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  1. Ok..box #2 is started...double and triple checked the saw set up... Trying to cut both boards at the same time, and getting them both in the middle usual luck.. "Missed it by that much, Chief" needed a tad off of one end...then over to the vise.. That #3 was made about 1905, or so..still works. Jointed all the edges until they matched, then Then shoot the end grain until they matched...that is two boards sitting there...laid out all four parts.. And found bar code stickers on a few boards...33 planed those off. Set all but one side piece aside, for now..Dug up the layout toys.. Bevel gauge set to the dovetail angle I use. Combo square and marking gauge set to the thickness of the boards, pencil for marking things up, and something to cut "knife walls" have the board sitting a bit high in the vise, easier to mark things. And, remember to always make where the waste is... Once all the marking out is done, I lower the board down in the vise... Wax up the saw...we have work to do... Just a little bit.. Then set up a chopping station..nothing fancy.. Chop 1/2 way down, and leave a small tab out on the end ( to support things) and then flip the board over That wide pin? ( yes, I do pins first ) is where I hope to split the lid off from the box.. I then use these pins to mark out for the tails...then use the bandsaw to make a few cuts... I use the bandsaw, so I can SEE the cuts better, and stay on the waste side of the lines. The more of each line I leave, the tighter the joint should be..cchopped the waste out, and tried a dry fit.. been awhile, might be out of practice? Ok...rinse, repeat...and get corner #2 done the same way... So, two corners done, 2 to go...then Uncle Charles hit...left hand cramped up, and the back of the knees....guess it be quitting time, in the shop. About 2 hours, in two sessions, today. Stay tuned...
  2. Boy these Cornhole games sure are popular. Our neighbor's daughter is getting married this May and they asked me if I could build a couple Cornhole boards for them, they are going to have games at the wedding reception. I only first heard of this game because of @John Moody, John is the resident Cornhole builder in our community. So I know what little I do know by John's work, and I just scanned the internet really quick to get the regulation sizes of everything and I set to building their boards from wood I had left over from other projects. I have not had a full day in the shop in two years, really, no kidding, life has been quite a challenge and I was so happy to just get this day to make some dust on such a basic project, I loved it. I had my folk music going in the shop, a little bit of Johnny Cash, some Del McCoury and Bill Monroe, and tapered the day off with Hank and Waylon, man what a joyous day. It was just one of those days that lined up perfectly to do some "me" time and the family was completely ok with it. Also, I got to really get into my Shopsmith! And what a blast I had with it. So, I know they are just Cornhole boards, but what's more important, is that I had a day of fun, so if you want to see some boards, read on! I set up my outfeed table configuration to handle some mid size panels for the Cornhole boards. Ripped a couple pre-prefinished 3/4" panels I had left over from a prior project, I am getting used to my Shopsmith today. I then set up my outfeed table to handle ripping some narrow boards, the table needs to be set at the center of the table saw or in line with the blade, it was a quick operation, part of using these Shopsmith's is knowing what they are capable of, and how to maximize their ability, I am not there yet, I am only discovering the surface of what these machines are capable of. I pushed the oak boards through with minimal effort. Then I joined each board just to clean up the edges and to have a nice mating edge to the underside of the surface board. I need to align my Shopsmith fence as you can see a tad burning on the oak edge. I have not adjusted my Shopsmith yet since I purchased it, the gent I bought it from had it sitting in his garage for 15 years with no use, so no doubt I need to tune up the alignment. I have however oiled the sheeves and other areas and