The Weekend Hobby Thread

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Good afternoon and welcome to the Weekend Hobby Thread. I can't draw worth a tinker's dam. But, I just might take up the hobby of our opening meme.

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Apologies in advance, the internet is out and I'm using my cell phone as a hot spot. Talk about hobbies, what one must learn to be somewhat technically savvy.


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Our friend -Blake - semi lurker in marginal standing sent 3 Attachments and a little history about his hobby. I'm envious. Care to teach?

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I think most people are aware of the cutting boards I do.

The one on the right I made as a housewarming gift for a niece and nephew. The one on the left went to the NoVaMoMe. (Let's call them cutting board backgammon and cutting board parquet)

Cutting board backgammon was made from leftover wood from a side table I built at the request of the lovely Mrs. Blake.

Cutting board parquet accompanied cutting board tetris to the NoVaMoMe.

-Blake - semi lurker in marginal standing

I'll be honest Blake I wasn't aware. Beautiful work thank you for sharing with us today. Awesome work.


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So I went to YouTube, typed in cutting boards and found 82 bazillion videos. So I chose this one.


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Hobby suggestions, hobby stories, photos, everything hobby to petmorons at gmail dot com.

Enjoy your hobbies.

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1 Bodging!

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 25, 2022 05:59 PM (u73oe)

2 Cutting boards. Sounds woody, I like woody, not tinny.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at June 25, 2022 06:00 PM (7bRMQ)

3 I called the otters.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 25, 2022 06:01 PM (u73oe)

4 I called the otters.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 25, 2022 06:01 PM (u73oe)

That's a surprise!

Posted by: OrangeEnt at June 25, 2022 06:01 PM (7bRMQ)

5 Daughter asks if I could teach her to paint.

Don't have any supplies and can't spend for them right now. Might suggest to school art teacher that maybe the Art Club can do some painting next school year.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at June 25, 2022 06:03 PM (7bRMQ)

6 Gorgeous bit of work. The only thing I learned from wood shop is to not try to ever make anything.

Posted by: NR Pax at June 25, 2022 06:04 PM (WD1fh)

7 That stick bird reminds of last time I was in Vegas. There was a comedian whose name I forget who had those plastic wall billboards up all along the strip as you walked along advertising his shows. Someone had taken a black magic marker and had drawn a large penis on the crotch of the comedian on each and everyone.

Now that's talent.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at June 25, 2022 06:04 PM (R/m4+)

8 Beautiful workmanship. I would love to get new cutting boards. I wouldn't want to use those pictured as they are works of art.

Posted by: Beartooth at June 25, 2022 06:07 PM (IuPqm)

9 Supper, back in a bit

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 06:07 PM (2JoB8)

10 That table is gorgeous

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 06:08 PM (2JoB8)

11 Pic. So, even the seagulls have heard about the SCOTUS decision?

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 25, 2022 06:08 PM (TIW4Q)

12 Definitely envy people with the skills and inclination to build woodworking projects. My foray into woodworking was a failure. The only thing I ever built was a workbench, and that was only because I was taking a class where you build a workbench.

Turned out I didn't want to build things, but I sure enjoyed sharpening the chisels and plane blades, trying to get the perfect peeling with a Japanese plane, and so on.

So now I sharpen/hone knives and razors, and try to get the perfect shave, or the perfect cooking cuts. Or just play around with my sharpening stones. Happiness is an end in itself, even if you don't get any furniture out of the deal.

Posted by: Splunge at June 25, 2022 06:09 PM (2hil/)

13 Sorry if this is the wrong place to make this comment and someone else hasn't corrected it but in earlier threads it was mentioned that the Roe was decided 6-3 when it was actually decided 5-4. Dobbs was decided 6-3.

Posted by: xa4 nasal radiator at June 25, 2022 06:09 PM (xkudx)

14 Question for Blake. What kind/brand or mix of glue are you using for your cutting boards?

Observation for Blake. Your work is superb, and your creativity and "eye", unmatched. I've seen a zillion cutting boards & patterns. Yours are unique, superior and at the absolute pinnacle of the craft.


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at June 25, 2022 06:11 PM (tkOps)

15 Martinis, (duh) Bourbon, cigars and fast cars.

No cutting board required.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 25, 2022 06:12 PM (BFigT)

16 Nice work Blake !!!

I like the dark wood light wood combos. I'm an Art Deco style fan.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 25, 2022 06:13 PM (MgJL2)

17 Agree, Blake's work is superb. Not many can depart so far from the conventions, and yet produce something so beautiful and compelling.

Posted by: Splunge at June 25, 2022 06:14 PM (2hil/)

18 Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it.
But of course…

Posted by: Holy Crap at June 25, 2022 06:14 PM (glGDV)

19 hiya

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 06:16 PM (arJlL)

20 My brother has three fancy cutting boards. Won't let anybody use two of them.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 25, 2022 06:17 PM (0ocXn)

21 My brother has three fancy cutting boards.
Posted by: Dr. Bone
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Used for de-Boning?

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 25, 2022 06:20 PM (r0Wry)

22 If I had a Blake cutting board, I would use it all the time. Tools are meant to be used.

You see it in the knife world, people who collect knives they never, ever use. That's fine, for them. I guess they like to look at them, or just own them, or something. Maybe they're like having art on your wall.

Posted by: Splunge at June 25, 2022 06:20 PM (2hil/)

23 My hobby is repairing all of the stuff in my life that seems to require constant engagement.

Spent this morning tearing down a non-functioning air-fryer. That proved to be a fused temperature fuse/link, buried deep, deep, deep in in its Chinese guts.

Waiting on an mail-ordered fuel pump for my Kohler-powered lawn tractor (the out-of-control grass continues to grow), which I could not find locally.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 25, 2022 06:25 PM (HAeoF)

24 I take my comment back... I would use those boards. Everyday. Nice cutting boards are really hit and miss these days. A pair of Teak boards we got 2-3 years ago are looking pretty trashy... even tho' they've been oiled as necessary.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 25, 2022 06:25 PM (BFigT)

25 I love walnut. Here in western Mo we have some of the most chocolaty walnut. I bought a board once to finish a project. Came from the St. Joe area. I had to stain it to match what I had.
Clear finish only on walnut, IMO. Once did a sideboard for my Mom, and left a wee bit of sapwood in the middle to show off the true color of the wood. She asked if I could stain it out... mothers.
I did a Mission style bed... out of walnut, of course.

Posted by: MkY at June 25, 2022 06:27 PM (cPGH3)

26 My sister made a cutting board in HS wood shop. After mom had it for a few years as strictly decoration, sis took it and gave it to someone else. We still have the lamp sis made on the lathe. I am not talented like that; but can do redneck fixes.

Last week when I was already running late the water heater drain valve on my trailer wouldn't close fully. The pressure pump won't work if the drain valves are not all closed. Then even though I was using a 2nd wrench trying to avoid ripping the plastic tube I still managed to shear it off. So I found a threadless plastic cap about the right size and some super goop and sealed it that way. I'll have to get a proper valve put on later but I had water on demand for my trip.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at June 25, 2022 06:27 PM (3cGpq)

27 Some really cool woodwork

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 25, 2022 06:28 PM (kf6Ak)

28 Beautiful work, blake. Always have loved the idea of woodworking but have never pursued it. Wife uses the jewelry box I made in 7th grade woodshop, though.

Posted by: rhomboid at June 25, 2022 06:28 PM (OTzUX)

29 Putting stick figures on birds is pretty funny.

And Blake, your work with wood for cutting boards is beautiful.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 25, 2022 06:28 PM (FZ2cV)

30 I made a cutting board in wood shop in high school back in the day. Seeing these I'd say there was a lot of gluing and sanding involved!

