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  1. New Release of Mozilla Firefox

    The last year, I have been completely depressed with FF, it seemed big, clunky, slow, and it didn't play well with The Patriot Woodworker community. I would use Windows Edge, Chrome, Vivaldi on this site and they screamed through it, but then I'd go back to my old friend Mozilla, and sometimes it was like watching water boil, surfing this site with it. There are many times issues were reported due to slowness, and I spent hours sifting through error logs, memory logs, and bugging our software developers, and our site typically checked out, all gears working fine. I would use other browsers, and our site surfed great. I stopped using Firefox altogether about two months ago, it got to the point that it would take about 1 minute to even activate Firefox from the desktop pc. Then, they came out with 57.0. If y'all have not tried it, please do, it behaves very well on our site, and it's fast, and it activates quickly now from your desktop pc. They did a really good thing, congrats Mozilla, you are now back in my favor, and I'll use the Mozilla project now, I love it! Here is the link for download: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/ One more thing, on a personal level I am very in touch with "Open Source" projects, I love the open source project Mediawiki and Tikiwiki, and there are many website building software projects that are free and open source such as Joomla, and Drupal to name some of the bigger projects. One thing they all need is money, funding. They provide a free service. We use their software, they develop. And it's free. I like to donate to these projects, I'll donate 25 bucks or 5 bucks or somewhere in between, depending my level of use. For example I am currently developing some branched websites that will be a part of our community here, and I am using open sourced software to build these components, I am donating regularly to these projects on a monthly basis. Most of the time the developers of these projects do the work because they believe in the project, and they love coding and developing, and they do not get paid. The same is true for Fire Fox, most of their developers do not get paid, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of developers to the Mozilla project, and they do it because they believe in the project. So, if you are a Fire Fox user, or any open source browser user, consider donating once a year to these foundations, we use their products freely, we take their products for granted, 10 bucks a year to these projects aint gonna kill most of us. Just a heads up is all. Cheers, and way to go Fire Fox!!!!!
  2. Happy Thanksgiving A Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving, it has been an icon of Americana since it was installed on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post back in 1943, this was one of a four series paintings done for FDR's "Four Freedoms" that were spoken during President Roosevelt's January 1941 State of the Union Address. In his speech the President spoke of the Four Freedoms, (Freedom From Fear, Freedom of Worship, Freedom of Speech, and Freedom From Want). Norman Rockwell two years later created four paintings depicting each of the Four Freedoms the President spoke of, and the last freedom was Freedom From Want. The painting above, is the "Freedom From Want" painting, depicting an American family with an abundance of food, and obviously free from want. Our Message to You Let us thank GOD for the blessing HE has bestowed upon us as Americans, for most of us we are free from want, but for many in our country, and the world over, it is only a concept many can only dream of. This Thanksgiving we pray for our family, we pray for our loved ones and friends, we pray and we are thankful for our blessings, and we may even ask a favor or two in our prayer, but lets not forget the homeless and less fortunate in our prayers. They need our prayer, and they need our compassion. And remember, the man or woman who is pushing a cart down the street, the man or woman who is passed out in a dark building corner from too much self-abuse, please remember there is a possibility they may have worn the uniform of our nations military at one time and they very well could have served heroically, yet they are having a hard time dealing with the demons that have followed them home from the wars past and present where they served us well, and fought for us. Please include them in your prayers this Thanksgiving Holiday. They need our prayer. John Morris Founder and Creator of The Patriot Woodworker Links of Interest Thanksgiving facts and origins (History.com) What was on the menu for the first Thanksgiving? (Smithsonian.com) Thanksgiving in art (Smithsonian.com) The Four Freedoms painting history (The Saturday Evening Post) A lighter note So Patriot Woodworkers! What's on your Thanksgiving agenda? What plans do you have today, and what's on the menu? My family is going to spend some of our day at the care facility where we have a family member recovering from a massive stroke a few weeks ago. She is able to eat solids now, and we are going to take her some food and sit with her, and the wife and kids came up with a small Christmas tree we are going to install on her dresser nearby her bed. Since our day will be kind of short for home activities, we won't really have time to cook, so we pre-ordered a Thanksgiving Meal from our local chain grocer who has an excellent deli counter and they make pre made holiday meals. This is the first time we have broke tradition in doing this, so we'll let ya'll know how the boxed Thanksgiving meal is. I also will be decorating our exterior home with Christmas lights tomorrow as tradition dictates. My son and I will handle this task, while the ladies will decorate the interior of the home. From my heart to yours Patriot Woodworkers, be safe, be well, love, cherish, honor, and get along with those family members who you don't agree with, or just don't invite them over! Cheers my friends and: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!
  3. YouTube makers

