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Blog entry by TopamaxSurvivor posted 01-14-2011 09:32 PM 1430 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It looks like more grandpa woodwork coming this weekend. When I made these swords: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/23703 , the bridal joint at the top of one was a bit loose. I thought it was good enough the glue would hold it. Without a good solid joint, it broke at the hilt. Lesson learned by novice WW ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence



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Lenny

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 10:01 PM

Way to go Bob. You have to earn your keep as a Grandpa by the grandchildren keeping you busy!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 10:05 PM

I guess I do!! :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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David Craig

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 10:17 PM

Even with a loose joint, the sword held together for over a year. In the hands of a child, that isn’t bad :) And the best part of it is that Grandpa can fix it.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 10:21 PM

It broke a long time ago. It was made of soft wood. May have held if it had been hardwood. That is about all I’m good for, Grandpaing :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 10:25 PM

Nice going, Bob. However, you might not should blame it all on yourself. I’ll bet those grandkids can be pretty tough on swords and such. You might become an expert sword maker before it’s over with. ;) Good job, grandpa.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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David Craig

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#6 posted 01-14-2011 10:32 PM

I can’t think of anything better to be good for Bob :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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patron

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#7 posted 01-14-2011 10:49 PM

get busy grandpaw
make a better one

or maybe make a couple
and keep some for later

my son hasn’t talked to me in 15 years
not a word about getting married
or having a son of his own

enjoy
your grandkids
i wish i could

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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rivergirl

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#8 posted 01-14-2011 10:58 PM

Mush! The prince awaits!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Brian Havens

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#9 posted 01-14-2011 11:37 PM

Go Grandpa!

If the joint failed because it was too loose, you can try repairing it with epoxy. Yellow glue is stronger, except that it has poor gap-filling properties. Epoxy, on the other hand, is really good at filling gaps, making it ideal for loose joints and furniture repair.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker http://brianhavens.com

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patron

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#10 posted 01-14-2011 11:45 PM

brian
sounds to me like the bridal joint broke

it broke at the hilt.

stronger wood
stronger joint is needed

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 01-15-2011 01:06 AM

It was the main shaft that broke because it was weakened substantially by the lack of suport caused by the joint being loose.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Brian Havens

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#12 posted 01-15-2011 02:20 AM

Ah. I misunderstood.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker http://brianhavens.com

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#13 posted 02-19-2011 09:45 PM

That is about all I’m good for, Grandpaing :-)) Isn’t it the most important thing?

Have fun and don’t forget to enjoy his smile when you are done.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 02-20-2011 07:08 AM

Its the most fun ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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