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I seem to spend more time making jigs than projects these days.....

Took me nearly 12 months to make our daughter a lazy susan....LOL
 
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Well, I'm not sure at the moment. I have drifted away from woodworking projects except for little things (jigs). I just bought an arbor press and got it mounted on to the workbench so it is solid. I hope to get started making Kydex holsters and knife sheaths. I have several new knives that I hope to give at Christmas with a custom made sheath. My shop has all the tools (band saw, sander, grinder/buffer, etc.) to do the finishing work. And a press for installing the eyelets. Unfortunately, I don't have any woodworking plans for gifts this year.
 

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Good to see you back, Mike! Show us those Kydex holsters and knife sheaths when you get a chance.
Will do. I am working on the arbor press, making a few mods. I have a breakover bar, I plan to cut down a little to give more leverage. I 3d printed a couple of jaws for my vise so I can clamp the ram in and drill a vertical 3/8 in hole about 1 1/4 inches deep. That will allow the die for setting the eyelets to fit in. Slowly but surely. The old workbench is still providing all the clamping options I need for anything I am working on. Still very proud that I built it years ago.
 

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John,

You mean finishing up projects from last year's Christmas...right? My friends and family know that I am not that punctual for gifts but they do get them...eventually. lol.

In East Texas its been 98-103 F with a heaping of high humidity. My un-insulated garage shop is an oven ready to cook me so I've stayed far away.

Though I probably do need to start my chess board. The pieces are almost finished 3d printing. Just 5 more to go but they are each 14 to 18 hours to print. I also need to do some leather work at some point. Too many hobbies not enough time.

I was thinking of making some mallets for gifts this year. Quick and easy.
 

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yeppers - it's that time again folks.
(for all Holidays during this season, not just Christmas).
I have the wood for them, mahogany, birds eye maple, a little bit of walnut and some purple heart. As for what to make I haven't a clue on what to do. Thanks for the heads up John.
 

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...In East Texas its been 98-103 F with a heaping of high humidity. My un-insulated garage shop is an oven ready to cook me so I've stayed far away.
We've had a pretty mild summer so far here in the High Desert of So. Cal. Been in the mid-90s, but we don't have humidity. Have AC in my shop, and I insulated the heck out of the ceiling and the whole thing has a layer of heat reflecting Radiant Barrier between walls and insulation. It makes all the difference. My dust collection is in a sealed chamber so the cool air recirculates back into the shop. That helps keep it cool.

I've had some health issues, but have been out making some picture frames for my artist-sweetie.She came up with a bunch of interesting old pictures the other day, so maybe I'll make some frames for them and send them as gifts to family in the pictures. I also found a stash of negatives taken by my mom and dad (both gone now), and I can take some digital pictures of them on a light box, the print them. There are a few of us who would love to see things like their wedding picture from the 1920s.
 

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I haven't made a run to the big box store for some plywood so haven't started my chess board.

Also been recovering from my first time at Covid. Only had fever for 4 days but its been about three weeks and I feel tired all the time and out of wind as soon as I do anything but finally starting to have a little energy.

Got all the lumber ready to make 4 mallets. Did a quick one to see if I remember how to make them. Let's just say a particular old guy can't remember squat. So not perfect but it did let me know where I need to pay more attention for the rest of the mallets. Purple heart and oak handle with lacquer and wax finish. Looks way prettier IRL. (I can use young people lingo every once in a while)

If I remember, someone had asked what purple heart looks like after a while. This is about a year of oxidation in the open. I did not resurface the lumber and only did a light sanding. Also some boards are more purple than others.

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that's quite a different style of handle Oscar - never seen anything like it before.
I read a short article about preserving the color of purple heart just the other day: put it in the oven about 250*f for a few minutes. It might be worth looking into.
 

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I designed the handle to be able to register the hammer direction without looking at the hammer. It also feels good in the hand (at least to me). You can hold it higher for delicate smashing or lower down the handle for a little more vigorous smashing and you can feel it without looking at the hammer.

This mallet design if for light to medium strike force so it will not hold up for long term heavy smashing use. I believe you need a solid piece of heavy hardwood for a hard smashing force mallet.

I have about 20 chunks of oak, air drying (2 years so far), to make heavy use mallets at some time in the future.
 

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I read a short article about preserving the color of purple heart just the other day: put it in the oven about 250*f for a few minutes. It might be worth looking into.
John, that is cool. I may or may not have known about that a while ago but if so have long since forgotten that nugget of info.

So of course had to try it. 250F for 15 minutes. A lot more purpliey. It does work.

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Mallet #2 finnished. Still playing with the design and build processes. Love that these are only a couple of hours to build.

Purple heart and oak with an oil based poly. I think I need to build some jigs for speed and standardization. Batching them out would be easier as well. Currently a lot of hand work and sanding to finish that I do not enjoy.

But this design got a 100% positive from the household so may stick to this for this year's go round.

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I am still looking for that one thing I can make a thousand of, that will sell like hotcakes at a Christmas Craft Show. If I can make ... SOMETHING ... that everyone will line up to buy, and I can make $10 or $12 profit on each one, I'd be grinning from ear to ear!

The yard wind spinners sell well, but that is a lot of welding, cutting, etc. Garden gnomes are now popular. If you can draw unique characters that amuse people, they will buy them. If only I could convince EVERYONE that they absolutely MUST OWN one of my (insert amazing gimmicky thing here).

Do you remember the last time someone actually found that magic formula? It was the PET ROCK! The guy was a GENIUS! It wasn't the rock that people were buying. It was the novelty of having a "pet" that required absolutely no care, no feeding, no walking, no vet bills, no licensing, and no attention whatsoever. The little booklet that came with every rock was great. It had two photos .. "A healthy rock" and "A sick rock." Of course they were the same photo, but people went for the Pet Rock in a BIG way!

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I am still looking for that one thing I can make a thousand of, that will sell like hotcakes at a Christmas Craft Show. If I can make ... SOMETHING ... that everyone will line up to buy, and I can make $10 or $12 profit on each one, I'd be grinning from ear to ear!

The yard wind spinners sell well, but that is a lot of welding, cutting, etc. Garden gnomes are now popular. If you can draw unique characters that amuse people, they will buy them. If only I could convince EVERYONE that they absolutely MUST OWN one of my (insert amazing gimmicky thing here).

Do you remember the last time someone actually found that magic formula? It was the PET ROCK! The guy was a GENIUS! It wasn't the rock that people were buying. It was the novelty of having a "pet" that required absolutely no care, no feeding, no walking, no vet bills, no licensing, and no attention whatsoever. The little booklet that came with every rock was great. It had two photos .. "A healthy rock" and "A sick rock." Of course they were the same photo, but people went for the Pet Rock in a BIG way!

Joe





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My Pet Rock died. I was crushed.:cry:
 
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