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kmealy

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  1. The current rage is "corn hole game" but I remember my parents had a game they called "washer board" that was a cross between it and horseshoes. Here is a plan for making a set. https://mycrazygoodlife.com/three-hole-washers-game/ excuse all the crazy good embedded ads
  2. I remember seeing this at Shopsmith. This works well for things like attaching a skirt/apron to a table, but does not work for long pieces like face frames (remember that the screws need to end up in side grain, not end grain). I took a look at Shopsmith web site earlier today to see if Hands On! was still archived online. The last thing I could find was dated 2007 and most all the plan links were 404. Too bad to see the company go down the drain. I also got a chance to use the 10ER at the furniture bank Wednesday. The MarkV was a tremendous improvement. The vertical adjustment on the saw table was push and hope you got in the right place, no geared rack and pinion.
  3. I have spent the last few weeks building a storage unit for the shop after I unloaded the van and on-site hardware boxes. Also, I've been organizing the hardware and hand tools for the theater group so we don't go buy 3 boxes of hardware when we have 5 boxes in stock, but no one knows where they are. Today, I was at the furniture bank were I have not been for a few weeks because of the theater build. I really had to stop and try to remember where all the hardware was organized there. It does not help that the one guy who comes in and tries to repair stuff has the idea to just throw it somewhere on the shelves in the work room. I am not OCD, but I hate spending time looking for stuff I know we (probably) have.
  4. The Sheer Nightgown.... A husband walks into Victoria's Secret to purchase a sheer negligee for his wife. He is shown several possibilities that range from $250 to $500 in price -- the sheerer, the higher the price. Naturally, he opts for the sheerest item, pays the $500, and takes it home. He presents it to his wife and asks her to go upstairs, put it on, and model it for him. Upstairs the wife thinks (she's no dummy), 'I have an idea. It's so sheer that it might as well be nothing. I won't put it on, but I'll do the modeling naked, return it tomorrow, and keep the $500 refund for myself.' She appears naked on the balcony and strikes a pose. The husband says, 'Good Grief! You'd think for $500, they'd at least iron it!' He never heard the shot. Funeral on Thursday at Noon. Closed coffin.
  5. I had to repair a split wooden seat on a chair once. I glued and clamped it back together the put in a dutchman/viking/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. I did not point it out to customer when she picked it up but she noticed it and was pleasantly surprised.
  6. All it needs is a dose of Gorilla Glue ;-) Stuff today is different -- all sorts of cheap, wet, and inferior wood put together in Asia by people who were farming last month. I used to shiver when I heard the words, "My husband tried to repair this with Gorilla Glue." Doubled the time and effort.
  7. No, a friend just gave me the lattice mat last month. I got the piece roughly in position today and I think if i can slide the mat over about 4" it will still fit. Otherwise, I'll have to go back to my old mats (closed cell foam) It is replacing the old temporary work table just behind it in the pictures. Speaking of which, is this called a "cross lap joint?" It's just something I thought up.
  8. It all depends. I stopped watching Norm Abrams when he used a half-blind dovetail from a dovetail jig on the base molding of a piece of furniture. I now occasionally watch This Old House. It is not obvious at all that Festool is a sponsor. A few years ago they were edge gluing some boards for a window seat. Tommy was using Dominos on the edge joint he was gluing. I'm thinking, "Well there's an $800 tool doing a job that does not need to be done." There are also people who are blind slaves to golden ratio for everything. There are lots of pleasing proportions. end of rant
  9. It will not be on casters. Objective #4. Able to disassemble with minimal work in case I need to move it in the future. The top's not on yet, but so far, it will take 8 carriage bolts to disassemble. The end and side frames separate and everything else is cross lap joints that slip apart.
  10. I'm sure glad I can learn a lot about woodworking on the internet. Here's a couple of the first few hits on "types of wood joints" I am going to practice making dovetials [sic] like this and get a good, strong joint. Seems kind of wasteful of wood, though. I will have to wait until I have some turkey legs before I can get a tendon for a mortise and tendon [sic] joint, too. They obviously stole the above from Bob Vila (or vice-versa) I think I will also make some of these very strong dovetail joints. (found at another site 8 joints you need to know) And I am going to look for some of those marvelous square profile biscuits, but I may need to change the cutter on my biscuit joiner machine. Trying to figure out the difference between a miter joint and a mitered butt joint, too. And your standard dowel joint, described as, "You’ll find dowel joints on woodworking items where visible screws or nails are not desirable, such as high-end cabinetry, bookcases, and custom stairways." This is a very attractive and strong joint that I'd expect to see on high-end cabinetry. All can say is, "Geez, glad I have 40 years experience."
  11. T minus 10. Got the end supports built and top and bottom rails laid out and attached today. Lots of mental geometry with two different width boxes and two different lengths of each. A few small thing to do like add shelf/drawer glides to the end panels. That's why the right hand drawers look askew. Then on to the top and get the vise attached. The top row of boxes (drawers) will need to be cut down an inch and the rest of the hand-holds cut out. But it went together, got squared up, and all the drawers fit without slop or binding (!) Trying to align 20 dado to dado joints in two dimensions each took some time, even with the help of gravity. Building something this big on my undersized table reminded me of why I wanted a larger table.
  12. A couple of the guys that interfaced with them said the place is just amazing. They are also now selling live edge slabs and hardwoods, including exotics. Come on down, it's open to the public and they're looking for local customers. I used to drive by there at least once a week -- I had a regular delivery company customer that was just a mile down the road from them. The log yard regularly had sprinklers going to keep the logs wet prior to veneering. But they didn't have tours then.
  13. I'd like to invite anyone within driving distance to the next Cincinnati Woodworking Club meeting, Sept 14. Our guest speaker will be Mike Flaim. He blogs under MVFLAIM and does a lot with hand tool restoration (in addition to custom woodwork) and sells his work under eBay. If you can't make the meeting, perhaps you'd be interested in the Lie-Nielson event at Chris Schwarz's place or the tour of a big veneer mill. Or some of the many items for sale by owner. Details here: 2019-09 Meeting.pdf
  14. If I recall, they sold the metal frame and motor and you added your own wood beams to your length of choice.
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