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  1. 6 points
    Spent the day riding herd on a bunch of electronics technology students. Our company left early so I have a chance to post this weeks entry. @Steve Krumanaker posted another installment of his laser project. His "Cryptex" is so cool! Check out the complete post and the comments from our Patriot family- @Gerald showed us his hollow vessel turned from spalted magnolia and it is a beauty- Gerald tells us a little more in his post- @PostalTom turned a sweet little bowl made from walnut and poplar. I really like his choice of woods and the small lip at the top. Read what our turners had to say- There is a lady turner, Holly Denney, who I have seen on Facebook. She makes turned snowmen/snowladies. Another turner, who also makes snow people is Mr. David Reed Smith. He recently put up his article on how he does his turnings. The main article is located at- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/SnowPeople/SnowPeople.html Within his article is a link to a full PDF tutorial- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/SnowPeople/SnowPeople.pdf And a link to his gallery of his work- http://davidreedsmith.com/Gallery/SnowPeople/SnowPeople.html If you have ever turned a bottle stopper, you probably know of Ruth Niles and her stainless steel stoppers. In my opinion you cannot find a better stopper (or a nicer person). Ruth has a really nice combo starter kit on her website. Check it out- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/woodturning/product/6322-five-star-kit Mike Peace recently added a nice little video on scrapers. Specifically he shows us how to make a burnishing tool to add a burr to a scraper. If you live in or around the Portland Oregon area, the American Association of Woodturners is having a symposium June 14-16. Check out their site for more information-http://www.woodturner.org/default.asp?page=2018Portland I've had 3 pieces of Manzanita laying on the lathe for about a month- trying to see what I can create. I finally decided on a piece to start with but the area to be turned was off center on the piece. Because it would be off balanced, I need to figure a way to mount it. As luck would have it, a turner I follow- Jim Jakosh, posted a similar off balance project and his solution- a counterbalance. I had a shop made hold down for finishing off bowl bottoms. I glued the piece- paper joint- to the wheel. Then added some bolts to the outer rim to create a balanced spin. Spun without vibration and so far the paper joint is holding. I'll just have to see what materializes from within the root. Safe turning
  2. 6 points
    steven newman

    Next Project?

    Not feeling up to much writing...so maybe a teaser? Shelves are in sliding dovetail joints...
  3. 6 points
    Great post . Love those snowmen -women. Been busy lately getting ready to set up booth this morning. Came off good just waiting for the other four guys to get something set up in it.These are some flowers I made and bleached then colored with Chroma Craft dyes.
  4. 5 points
    Ron Dudelston

    A First Today - Coffeebean

    When you get to be my age, there's not too much new under the sun. Today however, I have a new experience. Last week, Picked up a couple hundred board feet of cherry and maple from my wife's uncle and he tree an extra board into the mix. Around here we call it coffeebean but the official name of the tree is Kentucky coffeetree. It is a species of poplar and very fragrant. I ran the board through he planer and pretty soon the shop smelled like a spice drawer. I always thought cherry had a powerful fragrance but this stuff is over the top. I'm making a couple of jewelry boxes for summer shows and I thought I'd use coffeebean with a horizontal center strip of walnut. The wood is pretty open grained so we'll have to see how it all pans out.
  5. 4 points
    Grandpadave52

    Drilling it Down Part Deux

    Ooops, make that #27...somehow I forgot the most recent acquisition I described in the premier edition of Drill-it-Down...yep I definitely have a problem, with no cure in sight. Anyways, the newest member (to date) of the stable is a 7110, 3/8", single speed in the original 7116 Drill kit case. The only accessory is the key chuck. The drill shows limited use; the grease has melted over time into the case, so it needs disassembled, cleaned, new gear grease, armature commutator trued and cleaned. One of these days I'll stumble across some round-tuits. Thanks for indulging me yet again. Still owe you the vintage 5/8" M-W D-handle and the embarrassing tale of ~$200 woe going back 50 years.
  6. 4 points
    Grandpadave52

    A First Today - Coffeebean

    I'll take you up on the offer Ron...no hurry though. It will be a while before much gets done in my neck of the woods. Hopefully I could find something useful to make from a piece besides sawdust, shavings and chips.
  7. 4 points
    p_toad

    Drilling it Down

    I love this. Reminds me of my old, original B&D 1/4" drill that i used to drill some holes in pieces of hard rock maple from an old bowling alley. That drill got too hot to hold and the grease all ran out. After it cooled off, i refilled it with some axle grease (all i had back then) and kept on going. It didn't burn up and works to this day.
  8. 4 points
    Grandpadave52

