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  1. 18 points
    Waxing Moon

    Triangulating a Box....

    I'm in the process of making some decorative inlay for a box..... but, I would imagine this could be put on anything if one so desired.... I used three pieces of 1/4" thick bloodwood, and two pieces each of 1/16" thick maple and wenge to make the 1" thick laminate....once dried and cleaned up, I sliced off from the edge several strips about 5/32" thick.... you can cut as thick as you like, just make your jig and dado work with that dimension... then cut a 30 degree slice off the end of each strip using your miter gauge. I cobbled together a jig to cut 4 triangles at one time.... flipping the strips after each pass..... Once you have enough triangles.... have some fun!
  2. 17 points

    Paid it forward

    As president of the local woodworking club, I am on the contact list. I got an e-mail from a guy last week who'd like to build a jewelry box for his girlfriend but didn't have the tools to do it (lives in an apartment). He came over this afternoon. Nice young man in his mid-20s, an industrial engineer that works for a big company in town. Anyway, he brought over two 2' pieces of 1/2" maple and some 1/8" plywood 12" squares. Cut out the box sides, splined them, groove for the bottom, an egg-grate interior and a plain flat lid. Off he goes. Hope his girlfriend is happy and maybe hooked him on woodworking? I had a couple of guys who helped me out when I was first getting started.
  3. 17 points
    John Morris

    Positive Vibes

    I just wanted to wish all the woodworkers who show up here every day, or some days, a wonderful fantastic beautiful time in all your shops, I truly do mean that. I love woodworking, and I love interacting with fellow woodworkers on any level. You all are the best, and I'd like to personally thank each of you for showing up, and sharing, collaborating, teaching, learning, mentoring, and being here for each other in this wonderful most awesome adventure called woodworking! I just felt like saying that folks, we love ya'll here, and I personally feel blessed to be able to wake up in the morning before I head off to my day job, and check in here, and I feel blessed to be able to check in here at night, and whenever I can get on here, which is quite often actually. And I feel incredibly blessed to have a wife and family who puts up with it all. Woodworking, fun, addictive, peaceful, exciting, new people, new knowledge, it's what it's all about. Thank you all. Ya I know, I been mushy a tad lately, don't know what's been coming over me, menopause? Thank you folks.
  4. 16 points
    Will Downing

    Kitchen Island (PIP)

    My client came to me over Christmas with a page torn from the Southern Living magazine depicting a kitchen island built from reclaim porch posts and lumber. The caveat was it had to be down-sized to 24x24x36 and move-able. Sure, no problem says I...hmmph! First, has anyone priced used porch posts since Pinterest? Then I priced new posts. Both are cost prohibitive. Then I got an idea, build my own. So my wife found these balusters at a yard sale. But only three. So I cut them in half (giving me six tops) and bought a 4x4 pine post to recreate the bottoms, Drilled out the bottom sections to accept a 1 /14" dowel, 5 inches long Then centered up the tops and drilled matching holes. Cut my dowels using a stop for consistency A little sanding and then assembly Now I have six legs completed. Four users and two for testing. Some detail work to make everything flow and these are ready to sand. Now the key here was the use of reclaimed lumber, so I plundered around the rathole and found this fir. Cut to length for the rails and pocket holes added. I have some 5/4 red cedar ratholed in a buddies barn, so I went and pulled two planks out to create the bottom. Resawed and planed. Cut to length and placed on the assembled leg frame And the finished bottom assembly. Now I'm ready to paint. The request for the legs and rails is to be painted in bright white. I'm going to polyurethane the shelf rails and use that as an accent piece. After paint, I'll attach the hardware (casters.) Next up: Creating the top. (BTW, I've kept up on the site, but with work and life just haven't had a chance to chime in much over the last few months. W)
  5. 16 points
    Ron Altier

    Ole woodworker's despair

    If I stand still, maybe it will show. I had it in my hand, that much I know. I walked from over there to over here, Oh why, Oh why can't I find my gear. If I scan the room one more time, I know it will show and once again be mine. But once again, it doesn't show, I'm left alone and don't know where to go. Think I'll set down and take a rest, Cause that's the one thing I do best. As I slowly descend into that soft ole chair, I look around again and in slow despair. I guess I didn't need it anyway, It will certainly show up some day. As I slowly take a seat, I find it as-------------- my butt hits the seat. I did that this morning and thought it would make a good poem for a snicker
  6. 15 points
    Chips N Dust

    How to Start a Fight

    One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift... The next year, I didn't buy her a gift. When she asked me why, I replied, "Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!" And that's how the fight started..... ______________________________ __ My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed. I turned to her and said, 'Do you want to have Sex?' 'No,' she answered. I then said, 'Is that your final answer?' She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying, 'Yes..' So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend." And that's when the fight started...
  7. 15 points
    Ron Altier

    I found out what my work shop is

    My grandson was visiting and was making some Christmas gifts with Grandma out of wood, paper, styrofoam, etc. They was doing this in her sewing room. Soon he came to my shop looking for rubberbands. I had 3 small boxes of different sizes, from a garage sale. He left, but soon returned for a tiny hook for his tree ornament. Of course I have different sizes in silver and gold color. Later he returned for something else, while I went to another storage box, he said," Grandpa, you don't have a workshop, you got a hardware store" I just had to smile
  8. 15 points
    Gene Howe

    I'm honored...

