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  1. steven newman

    Building a Bed Frame

    Well, time to draw up a "Plan" of some sort.. Yep, that's it. Bed is in the next room...involved laying a board on the bed to get heights worked out....checked with the Boss on head board height...Now have the lengths for the sides and the ends.. Needed these...to lay out a few lines on a post.. Ok, need to get 1 foot board post, and one head board post out of this thing.. Stuff like this wasn't included...will be headed towards the FirePit later.. Ditto...laid out a cut line to cut the two posts apart.. Saw kerf sized. Used a couple other boards to layout for the head board parts.. 24" wide? Not quite..23-7/8" wide. 2x4 will be the top/bottom rail ( bought two). Once I knew where the bottom rail will be I could also lay out for the top rail. "Notch" is just to locate the size of the plywood panel. Also laid out where the frame rails will go. Lay out for this thingy was done...might as well cut the posts apart...make it easier to layout the other post.. Boss said "NO!" to my cutting the post in place....had to haul it to the shop.. Post was too long to lay ON the bench...laid it across this bench, and rested the end over by the grinder, on it's bench..Took a while, got my Cardio Workout for the morning.. Shorty is for the foot board end...."Jeff" is for the head board end. Debating on completing all the cuts, then layout the other two, or just lay things out and cut the second set. Side rails will run past the head and foot boards. Sliding dovetails to connect all four rails.....then the posts are installed to the outside of the frame...leaves the interior clear. Posts will get a few lags to attach them, no glue. Want as much that can be torn down for any future moves as I can..Head board may stay as a glued up unit..we'll see. Well, it is a start....stay tuned...
  2. Gerald

    Must Have Tools ?

    Just happened on these videos on "must have " woodworking tools. How many of these do you have and how many should never have been made?? 5 Amazing Woodworking tools 5 Cool Woodworking Tools
  3. John Morris

    Tools Critic

    Please see our community link at https://toolscritic.com/resources/ Thank you Tools Critic for the link exchange!
  4. Haven't watched this all yet, but a PBS documentary on the Stanley Works (about an hour long) https://vimeo.com/253882614
  5. Wichman3

    Hole Saws

    I have a few questions about hole saws. I'm trying to find a faster way to cut round blank for coasters. The coasters will have fretwork designs cut into them, then glued to a cork coaster. My current preferred size is 3 1/2" diameter. 1. smoother cut, Is there any brand that YOU have used that has a smooth finish? Yes, I understand that most of these are for rough carpentery, still. 2. I am using a DP to cut the blanks, so speed adjustment can be fairly precise. Do I need to go faster (within the limits for the size) or slower? 3. Have any of you modified the teeth on a hole saw? results? resharpened? (I am considering using a pair of vise grips to reduce the set of the teeth. 4. The hole saw I am currently using is listed as a 3 5/8 OD and was said to have an inside diameter of 3 1/2, but it's more like 3 7/16, other than changing the set of the teeth could I file a small amount form the inside of the teeth to make a precise size? Thanks in Advance
  6. some months ago I used a big project to purchase a couple of pricey tools one was a milwaukee 18 volt circular saw. The weight took some getting used to as I was used to the old school heavy grade worm drive skillsaw. SO I've been using the thing. I gotta say I am really impressed. The prior experience I've had with cordless has all been bad. No power what power there is is fleeting and the batteries run down. They were awful so I didn't buy any. But I'd been reading lately that things have really improved. So I got one. Just one. The saw and two batteries ( two because I still didn't have faith that they had any staying power) and the charger. Well I ended up never using that second battery but one time. The thing is rugged and powerful. One time I ran the battery down on a single job. I was cutting 6" wide dados in several 6 x 6 in beams to use as interlocking joinery. I sliced hundreds of cuts and then used a chisel to make the dadoes. Other than that one time I've never run a battery down. I never noticed any flagging of power in the tool. So now I guess I'm sold on cordless. So I just got a milwaukee half inch drill / driver. And playing with that a little I am very happy with the tool's capability and power.
  7. Ron Altier

    Time Wall Clock

    Over the years I collected memorialbia from my family and neighbor woodworkers. I have an old hammer from my dad, oil can from a great neighbor, etc. I wanted a wall clock for my shop and decided to make one. Then I decided that I would incorporate all of the things from my past that I had collected. It gets a new addition one in a while from family and I do have to replace the clock batteries, but I like it a-lot
  8. It Was Al B

    What To Do With My Tools ?