Posted by: SamIam at June 25, 2022 06:29 PM (oasF3)

31 Gorgeous woodworking Blake. Very well done.

Posted by: 496 at June 25, 2022 06:29 PM (U1eOr)

32 Beautiful stuff, Blake!

I like buying spindles for spinning, partly because they can be made in beauriful woods. A maker in OR, Ed Jenkins uses local wood a lot. I have a couple of his lilac spindles. Site is yarntools.com. I am partial to cherry and butternut too.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 25, 2022 06:32 PM (YynYJ)

33 Afternoon, Horde!

I finally finished an audio power amp I started over 6 years ago. It's a fan-cooled Class A amp/space heater based on the "Amp Camp Amp" circuit designed by legendary amp designer Nelson Pass. My knowledge of electronics is limited, so my main focus is on packaging. You can check it out here:

https://tinyurl.com/2aztyfbu

Kinda working on a preamp now...



Posted by: Average Guy at June 25, 2022 06:32 PM (SsW9l)

34 We have a peninsula in our kitchen that has a 6/4 maple top for me to roll bread. I use 3 coats of food grade tung oil every year.

Posted by: Jamaica NYC at June 25, 2022 06:33 PM (nAfZ3)

35 I am still mulling how to deal with my tack compartment plastic corner water tank for horse water. 1st trip this year I filled the tank, got to ride and no water (no biggie as RM had water available) The hose was off the tank and needed a new gasket and I thought that the sole problem. Never got around to testing until right before this trip when I found that the hose threads were stripped on my tank. I'm thinking I could maybe just get some PCV glue and attach the hose permanently. I never take it off.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at June 25, 2022 06:34 PM (3cGpq)

36 Jim, glue is Tightbond III. Good work time, food safe and water resistant.

Thank you for the compliments, I appreciate it.



Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 06:35 PM (5pTK/)

37 I had a section of #1 black pipe rot out. It is for my steam heat. So, went to a plumbing supply store, explained my issue and they gave me a Dresser coupling.

Posted by: Jamaica NYC at June 25, 2022 06:35 PM (nAfZ3)

38 Those cutting boards are simply works of art. Yes, I would use them. Oh, that I had the tools and, especially, the talent to make stuff like that.

Posted by: JTB at June 25, 2022 06:36 PM (7EjX1)

39 Actually, I got 2 couplings and an Amazon offset pipe wrench.

Posted by: Jamaica NYC at June 25, 2022 06:36 PM (nAfZ3)

40 Exterior wood glue at least but probably a dozen different kinds

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 06:37 PM (2JoB8)

41 I can't look at the sea gull with arms without laughing. Thanks.

Posted by: JTB at June 25, 2022 06:38 PM (7EjX1)

42 Woodworking is my husbands hobby. As I type he's in the garage milling down walnut boards to make 2 end tables. He's built 5 pieces of furniture so far. If you take the cost of all the tools and supplies each piece has probably cost... several thousand dollars. 😳
As he builds more the cost of all the tools gets spread out. Has he saved us any money by building stuff himself? Nope, but he does build nice pieces and I know they are well made.

Posted by: lin-duh at June 25, 2022 06:39 PM (UUBmN)

43 I didn't know it when ordering that might be getting printed figures for my miniature armies. Have wanted oxen teams for wagons for a long time so found some from a train accessory company and in a email said they were being printed in France but should get them on a couple weeks. Mostly hope they are compatible scale but looked at a few videos how to make oxen yoke so can't wait.

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 06:41 PM (2JoB8)

44 Walnut... I'm sitting on a bunch of Kentucky Black Walnut trees.

Come on down. Or over. Or up. Whatever. Take a look and decide whether it's worthwhile.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 25, 2022 06:42 PM (BFigT)

45 Turned out I didn't want to build things, but I sure enjoyed sharpening the chisels and plane blades, trying to get the perfect peeling with a Japanese plane, and so on.

So now I sharpen/hone knives and razors, and try to get the perfect shave, or the perfect cooking cuts. Or just play around with my sharpening stones. Happiness is an end in itself, even if you don't get any furniture out of the deal.
Posted by: Splunge at June 25, 2022 06:09 PM (2hil/)

I bought a set of Naniwa Chosera Pros a couple of months ago, along with a Naniwa Aotoshi "Green Brick of Joy". It's an interesting adventure. I usually do my sharpening with a modified 1x42 belt sander and Klingspor abrasives.

Posted by: mrp at June 25, 2022 06:43 PM (6eRlp)

46 My habby is hearing the lanentations of their wymyn.

https://bit.ly/3A6DkqI

https://bit.ly/3A54y0A

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 25, 2022 06:44 PM (FVME7)

47 42 As he builds more the cost of all the tools gets spread out. Has he saved us any money by building stuff himself? Nope, but he does build nice pieces and I know they are well made.
Posted by: lin-duh at June 25, 2022 06:39 PM (UUBmN)


I haven't met a hobby that saves money. Working on cars, maybe? You get seriously into a hobby, you're going to want the good stuff.

Posted by: Splunge at June 25, 2022 06:45 PM (2hil/)

48 Walnut... I'm sitting on a bunch of Kentucky Black Walnut trees.

Come on down. Or over. Or up. Whatever. Take a look and decide whether it's worthwhile.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 25, 2022 06

I cut and donated a 30 ft black walnut tree to a local senior center woodshop. It started leaning against the gutters. Not to worry though, the squirrels made certain there are plenty of black walnut starts to replace it.

Posted by: Beartooth at June 25, 2022 06:47 PM (IuPqm)

49 45 I bought a set of Naniwa Chosera Pros a couple of months ago, along with a Naniwa Aotoshi "Green Brick of Joy". It's an interesting adventure. I usually do my sharpening with a modified 1x42 belt sander and Klingspor abrasives.
Posted by: mrp at June 25, 2022 06:43 PM (6eRlp)


Nice stones! And, topnotch sandpaper.

I'm a Shapton Glass fan, but there is a ton of personal preference involved. I do have the 800 and 3000 Chosera Pros, and they are great stones.

Posted by: Splunge at June 25, 2022 06:47 PM (2hil/)

50 I bought a nice thick cutting board for the counter, sanded it like glass, oiled and waxed it until I couldn't bring myself to cut on it. Bought a plastic cutting board to put on top.

Posted by: dartist at June 25, 2022 06:48 PM (+ya+t)

51 Current "hobby" is assembling a solar generator system and 12V appliances, including a 12v refrigerator-freezer. And a 120vac induction cooktop single-burner for good measure.

Posted by: mrp at June 25, 2022 06:49 PM (6eRlp)

52 For those interested, couple of earlier amp builds:

Another Amp Camp Amp build: https://tinyurl.com/3syst89k

A larger amp: https://tinyurl.com/yc83n3bp

Kinda working on a preamp now...

Posted by: Average Guy at June 25, 2022 06:50 PM (4UZ0t)

53 Marine Status Update: With the completion of the varnishing, replacement canvas and cockpit cushions are next on the agenda. After a six-week wait, custom cushions are scheduled to be delivered this week in time for the July 4 festivities.

ETA on a new canvas dodger (polycarbonate window panels!) and bimini is unresolved. Quoted wait times are 8-12 weeks.

Decks are crying for a fresh coat of nonskid paint.

Requested increase on the credit card limit has been approved.

Floating and drinking is the order of the day today.

*end of transmission*

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 25, 2022 06:51 PM (XeHN6)

54 A major garage/basement cleaning is underway. My 50+ years of hobby/fixemup materials reached the point where I just couldn't stand it any more.

I've found things I had forgotten I had. And how many coffee cans full of nuts/bolts/screws/nails/hinges/wire is really needed?

Two of my boys are set to come over and pick through the 'to be gone pile' shortly. I really just want much of this stuff to go.

I did put a trailer hitch on the new ride yesterday though so, that's one monster cardboard box that can be set out.

Posted by: Tonypete at June 25, 2022 06:51 PM (Msys3)

55 There is a seller on Ebaycalled ovalboxman. He makes Shaker boxes. I bought three. They are beautiful and nice storage.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 25, 2022 06:52 PM (YynYJ)

56 52 For those interested, couple of earlier amp builds:

Another Amp Camp Amp build: https://tinyurl.com/3syst89k

A larger amp: https://tinyurl.com/yc83n3bp

Kinda working on a preamp now...
Posted by: Average Guy at June 25, 2022 06:50 PM (4UZ0t)


Great hobby. You had me at "Before anyone asks, yes the MOSFETS are insulated."

