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  1. 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 m
    6 points
  2. When grampa got a dial phone, he took his crank phone innards fishing.
    4 points
  3. Or, was it when they did away with party lines?
    4 points
  4. 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.
    4 points
  5. Ah, yes.... Uncle Ralph! He had the farm across the road. Worked as a blasting expert in the mines up north, and spent his vacation time on the farm. One day he told his nephew to hop in the truck, they were going fishing. Nephew wanted to get his pole, but Ralph said he wouldn't need it! They drove to a local creek, and Ralph got out a couple sticks of dynamite, and placed them in a tin can with a 60 second fuse. The can was placed in the water, the fuse lit, and they ducked into the woods to await the "big bang". Unfortunately, Ralph had forgotten to take into account the fact that the creek
    3 points
  6. Ron Altier

    Grandmother clock

    Well............the grandmother clock got the best of me. I had it all set up and it quit everything EVERYTHING!!! Back to square one. I redid the tick and tock, as I was in that process I broke off the flex joint that the pendulum assy hooks to. Its been in operation since 78. I looked up the movement for parts and found out that I can buy a new clock works for less than I paid in 78. I know this old one has to have worn places/gears, so I ordered a new one. $275. I was surprised. Maybe they haven't sold any since 78
    3 points
  7. My dad "mentioned" doing something like that too. Same story usually included something about re-purposing a Model -T coil, some wire and a switch to be activated when someone leaned on the door to talk through the open window. Apparently both led to shocking results.
    3 points
  8. Ours was one long, two short. Farmers north of here still had the old hand crank, and "Hello, Mabel. Can you get me Charlie?" This was from '57 to the early '60s. John Wow...who would have thunk it...we must have been on opposite ends of the same line My great-aunt/uncle lived in the same county but they lived on the farm...small private telephone company...they still had the wall, hand crank, wooden body phone until the late 60's. My grandmother lived in town part of Ma Bell had a desk model similar to the old style rotary dial, but no dial until the mid
    3 points
  9. 3 points
  10. 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.
    3 points
  11. 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.
    3 points
  12. 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....
    3 points
  13. Too late! Healthy conversation died when the cell phone was born! John
    3 points
  14. 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.
    3 points
  15. One of the "treasures" brought home from Wapak.. I've already rehabbed the Defiance plane, and cleaned the drills up...which left that wood bodied Jack plane... Needed a blade/iron/cutter.....Well, I did have a chunk of decent iron handy.. This is the half that is "leftover"...went back as far as this was flat....used the grinder to cut a deep groove.. Because this chunk of steel was laughing at my hacksaws...got as deep as I could, then snapped the "good" part off. Beginning to think someone had re-worked an old lawnmower blade. More grinding..
    2 points
  16. I also took lots of patterns to glue on to the wood...I had to have at least 10 patterns for each jewelry box and many many scroll saw blades.... One vacation I learned two different printers might not make the same size pattern. I had spilled a drink on some pages so I took a pattern to town and had someone print me some patterns to replace the wet wrinkled ones and they happened to be a little larger than all the ones I had already used for the one box...Didn't know that till I had scroll sawed out a board to be glued on the next board and it was wider that the rest. Had to wait till I got
    2 points
  17. 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 lacq
    2 points
  18. Just to put things into perspective, there are 48 shopping days 'til Christmas. Our Patriot Turners- @Monkey Paws Is getting back into turning and he posted his latest project for us. Our members had lots of praise for his beautiful piece. Please give his post a read and add your comments- @Steve Krumanaker has been busy turning and decorating bowls. Steve showed us two of his latest- Check out Steve's post for more images and a description of the different woods he used- @R
    2 points
  19. Handle seems to have been dovetailed in...then a "plug" was added to lock it in place...with a nail into each. May try to redo. Iron is 1/4" thick! Sparks were "forked"....first few grinds, I used oil to cool it down a bit....last one was with water.....now, I need to go out and buy a few new hacksaw blades....now have two hacksaw blades without any teeth. Someone had "forged" a round handle on the end....long ago. May look at using the non-handle section....IF I can hammer it flat....has a bit of a curve to it... Haven't found much of any markings o
    2 points
  20. May just do that Herb, just for you.
    2 points
  21. They were work horses, I used to use them to split the nuts on small froze machine bolts. Herb
    2 points
  22. Dad's first job in this country was farmhand. Two farms, parents and a son on one, and the married son on the other. We became good friends, and over the years we kids spent large parts of our summers on those farms. Grandma would pick up the phone verrryy slowly to listen in on other people's conversations. The problem was, she had a rather vocal budgie.... a dead giveaway! John
    2 points
  23. Have a short one like that, for use on the Stanley 45.....picked a LONG one a few weeks ago... A little worse for wear...
    2 points
  24. "Back From The Archives" This was Shane's first post here on TPW. It was posted about 4 months before I joined myself. The mentioned recovered photos were matched to the numbers that were left next to what had been a photo before the software platform change. I hope I got them in the same order that Shane originally posted them. It is also the oldest post from the archives, in other words the first posted in the old forum.
    2 points
  25. I think ours was two longs & a short.
    2 points
  26. Very cool Pete...excellent condition with great patina too.
    2 points
  27. Dadio

