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Shopsmith Destiny
Cleaning up my garage today, I was going through my blade collection. I've had this blade hanging on my wall for about 15 years. I never could figure out the oversized arbor hole. 
Till now! Seems my Shopsmith destiny was written long ago! 
Note logo at top. Just today I noticed the logo.
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Shopsmith Accessories Shelf
I ordered the Shopsmith accessories shelf last Sunday and it arrived yesterday. I am very happy with this new addition to my SS. I could have made one, but I did not want too, plus I wanted the factory fit and finish with the CNC slots for many of the basic accessories for my SS.
The shelf is made of solid Pine at 1 1/4" thick, very sturdy. It bolted up to the lower legs very nicely. I am impressed with the SS quality thus far, all the way down to this shelf.
My small things were starting to get scattered in my work area as I am completely unorganized right now, and I needed something quick to organize before I started losing "stuff". This did the trick, very pleased with it.



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Downdraft box
Here is a downdraft box I just completed today.
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My neighbor cut down a tree for an elderly woman neighbor. He always gives me a few logs. He told me it was apple. I cut up one log and rough turned a bowl. It is around 9 inches in diameter.
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Grill Table
Bought a small grill this Spring and been meaning to build a table for it to sit on.  Have a friend who builds decks and he gives me some composite deck material if he gets too much laying around his place so the material for this project was free.  The legs are made from railing stock. 
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Stamp Holders
These are stamp holders that I made from wood that was planted at our state capitol in Idaho. I made 160 of these and I got to keep 5. They went to all the offices and the elected folks.
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Land Surveyor Retirement Witness Post
Another retirement gift for one of our Land Surveyors. Boy they are retiring quickly, much of the old guard had been leaving us, and more to come. 
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My name is Brian Longshore or (BigB) and I am 42 years old and a Verteran (US Navy, Electronics Technician USS CHOSIN CG-65 Pearl Harbor Hawaii 97-03).
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Simple Little Project
Had some Pine scraps.....decided a simple little step stool would be nice to try to build...
The one board was too narrow, and a bit too thin....I cut it into two (almost) matching pieces...about 8" long..
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Shop Projects - Mortising Jig & Beam Compass
I have a production project in the plans which will require mortising and bent lamination, so I took the time to build a mortising jig and a beam compass.  I will be test driving them after the project design is approved on Labor Day weekend.
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Carved Bottom
In doing ringmaster bowls it is sometime difficult to decorate the bottom on lathe and the many stripes of the glueup would make it a little blurry. On one of these I tried something different. I carved a flower and burned the background to make it stand out.Woods used are cherry,walnut, river birch and exotic I cannot remember.
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Just a Couple Carved Walking Sticks
Here are the walking sticks I completed for my wife and I.  Hers has a queen topper, I have a king!
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Having Friends 'In the Business'
Sometimes it really pays off to having so many good friends "in the business".  I've been involved in the woodworking industry and have made many life-long friends over the past 35 years. Woodworkers for the most part are friendly and generous types in my experience.  So I've been sitting on a piece of spalted maple for a very, very long time, waiting for the right project.  We just introduced negative rake carbide cutters to our line here at EWT.  I've honestly not been a big fan of turning resins / acrylics / man-made materials, always much preferred turning wood.  When we tested these NR cutters I was very surprised what a difference they make in turning this man-made "stuff".  So I finally found a great use for this piece of maple!  I sent it off to my friend Heath Knuckles, and he transformed this piece of wood into some very cool hybrid blanks.  If you are not familiar with Heath and his work, here is a link to one of his projects:  

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Workbench Magazine Jan-Feb 1967 Sculpture On A Lathe
This is a scanned document of the now defunct Workbench Magazine of this era. Permission was granted by the new Workbench Publication for The Patriot Woodworker community to copy and use the old Workbench Magazine at our pleasure, and for free distribution and re-use.
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Live Oak Hollowform
My neighbor had some limbs cut and I picked up some of the pieces thinking firewood, but decided to turn some. Started doing hollowforms and then went on to try dye. It does not show well in the pic but there is violet sanded off and then yellow and then red. Used Chestnut spirit Stains and finished with lacquer. I turned this piece all the way to finish in one sitting and got no movement out of round and this is one of the smallest entry holes I have done so far.
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Frame & Panel Project
Something a bit different....as a way to use up a pile of scraps?
One such pile.  Have already sliced a couple of these scraps.    I don't think the old 1/2" bandsaw blade will be of much use...

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Command Chief Stripes Plaque
I had a request to make a plaque for a Command Chief and this is what we came up with, an unsteamed Walnut and Maple plaque.  It's pretty large, actually, so I included a shot of it by the guitar I just finished.  The plaque is about 12" x 21" and the Maple inlays are about 1/8" thick.  The finish is Nitrocellulose lacquer.
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Vintage 9 Inch South Bend Lathe
My late uncle had a lot of woodworking and metal working tools.  He knew I had most of the woodworking and his would be duplicates, but while in hospice, he asked if i would please keep his lathe - that was his pride and joy.  The things he could do with that thing were unbelievable.
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1st Acoustic Guitar Build
Ok, I've mentioned this many times and it's finally to a point where I can post photos.  Over the last 30 years or so I have replaced tops, backs, done fret jobs, inlay, glued braces and lining, refinished, made bridges, saddles, and nuts, replaced tuners, and all kinds of repairs, etc. but this is the first guitar I've built from scratch. 
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Hand Tools - Use 'Em
Hi, new to this forum.
Have been working on restoring hand tools and developing skills for a couple of years. Thought you might be interested in a project from last year. These Eleven Grooved Boxes are made, with the exception of preparing the original stock, entirely with hand tools. A big Stanley miter box, planes 4, 5 1/4, 18, two 45s, and a round side 606. Love them all.
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Patriot Woodworker 2018 Community Raffle Fundraiser (Winners Announced)
We are pleased to bring you another great opportunity as presented by our sponsors, and friends at Woodcraft Supply, Easy Wood Tools, and Laguna Tools. We are having a raffle! Presented to you are 4 wonderful prizes donated by our sponsors for the purpose of raising funds for our woodworking community.
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More Old Tools
I posted some of these over on Tool Talk, but thought i might share them here, too.   A few old Kennedy tool boxes and some tools that are currently hiding in them.   Yes, that's a drawknife in the one with the various hammers.   the rules are for scale.   The inside micrometer was in the first box i ever got which had been left in a house we moved into.
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Thirteen Folds of Our Flag
This is what the thirteen folds of a properly folded United States of America Flag stand for. 
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Cutting Dowels in Bulk
I recently made a thread cabinet for a sewing friend of mine.  The spools were to be placed over dowels to keep the thread spools in order.  I needed 168 four inch dowels.  Decided I need 20 four foot dowels to come up with the number needed.  Couldn't see myself making 168 cuts so I came up with a plan to wrap them all together with some plastic stretch wrap and give that a whirl.  Marked off the a dowel every four inches and wrapped the dowels together in between the marks stretching the plastic nice and tight and put them through the table saw.  Worked nicely.  Got them all cut quickly and smoothly.

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