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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.
  • 677a.jpgThe MWTCA November 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 "November What's It" Topic.

  • Noob New Shop Setup

    Let me first start by saying I am not a Noob to woodworking, I am, however, a noob to setting up a dedicated Woodworkers Paradise that I may call the Woodcave. You can see my introduction here. While I will be using woodworking as therapy, my wife will be using it to get the much-requested furniture we did not have in the military due to the movers always damaging them and the claims process being less than satisfactory. I have some time yet as spring of next year is the goal to start this process, although the holiday sales can be tempting I doubt a Sawstop would go on sale, and if I did purchase, I would have it delivered to the new address. Regardless, below is a list of what I am looking at to start the shop as far as machinery goes and I want to make sure I am going in the right direction. I put a comment under each piece on my thought process which may or may not be beneficial. Similarly to measuring twice and cutting once, planning, researching and getting advice from experienced woodworkers is better than jumping feet first. I have a $10k budget to start off with and think this should be more than adequate to accomplish my goals of turning rough cut wood into a kitchen table (no chairs), entertainment stand, and graduating to bedroom furniture and moving up from there. My thought process for rough cut is the cost for the machinery outweigh purchasing dimensional lumber, especially over time. I remember paying out the butt for dimensional lumber or having it planed to thickness by a furniture shop.  I have posted something similar to this is a much less active forum as I noticed in my introductory post my apologies for now finding ThePatriotWoodworker first. My thought process may be completely off and crazy however that is why I am here to get me going in the right direction.     My shop is approximately 26x28' and there are stairs going to the second story above the garage cutting down on the size a little bit.    Equipment I currently own. Dewalt Jobsite table saw with no stand (which I will be replacing) Dewalt 2 1/4hp router Bosch Bench Top router table shopvac Hand tools Handheld power sanders, circular saw, and drills Associated saw blades, router and drills bits Clamps -I will need more of these but can you really ever have "enough" clamps? Safety Equipment    Shop Stuff I am still planning Lighting LED White or Warm Yellow? Electrical Dust collection duct System Building my own workbenches. I feel I can build them to my shop versus buying manufactured ones and making my shop fit around them. In addition to the cost-benefit ratio of building vs purchasing.    Equipment I am looking at purchasing to start with. Sawstop 3hp Professional Cabinet Saw with 36" T-Glide fence, folding outfeed table, right router table, router lift, and downdraft collection box.  Shop safety is imperative which is why I chose Sawstop and I have had enough stitches, staples, and pieces removed from me unwillingly I do not need to contribute to it. I may pass on the folding outfeed table and 52" I did not feel was necessary.    Grizzly G0490X 8' Jointer with Parallelogram Beds and Spiral Cutterhead.    Dewalt DW735X Planer with Byrd Tool Shelix Cutterhead. I know the planer does not compare to the jointer but, a proper jointer seems more important in the production of rough cut to dimensional lumber than the other way around. I looked at combo machines but they all seemed to have mixed reviews where the combo I selected seemed to provide the most benefit. The planer with the Byrd tool cutter head from what I have read had decent reviews and seems legitimate for a first planer. The jointer I doubt I would ever need to upgrade.    Laguna C flux 3 hp Cyclone dust collector. Given my shop size and equipment I am looking at purchasing, this seems more than adequate and will serve me as I expand equipment. When I set up shop in a one car garage, I used a box fan that I built a case around so I could insert an air filter. I will likely continue with that route to begin with as the cost-benefit ratio for that setup outweighs a dedicated air filtration system.   Jet 12" JMS-12SCMS Sliding Dual Bevel Compound Miter Saw I don't foresee ever needing to update this.   Down the Road Future Purchases (Given my goals I do not need immediately, I could be wrong) Replacement Router Proper planer Drill press  Bandsaw Spindle and or drum sander and MORE!   Hopefully, I am going in the right direction.

    Batman
    Batman
    Tools, Research, Reviews and Safety 42

    Zero Clearance Tape

    Remember all the hours you spent making Zero Clearance inserts for the table Saw? Probably all of you guys know this, but for the ones that don't there is a Zero Clearance tape out on the market, sold at most Big Box Stores, that you just tape over the slot in your existing tablesaw and raise the blade to cut the slot. Fast Cap has some good video's of it at this web site:   https://www.fastcap.com/product/zero-clearance-tape   You start the tape back far enough so the material lays on the tape, this will prevent the tape from rolling up from catching the edge.   Herb

    Dadio
    Dadio
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    Kieth Mealy Finishing Forum Host (status update)

    I just wanted to update folks on the status of Kieth Mealy as our Finishing Forum Host. At last contact it sounded like Keith was up to his eyeballs with life and business and he is just having a heck of a time getting back here with us. Believe me, I know how he feels, sometimes just to squeeze in a few minutes can be a daunting task, and it stays in the back of your head as something you know you need to do, but just can't, then ya start to feel bad about not being able to get it done, and then the task just becomes a pain in the rear to have lurking in the back of your brain, yep, we all been there!   We have not had contact with Keith for a little while now so that means he is being driven hard elsewhere, and we should respect that and wish him the best in his business and his family. As you can see in the image of Keith and kids, he is performing a much more important task, sharing his knowledge with the younger generation, and he is teaching the kids how to extract honey! Hey he has other hobbies ya know!   I want to personally thank Keith for the time he spent here, his weekly finishing topics and his interaction in forum topics and posts, were and still are highly valued here on TPW, and are now a permanent part of our information structure, and that my friends is priceless. You can't buy information like Keith shared with us, the information that Keith dispersed here in the Finishing Forum can only be gotten from a man in the business, and with years of experience behind him, and you cannot put a value on that my friends.   Like our Scrolling Forum Host Fred Wilson, Keith is moving on to being a laid back low key member of The Patriot Woodworker, where the stresses of meeting deadlines with the weekly topic are no more, and the contentious meetings on The Patriot Woodworker corporate jet are no more, and also his six figure salary as well that he earned as host, is no more.   But one thing for sure, a legacy of wonderful information and knowledge in the sometimes mysterious field of finishing, has been left behind by our friend Keith Mealy. We wish him the best in all he does, and we hope someday he'll drop on by and just say howdy, we do miss him.     If anyone has a direct "Bat Line" to Kieth, please let him know he is thought of highly here, and we are forever grateful for the time he spent here. Cheers folks!    

    John Morris
    John Morris
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    Buffalo Forge Company Post Drill Press no.66

    Hello  Please, I’m looking for any information on this Post Drill Press made in Buffalo NY. Year would be fantastic. Also if you can tell me how to remove the spindle would be great?  Restoring has commenced. 😀  

    Tas
    Tas
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  • 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
  • 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
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    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   webagentur .mapouter{text-align:right;height:452px;width:100%;}.gmap_canvas {overflow:hidden;background:none!important;height:452px;width:100%;}

    John Morris
    John Morris
    Our Sponsors

    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

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

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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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