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  1. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday morning Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks!
  2. The cause As you know we had a wonderful project that spanned from October to the end of the year of 2017 that involved the Gold Star widow and her two children as assigned to our community by Operation Ward 57. You can see the project at: The Patriot Woodworkers with Op Ward 57 Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays - 2017 The donation During the project we witnessed many forms of heart felt giving, from the actual raffle ticket purchases, to the exchanging of the winnings from one member to another. Every step of the way, everyone who participated in this project performed heroically, I want to thank everyone once again for their giving, and participation in this very important annual tradition of ours. Thank you! Sometimes, things happen in these projects that are, well, just pretty danged cool, and one of those things was the shipment I received from Patriot Woodworker @honesttjohn. The shipment contained one blanket for each member of the Merlo Family. These blankets were hand made by Mrs. Mordus, (spouse of John Mordus aka honestjohn). John informed me the items were on their way, and I was expecting them, but what I was not expecting was the handwork that went into this operation. My own mother is a crocheter, I grew up with the craft, so I understand the time and heart that goes into this craft, the blankets of Mrs. Mordus were knitted. I am showing images of the work the night before we shipped the gifts from our home to the Merlo Family. I want to apologize for the image quality, it was late, the lights were dim in our home, shortly after I took these pictures our kids wrapped each blanket individually and put a name tag on the gifts before we put them in the shipping box for delivery the next day. This knitted blanket was made for Mrs. Merlo, the knitting is exquisite and detailed, can you imagine spending the time that it takes to make every single tiny square and creating those squares methodically around each heart. I had a chance to feel this blanket, it was very soft, and it had considerable heft to it as well, I was tempted to wrap myself in it but my heart said no, the first wrap should be performed by the honored recipient, Mrs. Merlo. Look at those tiny knitted stitches The hearts The following are images of the blankets Mrs. Mordus created for the children, Camilla and Charlie, the baseballs went to the boy, and the butterflies went to the girl. Mrs. Mordus crafted a border around the fleece fabric of both blankets. This is a style of making blankets that my own mother has been wanting to do for sometime now, mom was over at this time, and she closely examined the borders to see how Mrs. Mordus fabricated them. I wish I had taken close up images of the borders, I don't know why I did not. At this writing I am right now kicking myself. Camilla's flutterby blanket Charlie is a baseball fanatic! And of course, do you think @honesttjohn could let that box of blankets ship without something from the shop! John installed a completely wonderful keepsake box for Mrs. Merlo that he created. This was unexpected, a beautiful touch to an already incredible shipment for the Merlo Family. I am not sure what the box was made from, it may have been John's trademark Pine that he uses in many of his plaque projects, hopefully John will chime in here and let us know. And the grand finale, the Merlo kids with their warm blankets on Christmas morning. You can tell they are very happy. We do not have an image of Mrs. Merlo with her blanket, it was not provided, but I can surmise why we do not have that image, well you know how ladies are, early in the morning, just out of the rack, hair not straight yet, I am sure the image is out there, but Mrs. Merlo surely wasn't going to let that one get out! Without further adieu, the kids Charlie and Camilla and their cherished blankets. (these images shown here, with permission given by mom Merlo) Little Camilla showing off mama's blanket In closing Again, I want to thank everyone who was involved in this project, it was a huge success this year thanks to you all. And on behalf of our entire Patriot Woodworker community, Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Mordus for this very special gift, that will keep on giving to this family for years to come, as they curl up during cold season with these blankets. This topic is long over due, and I want to also apologize to @honesttjohn for taking so long to get this up and live, thanks for your patience John.
