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  1. 5 points
    John Morris

    Latest Visit to Dad's Home

    My own dad, John H. Morris in his shop we built together back in 2005. He lives in the mountains nearby, he is Papa Jack to my wife, Grandpa to our kids, and at 86 years old, he's doing pretty danged good. He loves building birdhouses for the locals where he lives, and he has earned the nickname "Birdman" and he wears it proudly. Actually he didn't even know he had the nickname till just a few weeks ago, he heard it through the grapevine and he was tickled to death to know that he has an official nickname in his community. Love ya Dad! Just thought I'd share to you all my Dad. Class act he is, he loves solitude, self reliance, his garden, and building these little bird homes. Next to the shop is his single wide trailer that was pulled up on the property in the late 60's, the trailer is old, but he made it home. He's been living there since 2004. Dad, smiling for the camera Dad's shop looking out the front door He has a work station with the belt sander, palm sander, and cutoff saw, that only he knows why it's set up that way, for his birdhouse, and he gets a lot done DeWalt RAS, I know I know, don't say it, the blade guard, I used to get on him bout this, but he's been doing this since I was a kid, I used to cut wood all day myself without the blade guard on his RAS as a kid in his other shop, matter of fact I learned some of my worse safety or non safety practices from Dad, and later learned through working in the trades, what safety really meant, but hey, like I said, you aint gonna convince an 86 year old man otherwise, is what it is. I did however get on him about using a 10" blade on an 8" RAS, he did heed my warning on that, promptly switched them out. Dad, with his hands on his hips, he walks around most the day like that, I think he got that from his own dad, my dad was raised on a farm in the Catskill's of New York, the farmers all walked around like that when they got old. @aaronc, some of the antler I told you about. See, hands on the hips still, told ya! Old hand made three wheel band saw I gave my dad, I got from an estate that turned over hand made machinery to me to distribute to folks in need, I asked them if my dad could have this old three wheeler, they loved the fact it was going to dad. Sent them pics of Dad with the BS and they loved it. The saw works great by the way. Just another view out the front of the shop This is shot from his trailer, looking out, he actually has a stick built sun room built off the side of the single wide, he spends all of his time there with his dog Susie. He watches TV, reads, surfs the net, and he has this view, sorry the image is blurry, but it kind of gives ya an idea of what he sees every day, just beautiful country up there, 45 minutes from us. Thanks for reading!
  2. 5 points
    Got back from the recruiters awhile ago. Here is the low down with contract. Cryptologic Linguist (35P) for 5 years with a $30,000 bonus to be distributed in $10,000 increments over her first three years. Meps return trip next week for physical and another exam that she'll pass with no problems. Swearing in to Delayed Entry Program next week. Then return to MEPS September 28th for the real deal, another swearing in at which point she's a soldier in the US Army and starts getting paid. Next day fly's out of San Diego to Fort Jackson South Carolina for Basic Training 9 weeks and a day. Then after basic she fly's back to CA to attend Monterey Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center for 9 months to 16 months depending on the language and AIT to be performed at same school. Then assignment to her duty station. My goodness, she actually did it!
  3. 4 points
    Gunny

    Youngest Daughter Heading to MEPS

    I use the spoon for the lathe, the butter knife is my go to for everything else.
  4. 3 points
    Ron Altier

    Latest Visit to Dad's Home

    John, you are a blessed man to have your father for so many years. Most of us lost our parents years ago. Cherish the moments!
  5. 3 points
    Cal

    Youngest Daughter Heading to MEPS

    A very big congratulations John, all around. What little bit I know about this girl's family, I would say the Army did good today also! As for furthering her education, she is soon to get that! And there will be all sorts of college available to her if she chooses to pursue those while in the Army.
  6. 3 points
    First of all Gunny, you gotta stop using a sharpened spoon for your plane blade.
  7. 3 points
    Gunny

    Youngest Daughter Heading to MEPS

    Anytime, the door is always open. if you do come maybe you can see what exactly I do wrong trying to butcher wood with a handplane….
  8. 3 points
    Gunny

