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Ron Altier

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    New CA glue that we need.

    I have used a few CA glues and for the most part they are OK. However some fail and only end up sticking fingers together. Most do work, but the main problem I've had is that I only use a small amount and it sets there for a month or more before I use it again. Then I find it has permanently welded the lid to the tube or what remains is hard I don't know if I'm using storing it wrong or misusing it. I thought about submerging it in in water to seal the air out .
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    Woodcarving

    Welcome, however a warning, those guys are nuts. Only you and I are sane. Lately I have had doubts about me.
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    What next?

    I started gluing some pieces for an ornament. I selected a piece that looked like it had good grain and few scraps. It didn't glue up as I intended. Off center just a tad. I turned it and found worm holes and bad sections of grain. Removed, reglued. One of the scrap pieces came apart. Reglue, restart. Why didn't I just quit and start new? I like a challenge and this was one. I got it to where I felt I should quit, but NO, do just a little more. WRONG thing to do. I just set it down and left it for a couple of hours. When I returned my feeble mind had found a solution, if it didn't fly apart again. Here it is, slightly off center and after I had to remove the finish and redo.
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    Rocky Mountain National Park

    We were unable to see any elk at Rocky Mountain Park, but did see some on the golf course and the one behind the fence was just across the street from our motel. I'll bet they damage a lot of peoples yard, shrubs and trees. Most of the park was closed because of snow and ice. They didn't tell us when we went in. We have a lifetime Sr. pass and didn't have to pay. I would have been very irritated if I had paid big $$ and not told most of the park was closed.
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    Rocky Mountain National Park

    If they spent that much, someone should find out their IQ
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    Thought You've Seen It All?

    Mother-in-law play set?
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    Unusual joint

    I think this would take some experience and skill to make this joint fit right and tight. It tightens as it is tapped in. The wedge would have to be the exact length and width needed.
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    Pine cone pen

    I have never even thought of turning a pine cone. I saw this picture and was amazed. I think It looks like most of it is 2 part epoxy. Anyone ever turn one?
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    Unusual joint

    I think the origins of this joint are very old and use horse hide glue. Very clever and very dependable. A very simple and strong joint. Research called the "Snork" joint.
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    Interval measurements

    I like the point to point. It made me recall the little half door expanders that we used to keep small kids confined to or out of an area.
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    Thank you Ron Altier!

    Wrong Ron. I'm Ron Altier
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    Tabs on the Weather...

    We have had one of the earliest snows in years. The leaves are still on the trees and we got 6" of snow. It was 21 when I got up. If you saw the Broncos game, they showed some of it. Fortunately the streets and roads here were still warm and all was melted within a few hours. However no so fast in others areas. Interstates were closed and accidents abounded. I'm sure this storm caught many without snow tires in the mountains. I stayed in near the fireplace.
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    Ornament

    Most of you know that I dabble with Christmas tree ornaments and that sometimes my mind gets off the main road. I had a design in my mind and kept drawing and improving the design. It is hard to tell in the pictures that it has four extensions of the same design. I didn't know how it would turn out, so I made it of pine. I wish now I had used a quality hardwood.
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    Ornament

    Gene I've made so many different things, from rocking chairs to modern art figures. I have limited space now and can only do small projects. The mini lathe allows for me to have fun and be creative too. When I made this one I wasn't sure where I was going with it, I wish now that I would have used an exotic wood.
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    Walnut ornament

    I call this style of turning, inside out. When I first started I had no idea that I would run into a bad place. I cleaned it out and used sawdust, soda and CA to fill the void. Now it is a jewel My wife loves it. Happy wife, happy life
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    For the first time since owning a house

    When I moved to this area in CO, the first thing I noticed was all the roof vents. I've seen 8 or more on a small home.. I asked why. In 1987 this area was an open prairie with antelope. Now 97,000 live here and things in other areas near are still bursting with growth. Every home here is built to "code" I think that every drain has a vent because of the code. Now if you have a water heater replaced, you must also have a device installed to prevent water hammer. All window, siding, door and roof work must be inspected and approved. HOAs patrol and enforce rules. Only certain colors are allowed for house paint and roofing. It does keep home values up and things very neat and organized.
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    Walnut ornament

    Steve, I've done about 5 or 6 and not all were successful. Early attempts failed because the glue or tape allowed movement. Now I use quarter inch ply screwed to the ends of the pieces and all stays tight.
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    Marriage in heaven

    On their way to get married, a young Catholic couple were involved in a fatal car accident. The couple found themselves sitting outside the Pearly Gates waiting for St. Peter to process them into Heaven. While waiting, they began to wonder; could they possibly get married in Heaven? When St. Peter arrived, they asked him if they could get married in Heaven. St. Peter said, "I don't know. This is the first time anyone has asked. Let me go find out," and he left. The couple sat and waited for an answer ... for a couple months. While they waited, they discussed the pros and cons. If they were allowed to get married in Heaven, should they get married, what with the eternal aspect of it all? What if it doesn't work? Are they stuck in Heaven together, forever? Another month passed. St. Peter finally returned, looking somewhat bedraggled. "Yes," he informed the couple, "You may get married in Heaven." "Great!" said the couple. "But we were just wondering; what if things don't work out? Could we get a divorce in Heaven?" St. Peter, red-faced with anger, slammed his clipboard on the ground. "What's wrong?" asked the frightened couple. "Oh, COME ON!!!" St. Peter shouted. "It took me 3 months to find a priest up here! Do you have ANY idea how long it'll take to find a lawyer??
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    Thinning Latex

    A friend of my wife called and asked how to thin latex paint. She was using one of those hobby paints and the container may hold a TBS. I told her to add a few drops of water, stir and continue until thin. She said that wouldn't work, she tried it and it was too dry to thin. Then my wife told her to thin it with Hydrogen Peroxide drop at a time and stir. Worked like a charm. The chemical symbol for water is H2O and for peroxide is H2O2. I guess the extra 2 Oxygen molecules made a big difference.
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    One tooth less

    I had a tooth extraction this morning. First I had a conference with him a week ago. $100. It lasted 3 minutes. Total bill was $500. It took all of 15 minutes. I do have dental insurance and it paid all but $100. If I add up all the monthly contributions I make, it is probably a break even thing this year. Other years not so much. I got some drugs for pain, last time I didn't need them. I hope this is the last time, but it never is.
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    Someone who loses a child

    I This statue is called Emptiness and was created by a grieving parent. It is a great attempt at describing how a parent feels after losing a child.
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    Ornament

    I had a small piece of Ebony with some yellow stripes in and other left overs. I combined them for this one. I was disappointed when I turned the Ebony, most of the yellow was gone. The gold you see in the groove is gold glitter gel. I let it dry overnight and all the gel dries to leave the glitter.
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    Ornament

    I Spent a lot!!!!!!!!!! 6 colors for a buck at the dollar store. Plastic squeeze bottles with a spout for fine application. Kid toys section.

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