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  1. steamshovel

    almost a finger

    A couple of days ago. I was ripping 1” strips on my table saw. I use my right hand & the push stick and my left hand pointing finger. I put my finger on the wood between the blade and the fence about center of blade and rip. I started the cut and about half way I felt the end of my pointing finger getting hot. I looked and the end of my finger was on the blade but below the blades teeth. It was just rubbing against the flat surface. I moved my finger back a little and finished the cut and looked at my finger and there was a very tiny piece of skin and my finger was a little red. It was hot. Back to the drawing board, I know what I should have been doing. I don’t have a TV, phone or radio to distract, I just moved my finger to far and almost. Preston
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    golden plum tree

    I have a golden plum in the pasture behind my house. It produces little yellow plums about the size of cherries. My cattle herd of 3 eats them faster than they can fall. I have to admit they are good. This tree has more twist, turns and wood growing in every direction. It has to have a lot of burls and figures. I have had my eye on this for many years. I think this would make good pen blanks and other small items. I hope this tree is on its last leg so it won’t be the one cutting me up. Preston
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    golden plum tree

    I renamed HIM, not sir but SUR for survivor. Preston
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    golden plum tree

    This is the only survivor of an old plum orchard. The house was built in 1935. I'm assuming the tree was planted about then. I remodeled the house in 1999 and the tree was still going strong. I have a lot of people stop and stare when driving. Every now & then I get an offer. One of these days when my wood pile gets low. I have never gotten any wood off the tree but I graze on the plums like my beef.
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    almost a finger

    Thanks for reminding me. I went out to the shop and made a jig. Preston
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    carbide band saw blade

    Where can I buy a carbide band saw blade? One that doesn't lose its teeth? I am cutting hard woods for making pens. Preston
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    carbide band saw blade

    Thanks John: Laguna has a good selection. Now what do I need a 1/2 " blade 3/tpi, 6/tpi/, 10/tpi or 14/tpi. Thats a proforce blade I will be cutting mostly hardwoods and want a clean cut to provide light sanding. Preston
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    black walnut color

    How does black walnut change its color. some of the wood will be back walnut as we know it dark, and then some of it is as white as pine? Preston
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    Clean out day

    What do I need to do get rid of it all. Give it away, sell at auction. Go back in house and twiddle my thumbs. I'm old and hurt like #@%& , but I still get a twinkle to do something in the shop. What takes me a week on some things used to be an hour. I still haven't figured out how to take it all with me. I hope where ever it goes I hope it has a good home. I sure will miss it. Preston
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    Rattle Can Disposal

    Where I buy florescent lights is where I take them when they go bad. They are better at taking care of them than I. I saved a box that will hold 12 8' lights. I bought enough when things changed over it will be a long time before I run out. I try my best not to add anything to the environment except sawdust. Preston
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    Hummingbirds