  3. Grand Prize We are proud to offer a Woodriver No. 63 Low Angle Jack Plane to this months "What's It" winner. This months "What's It" is sponsored by our supporter Woodcraft Supply. Originally advertised as a plane for heavy stock removal across the grain, the No. 62 has found a home as a smoother and is quite popular among collectors. The WoodRiver® No. 62 is faithful to the original design, but is almost a full pound heavier at approximately 4.6 lbs. It features a body cast from ductile iron, with a bed angle of 12°, a bubinga tote and front knob, and a high-carbon steel blade with a 25° bevel. The plane measures a little less than 14" in length x 2-7/16" in width and has a 2"-wide blade. (Value $205.00) .tg {border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;margin:0px auto;} .tg td{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:1px;overflow:hidden;word-break:normal;} .tg th{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:1px;overflow:hidden;word-break:normal;} .tg .tg-yzt1{background-color:#efefef;vertical-align:to November "What's It" Basic Rules Reminder (For a full run down on this project and rules please go to: "The Patriot Woodworker and MWTCA "What's It" project") Only Patriot Woodworker Members are eligible to participate and receive the award. The MWTCA only accepts a verified source to support your answer, so one should be submitted with your answer, such as a patent, catalog entry, tool book reference, or a respectable website on the subject. Do not let these requirements prevent you from having fun and submitting educated answers on the subject without verification, we can worry about references later. All answers are welcome, as well as healthy debates regarding "What's It". If a verified and referenced answer is not arrived at by the end of each month's "What's It" project, a random draw will be performed for a "One Year MWTCA Club Membership". Only Patriot Woodworker's who participate in this "What's It" topic will be included in the random draw. Ok ladies and gentlemen, we now have our November "What's it" live and ready! The image(s) below is a MWTCA "What's It" image for you to research, and tell us all here in this topic post, just what the heck is it! Project details No further information provided, what you see, is what you have. Remember, "What's It" is not always woodworking related!
  4. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas to all Patriot Woodworkers and guests alike. So, here we are, a day after Christmas and I completely forgot to get our Monday topic live, as I do weekly. I also did not get our Monday topic up the last two weeks as I have been very ill, I have finally dug out of the flu fog the last few days and I actually felt great for Christmas. I'd like to say thank you to all for being here, and sharing your lives and shops with us, we are forever grateful for the folks who keep our forums live and interesting. And we hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! Under the Christmas Tree So Patriot Woodworkers, what did you all get under the tree this Christmas, I'll go ahead and kick it off! My family purchased this wonderful restored fully usable set and sharpened Warranted Superior saw for me, this is a beaut! I love it. They also presented me with this wonderful old book all about North American woods and trees, and their use in the trades and crafts woodworking industry. I love these old books, I use them as a resource for our Patriot Woodwiki that we have been building, and the family knows I love to read these books. I can't get enough of them. This books was copyright is 1951 and it is still viable today, why wouldn't it be, trees have not changed in the last 60 years have they? The book is called American Woods, and was written by Shelley E. Schoonover (Regional Fiscal Agent (retired) United States Forest Service). So that was my haul of the day, what did Santa bring you all! Cover: Sample page: New members Please welcome the following members to our community. @tim gilmer, @eazygeezer, @Gene Thomas, @SANYIndia, @tarasmith, @ecadriel, @AshleyJ, @Duane Bledsoe, @Ksvet06, @Richard Hurwitz, @JARED ADAMS, and last but certainly not least, @Revuaf ! To our new members, thank you for joining us! To our existing members, please click on their names above and shoot them a welcome message. News We acquired our 2000th member this month! Welcome them by clicking on the topic preview below. We do have a door prize for @Ksvet06! Stay tuned for what it is! The call was announced, and The Patriot Woodworker's stepped up! Thank you all for your support of our Christmas Project! We raised $2175 for this family, and they are now enjoying your contributions, thank you Patriot Woodworkers!!!! In case you missed it please see "Winners Announced". A full financial accountability report will be submitted to our community very soon. What's It Our December "What's It" still needs an answer, there have been some really good suggestions put in place by you all, but we still need some references to the answer in order to call anyone a winner of this months project. Featured image of the week Attribution: “Exhibit Experience.” The H. O. Studley Tool Chest & Workbench, 12 Apr. 2014, http://new.studleytoolchestexhibit.com/exhibit-experience/. Source: http://thepatriotwoodwiki.org/Material-Processing-Research-Portal
  5. Just in time for me being laid up for a few days, I received the December issue of the Gristmill by MWTCA. Many of you who have won our MWTCA drawings for membership are already aware of this wonderful publication, this month features Leonard Bailey, this magazine is full of great stuff and hand tool historical articles, and their main feature has a nice breakdown of the history of the hand plane and of course the Stanley brand references. For the studious woodworkers who love hand tool and implement history, these magazines are wonderful. To join MWTCA see their website at https://mwtca.org/ Or you can participate in our monthly projects at http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forum/54-the-mwtca-whats-it-project/ By the way, I should be able to get our December What's It up and live today, sorry for the delay. Here is the cover of the December "The Gristmill" magazine.