    I've been pondering the idea of selling my tools. It"s getting harder to get into the shop, with the aches and pains in these aging bones. My head tells me to sell, but my heart says no. I've kept active all my life, but, at 86+, it seems that no matter what, the body keeps loosing strength. As a youth ,I could press 150 lbs 10 times easily. Now I can't lift 100 lbs off the ground. Actually, a struggle to pick a bag of cement. All the yard work this spring from the fallen tree branches, from the winter storms, sort of found muscles to that I didn't know I had.
  9. I'm going to have to think of myself as a turner in training, coz' I just bought a PM 3520B Tricked out with some options. Delivery in a few days. Now I gotta think about tooling. My current crop of lathe tools is abysmal. I have two nice gouges, but the rest of my kit is all of a piece from a box of tools that I got free and were not worth much more than I paid. No name junk sold to people who dunno what they are doing.
  10. steven newman

    Start Of The 'Season'

    Well, second weekend was a tad bit better. One sale today, in spite of the high winds.. There was a 1/2" pipe clamp laying under the shovels. Full tool boxes were $30..meh Had a few items leaning on the barn.. Already have one of those...I did pick up a box lot of .."stuff"....once I got it home... Lot of the screwdrivers were Torx. Anyone need a saw blade? Or, some sand paper? There was a plastic case in the mess, too.. Might need a little clean up? Closer look inside. Red handle is to a Plumb Ball Pean hammer. Estwing mason's chisel..not sure about the side handle for a drill, or that mitre gauge, big Visegrips pliers is soaking in WD40...some wrenches are Craftsman...some are junkers/loaners. Wind had cleaned a lot of the ashes out of the fire pit...found two items.. Grrrr, these two got roasted. Seymour Smith & Sons spokeshave ( also outside, soaking) and the remains of my Veritas MK1 honing Guide....$40 when new.. Box lot was $5. Sale is until this Saturday. IF they don't blow away...well it was a start.
  11. Another busy week here for the Patriot turners! @Ron Altier asked a question concerning the angle on the skew chisel- curved or straight? Seems most of your turners prefer the straight cutting edge. Why not head over to Ron's post and provide him with your preference- @oldwoodie Asked for our input on assembling pen kits. He is concerned about installing the pen refill in an older pen kit- He was also unsure about whether pressed in parts need to be glued in place- I know some of you have turned pens and you may be able to help him out. I have always had trouble trying to make my turning look more elegant. They always seem out of proportion or clunky. I've read about the "Golden Mean" and how it can be used to create a visually appealing product. And then there is the "Rule of Thirds". Which to use??? Here is some reference material to help make that decision (or make it more confusing). I pulled these from the Internet and have left the authors details within each- http://www.westbaywoodturners.com/tutorial/pdf_files/Woodturning_Design.pdf This link show a plane for creating a "golden section gauge"- http://www.goldennumber.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/golden-section-gauge.gif Finally a detailed video explanation of the Golden Mean and why it may not be so important. Be warned, the video is quite lengthy- While answering an email from another site, I found this marvelous turning site- http://hampstevens.com/ Mr. Stevens will graciously provide instructions on how to turn these seemingly impossible spheres. If interested, he can be contacted at- hamp@hampstevens.com @Jim from Easy Wood Tools and our friend from Easy Wood Tools posted a video introducing the Easy Wood Tools with Tracey Malady. This is a great video for those interested in getting started with Easy Wood Tools. You may have recently read that the Easy Wood Tools are now available in the UK! Our fellow turners, across the pond, will finally get to use the best turning tools on the planet! Not only are the EWT tools available in the UK but also the absolutely awesome Easy Wood Easy Chuck! It's always nice to be able to make your own turning tools instead of buying them. Mike Peace shows us how to make a beading tool and a captive ring tool in a couple of his latest videos. Safe turning
  12. The 5 tool pack arrived yesterday evening on my door step. I didn't even know it was there til I was locking up ,going to bed and found it. The box was all I wanted to carry into the kitchen table. So instead of going to bed I had to open it. My-O-My, I was impressed with those tools, they seem really well built, guess I am more familiar with HF, I slapped a battery into each of the 5 tools just to start each one and every one had a light, even the circular saw, that shines on the work, even the flashlight had a swivel head. Looks like the best $299 I ever spent, thanks to Fred Hargis for posting the sale. they all go into the tote bag too, I will have to get a caddy to pack them around for me. Really they will spend most of their time in the shop. They are loaded with features new to me,I am going to like the no tool quick change for the sawzall blade. Now the fun begins.................................... Herb
  13. Ron Dudelston

