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    • January 25, 2017 10:08 AM EST
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      That laser cutter made some nice stair stringers. Cutting those by hand would have been a real chore. 

       

      I see that the copper pipe "wiener dog on stilts"  could be used as a smoker or grill when there is a a show going on at the gallows but how does the pinata and the fish basket fit in?  LOL

    • January 25, 2017 1:35 PM EST
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      beating the dead guy with sticks after being hung would be bad form, so they are using the metal piñata???? my guess.

       

      Looks like everything is going to plan Todd.

       

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    • January 25, 2017 1:52 PM EST
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      David Maynard said:

      A hanging was a festive event in some locals.

       

      Goes way beyond that.   

       

      "Prisoners - Please tip your executioner and Have a Nice Day!"

      This post was edited by Todd Brody at January 25, 2017 1:58 PM EST
    • January 25, 2017 8:47 PM EST
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      I got over to the workshop today and cut the rest of the pieces.  I also sandblasted most of those pieces that are to show, whether they are to take paint or just remain frosted.

       

      The laser was running poorly today (tempermental) but worked better after the tech cleaned the optics.  Still, it was working better last week and the same pieces were taking twice about as long to cut through clean.  Anyway, I got the rest of the parts cut.  The only lasering left are the holes for the poles and trap door and "grain" for the deck.

       

      This close-up shows the effect of running the acrylic through the blast cabinet.  It now has "tooth" and will easily hold paint.  Also, the paint layer can be much thinner, because you can't see though it.  But the decorative pieces go around the pole stantions and are to remain frosted and unpainted.

       

      I added the footing for the stairway and these show the "tolerance" when cutting pieces on the laser. 

      The pole was cut to 9.40 millimeters.  The hole was cut to 9.35 millimeters.  Clearly there is still plenty of space left over even though the pole is theoretically larger than the hole and shouldn't fit.  Like I keep saying, there is a lot of experimentation until you get things just right.

       

      Finally, this last shot shows the effect of cutting in the individual boards, then sandblasting the piece, then etching grain into the pattern.  I did this (twice) before the optics were cleaned and may try again before painting.  I can run it through as many time as I like at any speed.

      This post was edited by Todd Brody at January 25, 2017 8:54 PM EST
    • January 25, 2017 11:07 PM EST
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      Laser makes it look easy.  I know you have to spend a lot of time on the design side to get the details you desire.  I will say one thing, the way this project is shaping up, no one will have a right to complain about getting hung at your gallows.  Its going to be the best looking hanging tree out there.

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    • January 26, 2017 5:57 AM EST
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      Pretty Cool!!

       

    • January 26, 2017 9:32 PM EST
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      I glued up the lower portions of the stantion stones that I had previously glued to the cut panels.  I still need to put the stones on the top sections and add the decorative bordars.

       

      I also paper macheted the pinata and worked on attaching some of the stone panels to the...

       

      This post was edited by Todd Brody at January 26, 2017 9:32 PM EST
    • January 26, 2017 11:11 PM EST
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      That is going to be like the worlds most awesomest gallows. It would be an honor to be stretched on such a nice facility. People will be flocking from near and far to have their execution carried out here.

       

      Or for their quinceanera

      This post was edited by Devon Sinsley at January 26, 2017 11:12 PM EST
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    • January 27, 2017 2:02 PM EST
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      As I said, think multi-tasking.  For example..., Fiesta Fridays.

       

       

       

      This post was edited by Todd Brody at January 27, 2017 2:08 PM EST
    • January 27, 2017 5:17 PM EST
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      I mined the stones for 12 of the 13 steps from the local quarry.  (As is tradition, the 13th step is the top landing.)

       

      I also filled the pinata with scale candy and finished the paper machete work.

       

       

       

    • January 27, 2017 8:41 PM EST
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      I painted up the stones for the stantion caps this evening.  All required stones are now painted and ~half are placed.  Some left overs will be probably used for a pad or path.

    • January 27, 2017 9:23 PM EST
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      Todd Brody said:

      As I said, think multi-tasking.  For example..., Fiesta Fridays.

       

       

       


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    • January 27, 2017 9:50 PM EST
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      We're going to need a bigger gallows.  It's going to be "Yuge."

       

      This post was edited by Todd Brody at January 27, 2017 9:56 PM EST
    • January 28, 2017 9:19 PM EST
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      Today I glued up the framework and stairway and put the stones on the caps for the stantions.  Unfortunately, when downloading the photos, my LargeScaleCentral photo allotment maxed out and it would not accept all of the pics.

       

      Here's the framework being glued.

      And the stairway to ...  Note how the rubber bands hold it all together while four of the steps are used as spacers to keep the legs at the proper spacing.  After the eight steps dry, the other four can be placed.

       

       

      The next pics of the caps don't upload.  Maybe LargeScaleCentral can increase the picture memory allotment in the Albums?

      This post was edited by Todd Brody at January 28, 2017 9:22 PM EST
    • January 28, 2017 9:51 PM EST
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      Nice Todd. When will you be booking hangings. . .I mean fiestas

       

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    • January 28, 2017 9:55 PM EST
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      There will be a regular schedule.

    • January 29, 2017 2:28 PM EST
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      To illustrate the difference between men and women..., 

       

      I was glueing up the framework for the platform on the table for the mill/lathe.  It is best to use rubber bands to hold it all together nice and tight until it dries.  But to put the glue into the joints, the pieces need to be held apart as the glue is applied with a tooth pick.

       

       

      I had everything ready to go on the table and asked Linda to hold the pieces apart against the tension of the rubber bands.  The tool (bit) for the mill was still in the collet and I told Linda to be careful and not to touch it.  The bit is very sharp high speed steel and just bumping it will break the skin.  So she is really leary around the mill. 

       

      So she's holding the pieces apart for me and I'm reaching across the table applying the glue and of course bump the bit with my arm breaking skin with blood oozing out.  Of course I continue applying the glue and getting the pieces in place and aligned with some blood now running down my arm as she looks on.  (Glue waits for no man.)

       

      When I finish, she reaches in her pocket and pulls out a tissue for me.  (Wives always have tissues with them.)  I thank her and proceed to use the tissue to wipe up the excess glue as she look on with eyes wide.  

       

      When I finish she says, "That was for your arm," as she hands me another.  

       

      Some people need to get their priorities straight.  

      This post was edited by Todd Brody at January 29, 2017 2:34 PM EST
    • January 29, 2017 3:25 PM EST
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      I sure hope it wasn't one of those used tissues.  LOL, that story made me laugh out loud.  Good thing my wife is out doing errands (again) with my son and left me home.

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    • January 29, 2017 4:07 PM EST
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      Todd,

       

      Why don't you use your freight shed? Bob gave us new ones not too long ago. After we fill those we make donations to help cover the expenses of this 1st class joint.

       

      John

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      The older I get, the less I know, please don't make me prove it.

       

       

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