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  1. 6 points
    Another collection of peculiar workshop related items. The stories and pictures you are about to see are real. Call it an obsession, sickness, hoarding, or missing fence rescue, IDK why I do it...I just do... Before you judge me and my madness illness, you should first speak to those voices in my head. Rest assured once you do, you'll be snatching orphan fences from the hands of the weak and infirmed too. With maybe a couple of exceptions, all have been $1 or less. those on the right probably 10-30 cents/ea. The Craftsman on the far left was a buck (maybe less), NIB at a yard sale. Some of the others again were 50 cents or less and maybe in a bucket or box with other "treasures" for a buck or two. Same pic as above, only with the box closed. If I recall, these two were $3...purchased from a Habitat for Humanity Restore in Illinois. Must have come out of a retailer who had a fire since there was soot all the packages and the packages were stained like water damage. The B&D will be assigned to a new old stock B&D 7-1/4" circular saw I bought at a flea market for $20. It was missing the fence. circular saw obsession will be a future post unless good weather comes first. As twisted as it may seem, there at least another 6 or 8 not pictured here. They've actually been assigned to orphan tools. Two of which were identical and perfect for my 5-1/2" cordless 19.2V Craftsman and my 18V Ryobi. Another was assigned to an old Craftsman Jig saw I rescued and re-furbed. I think I gave my ex-SIL a couple too. Well thanks for looking...they tell me it's time for my meds.
  2. 6 points

    Appetizer Board

    Well, this was new to me- an "Appetizer Board". Apparently you load it up with finger food and place it in the middle of a table so party guests can serve themselves. Made from maple, walnut and cherry. Breadboard ends pinned with poplar dowels. 14" wide x 48" long x 5/8" thick. Finger holds in each end to facilitate lifting. Small rubber feet at the corners. Finished with mineral oil and beeswax. Hope the recipients send me a photo of it in use!
  3. 5 points
    Maybe it would be smart to Dodge all these issues.Pun intended
  4. 4 points

    Why I Like Retirement !

    Why I Like Retirement ! Question: How many days in a week? Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday Question: When is a retiree's bedtime? Answer: Two hours after he falls asleep on the couch. Question: How many retirees does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Only one, but it might take all day. Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees? Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done. Question: Why don't retirees mind being called Seniors? Answer: The term comes with a 10% discount. Question: Among retirees, what is considered formal attire? Answer: Tied shoes. Question: Why do retirees count pennies? Answer: They are the only ones who have the time. Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire? Answer: NUTS! Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage? Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there. Question: What do retirees call a long lunch? Answer: Normal. Question : What is the best way to describe retirement? Answer: The never ending Coffee Break. Question: What's the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree? Answer: If you cut classes, no one calls your parents. Question: Why does a retiree often say he doesn't miss work, but misses the people he used to work with? Answer: He is too polite to tell the whole truth. QUESTION: What do you do all week? Answer: Monday through Frida y, NOTHING. Saturday & Sunday, I rest.
  5. 3 points
    What do you do when you have a project in mind that will require a lot of lettering but your lettering stinks? Well, if you don't know any better, you try and build something to do it that you don't know anything about. I started gathering parts for this several months ago, doing research, doing drawings and redoing drawings. Bought a little 2D cad program and had to learn how to use that, still learning BTW. After all that I decided to try and build a proof of concept, prototype, and learning project. This is the result, this video is not public and it's not very good but you should get the idea what I'm trying to do. I can see mad potential for what this may do for me on vases, ornament globes, rims of bowls, etc. etc. For now though, it almost works and I have some areas to redesign and make it better. This is my first "successful attempt what I envisioned before starting this project. Not nearly refined enough and it's much too large for what I have in mind but it's a great start I think. Drew the scroll in Inkscape and turned it into a file my engraver can read. Still learning about all that as well. Steve
  6. 3 points
    Blue laser; sparks, smoke. What's not to like? Next video please use pitch pine. (just kidding).
  7. 3 points

    Suggestions please.

    Unless you're married to the idea of buying something new, spend some time at 768 Belfast Road Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z7 in your Restore there. If it's anything like ours, you will sometimes find some really nice furniture that gets donated because... We don't even accept the dirty or stained stuff; it mostly looks almost new. On the other hand, as has been pointed out; if your old stuff has good bones, make it a project (your wife can work on, too). You'll get a probably much better piece of furniture than you can affordably buy and the satisfaction of fixing it up the way you both want.
  8. 3 points

    Latest Project

    Nice. Very nice. Hope you better half likes that (and it should be good for a new tool or two ).
  9. 3 points

    Drill Press Depth stop

    no worries @Nickp... it's empty..
  10. 3 points
  11. 3 points
    yeah...i barely passed my one required EE course in college (ME degree), so my basic approach is plug it in, turn it on, and it better work.
  12. 3 points
    Holy cow Steve...Does your mind ever rest? You come up with some of the most intriguing ideas and concepts. Like Lew, the whole laser thing mesmerized me. At first it looked like only a single beam, but toward the end of the video it seems there were three beams??? Just curious, do you have to wear special protective glasses or clothing when working around the laser engraver? The only things I see we share common in our shops for use or knowledge appears to be the WD-40 and TP cardboard tube.
  13. 3 points

    Combination Squares Oh My

    Nice collection working set. To borrow a phrase from another group, "Daddy has a combination square problem, honey."
  14. 3 points

