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  1. It is Friday already! It seemed that Fridays came slowly when I was working but now they're here before I realize it. Its been a busy week here in the Heartland. I drove across state this week and picked up a new HVAC system that will be installed next week, continued deconstructing a house with my son (we're down to bare studs on the interior), and I've spent a ton of ton studying to teach our Sunday School class. In my spare time I finished a cabinet for my daughter and built a couple of window sashes for a friend. My daughter has a small utility room that houses her water softener and the middle granddaughter has her drums in the same room. They wanted a cabinet to cover the softener but also be functional. It was a bit tricky because it had to be open on the back so that it would slide over the softener but it had cabinet space on the side adjacent to the front door. Made my head hurt but we got it completed. Pic below. Notice that she gets to paint it and the upper cabinet is on the side opposite the cart. So, the weekend is coming! What's on your Patriot Woodworker agenda?
  2. Well Patriot Woodworkers it is Friday the 13th. Anyone superstitious folks out there? Personally, Friday the 13th is a "lucky" day for me. I separated the Air Force on Friday, July 13th. This has been a week of construction/destruction. I just finished a utility cabinet for my daughter and we are continuing to de-construct a house that my son bought. Tomorrow, I'm going to an auction to try to snag some wood. We'll see how that goes in the rain. So, what's on your agenda for this spring weekend?
  3. Hey gang, Friday is here again. Been a weird week in my shop because of what I built and what I'm destroying. I finished flocking the jewelry box trays yesterday but the rest of the week was spent helping two other families. My neighbor has a sump that empties the water from his basement and he wanted a make a trough with a fake pitcher pump to catch the water. The drain line will go to the bottom of the pump and it will drain into a 4 foot long horse trough. Time will tell how we did. The rest of my free time went to help my son. He bough a house across the street from his at a Freddie Mac sale and we are "deconstructing" it. Looks like this may take all summer and I'm not sure my old body will take it. This house looks like the Winchester Mansion, Midwest edition. The guy had add ons everywhere. We've been at it a week and here are a few pictures showing our progress.
  4. Well gang, here it is Good Friday 2018. We are in the first week of spring and here in Indiana the monsoons are upon us. Dorothy and I got back Monday from a great trip to Alabama to see my brother in Birmingham and then a few days with John and Beth Moody in Florence, Alabama. John and I managed to avoid any arrests but we did manage to waste a few hundred rounds at Cypress Creek Gun Range. As for shop time, I'm finishing up a couple of jewelry boxes that will go into stock for summer shows. I will apply black flocking to the trays and then they are complete. As usual, we'll spend Sunday and then head to our son's church where he plays in the praise band. So, here's the question, "What's on your agenda for this Easter weekend?
  5. Well folks, here it is Friday, again. My week started out well with the delivery of a pair of cherry bookcases and a very pleased interior designer and home owner. Today, I went to my accountant to pick up my finished tax forms and gratefully didn't owe as much as I thought I would. Sandwiched in between Monday and Friday was a very busy shop week. I'm trying to build stock for summer shows so I built 5 folding wine tables and a slew of trivets and cutting board. My oldest grandson (age 15) is having his bedroom re-done and asked if I'd make him a bookcase so of course, family comes first and that project will begin tomorrow. In the queue is an octagonal end table, a kitchen table with benches and another cherry bookcase. So, now is when I ask y'all, "What's on your weekend agenda?"
  6. January 2018..... Who'da thunk it? Many years ago, my wife's great grandmother told us to enjoy our lives while we're young because they fly by quickly. We thought she was crazy but she was right as rain. Like many parts of the nation we have been sub-zero for much of the week. One night was 12 below zero with a nice stiff wind. Luckily, my shop is well insulated and heated. Allen Worsham got a taste of Tennessee winters this week and managed to snag the flu while they were visiting. I spoke with Larry Buskirk today (he said "HI" to everyone) and he said the temps in Wisconsin were nasty. Enough of the weather. After a couple of weeks off I'm back in the shop building a pair of cherry bookcases for a customer. I had a friend drop off a never used Carvewright CNC router to learn but that's a week or so away. Tomorrow, my son and daughter and I am going to a large genealogical library in Ft Wayne, Indiana as we continue to search our family tree. This has been an ongoing project of mine for nearly 40 years and now that I have my kids interested, the search is more fun. That's my short term plan. What's on your weekend agenda, fellow Patriot Woodworkers?
