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  1. "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. Additional What's It Rules Unless you are completely sure what this item is, please avoid "definitive statements" that appear that you are without a doubt claiming that you know what the item is. For example stating, "this item is called a "widget xx" used for "insert purpose here". If you are making a definitive statement you must accompany your statement with evidence or proof from a secondary source. An example of acceptable statements within the realm of having fun and educated guesses would be something like this, "I believe it could be", or "It appears it's made for this or that", etc etc etc... Ok ladies and gentlemen, we now have our "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.
  2. 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! The Morris home has been busy and not so busy at the same time. Our youngest girl came home from Army Basic Training for Christmas, she arrived on the 19th of Dec and she is leaving January 2nd. Apparently these days the Military sends home trainees for Christmas, and the staff for two weeks, whether they are in Basic or AIT (school). So we got to have our baby girl home for Christmas. She has been dealing with some challenges, she was injured and had to be recycled through basic training, she fractured her pelvic bone, and has been marching on it for weeks, so she has had some time to just sit still, relax, and get it on the mend while home, unfortunately it will not be completely healed when she returns but she has vowed (against our wishes) to keep on through the pain, and complete basic training, and when she reports into the school, she'll see medical staff and get healed. But we've had her here at home, and it was one of the best Christmas's ever, there is a special feeling when a child comes home from the military for the Holidays, I know some of you here experience this often. All I can say is, we waited on her hand and foot, and her brother and sister were right in there with us helping her out, and making her stay with us comfortable and happy. Image at left (mama, daughter, me dad) is the night her mama and siblings drove down to San Diego and brought her back from the airport, she flew in from Ft. Jackson SC, she'd been up for a day and half processing out for the trip and traveling! I came home from work to an empty home, and I got her favorite "Dad Meal" ready for her (chili and cornbread) while they made their way home. When she arrived the dinner was ready, the fireplace was going, and the dogs were happy to see her home, and she ate, and ate, her first home cooked meal by me, and she talked and talked, and we just enjoyed the first night with our daughter completely. So that was our Christmas, we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as well, and you'll roll onto a wonderful New Year as well! New Members Please welcome to our community, @Kurtaegos, @Ginger, @Boxsully, @Greg, @joejimmun, @CDave, @Brall1973, please click on their names and leave a message of welcome on their profile page. And to our new members, welcome to your new community folks! Community News Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for Christmas project was a great success! After all the smoke has settled, we'll have a debrief installed showing the gifts we purchased and the financial breakdown of funding received and how it was used, I plan on having this ready for your viewing this coming weekend. Featured Topic Our Featured topic by @lew has also been added to "Our Picks", this is a page for content that has stood out and been chosen for a special place in our community, and for a limited time showing on our Home Page for the world to see. Featured Link Our featured links are website links added by staff and members, add your favorite links today at "Links Directory" Featured Image Student with modified violin built at the woodworking program, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth. Source: Woodworking Workshop
  3. This has been one of the busiest years I’ve had doing woodworking. We have been throughly blessed with work. We did a large three day show before Thanksgiving and we were none stop from then till Christmas Eve. It didn’t come without some long days and nights and a we bit of stress. While working on filling orders, I got home from my part time job one Friday to the news that our Jointer had stopped working. Not the news I wanted to hear and especially on a Friday evening since all the electrical shops are closed on weekends. But after doing some trouble shooting I determined the switch was bad. I jumped on Amazon and found one but didn’t get it till the following Monday. I got it installed and thought all was good but the next day, Tuesday, while running boards for cornhole boards, the planner trips out and shuts down. All my lumber is rough cut that we have cut and dried. So I start trouble shooting the Grizzly planner. I had a tech from Grizzly stay on the phone with me for several hours as we tried different things. He finally decides it’s a capacitor. I take both out and head to the electrical shop. They don’t have them and send me to a motor shop. They test them and tell me they are good. I had a very discussed look on my face and a guy there says I have a tech I can send out. I replied what is the cost. He says 100.00/hour with a three hour minimum. I’m stuck so I told him to send him. The tech come and spends about an hour testing and trying things and finally says the capacitor is in fact bad. I ask what I owe and he says let’s call it a consultation and no charge. I gave him a large