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  1. 16 points
    Boy these Cornhole games sure are popular. Our neighbor's daughter is getting married this May and they asked me if I could build a couple Cornhole boards for them, they are going to have games at the wedding reception. I only first heard of this game because of @John Moody, John is the resident Cornhole builder in our community. So I know what little I do know by John's work, and I just scanned the internet really quick to get the regulation sizes of everything and I set to building their boards from wood I had left over from other projects. I have not had a full day in the shop in two years, really, no kidding, life has been quite a challenge and I was so happy to just get this day to make some dust on such a basic project, I loved it. I had my folk music going in the shop, a little bit of Johnny Cash, some Del McCoury and Bill Monroe, and tapered the day off with Hank and Waylon, man what a joyous day. It was just one of those days that lined up perfectly to do some "me" time and the family was completely ok with it. Also, I got to really get into my Shopsmith! And what a blast I had with it. So, I know they are just Cornhole boards, but what's more important, is that I had a day of fun, so if you want to see some boards, read on! I set up my outfeed table configuration to handle some mid size panels for the Cornhole boards. Ripped a couple pre-prefinished 3/4" panels I had left over from a prior project, I am getting used to my Shopsmith today. I then set up my outfeed table to handle ripping some narrow boards, the table needs to be set at the center of the table saw or in line with the blade, it was a quick operation, part of using these Shopsmith's is knowing what they are capable of, and how to maximize their ability, I am not there yet, I am only discovering the surface of what these machines are capable of. I pushed the oak boards through with minimal effort. Then I joined each board just to clean up the edges and to have a nice mating edge to the underside of the surface board. I need to align my Shopsmith fence as you can see a tad burning on the oak edge. I have not adjusted my Shopsmith yet since I purchased it, the gent I bought it from had it sitting in his garage for 15 years with no use, so no doubt I need to tune up the alignment. I have however oiled the sheeves and other areas and I tensioned the drive belt to specs before I used it. I used good ol pocket holes to mount the sides of the boards up to the surface board. I drilled out all my pocket holes first. Then I set to screwing the boards to the underside of the Cornhole deck. I swear Shopsmith and Rigid have a secret relationship, because my Rigid Shopvac hose is the perfect size for the table saw dust port, and the jointer dust port. I cut a small radius on the end of the back cornhole board legs, so they'll fold up and down easily. This bandsaw is really nice, I can't believe how something small and seemingly very simple in design, is so accurate and easy to use. I aint kidding folks, I like it better than my 15" Grizz I had. A very strong feature of the Shopsmith is the Drill Press operation, it's sweet, I like it, I am happy. Quiet, accurate, with an adjustable table for in and out, and up and down and of course since the power head operates the Drill Press, it's variable speed. Drilling the holes out for the carriage bolts. The back folding legs are mounted, you flip them up and lock them down by tightening the wingnuts, I used a 5/16" carriage bolt, washer and wingnut. Legs up. I still have to cut out the 6" diameter Cornholes, but mission basically accomplished. Our neighbors should like them, she is going to paint a mural on the deck of the Cornhole board, I think the LA Dodgers symbol. Any my baby put to sleep, she did well today, I was please with the operations, and I became more efficient at the changeovers, I am getting good at operating my Shopsmith, and it's turned out to be a great machine for my purpose, and, mama gets to park her car in the garage now! I hope John Moody approves of the way I made these boards, and if anyone has any tips on the building Cornhole boards I am all ears, I may do some for my family as well, not sure yet, depends if the kids want them or not. If you want to build your own boards, here is the site that John Moody directed me too, they have all the information and specs for them there. https://www.playcornhole.org/ Thanks for sharing a part of my day with me folks.
  2. 15 points
    So, I did a thing... I learned how to miter cut trim so it actually fits!!! Of course, I got so excited I forgot to take pics at the shop. However, I did get pictures of my most recent river table top (will be an end table). Originally I had planned to oil the wood and wax the entire top... however, the tung oil raised the grains of the wood (oak? I don't know) so the wax wouldn't shine up right... so I sanded it all down, sanded the wood flat (60, 80, 120, 220). I put a seal coat of epoxy resin on it, will do another seal coat and then a flood coat. It already looks MUCH better than it did before I changed route. And yes... I'm having way too much fun with something that is WAY too expensive.
  3. 14 points

