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The Weekend Hobby Thread

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Painting. Dogs. Cards, now there are some hobbies.

Hey, welcome to The Weekend Hobby Thread. We have some good stuff today. A couple of Morons are quite creative. So check it out and by all means, leave the politics and current events out in the driveway.


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Hi MisHum,

Long time moron lurker here and thought I would share some pics of one of my many hobbies.

I live in an area where there are a lot of trees. One of my favorite things is to turn what would normally be a log on the firewood pile into something beautiful and useful.

For example: Here is a piece of a large Beech branch that fell in my yard. After splitting it I saw that it was spalted. Spalting is the term to describe the staining of the grain caused by a fungus.

Once the wood dries out, the fungus dies but the grain coloring remains. You can see the difference in the last picture with a piece of beech that is not spalted on the left.

The finish on all the brush handles is clear, so this is the natural coloring which to me is the best part - knowing that what looks like a piece of trash destined for the fire into something gorgeous.

There are a lot of different species of trees here so everytime I'm over someone's house, I'm always looking at their firewood pile which gets me some weird looks until I explain why. Now I have people sending me notes about a tree that just came down and if I want any of it ... lol.

I know there are a few traditional wet shavers amongst the horde including myself so thought I would share something that relates to that.

BTW, I attached the photos in the zip in case they do not come through in the email. They are numbered in the order that I have them in the email so if you need to change something it should be easy for you.

If you think this is a worthy post, please feel free to edit, change or trim to make it fit.

Thanks
Carluchi


Not one word changed by me Carluchi. What a wonderful project. And thanks so much for sharing with us. If I didn't have plans to quit shaving I would try and twist your arm for one of those brushes.

So where did you score the brush hair? And if you have any basswood or birch reach out to me.

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There are as many hobbies as there are stars in the sky. One hobby can be "Home Improvements". And that is exactly our next entry from Jim -Sunk New Dawn -Galveston, TX

Jim wrote the following:

Dear MisHum...

I sent you cel fone pics of the gates I finished, just today.

The old, treated pine, all wood gates had succumbed to gravity and the Texas Gulf Coast's cumulative effects of salt air, high humidity, and wood-killing heat, and had sagged damn near off their own hinges.

I had to build a new gate, and resolved to do it ONLY ONCE, to last long after I'm gone.

It's all heavy structural steel, NOT the thin stuff they sell at Fence Supply places. Each 3"x3" INSIDE dimension post has 125 lbs of concrete holding it in. Gates are framed 1"x1" square tubing. It's all MIG welded, all ends on the tubes were fitted with plates and welded closed. It's NOT going to rust from the inside-out. Hinges are purpose made, welded-on hinges, 3/16th plate steel.

Fitment of the wooden pickets is best described by the photos of the backsides of the gates. The wood is made to be "replaceable" but the frame of the fence should endure.

Sweated a lot of details on this one. I'm not a great welder, but I can make stuff, square, accurate, true and strong.

Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Here are the photos:

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Another email from Jim:

Extended the project, extending new fence w neighbors permission, replacing his broke down, aged out fence

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Jim is a pretty handy guy with tools. I recall a kitty cat castle he built and submitted it to the Pet Thread a few years back.


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Here is an interesting video for us beginning wood workers.

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Hobby tips, hobby stories, photos, as well as 20/0 fan brushes, Jenkins Acrylic Green to petmorons at gmail dot com. Have a nice week.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at 05:30 PM




Comments

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1 Welcome Hobbiests from the Mad Hatter

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 05:30 PM (xhxe8)

2 The art thread on a Saturday?

Posted by: huerfano at April 01, 2023 05:31 PM (dTFZY)

3 Hiya

Posted by: JT at April 01, 2023 05:31 PM (T4tVD)

4 Hi everyone. Slept all afternoon!

Posted by: Ciampino - aquamarine for the win at April 01, 2023 05:32 PM (qfLjt)

5 Awesome Carluchi ! Do you sell these?

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 05:32 PM (MNhXM)

6 Oooh that shaving brush is gorgeous.

Posted by: jewells45 fuck cancer at April 01, 2023 05:32 PM (wagHN)

7 Hi everyone. Slept all afternoon!

Are you sick or just being lazy?? lol j/k

Posted by: jewells45 fuck cancer at April 01, 2023 05:33 PM (wagHN)

8 My current "hobby" is making crosses from palm fronds for Palm Sunday; I am not a very "crafty" person, even though there are explanations on the internet.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at April 01, 2023 05:33 PM (FUVRY)

9 Do you also make the bristles or is that a pre manufactured part you just add?

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 05:33 PM (MNhXM)

10 Nice gate!!

Posted by: Lizzy at April 01, 2023 05:34 PM (EdLEa)

11 Nice gate Jim. A gate ought to be strong enough to swing on.

Posted by: fd at April 01, 2023 05:34 PM (iayUP)

12 Nice gate, Jim!

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at April 01, 2023 05:35 PM (FUVRY)

13 No one is crashing through Jim’s gate.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 05:35 PM (MNhXM)

14 Missed the Pet thread. Apologies but I have an update on the rescue kitties. Three are now socializing with us, two still hiding. I found my late wife's camera and we took some pictures but now I have to get them off the ssd card. I have a cable for that somewhere. Will post hopefully better pictures on finding said cable.
https://is.gd/WQ5JcT

Posted by: Ciampino - cats to the left, cats to the right at April 01, 2023 05:37 PM (qfLjt)

15 The homburg-wearing dog at center is probably modeled on Edward G. Robinson. EGR was a pipe smoker in real life, and in fact work ed with a tobacco blender to create one to his own taste that could be marketed. It's still available today.

In the painting that looks like a briar with a meerschaum insert bowl.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2023 05:38 PM (omVj0)

16 Nice gate. I have to figure out how to replace my rotted boards, but my gate is wrought iron and only 1/2 inch.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at April 01, 2023 05:40 PM (Angsy)

17 Hey, All! Happy Saturday! Woo hoo!

Who’s buying the drinks?

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at April 01, 2023 05:40 PM (sjxgf)

18 Oh, and the dog at lower right is clenching a bent pipe -- sort of the Peterson brand style that Basil Rathbone used as Sherlock Holmes. And the pup leaning over the chair at upper right has a small pipe too.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2023 05:41 PM (omVj0)

19 Best news was did not pick a finger with a needle all day.
This is my first attempt at a 1813 Prussian Fusilier Shako.
Still needs a inner lining but not bad.
https://tinyurl.com/wcjatttf

Am well started on my goal a officers Shako like this
https://tinyurl.com/4crvbydd

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 05:42 PM (kRCyC)

20 I've started accumulating what I need for my fairy garden. So far I have a little house, some gnomes, a little pond, a few frogs and turtles and a little fence.

Posted by: jewells45 fuck cancer at April 01, 2023 05:43 PM (wagHN)

21 Tapestries like this were quite common in the barracks in England

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 05:43 PM (kRCyC)

22 Well learnt something new from Carluchi. I didn't know that a fungus was responsible for those colors, I always assumed that was the tree doing that.

Posted by: Ciampino -- cats to the left, cats to the right at April 01, 2023 05:44 PM (qfLjt)

23 You can buy the bristle part, certainly the synthetic ones, and possibly some boar and badger hair brushes.

Some years ago synthetic shaving brushes, I hear, were terrible. Now they are soft but firm, hold water and soap or cream as well as badger or boar, and don't smell or shed. My two from APShave Co. in Canada are my best brushes. They sell the bristle parts separately if you want.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2023 05:45 PM (omVj0)

24 I’m about a quarter done with my commission painting of the Guadalajara Cathedral. I really don’t like doing commission paintings because it’s not a subject I selected and thus no personal attachment. On this one though I did a lot of research on the Cathedral and also tried to imagine I’ve been there by looking at other photos including the interior. Hoping it translate to a better painting.

