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  1. 6 points
    Monkey Paws

    Christmas Project For a Friend

    I made more progress on my project this week. Once again I have changed my mind about the finish I am using on the telescope and went with good old fashioned spar varnish. True, spar varnish shows defects in your work that other finishes would hide but I like the warm tone of the varnish. I brushed on the first two coats and then worked on my primary or main mirror holder and secondary mirror holders. Both mirror holders need to be adjustable in order for the telescope to work properly. The aluminum hoop will be attached near the eyepiece holder and it will serve as a mount for the secondary mirror and the round light shade. I still need to make a dust cover for the primary and secondary mirror plus make a mount for the secondary mirror. I am happy with my work so far and hope to do a mirror test next week sometime.
  2. 5 points
    Too late! Healthy conversation died when the cell phone was born! John
  3. 4 points
  4. 4 points
    Only work done today? I actually raked all the leaves in front of the house out to the curb..for pick-up. Was my Cardio for today..... Should have watched my rear-view mirror on the van.....a city light pole fell across the street.....just after we had gone through there....was that kind of a day....got the paper title to the van, then the Clerk of Courts informed me that the DEALER could have do this...and at 1/2 the price. Grrrrr. Dropping off the paperwork tomorrow, and the down payment....Just have to keep the old fliver running until Friday....
  5. 4 points
    Ron Altier

    Grandmother clock

    It was a Bi(n)g Mess
  6. 3 points
    Or, was it when they did away with party lines?
  7. 3 points
    gots some of those...
  8. 3 points
    Gene Howe

    carving and scroll saw

    After much cajoling, I think she's decided to wait a while on the 4 wheeler ride. Two of her most endearing qualities are impatience and stubbornness. The pains have almost ceased so, she thinks she's good to go. She can't see the incision, so when I change the dressing, I can exaggerate the lack of healing a little.
  9. 3 points
    HandyDan

    carving and scroll saw

    Please talk her into waiting a bit longer. Pain may be masked right now and she may make the injury worse because of not feeling it.
  10. 3 points
    Gene Howe

    carving and scroll saw

    Thanks for asking, Jesse. She's doing great. Except for a few twinges, that the doc says will go away, she's pain free. She's planning to go trail riding on the Polaris Ranger this Saturday. She wouldn't even have considered that, a week ago.
  11. 3 points
    Dadio

    Lowes Announces Store Closures

    Go Harbor Freight!!! Herb
  12. 3 points
    Grandpadave52

    Lowes Announces Store Closures

    I've seen several Lowe's ads on TV promoting the Craftsman brand too. Curious how this will impact the Ace Hardware/Craftsman partnership. Our local Ace carried more Craftsman than the Sears store did even before Sears closed.
  13. 3 points
    Gerald

    Tormek knockoff...

    Believe me you cannot do everything with carbide.
  14. 3 points
    schnewj

    Lowes Announces Store Closures

    Well I just stopped into one of the local Lowe's stores. They have shuffled around the tools sections. They are now loaded with Craftsman tools, and accessories. They expanded the Bosch sections, also. I was talking to the associate and he was showing me, that, the Stanley tapes were the identical ones in the Craftsman line. Only a color scheme change. The tools are Stanley, and DeWalt in red clothing. They will honor ALL lifetime warranties on the Craftsman line (like Sears) and will exchange for the like item. If they don't have it they have a website to perform the exchange. Nope! Sold the snow blower and the jeep PU with the Meyer's plow years ago. I have absolutely no desire or intention of replacing any snow removal equipment...ever!
  15. 3 points
    Larry Buskirk

    Welcome Message

    Welcome to The Patriot Woodworkers discussion forum section for "Old Metalworking Machines" Post your finds, restorations, discuss, request information anything about old metalworking machines here. The only requirement is that your machine be at least 25 years old, or older
  16. 3 points
    hawkeye10

    Christmas Project For a Friend

    Man, I am loving this. You are doing such a great job of telling your story with pictures. It's like being at the movies. I bit the end of this movie is going to be great.
  17. 3 points
    Ron Altier

    Grandmother clock

    I built a large grandfather clock for my daughter years ago (picture below) and it would not longer than a year and I tried all I knew. I got a pro in and he said I did everything right, but there was a binding in the mechanism from the factory. He fixed it, cleaned oiled and adjusted the chimes. As we talked I asked how it looked, as I had been cleaning and oiling. He said I was doing a good job and all looked great. He said that he has seen clocks that were sprayed with WD40 and other cleaners. he said"Don't ever do that" At some point it will nearly impossible to clean the gunk out without a sonic cleaner. He said the dust and particles adhere to the WD40 and make a big mess. He also said something that surprised me. The new synthetic oils they make allow a clock to go as long as 8 years, depending on how much dust/dirt it is exposed to. As for the grandmother clock I am working on, I think I finally got it adjusted correctly, it took hours of cleaning, oiling, bending, adjusting and cussing
  18. 3 points
    John Morris

    Tormek knockoff...

