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  1. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! New members Please drop by and give the following new members a grand welcome: @rfbritt3, @BillyJack, @Larry Schweitzer, Thanks for joining folks! You may have missed "About Us". Check in to our About Us page and read a brief of who we are and why we are. See more at http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/about_us/ "Member Map". Plot your general location on our Member Map, let others know they have a woodworking buddy in their area. See more at http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/membermap/ "Activity". Did you know you can create your own customized Activity Stream? Hover your cursor over "Activity" and select "My Activity Streams" and create your own customized stream, you can also RSS your stream to your home mail inbox. The Patriot Woodwiki It's not dead! We are still working on getting it live. There have been many challenges and hurdles with the open source software that makes a wiki, and we are working on it to get it up and live for you to contribute your knowledge within many subjects. For a sneak peek of the wiki, go to http://thepatriotwoodwiki.org/HomePage Keep in mind it's not fully functional, you will more than likely run into empty pages, but you will see where we are headed! What's It Our September "What's It" will be cancelled due to MWTCA's issues with their own website. They are working feverishly to get their site back in full working order so we can extract some of their What's It images for your viewing pleasure. We will resume our "What's It" for OCtober 1st. And there will be a wonderful grand prize for the member who accurately names the "What's It" through research and verifiable references. Featured image of the week Eggenburg ( Lower Austria ). Krahuletz-Museum: Neolithic adze. By Wolfgang Sauber (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  2. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! New members Please drop by and give the following new members a grand welcome: @skiler, @Peter Karpovich, @Ed Boothby, @frank, @Frenchtom, @Daniel Reichert, Thanks for joining folks! You may have missed "Our Picks" Our Picks is a showcase of topics and content in our community that caught our eye, and were hand picked by us, and shared. You will see the work featured here in our community, and we also have shared the content to our fans on Facebook and Twitter. See more at http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/ourpicks/ Leaderboard Drop by your Leaderboard and see who the current movers and shakers are based on content and topic popularity. What's It Our September "What's It" will be cancelled due to MWTCA's issues with their own website. They are working feverishly to get their site back in full working order so we can extract some of their What's It images for your viewing pleasure. Featured image of the week. 'Rack Saw-bench with Self-acting Top' Circular saw ripping sawbench. The saw in this case remains fixed, but the sliding table moves past it on rollers, carrying the log with it. Note the lack of splitter, not unusual for this period. By Andy Dingley (scanner) - Scan from Ednie, John (editor) (1925) Carpentry and Joinery, Carpentry and Joinery, vol. V, London: Gresham Publishing, pp. fig. 27, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5468454
  3. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! New members Please drop by and give the following new members a grand welcome: @Christina Marie Smith, @Tim Rockey, @Camilus Fernando, @Pcfernando Prancasi. Thanks for joining folks! Leaderboard Drop by your Leaderboard and see who the current movers and shakers are based on content and topic popularity. What's It Our August "What's It" is live and getting ready to close, take a look and submit your educated guess at best for this months item. Featured video of the week Redwood Saga is an educational film from 1946 showing the cutting, loading, transportation, mill sawing and finishing operations of the Northern California's old growth Redwood forest lumber industry.
  4. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! New members Please drop by and give the following new members a grand welcome: @Fastback and @Roger N Patricia Nichols. Leaderboard Drop by your Leaderboard and see who the current movers and shakers are based on content and topic popularity. What's It Our August "What's It" is live, take a look and submit your educated guess at best for this months item. Featured gallery @DerBengel has created a wonderful gallery this past week, showing of small box joinery and her painting finesse along with picture frame making. Featured image of the week With an age of 4847 years, Methuselah the ancient Great Basin bristlecone pine tree has the honor of being Earth’s oldest non-clonal organism. The tree is located in the White Mountains of Inyo County, Eastern California, but its exact physical location is kept confidential to protect it from people. In 1964, a researcher with the consent of U.S. Forest Service, chopped down a tree which was around 4900 years old (named Prometheus). At present, we can still visit the grove of the ancient bristlecone pine tree forest but can we identify which tree is Methuselah? Source: http://www.wondersify.com/oldest-trees-world/
  5. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! Community news A CNC shortcut has been placed at the forum links pane above. Sorry it took so long! Community upgrades are on the way, again. I know, seems like we are always upgrading, but we are staying ahead of the tech curve and we are staying ahead of the bad guys and spammers. We'll let you know when the upgrade is going to happen, and when our community will be down for maintenance. We will close our community for a short while, and we'll perform the upgrade late at night. The CNC Forums are roaring along fine, thank you CNC people! Soon, in the near future, we'll be announcing a new project we'll be embarking on, it will involve helping a veteran acquire the supplies and machinery for their shop. Our sponsors will be involved, so will you! Stay tuned! Featured gallery Welcome our new members The following members need a hearty welcome from ya'll! Please drop by their profiles by clicking on their names, and send them a message of welcome. @Kralon, @Roy Arrowsmith, @DerBengel, @Kevin Jeacocks, @Swartzy, and you can view more new members at the Member Page. Featured image of the week Drop leaf dining set (brazillian rosewood) by Sam Maloof Source: http://thepatriotwoodwiki.org/Sam-Maloof
