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General Board / Selling stuff you make
« on: September 03, 2020, 04:11:25 PM »
I dont know of there will be interest but I took a chance and built it anyway, if just for my own stuff...

If you want to sell things on the internet- a proper store, proper adverts, and proper presentation- drop me a line here, pm, or email. 

I'd like to see the community get more than just satisfaction from building things.  We can become a community of craft builders too...  is the site.

The idea is you'll get a profile and a mini-store within the store... you'll basically become a producer, and I'll be the presenter (through the store). 


General Board / Re: Hardwood Logs for woodturning
« on: July 15, 2020, 04:13:25 PM »

I'd be interested to know if this is something you guys would want?

I can set up boards here on the site for whomever wants and give that user moderator control over that board, and provide a place for you to market or showcase your work if selling is something you wish to entertain?

I can even set up a store for you to do so if you so wish......


General Board / Re: Ledge Shelves
« on: June 17, 2020, 01:13:57 AM »
I don't know how I missed this until now...

Great work, Sir!!!

General Board / boards, boards, boards
« on: June 13, 2020, 02:46:38 AM »
and more...

seems this CNC machine has me filling requests for..... boards. 

General Board / Re: Here is my DIY Lap Steel Guitar
« on: April 21, 2020, 09:58:41 AM »
that is some beautiful work Sir!!!  Being a guitar player myself, this caught my attention.  Is that bolivian rosewood?

General Board / Re: My DIY Retro Arcades
« on: April 19, 2020, 03:12:34 PM »
Howdy!  Thanks for joining!!!

That is some great work, and I wager there is quite the market for those. 

By the way, the CSS of the site handles the sizing of images, so post 'em and let the code do its thing! 

Thanks for sharing!

General Board / Re: Baby Cradle
« on: April 18, 2020, 03:53:47 PM »
Amazing work, Sir.  I hope to one day be able to approximate it.

General Board / Re: new sign.... practicing with resins.
« on: March 04, 2020, 11:23:55 AM »
Nice job. I used to live in Fairbanks, AK which has an environment similar to that which you described. I think it will survive there just fine.

thanks Willie!!! Fairbanks? whoot!!! that is a mighty fine place by my reckoning!  this one is heading to the UP of michigan.  I have a place up there at the base of a ski hill i've never ski'd... it gets wicked cold.  i don't mind it at all for short periods- but i couldn't imagine having to suit up and dress down in a mud room every time you walk out the door, which makes a quick trip to the truck for something forgotten a half hour experience.  It's not like the cold is just uncomfortable- you can get frost bite in minutes in those conditions when you add wind.

i was up there on the 5th of July once... brought everything needed for a 'low country boil' which was something of a novelty for them (fresh seafood and all).. it was in the seventies and people were in shorts and tee shirts talking about how warm a day it was...... meanwhile, i'm in a fleece.. i opened all the windows in my cabin that night with the crisp clean air- and woke at midnight shivering... it dropped to 34* on the 6th of July... and this was NORMAL....

the cool thing about that sign and making them, and because it's family- i save the file and can rip another off pretty quick if something happens to that one.

General Board / Re: new sign.... practicing with resins.
« on: March 04, 2020, 11:16:45 AM »
Good job, Drew. I will be interested to hear how it fares being outside. I seem to recall some posts on the ShopBot forum several years ago about epoxy as a finish for outdoor signs. My recollection is that epoxy does not withstand UV light well, but my recollection could be wrong. Is there a reason why you made the sign in two pieces instead of one? Just wondering.

i'm still a novice at this- and when i make something i try to incorporate something i've not done before.  i'm playing with insets, now, and that is something close to inset... the red oak i decided to use wasn't wide enough to accommodate the size i was aiming for, so cutting a piece down for the fox part and insetting it made sense in my mind for some reason.... along with learning toolpaths and tools(bits) used better, i'm closing in on optimum cutting times.  Both pieces of this one were on and off the machine within an hour.

those cub scout signs i kinda knee-jerk made are another example of this... the original design was to take almost an hour- but after playing with it i got them down to less than 12 minutes on the machine.  Of course I could have done better on them, but limited material dictated not to take as much risk... with them, i cut them- sealed them- painted them using rattle can and painters tape to mask area's off, and then ran them through the planer... it worked, but..... i won't do that again unless i'm rushed again.  a couple more coats of varnish on them and allowing both that and the paint to completely dry/cure- and sandpaper or a razor will take the excess (non-recessed) paint right off... because of the rush and likelihood of the paint gumming up i just ran them through the planer- and made a shallow v-cut (.0625) even shallower... lesson learned. 

i had some conversation with the maker of that resin i used and they said "it will thrive outside in harsh conditions!", but it's not like i expect them to say otherwise- i was more hoping to hear in their voice some doubt... the alternative was a bunch of poly coats- and i'm thinking that is just as suspect as the resin?  again... learning. 

thanks for the compliment!