cutting board and thanked him. Got the capacitor, hooked it up and nothing. Call the tech(he gave me his cell number) and told him. He came back with a single phase tech and they decided it was bad contacts. He came back after he got off work, changed the contacts and nothing. He worked for two hours on his own time. Determined the motor was bad. Well it’s now Friday evening and no one open to get a motor. I found a listing on Facebook for a industrial salvage place in town that loses they had Grizzly parts. Sent them a message and got a reply he had a motor, but he doesn’t work weekends! However he was going to the shop on Saturday for someone picking up a large piece of equipment. He said he would check and text me if he had one. About 2:00 pm he said he had a motor for 150.00 if I would come right then. So off we went, got the motor, installed it and nothing. He showed us it ran at his shop so I called the tech, sent him a picture and he had me to install a jumper and it ran! We were back up after loosing a week of working time. So we finished 11 sets of custom cornhole boards. I got a cutting board finished and engraved. Then I started on a custom knife block. It gets two owls carved into it and the knives are all large and long. I finally get it done and ready to glue up around midnight on December 23 and when I clamp it the outside board with the owl cracks. They are suppose to pick It up the 24th at 7:00 pm. Exhausted I head to bed. The next day I make up some sawdust and glue and shoot it into the crack with a needle. Clamp it down and give it time to dry. Crack is covered up very good. Sprayed finish on the block, but it didn’t get dry by 7:00. They were okay with it though and are going to get it Monday. So that’s what I’ve been up to. What’s on your agenda this weekend. Share with us your plans. Looking forward to hearing all about your plans and shop. I hope you all all had a Merry Christmas and hoping for a Happy New Year!!
  4. 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! New Members Please welcome to our community, @Dan P, @Matt Owens, @Stike, @Smitty, @Dave M., please click on their names and leave a message of welcome on their profile page. And to our new members, welcome to your new community folks! Community News Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for Christmas project was a great success! Thanks to you all, we raised over our goal and our adopted family is going to be busy Christmas morning! All the gifts have arrived, and I am sure mama is shopping for the Christmas dinner by now. You should all give yourselves a great huge pat on the back, and I personally want to thank each and everyone of you for your support, you went above and beyond. Thank you! Woodworking icon Charles Neil has passed away, our Patriot Woodworker Woodworking Community is saddened for the loss of a good man, and a wonderful steward of our craft. Please see our discussion at: Featured Topic Our Featured topic by @Woodbutcherbynight has also been added to "Our Picks", this is a page for content that has stood out and been chosen for a special place in our community, and for a limited time showing on our Home Page for the world to see. Featured Link Our featured links are website links added by staff and members, add your favorite links today at "Links Directory"
  5. 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! New Members Please welcome to our community @Eric, @jim.bramblett@att.net, @Genetrix, @owenpga, @PaulH, @Fazzina, @waresohio, @Carl Heimiller, @syed muktar ahmed, @HutchinMike, @Thomas_Z, @SophieFadler, @MIKERONK, @Scott Witter, @Crafts12, @Ron Joyce, @Propmaker, please click on their names and leave a message of welcome on their profile page. And to our new members, welcome to your new community folks! Community News Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for Christmas project is live folks! Not only is a great cause, but you'll also have a chance to bring home some wonderful prizes for your contributions. Please see our project page at the following. We have gotten some great participation in this project! Keep up the great work folks! Featured Image Why do I make spoons by Peter Follansbee Source: Why Do I Make Spoons
  6. 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! New Members Please welcome to our community, @John Rag, @nimedic, @Masonsailor, please click on their names and leave a message of welcome on their profile page. And to our new members, welcome to your new community folks! Community News Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for Christmas project is live folks! Not only is a great cause, but you'll also have a chance to bring home some wonderful prizes for your contributions. Please see our project page at the following. We have gotten some great participation in this project! Keep up the great work folks! Wiki News Do you have any projects made from Pecan you'd like to share with the world? Not pie, but woodworking! Please to to the topic "Wiki Pecan Projects Needed" and share your Pecan projects. Featured Topic Our Featured topic by @MountainGaurdian has also been added to "Our Picks", this is a page for content that has stood out and been chosen for a special place in our community, and for a limited time showing on our Home Page for the world to see. Featured Link Our featured links are website links added by staff and members, add your favorite links today at "Links Directory" Featured Image Amish woodworking shop, source article at Amish Woodworkers Build Lasting Furniture — and Community
  7. "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 "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!
