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  1. .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 "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 August "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 The information provided hereon is all the information that is provided, no further information on this item will be added. Remember, "What's It" is not always woodworking related! ATTENTION: The above prize may not be available if the July What's It is successfully solved. However, our prize offering of membership into MWTCA is always available in lieu of the grand prize. Thank you! A Chicago Scriber for?
  2. OK, the chicken and sides are ordered, as are the donuts. I have the drinks, fruit, and pies on hand. So I guess there's no turning back now (at least for me). Looking forward to meeting you. Latest on the weather: now they are saying a small chance of T-Storms in the AM (40%), so if yu want to stretch your legs walking around we should be good to go.
  3. 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! Community News As you all know @Fred W. Hargis Jr hosted the first get together for Patriot Woodworkers in his home in the great state of Ohio. From the looks of it and the action reports, it was a good time by attendees. To see images of the get together, please see the topic at Still on Schedule. Right now the images and videos are kind of all over the place as they come in, soon we'll have a gallery dedicated to Fred's meeting, and our own Admin @Ron Dudelston has volunteered to move all the event images to the specified gallery, and add captions to the images as well. This way you all can view the happenings in one location. Thanks Ron! And again, thank you Fred for hosting a wonderful meet and greet! And we'd like to thank Woodcraft, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools for supplying some fun and wonderful swag items and gifts. New Members No new members folks, but you can help change that, get the word out to your friends, invite your email contacts list, invite your postman, your local high school shop teacher, invite em all! Featured Gallery By now you all should be aware of @Big B gallery for his turnings, he recently uploaded some wonderful images of his work, and can you believe it, he's been turning for only 4 years! Great job Big! Featured Image of the Week Kevin Watt, Wood Craft Center manager, and the wood-working camp participants pose for a photo after making their cutting boards at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Aug. 11, 2017. The Youth Center partnered with the Wood Craft Center to host a total of two, week-long wood working camps to offer the classes to more kids. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño) Source: https://www.fairchild.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1278242/youth-center-hosts-first-ever-woodworking-camp/
  4. This has been a busy week starting with last Saturday. I got called in to work in the range for Sig Sauer day. It was awesome as these guys are top of the line trainers. I had the pleasure of meeting and working alongside Panda, one of the Sig academy top trainers. You could pay $5.00 and shoot all the guns on the table and they furnished the ammo. Yesterday I finally got the screen door I made to the customer and installed. Since everything was out of square on the door frame I had to trim the door to fit. All is is good and everything worked. We also delivered a Green Egg table yesterday. So today we are back on the Oak tables to finish them. I know many of you will be traveling to the meet this weekend and hope to see lots of pictures and hear many stories. Have a great time, wish I was with you. So so how about the rest of you? What’s on you agenda this weekend. We we love to see and hear about your projects. Whatever yiu you do have fun and be safe.
  5. It has been a busy week in our shop as we were trying to meet a deadline and get some projects out. We were given a short time but we managed to deliver the important pieces and get it setup. My son, Josh has done most of the work with me being the "in the way management", but we all jumped in and helped. It is really nice to be able to move pieces into the finishing room while sanding or milling is going on in the shop. I had this nice Oak slab we used for the top of the Welcome Center and we used the self leveling epoxy to finish it. That way it covered and gave a nice thick smooth finish and really highlighted the grain in the White Oak. Yep, we left the cracks and filled them in with epoxy. Also did this sound console for the youth area where this was all going. Didn't really get a picture of it but there is one wall in this area they have covered with the corrugated tin. And we got the Oak table stained, assembled and delivered. This weekend we have out of town company so not a lot of shop time. Also have SIG day at the range so I'll be there part of Saturday. I'm already thinking Sunday afternoon will be recliner time! Today we are assembling more of the tables and working on a few small things in the shop. So what's on your weekend agenda? As always, we love to hear about all the projects from our TPW members. Post those pictures and share those projects. Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and be safe!
