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  1. 13 points

    First Furniture Project

    YAY! I made a stool and it's not wobbly. Now I can sit at my work bench
  2. 11 points

    Log Furniture

    After building cabinets for thirty years, I started building log furniture. Although I have nearly every tool a woodworker can use, hardly any of them are much use building log furniture. I had to invent a few. I've had a lot of fun building the furniture and it has been very rewarding fiscally. It it much different selling a finished product versus providing a service. I wish I had done it twenty years ago.
  3. 10 points
    Ron Altier

    Rock Bottom

  4. 9 points
    Gene Howe

    Photos From Alaska

    Won't bore you all with the 4 or 500 pics we took. But here are a few. Phyl and I at the Mendenhall Glacier. The first of several after an 8 mile atv climb up a mountain. Our cook and server. A few woodworking pics. This one is of carved ceremonial figures. From a Museum in Juneau. Here's a stool used in the museum. This and the bench that follows are Sitka Spruce. Some really fine lumber. finishes really nice. appears to be pretty dense, too. Here are some chainsaw bear carvings at one of the lodges where we stayed. Check out his prices. Finally, the obligatory "We were there" pic. Taken from the cruise ship. Hope you enjoyed the photos. We had a blast...except for the last two sick days.
  5. 9 points
    Steve Krumanaker

    Humble Beginnings.

    This may not seem like it's turning related but it is. I want to learn a little about chip carving for embellishing. I have some boxes turned and ready but thought it might be better to practice on some flat pieces first. Glad I did, it's harder than I thought it might be. I am finding it's a lot like turning in that it's all about technique. This is the most basic cut and probably the most often used in chip carving, the triangle. Going to take a lot of practice I think. I can see some progress from top to bottom but have a long way to go. Steve
  6. 9 points

    Ipad or Clip Board Holders

    Just made some IPAD,TABLET,Clip Board holders. Walnut Spalted Alder, spray shellac finish. They are a little large. didn't know the size of the devices as I don't use them. 9X12, tilted @20 degrees. I am working on some smaller ones now. Herb
  7. 9 points


    Two Local Sam's Clubs are closing and I get notices from an auction liquidator. High bidder on this one I bid on this, a 20' long x 7' wide wine rack, mostly for the boxes on the top that I plan to convert into work boxes and a wall storage unit. Well, I got the winning bid and went today to pick up what I could. About 3 dozen boxes are all clear-finished baltic birch and seem to be very sturdy. Inside the frame was about 12 sheets of 1/2" plywood and lots of 2x4 framing, like a hip roof. Surprised that most of the screws were good quality square drive that can be reused, and the carpenters left behind a whole unopened box of 600 premium 1.25" square drive screws. Underneath were six half-sheets of 3/4 particle board, and several dozen rough cut 1x8 boards, 4' long. 4 pallets with nice casters on them, and a few odds and ends of long boxes. All in all, I got a pickup truck loaded to the top of the bed cap and a 5x10 trailer stacked about 3' deep. Best news: Strike price $8.26
  8. 9 points
    Finished it. Decided to flatten by hand sanding, stain, oil based poly and not do a glass top.
  9. 9 points

    New Shop Storage

    I took down part of my shelving. I am installing bins hoping it will give me more and better storage.
  10. 9 points

    Square Deal

    So a couple of months back, you may recall this Craftsman combo square followed me home...working on it a bit here, bit there, finally got it presentable... About the only place not heavily rusted was where the head had sat for decades.... Before it all went into the Evap-O-Rust tank. I had hit the worst of the scale with a slow speed brass wheel. Heavy rusting and pitting on the head surfaces Ta-da...sorry for the poor lighting; discoloration (rust looking) is the reflection off my rust red t-shirt. A lot of lapping on my sharpening plate first with 100g, 220g, 320g, 400g, wet or dry...all was done dry. The head is cast steel The pitting here also is present on the face side; not sure but might have partially been a casting flaw/blow-out when cast. It cleaned up pretty nice...wish I had some machinist greying to coat the surface While i was at it I finished cleaning this one too. You might recall what it originally looked like (one with red zip tie) holding the square head made in Taiwan...turns out the blade is marked Made in U.S.A., No.1270 M F Co. (Millers-Falls). I added the bottom head; no name or markings but seemed appropriate for this blade. Thanks for looking...last one out please turn off the lights.
  11. 8 points
    Ron Altier

