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  1. 5 points
    Respectfully disagree. I have many tools which i use often, seldom, or not at all; but they all serve a purpose (even if only to look at and admire as a neat/good tool). SWMBO may think they are a waste of money, but then she's not buying or paying for them. I have a personal relationship with all my tools.
  2. 4 points


    Got my Social Security statement for 2018- $10 more a month! I'm rollin' in it now
  3. 3 points

    Easy Wood Tool Contest!

    I found this on Facebook. If you have a FaceBook account check it out- https://www.facebook.com/EasyWoodTools/photos/a.305274012822515.95517.296127457070504/1968972016452698/?type=3&theater
  4. 3 points

    How to Start a Fight

  5. 3 points
    It seems like many things in finishes come in threes -- three types of finishes, three types of applicators, three types of stains, three ways to color, etc. Bleaches are no exceptions. Basic three types of bleach, each with different uses and properties. 1. A:B bleaches 2. Chlorine bleaches 3. Oxalic acid. Before using any of these, be sure to protect yourself with skin and eye protection, breathing protection and air circulation. And protect your clothing. All require some kind of neutralization and/or rinse following application. All these bleaches are water-based so they will raise the grain and you will need to dry and lightly sand afterwards. You most often use bleaches when stripping and refinishing a piece, but also when certain problems occur due to storage, drying, or processing wood. You generally want to bleach the whole piece and not just "spot bleach" or you will have problems blending in to a uniformly colored finish. Some stains only react with certain bleaches. And the stain may be the result of a chemical reaction or biological (mold, fungus, mouse urine, etc.) If one or two applications is not doing it, rinse the wood with water (after the suggested neutralization) and try another. You should use distilled water, especially if you have hard water. A:B Bleaches A:B Bleaches are two-part bleaches. Part A is usually sodium hydroxide, NaOH (AKA caustic soda or lye.) Part B is hydrogen peroxide, H2O2. You apply them part A, then immediately part B, or you can mix the two together in a non-metal container and apply at once. (Remember that lye solutions can darken certain woods, so don't wait too long). You can also apply a second application of part B while the original solution is on and still wet. After the wood is dry, neutralize the alkaline residue of this bleach by applying a weak acid like vinegar thinned 2:1 with water. A:B Bleaches will overall lighten the wood and reduce some of the grain contrast. Chlorine Bleaches Laundry bleach (e.g., Clorox), sodium hypochlorite, NaClO, is a weaker type of chlorine bleach. A stronger version is a pool bleach, calcium hypochlorite, Ca(ClO)2, that you can get at pool supply stores. To use, stir a pool bleach in hot water until you get a saturated solution (will not dissolve any more bleach powder). Apply liberally to wood soon after mixing. It may need to work overnight. You can repeat once if needed. Additional applications beyond two are usually not effective. Using laundry bleach (Clorox) is usually not effective except on the lightest of stains. Chlorine bleaches are best used for removing dye-based stains but not effective on pigment-based stains. They are also effective on food or beverages that have penetrated a finish and made a stain. It does not obscure the natural color variations in the wood. Oxalic Acid Oxalic acid's (C2H2O4) main use is to remove black stains caused by iron reacting to tannins in certain woods like oak and cherry. This is common around nails and screws or where iron pipe clamps touch wet glue when during glue-ups, or around wet glasses, etc. It can also remove some of the graying due to weather and sun exposure. Mix a saturated solution (see above) in hot water and apply immediately to stained area and whole piece. When the piece is dry, neutralize the acid with a base (baking soda in water). Then rinse. The acid crystals remain in the wood if you don't neutralize and when sanded can be noxious to breathe.
  6. 3 points
    It Was Al B

    Workbench questions

    I just turned a pale green. Guess that's what envy does to you
  7. 2 points

    Tabs on the Weather...

