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  1. 8 points
    Ron Altier

    Long Prairie, Minnesota.

    Just got off the phone with a friend who lives in Long Prairie, Minnesota. She said that since early this morning the snow has been nearly waist high and is still falling.. The temperature is 32 below zero and the north wind is increasing to near gale force. Wind chill is -59.Her husband has done nothing but look through the kitchen window and just stare. She says that if it gets much worse, she may have to let the drunken fool in.
  2. 5 points
    My wife is off all this week so we will be doing a number of things like seeing doctors and getting x-rays. Yesterday we went to the Huntington Library in San Marino which is near Los Angeles. There are a number of museums and exhibits and beautiful grounds with different gardens. I have done photography for many years as a hobby and love taking photos at the Huntington Library. So here are a few pics of our time there yesterday.
  3. 5 points
    Grandpadave52

    Five Tools

    I don't disagree in that regard Al, but for the average home woodworker speed or accuracy to .001" is typically not a factor unless you're mass producing parts that consistently need to be replicated. Any measuring device, square etc. technically is only as accurate as it is initially calibrated and verified to the next higher level and so on eventually traceable to NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). Buying high dollar combo squares doesn't guarantee it's accuracy any more so than a less expensive one unless it's purchased accurate certifiable traceable back to NIST. A simple example of this is to purchase 3 standard 12' tape measures and layout marks as various points. If the tapes are from the same manufacturer and lot numbers, likely they'll be very close; if from different manufactures, unlikely they'll match from 0-12'. I'm not bashing Starrett (or others)...in fact, I own some of their combo squares with center & angle finder (one was my grand-dads), micrometers and dial indicators from my previous work lives...all good...none have been calibrated nor re-certified for some time, so are they accurate? Maybe? However, for my work, they are satisfactory...my 0-1" mic measures the same as my $9.99 H-F digital calipers...I do have a 1" "plug" which came with the mic to "adjust" the mic when needed. However if the 1" plug is not certified then is it really 1"? Even then, that only ensures its accurate at 1"...not the full range. Personally, I'll never be good enough in the wood-shop to need wood dimensions to .001"; well truthfully probably not even 0.01" or maybe even 0.10." Shucks, somebody's gotta' keep the wood glue & filler manufacturers in business.
  4. 4 points
    Good Monday Morning! Good Monday morning 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! What's It Our February "What's It" is live and well, go see our current months project at Featured image of the week A master woodworker in his own right and profession, Antonio Stradivari. Antonio Stradivari Italian pronunciation: [anˈtɔːnjo stradiˈvaːri]; (1644 – December 18, 1737) was an Italian luthier and a crafter of string instruments such as violins, cellos, guitars, violas and harps. Stradivari is generally considered the most significant and greatest artisan in this field. The Latinized form of his surname, Stradivarius, as well as the colloquial "Strad" are terms often used to refer to his instruments. It is estimated that Stradivari produced 1,116 instruments, 960 of which were violins. Around 650 instruments survived, including 450 to 512 violins. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Stradivari
  5. 4 points
    Gene Howe

    Has anyone used this technique?

    It's called Trace Coating. A water based dye is applied and allowed to dry. Then sanding starts with, in the video, 120 grit. All the planer marks, drum sander scratches, glue spots, and other scratches and dings become readily apparent. I just started using the process on the mesquite for the river table. Mesquite is a good bit harder than the maple used in the video. I started with 60, then 80 and 100. I'll do 120 and 180 and call it done. It's already dead flat and smooth as a baby's butt. Here's Charles Neil's video about the process. He rambles a lot and, talks slow but, the information is really good. Enjoy. https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=4s&v=Ni2Y3vMtUSU Sorry, You tube won't allow embedding of this video.
  6. 4 points
    Gerald

    Has anyone used this technique?

