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  • Welcome to The Patriot Woodworker, we are an online woodworking community with a focus on preserving the arts, craft and trades of woodworking and all of its related disciplines. Within our community also exist the care and concern we share for our American military veterans and active duty. Throughout any given calendar year we create and organize fund raisers for various veterans organizations and individual veteran woodworkers as well.
    Join us, we would love you to join us at our online community forums by signing up at The Patriot Woodworker. Once you are signed up and logged in please take the time to let us know who you are and what your woodworking interests are, by going to the "Introduce Yourself" forum. There you can give us an idea of your skill level and areas of interest, and you can get to know the rest of the folks that make up The Patriot Woodworker. We hope to see you there!
    The Patriot Woodworker Forums, are alive and full of great content from woodworkers, trades people, and crafts persons alike. From our General Woodworking Forum to our Wood Turners Forum to our CNC Forum, and many in-between, you will surely find a forum that is fit for you. The Patriot Woodworker Forums consist of mature and drama-free participants, where respect is the word of the day and your topics and posts are free of judgement.
  • scribeThe MWTCA August 2018 "What's It" is Live!

    Join us in our "MWTCA "What's It Forum" for a fun game of "What's It" and if you can correctly reference and verify this months item, then you will win an annual membership for MWTCA. If a verified and referenced answer cannot be arrived at, a random draw will be held for a membership to MWTCA. So Join Us at "What's It!" for rules and information. Tell us what the item at left is called and what it is used for, and receive your MWTCA membership! Leave your referenced answer at the "August What's It" Topic.

  • Wednesday's Wisdom for Woodturners August 15, 2018

    Another summer just about in the books. School starts tomorrow and I already have a sub day scheduled.   Please don't forget the deadline for The Patriot Woodworker raffle is coming up. Don't get left out!!         Our Patriot Turners- The Patriot turners have been really busy in their shops this past week. Lots of great ideas and projects.   @Gerald added a great tip to the Woodturners Forum. His idea for making/reusing material for faceplates is really cool!     Gerald also showed us how he embellished the bottom of his ringmaster bowl.             @Ron Altier started a discussion about "Turners Tape". He received lots of responses and additional ideas for attaching a turning.     Ron also posted an image of another Sea Urchin ornament. Mother nature surely creates some beautiful designs   Ron 's post is here-         @HandyDan created a handle for a little hammer he picked up at a sale-   Dan posted a really nice series of the steps he took to do this-       Our Australian member @JariKilpi added images of a beautiful Camphor Laurel bowl he recently turned. Check out his album-         From The Internet- Continuing with the last couple of weeks topics on sanding, Mike Peace has added another video on bowl sanding       Sanding is made easier with a nice new dedicated tool. I received this in an email from Woodturners Wonders.   All metal gears, variable speed, $60. https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sanding-items/products/angle-drill         Ok, let's make bowls the topic for the week. Rick Turns shows us another way to personalize a turned bowl. "Leafing" adds an interesting look to a turning and it's not difficult to do.         Looking for a cool turning project? Tim Yoder has a 2 part video on a project that would make a nice present for the cook's kitchen. The second part is linked from Tim's YouTube page.         Everything Else- Mr. David Reed Smith published a tutorial for making a STO Gauge. I have to admit I didn't know what this was or that it even existed. Mr. Smith's tutorials are always interesting, easy to follow and very detailed.    The tutorial is available also as a .pdf download.  http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/STO-Gauge/STO-Gauge.html     I did manage to get a little turning time in this week between computer repairs, mower repairs, school meetings and construction requests. Another Manzanita root-   To utilize the most material, the piece is mounted off center. The bolts create a counter balance to reduce vibration.     Mounted with a paper joint to facilitate removal of the piece      Easy Wood Tools #1 Hollower ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). Easy Wood Tools now has available negative rak cutters for many of their tools. The cutters were designed for use with acrylic turnings but work equally as well on harder wood. Clean cuts and no catches. Same low price!     The small ridge will be the seat for a lid.     Sanding will be tricky.       Safe turning

    lew
    lew
    Wood Turners 1

    Shopsmith Mark 5

    @Gene Howe what do you see in this machine? Taking the machine images at face value, assuming everything works, would this be a good deal? https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/tls/d/shopsmith-mark-5-tablesaw/6645360301.html