Posted by: Splunge at June 25, 2022 06:52 PM (2hil/)

57 I'm a Shapton Glass fan, but there is a ton of personal preference involved. I do have the 800 and 3000 Chosera Pros, and they are great stones.
Posted by: Splunge at June 25, 2022 06:47 PM (2hil/)

Thanks. I've always thought of the Shapton system as the "Zen" process. The single most essential item that I've acquired recently is an Australian-sourced kangaroo tail strop. Worth every penny.

Posted by: mrp at June 25, 2022 06:53 PM (6eRlp)

58
g'early evenin', 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at June 25, 2022 06:53 PM (ENBF0)

59 I bought a nice thick cutting board for the counter, sanded it like glass, oiled and waxed it until I couldn't bring myself to cut on it. Bought a plastic cutting board to put on top.
Posted by: dartist

I have figured maple countertops in the kitchen which I finished specifically to deal with cutting on them.

Nope. I bought the plastic just like you did.

Posted by: Tonypete at June 25, 2022 06:53 PM (Msys3)

60 Winners don't get cocky about what they've won.
Winners start preparing to defend what they've won.
Get to the top of that hill, someone else wants it.

Posted by: LenNeal at June 25, 2022 06:54 PM (U11/V)

61 Tonypete,

Does this mean your wife really, really wants that place in TN?

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 25, 2022 06:55 PM (YynYJ)

62 Kinda working on a preamp now...
Posted by: Average Guy at June 25, 2022 06:50 PM (4UZ0t)
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Those amps look great!

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 06:56 PM (5pTK/)

63 Does this mean your wife really, really wants that place in TN?
Posted by: Notsothoreau

Oh yeah. R. is a very low maintenance gal but she gave me the puppy eyes when talking about it. What could I do?

Our longtime local agent came by today and now a few more wheels are in motion.

Posted by: Tonypete at June 25, 2022 06:57 PM (Msys3)

64 I like buying spindles for spinning, partly because they can be made in beauriful woods. A maker in OR, Ed Jenkins uses local wood a lot. I have a couple of his lilac spindles. Site is yarntools.com. I am partial to cherry and butternut too.
Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 25, 2022 06:32 PM (YynYJ)
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The level of finish has to be incredible, I would think, otherwise the thread or whatever it's called would catch on the wood.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 06:58 PM (5pTK/)

65 Tonypete I don't know, I still have cans of screws and all sorts of fasteners and electronic parts from my grandfather I find useful

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 07:00 PM (2JoB8)

66 Some of the spindles are beautiful; I admit to being one of those people who buy and don't always use. I have a top whorl right now that I bought because it has a Russian miniature painting set into the whorl, not because I needed one of that weight.

Posted by: Lirio100 at June 25, 2022 07:01 PM (r0RRi)

67 Thanks Blake, your cutting boards are beautiful. We have several cutting boards from both the kids' high school woodshop class (including an end train maple top my daughter made for ou kitchen island) so I probably won't be making one of those.

Posted by: Average Guy at June 25, 2022 07:01 PM (ohu7k)

68 Missed a few previous threads as I was having some human plumbing problems. On those words I hate to see in a work setting, here are a few of mine:
Interdict
leverage
networking
blue sky
The DoD and its divisions are the worst. "We interdicted the convoy ....". How about "we intercepted"? If you mean 'destroyed' then say so.

Posted by: Ciampino leveraging my advantages at June 25, 2022 07:01 PM (qfLjt)

69 Today my hobby is getting over getting too stoned last night. Ugh. Soup. Did pick up the guitar and play a bit last night whilst stoned. First time in weeks. Much, much fun.

Posted by: SFGoth at June 25, 2022 07:01 PM (KAi1n)

70 Thanks Splunge. I lied. I never replaced the insulators...

Posted by: Average Guy at June 25, 2022 07:03 PM (ohu7k)

71 12 ... "So now I sharpen/hone knives and razors, and try to get the perfect shave, or the perfect cooking cuts. Or just play around with my sharpening stones. Happiness is an end in itself"

My ability with wood working exists but at a low level. But Splunge is right. There is real satisfaction in keeping blades and tools that are properly sharp. Whether it's kitchen knives that can chop or slice paper thin strips or a plane or chisel that gives beautiful, fragrant curls of wood, I like it.

Posted by: JTB at June 25, 2022 07:03 PM (7EjX1)

72 I really love east TN. There were two rebuilt log cabins in one town that we both wanted. One had a spring box. The other place was a dog trot style. We just couldn't do anything to make it happen. And I don't see deals like that any more. I hope you get it. It sounds like a wonderful place.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 25, 2022 07:05 PM (YynYJ)

73 Hobbies are interesting. Working a farm, the daily hobby is fixing this or that with what you have to hand. Probably the origin of hobbies.

Posted by: Indignatio Vindacatorem at June 25, 2022 07:07 PM (ERCDa)

74 Knife sharpness and cutting boards from the late master, Vadim Kraichuk:

Youtube: https://youtu.be/_lktWJKFP2k

Documentation (pdf): http://knifegrinders.com.au/SET/Chopping_Boards.pdf

Posted by: mrp at June 25, 2022 07:07 PM (6eRlp)

75 Sharpening is an art itself. I'm OK at it; could be a lot better.

Posted by: Average Guy at June 25, 2022 07:07 PM (ohu7k)

76 My ability with wood working exists but at a low level. But Splunge is right. There is real satisfaction in keeping blades and tools that are properly sharp. Whether it's kitchen knives that can chop or slice paper thin strips or a plane or chisel that gives beautiful, fragrant curls of wood, I like it.
Posted by: JTB at June 25, 2022 07:03 PM (7EjX1)
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Imagine my surprise when I discovered one should be able to shave with a chisel or the iron from a hand plane.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 07:08 PM (5pTK/)

77 My hobby lately is throwing crap out at the dump or taking it to goodwill.

I may graduate to a roll-off dumpster in my yard. A boy can dream.

Posted by: 496 at June 25, 2022 07:08 PM (U1eOr)

78 Wooden cutting boards are much safer and hygienic. "Cross contamination" is apparently a huge issue nowadays, or at least is all anybody wants to talk about, but the problem, is predicated on the fact that wood has some natural germicidal properties over time.

Plastic cutting surfaces hold all the nasties deep within the scratches. As the good ole boys say "There's Yer Problem..."

Posted by: Common Tater at June 25, 2022 07:08 PM (3m11Z)

79 Jenkins really is a master and folks bring him woods to try, which is how he got the lilac. It even has a few purple streaks in it. I like going into stores in Portland that sell exotic woods. I just like looking at the wood. I need to see if ai can find my husband's stash in the garage. I'll take it with me. He had taken some lessons on turning wood but didn't do a lot of it.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 25, 2022 07:09 PM (YynYJ)

80 I was a former collector of a number of items. . Coins and Trapper knives just two of my collections. I'm at a point where I won't have anyone to leave my collections to but I'm hesitant to sell them. They are just stored away where I haven't even looked at them for a number of years. I don't know what my hesitation is.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 25, 2022 07:11 PM (MgJL2)

81 I may graduate to a roll-off dumpster in my yard. A boy can dream.
Posted by: 496 at June 25, 2022 07:08 PM (U1eOr)
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My wife and I ventured into the "Goodwill and dump" hobby when we moved.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 07:11 PM (5pTK/)

82 Working on cars CAN save you a lot of money. At least if you stick to the sorts of cars that aren't too modern like Crown Vics and such. Labor is a hundred an hour now so things like oil changes, brakes, alternator replacement, belts, hoses, window regulators you can save a lot without being a master mechanic. The more modern the ride, the harder it gets and the more odds you will need some sort of computer interface device to do it.

Posted by: azjaeger at June 25, 2022 07:12 PM (3/XaG)

83 It sounds like a wonderful place.
Posted by: Notsothoreau

Thank you! We are going after it while at the same time trying not to be overexcited or reckless. If it is meant to be, it will be.