    Around 60° today. Was finally able to get on the mower and get the leaves mowed down before all of the cold weather they are calling for comes in.
  8. 2 points

    That last clock didn't do me in, so

    Now I am starting to smooth some of it after the first ruff in. I'm learning to go deeper with the curves. That new little round thing on the grinder will get after it slinging wood all over the shop. It can also create extra work! Maybe the guy needs to know when to get his finger off the trigger...
  9. 2 points

    One of my favorite books, what's yours?

    I have around 100 books on woodworking, from basic "beginner" books to shop layout, turning, carving, tool usage, weekend projects and those dedicated to specific machines. Favourites change depending on what catches my interest on any given day. John
  10. 2 points
    John Morris

    Easy Wood Tool Contest!

    @Jim from Easy Wood Tools, thanks for the great contest, this looks fun!
  11. 2 points
    Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! On a personal front I was able to dig out my shop from under the mess of the last few months between life happenings, home repairs, and I just may start to do some real woodworking very soon here! New members Please welcome the following members to our community. @Lesley Mcgrath, @Jxdubbs, @woncoolone, @William Spier, and the return of our old timey Patriot Woodworker @Shane Whitlock! To our new members, thank you for joining us! To our existing members, please click on their names above and shoot them a welcome message. News We want to thank those who have participated in this project, we have thus far reached 93% of our 1500.00 dollar goal! Please GO HERE to see how you can help! Please help us help this Gold Star Family, and you could win some great prizes too! Art for sale To benefit our adopted Gold Star family for the Holidays, John Mordus has donated two wonderful dedications to our U.S. Military. All the proceeds from the purchases of these carvings will be given to the Merlo Family project for their Christmas dinner. Thank you @honesttjohn!!!!! What's It Our November "What's It" has a winner, and his name is Gene Howe! Since the What's It was not properly identified through referenced subject material we had to go to a random draw, and Gene's name floated to the top. Congrats Gene, you are now a member of the MWTCA and all it's benefits courtesy of The Patriot Woodworker Community! Our December What's It will be up and live shortly, thank you for your patience! Featured image of the week Patriot Woodworker @Mike Mathieu is an Intarsia Artist, his work is incredible, a true craftsman in this discipline. To see more of Mike's work see his album at Intarsia Art by Mike Mathieu Monticello, by Mike Mathieu.
  12. 2 points
    AED, CPR, and first aid class this morning at the Restore. Supposed to be a vacation day but i consider it well spent.
  13. 2 points

    Workbench questions

    Oh, ya! I've been saving my spare change for one for about a year, but was still a little short. Busy Bee had them on sale until the end of the year, so she told me to put the rest on plastic. They'll never be THIS cheap again! John Just thought, you probably don't have BB in the U.S. Not a bad place, carry metalworking as well as woodworking tools, often reasonably priced.
  14. 2 points
    Not a whole lot got done yesterday, nothing today. That ..Monday Thing. Last night, got creative ( dangerous, I know..)and decided to try and rehab that junky saw.... Where all the bolt holes were...I cut that off, about 2" worth, then had to grind the edge to match the handle I found. And dig up a few extra bolts. Medallion is just an old Warranted Superior....Saw did make a kerf rip cut in that pine block....makes a nice display stand? Plate will never shine up, too much "patina" going on....had things all nice and lovely...until I noticed the handle a bit closer... Bummer. I MIGHT have a spare handle...that doesn't have a crack in it. Saw is now a 24" long, 8ppi Panel saw that seems to be sharp enough. Ok, The Boss cleaned the top of the fridge off...found this strange item... The lid is actually white, with blue letters. Not sure IF the place is still there, or that phone number still works....Inside? Being from Cleveland......weird tools. A Ratchet Socketool. Not sure if everything is there....never know. Sockets are a hex drive. Usable lumber? There is a square of maple under that Poplar. ( planes are "extras") The long Poplar board is just over 3'.. By 8-1/2" wide. Maybe 1/2" thick? Might see what I can cobble up out of this mess. maybe when Tuesday arrives, I can get a bit of shoptime, doing something besides tool rehabs.
  15. 2 points
    Add my name to the challenge as well - I will match 10%, up to a maximum of $50 on any amount over the $1500 goal.
  16. 2 points


    Here she be https://photos.smugmug.com/Tools-I-made-or-Purchased/i-Cx3mJZj/0/40b32ea2/1280/20171204_153352-1280.mp4
  17. 2 points
    Gene Howe


    Me too. Now watch how much Medicare goes up.
  18. 2 points

    So is it??? ............

