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  1. I cut the bulk of the stripes with a 1/4" downcut spiral and did a contour cut with a 1/8" downcut spiral to tighten up the corners.  The 1/8" bit made just enough difference to make it worth the bit change but it probably would have looked ok without it. The rest was cut with a 90° V-bit, 3/8" diameter. 


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  2. The fit on the vines and stems was good, they just dropped in place with very slight pressure.  The lower vine dropped in with no pressure, not sure why that one did.  Maybe it was because the cut was across the grain of the Walnut.

    But next time I won't leave the tabs, rather I'll cut to a skin of about 0.010" and let that hold the piece in place.  The tabs got in the way and those had to be trimmed - 2 tabs each on 16 stems and probably 15 tabs on the vines - lots of trimming.  The inlay pieces were 0.1875" thick and the pockets cut to 0.150" but I didn't think about the tabs being 0.0625" and those kept the inlay pieces from seating properly.  Since I cut the inlay pieces bottom side up that means the tabs were on the top side so I had to be delicate in cutting them off or it would have splintered the top side.

    The leaves took a bit more work but that was by design.  I wanted some sharp points in places and as you know, it's easy to cut a sharp outside corner or point with a router bit but impossible to cut a sharp inside corner with a round bit.  If I had done this as a V-carve inlay I could have cut sharp corners but this is a traditional pocket and inlay piece.  So that meant hand fitting and cutting the sharp corners on each leaf. 

    Ultimately it wasn't too bad, about what I expected.  If I look closely enough I can see a few thousandths gap in a few places but not really noticeable unless you're looking for it.


  3. Young people continuing to gather - 'we won't get it because we're young and strong' - also causes spreading.  They may get it and recover but they'll pass it on to their parents and grandparents, many of which will not survive the virus.

    Our governor, John Bel Edwards, actually said something smart for a change - "Everyone needs to act as though they already have the virus."


  4. Well, a lot can change in a short period of time; Louisiana has just been placed on lockdown by the Gov until Sunday night April 12.  It's a 'loose' lockdown because some, like my wife in financial services, grocery store workers, etc. can still go to work.  But many won't be able to do that.  For us it will be a regular schedule in that I stay home and work in the shop and Sandy goes to the office.  Many won't be so fortunate. 

    And all of this could change again but as of now that's how it stands for us.


  5. I do woodworking all day long every day in my home shop so I've been isolated for a few years. About the only time I get out is for supplies, groceries, and church. My wife works in downtown Shreveport in an office with about 20 people but she has her own private office and they are practicing good social distancing. She rarely sees clients but if one comes to the office they meet in the conference room with plenty of space between them.

    This is the first Sunday in about 11 years that I haven't been to our church for our two morning services and have only missed a half dozen evening services so this is WAY out of the norm for us, to be home on a Sunday morning. However, gotta' love technology 'cause our Pastor was live on FB giving a Sunday School lesson (listening while I'm typing wink.png). I play in the band and we met Wednesday evening to record music for today. Our Associate Pastor brought a live message broadcast on FB at 10:30 and they used the music we recorded Wednesday to do our best to still present a good service.

    Past that we aren't having kids or grandkids over and they're doing their best to stay home, as well. We keep over 30 homecooked meals in the freezer at all times and over the last few days we've added another 15-20 so we're good on food and we've got plenty of water and paper. I guess the only thing we'll have to replenish is fresh fruit and other produce.

    There are a handful of cases here in NW Louisiana and we're just trying to be smart about all of this. Hoping and praying this goes away quickly but it looks like it's gotta' run its course first.


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  6. Thanks, Mick!  We bought it outright during the introductory period and it's the full Carveco package.  At this point I probably won't continue maintenance past the 12 month period but if it really begins holding its own in the shop I may reconsider that decision.


  7. The back story -

    A couple of weeks ago our church bought a new camera system for our live Facebook feed and it includes a control panel system for live streaming and 3 new cameras. The cameras mount on rigid steel brackets and two were mounted on columns on the side walls with one on the back wall above the media booth. So the first Sunday morning when these were set up and ready our associate pastor had the pulpit so our pastor could babysit his new 'toy'.

    After the first service with choir and piano/organ I asked our pastor how the cameras worked and he was pretty pleased. Then, we had the second service... the one where we have the live band and far more lively music (I play acoustic guitar in the band). Music like bass guitar that can rattle the ceiling tiles. So I asked the pastor how he liked the second service and he was dejected because the two cameras mounted on the side wall columns were vibrating too much to even switch to them. We like our music loud, I guess!!

    They added screws into the column mounts, locked everything down, added screws to the cameras, and nothing worked. I told them we need isolation mounts but nobody knew what I was talking about so I didn't push it. I recognized that the problem wasn't the mounts, rather the problem was that the sheetrock around the columns was vibrating and resonating with the music. That meant no matter how hard you locked the cameras and their mounts down they're still going to vibrate. So Monday morning I sent Bro Terry a link to some isolation mounts and asked if he wanted me to make some to which he quickly replied, "Yessssssssssssssssssss!!!" The ones in the link I sent were $500 each, btw.

    This will take two posts to get the photos in but basically I drew this in Fusion 360 and cut them out of Baltic Birch since I have tons on hand as cutoffs from all the Longworth chucks I've cut.

    Drawing in Fusion 360 -


    Plates cut on the CNC. This can easily be done on tablesaw and bandsaw, or with a template and router, etc., but I have the CNC so that's what I used. I also used the CNC to mark where to drill holes for the cable clamps.


    Plates and cable clamps. I drilled the holes on the drill press and split the pieces on the bandsaw. I could have done this with the CNC but chose to use the other tools instead. I did use the CNC to mark where to drill the holes and cut each piece, though.


    Cable clamps cut -


    Gluing the cable clamps in place and using a drill bit for alignment. I had predrilled the plates so this made it easy getting the clamps in the right location.


    Clamps finished and fixed on the plates -


    Knobs cut on the CNC. Again, this could be done with a bandsaw but more consistent and much easier on the CNC.


    Painted flat black to match the brackets and ready for cables -


    Ok, I'll do another post shortly with the rest of the photos.

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  8. I watch car videos like Shmee150 and Stradman and those guys are buying supercars right and left, building houses, buying land, etc. and they say their income is largely based on YouTube. 

    Shmee has just under 2 million subscribers with over 3,900 videos and views in the 150k and up per video with many in the 500k and higher range.  Stradman has about 2.4 million subscribers with about 750 videos and regularly hits over 1 million views per video.  April has 278 videos with 1.14 million subscribers and each video gets viewed at least 100k times but many are pushing 1 million and some are over that number.

    They're all doing quite well from YouTube and other merchandising, ad support, and branding their names generate.  My little YouTube channel has over 750 subscribers, about 80 videos, and the total views from all of those videos equal about one of the lower viewed videos from the folks above.  Rest assured, I'm not making a dime from YouTube and don't even meet the threshold for seeking monetization.  Plus, it takes me too long to produce my mediocre videos to ever make any money at it! :D


  9. It's great, isn't it!  When we decided to use our two-car garage for our shop I wanted to be able to run everything without having to chase extension cords so I put in a subpanel and outlets (I had an electrician friend check my work).  The only tool other than an ROS or jig saw that needs to be plugged in to use is the same planer you have.  If I used it every day I would keep it plugged in but for now I plug it in when I need it (also a 20 amp circuit like yours - the only way to go in the shop!).


    This makes all the difference in the world, for sure!  Right now I only have one free single phase 220v outlet left.