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  1. 15 points
    Ron Altier


    I am into making Christmas presents for my family. My daughter loves cats and I came up with this idea. I have made a parrot and stylish bird so far. For my Christmas present, she sent me 2 boxes of wood. One was mostly firewood, but the other contained some nice pieces. The background wood is White Limba (never heard of that one) The cat head is Canary wood, The eyes are Ebony surrounded by Osage Orange. It is about 9x11
  2. 14 points

    Piano Pen Box

    This is my entry into the 2018 IAP Bash Pen Box Contest. It is a replica of a Grand Piano. It is a combination pen box and music box. The box was constructed using various tools and jigs. The interior is finished in a Cardinal Red flocking. The keys were cut from pieces of white and black acrylic pen blanks.There is a brass plate behind the keys. The top has a clear plexiglass insert in the center to show off both the pen and also the musical movement that plays Elvis' "Love Me Tender" theme. It plays when the box is open and shuts off when closed as most music boxes do. There are musical themed decals on the top of the glass to enhance it. The box was finished in black lacquer. This was a fun little box for that special pen. Hope you like it.
  3. 13 points
    Dane Franco

    Lew inspired me

    I dont turn wood at all, but was impressed with Lew's rolling pins and wanted to use the last of my curly cherry in a cool way, so I made a cutting board, and cheese slicer. I haven't done any inlays in a few years, and this reminded me why. The glue up sucks! Plus in all the mayhem of the clamps and cauls, I messed up the order of the walnut and cherry strips....buuuuuuuut, it ended up al right.
  4. 11 points
    I worked with my son this weekend to build a toybox. First time for him to do panel glue ups. He did all the work, I was just there to advise. I had six floating shelves to get ready. The large ones are 10” deep 47 1/2” long and 2” thick. Small ones are 7 7/8” x 24 x 1 3/4”. They ordered these brackets that the shelves will slide onto the rods you see sticking up. Right now the brackets are sitting in the backwards. Just checking depth to make sure the flat part will fit in there flat and tight. Again these will be floating shelves and made to look somewhat rustic. This afternoon I’ll drill the holes for the rods to fit into the shelves. Then the bracket can be mounted to the wall and the shelf slide onto the rod.
  5. 11 points

    Appetizer Board

    Well, this was new to me- an "Appetizer Board". Apparently you load it up with finger food and place it in the middle of a table so party guests can serve themselves. Made from maple, walnut and cherry. Breadboard ends pinned with poplar dowels. 14" wide x 48" long x 5/8" thick. Finger holds in each end to facilitate lifting. Small rubber feet at the corners. Finished with mineral oil and beeswax. Hope the recipients send me a photo of it in use!
  6. 11 points
    Well it has been a while since I have posted. Life gets in the way sometimes. This is past week I have been in my shop quite a bit and with the help of my son, Josh. We have even set him up a small shop at his house in part of his garage. I started working on this Island top last year and things just happened and we got behind. But it was delivered yesterday. it is finished with a hand rubbed oil finish. and this his is the island it is going on. Not attached yet but should be by the end of today. We also finished a poplar toybox yesterday and I thought I took a picture but don’t see it on my phone. Oh well. One other thing I have added to the shop but not had time to even hook up yet is a CNC machine. Can’t wait to get this up and running. So how about you all, what’s on you agenda this weekend? Love to here about and see all of your projects. Whatever you do, have a fun and safe weekend.
  7. 10 points
    Fred W. Hargis Jr

    Wow that felt good!

    We celebrate our second anniversary in this house on April 8. Yesterday, I got my table saw re assembled, hooked up and actually cut a piece of wood for the first time since we moved. My smile must have lit up the whole township. I still have a long way to go (although, the planer, jointer, RAS, and drill press are also functional) but I'm really seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now.
  8. 10 points
    Gene Howe

    Our Mr. Kauffman.

