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Powermatic Celebrates 100 Years With Commemorative Tool Line

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When you've been around for 100 years, you're allowed to celebrate yourself, and that's just what Powermatic is doing. Throughout 2021 they will be releasing seven tools to commemorate their centennial anniversary. First off this spring will be special editions …Source

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How to Brush a Finish

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Putting some sense back into a simple task. For most people, the first experience brushing comes with oil or latex paint, or with alkyd or polyurethane varnish. Each of these coatings is relatively easy to brush. Paint is easy because …Source

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Rocker

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RockerMaloof inspired rocker. I bought the plans, so I can't claim design of the piece. The only part I can claim is the build execution and the decisions regarding how to sue the grain to best effect.



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No Poop on the Loop sign

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No Poop on the Loop signWe live on a street that's called a loop and which actually is a loop. It's one mile around, and a lot of people walk their dogs. Beginning some time last fall, either someone new moved into the neighborhood and never learned to pick up their dog poop, or one of the existing residents stopped picking up, but there's been a lot of poop both in the ditches and on the street.So back in January, after I went into our ditch to pick up some recycling that had blown out of a neighbor's bin, and stepped in some (fresh, not frozen) dog poop, and then tracked it into the house, I decided it was time to take action. Rather than standing in the ditch with a sand wedge and blasting out of the bunker every time someone walked past with a dog, I decided that maybe a nudge would suffice. So I bought a Dogipot Bag Dispenser and got permission from the neighborhood HOA to put that and a sign on the corner of out lot, near an intersection on one end of the loop.I also had bought Chris Pye's Lettercarving in Wood: A Practical Course and got busy learning. Mostly I needed to learn to carve Os that looked good.First was finding a piece of wood. I had a fairly clear piece of alder, and from carving my previous sign I knew that alder worked pretty well for me.Next was carving the letters. I did the smaller script letters with a V tool, just tracing along pencil lines, but the larger letters were incised with gouges at a 45 degree angle. I ended up using 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9 sweeps to get the Os looking the way I wanted. Probably could do it with fewer tools, but that would've taken more time for learning…Then I painted the letters with Real Milk Paint Aqua paint, which looks like a nice turquoise, which fits, since we're in New Mexico. That's photo 2. I think there were four coats altogether.Photo 3 shows the circle and slash carved with a #7/14 gouge. I used some 1Shot Bright Red lettering enamel to paint that, which is photo 4.Then I put three coats of Cabot Satin Spar Polyurethane on the sign, hoping to lock everything in.Today, the post went in the ground, and the sign and dog-poop-bag-dispenser got attached to the post. Done!I've already gotten compliments on it from a couple neighbors. Hopefully it'll encourage folks to pick up after their pooches, but time will tell.



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