What’s interesting is when I only had the reference photo I had no idea of the layout of the Cathedral. Only after I looked at other photos and perspectives did I get a true sense of what I was painting.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 05:45 PM (MNhXM)

25 I'm always fascinated by people who make works of art out of everyday objects. That shaving brush is a fine example. Absolutely stunning.

I know it's not the food thread, but I guess cooking is my day-to-day hobby. I have ribs on the smoker, collards and sweet potatoes on standby, and hard-boiled eggs just waiting to be deviled.

Have a great weekend, Horde!

Posted by: PabloD at April 01, 2023 05:46 PM (ffPN2)

26 Not Jim's cat fort... but...

https://tinyurl.com/3m7jb3tm

Posted by: Martini Farmer at April 01, 2023 05:47 PM (Q4IgG)

27 My station is almost all set up. I got tired of messing with FT8 with 1500 milliwatts, and my FT-102 is still nonfunctional, so I've been wiring up the IC706 for the microphone, footswitch and keys. I'm still short two adapters (one for the footswitch, and one for the headphones) but the transmit level has been with the mixing board and I'm beginning to write down the tuner settings to use for various bands with the antenna that I have.

I've also been setting up the logging software and I bought some QSL cards. I wanted something visually striking, but my art skills are pretty preschool, so I spent some quality time with MidJourney to make a background image.

It's almost time.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at April 01, 2023 05:48 PM (iZEhM)

28 After almost 15 years, I guess it's time to de-lurk ...

Hi everyone, can't believe I made it on the world famous hobby thread!

To answer some questions:

The bristles are called a knot and it is something you can buy. It comes as one piece that looks like a badminton birdie with the bristles glued into a plug at the bottom.

Then I epoxy it into the handle. You can buy the knot in many types of natural hair including boar,horse and badger (very popular) as well as synthetics.

Unfortunately I cannot use a natural hair brush because my face will end up looking like I have the measles (I'm allergic to them)

However I'm am lucky that synthetic knots have a come a long way and they rival some badger knots.

Just a bit of clarification on the picture, that is a piece of apple that was destined for the fire. That handle came out gorgeous and was a present to my son-in-law.

I appreciate all of the nice comments and I will try and answer any others that you have right after I go and pinch myself for making it onto the hobby thread .. lol

Posted by: carluchi at April 01, 2023 05:48 PM (2DkKM)

29 Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 05:42 PM (kRCyC)

These are full size you are creating ? Either way very nice first attempt.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 05:49 PM (pBEqG)

30 24 ... " I’m about a quarter done with my commission painting of the Guadalajara Cathedral."

polynikes,
Please keep us informed of your process and progress for the commission.

Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023 05:49 PM (7EjX1)

31 That top painting is great! Dogs playing poker, no matter the scene, is always fun. And I like the Peterson system pipe the dog in the lower right is smoking.

Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023 05:50 PM (7EjX1)

32 Posted by: Martini Farmer at April 01, 2023 05:47 PM (Q4IgG)

Hah !!

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 05:51 PM (pBEqG)

33 Thanks for the hobby thread MisHum.

I have a bunch of the clamps he recommends not buying.
I have none of the pipe clamps.
Now I want pipe clamps.
Thanks MisHum!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 05:51 PM (FUBfX)

34 26 Not Jim's cat fort... but...

https://tinyurl.com/3m7jb3tm

Posted by: Martini Farmer at April 01, 2023 05:47 PM (Q4IgG)
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LOL, not what I was expecting.

Posted by: Ciampino - cats in a crate, what a surprise at April 01, 2023 05:52 PM (qfLjt)

35 Jim,

Are those pickets cedar?

Posted by: carluchi at April 01, 2023 05:54 PM (2DkKM)

36 The train picture reminds me of the two old ladies playing cards in a Amtrak lounge car and the conductor told them card playing isn't allowed. Either stop or go to jail. Amtrak called the police and they were kicked off at the next stop. One lady was 85 and the other 95! They were still 500 miles from home. This happened about 3 weeks ago. The police body cams supported their story.

Posted by: Colin at April 01, 2023 05:55 PM (A2G1E)

37 Carluchi - welcome aboard, and stick around!

Cybersmythe - I'm studying in earnest for my Extra class right now (testing scheduled for early June). I have at least 3 QRP radios sitting in my basement, waiting for the day when I decide to get off my butt and actually set up a station.

Posted by: PabloD at April 01, 2023 05:55 PM (ffPN2)

38 Not Jim's cat fort... but...

https://tinyurl.com/3m7jb3tm
Posted by: Martini Farmer
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LOLOLOL!

Posted by: olddog in mo at April 01, 2023 05:55 PM (ju2Fy)

39 This shako is a bit big but have a old baseball hat that will use inside cutting off the visor. My officers is smaller learning from this one. Had to cut down my form to better fit my head size.

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 05:56 PM (xhxe8)

40 Getting a thunderstorms here soon it looks

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 05:57 PM (xhxe8)

41 However I'm am lucky that synthetic knots have a come a long way and they rival some badger knots. . . .

Posted by: carluchi at April 01, 2023


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Hello, Carluchi! That was the word I was looking for, "knot." And as I said above, yes, they have come a long way. My first brush was a badger, and I still like it, but the fullness and softness of the two synthetics from APShave Co. are way ahead in the shaving experience.

Beautiful work you do!

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2023 06:00 PM (omVj0)

42 The other thing I've been doing is creating a series of paintings I call Palette Cleanser . After I finish a session of painting I always have excess paint on my palette. I've been cleaning off the paint with a palette knife and scraping it onto a 9x12 canvas instead of throwing it away. They're abstract and not great but I think they will get better as more are done. I guess you can say I've completed a second one after my last painting session . An abstract city skyline similar to Houston's. My first one , an abstract portrait, is posted on my website.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:00 PM (pBEqG)

43 That shaving brush is beautiful. I did wood turning for a short time many years ago but didn't stay with it. Too bad. It was a satisfying activity.

I use a wet shaving brush I've had for decades. Since I've worn a full beard since 1972 (was brown and now polar bear white) and only shave my cheeks, it isn't going to wear out.

Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023 06:01 PM (7EjX1)

44 Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 05:51 PM (FUBf

I want a ton of stuff

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at April 01, 2023 06:01 PM (aA3+G)

45 That top painting is great! Dogs playing poker, no matter the scene, is always fun. And I like the Peterson system pipe the dog in the lower right is smoking.
Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023


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It does look like the classic Peterson. It could be a Savinelli -- they had a "dry system" model too, and maybe still do. But it looks much like the Peterson 307 I bought at Tinder Box in 1984 and still smoke to this day.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2023 06:02 PM (omVj0)

46 Thanks Wolfus!

Posted by: carluchi at April 01, 2023 06:04 PM (2DkKM)

47 My favorite card playing scene was in Oh God where all the old guys were just finished playing cards and each were asked when they were leaving if they won or lost and everyone of them claimed to be up just a couple of bucks.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:05 PM (pBEqG)

48 My first one , an abstract portrait, is posted on my website.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:00 PM (pBEqG)

This post is wor...uh, how about your link again. I know you don't want to keep pushing it, but it's convenient when it's in your post and my old brain doesn't have to try to remember it.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at April 01, 2023 06:05 PM (Angsy)

49 Tornado watch

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at April 01, 2023 06:06 PM (yu8eA)

50 Cybersmythe - I'm studying in earnest for my Extra class right now (testing scheduled for early June). I have at least 3 QRP radios sitting in my basement, waiting for the day when I decide to get off my butt and actually set up a station.

Posted by: PabloD at April 01, 2023 05:55 PM


Back when I still lived at my parents house, I had antennas for all five of the HF bands that I had a radio for, but it's been many years. I have made periodic attempts to reproduce part of that station, with better radios, of course, but maybe this time. The antennas have held me back for a long time. I even promised myself I wouldn't buy any new radios until I had at least one antenna up and working. Two or three weeks ago, I decided to throw money at the problem, so I know have antennas that work, but, well, now I've been laid off so I'm kind of regretting buying those antennas.