  6. OK, So the gettogether will be next Saturday and still appears to be on track (more on that in a minute). So yesterday in the mail was a package that had me puzzled. We buy a lot of stuff on line, and I get USPS/UPS and Fedex notices of deliveries, and I'm generally aware of what's coming. But this one I had me puzzled. So it shows up and lo and behold, one of our members made some gifts and sent them to add to the pile of stuff from the forum sponsers. I'll keep details of what this really cool gift is secret until we hand them out, and then post what (and who) back here after the event. My way of trying to entice others who might want to attend to show up. (For those who wonder what I'm talking about, more info on this thread.) Now, about the "on track" statement. I've mentioned my wife's health problems from time to time, and that's also why we'll have to wrap the event up maybe earlier than I would like (the 5:00 thing). But Wednesday she wasn't feeling so well and called the Doc. After describing the problem, she got to see him first thing Thursday morning. He wasn't able to diagnose a problem and ordered her to the hospital for tests and observations. She was released yesterday, and everything is (probably) fine. Seems she was a little dehydrated (symptom of the other problems). Not grubbing for well-wishes here, this is a big part of my life and often preempts other things. It was a bit of coincidence, but Ron Dudelson called me about the event and the swag bags we have while I was driving home from the hospital. So, the event is still on and all's well here. Looking forward to seeing everyone next well!
  7. OK, with the gathering date about a month off it's close enough to start setting things up. We had about 6 folks that thought they could be here, but let's start the count over to keep me from jumping back and forth between threads. I'm not asking for a firm commitment, just if it's likely you'll be here; the head count will allow me to plan for food and drinks. So here's what I'm thinking: Gathering will be at my place (17676 Wapakoneta Fisher Rd, Wapakoneta OH 45895) on Aug. 25th. Time will be starting around 10:00ish (or whenever you get here, and wrap up at 5:00 so I can start dinner for my wife. I'll provide lunch and drinks, current thinking is I'll get some fried chicken and a couple of side dishes. I'll also have soft drinks and water available. Some of you offered to bring something, what if I leave the snacks up to those attending? No agenda, mostly a meet/greet and jawbone, though Stephen offered to do some magic with a Stanley 45 which I think would be interesting. John thinks there will be some hand out stuff from Laguna (maybe t shirts, hats, etc.) and maybe Woodcraft, and Handy Dan won a Woodriver plane he's offered up as a door prize raffle. I'd like to see as many as possible attend, but know I'm a little far for some folks..those who aren't here physically I'm sure will be here in spirit. So a reply about you plan on coming , and any other input is what I'm looking for.
  8. 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! Community Changes We now have a forum for our Patriot Woodworker meetings around the nation. Thanks to @Fred W. Hargis Jr for firing up our first annual meet and greet, and spurring us to open up a forum for any members who wish to host a meet and greet and provide information and details about their meeting place. The new forum is at The Scrap Bin, please surf on over and check it out, and, if you've been living under a rock over the last 6 months, or if you are new here and have not heard about the Meet and Greet, and would like to attend Fred's shebang, please read those items in our new forum. Latest Wiki Entries Straight from a wonderful book about "American Woods", by Shelley E. Schoonover, published in 1951, we are moving her out of print, out of copyright contents over to our wiki. There will be two categories for the trees of North America, The Softwoods, and The Hardwoods. See the latest entries at the links below. Eastern Larch Western Larch New Members Please welcome @Robbie woods, @Scott Yarnall, @shawnbrad, @Rich, @Bill Schultz, and @JohnM to our community, leave a message of welcome on their profile page. And welcome to your new community folks! Featured Gallery One of our newest members @shawnbrad has already posted some beautiful and unique work for us to gawk at! See Shawn's work, great job Shawn! Featured Image of the Week @Gerald has a great tip regarding his version of a push stick. See his topic at the new General Woodworking "Tips" forum regarding the use of this device.
  9. Here are some more details about our get together this Saturday, specifically the food part. Here's what I know: I'll have donuts waiting here for you. Duck is bringing some coffee and homemade cookies. He's getting the coffee at DD, and mentioned bringing decaf and regular. I'll have cups on hand, I'll try to figure out the cream/sugar part. Does anyone need artificial sweetener? I'll have soft drinks (probably diet and regular Coke) and water to drink. I'll provide (most) lunch. I'll have fried chicken, potato wedges, mac N cheese, plates, tableware, napkins. Keith has mentioned bringing cole slaw. I'll also have a fruit bowl(apples/bananas). If the melon gods are smiling, I'll have some cantaloupe. My melons are up there with the best we've ever had, but that also makes them popular our kids and the local rodents. No promises on the melon, but we'll try. Should I get chips or something for the afternoon? Not planning to do so at the moment, but can adjust. What did I forget?