    ....submitted a thin strip cutting jig to Woodcraft magazine in Nov. 2005. Charles Neal has a huge woodworking channel on YouTube and a huge following. In one of his videos, he shows how to set up and use Lew's jig. Lew and Woodcraft are now recognized by Charles' world wide YouTube audience. Way to go, lew! Take a look.
  9. 10 points
    We finished this afternoon gluing the last of the sections for the Maple Island top. When we square it up it will be 48” wise x 8’3” long and 1 1/2” thick. Over the weekend I got the mortises and tennis cut for this screen door. It is just over 7’ y’all and 39” wide. This was a dry fit. Should get it glued tomorrow when we get the island out of the clamps.
  10. 10 points
    Ron Altier

    Amazing video

    It take a few minutes to watch, but it is amazing the skill and engineering that went into these projects
  11. 10 points

    Billy Graham's Casket

    Saw this video on another site. Regardless your personal beliefs, worth the watch.
  12. 10 points

    Dresser Valets

    These are dresser valets I made for family members. It was a plan out of WJ. It was enjoyable but a lot of intricate sizing of material. I used mahogany wood and stain and shellac finish.
  13. 10 points
    Ron Altier


  14. 10 points

    Why I Like Retirement !

    Why I Like Retirement ! Question: How many days in a week? Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday Question: When is a retiree's bedtime? Answer: Two hours after he falls asleep on the couch. Question: How many retirees does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Only one, but it might take all day. Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees? Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done. Question: Why don't retirees mind being called Seniors? Answer: The term comes with a 10% discount. Question: Among retirees, what is considered formal attire? Answer: Tied shoes. Question: Why do retirees count pennies? Answer: They are the only ones who have the time. Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire? Answer: NUTS! Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage? Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there. Question: What do retirees call a long lunch? Answer: Normal. Question : What is the best way to describe retirement? Answer: The never ending Coffee Break. Question: What's the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree? Answer: If you cut classes, no one calls your parents. Question: Why does a retiree often say he doesn't miss work, but misses the people he used to work with? Answer: He is too polite to tell the whole truth. QUESTION: What do you do all week? Answer: Monday through Frida y, NOTHING. Saturday & Sunday, I rest.
  15. 9 points
    steven newman

    It's Monday?

    Why does a week always have to start with a Monday? Shop is usually closed on Mondays.....so why not start the week on Tuesday? Anything getting done, out there? Needs a door and a small drawer, then the finish....maybe by next weekend?
  16. 9 points

    Please read this, homeless marine

    http://www.alloy.com/news/homeless-man-gives-woman-money-repay-amazing/7/ Preston
  17. 9 points

    Drawer Cabinet Under Sander

    I have been working on making a cabinet under my new drum sander , Not done yet, I have to do the drawer fronts and little shelf insert on one end. But here is what I have right now. I am going to the lumber store tomorrow and pick up some wood for the fronts. Herb
  18. 9 points
    The HUGE Maple Island top is finally in the finishing room. we will get the finish on today and hopefully get it delivered this weekend or first of the week. We we are making a smaller version of the top for a window seat top that will go in the kitchen also We got it glued into sections this morning. My son is working on a Cedar Green egg table. I’m about to glue up the screen door from earlier this week. The work bench has been full and just now got it clear enough to work. So Whats on your Patriot Woodworker agenda this weekend? Love to see all the projects and hear about what you are working on. Whatever you do, have fun and be safe.
  19. 9 points

