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|07-21-2014 08:07 PM||
Well Pump for our Sprinklers. - 6 replies
We need to water about 3 acres of the property we work at.The county supplies our potable water, but to use it for that much irrigation is prohibitive. Last year we were paying $285/mo to water only about 3/4 acre.We do have 3 old wells, all have 30” cement casings, (yeah, they are old, put in nearly a hundred years ago).The water level, e...
|07-13-2014 06:19 PM||
I need Someone to Turn a Fid for me. - 8 replies
I bought a 50’ chunk of 3/4” Poly/Dacron rope today to make some tow ropes for our tractors. Mostly lifting and pulling large branches that have fallen from trees on the property. The rope is rated at 1150 lbs. load strength, 11,800 tensile strength. It will never see that much, although if the loop is done right it is useable for a ...
|07-04-2014 06:13 PM||
I have no comments on this, just something I thought was kind of cool! What You Can Do With Pencils!
|07-02-2014 12:09 AM||
Where, Oh Where to put it all! - 17 replies
A few weeks ago I was told by the new RV park owner that I could set up my shop again in the same place I had it before. I have most of the shop put back together but one problem I’ve run into is all the jigs and patterns I had made for various projects. When I was set up before the shop was not the most organized of places, but it was ...
|06-22-2014 10:54 PM||
A Milestone for me Lately! - 10 replies
Well, it has taken me over a week, given the distractions of mowing, working on upgrades to the office and a few other problems, but I got my table saw set back up! YAY Me!. 5 years ago I could have done it in a few hours. Now I do what I can, LOL. I did clean the oscilloscope and the laptop with the viruses off my assembly table. Now I am ta...
|05-14-2014 11:02 PM||
This is getting Suckier - 62 replies
I told everyone about my little setback with being diagnosed with CHF, class III what ever that last part means. About a week ago I gave my boss back the beautiful Craftsman tablesaw he gave me last winter. I added a Forrester blade, and a good fence, although I think the the original was much more accurate and repeatable. It kind of broug...
|04-17-2014 10:42 PM||
Free. Come Get it. - 21 replies
Today my boss in all his wisdom told me to clean out my small stash of logs that need to be slabbed.If you want them, you’ll have to come and get them as I’m not able to lift much anymore, other than loading some on my mower cart and hauling them that way. One is a 18” cedar. Actually, it’s probably Mountain Juniper, w...
|03-10-2014 05:55 PM||
Need Some Advice about Shop - 20 replies
Well, it seems things don’t go bad one at a time.Last Friday my boss came and told me I had to quit doing any work in my shop because it was raising the electrical bill too much. Hunh? I haven’t used the shop more than about 4 hours total since November.Yes, the electric bill is up. I live in a 50 year old house with little to no ins...
|02-08-2014 11:36 PM||
A Job on my Birthday - 11 replies
Today was a nice warm day, compared to the last few here in our small chunk of heaven. The thermometer was hovering around 50° and the wind before I started was pretty calm, that is, less than the gale force breezes we’ve been getting since Thanksgiving. I decided to get out and slab up at least one of my walnut logs. I started ab...
|02-05-2014 11:28 PM||
What is the "Tap Tone Test"? - 3 replies
I have a bunch of Walnut and Maple and Cherry and Osage Orange. How do I figure out the sound of a piece to make an electric guitar from or maybe even a semi-hollow body guitar?
|01-23-2014 12:40 AM||
Well This Sucks: Walnut Down - 41 replies
I finally got my walnut down. Lots of damage. I am hoping I can save some of it since the majority of the interior is clean. I hope to get a couple of 5-6’ logs out of it, but I’m not holding out for it.
|01-14-2014 06:14 PM||
Which Glue? - 14 replies
Lately I have been doing a lot of guitar repairs. Broken and cracked headstocks, scarf joints, necks, etc.I also have some Autoharps I need to get back into shape. I started out using Titebond III, which didn’t seem to have a long enough working time, then I used Titebond II on another repair and it just felt rubbery after curing, IR...
|12-06-2013 08:48 PM||
Lacquer line.... Taped too long. - 8 replies
OK, here I go.Monday I got a guitar repair project ready to finish with black lacquer rattle can from Ace Hdwe.Tuesday I hadn’t done the finish yet, was called away to get ready for cold snap but ran out of breath…. got an appointment for Wednesday at Dr. to see what the problem was, (again).Tuesday night I taped up the guitar neck, ...
|12-02-2013 06:45 PM||
For the last few months I have been having trouble catching my breathe after physical exertion.5 weeks ago it got so bad I could not walk 50’ without stopping for a few minutes to rest on either end and in the middle.I finally went to the Dr. figuring I had asthma or a cold or even pneumonia. Instead I was diagnosed with Dyspnea and a t...
|11-20-2013 11:22 PM||
Another New Toy - 16 replies
Sorry I haven’t been back on my guitar build, I am doing a bit of learning before I tackle that.One thing I have found, buying name brand guitars that are broken is pretty cheap.I bought this one for $100 including shipping. It has NEVER been set up. It was bought through a shop in Wisconsin and shipped semi-direct to the buyer from Epipho...
|11-18-2013 07:34 PM||
Need some Solid Surface/Acrylic pieces. - 6 replies
Hey, Ya’ll. I need some small pieces of Corian, or other solid surface acrylic counter top. I mean, really, not very big, maybe 1/4”x2”x1/2” I would prefer black or white, grey, beige, etc. will work. Other colors might work, it just depends.I could also use some bones of the same size.I’m not really interested in h...
|11-13-2013 11:06 PM||
Face it, I am a cheapskate, no matter how much I tell everyone how frugal I am.I’m so cheap I would pull the other side of the two ply toilet paper apart after use if I could find someone to use it. This thread is about home made tools.Kind of like some books that have been written about kitchen and household shortcuts. Let’s s...
|11-05-2013 04:05 PM||
Well Crap! Brushing Lacquer - 22 replies
Yeah, I know, I know…..Use a soft, natural bristle brush when brushing lacquer.Bright early yesterday morning, actually it was pretty dark, about 03:00, I decided to go out and work on a project I’ve been doing with some of the Chinese Tallow wood.Mostly I am just making cuts and joints to see how well it comes out and because I happ...
|11-04-2013 01:59 PM||
Wife Got Me a New Toy! - 9 replies
My wife went to a yardsale last saturday and bought a bunch of items for very little money.One item she bought for me was a Stanley miter box and back saw.A bit of rust here and there, I hope to get it cleaned up in the next few weeks. The saw is an unknown brand, probably a Stanley, I don’t know right now. It has a 23” blade at 11pp...
|09-06-2013 09:40 PM||
A new Wood Worker is Born! - 9 replies
A friend of mine, who at this time shall remain un-named, has been an electronics engineer and computer geek all his life.He was an electronics spook in the Navy for 23 years and retired as an E-9 in the 80’s.He is now 65 and still plays with computers, (He got me to go back to school and complete my degree at Perdue). We have operated sev...