    ...and surprised. Stumpy Nubs http://www.stumpynubs.com sponsored a chair building contest. I was just notified that my Morris chair took second prize. The prize is a Smart Vise. Here's the chair.
  9. 15 points

    Flag cases

    I just completed two flag cases to be given to the families of two local veterans. One was a high school classmate who was a career Marine and did two tours in Vietnam. He came home and became a Marine recruiter until retiring. He passed away recently from stroke complications. The second one is for his brothers flag. He died in Vietnam in 1965 and the family never had a case for his flag. The wood is recycled red oak from a local schoolhouse that is being renovated.
  10. 15 points
    Waxing Moon

    What to do with drop off's

    Made this from some "leftovers".... Quilted maple, Morado and a bit of Ebony.
  11. 14 points
    Ron Altier

    I've been Rubeing again

    Due to a condition in my hands, I am extra clumsy and drop more things than most people. Those things always roll where you can't see or in places unknown. I had a magnet on a pole, but it was limited, wouldn't bend. I got a couple of small bar magnets at HD, a fiberglass pole from a bike flag and made a handle out of ply. As luck would have it, I dropped a very tiny screw, one so small that I'd never find another or even hope to see. The paint wasn't dry on my new pick up, but I used it anyway. NICE...........I found it on the second sweep over a crack in the cement.
  12. 14 points

    Top Secret Project

    Last week I Showed you the start of my top Secret Project. Well here are 2 nearly done and 2 to go . They are wall plaques for for my Medival Horizontal lock replica and the Violin locks I made. Herb
  13. 14 points

    Train 'em right

    In a period 22-33 years ago, my three daughters were in 4-H woodworking. Yesterday, I ran in to the retired 4-H agent. He remembered me and remarked that the county judge was always in awe that my girls could explain what they had done and how they did it. They even corrected him a few times when he called a particular joint by the wrong name. We went to the state fair 12 consecutive years and the only year they didn't get a top 20% award was the year my 11 year old made something he thought was too complicated for the class she was in (jewelry box with mirror inside.) None of them do woodworking now but we had a good time with each other in the shop and I'm sure built their self-confidence up. They all still have all the things they made back then -- boxes, shelves, bookcases and a cherry blanket chest.
  14. 14 points
    Finish sanding and finish coating tissue boxes and napkin holders. Herb
  15. 14 points
    Ralph  Allen Jones

    Honor Flight

    Good Afternoon Friends, I just found out yesterday that I have been scheduled to go on the Honor Flight to Washington DC on April 15 which is the day before my birthday. What a birthday present that is !!!
  16. 14 points

    Rack Em Up

    Anyone for a cool game of billiards. Now the contests are over I would like to show off my 2017 Pen Box entry. This too happened to take first place. I had this idea in my head for over a year but was just not able to make it till I was able to return to my shop. I have to say I am sort of strutting my feathers on this one because it came out almost as nice as I envisioned it. I will say I had to make many jigs to pull this off because every detail needed a cut that is not normal. Doing all the compound angle cuts was challenging. Drilling the holes for the pockets needed a jig as well as cutting the rails and trim work. The rails and pockets are joined with mortise and tenon joints because end grain is not a very strong glue joint. I did have an oops when I tried flocking the table and rails. The paint/glue I used was too thick and the fibers did not stick well. I had another can of the stuff so I was able to sand back the old and add the new and it came out well. Was able to get it done in time too. Thanks for looking and any questions or comments are always welcomed. Hopefully I can get the pen I have designed for the box done, very soon. I have included a full size billiard ball that I make clocks out of 2-1/4" for size reference.My replica pool table box is made from Birdseye Maple and Gabon Ebony. It's measurements are 4-1/2" X 9" which is a scaled down version of a professional table. It was dipped in BLO and then top coated with 6 coats of satin lacquer. The table top has green flocking on the table as well as the bumpers. The cues were turned from maple blanks and are also satin lacquered. The butt grips are wrapped with carbon fiber. The billiard balls are miniature replicas. The rail sites are round black Swarovski crystals.All the materials used were cut and angled using various jigs. The table is an easy lift off to access the pen box compartment which has a green plush felt cushion for any size pen. The lid has guide blocks to properly seat it easily on the box.This is a neat little box which will enhance that special pen for that special billiard fan.
  17. 14 points
    Ron Altier

