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  1. 5 points

    Happy Valentine's Day

    made this little bandsaw box yesterday, got the last coat of poly on today, so i'm declaring it done. some oak scraps i had laying around. my first bandsaw box, i'm pleased with how it turned out. woot. will give it away sunday at the pistol match. will fill it full of some chocolate candy (Dove and Hershey kisses). someone will go home with some good stuff.
  2. 5 points

    Happy Valentine's Day

    Once you do one Dave you will be hooked, I went thru a bandsaw box phase a few years ago and it was fun. The nice part about them is you can use your imagination to cut them any shape you can think of. I came by some red wood beam cut offs a few years ago and made some. the last one is a piece of spalted apple fireplace wood. not as nice as DAB's though. Herb
  3. 5 points

    MWTCA February 2018 "What's It" Project

    Well I see that everyone seems to agree on one thing, .......They all have similar handles. Herb
  4. 5 points
    It Was Al B

    Saw Blade

    This is probably old hash to most of you, but the information might save our beginners a little cash. Obviously a sharp blade is critical for quality work. When you feel the blade has gotten dull, is sharpening the best route ? I'd suggest a good cleaning of the blade with an approved cleaner before spending the $20.00 more or less for sharpening. A dirty blade cuts like a dull blade, and by just taking the time to clean it, you may find that the blade still has sharp teeth. Pitch buildup on the blade can happen rapidly if you are cutting pine lumber.
  5. 4 points

    Simple wedge tip

    Reminds me of the large theater set build I worked on last fall. We needed to clamp some parts about 4' apart. I think they have two or three clamps in the shop, max about 10". I grabbed some scrap screwed on a couple of blocks, then grabbed some tapered pieces that were sitting in the trash and pounded them in. Obvious to me, but I think I amazed some of the other volunteers.
  6. 3 points

    Kitchen Back splash is installed

    My wife worked hard sorting through the boxes of porcelain tiles, from HD, so that we only used the “pretty” tiles. I wanted to have a “mirror image” corner and we did not want to have vertical gap lines near each other between the 2nd row and the decorative tiles. She also wanted some of the tiles rotated 45 deg. We used approx. 132 6” x 6” tiles and I had to cut all but 16 of them. Used 1/16 spacers. Yea it is complete! My wife is happy, so I am happy. Danl It
  7. 3 points

    Saw Blade

    FWIW, the latest issue of FWW (March/Apr 2018) rated 10" combo table saw blades. The winners were Freud Premier Fusion P410, Forest Woodworker II and Ridge Carbide TS2000. They compared blades from nine manufactures. Tested both rip and crosscuts in pine and cherry and rip speed in 8/4 maple. Also tested cuts in plywood. Not sure if the mag is on the stands yet but I get the electronic copy.
  8. 3 points

    Tabs on the Weather...

    Light snow again last night. Nothing to SHOVEL about is a good thing. Upper 30s for a high today.
  9. 3 points

    Simple wedge tip

    You make a good carpenter ,Keith, carpenters live by wedges.. Herb
  10. 3 points
    steven newman

    A very short Rust Hunt

    Ok, model number on the 1905 Brace....No. 408. That loop gear shift came in about 1905.. Means this drill is slightly older than me?
  11. 3 points

    Happy Valentine's Day

    yeah, Mrs. has seen it. she liked it. but i have larger plans for the next one. have a stash of purple heart. won't that look good? sunday....
  12. 3 points
    It did cook the things maybe faster than our oven but still tasted the same.. The machine just came up to cooking temp faster than the oven.. Happy to say Maw has spread a new jig saw puzzle out and getting after it... I still can't chase her around the house yet!!!
  13. 3 points
    Gene Howe

    Really important,,, money wise

    Where I'm likely to end up, it'll burn or melt. If I'm lucky enough to go the other way, I won't need it.
  14. 3 points

    Very Interesting video

    I guess you won't be trying this, then https://blog.lostartpress.com/2018/02/08/could-you-tackle-these-mouldings/#respond I've often wondered why miter gauges and saws have a 90 degree cut labeled 0. Probably, "We've always done it that way." I was a bit surprised when in the first cut, he switched from a left miter to a right miter. No need to do that unless your stock is not symmetric top to bottom as the 2x is. I always snickered at the Shopsmith demos when they cut a compound miter. Then they hold it up and show how perfect a fit it is. Any idiot can make one corner a perfect fit. Let's see it happen with 4 corners.
  15. 2 points

