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Ron Dudelston

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  1. Well folks, here we are just past the middle of November and staring down Thanksgiving. This week has been much calmer than last week since I don't have a show this weekend but nonetheless, I have been busy. I have a couple of quilt racks to make before Christmas but I'm sneaking in two hanging wall racks for my two great nephews. Tomorrow is my youngest grandson's 10th birthday and I'm wondering where the time is going. Next week I celebrate another trip around the sun and I'll have my nose against the window of 70 years old. Wow, that just doesn't seem possible. Enough about me...... what about y'all? Got any big plans for the weekend?
  2. Wiping on water based poly

    My answer to that would be "no" because poly must be thin to wipe it on and water based poly can't be cut. Keith Mealy may jump in on this and correct me though.
  3. Come north about an hour Dave. I'll fix you up.
  4. Closing the books out on the upstairs remodel...

    Well done Cal. I'm with Fred on the vanity. Very classy and professionally done. Now, sit back and take a break.
  5. Help Us Stop SPAM

    The admins here on TPW try our dead level best to keep the site SPAM free but occasionally a spammer sneaks in. Recently, we have caught a few and a couple new "members" were spammers and posted links on the forums before we could stop them. Since we can't be on the pages all the time, I'd like to ask our faithful members to be our eyes for us. If you see a post in a forum that has a hyperlink or you see something that JDLR, just doesn't look right, please contact an administrator or report the content. To report content, look at the top of the post and there's a tab to report content. It flags us immediately. If the post is fine, then we'll clear the report and no action will be taken. TPW admins are: John Morris, John Moody and Ron Dudelston. THANKS A HEAP!!!!
  6. My thoughts are with you, Dave. I went to a swim meet one time and it was two hours of waiting, hustle in to the pool area, watch for two minutes, repeat. Awful experience and worse than soccer if that is possible.
  7. Dave it was a blast to "people watch". The estrogen level was maxed out there. The few men that were with their mates had a glazed over look that revealed that they were in over their heads. I've done several shows and one thing I've learned that if a guy walks into the booth and looks hard at a particular item, you ask this question. "Are you a woodworker?" 9 times out of 10 the answer will be yes so then we talk about how I built the item. I had a guy yesterday buy an oven rack pull and he point blank told me that it was going to be a pattern and asked me how I built it. I just told him that he'd figure it out.
  8. Your college team is safe this weekend

    My poor Irish got destroyed.
  9. I'm a bit envious John because I can't get out of the shop. We set up at a very large show Saturday and it was mayhem the entire day. When they opened the show at 9 A.M., there were about 300-400 people waiting to get in. By 9:03 I had my first sale. We sold quite a bit of product so I'm back in the shop. My time this week is devoted to building to quilt racks and a couple of "sports" racks. Not sure what they're going to look like just yet. Here's the starting bell.
  10. Cradle Progress Report

    Well, I am one week into a cradle build for a customer. He bought a cradle about 25 years ago and wanted it replicated. Thanks to the guys that noticed in the photos that the spindles in the original cradle were too far apart and didn't meet federal standards. After I took this photo, I added trim strips in the stile grooves. Hopefully, tomorrow I can finish sand this thing and get it glued together. As a point of discussion, the bottom is 1/2" walnut and I cut a dado in the end panels. Under the bottom I'll add a cleat all around the underneath side of the bottom. My OCD side kicked in and I added dowels to each rail on the sides for strength.
  11. Just returned from setting up for a Holiday Show tomorrow. There are 165 vendors at this show and they expect about 3,000 guests. The bad news is that I have a "double" space and it is only 10 foot wide so I'm really crammed in the space. The best news is that I have a cell phone signal and I can take credit cards!
  12. Hey Boss. No offense given and none taken. I've seen worse.
  13. Hey Pat, were you a 462?
  14. Thanks a heap! USAF, MMS, 69'-73'
  15. Tabs on the Weather...

    Got it back Tuesday evening. I spoke with a friend near the strike zone and he said that there are 110 light poles down between HC and the Ohio line. I'm taking my generator out to him in a little while.
  16. Tabs on the Weather...

    We are ok here but the power went out at 1:41 pm and is still out. Luckily I have a generator and 15 gallons of gas. There was some very heavy damage from a tornado about 4 miles from me.
  17. Stick is Offline

    Thanks for walking point on this Dan.
  18. OK, I (we) caved in and got a

    Welcome to the world of technology, Fred. We finally bit the bullet and bought smart phones 3 years ago and my life would be difficult without it. What make and model did you buy?
  19. Finally, the Cradle is Finished

    Well folks, the cradle is mounted in the frame and it even quietly rocks. For the record, I burnt candle wax into the pivot pins. Now on to a quilt rack for a customer.IMG_1565.MOV
  20. I trust everyone is well on this Halloween Eve. Saturday was spent trying to stay warm at the Notre Dame - N. C. State football game and Sunday I delivered the cradle to its new owner. I'm please to announce that they were thrilled with it. This is a new new week and I'll be tying up a few loose ends before a big holiday show on Veteran's Day. Later this week I'll be starting an oak quilt rack for a customer. Saturday is another road trip to Sout Bend to see Notre Dame take on Wake Forest. Busy week ahead.
  21. Headed to South Bend Saturday to watch my beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish play North Carolina State. This is a "layered" game. The temp at kickoff is supposed to be 42 degrees with light rain/snow showers. I'm wearing a long sleeve shirt, an ND hoodie and an ND coat accessorized by an ND toboggan.
  22. Finally, the Cradle is Finished

    No arguments on silicone contamination, Michael. However, after 6 coats of poly I doubt that this will ever get re-finished. Besides, I'm sure it will be waxed by the new owner.
  23. Finally, the Cradle is Finished

    Michael, I wanted to spray this with General Finish's Endurovar but the customer insisted on polyurethane. Throughout the build, I would sand. For example, the panels were sanded to 360 before assembly because I knew the coves would be impossible to sand in place. After assembly, I hand sanded to 360 grit the whole cradle and wiped it down with mineral spirits to (1.) remove the dust and (2.) raised the grain. I allowed it to dry overnight and I lightly sanded it again with 360 grit paper. After I wiped it down with a tack rag, I applied my first coat of wipe on poly. The customer wanted a semi-gloss finish and I always make my own wipe on so I mixed a quart of wipe on polyurethane. Note of caution here: Satin and semi-gloss need to be stirred really well before you mix it. Poly is naturally glossy and the dulling agent drops to the bottom of the can so mix it well. I cut it 50/50 (mineral spirits and poly) and applied the first coat. I used a method that I learned here on the Patriot Woodworker many years ago. I always apply wipe on with a piece of clean (preferably new) pantyhose. When my wife goes out rummage sale shopping she can usually find new packs of hose. The nylon won't let you soak up too much so you won't get runs or over coat it. Apply in straight runs and just slightly over lap each run. I let the first coat dry overnight and then lightly wiped it with 360 after it was dry to knock off the dust nibs. Wipe it down with a clean rag and re-apply. This cradle has 6 coats and it took me about 3 days to finish it. After the last coat, I wiped it with 0000 steel wool and applied a light coat of Pledge. If a piece, like a table, is flat I'll wax it with paste wax. That is how I finished this one.
  24. Back Side

    From the album Walnut Cradle

    Back side of the cradle.
  25. It Rocks!

    From the album Walnut Cradle

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