    Flower box

    I started an idea and as I progressed I realized that the idea was a not a good one. So I took the pieces and made a lidded box. It is unusual but I think my granddaughter will like it. It is about 6" dia
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  19. 14 points
    If you have been following, I have been in the process of building a cart to house and transport 40 ukuleles for my daughter, the music teacher. I built the cart from 3/4" baltic birch cabinet grade plywood and each ukulele has its own storage pod. The neck rail is made from a 1 x 3 pine board and I cut the semi circle for the neck with an oscillating spindle sander. It was a fun project but after about 15 hours of work I was ready to move on to a new project. For the record, I didn't pick out the color.
  20. 13 points
    As the Marketing Manager for Easy Wood Tools I put together promotional materials and ads for our company. I wanted to share with all of you a full page ad that will appear in an upcoming issue of Woodcraft Magazine. With Lew's permission....
  21. 13 points
    Ron Altier

    been in the scrap pile again

    I started with some Blood Wood scraps in my hand on the way to toss them and some of it kind of looked like a flower petal. I made it and coated it with epoxy, which wasn't a good idea, won't do that again. I wanted to get a more natural looking surface, didn't come out as I hoped. It looked pretty sad. I redid some of it, still didn't like it. My wife said "Why don't you put a butterfly on it" I did, 2 of them.
  22. 13 points

    Finished the lock Plaques today

    Finally got the lock plaques done. here are the last two, and all four. These were made out of some scraps of Ipe decking material that was given to me. Herb
  23. 13 points
    I have been working at clearing out some of my old wood that was too good to toss but not able to build much else with it. The wood is Madron that I have had for a number of years on the side of my house. It was wood that had originally been air dried as opposed to kiln dried so it got some beetles in them that have left a number of holes and tunnels in. The Madron wood has some really great grain which really needed to be shown off. So I cut up the wood and made a few Coat/Hat racks with the larger pieces and some Necklace/Key racks to sell to help with our travel expenses for our Midwest trip in July. The hardware on the Coat/Hat racks are from Hobby Lobby and I have some D-rings on the back 16" apart to hang on studs as they will hold more weight. The Necklace/Key racks have those alligator clips to hang on screws since they are light weight and some 3/4" cup hooks from Home Depot. With the exception of the 2 darker stained Necklace/Key racks (which I used a darker stain on) the finish for all the pieces was done using Watco Danish Oil in Natural Color to bring out the grain and then a "Wipe On Poly" for the top coat. Not a difficult project but it did take me some time in between dealing with normal day-today stuff going on around the house.
  24. 13 points
    My day job as a Land Surveyor takes my crew and I to many interesting locations around our county. From hiking treks up mountains while laden down with survey gear to re-establish a lost section corner or township line, to building roads and bridges, we do it all. But, I get to do something that the other surveyors don't! I get to work the wood when called upon! Every few years we get some new crew trucks in and I am the guy who gets the job of building the storage boxes that go into the trucks. The boxes house our gear, from leveling rods, to metal pipe locators, to tripods, to lath and hubs and various other ground implements such as shovels, impact bars, machete's and much more. This past month our department became the proud owners of several very nice GMC 3500 crew cabs. These are the nicest trucks we have ever had, this is the first time we have power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, and cruise control, and there is a view panel in the middle of the dash console that displays backup camera, and we can even link up our smart phones to receive hands-free calls, and if you really wanted to you could activate your music playlist on your smartphone, but we'll stay away from that as music is a personal thing and not every crew member likes the musical taste of the other guy. But as crew chief I do choose the radio station, and typically I'll listen to talk radio. It is what it is, perhaps the younger guys will learn something. So this time, being no different than the next, the powers that be sent me home with a crew truck and supplies to build the first box. I have two more trucks to do. Each box takes a day, from 6am to 4:30pm. Our standard work day, and it just so happens that is how long it takes to fabricate one of these boxes. One of three new GMC 3500 4 x 4 Next few images are just some quick shots I took of the box in build state and finish. Every piece of the box is interlocked with 3/4" dado's using a PC 690 with a 3/4" straight bit. For all the boxes I have built in the past, I always used my PC 7518 for this process, but for some reason I just grabbed the smaller guy, I guess I didn't feel like moving around the 7518 all day, although the 7518 goes through this like butter, the 690 does strain and holler a tad. The box is set in place. I know I skipped a few process's before I got to this, but time being an issue, I had to work fast, and I could not really get as many images as I wanted too. The edge facing is 3/4" oak to protect the ply edges from bangs and bumps. The top section has some 4" PVC tubes, the right tube along with the wood half circle cutouts will hold our various leveling and transit rods. The two PVC tubes on the left house our diamond shaped "Survey Crew Ahead" traffic signs when rolled up, and the space in between those tubes house the standards the signs set on. The lower wide cubbie houses a drawer that holds our 2' lath, 4' lath, and various sized wooden hubs for construction staking, and also our monument pipes for setting legal corners and "Right of Way" and road "Centerline" positions. The metal shop at our yard fabricated those traffic cone racks you see mounted on the outside rear, the black spindles, we stack 10ea. 24" tall cones on each side for traffic control situations. Now you can see the drawer that I built as well, you'll see the right front side is shorter, for the 2' lathe, and the front left, is longer, for the 4' lath. And behind those compartments will house the hubs and pipe. The drawer is on wheels, it slides wonderfully in and out. What you don't see in this picture is the gate latch I installed as the last thing I did. The gate latch is mounted to the outside left of the drawer face, and it latches to the left into the truck box body, this prevents the box from sliding forward and back during travel. The truck bed is a standard 8' long by 4' wide, the box is 6.5' long, we need space to the rear to set a jack hammer into that we use on occasion to dig up monuments in asphalt. We get new trucks rarely, the last time we got a new truck was in 2010. We really use our trucks, I believe the formula used is replacement after 150,000 miles, after that they become more expensive to maintain then to just purchase a new one. And believe me after 150,000 miles, they are beat. We use them in 4x4 very frequently and they get bounced, whacked, and marred up pretty good, as we travel down tight areas and even between tree lined streams, they get beat up pretty good. This beautiful truck will look old in two years. My Crew Truck is a 2010 Ford outfitted the same as this one, my truck still has some miles to go before it's replaced, but it sure is good to see some new trucks for our crew chiefs, there is nothing like a brand new crew truck to lift the spirits of the men. Thanks for looking!
  25. 13 points
    Gene Howe

