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junglejohn

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    John
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    Springfield, Ohio
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    If attacked by a gang of clowns go for the Juggler

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  1. Nice job! I love the colors. I live in a 70 year old home. I can't fins a square corner in the joint. I am planning to wainscott(sp?) our dining room and the color you chose is what I think will look great. But the boss will make the final choice. I am taking on the stained glass work with vigor. Unfortunately working with glass is an entirely different world from wood working. I made my first panel but consider it a throw away learning project. Then I was contacted by a long time customer to take on a design project where he terminated the people who started it. It is only a week to 10 day design but it took 3 weeks. One week to tear out what the previously done work which was concepted wrong from the start. Another week to re-concept it an design it and another week to get the shop drawings to the machine shop. I really didn't want to do it but the money was just too good to pass up and he was a good customer for years and a friend, so I suckered myself into it. Another friend of his saw my work and he called me to do a job for him. I am considering it but am worried that this will snowball and suck me back in to full time work. I was just beginning to relax and accept the retired lifestyle.
  2. Hugh was the kind of man we need more of - not less. I never knew him but I consider that my loss. My hopes are for peace and loving memories for his family. Frankly, I was amazed when I saw the picture of his younger self. He looks almost like my identical twin. I showed my wife the picture and her hand went to her mouth in shock. I found myself in similar combat situations and the story and his picture swept me back to the sweat, mud, insects and intensity of the experience. Some memories never leave us even after 50 years. I regret that I never had the honor of welcoming him home.
  3. What an embarrassing mistake. My, belated, birthday wishes were meant for Gene's wife Phyllis. But I had you and your Denise in mind at the time. It kind of stuck with me my friend.
  4. Happy Birthday Denise! I echo Tom's sentiment. I wake up every morning intent on being worthy of Karen, my wife of 49 years. I am not there yet.
  5. I went to the glass warehouse an purchased a pistol grip cutter and I am finding unprecedented success! It is much easier to control and make consistent cuts. Maybe all of those years welding a 1911 is paying off. I fired expert with it and now I am on my way to being an expert here. But remember the definition of an expert. A ex is a has been and a spurt is a drip under pressure.
  6. My stained glass project is frustrating me. Glass cutting is inconsistent and it is difficult to produce identical pieces. With wood you can sand and shape to make what you need. Leave a little extra stock and just fit it. You can set up equipment to get the thickness and width you need. With glass it is different. Make as bad score and there is no recovery. You just need to start over. The skills needed require much trial and error, mostly error for me and that is just the cutting phase. I haven't even arrived at the soldering stage. It is humbling to watch some elderly lady just step up and make it look easy. I have a glass grinder with a 3/4 inch diameter but cleaning up a straight edge is hard to keep smooth. I have a small belt/disc sander combo but I can't find belts or discs that will grind glass. I am super frustrated and have shifted over to the Danish style bench finding comfort in working with wood. Don't pay attention to my pissing and moaning. I am struggling and I am sure it will pass as I keep working at it.
  7. Well, I figure that I can have the temp a bit lower when doing the cutting, shaping, joinery and sanding then turn it up for several days to do the finishing. But frankly I am still considering options and investigating the ups and downs of each. But if I am going to have to schedule professional help for installation I need to get it done before the winter rush for service. I generally use Tite-Bond II and III and I haven't noticed any issues in the 55-65 degree temp range.
  8. I am prepared to spend $1500 or so but depending on the operating costs, convenience and fuel type I would pay more is I felt it was appropriate. I just purchased a 12,000 BTU window A/C which does an adequate job so I a primarily interested in just heat. My initial thinking is John's suggested DynaGlo 50K BTU unit combined with Dan's suggested thermostat. I would also get a carbon monoxide detector. The Unit is about $1000 and since it can use regular diesel fuel filling up a couple of 5 gal. cans might be the way to go. Gene's suggested Mini-Split system seems nice but I really don't need the A/C function. I have a little time to decide so I will ponder it. I probably should look at a propane option with a large tank setting outside the building but I will need to check about access to get it refilled and the costs of a larger tank. I have pretty well eliminated wood even though fire wood would be free and plentiful. There is a lot to consider. I am zoned agricultural so codes are pretty relaxed but insurance impact is also something that needs investigating. I want to keep it as simple as possible as I don't need 70 Deg. Even 55 to 60 would be fine. There is a lot to consider. More than I first realized.
  9. Winter is on the way and in Ohio we never know what to expect but I do know it is coming. While I was working I only worked on the weekends in my shop. But now I am looking at having 7 days a week. Don't get me wrong, I love my wife of 50 years but the prospect of being in the house 24/7? I shudder at the prospect. I currently use a couple of kerosene heaters to take the edge off of 30 degree days but I don't think that will cut it. I don't want a wood stove either. I am thinking I need a better solution. Maybe a gas heater? Propane or natural? Ceiling unit or floor unit? Suggestions? My shop is about 16 ft. X 50 ft and has decent insulation in the walls and ceiling.
  10. Since my retirement as a mechanical engineer the only taps I am interested in are labeled "Guinness".
  11. This is a great way to create space in a smaller child's bedroom - larger children too.
  12. I went out and purchased the stuff I need to get serious about making stained glass panels. I am reading all I can and will start practicing tomorrow. It feels kind of exciting surprisingly enough. I am glad as I spent nearly $400. Not a not gets me excited anymore. Add that to the way Joe Burrow is killing it in Bengals training camp and I am kinda beside myself.
  13. This is a hard thing to go thru John. I have been thru it many times. But I will tell you that as hard as it is and as sad as it is, this will pass and you will find yourself with fond memories that brings smiles. Just last year I sat in a stall with the head of my old friend, a 32 year old Appoloosa gelding in my lap as he passed. It was a terrible day. But now all of my thoughts of him are pleasant ones. My best wishes to you my friend.
  14. I get the impression that Gene wasn't laughing. I have seen entire manufacturing operations torn down and relocated due to silicone over usage. This is especially a problem when it gets on a floor. It can get as slick as ice and it is practically impossible to clean. I did a project for a medical products manufacturer. They had to remove the flooring and replace it. It cost the big money. It is now on their list of banned substances.
  15. I must say that I use Amazon a lot. Being a Prime member a high % of my purchases are prompt and generally cheaper. There is no browsing a store to find what you want only to find they don't have it or have it in your size. We buy general things such a laundry detergent and coffee there, using a subscription service to have scheduled delivery at what ever interval we choose. It just arrives on our doorstep. Delivery is generally free and arrives when they say it will. We generally only buy perishables such as meat, milk, condiments and bread at the grocery with trips there only as needed. I don't, but my wife does take medications and she gets her prescriptions filled at the counter. Maybe I am just fortunate but I have zero issues with private carrier shipments at all.
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