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  1. 6 points
    IrishWoodCarver

    NEW CARVING - WIP

    Here is the start of a simple little project. Seems they had an Anger Management course at work for the Supervisors. Well, from what I hear the instructor made mention that if you get angry, rather than saying you PI$$ED me off, you should say - you tinkled me off. Well I guess one of the Supervisors laughed so hard she almost wet herself - she continued for like 15 minutes laughing hysterically. Her staff asked me if I could carve a simple sign for her office that said: "you tinkled me off". I needed to do just a tad more than that - so I designed this simple plaque and started carving. Thought I would share
  2. 6 points
    Gerald

    Lathes station

    Still a little to do like building drawers for more tools and hang curtain behind to control chips. Was going to make tool rack of PVC pipe then decited to try a4x4 and drill holes for tools. It worked now to see if I like this arrangement.Oh by the way there is another lathe behind this one.
  3. 6 points
    Bob Hodge

    Apple

    This group was very helpful to me about a year ago when I inherited the trunk of an apple tree that was 26 inches across. Indeed, the common wisdom was right - fruit wood seems to warp more than other hardwood. It tends to crack a bit more. The grain tends to be more squirrely. Yet, the bowls that come out are quite amazing. Possibly the prettiest of "common" wood that I work with. So, when I rough apple out, I have learned to leave the thickness much thicker than for other woods. I will post pictures when I finish a few pieces that have just come up to to be finished.
  4. 6 points
    Last week I was going WOT taking down the old swimming pool deck. I can say that it comes down a lot quicker than it went up! Saturday I took the day off and went to a car show at the local VFW. I was a bit disappointed with the turnout, but I snagged a Top 20 award. Then watched a couple college football games. Go Dawgs!!! Sunday I helped my niece's husband work on a wood guitar case. He had pictures and wanted it to look like an old pine box. This project started about a month ago with a visit to my "pallet supplier". I think it will look rustic when completed! This week; I finished taking down the deck and framework yesterday. All that remains are the 4x4 posts. Waiting for some rain to soften the ground up so that I might be able to wiggle them free. Time to get a couple estimates for tractor work now that we can see the ground again. I may tag along with SWMBO tomorrow as she works up above Atlanta the rest of the week. Gives me a chance to visit our daughter and maybe check out a Woodcraft and just maybe Peachtree and Highland Hardware also. And in between I have a couple smaller projects, restoring an old tool box and a new mirror design.
  5. 5 points
    Al B

    box birch

    The tree was cut into short lengths, under 2' long. I ripped the short logs on my bandsaw into 2" + thick strips. I ran those pieces thru my little thickness planer for uniform thickness. After about 6 months drying, some warping and checking had occured, but not bad. I ran them thru the planer again and it was about a month before I eventually started the box. Then cut the blocks into the pieces needed using my bandsaw and tablesaw. A final run thru the thickness planer to get the desired thicknesses for the box. The only drying was about 7-8 months of storage in my shop. I believe the short lengths helped speed up the drying. The pieces were stickered to allow air on all sides.
  6. 5 points
    DAB I made several 3/4 cutting boards almost 17 years ago and had no problems. I cut my bread on one every day.
  7. 5 points
    There’s a little green but not too much and I didn’t hand pick it. I called my supplier, ordered it and they delivered it rough. The table is for my nephew’s wife (niece) and she’s going to use gel stain wash on it. My nephew helped me side my house so this is payment for services rendered. The legs are turned white oak (5 inch) and I hope they stain to match. The skirt is going to be 5/4 x 3” poplar and the stretchers are 6/4 poplar.
  8. 5 points
    I worked on some more tissue boxes, for myself. The last ones I made disappeared. Then a knock on the door and there stood the neighbor lady with a brown bag and another sack. The brown bag had a loaf of warm bread she baked this morning. Then she asked if I could do her a favor, how could I say "no? She said that she had this 9X12X 1 5/8" cutting board she made a few years ago and she want it made into two 3/4" cutting boards. Her band saw would only cut 6" hi and she was asking if mine would cut 9" high. So we went to the shop and did that and I gave her a doweling jig, since she is leaving for the winter skiing at Whistler, and won't be here for Christmas. She also wanted to know what I am working on , so we discussed the tissue box build, she already has one of the last batch. Herb
  9. 4 points
    John Morris