    Router Bit Storage Cabinet

    Have a Rockler router table and finally made time to make the long-due storage cabinet underneath the top. The cabinet was sized to fit between the rails, underneath the Dust Bucket and to suit 16" full-extension slides. I'm using CMT bushings (1/2" & 1/4" ID) to hold the bits. Here is the abbreviated build story. #1 - all the box parts ready for assembly #2 - drawer parts ready for assembly #3 - drawers hung in the cabinet #4 - drawer fronts and edge banding #5 - cabinet complete, back will be added after finishing #6 - gluing in the 1/4" x 1/4" MDF grid to hold the storage blocks #7 - pieces of the storage blocks ready for assembly #8 - trying the fit of the bits in the bushings, bushings come in 1/2" and 1/4" ID #9 - starting to get the router bits organized
  20. 9 points
    We will be heading to Bowling Green KY. Tami and I spent 2 weeks the end of December and 1st week in January to check out areas in Tennessee and Kentucky. We really liked Bowling Green KY and spent a lot of time driving the area. We will be putting our house up for sale in June or hopefully in the end of May. We have a big 2 story and will be downsizing to a smaller 1 story. With our market values here in So. California and very low inventory we should be able to move it quickly. We will be able to pay cash for a newer 1 story and be debt free.
  21. 9 points
    Finally got back to doing some real woodworking for the past year. Since my wife is retiring and we plan on getting our house up for sale come June, we have to get the house ready. A number of years ago I made 2 walls of floor to ceiling oak bookcases out of red oak. I had planned on making cabinet doors and drawers but that did not pan out. So now that we will be selling the house I need to finish the bookcases. Being that oak here in So. California is not in style, we had been advised by Realtors to paint over the oak. That really rubs me the wrong way, but it will make things easier to sell. So I painted everything with a lighter neutral color that should make things easier. I have made up 7 doors (made of red oak for the same grain pattern) and got them all fitted to the bookcase. So now I have to get them all sanded, primed and put on the final paint. I will hope to get the drawers done this weekend.
  22. 9 points

    For all you guys

    I think this is fitting for just about anyone here. Carved from an oddball piece of 16 x 10 cut off aspen.
  23. 9 points

    Walnut veneer Scrap Books

    One Christmas I made a bunch of Walnut veneer scrapbooks.
  24. 9 points

    Soon to be retired guy

    Was digging around the ol internet today looking for some ideas and what do I find. This place. Well I’m a guy getting back into the wood working after a little break while in the Navy. Come February 2019 I will be officially retired after 21 years of Naval service. So hopefully I will find inspiration and good people here. Just built a Cnc and learning the way around this beast. Who knows maybe I can make a living making stuff and never have to go back to the real world jobs where I can get fired. Hahahah we can all dream.
  25. 9 points
    Steve Krumanaker

    1st cryptex, rough

    This is my first cryptex and what a learning experience. It's really a pretty simple thing to make but dimensions are critical. I expect it will take two or three more before I get any I can use for gifts. I have to say I am thrilled at how well the rotary engraver worked once I got the pattern and spacing figured out. The rings have the alphabet on them but the code for each grand kid will be their birthday as it corresponds to the letters of the alphabet, won't tell them at first and see if one of them figures it out. I don't think they can guess it out as there are about 3 million combinations possible. I wasn't sure how long to make the barrels so I had to trim them off on the band saw, shouldn't be a problem on the next ones. From what I understand, these devices were used to transport sensitive messages. Supposedly the message would be written on parchment and a glass vial of vinegar was placed in with the message. A person couldn't break into the cryptex without breaking the vial which would dissolve the parchment. I don't know if all that's true but it makes a good story and these are kind of neat I think. FWIW, Carl Jacobson has three videos on making one of these and that's where I got the idea. Steve
  26. 9 points

    First for me

    Needed a hollow form to display flowers in new booth . Had a piece of spaulted magnolia so started on it . The first for me is to turn a hollow form from beginning to parting off on one day....actually 2.5 hours.
  27. 9 points
    It Was Al B

    Niagara ship model photos

    I've had a request for photos of the ship model Niagara that I've started but yet unfinished. The hull and decking were assembled one plank at a time. Still a long way's to go. More work to be done with the masts so they haven't been attached yet.
  28. 9 points
    Gene Howe

    PIP River Table

    @Cal, here ya go.
  29. 9 points
    Ron Altier

    Cat pole

  30. 9 points
    Ron Dudelston

    Just Home

    I found this picture today and it is one of the few I have with me in uniform. My daughter was born 2 days after I left for S.E.A. and I had been home maybe a month when this picture was taken so we had just recently "met" for the first time. BTW, that was a few pounds ago.
  31. 9 points


    The few, the proud, ... (oh wait, that's some other group)
  32. 9 points
    Ron Altier