I may have a new job lined up, with interviews next week, and I'm thinking I might buy a new radio if everything goes well.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at April 01, 2023 06:06 PM (iZEhM)

51 Dealin' card games with the old men in the club car
Penny a point ain't no one keepin' score
Pass the paper bag that holds the bottle
Feel the wheels rumblin' 'neath the floor...

Nice work there Carluchi!

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at April 01, 2023 06:08 PM (R/m4+)

52 Posted by: OrangeEnt at April 01, 2023 06:05 PM (Angsy

Yeah thanks for realizing I don't want to push it but then again I shouldn't mention it .

Stuppleart.com

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:08 PM (pBEqG)

53 Carluchi, that is beautiful

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at April 01, 2023 06:09 PM (yu8eA)

54 I want a ton of stuff
Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian

That's me: Champaign wants on a beer budget.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 06:09 PM (FUBfX)

55 I am a Morse enthusiast, and I've got a variety of transmitting keys. The one I've been practicing with is a classic Vibroplex lightning bug that, IIRC, was made almost 100 years ago.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at April 01, 2023 06:10 PM (iZEhM)

56 Carluchi very nice work.
You know that apple wood could have been used to smoke some pork, right? J/K!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 06:10 PM (FUBfX)

57 >>I appreciate all of the nice comments and I will try and answer any others that you have right after I go and pinch myself for making it onto the hobby thread .. lol

Beautiful work.

Posted by: JackStraw at April 01, 2023 06:10 PM (ZLI7S)

58 Jim, impressive gate!

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at April 01, 2023 06:10 PM (yu8eA)

59 Good luck with the job hunt, Cybersmythe.
My problem is, as always, that I acquire a bunch of stuff for any hobby which catches my attention and then I get distracted by *whatever*. That's why I decided to set a firm date for testing for my Extra license at a radio convention. I've had my General for years, but 100% of what little I do is on the local repeaters and APRS so far.

Posted by: PabloD at April 01, 2023 06:10 PM (ffPN2)

60 Hi, Cybersmythe! Hope you get the job, and I hope it's a good one.

Posted by: Dash my lace wigs! at April 01, 2023 06:10 PM (OX9vb)

61 It's getting dark

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at April 01, 2023 06:11 PM (yu8eA)

62 My first one , an abstract portrait, is posted on my website.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:00 PM (pBEqG)

"W" or Trump?

Posted by: OrangeEnt at April 01, 2023 06:12 PM (Angsy)

63 Didn't do much hobby stuff this week except for reading. But I came across a YT channel that is helpful. It's 'The Creative Cove' channel. So far I've seen videos on quick drawings of mushrooms, herbs, song birds and owls. There are a lot of others. The lady doing them is very good at explaining the strokes needed to make an effect. Pretty much aimed at youngsters and beginners and I find them useful. Mostly fine liner pens and graphite pencils so there is little cost for materials.

A few folks mentioned wanting to get started in drawing for fun. I think these videos would be a good start.

Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023 06:12 PM (7EjX1)

64 may have a new job lined up, with interviews next week, and I'm thinking I might buy a new radio if everything goes well.
Posted by: Cybersmythe at April 01, 2023 06:06 PM (iZEhM)

My saying was ' I don't live to work. I work to live'
Get the job and buy that radio !

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:12 PM (pBEqG)

65
I may have a new job lined up, with interviews next week, and I'm thinking I might buy a new radio if everything goes well.
Posted by: Cybersmythe

Good luck on the interview and job offer, may it be larger than you expect.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 06:13 PM (FUBfX)

66 That shaving brush is beautiful. I did wood turning for a short time many years ago but didn't stay with it. Too bad. It was a satisfying activity.

I use a wet shaving brush I've had for decades. Since I've worn a full beard since 1972 (was brown and now polar bear white) and only shave my cheeks, it isn't going to wear out.
Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023


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I'm fighting a rear-guard action on keeping my beard brown. Today at the barber, though, I flipped through a recent Esquire magazine with a piece about Chris Pine. He has let his beard grow out, part brown near his face and silvery out at the edges, and -- despite not resembling CP in many other ways -- I'm thinking I might well do just that once I retire.

The writer says that Pine "looks the way cocaine makes you think you look." He's right.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2023 06:13 PM (omVj0)

67 W" or Trump?
Posted by: OrangeEnt at April 01, 2023 06:12 PM (Angsy)

Heh . It's abstract so it's whoever will make it better for the viewer.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:14 PM (pBEqG)

68 Apparently the neighborhood play applies to first base now.

Wonderful.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at April 01, 2023 06:14 PM (up/3i)

69 It's getting dark
Posted by: vmom

knockin' upon heaven’s door?

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 06:14 PM (FUBfX)

70 Beautiful work and so creative of you, Carluchi!

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at April 01, 2023 06:15 PM (FUVRY)

71 Jim, that is a fantastic gate!

Whereas the first gate I ever built can be charitably described as "functional" at best.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(2YtOq) at April 01, 2023 06:15 PM (2YtOq)

72 Train story is BS. I've rode a lot of long distance trains. Amtrak lounge cars sell decks of cards.

Suppose maybe they were playing strip poker and the other passengers objected?

Posted by: cfo mom at April 01, 2023 06:16 PM (Q8bDL)

73 I've studied Morse code off and on for a few years, but never seriously. I would like to get good at it, at least good enough to send / receive at 15-20 WPM. I've got a Morserino kit in my basement waiting to be soldered together - of course, if I went down right now and did it, it would probably be a mess. Soldering is yet another skill that I have practiced in fits and starts, but never attained competency (yet alone mastery). If I retired tomorrow I could easily fill the remainder of my days learning things, but since I don't have the money for that I'll keep working.

Posted by: PabloD at April 01, 2023 06:16 PM (ffPN2)

74 I wrote earlier, "The writer says that [Chris] Pine 'looks the way cocaine makes you think you look.' He's right."

Uh, so I guess. I have never done any cocaine. But I have a vivid imagination.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2023 06:16 PM (omVj0)

75 Oh, and the top cockade on my shako might very well be well over a hundred years old
It's from a Ballesteros I found in a attic of z old church worked at 20 years ago. I cut the section out that was perfect size and painted it.

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 06:17 PM (xhxe8)

76 Lovely gates, Jim, and beautiful work, Carluchi. Looks like you have more than a rudimentary lathe!

On my hobby front, I'm about 30 hours closer to completion on the Corvair than I was last Saturday. Fill, sand, prime, fill sand prime, on and on. My hands get sore, as some of my finger joints are pretty worn from a half-century working with tools.

The VW Bus is about 95% finished, but I can't go further as the electronic ignition that goes into the distributor is on back order. It will eventually get here. The window glass I ordered for the Bus took 4 months to get here. Supply chain issues persist. Oops, that's politics, I apologize.

Posted by: Air-cooled Al at April 01, 2023 06:18 PM (j+jCx)

77 15 ... "The homburg-wearing dog at center is probably modeled on Edward G. Robinson. EGR was a pipe smoker in real life, and in fact work ed with a tobacco blender to create one to his own taste that could be marketed. It's still available today."

Hi Wolfus,

Recently finished a jar of EGR tobacco. Interesting blend, it has a light licorice scent and taste. I will probably get more in the future. IIRC, Shelby Foote smoked a mix of EGR and Prince Albert or one of the other burley blends. As a bonus, the container is plastic with a screw top and makes a fine humidor.

Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023 06:19 PM (7EjX1)

78 A few folks mentioned wanting to get started in drawing for fun. I think these videos would be a good start.

Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023 06:12 PM (7EjX1)

Thank you! I'm going to check that channel out right now.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at April 01, 2023 06:20 PM (nC+QA)

79 Posted by: Air-cooled

Hope you let us see your work.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 06:21 PM (FUBfX)

80 Our host MH does beautiful acrylic landscapes. I know no one would mind and would welcome and enjoy if he posted some more of his work every once in a while.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:21 PM (pBEqG)

81 Posted by: Air-cooled Al at April 01, 2023 06:18 PM (j+jCx)

How many windows on the VW Bus?

