Rapid Roger

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About Rapid Roger

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  • Birthday 11/24/1943

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    Hutchinson, Kansas, USA
  • Woodworking Interests
    All kinds. Mostly furniture and scrollsawing.

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  1. Having issues with Purpleheart wood

    Might I suggest Half Lap corners on the frame. If your husband has been working with purple heart wood, I'm sure he has been using something to fight the oiliness before gluing the corners .
  2. Old Blade Disposal

    From the sounds of things on the news, scrap steel and aluminum prices will soon rise. It may be a wise thing to hold onto your metal scrap for a few months in the future.
  3. When I worked in a sheet metal shop, it was not unusual at quitting time, to find your lunch bucket full of punch slugs or tack welded to a steel table. If you need more suggestions, I was in the business for 15 years. LOL
  4. Marc’s new book

    I was born in '43 but NO ONE has ever called me silent by any stretch of thought. LOL
  5. Researching Scroll Saws...

    I wouldn't mess with either of these. You will end up disappointed and frustrated. Just buy the best saw you can afford from a bigger company and a guarantee on it. I realize you don't want to spend big money on something you are not sure about but, look at it this way, the better saw you are trying to sell, the easier it will be to get rid of. If on the other hand you decide (like I did) that this is an enjoyable hobby, you can move up to a better saw later. The Delta saw that was mentioned is an 'EXACT COPY' of the De Walt saw that went out of business. It to is a very good saw and parts are interchangeable and easy to get as the De Walt's are. I have been very happy with the D W and will probably not get another scroll saw. BUT, if I did decide to move up, it would probably be a Hawk. The main reason I would go with Hawk is that it is made in Kansas A $1000.00 or so isn't too bad......Kind of like a Saw Stop over my Jet table saw... Go to...... "www.scrollsawworkshop.blogsot.com"..... for more information than you can read in a week. They have a community forum that you can ask questions on also. There are a BUNCH of super nice people just like the ones on this forum.
  6. Researching Scroll Saws...

    As a long time scroll sawyer (15 - 20 years) I think I can help. As you know the saws can get quite expensive ($1200.00 or so). I've owned 3 so far. Started with a $100.00 saw and wore it out in about 3 years. Then I bought a Dremel at $200.00 that lasted about 5 years. Last I got a De Walt that was around $500.00 at the time and it has lasted me for12 years or so now. I would recommend that you take the same path. Buy he Porter Cable (it is a fairly good saw for starting out and then if the bug bites after a few years you might want to step up a few times in the future. It is a lot of fun and the most relaxing form of wood working (as well as the cheapest) there is.
  7. Some vocabulary

    then there is.... Trunk ......Boot Hood.....Bonnet Tire.....Tyre
  8. Bungee clamps

    I know that they are very rare but if you should come across an inter-tube KEEP IT ! They used to be common on cars and trucks but, not so much anymore. Now they can be found on bicycles, wheel barrows, lawn mowers etc. When cut just right, they make great oversized rubber bands which converts to "clamps". I have a drawer full that I've collected over the years.
  9. Styrofoam and cardboard

    A long, long time ago when I had a real job, we would get boxes with all the "packing peanuts" in them. We would get a 5 gallon bucket, put about 1-1/2 gallons of lacquer thinner in it and then add about 140 bushels of peanuts. It was just fun watching them disappear! You may have to cut your larger pieces up into smaller chunks and plan on throwing the bucket into the dumpster. LOL
  10. Box banding strips, what should I do with them?

    I'm sorry but, that is a BUNCH of work for very little return. Personally, I would forget it. I understand that you hate to see the waste of wood but, there is a point where the warmth of a fire is worth more than you could ever realize doing anything else with it.
  11. CNC or some other method?

    A scroll saw would be the cheapest, easiest and most fun way of doing it. It might take a few days of practice using a new tool (the saw). Choosing woods and choices of colors will be informative and fun. And you will have a new wood working hobby that you can use for a lifetime sitting down !
  12. Cabinet Door

    "Fly over area" has a lot more to offer than the rest of the country realizes. You just have to look for it a little harder sometimes. Lil' ole Hutchinson, Kansas, population 42,000 or so, Has the Cosmosphere , (a space travel museum) an underground museum (600 ft. below surface) in an old salt mine, the national Junior College basket ball championship, the state fair, the second longest grain elevator in the world (1/4 mile long, it used to be first) and horse shows and soft ball tournaments, car shows and auto racing all the time. And of course all the kids say that there is nothing to do around here. But, that is OK because I used to say the same thing. We are a little short on scuba diving and surfing, mountain climbing and ski jumping however.
  13. Cabinet Door

    We aren't all that rare however, I have had to retire from the hobby. There are still a few of us out there. And, I'll have your know that the state government requires every county to have at least one tree in it. Some county's even have a bunch of trees. Mostly cottonwoods and elms.
  14. I have done this twice in the last 8 years. Once for my good friend wo passed away, and once for me because I can't do wood working any longer. In both cases I did NOT want to get involved with shipping things or having to sell one item at a time. I spent most of my time pricing items. I used catalogs (about two years old) for getting new prices and then used anything between 50% and 75% depending on condition of the tool. Some older or misused tools dropped way down to "What would I pay for that" or "How much demand is there for this tool". I used blue painters tape to mark the price and pretty much stuck to that price. If the buyer is at all into the hobby, they will know that the prices are fair and if they really want the tool, they will pay 50% if it is in good usable shape. I then advertised what I had and prices on this blog (see "for sale" section) to give my friends and knowledgeable people first chance. I did stick to my NO shipping rule and focused on people close to my area (Central Kansas) who could travel to my location. I did sell things right along to friends and people who heard about the sale by word of mouth right away. Then I bought an add in the local newspaper and penny power type paper to run for about 3 days before the "Saturday Shop Sale". I mentioned that it was WOOD WORKING TOOLS that were for sale and named a few of the items. The bigger items like table saw, planer, router table and then also smaller things like sanders and hand tools. At both sales, I was surprised how well it went and got a reasonable price for things. My friends wife and my wife had NO IDEA what to charge for things and that is the reason I sold out now. We didn't sell everything of course but, in my view it either go's to friends and relatives for free or the dump or I just hang on to it until the end.
  15. Wall clock face

    Use a draftsman's 30----60-----90 degree triangle. Make a vertical line and bisect it with a horizontal line for your base lines. Nest the triangle in the 90 degree corners of the original lines in both directions. You will be able to locate the nessary 12. points for the numbers