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  1. OK, gang, here's the deal. Whether you are a regular reader, casually drop by, Patriot member or a guest, you should know that every Christmas we adopt a Wounded Warrior Family. Last year, we had the privilege and honor of helping the Hine family have a most memorable holiday. Now we hear that Mrs. Hine is having medical issues. Please see the following post for additional information. The point here is The Patriot site is going to donate a large portion of the summer raffle to once again help the Hine family. PLEASE consider donating to the raffle to help the family who have given so much to keep this country free. Here's the link to the summer raffle- Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN has been making segmented turnings. He found an online calculator to help determine the angles needed to cut the segments. @Gerald turned some neat little vessels and then adorned them with pyrography and inks! Check out Gerald's post for more images- @forty_caliber posted his first turned vessel and it's a beaut! Please read his post and see all of the positive comments and encouragement from our members! What’s Coming Up- With pandemic restrictions being lessened more and more events are being held. Many are still interactive over the Internet but I am seeing lots of in-person stuff happening as well. Click on the image for the link to registration Click on the above image for the link to more information. Click on the above image for the link to registration and more information Click on the above image for the link to Cindy's page and registration Click on the above image for more information Click on the above image for the link to registration For The Newbies- More on using the skew chisel. Video by Robbo Robertson. This is Part #1 with more parts linked from his YouTube Channel- Expand Your Horizons- @RustyFN's adventures into segmented turnings led me to several sources of information for anyone wishing to give it a try. Here's an older video on some ideas and jigs- products can be found at- http://www.segeasy.com Jim Rodgers continues his series on segmented turnings- If segments aren't your thing. How about a deep vase with pyrography and dyes from Rick Turns- Or, maybe putting feet on the bottom of your next bowl. Mike Peace shows us how he does it- New Turning Items- And, as it happens, a new item on the market for the segmented turning enthusiast- @forty_calibermentioned he just purchased a Longworth chuck. I found this earlier this week- https://buffalowoodturningproducts.com/products/bwp-longworth-style-chuck-12-24?utm_campaign=emailmarketing_114143166546&utm_medium=email&utm_source=shopify_email The folks at Woodturners Wonders now have a new CBN sharpening product- Check them out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/featured-products/products/cbn-dowels Rob Crosman posted a video covering some of his favorite woodworking "gadgets". This caught my eye as a pretty neat replacement hose. The video starts at the hose demonstration- Everything Else- Tim Yoder started a project that will take several months to complete. Aside from the turning, Tim provides useful tips on drying and information on wood defects. This notice came in an email today. Just passing it along - Finally, Rick Turns compilation of last weeks turning videos from YouTube- Safe turning and stay well
  2. Some up coming projects on the list. One of the neighbors I just made a deal with on some trimmings wound up coming through this afternoon so this should be interesting wood to work with. The smaller chunks is Cherry wood I believe and the larger piece is Plum wood so that should be an interesting piece to turn. Fortunately I don't think I'll have to do too much work with it on the band saw and I should be able to turn it down to a nice bowl as it is with out too much work into it. So any thoughts on these. Nice thing was he only charged me about 20 bucks for everything. Probably bringing more as well.