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:22 PM (pBEqG)

82 Had to google the train story. Found an msn article from last year that two old black women were kicked off an Amtrak after their " emotional support dog" pooped on the floor.
No word on whether all three were playing poker

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at April 01, 2023 06:22 PM (yu8eA)

83 We lost power

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 06:22 PM (kRCyC)

84
Recently finished a jar of EGR tobacco. Interesting blend, it has a light licorice scent and taste. I will probably get more in the future. IIRC, Shelby Foote smoked a mix of EGR and Prince Albert or one of the other burley blends. As a bonus, the container is plastic with a screw top and makes a fine humidor.
Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023


***
I have a tin of EGR in my pipesmoking closet. While I like the stuff, it leaves a dryness in my throat if I smoke it for longer than 10-15 minutes. Apparently I need to smoke it only in small pipes and for short sessions.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2023 06:23 PM (omVj0)

85 It might have been a made up tiktok anecdote

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at April 01, 2023 06:23 PM (yu8eA)

86 It might have been a made up tiktok anecdote
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at April 01, 2023 06:23 PM (yu8eA)

Reddit is the king of made up stories .

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:24 PM (pBEqG)

87 Watch out for tornados, Skip

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at April 01, 2023 06:25 PM (yu8eA)

88 Art thread ! lol

Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 06:25 PM (V13WU)

89 Also in the Esquire issue, I spotted an ad for a Longines Spirit Zulu watch, a GMT chronometer with a black dial, green 24-hour outer ring, gold hands and markers, and on a brown leather strap. Their website says it retails for $3050. It's also 42mm in width, which is kinda big for my wrist. Grrr.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2023 06:26 PM (omVj0)

90 Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:00 PM (pBEqG)


did you ever post links to your stuff ? do you have website ??

Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 06:29 PM (V13WU)

91 It might have been a made up tiktok anecdote
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at April 01, 2023 06:23 PM (yu8eA)

Reddit is the king of made up stories .
Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:24 PM (pBEqG)

I never thought this would happen to me . . .

Posted by: Penthouse Forum at April 01, 2023 06:29 PM (4I/2K)

92 The 1960 Bus is a Westfalia camper with side tent, cabinets, paneling, and "sub-hatch" so you can stand at the sink. Also has the original side tent that is quite pricy. IIRC, 11 windows is what it goes by. Will send pics of both when done.

Posted by: Air-cooled Al at April 01, 2023 06:31 PM (j+jCx)

93 I've got a Morserino kit in my basement waiting to be soldered together - of course, if I went down right now and did it, it would probably be a mess. Soldering is yet another skill that I have practiced in fits and starts, but never attained competency (yet alone mastery).
Posted by: PabloD at April 01, 2023 06:16 PM


You know, I'd never heard of the Morserino. There's a long series of blog posts about the keyer that I do use. It's a keyer of my own design that I originally started working on, at least in part, to be a surface-mount soldering exercise. It kind of took on a life of it's own and I finally had to stop fiddling with it because otherwise I'd do nothing but make newer keyers.

In addition to the Bug, I've got Bencher, N3ZN, and Begali paddles and a cheap single-paddle key I bought because I could afford it and I didn't have a single-paddle key. The Begali is gorgeous, the pictures I took don't do it justice.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at April 01, 2023 06:31 PM (iZEhM)

94 Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2023 06:26 PM (omVj0)

I have a men's square Longines from the 80's that 5 of them could fit inside the size of the watches today.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:31 PM (pBEqG)

95 My favorite activities at summer camp (Camp Minnehaha, W.Va) were woodshop, riflery, and model rocketry. Woodshop smelled so good. Sawing, lathing, sanding, so much fun.

Posted by: SFGoth at April 01, 2023 06:31 PM (KAi1n)

96 did you ever post links to your stuff ? do you have website ??
Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 06:29 PM (V13WU)

See comment #42

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:33 PM (pBEqG)

97 It is pouring down and had high winds but that part is over

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 06:33 PM (kRCyC)

98 Thanks again for the comments everyone.

We had some storms come through this afternoon. Some big boomers there that shook the house - freaked the dogs and kittens out.

Fortunately the wind wasn't as bad as it was last weekend. I felt like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz with all the trees and crap flying around. Half expected to see some flying monkeys come by the window.

Al, what year is the Corvair?

Posted by: carluchi at April 01, 2023 06:33 PM (2DkKM)

99 Posted by: Air-cooled Al at April 01, 2023 06:31 PM (j+jCx)

Wow very nice. You don't see many of those.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:34 PM (pBEqG)

100 Sometimes I watch vids of watch repairs; curiosity really, want to see what is inside and what makes a Rolex so expensive.

Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 06:34 PM (V13WU)

101 55 ... "I am a Morse enthusiast, and I've got a variety of transmitting keys. The one I've been practicing with is a classic Vibroplex lightning bug that, IIRC, was made almost 100 years ago."

cybersmythe,

I want to revive my CW skills and get comfortable for 15 to 20 WPM. (I'm probably at 4 WPM at the moment. Bummer.) I have a Vibroplex Bug, left to me by my late Elmer who used it before WW II. Also, a Schurr Paddle made by Herr Schurr. They are mechanical marverls. I want to get a good straight key at some point, if only for Straight Key Night.

I'm hoping my new hearing aids will make copying code easier.

Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023 06:35 PM (7EjX1)

102 My favorite activities at summer camp (Camp Minnehaha, W.Va) were woodshop, riflery, and model rocketry. Woodshop smelled so good. Sawing, lathing, sanding, so much fun.
Posted by: SFGoth at April 01, 2023 06:31 PM (KAi1n)

Was the camp co-ed ?

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:35 PM (pBEqG)

103 Oh jesus that Spirit Zulu watch is beautiful. It is big though. Whew. Not even a watch guy.

Posted by: Thesokorus at April 01, 2023 06:36 PM (1ais2)

104 Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2023 06:26 PM (omVj0)

I have a men's square Longines from the 80's that 5 of them could fit inside the size of the watches today.
Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023


***
I know. These modern watches stick up like tuna cans on the wrist, a statement of fashion rather than primarily a tool for, yanno, telling time. My '78 Rolex Sub at 40mm is as big as I want to go.

There are plenty of fine, decently-priced automatic watches whose styles I like from brands like Seiko and Steinhart without going up into the 3K range. Besides, I have 2 vintage Rolexes, the '78 and a '71 Date, and a Steinhart GMT already.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2023 06:36 PM (omVj0)

105 Hey, nice wood turning!
Also, nice gate, there Jim. Looks sturdy.
All my yard fences are in need of repair what with all the wind we've had. That will be a big project.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at April 01, 2023 06:37 PM (jTmQV)

106 Sometimes I watch vids of watch repairs; curiosity really, want to see what is inside and what makes a Rolex so expensive.
Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 06:34 PM (V13WU)

Mechanical watches are pretty amazing.

The science on quartz watches is more amazing but not near as interesting.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:37 PM (pBEqG)

107 78 ... Polliwog,
I hope you find that YT channel helpful.

Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023 06:38 PM (7EjX1)

108 Hey, Wolfus!

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at April 01, 2023 06:38 PM (TehmT)

109 Oh jesus that Spirit Zulu watch is beautiful. It is big though. Whew. Not even a watch guy.
Posted by: Thesokorus at April 01, 2023


***
There are watches up to 44 mm and bigger for sale. The pendulum is starting to swing back, though, and you can get 36, 38, and 39 mm watches now.

I need some new bracelets or straps, and a strap-changing tool again, so I can change my own strap or bracelet without a trip to the jeweler. A new strap on an old watch is almost like buying a whole new watch.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2023 06:39 PM (omVj0)

110 Update on last weeks whining about exterior door lockset.

At the local Ace, they had the same lockset, but in brushed stainless(?) rather than brass. Think I paid $35.00 for it.

Rather than having it re-keyed to match the existing door locks, I simply brought it home, swapped out the existing lock cylinder for the old one, swapped the brushed escutcheons and handles for the old brass bits, and Voila!. Done.