    Gene I have not done it that way . In woodturning several big name turners do a alcohol base dye in layers. Start with a dark color sand it partly off an then and another color and can repeat again. The effect is that it highlights the grain and makes for spectacular effects in the shifted colors. Jimmy Clewes Colored Rim Platter dying starts at about 48 minutes in. This is mine.
  7. 4 points
    Gene Howe

    Five Tools

    I rarely use any measuring device beyond the rough cutting stage. Well, I guess key way stock and 1,2,3 blocks plus a set open end wrenches are devices of a sort. Heck, wood moves. Often a lot more than 00.1".
  8. 3 points
    Wichman3

    Lidded Basket

    Lidded basket. Almost done; needs a little sanding, stain and pegs.
  9. 3 points
    Stick486

    Herb (dadio) has a new stash...

    found your saw ...
  10. 3 points
    Gene Howe

    New from Irwin

    New to me, anyway. Lowes carries them.
  11. 3 points
    scarletjim

    Five Tools

    Have 12" Starrett but without protractor head, 4" LV double square, Ridgid trim router, two Dozukis one crosscut, one rip cut, and LV low angle block plane. My most reliable 90 degree device in my table saw sled that sighted in via the 5 cut method ala William Ng.
  12. 3 points
    Gene Howe

    Inspiration for John Morris.

    That firewood rocks....
  13. 3 points
    I've purchased it in 100-150-220 grits... Find a full blown Norton distributor, i.e. Automotive Body Shop Supplier, Industrial Manufacturing Supplier, Building Maintenance Supplier, etc. for Screen Bak sheets...Not good for every application, but works for many, i.e. metal, (ferrous, non-ferrous), wood, and of course drywall. https://www.nortonabrasives.com/en-us/screen-sheets I've been using Norton Screen Bak, roll form for 30+ years as an abrasive to clean rust, paint, etc. shafts and other parts on the Automotive, Farm, Heavy Equipment applications. Works great to clean copper pipe & fittings before soldering and lasts a long time. https://www.nortonabrasives.com/en-us/screen-rolls
  14. 3 points
    It Was Al B

    Five Tools

    It was achieved Dave, but in today's world, if you want to make a living at it, accurate tools and power tools are needed to keep you competative. Speed is definitely a factor today.
  15. 3 points
    Grandpadave52

    Five Tools

    Amazing any furniture pieces made by the Shakers and other 18th century craftsman even survived w/o use of these tools or electricity...just sayin
  16. 2 points
    steven newman

    Next Project?

    Been on a vacation from woodworking...last one was a LOT of work. Daughter looked at the new cabinet, and hinted she would like one for her place.... One thing, though....she WILL paint things... Sooo....thinking of building a "Paint-grade" one out of Pine......with a couple changes. She also wanted a "Dresser" so maybe instead of the large door in the base cabinet...maybe a few more drawers ( to hold "drawers"?) instead of shelves? About another week or so..I can go over to Menard's, and sort through the 1x pine boards....might take all afternoon....and come home with the supplies needed...will have to buy a 1/4" sheet of Luann...for backs and bottoms....Trying to figure out the sizes of the 1xs....1x6s? 1x8s? Couple of 1 x10s? ( for the bookcase) Lengths? Last project used up about 45 bf of Ash.... Just a start-up.....Single Brain Cell Sketch Up is working on the "details" might take all of next week....moving at the speed of smell? Will post updates, as they happen...
  17. 2 points
    PostalTom

    Wood clamps

    Not all the time. Sometimes a big a** clamp just gets in the way. Kind of like using a chain saw to do chip carving. I guess it depends on the job at hand.
  18. 2 points
    Thanks. My Dad taught me 2 things. Mechanics and B&W Photography. He was a wizard in the darkroom developing film but I could never do it that well. With the digital camera era it made it much easier for me. I love doing it when I can.
  19. 2 points
    Weekend: Not much...maintained bird feeders, whacked a opossum over the head with a 12" square nose shovel...toted carcass across road and heaved over the fence into corn field. Red-tail hawks gotta' eat too. Coming week: Choir concert tonight, haircut mid-week, then PU step-dad, meet up with my brother for lunch. Fri. nite, Cub Scout Awards banquet; Remaining time TBD
  20. 2 points
    shot a pistol match yesterday (5th of 20), gave away my pine bowl and my heart shaped oak bandsaw box (filled with chocolates, of course). now headed down to the shop to figure out a holder for clay targets so you can shoot the targets with a pistol without misses destroying the holder. stay tuned. monday, monday.....
  21. 2 points
    Stick486

