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Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Adios Pantalones, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    Cheapo drivers from Parts Express actually... Dayton audio 10inch paper cone woofers if I remember correctly. The only thing I splurged on was the crossover components - The entire project cost under $200, with the cabinet material thrown in for free from my Dad's shop scrap.

    Thanks for the compliments!

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  2. ScotO

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    Wow, half of that stuff looks nicer than the dishes I have at home!! I'm gonna have to order some stuff off of ya, AP. I really like your work!
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  3. ScotO

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    Me too! My grandma worked for Sylvania years ago......she made those tubes for years! We used to have boxes of them, not sure whatever became of them. I hear tell they go for decent money nowadays....
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  4. eclecticcottage

    eclecticcottage Minister of Fire

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    I tend to be flighty and not focus on one thing very long, although I come back to a few over and over. I like a challenge and can get bored doing the same thing...I do enough of that in the day job, lol. Photography is a passion but I haven't had time in a few years, especially the last one since buying the Cottage. I also like doing the reno work here, but I'd rather do it where I'm not living to be honest! Repurposing and upcycling and working with inexpensive materials to get a final result like we have here is really fun-I'd really like to "flip" cottages and use them as vacation rentals, but that would require funds we don't have. I also design greeting cards (cover and saying), apparel and ornaments for PODS. We were pressing our own shirts but we just don't have the space here for inventory or the press and cutter so we sold all of it. We are just about done winding up our vintage business too, basically selling off our milk and safe paints below cost so we can clear them out before the end of the year so we can make this the last year of income tax heck.

    So...this is one of the before afters here, I don't know if this is an art or a craft but I really enjoyed it. The cabinet in the corner is probably 1920's era and was found curbside. The chairs were either curbside or $1-2 at garage sales, I painted each with a "dry brush" style. The little table was in the family for years, the train case on the bottom shelf hides gloves and stuff as well as the cord/outlet for the little green lamp. The big table came from an architectural salvage place that was closing up. The "centerpiece" on the vent free to the right of the tree is actually part of a vintage chicken waterer with an electric candle and candle ring on it. The prints on the wall are all Arthur Singer from a special magazine set from the 1950's, those came from my grandparent's house. The floors are original, but were covered with linoleum and then vinyl they have been planed, sanded and coated with linseed. Pic quality isn't great, they were with my little point and shoot, and the first one was taken while we were on a walk through with the PO's brother so I was trying to be discreet, lol.

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    This is one of the cards I designed, I can't find my original and I can't snag the bigger version because the site I sell them on has right click disabled

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    It is clipart, I will admit to that...but it's multiple pieces with a reasonable amount of editing put together.
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  5. fishingpol

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    Nice to see this thread alive again. I really like to see what others are up to. This thread is also a kick in the pants to get back making some stuff. I've got a few things on the burner/half finished projects.

    Here is some of my hand-hammered copper work. These have a nice aged patina now and will probably get quarter sawn oak frames from a wood re-purpose project. The oak tree on the upper right may be made on a larger scale at some point. I have more ideas stewing in my head right now than my time will allow.

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    I am also looking into making a brake drum forge in the late winter to work some steel for implements for the outdoor oven. I need a coal rake and several hooks for the hand tools I use out there. I just really want to try it I guess.
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  6. Thistle

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    A few of my diversions.....

    Massive trestle-style cabinetmakers bench Jan 1987 - old growth air dried doug fir full dimension 3 x 12 top,3 x 6 legs,2 x 6 cross braces,bolted to 90yr old concrete floor.Twin vises - both with thick air dried Cherry faces harvested from parent's land.New standard vise on left,Tapered 'leg' vise on right with 100+ yr old salvaged iron vise screw,collar & hardware.Round 3/4" dog holes spaced out on edge,2 in left vise cheek for gluing up panels etc.Huge Record Coronet No.3 5 speed Lathe at back of bench,4ft bed,12" over bed,30"capacity with outboard turning head swiveled out from bench.Lathe weighs 250lbs,at the time it was the heaviest benchtop lathe I could find off the shelf.Had a sheetmetal leg set for it,that went to my scrap metal pile for another possible use.

    New 2" Hard Maple inner jaw face.Boring 1 1/2" hole 12" long for screw clearance was a good time.;) Not as 'pretty' as $2000+ European Beech traditional bench,but its 100% flat,smooth,true & level.Is hella stout.Easily 300lbs empty.Plus I really like the color that old doug fir gets as it ages,orangish-red really looks warm & inviting.Pic is prob 5 yrs old now,top is covered with various antique tools such as Goodell Pratt miter box etc. Blacksmith 70lb post vise (quick release install & removal to gain space).

    Someday when I have more $$$ & space I'll have an Ulmia,Sjobergs Ultimate or similar bench as the main user,this will be for assembly & other things.