Still po'd that I could not simply buy a replacement torque spring.
[shakes fist at Kwikset]

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 01, 2023 06:39 PM (g59Yt)

111 Is traveling a hobby? I see a suitcase in the picture. Due to high supply and low demand during the lockdowns, I traveled a lot. I know there are a number of ways one can travel. What I mean is there is the low cost backpacker (also a hobby) way, and the other possibly more fun way which is to stay in a super nice hotel in the best part of the target location.

Speaking of backpacking, hiking, and camping, I would also say that the closely related survivalism can be viewed as a hobby, and I have enjoyed it that way. I encourage people to see it that way when they are resistant to it for other reasons.

Posted by: meh, formerly known as prince at April 01, 2023 06:39 PM (Rqxd8)

112 I am jealous of the Westphalia guy. Fantastic vehicle. I'm obsessed with the Kamaz T4 Dhakkar at the moment.

Posted by: Thesokorus at April 01, 2023 06:40 PM (1ais2)

113 "The writer says that [Chris] Pine 'looks the way cocaine makes you think you look.' He's right."
Uh, so I guess. I have never done any cocaine. But I have a vivid imagination.
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius

Did it twice. I'm sure i looked like my nose and throat were numb, my nasal passages were draining down my throat, my teeth were chattering, i was cold, and i felt like i had to pee every few minutes. And not a single molecule of dopamine was released. I'd much rather sniff lumber (see my woodshop comment above).

Posted by: SFGoth at April 01, 2023 06:40 PM (KAi1n)

114 I spent the afternoon making fly-through bird feeders for nursing homes.

If you aren't familiar, there essentially just a square frame with a wire mesh screen that hangs flat and parallel to the ground from a tree or hanger. You put seeds on the screen.

To fill and re-fill you just dump a cup of seeds on the screen. No taking anything apart or reassembling. We see everything from cardinals to finches to nuthatches and woodpeckers land on ours.

Very easy to build, and a great project if you have kids.

Posted by: NISTdot gov: office chairs, not jet fuel or impact, caused perfect simultaneous collapse of WTC7 at April 01, 2023 06:40 PM (/F4Jb)

115 5 beginner tool guy worries me. To not see the use of a spindle sander is crazy. I never had the problems he seems to have with the one I have. I used for a fuck ton of things. The other thing he misses the mark on is the air nailers. You can get a corded ridged compressor and 3..THREE nail guns for $200 in a package they sell. The battery compressor is handy for some things, but it will suck batteries dry like a vampire. You would be way better off with the ridged package One other thing, you can get an air pin nailer for $20 at harbor freight and it works like a charm. I have a cordless milwaukee pin nailer that I love to death, and the $20 harbor freight one. I'm no fan of horror freight stuff, but that pin nailer won't be denied.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at April 01, 2023 06:42 PM (VwHCD)

116 Amish dudes are building my shop. Will be done after Easter.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2023 06:42 PM (xAJtR)

117 I have about a dozen wrist watches. A couple, non-op are quite valuable. However they're not exactly "my style."

I do have a ring made from "Black Hills Gold" that my father had. It's very gaudy. I wear it when I think it'll piss someone off.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at April 01, 2023 06:42 PM (Q4IgG)

118 Posted by: meh, formerly known as prince at April 01, 2023 06:39 PM (Rqxd

We have the occasional prepper thread which coincides with the survivalist 'hobby'. I'm no expert but prepping is another of my 'hobbies' .

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:42 PM (pBEqG)

119 Was the camp co-ed ?
Posted by: polynikes

Nope. Run by a former military guy. We woke to reveille, went to bed to taps, and various bugle calls in between to announce different things. All-in-all, a lot of fun.

Posted by: SFGoth at April 01, 2023 06:43 PM (KAi1n)

120 Al's got VWs, not Corvairs, I think.

A long time ago, back when I used to buy a lot of cheap cars to fix up, I saw an ad for a Corvette for $500. I thought "How bad can it be, I'll buy that!" and called the number. When the guy answered and I inquired about the car, he answered wearily, as if for the 500th time, "It's a Corvair".

Posted by: fd at April 01, 2023 06:43 PM (iayUP)

121 Wolfus, when you say automatic watches-does that mean self-winder, or does it include battery models?

Posted by: Air-cooled Al at April 01, 2023 06:43 PM (j+jCx)

122 I spent the afternoon making fly-through bird feeders for nursing homes.

If you aren't familiar, there essentially just a square frame with a wire mesh screen that hangs flat and parallel to the ground from a tree or hanger. You put seeds on the screen.

To fill and re-fill you just dump a cup of seeds on the screen. No taking anything apart or reassembling. We see everything from cardinals to finches to nuthatches and woodpeckers land on ours.

Very easy to build, and a great project if you have kids.
Posted by: NISTdot gov: office chairs, not jet fuel or impact, caused perfect simultaneous collapse of WTC7 at April 01, 2023 06:40 PM (/F4Jb)


That's fantastic ! Anytime there is a live anything in a nursing home it is so appreciated ! Fishtanks, birds.

Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 06:43 PM (V13WU)

123 I want to revive my CW skills and get comfortable for 15 to 20 WPM. (I'm probably at 4 WPM at the moment. Bummer.) I have a Vibroplex Bug, left to me by my late Elmer who used it before WW II. Also, a Schurr Paddle made by Herr Schurr. They are mechanical marverls. I want to get a good straight key at some point, if only for Straight Key Night.

I'm hoping my new hearing aids will make copying code easier.
Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023 06:35 PM


I hope so, too. There's a club, called SKCC, which is for people who use keys without electronic keyers. They allow straight keys, cootie keys, and bugs. They have operating events all the time. I haven't done one yet, but I'm #12040 I'd key through my keyer because it can also handle the PTT, but that's in the spirit of the rules, as long as I'm not using it for dot or dash timing. That's why I've been practicing with the bug.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at April 01, 2023 06:43 PM (iZEhM)

124 Here is the photo that didn't show in the post

https://ace.mu.nu/archives/unnamed%20(.jpg

Posted by: mindful webworker - html is not for the weak at April 01, 2023 06:43 PM (E90oM)

125 Beautiful depth of color, both Jim and Carluchi.

And the lathe work reminds me that I have my grandfather's lathe and once the move to Tennessee is complete, I intend to properly set it up and get it going. It's been sitting wrapped up for going on twenty years now.

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at April 01, 2023 06:44 PM (ZSK0i)

126 I have a 63 Corvair Monza convertible, as well as the bus.

Posted by: Air-cooled Al at April 01, 2023 06:45 PM (j+jCx)

127 The shaving brushes (Magnifique!) reminded me of a story. A friend of mine was a Industrial Design major at Purdue, and told me this.

The professor brought into class a shaving brush, some 30 years old. He held it up and launched into a soliloquy regarding the quality of the materials and construction. He said something like, 'This brush has lasted me through two cars, three jobs, and two wives. What does that tell you about it?'

Some wag in the back of the class blurted out, 'It's cursed!'

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 01, 2023 06:45 PM (8e9gw)

128 ok, let me rephrase, bird and fish in a nursing home are appreciated

Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 06:46 PM (V13WU)

129 *birds

Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 06:47 PM (V13WU)

130 That's fantastic ! Anytime there is a live anything in a nursing home it is so appreciated ! Fishtanks, birds.
Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 06:43 PM (V13WU)

Colony of cats?

I'm still feeding them and it's almost been a year since my mom passed at her retirement home.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:47 PM (pBEqG)

131 Sort of a farmer, so hobby adjacent. I have bumblebees in some pastures and I kill them mercilessly. They hurt like hell. Wondering if someone has another solution?

Posted by: Indignacio Vindacatorem at April 01, 2023 06:47 PM (oWBc3)

132 https://ace.mu.nu/archives/unnamed%20(8 ).jpg

Take out the space after the 8 and it worked.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 06:47 PM (FUBfX)

133 I'd much rather sniff lumber (see my woodshop comment above).

Posted by: SFGoth at April 01, 2023 06:40 PM (KAi1n)

And SFGoth sends a fat floater over the plate....

