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kmealy

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kmealy last won the day on June 6 2018

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    Keith
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    Warren County,OH (30 mi NE of Cincinnati)
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    "There is hardly anything in this world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and those people who consider price only, are this man's lawful prey." John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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  1. kmealy

    Something to ponder

    OK,then, I'm going to make steampunk rustic-chic pallet wood stuff. How about a bed? I can paint it in distressed chalk paint.
  2. kmealy

    Sales?

    I don't follow Etsy, et. al., but at some of the local shows you end up competing with people who have no idea of their real costs and no value on their time, "As long as I cover my materials and save a little bit for a new tool some day." As one person put it on a forum years ago, "People end up with an excess of product to be disposed of at any cost." Well, maybe etsy, like that $223 toothpick holder that showed up a link here recently, "I don't sell a lot of them but if I sell one or two, I've made a lot of money."
  3. A collection of articles by Woodsmith on finishing. My only caution is that "pre-stain conditioners" don't always work as advertised, or as shown in the example. I just saved you $7.95
  4. kmealy

    making large circles

    Only problem was the 17' diameter and 12' wide piece to cut exceeded the capacity of the floor space, plus finding exactly where the center would be that far away from the pieces to be cut would be problematic. We did use that technique to cut some 4' semi-circles.
  5. kmealy

    making large circles

    I had a meeting this morning, so I showed up at the theater set build about 10:30 They were discussing how to make one of the circular cutouts for a riser. Mind you, there was a HS math teacher, a math major (the shop manager), and a high school kid all trying to figure out how to mark out this circle. They'd determined that the radius was 17+ feet and the arc was about 12' long, that was quite impossible to so in this shop laden with parts and wood. The shop manager was trying to lay out some plastic hose to do it. I told him "there is a better way," and asked him to look up an article that I'd written a few years ago. He (and the math teacher whose current curriculum included straightedge and compass construction) were surprised it worked but were amazed at how simple it was. The last method here
  6. kmealy

    Tabs on the Weather...

    My daughter went to the grocery last Friday, she said it was a zoo. I call that the "French Toast Panic" -- eggs, milk,and bread.
  7. kmealy

    Advice from an old farmer

    There was a lawyer that visited the same farmer's B&B every summer After a while he got quite cozy with the farmer's young daughter. When he arrived one summer, the daughter had a three-month old baby. The lawyer asked the daughter in private if that was his baby. "Yes, it is, I got pregnant by you last summer," said the daughter. The lawyer replied, "You should have called me, I would have done the honorable thing and married you." "Well, we discussed it," the daughter said, "but daddy said he'd rather have a b@stard in the family than a lawyer."
  8. Probably not mobile. HD casters are real expensive. Right now, I'm using "shop boxes" with a 3x5 piece of basketball court on the top. Previously, I had an old "battleship" metal desk, that I did have raised up on casters. It was too big to move so I disassembled and hauled the pieces to the scrap yard. Oh, wait, I have casters,.... maybe.
  9. For several years, I've been wanting to build an assembly table. It seems like my 3x5 is always too small (broke a toe once when a cabinet side fell off). My thought is to make a 48x96. but have the last 30" or so be a drop-leaf and only pull it out when needed. I saw some WOOD plans recently that have given me some more ideas. I have a whole pile of baltic birch boxes that I got at a Sam's Club auction from their wine display. I think I'll convert some of them into pull-out drawers in the first photo and make the bench more like the second one. I really had to bid hard to get them. I got about 30 boxes of 1/2 BB, 8 sheets of plywood, and a few plywood triangles, a pile of short 2x4s, and two metal racks (that I sold for $40) and it set me back $8 and change. Oh, yeah, a box of ~300 new 1.25" Robertson screws sitting inside, and a few hundred of "only used once" 1.25" and 1.5" screws.
  10. kmealy

    Advice from an old farmer

    Advice from An Old Farmer Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled. Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight. Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads. Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge. You cannot unsay a cruel word. Every path has a few puddles. When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty. The best sermons are lived, not preached. Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway. Don’t judge folks by their relatives. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time. Don ‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none. Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance. If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’. Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got. The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’. Always drink upstream from the herd. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment. Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in. If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God. Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you. Most times, it just gets down to common sense.
  11. kmealy

    duplicate post

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  12. I got one of the router dust hoods for Christmas. Used it this afternoon for the first time. I was running a flush trimmer along the side of a cabinet and trimming the face frame. All I can say is WOW! If it didn't get 100% of the dust, I sure couldn't see what it missed. There is a hood over the top where the vac connects and when using an edging bit, one of two half profile bottom shields that swivel around to follow the router. So it picks up the dust from the top and the bottom. I love it. I have not tried, but don't believe the base is big enough for most palm-sized routers. It says there is a web site that tells you which holes to use for which router, but I poked around and didn't see it. And unfortunately, it does not work if you have a bushing that you need to use. That was an application that I'd hoped for since it generates a lot of dust when I use a mortising bit. I think I'm just going to leave it on my extra base unless I need to use the plunge mode.
  13. kmealy

    Trains v Snow

    absorbed into her smart phone
  14. kmealy

    dogwood id

    Is this it:

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