  10. I'm guessing this is pretty much the same forecast that many of the attendees are seeing, but for Saturday they are (currently) saying a chance of rain/storms and a high in the low 80's. One other thing, for those that can, we can probably make use of a few lawn chairs (or sit on the grass, or the floor, or the porch stoop).
  11. Another summer just about in the books. School starts tomorrow and I already have a sub day scheduled. Please don't forget the deadline for The Patriot Woodworker raffle is coming up. Don't get left out!! Our Patriot Turners- The Patriot turners have been really busy in their shops this past week. Lots of great ideas and projects. @Gerald added a great tip to the Woodturners Forum. His idea for making/reusing material for faceplates is really cool! Gerald also showed us how he embellished the bottom of his ringmaster bowl. @Ron Altier started a discussion about "Turners Tape". He received lots of responses and additional ideas for attaching a turning. Ron also posted an image of another Sea Urchin ornament. Mother nature surely creates some beautiful designs Ron 's post is here- @HandyDan created a handle for a little hammer he picked up at a sale- Dan posted a really nice series of the steps he took to do this- Our Australian member @JariKilpi added images of a beautiful Camphor Laurel bowl he recently turned. Check out his album- From The Internet- Continuing with the last couple of weeks topics on sanding, Mike Peace has added another video on bowl sanding Sanding is made easier with a nice new dedicated tool. I received this in an email from Woodturners Wonders. All metal gears, variable speed, $60. https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sanding-items/products/angle-drill Ok, let's make bowls the topic for the week. Rick Turns shows us another way to personalize a turned bowl. "Leafing" adds an interesting look to a turning and it's not difficult to do. Looking for a cool turning project? Tim Yoder has a 2 part video on a project that would make a nice present for the cook's kitchen. The second part is linked from Tim's YouTube page. Everything Else- Mr. David Reed Smith published a tutorial for making a STO Gauge. I have to admit I didn't know what this was or that it even existed. Mr. Smith's tutorials are always interesting, easy to follow and very detailed. The tutorial is available also as a .pdf download. http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/STO-Gauge/STO-Gauge.html I did manage to get a little turning time in this week between computer repairs, mower repairs, school meetings and construction requests. Another Manzanita root- To utilize the most material, the piece is mounted off center. The bolts create a counter balance to reduce vibration. Mounted with a paper joint to facilitate removal of the piece Easy Wood Tools #1 Hollower ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). Easy Wood Tools now has available negative rak cutters for many of their tools. The cutters were designed for use with acrylic turnings but work equally as well on harder wood. Clean cuts and no catches. Same low price! The small ridge will be the seat for a lid. Sanding will be tricky. Safe turning
  12. 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! Community Changes Please visit the following topics, they may be of interest to you. Free For All Forum Changes Please Add Tags Also, we now have a column of information pertaining to our wiki. You may now view the latest wiki page changes by viewing the "Latest Wiki Pages" section at the right side of our community, just below the "Popular Contributors" section. Latest Wiki Entries Straight from a wonderful book about "American Woods", by Shelley E. Schoonover, published in 1951, we are moving her out of print, out of copyright contents over to our wiki. There will be two categories for the trees of North America, The Softwoods, and The Hardwoods. See the latest entries at the links below. Slash Pine (a beautiful pine, this is probably one of my favorite pines, elegant and shapely, I would love to have this in our front yard of our home) Longleaf Pine Jack Pine New Members Please welcome @BroderickBanks and @maria199 to our community, leave a message of welcome on their profile page. And welcome Broderick and Maria! MWTCA What's It Has ended for the month of July, and we'd like to congratulate @HandyDan for his successful research which in turn landed him a beautiful Rob Cosman Dovetail Saw! And, even though it appears our August What's It mystery is solved thanks to @p_toad, we still have the month of August left in front of us before we can officially announce the winner, so head on over there and give it a hard time! Thanks a lot Peter! Featured Gallery @Jari from down under has been busy with his Camphor Laurel turnings, they are absolutely beautiful! Featured Image A collage of "Wood" related subject images from our "Wood Research Category" of The Patriot Woodwiki. Attribution: Created by John Morris for The Patriot Woodwiki (8-11-2018)
  13. OK, our get together is 2 weeks from today. I'm still hoping others will be able to fit this into their schedule and show, but right now I'm planning on 8+ attendees. So here's what I'm thinking: We'll start around 10:00 AM or so. Most have a lengthy drive, so that time isn't precise....you'll get here when you get here. I'm planning lunch around noon, I'll have to go get the food (a 20 minute trip) and bring it back. I'm still thinking fried chicken and a couple of sides. I'll also have water and soft drinks on hand. Someone mentioned donuts, I can try to have some on hand in the morning. I think we'll also have some home made cookies around as well. Coffee also came up. I'm not sure how to handle that. I don't have a large pot (mine is a 5 cup Mr. Coffee) so maybe I'll ask you to bring your own. There id no agenda, other than Steven's demo of the Stanley 45 and other planes. (Steven, would 2' lengths in the demo boards be good?) This is mostly just a meet N greet and Jawbone. If some have to leave early due to the long trip, I understand. In any case we'll need to wrap up around 5:00 so I can get back to other duties around the house. I'm looking forward to this, and meeting those can attend. If there needs to be some changes to the above let me know. I had asked about a swap and sell, no one seemed to have an interest in that...but if you have something to sell (and it's portable) bring it along.