Posted by: Duane Kuiper at April 01, 2023 06:48 PM (Angsy)

134 If tomorrow is as wind free as today I will bring my drone out for some aerial photography.
I watched some today, sadly it was drone video of tornado damage around Bloomington.
Ye gods... those poor folks.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at April 01, 2023 06:48 PM (jTmQV)

135 Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 01, 2023 06:45 PM (8e9gw)

Hope that's a true story. LOL !

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:48 PM (pBEqG)

136 I don't like those battery nailers at all.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at April 01, 2023 06:48 PM (1kE2X)

137 Colony of cats?

===

that's a tough one

Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 06:49 PM (V13WU)

138 123 ...Cybersmythe,

Thanks for the info about the SKCC. I'll concentrate using the Schurr paddles for now. Much as I treasure the Vibroplex, using it is an art in itself. A challenge for another day.

Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023 06:50 PM (7EjX1)

139 "I have a 63 Corvair Monza convertible, as well as the bus.
Posted by: Air-cooled Al"

Cool! My dad had two. Have you ever heard of Bob Dunahugh?

Posted by: fd at April 01, 2023 06:51 PM (iayUP)

140 Those shaving brushes are intense looking. The one tool I don't have is a wood lathe. Been thinking about that one lately, because I want to make some handles for some socket chisels I have, and the occasional front knob on some hand planes.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at April 01, 2023 06:51 PM (VwHCD)

141 Now the sun is out and there's a double rainbow

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at April 01, 2023 06:51 PM (yu8eA)

142 PabloD and Cybersmythe get out and do some Parks on the Air if you can. . .or even Summits on the Air. I just got back from a POTA activation, 50+ QSOs. Going to go activate another park tomorrow morning.

Posted by: Bert G at April 01, 2023 06:52 PM (fF0pk)

143 114 I spent the afternoon making fly-through bird feeders for nursing homes.

If you aren't familiar, there essentially just a square frame with a wire mesh screen that hangs flat and parallel to the ground from a tree or hanger. You put seeds on the screen.

To fill and re-fill you just dump a cup of seeds on the screen. No taking anything apart or reassembling. We see everything from cardinals to finches to nuthatches and woodpeckers land on ours.

Very easy to build, and a great project if you have kids.
Posted by: NISTdot gov: office chairs, not jet fuel or impact, caused perfect simultaneous collapse of WTC7 at April 01, 2023 06:40 PM (/F4Jb)


Sounds cool.
And if the bears ever wake up here
Losing them to the bears wouldn't be a bank buster.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian Who Lives In The Frozen Tundra at April 01, 2023 06:52 PM (aA3+G)

144 Sort of a farmer, so hobby adjacent. I have bumblebees in some pastures and I kill them mercilessly. They hurt like hell. Wondering if someone has another solution?

===


I don't know much about bees, but can one build a bee house ?

Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 06:52 PM (V13WU)

145 Thanks for the info about the SKCC. I'll concentrate using the Schurr paddles for now. Much as I treasure the Vibroplex, using it is an art in itself. A challenge for another day.
Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023 06:50 PM


A Bug's minimum speed (with the weight all the way out on the end of the lever) is really high. Like 30 or 35WPM So, people make extra weights you can hang on the lever to slow it down. Otherwise, it's kind of like you're sending Morse with a stutter.

Good luck with it all!

Posted by: Cybersmythe at April 01, 2023 06:53 PM (iZEhM)

146 that's a tough one
Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 06:49 PM (V13WU)

They are for the most part all fixed. An occasional stray may try to join because of the food . Most of the residents enjoy them but you have one or two that don't like anything or anybody. Others at the residence feeds them but my mother would want me to continue to check to make sure it was being done. So I do.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:53 PM (pBEqG)

147 MisHum, Thanks for the hobby thread. It is always fun.

Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023 06:53 PM (7EjX1)

148 Follow up to my post at 142: You too, JTB!

Makes me wonder how many HordeHams we have...

Posted by: Bert G at April 01, 2023 06:54 PM (fF0pk)

149 >>What I mean is there is the low cost backpacker (also a hobby) way, and the other possibly more fun way which is to stay in a super nice hotel in the best part of the target location.

There is another way. Get paid to travel for work and see places you always wanted but never thought you could.

Posted by: JackStraw at April 01, 2023 06:54 PM (ZLI7S)

150 They are for the most part all fixed. An occasional stray may try to join because of the food . Most of the residents enjoy them but you have one or two that don't like anything or anybody. Others at the residence feeds them but my mother would want me to continue to check to make sure it was being done. So I do.
Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:53 PM (pBEqG)

I understand.


Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 06:54 PM (V13WU)

151 Power just came back thankfully

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 06:55 PM (YXOxJ)

152 Amish dudes are building my shop. Will be done after Easter.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2023 06:42 PM (xAJtR)

Careful, you'll have to hear their nevertrump rants.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 01, 2023 06:55 PM (VYPYt)

153 Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at April 01, 2023 06:51 PM (VwHCD)

Of course you do. You can't just hang any chisel on your Cherry wood hooks .

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:55 PM (pBEqG)

154 I want to revive my CW skills and get comfortable for 15 to 20 WPM. (I'm probably at 4 WPM at the moment. Bummer.) I have a Vibroplex Bug, left to me by my late Elmer who used it before WW II. Also, a Schurr Paddle made by Herr Schurr. They are mechanical marverls. I want to get a good straight key at some point, if only for Straight Key Night.

I'm hoping my new hearing aids will make copying code easier.
Posted by: JTB
------

I admire your ambition. Code skills are one of things that slip away quickly, unused. In theory, I am a 'Know Code' Extra, but I've let whatever meager skill I had slip away.

It was here, btw, that Ted McElroy copied 75.2 wpm.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 01, 2023 06:55 PM (oLF0J)

155 Get paid to travel for work and see places you always wanted but never thought you could.
Posted by: JackStraw

I checked into be a registered nurse on cruise ships. They wanted the RN to be fluent in Mandarin.
Not going to happen!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 06:55 PM (FUBfX)

156 151 Power just came back thankfully
Posted by: Skip
Yay!

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at April 01, 2023 06:56 PM (yu8eA)

157 I checked into be a registered nurse on cruise ships. They wanted the RN to be fluent in Mandarin.
Not going to happen!
Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 06:55 PM (FUBfX)

Tell them you only speak Cantonese.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:57 PM (pBEqG)

158 I don't like those battery nailers at all.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at April 01, 2023 06:48 PM (1kE2X)

I have a love hate relationship with them. Pin nailers and 18 gauge brad nailers I like. Great when you have to to climb ladders and don't want to drag a hose up with you. Great when you need to just pop a nail into something fast. The 16 and 15 gauge nailers are heavier than the air versions, so that can wear you out faster, but then there's that hose thing when you need to do ladders. You can hook the battery versions on your belt and not worry about getting tangled in the hose while on the ladder. I find myself using the air versions more when I'm on the ground.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at April 01, 2023 06:57 PM (VwHCD)

159 Power just came back thankfully
Posted by: Skip

They are saying mine is out until tomorrow

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2023 06:58 PM (xAJtR)

160 Watched somebody repair a beat up 1960s(!) Rolex GMT. Some dude inherited from grandpa.

Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 06:58 PM (V13WU)

161 Test

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 06:59 PM (xhxe8)

162
Tell them you only speak Cantonese.
Posted by: polynikes

Darn, I should have though of that!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 06:59 PM (FUBfX)

163 Test
Posted by: Skip

You passed!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 07:00 PM (FUBfX)

164 They wanted the RN to be fluent in Mandarin.



==


Just say yes. What are they gonna do ? Keelhaul you ???

Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 07:00 PM (V13WU)

165 Posted by SFGoth
.... Woodshop smelled so good. Sawing, lathing, sanding, so much fun

Interesting fact, I have 4 daughters

(let that sink in for a minute)

My wife is a saint, I however, spend a lot of time in the basement (where my shop is).

