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  1. 6 points
    Got a delivery today. Saw some nice crotches in there I may not be able to resist sawing some up for lumber This wood is city clicker lumber. Came from a City out east.
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    Since this web site is as much about lessons learned as it is about displaying our successful efforts, let me share my ongoing experience, namely that I made two incompatible decisions. Lately I have been interested in trying different woods with which I have not yet worked. My choice was Hickory. I have also wanted to develop more confidence using hand tools instead of relying solely on machines. I decided to make a project for my wife, using hand tools as much as possible. I guess that was a third decision to add to the incompatibility morass. Part of the project involved chopping out mortises using a good set of Marples chisels and my dead blow mallet. I'll leave it at that, except to say that the lesson learned was that if the desire is to practice/develop hand tool expertise, don't start with on of the hardest, densest, heaviest woods available. Oh well, nothing several kits of epoxy can't fix.
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    This was a Hickory project we finished back in January. I can tell no hand tools were used. We ran the slabs through the dual drum sander to flatten. There was a point I thought about using a hand plane, but that thought passed pretty quick! But it I do love the look of some beautiful Hickory!
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    Well my milk of human kindness has it’s limits. I told the MIL that I would demo the old shed, and build/install/research the new one. I also said that I would have nothing to do with the emptying of the old shed. Old shed is still pretty full. This probably has at least a 25% chance of not even happening. BUT YES, iff’n it comes to fruition, I will try to do a photo/essay narration on the project, on a par with John, and Jess’s, (no way I can do one as good as Steve’s) so all will know how NOT to build a shed.
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    Love that quote, too. Just the other day, I used a chisel...to open a paint can.
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    A fellow woodworker on the Shopsmith site has a tag line that is appropriate. "Heros don't wear a cape. They wear dog tags. " It matters not a whit what job you were assigned in the service. You served. That's all that's all that matters to me.
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    I am exhausted just looking at the pile!!
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    For the Fallen” by Lawrence Binyon. “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.”
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    Been there done that! Pushing hardwood through the table saw, why is my SS walking away from me?
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    Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. And, competition is always good. As far as Woodpecker tools are concerned, I have an aversion to red tools...well, red saw blades, anyhow.
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    No, he died in 1970. Solid Navy vet. He always wore a poppy in his coat lapel when he went to work. I knew a farmer who fought in Europe (Battle of the Bulge.) He told me to always laugh with veterans, make it a bright day. So, yes, we remember, but we don't make it solemn. Wives and mothers especially appreciate that.
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    I hope you are right, but my experience with folks around me, has not been as positive as yours Hat. I doubt it's even discussed in our public schools out here in CA anymore. Even the interviewer with the mic gets mixed up too, he references Memorial Day as a day for veterans, but hey, not to take away from this topic, I'm just sitting here having fun tonight guys. Hope everyone has a good and memorable weekend!
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    I would say your Dad earned the right to observe Memorial Day any way he danged well pleased! That's for sure! Hat, is your dad still alive today, sorry if this was covered before, just curious.
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    i found the story. https://denver.cbslocal.com/video/4092163-southwestern-colorado-highway-closed-for-massive-boulders/
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    I met Truett Cathy many years ago, played in the church orchestra with Dan Cathy and saw Bubba Cathy at various church activities and at a local Christian School they sponsored. Great folks, down to earth.
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    Very touching, and dramatic to see the context, just imagining if those boots were filled, and they were standing side by side, the space they would take up. 7,500 Boots Are On Display At Fort Bragg To Honor Fallen Service Members - Task & Purpose TASKANDPURPOSE.COM More than 7,500 boots on display at Fort Bragg this month served as a temporary memorial to service members from all...
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    John, I will especially want to read your report on the SS lathe.