I tensioned the drive belt to specs before I used it. I used good ol pocket holes to mount the sides of the boards up to the surface board. I drilled out all my pocket holes first. Then I set to screwing the boards to the underside of the Cornhole deck. I swear Shopsmith and Rigid have a secret relationship, because my Rigid Shopvac hose is the perfect size for the table saw dust port, and the jointer dust port. I cut a small radius on the end of the back cornhole board legs, so they'll fold up and down easily. This bandsaw is really nice, I can't believe how something small and seemingly very simple in design, is so accurate and easy to use. I aint kidding folks, I like it better than my 15" Grizz I had. A very strong feature of the Shopsmith is the Drill Press operation, it's sweet, I like it, I am happy. Quiet, accurate, with an adjustable table for in and out, and up and down and of course since the power head operates the Drill Press, it's variable speed. Drilling the holes out for the carriage bolts. The back folding legs are mounted, you flip them up and lock them down by tightening the wingnuts, I used a 5/16" carriage bolt, washer and wingnut. Legs up. I still have to cut out the 6" diameter Cornholes, but mission basically accomplished. Our neighbors should like them, she is going to paint a mural on the deck of the Cornhole board, I think the LA Dodgers symbol. Any my baby put to sleep, she did well today, I was please with the operations, and I became more efficient at the changeovers, I am getting good at operating my Shopsmith, and it's turned out to be a great machine for my purpose, and, mama gets to park her car in the garage now! I hope John Moody approves of the way I made these boards, and if anyone has any tips on the building Cornhole boards I am all ears, I may do some for my family as well, not sure yet, depends if the kids want them or not. If you want to build your own boards, here is the site that John Moody directed me too, they have all the information and specs for them there. https://www.playcornhole.org/ Thanks for sharing a part of my day with me folks.
  3. We finally got a break in the rain. Made a trip to the sawmill to pick up a load of poplar we have needed. At the same time left a couple of Cedar logs to get cut. Got it a call to go by and pick up the nice Elm. At least to 14’ logs. Looks like it has some beautiful grain. Now or we can move on with a couple of other jobs we were on hold with because of all the rain. Im looking forward to seeing the beautiful grain patterns in that Elm.
  4. Monday, I posted that I’m building a farmhouse table. Gene Howe requested that I keep y’all posted on the progress so here it is. The top is flat on both sides and I have made the skirt and stretchers. BTW, the stretchers are done but on in this picture. Everything is mortised and tenoned and I had to increase my mortising skills. The legs are 5” square and my mortifying machine only raises to 4 1/2” so I cut the mortises with a plunge router and chilled the ends. Speaking of legs, they were purchased and on leg was an 1/8” out of square So the mortise and tenon was “interesting”.
  5. We are having our annual woodturner's club picnic this Saturday. I didn't go to the last one because I was fairly new to turning, they want each turner that attends the picnic to bring a turning for the spouses' raffle, and I didn't have enough confidence in my skills to bring something. The wives, spouses, or others get a raffle ticket whose sole purpose is to determine the order in which they get to pick out a turning and take it home. No money exchanges hands, all just for fun. These are the items I made for this year's picnic, which, BTW, I got asked to organize. Not having attended last year's picnic, and being a new member of the club, I am a little nervous about organizing this year's picnic, but we will see how things turn out. Anyway, these are my items, all turned from poplar procured by our club president, and finished with three coats of 2 pound cut garnet shellac and 2 coats of spray lacquer. A mortar and pestle, and two styles of rolling pins. Thanks for looking.