  14. It seems to me like the weeks are just flying by. I sometimes wonder where the time is going. I turn around and the weekend is here again, and that's a good thing. This weekend we are readying for a show in a small town just east of us. Setting up this afternoon and going till Saturday evening. Looks like it will be hot and humid, but then what else would it be in August in Alabama. It seems the more projects we send out the door, the more that are coming in. My two sons are working hard during the week while I am at the shooting range working and then Thursday and Friday and the weekend we all hit it hard. My shop was not really built to have three people working at the same time on different projects, but we seem to be finding a way to get them done. Emptying the dust collectors keeps one person busy! So we have finished up a plain set of maple corn hole boards that will be painted white and later have the a decal of the shooting range on them to use at the range on First Saturday which is Burgers and Bullets. The boys did a nice set of Maple boards with Alabama decals for another customer. We build the boards and them put the customers decal on of their favorite team before we spray a finish. @Ron Dudelston we even had a request for a set and put a Notre Dame decal on it. Hey it they provide the decal and the money, I will put them on for them. We are also in the middle of a pretty good size job building ten 42" square Oak tables for a local church. Yesterday we got this one mostly together for our prototype so we would have all the measurements and figure out and assembly and clamping issues. Lots of rounding over to do and fitting but we are about ready to start running all the pieces. We are having fun and busy in the shop! What's on your weekend agenda? We love to see your projects and hear all about them. Share your projects and pictures of your weekend agenda. Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and be safe!
  15. Been working at school this week getting computers ready for the kids so no lathe work for me. I did help a friend finish up a cork screw handle by drilling the hole for the metal "screw" to fit into the handle. He turned the handle into a shape that sort of resembled a football. Once turned, it was quite a job to hold the piece level and square for drilling. The instructions suggested a "V" block. That worked but it was still wobbly due to the lack of support on each end. We used little wedges to add support and the drilling went OK. It would have been better to predrill the blank, plug the hole, finish the shape and then remove the plug. We all know, experience is the best teacher! A couple of interesting things this week. A couple of informative articles came by emails and newsletters. First- from Popular Woodworking's Wood Turning division is an interesting paper on turning duplicate parts. Chuck Bender, Senior Editor, talks about using the skew chisel for spindle turning- we've all been there. But, what I found most interesting was his perspective on turning duplicate parts and how, in antique furniture, "duplicate" parts are not in fact usually duplicates. Here are is the information from the email- with full credit to Mr. Bender. Sorry, I would usually provide you with a link but there was none. "One of my favorite projects from "No BS Woodworking" is the English joint stool. It's a fun project that is fairly easy to build and it's a great place to showcase some nicely figured wood. The project is based on a period example that came into my shop for repair. Compound angles can often drive woodworkers crazy, but they're actually fairly simple on this piece. Only having to deal with four stretchers means that if the angles are off a little on one joint or another, the piece will still look good. Another sticking point for many woodworkers is turning - it just plain intimidates some people. I know when I started woodworking it seemed like I'd never get the hang of a skew. The legs on this piece are not exceedingly complex, and can be accomplished without mad skew skills. The hardest part is turning the pummels (the transitions between the square stock and the round bits). The other thing that worries lots of woodworkers is being able to turn out four identical legs on the lathe. There are a few tricks you need to learn that will make this obstacle far less of a barrier. The first trick isn't really a trick, but a process I use in most things I build (whether they include turnings or not) and that's a layout stick. With a full-sized layout of the turning, it's easy to ensure all the elements of the legs are at the proper height. "Sure, getting the height of the elements correct is easy; it's the diameters that give me fits." you say? The biggest piece of advice I can give to the budding spindle turner is, make it close. I've studied, and copied, period tables where the turnings varied as much as 1/4" in diameter from leg to leg - and I couldn't tell before I measured. Am I advocating sloppy work? Not at