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  1. I read recently that "grit" was a major determination of success in a job, not necessarily intelligence. https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisaquast/2017/03/06/why-grit-is-more-important-than-iq-when-youre-trying-to-become-successful/#47b199497e45 I guess I have grit because I don't give up easily. I built a display cabinet for the church to store some historical items from a 92 year old member. (photos in a week or two) I had to install glass on-site because of transportation issues. I got it there, set it up and drat, the floor was not level and the bulletin board it was to sit in front of and under has three doors and one of them would not open without hitting the top. I removed the nail-on felt feet, but that was not enough. Because it sits in front of a hot-water baseboard heater, I needed to allow for airflow around and under it. So it has a cut-out on the base moldings. To save the day, I decided it would work if I sawed some off the bottom of the base moldings and internal frame. At first, I grabbed my pull saw and proceeded to use a spacer block like I've done many times to shorten barstools that were too tall. Taking a long time. Then I remembered that I'd put my infrequently-used Fein OMT in the van. Got it out and it did a fine job on two of the corners and the finished the two I'd started. Day saved.
  2. Yikes!

    I got contacted by a trade magazine to write a bi-monthly column on finish and repair work. Bob Flexner recommended me to them (he writes the in-between months). Flattered and bewildered.
  3. Wood clamps

    "If a fella says he has too many clamps, you can't believe a word he ever says."
  4. Wood clamps

    Yes, I had one that the handle would spin on. I took it back and they just told me to go pick out another one. Jorgensen is now acquired by a Chinese company (as of early 2016). They made nice F clamps but had to compete with those HF ones. Well, Jorgie came out with a cheaper line of F clamps and you have to look carefully, but you'll see they are much less substantial and not very good. http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/greatstar-industrial-acquires-adjustable-clamp-company/ If you look carefully at some of the photos in magazines like Fine Woodworking, you'll see HF ones regularly. I figure if they're good enough for some of their guys, they're good enough for me. That same Chinese company owns a number of once-US brands. Miller Falls is one of them. Made some nice stuff. About 20 years ago, the parent company of Gorilla Glue (Lutz File and Tool) here in Cinci owned them.
  5. medal plaques

    One of the current projects is a set of medal plaques for the team that my 9 year-old granddaughter joined this year. They like to have a gift for each of the girls when they complete their three meets a year. The typical medal is on a neck lanyard and they'll hang from the two dowel rods. Got some free white oak cutoffs, had a friend who runs a business do the laser engraving, currently stain (Minwax Golden Oak a dye-based stain) is drying prior to applying the finish (probably shellac).
  6. Will be a project for 2018?

    As far as I know, yes. For a few years there was a quarantine against moving logs across county lines. So the lumber mills stopped taking it. Thanks to idiots, it did not do any good and within a couple of years it was in all counties of Ohio so I think the dropped that. On their own, EAB will only move a mile or two in a year. But it's spread from the initial port of entry, Detroit, much faster than that. I lost both ash in my new yard and had two in the old yard that I had treated, but will probably succumb if the new owner doesn't keep it up. In one year:
  7. I think the problem with a cutout is that his swivel has a 15 degree tilt to it. That would make it tricky to provide clearance all around. The ones I've seen have a collar (for lack of a better term) below the seat. Most of them have upholstered/padded seats. IMO, collar on a windsor-style seat doesn't look all that good. BTW, it's "bridle" joint, like on a horse, not "bridal" joint, like on a newlywed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridle_joint Also, FWIW, the standard dining chair seat is +-18" off the floor, and the standard dining table top is 30" off the floor. So the difference between seat and countertop height should be about 12"
  8. Will be a project for 2018?

    I air-dried some ash maybe 30 years ago. It was my impression that whatever bug it was got into the semi-wet wood and once it was dry, left it alone. I used a lot of it and never had a problem after construction. Emerald Ash Borer is devastating ash in the midwest. They tunnel in the cambrium (area between sapwood and bark) and kill the tree. It's sad to go down the expressway and see lots of standing dead ash trees.
  9. Nah, I understand. That would not work with the lazy susan bearing I have, but I've worked on many swivel bar stools. Just trying to make everyone aware of the options.
  10. Here is a great fixture for rotating a piece while you are finishing. Simply a ball-bearing lazy susan hardware on a scrap piece of plywood. Mine's well used. Prop your piece(s) up on one of the prior stand-offs and rotate as you stain or finish. Under side Top side
  11. I'm not sure there's a way with this mechanism to get boards on both sides. I have some that are used for swiveling barstools that you can by drilling a hole in the bottom piece at a spot where you can get it. Just beware some of them will only turn +-90 degrees, return to a 0 spot when swiveled and have a slant on them.
  12. With a big thanks to John Morris

    You and I must have the same provider. When we lose service and call, wait on hold for 15 minutes, we usually get a, "We can be out a week from Thursday, between 8 and 5. Maybe Friday." Nevermind one of their field techs lives two doors away. He finally came when we started the service (third tech sent out) and got it working right. Sole provider, here, too. Some people in the next town over have a different one and it's no better there. At the last house, we finally ended up with the phone co's service. We had another provider. Had a problem and the tech came out, "Yep, your modem's no good." "Well, can you replace it?" "No, I don't carry them, I usually just work on the poles. But you can take it to the service center and they'll swap you out. They stock them." Drive to service center, another 1/2 hour wait, "Oh, no we don't stock those, never have."
  13. I hate Wal*mart

