of the way. The floor was very uneven, ceiling texture would not stick uniformly, even the paint would not roll on the walls in a good fashion. But I stuck with it. Herewith, a couple before and after pics. Hopefully you will be able to tell which is which! Cal
  5. 4 points
    Stick486

    THE NEW DARWIN AWARDS ARE OUT!!

    The Darwin Awards are finally out. These annual honors are given to the persons who did the gene pool the biggest service by killing themselves in the most extraordinarily stupid way. (Last year's winner was the fellow who was killed by a Coke machine which toppled over on top of him as he was attempting to tip a free soda out.) This year's winner was a real rocket scientist. Read on...And remember that each and every one of these is TRUE. And the nominees were: Semi-finalist #1 A young Canadian man, searching for a way of getting drunk cheaply, because he had no money with which to buy alcohol, mixed gasoline with milk… Not surprisingly, this concoction made him ill, and he vomited into the fireplace in his house. The resulting explosion and fire burned his house down, killing both him and his sister. Semi-finalist #2 Three Brazilian men were flying in a light aircraft at low altitude when another plane approached. It a appears that they decided to moon the occupants of the other plane, but lost control of their own aircraft and crashed. They were all found dead in the wreckage with their pants around their ankles. Semi-finalist #3 A 22-year-old Reston, VA , man was found dead after he tried to use octopus straps to bungee jump off a 70-foot railroad trestle. Fairfax County police said Eric Barcia, a fast food worker, taped a bunch of these straps together, wrapped an end around one foot, anchored the other end to the trestle at Lake Accotink Park, jumped and hit the pavement. Warren Carmichael, a police spokesman, said investigators think Barcia was alone because his car was found nearby. 'The length of the cord that he had assembled was greater than the distance between the trestle and the ground,' Carmichael said Police say the apparent cause of death was 'Major trauma.' Semi-finalist #4 A man in Alabama died from rattlesnake bites It seems that he and a friend were playing a game of catch, using the rattlesnake as a ball. The friend - no doubt a future Darwin Awards candidate - was hospitalized. Semi-finalist #5 Employees in a medium-sized warehouse in west Texas noticed the smell of a gas leak. Sensibly, management evacuated the building extinguishing all potential sources of ignition; lights, power, etc. After the building had been evacuated, two technicians from the gas company were dispatched. Upon entering the building, they found they had difficulty navigating in the dark. To their frustration, none of the lights worked. Witnesses later described the sight of one of the technicians reaching into his pocket and retrieving an object that resembled a cigarette lighter! Upon operation of the lighter-like object, the gas in the warehouse exploded, sending pieces of it up to three miles away. Nothing was found of the technicians, but the lighter was virtually untouched by the explosion. The technician suspected of causing the blast had never been thought of as ''bright'' by his peers. Now, the winner of this year's Darwin Award (awarded, as always, posthumously): The Arizona Highway Patrol came upon a pile of smoldering metal embedded in the side of a cliff rising above the road at the apex of a curve. The wreckage resembled the site of an airplane crash, but it was a car. The type of car was unidentifiable at the scene. Police investigators finally pieced together the mystery. An amateur rocket scientist....had somehow gotten hold of a JATO bottle (Jet Assisted Take Off, actually a solid fuel rocket) that is used to give heavy military transport planes an extra 'push' for taking off from short airfields. He had driven his Chevy Impala out into the desert and found a long, straight stretch of road. He attached the JATO unit to the car, jumped in, got up some speed and fired off the JATO! The facts as best as could be determined are that the operator of the 1967 Impala hit the JATO ignition at a distance of approximately 3.0 miles from the crash site This was established by the scorched and melted asphalt at that location. The JATO, if operating properly, would have reached maximum thrust within 5 seconds, causing the Chevy to reach speeds well in excess of 350 mph and continuing at full power for an additional 20-25 seconds. The driver, and soon to be pilot, would have experienced G-forces usually reserved for dog fighting F-14 jocks under full afterburners, causing him to become irrelevant for the remainder of the event. However, the automobile remained on the straight highway for about 2.5 miles (15-20 seconds) before the driver applied and completely melted the brakes, blowing the tires and leaving thick rubber marks on the road surface, then becoming airborne for an additional 1.4 miles and impacting the cliff face at a height of 125 feet leaving a blackened crater 3 feet deep in the rock Most of the driver's remains were not recoverable. However, small fragments of bone, teeth and hair were extracted from the crater, and fingernail and bone shards were removed from a piece of debris believed to be a portion of the steering wheel. Epilogue: It has been calculated that this moron attained a ground speed of approximately 420 mph, though much of his voyage was not actually on the ground.
  6. 4 points
  7. 4 points
    clhyer