  6. Good Monday morning folks! What have you got done in your shops over the weekend and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know! Please tell us what you have been up to in your shops, in your life, wood related or not, don't matter, we just want to know. I'd like to personally thank everyone for being here, you all make our community what it is, and without you, we have nothing. Please keep coming back, contribute your knowledge, share your stories, help others, be humble and learn, mentor those who need it, and bring new ideas into our community forums! Thank you from the bottom of my/our hearts, you all are, "the community". This Monday topic is short today, I apologize, but please jump in and let us all know what is going on with you, and those you care about. This is your weekly check-in, and check-up, we take your pulse on Mondays. Image of the week By Olaf Meister - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16514575 Machines in the Tischler 's Museum Rüdiger Timme, Eilsleben, Ostendstraße 2
  7. Good Monday Morning! What have you gotten done in the old shop over this past weekend and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know! Community News We are planning the opening of our newest addition to our Forums structure, a new CNC Forum. If you'd like to have a say in the direction that your online community here takes, we'd love to invite you to come aboard and help us decide the structure of our new CNC Forum(s). Please go to: Top content According to our Leader Board stats, the following topics are the top 5 being bantered about at this moment. Top content is based on a rolling 30 day average of hits and likes. Positive Vibes I'm Honored Top Secret Project Finished the Plaques Today Been in the Scrap Pile Again Image of the week By © Pierre André - Own work. This file was uploaded with Commonist., GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48087555 Wood-turning lathes in the Musée des Bois Jolis de Felleries, Nord, Parc naturel régional de l'Avesnois) France
  8. Good morning woodworkers What ya'll been up to these days! What did you get done over the weekend, and what do you have planned for the week ahead? We are curious and nosy, and we want to know! I worked a little on a walnut vanity for our half bath area, it's turning out pretty nice, I'll get some images up soon. Beyond that we had a pretty laid back weekend. It's getting hot in our region! We are breaking 100 degrees now, and I gotta work in that stuff in my day job, YIKES! Today we'll be in the desert where temps are going to be in the 114 degree range, lots of water, and a careful eye out for each other on our survey crew today for sure. So with that, I/we look forward to hearing what you all have planned! Image of the week By DANIEL KAPLAN [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons THE FIRST CARPENTER'S WORKSHOP IN KFAR SABA. IN THE PHOTO, THE OWNER YAACOV VALAD AND HIS WORKERS. (Israeli woodshop)
  9. Good Monday morning! That's right, Monday again! It keeps coming back, somehow it just keeps rearing up again, week after week after week. So folks, what did you get done over the weekend in your shops, and what have you planned for the week ahead? Woodworking, life stories, events, family plans, we want to hear it! Community news Condensed quoting, easier to scroll through your topics in the forums, see here at Quote Minimization. The blogging department is closed to entries for now, you can still view the blogs, and comment, but new blogs are temporarily turned off for maintenance. Community tip of the day Forever we have had a little return arrow in the upper right corner of quoted content. It may have escaped many, but if you click on it, you will be returned to the quoted post. See red oval below. Topic topic According to our leader board for this past week Herb rocked the Top Topic category with his Top Secret Project! Help us grow Please invite your friends to our community, you can place a personal invite by clicking on the "Ticket" icon at the top right of our website to the left of the "Bell" icon. Thank you for helping us grow! Image of the week Frank H. Nowell [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons Smallest shingle mill in the world, Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, Seattle, 1909
  10. Good Monday Morning Patriot Woodworkers! What did you do over the weekend and what have you planned for the week ahead! Anything is fair game, woodworker projects, family trips, personal trips, events, all of it, we want to know what you did. News This week we will be moving our community to a new server, an advisory message will be posted on our home page stating when the move will take place. We hope this to be a smooth transition, but there will be some temporary outages. We'll try to make it as painless as possible. Thank you Thank you all for being here, and making our community what it is today. We know that without you, we have no community, we need you here, we want you here, and we greatly appreciate all the wonderful content everyone here is contributing. If you are ever dissatisfied with anything within our community, please do not hesitate to contact us, we are here for you. A reminder of our Privacy Policy Image of the week Eric A. Hegg [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Two men whipsawing lumber, possibly at Bennett, British Columbia, ca. 1898.
