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  1. Well folks, we've made it to another Friday. We hope everyone is doing well through these "CRAZY" times. Myself....still trying to work around the weather. So...What have all of you got planned for the weekend? Hopefully your weather is giving you a break, it's raining here now ...again.
  2. Well here it is Good Friday, and we've made it through another week of "Social Distancing". Here in Wisconsin the Governor has ordered the State Parks closed due to vandalism beginning today. People have been trashing the parks, stealing the Toilet Paper, and Hand Sanitizers from the public bathrooms. We also had to go out and vote on Tuesday due to the state legislature refusing to allow the voting date to be moved. We won't know the results of voting until Monday the 13th so the absentee ballots that were postmarked before midnight the 7th can get counted. Many people that requested absentee ballots didn't receive them in time to use them. We had a very nice day on Tuesday, and the poll workers really stepped up to insure those in the lines by 8:00 PM got to exercise their right to vote. My hat is off to them. Now we're back to colder than average weather with snow in the forecast Sunday night into Monday. My hat is also off to those of you that are still doing those essential jobs that help keep the rest of us going. It can't be easy dealing with some of the inconsiderate people out there. Thank You, and hopefully you will stay well. So how was your week, and what have you got planned for this Easter weekend?
  3. Probably a "Stupid" question as we make our way through the Pandemic gripping the world today, but just had to ask. As to us here "Two Weeks From Anywhere" the wife had to go to the Doctor yesterday, no we don't have it, Don't want it. She started having breathing problems a couple of days ago, luckily she decided better get it checked before she ended up in the hospital where we know they do have it. Turns out her Bronchitis got triggered by the "Rust Dust Pollen" our Norway Spruce trees started dumping earlier this month when we got our first, and last 60° day. She's now on a couple of meds including the boss's @John Morris favorite.. Prednisone. This isn't going to be fun. Sure is strange going out with all the closed places. So how are Ya'll dealing with the sudden strangeness of the world around us today?
  4. Well gang, we’ve made it to a Friday. In fact, the last Friday of this leap year month of February. Anybody out there born on a February 29th? My week has been divided between a couple of meetings and doing a whole lot of reading about ordinances, redevelopment and solid waste management. Pretty exciting stuff, huh. I have had some shop time though because I have a show in early May and I need stock. Thanks to @Fred W. Hargis Jr , I’ve been building a few cheese slicing boards and I also threw together a hickory coffee mill. So, Patriot Woodworkers, what’s on your weekend agenda?
  5. Well, it’s Friday again, folks. I’ve been in the shop working on stock (cutting boards and a coffee mill) for a May show but no pictures. I do have a picture to prove that I can clean up. I recently accepted a City Council position to complete the term of a friend that died while in office and I had to have my picture and contact info put on the city web site. If you have a rodent problem, cut, paste and print as needed. They will run. So, Patriot Woodworkers, what’s on your weekend agenda?
  6. Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I hope all of you have special plans for this special day. This has been basically a clean up week for me but I did manage to build a pair of flag cases. The large cherry case holds a flag that flew over the Capitol Building last July 4th. The smaller one I donated for an auction at a Lincoln Day dinner. It will hold a smaller flag that flew over the U. S. S. Arizona. So, Patriot Woodworkers, what’s on your weekend agenda?
  7. 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!!
  8. Well, it IS a F R I D A Y, is it not? Plan for my weekend? 3-4 coats of Amber Shellac applied to a small Shaker Table.....otherwise, I am doing as little as I can get away with...and even less IF they let me. Follow up with the Doc next week...on the 9th...and see what he says. Right now...everywhere they shaved, is starting to ITCH!... Soooo, what's on YOUR schedule? Hmmmm...