    First attempt

    I like it Herb. I might suggest a smaller hand, though. This one doesn't point to the day of the week, it points to the open space border. Cal
  8. 3 points
    Dadio

    First attempt

    Here is the first attempt at the 7-day clock, this is the mock-up for the real thing ,this one is made of a cedar stud. what do you think? is the face OK? is there too much white around the face? Does the black hand look too clunky? Should it be a different color hand? Herb
  9. 3 points
    Dadio

    First attempt

    Thanks fellas for all the good ideas and you hit my concerns on the head about the hand being a thumb. I didn't like the hand after I made the clock, will improve that in the future. The Knot looked solid and unobtrusive when I cut it out, but after I glued it up and was routing the out side profile ,it blew out on me. Rather than starting over and being as it was a mock -up, I filled it with wood putty and kept on going. The future clocks will have better wood. I printed out the face myself on 8 1/2 X 11"PSA Label paper. It was drawn up by my cousin to my specifications. That is as large as I could print on letter sized paper. I can shrink the outside radius a tad to narrow the white margin. The white background is white melamine coated tempered Masonite from Lowes. It doesn't show in the picture, but the 1/16" clear acrylic lens on the front ,I also got at Lowes. The movement I bought on E-bay and comes with the hand included. it was hard to visualize the size of the hand before I got it. there were others with slim straight hands ,but they lacked character. Will improve on that though. Yup you guessed it, used the MiterSet Jig to set up the table saw miter gauge to cut the angles, that was the easiest part of the project. Stick,Why a 7-day clock? I am always a day early or a day late for appointments, Never can remember what day of the week it is. Herb
  10. 3 points
    Gene Howe

    Tabs on the Weather...

    Got a round, dial type thermometer. Dunno what the temp is. Herb stole the pointer.
  11. 3 points
    clhyer

    First attempt

    Are you trying to test my arithmetic also, Jess? Cal
  12. 3 points
    Stick486

    Wood Swimmer

    Found this on another forum... thought you may enjoy it...
  13. 3 points
    oldwoodie

    On that Dap free give away samples

    I got one, placed it with my other glues for about three weeks. Today, my daughter brought a spin mop that the handle had come apart, and it looked like a piece that fallen out. I used the Dap glue to put it back together. As I went to put the bottle back, I looked at the ingredients on the label. Low and behold, it is super glue! Isn't that what cynaoacralate is? So, now where are we with this stuff? Is it gonna be what we need for gluing long lasting joints?
  14. 3 points
    Fastback

    Today's tool buy

    Hey Dan, I had 2 of those Atlas 6" (I know it is hard to believe) I sold both because the lack of room and the fact that I have the 2 South Bends. I had all kinds of accessories for the last one. Nice lathe and a lot of fun to use.
  15. 3 points
    HandyDan

    Fishing Fun

  16. 3 points
    HandyDan

    We All Use Math;

  17. 3 points
  18. 3 points
    HandyDan

    First attempt

    I'm betting he used his new Miter Set Jig.
  19. 3 points
    Gene Howe

    On that Dap free give away samples

    It's handy but won't replace TBII in my shop.
  20. 3 points
    PostalTom

    First attempt

    I especially like the way the grain wraps around on the frame. This attention to detail on what you described as an prototype tells me your "production" models will be spectacular. One question. Where did you get a seven day movement like that? Klockit maybe?
  21. 3 points
    Grandpadave52

    First attempt

    Since you asked Herb...I agree with Kelly & Cal...to me the hand just seems to be disproportional to the face and the lettering. A thinner body and shorter wold be less overwhelming IMO...if you could find one with a brass or bronze border &/or stripe in the center would complement the clock face too I think... The only other thing which seems out of place to me is all of those days...I just don't seem to recall all those days in one week. Anyways, very cool idea and great overall design. It's going to make great gifts this year!!
  22. 3 points
    lew

    What to do with a...

    Usually there are so many interruptions I can barely get a train of thought started. The only time I refuse to be bothered is when doing a glue-up. During that time even the "Rapture" can wait.
  23. 3 points
    steven newman

    What to do with a...