  6. Grand Prize We are proud to offer a Woodriver No. 63 Low Angle Jack Plane to this months "What's It" winner. This months "What's It" is sponsored by our supporter Woodcraft Supply. Originally advertised as a plane for heavy stock removal across the grain, the No. 62 has found a home as a smoother and is quite popular among collectors. The WoodRiver® No. 62 is faithful to the original design, but is almost a full pound heavier at approximately 4.6 lbs. It features a body cast from ductile iron, with a bed angle of 12°, a bubinga tote and front knob, and a high-carbon steel blade with a 25° bevel. The plane measures a little less than 14" in length x 2-7/16" in width and has a 2"-wide blade. (Value $205.00) .tg {border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;margin:0px auto;} .tg td{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:1px;overflow:hidden;word-break:normal;} .tg th{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:1px;overflow:hidden;word-break:normal;} .tg .tg-yzt1{background-color:#efefef;vertical-align:to November "What's It" Basic Rules Reminder (For a full run down on this project and rules please go to: "The Patriot Woodworker and MWTCA "What's It" project") Only Patriot Woodworker Members are eligible to participate and receive the award. The MWTCA only accepts a verified source to support your answer, so one should be submitted with your answer, such as a patent, catalog entry, tool book reference, or a respectable website on the subject. Do not let these requirements prevent you from having fun and submitting educated answers on the subject without verification, we can worry about references later. All answers are welcome, as well as healthy debates regarding "What's It". If a verified and referenced answer is not arrived at by the end of each month's "What's It" project, a random draw will be performed for a "One Year MWTCA Club Membership". Only Patriot Woodworker's who participate in this "What's It" topic will be included in the random draw. Ok ladies and gentlemen, we now have our November "What's it" live and ready! The image(s) below is a MWTCA "What's It" image for you to research, and tell us all here in this topic post, just what the heck is it! Project details No further information provided, what you see, is what you have. Remember, "What's It" is not always woodworking related!
  7. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! Thanksgiving Plans? Hey folks! Not only must you tell us what your week of woodworking agenda is, but now you are officially required to tell us your Thanksgiving plans too!!! What are your plans for the big turkey day, family over? Friends over? Laying low? Taking a trip? We love to hear what you are up too. New members Please welcome the following members to our community. @Yura Kotkov, @dave b, @Josie, @Jim Norman, @Rich Stegner To our new members, thank you for joining us! To our existing members, please click on their names above and shoot them a welcome message. News We want to thank those who have participated in this project, we have thus far reached 62% of our 1500.00 dollar goal! Well of course the biggest news of all, in case y'all have not heard, we have kicked off our annual tradition of supporting a warrior family for the Holidays! Please GO HERE to see how you can help! Please help us help this Gold Star Family, and you could win some great prizes too! What's It Our November "What's It" is here! We have a beautiful Woodriver Hand Plane by our supporters Woodcraft, up for grabs to the one who correctly identifies the item. Featured image of the week Romanian: Timber joinery at the The wooden church of St. Archangel of Letca, Salaj County, Romania By Bogdan Ilieş. The original uploader was Bogdan salaj at Romanian Wikipedia [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
