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  1. A good Friday morning to all of you Patriot Woodworkers. If you've been keeping up on the forums, it has been a very busy week for y'all and it appears that many projects are in the works. This week, my wife and I broke down and bought new phones. My carrier had a BOGO on iPhone 8s so we're now learning the nuances of the new toys. Also this week, I built a small bookcase, just because. Just because I had a half sheet of plywood in the corner and it was more fun to build something with it than move it around. The case is only 24" wide and 48" tall and I'll probably put it up for sale at my next show. Its been fun because I really didn't know what color(if any) to dye or stain it so I made a sample board and threw it out on my Facebook page as a poll. As of now, its either golden oak or red oak stain. The weather here is predicted to be extremely hot and my son and I are going to build an 80' fence on his new property that is now totally houseless. So gang, what's on your agenda for this weekend? Starting a new project, finishing one or simply relaxing?
  2. Sitting here by the pool in east central Indiana watching the hummingbirds feed. This morning is cool, crisp and damp and the coffee is hot. We finally got some much needed rain last night so all is right with the world. This has been a laid back week with just a little shop time even though my to do list is long. I am retired after all! On Wednesday, Dorothy and I took our two youngest granddaughters to Shipshewana Indiana to attend a large flea market and see the sights. Shipshewana is Amish country filled with shops and amazing food. If you're ever in northern Indiana, it is a great place to spend the day. I did manage to make some progress on a few gun display cases this week and will finish them today. The oak one is sold already and since I was building, I made a cherry and walnut one for stock. The oak case will also have the owner's ID and badges from his lifetime as an arson investigator. On a side note, the pistol laying in the case is the least favorite gun I own. It is a Ruger P95 and shoots fine but it has an odd feel to m y hand. It does make a stellar demo for the case. No big plans for the weekend so far but what's on your Patriot Woodworker agenda for this weekend?
  3. Well gang, we are ushering in a new month as June is upon us. I trust your holiday shortened week has treated you well. As many of you already know, last Sunday was race day for my son and I as we sweltered in the 92 degree heat with 300,000 of my closest friends. One of the many traditions at the Indy 500 during the pre-race ceremonies is the blowing of taps to pay honor to those who gave their lives fighting for this country. Just across the track from us is the infamous "Snake Pit" where 30,000 highly intoxicated people listen to rack music instead of watch the race. Interestingly, during the pre-race festivities all music stopped but there was still lots of crowd noise. However, when taps were blown the entire speedway was stone silent. You could hear absolutely nothing and it was one of those solemn moments I'll never forget. My week has been light as I played lifeguard in our pool for the grand-kids but I did manage to get a good start on three pistol display cases. One cherry, one oak and a walnut. Tomorrow I've volunteered to help my son build a 12 X 16 shed. So, Patriot Woodworkers, what's on your weekend agenda?
  4. Well folks, we have made it through the week and we're staring at the first holiday weekend of the summer of 2018. Memorial Day always conjures up memories for me. I have a picture around here of me when I was about 8 years marching in my Cub Scout uniform toward the cemetery on Memorial Day. We always made the tour of the cemeteries to place flowers on the graves of our relatives and Dorothy and I still do. Back then the Indy 500 was run on Memorial Day, not the Sunday before and I would sit on the front porch listening on a static laced AM radio imagining the action in my mind. Those dreams did come true and I have attended the race many times and have only missed it 3 times since 1964. Twice when I was serving for my favorite uncle (Sam) and last year when my seatmate and son had emergency gall bladder surgery 3 days before the race. This year's race is forecast to be a hot one with the high coming in around 90. Couple that with the track temperature of about 130 degrees, it will be toasty in row EE of turn #3. The picture below is close to where we sit so here's our view. So Patriot Woodworkers, what's on your agenda this Memorial Day weekend? Woodworking, picnic, nothing?
  5. This has been a beautiful week in east central Indiana. The trees are fully leafed, the temperature has averaged in the high 70's and most importantly, its racing time in Indiana. I'm a huge Indycar fan and since we live in the mecca of open wheel racing, I have to attend. I've missed only 3 Indy 500's since 1965. Two when I was serving time with my favorite uncle (Sam) in SE Asia and last year. My son and seatmate had emergency gall bladder surgery a couple days before the race last year and we opted to watch it on TV. Just isn't the same. You don't get the smell of the burnt fuel and the lunacy of the Snake Pit drunks. I have 5 tickets so if you ever get the yen to go, let me know. Yesterday, we completed our part of the de-construction of my son's house and we're waiting on a local guy to show up and rip the concrete slab out and take it away. I spent a little time in the shop this week building a pair of cherry veteran's burial flag cases but all in all it has been pretty calm. Patriot Woodworkers, what's on your weekend agenda?
