toneslinger

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About toneslinger

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  • Birthday 05/22/1970

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    General woodworking, WoodCarving, inlay, ANY woodwork related to guitar making.

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  1. This is a recent carving of mine. Ive made several different variations of state and usa flags and they always seem to be popular with people. The field is stained blue and the stars are aluminum tack nails. The strips are 1x4 douglas fir and white pine from lowes glued up. There is no stain on the stripes. There is also no finish on the piece After rough carving, it is sanded to 320 and then buffed with the beall buffing system to a glossy sheen. These are fun to do and you can be as creative and agressive as you want with the curves Hope you enjoy it.
  2. The CNC Toothbrush. The microcontroller would load its template directly from my dental records at the dentist office.
  3. Yup. I keep a 7 1/4" diablo on mine. Put on the 10" only if blade can't cover a bevel cut. I've heard of stacking 3-4 of em and doing really clean dados but I haven't had guts to try it.
  4. Has Chris seen this photo? Gives a whole new meaning to the words "Back Plane"
  5. My folks back in Texas have huge fruitless mulberry trees. They get big and provide a lot of shade so they are very common in west Texas. Last year I trimmed their trees and brought a lot of the small limbs home for carving walking sticks etc. It carves ok, but it's kinda choppy to carve. Think of a really hard dense block of feta cheese. I found the grain pattern in limbs pretty plain. It looks white when wood is first cut but seasons to a soft yellowish color. Kinda like yellowheart. The when cut crosswise, the core small and almost jet black. Also when carving with the grain for like shaving, it's tends to splinter off like bamboo. Keep in mind I'm talking about the limbs which were no bigger around than an average sized arm The Burl and trunk on the other hand is a diff story. The grain pattern is nice and the trunks can get really big with huge joints when splitting into limbs. The tree also has a really big root system and sometimes has really big roots that run along the top of ground that some people cut out and mill. Some people like the roots for carving and turning because the reAlly inherit a lot of the soil properties. In my case, the soil is sandy loam with a lot of clay in it so the roots have a dark color with reddish grain going thru.
  6. Hey, does anybody know a site or good online reference for searching for upcoming woodworking related shows where I can find upcoming shows in my area?
  7. Marc, I like your balance and approach. You distinctly separate the free vs paid stuff. And your method for promoing the paid stuff is good. You offer lots of really high quality free general content that newbs like me can really get up and running with. You also have a very good promo technique in the free content. Not sure if it's by design but you usually state something like, "now if you wanna learn more or really get a lot more in depth information about this, check out my......" Even if you are promoing a product, you do give alternate methods. Example is your mortising joinery vid. You show off the festool domino, BUT you demo multiple techniques. That is something I think the community picks up on. Your approach comes across as non pimping and like u say, the market will dictate based on the quality of the content I think endorsements are a good thing. Not only do they draw interest, but a good company like festool will listen to input from the market segment that their endorsees bring along with them. In the end you have better designed products. Free marketing at it's finest.
  8. Wow. I wasn't expecting this level of response. I first stumbled on Rob Cosman trolling YouTube and most of what I found at the time was videos of him doing product demos for things like woodcraft products etc (nowhere near to the level of Charles Neal. That's a whole nutha thread there). My first impression was not arrogance at all but more salesman oriented. I did dig thru his website and my overall impression was more selling products. I even found that some of his how to DVDs were built around selling his products like The Hand Plane Revival. I'm a big fan of TWW, RWW, and MBW (despite Matt's chortel) and to me Chris Schwarez is the poster child of Modern woodworking revival. To me, When he left PWW it was the equivalent of the Van Halen David Lee Roth breakup. So for being relatively new to a passion of serious woodworking, I am being constantly introduced to new "woodworking expert/icons". And as a newb, this was my initial first reaction. Maybe this question will help: Rob Cosman vs Tommy Mac in a thumb wresting match. Who wins?
  9. Is this guy a woodworker or a product saleman pimping woodcraft stuff for a cut of the action?
  10. Good way to recycle bandaids. Moisture isn't much of an issue here in Arizona. I figured if there was any, the wood shavings would absorb it and I'd empty it out periodically if it became a problem My waterstones stay stored at the sharpening cabinet right next to this workbench, within leaning distance.
  11. Ok, I dug these out of the recycling trash a long time ago at work. they were those magnetic hanging file folder trays. I figured I'd use them sometime and this morning, I pulled them out and went to work. I cut a top out of some scrap I had with the TS. then cut a bevel to recess it into the top. With a series of drill bits, measuring, forester bits, etc, I drilled out the top to hold my bench chisels, carving scoops/gouges, as well as my bench knives and carving knives. Topped off with a simple coat of shellec and attached to my workbench cabinet with some bolts in the pegboard. Thought i'd put a little embellishment on em so shaved some mahogony and maple to throw in to make it conversational. Best thing now is I can reach for a tool on the cabinet door now without jamming my hand on a sharp point and cutting myself.
  12. I actually did this about 9 months ago. I had reclaimed a kitchen cabinet from the curb. Put casters on it and put 16x16 ceramic tile on top with that poured epoxy finish. Gravity made it dead flat for scary sharpening. I started with the kitchen tub idea with a homemade stone holder jig on top. Worked alright but tub way too tall to be on top of cabinet. Sharpening was at chest level. I could have sunk it into countertop like a kitchen sink but didn't wanna tear out the tile epoxy counter. I considered installing a Small kitchen sink and plumbed with water hose but it would have bit into my storage and sharpening surface. I finally just bought. 18" square drywall mud pan. They are about 4" wide and 4" tall. Perfect for soaking most water stones and if you drop it you don't have to get ur arm soaked to the elbow in water to fish it out. The pan also has a rubber wiper in edges that is good for dragging stone over to squeegee off slurry and metal slag. I built a open topped cedar box for it out of some 6" pickets and it hooks on the side of my cab via a French cleat. Makes easy to pull off and store if needed. The drywall pan lift right out for filling inside in sink or whatever. I got a couple of those wire holder things for soap and shampoo you put in shower from dollar store. They hang off side to put stones to dry before storing or holding a blade etc Circulating the water through a filter DOES help a lot pulling slurry out of water especially if spending a Saturday sharpening everything. I looked at those fountain pump things but too expensive. I just bought a simple water circulator at walmart used for small fishtanks. It sits right next to the drywall pan and circulates. If you like the waterfall idea it does that for $10. I've been using it for like 6 months with no issues but I don't run it 24x7. I can post pics if anybody is interested. Drywall mud pan $5 Cedar picket $2.00 Fish tank water pump $10 Two wire soap holders $2 Whe thing, under $20
  13. Am I a bad person for using one of my Stanley block planes for smoothing and evening out drywall joints on my ceiling repair?
  14. Babies!!! Don't forget babies!! You can make babies on a tablesaw! Anything else?