    Sealcoat at Home Depot

    HD must be discontinuing gallon cans at their stores and making it only ship-to-store in 2 gal cartons. If you search online, that's the only way you'll find it. I picked up some today for $29 on the clearance rack. That's the cheapest it's been in a dozen years (been floating around $40 for most of that time). Just be sure it's fresh. It has a 3 year shelf life. The first three digits of the lot number will be S y m where S says made us US (Somerset, NJ) m is the last digit of the year (e.g., 7 for 2017) m is the month 1-9 (Jan-Sept), O(ct), N(ov), or D(ec) the rest are the day of the month, lot number, etc. https://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/flexner-on-finishing-blog/user-unfriendly-zinsser-bulls-eye-shellac
  16. 2 points

    Easy Wood Tools in Collinsville Illinois

    Check This Out! Maybe @Jim from Easy Wood Tools will be there!
  17. 2 points

    What tree is this

    the mighty Larch is a conifer, so that's not a Larch. but.....you can still be a lumberjack!
  18. 2 points

    What tree is this

    (monty python) "the mighty larch" don't you wish you were a lumberjack too? shopping on wednesdays! buttered scones and tea!! (i'm just guessing, mostly wanted to get a lumberjack joke in).
  19. 2 points

    Saw Blade

    I have a Ridge Carbide blade and have had very good luck with it. Got it at a woodworking show. My experience with both a Forrest and a Ridge says they're pretty much equal. Stumpy Nubs recommends them and has a discount for Ridge blades but not probably as good as the woodworking show price. They are made in the US in the state of New Jersey.
  20. 2 points
    Fred W. Hargis Jr

    Saw Blade

    The only one I ever had was for an RAS I owned. My memory of it was that it was very expensive ($120, with a discount) and it was extremely high quality...it was the RS1000, if I recall. Good thick carbide and cut very smooth. Stayed sharp forever. I bought it because it was the only 9" blade I could find for my small Dewalt RAS, and it had a 2º hook angle which made it at least acceptable for that saw. Ridge is generally known for high quality stuff and it's all US made (at least it was a few years back).
  21. 2 points
    I had great hopes of getting to the basement shop today. We awoke to this- Perfect turning weather! But, as the saying goes- Best laid plans... Ended up shoveling ice and sleet, from neighborhood driveways, for several hours, balancing my Mom's checkbook and getting her taxes done. Anyway, lots happening with our turner since last week. @DAB posted a sweet looking pine bowl he turned. Pine isn't easy to get a nice finish but Doug nailed it perfectly. Read the comments on his work, here- @Gene Howe gave us a link to a site that sells some neat sanding devices for turners (and all woodworkers)- Check the website for more- @Steve Krumanaker won a contest from Robust turning. Congrats, Steve,! @Steve Krumanaker also posted a piece turned by a member of the turner's club to which he belongs. Talk about creativity! Here's a little more on the piece- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools is looking for help in the Chicago area. This would be an excellent opportunity to show off your skills with the fantastic Easy Wood Tools product line. @Cliff posted a picture of using a router bit for a turning tool. Check it out, here- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter is available. As always there is a lot of great information. One thing that caught my attention was an article discussing Carving and Turning by Richard Wright. The article is a PDF document with many examples/pictures. http://www.capecodturners.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Carving-and-Turning.pdf Tim Yoder has a video up where he turns a Votive Candle Holder. Pay particular attention to the Easy Wood Chuck! If you ever get a chance to test drive this chuck, you will fall in love with it! Over the weekend I made an inertia sander. I bought the sleeve and bearing from Capt. Eddie. If you decide to make your own, be sure to drill the hole for the sleeve/bearing close enough to the handle end so the sanding disc doesn't rub against the end of the handle- don't ask how I know this. From icey southern PA Safe turning
  22. 2 points
  23. 2 points
    Not a chance. I don't turn, but sometimes imagine it just through all you guys do. I personally enjoy and look forward to the weekly recaps...sometimes I missed a lesson. Agreed, giving those who contribute so much to this forum an additional kudos is important. I've learned a lot from each of them (you)...some of it I can actually use in woodworking Keep up the good work Lew. It's GREATLY appreciated! Edit add: BTW, not by my choice, but keep your shovel handy...we're sending some more nasty stuff to you in a couple days.
  24. 2 points
    John Hechel