    The sewing cabinet

    Well I got the cabinet done. It is not fancy. The wife wanted it made out of pine and wanted it plane. It is 48 inches wide, 7 feet tall and 19 inches deep. Everything is glued and pocket screwed. It was made from 1 by 10 pine. For the trim and doors 1 by 4 pine and 1/4" plywood and 1/4" plywood for the back. I stained it with a light Maple and put two coats of poly over that. She was happy and wants two more smaller ones.
  4. 13 points


    Here we go. Finally got all the pictures for the table.
  5. 13 points

    Nothing wrong with Green

    If it’s free for all, why do we need green? LOLOLOLOL Sorry John, I’m still a juvenile at heart.
  6. 12 points
    Well, I turned down the aisle of Lowe's where the legs were.... Absolutely not lol I'm not nearly to that point yet.
  7. 11 points
    Chips N Dust

    Easter Candy and Such

  8. 11 points

    Great Grandfather

    I always thought I was a great grandfather but today it is official. My granddaughter gave birth to a healthy baby boy this morning. Bentley Wyatt.
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  10. 11 points
    Horizontal concealment cabinet.
  11. 11 points

    Baby Boomers

    A good day to remember back when. And think less of today’s issues. The best years to be born in the history of Earth & we got to experience it all. Thank God for all the times, the adventures, wars won, technology developed. Generations after future generations will never experience what we did. What a generation we turned out to be. Interesting: born 1925-1960 NO MATTER WHAT OUR KIDS AND THE NEW GENERATION THINK ABOUT U S WE ARE AWESOME !!! Our Lives are LIVING PROOF !!! To Those of Us Born 1925 -1960 TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s !! First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank - While they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs Covered with bright colored Lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, And, when we rode our bikes, We had baseball caps, Not helmets, on our heads. As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.. Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And we weren't overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing...that's why! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day . . And, we were OKAY. We would spend hours building Our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, Only to find out that we forgot about brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned To Solve the problem. We did not Have Play Stations, Nintendo and X-boxes. There were No video games, No 150 channels on cable, No video movies Or DVDs, No surround-sound or CDs, No cell phones, No personal computers, No Internet and No chat rooms. WE HAD FRIENDS And we went Outside and found them! We fell out of trees, got cut, Broke bones and Lost teeth, And there were No lawsuits From those accidents. We would get Spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, And no one would call child services to report abuse. We ate worms, And mud pies Made from dirt, And The worms did Not live in us forever. We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and -although we were Told it would happen- we did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikes Or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just Walked in and talked to them. Little League had tryouts And not everyone Made the team. Those who didn't Had to learn To deal with Disappointment. Imagine that!! The idea of a parent Bailing us out If we broke the law was unheard of ... They actually sided with the law! These generations have Produced some of the best risk-takers, Problem solvers, and Inventors ever. The past 60 to 85 years Have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, Failure, success and responsibility, and we learned Ho w to deal with it all. If YOU are One of those born Between 1925-19 60,CONGRATULATIONS! You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before thelawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. While you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were. Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ? ~~~~~~~ The quote of the month by Jay Leno: "With hurricanes, tornadoes , fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
  12. 11 points
    Sorry wasn't enough time and too darn cold when the body work was being done. Started on this a little over three weeks ago. Most of the "shop" work on the body was done when the temperatures were in the 30's; Moved inside to the kitchen to paint, some of the weigh-in's and final assembly. It had to be submitted 2 weeks ago this past Friday for "Technical Inspection." It did not pass as the wheels didn't meet the local criteria although they were BSA Pinewood approved, so the wheels & axles had to be replaced. That was done by the Scoutmaster. Anyways, my grandson was happy, we had a fun time as all went well last Friday. Won his division and was .00019 seconds from winning all divisions. Set two track records during his runs; two first place and two second place heat runs. Winning time is the average of all four runs. Track is only 4 lanes wide so a run in each lane. Lost "Best in Show" by one point. He already has big ideas for next year. From this... ...too this RS View...he did LOTS of sanding all the painting, superglue the hood scoop and decals...I helped only a little with the white paint pen other than suggest areas. Helped with the axle pins & wheel installs. Some dust & a wood chip I see at this stage while we're still getting to final weight Weights must be BSA approved = no lead. There's lots of weights concealed under this main weight so drill holes, chiseling recesses. Finally...made weight at home. Adding the two stickers did not take us over. Must weigh 5 oz +/- 0; Cannot exceed 7" in length, must have minimum of 3/8" clearance under the body. I'd planned more of a dovetail rear end like an old Cord until I realized I'd screwed up with my scale set to grams versus ounces....hence all the extra weight to get it to race weight. With it's 1st place trophy. Last year's car & runner-up trophy. Thanks for looking
  13. 11 points
    John Morris