    Some Eye Candy

    At the yard where I picked up some mesquite was a shop where the yard owner's work was displayed. Thought you might enjoy seeing some of it.
  26. 13 points

    My fav' jig

    Ever see the birthday card: "for the man who has everything.....a bag to put it in!" Cute. I found that my bench works the same: need bag. So I had a scrap piece of 1x6 maple, ran some grooves down it. [Next time I'll use a dado blade] The grooves keep things from rolling around. [the stuff above the block: all the stuff that was on the block before the pic] The red color helps it stand out. Whenever I can't remember what some tool is doing there, I finally put it away. [It's all about discipline: ah hain't got none] I found that the block needs some wider (3/8") grooves for the larger handles, such as the chisel, or they'll roll. It really helps prevent "bit, bit, where'd I put the bit?" time wasting.
  27. 13 points
    Gene Howe

    It's done!

    This thing is finally done and packed for shipment. The walnut and brass elongated ovals on the doors are to cover my goof. Attached hinges on the wrong side. I kinda like them so, I made two more as escutcheons for my door pulls. A better shot of the pulls The drawer sides are grooved for wooden glides. The blue stuff is on swiveling wings. Those are earring do-hickies. The drawers are lined with the same stuff.
  28. 13 points

    woodworking bench

    So I just finished (except for mounting the vises) my workbench which is loosely patterned after the Paul Sellers bench that He uses at his shows. And boy is it rock solid. I made it all from box store 2x4's and a couple of 2x12's for the aprons; most of which I had around the basement. I have 2 record #52 1/2 vises that I will mount tomorrow... I hope. I cant wait to get crackin on the new bench.
  29. 13 points

    grandkids u got to love em

    I built this foot stool to put my feet and one day I was gone somewhere and when I came home, my granddaughter who was about 4 yrs old at the time decided its legs were cold so she remedied the poor foot stool cold legs. It took a few years to get those leggings off. Ya just can't love grandkids enough. Preston
  30. 13 points
    Squared up a blank for a rear rocker leg and backrest, and chucked it up on our Laguna 16/43 lathe. I have a home made long tool rest I made that works wonderful. Then I noticed my son standing around, this was last night, he knows better than to stand around me. He also knows better than to say "I'm bored" the word "bored" is a bad 5 letter word in our world, but sometimes the kids slip up and say it anyway. This time, he did not say "I'm bored" but he was idle, so I put him to work. I showed him the basics, and safety, and I told him "it's all yours buddy" and he took it! He's using an Easy Wood Tools Mid Size Rougher. A great solid tool, easy for sure! After he roughed it out, I took over and brought it to finish. The right end is the top with a tenon for a pillow rail. I have two of these made and they are headed for steam bending next. Go Pats!!!!!!!!
  31. 13 points


