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About richk52

  • Birthday 03/13/1952


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    Knoxville, TN & previously Orland Park (Chicago) IL
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  1. Wow, what a cool looking Chevy Rich!

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      I wish I could take credit for it.  Unfortunately I do not own it.  it is a picture I found on the Internet.


      A little history...

      From my early 20's I have always thought that one of the neatest collector cars was a 1957 Chevy.  When we bought our first house, the contractor had a work phone in the house and the number ended in 1957.  From a memory standpoint, I thought that would make remembering our home phone number a lot easier and told him I would take over the bills for the telephone line (you can't do that today).  39 years later we still have the same home phone number.


      Relative to the station wagon, my wife and I  ran a Girl Scout troop for dual income parents that were unable to have their daughters attend regular Girl Scout meetings that were held after school in the school.  As part of field trips, my wife decided that we need a station wagon to haul the girls around.  So started my run with full size GM station wagons that had seating for 9 people via 3 rows of seating.  The 3rd seat folded into the floor and when folded out, it faced rearward.  For kids this was akin to sitting in the back of a school bus - very cool.  (Forget about the consequences of a rear end collision) In my wife's family growing up in the 50's/60's, they had a 3 row station wagon and the 3rd row seat was referred to as the 'way back' and her 4 siblings fought for that coveted seat.


      My first station wagon was a full size Pontiac Grand Safari with genuine simulated wood grain on the outside (aka as a decal).  After the sun baked and dried out the decal, I determined that my next station wagon would be without the simulated wood grain.  


      My next 3 station wagons, were all white Oldmobile Custom cruisers with leather interiors.  The Custom Crusier was the top of the line  and like its Buick Roadmaster station wagon, both had a glass 'moon roof' for the rear seat passengers, where the Chevy Impala station wagon did no have that feature. The first had red leather interior, the second had blue leather interior, and the last had beige leather interior.  It confused the hell out of my extended family as from the outside the body style never changed, but when they would occasionally take a ride in the car, they were confused because the interior of the car was not what they remembered. :) O


      Last of all, all 3 stations wagons were the ultimate woodworker's tool, as you could get full 4 x 8 foot sheets of plywood in the rear with the second and third row of seats folded flat  and the rear door closed.  If you had longer than 12 foot sticks of lumber, you could open the rear window. I took a lot of razing from friends about the station wagons but that stopped immediately when i mentioned that I could get a full sheet of plywood or drywall in the car and that was something they could not do with their SUVs!


      My last station wagon (a 1992 Olds) went to next (found at Harbor Freight) owner in 2016. 


      Thus the reason for the profile background picture - the marriage of 2 of my favorites - a 1957 Chevy and a station wagon!


