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  1. 6 points
    Gene Howe

    Wife's surgery

    I'd have to chain her down. We're thinking that she'll be nearly fully recovered by Thanksgiving. To be on the safe side, somebody will need to lift the turkey in and out of the oven, probably.
  2. 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.
  3. 5 points
    Too late! Healthy conversation died when the cell phone was born! John
  4. 4 points
  5. 4 points
    Gene Howe

    Wife's surgery

    Thank you all for you well wishes. They must’ve done the trick because Phyl’s surgery went exceptionally well. The doc’s verbal orders post op are far less restrictive than the written ones he gave her a few weeks ago. He says she should not lift more than 10 lbs for the next month. Otherwise, resume her normal activities … within reason. She has occasional twinges of pain but in a different area. Possibly caused by the slight trauma of the procedure. Doc says that as she heals, that bit of pain should gradually diminish to nothing. I’ll still be doing the washing, house cleaning and some cooking for a while. I’ll bet she does the Thanksgiving meal, though. We're home now and, the 3 hour ride caused her no pain. All seems to be well. Again, thanks for your thoughts and prayers.
  6. 4 points
    Cal

    Latest in Chopsaw Development

    Nice to see old guys having fun and being productive...
  7. 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....
  8. 4 points
    Ron Altier

    Grandmother clock

    It was a Bi(n)g Mess
  9. 3 points
    Or, was it when they did away with party lines?
  10. 3 points
    Larry Buskirk

    Birthday Greetings to...

    You sure you want a new one?
  11. 3 points
    DRAGON1

    Birthday Greetings to...

    Thanks guys!!! Still looking for what new tool I want to get, lol.
  12. 3 points
    gots some of those...
  13. 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.
  14. 3 points
    Stick486

    Wife's surgery

    Eat in place... really like hearing what you have to say about your wife...
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 3 points
    Dadio

    Lowes Announces Store Closures

    Go Harbor Freight!!! Herb
  18. 3 points
    Stick486

    Tabs on the Weather...

    Choice... Liquid... or solid....
  19. 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.
  20. 3 points
    Gerald

    Tormek knockoff...

    Believe me you cannot do everything with carbide.
  21. 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!
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 3 points
    p_toad

    GO VOTE

    I almost didn't get to vote today. I asked for a paper ballot and the guy put the card into the machine and they had to end up calling the local board to figure out how to fix it. Actual voting only took a few minutes with a nice paper ballot.
  25. 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
  26. 3 points
    Grandpadave52

    GO VOTE

    One of the Indy TV channels announced on their Noon News broadcast their last political ad for 2018 would air today at 3 PM. Maybe You-Tube will return to only it's normal antics after polls close too. Mailbox was devoid of mailers today also. Amazing the hundred of millions even billions of $$'s spent to retain/obtain positions that only pay fractions of those $$'s Just proves the old adage, "Money is power" I guess it does stimulate the economy among other things, every two years... I'll go to my room for time-out now...do I still get cookies and milk? coffee?
  27. 3 points
    HandyDan

    GO VOTE

    Still an improvement.
  28. 3 points
    Stick486

    Tabs on the Weather...

    choice... 2 feet of snow.. 10:1 ratio = 2.4'' of water... or two feet of water... = 2' of water...
  29. 3 points
    Larry Buskirk

    Tabs on the Weather...

    When it gets that bad here... I might just go back into hibernation...
  30. 3 points
    LarryS

    Tabs on the Weather...

    ................................................................................................................................. 50 degrees, Cloudy and windy. Enjoying this great voting day!!!! Not looking forward to this weekend. Calling for alittle bit of snow rain mix and colder.
  31. 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.
  32. 3 points
    Larry Buskirk

    Latest in Chopsaw Development

    But, the rider is on the cycle!
  33. 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.
  34. 2 points
    for sales.. Then I just saw a picture of their new model and figure not all folks would ride around on one of these. Maybe folks think they have to be tattooed to own one.???
  35. 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.
  36. 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
  37. 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.
  38. 2 points
    Dadio

    Grandmother clock

    You should have asked Stick, WD 40 ranks right along with Harbor Freight in his little black book. Herb
  39. 2 points
    HARO50

    Wife's surgery

    Good news, Gene! John P.s. ... Need earplugs?
  40. 2 points
  41. 2 points
    DuckSoup

    Latest in Chopsaw Development

    Another fine example of " hold my beer and watch this".
  42. 2 points
    HandyDan

    Finish

  43. 2 points
    Stick486

    Tabs on the Weather...

    if you can't go through it... go over it...
  44. 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
  45. 2 points
    Stick486

    Tormek knockoff...

    for you and I... but there are others that can't repetitiously sharpen free hand to save their souls...
  46. 2 points
    Stick486

    Tabs on the Weather...

    TRY THIS W/ ALL YOUR RAIN!!!...
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 2 points
    For a "cool" factor, this thing is way off the charts!
  50. 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.
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