  9. Today has been a long day, started at 4:30 am and lasted till 4:30 pm. Got up early today and hit the deer blind with my son. Had deer everywhere and unable to get a shot. We were bow hunting and just nothing in the right place with a good shot. I had to come in at 8:30 am to go to work at the range. Wow was it busy today. Lots of folks with family in and some came to shoot while others did Black Friday shopping. I got home and laid down to catch a nap and slept longer than I meant too. Oh well it was all good. So we had an awesome show last weekend to finish off the year. We took orders to personalize some of the cutting boards. I thought I would share a few of them with you. I did the engraving with the laser attachment for my Shark HD4 CNC. Its no a powerful laser but does a good job for things like this. So I got them all finished Wednesday so I could spend time with my family Thursday and then get in the short hunt this morning. Tomorrow I’m planning on finishing these natural edge shelves made from White Oak. Four shelves about an inch and three quarters thick, 30 inches long. Just a little more sanding on the edge and they get a clear finish. My wife and I are heading out for a little R&R to celebrate out 45th anniversary and a Christmas present for both of us. Just a little quite time. What’s on your agenda this weekend. I know leftovers are but what about your other plans. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I look forward to reading about your plan and projects and family time. Have a great weekend and whatever you do, have fun and be safe.
  10. So for the past three weeks or so we’ve been covered up working in the shop or at my part time job so I’ve been absent from the site. This weekend is one of our biggest shows and it started by setting up Wednesday evening and runs through Saturday evening. Today our hours are 9-9. just trying to have enough inventory has been a real push but we’ve gotten most of it done. I’ve made close to 100 boards in the past three weeks. We have a nice corner booth inside an atrium. Tickets to get in to shop are $10.00 so these are serious shoppers. I made some round boards with a small handle this year cutting them out on the CNC. and we tie an antique or vintage spreading knife to them. We made end grain boards in three sizes, large pictured above, medium and small. Small one on the left medium on the right. Above are cheese boards with the antique or vintage knife and we do a bread board with a small bowl for putting you dipping herbs in. Another look at some of the display. We also had our cornhole boards there and sold five sets yesterday. So I apologize for being absent lately but we have been busy and ready to wrap up this season. We’ll take a small break next week and then finish out the year filling Christmas orders. So what’s on your Patriot Woodworker agenda this weekend. Love to see you projects and hear about what your making in your shop. Have a great weekend and have fun and be safe.
  11. Used to remember when a Friday meant something good was going on....being Retired, every day is either a Friday....or a Monday..... Anything planned for the weekend? Veterans' Day being Monday..... I might see IF I can add to this pile... Might be working too hard, for a FRIDAY?
  12. My good friend John Moody is building for a show in a few weeks and is up to his eyeballs in sawdust so he asked me to submit his usual Friday post. I have a show next Saturday but I have enough stock so here goes. This is municipal elections in Indiana and since I’m on our county election board life gets a bit busy right now. In spite of that, I’ve been able to build a pair of rolling 4 foot islands for the local elks Lodge. Hopefully, they can be in place in the next ten days. No shop work tomorrow because my son and I are making a trip to South Bend to watch Notre Dame take on Virginia Tech. I sure hope they play better this week. So, what’s on your weekend agenda?
  13. Well I missed last Friday and have just gotten home from working then picking my wife up at her work and eating supper so I’m just now getting my Friday post done. Thanks for your patience with me. Wednesday I was invited to look at and see if I was interested in purchasing some lumber and turning blanks. A gentleman that used to stop by my booth at First Friday passed away two years ago. His wife is just starting to sell off his lumber and blanks. One of his favorite things was to turn rough bowls and then sell them so people could finish them after they had dried and stabilized. Wow there was a room full of bowls just waiting to be chucked and finished turning. I was like a kid turned loose in a candy store. Now I just got to narrow down my choices and see what I can acquire. I was so thankful to be asked to go through his work, lumber, blanks and a few tools. I’ll let you all know soon what I decide to purchase. Here are a couple of samples of what was there. I can hardly wait to get back over there. Today has been a long needed rain soaking here and more to come over night. Like a lot of places, we have been in a drought situation for a couple of months. Thanks for the rain. We are in cutting board mode at the time. Getting ready for one of our large shows and the last of the year. This is a three day show and they moved it up a couple of weeks earlier so we are going wide open making cutting boards and other items for inventory. We finished this batch on Wednesday. Yesterday I got a batch in the first glue up and today my son got them cut into strips. Before he had to pickup kids at school he was able to get a couple also glued in the final End Grain set. Last night I got most of these sanded and ready for engraving our logo on them. A few of them had some spots that we epoxied. Also got eight 6x6” Cheese Boards ready for engraving. And lastly before I came in last night I got 2 large size boards oiled and they will be ready to go in the storage box. Tomorrow will be finishing gluing and cutting and engraving and oiling boards. Whew I’m already tired. Sunday afternoon will be celebrating one of my granddaughters 14th birthday. Hard to believe she is 14. Been busy this school year, she made cheerleader for 8th grade. What’s on your weekend agenda? As always we really love seeing and hearing about all the projects you are working on. Share your weekend agenda with the rest of us.