    Mesquite Box May 1997
    Natural edge Mesquite Bowl May 1997
    Honey Locust Tool Chest Feb 1994
    White Oak Tool Chest Aug 2005 (30yr old air dried local resawn 2.5 & 3" bridge planks,stained to look 100 yrs old)
    Honey Locust bowl July 1998
    Limestone birdhouse May 1992
    Limestone bench Sept 2006

    I'm tired now.....;) Someday I may post pics of the 2" thick Walnut threshold, 2 1/4" thick French Doors made from pine car siding w/ 1/4" plate glass inserts,matching ceiling 'bulkhead' that covers the exposed copper pipes on outside of fireplace room here.If I remember anyway ;lol

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  7. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Limestone & Granite benches May 1992

    Bench,Lathe,Other Stuff.Late 2007

    7/8" Arabescato Piana marble from near Carrara,Tuscany.Salvaged piece before shaping June 2005

    Same piece - finished Pastry/Pizza Crust Board w/rounded corners,bevelled bottom edges for easy pick-up off table or kitchen counter June 2005

    Baker's/Pizza Peel made from scrap piece of 3/8" Penn Slate salvaged blackboard taken out of early 1920's junior high school remodel/addition in Aug 1999.Peel made May 2010.Went 'with the grain' to give more strength to the handle.About 5 lbs,so its not used very often.Beveled edge opposite handle to make sliding them in & out of oven much easier.

    I still have 2 untouched 'halves' from that same job in perfect condition,4 ft square w/ original factory paper label on the backside.Stored in shop against wall behind some 3/4" plywood for protection,they'll no doubt be used for something eventually.

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  8. JP11

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    01.jpg 02.jpg 03.jpg 04.jpg 05.jpg I'll put our Christmas Card in here. My wife is a photographer, and every year she does a creative card. I hope it comes out in order. And YES.. the "kids" really were wearing the costumes.
  9. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    Scotty, If you ever get bored and have a hankerin' to build something head east to me! I live on a few verticle acres of slate/fieldstone and only WISH I was handy to build an outdoor cooking hearth and all sorts of things! The fireplace is breathtaking, really, really beautiful.
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  10. sculptor

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    I belong to several boards and I agree, this one has a good number of talented individuals. thanks for the likes. I just realized what that is!
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  11. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    That's neat. When I heard "marine painter" I didn't know what it meant LOL
  12. eclecticcottage

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    Man I wish I could paint like that!! I can see all these scenes in my head I'd like to get out and onto "paper"
    but they are pretty much stuck there. I MIGHT be able to do a stick figure, lol. The best I can do is try to find clip art that fits what I see and enough of the same style to make something similar...
  13. sculptor

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    Thank you both! I suck at drawing! I cringe at the drawing stage. I do the minimum amount of drawing I can get away with. I'm what is called a "paint pusher"
    It's considered a major flaw, but I try to make up for it along the way...

    Like a painter I enjoyed used to say: "You have a 50/50 chance of a mess or a masterpiece" LOL
  14. firefighterjake

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    And this would be a mess -- not a master piece.

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    LOL. I still laugh every time I see that photo!
  16. firefighterjake

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    Me too . . . it gives me great amusement. Of course if that was me it would have come out as a simple stick figure.
  17. sculptor

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    I don't think the "teletubby savior" is that far from a stick figure.
  18. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    You should check out the "LOL Tattoos" page on facebook for some really bad art laughs (the comments are great). Can't believe what some poor suckers are stuck with (lucky that my bad tattoo is small compared to the good ones)
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    (jealous rant of jealousy) you talented people are the worst lot, what, with all your humilty and complimenting others...bah.

    Love it all people, love it....wood, clay, paint, stone, you name it. I tie knots, I shall have to post a pic of something. I recently made a beer can cozy from paracord..a single 50' piece tied into a turk's head knot (sorry, don't recall the bight pass configuaration off hand) and then built it up with a gaucho weave. NOt quite as much talent needed as soem other mediums, but it takes a good bit of mental discipline.
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  20. Flatbedford

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    I didn't learn to tie my shoes until late in the second grade.
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    I remember that news story. First thing I thought that it looked much like a Monchichi. Now I have that annoying song in my head.


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    holy Blast from the Past Batman...Monchichi...thats sooo awesome. I love Hearth.com.
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    Now that you mention it . . . it does look like a monchichi.
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  24. Augie

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    Nothing big, just finished a load of fire starters.

    Sawdust from cutting set in the stove room for a week in a bucket to make sure it is good and dry, pack into old egg carton. Pour melted parifin over the top, not a lot just enough to wet everything. Let cool then pop out. 18 little fire starters. Now if I ever have to use email I have em.... Haven't started the stove in 2 or 3 weeks. Lol
  25. Adios Pantalones

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    After renovating my 'studio', I had not made anything in quite a while. Now I'm about to get into full production mode, full time potter this year (part time chemist still). Feels great! image.jpg image.jpg

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