all, but you don't have to worry the diameters to the nearest thousandth of an inch either. Besides, I have a few tricks up my sleeve (not many since I always wear short sleeves) that can help you master the simply turned legs on this stool. Spindle turning takes a little practice, but nearly every woodworker I've had the pleasure of instructing is capable of banging out a bunch of legs for this project that would be more than acceptable. The key is not obsessing on the details. The original upon which I based my stool varied quite a bit from leg to leg; there was also uneven wear and shrinkage. My version isn't free from flaws either. To me, that's what gives pieces their character. I don't want my stuff to look like it was punched out on an assembly line. Grab a copy of the DVD (or hit the store for the digital download - both can be found by clicking on this link), gather up some wood and get started building an English Joint Stool in your own shop. In the DVD I run through how to use a skew; some basic spindle turning exercises; how to turn multiple parts and make them look the same; compound angle joinery; and coloring and finishing your projects. There's more than three hours of instruction on this video plus plans and a cut list. With the turning and joinery tips you'll get, you should be able to make and English joint stool of your own over a long weekend (3 or 4 days depending on how quickly you can turn the legs)." The other great resource was Woodturning On Line's newsletter. If you ever wanted to make one of these- You can learn how with this video- Or how about one of these- Here's a video on that- Here's a link to the photo tutorial- http://www.demilked.com/coloured-pencils-ring-design-peter-brown/ The entire August newsletter can be read here- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Safe Turning!!
  16. You may have heard that Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )has released a new product. If you turn acrylics, you will find these cutters are just what you have been wanting. Prior to these cutters, the best acrylic cuts were made with the EWT positioned with the handle slightly raised. These new negative rake cutters eliminates that. Clean, smooth cuts with the handle flat. Ribbons of acrylic peel away effortlessly. These cutters work super on wood, too! Check out the EWT website- http://www.easywoodtools.com/ . Here's a video showing the cutters in action- Our Patriot Turners- @Cliff posted a link to a small turned scoop. This scoop is a little different in that the handle is turned so it sets at an angle. Pretty neat process. A nice discussion followed wondering if two scoops could be made from the same blank. @Ron Altier gave us a link to a video for a turned cedar vase. It really is beautiful. Some discussion followed concerning the affects of cedar sanding dust. What’s Coming Up- A gentle reminder that we are in the midst of our site raffle. You don't need to be a member of the The Patriot Woodworker to participate! Check out the information- From The Internet- Rick Turns postes his Woodturning Videos for July. I am a little late and putting the link here. It is no secret that I hate sanding and that I am terrible at it- makes sense, I guess. Mike peace put up a video on spindle sanding. He offers many great tips. I have started using the Abranet Sanding Screens, which I like but they are rather expensive. I'm sure there is a similar product at a more reasonable price. Our friends from Easy Wood Tools shared another video by Tracey Malady. This time she demonstrates the Easy Wood Hollowing tools. I don't do much vase type turning put I love my EWT straight hollower for bowl type work and even detail work on the outside of a piece. Everything Else- All of the relatives left on Sunday. I escaped to the basement to work on the little turning. I need to remember to take more process pictures. If I am going to do much acrylic work, I'll have to get a pressure pot. Harbor Freight seems to have a pretty good price on a painter's pressure pot- maybe they'll put it on sale. This is supposed to look like a wine glass that's half full. I did more sanding/polishing after these pictures so the "glass" is a little more clear. Safe turning
  17. 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! Latest Wiki Entries Straight from a wonderful book about "American Woods", by Shelley E. Schoonover, published in 1951, we are moving her out of print, out of copyright contents over to our wiki. There will be two categories for the trees of North America, The Softwoods, and The Hardwoods. See the latest entries at the links below. Ponderosa Pine Red Pine Shortleaf Pine Sugar Pine Virginia Pine Western White Pine Also, I'd like to congratulate @kmealy for jumping in and editing our Woodworking Glossary wiki page, Keith added several of his own entries, and made corrections to entries that were already there, Keith is now an official "Wikier"! Great job Keith! I think he'll tell ya it was pretty painless, actually quite easy