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  1. 12 points


    Here is one of my relief carvings. The pattern was graciously given to me by a carver in Canada. It is the first relief carving I did. The pattern is a station of the cross "when Jesus meets His Mother".
  2. 11 points
    I'll try to keep this as short as possible, even though the story spans about 50 years. Back around 1968, one of my dad's co-workers gave him a 40" long section of log, flattened on three sides and about 7" thick. Apparently it was walnut. The billet sat in my dad's shop for about 20 years while he tried to decide what to do with it. 30 years ago, when the LOML and I were building our house, Dad decided to let ME worry about it, so the billet moved to my shop, where it occupied whatever corner had enough room to house it. Time passed, as it will, and now our son and DIL are building THEIR own house (squared logs). Son needed some hemlock boards, and found a small family sawmill operation about 45 minutes away that could supply his needs. That is how I met the owner, Larry. Watching his bandsaw mill in operation, I asked if he would mill my short log, and for how much. Larry told me to bring it in and he'd look at it, so this past Saturday I did just that. I am now the owner of enough nice lumber, 1/2" in thickness, to make the LOML that jewelry box she has been asking for the last 65 years. The cost? Larry refused to take anything! BTW, I always suspected the log was NOT walnut, but butternut. My suspicions have been confirmed! I also found out that the lumber is priceless, since the Ontario government has apparently banned the cutting of butternut trees! Endangered, or something like that. John
  3. 11 points
    It's SHOWTIME! After 3 months of Saturdays and 8 days of late evenings, the stage construction for Shrek is done. First show last evening, two on Saturday, and one on Sunday, then the blitz to disassemble, load on a truck and haul back to the workshop.
  4. 10 points

    The Big toy/tool store in the mid-west

    This past week I had the opportunity to visit Grizzly Industrial in Springfield MO. My wife and I were on our way to Branson, MO to see the shows and I just had to stop. I have been there before, but it still was a treat to see and touch. Danl
  5. 10 points
    Steve Krumanaker

    Magnets and wood turning

    These pieces are from 2014 or so. They may have been posted on the old Wood forum but don't really remember anymore. Anyway, I had this idea, made a few pieces and then just never got back to develop it further. A few days ago I saw someone post a similar turning on facebook so I thought I'd share the ones I did. These all incorporate rare earth magnets to create the illusion of a piece floating. This was my first attempt, a floating ball. I didn't do a real good job of hiding where the magnet is in the ring but in the globe the joint is nearly invisible. The ring in a ring is the second one I did. This one works two ways, the small ring will sit in the large ring or hang from the top. There are four magnets in all, two in each ring. This is first "hot air" balloon I did. When I first made it, the magnet in the balloon was glued in place and all a person had to do was position it near the ring and it would stay. The grand kids loved these and played with enough the magnet jarred loose and just rattles around inside the balloon. My first thought was to make a new balloon but after watching people try to get it to float and not being able to I like it better this way This is the last one I did, it was my first venture into piercing with a dental hand piece. There are four magnets in this one, one in the ring, two in the balloon, and one in the basket.
  6. 10 points
    Son's second-last chemo week. Blood work / doctor appt. this morning, 2 1/2 hours of chemo tomorrow, followed by two days at home with a bottle of poison attached to his I.V., then back to the cancer center Thursday to get it removed. In two weeks, do it all over again, hopefully for the last time. The good news is, he's improving steadily. The doctor who gave him a maximum of three years back in March is now optimistic for a full recovery! He still tires easily, but is in good spirits. He feels the Good Lord gave him this as a way to help others. He started a web thingy to support others going through this, and has well over 200 followers already. Some good may yet come of this! Somehow, the shop hasn't seen a lot of activity of late. I'm sure most of you can understand. John
  7. 9 points
    Our house in Corona, CA finally sold and closed escrow. So all the proceeds are being sent to the various accounts to pay off our old house and then pay off our new construction home in Bowling Green, KY and the the balance left over to go to our Credit Union account and will be debt free. So once all of that gets done and we get to Bowling Green to do the final walk thru and officially sign docs, we will be all set to move in. We left Corona, CA yesterday and as we were about to put the truck in gear, we got the text from our agent that everything was done and that we no longer owned our Corona CA home. So off to our first stop of Yuma AZ for 2 nights to catch up with some old friends of Tami's parents that we have known for many years. Tomorrow we will give our last goodbyes to the folks in Yuma and start the new journey to Bowling Green KY. We will arrive there on Tuesday as we have to make 2 stops in Texas and 1 stop in Memphis, TN before getting to Bowling Green KY.
  8. 9 points
    Doing nothing this morning I thought I would compare Amazon and Wood Carvers Supply with the same 1/8"bits I use all the time since Woodcarvers supply has the original numbers beside their numbers in their catalog.. These pictured on the left side of the page are the ones I use most ll the time... the 1/4" bits are too big for getting into tight places but some are okay for starting the process. I think I ordered these in the middle of 2015 so they have lasted through all my clocks and still look like new once I get them out of the bottle of lacquer thinner and clean them up with a real fine bristle brush.. The second set of numbers and letters are the ones Amazon uses like the T-18D and T-14D and you have to be careful for they also have other numbers and letters added here and there so the prices will vary up so be aware . These pictures here are of a light grey with no color added. I did order more different kinds but only use the 4 numbers circled so I spent money on some not necessary in my carving... When looking at Amazon they do have the second set of numbers but not all the bits are available for sale. The number RS-34E is listed for 25.50 at Amazon where Woodworkers Supply has it for 14.50. I had to keep looking for Amazon has lots of identifying letters and numbers close with all kinds of prices so be aware. Some of their items are fine grit where all these woodworkers supply numbers are course grit.. Some of the exact number bits are the same price as each supplier but if there is any difference, Amazon is higher. The machined cut carbide bits are good for some places but the real course models will dig fox holes before you can blink your eyes.. so change out the bits before a screw up can't be repaired. The finer cut models will make a smoother surface on the wood than the nugget type bits. These Saburr and also Nugget brand are long lasting and clean up good. When first starting I like to use the 2" Carbide Nugget brand wheel which has to use a 1/4" shaft so I have to switch to my air tools for the first wood removal.. This is on page # 3 of the Woodworkers Supply catalog. I just mentioned this because anytime I go to Amazon I just assume their prices will be cheaper than anyone else but that's not the case when comparing these exact items!!!
  9. 9 points

