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MT Stringer

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  1. MT Stringer

    Anyone Have a Carvewright?

    Was it this one? He makes it look easy. The important part is designing the file. I would make one or two test cuts first.
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    From My Shop to Yours

    Merry Fishmus to one and all!!! Note: I found this the other day in my "table top photography" folder from years ago.
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    From My Shop to Yours

    We had a good time. Saturday was our big day. Our family(s) are too big and spread out to get together in one day. Here are just a few of the images I managed to capture. Yeah, the grandkids had a good time. Thank goodness for some decent weather...and no rain! Our kids and their kids.
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    Snowman Candy Dish

    Ho Ho Ho, ready set, go! Note: Made from a Vectric project file.
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    New Kitchen Project...Maybe

    A long time friend asked if I could build some cabinets for his daughter. Her house was one of the many that flooded during Hurricane Harvey. We went to look at the house this past Sunday. Every house in the neighborhood had debris piled up on the sidewalk. As I think back, I realize now they were actually pretty lucky. Water did get in the house but would recede after the heavy rainfall would let up. Then it would rain again...and again... As it turns out, his daughter wants to remodel the kitchen with an entirely different lay out. I think this caught Chuck by surprise. He had already told me he would be paying for the cabinets. So, to keep this story short, I took notes and measurements of the existing layout, but dang it, I forgot to take pictures. Oh well. She wants to demo the pantry and relocate the fridge in that spot. Build a new pantry where the fridge sits now. It juts out into the walk through, and she is not a petite person. All bottom cabinets would have drawers instead of doors, and that I agree with wholeheartedly. With cabinets demoed, the new ones would go to the ceiling after the fir down is removed. And she wants a white kitchen. UGH! Oh, I forgot. Then end cabinet on the stove side would be a trash can pullout. Before going into any great detail and creating a job quote, I decided to draw up what she is asking for. I sent the drawings to her last night. I also asked if they knew anyone that could do the demo and frame up the new pantry and close in the old one after a wall is taken down....relocate the electrical and water supply for the fridge and tape float the drywall. I would rather just stick to building cabinets. For a small kitchen, this would greatly increase her usable space. A new cabinet above the fridge would provide good storage for the big gumbo pot! That is where our pot resides. And on the sink side, the upper cabinet on the left can be widened (as indicated) because there is blank wall space that was never used. And no breakfast bar. The pony wall is there just no bar top. Chuck said he was going to put new granite counter tops on the cabinets, so that would be a nice touch. The current rang and vent hood are circa 1979 harvest gold! I guess it is wait and see for now. Mike Note: The Sketchup drawings show the new layout. I didn't bother with drawing a cabinet over the window or the vent hood, but they would be there.
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    Santa's been busy!

    Santa has been a busy feller lately. My CNC went down a couple of weeks ago and that sat me back in the gift making I had planned. Yesterday and today things have picked up. The last two gift hit the dusty trail for Tulsa, OK. That turned out to be a non event. I sure thought the post office and UPS would have been packed, but it was just the opposite. No waiting lines at all. One git went prepaid to the post office so that was good. Today, I went to the UPS store, and there was a lady ready to help me. Just lucky, I guess. I have been making some hot pads for the gang. We have several Aggies in the family, so I am fixing them up. And then there are the Astros fans. And a couple of bottle openers for the older guys! Soaked them in mineral oil. And then there is the treat board for Santa. That is going to the grandkids to sit out for Santa. The weather is fixing to turn sour again so I am glad for this to just about be over.
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    Just sayin" Hope you get well soon.
  8. As if I wasn't stressed enough today, while I was gone to buy some lumber, we had a power failure that lasted 3-4 minutes. My machine wasn't running, but the computer and the controller were running. I have been keeping them running so I wouldn't have to reset my x & y axis zero each time I change projects. A few minutes ago, I finally got out in the shop and turned the PC on. It won't boot up. It stops the boot sequence and displays the following: "Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS probotix-dekstop tty1 probotix-desktop login:" I have no clue where to go from here. I typed in "admin" and it then prompted me for a password. Now I am stuck again. I don't know if this is a big secret or what, but I could use some help with this login. Apparently the power failure screwed everything up. My wife said she heard a boom. Later we saw a couple of bucket trucks working down the street about 2 blocks away so I figure a transformer blew in the neighborhood. EDIT: I called Probotix but they are gone for the day (weekend). Help please. I am dead in the water until I get this figured out.
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    Need Help from Probotix Users