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    That's right Tom. There is a reason why in our country, the most popular wood species to work with hand tools is Cherry, Walnut, Maple to start, and it's the reason why many of the old furnishings you see still around today are made from those species, oh and lets not leave out Mahogany, another wonderful wood to hand tool. Using hand tools has opened up my eyes more and more to the choice of wood we use. Since my own dive into hand tools, I find myself investigating the wood more closely before I use it, I inspect for grain direction, grain straightness, knots are a no no, and wild grain should be avoided. Even planing out a project using hand tools takes on a whole new meaning and level of attention and awareness regarding how and when you are going to use a specific piece, or part of a board. You have to plan how you are going to orient those boards because you want to avoid as much as possible reversing grain within two boards that you have to plane together after glue up. The list goes on and on how acutely aware you must be as you plan your projects, and how you are going to use the tools in those projects. With a machine, you can pretty much use anything in any orientation, just set up on the table saw and rip away, secure the boards together with your preferred method, and put them through the planer, sand them, reversing grain or not, just sand it all out. With hand tools you have to think about those things more carefully. Thus the reason that when you do use hand tools, the wood truly is speaking to you. Not to get all Zen with ya Tom, but there is a deep satisfaction in using hand tools, it just depends where folks are at in their woodworking, one way is not superior to the other, machined or hand tools, it just the journey that you want to take yourself on that is important. I'll go back to this quote that I know Gene has seen before, and I absolutely love. And that truly is the bottom line Tom, it's all about you and the journey into making that project that counts, the outside noise is just that, noise, don't let folks dissuade you. Speaking of noise, I find it very nice and wonderful that the noise level has been cut down significantly in my own shop, and you know what? My clean up has been reduced significantly. After each project I use to break out the compressor and air hose and blow the shop out, I have not fired up that compressor in a long time, most of my mess is just swept away now, shavings that just drop to the ground, or rest on the bench, and my lungs are thanking me as well. Hang in there Tom, I'd love it if you kept at it, because I am in the beginning stages myself in transitioning to hand tools, completely if I have my way and my patience allows it, for now I am in the hybrid state of my conversion, but slowly but surely I am turning to the scraper instead of a sander, a hand saw instead of power, a hand plane instead of 400 grit, and much more is happening in my shop with hand work. Welcome to the fold Tom, I hope I have a hand tool member here we can exchange ideas and methods and learn together.
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    I recall a conversation o another forum years back about using hand tools like the old-timers did. I replied that if the old-times had the power tools we have today, they would have used them extensively, chuckling all day long.
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    Tom I'm at an age where I don't even want to learn how hard it was on those early folks having to work with those hand tools. I do have lots of those old things but they are for looks only.. I enjoy my power tools..
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    Man gives you a medal, he wants you to do for your country. Man gives you a extra clip of ammo, he expects to see you back after the mission. Guess which one is more important to me? Had a LT that went ballistic I only wore a few ribbons. Seems he looked in my file and saw what I was authorized to wear. Told me those were bragging rights and needed to be on the uniform. My answer, "Medals don't make the man." Ticked him off. But the regs say nothing about NOT wearing them. I am not a hero, merely a Marine that was assigned the task of seeking out and destroying the enemy. Did what was asked, returned to base and waited for next mission. Some days I do miss it though, never more alive than when you live on the razors edge.
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    It's all me. Inspires me to consider building a mill.
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    John and others. I am not criticizing anyone's feelings or remembrances about our various military-related holidays. Several of my veteran buddies have told me they get so tired of all the "hero" stuff. We honor and remember them by celebrating the day.
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    Well I would agree for turning tools. But for generic work around the house, yeah they fit the bill. I have some Sorby ones that have held up well. Gave a no name set away to someone here few month ago. Something is better than nothing, and they were kept sharp.
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    Great Neck and HF are not even in the running as far as turning tools are concerned. Top traditional gouges and skews come from Thompson, Sorby, Crown, Dway, Carter. For Carbide it depends on what finish you want on the piece. The best finish comes off of Hunter tools. Easy Wood is very well backed and is second in finish quality. Not trying to do a put down but this is my experience. By the way I do have a HF set which I use to shape and make one of tools.
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    You guys always keep me grounded.
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    As long as you read my whole post, then we are on the same page.