    Drilling it Down Part Deux

    Not positive Dan, but likely early to mid 70's especially since it's in a blo-mold case. Late 60's to very early 70's typically were still in the metal case. This one is earlier than late 70's because the aluminum is polished. Later versions used a silver-gray paint over the metal versus polished. I do know my 1/2" 7210 was from either late 1968 or very early 1969; pretty sure it came in a metal case. I haven't found a good reference site. Some of mine are Type 1's, some are Type 2's. Most often if the tag giving the Model/Type/Spec #'s is still on the tool the ink has disappeared. The tags were only glued on and any oil/grease/water residue softened the glue allowing the tag to move or fall off. Very good tools but poor ID integrity.
  9. 4 points
    steven newman

    Next Project?

    Last readings I had were at 110. 29 MAR I'm going over to Columbus , OH to see a brain doctor....will see what he says, then.. Doing supper right now...running the router around now, doing sliding dovetail joints to connect the sides to the shelves....film later tonight, in case anyone wants... Picked up the LAST little can of minwax Golden Oak stain, today....will see how it turns out....
  10. 3 points
    Grandpadave52

    Drilling it Down

    A few weeks back, I posted a thread about a pick that included a Black & Decker corded drill kit. I also have alluded to the fact I may have a problem when it comes to the number of corded drills in my possession. Since the temperature is dropping and we alternate between white-out snow then momentary sunshine and now darkness, I thought I would present this thread for your entertainment, amusement, amazement and harassment. Enjoy the show. WARNING: Proceeding beyond this point is at your own risk. The content of this thread is not advised for those with rational thought processes or hoarding phobias. Some restrictions apply. Void where prohibited. Must be 18 to enter. So it began one December 7th many years ago for my 17th (maybe 18th??) birthday I think. I received my first power-tool. A Skil, 3/8" VS Model 569 drill. Who knew this would eventually lead to an addiction. I did replace the swithc once several years ago. Shortly there-after, my dad also gave me a 1/4" Mall Model 143 drill that had belonged to my grand-father. It has to be from the late 1940's to early 1950's. The original cord finally disintegrated. I replaced it 35+ years ago with the current cord which now needs replaced. I need to search out cord strain reliefs although the spark plug boots i used to use worked pretty well. These were my primary drills for years both at home and occasionally in my work life. The Mall has a piece missing in the replaceable handle portion which is the way I inherited it. That nugget of information is relevant later on in this drill dynasty. Next up is my Black & Decker 1/2" VS, Model 7210. It's story begins in the first JD Dealership I worked. That was in 1973. The drill was already in service and likely had been purchased in the late 1960's from Grainger's. The dealer eventually closed so we parted ways for a year or so. A new dealer reopened the dealership and I was recruited as the Service Manager Low and behold the drill and I was reunited as most of the tooling from the old dealership had been purchased. Some time later, one of the "rookie" mechanics pushed this drill beyond its limits. The armature windings separated from the commutator bar. A replacement was needed immediately and as luck had it, the Mac Tool Rep had just began carrying a new line called Makita. We purchased a 1/2", VSR double insulated drill upon his recommendation. We sent the B&D in for repair evaluation estimate. The cost to replace the armature, brushes and refurb the drill came back more than the new Makita so this drill got tossed back in the cabinet. Several years later during a clean-up session the drill was set out to be trashed. I asked if I could have it and was granted the request. It laid in a box at home for a number of years. I finally made a trip to the old B&D Service Center in Indy, bought an armature, couple set of brushes for around $35 at the time. Finally had to replace the cord a few years back. While doing some remodeling work at my daughters, either my ex SIL or oldest grandson apparently dropped the drill on the "nib" on the upper back handle breaking it in the mounting screw/rear bearing housing. Calling B&D/DeWalt Service Centers all over the country yielded no parts available. I eventually was able to locate a "parts donor" drill but not before lots of searching which leads to a long tale yet to come. I have the original manual and dead-man handle for the drill also. It was and still is a great drill...low RPM and lots of torque. In the midst of the above I acquired this old Sioux, 1/4" in-line drill. It was given to me by a former mechanic. Probably from the 50's. The switch was bad as was the original cord (dry rot). It is the same frame and motor unit as the old Sioux hard-seat grinder. Instead of the angle seat driver head, Sioux offered an alternative drive head. I came upon a used hard seat grinder the Mac Tool Rep had traded for. The gears were bad, but the was switch good...gave a couple bucks for it. Replaced the switch. This drill still gets a lot of use running a carbon cleaning brush and other wire wheel attachments. Probably will need a new cord in the not to distant future. Somewhere in the 90's, I had a need for a D-handle 1/2" drill; something that would do heavier duty work than the 1/2" B&D. My wife bought me this Craftsman for Christmas one year. VSR model. Actually my first reversible corded drill. I primarily have used it to run a paddle to mix drywall compound and thin set mortar. Maybe have drilled a couple dozen 5/8" dia. holes in steel with a twist bit. The (3) on the right followed. The left one is a 1/4" Dunlap made for Sears; circa late 40's early 50's; bought at a flea market for a couple of