    Tormek knockoff...

    I agree I visited the one in Bellingham and still remember drooling for a day. Herb
    2 points
  28. 2 points
  29. 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.
    2 points
  30. I had to look that one up ,John, For everyone who is a dummy like me. Won't find me there anytime soon. Herb Souplantation sweettomatoes.com Souplantation is a United States-based chain of all-you-can-eat buffet-style restaurants. The first Souplantation opened in 1978 in San Diego, California, where the company is headquartered. The company was incorporated as Garden Fresh Corp. in 1983. The company went public in 1995 but was taken private in 2004. Outside of Southern California, Souplantation operates under the name Sweet Tomatoes. The company is owned by Gar
    2 points
  31. Go Harbor Freight!!! Herb
    2 points
  32. In our area, we have 4 Lowes, 2 Home Depot with rumors of another one going in, and 2 Menards. I usually go to Lowes or HD so that I can take advantage of their military discount. I asked a cashier at Menards why they didn't offer a military discount, and the answer was that they feel their everyday prices were low enough that they didn't have to offer the discount. Since a discount isn't part of our guaranteed compensation, I didn't comment on that, but my thoughts were that that didn't offer any recognition to the veteran. And that is besides the fact that their 11% rebate they are alway
    2 points
  33. 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.
    2 points
  34. I have an Excaliber 16 and love it. It's very smooth and easy to operate. The only downside is the dust collection, it is useless. I use the Pegas MGT blades. These blades are different than others. You feed your pattern line straight into the blade instead of at an angle. https://www.dndsawbladesonline.com/page/79818204
    2 points
  35. What a car. If I had one of those I would think I died and gone to heaven. LOL
    2 points
  36. 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
    2 points
  37. 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.
    2 points
  38. 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
    2 points
  39. It was a Bi(n)g Mess
    2 points
  40. Dadio

    Grandmother clock

    He must have sold you the Bing Cherry. Herb
    2 points
  41. Dadio

    Grandmother clock

    You should have asked Stick, WD 40 ranks right along with Harbor Freight in his little black book. Herb
    2 points
  42. whoops...told on myself then didn't I? I'll go clean my glasses now. Maybe that will help.
    2 points
  43. Stick486

    Tormek knockoff...

    or the Veritas Mk.II
    2 points
  44. John Morris

    Tormek knockoff...

    Tutorial will assume regular movement and control of body parts. Beyond that, get a Tormek!
    2 points
  45. 2 points
  46. 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 Joe
    2 points
  47. Stick486

    Tormek knockoff...

    for you and I... but there are others that can't repetitiously sharpen free hand to save their souls...
    2 points
  48. 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
    2 points
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