      Olds Custom Crusier a.jpg

  2. Man did I ever wake some people up...
  3. Is it true that only sinners can attend the Cincinnati Woodworking Club's monthly meetings since they are held in Disciple's Hall?
  4. That was my thought also. With that said, the tool would have to be used vertically with the handles facing up. Next question - on the 3rd roller what is the function of the extended shaft? it is not symmetrical and is not finished on the long end. I thought it may serve as a guide, but the unfinished end would scratch the paint off the surface it rode against.
  5. The other minor part to the tool is the 'depth adjustment' knurled knob which can be preset and only allows the 3rd roller to close a predetermined amount. The unanswered question is how you would draw the sheet metal through the tool as there is no friction roller to advance the material (much like a roller on a can opener).
  6. Please post some pictures of your work. Even the 'WIP' (work in process) images are cool to see the transition from a raw piece of wood to the final artifact. Think about the Crazy Horse monument and how interesting that is. The process is sometimes more interesting than the final result.
  7. This can't be used for bending tubing. It appears that it is used instead for thin sheet metal. Notice the 2 sets of rollers on each side of the one handle. That 2nd roller on each side has to have a function. Thus, a strip of sheet metal (can only be as wide as the fork tines) is placed in between the rollers and fed down to the single roller on the other jaw. That jaw has a single steel roller with 2 rubber rollers which would allow for some 'give'. My 'final answer' is a tool for placing a kerf into flat sheet metal.
  8. Reminds me of a great line ...Now this is a knife
  9. Thanks Steve. I picked up my latest woodworking tool yesterday, 4/1 at Rockler. The neat thing is that i can finally make toothpicks with grooves in them. (helps with holding them, but means you use twice as many). The lathe is battery operated and utilizes the Milwaukee Li-Ion M12 batteries that I already have.
  10. Steve, have you decided when to take your first 'walk-about'? For the Northerners, a walk-about is an Aussie thing where an individual just decides he is going to go and 'walk about' the country in Australia. Having a job has no bearing. Walk-abouts are for extended periods of time and can be 6 months or longer. It is kind of like being a California free spirit but you don't have the California high cost of living and you get plenty of unique road signs and multi legged animals to see...
  11. Took the Cincinnati route down to Knoxville for the first time and avoided the congestion on the Gene Snyder outside of Louisville. Nice drive and did not realize that Cincinnati was hilly. The former president of the Smoky Mountain Turners Association is selling some of his shop equipment. He currently is selling a 2hp Delta dust collector and an air filtration unit.
  12. Thanks Allen, I will be passing through KY this coming Saturday. We take the Indianapolis - Louisville - Lexington route and then drop down to Knoxville. Always have to roll the dice whether we will get rain or fog when we hit the mountains between Lexington & Knoxville.. Ron & Larry, Knoxville's airport (McGhee Tyson) may not be International, but it does have 2 very long runways (9,000 & 10,000 ft), partially thanks to being home for the TN Air National Guard Refueling wing. (Need long runways for heavy tankers taking off). So there should not be a problem with the corporate jet. In regards to the corporate jet, I assumed you meant the jet that I attached a picture of below. Standard equipment includes a screwdriver, monkey wrench, & integral holder. Their latest model is the 737 MAX and it has anti-stall capability that helps when turning large bowls.
  13. Dave, the good news about Portillo's is that Dick sold the business to a company named Berkshire Partners on the east coast for upwards of 33 million dollars. If anyone recognizes the name Berkshire, yes it is one of the many companies that Warren Buffett owns. When they purchased Portillo's they stated that they had plans to start opening more locations around the country. That is why they have recently opened locations in Wisconsin and Indiana. They need to open a location in Plano (a corporate suburb of Dallas) next. Tidbit is that Portillo's employs over 100 people at each location and even in Chicago the 'advance' order takers stand out in the dead of winter taking orders and money. (Management has them on a 15 minute rotation) I have been through Gatlinburg on the way to the National Smokie Mountain Park. It is what I call 'Wisconsin Dells on steroids'. Relative to Calhoun's, there is a Calhoun's in Lenoir City at the marina and a couple more around the Knoxville area. Those Irwin clamps were my latest find at a Rockler sale - two 24" clamps for $19. Cheaper than the 18" clamps! Yes, I have more clamps, but they are dispersed between IL & TN.
  14. Ok, but I only do Dunkin (formerly aka Dunkin Donuts) and only do Starbucks when someone gives me a Starbucks gift card. Social Insecurity helps make sure that happens. So what is the difference between management and worker bees? Management does Starbucks and worker bees do Dunkin! I also do Portillo's Italian beef - a Chicago food. Philly cheese steak sandwiches don't come close. if you are impatient, you can order it online. Portillo's Hot Dogs & Italian Beef. Just think of it as being another woodworking tool - nutrition is very important to being alert around woodworking tools (and other woodworkers).
  15. Hello everyone. I am recently retired and have picked up wood turning in the past 3 months. I also recently picked up Excelsior (Rockler) wood lathe for Phase 1 of my new retirement hobby. Phase 2 will be procuring a CNC machine after the dust settles from our relocation from Orland Park (Chicago suburb) IL to Lenoir City (Knoxville) TN and the boss gives me approval! Initial pictures are a trick I did in installing can lights in a 1st floor ceiling that had no attic access, my wood lathe and Harbor freight maple work bench, tools lined up waiting for a road trip to Knoxville, & the first 3 turning I did at Rockler turning classes.
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