Until the store is up and running really well, I’ll continue to do my service work. I needed a company letterhead, so I made that and a logo to go on it. Here are pictures of both. THIS PAGE is about and experiment with the OO file.
In the middle of the Bible, in the book of Proverbs, it says “The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul”. So it is with painting the warehouse white. I’ve waited several years to get to this point.
The wood was old and dried, so it soaked up the first coat. The second coat looks terrific though. We’re in the process of painting a Betsy Ross flag on one side, that will be seen from the street. A friend gave me a very nice and sturdy set of entrance steps, they will be installed soon.
I came out to feed the cats this morning, and knew I had to get a picture of the sun coming in the wood working area. Here’s one of the cats:
The sun came over the ridge, and was shining on trees in the valley. These boards will be used to make another sign for this restaurant in Maryville TN.
Here’s a page about making a wood knife throwing backstop from used telephone pole pieces.
A friend of mine has a grist mill, I want to sell some of his products, but he’s having trouble with labeling his bags. I experimented with a possible solution; you can read about it at this page:
When you need to hit a steel part, to move it a little, a steel hammer can leave marks on it. It’s best to use a punch made of brass or hard wood, between the hammer and the part.
I needed to adjust the position of a small part, so I made a brass punch. I started with rounds brass bar stock I had, and cut it to length with a hack saw. Then I tapered the end with a bench sander. Next, I sanded it with 150, 320, and 400 grit sandpaper. It still wasn’t polished, and I didn’t want to set up the polishing wheel on my bench grinder, so I found some more sandpaper. These were 800, 1500, and 2000 grit papers. The brass has a better luster than the picture shows.
I can make ideas in my mind, but it’s usually easier to refine and revise them on paper. After that, I make a scale drawing on the computer, to see the size of individual parts. Here’s the process in regards to a large steam bender I want to make.
I start with light pencil lines, when I’m sure where I want a line, I make it darker. The scale computer drawing not only shows the size of pieces, it also helps me decide the height above the ground. The whole box needs to be angled, so that steam rises to the end opposite the steam inlet. But I had to be sure that a twelve foot long board wouldn’t hit the ground when removed.
I need this box not only for bending wood, but also for heating it, to kill parasites that might be living in it. I will sell not only finished wood items, but wood blanks for DIY guys to make their own.
I just made an important turning point in the effort to paint my 1951 Chevrolet truck; and I’m restoring an old Coca Cola fountain service bench. More details here.
Had a good time with my two youngest sons while working on an old truck part today. Details HERE.
This is a posting at my other blog. More information is there.