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  1. Dear folks, since our software is going through changes out of our control, our theme will no longer be supported. In the next couple days, you'll have a different viewing experience, we have to go back to the core theme of our software. Please be patient with the core theme, we'll all get used to it, just please be patient, and feel free to rant and rage here about this change, just please do no leave us
  2. Wife has been using the newer version but I was still on the same version from before Columbus hit that rock. I honestly think this is the best program for the kind of wood working I do. Sometimes I need a certain size to fit a space no matter what the shape using Rapid Resizer I can get it done. Thanks guys for all your troubles trying to help. Actually it made me do more playing around with the puter and accidently I began starting by bringing up Rapid Resizer and not clicking on my favorites and go step by step for wife made her name for me in an arc to fit the space and I was determined to find something why I could not make my Rapid work for I did not know at the time she had used here lap top instead of my puter and finally found the difference.
  3. Introduction Our community software is pretty robust within itself. Before I moved our community to our current software in 2014, we were at the whim of an online community software called NING. The problem with NING was that the content that we/you worked so hard to produce in the form of gallery's, forum topics, files, blogs etc, was not our property. It was kept on the NING server, and we could not move it off the server if we were not happy with their service. So myself and Ron Dudelston, and at the time admin John Moody, decided it was a good idea to go out and find proprietary software that we could purchase, and host on our own servers, and we did just that with our current software created by the fine folks at Invision Community. Since then, we have had the flexibility of moving our community from one server to another, one hosting company from another, without losing content or format, because we own it, and we can take it where ever we want. I love this software, we are not going to change, and we are happy on our current server. The Challenge Recently all owners of our software including us, were notified by the dev's of our core software that they are no longer going to work with third party developers. Third party developers are very important for our community, we have purchased and maintain a dozen licenses for custom software that I have implemented into our core software based on you, our users feedback, these improvements make an already great software, greater. Because of this new direction, it makes it harder and more time consuming and cumbersome to work with each individual software developer on my end, I'll have to keep up with the licensing and communications for over a dozen developers, in order to keep our customization's up to date and paid for on time. I see a logistical nightmare looming and more worry and maintenance, and that is a whole lot to add on to an already busy guy with a day job and family to take care of. This was all taken care of before with the two entities working together. The core devs, and the third party devs. There was a main central library of sorts where I could maintain and update, and get support for all our customized third party applications, in one easy to access area at the core devs website, and now that library is going away, and they have a good reason that doesn't matter to us at this point, so I am not upset at the core devs, but pragmatically some changes will have to be made shortly here. Solution So, in a matter of a couple weeks, the library of devs and third party software is closing for good, and I am going to have to strip down our website to the bare bones core software. The look will change, and some of the apps that you had no idea were apps, but made your life a little easier to get around here, are going to have to go away too. Some of you may not even feel the difference, some of you may notice, but just know, I'll try to make this all as painless as possible and I'll keep you informed of what is changing as the changes take place. I am sorry, but we'll get through this, we have had bigger challenges than this in the past Thank you for being here and making this community something special. John