    John Morris
    John Morris
    Tools, Research, Reviews and Safety 19

    Shop Projects - Mortising Jig & Beam Compass

    I have a production project in the plans which will require mortising and bent lamination, so I took the time to build a mortising jig and a beam compass.  I will be test driving them after the project design is approved on Labor Day weekend.    Mortising jig The mortising jig design is original, but has features borrowed from Jeff Miller and Philip Morley.  It is approx. 16”x 30” x 5” with a ¾” x 5” x 36” base boards.  The primary materials used are 4/4 maple lumber, ½” Baltic birch ply, and ¾” Prowood birch U-V ply.  The red stops are made from scrap cherry painted.  The jig can be easily clamped to a work bench and all of the accessories can be stored in the back of the jig. The work piece is referenced on primary, secondary, and ternary surfaces.  The primary surface is made from two pieces of birch ply glued together.  Clamping takes advantage of the Microjig dovetail clamp riding in a 14 deg. dovetail track groove.  If your work piece is difficult to load and reference when the jig is up-right position, the jig can be positioned horizontally, so that it takes advantage of gravity loading.  The clamps have a limitation of a 4” opening with 595 lbs. clamping pressure each.  The router edge guide maple runner was machined at the same time the guide groove spacer.  During assemble a paper shim (~0.004”) was added to allow the guide to run parallel to the work piece.  All surfaces received a light coat of Johnson paste wax.   Beam compass The compass was built from scrap ¼” x ¾” x as needed cherry material.  It can make an approx. 14” radius. The design is not original. Danl  

    Danl
    Danl
    General Woodworking 4

    Why Saws Have Nib Notches.

    found out the why for how come for the nib notch on handsaws...    

    Stick486
    Stick486
    Tools, Research, Reviews and Safety 2

    New Lumbermill In Georgia

    now this may be good news for us... GP to build a new plant in Georgia   When fully operational, the plant will produce approximately 300 million board-feet of lumber a year and have more than 130 full-time employees. This marks the company's third softwood lumber mill announcement in 12 months. In February GP announced plans to build a $135 million, 340,000-square-foot facility in Warrenton, Georgia, Prior to that, in September 2017, the company announced the construction of a $100 million, 300,000-square-foot lumber production facility in Talladega, Alabama.

    Stick486
    Stick486
    General Woodworking 9

    Rice Straw Made Into Mdf.

    New MDF plant - made with rice straw

    Stick486
    Stick486
    General Woodworking 10
  • Education

    Education One of the many projects we are working on is a wiki for our online community. A wiki is a great way for woodworkers and enthusiasts to share their knowledge to others, and to impart their knowledge for others to learn from, and utilize as well for their own benefit. We hope you'll consider being a wiki contributor. Research Do you love researching? Do you like to write about subjects in a factual non-biased style? Do you like leaving your footprint of knowledge behind for others to use? If you do, then you should contribute to The Patriot Woodwiki.
    There are tens of thousands of subjects to research and write about. Surely there is a niche that is near and dear to your heart that you would love to write about and share. Just a few of the subjects being written about already in our wiki are: Notable people, both past and present in the woodworking arts, crafts, and trades. Material Processing, anything that humans use to process the main medium of wood, is being researched and written about on our wiki. Dendrology, the study of trees and how humans use this most valuable resource to our globe.   Wiki Catagories Dendrology Education History Literature Material Processing Media Merchants People Safety Wood Works   Closing Remarks There are many more interesting subjects you can participate in and help our knowledge base of information grow and mature. We hope to see you in our community wiki, and we hope you leave your "research mark" for others in the future to glean from and learn and add too as well.

