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Ride 'em Cowboys.

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Ride 'em Cowboys.Boy and Girls,For those that may have noticed an absence of my so called ”contributions” I'm ba-ack, and for those that haven't or don't care tough!Been diagnosed with a pinched nerve in my back beside the excruciating pain in my left shoulder blade for the first week, it has somewhat desisted in persecuting me and now persisting as an inconvenient continual ache the clincher was that I lost about 60-70% use of my left arm. Being my drinking arm, I realised I had to get pissed to logon to LJ, hence my prolonged absence. Don't be intimidated, my neurologist's appointment is still 1 month away.Not being game to venture down to the workshop, I found that my laser room was not out of bounds and I did some internet searching for some inspiration. As I have recently managed to sit upright at my computer for more than a few minutes, came up with something much to my anticipated adverse pottzy reaction as this is another puzzle to rattle his chain and other people's brain.Consequently it was time to get back on the horse pun intendedThis puzzle is based on the famous Trick Donkeys invented by Sam Loyd in 1858. The object of this puzzle is to rearrange the three pieces so that the riders appear to be riding the donkeys (horses).

It has been modernised to a pair of bucking broncos and two shoot from the hip cowboys

hence the chaps.Downloaded from the internet, the design eventually made the transition to MDF with the assistance of CorelDraw, my laser and some vino induced programming,

I package these into baggies with some basic instructions, gallery picture #5, to be included in my swag of puzzles to be given away as freebies to any tragic that happens to walk across my path,
I have not provided the solution here, however, all can be downloaded from here...
Files available:-

  • Trick Donkey (A4 cutouts).pdf – Paper cutouts in case you don't own a laser/CNC.
  • Trick Donkey (Laserable).pdf – Laser engravable with red-hairline borders for cutting.
  • Trick Donkey (Solution).pdf – Baggie solution (folded in half) if you mass produce.
  • Tricky Donkey (Sketchup Solution).mp4 – Sketchup solution animation.
pottzy, download the A4 PDF, cut them out and I bet you could turn 10 bowls before solving.Keep safe, jocks... and your jocks, safe!Late update...Thanks to an inquiry by corelz125...
If you don't have access to a laser, the paper version of the puzzle can be downloaded from this A4 PDF and suggest you cut out around the borders of the cowboy page.


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Battle Tops

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Battle TopsJeremiah and I had our last regular weekly shop class tonight. Our finale was learning more about what a lathe can do. He learned all the parts of a lathe and some of the various chisels. And he watched me make a few tops. Before he got there, I turned the “Battle Top Arena.” Tops are Hard Maple with no finish and the arena is Poplar. Arena: 1.75” x 11.25” The pictures are of him showing everyone from the lady's meeting his new project.



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Hopefully the last wood bowl.

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Hopefully the last wood bowl.This is one of the last bowls I'll be making. The side rings were excess that I cut off from other bowl bases. This one is for 'Stick in the Mud'. I'm hoping this is the last coat of varnish. I'm really tired of making these bowls.
I am happy how this walnut looks. It's definitely going to be a one off project. I've made close to 80 of these and they have lost their allure.Just so you know I don't have a Lathe. I did these using a circle jig on my band saw. Honestly there's about 2 hours of sanding involved in a bowl this size. A stationary belt sander, Spindle sander and a palm sander. Guess that's why I've had enough bowl making.



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French Polishing Myths

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Linen and more. Three times in recent memory, articles have appeared in major woodworking magazines instructing readers to use linen for the outer cloth in a French polishing pad. No explanation, just the instruction. This brought back memories from …Source

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