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  1. 7 points
    I am starting a project that I have been thinking about for years and for different reasons have been putting of. My Dad served in WWII in the Navy and my Father in law was a career Navy man and veteran of WWII, Korea And Viet Nam. I have both of there flags and have wanted to build cases for them both but really wanted to do something a different from the normal looking cases. I have spent a lot of time thinking about this and worrying that I would finish them and then come up with a better idea... time wasted sort of. Then this last November my youngest sister lost her husband in a car accident. He also spent four years in the Navy and then almost 40 more working as a government employee with the Navy in weapons development and that is all he could tell us. All three of them were true God and Country men. When my sister asked me to make a case for his flag I figured it was time to get of my duff and do all three at once. I have come up with some design ideas and made a couple of proto types out of poplar to kind of work out the details and to see if what was in my head would actually look good and work. All three will be the same and made out of Sapele. I went to the lumber yard today and got this really nice of 8/4, 10 inches by 12 feet piece. Did my rough layout and then broke it down using my jigsaw. Then over to the band saw to rip it to rough width and then resew it to rough thickness. After that I sticker it all and I am going t let it set for a few days to see if it wants to move in any way. I honestly don't think it will, while I was breaking it down to this point I didn't get the feeling I was releasing and tension. But you never know.
  2. 2 points
    I've seen some gorgeous live edge slab furniture (think Nakashima et al) & I used to love the look. But then it just got to be this crazy thing where every woodworker & wannabe woodworker felt the need to make one (or many). There is still some great stuff being made, but so much of it is crap & ugly & it's just soured me on the genre. I include river tables in that group.
  3. 1 point
    Maybe I should start a site “ I Buy Ugly Starrett’s” and flip them.
  4. 1 point
    The bit has the right name on it, so they are always good. The edges of those spiral bits are sharper than you might think. Handle very carefully, or your work will get some red stain that is not part of the planned finishing system.
  5. 1 point
    Dave, when I get time I want to show you some of the curly white oak lumber, I have cut, cutting cross tie logs. No, Coop it’s not for sale!
  6. 1 point
    I have been wanting t build a new stand for the planer for years, but yes, adding two new sustainers to the floor space finally kicked me into gear on the stand. I am glad now that I didn't build the stand for the planer a couple of years ago, when I first started thinking about it because now I would be building it again to accommodate the Festool stash.
  7. 1 point
    I agree. A Starrett rule is a beautiful thing that ought not to be blemished.
  8. 1 point
    I once almost got tripped up by a farmer that stored diesel fuel in a red can because it's what he had on hand.... when i heckled him about it i believe the response was something "Well you appear to know the difference in smell so why does it matter?"
  9. 1 point
    I recently spent $76 on a new metric rule for my Starrett combination square & then stupidly allowed glue to get on it & it dried before noticing. I got the glue off, but it left an ugly dark stain. A bit of rubbing with 600 grit wet & dry sandpaper cleaned it right up & looks as good as new. The dark paint in the engravings were not affected though. I like the idea of gun bluing & white paint.
  10. 1 point
    I have never done bluing, but that sounds like it might work. I did refresh the markings on a ruler a couple of years ago. Cleaned it up with vinegar/water, then used black Rustoleum paint. Dabbed on a small amount at one end and spread it with an improvised squeegee - a piece of a bike inner tube glued to a shim. It has held up well so far.
  11. 1 point
    That's next. When we switch, those who's plates have even numbers will change side one day, & those with odd numbers will change the next. You know, to phase it in