When the wife comes down to tell me about the latest dust-up, first thing she says is it smells like wood shop down here (she took it in high school).

Posted by: carluchi at April 01, 2023 07:00 PM (2DkKM)

166 Or, OR, you can say "I thought I was asked if I liked mandarins . So, sorry. "

Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 07:02 PM (V13WU)

167 Of course you do. You can't just hang any chisel on your Cherry wood hooks .

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:55 PM (pBEqG)

I'm not that eccentric, lol. I have some vintage socket chisels that are missing the handles, and occasionally I'll run across an old vintage hand plane with wasted handles. I can make the rear handle easy, but the front knob needs a lathe. Not that I haven't used a drill press in an emergency, but thats a pain.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at April 01, 2023 07:02 PM (VwHCD)

168 >>I checked into be a registered nurse on cruise ships. They wanted the RN to be fluent in Mandarin.
Not going to happen!

Heh. I barely speak English.

One thing I learned from traveling is that you can go pretty much anywhere as an American if you show a little humility. We've been blessed with that by those who earned it. I hope we can keep it.

Posted by: JackStraw at April 01, 2023 07:02 PM (ZLI7S)

169 My Netgear wanted a log in, It's hard to keep track of all those but seems to be working.

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 07:03 PM (xhxe8)

170 I should go get a shower quick in case it goes out again

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 07:04 PM (xhxe8)

171 The restoration video from hell. This dude restored an 1894 singer sewing machine that i swear they got out of the titanic. It was a completely wasted rusted pile of moose shit. What this dude did was nothing short of galactic in scale. Its off the charts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMNgIfLHfjk

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at April 01, 2023 07:05 PM (VwHCD)

172 don't like those battery nailers at all.

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I've got an 18v Ridgid that I use at least once a week. I think it maxes out at 2" 16, but it works for me in 98% of situations.

I hate that I waited so long to buy one. Looking back it would have made tacking things together in preparation for final construction so much easier. Like having a third hand.

Posted by: NISTdot gov: office chairs, not jet fuel or impact, caused perfect simultaneous collapse of WTC7 at April 01, 2023 07:05 PM (/F4Jb)

173 if you show a little humility. We've been blessed with that by those who earned it. I hope we can keep it.
Posted by: JackStraw

Very true.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 07:05 PM (FUBfX)

174 145 ... "A Bug's minimum speed (with the weight all the way out on the end of the lever) is really high. Like 30 or 35WPM So, people make extra weights you can hang on the lever to slow it down. Otherwise, it's kind of like you're sending Morse with a stutter."

My Elmer could use the Bug unaltered. Must be nice to have that skill. He did show me how to add weights to slow things down. Even with that, I never had 'the touch' he did. At least my attempts to use it made an old man laugh.

Posted by: JTB at April 01, 2023 07:06 PM (7EjX1)

175 I can vouch for working for cruise lines. I did for about 6 years (during the '80s). It was pretty great. I didn't get rich but I saw a lot of places I would never get to see otherwise. Had some good times, some bad times, some boring times. Made a lot of friends I have to this day.
I was looking thru my photos the other day. All 35mm.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at April 01, 2023 07:08 PM (jTmQV)

176 Worked East Java on 15m today. Yeah, yeah, I know, it's closer than West Java, big whoop.

Posted by: Receive gp's Free No-Information Obligation Packet at April 01, 2023 07:08 PM (MvF+J)

177 And if the bears ever wake up here
Losing them to the bears wouldn't be a bank buster.

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It's been my experience that they just tip them over to spill the seeds. There's nothing to take apart, so they don't have any real motivation. They will pull them off the hanger occasionally.

Posted by: NISTdot gov: office chairs, not jet fuel or impact, caused perfect simultaneous collapse of WTC7 at April 01, 2023 07:10 PM (/F4Jb)

178 Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at April 01, 2023 07:02 PM (VwHCD)

Hah I was just messing with you since your brother talked you out of a regular peg board.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 07:10 PM (pBEqG)

179 My wife is a saint, I however, spend a lot of time in the basement (where my shop is).

When the wife comes down to tell me about the latest dust-up, first thing she says is it smells like wood shop down here (she took it in high school).

Posted by: carluchi at April 01, 2023 07:00 PM (2DkKM)

Mine says it smells like home depot. lol

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at April 01, 2023 07:12 PM (VwHCD)

180 DUI bust of Democrat State Rep. Robin Comey of Branford. 26 mins:
youtube.com/watch?v=DJNlfZU2YGc

Posted by: Receive gp's Free No-Information Obligation Packet at April 01, 2023 07:12 PM (MvF+J)

181
Hah I was just messing with you since your brother talked you out of a regular peg board.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 07:10 PM (pBEqG)

Well in the end he was right. The hand tool wall is done, and it's pretty epic looking with all the different woods. I'm working on the power tool side of the room now. I'm trying to do that one a little more normal.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at April 01, 2023 07:14 PM (VwHCD)

182 Dogs playing poker, now that's art!

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko solutions at April 01, 2023 07:16 PM (vR6Ys)

183
A Bug's minimum speed (with the weight all the way out on the end of the lever) is really high. Like 30 or 35WPM So, people make extra weights you can hang on the lever to slow it down. Otherwise, it's kind of like you're sending Morse with a stutter.

Use a Vari-Speed

https://youtu.be/YHicOuHmarU

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 01, 2023 07:17 PM (63Dwl)

184 I love the smell of lumber yards . I worked for Lowe's in 1977 during the summer before Lowe's was a household name. They would take orders on the show floor and send them back to us in the pneumatic tubes. At that time we cut lumber to size for customers.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 07:17 PM (pBEqG)

185 I'm late cause of that tool video. I can relate.
When I was young and poor, I bought a lot of stuff that wasn't high quality (woodworking, I'm talking here).
But I gotta disagree r: the pipe clamps. And I do have joiners and planers. Besse all the way.
Dedicated mortisers... I had a Chinese Freight one... trash, but my Jet is invaluable.
I sold an open bed sander, never used.
Sold a heavy shaper... also never used.
I built my own house, so I have air tools out the yin yang. Air is superior to every other cordless tools, except drills.
I did own a cordless rotary saw, but just cause of the third floor. Never use it now the house is done.

Posted by: MkY at April 01, 2023 07:23 PM (cPGH3)

186 I love the smell of lumber yards . I worked for Lowe's in 1977 during the summer before Lowe's was a household name. They would take orders on the show floor and send them back to us in the pneumatic tubes. At that time we cut lumber to size for customers.

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We've still got a local family running a lumber yard and hardware store here. You drive through the yard to get your items. I always enjoy going because it takes me back to my childhood and trips to similar places with my dad.

Posted by: NISTdot gov: office chairs, not jet fuel or impact, caused perfect simultaneous collapse of WTC7 at April 01, 2023 07:24 PM (/BX3R)

187 Should have said I agree with him re: belt sanders.
Worthless.

Posted by: MkY at April 01, 2023 07:24 PM (cPGH3)

188 > My wife is a saint, I however, spend a lot of time in the basement (where my shop is).

When the wife comes down to tell me about the latest dust-up, first thing she says is it smells like wood shop down here
____________

My wife tells me to take a shower and wipe my ass.

YMMV

Posted by: Martini Farmer at April 01, 2023 07:24 PM (Q4IgG)

189 My wife tells me to take a shower and wipe my ass.

YMMV

Posted by: Martini Farmer at April 01, 2023 07:24 PM (Q4IgG)

You must have been cutting oak.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at April 01, 2023 07:25 PM (VwHCD)

190 Oh, the Dewalt planer.
Guy was impatient. I used one for many, many years.
Made an inboard ramp, and an outboard ramp. Eliminated the tipover.
Anyway, 20 years later, my brother still has it.
I bought a Grizzly 15". Yahoo.