    I've always enjoyed the format and quality, and content and music of Doucette and Wolfe Furniture Makers. https://www.youtube.com/user/doucetteandwolfe
  4. Happy Thanksgiving (November 23 - 2017)

    One of my favorite Thanksgiving graphics.
  5. lathe tools

    For those chairs yes!!!!! I have also been turning the idea in my head for splitting the pieces from logs, and shaping the chair parts by draw knife and shaves, no lathe needed. It would take on a different look, but it would look pretty cool! I do love turning those parts on the lathe though, they are simple to turn, and fun, and I like fun in woodworking.
  6. New Release of Mozilla Firefox

    Gravatar is part of Google. Another one you need not think about if you don't use Gravatars. Gravatars are a wonderful way for you to use one avatar across multiple applications and forums. I have a Gravatar and I use in forums across the internet, it saves me from having to upload another avatar, and another, and another. And it just keeps it nice and tidy. But, as I stated, if you don't use Gravatar, you don't need to block it, or block it if you want, it has no bearing on your use. EDIT: By the way Steve, it's fine to bring these things up, I have forgotten about them, only because they are passive, and pose no threat, it's been literally a couple years since I have even messed with these items behind the scenes, so go ahead and fire away, and thanks for your vigilance!
  7. lathe tools

    Well I appreciate that Bill. That's is very nice of you to say. Hey, are you still gonna build some Shaker chairs?
  8. lathe tools

    @Jim from Easy Wood Tools would be proud of you guys! I agree, they are great tools, Easy Wood Tools. I know my opinion is worthless since Easy Wood Tools does sponsor our site, anyone reading this is going to think I am coming from a very biased place, but hey, Made in America, by Americans, for the World, excellent fit and finish, on and on and on. I love my EWT's. Lissa, so happens we got a raffle going on for a great cause, and some full sized EWT's are up for grabs, go here and put in two bucks, you never know, folks win millions off one quick pick lottery ticket! RAFFLE
  9. New Release of Mozilla Firefox

    Ya there are those (I digress), but they are not trackers in the sense that they track your move once you leave our community. They are only there for the folks here who sign onto our site with their Facebook accounts, or Twitter accounts, it's a convenience for them only. So if you don't use Facebook or Twitter to login into our community, those trackers don't even know you exist. The google analytics, that's common everywhere, it only tells us how many hits we've gotten and which pages are visited the most, all anonymous data. We have a google analytics account set up, and attached to our community, but honestly, I never even care to see how many visits or hits we get, just doesn't interest me, as much as it would interest a website that is driven on marketing and income generation. Since we don't have any ads here, or pay per clicks, pay per views, or click this ad and we get a dollar type of stuff going on, it means nothing to us. Traffic dynamics, who cares. You all are having fun right? The one thing we do have are cookies enabled, those cookies track you here within our community only, once you leave our community, they stay here where they belong. Their only purpose is to give you a better experience. Cookies are generally used to remember your theme settings that you had last time you logged in, or any account settings you may have set up since the last time you logged in. Without cookies, our software would forget who you are upon your next visit, and all your settings would be blown out. Thanks for pointing those out Steve, and in turn allowing me to explain why they are here. By the way Steve, I have been to sites that have had 69 trackers, real trackers that follow you after the visit, and they imprint your every move and shoot the data back to the site you got them from. Crazy.
  10. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! Thanksgiving Plans? Hey folks! Not only must you tell us what your week of woodworking agenda is, but now you are officially required to tell us your Thanksgiving plans too!!! What are your plans for the big turkey day, family over? Friends over? Laying low? Taking a trip? We love to hear what you are up too. New members Please welcome the following members to our community. @Yura Kotkov, @dave b, @Josie, @Jim Norman, @Rich Stegner To our new members, thank you for joining us! To our existing members, please click on their names above and shoot them a welcome message. News We want to thank those who have participated in this project, we have thus far reached 62% of our 1500.00 dollar goal! Well of course the biggest news of all, in case y'all have not heard, we have kicked off our annual tradition of supporting a warrior family for the Holidays! Please GO HERE to see how you can help! Please help us help this Gold Star Family, and you could win some great prizes too! What's It Our November "What's It" is here! We have a beautiful Woodriver Hand Plane by our supporters Woodcraft, up for grabs to the one who correctly identifies the item. Featured image of the week Romanian: Timber joinery at the The wooden church of St. Archangel of Letca, Salaj County, Romania By Bogdan Ilieş. The original uploader was Bogdan salaj at Romanian Wikipedia [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
  11. New Release of Mozilla Firefox

