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  1. Sorry that I've been inactive for so long; had a lot on the plate in recent months. But now it's (long past!) time to repaint and rehabilitate the exterior of my 1930s-vintage home. I'm wanting to keep the same basic paint scheme of white with blue trim, but one thing I want to add is functional shutters (this is hurricane country, after all) at every window. And I'm wanting to use my ShopSmith for most of the work. (Actually, I NEED to use it as I don't have/can't afford a router table or similar accessories.) The biggest challenge I'm looking at is making the stiles; I have the (standard, over table) router package for the ShopSmith but I'm wanting to create some kind of jig which will simplify routing uniform slots at a consistent length and angle in two pieces of wood of varying lengths. I have several different sizes of window and also several of the windows have the old-style aluminum awnings over them. I do like these awnings and want to keep them, but I'm going to have to build shutters which "fold" in the middle to be stored opened and then unfold to protect the window when in use. Looks like it should just be a problem of building a pair of mid-rails and hinging them horizontally. I also have questions about wood selection; I'm intending to simply paint these so would softwood (pine) be a good long-term choice? Any alternatives I should consider? (I shouldn't have to say this these days, but the budget's tight!)
  2. lew

    gavel display board inlay

    From the album: Old Jail Gavel

    Carpenters mark from original beam inlayed into display board
  3. Decided to at least get a plywood panel cut for it to sit on...and figure out how big the stand will be. 3/4" plywood, left outside, leaning against the house on the back patio...FREE WOOD! Needed a quick way to cut a chunk off...framing square and a black sharpie to mark a cut line...then the saw.. No problem. ( used this again, later) 6-1/2" blade seems to be still sharp. When the roofers were cutting on the sheet..they left a big tear-out....so, I trimmed back to that spot...Later, I went back to that sheet, and cut a second panel off of it. More on that, later. Worked out how to cut those 2 x 4s to the sizes I could use..needed 4 legs, 2 front braces, and 2 side braces...That was done. Did NOT like the rounded over edges..so, rip fence was set up to peel that edge off.. To make laying out half lap joints a bit easier to do. Then, the cutting began? Not quite...remember that second plywood panel? Also ripped to match the width of the Pine parts...these will be the lower braces.. Now, to get a half lap joint, I need to remove a bit of lumber... And this is the quickest way, IF you have a lot to do. Set the blade height to the halfway point...run the board through, using the fence as a stop block Then, bring it back to the bench vise.. Mallet to break as much out,as I can...then a chisel to pare it flat... This one is for the lower brace... Dry fit? 2 legs done...side notches for the side stretchers and braces...had to keep double checking, to make sure they were all on the correct sides.. Then the other 2 legs..Narrow part will be either the front or back of the stand... And the matching parts, done...I'm pooped.... Will try to assemble this mess...tomorrow...I'm done for today Assemble with glue and screws..and a big square... How messy was today? This was just from knocking all the chips free, and a bit of paring...Tablesaw? Yep, just from today...might have been a tad busy "Clean up, Aisle No. 2!" Stay tuned..
  4. Our daughter and son-in-law have just purchased their first house in Springs, NY, south of Montauk. Their street address starts with just the #5 and then the street name. I thought that I could give them a house warming present, with a carving of just the #5, and it will be painted/gilded. Here's the start of the rough carving/layout for this project. The number carving is in basswood and the second disk of wood is pine, and the use of it will be apparent later on. Again, this is just a rough carving...... finishing will take place later.
  5. steven newman

