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  1. A big ol' birthday for @Pat Meeuwissen Happy Birthday Pat. Can you stop playing long enough to join us for some fun & games? No eyes will be lost (hopefully)!
  2. I will look into this tonight. Thanks for the kind words.
  3. And the alternative is... a paperweight? Looks great so far.
  4. Cal

    A very real picture

    This picture so reminds me of one of my neighbors' dad. I had met him a few times, but did not know him as anything but the neighbor's dad. When he passed away a few years back I learned that he had earned a battlefield commission during WW2. I still regret not learning this earlier...
  5. Hey Batman, just guessing, but it looks like the fishing ought to be pretty good up Bovey way. While you did not go into a lot of detail about your projected shop space, I will throw out a few questions... and maybe a recommendation or two. Is this an attached two car garage, or a detached shop building? Are the walls insulated? Space heated? I know you are going in in the spring, but if it is not heated you might want to make that a first order of business. What sort of wall covering (if any) is there now? How about the electrical service? If this is just a two car garage, it likely only has minimal outlets - and they may all be on one circuit. How about the electrical service for the main house, is it a 220 service? Room for additional circuits to be added? More is better... What sort & size of exterior entrance doors does it have? You mentioned shop lighting, what does it have today? I am in the process of changing my old 4' flourescents to LEDs (daylights) - what a huge difference it has made. What are your plans for that upstairs space? Is it finished in any kind of way today? Can you easily navigate stairs? Living in Georgia, I very seldom work in the shop without the large garage door open. Thinking about working in a closed up shop for a good bit of the year, you might want to consider a hanging air filter in addition to the dust collector. I don't have one, I don't know how much hassle it is to change the filters - but I would look into it if I was up north. BTW - how high are the ceilings in the shop space? A piece of equipment that you haven't mentioned, but may be useful is an air compressor. I have air nailers, stapler, sanders and all sorts of other air operated tools. It seems that you can now get most all these tools either battery or electrically operated...
  6. Cal

    Batman's introduction

    Welcome aboard Batman, and thank you for your service & sacrifice.
  7. Nice car Larry. My neighbor has a 65 Galaxy XL Convertible, that may be a different body style though. You & Schnewj use washing soda. I used plain old baking soda. I am not sure what the difference in those two products are. I did a quick look to see if I could find a couple "before" pics - no luck, will require more time for those. I did find a couple "after" pics of some of the tool boxes I did; several of which I made new inner trays for.
  8. Cal

    hanging on the wall

    Beautiful job Jess. I think you got that scroll work centered just right. I really like how the coloring fades in and out.
  9. Wow, another great "back from the archives". Thanks again Larry
  10. Thank you Larry for taking on this task - and thank you John for convincing him it needed done! I have been enjoying those posts that you have so far brought back and looking to enjoy many more. Now it's time for a piece of that pie. Hey Stick... STICK - you know where that pie went?!?
  11. Pic of that pickup please! Stored at another buddies barn won't work... if he is your buddy, then you get over there occasionally, right? I used this method a few years back to clean up some old tool boxes that were all in various states of neglect. I did not use a battery, though, just hooked the battery charger directly up to it. That was how I was shown to do it. Anyhow, the process worked great and all the boxes were saved. One long one I had to do in two stages because it was so long. I was using a 30 gal. plastic trash can for the job. I recently saved another old tool box and since it was only the one I experimented with a rust converter product I got at the auto supply. I did not really like the results I got with that as it left a pretty thick layer of "converted rust" that you just painted over.
  12. Cal

    A different kind of workbench

    Thanks John. The book shown above seems to be right on the mark, and very interesting. Macon, Ga., represented by the pink dot in the center of the state is where Central City Park is. I am located about 15-20 miles as the crow flies (or oriole) from there. For about the last 4-5 years we have had just one oriole spend the winter with us. He is very shy and difficult to get a good picture of. He will not come around if anyone is outside. He has been spending the Jan. - Mar months with us. Hope he's back this year. I put an orange and grape jelly out for him. My mother loved bird watching. She knew hundreds of bird varieties by sight, and probably dozens by their songs and calls. Reckon that's where I picked it up from. I enjoy most seeing their flight patterns while they migrate. Flying in a large mass, yet all flying in the same choreographed dance as they swoop, turn, dive together is spectacular. I liken it to watching an MC Escher drawing come to life!
  13. Cal

    Food! . Food! and Grub.

    Okra, mmm-good. Especially okra & tomatoes; a good bowl of okra & tomatoes is good eatin'. Fried okra is ok too.
  14. Cal

    A different kind of workbench

    Yep, sounds like there will be a good crop of millet around next spring... I enjoy feeding & watching the birds too. When I started woodworking, I sold enough birdhouses, feeders and outdoor stuff to buy my equipment and build my shop. And Stick, I tried the shelled sunflower seeds - the birds here did not clean them up like they do the ones in the hulls. Don't know why, but it was back to regular seeds after that one bag. A couple years ago I had an interesting dynamic going on in the front yard. A yellow bellied sapsucker came and would drill it's holes around the trunks of some shrubs. It then flies away, presumably to drill holes in shrubs down the street. It comes back in about 30 minutes to lap up the sap and with some luck, some insects that might have found the sap and got stuck. The dynamic that played out involved a Baltimore Oriole that was wintering with us. After the sapsucker left, about 15-20 minutes later the oriole would come in and "rob" the worksite. Not sure what the sapsucker thought about that! At first I thought it was a symbiotic relationship, then I realized that the oriole was not contributing anything so I am not sure what that is called. Anyhow, we get one "welfare king" oriole visit each winter, the worker sapsucker hasn't been back. I found this same relationship described in a bird book. One might be tempted to draw some parallels here, but then I might have to also see that parallel with the worker just doing what they do without regard to the environment as enough of those holes would kill the shrubs...

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