    Rare Parrot

    My granddaughter came in my shop and saw the other bird that I made her mother. She fell in love with it. She has a birthday coming up and I decided to make a rare wood Parrot for her. The wings are Zebra wood, the black parts are Ebony, there is Padauk, Osage orange and Bloodwood. It didn't look as I wanted, so I enhanced it with a touch of red/yellow in places. It is glued in place on a piece of quality quarter inch plywood 16 x 11.
  33. 9 points


    COW HIT BY A LIMO Suddenly, a cow runs out onto the road, and a limo driving late at night, hits it head on, and the car comes to a stop. The woman in the back seat, in her usual abrasive manner, says to the Chauffeur, "You get out and check on that poor cow. You were driving." So the chauffeur gets out, checks, and reports that the animal is dead, but it appeared to be very old. Well, says the woman, "You were driving, so you go and tell the farmer in that lighted farmhouse over there." Two hours later the chauffeur returns totally inebriated, a full belly, his hair ruffled, and a big grin on his face. "My God, what happened to you?" asks the nasty woman. The chauffeur replies, "When I got there, the farmer opened his best bottle of single malt scotch, the wife gave me a meal fit for a king, and the daughter made love to me." "What on earth did you say?" asks the woman. Well, I just knocked on the door. When it opened, I said to them, "I'm Nancy Pelosi's chauffeur, and I've just killed the old cow." (you may substitute the name of any other politician, celebrity, or famous abrasive person you know if you wish.)
  34. 8 points
    Billy B

    Tübatulabal Cooking Basket

    The Tübatulabal are an indigenous people of the Kern River Valley area of Southern California and are related to the Aztec. The literal meaning of the name is "pine nut eaters". Stones were heated in a fire and then placed in the baskets to cook the food. This basket illusion measures 13⅝" diameter and about 3½" deep. The wood is maple. It was donated to the 2017 Christmas auction of the Woodturners of North Texas.
  35. 8 points

    Not Exactly Woodworking...