  8. This seems like a very fast year as we come to the last weekend. It has been a busy year for us and we were blessed with lots of projects. We usually take a couple of weeks after Christmas to regroup and reorganize somewhat before starting back. So no work in our shop this week or this weekend. I plan on a little relaxing and doing a little shooting at this range this weekend. I have some reloading to do. Part of of the weekend I’ll be in front of the TV watching the College Football Playoffs. Time now to take some time and reflect back on the year and plan for the coming year. What’s on your agenda this weekend? I love to hear what you are doing and see the projects your are working on. Have a a safe and Happy New Year.
  9. 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 I want to thank those who have contributed thus far to our Annual Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for Christmas Project. Funding is still rolling in thanks to the cheer leader efforts of a few of our Patriot Woodworkers who are encouraging folks to keep contributing! Some of our folks are even matching funds as they come in! On behalf of the Bassett family, I want to thank you all. I have had over 40 email communications with Michelle Bassett, as we had to strategically figure out what her boys wanted for Christmas and we discussed a few other project ideas, and here are just a few quotes contained in those emails. Though we have met our goal, there is still time to enter if you wish, the draw happens on New Years. Any funds collected over our goal, will be sent to the family in the form of a check. All funds for this project are used for this family. You all should feel really proud of what you accomplished in such a short amount of time! I'd like to give ya'll a big "Tip of the Hat" for a fine job done! Thank you all! New Members Please welcome to our community, @Bearpaw, @Ron Abbott, @Shiseiji1958, @Papi, please click on their names and leave a message of welcome on their profile page. And to our new members, welcome to your new community folks! Latest Wiki Pages Axe The Axe page is in its infancy, soon though we'll have it up to snuff and full of great information about one of the oldest tools known to man. New Forum Last reminder: We created a new sub forum under our Hand Tools Forum, the new forum is called (Member Submitted "What's It"). This is your chance to submit your own tools that you have no idea just what the heck it is. I have already seeded the forum with a couple of my own. Please join us, and submit your images. Also see our welcome message to the new forum at Welcome to Our New Forum. Featured Image Christ in the House of His Parents (1849–50) is a painting by John Everett Millais depicting the Holy Family in Saint Joseph's carpentry workshop. The painting was extremely controversial when first exhibited, prompting many negative reviews, most notably one written by Charles Dickens. Read more... Attribution: John Everett Millais [Public domain]
  10. After a busy week I finally got the mirrors all done with the initials and ready to assemble and picked up in the morning. Whew just made the deadline. Insert the handles and spray on finish and they are ready. Cornhole boards everywhere. Most of the will be picked up today or tomorrow. One set left to finish and they are in the clamps. Hope you are all ready for this Holiday weekend. Have you finished all your projects and ready for some rest? Hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas and thanks for being a part of TPW.
