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  1. 6 points

    My wife's Christmas present

    Got the top on today. She loves it.
  2. 5 points
    Gene Howe

    New Host on Rough Cut

    Charles wanders a bit but, I do enjoy watching him. In the evening, I'll sit with a glass of scotch and watch him. Usually, when the glass is done, so is he.
  3. 5 points
    Respectfully disagree. I have many tools which i use often, seldom, or not at all; but they all serve a purpose (even if only to look at and admire as a neat/good tool). SWMBO may think they are a waste of money, but then she's not buying or paying for them. I have a personal relationship with all my tools.
  4. 4 points
    Erm, our personal relationship stays private. What's said in the workshop stays in the workshop.
  5. 4 points

    If you like squirrels......

    I received a reprimand on another site for this suggestion-
  6. 4 points
  7. 4 points

    How to Start a Fight

  8. 4 points

    The hardest wood in North America

    My head
  9. 4 points


    Got my Social Security statement for 2018- $10 more a month! I'm rollin' in it now
  10. 4 points

    How to Start a Fight

  11. 3 points
    Kelso Chris

    New Host on Rough Cut

    The latest issue of Fine Wood Working came in the mail today and was eagerly awaiting my return home. After scarfing down supper I was skimming through it and came across an ad towards the back. It was for Rough Cut Woodworking with a new host Tom Mclaughlin from New Hampshire. I knew Tommy MacDonald had left the show after the last season was wrapped and that he had washed his hands of PBS and was moving in some new direction. I have met both these craftsmen and they are both really nice guys. Some of my favorite episodes of RC were the ones when Tom Mclaughlin was a guest. Hopefully the two are still on good terms personally. It seems kind of cheap on WGBH's part to simply recast the host of the show. Why couldn't they come up with a new show title? That said I will tune in this spring when the new episodes air to see what direction the show goes in. Tom was an instructor at both of the Weekend With Wood events I attended and he did an excellent job on his seminars. He offered some great advice to me on a project that I was working on at the time and was a big help.
  12. 3 points

    Easy Wood Tool Contest!

    I found this on Facebook. If you have a FaceBook account check it out- https://www.facebook.com/EasyWoodTools/photos/a.305274012822515.95517.296127457070504/1968972016452698/?type=3&theater
  13. 3 points

    If you like squirrels......

    Just to re-affirm my dislike for these tree rodents, here is what happens when they decide to stash their..... well, STASH in weird places. The car belongs to my sister's neighbour, in Thessalon, Ontario. She had to get a local mechanic to remove all the pine/spruce cones! John
  14. 3 points

    Workbench personalities

    Sounds exactly like MY previous bench. It cost me nothing, which was just barely within my budget. And it served a purpose for about 44 years! But it's time for a change. John
  15. 3 points
    I have one book on the subject by Lewis H. Hodges.
  16. 3 points
  17. 3 points