  4. Well, I've graduated to Headquarters Driver but still TAD to Ships Laundry and assistant Coop cleaner. Mimi goes for her follow-up 2 week appointment with the surgeon tomorrow. Probably remove the staples and start therapy as well. Our Patriot Turners- @John Morris posted an inquiry on the popularity of pen turning. Turners seem to follow trends and pens were all the rage a while back. Our turners had several thoughts on the subject- I had missed one of John's post from back in December. He wondered, if given a choice, what would be our favorite three traditional turning tools- Check out what several of our members chose and while you're there tells us what you would select- @forty_caliber finished his drying kiln. He has really thought this through and looks like the internal environment will really do the job- There's a bunch more photos in his post along with descriptions of the controls he is using- @jthornton continues to work on his chevron bowls. He took the time to perfect the accuracy and it shows in the alignment of the design- JT's post takes us along through the glue-up and turning process. Please check it out! You may remember from last week that JT's original idea for this design was to create "popcorn bowls". As with all turners, design changes are part of the game. Check out what JT decided to do with the popcorn bowl design- JT was also one of the lucky winners of our Ward 57 raffle. He tells us about the prize we won - @HandyDan posted information about a great deal from Penn State Industries and gave us a look at how he modified a set of chuck jaws to suit his needs. From PSI- The link-https://www.pennstateind.com/store/CUG3418CCX.html?utm_source=Google_Shopping&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=&utm_term=CUG3418CCX&gclid=Cj0KCQiAq5meBhCyARIsAJrtdr70ldWCA_YmLJ606Nrzu2Q_cEi44g6K3bWv-v2lWtTpmg-0b7wwgpAaAksvEALw_wcB @Steve Krumanaker can't wait for Christmas! He has already started on his ornaments for 2023! I love these little birdhouses. What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links to more information and registration- Cindy Drozda does a lot of free online programs. Her only request is that you signup for her emails. Click on the image to get to the signup page For The Newbies- Keeping your lathe Morris Tapers clean is important to ensure the centers don't slip. You can buy brushes but Mike Peace shows us how to make one- Lyle Jamieson demonstrates how to create an Koa crotch bowl with undercut rim. This is a piece of beautiful wood. The techniques can be used on any species. Expand Your Horizons- From the AAW, this quite long video from a live demonstration by Al Stirt. He demonstrates carved square platters Adding threads to a lidded box can add another level of pizzazz to your turnings. The following three videos offer several considerations. @jthornton showed us his segmenting procedures. This video from Jim Rodgers shows his methods of designing, cutting, gluing and turning. Within the video, there is mention of software that can be used to assist in design and calculations. The link to WoodturnerPro software- https://www.woodturnerpro.com/ New Turning Items- Not specifically a turning item but Starbond Adhesives has released a new odorless thin CA. From their website- NO-05 Starbond Infiltrant Odorless Thin CA Glue is a 3D printer infiltrant that is fumeless, odorless, and hypoallergenic. This watery-thin adhesive is perfect for getting into those hard-to-reach hairline fractures, pores, and narrow slots. Our NO-05 is ideal for porous materials such as foam, soft wood (balsa), ceramics, unpolished minerals, and fossils. Often used as a glossy finish, this glue can be sanded, then polished to perfection! Using capillary action, the NO-05 glue works wonders on inlay applications as it penetrates and stabilizes the material. Click on the above image for the like to the product page. Everything Else- Not sure what happened to Rick Morris (Rick Turns). His weekly list of YouTube woodturning videos has been missing for a while. Hope he is OK.
  5. I stumbled on this project called Carpentry Compiler, I read through it with great interest. I am bookmarking the project here in our forum so I can come back to it and when I have time I'll try to get the dependencies working and then the Compiler, it looks very interesting. Carpentry Compiler GRAIL.CS.WASHINGTON.EDU
  6. Work with Sketchup textures? Great video showing how to add, make and manipulate textures to your Sketchup models.
  7. Joe Zeh has released CabWriter 4 for Sketchup. If you use Sketchup to design kitchen cabinets, this extension/addon is a great idea.
  8. 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.