    John Morris
    John Morris
    Administrative Topics

    Who We Are

    About Us We are a woodworking community with an emphasis on sharing and learning the skilled craft of woodworking and all of its related disciplines. Our community is open to everyone who wishes to join us. We support our American veterans and active duty, being a veteran is not a prerequisite to join. Join us now! The Spirit of Our Forums First off you'll be a member of a very grown up group of woodworker's where drama is non-existent. Your discussion forum experience will be completely relaxed, and "respect" is always the word of the day. We welcome all woodworkers from every walk of life and from all around the world to join us. Community Projects Frequently throughout any given calendar year we are involved in fundraisers, volunteer opportunities in your area, and small arts and crafts project builds to benefit our disabled veterans groups we support and endorse. Participation in any of the above projects is absolutely not necessary. By simply being a member and participating in our discussion forum you are by default helping our community stay live, and by keeping our content fresh and new. Member Benefits Frequently we'll have tools donated to our community by our sponsors and supporters, and we'll hold a contest or random drawing for the giveaway. We have had some wonderful items that have left our supporters where-house's destined for a Patriot Woodworker's shop, such as turning tools donated by Easy Wood Tools, hand planes donated by Woodcraft, machinery accessories donated by Laguna Tools, and more! So what are you waiting for! Join us now at The Patriot Woodworker discussion forum!
    Welcome to our woodworking community, and we hope you join us!   The Staff

    John Morris
    John Morris
    Administrative Topics

    Volunteer

    Volunteer The Patriot Woodworkers are an all volunteer community, from the staff and hosts who run our online woodworking community to the members who frequent our forums, you'll find volunteers in all of us. We are not on a payroll, unless you consider the spiritual rewards gained from volunteering, as compensation. How you can help If you are a woodworker, and if you want to help us help our American veteran and honor both our veterans and active duty, then look no further than this online woodworking community, for we are frequently involved in activities and fundraisers to benefit veterans organizations or individual veterans or active duty service members and their families. Throughout the year we are involved in projects that benefit and promote the American veteran and active duty service member. Some of our past projects The Patriot Woodworker Wood Turning Contest (a benefit for Homes For Our Troops) The Patriot Woodworker Outfits Shop for Visually Impaired Veteran The Patriot Woodworker's Help Combat Veterans in Crisis with Collaborative Courts The Patriot Woodworkers Help a high school club Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2015 (Operation Ward 57) Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2016
    Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays 2017   The above projects are just a few examples of how The Patriot Woodworkers step up to the line and volunteer. We are a grass roots woodworking community with limited overhead and limited funding, but we do get work done! Donate If you would like to donate to our project, please click on "Support the Patriot Woodworker's"

    John Morris
    John Morris
    Administrative Topics

    Our Mission

    Objective Of course just like most online woodworking communities we are centralized in the arts, crafts, and trades that are woodworking. But, we have another focus in our Patriot Woodworker community, we are the only woodworking community that was founded on our care and concern for our disabled veterans. Mission 1st To create an online woodworking community that is sensitive and respective of the men and women who are serving and have served in our United States Military. To foster a sense of community that surrounds our common goals of care and concern for our United States Military Veterans. To provide aid when we are able, to disabled veterans who are woodworkers, who may be in need of aid in the form of tools, and supplies and machinery in order to keep them in their shops, productive and happy., To raise awareness of the challenges our United States Military Veterans face after service. To fund-raise for various veterans charitable organizations through our own auctions and raffles. Secondary statement To provide an online woodworking forum experience that fosters inclusion of all walks, all talent levels, all races and creeds and all people's regardless of sexual orientation or lifestyles. To provide an online woodworking forum experience that is free of negativity, drama, rumors and gossip, and self-interest topics and posts. To provide an online woodworking forum experience that is family friendly, and mature in mannerisms. To encourage a respectful and nurturing environment so that woodworkers, both beginners and advanced, and all that in between, may share, learn, mentor, teach, and collaborate on ideas and techniques that encompass our craft of woodworking.