  7. Gonna post this a day late for my friend John Moody. Seems he has pulled up lame and either (a) he'll heal soon or (b) we'll have to put him down. Hopefully, everyone survived Thanksgiving and Black Friday and are preparing for Cyber Monday. I have to admit that I don't get the warm fuzzys about Christmas because it has all turned too commercial but anyway, on the the Friday post. I spent this week building a pair of hanging shelf racks for my niece. Her two sons are really into sports and the racks have a shelf for baseballs, one for a basketball and the top two are for trophies. At the bottom are hanging pegs. The racks will be supported by a pair of french cleats. That's what I have done but what's on your weekend agenda?
  8. Good Friday evening to all of the Patriot Woodworkers out there. Mr. Moody is in top secret stealth mode today. John is a range safety officer at a gun range in Florence, Alabama and their range is one of 50 ranges in the United States that have been selected to be part of a special "revealing" tonight at 10 P.M. This reveal is part of Glock's campaign to reveal new models that are coming out. They have been very secretive about the whole thing and even though rumors abound, even the staff isn't 100% sure what the new gun(s) are. Having said that, I finished my end of the bookcase chair today by adding the shelf pin sleeves and the drawer. Hopefully, the cushion will be finished by Monday and we can transport this wildebeest to its new home so that I can attach the seat back Here are a couple of pictures but I have to ask y'all, "What's on your agenda for the weekend?".
  9. I'm going to jump in here and steal my good friend John Moody's post. I think he got bit by the solar eclipse bug. Speaking of which, If y'all are going to view the eclipse be careful. For some reason, I can't get too excited about it. O.K., on to the weekend since we're halfway through it. If you've been following my thread on the bookshelf chair you'll know that I'm knee deep into this big ole' boat anchor and as of 11:00 am this morning, the base is on and all I have to do before staining is add a little trim and do some light sanding on it. Luckily, I work out five days a week so I'll be strong enough to carry it. So, now comes the question. What's on your agenda for this pre-eclipse weekend?
  10. I have my good friend and fellow admin John Moody cutting wood for me so I thought I'd be a nice guy and post his usual Friday post. The last couple of weeks have been crazy around my place. The LOML has had me installing tile in the entryway, kitchen and utility room of our house and laminate in the front living room and down the hallway to the bedrooms. For those who have been in our home, you'll get the picture. Though I still have to complete the utility room, I'm 95% finished. The week after next, the carpet installers will come in and complete the rest of the house. Its been an expensive June around here with new carpet and a new van but I feel privileged to keep the economy humming. Next week we'll take a brief respite from the shop while we chase bears in Tennessee but I have a show coming up and stock must be built. So, as we conclude the month of June and head into July, what's on your woodworking agenda this weekend?
  11. I'm standing in for my southern buddy and fellow admin, John Moody today. He has a full Friday between working as a range officer at a local shooting range and he has a "First Friday" artisan's show today so tag, I'm It. I'm sure he'll chime in here at some point. This week was been crazy busy for me but I've only spent a few hours in the shop. My daughter and son in law are celebrating their 20th anniversary in Hawaii so we are taking care of the grand girls for a couple of weeks. They range in age from 11 to 16 and are a riot to be around. When they hit our pool, I sneak to the shop. I'm trying to build stock for a July show right now and this week I built a prototype walnut charging station. So, on this holiday shortened week I have to ask, "What's on your weekend agenda?"