    Made this for my nephew who tops out of the lineman apprenticeship in March. Found the wood at a thrift store for a buck and figured the pattern would work. Had to add some length to the pole and rope, I'll put his name & year in the lower left. I have some thin stock oak that should work just fine. The pattern is from scrollers café & was created by Gayle M.
  32. 13 points
    My wife Tami has been a special educator for over 30 years. She teaches moderate-severe autism kindergarten-1st grade. Her kids are very high maintenance and active so she has to be creative in keeping her kids focused. They are easily distracted so she has had me make a number of what I call "Barricades" for different areas in her classroom. Some of the barricades are to block kids from watching what other kids are doing as they are easily distracted. Others are for blocking off certain areas like the "Play Area" or to keep them out cabinets that have certain toys or craft supplies. The school district is pretty much useless when it comes to providing items for special education, so it pretty much falls to the teacher to get it or go without. So she keeps me busy making stuff. The "Barricades" that I make for her are simple using PVC pipe for the frame and 1/4" tempered hardboard so they are light weight and the kids can't hurt themselves if/when they bang into them. So here are ones I made this past week or so and installed them today. I use velcro for hinges as they can be screwed into the cabinets and the barricades can't be knocked over by the kids. For the play area, toy cabinet and craft cabinet that has the crayons and coloring books I had to make them lockable as the kids like to leave their work stations when the teacher and aides aren't looking. (Sneaky little buggers). This is the entry into the play area. This is the toy cabinet which is lockable so they can't sneak in and take the toys. This is the cabinet that has the coloring books, crayons and markers. They always check the kid's backpacks before they leave to go home as they love to take the crayons and markers home.
  33. 12 points
    Lissa Hall

    new addition to library

    The wizard I would love to take credit for but it was made by my Uncle who does intarsia and got me started i n woodworking.
  34. 12 points
    Larry Schweitzer

    Toys that started it

    Some photos of the toys I made when I first started woodworking. Hard maple and walnut were the two most common woods used. But I also used many others often in combinations. For scale the cars and trucks have 2" wheels, 3/4" thick. I've got lots more photos and their were many one offs produced never photographed.
  35. 12 points

    Dovetail Clamps

    When I ordered the Gripper they also had some interesting C clamps to hold their dado gauge to the fence, so I ordered a couple too. I was plying around with tehem in the shop today and think they are going to be versitle little clamps. I ran a maple 1X2 through the router table and made a 20" long strip with a DT down the center of the strip. Then cut them into pieces for pads for the ends of the clamps. Also made a sacrificial fence for the TS , It can also be clamped to the bench for a straight edge. I can put a dovetail slot in each end of a piece for a straight edge guide to cut or rout across sheet goods. here are some pictures. Herb
  36. 12 points

    Bunk Beds

    Here's two of the three sets of bunk beds I've made in the last couple of years. First will separate into two twins (make two sets of these), second is a triple bunk for when granchildren visit. First two were oak, then maple. Third was SYP, strictly functional. This was about the time I seriously wanted a bigger shop.
  37. 12 points
    Ron Altier

    A trip to Home Depot

    This morning I went to Home Depot. As I walked into the area where the contractors parked, I saw a great looking BIG Ford F150 Raptor, bright red, spotless and it had a lot of extras. Huge tires on special wheels, decals and many goodies, including a cow catcher hooked on the front bumper that protected the grill area. I thought that cow catcher looked heavy duty, so I bumped it lightly with my hand. HOLLY CRAP!!!!! I SET OFF A SCREAMING ALARM!!!!! IT WAS MAKING WARBLING SOUNDS, SIRENS, BELLS, BUZZERS AND SOUNDS I'VE NEVER HEARD BEFORE. Now those big doors open and everybody is staring at me and that TRICKED OUT truck. I shrug my shoulders and look as innocent as I can. No one came and after 30 seconds....it quit.......thank goodness
  38. 12 points

    Another project done

    I mentioned a while back that I was making a mounting plaque for one of our recently retired firefighters. Here it is. Told him the cost for him was to email me a photo with his presentation axe mounted to it on the wall. The fighters' association (our club) got him the axe, but didn't give him a mount for it, so I did this as a gift to a friend. Had the wood and stain, got the patches from the FD and the metal decorations from a local award shop. I had them stick all the accoutrements on for me. This axe is mine from my Air Force Reserve unit when I retired from there. His is slightly different in color, but the same size. Wood is red oak with Old Masters Golden Oak stain and their satin polyurethane. I used to be a fan of P&L #38, but I can't get it in small quantities around here any more.
  39. 12 points
    Will Downing

    Kitchen Island (PIP)