    ...but I never really claimed to be a real woodworker either. At least I'm finally doing something in the shop. It's been a LONG winter. So the story first: Oldest grandson will be 7 in about a month and is in the 1st grade. He joined Cub-Scouts at the beginning of the school year. His pack/troop is fairly small 9-10 kids ranging from 6-10 y/o, 1st to 4th? grades, but all from his elementary school (we have 3 in our school district). Anyways, like all good Cub Scouts Packs his is competing in the local Pinewood Derby so a while back we got the kit (well two JIC). This past Friday was the normal meeting day/time but was set aside as a Pinewood workshop. As it had been explained to me, this workshop was to discuss the basics, clarify the local rules, and if a scout wanted or needed access, cut out his car shape and then get ideas and suggestions on how to proceed. We met at the Scoutmaster's house in the workshop which is a rural setting. The workshop included several bench-top type woodworking tools (belt/disc sander, drill presses, a couple of band-saws, 8" table saw as well general hand tools. This shop once served as their truck repair shop (they operate an OTR trucking businesses, mostly grain hauling, but also some flat bed as well). Anyways, some of the dads also brought some additional tools, RO sanders, a couple more band-saws and so forth. Nine boys were in attendance along with at least one parent and a couple of grandparents. Keep in mind it's Friday evening, 6:30 PM after these little guys have been in school all week and now are out for the weekend. I don't need to tell you the level of energy these kids had. The Scout leaders finally got them corralled and quiet long enough to present the flags, Pledge of Allegiance, Scout motto's and creed before total chaos erupted. One of the Scout leaders and one of the dads were working silently at the band-saw station cutting out car shapes and another at the RO station sanding his own entry. One boy, the oldest there, was working with his dad at the weigh station; his car was mostly complete with paint. They just were drilling holes, then adding weights to get as close to the 5 oz max weight limit. IT WAS NOT SAFE FOR ANYONE TO BE AROUND ANYTHING THAT HAD MOVING, SHARP TEETH ON IT! My daughter volunteered me to help two of the leaders take a herd of boys outside that were not currently working on their cars. THEY ALL (boys) came outside. After 35 minutes, it was time to go back in to warm-up a bit. The rest of the dads pretty much had completed cutting the shapes and/or working on their own entry for the Adult class. Well, 35 minutes outside had not sapped these little guys of any of their energy the best I could tell. After about 15 minutes of complete chaos, my daughter and a couple other parents and a couple of the scout leaders herded the little critters up for Round 2 outside. I forget...did I mention IT WAS NOT SAFE FOR ANYONE TO BE AROUND ANYTHING THAT HAD MOVING, SHARP TEETH ON IT! Anyways, once all the boys were out again, I grabbed my stuff together, talked to the Scoutmaster getting all my questions answered and decided to head out while the coast was clear. A couple of the wives and one grandmother tried to convince me to stay since it was now quiet (someone finally turned off the 135k BTU oil fired salamander) but I opted out. The sames guys were at the band-saws and the one father was still weighing/balancing his kid's entry even though the kid was outside...so the parameters were established in my mind. I'd already found several patterns in PDF files on the inter-web, so I had my grandson choose his car. He also chose one for his Mom for the adult race. Yesterday & today in some spare time while we finally had a little sun and temperatures just above 50 I did this. Thanks in advance for indulgence. Basic kit which included the block of YP. Grandson chose his car from about 25 patterns I found. His car roughed out on the 10" BS. He did watch and I explained to him what/why we're doing. He was in charge of operating the shop vac. The BS had not been used for a few months. I suspect on one cut I had too tight a curve going and the blade popped off with quite a bang. We both jumped. Once I got the cover off, there was a fair build-up of saw-dust so I had him brush then vac and he cleaned it out. Next step was sanding on the OSS. He also operated the shop vac for that operation, helped me with the drum changes on the sander and I let him do a little sanding. We talked about the different drum sizes and why we used them. From there we went to the 6" disc/4x36 belt to work on the car nose a bit. He turned the sander on/off as well as the vac, but watched while I sanded. Next up I decided we needed more of a profile so set up a 5/16" round-over bit in the router table. I did let him turn the router on and off. He liked the big Off paddle. By then he wanted to know if it would be OK to go out and play with his brother while it was still daylight. I finished it up, did a little more sanding and called it an evening last night. Today, aside from my other daily duties, I started on his Mom's car. Rough cut-out on the 10" BS. No issues with the blade today. Needed to do a little "fine work" before I got out the H-F 1x30 belt sander. I had to stop at this point to PU oldest grand-daughter from tennis practice. I turned that into a 35 minute driving lesson for her which included her backing out of the parking space in front of her peers. That was fun. Once back, I had a load of laundry to finish and get in the dryer before resuming. More sanding, some chisel work then started profiling on the router table. Oldest grand-son got home from his baseball mini-camp and did come out and help sand for for a bit before dinner. After dinner, I did a little more, shut off the lights and came in. The temperature had dropped from 53o at 6 PM to 38o by 8 PM. Forgot to take any more pictures before stopping. As @steven newman says...stay tuned.
  36. 8 points

    Drawer Cabinet Under Sander

    Up Date on the cabinet under the drum sander. I finally got it done, finished the drawer fronts yesterday and were dry this morning so put them back in the cabinet and filled them up with sanding discs and belts. I don't know why the second picture is rotated, it is upright in my computer, and I took it the same way I took the rest of the pictures with my camera. This really bugs me when it does that. Herb
  37. 8 points
    Steve Krumanaker

    The second cryptex

    This is the second cryptex I've finished. I re wrote the border file and I like this look much better. This one is a five ring code as I'm going to use it for the demo at our next meeting of the NorthEast Indiana Turners and Chiselers(NEITC). Anyone care to guess what is the code?? The first one actually works smoother, I didn't dry fit the rings before gluing it up and I should have. Oh well, someone said in another thread, it's how we grow. Steve
  38. 8 points
    John Morris

