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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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Building a Bed Frame
Well, time to draw up a "Plan" of some sort..

Yep, that's it.   Bed is in the next room...involved laying a board on the bed to get heights worked out....checked with the Boss on head board height...Now have the lengths for the sides and the ends..

Needed these...to lay out a few lines on a post..

Ok, need to get 1 foot board post, and one head board post out of this thing..

Stuff like this wasn't included...will be headed towards the FirePit later..

Ditto...laid out a cut line to cut the two posts apart..

Saw kerf sized.   Used a couple other boards to layout for the head board parts..

24" wide?   Not quite..23-7/8" wide.   2x4 will be the top/bottom rail ( bought two).  Once I knew where the bottom rail will be

I could also lay out for the top rail.  "Notch" is just to locate the size of the plywood panel.  

Also laid out where the frame rails will go.  Lay out for this thingy was done...might as well cut  the posts apart...make it easier to layout the other post..
Boss said "NO!" to my cutting the post in place....had to haul it to the shop..

Post was too long to lay ON the bench...laid it across this bench, and rested the end over by the grinder, on it's bench..Took a while, got my Cardio Workout for the morning..

Shorty is for the foot board end...."Jeff" is for the head board end.  Debating on completing all the cuts, then layout the other two, or just lay things out and cut the second set.
Side rails will run past the head and foot boards.   Sliding dovetails to connect all four rails.....then the posts are installed to the outside of the frame...leaves the interior  clear.   Posts will get a few lags to attach them, no glue.  Want as much that can be torn down for any future moves as I can..Head board may stay as a glued up unit..we'll see. 
Well, it is a start....stay tuned...
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Memorial Day, May 28th, 2018
Memorial Day
This is not a day of celebration, this is not a day to say "Happy Memorial Day", as we often see the banners streaming across the door way of a big box store, or your car dealers lot, "Happy Memorial Day!". My friends, there is nothing happy about it. This day is not a happy occasion to celebrate. It is a day of solemn remembrance for those who gave their lives under the banner of our nation. I am taken back by the celebratory mood that surrounds one of the most profound annual holidays in our nations docket of patriotic remembrances. 
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Magnolia Woodturners Inc
Magnolia Woodturners, a Mississippi Chapter of the American Association of Woodturners was chartered July 20, 1996 for individuals interested in woodturning. The primary purpose of the Magnolia Woodturners Inc. is consistent with the fundamental purposes of the American Association of Woodturners, to provide information, education, and organization of those interested in turning wood. In addition, Magnolia Woodturners Inc. purposes are to:
1. Provide a meeting location for woodturners...maps and directions.....
2. Share ideas regarding woodturning, including lathes, tools, turning materials, turning techniques and designing of turned objects
3. Exchange wood and other woodturning materials.
4. Inform members about activities of interest to woodturners.
5. Promote woodturning as an art form and craft.
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Pecan W/ Inlay
Have had the first turn of this bowl on the shelf for 3-4 years and finally getting it done. Got the second turn done on outside and decided to cut a grove and use inlace. Only had a little turcoise so ordered jade. Finished sanding today and went to 3000 with Abralon. This is done nice stuff , it makes the pecan shine.
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I Keep Returning To Mexico!
This wood is just so pretty, it makes me look like I almost know what I am doing.  I am a novice at best but I enjoy it so.....
This is about 3" tall and 5-1/2" wide.
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Hidden latch for rifle display case
I'm building a rifle display case and decided I would incorporate a hidden latch for the door. So I cut the feet, latch, holes, and pocket for the latch on the CNC. Sort of a different project, more just doing a little engineered machining with the most appropriate tool in our shop for that purpose.
So here's a short video of cutting the pocket on the edge of the bottom board -
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Starting To Build A Tea Pot.
Two woods grown here by my wife, Chinese privet, variegated and I thought I was saving some walnut but it turned out to be oak I had stacked there.  
The easiest way to get the log ready for the lathe is first put the log in the Legacy Mill to knock off the bark and kinda get it round then go to the lathe...
   I had to stop and glue up some cracks  was the reason I am doing two at once, let the glue dry on one while I play with the other....
and again, this is what I am shooting for. Don't matter if it will end up close or not, just doing one with some carving and maybe a name?
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Grizzly G0771Z
I finally went and done it. My R4512 finally stopped making good cuts so I got a Grizzly. I am SOOOOOOO impressed with this saw. Came with out a scratch on it. Easy to set up (with help). The hardest part was getting it to my shop. It weighs 300 lbs in the box. Got an appliance dolly and a great big friend to help me move it. Made several cuts with it today. If you are thinking about an up grade, this is a really good deal.
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Greg Pennington builds beautiful Windsors and conducts classes as well.
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Veterans Association of America
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Tübatulabal Cooking Basket
The Tübatulabal are an indigenous people of the Kern River Valley area of Southern California and are related to the Aztec. The literal meaning of the name is "pine nut eaters". Stones were heated in a fire and then placed in the baskets to cook the food. This basket illusion measures 13⅝" diameter and about 3½" deep. The wood is maple. It was donated to the 2017 Christmas auction of the Woodturners of North Texas.
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Drilling it Down
A few weeks back, I posted a thread about a pick that included a Black & Decker corded drill kit. I also have alluded to the fact I may have a problem when it comes to the number of corded drills in my possession. Since the temperature is dropping and we alternate between white-out snow then momentary sunshine and now darkness, I thought I would present this thread for your entertainment, amusement, amazement and harassment. Enjoy the show.
WARNING: Proceeding beyond this point is at your own risk. The content of this thread is not advised for those with rational thought processes or hoarding phobias. Some restrictions apply. Void where prohibited. Must be 18 to enter.
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Glenn Davis
By Glenn Davis, a selection of recent projects to keep me busy.
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Blankets for a Cause (Operation Ward 57 Christmas Project 2017)
The cause
As you know we had a wonderful project that spanned from October to the end of the year of 2017 that involved the Gold Star widow and her two children as assigned to our community by Operation Ward 57. You can see the project at: The Patriot Woodworkers with Op Ward 57 Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays - 2017
The donation
During the project we witnessed many forms of heart felt giving, from the actual raffle ticket purchases, to the exchanging of the winnings from one member to another. Every step of the way, everyone who participated in this project performed heroically, I want to thank everyone once again for their giving, and participation in this very important annual tradition of ours. Thank you!
Sometimes, things happen in these projects that are, well, just pretty danged cool, and one of those things was the shipment I received from Patriot Woodworker @honesttjohn. The shipment contained one blanket for each member of the Merlo Family. These blankets were hand made by Mrs. Mordus, (spouse of John Mordus aka honestjohn).
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Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners December 27, 2017
Well I made it through the Christmas holiday- mostly by hiding out in the basement shop!
While hiding out in the basement, I had the chance to experiment with a new (for me) turning media.I wanted to try my hand at some acrylic casting/turning. During a visit to Hobby Lobby, I found some "Alumilite" brand casting resin-