  11. Good Monday Morning Patriot Woodworker's and Guests! What did you get done in your shops and what have you planned for the week ahead? We want to hear, and see how you're doing. Life events are fair game too, how's your health, how's your family, how's your job? Bring it on, we are all ears! The Patriot Woodworker Shop Well, I have a curly maple rocker that is sitting in the wings waiting for assembly, my progress on that came to a screeching halt a couple weeks ago when family "stuff" started happening and my time is directed elsewhere. Part of my re-direction went to our 1/2 bath remodel we are undertaking right now, I will start on building a Walnut vanity very soon, I purchased the lumber this past weekend (pictured left) and I'll have some progress images up soon I hope. I purchased the lumber from our local hardwood supplier Reel Lumber. They are a gold mine of hard woods in an area of Southern CA where hard wood retailers are in short supply. Community News Community Raffle: We are coming down the home stretch of our big fundraiser featuring a full set of Easy Wood Tools to be raffled off to a winner! We have two weeks left folks to enter, please see our Raffle Information page for details. Longer open edit times: We have extended the open edit time of topics and posts from 3 hours to 24 hours. You can edit your topics and posts for a full day. This feature will be under review for a period of 30 days to see how we are all doing with it, if we determine that it is not working for the betterment of our community, we'll revert back to the standard 3 hour open edit period. Please consider what you are editing and how you are editing, be sensitive to the fact that changing your content could effect the context of the entire topic and the replies that were posted to the original version of your topic or reply. New Server: We will be moving to a new server soon. We have had quite a few 508 errors triggered by higher than expected usage, which indicates the resource max was reached and our current server did not like it. So our new server will be a big, bad, fast machine, and we should not be seeing those pesky 508 errors any more, and your browsing experience will be much quicker which means faster page loads. (Please consider entering our raffle to help generate funding to offset the costs of our newly acquired server! Even if your are not a turner, you can win and donate the tools to a friend, a disabled veteran woodworker who could use a hand up, your local school wood-shop program, or could you even donate them back to us for another revenue generating raffle. If you use this community, if you have benefited from our free and open community, please consider entering our raffle.) Community Tip of the Week The heart beat of our community where you can see everything happening, is the "Activity" department. You can go to our Activity Department by click on the proceeding link, but in the future you'll want to reach it by hovering or clicking with your cursor over the "Activity" tab above in our menus tabs, and then click on your desired activity type. You can also create custom activity streams that suit your needs. Hover over the "Activity" tab, click on "My Activity Streams" then click on "Create New Stream". Once there you can select hundreds of combinations of activity streams that you can save as your very own, and you can check back into it daily. Featured Topic of the Week The Shoe Cabinet got a lot of attention from both our members here and guests alike! Featured Open Source Image of the Week By The Royal Library, Denmark (Tømrer Uploaded by palnatoke) [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons Danish Boat Builder
  12. Good Monday Morning Woodworkers! What's on your agenda for the week ahead, and what did you all get done over the weekend? Myself, I was tied up with family obligations over the weekend and did not get a chance to get in the ol shop, next weekend isn't looking so great either, so my beloved Curly Maple Rocker had a screaming start, but we came to a rapid halt with it. Life got busy! But what about you all? We love to hear what you're doing, what you have planned, and please post images of your projects, and images of you! We live in a world of avatars these days, lets see our Patriot Woodworker's at work! News We have a new Finishing Forum Host by the name of Keith Mealy, we are very fortunate to have Keith's expertise here on The Patriot Woodworker, to learn more, and to welcome Keith, please see Welcome Keith as Finishing Forum Host. Popular Content Old Woodworkers Despair Flag Cases What to do with Drop Off's My Fa'v Jig Short and sweet today folks, we hope you all have a wonderful week ahead, stay safe, and as @Ralph Allen Jones always says, "Keep your hands at least 6" from any cutting blade!" Featured image of the week http://thepatriotwoodwiki.org/Adze Eggenburg ( Lower Austria ). Krahuletz-Museum: Neolithic adze.