  3. Since I retired 3-1/2 yrs. ago I have been setting woodworking goals for myself. Goals may include taking a class, learning a new technic, completing a certain project, learning different tools with the computer, etc. This yr. my goal was to have better organization in my shop and have better dust collection. Boy, did I fail. I did little organizing my shop and only just started on the dust collection. I enjoy designing wood working tools for my use. I started building a router cabinet in Nov. 2018 and it still is not done. I wanted the cabinet to have a unique look, be able to store my Porter Cable dove tail jig and have the dust collection system be inside the cabinet. The cabinet is complete, and I only have concept designs for the duct collection. This project may see another birthday. To support the shop dust collection system goal, the dust collector design is being tweaked and I am waiting on the major components to arrive to start fabrication. Many of the dimensions need to be verified using the components. My 2021 goals include 1) finishing this yr. goals, have detail written plans, that my wife and I both agree on, for remodeling the patio enclosure and adding on to the garage, and designing a child’s toy. I want to be able to produce toys and give them to the annual local Marine Corp Toys-for-Tots Program. I am sure with my current commitments and being easily sidetracked, some of this will not be accomplished. Oh well, there is always next year. Danl
  4. @Gerald reminded me of an additional sale at Woodcraft- Click on the image for the link to Woodcraft sale pages
  5. Our site sponsor, Woodcraft, is having a clearance sale. Lots of great turning supplies for Christmas projects as well as other awesome stuff. https://www.woodcraft.com/categories/clearance?trk_msg=LBL5GCMLMLA457FTGEUL9N5PSO&trk_contact=QNSFAEQ45HFA1IHE09ORJKR45S&trk_sid=8QC3REUTE75ECCOSK66L59JQKC&utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=September+Clearance+Items&utm_campaign=Clearance+Stuff+Must+Go
  6. Late start, been under the weather, a bit..... Got bored a bit...needed to resaw a few parts, or at least start a few. Had 10 blanks...tossed out one, too many defects..Tablesaw to get the others the same width....after ripping one edge straight....made a mess doing that There goes the spotless floor....reset the fence, to allow a zero clearance overlay....and set about deadcenter for the stock... About 3/8" between the fence and the blade....then ran the blanks through....bad planning, blade didn't reach to the 1/2 halfway point. We have ways... One on the right, shows how much I missed being the right height...will plane that flat...later Will put a new blade on the bandsaw..later.. 1/2" wide, at that. Have two Ash boards, that need the edges re-done, then I'll rip these for thickness. Same with the Pine one.. If only to get rid of the knots...need drawer parts.....will also rip the 1 x 4 for thickness.. Drawer parts Single Brain Cell Sketch Up is working on the details. May find some use for these two.... Stay tuned...
  7. I’m only starting this post because we LIKE pictures. I tried another project,making a napkin holder for the future D-I-L. Again, lots of time on the strip sander, and every time I look at it I see more that needs to be done. I DETEST changing blades on the saw. I apparently tightened too much the first day I used it, because I had to file the end of the blade holding screw, it kept pulling out. I’m tone deaf so that high C thing, yeah that ain’t working for me. I did the last piece after not tightening the blade so much, and there weren’t too many issues. I was thinking about staining it, but didn’t notice I had cut myself, and bled on it. I am gonna try to use the under table router feature of my Shopsmith (shout out to Gene!), and bevel the base piece. I am hoping that they are at least recognizable as dogs. Truth be told, they look better in the pictures here, than they do in person.
  8. It take a few minutes to watch, but it is amazing the skill and engineering that went into these projects
  9. What's happening It's starting to feel like our life is settling down to a dull roar, and the suggestions and projects our members here have suggested are starting to come back to the top of our priority list, we need to move forward on these suggestions and seriously consider them as add-ons into our community. Below please see a list of pending projects as submitted by you for our consideration. Projects Clubs, (separate departments for woodworking clubs) (On Hold) Forms, (create forms accessible by you, in order to create tools, supplies, and machinery reviews) (On Hold) Add images of "What's It" to the main winners board, so they can be easily searchable for future detectives. (Complete) Main landing page for The Patriot Woodworker (Complete) Wiki website for The Patriot Woodworker (Complete) Polls (Done and thank you @Fred W. Hargis Jr !) Added by your feedback below How to Articles Department (Looking for volunteers) Wood Swap Department (@Gene Howe are you still interested in this?) Your feedback Your feedback on any of the items above are greatly appreciated, and if you want to add anything to our wish list of additional departments, features, or anything you like from another forum, that you don't see here, please list them in your post to this topic, and I'll add them to our dream list under "Projects" above. Thanks folks, and I look forward to seeing what you all come up with.