    Work continues on the island. Third coat of bright white enamel on, three coats of semi-gloss on the cedar shelf pieces, and hardware in place. Base moved to the spare bedroom for safety (because I can break a crowbar in a sandbox) Now for the top. Back to the rathole for more lumber. But first true up the edges and flatten everything down to 3/4" in preparation for glue up.. Keith you have a good eye. My old Parks planer has served me well for a number of years. DC Morrison still makes parts for these incredible machines, so I will keep her running for years more. Glue up was anti-climatic, and after drying overnight its time to start scraping and prepping for cutting to size and easing all the edges. First time using card scrapers. Found a set of four at a school auction and this seems like a perfect time to hone this skill. I"m going to size this at 26x26" and trim out the base. Thanks for the kind words and more to come Will
  40. 12 points


    My wife has been wanting a basket for a while. I made this one yesterday. Now she wants a larger one.
  41. 12 points

    Project Completed

    Finally got the two cabinets done for the wife's craft room I mentioned a while back. Total time on this project was 90 hours, more or less. OK, I work slow! But she's happy, so that's all that matters. The one on the left holds two small metal file cabinets she had (were covered with a funky pattern contact paper she changed to black) and the photo on the left is what the other one replaced. The plastic stack was actually five separate boxes. Next on tap for her is a credenza for her printers and Cricket machine, but that won't happen for a while. I need to make a plaque to mount a friend's retirement fire axe on and a lumber storage cart I've been wanting to make. And then get the 5th wheel ready to haul up to near Mackinaw for the summer. Then there's that Baltic Sea cruise we're going on in June. Always busy.
  42. 12 points
    Ron Dudelston

    Working on a table

    I have been assisting my son building a QSWO side table for their front living room. When I told John Moody what we were building, he said," Pictures please" so here is a picture. The top is still in the clamps so that picture will have to wait. The build was pretty easy except eveything is mortise and tenon including the joinery on the top.
  43. 12 points
    Ron Altier

    Cartoon Owl

    My daughter requested me to make a cartoon like owl for a very close friend who loves owls so much she even has an owl tattoo. I can't carve due to a condition in my hands, so I had to use my woodworking machines. I started with a pine block, cut the basic shape on the band saw and turned it down on the lathe. Then shaped with my spindle sander. I used a picture of a real owl for inspiration. She wanted it cartoon like, so I put spectacles and a hat on him. Hope she likes it.
  44. 12 points
    This project required various woodworking skills so I decided to post this here. Hope you like it. This is a pen stand/clock I entered recently in a contest over at the IAP pen turning site. Every year they hold a fund raising Bash party and they have various contests the members can enter to win prizes. It basically pits you against members who enter each contest. Lots of fun. I was able to enter a few this year after about 3 years absence because of illness and family matters. Sure does feel good to get back in the shop. Anyway this was my entry and they were some scrolling involved along with other woodworking skills. Thanks for looking. This was my 2017 Pen Stand Contest entry. It did take first place. Pen Stand/Clock is of a gambling theme. The materials are maple, walnut, rosewood poker chips, 2" clock insert and dice. The playing cards were cut out on a scrollsaw and done in maple. The background of the symbols was painted flat black. the large dice is walnut. The base is rosewood with a bevel detail and covered with a dark green velvet. The wood parts were top coated in a satin lacquer. The poker chips are stacked and shaped to hold a single pen of any size. The holder chips are flocked in green where the pen lays to protect it from scratching. Thanks for looking.
  45. 12 points