Posted by: Tonypete at June 25, 2022 07:12 PM (Msys3)

84 Posted by: Indignatio Vindacatorem at June 25, 2022 07:07 PM (ERCDa)

Farms are where you can find the best collectibles.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 25, 2022 07:12 PM (MgJL2)

85 HS Woodworking class: we were given block of wood with a hump and told to plane it flat. I overdid it and had a hollow. So planed the ends, ..... and I had a hump again. Eventually that approx. 2" thick block was as thin as a lath. I was better in Metalworking. I liked to heat stuff to red heat and beat the crap out of it on an anvil. So I made a BBQ fork (learnt to rivet) and a copper ashtray. The only thing I have made in my adult life was a bookcase. I designed it and bought the materials. My Dad actually cut the planks to proper size for me. Dad was very skilled with his hands and was a mechanic by trade but did fix watches for the nuns when he and Mum were hiding, in a convent, from the Germans. I used about a gazillion coats of polyurethane and it came out just like those super-mirror-like bar tops. No point in throwing the surplus varnish away, is there?

Posted by: Ciampino leveraging my advantages at June 25, 2022 07:12 PM (qfLjt)

86 Anti - I'm in the same boat with old fountain pens. I have given some away recently because I will never get around to using them. My kids don't want them, so I'm going to be selling them soon I guess

Posted by: 496 at June 25, 2022 07:13 PM (U1eOr)

87 Imagine my surprise when I discovered one should be able to shave with a chisel or the iron from a hand plane.
Posted by: blake

I am always humored by (self-proclaimed) 'expert' woodworkers that are surprised when they find out a bench plane can be taken apart to sharpen/tune up.

Posted by: Tonypete at June 25, 2022 07:14 PM (Msys3)

88 One of the nicer pieces of wood I've had the pleasure of using came from a pallet. A spalted board of unknown species (possibly beech). I used it for my amp housing (see post 33 above).

Posted by: Average Guy at June 25, 2022 07:15 PM (hT6bV)

89 I used to make a Hobby of avoiding work...

Now that I'm retired? I've gone professional.

Posted by: Romeo13 at June 25, 2022 07:15 PM (oHd/0)

90 I've found things I had forgotten I had. And how many coffee cans full of nuts/bolts/screws/nails/hinges/wire is really needed?

I think it might have been here - someone was cleaning out their dad's garage after his passing. You know the kind, sturdy pre-war construction, grew up through the "great depression" and thus learned to save everything. Might be useful some day.

He found cabinets and drawers full of stuff meticulously organized and labeled. He was amazed to find some "Pencils - Too Short To Sharpen" and "Bits of String".

Posted by: Common Tater at June 25, 2022 07:15 PM (3m11Z)

91 They are just stored away where I haven't even looked at them for a number of years. I don't know what my hesitation is.

Sometimes you lose interest in something but you don't want to just toss it. For me its tube radios. Back in the 90s they fascinated me and the only ones that were pricey were the 30s wood cathedral ones so I ended up with about 15 of them. About ten years ago I lost Interest and they have been sitting on the tops of bookshelves. I would sell them easily and not worry about max dollar if I knew they would go somewhere to be appreciated. But not motivated enough to go seek out whoever still collects them around here if anyone still does.

Posted by: azjaeger at June 25, 2022 07:17 PM (3/XaG)

92 One of the nicer pieces of wood I've had the pleasure of using came from a pallet. A spalted board of unknown species (possibly beech). I used it for my amp housing (see post 33 above).
Posted by: Average Guy at June 25, 2022 07:15 PM (hT6bV)
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That housing is beautiful.

Side note: I've seen several youtube videos which talk about using pallet wood to make cutting boards. While it seems like it might work, I also aware of the fact pallets are also used to move a lot of very toxic substances and I'm leery of the wood being contaminated.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 07:18 PM (5pTK/)

93
I made the grave mistake of delving into the purchase of a nice cutting board, which means, for me, spending hours on the internet researching everything about cutting boards.

I gave up when it came to the never ending debate on which type of "finish" is best.

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 25, 2022 07:18 PM (1oE4e)

94 Speaking of stereos, tore apart my Bose 501 40 year old speaker, looked up part need to fix the speaker and never ordered it yet, will soon. I use the system out in building daily.

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 07:20 PM (2JoB8)

95 Somewhere downtown Seattle walking the sidewalks killing time many years ago I found a woodworking shop. It was closed, due to the weekend, but I peered inside.

On display were some of the most amazing things I've ever seen made with wood. Things I thought not possible. Amazing materials, exotic woods, improbable shapes, perfect joinery and finishes, colors, etc. And probably unobtanium price wise.

One really cool thing that caught my eye was a Grandfatherr clock completely made of wood. Meaning the clockworks itself - all the gears and escapement, and even the mainspring! It was unreal. There are some really talented people out there. I am not one of them.

Posted by: Common Tater at June 25, 2022 07:20 PM (3m11Z)

96 Don't they treat pallets to kill insects and spores and stuff?

Posted by: fd at June 25, 2022 07:21 PM (vrz2I)

97 The more modern the ride, the harder it gets and the more odds you will need some sort of computer interface device to do it.
Posted by: azjaeger


Since auto parts stores want to sell you parts, they'll often grab a scanner and read out your car's trouble codes, hoping you'll buy the replacement sensor or whatever from them right there.

Posted by: mikeski at June 25, 2022 07:21 PM (P1f+c)

98 Posted by: azjaeger at June 25, 2022 07:17 PM (3/XaG)

Yeah I don't think it's the money per se but the time I put into it that I can't put a value on that makes me hesitant. It doesn't make sense but I'm closer to selling than I've ever been so soon.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 25, 2022 07:21 PM (MgJL2)

99 78 Wooden cutting boards are much safer and hygienic. "Cross contamination" is apparently a huge issue nowadays, or at least is all anybody wants to talk about, but the problem, is predicated on the fact that wood has some natural germicidal properties over time.
Plastic cutting surfaces hold all the nasties deep within the scratches. As the good ole boys say "There's Yer Problem..."
Posted by: Common Tater at June 25, 2022 07:08 PM (3m11Z)
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The advantage of growing up in Africa - a very strong immune system. No Montezuma's Revenge for me. I've eaten bad meat and bad fish with no consequence except to my taste. We had never heard of Listeria before returning to the USA. Unrefrigerated eggs? If they don't smell then they're fine. Did you say something about meat and poultry and cutting-boards? We don't worry about that. Seriously my first 4 years in Jinja, the meat market was main;y meat on banana leaves on the ground. A whole fillet mignon cost one shilling (20 sh to the pound. My Dad was earning 90 pounds per month before overtime).

Posted by: Ciampino at June 25, 2022 07:22 PM (qfLjt)

100 Yeah Blake, I try to avoid pallets that look too grungy. Not that I do a lot of pallet scavenging... mostly it's been for greenhouse/garden furnishings. That spalted piece made my heart skip a beat when I swiped it with my block plane.

Posted by: Average Guy at June 25, 2022 07:23 PM (Rg07L)

101 Walnut... I'm sitting on a bunch of Kentucky Black Walnut trees.

Come on down. Or over. Or up. Whatever. Take a look and decide whether it's worthwhile.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 25, 2022 06

I was offered $3/bdft cut. Anything over 18" diameter.
I have no idea what the retail market is cause I've been swapping saw logs for kiln dried lumber for 30 years. Right now, I'm owed somewhere around 25,000 bdft. Haven't done a wood project in years.
But if you're serious, get in touch with the Ky. Conservation Dept (or whatever it's called there) and they'll give you the names of the good actors.
One guy on a hunting forum claims to have paid for his land with a walnut contract.

Posted by: MkY at June 25, 2022 07:23 PM (cPGH3)

102 many moons ago when I was young dum and full of oh
I built an amp speaker cab out of wood walnut beautiful.
I took a Marshall 50 watt tremolo head that had been customized The 1st channel preamp the second
and the tremolo was turned into the master volume
Then I put a huge resistor or cap to handle the speaker LOAD Then I added a small power amp for a second master

Posted by: vizzy at June 25, 2022 07:24 PM (R/9t3)

103
And then...and then...the stupid issue of which cutting board will Dull your knives faster.

Fuckit I said, I'll just use the countertop.