bucks; it works fine, just needs disassembled, cleaned, new gear grease and the aluminum body polished; The middle is another Mall 143; another flea market find for $3; I originally bought it to use for parts my old 143 however it works great, so again just disassemble, clean, re-lube and polish. The one on the right is an old Montgomery Ward given to me by my late FIL. He got it in a box of crap treasures at an auction. Obviously needs a cord and the normal clean & re-lube. I've had it for years; just need to find round-to-its for all three. Close up view of the Dunlap tag. Also a Did just a little preliminary buffing to see how it would polish up. The Mall 143 tag. The "three amigos", oppoosite side on the far right. You can see they remain in their natural wild state...now where are those round-tu-its? Now back to the quest finding a replacement handle section for the B&D 1/2" VS. So I watched flea markets, yards sales, and even a few auctions to no avail finding a parts donor to repair this drill. Even eBay was coming up empty. Finally a hit on eBay...I won an auction for a 1/2" (one owner). If I recall about $14 with the shipping. However, when I got the drill, it was so pristine, I couldn't bring myself to cannibalize it. It had the dead-man handle but the cord had been replaced. It's the one on the left; I'm pretty sure it's a U-126 like the one on the right. Only single speed, but a very nice drill. The one on the right came later in the parts quest. Found it at a flea market for $8 with some weird coupling attachment in place of the chuck, but pristine other-wise. I bought a Jacobs chuck from H-F. $10 less 20% coupon so $8 for a new chuck bringing the total to $16. The parts quest continued...the one on the far right I believe to be a model 7120 although might be an 1161; both are 3/8" VS models. Anyways won that bid on eBay as a parts only drill...if I recall, it was ~$9 with shipping; might have been less...when I received it, as stated it did not work. Began disassembling to swap the handles and noticed a loose wire in the switch and wires not in the right locations; straighten all that out, and it works fine...so the quest rolls on. The one on the left is a Model U-100, 1/4", single speed; a little different rear handle design without the nub, but interchangeable. Picked that one up for a couple bucks...did the normal disassembly/clean-up; works great...the quest continues... While I continued to watch eBay, after two purchases all of a sudden these style drills began popping up like mushrooms. Seems every flea market I had tried before now were crawling with them... These 2 were next; a 7110 I think, 3/8" single speed in the original metal B&D box for $5. Another U-100 for $3 but needed a cord. H-F has 10' neon orange and sometimes green extension cords on sale for ~$4 from time-to-time. I keep a supply of them as replacement cords; far cheaper than actual replacement cords. Both of these work great and needed minimal clean-up. Next in the quest to find a handle were the two on the right. Finally, success. I gave $3 for the pair. Robbed the handle off the top one. The bottom one while it will run, the front bearing is shot. However I could take these two and make one good usable drill should I need an extra. Unfortunately, by this time the disease had over taken me so.................................... At one of my favorite flea infestations, I stumbled on this Skil 599. Now knowing how hard finding replacement parts for the B&D had been, I justified this purchase figuring the cord and switch would interchange with my first drill if needed. Since it was only $5. As dumb luck would have it, this is a hammer, scraper, drill VSR, 3/8". It all works so.... The drill on the right beckoned me and since I didn't own a plain ole, 3/8" VSR and it was only $5, I succumbed. Knowing how hard parts might be to get for it, the left one appeared at a yard sale. It was in a bucket, chuck down with about an 2" of water...well the cord & switch is probably good and for $2...dang the luck, it cleaned up pretty nice except for a little erosion on the nose housing, works like a champ so... This one in the original case although missing some of the accessories..still needs refurbed when I find some of those round tuits so... This orphan needed a good home and for $8 in the original case with accessories and then.... This trio actually preceded the two sets above. The one on the far right is a U-203; kinda' rare; 1/4" 2 speed. I use it a lot with various brushes to do cleaning and polishing. A slightly different version of the U-100 in the middle, then I'm not sure of the model on the left, but a 3/8" VS. Of course when the first B&D 1/2" went down, I needed an immediate, budget friendly replacement so H-F to the rescue with this 1/2" VSR model....with a coupon it was $24 and some change with tax. It works great and have used it to mix thin set and drywall compound also. So.... It all started when this drill handle failed....so....... There is one more to this stable but current weather conditions prevent me from moving stuff out to get to the cabinet. It's an old Montgomery Ward (I think), D handle with a 1/2" pipe dead man, 5/8" chuck that belonged to my grand-dad I inherited when my dad passed. That drill cost me $200 about 50 years ago. I'll update this saga with it's unique story in the future. These of course are just my corded drills and does not include any of the cordless, screw-guns or drill presses. Once I get over my shame for this post and ya'll recover from the shock and trauma of reading this post, maybe I'll entertain you in another show. Just so you know, I have put back many other drills to allow others around the world to the joy of owning a corded drill if only for a moment. Assuming you remained conscious to this point, thanks for following along. BTW, if you were counting you should have come up with 26 drills total. I may have a problem???
  11. 3 points
    It Was Al B