    Doweling Jig

    Well it that time again coming up on the Dec. Woodworkers club meeting I always have made some little thing for the members, we usually have 15-20 members show up. This year I made a doweling jig. Here are the picture of the build. Herb
  10. 9 points

    a few newbies (for me)

    The little square is an old Craftsman, the larger (with two heads) is marked M.F.Co. (the extra head had no rule and no pin. The "Bell System" is on the old brace.
  11. 9 points
    Well, here’s hoping that the 3rd time is the charm with my wife and I moving from Corona, CA to Bowling Green, Ky. We had 2 previous buyers that backed out at the last minute, which really messed up our plans. But now we have a new buyer with all cash and a very short escrow. It is a husband and wife with a young daughter. Today we had the Home Inspection done which should go fine. Considering that we had 2 previous Home Inspections without anything major to fix from the previous buyers. So now we stand with a full cash offer that has been verified by our agent with a 10 day escrow with 3 additional days to get everything moved out. So that means that we have to be out and on the road to Kentucky by October 4th. So now we have to get things all wrapped up here in California as well as get things squared away with our new construction home in Bowling Green, KY. Our Realtor in Bowling Green, KY is all over it as the house has been completed and is just waiting for all the paper work to get signed and have the proceeds of the sale of our California home to pay for the Kentucky home. So here’s hoping and praying that nothing else screwy comes up.
  12. 9 points

    Why You Ask?