    Wood clamps

    I never seen the need to have separate light duty clamps on hand... light duty can't do do heavy work/jobs but heavy duty clamps can do light work...
  22. 2 points
    Not a lot of woodwork got done over the weekend. Bunch of traveling, though. Plans for the week are to finish sand the river table and get it routed to receive the glass, get the legs assembled and do the first of five coats of wipe on finish. Got a date with Phyl on Valentine's day. Lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant. So, Wednesday afternoon is shot. I know a nap will be in order. Friday is another travel day. Headed to the Yuma area (7 hr. Drive) for a meet up with several AZ woodworkers.
  23. 2 points
    schnewj

    MWTCA February 2018 "What's It" Project

    So, at John's urging I reached out to several business that do caning, upholstery, weaving type work. I sent them the photo with a request for their opinion on the tools. Here is what I have, so far. I am still waiting on a couple of more replies and I had one request for better photographs of the tips from one of the professionals. John is attempting to obtain them for me/us. Although not super compelling, I got, what I feel are positive replies as to the tools. Here is what I have gathered so far... Dear Bill, It is possible, I would need to see a picture of each turned 1/4 turn to no more. The tips of the tools are all I need to see. All Best, Jeremy The Caning Shoppe 99 Albion St. Studio 2 Somerville, MA 02144 (617) 776-0100 www.caningshoppe.com ------------ Hi Bill, I don't recognize them,and can't really imagine how they would be used based on how I work, but it's possible. Seat weaving is something that everyone who does it, does a little differently than the others...so it may be that these tools were hand-made by someone for a specific task, such as seat weaving. Karen Karen Curcio <nh.chaircaner@gmail.com> --------------- Hi William, These do look to be canning tools. Thank You, Adam Thomson Classic Furniture 508-528-6747 adam@classic-furniture.com ----------- I the interest of FULL disclosure. This professional doesn't think that they are caning tools, but may have been used for another type of seat weaving operation(s). Bill, After looking at your attachment photo of tools, I do not know exactly what they are!!?! I feel certain they are not tools used in hand caning....the only tool besides a small tapered awl; a side cutter; and wooden pegs could be a caning needle. A caning needle has a long fine shaft (similar to a "0" knitting needle) but with a slotted flat head so cane can be pulled, after the needle is inserted between other strands, to weave in steps 4, 5, and 6. In weaving a porch rocker, these tools might?? have been used to align the ash splints; flat reeds; or half round reeds instead of using one's fingers... Sorry I was not able to identify your tools....let me know if you find verification of what they are... Dennis mainecaning.com
  24. 2 points
    I've been working on mess control for my lathe. I built a trough with a dust collection hose attached to the bottom, to go under the bed to catch the dust and shavings falling through the slot in the bed. Now, I am cutting down and modifying a shower curtain to hang in front of the lathe to control the mess from getting on the tool and accessories shelf under the bed. I'll post some pictures when I get it all done.
  25. 2 points
    RustyFN

    First box

    Thanks Jim. I made it with homemade carbide tools with the EWT carbide cutters.
  26. 2 points
    Stick486

    New from Irwin

    they do work and work well...
  27. 2 points
    Gene Howe

    New from Irwin

    Guess I gotta get out more.
  28. 2 points
    RustyFN

    First box

    Yes. I made it round on the bandsaw before I put it on the lathe.
  29. 2 points
    lew

    Has anyone used this technique?

    That's pretty cool. I'll have to give that a try. Wonder if it'll work on the lathe? Wish I could afford that Mirka sander! Guess @Gerald answered my question!
  30. 2 points
    HandyDan

    Inspiration for John Morris.

    Looks like when it is folded up it will roll from one room to the next.
  31. 2 points
    Gene Howe

    Inspiration for John Morris.