    Next Project?

    Steve, I don't know how you do it. You manage to spend more time in the shop when you're not feeling well than I could while feeling great. Hope your MRI results show your issues can be taken care of without surgery. I've been treated by an Endochronologist for the past 4 years with pills for a 13mm (approx 7/8" diameter) sized growth on the pituitary gland. Pills were supposed to shrink the growth. That didn't happen, but they did stabilize it so that the growth hasn't further enlarged.Your woodworking is obviously your motivation, but do get the rest you need. We want you around here for a long time to come, but more than that your family wants you with them.
  12. 3 points
    It Was Al B

    Stephen Hawkings....

    Maybe so Ron. I thought that he believed the universe itself was god, though he never said it in so many words. Through all his hardships he always maintained his sense of humor.
  13. 3 points
    It Was Al B

    Drilling it Down Part Deux

    Enter the era of plastic tools and plastic cars.
  14. 3 points
    p_toad

    A Big Happy Birthday Too

    Many happy returns (and hopefully you get some of the cake next time).
  15. 3 points
    Stick486

    A Big Happy Birthday Too

    can't be... still some left..
  16. 3 points
    Chips N Dust

    Tabs on the Weather...

    John, this is a warning - you are getting political. LOL
  17. 3 points
    Larry Schweitzer

    Next Project?

    One of the first signs of diabetes is having to pee really often. Trust me you don't want to become diabetic! Been there, am that. Family history of it? Over weight? You can check your blood glucose with a cheap meter from Wal-Mart, $15, Test strips $9 for 50. If it has been more than 4 hours since you ate your reading should be in the range of 70 to 120 "normal." If you check an hour after you ate it shouldn't be over 185. I've got half dozen meters mostly Wal-Mart a couple of expensive ones from big name drug companies that give very similar readings to the cheap Wal-Mart ones. Take care of that body, they don't sell replacements.
  18. 3 points
    John Moody

    A Big Happy Birthday Too

    Thanks all for the birthday wishes. I’ve had a great day. Worked at the range, shot guns, did a little wood working and now I’m in the recliner.
  19. 2 points
    Ron Dudelston

    Stephen Hawkings....

    Admired his will but didn't care for the guy. He thought he was God.
  20. 2 points
    LarryS

    A Big Happy Birthday Too

    Happy Birthday John!!! I see that I'm late for the cake again.
  21. 2 points
    John Morris

    Tabs on the Weather...

    I think global warming is only happening in Southern CA. And all the scientists who advocate that position, live here.
  22. 2 points
    HARO50

    A Big Happy Birthday Too

    All the best on your big day, John. Sorry, I couldn't use the carpenter one....... it kinda got Shnewjed. John FWIW, did you know you shared a birthday with another great mind? Albert Einstein! He was born a few years earlier, though....... 1879. Oh yes, and you JUST missed sharing the day with the greatest mind of our time. ME!
  23. 2 points
  24. 2 points
    Gene Howe

    Drilling it Down

    Never seen so many drills in one place. Great job on the post. I didn't find it boring, at all.
  25. 2 points
    schnewj

    Drilling it Down

    Great job, Gramps! I still have some of those old 3/8 Craftsman drills. I keep a 90° chuck on one, for those awkward angles and tight spaces. The cordless drills are my go-to for most tasks, but when you need run time and torque you just can't beat the corded drills. Some great classics there...just stay out of the water with those metal case ones.

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