  8. A busy week this past week and I don't see a let up until Christmas. I'm thankful for the work and it keeps me busy in the shop. Before retirement this would have been a nice long weekend, but now they are all long weekends. As much as it is nice to get the time in the shop this weekend, let's not forget the purpose of this holiday. A time to remember all our veterans and the price they paid and pay for our freedom. To those of you that have served, thanks you for your service. This week I finished a batch of breadboards. I've got to get busy, I just need 116 more right now. I also finally finished the Oak Cabinet door, got the glass installed, hinges and install on the cabinets at the customers. European hinges for a face frame with 3/4" overlay. She purchased the cabinets at a yard sale and wanted to have doors made so her son's trophies and memorabilia could have a home and not have to be dusted so often. Originally I was going to only make the doors but later she decided she wanted me to stain and finish them. So not they are all done and installed on the cabinets The cabinets will be attached to the wall as soon as they are in place. If you open all four doors at once it will tip forward. I am also trying to finish this weekend the Walnut Island top. The top will be 37 1/2" wide and 87" long and 1 1/2" thick. I am putting it together in four pieces. The last two are in clamps right now. When I get those out in the morning, I will join two of them together and then later I will join the two pieces to make one really large and heavy walnut island top. So that is what's going on in my shop and on my agenda this weekend, what's on your agenda? You know we love to see and hear about all of your projects and woodworking. Share with us your Veterans Weekend Plans. Remember what ever you do this weekend, make sure to work safe.
  9. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! Personal update: I think I quite woodworking, seems I cannot get back in the shop these days, this is the longest dry spell I have ever had (no woodworking since August). Between home repairs for our VA refinance (done) and medical emergencies, and visiting loved ones in the hospital, and just a whole host of things that I cannot publicly display, I cannot get back to it! Alas, I do have faith! I was able to actually walk out to my shop and organize a tad. It's amazing when a garage/shop is not being used, how much crap builds up on top of woodworking surfaces! Thanks for reading my display of self pity. New members Please welcome the following members to our community. No new members to report on this past week. News We want to thank those who have participated in this project, we have thus far reached 62% of our 1500.00 dollar goal! Well of course the biggest news of all, in case y'all have not heard, we have kicked off our annual tradition of supporting a warrior family for the Holidays! Please GO HERE to see how you can help! Please help us help this Gold Star Family, and you could win some great prizes too! What's It Our November "What's It" is here! We have a beautiful Woodriver Hand Plane by our supporters Woodcraft, up for grabs to the one who correctly identifies the item. Featured image of the week Pit sawyers Attribution: By Silar (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  10. Happy Veterans Day (11/11) to all veterans everywhere, alive or dead, and to their families and friends. Many thanks for everything you do and have done for us. Lots of celebrations tomorrow and Saturday hat, Army infantry, '68-'70.
  11. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! New members Please welcome the following members to our community! @Terry R. VanDyke, @sdkid, @DonnaSanders News Well of course the biggest news of all, in case y'all have not heard, we have kicked off our annual tradition of supporting a warrior family for the Holidays! Please GO HERE to see how you can help! Please help us help this Gold Star Family, and you could win some great prizes too! What's It Our November "What's It" is here! We have a beautiful Woodriver Hand Plane by our supporters Woodcraft, up for grabs to the one who correctly identifies the item. Featured image of the week Français : Bicyclette à cadre en bois courbé La Souplette, fabriquée à Paris en 1897. Département des Cycles au Musée d'Art et d'Industrie de Saint-Étienne. English: Bentwood frame Bicycle The Souplette, made in Paris in 1897. Cycles' Department in Saint-Étienne, Museum of Art and Industry. Attribution: By Hélène Rival (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  12. Grand Prize We are proud to offer a Woodriver No. 63 Low Angle Jack Plane to this months "What's It" winner. This months "What's It" is sponsored by our supporter Woodcraft Supply. Originally advertised as a plane for heavy stock removal across the grain, the No. 62 has found a home as a smoother and is quite popular among collectors. The WoodRiver® No. 62 is faithful to the original design, but is almost a full pound heavier at approximately 4.6 lbs. It features a body cast from ductile iron, with a