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  1. Off and on over the past 8 months I have been in the process of handing down my model trains (last used when I was a kid) to my eight year old Grandson. I re scued the oldest of my 3 trains from my sisters closet. It was reapinted yellow in the 1940's and the paint was flaking off. So I decided to bead blast and repaint it with Erie decals in memory of my fathers time with the Erie railroad. Here's on pic of this 100 year old train and two pics of all three: 1950 Diesel, 1934 Steam engine and 1920-ish electric. I think that I am having more fun than my Grandson.
    12 points
  2. Wood porn! I am building a walnut bathroom. Only one door and 10 drawers. The door will have this curly claro walnut, book matched panels. I will post the work when I get further along. This kind of wood makes me giddy.
    11 points
  3. For me, it’s trying to open a band-aid wrapper. It’s not like you happen to decide to try and see which end to open from. Occasionally there is blood flowing and you don’t have the three minutes it takes to decide which end to peal from and then get the the two sides separated to start the process. At least the whisper thin plastic bags from Kroger tells you which end to start the fight. At least put a bright red arrow pointing to START HERE AND GOOD LUCK, Just my vent!
    9 points
  4. It's not time to change your chain Just relax, take it easy You're still young, that's your fault There's so much you have to cut through Find a burl, settle down If you want you can marry Look at me, I am dull, but I'm happy
    9 points
  5. The story of the board continues. I start work at 8am some days, 7 am others. On my 8am days I can usually get a little time in the shop before heading to work, and today is one of those days. So after my cup of coffee out I went to do the resaw operation. My 14" Laguna bandsaw is going to be worked out with this so I thought I'd take a quick look to see if there is any obvious waste I could cut off. In this pic you can see first I need new blades in my planer. Second you can see some sapwood that has some insect damage. I commonly see this with my air dried lumber if the bark is left on
    9 points
  6. Shower heads that I can't stand completely under. I hate having to duck in my own shower so I don't hit the shower head with my head. Since you brought it up, those grocery bags didn't use to bother me until you stopped being able to lick your fingers to open them.
    7 points
  7. As with most stories you hope for a good ending. Well I haven't reached the end of this story yet so my hope is that I will get to a good ending, but there is a distinct possibility it could go bad. I'll start this story back in Dec 2017, I met this tree, a funky walnut at the family farm. As most of you know I mill most of my own lumber and hauling around a chainsaw mill is my main milling technique. I'm pretty adventurous in what I'll mill. Sometimes doing that means a fabulous board and sometimes that means more firewood. I air dry all the wood I mill, and I like to mill thick, this gi
    7 points
  8. I just finished this shelf for our tile guy. The outside first cut from a walnut log and the sapwood is certainly an accent. Actually more than the pic shows. If it’s unclear, the first pic is of the shelf in it’s to be , mounted position and the second is the underside of the shelf, the outside of the log.
    7 points
  9. Well i can still move a camera with an injured wrist, so i've been spending more time outside. We had some awesome frosty days. While out exploring my cousin and I came accross some deer that were eating on a fallen oak tree. This is un-cropped and was taken with a 100mm lens on full frame. I was at best 20 feet from this deer and it didn't care at all that I was there. Below was cropped slightly. Normally i have to use a 400mm to get pictures like this....
    7 points
  10. Someone recently asked to see how I produce plates & dishes without a lathe. First let me warn everyone, I am experimenting with different jig designs, and what you see here may not be the safest way to do things. Please bear with me... I like working with tree rounds from a local timber mill. The end grain looks pretty nice. Maple is my favorite so far. Here is a log round, broken up to make 2 round dishes about 8" diameter each, and an oblong chunk for carving. I tried to round off a blank with my pivot-point circle jig, but the thick maple and smallish diameter made it f
    6 points
  11. When I saw the picture above I was hoping the sapwood would play a roll in the project. Often people are too quick to eliminate sapwood.
    6 points
  12. Just my opinion and most often it’s not well agreed on but I think a spring joint is highly overrated. I see no reason to intentionally create a void in the middle of two boards you hope to become one. The purpose of a jointer or good rip cuts on the ts is to get as smooth of an edge as possible to joint to a similarly cut board. Does your problematic visible glue line run the length of the joint?
    5 points
  13. With some help I challenged my "between shops" mentality and brought my old zipcode saw up from dad's. He has an old jointer and a DW735 that need some attention. With a little effort I may have a fairly functional 120v shop while I wait to break ground.
    5 points
  14. I could have gotten a better picture, if I'd stepped outside far enough to get the Sun in it, but I was barefoot, and didn't want to walk out in the frost. This from the window in our back door. As you can see, the to-do list is more than I can get done. That "temporary" fence was for a rescue dog's temporary quarters intil we could find a home for her. That was some years ago. I tried this, from the iphone 11, with no rotation, and it came out in the correct orientation. Something somewhere has been updated.
    5 points
  15. People that have trouble opening band aids, double yellow lines, people who lick their fingers to open bags and, easily opened coffee bags...... everything really!
    4 points
  16. Patience and commitment are required where money and proper equipment are not to be found!
    4 points
  17. Sunset in early December over Lake Superior.
    4 points
  18. That's my technique too. Works pretty good. An grocery store that doesn't carry Jolly Time Popcorn.
    3 points
  19. Just finished this hickory bowl from a neighbors yard. Seemed like every piece I got had a crack or a hole in it somewhere. Glad you are making money, I know it can be tough when things get slow.