    We don't have trackers.
  12. I need something to protect the pattern

    @Smallpatch, I was addressing you directly. You may be a simple man, but your work is complex.
  13. I need something to protect the pattern

    Yes, but your work is filled with complexities that most simple men (woodworkers) can only aspire too. Thank you Jess. John Wayne, one of my all time favorites. Great quote.
  14. MAILED OUT SOME BOOKS TODAY

    Hey Buck, you can contact these lucky folks through our own messaging system. Just click on their screen name or their avatar image and you'll be taken to their home page, then you can click on message. Just in case you wanted to shoot them message on the backend. That was very nice of you to do Buck, I still have your books that I purchased over 8 years ago, the Wiregrass series. I still have them proudly displayed on my book shelf.
  15. New Release of Mozilla Firefox

    I did this Lew, per your suggestion, and it worked!
  16. Lifes Simple Pleasures

    One of lifes most wondrous pleasures is checking the cookie jar for a couple weeks, each and every day, and nothing is in it, I have then given up on the effort but still check the jar every other day now, then I just give up on it altogether. Then, for old times sake, I check it just for the heck of it, and it's full of home made Chocolate Chip cookies! I am serious, my world is completely fine today. Life has been throwing a few curve balls at us lately, my cookie jar has been empty, I awoke early today and laid in bed for a few minutes in the quite of the morning while the rest of the gang slept, I prayed to God, I asked for enlightenment and put all my trials and worries in HIS hands, I then got up in the darkness and walked my home and checked on the sleeping babes, and I then started my morning. And just now, I did my cursory cookie jar check and it was full. I know GOD did not make the cookies, but I think He has something to do with it. By the way, breakfast? You really have to ask! Hey, cookies have all the food groups in them don't they? Specially with a big glass of milk. Have a wonderful day friends.
  17. I need something to protect the pattern

    Jess, Love ya man, and I love your work! Can you please tag your topics appropriately? You would help us out a great deal if you did sir, thanks so much in advance!
  18. resizing programs

    This topic moved from General Woodworking to Plans and Software
  19. Wow, did I ever get an improvement

    This topic moved from Home Improvement to Free For All.
  20. Good Read

    Depends where your at Gene, I think My Wood Stuff would do quite well in some areas, whereas other terms would fail completely. Personally, being the minimalist I am these days, "My Wood Stuff" sounds nice, I like it.
  21. Good Read

    EXACTLY!!!!!!!! Marketing can play a big role in your customers desire to buy, or not to buy. Chris's article while funny, he did leave out variables, I do agree that woodworkers can be pretty self adsorbed and egotistical, but I would never slam a guy for hanging out a shingle on his store front and putting "Purveyor" or "Woodsmith" on his sign. Those terms hearken back to an era of quality, and great craftsmanship. And that woodworker wants to communicate with the passersby, that they should enter the shop and have a look around. Depending on the community the shop is in, those words may make the difference in ok sales, or great sales. Also, "Hand Made". You bet, in a time of our existence where almost everything is machined and processed, you want that potential customer to know, that the items you display in your booth, or storefront, are indeed made by the person selling them, not imported from China. But I get it, I enjoyed the article, and I understood where he is coming from.
  22. Lifes Simple Pleasures

    Well, wife went down to San Diego to visit her friends for the day. Let's just say I took full advantage of zero supervision this morning.
  23. Lifes Simple Pleasures

    I'm paying for my debauchery this morning, right now I feel absolutely tired. Perhaps cookies for breakfast is not a good thing after all.
  24. Raising the grain question

    @BillyJack, many on here do skip the step of sanding sealer, calling them hacks, is not a good way to get along on a forum that is virtually ego free, and very friendly. Please modify your statement to reflect a more positive attitude and a more helpful tone. Thank you sir.
  25. Lifes Simple Pleasures

    They are this morning Fred!

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