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 25, 2022 07:24 PM (1oE4e)

104 Oak on the hoof ain't worth much, I also discovered, regardless of size.

Posted by: MkY at June 25, 2022 07:25 PM (cPGH3)

105 I could almost imagine having a fountain pen hobby. That's really surprising to me, because I used one in grade school, a hideous Schaefer that put ink spots on the paper, leaked into my shirts, and was all-around wretched. I don't remember why I used it. Maybe pure cussed determination.

Recently, I said what the heck, and got a basic Lamy from Amazon. Turns out I like it better than the G2 gel pens I thought were the best thing ever. It has a great feel when writing. It slows me down just enough that my handwriting is legible to others, and makes writing a pleasure.

But how the heck do you have more than one fountain pen? If I don't use the thing for a couple of days, it has already started to dry out. Hmmm, maybe it's because I live in a desert.

Posted by: Splunge at June 25, 2022 07:25 PM (2hil/)

106 Ebay is a great place to unload vintage audio. Most AM radios aren't worth a whole bunch, but some still garner some nice coin. Unusual or brightly colored are pretty collectible. Bakelite didn't really come in any colors, but there was an alternative, the name escapes me.

For a while in the 90s certain vintage sets were getting $10k to $20k for just a basic art deco kitchen radio. Hopalong Cassidy and Snow White radios were pretty desirable too.

Posted by: Common Tater at June 25, 2022 07:25 PM (3m11Z)

107 Don't think anyone has since talking wood cutting boards but even old ones should be wiped down with mineral oil. Will help keep wood from soaking up water when it's dry.

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 07:25 PM (2JoB8)

108 I gave up when it came to the never ending debate on which type of "finish" is best.
Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 25, 2022 07:18 PM (1oE4e)
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I use Walrus cutting board oil and put a coat of Walrus cutting board wax over top. There is no real "best" only real criteria, as far as I'm concerned is: food safe. What I use is a preference, not "the best" as I don't think there really is a best, only a preferred product or method.

I recommend Howard butcher block oil for maintenance purposes. If one uses the board as intended, it's going to get beat up and lose that factory showroom shine. As it should.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 07:26 PM (5pTK/)

109 I think what happens with some of this is that no one is collecting it or using it. It's how I wound up with the treadles. Fountain pens, typewriters, tube radios, stuff that you don't want to see just destroyed. But there's only so much you can use or store. I like all of the above. Fortunately fountain pens take up less space and I only have one tube radio.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 25, 2022 07:26 PM (YynYJ)

110
Sounds like Howard makes good products.
I recently bought their Feed-N-Wax wood polish. Excellent for dried out window sills.

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 25, 2022 07:28 PM (1oE4e)

111 89 I used to make a Hobby of avoiding work...

Now that I'm retired? I've gone professional.

Posted by: Romeo13 at June 25, 2022 07:15 PM (oHd/0)
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That made me laugh.

Posted by: Ciampino is grinning at June 25, 2022 07:28 PM (qfLjt)

112 I use DMT Dia-Sharp bench stones and strops. They let me get as sharp an edge as I can and the edges are fully useable. I'm sure the Japanese stones are great but wonder if they would let me do a better job.

Posted by: JTB at June 25, 2022 07:28 PM (7EjX1)

113 it also had 2 12" jbls

Posted by: vizzy at June 25, 2022 07:28 PM (R/9t3)

114 I have a collection of things turned from unusual woods... cause I let a bowl-turning club come scrounge the woodpile. A persimmon bowl that warped... looks like Dali painting.
A small bowl made of the root of a Japanese honeysuckle, my nemesis.
A hard maple egg.
Etc. Haven't used my lathe in years.

Posted by: MkY at June 25, 2022 07:29 PM (cPGH3)

115 Yeah Blake, I try to avoid pallets that look too grungy. Not that I do a lot of pallet scavenging... mostly it's been for greenhouse/garden furnishings. That spalted piece made my heart skip a beat when I swiped it with my block plane.
Posted by: Average Guy at June 25, 2022 07:23 PM (Rg07L)
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Yeah, finding that spalted piece of wood on a pallet would be like discovering what you thought was costume jewelry was actually 18 carat gold.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 07:29 PM (5pTK/)

116 Past 100 so minor political drive by...

Just heard a great summary of what the 2024 election will be. It's going to be the "I told you so" election.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 07:30 PM (5p7BC)

117 Martini farmer,

My husband would love that. But then he'd need a mill to cut planks and then he'd have to season the wood. Oh, and a trailer to move the wood, and something that could lift said wood onto trailer then onto the mill. If the trees are dead or you want them gone, you could probably get a local mill to come out and pay You for the trees and they would do all the work. Especially if they are larger trees. some of the bigger walnut planks will sell for thousands.

Posted by: lin-duh at June 25, 2022 07:31 PM (UUBmN)

118 Kind of wish I had a hobby

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 07:31 PM (5p7BC)

119 I have three TWISBIs in use right now. I cleaned up all the others, and will ink them up as needed. I use one for journaling every night. Second is for my "venting" journal, where I jot down stuff that doesn't go in the regular one. And the other is used for notes at work. These don't seem to dry out. I was using a new Conklin that was always causing me problems. Some of it is the pen.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 25, 2022 07:31 PM (YynYJ)

120 Kind of wish I had a hobby
Posted by: Dave in Fla

You don't fish, drink or lie?

Posted by: MkY at June 25, 2022 07:32 PM (cPGH3)

121 Very nice work Blake. The Mrs. liked your table especially the detail of the legs descending from the same type wood.

I drooled over the cutting boards.
We have one that was a cut out from a birch(?) kitchen counter top, we've had it for about 42 years. It does need a bit of sanding now which I've put off.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 07:32 PM (gVydF)

122 Well it was nice to finally pop in on the hobby thread. Heading back to the cabin now so no internet...

Posted by: Average Guy at June 25, 2022 07:32 PM (Rg07L)

123 101 Walnut... I'm sitting on a bunch of Kentucky Black Walnut trees.

Come on down. Or over. Or up. Whatever. Take a look and decide whether it's worthwhile.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 25, 2022 06

I had a place in Kentucky long time ago with a couple of stands of walnut trees. Had to sell the place before I could harvest the trees. Veneer companies would buy them on site. One stand had an old cemetery in it which might have been an issue. Left a lot of money standing.

Posted by: Javems at June 25, 2022 07:33 PM (AmoqO)

124 112 I use DMT Dia-Sharp bench stones and strops. They let me get as sharp an edge as I can and the edges are fully useable. I'm sure the Japanese stones are great but wonder if they would let me do a better job.
Posted by: JTB at June 25, 2022 07:28 PM (7EjX1)


Possibly. Depends what you're up to. It's a somewhat deep subject. A King stone is cheap and a good way to try it out.

Don't get me started about Japanese natural stones, it's crazy.

Posted by: Splunge at June 25, 2022 07:33 PM (2hil/)

125 Well I drink...

My problem is I have stupidly high tolerance for alcohol, so there is no real point to it. I would go broke before I could become an alcoholic.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 07:34 PM (5p7BC)

126 Mom Aspirin Factory still has the cutting board I made in middle school shop.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at June 25, 2022 07:34 PM (89T5c)

127 120 Kind of wish I had a hobby
Posted by: Dave in Fla

You don't fish, drink or lie?

Posted by: MkY at June 25, 2022 07:32 PM (cPGH3)
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Well if he fishes then he lies. Isn't that what all fishermen do? And drink while waiting for a bite?

Posted by: Ciampino is grinning at June 25, 2022 07:35 PM (qfLjt)

128 "Kind of wish I had a hobby
Posted by: Dave in Fla "

I thought it was politics.
Don't you run too?

Posted by: fd at June 25, 2022 07:35 PM (vrz2I)

129 I would have gone loony without hobbies

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 07:35 PM (2JoB8)

130 My problem is I have stupidly high tolerance for alcohol, so there is no real point to it. I would go broke before I could become an alcoholic.
Posted by: Dave in Fla

Well, it's a start. Now, if you fished, you become a liar... no other practice needed.