    Thanks 4D. I got the files installed on the flash drive as per the directions. Then I put it in the PC and turned the power on. Tapping the F2 key does nothing but make crazy stuff scroll up the screen rapidly, and it got hung up in a loop. --------------- Finally, during another power on sequence, I got a glimpse of the BIOSTAR instructions at the bottom of the screen to press the DEL key to enter the BIOS setup. That worked. I chose to boot from the flash drive and then pressed F10 to save and exit the set up. Upon restarting the PC, it does not recognize the flash drive and tries to boot from the hard drive. So, I went back into the BIOS setup and removed the hdd as the secondary boot sequence. Now when I turned it on, it only boots to the BIOS setup. It is not recognizing the flash drive. Note: I made sure to format the flash drive (16GB) in FAT32 just like instructed. When I check, all the files seem to be on it. I am bumfuzzled. So close, yet soo far away. MIke
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    Need Help from Probotix Users

    Thank you. I think I can handle the ISO image part. Not so sure about the rest. Although I wish I did, I have no experience with Linux.
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    Need Help from Probotix Users

    This doesn't help at all. My mom passed on Wednesday. This week has been hectic and stressful. I didn't need this to happen. I just wish I could get a hold of the guys from Probotix. Surely they use the same log in info for all of their machines. My Christmas gift making may have to be carried over into next year.
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    Inkjet printers opinions

    I had an Epson that worked well. Now I have a Canon MG6300 Series wireless model. I really like it. We can print to it from all of our devices...android phones, ipad, and laptops. Scan, copy, print built in. I don't know the exact model because I am not at home at the moment. We have had it for a couple of years. Pretty cool when family members come over and need to print something. I think this is the model. https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/support/details/printers/inkjet-multifunction/mg-series-inkjet/mg6320 RUH-ROH. When I click find dealers the search doesn't show any sellers. Guess it is discontinued. Bummer. Planned obsolescence, I guess.
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    Happy Thanksgiving (November 23 - 2017)

    UGH! Well, as usual, pacing myself didn't work out like I had planned.
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    Happy Thanksgiving (November 23 - 2017)

    Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! For the first time in a long time, we are not cooking. It's road tripping for us, although it may be a short road trip. First stop - 20 miles at mom's house. Gotta git me some of that chocolate pie she used to make. Now my sister makes it. Next stop - step daughters house in nearby Clear Lake area Last stop - Step daughters house in nearby Deer Park. Fried turkey on the menu. Dang those things are good. Then back to the house where our kids from Oklahoma will be pulling in late this evening/night. Gotta pace myself today!!! Mike
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    Margaret's Kitchen Make-Over

    Thank you. I requested a finished picture after the counter top is installed and flooring put down, and paint. She also has ideas for a backsplash and a mural for above the stove, so it may be awhile before it is complete.
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    Margaret's Kitchen Make-Over