  14. Finally some cool weather and some shop time this week. I have been working most of the week on the CNC machine, but I did get another set of cutting boards ready for the next glue up today. I found a guy that had a 3D set of grips available for download and they are very nice models. For the moment I’ve lost his name and link, but I’ll go back through my history and find it to give him credit. I cut one plain set from walnut to try them out and check sizing. I did have to open up the screw hole just a bit but it was close. The other sets ive made this week are still in the blank so I can flip them and made a cut on the back. Figured I’d run several sets before I flipped them so I could do them all at once. So so here is a set from Walnut with an American flag. I did the flag for this set. Bloodwood with checkering. Maple set with checkering. Two sets of Bloodwood with dots. Bloodwood with texturing. Here is a picture of them all. I’ve created several more options that I just need to run. Tomorrow I'm headed to Birmingham to shoot in an IDPA match with a friend. That’s pretty much my weekend. What’s on your agenda? Really love to see and hear about your projects and agenda. what ever you do, have fun and be safe.
  15. The heat is still with us here in Alabama and we are in a drought situation. Seems like in the spring it rained every day and we had record flooding. But it’s supposed to be cooling off here beginning this weekend and I must say I’m ready for some cool weather, but not yet ready for cold weather. This weekend I’ll be gluing these cutting boards in the end grain configuration. Starting to get get ready for our big end of the year Christmas show. Seems strange to say that with it being upper 90’s today. But it is that time. In the morning I’ll cut them into strips and glue them. I’m finishing this large thick Cherry Mantle. It has a bracket so that it looks to be a floating mantle. These work great as I used them before on some floating shelves. I routed the back so the bracket will be flush on the back and it has four rods that go about 6” into the mantle. I left it a little proud here so I can get it out. The bracket will get mounted to a 2x12 that is in the wall then the mantle will slide onto the rods. They are a tight fit but that’s what you want. Just need to do a bit more sanding and then spray a clear coat on. It’s supposed to have a somewhat rough look. Im also getting started making some 1911 grips this weekend on the CNC. Cut these this afternoon out of a nice small piece of walnut. Tomorrow my my son and his new wife are having a celebration of their marriage. They actually got married back in July while we were in the Mountains. Tomorrow we are having friends and family over to celebrate with them and to pray over their marriage and family. Then we’re having BBQ and fellowship. Thats my weekend agenda, what’s on yours? Share your woodworking and other plans and pictures with us. We love to see and hear all about your weekend plans. Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and be safe.
  16. Seems like this year has been flying by. Here we are the last weekend in September, fall is here, football season in full swing and a good time to get in the shop. So I got my digital duplicator hooked up on my CNC and ran the first test. It saves the file in a special format and you have to register the unit to get the software to be able to view the file and export it so you can ring it into VCarve. So to keep this short, it said you had to list the serial number to register it. Well I spent two days going over the piece, the box, the manual and there was no serial number. Called TS and they said it didn’t have a serial number but they would send me the software. A day later and still no software so another call to TS. They told me I had to connect the CNC to the computer via usb cable to register and then it would send me the link to the software. Well the comics in my office and the CNC is 30’ away in the shop. No usb cable that long. So I had to dissembled the computer and move it to the shop, connect it and register. By the way, they emailed me a serial number to use. So long story, I got the software and was finally this week able to see my first test. I had it to duplicate a 1911 grip as my test piece. It was the one for the other side and not the one pictured below. It took just over an hour for it to duplicate. Here red is a screen shot after I was able to import the file. I pretty nice job. I can’t wait to really put this to work and make some pieces. I have a small piece of molding I need to duplicate to repair an antique headboard. So that’s what I’ve been working on. This weekend we’re headed to Nashville to the flea market. What’s on your agenda this weekend? Share with us your projects and pictures. Love to read about and see what you all are working on. Thanks to @Ron Dudelston for putting up the Friday post for me. I was in Talladega and not Stock car racing, but at the 26th annual Glock Sport Shooting Foundation match. A year ago was my first time to complete in this event and I was 183rd out of 253 entries. This year I made some improvements and finished 98th out of 250 entries. In some places it was hundreds of a second separating places. So I was very proud of my improvements. Now just got to move up that much more next year. Have a great weekend and whatever ever your doing, have fun and be safe,
  17. Last Saturday we did a show near here. The weather was perfect and ladies came ready to buy. We also took orders for a specialty cutting board, a walnut tray, a cremains box (a dog), a very large waffle trivet and a small cabinet. Needless to say, it’s bee busy this week. Unfortunately, I have to be a pallbearer for a friend today but we’re going junkin’ tomorrow.’ So, whats on your weekend agenda?