  6. Here is my latest effort. This is the bowl that was in work when I posted the pictures of the curtain and dust trough on my lathe. Top and bottom are poplar, center is walnut. I wanted to try my hand at mixing species. I don't really like this one, the proportions look wrong to me. My son and DIL like it, so it's theirs now.
  7. Finally got back on my lathe. When my daughter saw this fruit bowl I had made for my wife, which I posted on back in October, she wanted something similar. This is what I came up with for her. It started out as four pieces of 8/4 poplar. I edge glued two pieces together, then edge glued the other two pieces together, then face glued those two chunks together to make a big blank. I wanted to try my hand at making a bowl that was pretty much at the maximum diameter allowed for my lathe. With that heavy of a blank, I was a little wary of it flying off the chuck. I screwed on a face plate and turned the bottom and the chuck mortise, then mounted it on the chuck, and turned the inside very gently until I had removed some of the weight. Finishing was a coat of Bullseye Sealcoat sanding sealer, followed by a coat of amber shellac, and then three coats of spray lacquer. I haven't given it to her yet; I hope she likes it. I turned it with a combination of Easy Wood Tools, and a traditional 3/8" bowl gouge I purchased from a gentleman on this site. This is my fourth bowl. Thanks for looking.
  8. Ok, Vacay is over, time to make a bit of sawdust....maybe. Had a few Poplar boards sitting around, taking up space in the shop.. Not quite all the same sizes...little rough around the edges, too. Bandsaw to remove some of the excess stuff.. Will need a bit more done to these, to make something like this.. Maybe square the ends, thin board for a bottom panel....maybe some dovetails to connect things.... Yes, I do pins first. Just easier for me that way. I had to use the mitre box to square the ends, first. And a #4 plane to smooth the edges. Got out a few toys.. Er..tools. Some for lay out work, some to make sawdust and chips....went to get the shop stool ready to go... Picked it up from one spot, when I set it down, the welds on the legs broke...guess I need a new stool...for now, I have to work standing up....grrr Edges were jointed, before I went too far along...I think.. 1/4mile of wood means a 1/4 mile of plane, don't need those huge planes for this. As for saw work, when I sit down to saw.. I am looking straight ahead, and can follow the lines....when I am standing up, I have to lean over a bit, to see where I am cutting....which makes the saw lean as well...good thing I always cut leaving the lines. Meh....next two sets, I kept a thumb right beside the saw plate, keeping it from any leaning. Got both ends sawn, time to chop a bit I have a 2 x 6 Maple Chopping Block. Chop 1/2 way down, flip over, chop the rest....repeat for the other end. Managed to lay out saw and chop one more set of pins.....then lay out a fourth set.....legs were cramping up...about time to call it a day. Maybe tomorrow, I can get the fourth set done, then layout all the tails, and get those done. Then some grooves made, with the Stanley 45? Stay tuned, I might even try something different for this lid....
  9. This started out as a 8" x 8" x 2" piece of poplar. After that, the picture pretty much tell the story. It is intended for use as a fruit bowl, hence the green rim. That, by the way, didn't go as expected. I purchased a green paint pen from Hobby Lobby, intending to hold it against the rim with the lathe on its lowest speed, but the pen was the type that you have to keep depressing the nib on the end to pump the paint to the tip. That, of course, didn't work with the bowl turning, so I would up having to pump some paint to the tip, get it on the rim of the bowl, and actually "draw" it onto the rim, while periodically turning on the lathe to even out the application. It eventually worked OK, but next time I will figure out something different.