  13. Good Monday Morning! We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and perhaps even a productive time in the shop! For now we need to ask that all important question of the week. What did ya get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead? Anything is game, woodworking related, non-woodworking related. We are curious folks here, what have you on your plate? News Only weeks left before the big Easy Wood Tools raffle draw! So get your raffle tickets now, visit Fund Raising for Our Community and see how you can help keep our site live. We are grassroots, and our community runs on donations and sponsor support, if you like our community, if you have benefited from our community, if you use our community, if you are a guest and like visiting, please consider purchasing a raffle ticket to support the costs of running this wonderful slice of woodworking heaven. Visit our new Patriot Woodworker's in Action gallery, where you can see the beginning's of an image gallery showcasing our Patriot Woodworker's in volunteerism. Submit your images! From your work with Habitat for Humanity, to your local animal rescue, to your time volunteered with your VFW. All your volunteer projects are welcome. And, this is a great way for you to promote your favorite non-profit organization. Latest Forum Activity module replaced, please click on the proceeding link to find out more. Our American Flag took a vacation, please click on the proceeding link to find out more. Featured Gallery @Gerald's latest creations with Bradford Pear wood, is exquisite. Featured website Elia Bizzarri is a world class chair maker in the purest since, he has made special appearances on Roy Underhill and been interviewed by most well known publications. Elia takes a log, rives it, and takes it to a Windsor Chair, just like they did hundreds of years ago. All by hand. Visit Elia's website at http://handtoolwoodworking.com/. "Using traditional tools and techniques, Elia Bizzarri rives, hews, shaves, and turns elegant Windsor chairs in his workshop in central North Carolina. Known for the quality and elegance of his turning technique, his chairs reflect an integral understanding of the intrinsic qualities of maple, poplar, hickory, and oak." Source: http://handtoolwoodworking.com/about/ Featured topic @Waxing Moon making waves with his topic "What to do with drop off's" Featured image of the week By Zwarte handen (oude ambachten verhuur groep Zwarte Handen) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Kuiperij of Old Crafts Group Black Hands
  14. Good morning ladies and gents! And what a wonderful morning it is. I love getting up pre-dawn, the world is quiet, I get a chance to get my thoughts together for the day before I head off to race for the day job. It's a new week, last week is gone, and we have the gift of a new week ahead, and it's a clean slate! So the big question of the week, what have you done over the past weekend, and what are your plans for the week ahead! This weekend I got to spend some quality time in the shop and fire up another rocking chair. To follow the topic I started for the rocker, please see this link at: The above topic will be a rolling one, where I'll add progress images as I roll along. Thank you for following! Community news We have a new forum host! @Chips N Dust has volunteered his valuable time to help keep our Free For All forum fun and interesting. It takes time to host our forums, and all our hosts have stepped up to the plate and donate their valuable time to our community, so too show your appreciation for a new host who will be here to serve you, please shoot on over to our Welcome Topic for Chips N Dust and wish him well in his new duties. Member map: It's back!!!!! And this time for good, and permanently. We had some major glitches in the old member map, it showed some of you living on top of Mt. Everest when we know for a fact you lived in Montana! Our new map is free of errors, and ready for you to share your general location. You can dictate how much location information to enter for your pin map symbol. If you only want folks to know what state you live in, just type in the state, or county and state, or city, or if you are a completely open person, you can even type in your exact address. Your choice! Please go to Member Map or click on the tab above our community. New Woodcarving Gallery opened up last week. We now have a dedicated Woodcarving Gallery thanks to the suggestion by @Jiggy. Featured gallery New member Jiggy carves birds and hands them out to folks who really need a pick up. His birds make it to the hands of hospice patients, and other humans who need something to touch, and cheer up their day. See Jiggy's birds: Image of the week By Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums - Brazing blades (1914 – 18), No restrictions, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50660045 These images belong to the Parsons’ ‘Women Labourers’ photograph album, taken at Parsons’ Works on Shields Road during the First World War. (TWAM ref: 2402) The factory was founded by engineer Charles Parsons, best known for his invention of the steam turbine. In 1914, with the outbreak of war, Parsons’ daughter Rachel, one of the first three women to study engineering at Cambridge, replaced her brother on the board of directors, and took on a role in the training department of the Ministry of Munitions, supporting the increasing amount of women taking on jobs in industry to support the war effort. More information about Rachel Parsons and Parsons’ Works can be found in Great North Greats a guest post by David Wright.