    How to Start a Fight

  18. 3 points
    It seems like many things in finishes come in threes -- three types of finishes, three types of applicators, three types of stains, three ways to color, etc. Bleaches are no exceptions. Basic three types of bleach, each with different uses and properties. 1. A:B bleaches 2. Chlorine bleaches 3. Oxalic acid. Before using any of these, be sure to protect yourself with skin and eye protection, breathing protection and air circulation. And protect your clothing. All require some kind of neutralization and/or rinse following application. All these bleaches are water-based so they will raise the grain and you will need to dry and lightly sand afterwards. You most often use bleaches when stripping and refinishing a piece, but also when certain problems occur due to storage, drying, or processing wood. You generally want to bleach the whole piece and not just "spot bleach" or you will have problems blending in to a uniformly colored finish. Some stains only react with certain bleaches. And the stain may be the result of a chemical reaction or biological (mold, fungus, mouse urine, etc.) If one or two applications is not doing it, rinse the wood with water (after the suggested neutralization) and try another. You should use distilled water, especially if you have hard water. A:B Bleaches A:B Bleaches are two-part bleaches. Part A is usually sodium hydroxide, NaOH (AKA caustic soda or lye.) Part B is hydrogen peroxide, H2O2. You apply them part A, then immediately part B, or you can mix the two together in a non-metal container and apply at once. (Remember that lye solutions can darken certain woods, so don't wait too long). You can also apply a second application of part B while the original solution is on and still wet. After the wood is dry, neutralize the alkaline residue of this bleach by applying a weak acid like vinegar thinned 2:1 with water. A:B Bleaches will overall lighten the wood and reduce some of the grain contrast. Chlorine Bleaches Laundry bleach (e.g., Clorox), sodium hypochlorite, NaClO, is a weaker type of chlorine bleach. A stronger version is a pool bleach, calcium hypochlorite, Ca(ClO)2, that you can get at pool supply stores. To use, stir a pool bleach in hot water until you get a saturated solution (will not dissolve any more bleach powder). Apply liberally to wood soon after mixing. It may need to work overnight. You can repeat once if needed. Additional applications beyond two are usually not effective. Using laundry bleach (Clorox) is usually not effective except on the lightest of stains. Chlorine bleaches are best used for removing dye-based stains but not effective on pigment-based stains. They are also effective on food or beverages that have penetrated a finish and made a stain. It does not obscure the natural color variations in the wood. Oxalic Acid Oxalic acid's (C2H2O4) main use is to remove black stains caused by iron reacting to tannins in certain woods like oak and cherry. This is common around nails and screws or where iron pipe clamps touch wet glue when during glue-ups, or around wet glasses, etc. It can also remove some of the graying due to weather and sun exposure. Mix a saturated solution (see above) in hot water and apply immediately to stained area and whole piece. When the piece is dry, neutralize the acid with a base (baking soda in water). Then rinse. The acid crystals remain in the wood if you don't neutralize and when sanded can be noxious to breathe.
  19. 3 points
    It Was Al B

    Workbench questions

    I just turned a pale green. Guess that's what envy does to you
  20. 2 points
    I don't believe it, some of our tools must be related! Isn't that a coincidence?
  21. 2 points
    Yup! I've got another $40 set aside and it's burning a hole in my pocket. So, ya gonna take it, or not?
  22. 2 points

    One of my favorite books, what's yours?

    Yes, before the days of internet, VCRs, and TV shows, I had to get my education with books and the few magazines. To make matters worse, F+W Publishing used to have an annual warehouse sale with /books for a buck or two each (before the days of Amazon, E-bay and E-commerce). So, yeah, I have a few books, too.
  23. 2 points
  24. 2 points
    Ya'll did it!!!!!!!! Congratulations guys!!!!!! I never doubted any of you. Thank you everyone for your participation in this special annual event. I am personally humbled, you all are the greatest, this will be one fantastic Christmas for this family.
  25. 2 points

    Easy Wood Tool Contest!

    @Jim from Easy Wood Tools, @lew Thanks Lew for the heads up.
  26. 2 points

    Tabs on the Weather...

    Around 60° today. Was finally able to get on the mower and get the leaves mowed down before all of the cold weather they are calling for comes in.
  27. 2 points

    That last clock didn't do me in, so

    Now I am starting to smooth some of it after the first ruff in. I'm learning to go deeper with the curves. That new little round thing on the grinder will get after it slinging wood all over the shop. It can also create extra work! Maybe the guy needs to know when to get his finger off the trigger...
  28. 2 points

    One of my favorite books, what's yours?

    I have around 100 books on woodworking, from basic "beginner" books to shop layout, turning, carving, tool usage, weekend projects and those dedicated to specific machines. Favourites change depending on what catches my interest on any given day. John
  29. 2 points
    John Morris

    Easy Wood Tool Contest!