  11. Thanks everyone for participating in the Christmas Raffle and helping us reach our goal. You folks are the best!!! Our Patriot Turners- @gerald has completed a gaggle of Christmas bell ornaments. All colors, shapes and sizes- Our turners had high praise for these awesome items- Check out the picture closely for a really neat idea for painters points. I'm gonna have to borrow this one! @HandyDan turned some "Inside-Out" vases. He also added metal inserts to make the vases functional as well as beautiful. Dan posted a nice tutorial on how he did these- @DAB used some more of his old pine beam to create a couple of sweet little bowls. The color of that pine is really nice. Check his post for his explanation and where these bowls will eventually find a home- @FlGatorwood shared a couple of images of his son doing some lathe work. I think we have another member for our turners forum! Check out his post- @John Morris posted a cool image, on Monday, in the "Good Monday Morning...." post. I'm guessing this was before OSHA- Check out the post at- What’s Coming Up- Week Long Turning Class with Mark Gardner at Florida School of Woodwork Florida School of Woodwork, 1609 N. Franklin St, Tampa, Florida 33602 Contact: Kate Swann kate@schoolofwoodwork.com 813-223-3490 For The Newbies- I don't enjoy reading but that's just me. I have books on turning but get more from the pictures than the written words. Picked this off of another site. I HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK. Just offering it as a possibility. Click on the image for the link to Amazon.com Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson recently used the new Easy Wood Tools negative rake cutters ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools) to create a hybrid lidded box. From the video, you can see how these new cutters leave a really smooth surface. New Turning Items- This is a continuation of a product that caught my eye in a Rick Turns video a while back. @Gerald was a very good boy this year. So good that Santa dropped of the offset turning jig early! Gerald talks a little about the jig in this post- Everything Else- Finished up most of the Christmas presents. My Mom has difficulty holding those slim, slippery plastic pens. We thought maybe a fatter, wooden pen might help. I bought a "Cigar Pen" kit from Woodcraft and turned it from (I think) Cocobolo. Made the business end a little fatter than the typical pen shape, sanded to 5000 and finished it with danish oil and wax. 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 News I want to thank those who have contributed thus far to our Annual Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for Christmas Project. The first two weeks and we have already met our goal! I want to thank those who have participated thus far, and all our cheerleaders who have been rooting us on. We have met our goal, and that is a very special milestone, I did not think we were going to hit it this soon. Many of the gifts were purchased this past weekend, and I'll be pulling the lever on more tonight. Though we have met our goal, there is still time to enter if you wish, the draw happens on New Years. Any funds collected over our goal, will be sent to the family in the form of a check. All funds for this project are used for this family. New Members Please welcome to our community, @khurlbert2000@yahoo.com, @Seed Lee, @Glenn Halfpap, @BabyHuey9903, @Joshua Middleton, @Mattb0313, please click on their names and leave a message of welcome on their profile page. And to our new members, welcome to your new community folks! Latest Wiki Pages The following wiki pages have been updated with new information. George Nakashima Glossary of Woodworking Joints Redwood Mortise and Tenon During my research on Axes, I found a company that sells axes, and they have a really nice exploration article into the History of the Axe. I enjoyed reading it. You can see the article at The History of the Axe. New Forum We created a new sub forum under our Hand Tools Forum, the new forum is called (Member Submitted "What's It"). This is your chance to submit your own tools that you have no idea just what the heck it is. I have already seeded the forum with a couple of my own. Please join us, and submit your images. Also see our welcome message to the new forum at Welcome to Our New Forum. Featured Image Students at lathes in a woodworking shop at The University of Wisconsin woodworking class, (1915). Source: Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America <http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/SSRecIDSearch?repl1=UW&repl2=UW.uws0360.bib>
  13. Wow, been in the shop since early this morning and time got away from me. Trying to finish up Christmas orders and at times I’m not sure I’m making any progress. Last week I was working on some hand mirrors and I’m still working on them. But today I’ve made progress. They get a Maple insert in the back and an initial will be engraved in the Maple. Today I got setup and I’m cutting the inserts on the CNC and getting them fit. I hope tomorrow I’ll have all of them engraved. We've been getting finish on cornhole game boards and a cedar table we have to deliver to Nashville, TN tomorrow morning. And I had someone order a small engraved sign for a joke on a friend of theirs about a new garage he is building that seems to keep getting bigger and bigger. I didn’t think you could get one too big! So What’s on your agenda this weekend? Show us what your working on. I love to see all the different things that get made here. What ever you do, have fun and be safe.