  9. List of free CAD software and pros/cons of each
  10. With all of the changes coming to Sketchup here are some other FREE drawing software packages to consider. Some are more 3D printer friendly than Sketchup. https://wayofwood.com/free-cad-software-for-makers/
  11. This seems fitting for today- Supposed to be damp, cold and miserable the remainder of the week. @Steve Krumanaker asked for opinions on a metal working lathe/mill combination from Grizzly. He received several responses. If you have any experiences with this unit, I'm sure he would appreciate your input. @Ron Altier has been experimenting with a new style of ornament. He is using epoxy as part of the construction medium. Ron posed a question concerning finishing the hardened epoxy. Several members offered suggestions. Maybe you can give him some ideas. @Cliff ended up with a warped bowl. He has a theory that steam can be used to "un-warp" it. Check out the steam box he has constructed for experiment. The Segmented Woodturners organization is holding their 6th Segmented Symposium on October 12-14, 2018 in St. Louis Missouri. Registration information is at their site- http://segmentedwoodturners.org/?album=1&cover=0&occur=1&photo=39 Usually a turner, posting a video on YouTube, will edit out any mistakes. Rick Turns posted a video "attempt" at making a birds mouth vase. Rick kept the mistakes. I hate to admit how many times I've made the same ones. Mike Peace posted a very short video showing his turning jigs for gauging spindle diameters. Maybe some ideas here you haven't considered. Not sure if I posted this in the past. Sometimes I'd like to get an idea what a turning will look like before starting the actual process. Sketchup will work but there's a nice, FREE software program called LatheMagic. The software is not completely intuitive but does come with tutorial videos and instruction manuals. You can download the software from- http://www.lathemagic.com/ At the same site there is another program called ShapeMagic that can be used with 3D printers. I'm finally getting the manzanita turning done. The last coat of poly is slowly drying in the basement. I call this one "hidden in my heart". Mimi was in the basement when I opened the box of roots and said this piece looked like a heart (she's a nurse), thus the name. These images were take before the final coat of poly. It's a little more shiny now. Also the finial wasn't seate completely. It needs glued in place once dry. The finial was made from a piano ebony key. A buddy salvaged them from a trashed instrument and gave me a couple. I really need to refine my finial shapes. Maybe I should have used that software! @Jim from Easy Wood Tools this was turned completely with Easy Wood Tools! Safe turning
  12. List of software utilities and online calculators.
  13. List of software downloads and online calculators.
  14. List of software downloads and online calculators. Extensive categorized listing.
  15. List of software downloads. Mostly for drawing applications- CAD, Sketchup, etc
  16. Don't know anything about this SW but somebuddy here might have a use for it... https://3dsky.org/3dmodels/show/bra_elephant_head_1
  17. Drafting and Design Have an idea you can’t translate into a drawing? The Design Services team at Laguna can help you with your design goals. 3D Modeling We can create models from scratch or using existing documents tailored for your manufacturing capabilities and provide file formats you can use with your CAM software. Toolpathing Our Design Services team can prepare toolpaths for your existing designs to get you up and running quick. If you want, we’ll even explain the process to you after so you understand each step. Software Training Our objective is to make sure that Laguna Customers have all the tools to bring their ideas to reality. We offer in-house and online software training sessions for VCarve, Aspire and RhinoCAM customers.
  18. Here is really simple, probably stupid question, but do you have to have a CAD program to design something for your CNC machine? Will the Vectric software allow you to design then convert to a tool path for the machine? Or am I missing something altogether here? Maybe, if one of the CNC guru's have the time, they could give a brief rundown on the process to go from a simple idea in their head to a file that the CNC can read. Thanks for the help,
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    A brief explanation of the effects changes have on the component and other components in the Aspire Project Design.
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    A Design Project in VCarve Pro 8.5 Using the 3D Models Bundled with the Software
  21. View File Ornate Furniture Backplate Project - VCarve Pro A Design Project in VCarve Pro 8.5 Using the 3D Models Bundled with the Software Submitter MEBCWD Submitted 06/29/2017 Category CNC Reference and Tutorials
  22. View File Changing Component Properties A brief explanation of the effects changes have on the component and other components in the Aspire Project Design. Submitter MEBCWD Submitted 06/28/2017 Category CNC Reference and Tutorials
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    Vectric Aspire software is a powerful 3D modeling program used in the production of CNC design files and generate gcode to carve the project on a CNC machine. This is an explanation of how 3D shapes are created to produce components and models with Vectric Aspire v8.0 software.
  24. View File Creating Shapes Aspire v8.0 Vectric Aspire software is a powerful 3D modeling program used in the production of CNC design files and generate gcode to carve the project on a CNC machine. This is an explanation of how 3D shapes are created to produce components and models with Vectric Aspire v8.0 software. Submitter MEBCWD Submitted 06/29/2017 Category CNC Reference and Tutorials
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