    John Morris
    John Morris
    Administrative Topics
  • Woodcraft Supply

    Introduction Woodcraft Supply is one of the leading retailers in the industry of woodworking arts, crafts and trades. Read about how Woodcraft became a sponsor of our woodworking community.
    Woodcraft, supporters of our fighting men and women of our Armed Forces, and the Veterans our online woodworking community serves. Woodcraft History Founded in Boston in 1928, Woodcraft's operations were moved to Parkersburg, West Virginia in 1989. It's been 80 years since Woodcraft first began selling high quality woodworking tools and supplies out of a one room shop in Boston's North End, and Woodcraft is still firmly committed to providing woodworkers with superior products and expert advice. Involvement Woodcraft is a staunch supporter of the fighting men and women of The United States Military, so it would only stand that we would end up functioning as partners in order to achieve one objective, to express our care and concern for our veterans through grass roots projects that would benefit individual veterans and their families, and by fundraising for various veterans organizations. Since our focus is on the individual veteran with disabilities who is also a woodworker, it was only natural for Woodcraft to support our ongoing projects to help those individuals as well as contribute to our fundraising projects for veterans organizations. Woodcraft has supported our community through an annual supporters fee, those funds help offset the costs of running our community, and help provide funding and material items for our projects throughout the year.   Without our supporters we could not keep our woodworking community alive and functioning, Woodcraft has been with us since our inception in 2010. And Woodcraft has been involved in every single project The Patriot Woodworker's have created.
    Woodcraft's dedication to our causes and our woodworkers is greatly appreciated by our community, Woodcraft has been a partner in our veterans causes and interaction with Woodcraft is nothing short of stellar, just like their customer service is on a daily basis. Projects Below is a sample list of just some of our projects in partnership with Woodcraft. Woodcraft either donated tools or supplies to the recipient of our projects, or they donated to The Patriot Woodworker for fund-raising. The Patriot Woodworker Wood Turning Contest (a benefit for Homes For Our Troops) The Patriot Woodworker Outfits Shop for Visually Impaired Veteran The Patriot Woodworkers Help a high school club Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2015 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2016 Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays 2017 Links Woodcraft Home Page
    Wood Working Adventures (Woodcraft Blog)
    Woodcraft YouTube Channel   Location Woodcraft Supply 1177 Rosemar Road  Parkersburg, WV 26102    

    John Morris
    John Morris
    Our Sponsors

    Laguna Tools

    Introduction Laguna Tools owners Catherine and Torben Helshoj immigrated to the United States from Denmark and opened their business in the U.S. They are staunch supporters of our men and women in the Armed Forces here in the United States, they appreciate their hard work and sacrifices and give thanks in many ways. One way is to support The Patriot Woodworker’s projects that are geared towards our American Veterans and especially veterans with disabilities. Laguna Tools History Laguna Tools was founded in 1983 by Torben Helshoj who saw an opportunity to bring high-quality European woodworking machinery to the US. The first tools to be introduced were combination machines and soon lead to Laguna Tools’ most iconic machine, the Italian Bandsaw. Involvement Laguna Tools has been with The Patriot Woodworker's since the early days. Our main contact has been Catherine Helshoj (owner) of Laguna Tools, and she takes a personal interest in the men and women who serve our nation. From one of our early projects with Catherine Helshoj and Collaborative Courts, we came together and we helped Laguna Tools raise money for an organization that takes our "in crisis" veterans off the streets, and directs them back on track.
    Laguna Tools is right in the middle of all our veterans outreach project within The Patriot Woodworker, our fighting men and women of our Armed Forces have a great partner in Laguna Tools when it comes to community outreach and compassion towards our veterans. Projects Below is a sample list of just some of our projects in partnership with Laguna Tools. Laguna Tools either donated tools or supplies to the recipient of our projects, or they donated to The Patriot Woodworker for fund-raising.   The Patriot Woodworker Outfits Shop for Visually Impaired Veteran The Patriot Woodworkers Help a high school club Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2015 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2016 Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays 2017 Links of Interest Laguna Tools Home Page Laguna Tools Customer Stories Laguna Tools Gallery Laguna Tools YouTube Channel Location Laguna Tools
    2072 Alton Parkway,
    Irvine, California 92606, USA    