    @Jim from Easy Wood Tools, thanks for the great contest, this looks fun!
  30. 2 points
    AED, CPR, and first aid class this morning at the Restore. Supposed to be a vacation day but i consider it well spent.
  31. 2 points
    Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! On a personal front I was able to dig out my shop from under the mess of the last few months between life happenings, home repairs, and I just may start to do some real woodworking very soon here! New members Please welcome the following members to our community. @Lesley Mcgrath, @Jxdubbs, @woncoolone, @William Spier, and the return of our old timey Patriot Woodworker @Shane Whitlock! To our new members, thank you for joining us! To our existing members, please click on their names above and shoot them a welcome message. News We want to thank those who have participated in this project, we have thus far reached 93% of our 1500.00 dollar goal! Please GO HERE to see how you can help! Please help us help this Gold Star Family, and you could win some great prizes too! Art for sale To benefit our adopted Gold Star family for the Holidays, John Mordus has donated two wonderful dedications to our U.S. Military. All the proceeds from the purchases of these carvings will be given to the Merlo Family project for their Christmas dinner. Thank you @honesttjohn!!!!! What's It Our November "What's It" has a winner, and his name is Gene Howe! Since the What's It was not properly identified through referenced subject material we had to go to a random draw, and Gene's name floated to the top. Congrats Gene, you are now a member of the MWTCA and all it's benefits courtesy of The Patriot Woodworker Community! Our December What's It will be up and live shortly, thank you for your patience! Featured image of the week Patriot Woodworker @Mike Mathieu is an Intarsia Artist, his work is incredible, a true craftsman in this discipline. To see more of Mike's work see his album at Intarsia Art by Mike Mathieu Monticello, by Mike Mathieu.
  32. 2 points

    Workbench questions

    Oh, ya! I've been saving my spare change for one for about a year, but was still a little short. Busy Bee had them on sale until the end of the year, so she told me to put the rest on plastic. They'll never be THIS cheap again! John Just thought, you probably don't have BB in the U.S. Not a bad place, carry metalworking as well as woodworking tools, often reasonably priced.
  33. 2 points
    Not a whole lot got done yesterday, nothing today. That ..Monday Thing. Last night, got creative ( dangerous, I know..)and decided to try and rehab that junky saw.... Where all the bolt holes were...I cut that off, about 2" worth, then had to grind the edge to match the handle I found. And dig up a few extra bolts. Medallion is just an old Warranted Superior....Saw did make a kerf rip cut in that pine block....makes a nice display stand? Plate will never shine up, too much "patina" going on....had things all nice and lovely...until I noticed the handle a bit closer... Bummer. I MIGHT have a spare handle...that doesn't have a crack in it. Saw is now a 24" long, 8ppi Panel saw that seems to be sharp enough. Ok, The Boss cleaned the top of the fridge off...found this strange item... The lid is actually white, with blue letters. Not sure IF the place is still there, or that phone number still works....Inside? Being from Cleveland......weird tools. A Ratchet Socketool. Not sure if everything is there....never know. Sockets are a hex drive. Usable lumber? There is a square of maple under that Poplar. ( planes are "extras") The long Poplar board is just over 3'.. By 8-1/2" wide. Maybe 1/2" thick? Might see what I can cobble up out of this mess. maybe when Tuesday arrives, I can get a bit of shoptime, doing something besides tool rehabs.
  34. 2 points
    Add my name to the challenge as well - I will match 10%, up to a maximum of $50 on any amount over the $1500 goal.
  35. 2 points


    Here she be https://photos.smugmug.com/Tools-I-made-or-Purchased/i-Cx3mJZj/0/40b32ea2/1280/20171204_153352-1280.mp4
  36. 2 points
    Gene Howe


    Me too. Now watch how much Medicare goes up.
  37. 2 points

    So is it??? ............