  18. Well it’s been a crazy couple of weeks. I started coughing a couple of weeks back and thought it to just be allergies at first then it kept on so I thought it was a cold and I went to the doc-n-a box and was told I had a sinus infection. Well two days later and a lot more coughing and I had an appointment with my regular Dr for a regular checkup. He walks in and hears me coughing and says I have Whooping cough. He said his wife had it and he had been listening to that cough for weeks. So he puts me on more meds and some strong cough syrup and I was either coughing or sleeping. Anyway I seem to be much better, only an occasional cough not the long multiple cough. So I got out in the shop last night and finished up a couple of things that have been waiting on me. I did this shadow box for a friend who wants to display an antique Winchester. He’s also a Florida Gator fan so he wanted the background to be blue. I couldn’t find Florida Blue so this is as close as it gets. No door and the hooks just came in today so I’ll get them installed tomorrow. It just an open shadow box. This weekend they are having Dragon boat races here in town. Teams have been arriving since the middle of the week. I had a team at the shooting range today just having some fun and waiting for the competition to began. So I was ask to take the Dragon and make a base for it, just keep it simple. So so I had this nice piece of Quartersawn White Oak that I thought would look really nice. The rays in the Oak almost looked like waves in the water. Just sprayed a clear finish and sealed the bark with some Acrylic. I thought it looked good and I kept it simple. Tomorrow I have a digital duplicator coming for my CNC. Going to spend some time with it and try to get some cutting boards cut out. What’s on your agenda this weekend. I love to hear about and see all you weekend projects.
  19. Been a while since I put up a Friday post due to some family and personal health issues. But I’m trying to get back in the groove today. My son thankfully has been able to keep a lot of things going in the shop with me only offering some advice at times. He has really progressed and still as all of us has things to learn. Recently he designed and built this without any input from me. A customer contacted us about a entertainment center and gave him the details. I think it turned out get and was very proud of his work from start to finish. It was to be rustic with sliding barn style doors. They were very happy with it and it looked great in place. This past week he has been working on a book case. He had it almost finished here except for the edging on the shelves. It is getting stained ebony. It was in The finishing room this morning but I forgot to get a picture. About the the only thing I worked on lately was making “X’s” for a TEDx conference for the speakers. I got a long bit for the CNC and cut these out of 2x12’s since they wanted them painted red. The bed bed on the machine is 25”x25” and they had to be 9” tall so I cut two out of each piece. I had had to make a total of 12 and get them painted red, but let the grain show. So 12 “X’s” painted red and then laser engraved with the conference name and speakers name. So that’s about it for right now in the shop. Hoping to finally get to spend some time this holiday weekend in the shop. What’s on your agenda for this holiday weekend and last official weekend of the summer? i look forward to hearing and seeing your projects. Work safe and have fun.
  20. I was at a flea market a few weeks back and found these neat table legs. After some negotiations I was able to get them. I was seeing a slab table using them but we had a customer that wanted one of our cutting boards enlarged and used as a table top. So we scaled up up the size of the boards pieces and did the first glue and then got it ready to glue in the end grain pattern. We built a large large jig for it and did the whole top as one glue up. It’s 17” wide and 37” long. Mounted it to the legs and we have a table. There is some bracing on the back and back and under the top for support. Just got to get it into the finishing room. I also got got a call from the guy I made the Ford signs for and he needed another one so I ran it this morning. And I got a call and picture from my sawyer and I have a load of Cedar ready to pick up. Watching the weather right now to see the rain from the tropical storm makes it to us. If if we don’t get rain tomorrow I’m shooting in an IDPA match in Birmingham. What’s on your agenda this weekend? Share it with us so we can see your projects. Whatever you do, have fun and be safe.
