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The GOOD-I had fun! I got the saw assembled, and running, and decided to just try the machine as it came from the factory. The BAD- Cleaned the deck with mineral spirits, and while I was letting it completely dry off, before waxing it, I drew out the sign I figgered I’d try to make for my wife’s quilting/sewing/crocheting hobby. Didn’t think it would make that much sawdust, didn’t hook up the vacuum for dust collection, (will tomorrow). The UGLY-well just look at the picture if I can get it uploaded LOL. I was gonna call it Rustic/Primitive, but this makes the first time I tried mudding/plastering seem like a success. So...... Piece was too big (37 inches) and too thick (3/4 Poplar), Used factory pinned blade, tomorrow will install a Flying Dutchman, on a piece of 1/4 Baltic Birch. Used it as it came from the factory, my son is coming over tomorrow, and we will read the set up instructions, and implement them, before we try making sawdust again. By the way the picture doesn’t really do justice to how bad the lines were not followed.
This was a sign I made for my niece and her husband for Christmas. It ended up as one of their wedding decorations. The wood is Myrtlewood and finished with rattle can spray lacquer. I tried to keep the bark on the edges and then after the round over on the ends, I used a torch to darken them up to better match the sides with the bark. Thank you for looking.
I'll update you all on me in another post but for now I will focus on some fun picking my wife and I did Friday. It was the Meriwether Lewis, the Lewis of Lewis and Clark, festival this weekend. It actually begins on about Wednesday and runs through the weekend. It is like one of those long yard sales, but a little different. Every field of any size will be filled with tents and people selling just about everything you can think of. We started at about 7:30 Friday morning and had to stop when the rain set in around 4:00 pm. I did run across a few nice finds that will get added to the shop and collection. So I picked up the cool neon Stetson sign. It does have one tube broken, but we have a neon sign dealer here so I am going to take it to him and see if it can be repaired. There is the case knife sign, a Belknap block plane, two brass plumb bobs, one in a case and both with a retractable string, several boxwood rulers, most Stanley's but one not marked and one Rabone from England, a Seymore chalk line and not in the picture is a 8" drawknife. The little block plane was in great condition and has the Belknap Bluegrass label on the back. I have never seen one but the dickering was good so I got it. I did a deal with a guy on the seven boxwood rulers and got him to throw in the Seymore Chalk line. The three caliper rulers and Stanley and there is one Stanley Sweetheart in the bunch. The long ruler at the top is a four fold 36" ruler It has one bad chip in it but other than that it is in good condition. The second one down is rare and worth around 150.00. The Seymore chalk line is what the company started making after they stopped making the canisters for the Tommy Guns. Wow you go from Tommy Guns to Chalk lines. I guess people do what they have to do to make a living. But my best find of the day was this Stanley No 45 complete in the box. This one is from around 1900 and is in mint condition. The box has a bit of wear but is still complete and even has the lid. I have found the before and the box was missing the lid and or all the pieces were not there. The small box on the inside with the blades still has the table on it. The kit even had the wooden handle screwdriver that came with it in the box. I found one similar to this one several months back and let it get away while negotiating. I did try to do a bundle deal on this one. The owner also had a mint Stanley No 2 and we got to within 50.00 but just couldn't get any closer and I walked away from it. I had a sick feeling in my stomach when I did. I feel like I will find another but this one was so slick. Anyway it was a nice day out of the house and some time with my wife doing something we both enjoy. She is got several thing also and she is a real negotiator. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things and make some adjustments. But I must say, there is no better therapy than to be out Patriot Picking!!!
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