    Help Wanted / Chicagoland

    I'm 2.5 hours north of Chi-town in Plymouth. Unfortunately the full time job has me working 6 days a week and my side business occupies the other 8 days a week
  25. 2 points
    Well, first we dropped off Craig at his job, then stopped to check on Mom......not a good time....Call button wasn't working....she needs help to get out of bed....so, somehow she now has a Urinary tract infection, too...along with too many painkillers. Got the nurses motivated, then my sister arrived, and really motivated them.... They were working on mom when we left....with my sister playing strawboss.... On the way back home from there, stopped at a store, for a little rust hunting....$9 +sales tax.. A little 8" sweep brace, with a "Bonus" of sorts.. A VERY minty Craftsman 13/16" bit. Got home, did a wire wheel change, and the cleaned things up.. Almost like new? Wonder IF Craftsman would replace it? As for that brace? The only markings I found, were on the chuck.. A Goodell Pratt, from Greenfield, MASS., USA....PAT. Dec 27, 1892. That "loop" is a gear shift. Flip it to one side, or the other, chuck now will ratchet, center it up, and no ratcheting will happen. I think I know where Millers Falls got the idea about the top attachment.. As Goodell Pratt used the same thing. Was kind of a so-so day....and 1-2" of fresh snow..grrrrr.
  26. 2 points

    MWTCA February 2018 "What's It" Project

    Those look an awful lot like the things they use on us at work, but i'm pretty sure the working end is a lot sharper and longer. By the way, does the end of this remind you of anything?
  27. 2 points
    Lew is doing a great job, I an not a turner, but love what those guys do. Keep it up ,Lew, You are doing a a splendid jon on this thread. Herb
  28. 2 points
    What!!!!! Let me at em!!! Heck no Lew, your weekly topic is the bomb man!
  29. 2 points

    George Carlin and Gallagher on English

    "....not to be confused with a Mexican high"
  30. 2 points
    @Steve Krumanaker Thank you. I am hoping folks don't get fed up with the recaps. I think it is important to give our turners the recognition they deserve. A long time ago, before Easy Wood Tools was sold to Pony, some of the turners here had the opportunity to test drive many of the Easy Wood Tools- including their chuck. It has the fit and finish of a fine swiss watch. I think it has to be the best chuck on the market. @Gerald Thanks! @HandyDan Thank You! I think those candle holders would make nice Christmas presents. @Gene Howe Thanks! I tried the sander today on a small holly bowl. It works pretty good. BTW, I got my order of Manzanita today- ordered it Monday!
  31. 2 points

    Really important,,, money wise

    I'm working on a plan for that...
  32. 2 points

    Tabs on the Weather...

    As of February 8 @ 12:30 p.m. it is 17 degrees and partly cloudy. Now we are just waiting for the next snow storm We are under a winter weather advisory. They are calling for anywhere 5" to 9" of that white terrible stuff tonight into Friday. Then Saturday into Sunday they are calling for another 3" to 5" of more snow. I'm beginning to think I did something wrong with all of this crap weather that we are getting. Time to move on WINTER!!!! 39 Days 23 Hours 26 Minutes 10 Seconds until SPRING!!!!
  33. 2 points
    Well it has been a week now and wife finished the 1000 piece puzzle yesterday she had started some time ago. Now this morning she is dusting the wood furniture so.. After the first couple of days she said no it was not worth that operation..... I bet she has changed her mind on that 100 %... No sharp pains in her hip and leg and she says the back is feeling better each day. The women at the church set things up for a hot meal was delivered each afternoon for the days since then.. Got lots of extra bowls sitting around and there are lots of sweets, like cakes and puddings, and all kinds of things to eat...I been gaining weight like it was Christmas again. She mentioned she appreciated the response from the woodworking guys.... Yesterday she said Wed was the days she gets her hair fixed so she wanted me to drive her down there, but I convinced her the hair would still be on her head next week and not rush the, getting well, part of the operation.
  34. 2 points

    Saw Blade

    I turn mostly and a blade last a long time for me. I like to have a good one around for those occasions when I do flat work. If I buy a blade every 10 years I am good with that. The Forest would have lasted longer but I got lazy at changing it out for crappy wood.
  35. 2 points
    Sure glad I read the review first.
  36. 1 point
    The bank manager was walking thru the bank and saw a man he had never seen counting out money, and doing a fantastic job of it. The manager asked where he'd learned to count money like that, and the man responded, "Yale". That's wonderful said the manager, and asked, "What is your name?". The answer was, "Yohnson".
  37. 1 point

    Happy birthday Fred Hargis

    we both did...
  38. 1 point
    Chips N Dust

    Tabs on the Weather...