bed angle of 12°, a bubinga tote and front knob, and a high-carbon steel blade with a 25° bevel. The plane measures a little less than 14" in length x 2-7/16" in width and has a 2"-wide blade. (Value $205.00) .tg {border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;margin:0px auto;} .tg td{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:1px;overflow:hidden;word-break:normal;} .tg th{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:1px;overflow:hidden;word-break:normal;} .tg .tg-yzt1{background-color:#efefef;vertical-align:to October "What's It" Basic Rules Reminder (For a full run down on this project and rules please go to: "The Patriot Woodworker and MWTCA "What's It" project") Only Patriot Woodworker Members are eligible to participate and receive the award. The MWTCA only accepts a verified source to support your answer, so one should be submitted with your answer, such as a patent, catalog entry, tool book reference, or a respectable website on the subject. Do not let these requirements prevent you from having fun and submitting educated answers on the subject without verification, we can worry about references later. All answers are welcome, as well as healthy debates regarding "What's It". If a verified and referenced answer is not arrived at by the end of each month's "What's It" project, a random draw will be performed for a "One Year MWTCA Club Membership". Only Patriot Woodworker's who participate in this "What's It" topic will be included in the random draw. Ok ladies and gentlemen, we now have our October "What's it" live and ready! The image(s) below is a MWTCA "What's It" image for you to research, and tell us all here in this topic post, just what the heck is it! Project details No further information provided, what you see, is what you have. Remember, "What's It" is not always woodworking related!
  13. Okay I know it’s Saturday morning but my Friday got away from me and I didn’t get my post up. I had been pushing all week to finish inventory for a craft show last night. Friday I was putting the finishing touches on cutting boards and getting everything loaded into the trailer. Today I’m grilling burgers during lunch time at the shooting range for Burgers and Bullets. When I finish there it is home to the shop and work on a Walnut Island top. Sunday afternoon after church I’m shooting in an USPSA event and if there’s anytime left in the day it will be back to the shop and work on the island top. A full weekend for sure, but should be a lot of fun. How about you, What’s on your woodworking agenda this weekend? Love to see all the projects and pictures so share your weekend agenda with us. Whatever you do have fun and make sure to work safe!
  14. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! New members Please welcome the following members to our community! @adenahaley, @Philipadzy, @Danman1957, @beamanndavid, @macfil20 News No news, all is well and steady as she rolls! What's It Our October "What's It" is coming to an end with absolutely no solid answers to the mystery tool. This is a tough one indeed, surf on over to the What's It and give it another try before our October project closes out. We have a beautiful Woodriver Hand Plane up for grabs to the one who correctly identifies the item. Featured image of the week Wheel wrights tools By No machine-readable author provided. B Askholm assumed (based on copyright claims). - No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1098696
  15. October is rapidly coming to an end. This week I’ve been working on completing stock for two upcoming shows. No pictures for you since I’ve already posted them in other post. Cutting boards and bread boards are the biggest thing in the queue right now. Starting tonight my granddaughter that lives with us is celebrating her 12 th Birthday. Any moment now I’m expecting five young girls to join her. I had five of the benches we made for the boys a few weeks back so the girls coming over are building their own bench. We have their initials for the to paint and put on the end of the bench. I will post some pictures of those when they finish them. So right now I’m resting up so I can make the night with them and spend a little time in the shop with them. Everything is cut out so all they will do is put in right pocket screws. So how about you all, what’s on your agenda this weekend before Halloween? Share your projects and plans with us. What ever you do this weekend, be safe!