    I'm beginning to get the impression that I was completely mis-represented in this particular circumstance. It would appear that said participants in said discussion did elaborate and otherwise embellish the actual discussion. It also appears that as the embellishment continues the story gets better. Especially as more reinforcement is posted from some of you other "partners in crime" Not being one to stop such an adventure, I certainly would not argue that said adjectives were used in the discussion. I freely admit to describing my feelings regarding some of the new, presumably comparable, tools when compared to some of the engineering of certain older tools. Certainly, the 45 and the 55 fall into that category. I consider them to be excellent feats of engineering and today's copycats just don't cut the elegance and beauty of the originals (personal taste, I'm sure...no offense intended). I had the opportunity of restoring one some time ago and really spent a lot of time in the manual and trying out the techniques described for the various cuts and profiles...and all of a sudden it clicked. As example, consider what it takes to plow the edge of a board if you did not have a router table all set up with a slot cutter. Or the ease of using multiple cutters to obtain one unique profile...some of it from the edge, some of it from the face? No...not gettin' serious on you guys 'n gals...just trying to get the ole die-hards to join in... Am I the only one out here that uses words like beauty, pretty, cute, handsome, sex-e, etc... when it comes to tools in general and "ole arn" more specifically...? C'mon out of the woodwork...don't leave me hangin'...I've seen some of the words used in this thread ! Don't you guys use "he's" and "she's" when describing tools...? P.S. I do think my original ole Lion Miter knife is a "beauty"...even before I cleaned 'er up...
  19. 2 points
    A tool is only worth what you get out of it. If you buy a tool and never use it, then no matter how much you paid for that tool, it is a waste of money. So, if the tools make what you like to do easier and you use them all of the time, then no matter what the cost it is worth the price. With that said, when you buy yours, buy two sets...my birthday is in August!
  20. 2 points
    Monday? Wake me up when Tuesday gets here.....
  21. 2 points
    Got the ball and cup games for the Akron Children's Hospital finished. Thinking of making some spin tops for the kids to play with at the family Christmas party.
  22. 2 points

    Santa"s Workshop

    I've been planning to join the procrastinator's club for 25 years, but I seem to just continue to put it off until next year!
  23. 1 point
    Gene Howe

    Time to Skin the Cat

    For a lid for the latest rifle case, mesquite was selected. Love that stuff but, it can be challenging. All my mesquite of the required length and width is milled at a full 8/4. Nice for tables and such but not for box lids. So, it was resaw time. My Shopsmith band saw is limited to 6" of resaw capacity and the lid needs to be 6.75" ( I ripped it to 7.5") so, I used the table saw and got most of it cut. Had about 1.5" left in the middle. No problem. It's only 48" long. Whipped out the Disston and went to work. At about the sawblade's depth, internal stresses grabbed it and everything stopped. Finally got it freed and tried a Ryoba 9 tpi. 4 or 5 strokes and it got stuck. Took two wedges and a mallet ( No, not any of those, Lew) to get it loose. Time to skin the cat. After 4 cups of coffee...Coffee makes pondering easier...I concluded a trip to town was in order. Came home with a Skil recip saw and a 10" blade. In five minutes the job was done. That saw brooks no nonsense. And, now reasonably wide resaws are no longer a problem. And, Gene's got another new tool. A real cat skinner.
  24. 1 point

    Workbench questions

    Yer really gonna like that...excellent choice!
  25. 1 point


    They don't waste any time do they? At least you got your tools out, right? Excellent job Wayne. Great fit on the doors too! Now, since this one is filled up, what's your next storage solution?

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