    Carpenters T-Shirt

    I am going to have to hunt this down and get one, I love it. Good morning all, before I head off to work for the day, just thought I'd drop in and spread some dark humor.
  14. 10 points

    One Reason Why I Don't...

    ...Play Golf...
  15. 10 points
    Finished a couple more projects (except the locks) and finally took pictures. This one is a Murphy Bar.
  16. 10 points

    Car accident

    Stop looking behind the dumpster at Lowe's
  17. 10 points
    John Morris

    Cafe Dog

    On our way out to the job sometimes well stop for a bite to eat at this breakfast cafe. Today we are headed out to a desert survey job, and we found our favorite cafe dog waiting for us. She owns this parking lot, and she likes to welcome patrons to her cafe. She's old, and she's reliable, nobody knows where she comes from, but she loves this parking lot. By the way she's fed well too! If anything should happen to our cafe dog, don't know if we'll go back to this place!
  18. 10 points
    Gene Howe

    Dear CEO

    That's understandable, John. Head hunting is tiring. Good pilots are hard to find. Especially ones with well developed interior decorating skills.
  19. 10 points

    Flour label

  20. 10 points

    Wood Magazine shutting down the forum

    I got into boating and fishing about the time I got online, many forums. Next was the metal detecting, more forums, now I am liking woodworking, forums. Many of the forums have the “I’m the best, everyone else is wrong”. “My way, or the highway”. “Ford/Chevy” mentalities, personalities. I am still active on one metal detecting forum, Tom’s Treasures. Basically it’s here, but metal detecting related. Very helpful, supportive. I am a member of Saw Mill Creek, Router Forums, LumberJocks, Shopsmith, Woodworking Forum, Scrollsaw Workshop, Kreg Community, and probably 4-6 more. A LOT of information out there, but this is the only one I’m on daily. I guess that says it all. I feel free to be myself (Maybe some would wish that I was a little less so???? LOLOLOL), ask questions without fear of ridicule, make a joke, even got to meet AlB. I have seen disagreements here. Opinions were offered, points were made, and no ridicule, or hostility, or venom, displayed. Me Likey it here, and hope it remains as is, as long as possible. Thank you to John, and all who’s work makes this place what it is.
  21. 10 points
    Concealment table (will have RFID lock)
  22. 10 points
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  23. 10 points