General Board / new sign.... practicing with resins.
« on: March 03, 2020, 11:38:24 PM »
i made this plaque for a family member hitting the big 60 this week... it's safe enough to post it as they won't find it here before he gets it. 

the interesting thing is the resin... i used the stuff found at Lowe's, and to my knowledge the only one brand they carry.

i've done some work with flooding resin... but i've never had cause to use it as finish.  this sign will most likely end up on the guy's shop's entrance, outside.. and the environment they live in is mucho different than the environment we do... they'll see -50*f from time to time, -30*f regularly, and heats as high as (gasp) 90* in the summer from time to time.  So, i wanted to seal the piece completely. 

let's hope it works out. 

the red oak was carved and stained, and painted... it was then sealed with poly rattle can for three coats to ensure the stain (oil) was encapsulated in the poly- then the resin was mixed and brushed on with a fairly high quality brush, yet still torched for those tiny bubbles... nearing the point of solidifying it was rubbed over with a foam brush.  I noticed on the second day of curing tiny little bubbles of stain seeping from the wood and forming bubbles around some of the lower letters- apparently the temperature delta between day and night in the shop allowed the wood to spit some of it out... i'm crossing my fingers that they don't cause future issues.

whatcha'll think?

General Board / Re: Welcome Fella's- a few things to know:
« on: March 03, 2020, 04:59:41 PM »
isn't a big deal to do it... I just hope folks find it of value. 

and facebook... man, that is a mess.. not the Crystal Coast Woodworkers page, but facebook in general.  Ever notice how it takes like a minute to fully load?  Ever wonder what it's doing while it takes all that time?

it's collecting data about you, your friends, where you've been... et al.   Yeah, i use it too, but facebook is a nightmare for your informational security.

end rant.... :) heheehheeee

General Board / harvesting trees
« on: February 27, 2020, 11:08:53 AM »
so i have a neighbor who is a slob... he literally hasn't picked up a single branch from his yard since Florence, no kidding.  He say's "it's my mom's house (96yo lady who is perhaps the sweetest lady i've ever met) so why would i spend a penny on the place"... it kills me...

i intend on taking a picture of this tree of his and posting it up here if there is any interest.  it is an oak tree, what i hear some refer to as a 'pin oak'.  last storm season he had another neighbor who is an arborist by trade remove all the branches leaving a trunk alone.  he was afraid the branches would snap and land on his boat.  the tree didn't make it. 

here is the weird part- the tree is covered with protrusions- some the size of baseballs, others the size of volleyballs.  all over it from top to bottom.  the neighbor says 'when i was a kid we would shoot it with shotguns and that's where all those knots came from', suggesting the tree recovered from these tiny lead assaults by growing around them... but i ain't buying it.  i've never seen a tree appear like this one that wasn't sick, and i've my own childhood experiences with shooting trees and have never seen one respond as this one. 

and that 'sick' part is why i bring it up- spalt.  If spalt is caused by bacteria in the tree, leaving coloration and differing grain patterns as evidence, i'm thinking this tree- which has been dead (though still standing) for at least ten months now, has GOT to be 'full of it', which may make it of interest to harvest and use?

let's entertain that it is full of bird shot- i get that metal straps, nails, and large caliber bullets can wreak havoc on mill blades... but how bad can tiny lead bird shot be?  and that is IF it was actually shot as was suggested.   

i know i could get this tree for free.  if he didn't allow it i'd simply call his mother who would without doubt try to pay me for removing it.  question is: is it worth it for the purpose i'm suggesting? for milling and working with? or- is all of this gonna just end up in the fireplace?


General Board / Re: Scout Awards
« on: February 24, 2020, 08:22:13 PM »
that's good stuff right there!!!! I was proud to help.  and thank you for the note.  it was much appreciated.

General Board / Re: Game Table
« on: February 24, 2020, 05:24:47 PM »
beautiful job on that table... hopefully, i'll be that good one day!!!!


@MLZettl .... it took me a while... i knew i knew but couldn't figure it out... you fixed my leg.. i was one of your last 'jobs'... broke it and compound dislocation on a mountain bike a few days short of Christmas maybe 2006 or so?  ..... by the way... i DID get in that race (and placed 3rd) six weeks to the day of the break.  I never go to tell you that. 

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