    3 points
  20. People and their phones.
    3 points
  21. This chapter follows on from "Before the Drawers", in which I should have ended stating, "Now we are one step away from making drawers". And now this chapter is that penultimate step ... I need to explain some of the (as I feel) pedantic details I have been outlining. Firstly, I write this for those who are starting out and those who are seeking ways to increase their accuracy. The steps may not be new to some, but we all like to be reassured that others also find them necessary. Secondly, I am going to introduce a fixture I built that increases not only accuracy, but speeds up a
    3 points
  22. I thought we're not supposed to talk politics here.
    3 points
  23. Coop, I gave up long ago, and started just ripping the Band-Aid wrapper down the middle. The bandage inside (usually) remains undamaged.
    3 points
  24. No pics no care, right? Next to my little baby saw- 20” 271
    3 points
  25. So I ordered 2x 222KR capcitors from Felder Canada. $35 Canadian each plus shipping. And only 2 capacitors showed up! Pleasantly surprised. The 222KR caps dont come in a 'kit' form like the other pictures posted above. Just the cap with 16" of 2 wire cable out each end. New cap on the bottom vs old cap on top. The mfg part numbers and specs (40 uf) were exactly the same, but the new caps are a slightly larger diameter. No issues with fitment on installation however. On removal of my old caps, I found my problem. After installing the 2 new 222KR (felder part #) c
    3 points
  26. Since I won't get into the shop before the weekend, I thought a post to discuss the logistics of milling hollows with a tablesaw would be in order. Without diving into a pool of mind-bending math, let's consider the geometry of the machine in relation to the work piece. I may come back later and drop in some illustrations, but for now, your imagination will have to suffice. Let's look at this as a 3-axis machine, with the saw table surface defining the X and Y axes, with blade elevation being Z. X is axial to the saw plate (left - right) and Y is radial to the saw plate, 90* to the X, so
    3 points
  27. You are right but that visual is going mess this up for me now. I guess it gives a new meaning to wood porn. This story has taken a different direction for sure.
    3 points
  28. Yeah I’d hit that... with some wipe-on poly.
    3 points
  29. Hey guys!! I have very good news...I replaced the brush holder and the planer is working like a champ!! I really appreciate everyone’s help and advice. I’ll be back soon!!!
    3 points
  30. That’s going to be sweet. I’m like Chet, I think more so than not, that sapwood has it’s place.
    3 points
  31. I foolishly have way too may projects going on. I went downstairs last night to try and finish one up. Making some playing card holders for kids and I cut one of the 4 wrong. Kept thinking about History of The World. At least there's one less to sand!
    3 points
  32. Only if it comes with instructions
    3 points
  33. I did a test where I glued up 3" of solid maple, cherry, baltic birch, and MDF and measured it with calipers in summer and winter. The MDF changed the most, followed by the baltic birch.
    3 points
  34. I was going to suggest the connectors like @Cliff mentioned. They are common for joining countertops at such angles. You might include a couple of dowel pins or biscuits, loose on one side, to aid alignment.
    3 points
  35. To quit only doing 90% of something before I go and start somethi
    3 points
  36. And "drive by" posters.
    2 points
  37. Yes, people and cell phones. Then cell phones. Then just people. Then changing smoke detector batteries. I know that was October, but I'm still aggrevated.
    2 points
  38. People driving that have no clue as to what the lines on the road mean. My neighbor last night told me when he was coming home from town that a fairly new pick up truck tried to pass on a double yellow line and had no choice but to hit the ditch or my neighbor head on. He chose the ditch and got his first flying lesson. My neighbor shook his head and continued home. Idiots don't require anyones help other than the police.
    2 points
  39. Hope it heals soon! Bagged coffee closures. I like Dunkin Donuts coffee, but the bags it comes in are so hard to open that I've stopped trying. I started cutting them open and dumping it in a jar. And if you get the bigger quantities it comes in a huge single use plastic container. I've switched to bulk beans and grind it myself.
    2 points
  40. That wouldn't really bother me all that much.
    2 points
  41. I think a spring joint can be a great trick if you don't have enough clamps. Otherwise I agree it's just adding extra stress or a void.
    2 points
  42. @Coop, no worries about thinking you were highjacking, I liked the conversation. The sapwood on that board looks real nice and compliments the shelf well. @wtnhighlander, I can totally see your point, it very well may look like that, and I have no wenge for an inlay. I am planning for the table top to be around 20" at it's widest point, so I have 6" to remove still (with the board being 13" prior to resaw), so I'm not totally locked in with what you are seeing now. I'm going to find out this morning. I have a little time before work and I'm hoping to get it resawn then. Pics will b
    2 points
  43. Hey guys, Since the WEN impeller is "new" vs the Rikon impeller that's been popular I thought I would add these pics to the discussion. One note that I'll add about the WEN impeller. I've seen comments in other forums about the Rikon impeller fitting a little loose. For me the WEN impeller installed easily with several taps using a rubber mallet and there was absolutely no play. It spun up nicely with no hitting, rubbing, vibration, etc..... and appeared to be perfectly balanced by visualization. I didn't do any air flow tests because I don't have the equipment for that and it s
    2 points
  44. I think @Chestnut has had a transfusion of ethylene-glycol.
    2 points
  45. Very true. In fact you usually want to cut any joinery in your parts before you cut the parts to shape.
    2 points
  46. Love the seamless sinks. Wish they could pull that off with quartz.
    2 points
  47. @wtnhighlander, you must have a lot of necessity because that is the mother of invention. I am very impressed with your ingenuity.
    2 points
  48. Well, after a week of the stall mats (and making myself go out and do at least a little turning every evening) I can say they were a massive improvement over the old foam. My knees and legs thank you all.
    2 points
  49. Everybody already said everything that I had thought of. And its good to see you back around.
    2 points