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Ron Dudelston

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  1. It’s been a light week here at Above and Beyond WoodWorks. I completed a small bookcase that I have up for sale and I’m mentally thinking through a two sided hanging map display that I have been commissioned to build. The enjoyment of the week came yesterday when my daughter brought our 12 year old granddaughter and her cousin over to spend the night. Our daughter is an elementary school art and music teacher and she has a knack for getting dear old dad roped into projects. Usually, I go willingly. She brought over a rolled oats container that was half full of hardened epoxy. Mixed into the epoxy was a random group of colored pencils. We peeled the cardboard off the outside, mounted it to a faceplate and gave her a lesson in turning. Remember that I usually turn out of necessity but this was fUn because we did it together. The bowl had a few air pockets in it but we together. It’ll be a guitar pick holder so a couple holes won’t hurt it. As for the weekend, there’s no shop time. We still have the granddaughter through Saturday and Sunday is worship and the the LOML and I are headed to Indy to a Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan concert. So gang, What’s on Your Weekend Agenda?
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    John Moody's Mother

    I am saddened to report that John Moody’s mother died today shortly after 1pm CST. Miss Moody (as she was affectionately called by all) fell 2 weeks ago and broke her hip but was recovering nicely when she suffered a stroke last week. I met Miss Moody a couple of times and she was the quintessential southern belle and will be missed. John has been carrying a heavy load recently and unfortunately his TPW time has suffered. Please keep the Moody family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
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    Display Case Question

    Since we have the best woodworks in the world right here, I have a question. I just took a job building a display case that will hang on the wall. The customer’s father was wounded in WWII in the South Pacific and apparently was to be part of a Japanese invasion force. He was carrying a silk double map of Honshu and this is the map that will be protected by the case. Side note: The map still has blood stains on it. Anyway, I’m thinking about a basic oak frame on all four sides with either glass or plexiglass on either side. Weight will be an issue because the map is 26” square. The map will be suspended by gold clips inside and a gold chain to hang the case. Here’s the question. Because of the weight the case has to be strong so what type of joinery on the corners? It is too narrow for dovetails or box joints.
  4. Good Monday Morning! Patriot Woodworker, we have survived the weekend to move on to this warm June week. The weekend brought a bit of fulfillment and completion for me. My son and I can finally say, "The end is near!" The deconstruction of his property is complete and we built an 80 foot fence on Saturday. He has scheduled a local company to bring in 7 loads of top soil to fill in the hole from the house and level the yard. New Member A special and warm welcome goes out to our newest member Steve Williams. If you see him on site, give him a big welcome. Your Week: So gang, what's shaping up for your week?
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    Display Case Question

    Dave, I was referring to the depth of the case. I’m guessing no more than 2 1/2 or 3”
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    Display Case Question

    I hadn’t thought about brass corner caps. Hmmm
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    Happy Father's Day

    Sure did. In fact, I stained a bookcase before I slipped into the pool.
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    Happy Father's Day

    Thanks Gene. Spent the day in the pool.
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    Land Surveying Equipment Lockers (Build In Progress)

    Very clean lines John. Well done, Boss.
  10. A good Friday morning to all of you Patriot Woodworkers. If you've been keeping up on the forums, it has been a very busy week for y'all and it appears that many projects are in the works. This week, my wife and I broke down and bought new phones. My carrier had a BOGO on iPhone 8s so we're now learning the nuances of the new toys. Also this week, I built a small bookcase, just because. Just because I had a half sheet of plywood in the corner and it was more fun to build something with it than move it around. The case is only 24" wide and 48" tall and I'll probably put it up for sale at my next show. Its been fun because I really didn't know what color(if any) to dye or stain it so I made a sample board and threw it out on my Facebook page as a poll. As of now, its either golden oak or red oak stain. The weather here is predicted to be extremely hot and my son and I are going to build an 80' fence on his new property that is now totally houseless. So gang, what's on your agenda for this weekend? Starting a new project, finishing one or simply relaxing?
  11. I’m lucky in that my son loves woodworking and guns so I’m saying my shop and toy box will go to him.
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    Router Setup

    Bosch has a history of making quality tools and that’s why I bought Bosch. I have been accused of being a router hoarder since I have seven of them but the Bosch is my fave. I have a Porter Cable and a very powerful Makita but the Makita doesn’t have a soft start. You better have a tight hold when you start it.
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    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.
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    Good Monday Morning Patriot Woodworkers! June 11, 2018

    I love to have the name Studley. Then they could call me Studley Dudley. Today is get new phones day. Our old iPhone 5c is getting slow to we're moving up to 8's. Shopwise, I'm build an oak bookcase just for fun. Don't have a buyer (yet) but I had a half sheet of oak plywood in my way.
  15. 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?
  16. Of course, there's a story behind the stiff horse. We ate lunch at the Blue Gate Restaurant and there was an Amish gentleman giving carriage rides. Val, the older of the two, tried to touch the bridle of the horse and it turned its head to see her and scared the daylights out of her. This stiff horse was in a fake stall just around the corner. She said, "This is safer."
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    Good Monday Morning Patriot Woodworkers! June 4, 2018

    Short and sweet.........Building display cases this week.
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    Understanding Wood Finishing - Flexner

    Thanks Keith. Ordered and on the way.
  19. 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?
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    And they want $15 an hour..........SMH
  21. You took all the rain, Dave. Here on the eastern side of the Hoosier state we only got about .2".
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    Good Monday Morning Patriot Woodworkers! May 29, 2018

    Had a great weekend! Sunday's Indy 500 was a tad toasty at 92 degrees but we survived. This week is filled with building 3 pistol cases. I have a friend that is retiring as a state arson investigator and his Barretta and his badges will go in it.
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    Glue Test

    Its a stick welder. You use a dowel rod, Al.

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