On Sun, 04 Oct 2009 22:25:32 -0700, Lew Hodgett wrote:
The percentage of modelers in model rr'ing seems to be very small any
more. The operators have taken over. Seems they'd prefer to buy rather
than build so they can get operating sooner - some even dispense with
scenery altogether. Of course the industry, including the magazines, is
happy to support the "buy, don't build" trend.
I like building models. I have a collection of MR back to 1959. I find
almost all the interesting projects are in the ones prior to 1980. I've
even built a simple throttle from an article.
Woodworking/turning/carving seems to one of the few hobby areas that are
bucking the trend. Anyone built their own computer anymore? I doubt
As far as automation goes, I retired about the time customers wanted to
build real time control systems with Windoze :-).
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
Larry Blanchard wrote:
>w oodworking/turning/carving seems to one of the few hobby areas that
I build my own computers because that's the only way to get what I want
(mostly quiet!), and I'd like a solid-state hard drive (SSD) on my next one.
Although I mainly did it in high-school, I can make my own fishing
flies. During the last two years, I have been learning to play and
listen to the fiddle (old time). Admittedly, I'm spending more and more
time on learning woodworking.
It occurred to me yesterday that with the 15 pipe-clamps Mr. Hodgett
talked me into buying (he's a year older than I am) that I should be
able to make my own headboard and footboard for my bed (besides a
coffee-table and a router table and at least one workbench)!
So, I'm doing what I can to "buck the trend"--having a good time too!
Wish you all the same!
By the way, interestingly, it seems WoodCraft and Rockler are doing
anything but trying to "buck the trend"!
Try that with a 6 station press line with interfacing "Gandy Dancers"
that is knocking out 58 hoods an hour.
Programmable controllers can handle the individual presses as well as
the gandy dancers, but the communication modules was another ball
Co-processors running on OS-9 got the job done.
Those with a preference for ModBus AKA: "Turtle Bus" or Windows were
identified as rookies or day dreamers, take your pick.
It's one of those things you romanticize about doing.... then when you
finally take it up, you get about 3 hours in and you think, "What the
he!! am I doing?" and drop it.
For me, at least. I've seen other guys who stay on it like a bonsai
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
On 04 Oct 2009 07:39:40 GMT, Puckdropper
I have the sawdust from 4 projects on the floor... well, in the trash
can because I sweep up every day...
1) 27 dovetailed cedar boxes for a wholesale customer. 20 of them
have a scroll sawed logo with 4 paw prints in cedar with walnut
beneath on the lid. First coat of finish went on tonight, shellac, to
be followed with arm-r-seal tomorrow and tues.
2) A jewelry box, the big brother to one I posted pics of a while
back, with the angled bubinga legs and figured maple drawer fronts,
and full extension slides that drew the ire of many. Still haven't
sold that one, but got a request for a larger version with 5 drawers
instead of 3.
I actually decided to shoot video all through the process to see if I
could edit together something I can promote with. A lot of futzing
around with a tripod. There's no video of me talking into the camera,
just work. Maybe I'll do a voice over after it's edited. I've got
over 50 gigs of HD video on the hard drive at this point. If you
think doing a glue-up is fun, try filming yourself doing a glue-up.
There's at least one humerous out take so far.
3) A prototype of a tiny walnut dovetailed box that will hold a really
fancy bracelet for another wholesale customer. It's a challenge
trying to come up with something nice that is easy enough to make.
Ended up using a vertical raised panel bit for the cove.
4) Another prototype of a small box for same customer, this one is to
hold and display 6 little, I guess they are picks. It's getting a
fluted base with a rabbet around it and haven't quite figured out the
top yet. I don't want to have to deal with miters but it's looking
like that's the only non-cheesy way to do it. The setup for the base
is going to be such a PITA for one little box that I'm just going to
make a bunch of them rather than just one prototype. If she doesn't
like it, oh well I wasted 1/2 a BF.
Good timing. Finished the end tables this weekend. Picked up the Granite
tops on Friday and the handles from Horton Brass came in earlier in the
week. Will put pictures on my homepage in the coming weeks, I've got a
couple from inside the shop, but want to get some outside shots as well.
Interesting aside -- I had two of the MacKintosh handles I had gotten as
candidates for a previous project and ordered the same kind from Horton
Brass for the remaining 4 drawers on this project. The new ones came with
the same "1902 Hill House" impression on the back of the casting, but it is
obvious that they came from a different mold, they are a bit wider than the
old ones. This worked out OK, I used the thinner ones on the top two
drawers and the fatter ones on the bottom drawers. It makes sense given
how Horton casts that this would be the case, and I'm not disappointed, it
was just a piece of information for me to consider for future reference.
There is never a situation where having more rounds is a disadvantage
Whille the sawdust is not on the floor I did want to submit my recently
finished blanket chest. I have six grandchildren and this is the first of
six blanket chests.
It is based on a plan from FWW Mar/Apr 98 and made from Walnut and Beech.
The Beech came from Rockler and was described as "flame curly" and if you
look at the pic in APBW you will see the figure. The finish is GF two step
with Seal-A-Cell and Arm-R-Seal. The inside is done is Shellac.This is my
third woodworking project since getting back into the hobby after about 30
"Puckdropper" <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote in message
Is the top plywood only. I am working on a table design that would use
recycled pine flooring over plywood as the table top, but am having trouble
determining how to attach the flooring to the plywood. The flooring will
move with mositure but the plywood is very stable.
One thought is similar to what I did in the blanket chest, I used cedar
closet lining on the bottom which was glued to plywood but only a thin
stripe of glue down the center of each cedar plank. The original article on
building the blanket chest gave this as the author's method of attaching the
cedar to the plywood.
Think this would work for a table? I would also apply a contrasting hardwood
edge treatment around the perimeter of the plywood table top.
Yow, that's big. Well, what's the worst that could happen if it did
go all warped on you? Maybe build it in the more humid time of year,
so you can jam the pieces together tightly, and deal with whatever
falls through the cracks during drier times? Tom
Thanks for taking the time to think about my ideas. I will probably try my
approach and see what happens. The reason for the size is to try and get our
family around the table at holiday dinners. We have three children, each one
married with two children, so we would like to get 5 adults and 6 children
around the table when we are able to get them all to our house for the
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