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  1. John I I skipped over the word, with, on Fred's, not Genes post making him using poplar plywood. For plywood I totally use Baltic Birch. I wait till Woodworkers Source has a sale then order, 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8." They can't ship the full size 5' x 5' so I have them cut them into 20 x 30" pieces.... I don't think anyone around here uses poplar on cabinets. Alder maybe , can't remember. My problem buying plywood its in the back of a pickup for 60 miles and by the time I get home with it, it is already warped where it is unusable. If I try to wait for a cloudy day, by the time I get back home it has rained on it causing more warps..
  2. I don't even think my area has poplar plywood. I like the solid wood to work with but it seems to create its own dents which is surly not my fault!
  3. You can buy hinges made like that or you can buy the style you started with! A mortise mount or a half surface/ half mortise mount. This one is 1 5/16 x 1 1/2". It looks about the size you show.
  4. I'm not one that likes talking to a recording. The VA comes to mind as being the very worse... If I had have wanted to talk to a human next month, I would have called next month with that intent but thanks for the advise anyway! Another time is when the cable is out and you are trying to let someone know. The recorded voice says as soon as someone comes to work at the office in Atlanta they will be advised.. it's 12 noon our time when most humans have already been on the job for an hour or two at least. Suddenlink is hell but thats about all we can get here in the sticks. And whats Atlanta got to do with Tx., I need a repair I can watch As the World Turns.
  5. I use lots of very small hinges on the clocks and things. Nothing use to get my goat worse than busting the wood out trying the get the screws inserted... Now no problem when I counter sink a slanted hole just a hair smaller than the threads of the screws I am needing to install to hold the hinges. No you can't buy a slanted drill bit to exactly fit every screw out there. Hold the screw under the drill bit and grind it down until just the threads show on each side of the bit. The body of the bit doesn't hold the screw in , the threads do!! These three sizes of hinges shown are 3/4" x 9/16", 1/2"x 1/2" and 5/16"x 5/16" so the screws are very small. I save my wore out drill bits for this purpose. Chuck up a drill bit and run it against a bench grinder stone and taper the bit so when you hold the screw to be used under the bit all you need to show is the threads on each side of the bit. ......Even though the screws will go in without busting the wood I still use a wet bar of soap on the tip of the screw to make it easier to inserting the screw.. And I would advise using a drill press with a jig so the pre drilled holes are exactly where they need to be.... I used 1/4" BB so inserting a screw in the middle of the 1/4" width is hard to accomplish using a hand drill. After I make sure everything is lined up I take off the hinges to do the finishing then when ready to reinstall the hinges I put a dab of glue on the tip of the screws for insurance. No the bits don't exactly drill a hole, maybe burn a hole is more of a better word but the hole gets where it needs to be and no screw ups to worry about later... Its saves time to do things right the first time. The center tapered bit looking thing is actually a part of a welding rod. It was all I could find long ago when I needed a certain size hole!!! The 5/16" hinges use a small brad shorter than 1/8" long. They were bought for a doll house table hinges. On and I did find some 1/4" screws at Hobby Lobby that are exactly the right size for the 1/2"x1/2" hinges. Only place I could find them with flat tapered phillips heads. I know I have mentioned this before but hey for you guys that forget too soon, here you go again. Oh, the screws I got at Hobby Lobby are a hair too big for the hole in the hinges. So take a drill bit and counter sink the holes just a hair larger than they already are. Now that wasn't too hard was it?
  6. Actually I posted this last night and I couldn't find it this morning so here it is again. Last night I didn't have any pictures, just lovely words and I so remembered how important pictures are to you guys and girls who is hard to visualize something!!! Cal I will not put anyones names in print in case the parole board might be monitoring this site...
  7. from Home Depot and when I opened the box I got a surprise. Not only did I get what I ordered but got 5 more than I paid for. Don't see how they can stay in business doing things like that. So we will have take a little 120 mile roundy to Abilene and back to remind them this ain't good business. Especially if you got stock in the company! The box was a little large for just one item but 6 fit in there just right.... Maybe they figured this product was of a very poor quality so they included some extra so I wouldn't get upset.....