    It's not that hard really, just a few basic rules, and you're on your way. I sense a tutorial coming up, let me work on it.
  19. 3 points
    Monkey Paws

    Christmas Project For a Friend

    With a 6" reflector telescope you should be able to clearly see the rings of Saturn, The Great Red spot of Jupiter and four of it's biggest moons. Some of the classic messier objects like the Orion Nebula, Ring Nebula and the Andromeda galaxy to just to name a few and of course the moon. This telescope will be a table top model. For the budding astronomer, it should take a while before you want a bigger telescope. Believe or not small scopes like this are generally used more that the larger instruments mainly because of the setup time. It would be easier to grab this scope and go outside than lug a three piece, 60 lb scope to the same area. Here is what you should be able to see.
  20. 2 points
    Monkey Paws

    Christmas Project For a Friend

    Today I started working a quick project that's going to be a Christmas gift for a friends son. It is going to be a 6" reflector telescope that does not have a tube. My friend didn't want a telescope he would have to hide in a closet but instead keep it out where people can see it. This is what I consider a weekend project because the wood cutting is kept to a minimum. As with any wood project you can keep this as plain or as elaborate as you want. The most difficult parts of this project is making the octagon mirror box and ensuring the focal lengths are correct. I added pictures of what the scope will resemble when this project is assembled. I haven't decided the color of the stain yet. I will post pictures as the work progresses.
  21. 2 points
    Smallpatch

    hanging on the wall

    The only problem with me is I can see a few more days grinding on the next thing I start after I said its finished... I changed the way I attached the things to the board! More easier than the epoxy thingy. All my carving stuff is for head on looking. I'll get around to the sides and back if there are enough years left. Baltic Birch for the backer board. I used 100% tung oil to bring out the color and maybe a little extra enhancement also. This wood is exotic as I ever go and it is actually local. The bottom picture is with a flash. The finish is lacquer. Another thing I generally do after the lacquer has dried a couple days is use 0000 steel wool and Johnson't paste wax on all the high spots to give it that old look that has been well kept and in good condition.
  22. 2 points
    When grampa got a dial phone, he took his crank phone innards fishing.
  23. 2 points
    Very cool Pete...excellent condition with great patina too.
  24. 2 points
    Dadio

    Tormek knockoff...

    I agree I visited the one in Bellingham and still remember drooling for a day. Herb
  25. 2 points
    "Back From The Archives"
  26. 2 points
    Smallpatch

    carving and scroll saw

    Gene this time you needed to listen to Dr. Dan!!!!!! You could just start the machine up and let it run for a few days outside her window so she will be more so ready but at least wait a few days. Shucks I even ,maid, my wife wait till the second day after her operation to weed eat.
  27. 2 points
    hawkeye10

    dowel hole line up set

    What a car. If I had one of those I would think I died and gone to heaven. LOL
  28. 2 points
    Grandpadave52

    ManSon Mini Lathe

    Early August I took my step-father to the 38th Annual Tippecanoe Antique Tractor & Power Show. First time I had ever been too and from what we heard, maybe the last. It was hotter than Hades most of the day so it was kind of rough to see everything. I was really concerned about "Pops" being 91-1/2 y/o so we sat under the big tent a lot and drank free ice water as needed. All-in-all it was an enjoyable day if for no other reason than to get him out of the house for a while and do something he would enjoy. On the way out, I happened to stop by a vendor who had several small items on a table for sale...this one caught my eye and his was OK with me taking pictures. There was no price on it so respecting the old adage, "if you have to ask the price, you probably can't afford it" I didn't ask... I did do a little research and found some info and other pictures HERE AND HERE Also a You-Tube video of one running following the pictures... ManSon -- Small Machines Inc. West Los Angeles 25 California Just a really cool, fully functional self/manual feed mini metal working lathe. Motor is under the head stock spindle. Complete with accessory kit. Just a little different angle of above picture. Even has a coolant catch basin under the bed.
  29. 2 points
    Larry Buskirk

    ManSon Mini Lathe

    Dave, I know what you mean, but we can only adopt so many.
  30. 2 points
    Al B

    Lowes Announces Store Closures

    I have a Lowes and a HD store less than 2 miles from home. They are almost diagonally across the street from each other. No Menard's stores in this area. Both stores do well, though I think HD does do more business. There is still a family operated hardware store that is about 5 miles from here and it also seems to be doing well. The only issue there is the store occupies 3 floors and there is no elevator.
  31. 2 points
    Dadio

    Grandmother clock

    You should have asked Stick, WD 40 ranks right along with Harbor Freight in his little black book. Herb
  32. 2 points
    lew

    Grandmother clock

    Oooopppsss! You clock looks a lot like mine except mine is in red oak.
  33. 2 points
    Michael Thuman

    Tub Replaced By Shower

    Al B, I believe we around under 1/2 of that now. I will let you know once done what the cost was. Also I will have to give you all the finalized pictures.
  34. 2 points
    DAB

    Finish

    for cutting boards and bowls that might see food, i use a mix of mineral oil and beeswax. Howard's Butcher Block conditioner works great. available at Home Depot and Lowes.
  35. 2 points
    Grandpadave52

    carving and scroll saw

    whoops...told on myself then didn't I? I'll go clean my glasses now. Maybe that will help.
  36. 2 points
    HandyDan

    Finish

  37. 2 points
    John Morris

    Tormek knockoff...