    Stanley No. 49 Auger Bit Depth Stop

    Now I am excited! Hey, simple mind, simple pleasure. I ordered the Stanley No. 49 Auger Bit Depth Stop, should be here by Saturday. It'll be a very handy addition for my holes! Ya I know I could make some, but I really like these mechanical do-dads and gizmos.
  10. 4 points
    John Morris

    Stanley No. 49 Auger Bit Depth Stop

    When it arrives Gerald, when it arrives! I don't have it yet, this coming weekend I'll show ya'll how it works.
  11. 4 points
    Smallpatch

    Hey Gene Howe

    As the cameras were showing lots of balloons and people everywhere I thought sure I saw you......? and your wife was tuggin on your shirt telling you to get out of that gondola. And I was going to say since you are full of hot air you would be right at home with those nuts...but let me say that is all wrong........I actually can't say funny things about your wife. And she is the one who has to put up with you............I don't know her or else I might...
  12. 3 points
    steven newman

    Clean out day

    Everyone hates these sort of days....Mom is staying in an assisted living center....her house has been sold....the "kids" and their kids have to go in and clean things out, before the new owners arrive. What we don't want, will go to an estate Auctioneer.... So....Dad was a Mechanic...all his life....had two full sets of about every tools Craftsman, S&K, Proto ever sold...I got the set he used at the house...I also got a ladder or two.. 8 footer. Got a couple lawn chairs.. Not sure how well this will do in gravel... Have spent many an hour on this thing..with these in use.. Anyone know what this big tool was for? There was quite a bit of tools for working on cars.. I'm keeping these two.. Just in case I change my own oil... Or a tire. As to what all of these are sitting on? The wheels are in the house, along with the wrenches, mitre gauge, and blade guard (2) While there was a drill index... There was also this.. Drill Mug? There were a few other power tools.. Weller, B&D, Craftsman. Framing square is an oldie. Tag on the one 2' level says "FURROW"...the one behind it? Port Austin, MICH. USA.....about as old as I am. Then there was this box... Not sure what that is...but what IS inside? Taps..lots of taps..some were a bit BIG... The two bigger ones are both 7/8"....from there on down....regular and Pipe thread ones. Coffee can full of hole saws? Anyone need these yellow plugs? In addition to about every size wrench, screwdriver, socket sets ( all of which in now in my roll-around) and pliers...I haven't even started on this bucket.. Along with quite a few electrical tools and supplies. A "Trouble Light", and a cord in a reel ( needs a plug)...We had a pickup truck and the van loaded...whew. Need to find a decent 8" saw blade..sometime. BTW..what is this "level" Almost like looking through a gunsight....Bonus question.. Says Stanley on it?
  13. 3 points
    Fred W. Hargis Jr

    Spray gun

    The HF gun that Lew mentioned gets rave reviews by quite a few folks. For the money, it would be well worth trying before jumping into something more expensive.
  14. 3 points
    Nice but can you put it on the auger so we can see how it works?
  15. 3 points
    Gene Howe

    NEW CARVING - WIP

    Pretty darned cute. Be sure to show us the finished piece.
  16. 3 points
    Got my Stanley Sweet Heart Tapes today, and they are really nice, heavy too. Have a good return spring, and will reach 36" before they break-over. They have the same marks on each side, 1/2"wide tape. (from Highland Hdwre) Herb
  17. 3 points
    Larry Buskirk

