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Handle and Little Cup

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Handle and Little CupThe handle ( extension) was made for my Foley Food Mill. I use that mill on a medium sized bowl when making applesauce and it hangs over such a short amount that the end of the metal handle digs into the palm of my hand after hundreds of cranks. This extension allow for a comfortable grip on the mill. It is made from 2 pieces of cherry wood and carved out to fit the metal handle very closely..and then epoxied on. It is finished with Danish oil and buffed and waxed.The little cup was a rescue from the scrap wood going in the wood furnace. It was a mesquite cut off and thrown away because it had a crack in it. I turned away most of the cracked part but a little of it got in the game and chipped off the base so I had to turn the base smaller than it was planned. It is 2 1/4” x 2 1/4” high and finished with EEE and Shellawax. McKinlee will get it to play with on Thursday.Cheers, Jim



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Bookcase for Children's Books

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Bookcase for Children's Books DW retired after 35 years of teaching last Summer. While the long term plan is for the books in her classroom library to be passed on, we needed an interval home for them while they make their way from boxes in the basement to new readers. Thus this bookcase which serves as a temporary home for the kid's books prior to leaving the house.
The interesting aspects of the build were due to the size of the unit- 90 inches high, by 72” wide but relatively shallow at 7.25” deep. Use of knockdown assembly (think flat box furniture) make moving and installing the floor to ceiling height bookcase. The Bessey clamp extender feature made clamping the side panels length wise possible. Having lots of clamps of varying lengths came in handy as well as did having work tables and the drill press on wheels.
Further details on this link: https://smortegav.blogspot.com/2020/11/a-major-book-migration.html



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Laser Projects..

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Laser Projects..My son decided he needed a laser engraver and today, we got to play with it. I was amazed by the quality and size of the machine. I thought it couldn't possibly do as well as it did. The LaserPecker Pro cost in the $450 range and came with everything needed to get right at it, We tested it on an assortment of materials, including one of my hand carved cherry palm crosses, and the leather bottom on a bowl I had turned on my lathe.
Images were uploaded via blue tooth from an Iphone. It took about 2-3 minutes to engrave each of these two items.
I am impressed with the quality of the result and the fit and finish of the machine.



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