  21. Hope you all had a great 4th and celebrated our country’s birthday! As in most places it was hot here with some showers and lots of humidity This week I made an American Flag Challenge Coin Display for a retirement gift. I personally only have one challenge coin I could put on it and display but I understand he may be able to fill it up. They didn't want want me to put stars in the field as they are going to put the company logo there. Looks like I’ll be doing a couple more for them in the next few weeks. So so what’s on your agenda this weekend. Share your projects with us and post those pictures. Have a great weekend, have fun and be safe.
  22. Yep, it’s Friday and I’m way behind. Been a crazy week. My wife had a stomach bug from last Tuesday till Saturday. I thought I had dodged it but I was wrong and it got me this week. Been down most of the week but got back to the shop today. I guess it it was just in time cause I’ve had customers in and out all day and I just came in from the shop. Last week i did this Ford piece for a customer that is using it in an old truck restoration. The first one had recessed letters that is going to pour with Blue Epoxy. Next he wanted one with raised letters and he is going to pour the recess with Blue Epoxy. So I finished it this morning. I had a customer by this morning to get a cutting board and saw it and asked if I could do another one while I had it loaded in the CNC so they could give it as a gift this weekend. So I ran another one. A neighbor came down down with this base to an antique table that had busted and wanted to know if we could make another base for him. It was laminated with two pieces and the weight caused it to give way at the joint. Josh and I had to unstack some white oak to get to a 2” slab I had and of course it was on the bottom. Got it planned down the the correct thickness, made a template and cut out a new base from a solid piece of White Oak. This should stand up to up to many years to come for this table. He is going to stain it and drill all the holes so all I had to do was get it to this. All in all all it has been a good day and we got several things done. Tomorrow is a shooting day in a GSSF match at the range. I’ll also be doing the scoring for everyone else. What’s on your agenda this weekend? I love to see and hear about all of your projects. Whatever you do, have fun and be safe.
  23. Happy Fathers Day to all you dads. Hope you find new tools in the shop and no neckties. Today we are finishing up work on the cedar and Poplar double green egg table. It will have a large on one side and an xl on the other. Nice big table. I also finished a couple of small projects. I have a guy redoing an old Ford truck and I’ve got two of these to cut out. One with recessed letters and one with raised letters. This is the first one. He is mounting it in the bed of the truck. His plans are to pour it will Ford blue epoxy. And I completes a wedding board. My part was to build what you see here and then have have someone that is going to hand letter names and a verse on it. Saturday I’ll be working Glock Range Day at the range. That should be a lot of fun and get to do some shooting. Even get a chance to win a new Glock. So so that’s what’s on our agenda, what are your plans for this Father’s Day weekend? I look forward to see and hearing about your projects and plans. Whatever you do, have fun and be safe.
  24. Man seems like it was just Friday yesterday and here we are again. We’ve been fairly busy in the shop this week, however my son has been moving so we’ve not gotten done as mush as usual. We finished he’s three sets of Cornhole boards and I have pictures of two of them. The third set was plain without any decals. Next week we we will be back at it full go. Tomorrow I’m cooking burgers at the shooting range as part of their 2nd Birthday. Should be a fun day. So so what’s on your agenda this weekend? Share your projects and pictures with us. Whatever you do, have fun and be safe.
  25. Here we are on the last day of May and it isn’t raining in Indiana.......yet. We have been deluged with rain for the past 6 weeks and the farmers here are in panic mode. I have a good friend that farms 3,000 acres and he has zero crops in the ground. This has been an interesting week. Sunday was race day and all weather forecasters predicted a rain shortened race. They were wrong. In fact, they got the whole race in. I’ve finished and installed a cabinet this week and today I’ve spent the whole day building a prototype keepsake box for a customer that wants 15 boxes built as a memorial to her 3 month old grandson who died suddenly. I found a piece of buried walnut to make the top from. My oldest granddaughter graduates high school Sunday so this weekend is chock full of graduation festivities. So, what’s on your Patriot Woodworker Weekend Agenda?
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