    Pending Projects And Improvements

    What's happening It's starting to feel like our life is settling down to a dull roar, and the suggestions and projects our members here have suggested are starting to come back to the top of our priority list, we need to move forward on these suggestions and seriously consider them as add-ons into our community. Below please see a list of pending projects as submitted by you for our consideration. Projects Clubs, (separate departments for woodworking clubs) Forms, (create forms accessible by you, in order to create tools, supplies, and machinery reviews) Add images of "What's It" to the main winners board, so they can be easily searchable for future detectives. Main landing page for The Patriot Woodworker (in progress) Wiki website for The Patriot Woodworker (in progress) Added by your feedback below Polls How to Articles Department Wood Swap Department Your feedback Your feedback on any of the items above are greatly appreciated, and if you want to add anything to our wish list of additional departments, features, or anything you like from another forum, that you don't see here, please list them in your post to this topic, and I'll add them to our dream list under "Projects" above. Thanks folks, and I look forward to seeing what you all come up with.
  39. 8 points
    Week before, I was about an hour north of New Orleans on a mission trip repairing homes with water/termite/structural damage. Long days there, too.
  40. 8 points
    Ron Dudelston

    A First Today - Coffeebean

    When you get to be my age, there's not too much new under the sun. Today however, I have a new experience. Last week, Picked up a couple hundred board feet of cherry and maple from my wife's uncle and he tree an extra board into the mix. Around here we call it coffeebean but the official name of the tree is Kentucky coffeetree. It is a species of poplar and very fragrant. I ran the board through he planer and pretty soon the shop smelled like a spice drawer. I always thought cherry had a powerful fragrance but this stuff is over the top. I'm making a couple of jewelry boxes for summer shows and I thought I'd use coffeebean with a horizontal center strip of walnut. The wood is pretty open grained so we'll have to see how it all pans out.
  41. 8 points
    Allen Worsham

    Thoughts on a TPW gathering?

    My wife Tami and I on a couple of vacations have visited and stayed with both Ron Dudelston in Indiana and John Moody in Alabama. We had a great time hanging out together and it was a lot of fun. Tami and I are planning on moving to Kentucky this summer so we could most likely make it work. But just one warning regarding Ron Dudelston and Ohio. It seems that when Ron was a younger man got into a bit of trouble with the Ohio law. He and his wife drove Tami and I across the Indiana/Ohio border about 300 feet to a gas station so that we could take a photo of Ohio and then peel rubber to get back to safety across back to Indiana. He wouldn't tell us what laws he broke, but he was looking in all of his mirrors to make sure he wasn't followed.
  42. 8 points
    Took the load of logs to the saw mill this morning and got back a little bit ago with this load of Red Oak. Still got to go back and get some White Oak, Elm, Cherry, Maple and Hickory. Logs to Lumber! Can’t beat it.
  43. 8 points


    Went Fishing, Caught 4 Deer A once in the history of mankind kind of thing. The Best Day Of Fishing Ever! Some fishing stories are a little hard to believe, but this guy has pictures to prove his story. I've heard of salmon jumping into boats, but never anything quite like this. Tom Satre told the Sitka Gazette that he was out with a charter group on his 62-foot fishing B vessel when four juvenile black-tailed deer swam directly toward his boat. "Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at us. We could tell right away that the young bucks were distressed. I opened up my back gate and we helped the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals onto the boat. In all my years fishing, I've never seen anything quite like it! Once on board, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering." "This is a picture I took of the rescued bucks on the back of my boat, the Alaska Quest. We headed for Taku Harbour. Once we reached the dock, the first buck that we had pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back as if to say 'thank you' and disappeared into the forest. After a bit of prodding and assistance, two more followed, but the smallest deer needed a little more help. This is me carrying the little guy. My daughter, Anna, and son, Tim, helped the last buck to its feet. We didn't know how long they had been in the icy waters or if there had been others who did not survive. My daughter later told me that the experience was something that she would never forget, and I suspect the deer felt the same way as well!"
  44. 8 points
    Today I’m finishing up the floating shelves. All the holes are drilled for the brackets to slide into the shelf. I left a couple of them up so you could see how they go in. The brackets are predrilled for the stud location so they will be mounted on the wall and slide the shelf in and the there is a screw the goes into the bottom and lines up with a hole in the rods the keep the shelf in place. Now it is finish sanding and putting a clear finish on. So what’s on your weekend agenda? Share your projects and pictures of your weekend plans. Whatever you do, have fun and be safe.
  45. 8 points
    @Grandpadave52 - you were kinda sorta correct... it did involve etching some glass. A mirror actually, which measures 11" x 14". The frame was made from red oak, the mirror is surface etched. It is a gift for a little girl named Daisy...
  46. 8 points

