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F-15 Picture Frame

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F-15 Picture FrameI have worked Avionic Systems on USAF F-15 Fighters for now over 46 years. Although I retired this year I still work some engineering issues part time. Whenever we have guests visit from out-of-town I try to get them to the base air museum to show off our hardware, I have a friend about my age that had never seen an F-15 Eagle close up, so when he came to speak at our church last year I took him on a tour of our base Air Museum, and got him up close to many USAF aircraft, including the F-15. He was thrilled.As a gift to him, I made him a walnut picture frame and enclosed one of my favorite F-15 photos. This particular picture was taken in Northern Ireland while flying a low level training mission through the “Mach Loop” (google it for some awesome photos and videos). The last time my friend was here, I gave him the framed photo.Frame is walnut was harvested from my uncle's farm in West Virginia. The frame has maple corner splines across the miters showing on the outside of each corner. The photo is covered by 1/8 inch glass that is rabbeted into the edge of the frame. The photo was enlarged to 10×12 inches. Finish is equal parts Satin Poly/BLO/Mineral Spirits. Thanks for looking.



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Walnut LED lighting project

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Walnut LED lighting projectHey LumberJocks,
Just wanted to post my latest project, an adjustable Walnut LED lighting fixture for my dining room. Project inspiration from Matt Downer of Rico CO. He has made many and much more extravagant fixtures of this design. This is my first and likely would do a few things different. I grabbed the 26” diameter limbs from Pleasanton Fairgrounds, slabbed them with my chainsaw mill and they've been drying for about two years. I cut everything to rough size and let sit for several weeks. I hollowed out all the raceways for the lights and wires then mortised the light bars to slide on to the main beam. I hid all the wiring and transformer in the main beam. I went simple and used Tung oil on all the walnut. I fabricated all the brackets and pulley connectors on my metal lathe and mill. The only items purchased were the actual pulleys, but did in fact modify them on my metal mill. I fabricated the ceiling mount and added metal trim for detail. It;s attached with button head square drive screws. Additionally I turned down brass “grommets” that are pressed in to ceiling fixture, which is Walnut as well, where the ropes and electric supply passes through. Another detail- the electrical cord has an idler pulley that takes up the slack as the fixture moves up and down. The large rock is 9.5 lbs, the small rock about 3 lbs, and were found on the side of the road, drilled out and attached with stainless steel braided cable. The “S” hooks are copper rod. Yes I had to spend some time in the attic adding additional bracing for all this extra weight The lighting fixture has about 20 inches of travel. BTW the walnut table is listed as a project on the site – saved it from the scrap heap last year.



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Another bandsaw box

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Another bandsaw box I love making bandsaw boxes but this one was kind of a pain. Messed up the first glue up and broke two blades. Murphys Law sucks!



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