    Did you ever lose track of time in the shop? Next thing I knew, it was suppertime? Just the Highlights from today's shoptime follies.. Ok...had to shut down and restart the computer, and do a full scan....GrandBRAT been on it again...Grrrr As for that crooked joint? We have ways. . Just until the glue dries. I got the last of the web-frames done today... Stacked the two sides together,....hmmm Hmm, bandsaw to hog most of that extra off....clamp the two sides together again. Set the mess up in the vise at the bench. Planes to remove the saw marks.. Set one side off out of the way....and make a rebate for the plywood back to sit in.. Had to make this one a stopped rebate, used a mallet and chisel to get what the Stanley 45 could not. Got both rebates done, decided to start adding web-frames. Brought a Walnut plank down to the shop, to get the "set-back" needed for the front of the frames, then glue and screws.. Squares to make sure things go in square to the sides.. When I flipped this over onto the other side...not everything lined up.....clamps to pull tings back, cussing, a shim for the top frame..cussing....squares everywhere...cussing...finally got all the frames to where they needed to be....and then set this mess down on it's own four feet.. Had to glue and screw a shim at one end of the top frame ( compost happens) Decided to find out how long a piece of walnut to cut....to make trim pieces...Laid out two cut lines, and...how to cut this thing? The D-8 crosscut saw I had sent out to be sharpened a while back. ( couldn't get to the circular saw..) Had to joint a straight edge on one edge of the three boards...yes, I got three planks from two cuts.. Forgot how bad Walnut smells when cut...anyway, needed the straight edge because I needed to resaw these down a bit Will need to joint those edges, cut a dovetail on each end, once I figure out how long to make these face frame parts. I think these will wait for another day......almost 5 straight hours in the shop, today.....I think. Stopped for suppertime....and closed up the shop. Maybe I can get a little bit done, tomorrow? Stay tuned to this Batty Channel
  24. 2 points
    Tami and I went to church this morning and then headed to Anaheim Stadium to watch the Angels play the Oakland A's. A lovely day in the 80's but it will be about an hour before our seats will be in the shade. Good thing we got sunscreen and hats. You can see the Honda Center where the Anaheim Ducks play across the freeway.
  25. 2 points
    John Morris

    'nother way to access

    Oh Buck please, if you read anything other than an effort to help you, into this entire topic, my goodness. Holy crap, does pragmatism exist in grown men anymore! Sorry, patience in short supply right now. Buck, we want ya here, we need ya here. You and your suggestions are always welcome. Just because we don't implement a suggestion cannot offend folks. This community is bigger than anyone within, many levels of complexity have to be considered before we make changes, please keep that in mind everyone. And please, grow some skin men!
  26. 2 points
    I had just picked up a headline on another forum he passed away on 7/28. Not sure I ever saw him post here, but i do think he was a member at the Wood forum, and always used the moniker "Routerman". He was best known to ,most woodworker's for the books he wrote on using routers. God speed, Pat.
  27. 2 points
    Man, I can't believe someone ruined a 1967 Impala!
  28. 2 points
    Stick486

    THE NEW DARWIN AWARDS ARE OUT!!

    ummmmmm.... scrap bin page... humor.. and all that.... not to mention grain of salt and all that.
  29. 2 points
    Stick486

    First attempt

    the others never finished...
  30. 2 points
    HARO50

    THE NEW DARWIN AWARDS ARE OUT!!

    Great story, Stick, but that last story has been around forever, and was proven to be a hoax at least thirty years ago! John
  31. 2 points
    Smallpatch

    First attempt

    I doubt if he would have had any critics at all if he had not invited it to start with. A person could show that clock to 50 people and ask them to make one and there would be 50 different versions of that clock.. On second thought only 2 maybe would have made one, the other 46 would have been too lazy..
  32. 2 points
    DAB

    First attempt

    unless it's just crap, or dangerous the way it was built, i've never criticized another's work. if you like it, or the person you made it for likes it, that's all that matters. my view on a project is immaterial. would i copy it? maybe. depends on what i want in my house. my style is not your style. and that's ok. if it was, it would be a very boring world. if someone asked me to make a version of that for their den, i might. but it would be my own take on things. it would not be an exact copy of someone else's work. show some imagination, some creativity, do it different from the herd. that said, i like it. it's different, it's nicely executed, and shows good craftsmanship and good creativity. not something you will find at Ikea or Wallymart. keep doing what you are doing.
  33. 2 points
    schnewj