  14. December 7th a day that will live in infamy. A special day to remember. A day to stop, reflect, self-inspect and support those of the “Greatest Generation” that answered the call. May we never forget that they didn’t hesitate but gave their all to make this the Greatest Nation on this earth. At the shop shop we are busy filling Christmas orders now that we have finished our last show of the season. Cornhole boards are are still high on the list. Two more sets in the assembly area. and two more sets in the finishing room. Six more sets to finish this coming week. I started last night roughing out some blanks for some Walnut hand mirrors. Turned one down close just to check my measurements since it’s been a while since I’ve made these. The back side will get a Maple insert with an initial engraved in the center. That’s what it looks like right now in my shop, what’s on your weekend agenda? Share your projects and pictures. Whatever you you do have fun and be safe.
  15. 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 Our Annual Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for Christmas project is live! I want to thank those who have contributed thus far! One week into the project and we are half of the way to meeting our goal! Please see our project at: Latest Wiki Pages Mortise and Tenon This is an ancient joint dating back 7,000 years. The first examples, tusked joints, were found in a well near Leipzig, Germany - the world's oldest intact wooden architecture. It has also been found joining the wooden planks of the "Khufu ship", a 43.6 m long vessel sealed into a pit in the Giza pyramid complex of the Fourth Dynasty around 2500 BC. Read more... I started to use some new technology to our wiki, though it's not new to the world of editing software, it's been around for a long time, but it's relatively new to our wiki, the hovering popup! I love it. I can highlight some text, and create a hover popup containing information that the reader may want to explore further. You'll see in the wiki page "Mortise and Tenon" in the first paragraph, two bold text areas, "well near Leigzig" and "Khufu ship". Hover your cursor over those items and you'll receive additional information on those items. Go ahead and try it! New Members Please welcome to our community, @MaDeuce, @Teaboy at M.POWER Tools, @Lars49, @Logos, @Al Lark and we have two pending we are approving at this moment before they can pass the gate, please click on their names and leave a message of welcome on their profile page. And to our new members, welcome to your new community folks! Featured Image Department of the Interior. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Flandreau School and Agency. 9/17/1947 Young Native Americans learning the trade. Kansas City 1947.
  16. 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 Our Annual Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for Christmas project is live! I want to thank those who have contributed thus far! Two days into the project and we are a third of the way to meeting our goal! Please see our project at: New Members Please welcome to our community, @M.B. Cobb, @joey1749, @Bernard, @Commy_2, @Nicoleb, @Marvin, please click on their names and leave a message of welcome on their profile page. And to our new members, welcome to your new community folks! Featured Image Laurent Dupont of Minneapolis uses a hand plane to shave the bottom of a door in his house that is getting stuck because it's too low. Mrs. Dupont and daughter, Mary Kay, watch the process and hold the door steady. (1948) http://digitalcollections.hclib.org/cdm/ref/collection/MplsPhotos/id/27228
  17. Ok ladies and gentlemen, we now have our December what's it live and ready! So far we are 0 for 6! We just can't figure out what these wonderful examples of tools are! The image(s) below is the current MWTCA "What's It" image for you to research, and tell us all here in this topic post, just what the heck is it! Remember, the first accurate answer wins a one year membership to the awesome organization MWTCA! For a run down on this project and the rules, please see this page at "The Patriot Woodworker and MWTCA "What's It" project" So without further Adieu, "What's It!" Submit your answers (and fun commentary) in the reply box. And win a one year membership for MWTCA for your correct answer! Keep in mind, the MWTCA does not know what this item is either, the image was submitted by one of its members for us to research. Lets help MWTCA find an answer.
  18. 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!