    Back view

    Back view, showing the armrests, and the slats for the back. Back rung is a store-bought 7/8" dowel. Finish is two coats of Witch's Brew ( Pumpkin Pine?). The "bench" in the background is my Saw Bench, now over 2 years old.
  6. So probably everyone who reads this knows I make lots of the Kissmas Trees from the Woodcraft magazine. I have used Poplar on all of them so far. When I drill the pockets for the kisses, sometimes the bottom of the pocket gets splintery/raised grain. This doesn’t help the painting process. I was thinking of trying Pine instead of Polar. It’s less expensive, and there really isn’t much of a bearing load . Any reasons why Pine instead of Poplar is a bad idea?
  7. I’ve been working on a hall bench my wife asked for. It’s going to be painted, so I chose to use pine I got from a local sawmill. Made a few mistakes, and did my best to hide them. Still in the building stage, but here are a couple of photos. comments and suggestions are always welcome.
  8. We had an awesome snow here. Right around 14" of the light powdery stuff. New snow blower worked flawlessly! Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker has expanded his Lid Making business to include pieces for spice bottles. Steve shows us some of the work it takes to create these new items- Check out his post for more details- @Pauley turned a couple of spectacular bowls. The wood color and grain patterns take your breathe away! Please see his post for the images and the types of wood he used- @RustyFN was also working on a beautifully colored bowl. Rusty received lots of comments about his choice of wood and the bowl- @AndrewB is really having fun with his new pressure pot and casting resins. He continued to update us on last week's post with more images of some of his castings You can can see the updates at- Andrew used one of the castings to begin turning an egg- In Andrew's post, @Gerald gave us a link to some of his favorite color additives for resin. Here's the link to the discussion- Andrew didn't just turn acrylic resin this week. I suspect there will be some pine tar resin on his lathe after working with some wood his local tree guys gave him. See more images and his progress in this post- I hope you all are aware The Patriot Woodworker has added another sponsor- General Finishes! While we may be tempted to think of their finishes being used for woodworking, they have a woodturning finish, too! Here's a short video from General Finishes demonstrating that finish- What’s Coming Up- Although there is light at the end of the tunnel, some of "The Woodworking Shows" will still be virtual. You can get more information about the schedule and demonstrators at- https://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/?fbclid=IwAR39zWURThvLgnzTRqV9OAdVKFxNtR9qON_8bR36HupZ-GVNMR11oAjnQcU Highland Woodworking is offering an online course for photographing your work. Although it is directed toward photographing furniture, there certainly could be some worthwhile content for the turner- Click on the above image for the link to registration and more information. For The Newbies- Over the past month or so we have had a reoccurring topic about gouges and the discussion often centers around the choice between HSS and carbide. In this video, the author provides pros and cons of both types of tools. (Editor's note: The thing I have found in these comparison videos/articles is that the author(s) are often turners who have used HSS tools from the time they started turning. Many of them have decades of experience using the "traditional" tools. Then with a few hours of carbide turning, they render their often not so positive verdict. Perhaps the opinions would be different if they had the same tool time with both types of tools.) Expand Your Horizons- Maybe I should call this compress your horizons. One of the first questions, when considering casting resins, is how to get rid of the bubbles that form in the pour. Should I use a vacuum or use pressure? This video attempts to answer that question. Having had some experience with casting objects (cold cast porcelain) we found that a combination of both was the best way to go. We would vacuum each part of the components- before mixing. Carefully mix. Apply pressure. Looking for that perfect toy for the grandkids, or great grandkids? Tim Yoder has you covered- New Turning Items- Ruth Niles has a couple of new items on her website- This 3/8" three fluted spiral tap is especially suited for acrylics and very hard wood- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/spiral-3-8-tap/ She also has new mandrel adapters- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/mandrel-adapters/ Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube turning videos from last week. If you missed the Virtual Craft Festival this past weekend, several of the presenters' videos are included in Rick's list. Safe turning and stay well
  9. Plane has been rehabbed...needs a case to get stored in, when not getting used, so....bought some thin pine boards... Clamped them up for about a day...to get them used to the weather in the shop. Today's Laundry Detail meant I was IN the shop, waiting on clothes to dry..so.. Cleared off the top of the bench enough to get a bit of work done.. Blue items are brand new bench dogs, from Kreg.. Laid out a few tools.. Sharpened up the pencils. Checked the Winchester square to make sure it was indeed square...laid out a couple cuts for the Mitersaw.. The Cordless one, of course...and cut a pair of sides for the box ( came back later, and cut a pair of ends, too) This used to be a 24" long plank....threw out the scrap. Cord for the tablesaw... Was never plugged in, didn't need it. Got the marking gauge set for the thickness of the Pine.. Used the Narex 6mm Mortise chisel to set the spacings of the fingers...."X" marks the waste ones... First, I had to shoot some end grain...the 2 ends didn't quite match. Then carry the lines around....time to set up a saw... Geo. H. Bishop No. 10 saw. Lowered the bar until there was 1/2" left...test the cut.. To make sure I didn't cut too deep....then went to work...(decided to just work on one side at a time) Needed a place to sit down, anyway ( back was getting sore) so...about 8 full strokes per cut, or until the saw no longer cut.. Doesn't take all that long to do...all I had to do was make sure the cuts were straight.... Then set up to do a bit of chopping.....Dryer was done, so was my back. Turn the shop lights off, load the hamper up, and head back upstairs...one hour was about all I could get in..today. May try again tomorrow...back willing. Stay tuned
  10. CDave


