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  1. Christmas Shopping....Done

    I am officially relieved from crowded retail stores until after the new year....
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    Introduction Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a wounded warriors family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57. The Patriot Woodworker's apply to Ward 57 to be accepted to receive our family for Christmas, and each year we are chosen to participate. And each year, our sponsors donate wonderful items for us to raffle for this cause. We use 100 percent of the raffle proceeds to purchase gifts for the kids, and a Christmas dinner for the family. Our Mission We need your help to accumulate funds for our Gold Star adopted family, who has given much to our nation in physical and emotional sacrifice and much more in family sacrifice. All proceeds from this raffle will be used to purchase gifts for Camilla, Charlie, and mom Nicole and to provide a Christmas dinner for the family. The Gold Star Family This year we are proud to be supporting the Merlo Family from San Marcos, California. They include Mrs. Merlo (widow of Spc 4 Ivan Merlo), and her son Charlie at 4 years old, and Camilla at 7 years of age. The Merlo's in Service Young Mr. and Mrs. Merlo. History Spc 4. Ivan E. Merlo of San Marcos, California graduated from San Marcos High School in 2006. He joined the Army that October and arrived at Fort Campbell four months later. He was due to return home within two weeks after finishing a yearlong deployment in Iraq. He was supposed to serve as the best man at the wedding of his best friend and brother in combat, Pfc. Phillip J. Pannier. But Merlo and Pannier both died while waging an Army offensive targeting insurgents north of Baghdad. Just before being deployed, Ivan married his long time girlfriend, Nicole. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon, Weapons Qualification, M4, Expert. Ivan died in Samarra, Iraq of wounds sustained during combat operations at age 19. Army Service 2nd Battalion 327th Infantry Regiment 1st Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Fort Campbell, Kentucky Gold Star Family History The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom. Read more... Our prior years projects Operation Ward 57Adopt a Wounded WarriorFamily for the Holidays - 2015 Operation Ward 57Adopt a Wounded WarriorFamily for the Holidays - 2016 Click on the Raffle Ticket and support our adopted family! Tickets only $2 each with multi ticket discounts! Rules Sorry, only Residents of the US and Canada may participate All are welcome to participate, members, forum hosts, admins and non-members. (John Morris (Founder) and family may not participate) Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery of prizes, most of the time prizes are sent out immediately You may purchase as many raffle tickets as you like Raffle ends midnight December 16th 2017, names will be drawn one second after midnight 4 names will be randomly drawn by Raffle River, and prizes will be awarded in the order of names drawn, starting with Laguna Certificate, then the Rikon Slow Speed Grinder, then the Woodriver Spindle Sander. You may also enter by mailing check or money order made out to The Patriot Woodworker and send too: The Patriot Woodworker - 977 Sussex Rd, San Jacinto, CA. 92583 You may also request one free entry by submitting your request through regular postal mail, please use address above. This year, the items our sponsors have donated can be seen in the image below, these are some great prizes folks! The tickets are only 2 dollars with multiple ticket bargains, and your odds of winning are very high given our typical turnout. To view the ticket prices, and to purchase your tickets please click on the Raffle Ticket above! A full accountability of the proceeds will be reported on at the end of the raffle so you know your hard earned money was used for our Adopted Family. You may win one of the following prizes! 3 Winners will be randomly drawn by Raffle River In Closing Ok Patriot Woodworker's, it's time to muster and it's time to show everyone what we are all about! The purpose our woodworking community was created is for this reason, to help those who have served us, and paid the price. Remember this is not charity, this is not a hand out, this is payback! Thank you sponsors! We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply, and Laguna Tools, for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without them, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys! Honorable Mention The Patriot Woodworker community wants to also thank Easy Wood Tools for their past and continuous support of our woodworking community and their endless support of the men and women who serve our nation. Easy Wood Tools has been a valuable partner to us and our military support efforts. Easy Wood Tools, Made in America, by Americans, for the World!
  3. Introduction Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a wounded warriors family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57. The Patriot Woodworker's apply to Ward 57 to be accepted to receive our family for Christmas, and each year we are chosen to participate. And each year, our sponsors donate wonderful items for us to raffle for this cause. We use 100 percent of the raffle proceeds to purchase gifts for the kids, and a Christmas dinner for the family. Our Mission We need your help to accumulate funds for our Gold Star adopted family, who has given much to our nation in physical and emotional sacrifice and much more in family sacrifice. All proceeds from this raffle will be used to purchase gifts for Camilla, Charlie, and mom Nicole and to provide a Christmas dinner for the family. The Gold Star Family This year we are proud to be supporting the Merlo Family from San Marcos, California. They include Mrs. Merlo (widow of Spc 4 Ivan Merlo), and her son Charlie at 4 years old, and Camilla at 7 years of age. The Merlo's in Service Young Mr. and Mrs. Merlo. History Spc 4. Ivan E. Merlo of San Marcos, California graduated from San Marcos High School in 2006. He joined the Army that October and arrived at Fort Campbell four months later. He was due to return home within two weeks after finishing a yearlong deployment in Iraq. He was supposed to serve as the best man at the wedding of his best friend and brother in combat, Pfc. Phillip J. Pannier. But Merlo and Pannier both died while waging an Army offensive targeting insurgents north of Baghdad. Just before being deployed, Ivan married his long time girlfriend, Nicole. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon, Weapons Qualification, M4, Expert. Ivan died in Samarra, Iraq of wounds sustained during combat operations at age 19. Army Service 2nd Battalion 327th Infantry Regiment 1st Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Fort Campbell, Kentucky Gold Star Family History The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom. Read more... Our prior years projects Operation Ward 57Adopt a Wounded WarriorFamily for the Holidays - 2015 Operation Ward 57Adopt a Wounded WarriorFamily for the Holidays - 2016 Click on the Raffle Ticket and support our adopted family! Tickets only $2 each with multi ticket discounts! Rules Sorry, only Residents of the US and Canada may participate All are welcome to participate, members, forum hosts, admins and non-members. (John Morris (Founder) and family may not participate) Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery of prizes, most of the time prizes are sent out immediately You may purchase as many raffle tickets as you like Raffle ends midnight December 16th 2017, names will be drawn one second after midnight 4 names will be randomly drawn by Raffle River, and prizes will be awarded in the order of names drawn, starting with Laguna Certificate, then the Rikon Slow Speed Grinder, then the Woodriver Spindle Sander, then the Full Size Easy Wood Tools. You may also enter by mailing check or money order made out to The Patriot Woodworker and send too: The Patriot Woodworker - 977 Sussex Rd, San Jacinto, CA. 92583 You may also request one free entry by submitting your request through regular postal mail, please use address above. This year, the items our sponsors have donated can be seen in the image below, these are some great prizes folks! The tickets are only 2 dollars with multiple ticket bargains, and your odds of winning are very high given our typical turnout. To view the ticket prices, and to purchase your tickets please click on the Raffle Ticket above! A full accountability of the proceeds will be reported on at the end of the raffle so you know your hard earned money was used for our Adopted Family. You may win one of the following prizes! 4 Winners will be randomly drawn by Raffle River In Closing Ok Patriot Woodworker's, it's time to muster and it's time to show everyone what we are all about! The purpose our woodworking community was created is for this reason, to help those who have served us, and paid the price. Remember this is not charity, this is not a hand out, this is payback! Thank you sponsors! We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without them, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys!
  4. New ornament

