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    • August 12, 2019 8:14 PM EDT
    • Ric has a home ?

       

       

      If this is true why has it not been donated to someone that needs one ?

    • August 12, 2019 11:38 AM EDT
    • Welcome home....  Since you are home and had that rain,

      could you please send some down here??

       

    • August 12, 2019 9:09 AM EDT
    • I'm surprised you remember how to get home......................

    • August 12, 2019 9:03 AM EDT
    • 12 August, 2019 - We are home.  Last night was the first time in Carlyle since June 17th.  Nice to be home, but we are already planning our next trip.  Headed for the Michigan Central's Fall Ops over Labor Day Weekend.  Bill Hays wants us to arrive a few days early to work on the Car Float.

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      Our recent travels and adventures are well documented.

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      For more info, check out -

      American Invasion 2019

      http://gardenrailroadottawa.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2019-07-27T17:25:00-07:00&max-results=7&start=2&by-date=false

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      Finger Lakes Live Steamers

      https://fingerlakeslivesteamers.org/

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      TrainOps2019

      http://largescalecentral.com/forums/topic/29268/train-ops-2019/view/post_id/389273

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      Mill Creek Railroad

      https://www.millcreekcentral.com/

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      This hobby of "Operations with Model Trains" offers us a chance to see great railroads and visit wonderful people enjoying the same things we do.  I hope you enjoy us sharing it.  Its our way of documenting memories for ourselves, also.

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      Someone "Mike?" came up to me at the Mill Creek Railroad.  We introduced ourselves and shared a moment, but the weekend is a blurr of fun.

       

       

    • August 5, 2019 9:42 AM EDT
    • Glad you had a great adventure and returned safely, Ray. 238 GB, wow, that’s what, about 50 or so 2hr HD movies   I‘m gonna need lots more popcorn 

    • August 5, 2019 12:08 AM EDT
    • Thanks! I made it back OK. Returned home late in the day on July 30th. Saw, and photographed, lots of great stuff. Came home with 238 gigabytes of photos and video! Needless to say, it's going to take me a little while to go through everything and get it edited and posted.

       

       

    • August 4, 2019 8:36 PM EDT
    • So I said I haven't used the new and improved flattening sled because I started building a thickness sander. So a planer is nice to get wood down to thickness fast but doesn't always do the cleanest job. I have access to a 12" planer so I decided instead of adding a planer to my shop I wanted a thickness sander. I can get wood to a desired thickness but can also make nice smooth panels. But I don't have the money to drop on a good thickness sander so I decided to build one. There are tons of videos on Youtube on the subject. Its not a hard concept. Make a drum, true it to an adjustable table and you are on your way. I had an old lathe that went TU. That gave me a motor and a set of pulleys. The rest is scratch built. Here is where it is so far.

       

      So next up I need to cut 32- 3/4" X 31/2" discs and epoxy them onto the rod to make the 24"drum. And make the motor mount. As an addition on the end I will make  12" disk sander. So this will be a complete sanding station.

       

      There is a downside to this style of thickness sander. Since the thickness is set by a table that pivots on a pendulum the thinner you go the steeper the table angle and your wood heads for the ground. It limits the length of the wood. It does short stuff really well. If you need to do longer stuff and there is a possibility of hitting the floor on the outfeed the answer is to use sheet foam under the wood to make it "thicker" than it is and then this reduces the table angle. Not a cure all but for about $100 bucks I'll have a 22" wide thickness sander that will 90% of what I need it to do.

    • August 3, 2019 12:41 PM EDT
    • Mark Hadler said:

      This is one of my favorite woodworking sites - Woodgears

       

      I especially like the machinery, techniques, jigs and shop trick sections; a bit of something for everyone.

      Hey thats a cool website. Thanks for the link

    • August 3, 2019 12:38 PM EDT
    • Gotta love the backyard trees.

       

      So as promised here is flattening sled 2.0. Here is the new surfacing bit

       

       

      and the new router bottom plate

       

       

      And the new rulers one on each side. The are set to measure the bottom of the sled runners from the table. Not the nit height. Makes no difference really what it measures as it is all arbitrary. Is more about getting both sides the same height off the table so you get a flat surface.

       

      The sides

       

       

      The runners

       

       

      Old router looks a little used but for 5 bucks it works well. I took it apart and cleaned and waxed the important parts.

       

       

      And finally the bit below the runners.

       

       

      I haven't fired it up yet. I am building another new toy a 24" thickness sander.

       

       

    • August 2, 2019 9:35 PM EDT
    • If the bass was "weighted" did he sink when you put him back in the water?

      BTW I have one of those bass on a plaque too. Mine sings a song and moves when someone passes in front of him!

    • August 2, 2019 9:13 PM EDT
    • So what were the dimensions of the Bass?  Not the Fisherman's dimension, the actual dimensions.

      Pictures or it did not happen.

    • August 2, 2019 9:12 PM EDT
    • The vinyl fridge wrap is a cheat but works

       

    • August 2, 2019 9:08 PM EDT
    • Dragon light is on live edge back yard walnut as well....

    • August 2, 2019 9:02 PM EDT
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      "Back Yard" black walnut tree shelving in the kitchen with USB charging outlets above the shelving. Only thing the boy asked for an granted ...the USB outlets are way faster than the plug adapter.

       

       

      The fridge is a 21 cu Whirlpool with a vinyl wrap. (bass was caught measured weighted and released only a fiberglass replica mounted on red oak.

       

    • August 2, 2019 4:31 PM EDT
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      No kits, lol. 

       

      David, jig making can be it's own hobby. I rather enjoying making various jigs and tools to get jobs done. I have made several over the years some good some not so good. Its born out of being both cheap and creative. 

      Yea, I am a cheep bast person too. I have made some goofy rigs to get the job done.

    • August 2, 2019 11:38 AM EDT
    • This is where I get my band saw blades and where I drool over tools I'll never own... it too is a learning site.

      https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/

    • August 2, 2019 10:45 AM EDT
    • This is one of my favorite woodworking sites - Woodgears

       

      I especially like the machinery, techniques, jigs and shop trick sections; a bit of something for everyone.

    • August 2, 2019 9:18 AM EDT
    • No kits, lol. 

       

      David, jig making can be it's own hobby. I rather enjoying making various jigs and tools to get jobs done. I have made several over the years some good some not so good. Its born out of being both cheap and creative. 

    • August 2, 2019 6:20 AM EDT
    • Gee Devon, making the tool sounds like a major building project in itself.