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  1. 12 points
    I visited a friend today who is moving to a retirement community in August. He had a very complete shop and while the community has a woodshop, they could not use all his donations. He's sold some and wanted me to come over and pick up two grinders that he wanted to donate to the woodworking club. Well, low and behold, he had a couple more things. One was a mortising machine that he offered me for free. I have been trying to find an efficient way to cut mortises for a while. I have a BeadLock but it's slow and you either need to chisel out the sides or buy the proprietary tenons. Never got around to figuring out a router jig for mortising. Can't wait to try it out.
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    Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good. Then God saw there was another need. In His wisdom He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend, reach & stretch. And God looked down and saw that it was good. Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise. God looked down and saw that it was good. So if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it’s God’s will. It is all in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath. Nine Important Facts To Remember As We Grow Older #9 Death is the number 1 killer in the world. #8 Life is sexually transmitted. #7 Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. #6 Men have 2 motivations: hunger and hanky panky, and they can't tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich. #5 Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years. #4 Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing. #3 All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism. #2 In the 60's, people took LSD to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal. #1 Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today may be a burning issue tomorrow. Please share this wisdom with others while I go to the bathroom.
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    48 years ago today, my dear Phyllis and I began our life together. Big day planned, today. We're celebrating with a lunch of Pizza, followed by an oil change for the car. We believe in togetherness. But, I do believe this will be the first time we've spent an hour together waiting on an oil change. We'll probably pick up some dog food, as long as we're in town, anyway. No shop time today. No champagne, either.
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    On another note, a large coyote, carrying a box of dynamite, was observed running from the scene
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    Got home last night folks. Feeling really tired and crappy, dizzy all day long for unknown reason, can't even drive, wife has to take me everywhere. My own doc suggested it could be dehydration, I don't know, I do feel tad better after some gatorade, but something still aint right. Should have an appointment with the oncologist tomorrow or the next day, he'll perform that danged marrow exam I been waiting for. Docs in the Hospital say it's ITP but my own doc says can't be 100 percent till marrow results are in. So my emotions are like a roller coaster, thinking the worse, and when my wife and kids are around I get happy. Staying strong for them, feeling fearful inside. Thanks all for your wishes, I'll stay in touch!
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    Almost busted out of the hospital today cuz my blood is looking good, but they grabbed me! Had my last platelet transfusion last night and Immuno Globulin, so my platelets are up, starting this morning they want to put nothing else in me, and see if I can do it all on my own over the next 24 hrs. If my platelets go up under my own power, I'm heading home tomorrow. Thanks for all the great comments and wishes folks!
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    I want to thank everyone for their support here. And I want to thank you for the wonderful, and fun commentary. This is where you come to get lifted up, and in good spirits, thanks folks. I want to reply to each post here, when I get home I will do that. For now I just wanted to check in and tell y'all things are still good. Future is bright, just have to alter my lifestyle slightly, and meds, but it's all good. Right now I feel dizzy, tired, and a nauseous stomach, they been pumping me full of platelets, and to avoid that first bad reaction I had, they are also giving me a lot of benedryl, I feel hung over from it all. But at least I know why I feel this way, I'll take that any day. Just had my blood drawn for platelets, white and red cells, will get results in a couple hours, it should show platelets rising, and red and whites normal. Beyond that, I'm ready to go home! Cheers folks!
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    Finally finished the large L shaped Cedar Green Egg monster table. My two sons have been working on this to finish up this week. Yesterday afternoon it got delivered and set in place. Im very proud of them on this one. They did the work and I was just the advisor giving help and advice when they weren’t sure about doing something. It it has been fun seeing them enjoying what I have been doing for many years. They even got the water hooked up to the kitchen sink and the drain line. This is was the biggest one we’ve built so far.
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    This was a Hickory project we finished back in January. I can tell no hand tools were used. We ran the slabs through the dual drum sander to flatten. There was a point I thought about using a hand plane, but that thought passed pretty quick! But it I do love the look of some beautiful Hickory!
