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  1. Ron Altier

    New Modern Turning Apron

    My wife surprised me with a brand new leather turning coat. A modern design with a smart phone pocket with flap cover. Velcro behind the neck fastener and expandable straps in the rear. Fits nice and works great NO, I didn't tell her
  2. Then in a mere tiny instant it all went to pieces Read it. Remember it http://lynneyamaguchi.com/index.php/2014/10/06/my-tale-of-survival/
  3. No turning for me this past week. I've started a gun rack for a friend. It is coming along slowly. @Cliff just posted a topic for preventing wood from splitting/cracking/checking. This idea is new to me. See what Clif had to say. Maybe you have another method. If so, we'd love to have you tell us about it! Cliff also posted a link to an excellent safety article from the American Woodturner magazine. We all like to think we are working safely but this article really drives home the quality of some of the safety device we are using. Here's Cliff's post- The article is linked from there. Please read her story. @Ron Altier has created another awesome ornament. The amazing part is that this came from his scrap box. It is always exciting to see what lathe turning can do to a glue-up Ron's post is here- I think we all are proud of the things we make. Most of us have a way of marking our pieces with some sort of identifier. It might be a signature with a sharpie, a branded logo or even a special decal. Recently, Mike Peace did a short video exploring these various methods. I've always used a sharpie but over the years it tends to fade- especially on items that have a mineral oil finish. The signature on my original rolling pin, that Mimi uses, has faded into obscurity. Also, sharpies will bleed when the top coat is shellac. Many years ago I traded a rolling pin for a coffee scoop from Ruth Niles. She uses a handheld engraver to sign here work. Much longer lasting! What method do you all use??? There probably won't be much sleep here tonight. Today we picked up this- His name is Dudley and he is an 8 weeks old Basset hound. He slept most of the 2 hour trip back from the breeders and has been exploring his new home ever since. I think his ears are as long as he is. Since Quigley passed away in October, the house has been really empty. I'm sure that's about to change! Safe turning
  4. I just got started carving on these pieces..I have warned guys here about some of these bits being too aggressive and hard to control.... Well,and getting in too big of a hurry.... that's what I was doing and this is what I was using..... And for safety sake I have cut done almost all of the shaft lengths so they won't bend but I do need some for deeper holes... First blood I have seen in the shop in a long time, many years... And when you get down in between two pieces is when the rattling of the bit can start, banging from one side to the other.. And I usually wear some very thick leather gloves for this reason,,,,,,, but they happened to be about a foot out of reach .. No stitches needed but a band aid for sure. So just guessing but it aught to be about May or June when I can start working again...O boy...
  5. lew

    Turner Safety Video

    Safety Equipment for turners video from AAW. Includes respirators which we were discussing with @Charles Nicholls
  6. I am just like 99% of woodworkers and don't use a saw guard on my table saw. The biggest reason is that mine is a real pain to remove and remount. It can take 5 minutes to get it right. I had never had a serious kickback until last week. I was crosscutting a short piece of pine without the guard and was pushing with my head and body away from the line of the saw blade. The small cut off piece became wedged against the saw in a split second and flew across my garage like fast ball. I almost always have my zero clearance throat plate on, but this time I didn't and the opening next to the blade was at least a half inch. That was the cause and being used to zero clearance, I wasn't as cautious as I should have been. It caused no damage or injury, but was a real eye opener and will cause me to be much more safety conscience from now on.
  7. At least he is wearing his eye protection and ear muffs. Herb
  8. MT Stringer

    Cabinet Making!

    Pretty cool stuff. Crude but effective. Bare footed, no blade guards, no dust collection, wooden fence on saws, tools on the floor...and the list goes on and on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFLWrV3WyVk
  9. kmealy

    display case

    I've been asked to make a floor-standing display case, maybe 30" tall. I'm guessing it needs to have tempered glass??? I've only ever used single-strength window glass for picture frames and small wall mounted cabinets.
  10. Danl