    I got a new shop knife for Xmas. The one that Paul Sellers uses, if you're familiar with that. I decided to order some blades in advance. They're hard to find. Since they're less than $2 each, Amazon did not seem an option because I don't have Prime. Ship-to-store Wal*mart had them for about the same price, on clearance. Now I have had problems with getting things picked up this way before* I have ordered infrequently, but always gotten poor service at the pick up desk before. I've tried different stores and even a daughter in another state has the same issues. Well, I decided to give it another try and hoped that Wally's new emphasis on e-commerce (to compete with Amazon) will have improved things. Well, I ordered 4 of them and held my breath. I got a text that the order was in and my wife was shopping just down the street, so she stopped to pick them up. She was pleasantly surprised as the pick up was prompt and easy. The clerk said something about another order still coming in. She was puzzled but didn't know what I'd done. Got home and 3 of 4 blades were in the box. Sure enough, split order. I went to pick up the last one yesterday, yes, another trip. Found the big orange sign and went in about 8:30am. Big sign on the desk, "Pick up open 8am to 8pm" Pressed the button that I was there. Nothing. Pressed it again and again. Employee after employee walked by and ignored me. Finally, I asked one of them (from the bakery) to page someone, which she did. Still nothing. 10 minutes waiting. Walked to front of store and asked for manager on duty. Paged her, waited, waited. She finally got there and took me back and got my package. Now, this is the same manager that I met on the way in and asked where the pick up desk was, so she knew a I was heading back there. 25 minutes of my life I'll never get back for a $1.67 blade. She mumbled something about someone calling in sick that day. So, that's an excuse for not having someone there? And she knew I was headed there. And what about the 10 "it's not my job" employees that walked by and never said anything to me? My only consolation is for less than $8 sale, Wal*mart had two pickings, two boxes, bubble wrap, processing, two UPS second day shipping fees and probably lost money on the deal, however little. * I complained once to a manager that it took a long time for someone to get my package at the ship-to-store desk. His response was, "We don't get many people using it, so we don't really have anyone assigned to it." Reminds me of a story about a small town on the commuter rail line. They petitioned the train line to have one of the 7am trains that went by to stop because the earliest stop was at 9am -- too late for commuters. The train line looked into it and replied, "We have received your request and investigated. For several days we sent an agent to the depot. There was never anyone waiting for the train at 7 am so we concluded there was no demand for an earlier train." Thanks for letting me vent. On the other had, I have been very impressed with Home Depot's ship to store. Pick up right inside the door, staffed, and prompt service. Many things they don't carry in the store. Some stores even have a prime parking spot for "ship-to-store" customers.
  14. I hate Wal*mart

    OMG, was at Costco today for a couple of items. They had three banquet tables set up with about six employees processing something and about 20 people waiting in line. We surmised it was spurned Sam's Club members that were signing up. Sam's Club was about 1/4 mile away before they closed.
  15. Tape dispenser

    Yeah, I bought one of those ugly plastic ones that I keep in the tool chest. I believe it is filled with sand. Only problem is that it does not hold a spool of masking tape until it has some tape off it to reduce the diameter. Never quite figured out why one would build it that way.
  16. Shop Humor

    Flip it over and try it again?
  17. Tape dispenser

    Last I heard Matt had moved from custom furniture to lutherie (guitar building)
  18. I hate Wal*mart

    My greatest is I'll spend my retirement years saying, "Welcome to Wal*mart." (or "Did you want fries with that?")
  19. I hate Wal*mart

  20. outlets with surge protectors

    Right. He said those $200 ones are the ones used by his brother who works on organs, by a lot of the traveling bands to protect their $ music equipment and the $7000-9000 home theater systems that are professionally installed. He says he has one (he's pretty anal about this electric stuff), to protect his computer and his wife's computer (and all her photos -- he cited cost of recovery). Hence the last slide -- backup (your files).
  21. outlets with surge protectors

    We had a presentation this morning from one of the guys in the woodworking club who is an electrician. He did a presentation on surge protection. Two three important points. Surge protectors have a finite life and you get what you pay for -- 3-5 years for the medium quality MOV ones ($25-30). The $6 ones are not worth it. Next jump up is series at $200-250. Joules is not what you want to look at -- it's voltage protection rating that counts. To be tested and certified it must be UL Listed. They will add all sorts of other meaningless modifiers that don't mean anything (sort of like finishes ) Here's a copy of his presentation, plus an earlier one he did on general electrical safety Surge Protectors - Gene Wiggs - Jan 2018-1.pdf 2017 Electrical Safety in the Shop - Gene Wiggs.pdf

    AND THEN IT IS WINTER You know. . . Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life.. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. But, here it is... The winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. But, here it is...my friends are retired and getting grey - or gone...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change....Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory! 'Cause if I don't on my own free will...I just fall asleep where I sit! And so...now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did! But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know - that when it's over on this earth...it's NOT over A new adventure will begin! Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things - I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime. So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life...so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past! "Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY! HAVE A GREAT DAY! REMEMBER:..... "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. "LIVE HAPPY IN THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR! LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING: TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE SO - ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS. ~Your kids are becoming you....... ~Going out is good... Coming home is better! ~You forget names.... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!! ~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything. ~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore. ~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep". ~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch. ~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... "what?" ??? ~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere. ~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!! ~What used to be freckles are now liver spots. ~Everybody whispers. ~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear. ~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!! Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.
  23. The club web site has been re-done and the link above is no longer active. I'm uploading a copy here.Drawing Circles by Keith Mealy.pdf
  24. Hobbies

    Are you thinking of "Alcohol Connoisseur" or "Home Projects"?
  25. Hobbies

    Check out #6 https://www.artofmanliness.com/2016/01/25/the-ultimate-list-of-hobbies-for-men-75-ideas-for-your-free-time/ And, please, it's "hobbyist" not "hobbiest" (as in hobby, hobbier, hobbiest)

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