  10. Well, this has been quite the week for the ol Morris home! I had fully intended on finishing our Walnut Vanity, but we were informed an appraiser was going to come out this Tuesday to value our home for a VA refi. At first I had not thought of it, but it finally struck me, hey, if this guy is coming out to appraise, we should probably have our bathrooms fully functional. While the 1/4 bath downstairs with the Walnut Vanity is fully functional, the kids bathroom upstairs is not, it's still missing a vanity as well. I called the VA appraiser and asked him if the missing vanity would effect the value of our home, he stated maybe not, but the lender would not be too happy to see their investment missing parts of the home. So my wife and spent an hour discussing what she'd like in the kids bathroom, we ho hummed over the HD and Lowes vanity's, too expensive, they ran anywhere from 300 bucks on up, and we are not ready to spend that much right now, school is getting ready to start for our kids in a couple weeks, and we need to get school clothes still. So we talked about what she wanted, she wanted a white cabinet, and she liked the simplicity of shaker that I have been introducing into our home lately. So I told her, we can build a cabinet and paint it white! She loved it. So we got into high gear and I ran out yesterday and grabbed a stack of poplar from the lumber dealer, and came home and drew something up to get approval by my wife. Just a simple shaker cabinet, with the drawer proportions to be worked out still, she is deciding what she is going to put in the drawers. After I drew it up, and got approval from LOML, I started to cutting and joining the poplar boards to make the floor, and sides of the cabinet. I was not too concerned about grain matches etc, the cabinet will be painted on the outside, but I did want some grain symmetry for the floor of the cabinet, as the interior will be natural and varnished. This morning I was able to get the panels glued up and out of the clamps, squared up and cleaned up. They look pretty good. Over this next week, I'll come home from work and put a couple hours a night on the vanity, tomorrow I'll be cutting in the dado's and assembling the floor and sides. I called the appraiser and told him to hold off a week while I get this vanity wrapped up and installed. He agreed. So I have a week to get this wrapped up, painted, and installed, and functioning! Wish me luck!
  11. Folks, I have some nice poplar boards, and I am going to make another vanity with the boards, for another bathroom in our home. The entire vanity will be poplar, the outside will be painted a cream white or off white, and the inside will be varnished. The poplar I have has those wonderful dark green and dark streaks, I have heard that poplar colors will bleed through most paints, what can I do to prevent the bleed through, or is what I have heard and read a myth? Thanks!
  12. OK, rehabs are done for now.....have a small stack of thin Poplar boards... Hiding in a corner for a reason? Mainly 1/2" thick 1x8s and 1x10s,with a couple 4/4 slabs thrown in. Why are they hiding? Because there is this stack of Cherry.. Lots of 4/4 x 6 and 4/4 x 8......Some of them are 6/4 pieces.. Some of the shorter stuff is 14"+ wide Single Brain Cell Sketch Up will be working overtime.....on this stash from Charles Neil at the Shindig' scrap pile. Might take a while..stay tuned for updates...
  13. Today was the day to go do a little lumber shopping. I had a lady call me about these logs that were stacked close to her house and she wanted them gone. He husband had cut them and stacked them and she had no idea what it was and he had passed away. So I told her I would be happy to get them out of her way. She said come and get it. So this is how I shop for lumber. Much easier to put them on the trailer this way and easy to handle. After they were loaded I headed to the saw mill and let them unload them. He will call when me when they are ready to cut. I had him to cut them 5/4's. It will run .20/BF. Hard to beat those prices and it is nice to have friends with big equipment. So now I am back home and cleaning up the shop.
  14. Good Morning Friends, Well it looks like I am starting the New Year off in a good fashion for today I have some Poplar coming in to make 150 foot of base trim and it will be nice to see an old friend again for it has been a while since our last encounter. I also already have three jobs on the floor left over from last year to start on as soon as I get the trim made. Have a good week everyone.
  15. steven newman