    Scamming the Scammer... My previous approach with these type of Scammer scuds...had way too my time on my hand that day, not enough coffee, no naps.... (I’ll warn you in advance…this is pretty lengthy, but hopefully as entertaining for you as it was me! My thought is, ‘if you’re going to try to commit the crime, then I’ll commit to wasting your time! It all began on Tuesday when a 315 Area Code number (full number posted at the end) began calling about 8 AM to our land-line. Of course, not recognizing the number, I at first didn’t answer. Over the course of the next 6 hours or so, the number called back about every 45 minutes to one hour. I finally Googled the number and found one site with dozens of complaints against this number with most never answering but some that did were told by the caller “they were from Microsoft Windows Tech Support and the individual’s computer had been compromised with malware & spyware. As a result, the individual’s ISP was sending MS Windows error messages which only this tech support person could resolve.” I read through every complaint to equip myself for what I hoped to be my “award winning role!” From Tuesday through Thursday, beginning about 8 AM EST, until about 4 PM, this number kept calling in. I answered every time I could, but nothing was ever said except an occasional digital “Good-bye” was heard. My wife was off work Friday watching our youngest grandson (age 1-1/2) and so it began about 8 AM. Each time it rang, she would pick up then immediately disconnect doing that 4 or 5x before I could get to the phone. Finally about 12:30 PM, my time had arrived! I answered…at first no response, then the connection was made with ironically “David” from Microsoft Windows Tech Support. This “David” spoke with a very heavy Middle Eastern accent as opposed to a “Hoosier” dialect. In the background was considerable noise and disruption as one might expect at an illegal, scamming call center site. Following are most of the excerpts from that call! David: “This is David from Microsoft Windows Support and your Windows computer is sending us messages that it has been infected with spyware & malware and updates from us are needed to correct the problem.” Me: “Wow! My computer is telling you that! It must be really bad then isn’t it?” David: “Yes, this is very bad. I need to you to go immediately to your computer so we can fix the problem. This is very urgent.” Me: Certainly, I will…which computer do you want me to go to and which version of Windows is affected?” David: How many computers do you have there? (I could hear the cash register ringing in his head!) Me: Five (which counting my desk-top, SIL/daughter’s laptop, (2) grand-daughter’s school I-pads, my wife & my little Android Tablets plus my old dead Hewlett-Packard on Win 3.1) plus all the cell phones is not a stretch of the truth) David: “Every version of Windows from XP to ugh, 10…and go to the computer connected to the internet.” Me: “Well they all are or have been connected to the internet. So who did you say you were with?” David: “Microsoft Windows support.” Me: “Wow that must be a neat place to work? Let me ask you this, do you know Bill Gates? David: “Yes, I know him. Are you at the computer yet (impatient sounding)?” Me: “I’m getting there…so you know Bill Gates? Is he really as nice as he seems. Does he still come in to the office? Did he ever just show up with jugs of coffee and doughnuts for everyone there? David: “No! Well I don’t know him personally but I know who he is! (very impatiently) Are you at your Windows computer now?” Me: “I didn’t think so…probably just saw him on TV like me huh? Ok, I’m at the computer. Now what?” David: “When you look at your screen tell me exactly what you see.” Me: “Ok, which screen? (I have dual monitors) The left one or the right one?” David: (Frustrated & growing more impatient now). “It doesn’t matter…WHAT do you see?” Me: “Black” David: “What…what do you mean black?” Me: “I mean I see black…both screens are black” David: “Well you need to turn your computer on, then tell me exactly what you see” Me: “Oh, OK…well the computer is on, it’s just in the sleep state, but you asked me specifically to tell you EXACTLY what I saw, so that’s what I did!” David: “OK where all of your icons are, now what do you see?” Me: “Well, I see a lighthouse, water, rocks, prairie grass, flowers…” (one of Win 7 background options) David: (interrupting me and getting really frustrated) “NO, where your icons are at; what do you see?” Me: “As I said, I see a lighthouse, water, rocks, oh, there is a sign I didn’t see before…” David: (I think he’s beginning to lose it at this point)…”What icons do you have!?” Me: “All kinds of them…too many to list unless you’ve got lots of time…you want me to start listing them one by one?” David: “No, just a minute…I’m going to put you on hold.” Me: “Okee dokee, it’s your nickle.” (I figured the jig was now up and this call was done, but there’s a whole lot more) David: “OK, can you hear me OK now?” Me: “Yes David, I can hear you now! Loud & clear, I hear you! Can you hear me OK?” (line went quiet again like I was put on hold) David: “OK, can you still hear me?” (almost all of the background noise is now gone) Me: “Roger dodger…10-4 good buddy, kick ‘er back!” David: “WHAT?” Me: “Never mind, can we move this along please? Now what? David: “Look at your keyboard on the left side…Do you see the “C-T-R-L” key?” Me: “Yep, I see the “Control” key if that’s what you mean? I’ve got two of them, one on the left side and one on the right side…which one should I look at?” David: (I think the guy is thinking I’ve hit a home run here if he can hang on long enough) Never mind the one on the right…look at the one on the left!” Me: “OK, I’m looking at it!” David: “Do you now see the “A-L-T” key? Me: “Yep, I see it…Got two of them too!…one on the..…(quickly and impatiently interrupted me) David: “OK what key is in the middle?” Me: “Well hard to say on this keyboard, but I would say the “H” key is pretty close to the middle. Does that sound about right?” David: (OK pretty sure he’s getting really ticked off now!) NO, between the ‘C-T-R-L’ & ‘A-L-T’ keys” (he continues to ‘spell out’ the Control and Alternate keys) Me: “OH, well why didn’t you specify…it’s the space bar, no letters on that one though!” David: “What? No between the C-T-R-L & A-L-T key on the left side of your keyboard…It should look like a Window!” Me: “Nope ain’t got one (OK, a little white lie here but I have used keyboards not equipped with the Windows button to open the Start menu). I haven’t got a “window” on this keyboard, but I’m sitting close to a window.” David: (Now sounding both agitated but perplexed; obviously not part of the ‘script’) “Every Windows computer keyboard has that key…you should see that key…look again!” Me: “Oh well maybe the reason mine doesn’t have that key is because it’s a Dell computer and not a ‘windows’ computer… David: “Never mind! Do you have a Start Menu?” Me: “Yep got one of those.” (I’m starting to get weary of the game now and needed to get out to mow the yard since I could see from my ‘window” the dew was pretty much gone) David: “OK, click on the Start Icon, then look for the “Run” box to appear.” (he’s getting really anxious now because he thinks he’s about to cash in!) Me: “OK, done, but no “Run” box there” Just a box…(WIN 7 Pro…you have to type “Run in the command line) David: “Is the box blank or is there something already typed in there. I need you to type in the following…Run://www… Me: “Wait, what?...there’s something already there in the box (truth is "Search Program and Files") David: “Tell me exactly what is there!” Me: “OK, got your pencil handy? Here goes…’htt PS: /\ I W O U L D B E S T U P I D T O T Y P E A N Y C O M M A N D H E R E F R O M S O M E M O R O N O N T H E P H O N E C L A I M I N G TO B E W I T H M I C R O S O F T! Got it!” David: “Huh, what?” Me: “Repeated the line, not spelling it out letter by letter…Look ‘David’ or whoever you are…I’ve already Googled your scam phone number and the scam you’re trying to run…the closest thing to windows support person you might be would be opening & closing a casement window…Your number shows your scam location is based out of New York or wherever in the world you might be…There is nothing wrong with my computer or my ISP…in fact between the two we spend a chunk of change to keep people like you in check…so try your call with the FBI or Homeland Security! (…and honest to goodness, the idiot was stupid enough to ask this next question…) David: “So, you’re not going to type what I told you in the in the ‘Run’ line?” Me: “David, CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? YOU’RE A SCAMMER AND NOT A VERY GOOD ONE! David: “Click” So, the number calls back about 30 minutes later…no one there…again in 45 minutes…no one there…No call’s since though. Even though our land-line is on the National Do Not Call Registry, a few slip through on occasion.. BTW, the number is: 315-667-5432; in case you want to block it or have some fun! Should they call back next week…I may be the FBI, Cyber Crime Field Office, Agent Smokey T. Bear, but only if it’s raining or I’m bored with the grand-kids all back in school!
  46. 12 points
    Kenny Tarmack