    John Morris
    John Morris
    Our Sponsors

    Easy Wood Tools

    Introduction Easy Wood Tools manufactures wood turning tools and accessories all right here in The United States of America, it was only natural that a great American owned company like Easy Wood Tools, would team up with a great American woodworking online community such as The Patriot Woodworker's.
    Easy Wood Tools, Made in America, with American Labor, and sold to the world! Easy Wood Tools History In 2008 Easy Wood Tools began operations in Owensboro, KY as the first manufacturer to offer carbide-tipped woodturning tools. The complicated techniques required when using traditional turning tools and the constant need to sharpen those tools inspired the idea that there must be a better way. Using existing carbide cutters took away much of the frustration of the constant need for sharpening, but they were not designed for woodturning.   Easy Wood Tools partnered with Total Engineered Products and its owner Chris Caliendo. They were tasked with developing the world’s first carbide insert specifically designed for woodturning. The Genuine EWT carbide inserts have been formulated to combine the perfect grade of carbide, and specialized grinding and sharpening techniques that have never used before.   Today, the Caliendo family now owns and operates Easy Wood Tools in Lexington Kentucky and carries forward the tradition and commitment of made in U.S.A. craftsmanship and pride in top quality tools. New product development and commitment to quality, Easy Wood Tools offers a full line of turning tools and accessories.1 Involvement Easy Wood Tools is a staunch supporter or our American fighting men and women serving our Armed Forces, and they also have an abundance of compassion, care, and concern for our veterans who have sacrificed much for us. Easy Wood Tools has been with us since the early days of our existence, the founders of this great American Company (Craig and Donna Jackson) were our original contacts for sponsorship of our woodworking community and the projects we perform throughout the year. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson set the foundations between our two entities and started in motion a great relationship that lasts to this day, in partnership with the current owner Chris Caliendo, who took over the company in 2016. The Caliendo's have been instrumental in helping us fundraise for our veterans projects and other activities we perform, and they are always at the ready to jump in and help especially when it comes to a project involving our veterans. Jim Luely, our main contact with Easy Wood Tools is actually a member of The Patriot Woodworker and he jumps in when he can, and shares his own turning adventures with us, and Mr. Luely is our liaison between The Patriot Woodworkers and the very busy Caliendo's. We are very appreciative for the outlay of goods and sponsorship that Easy Wood Tools has provided our community, in order to facilitate and maintain our veterans projects. Projects Below is a sample list of just some of our projects in partnership with Easy Wood Tools. EWT either donated tools or supplies to the recipient of our projects, or they donated to The Patriot Woodworker for fund-raising.   The Patriot Woodworker Wood Turning Contest (a benefit for Homes For Our Troops) The Patriot Woodworker Outfits Shop for Visually Impaired Veteran The Patriot Woodworkers Help a high school club Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2015 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2016 Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays 2017 Links of Interest Easy Wood Tools Home Page Easy Wood Tools YouTube Channel Easy Wood Tools Facebook Page Location Easy Wood Tools
    1365 Cahill Drive
    Lexington, Kentucky 40504 USA    

    John Morris
    John Morris
    Our Sponsors

Who We Are

Operation Ward 57 Challenge Coin Display Project

We are a woodworking community with an emphasis on sharing and learning the skilled craft of woodworking and all of its related disciplines. Our community is open to everyone who wishes to join us. We support our American veterans and active duty, being a veteran is not a prerequisite to join. Join us now!

Objective

Air Force Command Center Plaque

Of course just like most online woodworking communities we are centralized in the arts, crafts, and trades that are woodworking. But, we have another focus in our Patriot Woodworker community, we are the only woodworking community that was founded on our care and concern for our disabled veterans.

Volunteer

Patriot Woodworker Volunteers

The Patriot Woodworkers are an all volunteer community, from the staff and hosts who run our online woodworking community to the members who frequent our forums, you'll find volunteers in all of us. We are not on a payroll, unless you consider the spiritual rewards gained from volunteering, as compensation.

Education

Logging

One of the many projects we are working on is a wiki for our online community. A wiki is a great way for woodworkers and enthusiasts to share their knowledge to others, and to impart their knowledge for others to learn from, and utilize as well for their own benefit. We hope you'll consider being a wiki contributor.

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