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  1. 7 points
    Ron Altier


    I drive by this sign often, located on Littleton st. I still smile when I see it
  2. 5 points
    I've been kicking this around for a while. I'm a little nervous about asking since this may go south, but here goes. I'm willing to host a gathering/get together/whatever you want to call it if there's any interest. Some things that will make this hard to do: The date....picking a date that fits anyone's/everyone's schedule is hard to do. It's impossible to find one day that's good for everyone. I'm retired, so any day/date will be good for me as long as it doesn't interfere with one of my wife's doctor visits (I'm the driver). The content: I won't be able to provide any demo's or entertainment unless someone brings something. So this would mostly be a meet/greet/jawbone affair. Food: I would be willing to provide lunch/drinks/snacks. Likely some kind of fried chicken or such. Timing: because I'm also doing things for my wife (like cooking dinner) we would likely have to limit it to about 5:00 or so in the afternoon ending time, start anytime. The location: my place (search Wapakoneta OHIO) which as far as I know is only close to Newman. Most others will have a couple of hours drive, or couple of hours flight on John's company jet. Info that would be of use: How many would be probable for such an event? Any suggestions for the agenda? Any interest in a swap and sell of stuff? What did I forget? I've participated in 2 of these type events (different forum) before, one was exceptionally well done...though the attendance was less than the host expected, I think there were probably 12 or so guys so up. The second was disaster....enough said. I'd rather not do one than host a disaster. Thoughts opinions appreciated.
  3. 5 points

    Useless conversation and other drivel...

    Tech support: What kind of computer do you have? Customer: A white one... ************************ Tech support: Click on the 'my computer' icon on the left of the screen. Customer: Your left or my left? ************************ Customer: Hi, good afternoon, this is Martha. I can't print. Every time I try, it says 'can’t find printer’. I've even lifted the printer and placed it in front of the monitor, but the computer still says it can't find it! *********************** Customer: My keyboard is not working anymore. Tech support: Are you sure it's plugged into the computer? Customer: No. I can't get behind the computer. Tech support: Pick up your keyboard and walk 10 paces back. Customer: OK Tech support: Did the keyboard come with you? Customer: Yes Tech support: That means the keyboard is not plugged in. ************************* Customer: I can't get on the Internet. Tech support: Are you sure you used the right password? Customer: Yes, I'm sure. I saw my colleague do it. Tech support: Can you tell me what the password was? Customer: Five dots. ************************* Tech support: What anti-virus program do you use? Customer: Netscape. Tech support: That's not an anti-virus program. Customer: Oh, sorry... Internet Explorer.. ************************* Customer: I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screen saver on my computer, but every time I move the mouse, it disappears. ************************* Tech support: How may I help you? Customer: I'm writing my first email. Tech support: OK, and what seems to be the problem? Customer: Well, I have the letter 'a' in the address, but how do I get the little circle around it? ************************* A woman customer called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer. Tech support: Are you running it under windows? Customer: 'No, my desk is next to the door, but that is a good point. The man sitting in the cubicle next to me is under a window, and his printer is working fine.' ************************ And last but not least! Tech support: 'Okay Bob, let's press the control and escape keys at the same time. That brings up a task list in the middle of the screen. Now type the letter 'P' to bring up the Program Manager.' Customer: I don't have a P. Tech support: On your keyboard, Bob. Customer: What do you mean? Tech support: 'P'.....on your keyboard, Bob. Customer: HECK NO...I'M NOT GOING TO DO THAT!!!
  4. 5 points

    The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly!

    Figgered I’d break this up into two posts. Here are some pictures of the saw.
  5. 4 points

    The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly!

    The GOOD-I had fun! I got the saw assembled, and running, and decided to just try the machine as it came from the factory. The BAD- Cleaned the deck with mineral spirits, and while I was letting it completely dry off, before waxing it, I drew out the sign I figgered I’d try to make for my wife’s quilting/sewing/crocheting hobby. Didn’t think it would make that much sawdust, didn’t hook up the vacuum for dust collection, (will tomorrow). The UGLY-well just look at the picture if I can get it uploaded LOL. I was gonna call it Rustic/Primitive, but this makes the first time I tried mudding/plastering seem like a success. So...... Piece was too big (37 inches) and too thick (3/4 Poplar), Used factory pinned blade, tomorrow will install a Flying Dutchman, on a piece of 1/4 Baltic Birch. Used it as it came from the factory, my son is coming over tomorrow, and we will read the set up instructions, and implement them, before we try making sawdust again. By the way the picture doesn’t really do justice to how bad the lines were not followed.
  6. 4 points

    What brand scrollsaw do you use?

    Not sure how tall I would have to measure. The chair has adjustable height. I can't imagine cutting without the foot switch. That picture is from when I was first setting up my shop. There is plenty of clutter now.
  7. 4 points

    The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly!

    Practice makes perfect! Try cutting out kittens... they're SUPPOSED to look fuzzy! John
  8. 4 points
    steven newman

    Next Project?

    Tried to build a drawer today.....been processing 40+ photos down to something a bit more easy to post.. Took a board.. And tried to make it into a drawer... Only to find out I didn't had a board to use for the back....had to run to the Blue-Borg, and buy another 1 x 6.... May wait until tomorrow, to make the back, and post the "rest of the story.."
  9. 4 points

    Patterns? Info?