  15. Good morning ladies and gents! What have you all on your Patriot Woodworker agenda this week coming up, and what have you all done in your shops over the weekend! We'd love to know, we want pictures, and we hope you all had a safe and sane weekend in your shops, and a safe one ahead too. This Monday morning topic is insanely short, I apologize, I got crammed up with other obligations, I just wanted to say thanks so much to everyone who calls this community home, we could not be a community, without you. So please keep coming back, keep talking wood, share your projects, and share your life stories, we'd love to see and read about them all. Newest Members Please welcome our newest members, @Jiggy and @Doug. Surf on over to their profiles and leave them a message of welcome. Birthdays Our birthdays list is on our home page, lower right, and we have a couple live ones today, @scott and @Gene Howe turn a good age today. Happy Birthday Gents! Links Got some great links you'd love to share? Please do not forget, we have a very cool Links Directory at http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/links/ Share your favorite websites, just please be respectable regarding our sponsors, major retailer links are not permitted. Image of the week Photographic print, black & white, timber straddler bearing sign ‘Wallis Bros Ltd Timber Merchants Annandale’ outside the Harkness & Hillier factory, Milton Kent, photographer, Five Dock, New South Wales http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/wiki/index.php?curid=50
  16. Good morning folks!! I must make this one short and sweet, just learned some mudslides from our rains are blocking my primary route to work this morning, so I need to duck out of here much earlier. So, what did you get done in your shops over the weekend, and what have you prepared to do for the week ahead? We love to hear and read, and view what you are doing in your shops, and life period. Adopt-a-Family for the Holidays Financial Debrief It's live, you can view how your raffle purchase proceeds were used for this fantastic project at Thank you all for being here, thank you for your continued participation, and to all our viewers who come by and read and use our community, please sign up, login and jump in! We'd love to have ya aboard! Eye candy image of the week By H. Zell - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48464438 Carpenter's bench; Museo Agrícola el Patio, Tiagua, Municipio de Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain. The farm "El Patio" is one of the largest and oldest farms of Lanzarote. It was built at the beginning of the 19th century and inhabited until 1949. Now a museum, the furnishing of the rooms, kitchen, toilet, stable, wine cellar and others represents well the way of life of an agricultural worker at the beginning of the 20th century. At that time it was the best developped and largest farm on he Island of Lanzarote. 20 farmhands with 15 camels worked on the fields of this farm.
  17. Good Monday Morning! In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Many of us get to stay home from work today, I am one of them. To view a brief history of the man, please see Martin Luther King Jr. (A history.com page) We also happen to have a scroll saw pattern of this historical giant in our American culture. So I'll get to the point of this weekly topic, What did you get done in your shops over the weekend, and what plans have you for the week ahead? We've seen some great projects the past week, so we know your all busy and productive in your shops. This topic is a great place for a weekly check in, to show us what you have been up too, so please post away, images, projects, life, family, it does not have to be woodworking related, did you take a vacation? Did you see a great movie? Anything! Personally I was able to make it out to the shop yesterday and cobble together a weaved seat for the shaker stool I built a couple weeks ago. As some of you may know I had a little accident running up my stairs here at home, and I fell up the stairs and banged up my wrist pretty good. It was quite the challenge holding parts of the weave material with a bad hand and shoving the weave through with the good hand, but I got her done! You can see the stool in the Gallery. Adopt-a-Family Debrief Our 2017 Adopt-a-Warrior-Family for Christmas project has wound down, the last check of the raffle proceeds is going out to the Akin family, ma and pa Akin will have enough in the last disbursement to hire a babysitter and head out for a much needed night together and have a nice dinner. At least that is what I'll suggest they do, but more than likely they'll use if for the kids. The details and breakdown of the project and financial statement will be available this week. We'll post it in a separate topic from the project topic. Leaderboard Check out your Leader Board for some interesting statistics, it's always fun to see who or what is moving and shaking in our community. Featured blog Please check out Gerald's wonderful blog on building a cherry entertainment center! Thank you I'd like to thank everyone here who comes into our little home away from home who contributes and participates in our topics in all the areas of our woodworking community website. Our website is a tool for woodworkers to share their knowledge, lend council to other woodworkers, and to share our projects with each other. It's always nice to get an atta boy isn't it? Without you, the contributor, we don't have a community, it's because of your contributions that we are growing and becoming stronger and we are in turn able to provide some help in some way to the men and women who have served our nation. Without you, we don't have sponsors, without our sponsors, we don't have funding to stay live and aid those we can. Remember, this is a truly non profit community, nobody on our staff pockets a single penny, not even yours truly, all proceeds are used to fund our community, keep it live, and help our veterans. Thank you for that folks! Eye candy image of the week In honor of the Holiday today, I found this image of a group of boys working together in 1939 at "Dobbins Vocational School - Class in soldering. [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]", it's not woodworking, it's metal working, but it shows the boys working together, a moving picture I feel, and symbolic. New York Public Library Collection