    I'm beginning to get the impression that I was completely mis-represented in this particular circumstance. It would appear that said participants in said discussion did elaborate and otherwise embellish the actual discussion. It also appears that as the embellishment continues the story gets better. Especially as more reinforcement is posted from some of you other "partners in crime" Not being one to stop such an adventure, I certainly would not argue that said adjectives were used in the discussion. I freely admit to describing my feelings regarding some of the new, presumably comparable, tools when compared to some of the engineering of certain older tools. Certainly, the 45 and the 55 fall into that category. I consider them to be excellent feats of engineering and today's copycats just don't cut the elegance and beauty of the originals (personal taste, I'm sure...no offense intended). I had the opportunity of restoring one some time ago and really spent a lot of time in the manual and trying out the techniques described for the various cuts and profiles...and all of a sudden it clicked. As example, consider what it takes to plow the edge of a board if you did not have a router table all set up with a slot cutter. Or the ease of using multiple cutters to obtain one unique profile...some of it from the edge, some of it from the face? No...not gettin' serious on you guys 'n gals...just trying to get the ole die-hards to join in... Am I the only one out here that uses words like beauty, pretty, cute, handsome, sex-e, etc... when it comes to tools in general and "ole arn" more specifically...? C'mon out of the woodwork...don't leave me hangin'...I've seen some of the words used in this thread ! Don't you guys use "he's" and "she's" when describing tools...? P.S. I do think my original ole Lion Miter knife is a "beauty"...even before I cleaned 'er up...
  38. 2 points
    A tool is only worth what you get out of it. If you buy a tool and never use it, then no matter how much you paid for that tool, it is a waste of money. So, if the tools make what you like to do easier and you use them all of the time, then no matter what the cost it is worth the price. With that said, when you buy yours, buy two sets...my birthday is in August!
  39. 2 points
    Monday? Wake me up when Tuesday gets here.....
  40. 2 points
    Got the ball and cup games for the Akron Children's Hospital finished. Thinking of making some spin tops for the kids to play with at the family Christmas party.
  41. 2 points

    Santa"s Workshop

    I've been planning to join the procrastinator's club for 25 years, but I seem to just continue to put it off until next year!
  42. 1 point

    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).
  43. 1 point
    Gene Howe

    Workbench personalities

    Geeze, I had no idea people were so totally obsessed with work bench design. Reading Chris' entertaining blog makes it apparent that there's an unmet need for bench builder psychotherapy.
  44. 1 point


    Must be why the mailman is running late today -- too many SSA mailings? I just started this year, but IIRC, the last couple years have been fixed. When I was working full-time, both for the man and for myself, it used to PO me to hear some old person say, "I'm on a fixed income." Bull, you were normally getting a COLA increase every year. And you can always get a part time job somewhere. When I worked for the man, we regularly had cutbacks and I would have welcomed an income that was fixed. When I worked for myself, I'll look at the calendar on Sunday night and realize that I had about 3 hours worth of work lined up for the week. (Fortunately, it normally filled in pretty full by Tuesday noon).
  45. 1 point

