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  1. 8 points
    Update: It's been 6 weeks since my wife had her surgery. She was riding the exercise bike on the 3rd day of her PT, and after 7 sessions the therapist told her that she was 3 weeks ahead of schedule, and to save the rest of her PT sessions for her second surgery (She gets 20 a year through insurance). She is now walking better than she has in over a year, though her left hip is bothering her more. She has an appointment with her surgeons tomorrow to schedule her second surgery. If it goes as they told me it will then she will have that surgery in two weeks, on March 19th. Then she wants to get serious about rehab and exercise, which means she wants us to join a health club. It's been a few years since I worked out, but it will be good for both of us. Thanks for all the kind words and thoughts, everyone. We appreciate it.
  2. 4 points
    I have 4 bottles of super glue in the shop. But when working with the chisels, there are so many cuts, I can't feel anything with my finger after a while. Super glue doesn't allow feeling when it's 1/4" thick.
  3. 3 points
    I ended up rounding all the tenons. It didn't take very long, maybe two beers. Then I rough cut my legs for later on, and I got set to contour the seat slats. I stuck a thin piece of scrap between some bench dogs and transferred the curve to my template.
  4. 3 points
    OK, the first aid kit got used first by... (wait for it) ...my girlfriend, who took it upstairs after cutting herself while shaving.
  5. 2 points
    I'm building The Wood Whisperer's Outdoor sitting Bench. I'm making it several inches shorter in length for the space I have at my front entry, and I'm doing it in Walnut. Lots of Ms&Ts
  6. 2 points
    Hi I'm new to the forum , I retired this year and I love to build toys . I build rocking toys and replica cars,trucks , tractors .
  7. 1 point
    Started this project back in the Fall, then got run out of my garage by the cold. Then I moved. Now I'm finally settled into my new studio workspace - love it. So, back at it. I really love this old sugar pine lumber, such amazing figure and grain. Been experimenting with exposed, loose-tenon joinery (as others have) (it's amazingly sturdy). I did it with another project a couple of years ago and really liked the effect. I still need to make the shelf, top, drawers, and doors. What do you think?
  8. 1 point
    I really like that you took the time to make good fits in the joints! Was it absolutely necessary? Probably not but, it was still a good lesson that taking the time to do it right pays off if for nothing more than piece of mind. Great looking bench Dave! Your attention to detail especially with grain is always spot on!
  9. 1 point
    Here's the picture. I have a 3/4" 12x12 plate of steel coming. I have two good holes on each side of the engine block now, so the plan is to drill the three holes in the plate, mount the drill press to the plate, and use an engine lift to get it into place for bolting to the two good holes. Then once it's in the perfect position, the third hole will be drilled out to the next size up, and threaded. One side has to take a 3/4" threaded hole to 7/8", and the other side a 5/8" hole to 3/4". I was able to redo one hole on each side with the big 3/4" drill, but bent, and broke several bits in the process. The last hole on each side has other problems, and it didn't look like it would be possible to hand drill those. I might have been able too, but then the holes in the big steel mounting frames, that bolt to those holes, have to be drilled out, and I decided I had gambled enough with the big handheld drill. It's surprisingly easy to cut the threads, even with those large holes. I'll take pictures with it mounted to the tractor when I get to that point. It's too cold for me to work in that building now, but hopefully it'll warm up pretty soon. The tractor has been in there most of the Winter, and I had to fix the fuel tank before I could get it in there. Once I get those holes rethreaded, that drill press will be used to drill some holes in 1/2" plate, bolt those to the block, and weld up the rest of the splitting frame, so I can split the tractor to get the forward clutch pack out. Still should be a lot better than buying a new tractor for 60,000. This one had the motor rebuilt several years ago, and is in good shape other than these current issues. I thought I would resell this drill press after I get finished with this job, but I may end up liking it too much to get rid of it. So far, I am. edited to add: The white button turns the magnet on. The motor won't run without the magnet engaged. green button is forward. Yellow button is reverse. Red button is stop. Knob is speed control from 0-250 rpm, or 0-500, depending on which way the little lever seen through the handles is flipped. The lever on the back, lower end of the red part lets you slide the whole thing, above the black base, around for positioning after the magnet has a 1,600 lb. hold on the metal it's stuck to.
  10. 1 point
    It showed up today. I was worried that I might have to replace bearings, or something, but it's like new! I plugged it in, and everything works perfectly, and quietly. The shipper did an amazing job packing it in a large box, with medium density foam all around it. They screwed the handles out too, and they were wrapped in the plastic wrap, and tape around foam rubber surrounding them. It could have been dropped out of an airplane, and probably still have been okay. The one issue I did see was that there was some runout on the Huge 3/4" chuck. I knew how to take the 3MT chuck mount out from reading the manual online before it came. They don't come with the chuck, and 3MT adapter. Someone had just stuck it in without wiping the tapers. I didn't even have to use a Scotchbrite pad. A rag cleaned both up easily, the chuck went in, just tightening the big knurled knob by hand, and the runout was gone! I think someone who didn't spend their own money on it thought it was defective, and was sold off whatever job it was on without doing anything. I'm anxious to use it on the tractor, but it's too cold to work in that building now, so it will have to wait a while.
  11. 1 point
    Both near the stairs. Both bright and visible right as one enters the shop. The fire extinguisher came with a simple mounting bracket. The first aid kit needed a simple plywood box to hang on the french cleats. Butt joints, glue, and a cool paint job. Now I feel like such a grownup!
  12. 1 point
    I’ve seen some videos on YouTube that someone has installed in on a table saw like mine Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. 1 point
    Don’t forget super glue for the first aid kit, shop essential
  14. 1 point
    Just got back from the Philadelphia Flower Show. My wife does floral design and has always wanted to go. It's supposed to be the biggest indoor show in the world. So we went out on Sunday, had dinner at The City Tavern (which was a little less special than I remembered it being), then spent Monday at the flower show. It was interesting, though not as much for me as for her, but still I I'm glad I went. Returning today we had a little time to spend and visited this really cool museum, The Center of Art in Wood. https://centerforartinwood.org/permanent-collection/ Some really awesome stuff. A small museum, but well worth looking in on if you're in Philly.
  15. 1 point
    They do make work gloves for women.
  16. 1 point
    Tight joints being the key words in mortise and tenon joinery.
  17. 1 point
    Sometimes I'm a troublemaker even though that is not my intention . . . Beginners use our threads as a learning tool. We are all free to do what we want but, no matter how many methods are available to make M&T joints, a poor fit is never a proper joint. There are certainly times to purposely make a loose fit between parts. The domino even has settings for sloppy and really-sloppy. That's fine but, an M&T that is structural as opposed to used for alignment (like a lot of dominos, biscuits and splines) should be done properly IMHO