  10. So I do not think I will ever be a master in any one type of woodworking. I enjoy the craft of it. Meaning there are far too many things and ideas I have to commit to anyone type. My Uncle is a master craftsman in doing intarsia. He can make such beautiful things. I am more like a rabid squirrel with adhd.I see something I like and have to figure it out how to make it. Perhaps I am simply in love with woodworking. The smell of it, the creation of it. My mind is always thinking of new thing to make not just in woodworking but many other things as well. Sometimes I get an idea In my head and I literally cannot sleep until I start it or draw it out.Is there anyone here like that or do you mostly gravitate to one thing?
  11. I'm guessing that most of the members are 50+ to late 70's in age. And our bodies & gray matter are slowly slipping away. And that the kids have started their own families & "gifted" us with grand kids. So--since we are in the twilight of our years and the grand kids are mostly on the computer & probably showing zero interest in woodworking I was just musing if any of us have prearranged gifts for the future unborn grand kids & great grand kids? Something that you have cut out & either built or put the pieces unassembled aside for them? Something from grandpop(grandmom)? If so what? A step stool, crib, table & desk, etc.? My oldest grandkid is hitting 21 soon & marriage shouldn't be too far down the road & I was just wondering if I should start a heirloom project or two. Anybody else on my page?
  12. Our Patriot turners were really active this past week with more projects, questions and ideas! @Ron Altier's wife got him a really nice turner's smock. I'm pretty sure the other turners were jealous considering the ribbing he took. I think it will provide great protection from flying chips (or sparks)! Some of the good natured comments are at- Ron also posted a neat little "chip deflector" that he made. The simple design lends itself to virtually any tool manufacturer. Ron explains how he made this in his post- Ron was having trouble with his lathe tailstock not locking securely. Many of our members offered suggestions and ideas. Ron was able to devise a way to repair the problem. The following two threads discuss the problem and what Ron did to get it fixed- @Cliff lamented about some roadside wood treasures he managed to pickup. Unfortunately, the tree held a few unpleasant surprises. @Gene Howe sent me a link to an article by Mr. Davide Reed Smith. In this particular how-to, Mr. Smith provides detailed instructions on how to make pen turning jaws for a 4 jaw chuck. Follow this link for the complete tutorial- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/WoodAuxJaws/WoodAuxJaws.htm @Steve Krumanaker has made a few more of his Cryptex Boxes. Steve's combination of turning and laser engraving produces fantastic results. See Steve's post for more images and information on the engraved symbols- @Gerald posed a question about using "colorply" for handles in kit type projects (i.e. bottle openers). Several of our members offered their thoughts and ideas- Rick Turns posted his March list of YouTube woodturning videos- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter came this week. There are some interesting articles and a video from Mr. Richard Raffan on "Understanding Catches". The newsletter can be found at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Here's the video- Carl Jacobson turns a resin/burl piece in his mobile shop. Check out the Easy Wood Tools and chuck! ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools) The EWT tools make turning resin a breeze. The curls just fly off of the piece! Safe turning
  13. While @Cliff and I are sharing the beach in the sunny Antilles, I thought I'd get a head start on today's post. @Cliff has his vacuum chuck rig set up and running. There are lots of questions and comments about how he made this. Cliff shares his procedures in his post- @Steve Krumanaker posted images of his second "cryptex". Steve's pictures show some of the internal workings of this clever little device! @PostalTom asked a question about the usefulness of a lathe that can be operated in the reverse direction. Some suggested this was a nice feature- However, I think they may have been referring to using the lathe on this Easter Sunday. More suggestions and comments- @Gerald, in response to last week's "Wednesday's...", posted a picture of the display shelves he is getting ready for their club's booth. He also added an image of the tulips he make- Rick Turns added his February list of turning videos on YouTube. Mike Peace posted a nice little video. He needed to re-turn a baby rattle. Check out how he overcame the problem of holding the rattle. Although we had relatives visiting this past week, I managed to get to the lathe and destroy a piece I was turning- I glued the errant piece back on the waste block and sealed the turning with tape and modeling clay- Then mixed up some clear Alumilite. I find warming it in the microwave really helps lowers the viscosity so the small bubbles float to the top and it fills the crevices a little better. I need to build a pressure pot. Sure wish I kept the one I used to test underwater gauges when I had a Scuba shop. Removed the tape and clay and it's ready to back on the lathe. Safe turning
