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Turnings
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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Education
One of the many projects we are working on is a wiki for our online community. A wiki is a great way for woodworkers and enthusiasts to share their knowledge to others, and to impart their knowledge for others to learn from, and utilize as well for their own benefit. We hope you'll consider being a wiki contributor.
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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)
Introduction
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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Multi Layer Dye
Though I would give a step by step on the dye for this platter. Turn the platter back and finish. Reverse and turn the rim leaving center. Now for the dye use dark color or black and sand that back.
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Box for My Uncle Finished
The box for my uncle is completed. I used tung oil as the finish. 
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Bradford Pear Platter
Beginning on a piece of Bradford pear I almost waited too long. This is a crotch piece so in addition to nice grain has feather . The got natural edge also. My be doing Clewes style dye on the rim.

What do you think?
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Laser Engraver Pieces
Most of my work is highlighted by my laser engraver work, I am selling items like this so I can earn the capital to buy more tools to do fancier stuff.  
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Use for Scraps.
That are too big for the burn pile?   Got three 2 x 10 x 18" scraps.....will try to build a plant stand of some sort out of them.   Will take quite a bit of resaw/rip cutting...we'll see
Single Brain Cell Sketch Up is right now working on the details......waiting on the results.    One of the three will get made into a set of legs.....may be a bit different style than the last batch.....other two MAY be a glue up....maybe.  
 
Stay tuned.....
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Old Tools
Picked most of these up a long time ago and just took some pictures to share.
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Intarsia - Judy Gale Roberts' Studio
My wife and I found ourselves in Tennessee, so I had to visit Judy Gale Roberts’ studio in Seymour, TN.  Judy is an Intarsia artesian.  Her work is very beautiful.  Unfortunately, Judy was out of town the day I visited, but her office manager was available to answer many questions.  Judy teaches classes, makes guest appearances, makes commissioned work, and puts out approx. four new patterns a year.  She is looking for ways to be less busy, but the demand for work makes it difficult.  I had a great time seeing her studio.  If you plan to see her studio, leave the RV at home.  The roads are narrow, and the driveway is very steep.  Danl
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