  18. Good Morning Patriot Woodworker's! I'll have to keep this one short and sweet, got a sore hand and I am typing one handed here. So, first off, what have you all got going on this week in your shops? What did you do in your shops over the weekend? Please spill the beans and give us a snapshot in the life of your workshops, and even in your own non-woodwork related lives, we like to know how we are all doing these days. This last weekend nothing really got done in our own shop as we were out on the road traveling a little bit locally, in our mountains and checking out the snow and wrapping up the winter break. We hope to hear from you about your life happenings, and all your doing. Thank you for being here and thank you for your contributions to our community! Eye candy image of the week 36 MANUAL TRAINING FOR THE RURAL SCHOOLS 37 SAW HORSE Bill of Material Lumber Year: 1922 Author: Roehl, Louis Michael
  19. Good Monday Morning Patriot Woodworker's! And a Happy New Year to ya all! We'll get right down to the big question of the day, our weekly query to you, "What did you get accomplished, or not accomplished over the past weekend", and "what do you have planned for the week ahead in your shops?" As a matter of fact, feel free to disclose non-wood related projects or life events as well, we just want to hear from you. Newest members When you get a moment, please surf on over to the pages of our newest member and give em a big welcome. To see the latest members you can scroll down to the bottom of our home page at the lower right you'll see our new folks listed. Click on their avatar or name and you'll be taken to their page, and PM them a message of welcome! As many of us were welcomed here when we came aboard, we all know how nice it felt, lets turn the favor to our new joins! Tips Did you know you, that while you are listing the topics in each forum, you can hover your cursor over a topic title, and a popup preview of the topic will appear? Just keep your cursor over the topic title for a few seconds, some computers may take longer. Hover your cursor over the "Activity" tab at top, and click on "All Activity" and you can see community snapshot of the latest content, one of my favorite areas on that page is the most recent forum images. Did you know that our "Downloads" are completely free? And we'd love to encourage our own folks here to upload their own plans, patterns and guides and charts for others to use, the Downloads section is a free community effort for all to participate in. So download some great open-source files and upload your own files to share! The "What's It Project" A new "What's it Project" will be posted later today, we are also changing the rules a tad so that we can start handing out memberships to the MWTCA, even if a "What's it" was not solved. Check back in later! Thank you On behalf of our staff we'd like to thank you all for being here, and sharing, learning, and contributing to our growing community, and growing database of knowledgeable content for future woodworker's to use. Thank you! Eye candy image of the week 'Rack Saw-bench with Self-acting Top' Circular saw ripping sawbench. The saw in this case remains fixed, but the sliding table moves past it on rollers, carrying the log with it. Note the lack of splitter, not unusual for this period. Source: Scan from Ednie, John (editor) (1925) Carpentry and Joinery, Carpentry and Joinery, vol. V, London: : Gresham Publishing, pp. fig. 27 Andy Dingley (scanner)
  20. Well good morning Patriot Woodworkers! And a glorious morning it is! Let's start off with the big question of the new week, what's on your agenda for the week ahead and what did you get done over the weekend? For myself, and probably for many of you the weekend was dominated by the big event of the year, Christmas. I was able to sneak into my shop on Christmas Eve and get a little shaker stool assembled and glued up that I was working on. The next step will be weaving the seat in. The image at left and at this topic shows the stool in the dry fit stage, pre-glue up. When I assembled the stool posts and rungs, I was surprised actually at what a little challenge it can be to get everything lined up and squared. But after I got it all together and joints glued up, and a few clamps thrown in some strategical locations, it squared itself up and it all come together nicely. Our Adopt-a-Family Project As you know our Adopt-a-Family project was a huge success. And a few of the raffle winners here are waiting or your tools to arrive in the mail as I type. Don't fret, they will arrive, Woodcraft, and Laguna Tools have been notified, and things will start shipping. With the Christmas excitement at those locations things get pretty hectic. We raised together $1,159.00 for the Akin Family. A week before Christmas a check in the amount of $700.00 was mailed to the family to spend as they see fit for their holidays, and we purchased toys and clothing worth $300.00 for the kids Christmas list that was provided to us by the family. The remainder of the funds will also be sent to the family for their New Year fun. As stated we will provide a documented break down of how the funds were used, and we'll provide some documentation for the legitimacy of this campaign so you all can feel comfortable knowing