    How it's made part 3

    Building a box newel. After milling the boards down to 3/4" I ran them through the table saw using a power feed, to miter the edges at 47degrees. The outside dimension of the newel is 5", the inside is 3.5". I then glued 3 blocks about 3 3/8" to the inside and secured them with small glue blocks, (just scraps cut about 3/4"×3/4") After the glue sets up, apply glue to 1 mitered edge and use pin nails to hold it in place. Then using shims square the 2 peices to each other, and apply glue blocks to the 3 3/8×3 3/8 inner block to hold it square, and apply glue blocks to the inside miter to hold it together. Now the two sides are square to each other, repeat the process for the 3rd side. Install more glue blocks to the remaining 2 miters, hold the glue blocks down from the inside of the miter about 1/16". Let the glue sets up and use glue on the 2 remaining miters, and construction adhesive on the glue blocks, the adhesive will fill the small gap. Put the remaining peice in place and clamp it up, and let set overnight to dry. My experience tells me that construction adhesive expands as it dries resulting in open miters on the last peice if not clamped. On the top of the newel I add 1 1/4" backing on all 4 sides, this is where the rail be secured, 2" of wood is stronger than 3/4". Make a top block to your liking, and trim it to your liking. Sorry for my inability to post the directions with the appropriate picture, I'm a man and don't read directions and tutorials. This newel is already notched for the stairs, that's why the cuts on the bottom.
  47. 12 points
  48. 12 points
    Chips N Dust

    Weekend Shop Time

    Well, I was able to get out in the shop for a little while this week end and get the door and drawer fronts on. Ready to paint. Maybe, i can talk the wife to do this while i am laid up, otherwise it will not get painted until April I have a little tweaking on the gaps, otherwise all set to go under the router table after paint
  49. 12 points

    night stand, end table ?

    · I built this about 20 years ago and I finally took a picture or two. It is made out of pine and black walnut. The wood had been in my shop for several years and was dry. I know you are not supposed to join soft woods and hard woods but I did and they have not contracted or expanded. After 20 years I think I'm ok. I like to build things without plans so I can always get it right! It is 25" high by 21' wide by 17' deep. Preston
  50. 12 points
    Ron Dudelston

    Shelves for our Local Library

    I was asked by our local library if I would build 3 shelving units for storage. I did the project as a public service and only charged for the material. Next time may be different.
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