  16. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! New members Typically we post links to our new members pages here each week for you to welcome, but this past week we had none! Which means the Patriot Woodworkers are slackin! Get on out there and spread the word about us, invite your friends, and grab your neighbor! You can use our convenient "Invite" feature in the navigation bar at top of our website, the icon looks like a movie ticket. Click on it and follow the prompts to invite your friends, thanks! News It's that time of year already folks! Tis the season will be upon us in no time, and with that comes our annual project in partnership with Operation Ward 57. We will adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays! Our application has been sent, and it is under review now by Operation Ward 57, to receive our family for the 2017 Holidays. Stay tune, we'll be notified around the first week of November who our family is. For our new folks, please see the following links to find out what we do during the Christmas Season here on The Patriot Woodworker. Operation Ward 57 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays - 2016 Operation Ward 57 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays - 2016 UPDATE: We have our family! We have been assigned a Warrior Family for the Holidays. Just a brief run down before the official introduction, we will be providing a Christmas for a Gold Star widow and her 2 children. This is truly an honor that we have been chosen to help provide for this single mother of two, and in turn, to honor her husband who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Stay tuned, once the details of the project are ironed out, you will all be notified. What's It Our October "What's It" is live! Surf on over and see if you can tell us what it is through research and reference. And, win a beautiful Woodriver Hand Plane by our sponsors Woodcraft Supply! Featured image of the week A lathe for turning spirals, as commonly seen on table legs in the "Jacobean" or "Barley sugar" reproduction styles, particularly popular in the 1920s. Cutting is done by a small rotating cutter in a tilted head. As the work revolves slowly in the lathe, a leadscrew (as for a screwcutting lathe) or in this case a rack arrangement traverses the workpiece axially, beneath the fixed cutter. By Andy Dingley (scanner) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  17. Volleyball season is now over and I'm getting back on schedule. Last Friday and Saturday brought it to an end as we lost two games in the tournament. By the way, sorry we got all tied up last Friday and I didn't manage to get up a Friday post. I hope it didn't mess up your weekend not having this up. So I finished the Poplar Green Egg smoker table last Saturday and got it picked up and out of the shop. This is for one of the smaller models which is really almost a table top version but they wanted it to sit down in the table so it wouldn't get knocked off and broken. So I did a half shelf and left more open area on the other side. This was one of those I didn't have to finish either as they wanted to put the finish on and i was glad to let them. This week I have cut out some bread boards and almost got this batch finished. Just need to route out the place for the bowl to sit that holds the dipping sauce. I should get those complete Saturday. I also got a batch of cutting boards cut out and cross cut today so I could glue them in the end grain side. I am running a batch of five and will cut out another batch the first of the week. I don't think I posted this but I may have and if so forgive me lost of memory. I posted the picture of the shaper a friend gave me that had surface rust on the top. I was able to get that cleaned off and it is looking pretty good. Now I'll clean the spindle and he is going to come over and give me some tips in running a few pieces. It is setup right now to run raised panel door panels. So that is what is going on around here, what is on your weekend agenda? Love to see and read about all of the projects you are working on so share your weekend plans with us. What ever you are doing this weekend, be safe.
  18. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! New members Please drop by and give the following new members a grand welcome: @Benjamin Jones, @RonUK, @John Smith, @Donald Brinkley, @bundyal38, @Blocklayer, @Adrian McCullough, @Scott Timmins, @B's Tools. Thanks for joining folks! News It's that time of year already folks! Tis the season will be upon us in no time, and with that comes our annual project in partnership with Operation Ward 57. We will adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays! Our application has been sent, and it is under review now by Operation Ward 57, to receive our family for the 2017 Holidays. Stay tune, we'll be notified around the first week of November who our family is. For our new folks, please see the following links to find out what we do during the Christmas Season here on The Patriot Woodworker. Operation Ward 57 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays - 2016 Operation Ward 57 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays - 2016 The Patriot Woodwiki For now we have the links to our wiki live for all to see, you still cannot create research projects yet, but the wiki is taking on life. We hope to have this long overdue resource completely open to all for editing and collaboration, to impart your wisdom and research for others to benefit from now, and into the future. See the tabs above, at the top of our woodworking community, there is one tab called "Wiki" Click on Wiki or see the various categories that you can click on as well to be taken directly to that area. Here is a peek at just a few areas of our wiki. Material Processing Research Portal People Research Portal Woodworking Glossary What's It Our October "What's It" is live! Surf on over and see if you can tell us what it is through research and reference. And, win a beautiful Woodriver Hand Plane by our sponsors Woodcraft Supply! Featured image of the week Source: http://thepatriotwoodwiki.org/Adze The traditional way to use an adze is to straddle the timber or log while holding the adze by its long handle and swing the adze up out in front and center to the users body, then swing the adze down to strike the timber or log. There are many ways to use a long handled adze and various stances or positions for the user to take as the work dictates. The foot adze is most commonly known as a shipbuilder’s or carpenter’s adze. They range in size from 00 to 5 being 3 1/4 to 4 3/4 pounds with the cutting edge 3 inches to 4 1/2 inches wide. On the modern steel adze the cutting edge may be flat for smoothing work to very rounded for hollowing work such as bowls, gutters and canoes. The shoulders or sides of an adze may be curved called a lipped adze, used for notching. The end away from the cutting edge is called the pole and can be of different shapes, generally flat or a pin pole.