  14. 2018! Seem like just a couple of months ago I was starting up computers hoping they would function after the Y2K Bug scare! @PostalTom showed us a sweet bowl he made for his daughter. It is made from poplar! Check out his description here- @Steve Krumanaker turned an awesome natural edge walnut bowl but it was not without its' problems- Here's Steve's explanation of what happened- @Ksvet06 asked a question about searching the turning forum for specific information. Gang, this just reinforces the need for us all to add tags to our posts. Tags make searching for information much easier and a lot faster. @Gerald is turning more Beads Of Courage boxes and was looking for advice on a special piece of wood- He was inquiring if anyone had turned a vessel with a natural edge "side". Head on over to his post and see if you can offer some help. Probably all of the turners here are currently in the grips of the "Ol' Polar Vortex" (I hate the Weather Channel). Anyway, if you find it's too cold in your shop, pull up a chair, grab a warming beverage and enjoy a few extra videos. Tim Yoder turns a garden gnome (part 1, part 2 linked from the video)- Rick Turns posted a video of regrinding a parting tool to make cleaner cuts- I came across this group of videos from Stuart Batty. I'll give you the link as there are quite a few of them. https://vimeo.com/woodturning/videos/page:1/sort:alphabetical/format:thumbnail And if that's not enough videos to keep you warm, Rick Turns added his list of YouTube videos for the month of December- Finally, I was looking for an idea for a lathe jig and stumbled upon this site- http://www.docgreenwoodturner.com/index.html Lots of neat ideas and some beautiful turnings. Safe turning and keep warm
  15. Merry Fishmus to one and all!!! Note: I found this the other day in my "table top photography" folder from years ago.
  16. Great News! We have gone over our goal for the Gold Star Family Christmas Drive! If you haven't already donated, don't let the fact that we reached our goal stop you. 9 Days left to do what your heart tells you. More donations equals more presents for two little kids! Just a friendly reminder, please continue to add tags to any new post you start. It makes searches more accurate for anyone wishing to find information. I have reviewed all of the topics here in the Turner's Forum and added tags where they were missing. If you feel I modified one of your topics incorrectly, please let me know so I can make the corrections. Tomorrow is December 7th. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. If you were in the Navy and sailed into Ford Island you will never forget passing the monument of the USS Arizona. Rest in Peace brothers. Fair winds and following seas. @Steve Krumanaker posted images of a vessel he turned. Their club and a demonstration by Cindy Drozda and Steve must have been her star pupil! Beautiful turning, Steve! Check out his post and the discussion that followed- @Ron Altier turned an awesome ornament from acrylic and wood. Ron posted about the difficulty he had with the acrylic. Checkout his post and see the discussion and maybe you can provide him with some suggestions- @HandyDan really makes Christmas special for kids stuck in the hospital over the holidays. Here's what he makes for them. Dan describes his gifts here- Dan, you certainly are going to be on Santa's "nice" list. @Gerald is all prepped for a demonstration/sales. Here is a sample of some of the things he will be turning and selling at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum Here's his post- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools let us know about a contest Easy Wood Tools is having. They need your help decorating this year's Christmas tree! There's a little more about it here- If you need an idea for an ornament, here's a video on turning an acorn with a surprise inside- @HandyDan alerted us to a contest from Nova. They are giving away some awesome Christmas presents. If you have a Facebook account, head over to- https://www.teknatool.com/12-days-christmas-facebook-giveaways/ Bessey Clamps is also running a Christmas Give-a-way on Facebook Here's the link to their Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/BesseyToolsNorthAmerica/ I did get some lathe time in this past week, between helping put up Christmas decorations (no ladders this year ). I needed to replace that rickety old bench I have in the shop. It was ready to collapse and beyond another repair attempt. There was some maple left over from the high chair project and there's always a little walnut lying around. All the parts were turned on the lathe. Normally, I don't put a finish on anything I make for the shop/myself. You can see why- miserable failure. Oh well, it's just a 3 legged stool. Out with old and in with the new- Safe turning
  17. I seem to have a thing for "cordless" drills.... All but one of the eggbeaters... While cleaning the shop a bit, getting ready for the next projects, found a few other items.. Things seem to come in pairs around here...happens when I can't find the first one... Also set out most of the clear Poplar I have left.... Kicked a few braces out of the "overhead til" and stashed all but one of the eggbeaters.. As this No. 104 Millers falls wouldn't fit in the slots....handle was rattling for a reason. What is left of the push drills. Stashed these back into a drawer... Poplar was cut to size.. 2 ends, 2 sides....had to dig around to find something to use as a bottom panel.. May need to trim it down a bit.... note the brace til? Near as I can tell, this is all there is....from a 14" sweep down to a couple 6" sweeps... I found not only a gouge, but a handle for it...cleaned both up.. Someday, I'll learn how to sharpen one of these out chanel thingys...marking gauge was used to help lay out a few pins... Laid out the pins....as i do pins first.. Note how I mark the waste? Two other items emerged in the clean up.. Pen is for scale....chisel is by Butcher. Screwdriver has Rosewood for the handle. Migraine hit...hard to see well enough to do much...it can wait until Tuesday....