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    Thank you guys for your support and wishes. I have enjoyed reading them all. I'll know more this Tuesday gents, though I feel like crap, my symptoms could be a number of things going on, the "C" word has not been brought up for diagnosis, so far the official diagnosis upon discharge from the hospital is Immune Thrombocytopenia. My good cells want to keep attacking my other good cells (platelets), for unknown reasons. My main blood cells, reds and whites are holding their own, looking good, good numbers and within range. Keeping fingers crossed. What the hematologist and I want to know, is why does it keep happening. In many cases they never find the root cause, then it just becomes something we live with, and I can live with that. I am actually feeling better tonight than I have in the past few days. I had a good day today. I ate well, no nausea, my dizziness seems to be subsiding, and I am hopeful for a brighter tomorrow. Anxious to get back to work mostly. I sure have been feeling dark this last week, it seems a light has broken through today, and I am thankful.
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    Thanks Gene. Not yet. But I have my first appointment with the hemocologist next Tuesday, blood test tomorrow. So I should get a few answers by next Tuesday. Checking in daily guys, just staying quiet for now. It's gonna be a long long 5days. Feeling crummy and dizzy all the time, rollercoaster emotions. Trying to hang in.
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    Wife ordered a Weber propane grill. Delivered Friday. It came unassembled with 45 pages of assembly instructions. Supposed to take an hour. Took us four. Neither of us are mechanically inclined. This grill was made in the good old USA. Once we figured out our right from our left and, up from down, it went together perfectly. The guys who engineered this thing are geniuses. The fit and finish is flawless. I was amazed at how well all the parts fit where they were supposed to. And, how sturdy it is. American manufacturing isn't totally dead. There are still companies making excellent products with pride.
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    Still here guys, hanging tough. Just wanted to thank you for all your wonderful posts. I'm not posting much, but I'll be back!!!
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    Keep up the faith John. Lots of prayers and people here rooting for ya. Also if I have read the article correctly don't get pregnant, a lot of complications result and you will bleed a lot during delivery.
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    This is how the ol man spends Saturday night these days, in an adjustable bed on TPW, with my high-class hospital issued non-slip red socks! Hey, it could be worse!
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    A friend is making some Japanese tool boxes for his grandkids (I did a show and tell of these at the May club meeting). I suggested he use wood 1/2-5/8" thick to keep them from getting two heavy. I also suggested the following method that I've used before to get good wood. I buy 2x10 or 2x12 Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) meant for joists. It is relatively knot free. And if you get some with the pith down the middle you can saw out an inch or so and get perfect quarter-sawn lumber. Then you re-saw and you get wood just a fraction less than 3/4" that you plane down to desire dimension. Over time SYP gets as hard as oak. He came over yesterday and we planed down the sawn and factory surfaces. He's edge-gluing them today and I think they'll look great when done. If you've never seen one, they are pretty neat. The top slides one way to open and the other to close securely. Then end cleats make handles.
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    Thanks to everyone for all the kind words of congratulations. We're already planning next year's extravaganza. Looks like it'll be Subway and new truck tires.
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    We’re spending the kids inheritance
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    Still haven't figured out this rename set up on this computer...won't let me delete anything, either... So, if nobody minds, I can just post anyway? First off, needed to take the OEM jig apart...hate square drive screws...as I needed to cut a new profile New prototype...Needed it's hammer notch cleaned up, before I can trace things out on the old one Quite a change? bandsaw was worked on, had way to much set, stoned that back a bit...cuts smoother, tends to burn things.. Dremel with a sanding drum to clean it up, and ease the edges a bit ( need to restain things, anyway) Didn't like the way the hinges were set...way too floppy...we have ways.. Instead of the hinge sitting on the surface, I recessed it a bit... Hate square drive screws. Got this one done, and set aside...went to work on #3.. Dremel and a gouge to make the grip rest groove...then Lay out and recess a hinge...and dug out the "VIX" bit... That pointy thing retracts into the grip....You place it in the screw hole on the hinge, and give the pin a few whacks Just like that, you have a perfectly centered pilot hole...repeat for the next hole Almost ready for the screws...I wound up "chasing" these holes, screws are longer than the tip on the vix bit....candle to wax the threads of the screws Grab the old Yankee screwdriver and put things together.. Then sand things down....and set all 3 aside.. As I had metal work to do next...steel chips and Oak don't play nice, together....these jigs will fold down when not needed.. Still need to find a paint brush, and stain all the "new wood" showing...white "tape" is where I blanked out the owner's name..and address. We tried a Remington Army revolver for size..and to make sure it fit....then make all 3 the same. Should have a finish on these tomorrow..I hope Now IF I can just figure out what happened with my photo edit stuff....