  12. Fridays are supposed to be a wind down time for most folks but today has been chaotic for John Moody and myself. John is setting up a show and asked me to post a "Friday Post" and my wife and I sitting at my son's home while he is in the emergency room with a gall bladder attack. At any rate, IT IS FRIDAY. What does the weekend hold for y'all? Shop time, mowing, loafing? After finishing my big cabinet job, I spend the first part of the week building a shadow bow and building 6 frames that will hold a license plate. My 50th class reunion is this year (yes, I'm THAT old) and I'm the chairman of our fundraising committee so we are selling license plates with our high school mascot on them. I donated my time and material to build a few to generate a bit of revenue. Well, that's what John and I are doing so I have to ask, "What is on your agenda for the weekend?"
  13. TGIF : Thank Goodness I’m Finishing Welcome to the inaugural issue of posts on finishing. Hoping to improve the 20:1 ratio of general to finishing posts here and share some good information. Why do people fear and avoid finishing? I think it’s because we don’t understand it. And after we’ve spent a good deal of time building a project, we just want to get it done.Three months building a project and we want to finish it in two days. What makes it so hard to understand? 1. It’s chemistry, not physics. You can tell if your wood is 6 inches wide, mortise and tenon joint is tight, a lump in your curve, or if there are gaps in your dovetails. It’s hard to tell what chemical reaction is happening when you apply a finish come back the next day and it's dry. Why some things are soluble in others or not. Why does alcohol thin shellac but later alcohol dissolves it. but mineral spirits thins varnish but not dissolve it? 2. The manufacturers, videos, and written information is either misleading, missing, wrong, or a persistent myth. Why can you buy five different products called “tung oil” yet none of them apply or behave the same? Because they are all different products. How can polyurethane and water-based polyurethane be and look so different? Yet, polyurethane and alkyd varnish be so similar? Why does spar urethane that’s supposed to be an outdoor finish perform so poorly? Why is a product called “Wood Finish” not a finish, but a stain, and why might it be a dye, a pigment, or even both, depending on color. What’s the difference between Antique Oil, Danish Oil, Velvet Oil, ValOil and Tung oil Finish. Why are the “wood conditioner” instructions entirely contrary to its effective use? So confusing. And we have not even gotten into effective coloring and color matching. Time involvement Some of my training was from people who worked in high-end furniture manufacturers’ finish rooms. Their comment was that as much labor went into finishing as construction. And this was in the 1970-2000 period. Probably even more so now with CNC equipment where the main task is having someone in the office download a design and people on the floor just moving parts from one machine to another. When others look a piece you've made, often the first thing that catches their eye is the finish. A smooth, finish that highlights the wood, has even color and great "hand" (touch factor). They don't really know or care that that chair you made gave your a challenge with angled mortise and tenons. The finish is worth getting it right. The path to enlightenment I’ll admit 30 years ago, I was there. Confused, frustrated, and bewildered, I tried different things until I found one that worked for me – then used it on everything. Bob Flexner’s book, “Understanding Wood Finishing” in 1994 was the epiphany that I needed. I am a huge fan of his, have read a lot of his stuff, taken a class from him, and occasionally e-mail each other. If you are familiar with his work, you’ll probably see his mentorship in my work. Bob ran a restoration shop and was equally confused and frustrated with finishing in the 1980s until he did a lot of research talked to finish chemists and became a myth-buster. When I met him a few years ago, he was still frustrated that after 20+ years, there was still a lot of confusion with products and usage, mostly promulgated by writers and manufacturers. Bob has what he calls the “Half-Right Rule.” Half what you read or hear about finishing is right. You just don’t know which half. So there we have it. Let’s go on a journey. I guy I used to work with in the software industry used to say, “Nobody is born knowing this stuff – we have to learn it somewhere along the line.” Where are you? So, what’s your biggest fear / frustration in finishing? Are you a one-trick pony? What's the one finish you use for everything? Once you have some basic understanding, you may come to love finishing like I do. Well, maybe not the sanding part, but the results.

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