  19. 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! Happy New Year! 2018 has been a wonderful year for The Patriot Woodworkers, and the reason is you. You, the member, the guest, the forum host, our sponsors, the admins, everyone who touches this community in some way or form contributes to the success of this online community. And we thank you! To our members, thank you for being here, day in and day out, contributing, learning, mentoring, collaborating, and for passionately supporting the men and women who serve our nation through our fundraisers and projects. To our guests, thank you for being here and visiting our community, you are a very important part of our growing online community, you visit, you read, and you share with others thus in turn attracting more folks to visit us. When you are ready, we would love to have you here, so please consider Signing Up and connecting with some wonderful folks and woodworkers! To our sponsors, thank you Woodcraft, Laguna Tools and Easy Wood Tools, for your support of our community and our veterans and military projects we are involved in throughout the year. You are completely appreciated, and you are not taken for granted, our economy can roll up and down and sideways, and we completely understand that financial support of our community can dry up in a heartbeat with the tough business decisions you have to make. So we thank you sponsors, from the bottom of our hearts, for financing this online community. NOTE: We currently have three sponsors of our woodworking community, between them we raise around $3400.00 for the entire year, that is our gross income for The Patriot Woodworker, our sponsors funds help pay our hosting fees, software licensing fees, outside development fees, and we manage to have enough left over to help a few very deserving veterans in need with woodworking tools, supplies and assistance. By the end of the year, we are pretty much zeroed out, with a few dollars left in our account. If you would like to sponsor our woodworking community, or if you have connections with a retailer (who will not conflict with our current sponsors) we would love to bring you or them aboard! Ok, that was my shameless plug for the year! New members Please welcome the following members to our community. @SPrada, @Scott Kaser, @Turbov6camaro, @Mark Goldspiel 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. What's It Our December "What's It" is closing tonight, so far we do not have a clear subject answer with references, we still have a beautiful Woodriver Low Angle hand plane that will go to the winner of the current months "What's It". Please visit the topic and provide your answer! Featured image of the week These types of chairs (Pinnstol in Swedish) are manufactured in great numbers in the w:Småland province; and even more so a hundred years ago. Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASwedish_Windsor_Chairs.jpg
  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! 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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! On a personal front I was able to dig out my shop from under the mess of the last few months between life happenings, home repairs, and I just may start to do some real woodworking very soon here! New members Please welcome the following members to our community. @Lesley Mcgrath, @Jxdubbs, @woncoolone, @William Spier, and the return of our old timey Patriot Woodworker @Shane Whitlock! 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 93% of our 1500.00 dollar goal! 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! Art for sale To benefit our adopted Gold Star family for the Holidays, John Mordus has donated two wonderful dedications to our U.S. Military. All the proceeds from the purchases of these carvings will be given to the Merlo Family project for their Christmas dinner. Thank you @honesttjohn!!!!! What's It Our November "What's It" has a winner, and his name is Gene Howe! Since the What's It was not properly identified through referenced subject material we had to go to a random draw, and Gene's name floated to the top. Congrats Gene, you are now a member of the MWTCA and all it's benefits courtesy of The Patriot Woodworker Community! Our December What's It will be up and live shortly, thank you for your patience! Featured image of the week Patriot Woodworker @Mike Mathieu is an Intarsia Artist, his work is incredible, a true craftsman in this discipline. To see more of Mike's work see his album at Intarsia Art by Mike Mathieu Monticello, by Mike Mathieu.