    Youngest Daughter Heading to MEPS

    Been there back in 1999 when I was married to ex and she went through boot camp. Not a bad drive from where I live in Atlanta. You are welcome to fly in to Atlanta and stay at my place when she graduates. Even let you borrow the Tundra to drive up to Fort Jackson. Save you some money anyway.
  9. 2 points
    Gene Howe

    Latest Visit to Dad's Home

    Yeah, the CS and a guide is much better than the TS for sheet goods and, for getting a straight edge on rough lumber. Ths SCMS does my cross cuts.
  10. 2 points
    Gene Howe

    Latest Visit to Dad's Home

    @Larry Buskirk, I had one for several years. I was skeered of it every time I turned it on. My trepidation probably made it more dangerous than it should've been. A contractor offered me $150 for it and I jumped on it.
  11. 2 points
    Artie

    Latest Visit to Dad's Home

    John, your Dad seems like a very happy content person. Not really possible to have a more satisfying life than that.
  12. 2 points
    John Morris

    Latest Visit to Dad's Home

    @Larry Buskirk, on the subject of dad's, your sig line reminded me, when I was a kid and I had a boo boo or aches and pains, dad never showed much compassion for any of it, he'd dismiss it with "Hey John, don't sweat it, it'll feel better when it stops hurting!". I've always said the same to my kids since they were little, it confused the heck out of em at first, now they just moan when I state it to them.
  13. 2 points
    Larry Buskirk

    Latest Visit to Dad's Home

    John, I might break the mold, but I don't think I care to see the century mark.
  14. 2 points
    John Morris

    Latest Visit to Dad's Home

    Larry, you are going to break the mold on this one, you're just too busy to die any earlier than 101yrs old! I was named after my grandpa, John Courtland Morris, I am John Courtland Morris II. If I was named after my dad, ya I'd be Jr. My mom hated the whole Jr. thing, so she talked my dad into naming me after his dad.
  15. 2 points
    John Morris

    Latest Visit to Dad's Home

    Thank you Gerald, as we all get older I am starting to see how important it is to do as you stated, when I was younger, death for anyone in our family seemed so far off, but we do all leave this life eventually, and my dad aint getting younger, as a family we are working on seeing more of him, and being more tentative to his needs. He's the only dad/gramps we got. 70 is pretty young Gerald, I bet your dad is living his dream elsewhere.
  16. 2 points
    Gerald

    Latest Visit to Dad's Home

    Good story John. All I can say is enjoy every day and ask questions and write down the answers now. Make copies of what you write and these articles for your children .My Dad died at age 70 and was still working. Often wondered what he would do in retirement but thinking now he would be gardening. He used to have a dream of having a farm with Hereford cattle .
  17. 2 points
    Thanks Cal After researching the language institute she'll be assigned too, it is college! Man do they study and study and study, with immersion into their assigned culture and language, she may even get transferred to the country of origin at some point, and study there for full immersion into the culture, we may not get back our American girl after this is all done, but a hybrid cultured girl. Well she's already hybrid Spanish/North American, now she can add another great culture to her resume. If she decides to not make a career out of the Army, after her enlistment is up, she should have opportunities available with the CIA, FBI, and other security three letter agencies that protect our nation. At least that's what the recruiters tell us, take that with a grain of salt, but knowing how motivated our young lady is, she can make it happen if she wants too.
  18. 2 points
    John Morris

    Shop Smith Manuals

    These manuals may have been there already, but I received an email from Shop Smith stating they are starting to put many of their manuals online. Here is the link. Shopsmith -- WWW.SHOPSMITH.COM Shopsmith Owner Manuals Available For Download
  19. 2 points
    I have something similar but added convenience to it. My sides are able to roll up and down via a power window motor, 12 volts. To set up, press switch and roll down each side. When done, press switch it rolls back up and out of the way. Give me a few days to make new pics. Lost that project picture set when last laptop died... OOps.
  20. 2 points
    I'll remember that Gunny, thank you!
  21. 2 points
    Congratulations!
  22. 2 points
    RustyFN