    Here Is Looking At You

    Over the last 30 years I have made some crazy things, Gnomes, faces, objects and other crazy things that I put on trees, fences and I've even pulled a knot out of a fence and put a yellow canary in it. I made this face 20 years ago and my wife said it was time for an overhaul. I cleaned him up and repainted. The fence is about45 feet from the house and he is easy to see. Grandkids still talk about him
  12. 8 points
    Well gang, we are ushering in a new month as June is upon us. I trust your holiday shortened week has treated you well. As many of you already know, last Sunday was race day for my son and I as we sweltered in the 92 degree heat with 300,000 of my closest friends. One of the many traditions at the Indy 500 during the pre-race ceremonies is the blowing of taps to pay honor to those who gave their lives fighting for this country. Just across the track from us is the infamous "Snake Pit" where 30,000 highly intoxicated people listen to rack music instead of watch the race. Interestingly, during the pre-race festivities all music stopped but there was still lots of crowd noise. However, when taps were blown the entire speedway was stone silent. You could hear absolutely nothing and it was one of those solemn moments I'll never forget. My week has been light as I played lifeguard in our pool for the grand-kids but I did manage to get a good start on three pistol display cases. One cherry, one oak and a walnut. Tomorrow I've volunteered to help my son build a 12 X 16 shed. So, Patriot Woodworkers, what's on your weekend agenda?
  13. 8 points

    Holly Planter

    Well the holly wood planter is finished, and came out fairly well. Best I could do with what wood I had. Started with rough, warped boards, tried to make them presentable. Herb
  14. 7 points

    Clamps Were Cheaper Than a Tire.

    actually no words required on this.
  15. 7 points

    Ipad or Clip Board Holders

    can't resist
  16. 7 points
    Ron Dudelston

    Router Setup

    Lissa, I'm a Bosch guy and I have a Bosch 1617 EVS mounted under my table. I bought my table and built the base myself. That being said, I see that Lowe's has a Bosch table and a 1617 EVS available. Its a table top unit so it is short and you may have to build an extension for it to raise it up. The 1617 is 2 1/4 HP and that should be fine for your projects. I have swung a 3 1/2" cutter in mine and it is still working fine. Whatever you buy, when you go to Lowe's to make the purchase ask for a manager. The manager has the flexibility to give a discount if you explain your charity.
  17. 7 points
    steven newman

    Hit and Miss Yard Sale Day

    Yesterday's hunting was even skimpier....couple of rusty braces.....a $20 backsaw just like the one I got now. A few planes, most looked like they had been mixed together to make whole ones,,and still missing things.....all except this one... Front knob was missing, I had a loaner at the shop. Seemed to hop right up into my hand, and didn't want set back down.. Cleaned a spot on the iron, and found a Sargent logo....more cleaning found a number.. So, now I had a model number, for this #3 sized plane....found another, once the base was cleaned up.. Also 408. Was informed the base is a type 2....but was also told this was the "wrong" frog..yet everything else is correct? Rear handle is Rosewood, BTW Whell to adjust the depth settings even has the correct knurling. Managed to get the thing cleaned up.. Looks a bit better? Need to sharpen it up...maybe later today.....$8 plane.
  18. 7 points
    Sitting here by the pool in east central Indiana watching the hummingbirds feed. This morning is cool, crisp and damp and the coffee is hot. We finally got some much needed rain last night so all is right with the world. This has been a laid back week with just a little shop time even though my to do list is long. I am retired after all! On Wednesday, Dorothy and I took our two youngest granddaughters to Shipshewana Indiana to attend a large flea market and see the sights. Shipshewana is Amish country filled with shops and amazing food. If you're ever in northern Indiana, it is a great place to spend the day. I did manage to make some progress on a few gun display cases this week and will finish them today. The oak one is sold already and since I was building, I made a cherry and walnut one for stock. The oak case will also have the owner's ID and badges from his lifetime as an arson investigator. On a side note, the pistol laying in the case is the least favorite gun I own. It is a Ruger P95 and shoots fine but it has an odd feel to m y hand. It does make a stellar demo for the case. No big plans for the weekend so far but what's on your Patriot Woodworker agenda for this weekend?
  19. 7 points