right Keith? New Members No new members this past week, please help us get the word out about our woodworking community by using the "Invite" feature found at the top of our community second icon right from your name, it looks like an "event ticket". Click on it and follow the prompts. Or, just tell your neighbor, email your friends, anything helps. Thank you! MWTCA What's It Has ended for the month of July, we are holding our breath for @HandyDan answer, his research has been submitted and we are awaiting an answer! Featured Topic @difalkner hit a home run with his Command Chief Stripes plaque! Beautiful job! Featured Image Picture of a 356 wood shell used to shape out metal body work. This picture was taken at the Porsche museum in Gmünd, Austria, Summer 2006. Attribution: By The original uploader was BMan1113VR at English Wikipedia. (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [CC BY 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
  18. Wow, August already and I'm looking forward to meeting folks at out gathering. To repeat some stuff: it's August 25th at my place, from 10:00ish to 5:00 or earlier (some of you have a good long drive to get here). I'll provide lunch and drinks (probably fried chicken and sides). More info in this thread. Some other thoughts: If a few of you could bring some folding chairs it would help, right now it looks like about 7-8 guests. Some have indicated they would like to bring some things; how about snacks? Duck soup will be bringing home made cookies...maybe some chips or whatever). Bring cameras, I'll be taking photos but many more is better. What have I forgot? Suggestions welcome.
  19. We have finally made it to the dog days of summer although it seems around here they started the first of June. We have been in the 90's more days than not around here. I am so thankful that I put a new AC unit int he shop this year, that baby had been working hard. Didn't get too much done in the shop last weekend with the three granddaughters here from Saturday till Monday morning. They are loads of fun, but will wear you out in 5 minutes. But this week we are working on two projects. Yep still making corn hole games and still have some on order. My youngest son, Andrew was in the shop yesterday sanding on the boards getting them ready for the finishing room. As you can see the shop is a mess but lots of work going on in there. Three of the boards are in the finishing room, two of them getting sprayed and the other waiting on him to finish the second of the pair. I love being able to move them into the finishing room and spray while they keep cutting and sanding. Just got the second coat of Sanding Seal on these two and ready to spray the finish coats on. My other son Josh, has been cutting and gluing oak boards to make some 42" square tables for a job. He has one glued that needs to be squared up and the others in sections about ready to glue together and make the top. Then we will start on the bases which will be trestle bases. While I was waiting on finish to dry I was playing with the CNC and trying out a few setting to see how they would turn out. Sorry about this picture, the glare washed out one side. I'll try to get a better picture to share. We have First Friday's show this weekend and Saturday I'll be at the range doing Burgers and Bullets as I'm the grill master. So that is what's on the agenda in our shop, what's on your weekend agenda? We here at TPW love to see all of the great projects you are working on. Above all, have a great weekend and whatever you do, have fun and be safe!
  20. Just a reminder about the planned gathering next month on August 25th. (Earlier thread about this here). At this point everything is still looking good, so if anyone missed the earlier talks and would like to come you can mark your calendar.
  21. OK, there was one favorite day for a gathering, and I was reallly happy to see 11 members voted on the choices. However there was 4 dates that were close so i think maybe we can pick the best from these now. August 25 was the biggest vote getter, and the month of August in total led the choices. Now for some sweeteners to entice attendance: Steven Neuman offered to do a small demonstration with a Stanley 45... John Morris will try to come up with some door prizes. I will (if you want) have donuts upon arrival, along with getting a lunch/drinks/snacks/. If anyone else has a small demo to do I'm sure we will be interested. For those that might have missed the initial info: this will be mostly a meet/greet/jawbone affair for members at my shop. (Wapakoneta, OH). I anticipate the gathering to go from roughly 10:00 or so in the morning to maybe 5:00 or so that afternoon. As mentioned lunch will be provided. I realize any commitments will be tentative until we get closer to whatever the date is, but if you think you might be able to make it, please vote on the date in the poll. Again, I've made this multiple choice so you can pick more than one. Please note the poll will close on 3/31!