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    Shaker Rocker in Cherry Related Topics Shaker Transitional Rocker Part 1 (Curly Maple) Shaker Transitional Rocker Part 2 (Curly Maple) Current Project So folks, I decided to break this topic up in parts as the last one was getting a little long in the tooth. So you can see the links above to the first two parts of my chair build. April of 2017 is when I started this maple chair, and as you know by now I decided to pick it back up and get back out in the shop and try to focus for once on woodworking as I did in Part 2. Thanks for following me! The back support rack is assembled as can be seen in Part 2. And now it's time to bore the mortises for the side rungs of the chair. The side rungs connect the back legs to the front leg assembly rack. I use a story stick for the entire chair layout, 99 percent of this chair is cut, turned, laid out, and assembled with story sticks. In the image below I am marking out the side rungs. Once the side rungs are laid out, I am using a slant support to bore the mortises at the proper angle, so the side rungs will splay out, thus creating a trapezoidal seat. So the front of the seat will be wider than the rear. You can see my first Shaker Rocker at this Link to get an idea of what I am talking about. Also, @Gene Howe, I know what you must be thinking, why use the slant table on a drill press that is fully capable of slanting its own table? I know I know Gene. For this Rocker I don't want to deviate from my norm, but next chair I make Gene, I promise I'll utilize the tilt table of my Shopsmith. Just a side view of my slant jig, also, the Shopsmith has a wonderful table that moves on two axis, first off the tilt, and the slide, in and out for fine adjustments in accuracy, this way I could clamp the jig to the table, and with the hand wheel I can slide it in and out till the bit sits directly over the line I need to bore, I really like my SS. Another view of what I am referring too for the sliding table, it's pretty awesome. First set of mortises are bored, I am using a Freud Diablo 5/8" Forstner with center spur or pin I guess you could say, it's a very clean cut. Some of the rungs are too tight to fit in the 5/8" mortises so I like to secure them in my vise and take some rolled 80 grit and work the tenon down till it fits snuggly in the mortise. After I made sure all the rungs will fit nicely, I did a dry run to see how they all line up, and they lined up beautifully. Now it's time to bore the mortises in the front assembly, you'll see these mortises are angled inward, to catch the side rungs that are angled outward from the rear legs. I used a story stick to lay these mortises out as well. Again, the Diablo by Freud really does a nice clean cut in this seemingly brittle Maple. In my desire to turn more and more towards hand tools, this may be an operation best suited for the drill press, as the angles in these frames are very important. I will practice with a brace and bit, there are tricks that Windsor makers use to bore accurate angles by hand, but for this chair I'll continue on the beaten path I know, just to get this one wrapped up successfully, this chair will be sold, so I can't afford big errors at this point. Now that the front and rear legs are bored out, I performed another dry run before glue up. You may notice at the left, it appears the side rungs were bored at an incorrect angle, they were not, well they were, but the error was on purpose. The books I am studying for building these chairs are written by Kerry Pierce. Mr. Pierce built-in a deliberate error in this these chairs, once those rungs are inserted into the mortises, the stress of those tenons are actually locking the chair together, if there is ever glue failure, the chair will hold together mechanically. There is a wonderful story in Mr. Pierce's books, he talks about repairing an original Shaker chair, the joints were loose, the glue was void, but one thing he noticed was the chair was virtually impossible to beat apart, and he surmised it must of been because the Shaker's introduced this deliberate error in the rung angles, in order to serve as a backup in case of glue failure. Now you can really see the trapezoidal shape of the seat. I only took the below picture to show the folks what my shop looks like now. Where the Shopsmith is sitting is where my wife's car parks. When I am done for the day I'll roll the Smith to the left side of the shop against my saw bench. So what you see here is what I am down too now, I have my Smith, my lathe as you can see on the back wall, my work bench at the rear left, and a miter saw cutoff bench at the left of which you cannot see the saw, but you can see the bench area. I have downsized considerably, for folks who may not no or have ever seen my shop before, there was a huge Grizz 12" table saw with an aircraft carrier bench right where the Shopsmith is sitting now. I had a 15" Delta Drill Press at the back wall where my cabinet makers bench is now, along with a 15" Grizz band saw, a Performax sander, and and a router cabinet, and at the right side of the shop out of picture, I had a 6" Grizz jointer, a planer, and a dust collection system. I sold them all, and to be honest, I do not miss them. But that's me, it was just time, I actually feel liberated being a relative minimalist. What started my downsizing was my desire to turn my shop into a more quiet experience and to start focusing on building with hand tools and in order to force myself to use more hand tools I knew I had to rid myself of luxuries. What quickened the downsize was my wife and I purchased her brand new car last Spring, it's the very first brand new car we have ever had, and it's a nice one, a 2018 Honda Pilot Touring, that is her daily driver, and I decided I wanted to give her, and her car a proper space to park, instead of in our driveway. Also the security of her being able to just pull in and close the garage door behind her, is really comforting for me. By the way, the garage door in this image actually leads out to our backyard, it's a pull through door. The two car door is behind the photographer. It's funny how life works out, we adapt, and often times, it works out really well. I'll end this tonight with my preparation for glue up. Once again, everything I need is on my bench, and within hands reach, all the rungs have been fitted, and the next post in this topic we'll see a chair assembled. Thank you all once again for following along! I'll install the rest of the images for this day in the shop tomorrow night.