Posted by: MkY at April 01, 2023 07:26 PM (cPGH3)

191 54 I want a ton of stuff
Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian

That's me: Champaign wants on a beer budget.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 06:09 PM (FUBfX)
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I'm almost on a bread and water budget and everything keeps going up in price. I've stopped even thinking about how I would love to have so-and-so. I make do with what I've accumulated over the years (mainly junk). Funny about computer stuff, by the time you think you may want to use an item, it's no longer really compatible with the current systems and it is junk.

Posted by: Ciampino - at the junkyard? at April 01, 2023 07:26 PM (qfLjt)

192 I love the smell of lumber yards

My dad and I spent a few years turning a cow barn into a horse barn which meant taking out a lot of concrete and metal and replacing it with lumber. We were fortunate enough to have a real lumber mill not far away. Logs would come down from mostly Maine and Canada mostly and it was cut into real lumber. A 2x4 was actually 2x4 and so was every other cut.

The smell of that place was fantastic.

Posted by: JackStraw at April 01, 2023 07:27 PM (ZLI7S)

193 Posted by: MkY at April 01, 2023 07:23 PM (cPGH

The main thing that caught my eye is your house has three floors! Were you required to build up to get the sq footage or do you just have a gigantic house?

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 07:27 PM (pBEqG)

194 Battery nailer work fine, don't have one but guys at work do and it's nice. Have a finish nailer that is by gas, works nicely as well.

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 07:27 PM (xhxe8)

195 I use my belt sander all the time, only motorized one I have.

Posted by: lowandslow at April 01, 2023 07:29 PM (76Foq)

196 The main thing that caught my eye is your house has three floors! Were you required to build up to get the sq footage or do you just have a gigantic house?
Posted by: polynikes

Well, walk out basement, with a 1,000 ft apartment type area for guests then 2 floors. But it's a ICF house, so each floor got built like the last.

Posted by: MkY at April 01, 2023 07:31 PM (cPGH3)

197 Use a Vari-Speed

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 01, 2023 07:17 PM


I'll put it on the list, assuming things go well. I have to look up the serial number of the key to see what model it is because I don't know them by sight.

Okay, according to the list I have, it was made in 1963 and is a Vibroplex "Champion". The kits I can find are all for round arms and mine is flat. I'll keep an eye out and we'll see if I can find one.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at April 01, 2023 07:32 PM (iZEhM)

198 What are they gonna do ? Keelhaul you ???

"Shanghai."

Posted by: Way, Way Downriver at April 01, 2023 07:32 PM (jYCXf)

199 Anyone else collect knives? I have a pretty nice collection of trapper pocket knives but have purchased or traded for one in over 20 years.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 07:32 PM (pBEqG)

200 2,000 ft main floor, all handicap accessible. Top floor is open, with beams n sech. 2,000 ft. play room.

Posted by: MkY at April 01, 2023 07:33 PM (cPGH3)

201 {{{cfo mom}}}

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at April 01, 2023 07:34 PM (u82oZ)

202 Carluchi

Beautiful and useful, so not bric-brac. You have a good eye and sound execution.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at April 01, 2023 07:35 PM (u82oZ)

203 Posted by: MkY at April 01, 2023 07:31 PM (cPGH3)

👍. I forgot about walkout basements /basements living in Houston for almost 30 years.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 07:35 PM (pBEqG)

204 Hardest woodworking project I ever did was two corner cupboards with 45 degree angles at the face. Plans called for a spline joint, which is a good idea, but clamping those up required more work than the entire rest of the project.

Posted by: MkY at April 01, 2023 07:39 PM (cPGH3)

205 pipe clamps

what an idea !!

Posted by: REDACTED at April 01, 2023 07:40 PM (us2H3)

206 130 That's fantastic ! Anytime there is a live anything in a nursing home it is so appreciated ! Fishtanks, birds.
Posted by: runner at April 01, 2023 06:43 PM (V13WU)

Colony of cats?

I'm still feeding them and it's almost been a year since my mom passed at her retirement home.

Posted by: polynikes at April 01, 2023 06:47 PM (pBEqG)
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Hat tip.

Posted by: Ciampino -- at the junkyard? at April 01, 2023 07:40 PM (qfLjt)

207 This is not really a hobby, it just caught my eye. It is a Norwegian living history group that runs a traditional sort of Norwegian smelter, turning out bog iron blooms.
(to explain, they dig iron rich mud that bacteria have been processing in bogs, roast it and then use a Catalan type forge to turn it into wrought iron)

It is in Norwegian so turn on the subtitles

https://youtu.be/80omf7bM3Ek

Posted by: Kindltot at April 01, 2023 07:42 PM (xhaym)

208 Used the daylights out of my beltsander making the form for my hats. Had to make a real size wood form, 1st hat turned out too big a bit so had to trim it down even more with belt sander.

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 07:43 PM (xhxe8)

209 Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads

1894 restoration is a real work of art.
What did he use to do the scroll work burning?

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 07:43 PM (FUBfX)

210 On the turning lathe project that is awesome.

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 07:44 PM (xhxe8)

211 1894 restoration is a real work of art.
What did he use to do the scroll work burning?

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2023 07:43 PM (FUBfX)

Some kind of computer controlled laser. I'm curious how that even worked seeing it looked like he did a thin layer of bondo on the base.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at April 01, 2023 07:45 PM (VwHCD)

212 THE MOVIE MARQUE IS UP
NOOD

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2023 07:48 PM (xhxe8)

213 Carluchi sounds Italian. It would be pronounced car-loo-kee in Italy. There's no K in the standard Italian alphabet but ch=k in sound. There is an extended alphabet with the J K X Y from all the imported English and other foreign languages. I've always wondered why the X isn't there since Latin is the base of the language.

Posted by: Ciampino - Italian is one of the easiest to learn at April 01, 2023 07:50 PM (qfLjt)

214 BTW, very nice turning Carluchi.

Posted by: lowandslow at April 01, 2023 07:51 PM (76Foq)

215 once in Newport RI, I bought a huge 8 panel dressing screen

each panel was adorned with 3 Robert Thorton folio prints from the Temple of Flora

had to marshall all my skills and patience to remove the prints from their backing

a work of love

Posted by: REDACTED at April 01, 2023 07:54 PM (us2H3)

216 Carluchi, my Dad would have loved one of those shaving brushes.

Very nice gate, Jim, you do good work.

Thanks for the drawing video recommendation, JTB.

Cybersmythe, I hope that you land a new job.

Posted by: Debby Doberman Schultz at April 01, 2023 07:55 PM (a4EWo)

217 "His Station and Four Aces."

To me, it's the funniest of the "dogs playing poker" paintings.

Posted by: Weak Geek at April 01, 2023 08:01 PM (Om/di)

218 Thanks again everyone for the nice comments.

Ciampino, I am of Italian descent and this has been my nickname since I was a kid. I always thought it was because my Dad and I share the same name and it was a way to refer to me rather than him (at least that is what I was told).

The spelling was me American-i-zing it as a kid.

Posted by: carluchi at April 01, 2023 08:03 PM (2DkKM)

219 Wolfus, when you say automatic watches-does that mean self-winder, or does it include battery models?
Posted by: Air-cooled Al at April 01, 2023


***
Yes, self-winding. That was the old term, I guess, when the tech was new. Now everybody calls it automatic or an automatic movement. Electronic (and later, quartz) watches came along in the '70s, though there were the Accutron battery-powered watch models from the early '60s.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2023 08:12 PM (omVj0)

220 Dogs playing poker...
It's totally satirical because Dogs would never bet on anything, AND Dogs are incapable of Bluffing.

Posted by: birddog at April 01, 2023 10:01 PM (uAI4S)

221 Home from work 11 pm CST.

Thanks, everyone!


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at April 02, 2023 12:07 AM (e6UQI)

222 Late to the thread but just had to say, the shaving brushes are gorgeous. Reminded me of my father who used them. Pleasant thought.

Posted by: just saying at April 02, 2023 07:43 AM (hGlnS)

223 https://gunsnglory.com/product/ati-omni-hybrid/

Posted by: guns n glory at April 03, 2023 06:10 PM (yqtWm)

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