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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. I look back at some of my very early projects (and even later ones with which I've had difficulty) and have developed a motto: * do the best you can with your skill level today * learn something from your work * let your next one show your improved skill and * it's not a mistake, it's an opportunity for a design change And I have a poster in my shop to remind me: Skill is made, not born in us, and it advances best through difficulty. -- Charles Hayworth.
  2. kmealy

    Fire

    Not in my wheelhouse. I presume so. My daughter is on the board but she's currently on an Alaskan Cruise with the kids.
  3. kmealy

    Fire

    No, that was my other "job," the furniture bank. All is fine there except we're already out of room. If we need new space, it might actually be a good thing. The old space was long and narrow and work area was L-shaped. We had to be careful the order we built things in so that we still had room to work. That, and there was a lot of junk there. Hopefully the equipment -- mostly a table saw, a miter saw, a compressor and a bunch of hand tools can be saved or replaced with insurance money.
  4. kmealy

    Fire

    Last hour update: We are very lucky. The theater where the current (minimal) set is has said that we can keep the set on their stage for a couple weeks. We won’t know if we can get into the storage building until the inspector comes, which is Monday at the earliest. We have been there and have surprising little physical damage to our stuff, just the building itself and heavy smoke damage. The fire stopped literally at our loading dock door. The rest of the building is completely gone!! So until we know if they will let us go in and get all of our costumes and building materials and sets, (or if they condemn the building) we will be on hold. I guess we are looking for either short term or long term storage at this point, not sure. Unfortunately, everything except the platforms at the theater smell heavily of smoke and can’t be stored with other items.
  5. kmealy

    Fire

    Oh, and we're expecting 3-7+ inches of rain in the next 5 days.
  6. kmealy

    Fire

    Got a call today that the theater set shop where we do builds had a 4-alarm fire in an adjacent unit. That's where we store all our props, wood, tools, and set pieces. Won't be able to get in until Monday. Sunday is the final performance of the current production (already off-site) but we're going to be hurting for the fall show, that normally takes 10 weeks of Saturdays to get constructed. Thankfully no one was hurt. Here's our door:
  7. kmealy

    Fire

    Got a call today that the theater set shop where we do builds had a 4-alarm fire in an adjacent unit. That's where we store all our props, wood, tools, and set pieces. Won't be able to get in until Monday. Sunday is the final performance of the current production (already off-site) but we're going to be hurting for the fall show, that normally takes 10 weeks of Saturdays to get constructed. Thankfully no one was hurt. Here's our door:
  8. Let's say on the lid that the left side the cross cleat is 1" from the end and on the right, it's 1/2" To lock it you slide it to the right and each end of the lid is 1/2" under the box end. To unlock it you slide it 1/2" to the left and the right end will lift up. Both cross cleats run over the side boards to hold the lid from falling in. Dimensions are up to you but I think mine are 12" h x 12" wide and 24" long (or whatever wood you have around or tools you have to tote). Google Japanese Tool Box and you'll find a bunch of articles on it. One was in FWW by Toshido Odate (sp?) You can get fancy and make proud box end joints and use "luxury" nails if you wish. I just used some 6d box nails.
  9. I've taught several classes in this and made over 150 of them. Boxes, baskets, trays, etc. Let me know if you have any questions. One thing I learned the hard way: My middle daughter graduated from Sycamore High School. I was going to make 10 or 12 of them out of quarter-sawn sycamore (wonderfully flecked wood) for her and her best friends. Sycamore doesn't bend for anything. I think I got one side done without it exploding. So the tops only were sycamore. I suggest you start with a #2 size -- they are large enough to not have severe bending and small enough to handle easily.
  10. A friend is making some Japanese tool boxes for his grandkids (I did a show and tell of these at the May club meeting). I suggested he use wood 1/2-5/8" thick to keep them from getting two heavy. I also suggested the following method that I've used before to get good wood. I buy 2x10 or 2x12 Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) meant for joists. It is relatively knot free. And if you get some with the pith down the middle you can saw out an inch or so and get perfect quarter-sawn lumber. Then you re-saw and you get wood just a fraction less than 3/4" that you plane down to desire dimension. Over time SYP gets as hard as oak. He came over yesterday and we planed down the sawn and factory surfaces. He's edge-gluing them today and I think they'll look great when done. If you've never seen one, they are pretty neat. The top slides one way to open and the other to close securely. Then end cleats make handles.
  11. There's an app for that
  12. Northern Kentucky https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2019/05/24/ark-encounter-owners-sue-over-rain-damage/1220627001/?fbclid=IwAR0-o-TGicUqi6tMRntWNZu2i3uL1zhX91lyIlZzxg64AP2VYQ5vvmKDjL0
  13. upon further investigation, there is a circular knockout on the junction box. Got the wire clamp in now.
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