  24. 9 points
    Had a little fun, a nice break from my chair build and finally did something to benefit the shop, I just happened on a simple hand saw till by Lee Valley and on a whim I decided, what the heck, I have some scrap, and a little time, and a few saws that are currently hanging on nails on my wall. They need a home, and I liked the idea that it sits on french cleats and I can remove it and have it nearby where I am working, if needed, I seriously doubt it, my shop is small enough that a little 10 walk to the wall where the till is hanging, aint gonna kill me. Anyway, I had some scrap prefinished maple ply from a project I did last summer for my day job. You can see the ply I had to work with on that project, the scrap I have today came from that job. This is not an in depth how-to like my chair topic is, this was just a quick down and dirty fun thing I did, and I used my Shopsmith for 100 percent of the work. I used the Table Saw, the Band Saw, the Lathe and the Drill Press to build this handy little tote. I turned the 1" dowel from some walnut I had. On a side note, our dog Woody, last year he turned deaf, before he hardly ever hung out in the shop, he didn't like the noise, not just machinery noise, the hammer, a piece of wood dropping, anything. I am sorry he went deaf, but as a neat byproduct of him going deaf, he hangs with me all day in the shop now, he'll lay down right next to that Shopsmith when it's running, he can't hear anything! I have the sides and the dowel mounted, I just need to mount the kerfed blade holders, I have the longer holder for the longer saws, and the two slot holder for the two smaller saws, that holder needs to be mounted a bit lower to accommodate the small saws. My longer saws are neat ol saws, two cross cut and two rip, the first long one with the shiny handle was a gift from oldest daughter 3 Christmas's ago. I recently purchased the two smaller Lie Nielsen Carcass and Dovetail saws. The walnut is sanded to 400, once I get the kerfed supports mounted I'll just hit it with oil and call it good. Then I'll mount the french cleats on the back and on the wall to hang it. The first saw is a nice Disston D-9 12 tpi. I'll put some maple edging on the maple ply back board. Attached hereon are the plans from Lee Valley for this till. Very simple, down and dirty. I have 5 or 6 other saws hanging around, the ones in this till are my favorites, the other saws I'll sell or give away, I only want to keep what I need, I am not into collecting. Thank you Lee Valley! Lee Valley Saw Till.pdf
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    Thanks Tom, I was and am honored, I hope he is looking down from time to time and seeing his bench put to good use, and respected. It's a well built bench with solid joinery and solid every where on the bench top. No bounce back at all, I can work anywhere on that bench and feel a solid registration against my tools. I was chopping mortises for my chair on top of the middle edge of the bench and it was a solid as the concrete floor she sits on. He knew what he was doing. I met his widow, she walked me through everything the day I arrived, we got along very well. She told me the story of his life, I asked a million questions about Jim, and she loved answering them all. She showed me all the furniture and crafts he made around the home. As far as woodworking goes it appears he loved chip-carving and he loved building Danish Modern throughout the home, which is very fitting of his time line at his highest active peak in woodworking. His work was impeccable. Often, if I don't have any thing to work on within the realm of wood, I'll take my lap top out to the shop away from the family ruckus, and just set at the bench and surf TPW and other woodworking educational sites, and enjoy the peace of studying woodworking subjects while sitting at Jim Ecklar's bench. You know I just happened to think, Jim was a shop teacher, around the time period I received this bench I've had this insatiable appetite to dig in and learn about the historical aspects of woodworking, from the hammer to the chisel, where they came from, how invented etc, how the Mortise and Tenon were invented, their heritage, the Adze, and the people in woodworking such as Sam Maloof, Krenov, Nakashima, Wegner, Frid and many more. Do you suppose ol Jim has anything to do with that? He was an educator after all! Take care folks!