Hobby Lobby has 40% off coupons which brought the price down to about $20. I've had a little experience with casting in the past. I really didn't want to have to buy molding materials for a simple turning so I stopped by the "Dollar Store" and bought a 3-pack of plastic cereal bowls-
Turned completely with Easy Wood Tools!!

Safe Turning
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Presents for the Club
Well it is that time again. We have our last meeting of the year a week from tomorrow that is when I give the members something I made as a present.
This year I made a beam compass for that once in a lifetime time they have to mark out a circle too large for the standard Scissor compass. There are many ways to do this,a string and pencil, not very accurate, a stick with a pencil taped to it and a nail driven thru,that will work. But not as good as a fancy made wooden beam compass that should last a lifetime and be handed down to a youngster who says "Whats that thing for"?
The first picture is the mock up and the rest is the build.
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Shop workbench for my son
I made this shop workbench for my oldest son.  The structure is southern yellow pine (SYP) ripper from 2” x 8” dimensional lumber and is fabricated so that it can be disassembled.  The horizontal members are attached to the side frames with 3/8” dia. bolts.  The drawers sides are made from ½” birch plywood.  The drawer bottoms are 1/8” hardboard.  The right drawer is a double drawer.  All  three drawers have dovetails joints.   The drawer slides are made from SYP.  The bottom shelf is  ½” birch plywood.  The top is made from 2 pieces of ¾” MDF and 1 piece of 1/8” hardboard banded with ¾” pine.  The Craftsman vise (made in USA) attachment will be such that it can be located on any corner of the top.
The plans for the workbench is inspired from Shopsmith magazine issue 66, December 1989.
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A project in Poplar
Ok, Vacay is over, time to make a bit of sawdust....maybe.
Had a few Poplar boards sitting around, taking up space in the shop..

Not quite all the same sizes...little rough around the edges, too.   Bandsaw to remove some of the excess stuff..

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