    Thinking to myself

    Thanks Gene! Sorry schnewj, guess I mislead you. I was only speaking to the one side of it, instead of giving a well-rounded view. But here goes: Yes, I was most definitely taught to be polite, try to be humble, and courteous, keep my elbows off the table, to give gifts with thought that the other person would want, stand up for what I believe in, try to listen to someone when they need to share something (and not share it all with the rest of the world), not to lie, not to hit people (but stand up for myself if at first, I can't talk them down and then WALLOP them! hahaha), I grew up in a Christian family and I have often been let down by most people because in today's world, it's worse than when I was a kid. I actually had someone get angry with me and tell me words like morals, scruples, ethics, values, are Christian terminology. I am unsure where they missed being taught how to use the dictionary, and guess they were sleeping in class, when we were taught about the forums in Ancient Roman times in history, and guess they never met a regular joe who tried to raise their family right??? lol And even the relatives on my mom's family who don't believe God exists, still have morals, scruples, values, ethics and will treat any person they meet with dignity and respect and won't try to back stab you to get your job or anything like that. But I have to disagree with you on the one part. I think we all kind of anticipate hearing some sort of acknowledgement in return for a kind gesture or statement we have made, just as we freely show appreciation, but to expect it, is a different matter, altogether. Just like I get impatient when someone shows ignorance. I have to keep reminding myself that everyone went to different schools, not everyone graduated and so on. Well, I know a of families out there who think making body noises, even while eating is hilarious. I know...well, let's just say (I am sure you have run into them at some point), it's very surprising when you get behind closed doors (into their homes) sometimes. And sometimes, I find myself having distanced myself as graciously as possible. But yes, there are even a lot of people out there who have the the grace and humility of a cornered badger! I also am sappy when it comes to my loved ones. My mom always hugged us and told us she loved us, cause her mom couldn't seem to do that very well and my mom made up her mind she wanted her kids to know they were loved. Well, I have carried that over to my (3) best friends. I always give my friends a hug and a few times a year, I actually tell them I love them. It feels extremely awkward because people just don't know how to do that. It's weak or sappy, or any adjective you want. But if you were to ask my friends today, if I ever conveyed my love for my friends, they can certainly say yes. I never told my buddy, Snake, I love him, but I have hugged him about once a year and we both convey the value of our friendship for one another. He and I also vow we have each other's backs if anyone ever gives us trouble. lol But we actually mean it, too. I do not make friends so easily, and I have kind of offended people when I enthusiastically introduce them as a very good acquaintance of mine. But, I was taught what a friend is from my own family. I am a bit European on that. To me, friendship is a bond that takes several years of nurturing. In the Germanic countries, when two people start befriending one another, it definitely takes a while -find out that we are compatible, trustworthy, can share a secret with without being humiliated or it turned against us.... In the US, people are your BFF after the first meeting and 15 minutes to an hour of then telling your their whole life story. And then they loosely throw around the I love yous and your my best friend out of everyone...yada, yada...and never calling you! lol and those friendships-every one, has crashed and burned. I don't even take that bait anymore-refuse to play that game, even on the internet. And another interesting thing over the pond, is that it is the place of the older of the 2 friends to proclaim a friendship. My friend in Austria-we were aquaintances and started becoming friends. I could feel it was a friendship, but I kept silent. About 6.5 years into the friendship, she (being the older one-ahem LOL), proclaimed she felt we were friends. FINALLY! YES! lol And then that meant I was invited into her home. I went over there twice to meet her, her family and her friends. You become part of the family. I would even lay my life down for at least 2 of them, without a second thought. So yeah, I have a lot of morals, scruples, ethics, values and all that jazz and I feel like a better person for it. Sure is a lot less drama and people know where I stand. Don't get me wrong, I can still get burned sometimes and still get bent out of shape on matters where I feel my thing is being jeopardized...and I can get very hurt feelings...that's the other thing my mom always taught me...do NOT count on others. They will let you down every time. Not that they will let you down on every single account, the fact is, the closer you are to someone, the easier it is to hurt them. But even if you don't know a person very well, you can think that you are on the same page and then find out they aren't and it can hurt if you aren't conscience that they are human and have their own minds and hearts, just as you do. Well, glad my English teacher isn't grading me-I can hear it now. You don't have an ending, and that part up there should have been the ending...hahaha I am tired! Been up 2 days, slept sort of normal for a couple days and been up 2 days again. It's okay today, cause I have a stupid sleep study tonight and if I went to bed at 6:30 this morning like normal, well I would be up all night at the sleep study! LOL 8 more hours to go?!?! Ahhh nuts!!! I am sooooooo tired right now. lol
  46. 1 point
    One at a time won't feel so bad. His design of horizontal stitching sure makes sense. The price isn't too bad considering where and how they are made. Hand stitching ain't cheap....even in France.
  47. 1 point

    Workbench personalities

    it works..
  48. 1 point

    Nova Christmas Giveaways

    Entered yesterday. Have to remember to enter each day to increase my chances of being disappointed when the drawing is held
  49. 1 point

    Time to Skin the Cat

    My philosophy- every new projects requires a new tool
  50. 1 point
    You had 3 minutes. Nobody to blame but yourself.
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