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Forum topic by Gene Howe posted 01-27-2010 04:30 PM 1063 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gene Howe

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01-27-2010 04:30 PM

Sometime’s, when one talks about his plans it serves to focus the mind.

Yesterday, I built a prototype for a 1” wide ZCI insert so it could be replaced without replacing the entire saw insert. I’d post pics but it’s for an older ShopSmith and so, not of wide interest. Anyway, I’m now working on a method to use the over arm pin router to produce them in multiples to have on hand.

My sons and, one DIL, own several pistols. Plans are to build presentation boxes, at least one for each owner (3). The gun(s) will rest in a form fitting recess covered by barked glove leather. The boxes will be mesquite w/ walnut accents. Some with dovetails and some with box joints. Maybe one with keyed mitered corners. Might do an inlay on the tops. Might as well build one for me, too.

When those are done, one son wants a long gun cabinet. Oak in this case. Found some plans online that were first published by Pop. Mech. He and family are in Okinawa for another 3 1/2 years. Got some time, there.

Then, one son’s fiancee smokes very expensive cigars. She has a beautiful humidor, but want’s me to make another one. I’d like to try it.

Finally, I’ve always wanted a router duplicator. Got plans in a stash somewhere.

That’s enough to keep me busy for the next week or so. :-))

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 01-27-2010 04:47 PM

I’m trying to digest all those projects you’re talking about, but my mind is stuck on the thought of kissing a woman who smokes cigars. EEEwwww!!! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 01-27-2010 05:09 PM

Well Charlie, I’ve never done it. Don’t think I’d care for it either. But, the son doesn’t seem to mind. She probably only smokes one every 2-3 weeks. At their cost, I wouldn’t suck down too many either!
She’s gorgeous, great figure, an airline flight attendant, a gifted artist and a wonderful cook.
So, he should be able to put up with cigar smells. (priorities?) :-)
He smokes ‘em, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 06:04 PM

LOL, Gene. Nobody’s perfect, right?

I was a cigarette smoker for almost 30 years, and my dad was a cigar smoker. I smoked quite a few cigars in my life actually trying to develop a taste for them, but I just never could.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Gerry

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 07:44 PM

Hey Gene!

Good to hear you are using the mesquite for some more creative things1 Just (finally) picked up my Rikon Band saw yesterday. Lots of work to do to get it and me ready to use it. Got a HF dust collector and have set it up with a Thein baffle and an external chip separator, Also, on your suggestions, picked up the Ridgid oscillating belt / spindle sander, AND bought the FlatMaster drum sander from Stockroom supply.

I’ve got a few projects to begin, one being 2 small end tables for the Den, and a jewelry box for my daughter-in law’s birthday in March.

Are you still getting snow up there? Any plans to come south again?

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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antmjr

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#5 posted 01-27-2010 08:00 PM

yes Charlie, everyone has some minor bad habits, hasn’t he?, why not to like to smoke women from time to time, maybe during a nice after-dinner conversation? one can ask with dulcet voice: do you like smoking? or may I smoke a woman of mine, please? … :-)
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I like a lot planning – I mean, not towns or skyscrapers obviously – I like to plan what I’ll do today or this evening, it’s a pleasure, sort of premiere of what I’ll see. (I mean, I hope not to be the usual pedantic who aims to define everything before leaving for a travel)

-- Antonio

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 01-27-2010 11:08 PM

Hi Gerry,
Sounds like you’re ready fo some creative work, yourself, what with a band saw and two great little sanders.
Did you see my post about my “Dust Remover? I took my HF bags and hardware off, removed the fan/blower unit from the wheeled base and ran the exhaust outside. With the cyclone can in line, hardly any dust goes outside, though.
Considering where you and I live, no one would complain, anyway!
We were in Tucson for the holidays. Ever eaten at the Star Pass hotel? Fabulous five star cuisine. Highly recommend it.
We’ll be in Port Aransas TX for the next 6 weeks. Might pick up some more mesquite on the way through TX.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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ddockstader

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#7 posted 01-28-2010 03:34 AM

Hey, Gene,

You might not realize it, but there are still a lot of us out here who have ShopSmiths and would be interested in seeing your ZCI insert prototype. Heck, some of us even have two! I was just thinking this weekend I would cut some new ZCIs for both the 500 and the 510. But if you’ve already built a better mousetrap, why don’t you post some pictures and give some of us some better ideas? Thanks.

Dave

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 01-28-2010 04:28 AM

Here ya go Dave.
Used the SS insert for a pattern to make another pattern that I use to rout the shape with a trim bit.
I started with 1/2” MDF for the proto. Routed the edges to leave a 1/4” thick edge. Routed the ends to rest on the screw plates. Then routed a 1” wide X 1/4” deep slot for the replaceable insert. As you see, the replaceable insert gets the screws and holds the rest in place.
I’ll make the next one with BB and poplar. The Walnut was scrap.

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-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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ddockstader

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#9 posted 01-30-2010 08:09 AM

Absolutely super cool, Gene. I’ll try that this weekend. Thanks for the idea. I actually kind of like the walnut – makes it look very classy.

Dave

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