    WHY, WHY, WHY ? Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons on the left ? BECAUSE When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right! And that's where women's buttons have remained since. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* 2. WHY ? Why do ships and aircraft use 'mayday' as their call for help ? BECAUSE This comes from the French word m'aidez - meaning 'help me' - and is pronounced, approximately, 'mayday.' *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* 3. WHY ? Why are zero scores in tennis called 'love' ? BECAUSE In France , where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called 'l'oeuf,' which is French for 'the egg.' When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans (naturally), mispronounced it 'love.' *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* 4. WHY ? Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses ? BECAUSE In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* 5. WHY ? Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck' ? BECAUSE In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would 'pass the buck' to the next player. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* 6. WHY ? Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast ? BECAUSE In earlier times it used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host's glass with his own. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* 7. WHY ? Why are people in the public eye said to be 'in the limelight' ? BECAUSE Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer 'in the limelight' was the Centre of attention. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* 8. WHY ? Why is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud nine' ? BECAUSE Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* 9. WHY ? In golf, where did the term 'Caddie' come from ? BECAUSE When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game 'golf.' He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' and the Scots changed it into caddie. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* 10. WHY ? Why are many coin collection jar banks shaped like pigs ? BECAUSE Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of dense orange clay called 'pygg'. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as 'pygg banks.' When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig. And it caught on. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* BIG CHEEKS. Bet you don't know "Big cheeks" !! Big cheeks. A grandson of slaves, a boy was born in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans known as the "Back of Town." His father abandoned the family when the child was an infant. His mother became a prostitute and the boy and his sister had to live with their grandmother. Early in life he proved to be gifted for music and with three other kids he sang in the streets of New Orleans. His first gains were coins that were thrown to them. A Jewish family, Karnofsky, who had emigrated from Lithuania to the USA, had pity for the 7-year-old boy and brought him into their home. Initially giving 'work' in the house, to feed this hungry child. There he remained and slept in this Jewish family's home where, for the first time in his life, he was treated with kindness and tenderness. When he went to bed, Mrs Karnovsky sang him a Russian lullaby that he would sing with her. Later, he learned to sing and play several Russian and Jewish songs. Over time, this boy became the adopted son of this family The Karnofskys gave him money to buy his first musical instrument; as was the custom in the Jewish families. They sincerely admired his musical talent. Later, when he became a professional musician and composer, he used these Jewish melodies in compositions, such as St. James Infirmary and Go Down Moses. The little black boy grew up and wrote a book about this Jewish family who had adopted him in 1907. In memory of this family and until the end of his life, he wore a Star of David and said that in this family, he had learned "how to live real life and determination." You might recognize his name. This little boy was called : Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. Louis Armstrong proudly spoke fluent Yiddish! And "Satchmo" is Yiddish for "Big Cheeks" !!! And I'll bet you did not know any of this.
  13. 9 points
    Planning and organizing my work space, I am going over in my head different ways to build, or not to build, storage for my hand tools. I have gone over in my head a whole bunch of ideas, and one thing I always love to think about is re-purposing old cabinets for my storage solutions. I currently have old kitchen overhead cabinets now, where my finishing supplies and hardware is stored, they were given to me by a buddy at work years ago, and they have served me well. I was looking through local ebay sales in my area for antique cabinets, that I could reconfigure to fit my hand tools, and I came across this old pine cabinet for $285 bucks on Ebay. The lumber would cost that much to build it, and then my time, of which I have very little, it would be nice to just have this cabinet, and retrofit some dividers into it for my hand planes, and shaves and braces etc. I think this would be a really fun project wouldn't it? I could most definitely make this work for my hand tools storage.
  14. 9 points
    John Morris

    Shopsmith Destiny

    No he did not Gene. I kind of remember someone gave me a deck of table saw blades a long time ago, I just hung em all up on the wall, I used some and some were just there just in case, and I remember this one popping up now and then, and I'd look at that big ol hole with curiosity. By the way, ya ever hear of the big arbor hole history for the Shopsmith blades? Pretty interesting! Our favorite Shopsmith superstar, Doug Reid explains the 1 1/4" arbor size.
  15. 9 points
    Chips N Dust

    Good Clean Fun

  16. 9 points
    Chips N Dust

    Good Clean Fun

  17. 9 points
    John Morris

    Shopsmith Accessories Shelf

    I ordered the Shopsmith accessories shelf last Sunday and it arrived yesterday. I am very happy with this new addition to my SS. I could have made one, but I did not want too, plus I wanted the factory fit and finish with the CNC slots for many of the basic accessories for my SS. The shelf is made of solid Pine at 1 1/4" thick, very sturdy. It bolted up to the lower legs very nicely. I am impressed with the SS quality thus far, all the way down to this shelf. My small things were starting to get scattered in my work area as I am completely unorganized right now, and I needed something quick to organize before I started losing "stuff". This did the trick, very pleased with it.
  18. 8 points

    Simple Lock Box?