  6. I'm sure happy that the elections here in Indiana are over for 6 months. I'm the chairman of the local election board and it has been a very long week that started last Thursday. Even with the election process going on, I was able to spend some time with my son tearing down his newly purchased house. Yesterday marked 6 weeks since we started the de-construction process and with any luck the structure will be on the ground next Monday. The pictures below show our progress as of tonight. The roof is off half the house and hopefully it will be totally off by Saturday. Not much shop time this week and none scheduled for the weekend. So, here's the question Patriot Woodworkers, "What's on your weekend agenda?"
  7. Like many states around the U.S., Indiana is right in the middle of its Primary Election cycle. That being said, the primary has impacted yours truly because I'm the chairman of our county election board and my life has been filled with meetings and numerous trips to the courthouse as well as the traveling board trips to homes and nursing homes so that the sick and shut ins can exercise their right to vote. Even with the election board duties, I've had the opportunity to build a small oak bookcase for my office area. This weekend we'll continue deconstruction of my son's newly purchased house. So, fellow woodworkers, what's on your Patriot Woodworker agenda for the weekend?
  8. Spring has FINALLY arrived in east central Indiana. The yard received its first mowing of the year yesterday and all is right with the world. It has been a busy week here. We continue to deconstruct a house that my son bought. We're on the fourth 40 yard dumpster and making progress. The pic below shows the progress as of last Saturday but now we have the house down to bare studs. Next up for removal is the roof. Monday, we had a new HVAC system installed so the LOML can stay toasty or cool (her choice, not mine). As for shop time, I have been building a small oak bookcase for my office area. The weekend is full with a Lincoln Day dinner and a memorial service on Sunday afternoon. Of course, worship on Sunday morning. So folks, what's on your Patriot Woodworker weekend agenda?
  9. Well Patriot Woodworkers it is Friday the 13th. Anyone superstitious folks out there? Personally, Friday the 13th is a "lucky" day for me. I separated the Air Force on Friday, July 13th. This has been a week of construction/destruction. I just finished a utility cabinet for my daughter and we are continuing to de-construct a house that my son bought. Tomorrow, I'm going to an auction to try to snag some wood. We'll see how that goes in the rain. So, what's on your agenda for this spring weekend?
  10. It is Friday already! It seemed that Fridays came slowly when I was working but now they're here before I realize it. Its been a busy week here in the Heartland. I drove across state this week and picked up a new HVAC system that will be installed next week, continued deconstructing a house with my son (we're down to bare studs on the interior), and I've spent a ton of ton studying to teach our Sunday School class. In my spare time I finished a cabinet for my daughter and built a couple of window sashes for a friend. My daughter has a small utility room that houses her water softener and the middle granddaughter has her drums in the same room. They wanted a cabinet to cover the softener but also be functional. It was a bit tricky because it had to be open on the back so that it would slide over the softener but it had cabinet space on the side adjacent to the front door. Made my head hurt but we got it completed. Pic below. Notice that she gets to paint it and the upper cabinet is on the side opposite the cart. So, the weekend is coming! What's on your Patriot Woodworker agenda?
  11. Hey gang, Friday is here again. Been a weird week in my shop because of what I built and what I'm destroying. I finished flocking the jewelry box trays yesterday but the rest of the week was spent helping two other families. My neighbor has a sump that empties the water from his basement and he wanted a make a trough with a fake pitcher pump to catch the water. The drain line will go to the bottom of the pump and it will drain into a 4 foot long horse trough. Time will tell how we did. The rest of my free time went to help my son. He bough a house across the street from his at a Freddie Mac sale and we are "deconstructing" it. Looks like this may take all summer and I'm not sure my old body will take it. This house looks like the Winchester Mansion, Midwest edition. The guy had add ons everywhere. We've been at it a week and here are a few pictures showing our progress.
  12. Another busy week in my shop. We finished a Cedar table for a Primo smoker/grill that was picked up this morning. Yesterday we started working on four doors for two tall cabinets. These will be going out to Texas close to Waco. I was given four old shutters and they want me to build a frame around them and make two doors per cabinet. We are building the frame from Poplar. I think her plans are to paint the outside of the doors. We will make a panel to fit the bottom of the door. I was looking through my lunch ear and decided to use some Pecan for the panels. We took some thick pieces I had and resawed then to get book match pieces. They will then be set in a grove so the panels float. I think when we finish the panels they will look close to the shutters. And now I’m just waiting on Ron and Dorothy Dudleston to get here for the weekend. Whats on your agenda this weekend. Love to see all of your projects and here about them for the weekend. Whatever you do, have fun and be safe.