    I started this one a few weeks ago and got sidetracked on other projects. I like to embellish the wood color with contrasting woods and ornamental things. It is not as large as it appears and is about 5" total length. Another Christmas gift
  5. Christmas Ornament Challenge.

    Every year a couple popular youtube authors, Carl Jacobson and Allen Stratton, sponsor a Christmas ornament challenge. They are primarily wood turners but the challenge is open to anyone who cares to enter. It's how I got my start on youtube. An entry doesn't have to be a video, it can be a slideshow, just something to show you actually made the ornament. Remember, the entry can be anything from a turning, to a carving, to scroll sawing, or whatever. There ARE some nice prizes, some of which are from EWT. Check it out, it's fun and even if you don't enter it's a great way to get ideas for Christmas ornaments. Christmas ornament challenge Steve
  6. Just finished up 12 more ornaments, I think that will do it for this year. That will give me about 45 altogether. Some will go in gift shops but many will be gifted. Anyway, I had a piece of spalted beech, heavily spalted but still solid enough to hollow, kind of unusual. Did one with walnut accents and one with maple. I like the walnut one for the contrast but then, I like the maple one too. Steve
  7. Just when you think things are going good, you get in a hurry, or don't get enough glue somewhere, or just get stupid, etc. etc. It happens to all of us I imagine. Sometimes you might even drop something and step on it..sigh. Just for the record, this picture really was taken in the cutting room Steve
  8. More ornaments

    A few ornaments from the latest run. There were 17 in this batch. Actually have started another 10 or so, that will probably be the last of them for this year. Steve
  9. New ornament

    I had so many problems with this one that I never thought I'd finish it. After something went bad, I'd put it on the bench and walk away. After starting another project I'd pass by and finally got an idea of how to fix or get around the ugly. Its not as long as it looks, maybe 6.5"
  10. Georgia Bull dog