    Hot water heater

    A friend of mine is planning to go to a warmer climate state for 6 weeks this coming winter. During that time, he plans to shut off the house supplied water at the shut-off valve. Should he also shut-off his hot water heater? Danl
  11. I guess it was bound to happen. http://www.union-bulletin.com/local/local-man-electrocuted-using-dangerous-wood-art-process/article_daf59a2a-3420-11e7-8508-c7eb2f3dc175.html
  12. ... or fence ... or sander ... or glue I don't know whether to be impressed or have the chills run up my spine with that table saw. Mr. Gass is on line 2 for you.
  13. Maybe I should be happy that they placed the crown up on these boards... Continuing with the upstairs remodel and the two bedrooms. In the one room, the particle board underlayment was quite wavy and so not level. I decided I would pull it up and lay a new layer of 3/4" t&g OSB underlayment. After pulling the particle board up it was very obvious to me that the subfloor had been rained on during construction 30 years ago. It was pretty wavy and soft in a couple spots. I decided to pull a couple pieces of the subfloor and install some canned LEDs in the living room below. Two of the 2x12 floor joists were cut nearly all the way through. I guess they did that to eliminate a high spot? It is not evident in the ceiling downstairs. In any event, I scabbed a piece of 2x10 across them and installed bridging. Years ago I had paid good money to have that space insulated with blown in insulation. Pretty evident that didn't get done properly either So, installing insulation, scabs, bridging, screwing down the subfloor, leveling and screwing down the new underlayment I moved onto bedroom #2. Not quite as bad to begin with, the floor was pretty level and the particle board in "ok" shape - but I pulled it anyway. Only one joist cut, and pretty much zero insulation... Cal
  14. If you think carbide router bits are delicate creatures, check out this Youtube video from Tom Lipton, a machinist in the San Francisco area. The interesting part starts at about 8:45 and goes to the end. Yep, it grabbed me by the short hairs too! NOTE: NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART! But certainly educational. Jon-439 (from the WOOD Magazine forums)
  15. Gene Howe

    Close call

    12 sheets of 3/4 BB, and 4 sheets of 1/4 BB stacked on edge, 36” high stickered stack of walnut about 16” away. Standing between. Needed the 1/4. Naturally, it was behind the 3/4. Pulled the whole stack over. Knocked me backwards on to the walnut. Trapped my legs between the ply and the walnut. I was flat on my back. The ply just inches off my chest. Couldn’t move. Hurt like the devil. Finally worked a short board loose and got it between the ply and the edge of the walnut stack. With more strength than I thought possible, was able to pry the ply up enough to get one leg free. Had to take a breather. With a few more tries, I managed to get the other leg out. About 24” ” above the walnut stack is a rack with maple stacked on it. That’s all the room I had to maneuver. Finally, squirmed around and was able to get out. Nothing broken. A few scrapes and my calves are black and blue. Pretty sore. I can hardly walk. Think I’ll restack it all tomorrow…maybe.
  17. So cutting boards off pallets my sawzall kiked back. Thankfully i felt it as it started to go south so my cat like reflexes i yanked away and ended up with a kiss. Just missed tendon and bone. Had i not realized what was about to happen pretty sure i would have lopped it off...about 1/2" deep and 5 stitches.... wife made me go to er was just gonna use superglue lol
  18. on the Reaxx. At least that's how I interpret this article.
  19. My sister "commissioned" this for her husband. She said price was no object (as in free) because it probably be cheaper than a trip to the emergency room. I found a couple of designs from a Google search and he picked the one he liked. It's large enough to hold the "deli" versions. Made from scraps from the lumber rack. Maple, Walnut and a small piece of cherry. All glued joints. Finished with mineral oil and bee's wax. Time to get back to the lathe!
  20. These have been out for awhile and came on sale a while back ,so I had to try them out. First picture is the way I usually run trim through the router table, and then the new way. I like the new ones, they do what they are advertised to do. Herb
  21. About a week or so ago I was ripping a 2X4 block into a 1X2 on the table saw and was using a plastic pusher stick that came with my Bosch table saw. I really like the feel of the pusher stick as it is heavy and fits my hand. Apparently as the block was leaving the saw blade, I angled the pusher to keep it tight against the fence and the blade caught the push stick. The pusher exploded in my hand, putting a gash in my palm that required 7 stitches. The fact I am on blood thinners didn't help the situation either. It wasn't squirting ,just seeping and soaking. Later upon examining the pusher stick it looks like my assumption was right in having twisted the pusher into the blade. The block didn't kick back and showed no sign of the mishap. It looked like the blade melted the plastic and welded to it for a second by the cut in the pusher. I wonder if a wooden pusher would have faired better? I am certain a wooden one would not have exploded. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what I am talking about. Herb
  22. oljpj

    spalted wood

    Are there any risks associated with turning spalted wood/ using it for fruit bowls or pepper mills? Thanks, Urbano
  23. Ron Altier

    What is in your shop

    I was looking at the pictures submitted of guys shops. Each is unique and tailored to each person. However, I am wondering what your shop has in it for music or entertainment as you work. I like the older music. I use an old iPad to listen to web music radio stations. What do you have? Anyone have a TV? Do you have a napping chair? I do. It didn't start out that way. My wife got a free chair, a leather desk, but she didn't like it. I kept it in my shop till we could get rid of it. However, once I sat down in it, it cuddled me like a bear and put me to sleep. Now it is my permanent companion
  24. Here is an interesting concept for spicing 120V wires where a junction box and cover would be unsightly in the final result. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Tyco-Electronics-Romex-Splice-Kit-2-Wire-1-Clam-CPGI-1116377-2/202204326 Herb

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