    Final count 36 baltic birch finished boxes, of which 30 are roughly 24"w x 8" tall x 16"w. Rest are about 18" w 3 boxes of solid wood or plywood 10 sheets of 3/8" plywood, probably A-C. 4 have a corner cut off NIB 600 1.25" square drive wood screws About 2 lb each "only used once" 1.5" and 1.25" square drive wood screws 30 pieces of lexan suitable for blade guards 6 half sheets of 3/4" particle board 24 rough sawn one side 1x8 boards, about 40" long large pile of 2x4 SPF wood ranging from 18 to 48" - destined to become legs for assembly table. 4 clean pallets 16 casters 4 pull handles garbage can full of kindling - short pieces of 2x4 and china-ply gussets So for the boxes that is what I wanted, 25 cents each. Rest is free with some labor involved for breakdown and loading. Still have heavy steel racking 4 sets 10' w x 4'd x 20"h
  20. 7 points
    Sooo, now I'm sitting here, picking dried glue off my fingers... tried to glue and clamp where it sat on the bench...didn't go too well....somehow got it to the floor....and clamped the heck out of it... Got it back onto the bench, had to re-install the diagonal clamp...checked the legs..one was splayed way out...clamps to adjust that...Another needed pulled a hair back out, was toed in a bit... Needed 22" outside to outside on the feet,,,also wanted 12" between the end feet....one was a tad wide...it is sitting on the bench, so anyone will be able to walk past it, and not hit anything.. Will let this sit over night..and see what I can do..tomorrow.. Stay tuned..
  21. 6 points

    Useless conversation and other drivel...

    Florida Woman Stops Alligator Attack Using a Small Beretta Pistol Another good reason to have a concealed weapons permit. Florida Woman Stops Alligator Attack Using a Small .22 cal Beretta Pistol: This is a story of self-control and marksmanship by a brave, cool-headed woman with a small pistol against a fierce predator. What's the smallest caliber that you would trust to protect yourself? Here's her story in her own words: "While out walking along the edge of a pond just outside my house in The Villages with my soon to be ex-husband, discussing property settlement and other divorce issues, we were surprised by a huge 12-ft. alligator which suddenly emerged from the murky water. It began charging us with its large jaws wide open. She must have been protecting her nest because she was extremely aggressive. If I had not had my little Beretta .22 caliber pistol with me, I would not be here today! Just one shot to my estranged husband's knee cap was all it took. The gator got him easily, and I was able to escape by just walking away at a brisk pace. The amount I saved in lawyer's fees was really incredible. His life insurance was a big bonus!”
  22. 6 points
    Steve Krumanaker

    Demo Prep

    Our club meets this Sunday and I am doing the demo. Have decided on a fairly simple project from a video by Steve Jones . A seed starter pot maker. Many club members don't do demos and don't realize what goes into preparing for one. The demo I'm doing is "skew heavy". Steve Jones is a production turner from England the best I've ever seen with a skew. Even though I'm fairly adept with a skew I can't hold a candle to Steve. Even so, I want to do the demo using as many of his techniques as possible. With that in mind I have turned several pieces to get it down. This is maybe half of the ones I've done for practice. Add to that, transporting tools, materials, making notes, rehearsing, etc. etc. and doing a demo is a significant commitment in time and effort. On the other hand, I truly believe, the person doing the demo learns much more than anyone who watches it and the benefits far out weigh the inconveniences. Steve
  23. 6 points

    Home Built Sawmill

    I started milling with an "Alaska" type chainsaw mill that I built out of steel.(the store bought units seemed somewhat flimsy). With a Sthil 084 and a 60" bar it weighed about 150 lbs. It would wear a man smooth out. I decided to build a platform to mount it on that worked more like a sawmill. While designing the rails and action I realized that I could make a more useful machine by mounting different tools to the tool post. It functions as a sawmill with plunge cutting capabilities, a large capacity lathe(10" dia x 108" length), a large capacity mortise machine(24" x 96" bed, 14" vertical stroke), and a large capacity drill press(24" x 96" bed, 14" vertical stroke). I'm very pleased with the results and would love to hear your comments and opinions(even the negative ones). I offer a lease of my blueprints for prospective builders. Go to dropbox link below for more detailed pics and info. machine: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nr4yw91iv2hgdl0/AACv5-Unq_KSGyYK-2YHwWIBa?dl=0 furniture it can make: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pq9hfk8rqr7l416/AADQZxeku_HGeIBLpz4MeasIa?dl=0
  24. 6 points
    Hmmm...as little as I can get away with......and even less if they let me... Table needs done.....nice excuse to hide in the shop....
  25. 6 points
    Ron Dudelston

    Memorial Day, May 28th, 2018

    As a vet, I am concerned that the tone of the nation towards Memorial Day is changing. The original intent of Memorial day was/is to pay honor to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country. It seems of late that the nation is changing its focus to honoring those who have served. With all due respect to my fellow comrades in arms, our day is November 11th. I'm not worthy to hold the sandals of those who gave their lives for this great land.

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