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Monday, April 18, 2011

The Weekend

 

Yes, I’m fine. Thank you.

No, there hasn’t been much in the way of posting here this week. Thanks for noticing.

 

I was going to do some writing this weekend, really I was.

But it was just so damned fine out that I spent the entire weekend in the shop.

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There will be some kind of post later today. 

Humor perhaps, as I’m a bit sick of politics.

14 comments:

  1. Dammit, you had to post a picture of you turning. Now I am feeling an ancient itch return to go to storage end fetch the old ShopSmith. It needs work, a new power cord, the rails will have to be de-rusted as well as the knives, but I could get some wood spinning in about a day or so....Dammit....

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  2. You know, I need another birdhouse.......

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  3. Humor as opposed to politics huh. There's a difference?

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  4. The level of embedded snark is different.

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  5. We're expecting 6+ inches of snow tomorrow night. I wouldn't mind if you took your crazy Alaska weather back now, please.

    Ulleti: An angry bear that wakes up from hibernation only to find he lives in Michigan and it's snowing again.

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  6. I was going to say, I'll bet it's a constant fight over the two groups of "friends". Those waiting for a new post to devour and those waiting patiently waiting for a new table top.

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  7. "waiting patiently" is a phrase that has no meaning in this context.

    Just sayin'

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  8. I didn't intend to use waiting twice in my post, maybe it was a Freudian slip?

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  9. Jer's Musings mentioned a ShopSmith and that was what popped into my head when I saw the picture, as well. My dad had one, and I remember helping him with projects years ago. Sadly, I was unable to take possession of it when he passed away, but the memories are still with me.

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  10. I have two Shopsmiths. One I bought, and one held in trust for the fabled Beastly.

    I used the Shopsmith as a lathe for a number of years, but nowadays they sit mostly unused unless I need to configure a machine for some unusual job. The Shopsmith is a fine machine but it has a number of limitations for turning, it's too light and its minimum speed without a reducer is 850RPM. But, if you're careful and work within the limitations of the machine, you can do some very nice work.

    The lathe in the picture is a 30 year old cast-iron Delta variable speed 46-525 industrial shop lathe upgraded with a 2HP motor and link-belt. It's bolted to the floor and I can turn 100lb lopsided burls on it without vibration. It's an excellent machine and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Behind it, hidden in the picture, is a smaller Delta 46-460 Midi lathe, 1HP reversible digital drive. Probably the best Mid-range lathe on the market, excellent for small precision work like pen making, fancy spindle work, ornaments, and so on.

    Never buy cheap tools. Ever.

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  11. The lathe in the picture is a 30 year old cast-iron Delta variable speed 46-525 industrial shop lathe upgraded with a 2HP motor and link-belt. It's bolted to the floor and I can turn 100lb lopsided burls on it without vibration. It's an excellent machine and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Behind it, hidden in the picture, is a smaller Delta 46-460 Midi lathe, 1HP reversible digital drive. Probably the best Mid-range lathe on the market, excellent for small precision work like pen making, fancy spindle work, ornaments, and so on.

    I swear....I just creamed my jeans!
    Sorry!

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  12. Whoa, slow down there Micky, I've got one person leaving bodily fluids all over the blog on the teacher post.

    I'm running out of paper towels.

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