  22. OK, lets try this out. I'm posting the dates for a potential gathering as described in the other post. What I'm listing here are the Saturday dates (only guessing that's the best day, but I can change that if needed). What I would like is that IF you think you can come, vote for the date that seems best. I'll do more polls if needed to further refine the choices. If I can give you the option to vote for multiple dates (my first time doing a poll) I'll do that as well. So lets see how this goes. (PS to John, I'm assuming you want this to be in the Free for all sections, and I don't see the ability to add tags like you wanted in those posts) Anyway, vote for the dates above in the poll:
  23. In looking at the poll for a proposed gathering, it's seems August is clearly a leader in the minds of most. So Far at least 8 members have voted. Anyone else who want to chime in please do so. I'll wait until this weekend ( 3/24) for others then close this poll and then try to zero in on the exact date. Thanks to all who have voted so far, and for putting up with my incompetence in setting this up. Here is the poll thread. Here is the original proposal.
  24. I've been kicking this around for a while. I'm a little nervous about asking since this may go south, but here goes. I'm willing to host a gathering/get together/whatever you want to call it if there's any interest. Some things that will make this hard to do: The date....picking a date that fits anyone's/everyone's schedule is hard to do. It's impossible to find one day that's good for everyone. I'm retired, so any day/date will be good for me as long as it doesn't interfere with one of my wife's doctor visits (I'm the driver). The content: I won't be able to provide any demo's or entertainment unless someone brings something. So this would mostly be a meet/greet/jawbone affair. Food: I would be willing to provide lunch/drinks/snacks. Likely some kind of fried chicken or such. Timing: because I'm also doing things for my wife (like cooking dinner) we would likely have to limit it to about 5:00 or so in the afternoon ending time, start anytime. The location: my place (search Wapakoneta OHIO) which as far as I know is only close to Newman. Most others will have a couple of hours drive, or couple of hours flight on John's company jet. Info that would be of use: How many would be probable for such an event? Any suggestions for the agenda? Any interest in a swap and sell of stuff? What did I forget? I've participated in 2 of these type events (different forum) before, one was exceptionally well done...though the attendance was less than the host expected, I think there were probably 12 or so guys so up. The second was disaster....enough said. I'd rather not do one than host a disaster. Thoughts opinions appreciated.
  25. Been a busy week in the shop but not too much wood turning. A friend asked if I would show/sell some stuff at his church's event. Seems they are looking for some vendors to attract folks to the event. I have never done anything like this but if it helps his church, I'm game. My biggest problem- as with most hobby woodworkers- is fairly pricing my stuff. Anyway, I've made some small (5 x 7) laminated cheese board. Have some bottle stoppers and of course the old standby- rolling pins. I needed to make some more rolling pin wall holders so that's where I'm at now. Lots of neat stuff for Turners arrived this week- so @Cliff- listen up!!! First, I've read from several sources, that Woodturning Design magazine will cease to exist. The parent company, All American Crafts, declared bankruptcy a week or so ago. I checked their site and it is still up, but if you were thinking of subscribing, maybe you should hold off a bit. Next, David Reed Smith posted a really neat project on turning earrings. As with all his post, he goes into great detail on making jigs and the turning process. Here's the link to the complete article- http://www.davidreedsmith.com/Articles/Earrings/Earrings.html If you have some younger children around, or you're just a big kid yourself, Tim Yoder shows us how to turn a "String Top Toy"- Easy Wood Tools has added another super tool to their turning arsenal. The Easy Parting Tool. This is sure to be a welcome addition to any turners collection of go to tools. Although I haven't personally had an opportunity to try this particular tool, I have used and own some of their other turning tools and they are second to none! Check it out here-Â http://www.easywoodtools.com/easy-parting-tool-products-page/ If you plan on turning acrylics (or dense wood), here's another option, instead of the micro mesh pads. A three part polishing system that seems to be receiving pretty good reviews. Dr. Kirk's Micro Magic Polishing Wax 3 Piece Set. Safe Turning!

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