Posted by: MkY at June 25, 2022 07:35 PM (cPGH3)

131 Well if he fishes then he lies. Isn't that what all fishermen do? And drink while waiting for a bite?
Posted by: Ciampino is grinning
Heh

Posted by: MkY at June 25, 2022 07:36 PM (cPGH3)

132 Speaking of stereos, tore apart my Bose 501 40 year old speaker, looked up part need to fix the speaker and never ordered it yet, will soon. I use the system out in building daily.
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I re-coned mine and it wasn't bad. A day or two of spare time and they're just like new. Back to rattling the windows next door.

Posted by: dartist at June 25, 2022 07:36 PM (+ya+t)

133 Yeah, but I don't think I can talk about running as a hobby here

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 07:36 PM (5p7BC)

134 Ironically, that is why I'm here. Killing time waiting for the sun to go down. I have an 11 mile run on the schedule.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 07:38 PM (5p7BC)

135 Really, I have too many hobbies, so I'm not very good at any of them.
But... they're like wimmens. I love each one in a different way, at different times, and for different reasons.

Posted by: MkY at June 25, 2022 07:38 PM (cPGH3)

136 Yeah, but I don't think I can talk about running as a hobby here
Posted by: Dave in Fla


A Gainzz thread crossover.

Talk about running there, and running shoes here?

Posted by: mikeski at June 25, 2022 07:38 PM (P1f+c)

137 I restored my antique inventory for 50 years, so the idea of a hobby is a little unwelcome

I still dabble in it when I get something rare and interesting

like now, I got a early 19th century strawberry hill gothic writing deak in English brown oak

the restoration is not for amatuers

Posted by: REDACTED at June 25, 2022 07:38 PM (us2H3)

138 running from da law?

Posted by: vizzy at June 25, 2022 07:39 PM (R/9t3)

139 I couldn't run 11 miles if my life depended on it. Fast walk with a little crawling maybe.

Posted by: fd at June 25, 2022 07:39 PM (vrz2I)

140 I out grew my favorite hobby

Posted by: REDACTED at June 25, 2022 07:40 PM (us2H3)

141 Want to know how to get runners on a web site to dox you, hunt you down IRL, and kill you?

Talk about running shoes

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 07:40 PM (5p7BC)

142 again, thanks for all the compliments, I appreciate it.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 07:40 PM (5pTK/)

143 Dave, my stupidly high tolerance for alcohol is because I drink too much. You're lucky.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at June 25, 2022 07:40 PM (nRt/P)

144 Kind of wish I had a hobby

I've got extras, you can have one if you'd like.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at June 25, 2022 07:41 PM (Bd6X8)

145 Oh, crap I forgot to compliment blake too. Those cutting boards are amazing. I am literally in awe.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 07:42 PM (5p7BC)

146 Want to know how to get runners on a web site to dox you, hunt you down IRL, and kill you?

Talk about running shoes
Posted by: Dave in Fla

Ha! On a hunting forum question the manliness of anyone who uses (fill in the blank. Usually x-bow, or sometimes even compound bow. A different caliber. Name it).

Posted by: MkY at June 25, 2022 07:42 PM (cPGH3)

147 Another cross thread hobby started but for lack of a mineral has been halted. I look for sulfur at every Lowes, Homey Depot and Wally World I go to but none have it yet are supposed to.
Homemade black powder would be nice for July 4

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 07:43 PM (2JoB8)

148 I use a Tormek T8 to sharpen. I run in Vibram 5 fingers

Posted by: Jamaica NYC at June 25, 2022 07:44 PM (b+v9B)

149 Possibly. Depends what you're up to. It's a somewhat deep subject. A King stone is cheap and a good way to try it out.

Don't get me started about Japanese natural stones, it's crazy.
Posted by: Splunge at June 25, 2022 07:33 PM (2hil/)

Concur. It depends mainly on the blade material and hardness. A rough rule of thumb (for me) is: Japanese-made knife - use waterstones.Hardness for a well-made Japanese knife starts around 61 or 62 Rockwell. If you use a "diamond" stone on a blade with that hardness, you will destroy the edge with micro-chipping. Not a pretty sight under magnification (don't ask me how I know). Buying a moderately priced 1000 grit King water stone is a good way to start.

Posted by: mrp at June 25, 2022 07:44 PM (6eRlp)

150 I have a low hangover tolerance. It's the main reason I don't drink much.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 25, 2022 07:44 PM (MgJL2)

151 Well, back to an old hobby. Just ordered a couple parts for an Iver Johnson top break revolver. Should be a nice little gun when it goes back together, which is the frustrating part of these projects. No matter how many of the old top breaks you have worked on, it's always a challenge reassembling them, and you usually remember "the trick" after you finish on the umpteenth attempt. This particular one has about 90% nickel left and a nearly perfect bore. A lift spring (an Iver Johnson improvement) went kapow.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at June 25, 2022 07:44 PM (lz5hY)

152
blake, have you considered making Rolling Pins?

I ask because it's hard to find a large, high-quality rolling pin, today. The pins they sell are all chinese junk.

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 25, 2022 07:44 PM (1oE4e)

153 Homemade black powder would be nice for July 4
Posted by: Skip

I had to quit shooting my BP pistols. Can't get caps. Got ball, wads, powder... no caps to be had.
Somewhere, the Remington factory is still standing idle.

Posted by: MkY at June 25, 2022 07:44 PM (cPGH3)

154 I use a Tormek T8 to sharpen. I run in Vibram 5 fingers
Posted by: Jamaica NYC at June 25, 2022 07:44 PM (b+v9B)

A wise investment. I've been looking at Tormeks for quite a while.

Posted by: mrp at June 25, 2022 07:45 PM (6eRlp)

155 118 Kind of wish I had a hobby

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 07:31 PM (5p7BC)


One word: Gubs. Many Horde members can help you get going. All you really need is one. Along with some expendable gub insert thingy's. IYKWIM

Posted by: El Rojo at June 25, 2022 07:46 PM (AMIL/)

156 Ages ago I ran in Vibram. Cool idea, but not enough padding for me. Really caused foot problems with high mileage.

Switched to Hokas years ago, which is basically the anti-Vibram.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 07:46 PM (5p7BC)

157 I was offered $3/bdft cut. Anything over 18" diameter.
I have no idea what the retail market is cause I've been swapping saw logs for kiln dried lumber for 30 years. Right now, I'm owed somewhere around 25,000 bdft. Haven't done a wood project in years.
But if you're serious, get in touch with the Ky. Conservation Dept (or whatever it's called there) and they'll give you the names of the good actors.
One guy on a hunting forum claims to have paid for his land with a walnut contract.
Posted by: MkY

slab of black walnut i priced several months prjor to the inflation. 3"x18"x8' (thick, width, length) $800. you're being cheated.

Posted by: BifBewalski @ (UgAdJ) - at June 25, 2022 07:46 PM (UgAdJ)

158 MkY I just need flint and good to go

Take a look at YouTube, saw but didn't watch you can make caps

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 07:47 PM (2JoB8)

159 I had decent running potential as a yoot, usually got 100 on the army 2 mile run test, but running just bores the bejeebers outta me. Pumping iron, otoh, no probs.

Posted by: SFGoth at June 25, 2022 07:47 PM (ezukD)

160 Skip, have you tried a feed store? How much do you need?

Posted by: Ben Had at June 25, 2022 07:47 PM (4HE/E)

161 you guys are too sophisticated for me

I've used Norton 3 stone sharpening system for like forever

and I've got a bunch of various slips for my carving tools

Posted by: REDACTED at June 25, 2022 07:48 PM (us2H3)

162 Naah, you ain't thinking right. Gotta move it, kiln dry it, move it again, and sticker it. Then vend it.
Then move it to sell it.
Sawyer buddy told me, "I'm not in the wood sawing business, I'm in the wood moving business."

Posted by: MkY at June 25, 2022 07:48 PM (cPGH3)

163 Got 8 of them El Rojo, but I don't make it to the range often enough. Did just get 1000 rounds of .223 delivered though.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 07:48 PM (5p7BC)

164 139 I couldn't run 11 miles if my life depended on it. Fast walk with a little crawling maybe.