  19. Typically our Monday morning topic is filled with questions on what we all did over the weekend, what we have planned for the week ahead, and we will welcome our new members and share stories. But I woke up to come on here before I head off to work for the day, and upon turning on the morning news, I learned about the mass shooting in Las Vegas. So I am here writing now, and I cannot find the heart nor the words to start off our typical Monday Morning topic with words of cheer and happiness. But, that does not mean you cannot participate in this topic, to let us know what you did over the weekend, and what you have planned for the week ahead. Actually, I hope you do, perhaps I can turn to our membership for some cheer and uplifting remarks in this time of darkness for our nation. I am saddened, and hurt. The sounds of the gunfire coming from the building above the concert crowd, will forever be in my mind, knowing that the bullets were striking innocents below. So I'll turn this topic over to you my friends, and I'll head off to work in a few minutes, just like any "normal day", meanwhile the lives of many have been changed forever in our nation, as a result of the largest mass shooting in our nations history. May God shine His grace on all those affected by this tragic event and may He take those who's lives have ended, into His arms.
  20. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! New members Please drop by and give the following new members a grand welcome: @rfbritt3, @BillyJack, @Larry Schweitzer, Thanks for joining folks! You may have missed "About Us". Check in to our About Us page and read a brief of who we are and why we are. See more at http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/about_us/ "Member Map". Plot your general location on our Member Map, let others know they have a woodworking buddy in their area. See more at http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/membermap/ "Activity". Did you know you can create your own customized Activity Stream? Hover your cursor over "Activity" and select "My Activity Streams" and create your own customized stream, you can also RSS your stream to your home mail inbox. The Patriot Woodwiki It's not dead! We are still working on getting it live. There have been many challenges and hurdles with the open source software that makes a wiki, and we are working on it to get it up and live for you to contribute your knowledge within many subjects. For a sneak peek of the wiki, go to http://thepatriotwoodwiki.org/HomePage Keep in mind it's not fully functional, you will more than likely run into empty pages, but you will see where we are headed! What's It Our September "What's It" will be cancelled due to MWTCA's issues with their own website. They are working feverishly to get their site back in full working order so we can extract some of their What's It images for your viewing pleasure. We will resume our "What's It" for OCtober 1st. And there will be a wonderful grand prize for the member who accurately names the "What's It" through research and verifiable references. Featured image of the week Eggenburg ( Lower Austria ). Krahuletz-Museum: Neolithic adze. By Wolfgang Sauber (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  21. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! New members Please drop by and give the following new members a grand welcome: @skiler, @Peter Karpovich, @Ed Boothby, @frank, @Frenchtom, @Daniel Reichert, Thanks for joining folks! You may have missed "Our Picks" Our Picks is a showcase of topics and content in our community that caught our eye, and were hand picked by us, and shared. You will see the work featured here in our community, and we also have shared the content to our fans on Facebook and Twitter. See more at http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/ourpicks/ Leaderboard Drop by your Leaderboard and see who the current movers and shakers are based on content and topic popularity. What's It Our September "What's It" will be cancelled due to MWTCA's issues with their own website. They are working feverishly to get their site back in full working order so we can extract some of their What's It images for your viewing pleasure. Featured image of the week. 'Rack Saw-bench with Self-acting Top' Circular saw ripping sawbench. The saw in this case remains fixed, but the sliding table moves past it on rollers, carrying the log with it. Note the lack of splitter, not unusual for this period. By Andy Dingley (scanner) - Scan from Ednie, John (editor) (1925) Carpentry and Joinery, Carpentry and Joinery, vol. V, London: Gresham Publishing, pp. fig. 27, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5468454