    Eggs all over

    In all honesty when I first look at it I thought the same thing. Looks like a bird on a branch to me.
  23. 2 points
    Michael Thuman

    Another new bowl

    Rusty if you could take us with pictures from start (blank selection) then glue up then each phase of turning that would be wonderful almost as wonderful as your finished bowl. We are hear to support, applaud and lean.
  24. 2 points
    Smallpatch

    For all you hand tool addicts

    Danl, a good thought but I finally sold it in May of this year. All these years my wife wouldn't let me sell it cause she said she would live in it when I died and sell the lake property for food expenses. And I would suggest getting in and out of the motor home especially getting older would not get easier each year and finally she realized I was right... I washed it right before he came and got it.. We told our kids it was only made to haul two people. It looked as good 20 years after we bought it for it stayed inside unless it was going down the road.
  25. 2 points
    Gene Howe

    For all you hand tool addicts

    Quite so, my friend. You know it's often said that if we knew we'd live this long, we'd have taken better care of ourselves.
  26. 2 points
    Larry Buskirk

    For all you hand tool addicts

    You get the advantage of having to pay for all of the things you did to yourself while working.
  27. 2 points
    Very true indeed, Pete.
  28. 2 points
    PeteM

    Youngest Daughter Heading to MEPS

    My dad was proud when I graduated from OCS (in '68, right after Tet), but I never really understood how proud until my oldest son volunteered for Army (Intelligence...yes, I've heard them; he says they're partly true). The Army made me the man I am today, but they can't take all the blame! I was a C- student before joining, A+++* after getting out. It was all motivation: I just told myself that if I didn't do good in college, I could go back in the Army. That's what you learn in The Real World: not facts, not really skills, "just" motivation. *A+++: I picked the courses worth getting an A, and the others got B+ or A-. It was all transactional: I knew what I needed to get a good job, and I wasn't about to do any more work than that. What the Army gave me was the insight of what to target and how to get there. THAT is priceless. THAT is what no school teaches. I feel sorry for kids who dodge public service: they really don't know what they're missing.
  29. 2 points
    Gunny

    Patriot Woodworker 2019 Summer Gathering

    He mentioned this thing about payment for the ticket. Kinda killed my vibe...
  30. 1 point
    Our youngest girl is taking a big test today, she's heading down to MEPS to sit for a Cryptologist/Linguistics test for the US Army, yep, she's getting serious, and ready to serve, so very proud of our baby girl. I hope and pray that she does well, this is the MOS she wants, with a rich career after service. I am apprehensive as most parents would be, but very proud. Our plans have not aligned with her plans after High School, we had a dream of all our kids furthering their education after HS, but our youngest daughter has her own dreams, I am a bit quicker at accepting her road she's heading down, but mama is having a bit of a hard time in all of this. But all in all, when our kid finally gets it all squared away, and mama and me are sitting in front of her basic training graduating class, I know mama will be very proud of our warrior girl. I know I am already! Here is our younger daughter Tiffany day of HS graduation, just a short 2 month ago. She's trading in her heels and makeup for BDU's and adventure! Cryptologic Linguist (35P) WWW.GOARMY.COM Ideal for multilingual Soldiers, Cryptologic Linguists analyze foreign communications & extract insights to inform Army...
  31. 1 point
    Ron Dudelston

    small lecterns

    From the album: Lecterns and Podiums

  32. 1 point
    Larry Buskirk

    Computer Desk Project

    4.5" OC. Might be better to make adjustable.
  33. 1 point
    John Morris

    Workbench

    From the album: John's Shop

    I recently inherited this beautiful workbench. The top is 4" thick, 6.5' long by 24" wide with a tool well at the rear. The top is composed of Maple and Oak billets, there are dog holes and the original owner made his own dogs out of aluminum rounds, they work very well. The end vise is large and very powerful. The cabinet is made of oak, with oak drawers and walnut pulls. I will be using the bench as my primary work surface for all I do, I cannot wait to start work on it. I purchased the hold fasts from a fellow on ebay, he hand forges them and sells them at a very reasonable price. I have already tried them and they truly do hold fast! More than likely I will remove the surface mounted vise as it will be in my way, but it is a nice vise, I'll mount it elsewhere in my shop space.
  34. 1 point
    Gerald