    Finally, Margaret's Kitchen Remodel is complete. Well, it is for me. She has counter tops ordered and a flooring guy stopped by to take measurements and give her an estimate. This project has taken a lot longer to complete than expected. Part of the delay was due to Hurricane Harvey and it's impact on the greater Houston area. Also, my wife (cabinet installer and finishing department) was on a cruise with her cousins and they had an extended cruise from 7 to 13 days because the Port of Houston was closed to traffic, and the roads were impassable due to the flooding. Like some other projects we have done, the list can grow at times, and this was no exception. Instead of demoing the cabinets and patching the drywall, we had to take all of the drywall down, and make repairs to the ceiling. The client agreed to the extra expenses and we got after it. This house was built in 1950's and is in bad need of repair throughout (outside also). This is the home she grew up in and it was built by her dad. Now it is hers and she has set out to update it. The cabinets are constructed from knotty alder with pre-finished birch for the boxes that are visible. The face frames, doors and drawer fronts are stained with General Finishes Colonial Maple with a GF Van Dyke Glaze. A couple of custom items included are the utensil drawer and a custom pull out trash receptacle. And then...when it was time to install the sink cabinet, we discovered a leaking valve. UGH! The plumbing was terrible. I managed to replace both of the valves (hot and cold) but the pipes were in bad shape. She is having a plumber come out this weekend to install some new pipes. The plumber should thank me. I cut a custom opening in the back so it would be easy to get to the piping and valves. I found an aerosol can and used it to make a radius at each corner of the opening (see pictures). The end result looks a lot better than just a hack job. Man-o-man, we found some ugly stuff in the walls. When we were demoing the fir down, we found bare wires that were at one time attached to a light over the stove. The wires were cut back and isolated. Now I have them routed into the cabinet over the stove to supply power to the new vent hood. And then, there was the hidden receptacle. Turns out, there was a dish washer in place at one time, but removed. We killed the power to the box, removed it and terminated the wire in a metal junction box (w/cover plate). And... the receptacle for the refrigerator needs to be replaced but we couldn't identify the breaker to kill the power. That one is saved for the electrician to figure out. And then there is the pantry. The original had two plywood doors. However, the ceiling fan was hanging too low and would hit one door so they cut the door and nailed the upper in place. We demoed the doors, and framed the opening for a new pre-hung 36 inch 6 panel door. Note: She has replaced the ceiling fan with a hugger. A couple of notes. I cut the custom utensil drawer on the CNC as well as the pieces for the trash receptacle...and all of the cabinet sides (dadoes and shelf pin holes). Makes it nice to have a helper in the shop...even if I do take a break while the machine is working. ha ha ha. I have uploaded some before and after pictures to an album. Way to many for a single post on this thread. Hope you like them.
  17. Pulling my hair out!!! I cut it twice and it is still wrong. Even after changing the cutting depth to .25 from .3 The first cut is a clear out pass cut with a .25 end mill as it should have... .25 depth. Then I changed the cutter to a 1/8th end mill and ran the file for it. However, it cut the tool path slightly deeper (.3). I can figure out how this happened. The previous project worked just fine for zeroing the z axis with my new tool. Note: VCarvePro preview indicates it will cut smooth. Not so in the picture. Right now, I am at a loss, and shut down until I figure something out. Wasting wood is not what I want to do.
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    I have a Problem with a project

    Yes sir. Gotta couple more Christmas presents cut out. Onward and upward. My sweetie will paint the surfboard.
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    I have a Problem with a project

    Everything is back to normal. Using the DIY touch off plate, I am getting consistent bit changes with very little sanding.
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    Route 66 Sign

    Thinking about carving this sign. So, whatcha think about it? Our kids live just out of Tulsa, so I think this would be perfect for their man cave. Last time we were there, I actually got to drive down part of the route in the Historic section of Tulsa. I have searched Giggle for images and saw a bunch of variations, and read part of the history. Regardless, this is the design I came up with. I am thinking about painting some 1/2 inch mdf first, then doing the carving. Touch up would still be be necessary and some black painting, but hey, it is a Christmas gift. 12x16x1/2 inch mdf. 1/4 inch EM and a 1/8th inch EM and a 60 deg v with flat tip for the engraving.
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    Route 66 Sign

    Probably. :-)
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    Route 66 Sign

    Yes sir, I do have a .22 rifle. Got it for Christmas when I was about 14...50 some odd years ago. I did find some vector clip art of bullet holes!
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    Route 66 Sign

    Good idea. Thanks. I already have the sign cut but I haven't broke it out of the work piece yet. I'll give that bullet hole(s) idea some thought. Since I used the bottom left for x,y zero, I can put it back in the same spot where it was carved. Hmmm, should the hole go through the sign? probably so, huh. Look authentic then. Maybe use a 1/8th end mill to bore the hole...say to the size of a 45 cal. Then use a v groove bit to carve some "damage" around the hole. Disclaimer: I am not very artistic. I am at my mom's house today. So no shop time for me. Design time=yes.
  24. Here is a suggestion... John made this one for me before I got my CNC. Becky loves it!!! She's an ER nurse at Texas Children's Hospital in The Woodlands, Tx.
  25. I hear ya, John. I have been going through some rough times with my mom (88). My brother and sister are spending time with her as much as possible, as I am. Today, my wife went to sit with her. She is not doing well. Seems worse by the week. On another note, my wife and I have decided to cut back on building cabinets. Since she is my helper, she has threatened to quit! We are just not spring chickens any more. Hard decision because there are many people in need of cabinets in the Houston area and surrounding cities and towns. I hate to turn them down, but just gotta do it. Building a complete kitchen in a one car garage full of tools is pains taking to say the least. So I am working on some Christmas gifts for the kids and family members. Mike

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