    I picked up a can of the general spray adhesive that Woodcraft sells, while I was getting the Baltic Birch, sawand light were delivered today, and now that I have got home from work and eaten, it’s finish this replay and down to my man closet and assemble the saw stand (and maybe make some sawdust tonight!!!). I appreciate all the ideas, advice, and opinions, time for the rubber to hit the road!
  10. 4 points

    Patterns? Info?

    Artie if you will use clear packing tape on the wood first then either spray the back of the pattern or as I do I put the spray on the clear packing tape. Then put the pattern on. Then when through cutting out the pattern just pull off the clear tape and there is no cleaning up the wood with the sticky residue left there from the tape... This time I will recommend using 3M Scotch brand packing tape. I think they have three grades and I like the SHIPPING grade. I think it is the thickest of the bunch. That is a Duck brand clear packing tape beside the 3M and it leaves too much stickum on the wood after the tape has been pulled off. Then one has to use lacquer thinner or paint thinner to remove the residue off the tape and is too much work.. Scotch tape works better than all the other I have used... Wallmart has a four pack which will save a little in the long run. If you choose to stack cut say 4 or 5 pieces at a time of 1/8" or 1/4" Baltic Birch plywood then insert a sheet of wax paper between the sheets of plywood... This will grease the blade and make it last longer and is easier to cut while the blade is still good,, Any of the scotch brands are better than the duck or others.. This is the next to the thickest tape, storage...The thickest is shipping tape and will not rip up as easy.
  11. 4 points

    A Navy Buddy Looking For Information

    Looks like Peter got you the basic information. W. Hogar was probably the original owners name. It was quite common for them to stamp their names or at least their initials into the body of the plane. I have several molding planes with initials and names. This plane is probably mid to late 1800's. I don't believe that there is a huge collector's market for these, but if the sole is in good condition; flat, and the mouth is not too wide, it is a good usable plane. The plane on the far left is the same vintage as the one you are asking about. I paid $20 for it at a local flea market. I flattened the sole and sharpened the iron and put it to work. It is an excellent user and one of my favorites. The one next to it is a Keen Kutter and, also, an excellent user. If you stay away from Flea Bay and their grossly inflated prices these types of planes can be had at a reasonable price. They make wonderful users and are easy to repair if the mouths have gotten too wide.
  12. 3 points

    The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly!

    If it were that easy Artie, everybody would be doing it! The key here is practice. Practice, patience, and learning the craft. And like Dave said, thanks for the pics!
  13. 3 points

    Next Project?

    I like the freckles on that board!
  14. 3 points

    The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly!

    Saw looks like it belongs there Artie! As for your first, out-of-the-box attempt, well it still looks better than anything I've produced from my scroll-saws if that's any encouragement Keep practicing, you're gonna' get this down because you're determined too...that's more than half of the battle! BTW...thanks for the pics
  15. 3 points

    A Navy Buddy Looking For Information

    Seriously? Around here, those planes are apparently worth their weight in GOLD! You see the odd one in antique shops for hundreds of dollars. Rich people buy them to hang on the wall or sit on the mantle in their million-dollar houses. Guess it all depends on WHO is buying it! John
  16. 3 points
    Larry Schweitzer

    Anyone Heard of Pratco?

    Long ago a lot of the cheap tools were made/cast in Taiwan. Now most are cast in China. Powermatic has long been Chinese made. Long ago I bought a new PM 26 shaper. Tag said assembled from parts made in Taiwan. Looked identical to the old US made ones. Neither was what I would consider a quality tool. I sold the PM26 and replaced it with a used Gomad, (Polish made) far better. Taiwan made tools have increased in quality over the years. I'm old enough to remember when Made in Japan meant junk. Now some of the finest tools, you can not afford, are made in Japan.
  17. 2 points


    Jay Skelton sent me to Menards and said to get some of these. They are corian, quartz, acrylic (?) pieces that measure about 11.5 inches square. Polish festivals are coming up. Can be used as a trivet, display, or cutting board for serving things like cheese or dips or whatever.
  18. 2 points

    The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly!

    Actually, that is a good job for a first attempt. This type of project is what spiral blades are for; you don't have to spin the piece, just cut sideways or diagonal or whatever you need. FYI I have some spiral blades but I never use them, the only thing I ever found them useful for was cutting plexiglas.
  19. 2 points

    A Navy Buddy Looking For Information

    Wow! VAT at work again, John. Apparently, I'm sitting on a potential gold mine, NOT!
  20. 2 points

    First for me

    Needed a hollow form to display flowers in new booth . Had a piece of spaulted magnolia so started on it . The first for me is to turn a hollow form from beginning to parting off on one day....actually 2.5 hours.
  21. 2 points

    Useless conversation and other drivel...

    Well, not to far away from you, HandyDan http://wytv.com/2018/02/11/homemade-sign-in-warren-warns-residents-of-large-pothole/
  22. 2 points

    The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly!

    Nice looking saw! Sign ain't too shabby either.
  23. 2 points

    The Art of Violin Making

    Well, you could always join Mr. Peabody & Sherman in the WABAC machine and let us know.
  24. 2 points

    I must live in a cave....

    And that will make me the "Black Jeep" of the family? Or just the laughing-stock? John
  25. 2 points
    AND THEY BREED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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