  13. The HUGE Maple Island top is finally in the finishing room. we will get the finish on today and hopefully get it delivered this weekend or first of the week. We we are making a smaller version of the top for a window seat top that will go in the kitchen also We got it glued into sections this morning. My son is working on a Cedar Green egg table. I’m about to glue up the screen door from earlier this week. The work bench has been full and just now got it clear enough to work. So Whats on your Patriot Woodworker agenda this weekend? Love to see all the projects and hear about what you are working on. Whatever you do, have fun and be safe.
  14. Today will start off with gluing up the six panels we have into three panels for this huge Maple Island top. yesterday we got them all run through the dual drum sander. Got the glue off and took them down close to finish thickness. Today we will work on jointing edges so we can do the glue up of the sections. While we are wait for glue to dry we will be taking a load of logs to the saw mill. I also have a load of lumber to pick up at the mill and bring home and sticker and stack. Should be a busy weekend. What’s on your agenda. We love to see your projects and pictures. Whatever you you do have fun and be safe.
  15. Today I’m finishing up the floating shelves. All the holes are drilled for the brackets to slide into the shelf. I left a couple of them up so you could see how they go in. The brackets are predrilled for the stud location so they will be mounted on the wall and slide the shelf in and the there is a screw the goes into the bottom and lines up with a hole in the rods the keep the shelf in place. Now it is finish sanding and putting a clear finish on. So what’s on your weekend agenda? Share your projects and pictures of your weekend plans. Whatever you do, have fun and be safe.
  16. Well it has been a while since I have posted. Life gets in the way sometimes. This is past week I have been in my shop quite a bit and with the help of my son, Josh. We have even set him up a small shop at his house in part of his garage. I started working on this Island top last year and things just happened and we got behind. But it was delivered yesterday. it is finished with a hand rubbed oil finish. and this his is the island it is going on. Not attached yet but should be by the end of today. We also finished a poplar toybox yesterday and I thought I took a picture but don’t see it on my phone. Oh well. One other thing I have added to the shop but not had time to even hook up yet is a CNC machine. Can’t wait to get this up and running. So how about you all, what’s on you agenda this weekend? Love to here about and see all of your projects. Whatever you do, have a fun and safe weekend.
  17. It's Friday! Good day Patriot Woodworkers! What y'all doing this weekend an what have you planned for shop time? Also, what have you planned for life? Any topic is welcome, birthday parties, woodworking, trips, anything. So, lets hear it, plans, we want your plans! A Good Project @Dale Felice is not going to be stymied just because he doesn't have a lathe, he's going to build a bowl by golly! MWTCA "What's It" Our February "What's It" is in full bloom and we are having fun! Join us! Featured Image of the Weekend The Chief Master SGT. of the Air Force insignia hangs in the hallways of the Binnicker Professional Military Education Center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The CMSAF is the senior enlisted member of the Air Force and takes precedence over all enlisted member while serving in the position. Attribution: (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jerome S. Tayborn) Source: http://www.15wing.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/376432/former-cmsaf-visits-joint-base-pearl-harbor-hickam/
  18. Well folks, here it is Friday, again. My week started out well with the delivery of a pair of cherry bookcases and a very pleased interior designer and home owner. Today, I went to my accountant to pick up my finished tax forms and gratefully didn't owe as much as I thought I would. Sandwiched in between Monday and Friday was a very busy shop week. I'm trying to build stock for summer shows so I built 5 folding wine tables and a slew of trivets and cutting board. My oldest grandson (age 15) is having his bedroom re-done and asked if I'd make him a bookcase so of course, family comes first and that project will begin tomorrow. In the queue is an octagonal end table, a kitchen table with benches and another cherry bookcase. So, now is when I ask y'all, "What's on your weekend agenda?"
  19. It's Friday! Good day Patriot Woodworkers! What y'all doing this weekend an what have you planned for shop time? Also, what have you planned for life? Any topic is welcome, birthday parties, woodworking, trips, anything. So, lets hear it, plans, we want your plans! A Good Project I'd like to share a wonderful project Steven Newman has been involved in, and it's finally done! As we all know, Steve is our neanderthal woodworker to our community, his projects always involved extensive hand work, and patience, and he works in a small space that would turn most woodworkers into, well, non woodworkers! I have always admired Steve's zeal and commitment to the craft. MWTCA "What's It" The current What's It will be drawn tonight for a random winner for a one calendar year membership to the MWTCA. Featured Image of the Weekend Just a fun collage I created of people, can you name them all? Starting from the top left working across.
