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honesttjohn

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About honesttjohn

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  • First Name
    John
  • My Location
    Detroit Burbs
  • Gender
    Male
  • My skill level is
    You got me, you figure it out!
  1. Mini Production Project

    Had an order for 30+ backers that a brass plate would affix to. I never made 30 of anything before so it was a learning experience. This is what they had to look like. Of course, that's not a shape included with Aspire so a quick email entitled "Help" was sent to MEBCWD. Once the file was made (rather easily and quickly) I cut a 4' - 1 x 12 poplar glued up board from Menards in half, put the two pieces together, let the program copy and line up the rows and columns with it's array copy feature. Saved the file and hit go. Repeated the process 3 times and we had 36 identical plaques. Could have done it in two cuts of 18 each but was unsure of the layout so I chose to do it in 3 cuts. Cut the tabs and popped them out. Ready to sand and finish. Stained and polyed ready to ship!!!
  2. Thank You Laguna Tools

    One More
  3. Same model - different outcomes

    Just to show some of you observers. I took the same basic plaque model and used it for different things. It's only limited to your imagination.
  4. Santa's View

    Harry from another site posted it --- I just copied it. Seemed appropriate.
  5. TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HE LIVED ALL ALONE, IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE. I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE, AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME DID LIVE. I LOOKED ALL ABOUT, A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE, NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, NOT EVEN A TREE. NO STOCKING BY MANTLE, JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND, ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES OF FAR DISTANT LANDS. WITH MEDALS AND BADGES, AWARDS OF ALL KINDS, A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY MIND. FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT, IT WAS DARK AND DREARY, I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER, ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY. THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING, SILENT, ALONE, CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME. THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE, THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER, NOT HOW I PICTURED A UNITED STATES SOLDIER. WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST READ? CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR A BED? I REALIZED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT, OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT. SOON ROUND THE WORLD, THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY, AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY. THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR, BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS, LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE. I COULDN'T HELP WONDER HOW MANY LAY ALONE, ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME. THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE, I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO CRY. THE SOLDIER AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE, "SANTA DON'T CRY, THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE; I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, I DON'T ASK FOR MORE, MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS." THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP, I COULDN'T CONTROL IT, I CONTINUED TO WEEP. I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS, SO SILENT AND STILL AND WE BOTH SHIVERED FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL. I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT, THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR SO WILLING TO FIGHT. THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER, WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE, WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA, IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE." ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT. "MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.
  6. Cool!!! Does this mean we have to congratulate the winners? Or can we just sulk in peace? lol
  7. Special Eagles

    Had a lady who wanted a Xmas gift for her dad that could be handed down when the time came. He was very proud of serving his country as well as his Polish heritage. She wanted to incorporate it all as well as having the family name. I had to play with it for a while. The Marine emblem just didn't fit in with all the other components. This is what we agreed on, and she was very very happy when she picked it up. Ended up about 22 x 18 finished. She even tried to give me a generous tip, so she also got a camping sign to give as another gift.
  8. First attempt at boxes

    Was seriously thinking of trying my hand at flocking just to see how big a mess I can make. Shapes, cover objects, and models are virtually endless.
  9. Personalized wedding gift

    Daughter went to Germany on business (and a stop at Oktoberfest) and needed a personalized gift for a recently married good friend that would travel easily in her carry on. Dear old Dad did it again. Cut from a 1" glued up pine panel from Lowes - about 12 x 12.
  10. First attempt at boxes

    Been wanting to try making these and finally did. Took a couple of cut offs from Menards and made a thicker base Used one for the tops and there they are.
  11. Tool Changer Survey.

    I use the same bits for 90% for what I do. 1/4 end mill - for roughing and pocket cutting 1/8 end mill - for profiling and pocket cutting 1/8 ball nose 3/16 ball nose (thanx 4d for that tip using these) 1/4 ball nose (occasionally) 90 deg - for Vcarving (most of the time) 60 deg - for Vcarving (some of the time) I know I can use a larger bit for clearing and some carving but then it's kind of hard to get the finish bit at the same level and there's usually a ridge of some kind. Plus you got to know how to do it. I kind of got into a groove of what works for me and pretty much stick to it. I get better detail using the smaller bits and can run the machine while I do other things. I don't care if it takes a little longer. Typical cut is one bit to rough cut, 1 to finish cut, 1 to Vcarve, and 1 to profile. Usually 3 or 4 tool changes total. What I do need is to find an extra long shank 1/8" ball nose and end mill to cut thru 1 1/2" material and still have room for them on my stock gantry height.
  12. Few new things

    All but the book are from 4/4 and 5/4 glued up pine panels from Menards and Lowes. The book is glued up baltic birch panels on sale from Menards.
  13. Few new things

    Few things the CNC put out lately

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