    I made a couple of these Georgia Bulldog plaques as Christmas gifts. They are both big fans. I made it dimensional and it has 3 layers in some places, nose and teeth. I modified it in several places and it is about 10"x8". I think they will like it
  11. Jim posted his wonderfully crafted ornaments and I really envy his craftsmanship. I thought I'd make one of acrylic and Yellow Hart. I watch a video with a lady that said all ornaments should be proportional, with the main bulb occupying one third of the total length. I think that is noble, but I think if you turn one.........turn it to your liking. What ever floats your boat. Like I did in this one
  12. Fan pull gone christmas

    I made a knob for a ceiling fan chain pull. I again used wood scraps and a couple of declarations. When I showed her the new fan pull, she said "Oh no, that is a Christmas ornament, can you convert it?" And so it goes........Happy wife.......Happy life
  13. Yellow with gold glitter

    I am still tinkering with ornaments, when I don't have honey dos. I was wondering what bright yellow would look like with gold glitter. It actually looks a lot better than the picture shows. The camera can't capture the sparkle.
  14. One of the difficult woods

    This Christmas tree ornament was a struggle from start to finish. I wrote about it, didn't know if would be a keeper. Persistence pays. The center part is the manufactured colored ply. It had some bad places. The light colored was some maple I had, I think. I have a box of old wood and there was some soft maple, amoung others like spalted Apple. It was not very solid when I got into it and I really had to work to keep putting it back. I wanted to do more, but the best thing I did was quit while it was in one piece.
  15. One of the difficult woods

    This Christmas tree ornament was a struggle from start to finish. I wrote about it, didn't know if would be a keeper. Persistence pays. The center part is the manufactured colored ply. It had some bad places. The light colored was some maple I had, I think. I have a box of old wood and there was some soft maple, amoung others like spalted Apple. It was not very solid when I got into it and I really had to work to keep putting it back. I wanted to do more, but the best thing I did was quit while it was in one piece.
  16. The pink colored wood is a fabricated plywood material that comes in many colors. I can be unpredictable as far as color saturation and texture. Some of them bleed color dust badly when I sand them. It can also be a disappointment when you get to where want to be and discover a small area that is open or has stacked layers. The black is Ebony and it too can have flaws. This one did. When I turned it down to about three eighths of an inch, the texture changed slightly and it broke off...........twice. So what you see is what I got. It is far from how I wanted it, it is how I had to take it. My boss likes it a lot............thats all that matters.
  17. More ornaments

    I picked out a coupe of laminated, striped blocks and did some cutting and glueing. I was going to put finials on them, but my wife said to stop where I had them. She really liked them. This is my first turning with my lathe lowered, allowing me to sit as I turn. I like it a lot. I may make one adjustment. I need a bench style stool so I can slide over to work the other side. To feel comfortable I must move the stool I'm using.
  18. Stutter ornament

    This my first try at a project using my butter knife too. I used Maple with a band of Yellow Hart. It was going to be a prototype, but I think I'll go ahead and finish it.
  19. Having fun now

    I didn't know what stutter tool was or how to use it. Following advise from this forum and utube, I am having fun experimenting with different techniques and variations. Tomorrow I am going to make some different tools and keep on with different ideas I have. This is my first piece and tomorrow I will turn it down again and apply some more ideas I have experimented with . Thanks for the advise
  20. Purple Hart Bird cage ornament

    I just finished this purple heart bird cage tree ornament. I didn't get it like I wanted it. I had lots of problems with the hardware. Getting straight pins was difficult and the gluing was a task. The cooler temperatures in my shop and I have been having allergies that cause my eyes to itch and blur. Combine all that with my large hands in tiny places, well lets just say I'm glad it is done.
  21. Nativity

    I made several of these many years ago for family. To be honest, I don't know if it was an idea of mine or someone else. Anyway I embellished it with some exotic woods.
  22. The Woodworkers Guild of America recently posted a list of Christmas gift ideas. If you're trying to think of something to make, this might be a starting place. https://www.wwgoa.com/projects/woodworking-gift-ideas/ Some of these are videos that require membership but the gift ideas are there.
  23. A few more ornaments

    Segmented plywood this time. Haven't done any of these for a couple years as I couldn't find decent plywood. The last piece I got from Menards had so many voids I threw most of my blanks away. I had a free shipping code from Rockler and bought a 3/4" piece of baltic birch. It was very nice to work with and basically had no waste. Steve
  24. Angel ornament

    This is nearing the end of turning. Body of the angel is first hollowed , then turned. Angel in jig to drill mounting hole for wings. Hollowing did not go this high so usually not a big problem except had to make a jig to get the angle on the wings. The wings are turned to less than 3/16 in thickness. Notches are cut in wings and sanded. A ring is turned for the halo. This is progress so far. Still have to do carve the fronts and dye. The glue up and finish. By the way the wood is crepe myrtle from my yard.
  25. The tea light holder is done

    Probably should've spent the day working on my demo but this was calling to me to finish it. I learned a lot on this one and hopefully the next one will be better. Sometimes my work really does look better in the dark Steve

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