  22. Ive been a bit under the weather this week so today is my first day working in the shop. Yep, I am now officially way, way behind. But I'll get things done as I can and not spend a lot of time worrying about it. Today I am working on a Pistol Shadow box that I've got to ship to Michigan this week so it is there for a presentation on Wednesday night. I know, I am under the "gun". I'll get it sprayed tomorrow and then install the glass and get it boxed up and ready to go. Almost there! This box is going to house an antique pistol that will be presented on Wednesday night. I'm also working on a pair of grips for a SIG SAUER P380 made of Purple Heart. They are cut out and drilled, just got to do a little shaping and then using the laser engraver put SIG SAUER on one side and the customers Initials on the other side in the same font and the same slop as the SIG logo. I will probably be working on those Sunday afternoon. No deadline on them so I can take my time. I also got a new Glock 19, Gen 5 the other day after the reveal at our range. I really like it and shoots very well. This was my first 50 rounds put through the gun at 10 yards. Probably going to catch a little College football Saturday, RTR! So that is what I'm working on right now, what about you, what's on your Patriot Woodworker agenda this weekend? We love to see and hear about all the projects you are working on. Post those pictures and share your projects with us. Have a fun and safe weekend whatever you are doing.
  23. Here we are another Friday and another hurricane bearing down on part of the country. Let' be praying for those in the path and hope they are get to safety. We we had a nice mini vacation to the smoky mountains last weekend. First time in the mountains for my 11 year old granddaughter. We saw a bear in Cades Cove and she was so excited she forgot to push the button on the camera to take a picture. Instead of buck dealer it was bear fever. Well this week I got a batch of cutting boards ready for the final sander and mineral oil soaking. I'll be bringing a load of Poplar from the wood stash tomorrow for a table I'm working on. I have a few other projects in the queue but not sure how far I will get. I've got spend some time with John Deere at some point this weekend. So how about you all, what's on your agenda this weekend?
  24. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! New members Please drop by and give the following new members a grand welcome: @Christina Marie Smith, @Tim Rockey, @Camilus Fernando, @Pcfernando Prancasi. Thanks for joining folks! Leaderboard Drop by your Leaderboard and see who the current movers and shakers are based on content and topic popularity. What's It Our August "What's It" is live and getting ready to close, take a look and submit your educated guess at best for this months item. Featured video of the week Redwood Saga is an educational film from 1946 showing the cutting, loading, transportation, mill sawing and finishing operations of the Northern California's old growth Redwood forest lumber industry.
  25. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! New members Please drop by and give the following new members a grand welcome: @Fastback and @Roger N Patricia Nichols. Leaderboard Drop by your Leaderboard and see who the current movers and shakers are based on content and topic popularity. What's It Our August "What's It" is live, take a look and submit your educated guess at best for this months item. Featured gallery @DerBengel has created a wonderful gallery this past week, showing of small box joinery and her painting finesse along with picture frame making. Featured image of the week With an age of 4847 years, Methuselah the ancient Great Basin bristlecone pine tree has the honor of being Earth’s oldest non-clonal organism. The tree is located in the White Mountains of Inyo County, Eastern California, but its exact physical location is kept confidential to protect it from people. In 1964, a researcher with the consent of U.S. Forest Service, chopped down a tree which was around 4900 years old (named Prometheus). At present, we can still visit the grove of the ancient bristlecone pine tree forest but can we identify which tree is Methuselah? Source: http://www.wondersify.com/oldest-trees-world/
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