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kmealy last won the day on October 10 2019

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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. On to the carcase and more frou-frou. Scrape, sand, repeat.
  2. No, it's not a Lane, there is a tag inside with another name.
  3. I went to a Gerstner open house a few years ago. They had new "seconds" and some rehabbed older ones. To be honest, I was not terribly impressed. The domestic kits were predominately plywood and the Asian ones were solid wood. But there was no attempt to provide any meaningful grain match across the fronts. They also had a bunch of combination squares. If I'd had something with me to test the squares, I might have been more interested, but you know what you can use an out-of-square square for? A doorstop.
  4. Ugh, another project courtesy of my daughter's mother-in-law. When they moved, she gave my daughter an old cedar chest. It has been a project! MIL is famous for giving them something that I have to finish up. First problem is that the front legs (turned) were about half gone due to dog chews. Well, I don't turn, so I broke them apart, stripped the frou-frou, and made tapered legs and plan to move the legs that are in reasonable condition to the front, and the tapered ones to the back. Then on to stripping and cleaning the carcase. Next issue is the top has more frou-frou, a scrolled piece on each end and turnings all the way across the back. It was hard to strip it and get much of it off, due to the frou-frou and tight clearances. So I removed it and then can get under the scroll work and joints. Then on to scraping and sanding the concave profiled edge trim. Spent all afternoon today cleaning up and sanding just the back piece. I finally, after several hours, found that the turned pieces were just a bit loose in the ends. So I took them apart. Then I sawed off the turned parts from the squarish center. Put them on the Shopsmith in lathe mode and sanded like a turner. I'll have to drill out and add some dowels to rejoin. But at least the sanding went faster and I could get into all the little concave areas. Next will be the base cabinet. I wish it would be easier, but there are two large C-shaped scrollworks, and a raised panel of burl veneer. And base molding all around. More fussy frou-frou cleanup. All the panels are walnut veneer and all the frou-frou is poplar. Another challenge down the road in the finishing stage. Let's just say, it was way easier for the factory to spray on some finish and toner than it is to get it all off. I do hope daughter appreciates it. I wish I'd taken "as is" pictures. Here's some in-progress.
  5. kmealy

    Good Clean Fun

    The stores have had Christmas stuff out since Labor Day.
  6. Went to furniture bank today and we got 12 of our "cubbies" built. They are our alternative to dressers that take too much time and material. Six little pockets and some fiber baskets, and can at some time be used as a bookcase, TV stand, kitchen pantry, bedroom dresser, toy storage, etc. One other guy and I cut parts for about 20 more for Thursday's crew.
  7. Arrg. One grandson has been exposed and is now in quarantine for two weeks, along with the rest of the boys at the "lunch table" at school. The boy who was the carrier showed symptoms, was still out though test had been done, took 4 days to get results. And the a-hole father offered my grandson a ride home with them after their meeting, knowing his son had symptoms. Up until now, there were very few cases, it's an isolated town, but has a large university and the students are back in from all over and brought cases with them.
  8. Tangent: I took a class at Ernie's shop about 15 years ago. It's in an Amish area of NE Ohio, I was surprised to see that it is right across the road from the Boy Scout Camp I went to many years before. It was about 25 miles from home. The scouts are gone and it's now a county park, but I still remembered some of the layout -- where the archery range was, where the "mess hall" was and where the beach was. And the stink of the pit latrines. I can remember in the quiet of the evening hearing the clip-clop of Amish buggies passing by camp. While I was in class, there were still a few buggies passing by. Ah, memories. I've (re)read some of the '80s FWW magazines and Conover Woodworks was a tool seller of the day, Ernie and his dad
  9. "Rounding the corner" ??? One of the neighbors reported going in to do an early vote last week and a lot of the people were not wearing masks. Even though the county is "red"
  10. Like from IKEA? I have occasionally seen "IKEA hacks" that for the most part are not all that clever. Not that all IKEA stuff is all that terrible, for what you pay for it.
  11. yeah, Chris got on the campaign kick somewhere between workbenches, chairs, and tool boxes. He is a talented guy and I see him regularly, at least before COVID.
  12. Well, it certainly hides any gaps in your pins and tails. I believe it's called "campaign" because it's what the senior military officers carried their "field offices" in as it's generally made to be closed up and toted. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaign_furniture
  13. I saw Rob Cosman do this. He'd even made a special tool to do it. I first saw this demonstrated by Tage Frid when I was a newbie woodworker.
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