Posted by: fd at June 25, 2022 07:39 PM (vrz2I)
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That.
Slight asthma. Nowdays going to the bathroom or kitchen is exhausting.

Posted by: Ciampino is still grinning at June 25, 2022 07:48 PM (qfLjt)

165 Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 07:46 PM (5p7B

Are Asics running shoes any good? I use their tennis shoes which are very good.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 25, 2022 07:49 PM (MgJL2)

166 "Daughter asks if I could teach her to paint. "

Check with your local park and rec.
Cheaper than school.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at June 25, 2022 07:49 PM (jTmQV)

167 blake, have you considered making Rolling Pins?

I ask because it's hard to find a large, high-quality rolling pin, today. The pins they sell are all chinese junk.
Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 25, 2022 07:44 PM (1oE4e)
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I have now that you've suggested it. I have no way to turn wood, but, that's shouldn't be a huge hurdle. Hmm. Great, I'm now going to head down the youtube rolling pin rabbit hole. Any suggestions as to length, width or weight?

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 07:49 PM (5pTK/)

168 I had to quit shooting my BP pistols. Can't get caps. Got ball, wads, powder... no caps to be had.
Somewhere, the Remington factory is still standing idle.
Posted by: MkY at June 25, 2022 07:44 PM (cPGH3)

Another look at flintlock dueling pistol sets?

Posted by: mrp at June 25, 2022 07:49 PM (6eRlp)

169 I had decent running potential as a yoot, usually got 100 on the army 2 mile run test, but running just bores the bejeebers outta me. Pumping iron, otoh, no probs.
Posted by: SFGoth at June 25, 2022 07:47 PM (ezukD)


You should consider boxing, since your hash is an anagram for "Dukez".

Posted by: mikeski at June 25, 2022 07:50 PM (P1f+c)

170 I made a nice cutting board in another lifetime using walnut and maple pinstriping. The final board shape was an ellipse and I did some funky math shit with the focal points and a tic-tac-toe style grid.

Gave it away as a gift, never saw it again.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 25, 2022 07:50 PM (0ocXn)

171 I've never done any fine woodworking and am jealous of the demonstrated and inferred skills here.

I have been doing some plasma cutter art. The Mrs. wanted to weld so I did some shopping and she welded up a cowboy twirling a lasso, it's pretty cute.

Lately (as in this morning) I cleaned up a tow hitch with 3 different grinders and then cut 3 pieces to weld weld to the hitch tomorrow. I'm strengthening the top of the downtube which gets a lot of torque from the ~100lb drag.
I couldn't finish dragging the yard so after I'm done I'll get to test and see if I did enough reinforcement or I get to start over.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 07:50 PM (yLTnz)

172 SFGoth - honestly bores the hell out of me too. Now I mostly do it because my metabolism is used to 30+ miles a week, and I don't want to diet.

That and I keep signing up for races that I have to train for.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 07:50 PM (5p7BC)

173 159 Arthritis came calling in a big way in my early sixties. My USMC pft scores were good (3 miles in around 23 minutes with my short legs) but now it's getting challenging to walk the trash to the dumpster. To be 29 again.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at June 25, 2022 07:51 PM (lz5hY)

174 Oh yeah. R. is a very low maintenance gal but she gave me the puppy eyes when talking about it. What could I do?
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Posted by: Tonypete
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Make her happy and than God.
You choose the order.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 25, 2022 07:51 PM (OSzuF)

175 you guys are too sophisticated for me

I've used Norton 3 stone sharpening system for like forever

and I've got a bunch of various slips for my carving tools
Posted by: REDACTED at June 25, 2022 07:48 PM (us2H3)

Local supermarket's meat department used it and were very happy. Until the guy who knew how to sharpen with it left

Posted by: mrp at June 25, 2022 07:52 PM (6eRlp)

176 I would like to get back into woodworking in a small way: a presentation case for a cap and ball revolver and gear, maybe a pipe rack, things like that. Ninety percent with hand tools. But leaning over a bench at the usual height isn't as easy as it was 40 years ago. Might have to raise it up some to make it acceptable to my aging back.

Posted by: JTB at June 25, 2022 07:52 PM (7EjX1)

177 Anti doesn't matter - Asics makes a great running shoe. One of the top 4 brands.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 07:52 PM (5p7BC)

178 I just noticed i have a new hash for my data connection.

Posted by: SFGoth at June 25, 2022 07:52 PM (ezukD)

179 Also, YouTube has thousands of how to paint videos.
Some by Bob Ross!

Posted by: gourmand du jour at June 25, 2022 07:52 PM (jTmQV)

180 140 I out grew my favorite hobby

Posted by: REDACTED at June 25, 2022 07:40 PM (us2H3)


I sort-of did too. In my junior high and high school years I got pretty good at 1/72 plastic aircraft and armor modeling. When I tried to get back into it a few years after I graduated college, I had to re-learn the skills. It was frustrating and I quit after building a half-dozen planes. Oh, well.

Posted by: El Rojo at June 25, 2022 07:53 PM (AMIL/)

181 Nice wood working, Blake!

Posted by: gourmand du jour at June 25, 2022 07:53 PM (jTmQV)

182 https://tinyurl.com/28as9cma

Max price was $3.084/bdft: average $1.74.
This is on the hoof. (Standing timber).

Posted by: MkY at June 25, 2022 07:54 PM (cPGH3)

183 And youtube comes through. There is a master class of content available for making rolling pins.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 07:54 PM (5pTK/)

184 Thinking a garden center I am very near on Monday, only need 2 pounds

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 07:55 PM (2JoB8)

185 Bill - I have pretty severe arthritis in my right knee. If I have to give up the sport, that is what will stop me I am sure.

So far, I am able to keep running on it, and my doctor tells me I can't damage it. So as long and I can stand the discomfort, I can keep running.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 07:55 PM (5p7BC)

186 147 Another cross thread hobby started but for lack of a mineral has been halted. I look for sulfur at every Lowes, Homey Depot and Wally World I go to but none have it yet are supposed to.
Homemade black powder would be nice for July 4

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 07:43 PM (2JoB
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I put 'sulfur powder for sale' in Bing and got lots of hits.

Posted by: Ciampino is still grinning at June 25, 2022 07:56 PM (qfLjt)

187 The old school rolling pin I have (with handles) is 10" long on the pin part. Handle is 3" long on each side. About 2" in diameter. I have a French style, new, out of some Asian wood. That is about 15.5" long and maybe 1" in diameter. Those may not be completely accurate.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 25, 2022 07:56 PM (YynYJ)

188
Great, I'm now going to head down the youtube rolling pin rabbit hole. Any suggestions as to length, width or weight?
Posted by: blake


Maybe you can pick up a cheap lathe off craigslist.
I'm no expert on rolling pins, but I'll bet Bluebell uses a rolling pin regularly. She likes to bake, I think.

My only suggestion is heft. Something weighty...enough to brain an intruder. I believe a good rolling pin can double as a self-defense weapon.

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 25, 2022 07:57 PM (1oE4e)

189 Warm but nice out, been on deck all day, light for reading book fading

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 07:57 PM (2JoB8)

190 So far, I am able to keep running on it, and my doctor tells me I can't damage it. So as long and I can stand the discomfort, I can keep running.

I should try running again and see if my patellar tendonitis comes back.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at June 25, 2022 07:58 PM (Bd6X8)

191 The old school rolling pin I have (with handles) is 10" long on the pin part. Handle is 3" long on each side. About 2" in diameter. I have a French style, new, out of some Asian wood. That is about 15.5" long and maybe 1" in diameter. Those may not be completely accurate.
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Good enough, great, thanks.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 07:58 PM (5pTK/)

192 I have seen/handled 5 of Blake's cutting boards and I assure you, they are as beautiful in person as they look on here. Really lovely. And not only was he kind enough to send them as raffle prizes for the MoMes, he also included a bottle of conditioning oil and a letter of instruction to go with each cutting board. Very kind and generous, is our Blake.