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    Feel free to post your favorites.. Lexus mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of an LS460 when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop. The cardiologist was there waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his car when the mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hey, Doc, want to take a look at this?" The cardiologist, a bit surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, "So Doc, look at this engine. I opened its heart, took the valves out, repaired or replaced anything damaged, and then put everything back in, and when I finished it worked just like new. So how is it that I make $48,000 a year and you make $1.7M when you and I are doing basically the same work?" The cardiologist paused, leaned over, and then whispered to the mechanic... "Try doing it with the engine running."
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    I love Chesty, no matter what, a positive spin on everything. Sometimes life feels like this.
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    A while back I mentioned that some firewood that I attempted to turn was too unstable to safely turn. I had to find some use for it, so I made lawn ornaments. The bird stump is large and heavy about 20 inches high, the squirrel piece is only about 8 inches high. Now to see if anyone likes them
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    Glad I did this. Found quite a few things to be done differently. Namely, make it smaller and forget the glasses. Use 3/8" material for the lid and bottom and, 1/2" box joints. Now, it's time for a conversation with the mesquite.
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    I built a couple more prototype boxes this week and I’m building 3 lecterns.
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    Great idea. Funny as heck, too.
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    Actually I was shaking my head at something stupid that Ron said.
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    Finally getting started on the cane for my friend. She is still in a wheel chair and will be for an unknown amount of time. I want the cane will be ready when she is.
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    I wear hearing aids and made this to carry a spare set of batteries- Just have to remember to rotate the batteries so they don't go dead.
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    Stole 10 of these from behind grocery store. Assorted colors. Cost? Nothing Time on project? about 20 minutes Longevity of material? Who cares they have more.
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    Al, there is a ton of history behind that ol workbench. Last summer I was called upon to pick up many things from a deceased gentleman's work shop, among the things I left with was that workbench. His name was Jim Ecklar, a WWII and Korean War Navy Veteran, after the wars he returned to San Diego and began teaching High School shop classes throughout the 50's,60's,70's and 80's, he retired out of La Jolla High School in San Diego, he was an incredibly talented craftsman. He did everything, from watch making, rock hounding, metal smith, jewelry, woodworking, leather, and from what I saw he mastered them all. An older couple that lived across the alley from the Ecklar's, and have known the Ecklar's since they moved in across from them in the early 70's, knew me since I was a toddler, their son and me were best buddies. When Mr. Ecklar died, last year, his spouse (also a retired school teacher) asked my friends if they knew of anyone who would like to have Jim's tools and workbench along with some slab lumber etc. They called me first and I accepted, humbly. I came home with a U-haul load of things, all in all I gave about two thirds of it away to people who needed the items and much of it went to a woodworking school just across the town from me. There was a band saw I put up on Craigslist for giveaway, it was an old machine in need of restoration, and guess who came to pick it up? A young Sailor just starting out his own workshop! How fitting! My own dad ended up with a homemade three wheel band saw, that Mr. Ecklar fabricated beautifully. Oh ya, he was machinist too, sheesh! He did it all. I have many of Jim's hand tools, though I have not used most of them yet, but I will eventually as I get my shop squared away and things stored where they belong. But yes Al, that bench is one awesome bench, that Jim Ecklar (WWII and Korea War Navy Veteran) built himself some 40 years ago according to Mrs. Ecklar. And I am very proud to work on it. I can feel the energy emulating from that ol bench. Thanks Al
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    John, I am a bit worried. A clean shop is a sure sign of a sick mind. See a doctor. At the very least BEFORE you take a picture throw some man dust around and at least give us the hint sawdust was made at some point.
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    It helped you learn to do 3 things at once with only 2 feet!
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    Lew, that was a large land shark.
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