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    Artie, all very well said, a wonderful perspective, I love reading the history of our members here when it comes to service and their family members. You know I quoted what you said about your Catholic upbringing, because now I finally know what's wrong with me! It most assuredly is a Catholic thing and obviously I'm in good company with you. There is an old saying I grew up with, "of course I feel guilty, I'm Catholic!". Thanks for the wonderful reply to this topic.
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    Still available for sale, open to reasonable offers. Thanks
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    I like that angled jig for the drill press. I'm going to make one that is adjustable.
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    Hmmm, interesting Gene, I wonder if I filled the steam container with that solution if that would make a difference? But, there really isn't anywhere on the chair where I'm running into that issue with the bent parts, in this case it was just the rocker edges, which aren't bent. But, you gave me an idea to consider.
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    I am glad to see them make a tribute to our military but I won't give them anything more than that, and I won't eat there.
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    I have a top of the line quality set from...……………………… Harbor Freight!!! Got them with a 20% off coupon as well!!!
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    First off, thanks Jess for sharing the mapping adventure, I like the series. I have a question, I noticed Texas got a ton of glitter, what are trying to tell us Jess?
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    There were several folks who quit posting about that time. I remember there was some disciplinary action and I don't know who was the target or who all was following who, but Stick, Grandpa Dave, Schnew and someone who I can't remember who had a pic of a face mostly covered in blue. This was discussed in another thread and John can give you details, but I have all the info that I need. Yes, I really miss them.
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    Not much shop time today. Went to doc this AM and got two shots and two RX's . Was a little woosey at lunch so going to try to get to shop and weigh some bowl and then back to the easy chair. Maybe more shop time tomorrow , but I did get off a email for the turning club challenge for June.
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    This is Indy 500 weekend and I have tickets for the race so we’re hoping for a dry Sunday. As far as the shop goes, I’m just finishing the 5th cabinet for our local Elk’s lodge.
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    I have had request for a better description of this jig. So I will try to walk through the set up and use of the jig. 1. picture 0004 is the index block with the drill bit placed in the jig. 2. picture 0005 show index block now centered after it is tighten between the clamps. 3. picture 0006 shows the drill bit now in the drill press chuck. 4. picture 0007 shows the jig clamped to the drill press table. 5. picture 0008 shows a generic block to be drilled. Since the items I use this for are of different size I have different size support blocks. 6. picture 0009 shows the drill bit where I want the hole. I can move the jig forward or backwards by loosening the knob and lock it in place. This shows the sample centered with a tolerance of 1/132". 7. picture 0011 show the sample being drilled on the pointed edge. 8. picture 0013 show the hole that was drilled on the pointed edge. The nice thing about this jig is how accurate it is, how tight the construction is and how quick it is. The first time I used it I was able to drill 30 units in about 12 minutes with no mistakes.
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    Yeah, I agree. I just don't like the drowsiness during the day and staring at the darkness during the night. I have to ramp up my alertness level when I go into the shop. No sleepy when cutting wood!
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    No clue here. Is this the song for the show of Mickey Mouse club that children talked about in the 1950's? Never saw it.
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