  8. Lew the boat dock is always 10 degrees or so cooler than under the trees . If you can enlarge the boat dock you will see a hammock hanging on the far right side of the dock. I built that dock 240 miles from the lake and had a house mover move it to the lake. The first two things we bought for the dock was two hammocks....I decided I didn't want walls on the dock for the summers sitting on the lake are so much cooler than having walls to keep the heat in. And beside I don't eat fish, especially the ones I catch, they go back in the water. Cal I have a down hole submersible pump hanging off the side of the dock. The price of pumping out of the lake use to be 60 buck a year for the permit. Don't remember what it is now! If I run six sprinklers the pump never shuts off. Much better than running one or two sprinklers which makes the pump go off and on all day. The big storage tank has helped. I plan on making it look like a NASA moon rocket when it cools off... Everything I own has a story. The pump was bought at a garage sale some 50 years ago and was still in the carton it can in. It came with 150 foot of new cable.. Two 20 dollar bills and it was mine. At the time I had three wells each set at 110 foot so this was just security for when ever. Seems like a 1 hp submergible pump was about 225 to 250 back then. This pump lasted about 15 years.Had to replace it about 5 years ago. Way easier to swap pumps that is only 5 foot deep. This area of Tx. is too hot under a shade tree in the summer. Its either on the dock or in the shop. There is usually a dried grass trail going to the dock.
  9. from Home Dept and it came today and I got a surprise when I opened the box. The bill was 53 something for the one and when I opened the large box, surprise surprise, the box contained 6 of them. Maybe I better call HD and thank them for the kind gesture...
  10. Nothing but a key box but at least it is building something. We are keeper of the extra keys for these houses who don't live here. The relations and friends who use these houses forget the doors stays locked and some drive a few hours to get here only to find the doors are locked, well duh. So we suggested to the owner to give us some keys and we would keep an eye on things. but they forgot to get the keys from the owners.. gonna be 28 hooks when I get through. If I stayed here all the time in the summer I could make good money keeping these lawns mowed. But hey!! The last two weeks I spent removing wines and shrubs and trees along our lot. 300 foot of back breaking work for both of us. Hardest work we have done since we moved here.. Now all that is left is what is in the water. Now every boater that comes by can see us and that might not be good...I like it with lots of growth between me and them but she won out. I said okay as long as you help remove the stuff. I forgot to check to see if the burn ban was on but by then we almost had it all in ashes... We have been here 20 years and some have never been touched. I decided not to look up what poison ivy and poison oak looks like. Wore our gloves and hoped... I got 4 wasps stings but not in one day. Just about the time the swelling would be the worst another would try his luck. and wife one hornet decided to see what she felt like.....For now we quit... some stuff still needs to be removed but the temperature has won for now and the stings are driving me coco.. We cornered a 5 foot long rattle snake about a month ago and that sure was on our little minds and some of this stuff was fairly solid for a depth of about 5 to 10 foot all along the hundred yards. Those bolders in the pictures came from when I was digging ditches and the septic and lateral lines with the backhoe for the utilities and sewer when we first moved here and didn't have anywhere else to stack the bolders but along the water and lots of growth came along and covered them up as I had planned. Just a perfect place for those creepy crawlers to hide... but I didn't go down there till the last two weeks.... Life is a bitch sometimes.
  11. The Luxor in Las Vegas looks like that when standing on the bottom floor where the slots are and looking up at the rooms of the hotel. Amazing place!
  12. Could you have bought Trex or something similar and never have to paint it ever again for that kind of a price????
  13. A question???? What are you putting nails in? An indoor object that requires a good presentable finish?
  14. Doc Hamm I have made quite a few of this type and if you look close most of the carving pieces are the same or very close. Sometimes I extend or shorten some pieces to fit things in the correct space...Notice I don't carve these pieces on the sides for the scroll saw cuts the excess away so I just leave the edges as they are. Years ago I started buying cheap pressed wood carving pieces then trace around them and scroll saw them using good solid hardwood. And using thick wood a person can gets way more detail without having to carve the sides of a piece. Since these clocks hang on the wall the sides are not noticed like a mantle clock. So yes when I make a mantle clock I like to do something to the sides of each piece. This is about a two year experience into to carving. I finally told myself if someone else can do this, I can too but at my age I decided on using only power tools, no hammers and chisels, never.. Not too many carving pieces are ever shown here and thats the reason I more or less challenge folks to try something like these I make... Trade secrets, hey, I believe guys on this site is simply too lazy to even try carving, so giving away my trade secrets like was mentioned, ha. I did have a furniture repair refinish shop hundreds of years ago so than end of these carvings things I show I am just doing things with stain and lacquer I didn't have time to do when I was putting food on the table..... and not worrying about keeping the customer happy. By the way most all these are around 18" tall. Thats about the limit my scroll saw will handle.
  15. This was a brand I use to see in Sears when I was a children!! Whups, now I read Dans thingy.

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