    Watching Varnish Dry

    One of the things I lost when I sold my boat was the ability to go out and find a nice piece of ocean with no one else around, and just do nothing. Most of the time I wanted to fish, but every once in a while I just went out there to do nothing. I probably put lines in the water, but not sure there was bait involved. Sounds like you’re doing the woodworking equivalent. The mind needs to be rejuvenated sometimes, too. Peace out
  47. 8 points
    Gene Howe

    What's On Your Work Bench?

    It's drying.
  48. 8 points


  49. 8 points
    Ron Dudelston

    Just Home

    Al, when I was overseas we had our beloved SAC patch "modified" by a local embroidery shop, The Thais would do anything for money. I'll be discreet but we removed the lightning bolts and olive branches and replaced it with a male body part. We wore them for quite some time before the first shirt caught us. He laughed and told us to lose them. I have often wished that I had kept one of them.
  50. 8 points

    Combination Squares Oh My

    So a week or so ago, I posted on a recent Craftsman Machinist combo square I added to my growing stable. As I noted then, I didn't need it, but it was $2 and needed a rust revival... Why didn't I really need it? Well... Sorry pictures aren't the greatest but I was (am still) fighting cold cooties. Before picture conditions for most of these appear in other threads, so I won't bore you here. Top one: Craftsman Machinist recently purchased; one below w/ red strap I bought a few weeks ago for ~$1; I thought was a a cheapo Taiwan since that's what the square head was labeled; it was missing the retaining bolt/nut/spring After some serious clean-up of the blade, turns out it was a mismatch; The blade is marked Made in U.S.A., No.1270 M F Co. (Millers-Falls)...sometimes a blind squirrel finds a nut too. Next two below top: 12" has been my go to for a long time; bought new ~1975; It's a John Deere made by Stanley; 6" is an Empire probably ~1977-78; bought new at Furrow Lumber Company; To their right: 18" is a Starrett blade; I think I gave a buck for it but was in pretty good condition after rust revival; the square head is ???; bought at flea market or yard sale for a buck or less; the center head bought at a flea market for a couple bucks if I remember correctly? It appears to have rust on the leg but must be a shadow b/c it's clean Two at bottom of picture: Black square head is Union Tool Co, Mass.; Gray square head, is a Corsair which eventually was bought by Empire; the second square head is unmarked, but was complete so I made a caliper of sorts Blue angle head: Stanley No.125. It was missing the retaining bolt/nut/spring but the darker blue Stanley square head to the right become a donor; The two holes in the blade and near the square head body are where the previous owner drilled and put in a couple screws after he lost/broke the bolts/nut; I gave a buck or two for it and maybe a buck for the two heads; The Stanley is well suited for rough carpentry and can be positioned to lay out studs 16" OC. One immediately below: It's an older Great Neck blade bought at a yard for a quarter maybe? The square head was later added: all the extra square heads have been purchased for a buck or less; The 4 pc set at the bottom: Is a Starrett Machinist; it belonged to my grand-father; My best guess it is from the late 1940's; It's been tucked away since early 1995 after my dad died; I started the refurb on it late last fall...still a ways to go. The square head nut is stowed away A little better view of the Starrett Almost forgot this one. A 6", no markings except Made in England; the blade is aluminum versus steel; it's got a couple waves in it, but hey for 50 cents... So did I need the Craftsman? But since I didn't have a Craftsman before, I suppose I did? Believe it or not, I've passed on several but they're usually too pricey...sometimes $3-$5 or more...will I buy more? If the price is right and the square head speaks to me. Maybe someday I'll get paroled from the National Weather Service and put on work release. Until then, this is the best I can do. Thanks for looking.
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