    Clean out day

    Steve, Man can we relate. BTDT x2
  18. 3 points
    John Morris

    Last Job Memories

    Now that one goes where you go! A memory forever!
  19. 3 points
  20. 3 points
    Geeze Herb. It's a good thing we got a bread maker. My saw will only cut 6", too. Nice trade, though. Good looking tissue boxes and I really like those shop made camps.
  21. 3 points
    Smallpatch

    Clean out day

    Steve if those are individual pieces on that long shaft and are different diameters inside and out side they are to align a new clutch as it is being installed...as the pressure plate goes over the clutch plate. I have a set but are much smaller... Use to everything had to be bigger to last as the metal and the machining was not much when those first cars started showing up.. The long shaft slid in first then the right size bushing went over the shaft, the clutch plate fit over the bushing and centered it for the transmission to slide in through all those holes..... The standard shift transmission could not go through all the holes if they were not in alignment.....Standard transmissions are still having to be installed that way.
  22. 3 points
    don't rush me... still mulling over Friday's TBD.... at least I practiced nap extensions today...
  23. 3 points
    Danl

    Air Compressor Drain Valve Upgrade

    I borrowed my neighbor's 33 gal so many times, I decided that he needed a better way to drain his tank. I purchased this assembly from Home depot. Very easy to install, just remove the plug and install the new assembly. Quarter turn for open/closed. Danl
  24. 3 points
    I have a whole new respect for Noah after working on this behemoth table. The top is glued, flat and first sand while I mortise and tenon the legs, skirt and stretchers.
  25. 2 points
    Good Monday Morning! Good Monday morning 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! Latest Wiki Entries Straight from a wonderful book about "American Woods", by Shelley E. Schoonover, published in 1951, we are moving her out of print, out of copyright contents over to our wiki. There will be two categories for the trees of North America, The Softwoods, and The Hardwoods. See the latest entries at the links below. Western Hemlock An excellent choice for architectural designs and interior flooring and wall panelings, with it's warm amber glow, the Western Hemlock has found its way into may homes and office spaces. Read more... Douglas Fir Douglas Fir, the darling of the construction and woodworking industry, used in everything from the framing of structures to temporary supports in bridge construction, to the most modest arts and crafts projects, this wood species has gained a reputation of being both reliable and cost effective. Read more... Grains and Figures in Wood Burls, knots, medullary rays, annual growth rings, grains in the lumber such as wavy grain and cross grain, variations in the coloring matter irregularly distributed in the wood, or other distortion formed in the tree either from injury or the hazards of nature, form different patterns or figures in wood. Read more... New Members Please welcome @Glenn, @pdexter, @Tas to our community, leave a message of welcome on their profile page. And to our new members, welcome to your new community folks! Note: To leave a welcome message, simply click on their names, and at their profile page you can let them know how happy you are they are here! Featured Topic @Smallpatch (Jess) has a wonderful topic up regarding his choices for power carving attachments and tools. Great job Jess! Featured Image of the Week Korean woodworkers
  26. 2 points
    p_toad

    Clean out day

    Your pliers look like hog ring pliers (not close enough to tell; some have a "stop" built in). Those little wrenches are handy to have around. I still have my original Craftsman set.
  27. 2 points
    steven newman