  18. Last week I Showed you the start of my top Secret Project. Well here are 2 nearly done and 2 to go . They are wall plaques for for my Medival Horizontal lock replica and the Violin locks I made. Herb
  19. Personal website woefully outdated!
  20. Here's two of the three sets of bunk beds I've made in the last couple of years. First will separate into two twins (make two sets of these), second is a triple bunk for when granchildren visit. First two were oak, then maple. Third was SYP, strictly functional. This was about the time I seriously wanted a bigger shop.
  21. This project required various woodworking skills so I decided to post this here. Hope you like it. This is a pen stand/clock I entered recently in a contest over at the IAP pen turning site. Every year they hold a fund raising Bash party and they have various contests the members can enter to win prizes. It basically pits you against members who enter each contest. Lots of fun. I was able to enter a few this year after about 3 years absence because of illness and family matters. Sure does feel good to get back in the shop. Anyway this was my entry and they were some scrolling involved along with other woodworking skills. Thanks for looking. This was my 2017 Pen Stand Contest entry. It did take first place. Pen Stand/Clock is of a gambling theme. The materials are maple, walnut, rosewood poker chips, 2" clock insert and dice. The playing cards were cut out on a scrollsaw and done in maple. The background of the symbols was painted flat black. the large dice is walnut. The base is rosewood with a bevel detail and covered with a dark green velvet. The wood parts were top coated in a satin lacquer. The poker chips are stacked and shaped to hold a single pen of any size. The holder chips are flocked in green where the pen lays to protect it from scratching. Thanks for looking.
  22. My wife Tami has been a special educator for over 30 years. She teaches moderate-severe autism kindergarten-1st grade. Her kids are very high maintenance and active so she has to be creative in keeping her kids focused. They are easily distracted so she has had me make a number of what I call "Barricades" for different areas in her classroom. Some of the barricades are to block kids from watching what other kids are doing as they are easily distracted. Others are for blocking off certain areas like the "Play Area" or to keep them out cabinets that have certain toys or craft supplies. The school district is pretty much useless when it comes to providing items for special education, so it pretty much falls to the teacher to get it or go without. So she keeps me busy making stuff. The "Barricades" that I make for her are simple using PVC pipe for the frame and 1/4" tempered hardboard so they are light weight and the kids can't hurt themselves if/when they bang into them. So here are ones I made this past week or so and installed them today. I use velcro for hinges as they can be screwed into the cabinets and the barricades can't be knocked over by the kids. For the play area, toy cabinet and craft cabinet that has the crayons and coloring books I had to make them lockable as the kids like to leave their work stations when the teacher and aides aren't looking. (Sneaky little buggers). This is the entry into the play area. This is the toy cabinet which is lockable so they can't sneak in and take the toys. This is the cabinet that has the coloring books, crayons and markers. They always check the kid's backpacks before they leave to go home as they love to take the crayons and markers home.
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