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Location: Churchill, Victoria, Australia
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Retired, ex mainframe systems programmer. Now full-time recreational woodworker majoring in pens, boxes, puzzles, T&J Toys and occasional small furniture.
Design everything (and I mean everything) in SketchUp prior to touching tools. I am fortunate to have the use of a laser and I like to laser cut pieces in MDF to use as either layout patterns (3mm MDF) or routing templates (6mm MDF). For small intricate parts I occasionally laser cut, however, removing the burn marks is more a hassle than hand cutting.
I'm a real gadgets man and squander many a $ on new innovations and handy tool supplements. I also like to make jigs and design my own gadgets and while at times a purchased jig may be cheaper than a shop made one sometimes they may be improved for personal use. I often use 3D printed parts designed in SketchUp to supplement my wooden jigs in creating wood pieces for models.

But most of all I love a glass or two of red... that's a lie.. a bottle or two.. another lie.. I buy casks... actually I tried to buy a pub but I got prematurely retrenched, so I left the big smoke (Richmond, 3 km from Melbourne CBD) and practiced intimidation of the folks in Churchill (160K ESE from Richmond).

*PS.* Have had no formal woodworking training, however, if you see some of the tools I use it'll become obvious that without those I could never even cast a shadow (and it's a large(ish) shadow) on competent woodies.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dutchy

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#1 posted 02-26-2016 12:26 PM

Nice to see you here. Welocme. You will enjoy it here.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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ciarax11

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#2 posted 05-19-2016 08:46 PM

-- Spammer in the process of being removed.

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Pjonesy

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#3 posted 05-27-2016 09:51 PM

Hi, Thanks for the kind comments.
Here is a link to a good article about ebonizing http://www.popularwoodworking.com/projects/chemical-ebonizing
The secret for me is the tannin, not all timber requires you use it but it is the stuff that makes the process work on most timber that I have tried. Also you need to get the correct type of steel wool to dissolve in white vinegar.
I use a super fine 0000 grade this seems to dissolve fairly quickly, about 1 week. The second coat of tannin as described in the article definitely makes a difference in the blackness.
I have made you a buddy, hope you approve as I have been communicating with Dutchy (Jan) and he tells me you have some great plans done on sketchup that I would like to see. Can you help me with that?
Regards
Peter Jones

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 05-28-2016 06:14 AM

Thanks Peter, It’s an honour to be invited as a buddy (even from a Kiwi) and I hope you don’t mind reciprocation.

My issue was the lack of tannin. I didn’t realise it’s importance till I saw the following video last night,
(I’m not much of a reader).

I currently have 22 of the T&J models imported into Sketchup, currently working on the WS Tractor and have the MRAP Cougar, Power Wagon and Hydraulic Crane on order which should take about 10 days to arrive and a few days to import. I have uploaded the SU models onto dropbox. I have a mix of 2 versions, some with just the SU model and others with the plans for those that have purchased the plan (just to be fair to T&J and individuals’ honour system).
The ”$Train.skp” has models of both the locos, caboose, passenger, box and gondola in the one (can post individual if required).

If you give me your private email address (at “[email protected]”), I can add it to the authorised list to download. If you actually own the plans, I will upload and give access to you to a copy including the plans.

Also if you need any assistance or tips with SU feel free to ask.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#5 posted 02-10-2017 07:23 AM

Hey I just realised I though you were in NZ, your actually in Vic, I am gunna pay you a visit someday.
I almost got to meet Crowie but my son beat me to it.

-- Regards Rob

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htl

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#6 posted 11-08-2017 08:40 PM

I’d welcome you but you’ve been here a long time. LOL

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 11-11-2017 10:45 AM


Hey I just realised I though you were in NZ, your actually in Vic, I am gunna pay you a visit someday.
I almost got to meet Crowie but my son beat me to it.

- robscastle


Nothing against crowie but at least you can fly over NSW if you visit the beautiful Victoria.

I’d welcome you but you’ve been here a long time. LOL

- htl

#4, You also have an open invitation…

Just imagine… A Kiwi, a bananabender, a Yank and a degenerate from Churchill… one helluva party… I’ll start building up my reserve of casks… Shame pottzy doesn’t subscribe to this post, otherwise the Yanks would out number us legal residents…

If I wasn’t born in Hungary (with dual citizenship), I’d be in the Australian parliament and not a woodie… Maybe now you guys know who to blame… my parents (all six of them… my parents were originally gypsies)!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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htl

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#8 posted 11-18-2017 12:32 AM

If I wasn’t born in Hungary (with dual citizenship), I’d be in the Australian parliament and not a woodie… Maybe now you guys know who to blame… my parents (all six of them… my parents were originally gypsies)!

All this time I thought you were a duck???

So what your saying is when you moved down under your family name was changed from Gypsie to Duck?

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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LittleBlackDuck

2854 posts in 1272 days


#9 posted 11-18-2017 11:27 AM


... your family name was changed from Gypsie to Duck?

- htl


Aha! The ever perplexing conundrum! What came first…

The duck or the egg?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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awsum55

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#10 posted 02-12-2019 10:50 PM

I have another reason that I feel some people don’t explain too much about their projects. I for one do not consider myself good enough to give advise especially to those on this forum that amaze me with almost every project.

When I build something it’s usually 1 step forward and 2 steps back when I have to fix a mistake or I don’t like the way a joint came out. I would feel embarrassed to show how I do things sometimes, because I’m not sure of what I’m doing. I’m usually able to fix or hide most of what I consider problems, but rarely do any of my projects go perfectly from start to finish.

The last project I made (ring box) was a design as you go type. I started out with QSWO with walnut splines, a cherry base and a maple top with two hearts, one walnut and one cherry. The splines were too deep and that made them look too long. It just didn’t work for me and I kept trying things to see if I could help. None of it made me happy so I had to start over.

After changing the wood I was using for the body, I thought the piece was now too tall, but I had already glued up some different woods to cut into sections and I didn’t want to start over, so I cut the center out of the glue-up and then had to find a way to hide it. I ended up adding something resembling a chair rail to hide the joint and it actually made the piece better looking in my opinion. The pillow to hold the rings would hide the joint on the inside.

The contrast wasn’t going to work with the hearts I carved against the cherry top, so I changed the species and they way they were joined together. Having them look like puzzle pieces was my son’s idea, and I liked it better anyway.

-- John D, OP, KS

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LittleBlackDuck

2854 posts in 1272 days


#11 posted 02-13-2019 05:10 AM

Actually awsum55, what you said above is what you should put in the project/blog.

Everyone makes mistakes. Something to remember is that for every (say 10) woodworkers more experienced than you there is at least one less experienced. We all learn from our mistakes and if someone can warn me about their failures, I can keep an eye on the chinks in my armor.

It’s great when jock’s telegraph their oopsies as it makes the rest feel human again. Furthermore, I’m guessing that to post the project, you have managed to overcome the hurdles that would be beneficial to others. Some reader may suggest a better way that could be acceptable to you (the next time) or you can just as well think “what bull shit”, do not react, and continue making mistakes at your leisure.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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