I don't think I could bring myself to cut on it, but I would definitely use it for the most beautiful charcuterie board ever.

Posted by: bluebell at June 25, 2022 07:58 PM (aeePL)

193
Rolling pin with ball-bearings!

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 25, 2022 07:59 PM (1oE4e)

194 I still go to the back 20 and cut down a maple or 2 and maybe a black cherry for firewood

It is still pretty hard work

Posted by: REDACTED at June 25, 2022 07:59 PM (us2H3)

195 185 Keep going as long as you can, Dave. I did even after it hit both knees and a hip. Then it finally came down to quitting a lot of things,and there's a sense of guilt that comes over you. I need a cane for about everything, but try to motor around the apartment without it just because.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at June 25, 2022 07:59 PM (lz5hY)

196 Ok, I'm out. Later folks, and blake seriously those boards are beautiful.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 07:59 PM (5p7BC)

197 Skip. I've got three pounds sitting here if you want it.

Posted by: Ben Had at June 25, 2022 07:59 PM (4HE/E)

198 the Roe Killer is up

Posted by: REDACTED at June 25, 2022 07:59 PM (us2H3)

199
Tonypete could probably give some tips on how to turn wood for a pin.

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 25, 2022 08:00 PM (1oE4e)

200 153 ... "I had to quit shooting my BP pistols. Can't get caps."

Mky,
Keep looking for caps. They do show up once in a while. Even Cabelas has them now and then. It is Dor miss. Dynamite Nobel 1075 caps And if you do find some caps, get them in bulk if possible. are often easier to find.

Posted by: JTB at June 25, 2022 08:01 PM (7EjX1)

201

nood movies

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 25, 2022 08:01 PM (1oE4e)

202 My only suggestion is heft. Something weighty...enough to brain an intruder. I believe a good rolling pin can double as a self-defense weapon.
Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 25, 2022 07:57 PM (1oE4e)
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Groovy, thanks for the feedback.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 08:01 PM (5pTK/)

203 147 Another cross thread hobby started but for lack of a mineral has been halted. I look for sulfur at every Lowes, Homey Depot and Wally World I go to but none have it yet are supposed to.
Homemade black powder would be nice for July 4

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 07:43 PM (2JoB


One word: Amazon.

Potassium nitrate and charcoal also for sale from Bezos.

Or do a web search for "fireworks chemicals and supplies" Lots of outfits.

Posted by: El Rojo at June 25, 2022 08:01 PM (AMIL/)

204 Heh, Bill,

I'm in my 60s now, and am starting to win age group awards because all of the competition is quitting because of health problems.

So I stick with it, just to show up all those guys who have been kicking my ass for years

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 08:02 PM (5p7BC)

205 Dave, don't forget your other hobby: crunching poll numbers and informing us who, what and why of how polls work and what the numbers are telling us.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 08:03 PM (5pTK/)

206 Beer brewing: I assigned all the costs of the initial equipment to the 1st batch (48bottles of beer, they were not cheap per drink!), after that the beers cost about 11 cents.
The problem with beer brewing isn't so much that you become a drunk, it's that you can't slim down because you have 11 beers on tap and you want to brew 2 more types (5 gals each which is about 2 cases).

I was buying 50lb bags of malted 2row barley, grinding it myself per batch and had 15 types of yeast in my 'yeast farm'. I only had about 5 types of hops.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 08:05 PM (WSA6+)

207 I would love a walnut rolling pin. No handle. 18" long and around 1 1/4"- 1 1/2" in diameter.

Posted by: lin-duh at June 25, 2022 08:05 PM (UUBmN)

208 I've used a table saw for 40 years or more so I know better but last time I used it a cutoff stayed by the blade tinkling against it. I used a piece of wood to flick it away and it kicked back and hit me in the wrist. Thought I broke it. I used to be a lot more careful.

Posted by: dartist at June 25, 2022 08:07 PM (+ya+t)

209 Beautiful work, Blake.

The XO watches the occasional woodworking youtube. I think some of those guys have more invested in their workshops than we have invested in our entire house. Of course, then I look at what I've got invested in books, CDs, embroidery supplies, and realize I have no room to talk.

Posted by: Captain Josepha Sabin -- I wasn't particularly fond of the '70s the first time around at June 25, 2022 08:08 PM (H31K8)

210 I've used a table saw for 40 years or more so I know better but last time I used it a cutoff stayed by the blade tinkling against it. I used a piece of wood to flick it away and it kicked back and hit me in the wrist. Thought I broke it. I used to be a lot more careful.
Posted by: dartist at June 25, 2022 08:07 PM (+ya+t)
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I've had one serious kickback. When I'm cutting something iffy, I stand off to one side. Kickbacks are no joke. I got a mild bruise, and feel fortunate that's all that happened.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 08:09 PM (5pTK/)

211 My bride is a carpenter in training. Her biggest hindrance is work space. She's got an epic set of tools.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at June 25, 2022 08:11 PM (nRt/P)

212 blake - semi lurker in marginal standing
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What kind of saw are you using, it must be accurate as heck. Beautiful work btw.

Posted by: dartist at June 25, 2022 08:13 PM (+ya+t)

213 Again, everyone, thanks for all the compliments.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 08:13 PM (5pTK/)

214 Train show today. It was a fun cap to a busy week.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at June 25, 2022 08:19 PM (CcOog)

215 What kind of saw are you using, it must be accurate as heck. Beautiful work btw.
Posted by: dartist at June 25, 2022 08:13 PM (+ya+t)
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heh. Cheapo jobsite saw, Kobalt. I spent some time squaring the saw up so I get good cuts. Freud makes a "glue line" table saw blade. thin kerf, gives an extremely nice uniform cut. I'd like to put Freud off as a fad, but, darn it, right now, they make some great blades. However, I also spend a ton of time running the wood through the jointer so I've got a good straight edge to cut against. I'd also mention the saw struggles with hard woods. I can run 8/4 mahogany through it, but, if I tried to run same thickness maple or purple heart, no bueno.

As soon as I can afford it, I'm moving up to a Sawstop PCS. I really like the idea of not losing a finger to a table saw.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 08:20 PM (5pTK/)

216 208 ... Dartist,
In his early 70s, my grandfather almost took off a thumb using his table saw. This was a guy who had used one for many decades, he was a master tool make for the Navy, and got his start maintaining steam engines before WW I. He taught all the grandkids safety with tools, effectively. None of us ever got hurt using power tools. But one moment of inattention was almost a disaster. That event, and his lessons, has stayed with me and probably prevented some nasty injuries.

Posted by: JTB at June 25, 2022 08:22 PM (7EjX1)

217 Well, again, thanks everyone, I appreciate all the kind words.

Later!

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/) at June 25, 2022 08:25 PM (5pTK/)

218 Blake,
Hubby upgraded to a saw-stop a few years ago. Also, Powermatic jointer and band saw.

Posted by: lin-duh at June 25, 2022 08:29 PM (UUBmN)

219 My boyhood hobby turned into my retired guy job…..raising honeybees!

Posted by: Rick554 at June 25, 2022 08:30 PM (FmOIw)

220 So let me get this straight. People actually run...for fun? Without being chased by someone with deadly implements?


Huh.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at June 25, 2022 08:33 PM (CcOog)

221 I'm with you, GGE

Posted by: Ronster at June 25, 2022 08:37 PM (kjOvv)

222 My co-worker has been raising bees for two years. I've always wanted to do that.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 25, 2022 08:46 PM (YynYJ)

223

My hobbies are masturbation, golf and strangling animals,

Posted by: Harry Baggot at June 26, 2022 07:16 AM (5LmBX)

224 I was at the NoVaMoMe clutching my raffle tickets and hoping to win the beautiful cutting board. I lost.

Posted by: Theodore at June 26, 2022 12:15 PM (GJnvT)

225 Hi there! This post couldn't be written much better!

Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
He continually kept preaching about this. I most certainly will forward this
article to him. Fairly certain he's going to have a good read.

Thank you for sharing!

Posted by: NB at June 30, 2022 07:50 PM (vvg2H)

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