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Location: Churchill, Victoria, Australia
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Retired, ex mainframe systems programmer. Now fulltime recreational woodworker majoring in pens, boxes, puzzles, T&J Toys and occasional small furniture.
Design everything (and I mean everything) in Sketchup prior to touching tools. I am fortunate to have the use of a laser and I like to laser cut pieces in MDF to use as either layout patterns (3mm MDF) or routing templates (6mm MDF). For small intricate parts I occasionally laser cut, however, removing the burn marks is more a hassle than hand cutting.
I'm a real gadgets man and squander many a $ on new inovations and handy tool supplements. I also like to make jigs and design my own gadgets and while at times a purchased jig may be cheaper than a shop made one sometimes they may be improved for personal use. I often use 3D printed parts designed in SketchUp to supplement my wooden jigs in creating wood pieces for models.

But most of all I love a glass or two of red... that's a lie.. a bottle or two.. another lie.. I buy casks... actually I tried to buy a pub but I got prematurely retrenched, so I left the big smoke (Richmond, 3 km from Melbourne CBD) and practiced intimidation of the folks in Churchill (160K ESE from Richmond).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dutchy

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#1 posted 02-26-2016 12:26 PM

Nice to see you here. Welocme. You will enjoy it here.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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#2 posted 05-19-2016 08:46 PM

-- Spammer in the process of being removed.

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#3 posted 05-27-2016 09:51 PM

Hi, Thanks for the kind comments.
Here is a link to a good article about ebonizing http://www.popularwoodworking.com/projects/chemical-ebonizing
The secret for me is the tannin, not all timber requires you use it but it is the stuff that makes the process work on most timber that I have tried. Also you need to get the correct type of steel wool to dissolve in white vinegar.
I use a super fine 0000 grade this seems to dissolve fairly quickly, about 1 week. The second coat of tannin as described in the article definitely makes a difference in the blackness.
I have made you a buddy, hope you approve as I have been communicating with Dutchy (Jan) and he tells me you have some great plans done on sketchup that I would like to see. Can you help me with that?
Regards
Peter Jones

-- Peter New Zealand

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 05-28-2016 06:14 AM

Thanks Peter, It’s an honour to be invited as a buddy (even from a Kiwi) and I hope you don’t mind reciprocation.

My issue was the lack of tannin. I didn’t realise it’s importance till I saw the following video last night,
(I’m not much of a reader).

I currently have 22 of the T&J models imported into Sketchup, currently working on the WS Tractor and have the MRAP Cougar, Power Wagon and Hydraulic Crane on order which should take about 10 days to arrive and a few days to import. I have uploaded the SU models onto dropbox. I have a mix of 2 versions, some with just the SU model and others with the plans for those that have purchased the plan (just to be fair to T&J and individuals’ honour system).
The ”$Train.skp” has models of both the locos, caboose, passenger, box and gondola in the one (can post individual if required).

If you give me your private email address (at “alex@karapens.com”), I can add it to the authorised list to download. If you actually own the plans, I will upload and give access to you to a copy including the plans.

Also if you need any assistance or tips with SU feel free to ask.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#5 posted 02-10-2017 07:23 AM

Hey I just realised I though you were in NZ, your actually in Vic, I am gunna pay you a visit someday.
I almost got to meet Crowie but my son beat me to it.

-- Regards Robert

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htl

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#6 posted 11-08-2017 08:40 PM

I’d welcome you but you’ve been here a long time. LOL

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 11-11-2017 10:45 AM


Hey I just realised I though you were in NZ, your actually in Vic, I am gunna pay you a visit someday.
I almost got to meet Crowie but my son beat me to it.

- robscastle


Nothing against crowie but at least you can fly over NSW if you visit the beautiful Victoria.

I’d welcome you but you’ve been here a long time. LOL

- htl

#4, You also have an open invitation…

Just imagine… A Kiwi, a bananabender, a Yank and a degenerate from Churchill… one helluva party… I’ll start building up my reserve of casks… Shame pottzy doesn’t subscribe to this post, otherwise the Yanks would out number us legal residents…

If I wasn’t born in Hungary (with dual citizenship), I’d be in the Australian parliament and not a woodie… Maybe now you guys know who to blame… my parents (all six of them… my parents were originally gypsies)!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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htl

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#8 posted 11-18-2017 12:32 AM

If I wasn’t born in Hungary (with dual citizenship), I’d be in the Australian parliament and not a woodie… Maybe now you guys know who to blame… my parents (all six of them… my parents were originally gypsies)!

All this time I thought you were a duck???

So what your saying is when you moved down under your family name was changed from Gypsie to Duck?

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 11-18-2017 11:27 AM


... your family name was changed from Gypsie to Duck?

- htl


Aha! The ever perplexing conundrum! What came first…

The duck or the egg?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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