    Combination Squares Oh My

    OK, I thought I might be alone thinking like this, but you've given me hope Gerald. Of course this display was ONLY the Combo Squares...doesn't include the framing, roofing, speed , carpenter, drywall, tri, rafter, sliding t-bevel, drafting, or machinist squares. It's hopeless, I'm a "square dude."
  15. 3 points

    Combination Squares Oh My

    Probably not listening to those little voices like I do
  16. 3 points

    Combination Squares Oh My

    I've got a Drill Doctor, now all I need is a Round Tuit! John
  17. 3 points
    Yup! Living in So. California is unique in many ways. As a kid growing up people were friendly, helpful and chatty. But things changed in the late 60's and early 70's dealing with all the Vietnam stuff and the Hippies and the whole culture change and has been going downhill ever since. Hence the reason that y wife and I are looking to move out of California to Kentucky this year. Here is a bit of perspective about the "Florida School Shooting". I was talking with a friend who has been in Law Enforcement for almost 40 years. He was on SWAT for many years and he and his wife (also in Law Enforcement) have run a firearms training business for about 25 years. They do tactical training for Law Enforcement, SWAT, Security Teams, Military, Churches and Civilians. I have been through a number of their classes and training and they are top notch. I was in one of their classes this past weekend and my friend started off with a 15-20 minute commentary about the Florida school shooting. Here is a brief summary of his commentary. "Regarding the School Shooting in Florida. All of the students knew that this kid was messed up and talked about having firearms and wanting to shoot up the school. The kids told their teachers and administrators and they would not let him come on school grounds with a backpack because they also knew that he had been making and bringing knives to school to sell to other kids. The teachers told the Principal who in turn told the School Administrators who then told the Police who then told the FBI. But nothing was done other than talking to the kid and his family/guardians and this shooting happened. Why haven't any of these people been fired for failure to do their jobs? And you can bet that there will be massive law suits." My wife has been a Special Educator for more than 30 years. The school that she is at is considered a "Closed Campus". So that means there is one access point for a person to enter once the kids have arrived at school. You have to go into the Office to be cleared for access to the campus. All of the classrooms and building have electronic door locks that will only allow access only with an official School Employee ID Card which has their face on it along with their name. So there is no way to enter a classroom or office without the ID Card. This school is located in a lower socio-economic community (AKA Rough Neighborhood) and there are a number of "School Lock Downs" every year as there are a number of individuals (mostly due to family issues where a husband/wife gets angry and makes threats of violence to teachers or staff). There are a couple of "Security" people on site, (some times) but they are not armed and cannot carry any "Less Than Lethal" weapon (AKA Pepper Spray). So while access to the school is restricted, all a person who wants to do harm is to hop the chain link fence and away they go. This is typical of the majority of schools in my area. There are many who are proposing that teachers get trained with firearms and tactics to protect the kids. But one thing that I know after being married to a teacher for 34 years is that the vast majority of teachers are wired differently emotionally. To be a good teacher means that you have to love and care for your students, which is much more of a "Nurturing" thing. I know that most teachers will protect their kids with their lives and stand between their kids and the bad guy. But very few teachers are not up to carrying a firearm, much less using a firearm, due to the way they are wired emotionally. So what that means is that in order to protect children in schools, armed Teachers are not the best answer. The best answer (in my personal opinion) would be to have dedicated Security People who have the training and skills and tools to deal with those who want to come on a school campus to due harm.
  18. 2 points

    Drill Press Depth stop

    That's where it is, I have been looking for that, thanks ,Nick, forgot you are a background looker... Herb
  19. 2 points

    Drill Press Depth stop

    saw it .. investigated... it's a prop...
  20. 2 points
    Hi Dave It is a single beam, probably just a reflection or something. I definitely wear laser safety goggles when using this or my other engraver, liken it to a welding arc, it IS bright! LOL, I bet we share more than WD and cardboard tubes. FWIW, I was practicing on those paper tubes before I put a piece of wood in. Steve
  21. 2 points

    Suggestions please.

    My thoughts: What I tell people is that if you have an older upholstered piece, it probably has good "bones." Repair and re-upholstery will probably cost more than or as much as a new one, but you'll end up with a much better piece. New ones tend to be made from stapled together OSB, China-ply, and particle board frames and sinuous springs. Old ones hardwood with real joints and hand-tied coil springs. I have had to repair $10,000 sofas in the showroom that were coming apart. The straps holding on the springs were secured with roofing nails. Having it repaired & reupholstered will allow you to select exactly the fabric you want and not just "this light gray one here, the darker grey one over there, or the beige one back there." There are some good new ones, but they're hard to find. Most of them have been run out of business by the "7 piece living room set, ONLY $799!"s And if it's a dated piece, you might opt for a new one.
  22. 2 points
    i'd likely just cut the cat in half (I'm kidding, i don't have a cat....).
  23. 2 points

    Combination Squares Oh My

  24. 2 points
    It Was Al B

    Suggestions please.

    No matter which way you go, definitely check the construction on the under side. If it's wood and/or plywood you might consider it, if there's any particle board there, forget it. From the looks of the photos, one is fabric and the other appears to be leather.. I think your smartest choice is to go with what she likes, but that's just me. Recently bought new LR furniture. The sofa alone cost more than the two pieces you're looking at. I just said, Yes Dear I did choose my personal recliner.
  25. 2 points
    Gene Howe

    Suggestions please.

    Learned long ago to not argue with my wife. Even if I win...I lose.

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