    Latest Visit to Dad's Home

    "A Father's Legacy"- your life story in your own words. Did not realize there were so many versions of the same idea. LOOK AT THESE TITLES
  35. 1 point
    Ron Altier

    Grandfather clock problems

    While removing the weights for transport...........I dropped one on the brass hook and broke it. Yes, I am that clumsy. I have to buy a complete set of hooks with metric thread to replace one. $25 & shipping. I am trying something. I cut off the remaining hook, filed it off, drilled a small hole and threaded in a brass hook from HD. It had a wood thread and I cleaned it off until it screwed in very tightly. I removed it and put JB weld in the hole and on the thread. I think it will hold. I considered soldering it, but I do not have a heat source for such a tiny piece and I didn't want to have a solder mess, especially one that would turn the brass to silver. Do you think it will hold?
  36. 1 point
    Gene Howe

    Shop Smith Manuals

    Thanks, John.
  37. 1 point
    Gunny

    Exalted Ruler Podium

    NICE!!!! all of them
  38. 1 point
    Gene Howe

    Youngest Daughter Heading to MEPS

    College shouldn't be pushed on any teenager. It's only one option and kids should be allowed to explore as many as they can. At 30 years of age, it was a good fit for me. That diploma opened up a bunch of opprtunities. The main benefit was being able to choose where to work and, under what conditions. I'm eternally grateful to my wife for urging me to enroll.
  39. 1 point
    Artie

    Youngest Daughter Heading to MEPS

    Congratulations to your daughter, and to Mom and Dad. As one who never had a realistic chance at college, I don’t buy into the “You Must go to college” mantra that seems to permeate our society today. Doesn’t mean college isn’t a great fit for for many of our youth, just that there are different paths to a happy and successful life.
  40. 1 point
    Danl

    TGIF: Wipe on Urethane Tuesday, july 9, 2019

    I know Sherwin Williams sells a pre-cat lacquer which is KCMA certified.
  41. 1 point
    @Woodbutcherbynight, that is pretty danged awesome, Merchant Marine Academy! Congrats man!
  42. 1 point
    HandyDan

    Eggs all over

    Good to hear. Happy for you!
  43. 1 point
    Good to know time for a spray booth. How well does pre-cat lacquer stand up to chemicals vs. Poly?
  44. 1 point
    Al B

    Patriot Woodworker 2019 Summer Gathering

    Call Tesla !
  45. 1 point
    kmealy

    TGIF: Wipe on Urethane Tuesday, july 9, 2019

    Sprays work even better. It takes me about 2 minutes to spray a chair and that includes time to flip it over and rotate it around. I did some Morris chairs with Waterlox brushed on and I think it took me several hours to get the two of them done.
  46. 1 point
    Amen! Chairs! I could not imagine using a varnish brushed on for chairs. What a nerve racking experience.
  47. 1 point
    Pauley

    Eggs all over

    Very nice. I have a hard time doing an egg shape....
  48. 1 point
    John Morris

    Veritas Concave Spoke Shave

    From the album: John Morris's Hand Tools

    A couple years ago I purchased a full set of Veritas Spoke Shaves and chair scrapers, I have not had a complete chance to use them all, but I just played with this concave shave on my most recent chair, obviously the diameter of the shave does not fit the diameter of the post, as these shaves are kind of sized for Windsors more or less. But working with it the little that I did, it's a beauty. It's a joy to handle, and the adjustment screws are nice to have the twin screws, I can really dial in the shave.
  49. 1 point
    lew

    Note Taker

    Nice!
  50. 1 point
    steven newman

    opened lid.jpg

    From the album: Box of Fancy Pine

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