    Down to 34 again, around 60 for the high. Hopefully, the pavers will be finished today, and will finish before dark.
  39. 1 point
    Been to Collinsville before...quaint little town...home of the World's Largest Ketchup bottle...will be a great venue for the WW'ing Show especially being just outside of St. Louis. Hope they have good attendance.
  40. 1 point
  41. 1 point

    Simple wedge tip

    This is more of a tip than anything else but this is as good a place to post this as any, I guess - It occurred to me this afternoon as I reached for a couple of the wedges I keep handy that maybe this isn't a normal 'go-to' for some folks so I thought I would share this. Often I find myself needing to support a long piece for driving screws, chiseling, drilling, etc. and sometimes there just isn't a convenient way to do this. So, a long time ago (eons) I cut a dozen wedges of Maple to use for jacking a suitable block to support another piece. The photos below will far better explain what I'm rambling about - 42" long piece of Walnut and needing to chisel out for hinges but to support the piece I would have to cut a block to fit. Or, I could grab a block, two wedges, and the block now is very tight and exactly the right size for support - If you already do this then great; if you don't it doesn't take long to cut a handful of these hardwood wedges to have ready for when you need them. There are other ways to do this, of course, but this is quick and easy and doesn't require any cutting or tools - just grab what's handy and go on to the task at hand. I keep a few of them on my tablesaw fence because they also come in handy if a board is trying to close up on you and pinch the blade. You can probably go back and look at some of the photos and videos I've posted and see them right there and handy. David
  42. 1 point

    Happy Valentine's Day

    I'd say you passed at the top of the class!
  43. 1 point

    Happy Valentine's Day

    Betcha' can't make just one...just sayin' Wife seen it yet? Somebody's gonna' be happy they showed up at the range Saturday.
  44. 1 point

    Simple wedge tip

    Glad to help! If you have more of that beautiful walnut, it would be an awesome case. There's going to be a lucky recipient of a an awesome walnut display case too. Very befitting of a Henry especially a .45... Just the same, like a little kid, you've given me a sugar OD here, so you're obligated to keep feeding (me) us with this project...I foresee a gallery project display in your (our) future.
  45. 1 point
    I saw Carlin in person 3 times. Every time, I left with my sides hurting from laughing. He was really good.
  46. 1 point

    Really important,,, money wise

    What a legal mess. In Pennsylvania, if there is no will, the current legal spouse gets everything. Just as a side note, even if you don't have a will, please make sure you have a legal Power of Attorney who can make both legal and medical decisions for you if you are incapacitated.
  47. 1 point
    Gene Howe

    Really important,,, money wise

    We have heirs and a will. But, nothing to leave. We continue spending our kids' inheritance. Ya can't take it with you so, enjoy it now.
  48. 1 point

    Saw Blade

    consider the LU or LM series.. http://www.freudtools.com/index.php/products http://www.freudtools.com/index.php/products here's your F400 series.. http://search.freudtools.com/search?w=fusion
  49. 1 point
    Steve, you are correct, it would be great. We do have some demonstrators that will travel, but we are actually a very small company, travel costs and expenses add up very quickly. Does it make sense for us to spend $1,000.00 or more for somebody to demonstrate for 45 minutes to a turning club? It's hard to justify. We would love to do it much more than we do, but it is just not economically feasible. What I am trying to do is establish EWT qualified demonstrators in more major metro areas. The best way to sell our tools is to get them into peoples hands and let them try it.
  50. 1 point

    US Armed Forces Assn.

    One of the few stories that my father told, was after that after a very cold Christmas in a little town called Bastogne, they broke out of Belgium in January 1945 and his squad came across a Red Cross tent. Not having had a hot meal in almost a week they decided to try and get a hot meal. The Red Cross wanted to charge them for the hot food. Not having been payed in weeks, they didn't have the money. However, between all of them they scraped up enough pocket change so that they all got a hot cup of coffee and ONE doughnut. He never had any use for them after that incident.
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