    Tutorial will assume regular movement and control of body parts. Beyond that, get a Tormek!
  38. 2 points
    lew

    Tormek knockoff...

  39. 2 points
    Steve Krumanaker

    Tormek knockoff...

    I will say up front that I'm a big believer in buying quality the first time. That comes from learning the hard way and spending money twice. To my way of thinking, if a reputable company is making a product and charging what they need to make a quality product, remain in business, and realize a reasonable profit so be it. If another company pirates the design and brings the product to market for substantially less, there is a reason the copy is cheaper, it's that simple. If you haven't seen it there is a comparison between the Tormek and the Jet version, which is likely a Grizzly clone on JoeWoodworker.com He had a tormek, bought the jet and ended up selling the tormek, but, read the whole review. Steve
  40. 2 points
    Stick486

    Tormek knockoff...

    for you and I... but there are others that can't repetitiously sharpen free hand to save their souls...
  41. 2 points
    Gene Howe

    carving and scroll saw

    More amazing work, Jesse. Like your paint room.
  42. 2 points
    Smallpatch

    Grandmother clock

    You might try what worked for me on my grand paw clock..I hung a bunch of plastic sheets all inside the cabinet and used a 1/4 of a roll of hand tissue to catch the excess down in the bottom and then spent a few minutes shooting WD 40 on every thing that turns and where the bearing would be if the movements had bearings..about a half a can later it started running..This clock was in storage for about 5 years and when brother in law went and got it it never would run so he gave it to me and it has run for the last four or five years with no stopping.. It did have a little smell for a few days but either we got use to the smell or it dried up. Your post reminded me to go and set the time back an hour and it is still running.
  43. 2 points
    Thanks guys. The surgeon got a a late start due to an emergency. Phyl has been in the operating room for about an hour. I expect it'll be done real soon.
  44. 2 points
    lew

    Grandmother clock

    I'm having the chiming same trouble with the one I built. An emperor clock kit. Oiled it- same, cleaned old oil and reoiled- same, air dusted inside- same. I guess I'm going to have to pull the guts and make a support stand so I can see inside of the clockworks while it runs. Like you, it is so frustrating and to make matters worse- I quit drinking!
  45. 2 points
    Smallpatch

    carving and scroll saw

    This is my paint room.
  46. 2 points
    Monkey Paws

    Christmas Project For a Friend

    Hello All, I went ahead and made the changes to my design today so stability will longer be an Issue. I remembered that this scope is going to a 10 year old boy so I think the changes were a good thing. I did a test assembly to see if everything works like it should and was surprised it actually did. Now I have to finish the mirror cell, fabricate a mirror dust cover, build a secondary mirror holder and support. Still I think the project is coming along nicely.
  47. 2 points
    Monkey Paws

    Christmas Project For a Friend

    Okay so I made some more progress today working on the new scope. I bought some 1/64" plywood sheets for the round light shield that is mounted near the eyepiece. I needed to put a permanent curve in the plywood to make the shield and since I don't have a steam box for bending plywood I did the next best thing. I wrapped up the plywood in a hot wet towel. After I let them soak for a while I applied gorilla glue to all of the surfaces and pressed them together. To get the curve I needed I took rubber bands and attached the wood to a five gallon can. This will sit overnight and it will be ready to go tomorrow have to. I did a test assembly today and noticed a stability issue with the single side bearing on the base. I really like this design but I don't like stability issues. What may end up doing is taking off the side bearing (curved wood thing that looks like a boomerang) and replace it with an upright that matches the other one thus turning it into a fork base. To make it easier to turn I installed the aluminum lazy Susan bearing on the base.
  48. 2 points
    and the censors/dictators; FB/Google/YT/Yahoo...
  49. 2 points
    Monkey Paws

    Christmas Project For a Friend

    Well work on the telescope went well today. I manage to get the curved side bearing attached to the octagon rocker box which hold the main mirror. The rocker box and focusor board alignment checked out good. You can see the beginnings of my mirror cell (Round thing with holes attached to the octagon thing.) The box tubing on the finished scope will only be about 23" long so the scope will be much more compact. The octagon rocker box came out good and should look good with a nice red mahogany stain. More sanding, much much more sanding.
  50. 2 points
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