    First attempt

    Glad to see you're putting that jig to use, Herb...Excellent quality work as always (even for a mock-up). I have to agree with everyone on the hand...too overwhelming and a distraction. I would scale it down, just a tad. I'm not personally impressed by the background colors...the white is always clean and makes thing pop, but a brighter contrasting color to the white border would be more pleasing to my eye. In addition, I don't care for the medieval/Old German script. I find it hard to read. All of it is personal preference, though. Where did you find the background? I've been thinking of making one of these for my Mother. She's 96 and no longer remembers what day it is.
  34. 2 points
    I guess I thought all along it was just a form of CA glue. I never saw it as a replacement for PVA, but as another glue to use when the need was there.
  35. 2 points
    HandyDan

    How to Start a Fight

  36. 2 points
    HandyDan

    Today's tool buy

    I love seeing the process Paul. I have a 6" Atlas metal lathe and dabble in the machining process myself sometimes.
  37. 2 points
    Fastback

    Today's tool buy

    Cal, I just wanted to see if you were paying attention Actually, I was born in 49 so..... I am almost afraid to look at that auction, I think that part of my problem with tool is I look at them and think I can fix that. I may as well put all my equipment to use. Paul
  38. 2 points
    HandyDan

    Conundrum

    Conundrum The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing. Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free. (Think this one over and over... makes sense!) "A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again.” Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America: 1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized. 2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims. 3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government. 4. Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer. 5. The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about. 6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about - yet they want America to be more like those other countries. Think about it! And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century. Makes you wonder who is doing the math.
  39. 2 points
    Gene Howe

    The Coffee Pot

    And, don't forget the wedding. With all that's been going on with you, two years ain't bad.
  40. 2 points
    Ron Dudelston

    First attempt

    I wouldn't change a thing Herb. It looks great. I'm with Gene though. How did you get the tight miters?
  41. 2 points
    Grandpadave52

    What to do with a...

    Looking great so far and really taking shape. You've made some amazing things since I've been on-board here, but I think you're about to outdo yourself on this one... And you sure ain't been all thumbs on it either!
  42. 2 points
    Smallpatch

    First attempt

    Herb the most important part of you project is what did you think when you finished it...Hey when I finish something and I am pleased how it turned out...........Thats it right there. I have to please me first of all. Wife and everybody else don't know squat....And after looking things over I know if I did this and that and changed whatever it MIGHT look better or probably would look worse but I always consider the first one is the goat.
  43. 2 points
    Chips N Dust

    The Coffee Pot

    It has been an ongoing project that I started a couple of years ago. Between a shoulder injury, work, ankle injury and life in general, I am not as far along as I have wanted to be. But, it will get done and then it will give me more room, better organization and comfort
  44. 2 points
    Gene Howe

    First attempt

    No suggestions from here. I like it. Gee, how'd you get those tight miters?
  45. 2 points
    John Morris

    'nother way to access

    Hey guys, this is a Woodworking community. Not a Free For All forum community. So naturally the woodworking stuff is going to ride high around here at the top of our website page. The free for all will be at the bottom of most woodworking communities I believe, just as ours is here..
  46. 2 points
  47. 2 points
    DAB

    First attempt

    everyday is saturday to me. or sunday. whatever.
  48. 2 points
    Fastback

    Today's tool buy

    You guys are right I am a tool alcoholic and can't quit. Do they have a TAA? I really need it. I am starting to do it with everything. For example, I started playing a little guitar thinking that it would help my brain. Well I now own 14 and I also have 6 amps. I did sell a few and need to think about selling some more. I also have 4 garden tractors and 1 small loader/backhoe. As for space, I guess I do have more then average sometimes it is good and sometimes not. Hey anybody know of any good tool deals. Oh, I just remembered that I still have a Simplicity garden tractor I bought at age 16 (1965). The tractor was used a 1953 model. I am the second owner. I have been married going on 42 years, but only one wife and she has a lot of patients with me. Paul
  49. 1 point
    Gerald

    First attempt

    The idea comes to me to do the different days in different colors. You could print on different colors of paper then as Jesse said cut it up and glue to masonite. Just a thought.
  50. 1 point
    Stick486

    First attempt

    yur retired... why a clock???
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