    Auction Notice - April 14Th

    There is an auction this Saturday that features a whole lot of what excites us. There's probably 20,000 - 30,000 BF of Walnut, cherry, beech, oak and bass wood up for grabs. I was fortunate enough to have bought a couple hundred board feet of the cherry and it measures at about 10% moisture content. It has all been stickered for about 15 years. If you're close to Indiana, bring a trailer. https://www.auctionzip.com/Listings/3068107.html?kwd=&zip=47348&category=0
  14. Ron Altier

    Interesting Video

    There some things on this one that I had to look closely. Very interesting
  15. I’m looking to add more wood working equipment to my workshop. Let me me know what you have to offer! Thank you!
  16. I'm going to an auction next Saturday (Krummy, take note) in Marion, Indiana to check out a Powermatic spindle sander so I began to look at pictures of the auctioned items. It is an estate sale and the owner had some Grizzly tools but he also had a jointer and a 16" planer that were made by a company named Pratco. They sure had that Grizzly look to them but I had never heard of the name Pratco. Can anyone enlighten me?
  17. John Morris

    What's On Your Work Bench?

    What's on your work bench? This is the official topic for images and friendly chatter regarding that all important surface, the personal statement of your shop, the steadfast friend we can always count on, the space of your shop that nobody knows better than you, we are talking about the almighty "Work Bench". Submit your images now! That's right, don't clean it up, don't be embarrassed, the messier the better, or if there is nothing on it at all, that is fine too. If you have not touched your bench in years, and you have taken a break from woodworking and have boxes piled on it, we want that image too! All images are welcome. Spirit of Topic This is a Hit-n-Run topic, as you walk past your bench, whip out your camera or smart phone, and snap a shot, load it up here. No need for text explanations if you don't want too. To kick this off, walk out in your shop and snap a picture of your bench surface now, and lets get this topic rolling. This will be an ongoing topic, for you to share images of your bench top today, and every day. Types of benches Some of us have small benches, some of us have big benches, some of us use a space in our dining room, some may have a picnic table they use for a bench, and some of us may have a bench of all benches, the traditional joiners bench, or a beautiful full cabinet shakers bench. No matter what you call your work surface, no matter what your work surface looks like, we want to see images of your bench! Thank you in advance to the participants!
  18. I hate to post from phone so posted pics and back here to type. Finally got the shop partly straightened out after installing the shelf unit in wife's closet. I reground a used Henry Taylor scraper to a neg rake and tried it out on this B Pear Beads of Courage bowl. Worked well on the bottom half but not as well on the top half but was easily sanded. Sanded this to 4K with abralon and thus the shine. This stuff is great . Then I made drawer space for Hunter and Thompson tools I bought this weekend also. Got a 3/8 blank from Thompson and made a Batty Style Vortex tool of it., can't wait to try it.
  19. For those of you too cheap frugal to buy Festool, this might present an opportunity? https://www.festoolrecon.com/password
  20. Check This Out! Maybe @Jim from Easy Wood Tools will be there!
  21. steven newman