    Boring wooden planes

    got the perfect response...
  24. 10 points


    Got sent some child's Windsor-style chairs that "had white paint smeared all over the seats." I don't know how old these are but since the church was started in 1894, I'm guessing they are about as old as I am. These were popular when I was a kid and was my very first refinishing project when I was about 14. Well, a quick rub with a "white ring remover cloth" showed that it was water in the (old) finish that blushed it. Very common with old lacquer or shellac. A padding with a cloth dampened in denatured alcohol cured the rest of the stains in no time. I should have taken a photo. (But I'll attach some before and after of a job I did a while back where the antique barrister's bookcase sat in a leaky moving van, under a mover's blanket on a hot summer week. Same procedure. Owner was worried it might need to be refinished "and destroy the antique value." Took about 10 minutes.) One of them was really loose in the joints and the DPR (dreaded prior repairer) had gone wild with Gorilla Glue. I hate that stuff when it comes to failed repairs.
  25. 10 points
    My apprentice has been helping with 4 drawers we are making for a refurb of the paint supplies cabinet. Being curious he went and did some research and found it is best if not only used brushes but also new brushes should be stored like we buy them at the store. On hooks. Okay I tell him but where exactly in this wall area do you see that kind of extra space? No problem he says. Open up the wall and make a hideaway cabinet. Put the new brushes behind the cabinet door and the used ones on the front just like now. Also he tells me this will give me more space in two drawers for other finishing stuff. Yeah he has spent some time on it. Excellent! Someone else thought this all through and all I have to do is execute the plan. Shouldn't be hard. Tonight's work so far. We cut the pegboard hole. Framed it out and made a mock up of the drawer hinge so the correct depth cane be set for the hinge so the door remains flush when closed but doesn't rub the edge when opening. Let him seal the frame up as the outside wall is the back of the new cabinet. Caulk as he discovered should not be rubbed on pants leg. Just a tip!!
  26. 10 points
    At my age, it doesn’t take much to make a fool of me. Yesterday afternoon, My wife’s niece came by to pick up her new bed. It’s always gratifying when you create something from a picture and that creation pleases the new owner. That being said my wife’s niece was beyond pleased with her new bed. Pic below. This week is looking pretty busy. I’m finishing up some flag cases and I have to build a cabinet for the local Elks lodge.
  27. 10 points

    What's On Your Work Bench?

    I kinda felt bad about it.........but it didn't last!
  28. 10 points

    Tobacco For Medicinal Purposes (Enema)

    I think that instrument placed "THERE" would revive anyone
  29. 10 points
    Gene Howe

    Tobacco For Medicinal Purposes (Enema)

    Sorta reminds me of the tools used at my one, and last, colonoscopy at the VA. Only difference is that the VA uses a B-29 bomb sight.
  30. 10 points
    Chips N Dust

    Good Clean Fun

    I was thinking this post should go in the Patio and Outdoors section...
  31. 10 points
    Kenny Tarmack

    One Reason Why I Don't...

    My golf game has really picked up. Year's ago I'd go up to the tee, and swing as hard as I could, walk 2 feet, and swing as hard as I could again, now when I tee off, I swing as hard as I can, get into the cart, drive 3 feet and swing again, I'm a human propeller on the golf course
  32. 10 points


    So- went back today, 6 weeks after the physical. Down 7 pounds, off of 1 blood pressure pill, and the pill to combat the affects of the pill, and BP is down to 102/64, A1c is down to 5.9 from 6.1, go back in 4 weeks and if BP is still where it is now, cutting the last BP pill in half. First time I got serious about this stuff. I wanna be pestering Stick with WW’ing questions for years to come
  33. 10 points

    The sewing cabinet

    We are looking at 24" W by 7' T by 19" D. I was thinking about a track saw but being as a don't have a bench I would have to use it on the floor. I have always snapped a line and pushed it through the table saw from the end just using the eyeball. As long as I am cutting close to the center I can cut it pretty straight.
  34. 10 points

    Baby Boomers

    Grew up on farms, no city lights, barely had a phone (8 party line) 10,000 chickens every 3 months, 2 dozen cows, 2 hogs each year, never shared food except at the table, take what you want, but be sure you eat all you take. Don't waste, don't stay out after sundown and don't sleep in until sun up. Grandma used to shake the ashes out of the bottom of the stove, light the fire and put in a couple of small coals until we all got up. No indoor plumbing, and it was tough going outside on snowy or frosty mornings. Got out of the Navy and moved to the city. Sure wish I was back in the country. Yes, used to carry water in lard buckets from the spring. Hated laundry days. Too many trips to the spring. Oh, our refrigerator was a shelf in the spring house. What conveniences we had!
  35. 10 points