    Clean out day

    Ok...Part 2...some of these pictures are a bit..fuzzy....not the best at hand-held camera stuff... This was the roll-around I used at PlastiPak....was a bit full to begin with....every screwdriver, wrench,pliers, socket sets, and other handtools goes in here...some will head to the Dungeon Shop.. Metal head is both a lead and a brass head well used, too. I placed about 8 different gear pullers in the bottom black drawer, BTW...cleaned out that bucket... That one little pair of pliers (I have used them, BTW)..wonder how many know what they were used for? Spark plug setter.... IF dad needed a wrench to go into a certain spot...he wasn't above altering a wrench...Die is by "HANDY" and is 1/4" 20. Wrench beside the screwdriver is Metric. 2 sets, both Craftsman. Wonder how many here remember what these were for.... 3/4" drive and smaller sockets..metal tray ones are Craftsman Metric sockets.. Dad had a bench out in the garage at the house...his "side jobs" were fixing friends and family's cars, trucks, and even a tractor. He kept a set of tools on the bench for just such jobs. Most I have already shown, there was also this set, and.. This set. Plus a lot of pliers, wrenches, and screwdrivers. About any, and every tool he would need for a job. He "first job" was working on a Ford flat head V-8 engine. Has been a Mechanic ever since.
  28. 2 points
    On the tables I build, when the stain and finish go on...table is sitting on it's top, legs in the air. I work down from the bottom of the legs, and even stain and varnish the underside and the insides. I leave the top's edges alone until I turn the table right-side up....do the top, and then clean up the edges. Necessary ? No...until one realizes people will be looking under the tables. Most of the ones I do, are small enough one can be carried around...either by the legs, or they get turned over, and carried by the top....and peoples' fingers will go along under a top, as much as across the top. Just presents a more "Finished" job.
  29. 2 points
    Stick486

    Food! . Food! and Grub.

  30. 2 points
    Let me try again. Crap, I can't get it to work: cut and paste, I guess. https://www.popularwoodworking.com/article/finish-both-sides-is-it-necessary-to-do-this-or-not/
  31. 2 points
    @Cal, sounds like a fun weekend and a really pleasurable week ahead. I'd love to spend a few days in Atlanta with you about now.
  32. 2 points
    Gene Howe

    Shelf lengths for inside cabinet

    I'm a klutz. Tried the folding rule and slide out thingie. It's too easy for me to bump the slide out thingie, either as I take it out of the cabinet or using it to set the fence or stop block. I just want the actual physical length. Couldn't care less about the numbers.
  33. 2 points
    Plus you reel in the laser line at the touch of a button. I'm going out on a limb here but I'll bet it well take a lot longer to reel in the string.....unless you tie it to Lassie and have somebody call her (I believe Lassie was a female) for supper.
  34. 2 points
    Cal

    Spray gun

    The last car I "restored" I sprayed Rustoleum oil base, top coated with a clear coat using the HF purple gun. Results were very satisfactory. What size of air compressor do you have? Do you have any water trap/filter in-line? Even with the in-line trap & filter I would recommend one of the small disposable filters at the gun. HF also sells those: https://www.harborfreight.com/disposable-inline-moisture-filter-68224.html Have plenty of the appropriate cleaner for the type of paint you are using. And expect to spend more time cleaning the gun after usage than you spent actually using it!
  35. 2 points
    Stick486

    Tabs on the Weather...

    I'll offer amnesty to the snow thief if that will help...
  36. 2 points
    Dadio

    Spray gun

    GO Harbor Freight!!!! Herb
  37. 2 points
    John Morris

    Last Job Memories

    Doing more organization in the shop, I ran across the last door installation job I did back in 2009. My old invoice to the prop. mngt. company. My ol business cards. And a couple little cabinet jobs I had sketched up and ready to go. Great memories, I met a lot of good people and customers, I loved being on on the road and working for folks, I got along with em all, a lot of repeat business by word of mouth only, never had to advertise. My wife has been a stay at home wife and Mom since we been married, I always had a regular day job, and my own side business up until 2009 to keep us going. Now my day job is at the point it can support the family on it's own, still always looking for that overtime though! I remember this last door job vividly, wonderful customers. It was a good day too, made about 250 bucks before lunch. My home made business cards that my wife made. This was a little pine cabinet I made for another awesome customer, I installed this in their laundry room. They fed me lunch! I still have all my door installation tools, I'll never give them up, you never know when the bills may get a bit too much, it's always great to have a backup trade. Thanks for following me down memory lane.
  38. 2 points
    hatuffej

