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Wichman3

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    Wichita
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  1. Very, very nice. Kudos to you sir.
  2. Not at all. This pattern came form a magazine a few years ago. I have bought several books of patterns, bought from online sources (wildwood, Lesleys Patterns, Timber Lace) and a couple I found folded up in pattern books or magazines.
  3. The body is 1/4" Cherry, the overlays are 1/8" Baltic birch plywood. BLO for the finish.
  4. Got er done. dresser mirror, I modified the pattern to use two overlays and a photo can be added, so that one side is a mirror and the other a photo frame.
  5. I chased a guy down one of the main streets in town with an axe; he got into his house before I got to him. he moved two days later... and no one messed with the house for the ten years I lived there. He started to take a partial can of brake fluid out of my carport...
  6. Not sure what's going on here, thought I responded to your post this morning, but now, gone. So here goes nothing: The piece will be screwed into the exterior wall above my front door, which is inside a porch with a 6 ft overhang. While exposed to temperature and humidity swings, there will be minimal UV and direct moisture contact. Screwing it in place is a must because of the neighborhood, two years ago a neighborhood friend had a concrete angel and metal chair stolen from her yard in broad daylight; if it ain't nailed down it could develop legs...
  7. Smallpatch, I don't cut the outside first on these pieces because there are small fragile detail areas that are prone to breaking. On other projects I cut the outside first to have a better grip, it just depends on the project. I only cut the outside once, after the pieces were glued together. The reasoning behind rolling on the glue is: 1. I wanted a truly waterproof glue. 2. I wanted a good even coat of glue without trying to use small applicator tips on all that fretwork. This is a test of several things, glue being one of them. I've never been a fan of nailing the pieces together, just personal preference. here is a close up of one of those detail areas (quarter for size reference).
  8. Finally finished cutting. Used a low nap roller to apply gorilla glue after cutting the inside cuts, let the piece cure for 24 hrs, then cut the outside. Less than perfect glue up, but good enough to test the finish in the weather.
  9. Ah crap. As usual I'm not being clear. I am now fully retired, from the military. I retired in 2004 and was transferred to the retired reserve, where until age 60 I could be called back up, extremely unlikely but possible. I turned 60 last month and just got my letter last thursday; yes, you are now retired; yes, you are authorized retirement pay; yes you are eligible for tricare. I currently use the VA for my healthcare needs. Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but pretty good and cheap. I'm not sure if I "have" to sign up for tricare or medicare. I am still trying to recover from complications from surgery in April (developed an abscess in the surgical site, when septic, ER, three days in the hospital, two weeks off work, home health care for two weeks, wound care clinic for two months... all paid for by the VA.) My only real issue with the VA is the hospital is a 3 hr drive, each way. There is a local clinic, but the services there are very limited. Yeah, I qualify for community care, but as I told them; I do not have the time, energy, or patience to deal with medical prima donnas who either can't or won't answer their phones. Thank you for all your kind replies.
  10. I am finally fully retired. Got the letter today. Now to figure out all the stuff that goes with it :), i.e. tricare vs VA etc.
  11. As I understand it Jess's work is segmentation, i.e. all pieces cut from one large piece and then the pieces sanded or carved, then stained, dyed or painted as desired. Inartsia is cutting the individual pieces from separate small(er) sections of wood, which are selected for color and grain. very little to no staining for color is done (just to protect the wood)
  12. You're looking for a "Froe": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Froe You need to talk to whomever you are buying the wood from to see if the material is appropriate for splitting.
  13. The man who invented this technique is Jim Stirling, His book is available on Amazon for $134 new; $54 used. Very cool.
  14. What is your current technique and drill bit material? What are the issues that lead you to the conclusion that you can do better? For long straight holes I; 1. use a jig; the above jig or one like it, clamped to the drill press table (table turned to vertical), cylinder clamped to the jig. 2. use the shortest, long drill bit you can find. Size the length of drill bit to the project, don't use an 18" long bit to drill an 8 " deep hole. 3. use the best alloy, I've found the cobalt drill bits are the stiffest, as an added benefit they had a high heat tolerance. 4. use the right speed; my chart says 3000 for softwood, 1500 for hardwood (twist drill bits) chart also states to reduce speed on end grain, so I would cut the speed about 10%. If you have to raise the drill press table to drill deeper holes (multiple times), clamp the bar that the table rides on (notched bar on the side of the column), this is to prevent the table from shifting side to side while lifting the table for another pass. One clamp low, another clamp just below the table mount.
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