  20. Hey Patriot Woodworker's! Here we are another weekend and a late Friday topic, sorry about that. But we have to ask, "What is on your woodworking agenda this weekend?" Any and all events to discuss are welcome, shoptime, outside work, honey do's, kids birthday parties, the grands coming to visit, you can talk about it here. My weekend Working on our patio shade structure again, just nipping away at it one board at a time, with kids around it's kind of challenging to get a good roll, I'll hang a joist, then I have to break away and pick one up from an event they are at, come home, hang another joist, "Hey dad, I need help with my science project" oh ya, and Mama is in the middle of it all getting things done too, as many of you know with kids, it's energy and excitement most every day. But we are getting it all done, the posts are up, the supports for the shade pieces are going up, and next weekend I should be installing the 2" x 3" shade slats across the supports. Easy Wood Tools Is in Florida, if you are in the area, drop on by and say howdy! @Jim from Easy Wood Tools may be there, I am not sure. So that's if from me folks, hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and life treats you grandly and wonderfully!
  21. Hasn’t been much going on here with the weather. School has been out here all week. Today is the first day above freezing. Hoping to get out to the shop tomorrow and straighten up and start doing a little woodworking. So how about you all, what’s on you woodworking agenda? Share your project with us. We love to hear all about what your working on.
  22. As I sit here doing this post it is snowing here in Alabama. Schools were canceled today and it has just started snowing at 1:41 pm. I guess they were expecting a blizzard. Temps yesterday were 70 and today it is 26. I forgot to turn the heat on in the shop after yesterday so I am not working in there today. I'm still working on the shelves and the Walnut Island top along with a Cedar chest. I took a couple of weeks off from the shop after Christmas and have just started it all back. Looks like it will be a good year if the current trend continues. Depending on the heat and the temps will determine how much I do in my shop this weekend. So what is on your agenda this weekend? Post those pictures and details on the project. Share with us, you never know who you might inspire.
  23. January 2018..... Who'da thunk it? Many years ago, my wife's great grandmother told us to enjoy our lives while we're young because they fly by quickly. We thought she was crazy but she was right as rain. Like many parts of the nation we have been sub-zero for much of the week. One night was 12 below zero with a nice stiff wind. Luckily, my shop is well insulated and heated. Allen Worsham got a taste of Tennessee winters this week and managed to snag the flu while they were visiting. I spoke with Larry Buskirk today (he said "HI" to everyone) and he said the temps in Wisconsin were nasty. Enough of the weather. After a couple of weeks off I'm back in the shop building a pair of cherry bookcases for a customer. I had a friend drop off a never used Carvewright CNC router to learn but that's a week or so away. Tomorrow, my son and daughter and I am going to a large genealogical library in Ft Wayne, Indiana as we continue to search our family tree. This has been an ongoing project of mine for nearly 40 years and now that I have my kids interested, the search is more fun. That's my short term plan. What's on your weekend agenda, fellow Patriot Woodworkers?
  24. Where has this year gone? Wow, here we are the first day of December. Sorry I️ have been a bit absent the past few weeks but we have been hustling to finish inventory for a large three day show. To make things even harder, last Friday I threw my back out and pinched a nerve in my leg making it numb from my hip to my knee. My wife and two sons took over and helped finish up an order and projects we needed for the show. I’m upright now but the leg is still numb and the back is tender. We are setup and doing well at the show. Covered cost the first morning so now we are in the black the rest of the way. We will finish up at 5:00 pm Saturday. Sunday we are going to take a little down time and get ready to finish up Christmas orders. So no shop time but show time this weekend. What’s on your agenda? We love to hear about and see all the wonderful projects. Tell us about your weekend plans as you ready for Christmas.
  25. Gonna post this a day late for my friend John Moody. Seems he has pulled up lame and either (a) he'll heal soon or (b) we'll have to put him down. Hopefully, everyone survived Thanksgiving and Black Friday and are preparing for Cyber Monday. I have to admit that I don't get the warm fuzzys about Christmas because it has all turned too commercial but anyway, on the the Friday post. I spent this week building a pair of hanging shelf racks for my niece. Her two sons are really into sports and the racks have a shelf for baseballs, one for a basketball and the top two are for trophies. At the bottom are hanging pegs. The racks will be supported by a pair of french cleats. That's what I have done but what's on your weekend agenda?

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