the proceeds were used for their intended cause. We will do this after the last check is processed and sent to the family. Newsletter For those of you who may not know, we did send out a newsletter a few days ago, you can see it here at Merry Christmas Newsletter. I have a request to make regarding our newsletters. When we send them out, you have the option of not receiving them in the future by clicking on the bottom link to "Unsubscribe". If you wish to unsubscribe, please do not mark the reason "Spam". This kills our reputation for future emailing's. When an email is marked spam, the sender ends up on a naughty list in a world wide data base, and then future emails are flagged for content, and our reputation is soiled. We do not send out spam. We send out newsletters very infrequently, and when we do send them out they are informational, we are not trying to send out ads that encourage you to purchase anything, no tricks to get you to click on a link that takes you to Timbucktoo, and we don't flood your inbox with worthless garbage. So please, if you wish to unsubscribe, just mark the option "Not interested anymore". That would help us out a whole bunch. Thank you all for being here, and we wish you all a very Happy Holidays and a Great New Year to come! Cheers! Interesting Patriot Woodworker links All Activity on The Patriot Woodworker The Patriot Woodworker Leader Board Our Blogging Spot Our Tiny Growing Store Who the heck are we? Eye candy image of the week Pattern-maker's double lathe. This is used for both large and small items. The bed is 18 feet long overall and is provided with two powered head-stocks and two tail-stocks. In normal use, items up to 6 feet long may be turned simultaneously on each half as independent lathes. For long work, the tail-stocks are slid to the far end of the bed and the full length used for one piece. By Andy Dingley (scanner) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  21. Short and sweet here guys, got one leg under the keyboard and 1 foot out the door to work! So sorry, I had to wake up early and fry up some Empanadas for the boys at work, we take turns bringing in food the last two weeks up to Christmas. Got up around 3am and been frying since, and I'm running late! So, what did you all get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead? Thank you folks for being here and thank you for calling us home! Also, the big drawing is being held as I type, the raffle automated system is doing it's thing, we'll have some winners later this afternoon! Take care ya'll and be safe in whatever you do!
  22. Good morning folks! I swear I just sat down a day ago and typed up our Monday morning greeting, I think I am in a time machine! So for the big question of the day, what did you get done over the weekend, what have you planned for the week ahead! Please tell us, and please if you can post images so we can see what you're working on, or where you went. Like all artists, we are a visual group of folks and love sight stories, good photos, good content, and we are in heaven. Weather Who here lives in snow country, I have been seeing on the news some incredible snow happening with some unbelievable sights. Cars sliding for an entire city block, airports snowed in and flights canceled. Wow! Here in Southern California we have a weather alert when it drops below 36 degrees with a slight chance of rain. Please see these AAA tips for driving in the snow, and if you have any comments or additional tips, please input them in this topic. And be safe! Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads. Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly. The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop. Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated. Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it. What did I get done this weekend? Personally I did not get much done in the shop this weekend, we did however head out to find a Christmas tree, we typically come home with a Douglas, they are inexpensive, but this year we came home with a Noble, the price was right, and it's a great tree, I had to hose it down because it had so much dust on it, but after a good hosing, the green came through nicely. If you do have a tree in your home during the Holidays, what type do you typically have in your home? Eye candy image of the week By Slick (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons, Deutsch: Impressionen Cunewalde (Landkreis Bautzen)
  23. Good morning folks! I can't believe we are heading into Christmas already, I still feel like we just got out of summer, Halloween was just a week ago, Thanksgiving was a few days ago, time is going by way to fast. In my own personal life time does fly though, with a full time day job, I'm up at 4am and don't get home from work till 6pm, shop time after hours to help pay for college tuition, and our three wonderful kids who all have after school projects and events going on near daily, me and the Misses typically get to sit down around 9pm after all the smoke has settled, we can finally look at each other, hug, and we convince ourselves, "that wasn't so bad now was it?" One day at a time, life is good, fun, and most definitely busy! And that is why the time just flies for us, it can be crazy! It seems like one day floats into the next. There are millions of Americans with busy schedules like ours, personally, I wouldn't have it any other way, now talk to me in another ten years near retirement, I'll have a different opinion about it I am sure! But in the middle of all that craziness and hectic lifestyle we get to enjoy the moments that seem very special, as they are far and few in between, the quiet happens rarely in our home. So when I do get out in the shop, it's a very special time for me to be able to redirect my senses elsewhere. Like the simply wonderful project