  23. Well good morning Patriot Woodworkers! And a glorious morning it is! Let's start off with the big question of the new week, what's on your agenda for the week ahead and what did you get done over the weekend? For myself, and probably for many of you the weekend was dominated by the big event of the year, Christmas. I was able to sneak into my shop on Christmas Eve and get a little shaker stool assembled and glued up that I was working on. The next step will be weaving the seat in. The image at left and at this topic shows the stool in the dry fit stage, pre-glue up. When I assembled the stool posts and rungs, I was surprised actually at what a little challenge it can be to get everything lined up and squared. But after I got it all together and joints glued up, and a few clamps thrown in some strategical locations, it squared itself up and it all come together nicely. Our Adopt-a-Family Project As you know our Adopt-a-Family project was a huge success. And a few of the raffle winners here are waiting or your tools to arrive in the mail as I type. Don't fret, they will arrive, Woodcraft, and Laguna Tools have been notified, and things will start shipping. With the Christmas excitement at those locations things get pretty hectic. We raised together $1,159.00 for the Akin Family. A week before Christmas a check in the amount of $700.00 was mailed to the family to spend as they see fit for their holidays, and we purchased toys and clothing worth $300.00 for the kids Christmas list that was provided to us by the family. The remainder of the funds will also be sent to the family for their New Year fun. As stated we will provide a documented break down of how the funds were used, and we'll provide some documentation for the legitimacy of this campaign so you all can feel comfortable knowing the proceeds were used for their intended cause. We will do this after the last check is processed and sent to the family. Newsletter For those of you who may not know, we did send out a newsletter a few days ago, you can see it here at Merry Christmas Newsletter. I have a request to make regarding our newsletters. When we send them out, you have the option of not receiving them in the future by clicking on the bottom link to "Unsubscribe". If you wish to unsubscribe, please do not mark the reason "Spam". This kills our reputation for future emailing's. When an email is marked spam, the sender ends up on a naughty list in a world wide data base, and then future emails are flagged for content, and our reputation is soiled. We do not send out spam. We send out newsletters very infrequently, and when we do send them out they are informational, we are not trying to send out ads that encourage you to purchase anything, no tricks to get you to click on a link that takes you to Timbucktoo, and we don't flood your inbox with worthless garbage. So please, if you wish to unsubscribe, just mark the option "Not interested anymore". That would help us out a whole bunch. Thank you all for being here, and we wish you all a very Happy Holidays and a Great New Year to come! Cheers! Interesting Patriot Woodworker links All Activity on The Patriot Woodworker The Patriot Woodworker Leader Board Our Blogging Spot Our Tiny Growing Store Who the heck are we? Eye candy image of the week Pattern-maker's double lathe. This is used for both large and small items. The bed is 18 feet long overall and is provided with two powered head-stocks and two tail-stocks. In normal use, items up to 6 feet long may be turned simultaneously on each half as independent lathes. For long work, the tail-stocks are slid to the far end of the bed and the full length used for one piece. By Andy Dingley (scanner) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  24. Short and sweet here guys, got one leg under the keyboard and 1 foot out the door to work! So sorry, I had to wake up early and fry up some Empanadas for the boys at work, we take turns bringing in food the last two weeks up to Christmas. Got up around 3am and been frying since, and I'm running late! So, what did you all get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead? Thank you folks for being here and thank you for calling us home! Also, the big drawing is being held as I type, the raffle automated system is doing it's thing, we'll have some winners later this afternoon! Take care ya'll and be safe in whatever you do!
  25. Good morning folks! I swear I just sat down a day ago and typed up our Monday morning greeting, I think I am in a time machine! So for the big question of the day, what did you get done over the weekend, what have you planned for the week ahead! Please tell us, and please if you can post images so we can see what you're working on, or where you went. Like all artists, we are a visual group of folks and love sight stories, good photos, good content, and we are in heaven. Weather Who here lives in snow country, I have been seeing on the news some incredible snow happening with some unbelievable sights. Cars sliding for an entire city block, airports snowed in and flights canceled. Wow! Here in Southern California we have a weather alert when it drops below 36 degrees with a slight chance of rain. Please see these AAA tips for driving in the snow, and if you have any comments or additional tips, please input them in this topic. And be safe! Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads. Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly. The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop. Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated. Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it. What did I get done this weekend? Personally I did not get much done in the shop this weekend, we did however head out to find a Christmas tree, we typically come home with a Douglas, they are inexpensive, but this year we came home with a Noble, the price was right, and it's a great tree, I had to hose it down because it had so much dust on it, but after a good hosing, the green came through nicely. If you do have a tree in your home during the Holidays, what type do you typically have in your home? Eye candy image of the week By Slick (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons, Deutsch: Impressionen Cunewalde (Landkreis Bautzen)
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