    From the album: Desk

  11. Started my bench build yesterday. No plans, just took a few measurements of me and my son for bench height, and winging it. The top will be from pine, and we'll have folding legs. Dry fitting the miters. I also got Mama's car out of the garage today, I feel like I have a shop! 😊
  12. I ripped a 2 x 4 a few day’s ago and saw this sap pocket. I propped it up and it ran like molasses. Have seen pockets before but this one was kinda dramatic. How often do y’all see this kind of pocket?
  13. A few years ago, my wife wanted a rustic farmhouse table for our dining room. Well after she told me how much they cost, I said, "I'll build you one dear." I didn't really have the time for much woodworking, as I was going to school full time and was managing a dozen construction projects at the hospital. Needless to say I wasn't home much, and when I was, I was too tired to do anything. So, I opted for a very simple construction using dimensional lumber. I didn't even bother to mill any of it, as I'm sure you can see. When it was all said and done however, the wife loved it! Happy wife happy life. Several months later she then asked me to build her a buffet table as well. Again, I went super simple and used dimensional lumber. Glad she likes the "rustic" look. lol
  14. My dad recently removed some old built-in cabinets from their 1900 vintage old homeAnd salvaged the wood shelves and sides from them. This appears to be Pine based on the couple of knots I found, but, at over 100 years old, is definitely different from today’s Pine offering at the big box stores. The grain is tight and I love the color of the aged wood. I found that the age and dryness of this made it a bit brittle to carve but managed to make this. I just sketched it and chipped away. No pattern here to follow. I am carving for the first time in nearly 20 years so things aren’t going all that smoothly. This was a piece to get some practice. I am getting better again but slow. I plan to send this to my mom as a surprise during this COVID thing.
  15. During shop clean up, I found some narrow strips of walnut from an old forgotten job. The were approx a quarter inch sq. by 10". Since we are still under self quarantine, I have lots of time and decided to make a glue up using these strips and some maple & pine. It came out kinda nice.I made two of them and may turn the other one in the opposite direction. The oval is about inch and three quarters. I haven't been turning much lately and it is nice to get back where time has no meaning. It goes by so quickly when you are having fun.
  16. Not much else going on in the shop....thought I'd try a few ideas out. Was getting boring doing finger joints, anyway.. Laid out some more blanks, to make a box for a Stanley No. 18.. Should be enough. A little bit rough.... We have ways... Takes awhile, when you get see-through shavings..Then rounded up the Usual Suspects... Toys? Seems to fit the scale of the parts, better..pins first.. Yes, I used that toy knife. Was getting ready to trim to the baseline....then used these pins to lay out the tails.. And cut and chop them....repeat for the other corner... Then made sure the plane would still fit in the box. Other end can wait for a bit....Set up the Stanley 45 With the skinniest cutter they made for this plane....can't even use the sliding skate.... Used a pair of "holdfasts"...time to get groovy.. Both of the long sides got a groove along the top edge....and the end even got a stopped groove The "lid" was test fitted.. Needed to bevel 3 edges...once I had the width and length figured out....Stanley #110 was still being put to work...more test fits... Needed this to size the other end panel...as it will also provide a handle... Big piece will get dovetailed in place, the other will get a rebate, and glued to the lid. Bottom will get glued to the bottom of the box. May turn the lid into a Raised panel looking thing... Well, it is a start...stay tuned
  17. Ok...got to thinking Dangerous I know. Seems I have a stack of thin Pine scraps....and need to do something with them... A couple of my block planes do have a box to call home....keeps them out of mischief and a bit cleaner... But...I think I can do a little better than just a labeled cardboard box... Most of the Pine scaps are about 1/4" thick, if that......maybe connect a few into the proper sized box, including the "lid" That can slide down over the box....maybe use a sharpie to make a "label" on the end of the lid........thinking finger joints....green, or black sharpie? Will see how the bod feels today...and see how the wood "supply" looks....may have to resaw to get enough "timber" to make the boxes and lids... Stay tuned..
  18. Ok, might as well get started....this all came about because of a royal mess ( aka cluster-....) of tools piled up, and getting dusty and rusty.. yeah... So..have been going through all the tools, deciding which to keep handy, and which to stash....(cleaned up down in the Tool threads.) Picked up a few pine boards the other day... Ten 1 x 10 x 4' planks....not the best looking ones on the pallet...but, will do for a tool cabinet build... A few 1 x 4s as well. Handsome, ain't they....$45.75 counting tax.... So, today..the pick of the litter..4 planks of 1 x 10 were hauled to the shop....goal WAS to build a cabinet 3' wide, by 4' tall...WAS...until I stood one of the up, where the cabinet will go... Sitting on a 3' tall toolbench....another 4' would have been a bit too tall....design change! so that instead of 4' tall, it will be 3' tall...yet still 3' wide..needed to trim the worst ends of the 4 planks...one even split after the saw made the cut.. Not up for that much Cardio, today....besides.this is a Vintage SKIL saw... Should be enough to do this job... Once they were all trimmed down to 36", time for the jointer. . Except this Jointer was New in the box about 1905 Stanley No. 7c, type 9 needed the edges jointed for a BIG glue up....first was the start of the mess..and the cussing.. Have 4 planks to glue up, and I didn't want 2 to fly apart while adding the next one..problem was finding long enough cauls....and clamps.... Came out to 36 x 37"....glue lines will be vertical, once the glue is cured....looks like I am done, for the day. Need to decide how deep to make the box itself....a 1 x 10 may not quite do it....may glue those 1x4s to the four 1 x 10s for the box......then decide how to join the corners, and the back to the box.....making me head hurt, Imagine trying to cut the ends square on this "little" panel... Stay tuned...this might take a day..or three
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