    Last Job Memories

    Cool! I've got notes, receipts, etc. from work I did nearly 30 years ago. I have a scar on my thumb from some table saw work I did 40 years ago! hat
  39. 2 points
    Weekend Update: Friday night football Sr. recognition went well and was fun. Actually won a game too 55-6. Got the asparagus bed cleaned, staked and mulched; blackberry and raspberry beds cleaned and ready for straw/ mulch; lot of brush piles cleaned up. Some playing in the garage/ shop. Week to come; Choir concert tonight; need to start mowing again and enjoy last two days of summer...Thursday high temps in mid 50's; Wednesday is my "kid" brother's birthday so taking him to lunch. Friday, the annual Parke County (IN) Covered Bridge Festival begins it's 10 day run. I'm sure there's a treasure or two I absolutely don't need with my name on it.
  40. 2 points
    Marv Rall

    Air Compressor Drain Valve Upgrade

    I solved this situation with a drain valve used by truckers for their airbrake tanks-----available at a truck repair place----or maybe google. Spring loaded----pull the wire cable----release after a moment---problem solved. Works for me.
  41. 2 points
    Grandpadave52

    Next Project start up

    Nice revision with the use of the walnut latches. Hopefully that appeases the "puppet" until he gets new button eyes sewn on.
  42. 2 points
    steven newman

    Next Project start up

    Well, thanks to a sock-puppet on another site...who declared those metal turn buttons "Cheap"....decided to use a bit of walnut scrap.. This was after a coat of Amber Shellac was applied, of course..... A small washer is behind the latch, reused the screws from the "cheap" metal latches.... Walnut scrap was resawn to make two thin sections. Bandsaw to rough shape, sander to smooth things out. Hole for the screw is also counter-sunk. These will work, even IF you turn them the wrong way.. Turn it up or down to open the doors.
  43. 2 points
    We had planned a day of 4 wheeling with our son and his family, yesterday. Mother nature intervened. We got around 1 1/2" of mixed rain and snow Saturday and some more, Sunday. So we couldn't get to our trail riding place. The wash that bisects our only road out was running over 3’ deep and fast. Couldn’t get out to trailer the machines to the trail head. But our son and his two kids unloaded their machine and went the other direction…in the rain and 42 temps. They had an hour of fun. Took another hour to clean up and wash their clothes. We reloaded everything and will try to get to the trails again this morning. It’s about 30 miles away. If all goes well, we should get in around four hours of riding before the son has to head back to tucson. He and his wife have jobs. Phyl and I don’t so, we’ll be hosing off the 4 wheelers tomorrow. Then, we'll need to shut down and blow out the irrigation system and the outside water lines. We usually wait until 10/15 but it's been getting pretty cold at night lately. A couple more coats of finish and my last rifle case goes to the upholsterer. Then it's on to a mesquite slab, live edge end table for my son. A power carving station is coming up after that. Then, a router lathe machine that's been awaiting assembly. But that's well beyond a week away. It helps to write about it...keeps it in the forebrain, not in memory, where it gets lost.
  44. 2 points
    RustyFN

    Apple

    Didn't think of it until just now but I bet the chips would work good in my smoker.
  45. 1 point
    Herb, that is gorgeous. Well done.
  46. 1 point
    Gerald

    Next Project start up

    Really like the latch idea and would use it bu I have a ton of Blum hinges. Looking even better with some finish on it
  47. 1 point
    Grandpadave52

    Shelf lengths for inside cabinet

    Probably only if he has a dog named Lassie.
  48. 1 point
    Pat Meeuwissen

    Router technique??

    I see and get it but with what this will be (for show only)and the bands around the outside(opportunity to try steam bending) I don't they are necessary for this application.
  49. 1 point
    HandyDan

    In Search of Drawer Pulls

    Find something close and agreeable to her and replace the old with what is being used on the new piece. Perfect match.
  50. 1 point
    Grandpadave52

    Apple

    Would be an irony I suppose if he keeps apples in this bowl
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