in the Friday topic I showed you all a steam box I am working on, actually it's done. Below are some final images of the steam box, I'll get a few more images up later today of the build process. But it was super fun, it did not require an abundance of skill, it was one of those projects where you can just relax, and screw some boards together and have fun. I like these projects. What's on your woodworking or life agenda for the week? As always for our Monday topic, we want to know what is on your woodworking and or life agenda for the upcoming week! My steam box for bending wood The box is solid pine, the dimensions are 6" x 6" by 4' long. I performed a shake down cruise on the box and that sucker heated up fast, and it was hot!!!!!!! There is an area I need to address though, some of the knots are leaking steam, not much though, so I'll need to fill those tiny cracks in with some strong heat resistant epoxy. Woops, forgot to put the thermometer in, here you go. So with that folks, we hope you all are doing great, I personally wish you all a wonderful day, a wonderful week, and stay safe, and as our buddy Ralph Jones always says, never put your hands closer than 6" to any saw blade, I think he says that right! A near quote. Eye candy Image of the week By Museum of Photographic Arts [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons | Woman operating boring machine; boring wooden reels for winding barbed wire. Book Title: What the Daughters of Britain are Doing Artist: Tella Camera Co. Creation Date: c. 1917 Process: gelatin silver print Credit Line: Gift of Stephen White Accession Number: 2005.024.030
  24. Good Monday Morning Patriot Woodworker's! I am sorry but this Good Morning is going to be short and sweet than our typical informational. But we can't miss a Monday period, because we want to know how your weekends went! So how about it folks? What did you do over the weekend!!!! What did you build, what didn't you build? It was long Thanksgiving weekend, I bet not much got done as most of us were enjoying friends, family, and just taking it easy. But if you were in the shop, let's hear it! And what do you have planned for the week ahead? Thanks for being here folks, we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and all is well. Eye candy image of the week By Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) - http://visipix.com/index.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=313202
  25. Good morning Patriot Woodworker's! Great to be here today and it's a wonderful rainy day here in Southern California!Finally! While my day job is an outdoors job, on rainy days like this we have enough work in office to keep us busy. Fortunately for us woodworkers as well, rain does not stop our work, but sometimes we need to head out doors and grab some supplies in the down pours, so with that we'll leave ya'll with some safety tips for rainy days. But not before we ask the ever burning question, what did you all do over the weekend, and what have you all planned for the week ahead! Please submit your images and stories here, we love to know what everyone is up too in their shops, and in their lives in general. Rainy day driving tips Avoid Cruise Control Most modern cars feature cruise control. This feature works great in dry conditions, but when used in wet conditions, the chance of losing control of the vehicle can increase. To prevent loss of traction, the driver may need to reduce the car’s speed by lifting off the accelerator, which cannot be accomplished when cruise control is engaged. When driving in wet-weather conditions, it is important to concentrate fully on every aspect of driving. Avoiding cruise control will allow the driver more options to choose from when responding to a potential loss-of-traction situation, thus maximizing your safety. Slow Down and Leave Room Slowing down during wet weather driving can be critical to reducing a car’s chance of hydroplaning, when the tires rise up on a film of water. With as little as 1/12 inch of water on the road, tires have to displace a gallon of water per second to keep the rubber meeting the road. Drivers should reduce their speed to correspond to the amount of water on the roadway. At speeds as low as 35 mph, new tires can still lose some contact with the roadway. To reduce chances of hydroplaning, drivers should slow down, avoid hard braking or turning sharply and drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you. Also, it’s important for motorists to allow ample stopping distance between cars by increasing the following distance of the vehicle in front of them and beginning to slow down to stop for intersections, turns and other traffic early. Source: AAA Wet Weather Driving Tips For more great driving tips click on American Automobile Association's link Just a couple things GrandpaDave and family are having a bit of a rough time right now in life, please drop by his topic at "Tough Week" and wish him and his well. We are with you Dave, hang in there, you are in our thoughts and prayers. The Patriot Woodworker Adopt a Family for Christmas Please purchase your winning raffle tickets in the support of our family we have adopted for Christmas for 2016. They have three younguns that need clothing and some fun stuff too, lets help make their Christmas one to remember, please see how at "Operation Ward 57 and Patriot Woodworker Adopt a Family Project" Thank you all for being here day in and day out, and chatting, sharing, collaborating and being kind and helpful, we have a great bunch of folks here where I see ego's are non existent, and you all are very helpful to each other, thank you for that, thanks for setting a wonderful tone in our woodworking community! Eye candy image of the week Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23446

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