    Antique Store Walkabout

    Weather was into the 50s, around here.....van was at work, no cash in the pocket.....might as well do a walk about, and see what is in the two local antique stores, downtown.....Walking across a street,,twisted the knee a bit....ow! Finally made it to one of the stores....on the way around to a stall, noticed this gray thing $225+tax.....Appears to be a work bench...has a planing stop, too. Kept walking towards a cabinet... All kinds of goodies....however.. $38 for a well used #80? that #81 was even higher.. $58 +tax....cheap..compared to the other plane.. That be a $200+tax Stanley #72 champfer plane....time to wander down stairs.. Pedal away as you sharpen you edge tools.... The brace has a stove bolt? Another table had these..plus a pair of.. Time to walk down the street the the other store.... Yep, it says Junk Rescue.... Where I have been getting a few bits. Not sure about the rest of these toys.. need an axe to grind? Look close, you'll see a coping saw.. Turn around slowly, else you might miss something.... Then, one last look around this stall.. Ah...a little red vise. Soo, who ya gonna call? Did not spend a cent...just was "window shopping".....time to head home, and rest the knee....
  22. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools created a distinctive new banner for the Woodturners Forum! It is absolutely SUPER! Thanks, Jim, we really appreciate you making our forum the snazziest one on the Patriot site!
  23. HandyDan

    Tools & Uses---Humor

    Tools - Humor: Extremely accurate information you may or may not have seen or experienced…. SKILSAW: A portable cutting tool that an be used with little skill to make boards too short. BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs. WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh crap'. Will easily wind a tee shirt off your back. DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it. CHANNEL LOCKS: Used to round off bolt heads. Commonly employed in the creation of blood-blisters. HACK SAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle. It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes. VISE GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand. OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for igniting various flammable objects in your shop and creating a fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity. Very effective for digit removal!! HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper. BAND SAW: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut large pieces into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge. Also excels at amputations. TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of all the crap you forgot to disconnect. PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads. STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms. PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50-cent part. PVC PIPE CUTTER: A tool used to make plastic pipe too short. HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit. Also very effective at fingernail removal. UTILITY KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door. Works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use. These can also be used to initiate a trip to the emergency room so a doctor can sew up the damage.
  24. steven newman

    Monday Morning Ramblings

    Not a whole lot got done yesterday, nothing today. That ..Monday Thing. Last night, got creative ( dangerous, I know..)and decided to try and rehab that junky saw.... Where all the bolt holes were...I cut that off, about 2" worth, then had to grind the edge to match the handle I found. And dig up a few extra bolts. Medallion is just an old Warranted Superior....Saw did make a kerf rip cut in that pine block....makes a nice display stand? Plate will never shine up, too much "patina" going on....had things all nice and lovely...until I noticed the handle a bit closer... Bummer. I MIGHT have a spare handle...that doesn't have a crack in it. Saw is now a 24" long, 8ppi Panel saw that seems to be sharp enough. Ok, The Boss cleaned the top of the fridge off...found this strange item... The lid is actually white, with blue letters. Not sure IF the place is still there, or that phone number still works....Inside? Being from Cleveland......weird tools. A Ratchet Socketool. Not sure if everything is there....never know. Sockets are a hex drive. Usable lumber? There is a square of maple under that Poplar. ( planes are "extras") The long Poplar board is just over 3'.. By 8-1/2" wide. Maybe 1/2" thick? Might see what I can cobble up out of this mess. maybe when Tuesday arrives, I can get a bit of shoptime, doing something besides tool rehabs.
  25. John Morris

    Hand Tools

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