    Baby Boomers

    Thanks @HandyDan My parents didn't love me...yes, they made me ride my bike without a helmet and pads. They even made me ride it to school, except in the winter, then I would walk the mile, to and from...sometimes with my friends and sometimes not. Nobody ever snatched or bothered us as we did. My parents gave me things like chemistry and erector sets. Why, I could have been poisoned or choked to death. I knew better than to touch or play with the firearms in the closet...no safe...the closet. I carried a pocket knife every day from the age of 10, to school, even. Nobody was ever afraid that I had it, and it never jumped out of my pocket and attacked any of my classmates. It did, however, perform many cutting chores over the years for my teachers It is no wonder that the average kid today if fat, stupid and lazy...we made them that way because we are afraid to set them free and hold them accountable for their actions, like we were.
  36. 10 points
    Got the first coat of finish on 8 new block planes, They will get their wedges,pins and blades next. Herb
  37. 10 points

    hinge question

    So, was installing drawer hinges on one of the concealed cabinets (so the front slides down). I was spending WAY too much time and gaining too much aggravation and gave up yesterday. Then this morning, I remembered y'alls double sided tape suggestion. WORKED LIKE A CHARM!
  38. 9 points

    Mondays Topic

    My first thought was whats he talking about yesterday was Sunday. I think!
  39. 9 points
    Ron Dudelston

    Grandpa Dave MIA

    I’ve been texting him and he’s fine. Busy but fine.
  40. 9 points
    Gene Howe


    Ask an expert.
  41. 9 points

    Grumpy old man and coffee

  42. 9 points
    Small end table (this one is for display).
  43. 9 points

    Grumpy old man and coffee

  44. 9 points

    Home wiring complaints

  45. 9 points

    My Navy days

    It was Friday morning, very dark outside, 13 May 1968. I took the bus downtown to Cleveland, OH. I arrived to the address given by my recruiter. Allow me to back track a few days. On my 20th birthday, I received an official piece of mail with the return address of The Office of the President of the United States of America. A few days later, I went to see the recruiters. Not having a desire to be a bullet stopper and wearing that ugly green uniform, I stopped first at the Air Force station. He asked when I graduated from high school. Did it matter? I had this draft notice to get into the service NLT 0630 14 May 1968. I responded with I am not a graduate yet. He shunned me out the door. As I looked up, the Navy office was next door. So, I stopped in with my presidential letter in hand. Oh, yes, they would gladly take me. He told several of us that it was like a day job, 3 good meals daily and a good nights sleep. And, he had to have me in 24 hours ahead of the presidential appointment. Yay! After returning home, I noticed that on the back in faint print was a guarantee that you get one meal and one hour sleep daily. Hmmmm. He lied. Anyway, back to the Friday, before daylight. The Federal Building stood towering over a large space and several young men could be seen heading to the building. We had all resolved to give it our best and surrender to what circumstances we met. Also, we thought we would be served breakfast. Not so fast, grasshopper. We did our final physical, filled out several more forms and told to stay in the building until 1 pm. It seems that they may have brought box lunches. At 1 pm, we were assembled into another room where we raised our right hands and swore to uphold the Constitution and defend our country. Then we were put on planes to our destination. Some went to San Diego and others to Great Lakes. We assumed that those who went to San Diego were headed for duty in the Pacific and the rest of us it was undecided. Wrong guess.
  46. 9 points
    Larry Buskirk

    The sewing cabinet

    I can't let my wife see this.
  47. 9 points
    Gene Howe

    TGIF: Faux barn wood

    I get all the weathered and, distressed look I need every morning when I shave.
  48. 9 points
    I didn't want to break something and then get fired- I need the income to pay for my internet connection!
  49. 9 points

    Good Clean Fun

  50. 9 points
    Harry Brink

    Weird Picture Frame

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