    This really has the WOW factor. Be sure to watch him open it at the end. Suppose it could be made using hardwood if one knew what he was doing.
  19. 8 points

    Hartville Hardware

    That won't happen. Been married 38 yrs and with the exception of 1 year my wife has lived within one block of her childhood home. If a highway was coming thru she would be the last one fighting eminent domain.
  20. 8 points
    Gene Howe

    Hartville Hardware

    Did a few TDY tours in Alaska. While refueling B 47s, one of our crew was carried off by a couple of those Alaskan sized mosquitoes. As they flew off, I heard them talking. One asked if they should eat him right away or take him back to the camp. The other one replied that they should eat him now because, if they carried him back the bigguns would get him.
  21. 8 points
    Ron Altier

    Someone who loses a child

    I This statue is called Emptiness and was created by a grieving parent. It is a great attempt at describing how a parent feels after losing a child.
  22. 8 points

    The Doug Fir was not a good choice....

    Pete, the flamingo is just shy of 3 foot tall. He was cut from 2" x 10" Douglas fir. I didn't realize how hard it was. The pineapple also has a name...Liliuokalani...in memory of the last reining monarch of Hawaii. It is about 8" x 12". The lettering is from Hobby Lobby. The painting is mine. I made the pineapple for my son's birthday in September. Pete, I made for my lovely wife. He has a perch near our front door - when some other thing (scarecrow right now) is not standing there. I am working on a Tiki mask for my son-in-laws birthday in November. Got it drawn but haven't started carving. It, too is Douglas fir. I am working on another for my daughter's birthday in October. It is a nesting of 3 geckos. I have them cut from 3/4" pine. I will do some carving on them. I am trying to decide if I want to put glass eyes on them. ? It will be mounted similar to the pineapple. Plan right now is to use Aloha and Ohana similar to the pineapple. Still thinking on that. My 84 year old mother-in-law's birthday is in January. I am planning to carve a single Cala lily in 3D about 10" tall. She would like it mounted on a velvet background. The wood is (will be) basswood. It is a challenge for me, so I'm anxious to get started on it too. The image is not mine, but serves as the pattern for me. She is not sure how she wants it finished. Natural or color? Then, my 3rd daughter's birthday is in February. She and her husband have a tortoise named Bill. The idea at this time is to carve a tortoise or perhaps a sea turtle to mount similar to the Pineapple and the Tiki mask. I recently made a display rack for playing cards for my wife's employer. She works at a nursery as a cashier and wanted to display the decks on her check stand. I don't have a good picture but will have her take one. They have sold a couple of decks from the display, so perhaps it is functional. There are ten different decks. I just added the picture she gave me last week.
  23. 8 points
    This weekend is the beginning of fall and it’s hard to tell here. Yesterday was a record setting day for temperatures, we hit 100. I’m not a fan of real cold weather but I could take a break from these long super hot days. My AC is working overtime. We finished the table with the metal base and expecting it to be picked up today. It has one bench and the will use chairs on the other side. Today we will finish up a Green Egg Smoker table made of Cedar. Thats going to be about it this weekend. Saturday I’m traveling to Talladega, Alabama to CMP Range to shoot in the GLOCK XXV match as part of the GSSF. They are expecting some 200 shooters and the range is located behind the Talladega Motor Sports Speedway. Looks like it will be a long hot day but I’m excited to get the opportunity. So so what’s on your agenda this weekend. Share your projects and pictures that you are working on. We all love to see them and hear about what your doing. Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and be safe!
  24. 8 points
    Pat Meeuwissen

    What's On Your Work Bench?

    Good morning, this tall cafe chair is my prototype. I plan on adding a stretcher between the legs at the bottom just ran out of time. It will be painted so I used all reclaimed material. Do you see any improvements or suggestions? It sits very comfortably and is just the right height for the table.
  25. 8 points
    We got a little work done this weekend. Volleyball on Saturday and we kept the 1 and 2 year old. They are way too fast for me! Got the paint on the table base and delivered this morning. Top is 2” Walnut. Also so got the metal base for the other table painted along with the bench. Top and bench cut to size. Will finish mounting the top to the base tomorrow and it will get picked up. several jobs in line this week but got to get these pieces out first.

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