    front view

    From the album: Box for a Stanley 45

    Front view, showing the fancy grain. Handcut finger joints. A copy (as best as I can) of the box Stanley made for their No.45 combo plane. Old box is now a shelf sitter, due to all the breakage done by the uSPS..
  16. Gaps filled and sanded, Witch's Brew brushed on Racing stripe showed up AFTER the finish went on...figures Back is a bit plain looking... Top was a glue upof two boards. Tried to match the grain... Been trying to match the old box, I think I might be close? Needs a rub out tomorrow, then a top coat. All this work, just to store a Stanley No.45.... All there, even the 22 cutters I got with it. Missing the two match cutters, and a depth stop for the slitter, is about all.
  17. I finished a project yesterday for a customer. I can't tell you right now I know much about these, but he is going to send me a picture when he gets them setup that might help. As I understand they are used to setup model train displays. A piece of foam is placed inside the frame and then the display is built on top but the section are made so they can be separated to move the display. Plans were for 4' sections but he was wanting 2' sections. So I made the modification and built two boxes out of poplar for his display. The boxes or displays had to be built so they could come apart but had to line up each time you put them together. I made a trip to Lowe's and got some 1/2" aluminum bar and found some 1/2'x5/8"x1" washers as they were called. I setup on the drill press to drill the holes in the same spot on each board using a 5/8" bit on one end and a 1/2" bit on the other end. I used epoxy to glue the pieces in place. The frame is made of 1" poplar and the corners are put together with pocket screws. Latches are added on the outside to hold the sections in place so they don't move while the display is setup. The pins and bushings were tight enough I don't think the latches were needed but they were on the plans so I put them on. I took a piece of the poplar and planed it down to 1/2" and made the corner feet that also hold the foam in place so it doesn't fall out when picked up. He was quite happy when he came by yesterday afternoon to pick them up. As I said earlier, I will post a picture showing them in used when he gets his display setup. He is doing a model train show in a couple of weeks and needed them. This was a fun project to work on
  18. Well, after looking at the box the Stanley 45 came in.....decided to shelve that box, and build a new one to house the 45 in. Picked up some 1/2" by 5-1/2" by 5' poplar. I used the "existing" box to mark out a few sizes. Square a line across, using a fancy marking knife. Clamped the plank in the end vise, and used a Craftsman "Special saw" to do the crosscuts. Then match the front and back and the two ends, clamp the pairs in the vise, and clean the ends with a plane. Laid out a few toys..er...TOOLS Couple of squares, a special chisel, a marking knife ( that curly thing) a marking gauge, and a pencil. Marking knife was used with a square to do the crosscuts. The marking gauge was to mark the ends of each panel, set to the thickness of the board. Pencil is to mark over the knife lines so I can SEE them. The chisel? It set the spacing for a special joint Here you can see the marking gauge line, and the marks from the chisel. A small square to carry the lines round. The "X" is the waste parts. Waxed up an old saw, we had work to do... These are the front and back panels, might as well do them at the same time. LOT of saw work, hand was getting tired, too. Had to keep track of where the waste was. Then I repeated for the other end, but first, there was a bit of chisel work to do ( gave the hand a break, too) One at a time, until all the waste was chopped out. Doesn't take a whole lot, I didn't even have to flip them over. The end without a pin was simply sawn off. Chisel is the same one I set the spacing with. Well after the front and back were all chopped out on both ends, and the inside and top was marked on each part, then I cound work on the ends. One corner at a time, to save any cunfusion from starting. Once I got one marked out, chopped, and cleaned up, I could at least do a test fit.....after I marked up the insides so they would match.... Ok..one corner down, three to go. What you see here is both the box ( bottom 2/3s) and the lid. A couple of grooves to form a lip and seperate the two sections. need more grooves milled for both the top and bottom panels to be housed in. After that? Stay tuned,,,,,ain't even started to do any cussing...yet. BTW, I already did a straight cutter test run.....will need to use a skinny one next time....but shavings have been made with the 45! Just a simple, little box....
  19. steven newman

    sideview.JPG

    From the album: Table of Leftovers

    Looking at the side of this little table
  20. My latest project has been a weird one. My wife's cousin asked me if I would build a pair of dressers to hold laundry baskets. In lieu of conventional drawered dressers, she wanted two open faced dressers that she could use laundry baskets as drawers. I finished the first one today and it was the smaller one of the pair. It is 92" long, 32" tall and 21" deep. I used 3/4" cabinet grade poplar plywood and may the face from solid poplar. These will be sealed and painted but not by me. Yea!!! The next dresser is 92" x 47" X 21". Seems a bit top heavy to me but hey, that's what the customer wanted. The completed one is extremely heavy and I can't wait to see how much the big one weighs.
  21. Well, my last project is finished and installed and as you can see by the smiles, its new owner is quite please. My youngest grandson, Lewis (Lewie) needed a loft to better utilize his limited space in his bedroom. This is 2nd loft I've built but I made some radical changes to this one. Instead of putting the ladder on the side, I put it on the end. I also put bookcases at each end and built a desk with a pair of shelves to go under the loft. There are 116 board feet of poplar in this unit which was stained with a Jacobean stain (too dark for my liking but that's what mom wanted) and finished with a satin poly for durability. Total cost was only about $250.00 which was a small price to pay for one very happy grandson. For the record, I signed and dated the bottom of the bookcase on the ladder end. Its a secret so don't tell.
  22. John Moody

    Poplar Toy Chest

    From the album: Blanket Chest

    A Toy Chest built with Poplar and Stay Open Hinges

    © John Moody

  23. From the album: Jewelry Chests

    Simple jewelry chests made form poplar
  24. From the album: Jewelry Chests

    Simple jewelry chests made form poplar
  25. From the album: Jewelry Chests

    Simple jewelry chests made form poplar
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