    And you aspiring chair makers. First a picture. Then the website....in case your REALLY want to try one. https://inhabitat.com/the-waste-less-chair-by-architecture-uncomfortable-workshop-turns-log-offcuts-into-a-rockin-chair/
  32. 2 points
    Stick486

    Inspiration for John Morris.

    bucksaw it..
  33. 2 points
    It Was Al B

    Inspiration for John Morris.

    That "WOOD" require a pretty big bandsaw to cut .
  34. 2 points
    Grandpadave52

    Inspiration for John Morris.

    Certainly is rustic isn't it?
  35. 2 points
    Grandpadave52

    Wood clamps

    As I said...works for me as an occasional user. Small dot of silicone keeps the pads on...I've had to do that with the Irwins too... Never had an issue with H-F F-clamps... YMMV...
  36. 2 points
    Gerald

    Five Tools

    I have 2 protractor head Staretts (inherited) 2 regular staretts all 12 inch 1 6 inch Starett 1 4 inch Starett 1 palm router 2 pull saws both from LV Does that make me the winner?
  37. 2 points
    Gerald

    Great Price On An Airbrush From Woodcraft

    This is more of what I was looking for on airbrush and dye, but was not on the phone.
  38. 2 points
    Stick486

    Wood clamps

    let the neighbor know That I busted his clamps... he said to toss them that they weren't the effort to replace.. he also said he bought them at a garage sale.. 30 clamps for 5$ and hadn't gotten his money's worth out of them.. I'll give him a pair of Irwin clamps for replacements...
  39. 1 point
    LarryS

    Pressure Wahsers

    Looking at so many Pressure Washers. All have some sort of problems by looking at the reviews. Anyone recommend a good pressure washer that you like? Here is a few that I have looked at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004MXKUCY/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B004MXKUCY&linkCode=as2&tag=bestprodtag114085-20 https://www.homedepot.com/p/Simpson-MegaShot-3-200-PSI-2-5-GPM-Gas-Pressure-Washer-Powered-by-Honda-MSH3125-S/203177499?cm_mmc=Shopping|THD|google|&mid=sDpkGO6dO|dc_mtid_890338a25189_pcrid_139636194844_pkw__pmt__product_203177499_slid_&gclid=CjwKCAiAk4XUBRB5EiwAHBLUMZI_Trf0H3JCQtpeuBAj1c9hfIrT78GXwmdqAdVAREtrLMT7zzwcWBoC5rQQAvD_BwE https://www.homedepot.com/p/Generac-3100-PSI-2-4-GPM-Gas-Pressure-Washer-with-Variable-PSI-Gun-7019/207108581
  40. 1 point
  41. 1 point
    Fred W. Hargis Jr

    New from Irwin

    I have a set of those for my Quick Grip clamps (which are now the Irwin clamps I guess) that I got maybe 12 years ago.
  42. 1 point
    LarryS

    Tabs on the Weather...

    4 Degrees by the truck temp today. Windshield was frosty. Just a little bit of a wind to make it down right cold. Got alittle bit of ice Sunday instead of snow. Down to zero tonight and then the start of a little bit of a warm up this week. Come on 70's!!!!! 36 Days 4 Hours 12 Minutes 40 Seconds until SPRING!!!!!!
  43. 1 point
    Maybe those dry wall guys are smarter than we thought!!
  44. 1 point
    Gene Howe

    something for the wife

    Thanks, Keith. My wife quilts and embroiderys also. And, my point jar has been empty for some time.
  45. 1 point
    Trying squinting with one or both eyes.
  46. 1 point
    HandyDan

    MWTCA February 2018 "What's It" Project

    An expensive version of your standard paint can opener.
  47. 1 point
    HARO50

    MWTCA February 2018 "What's It" Project

    18th century tonsil removal tools. The pincers are missing. John
  48. 1 point
    Dadio

    Herb (dadio) has a new stash...

    By the look of the cut,I think they used a handsaw to make it, or maybe they had to change the BS blade part way through. Herb
  49. 1 point
    Stick486

    Herb (dadio) has a new stash...

    kinda hard to hide a secret that big... now what have you done w/ the rest of the tree...
  50. 1 point
    Stick486

    Herb (dadio) has a new stash...

    Herb.. you gonna offer discounts???
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