    This happened to our family in 2016, myself, my wife and my granddaughter Alisabeth who was staying with us that summer. She was 21 years old at the time. I wrote and placed on the computer to have a record of what happened. This was a very heart warming experience for all of us. At first it was just myself, my wife and my granddaughter Alisabeth. Our friends, relatives and just anybody who had heard would show up and we would tell the story. I will put a copy of how things fell into place. I will enclose 7 pictures. The 3rd pic shows the duck tape at the top[ of the picture. The grey thing at the bottom is the nest. It is very small. Anyone has question-ask away. Preston & family June 25, 2016 at 700 N. Dewey St., Middleton, Id at about 10 AM we decided to trim and prune a London plane or Sycamore tree at our back door. My wife, Judy took a long handled pruning saw and cut several low hanging branches. They all were in a big pile in the yard; well it was about time to eat so we retired to the house and ate lunch. Well it was about nap time (that happens when you get old and good looking). About 2 ½ hours later we went back outside. I went into my shop and was working on some molding for the shop door. My wife, Judy and my granddaughter, Alisabeth went to work on the pile of branches cutting them up to take to the burn pile. I’m working away in the shop when my wife comes in and says I have something to show you. So I follow Judy back to the yard and there is Alisabeth on her knees looking at a branch about 3 feet long on the ground. I get down and look and they were, 2 baby humming bird chicks. They were so small and helpless. Alisabeth wanted to know what to do with them. Alisabeth was real concerned to say the least. So between our 3 brilliant minds we set to work. We didn’t want to leave too much of our human scent on the baby in fear of mama rejecting the baby chicks so Alisabeth put a finger underneath the one baby and it crawled on and Alisabeth put the chick back into the nest. By the way the nest was very small, well both of the chicks fit and they looked like they were at home. Alisabeth was holding the branch and we came up with the idea of using duct tape on one end with the tiny hummingbird nest and wrapping it around another branch on the tree where they came from. Well we found a branch and snipped back the leaves on the tree branch and the leaves on our branch with the nest. This took a couple of ladders, 3 people and some duct tape. We positioned the nest branch to the tree branch and duct taped away. We got the branch with the nest in the up position. We only had the nest about 6 feet off the ground. The main thing the chicks were safe and in their home. Now while we were eating and napping the 2 baby humming birds were on the ground. Did momma feed them or know what was going on? We cleaned the area up and sat down in our chairs by the back porch and waited. The new spot for the nest was a lot lower and back toward the house several feet. When I work in my shop I have a box fan in the window to help cool down the shop. Well momma came looking for the chicks in their new location and was not having any luck. Finally it dawned on me; shut the fan off and maybe mamma can hear the chicks. It worked when she came back she found them but everything was different. It took her several minutes but she zeroed in on them and she fed them right away. By the time we went to bed she had made several trips to feed. Oh by the way, the 2 babies are named Trim & Prune. JUNE 26, 2016 The chicks slept good as they were still with us. Oh by the way the chicks are Alisabeth’s god babies. We cut another small limb about 3 feet long and held it up to the limb that the nest is on and we cut leaves off to accommodate the shape of the nest limb. We tied the new limb to the old limb with the nest with bread bag ties keeping in mind for the new leaves to shade and camouflage the chicks. JUNE 27, 28 & 29 The chicks are sleeping good and mom feeds about every 20 minutes and she knows when about 30 seconds feeding time is up. We have cut several limbs to replace the old dried out limbs. Mom’s activity around the nest is increasing, so something is up, maybe time for the young ones to go into the world. They are a joy to have around and we will miss them. Maybe next year they will remember our good nectar and return to raise some more chicks. JUNE 30, 2016 There is about the same amount of activity as the last three days. Mom does act a little different. She flies around the nest as if she is giving flying lessons. JULY 1, 2 Same activity as previous days. JULY 3 Mom is very busy today compared to the last few days. Maybe this will be the day. Mom is flying around the nest again giving flying lessons. We went into the house to eat around noon. We came back out about 2:30 PM and guess what an empty nest and I wanted to be there when they flew off. Already we were missing the chicks. We sat down and watched the tree where the nest was and saw mom doing her feeding thing. The kids were in the tree. Mom was taking nectar from our feeder and taking it to the chicks in the tree. From time to time a young one will check out the nest but not stay. This has been a great experience for all of us. We tried hard to not humanize ourselves with the young hummingbirds. They seem to be doing fine and who knows; maybe we will see them next year.
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    Hummingbirds

    I may have said this before so I'll say it again. If we could cross a hummingbird and a swallow and a USAF jet we would only need a one plane Air Force ! Preston
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    Hummingbirds

    It seems like you have a lot of male hummingbirds, most if not all are female around my place. That is quite a video of hummingbirds you posted. I will show everyone here. Thanks very much for posting it. It will be viewed a lot at our house. Preston
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    Hummingbirds

    I used to take everything for granted when I was young including hummingbirds. Now I think they are a very special living thing. I like birds of all kinds. Predators, Owls, swallows. I like bats too. Now that I am older I enjoy them very much more. I have many stories about birds of different kinds. I'm glad my pictures are being enjoyed. I said the hummingbirds are gone but in reality they are not, I go to my computer and go to pic & videos of them. Preston
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    Hummingbirds

    Lucky you, I wish we had them longer. They draw interest from almost everyone. I always take my breaks under one of their nesting trees. Preston
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    Hummingbirds

    Thanks for the interest. We mix 1/4 cup sugar to 1 cup of water with no dye, just plain water. They will smell and find it. All of our hummingbirds are gone as they have all gone south. Preston
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    Chain saw carving

    Ah heck I could do that. Its a piece of cake. Check back with me in 40 years and I'll let you know if I got the bark off. I can't believe how good they are. I wouldn't have any fingers or toes left if I tried that. It is some amazing works of art they turn out, wonder how much $. Thanks for showing Preston
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    Fawn Update

    Thats like living in heaven. They know you are a good guy by the way you act. Thanks for posting. Preston
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    swag bucks

    Anyone ever hear of swag bucks? You buy from them at a discount or get free deals or cash back. Would be a good place to buy tools. Might be too good to be true. Preston
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    Home Canned goods

    Preston
  21. Yes my doctor keeps me up to date. My blood sugar used to run around 200. I give up all the good things in life like ice cream, donuts, m & m peanuts 3 lb. bag. Now I stay around 110. Preston
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    Magnets and wood turning

    Steve: I have been looking for the button magnets about 1/2" dia and am not having much luck. Can you suggest a place that sells lower priced-made in the USA magnets? I want to glue one on a dowel to pick up dropped metal on the floor. Preston
  23. Mine was 87 this morning, is that two low? if it is what would I do? Preston
  24. The heck with the wood I'm hoping you are ok. Preston
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    Magnets and wood turning

    Steve: That is a great job using the magnets. They are a real showcase to say the least. Thanks for sharing. I like working with magnets and now you have my mind working. Preston

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