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A MINI bullet... C19 and a ride-on mower made me do it.

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 08-15-2020 04:11 AM 1758 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

Yes, I am taking liberties with my projections… the pen is made out of antlerBUT, the deer it came from, roamed the woods (once… sorry animal lovers) and was turned on a wood lathe (OK, actually made of metal but that’s a well kept secret)… hell, antler may even be over qualified with that double ganger.

You’ve seen the pictures (in the gallery) , so don’t blame me if you get bored shitless if you decide to read on.

This was not brought about by my ugly face, self-isolation, shortage of dunny paper or even trepidation of that dreaded nasal invasion… it came from my original quest for that unavailable face mask, once mandatory masking was introduce here in Victoria and the need to cut (not smoke) the grass.
After I found that all the suppliers’ cupboards were bare, in desperation I hit the workshop , which hurt my fist and got me crapped off… but under turd, I found,
  1. Some super cheap masks, roleplaying a “hammock for saw dust” impersonation…

    forget it.
  2. My Trend full face shield…

    too bloody heavy.
  3. Dust Bee Gone…

    initially considered inappropriate, however, now two (for recycling purposes) are permanently located in my car.
I purchased a new ride on mower and to test drive it around the block I needed both
  • a mask and
  • a crash helmet…

and now, no longer on foot, that too bloody heavy shield was light as fairy’s farts aboard the 48V ATV and could fill the dual requirement’s role.
However, when test fitting it to ensure it still fit my head, I noticed it kept falling down in my face (no, no, no… not the way it’s meant to) and closer inspection revealed a broken strap on the headband…
which required some immediate “emergency surgery”

,
I should have made a blog of it as I actually used some tools I never remember I had,
  • this nibbler for cutting out the sheet metal shape,
  • as the this air cutter

    could not perform a tight arc.
  • plebeian hand snips are like a bad internet connection,

    not web (duck type) friendly,
  • and used this brilliant pop riveter to attach the splint.

Nevertheless, I decided to seek out a new one for comfort and I was also intimidated by the fear of future plastic fatigue.

While ordering a replacement headband I came across these mini 30 cal bullet pen kits on the supplier’s WEB site,

and chose to blank the bullet with antler,

Bet you were wondering when the hell he was gonna talk about the penwell, I ordered, received (yesterday), turned, permanently stored

and now mentioned.

Enough talk of the pen...

THE END.

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





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Ivan

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#1 posted 08-15-2020 05:30 AM

Gooood looking pen!. You are actualy doing something besides lot of comments…. Hehehe

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 08-15-2020 06:43 AM


... You are actualy doing something besides lot of comments…. Hehehe
- Ivan

Thanks, maj. Yeah, occasionally my computer freezes up!

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

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crowie

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#3 posted 08-15-2020 09:44 AM

Some quality advertising in that lot Ducky especially CWS Carroll Woodworking Supplies in Melbourne.

And the bolt action is appropriate for the antlers, boom boom or is it bang bang!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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mikeacg

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#4 posted 08-15-2020 01:01 PM

Very nicely done Ducky! Did you take a class to learn how to do this – or did you just ‘wing’ it?

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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GR8HUNTER

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#5 posted 08-15-2020 01:36 PM

i really love this fine looking pen antler and rifle ammo go together like pb & j or any food & that grass you speak of GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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splintergroup

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#6 posted 08-15-2020 02:50 PM

Pen is nice, but your repair is true “can do” attitude 8^) Did you make a gusset for the other side> Wouldn’t want the helmet to sag sideways from being out of balance (unless it compensates for any operator imbalance!)

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GR8HUNTER

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#7 posted 08-15-2020 02:56 PM

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-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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GR8HUNTER

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#8 posted 08-15-2020 02:59 PM



Pen is nice, but your repair is true “can do” attitude 8^) Did you make a gusset for the other side> Wouldn t want the helmet to sag sideways from being out of balance (unless it compensates for any operator imbalance!)

- splintergroup


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 08-15-2020 03:33 PM



... sag sideways from being out of balance (unless it compensates for any operator imbalance!)
- splintergroup

This operator is mentally imbalanced, however, no gusset, that’s to compensate for my brain spill from tilting my head sideways… back in my naive days when I was stupid enough to view posts with BLOODY sideways pictures, which is becoming more a pandemic here at LJs than C19.

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

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cracknpop

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#10 posted 08-15-2020 07:06 PM

There are a lot of good woodworkers on this little website. There are a few good storytellers. You are both!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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pottz

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#11 posted 08-15-2020 07:49 PM

nice pen work ducks i love the antler for the bullet pens sells real well to those that help supply the antler-lol.i hate the smell turning it though.i see you had that same problem most do with the trend air shields,broken head bands.for what those cost you would think they would upgrade to something a little stronger,especially considering the weight.ive gone through a few myself.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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mikeacg

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#12 posted 08-15-2020 08:28 PM

Cracknpop,

It’s hard to believe that something this nice can come out of a crotchedy old fart like Little Black Duck – But apparently he’s more than just a pretty face…
And modest! Did you watch the video and see how often he pulled his dress down to hide his ‘naughtly bits’???

Mike

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 08-15-2020 10:37 PM

Thanks crackn... I’ll never master the hand-cut dovetails or make some fancy inside-out, reverse splined, multi-exotic heirloom box with hidden compartments… however, with C19, the audience has time to read my rantings and I can work on perfecting my yarn to knit together a fair pull-over.


..... for what those cost you would think they would upgrade to something a little stronger…..
- pottz

The replacement was a different color…

maybe they have made inroads in changing the composite headband material.
It’s all these compliments here at LJs that make the head swell and break down the constraints of the headband.
Hear you’ve broken a few… boof head!

.... especially considering the weight…
- pottz

Damn pottzy let up on references to my girth for once.

... And modest! Did you watch the video and see how often he pulled his dress down to hide his naughtly bits ???
- mikeacg

Not so much modest but a case of the new Book of Revelations.

In the first video take, I didn’t put shorts on under the nightie… revealed to all what gender this duck was… even surprised me, the missus, the film producers and the censors! Fortunately the budget permitted a second shoot.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 08-16-2020 01:46 AM

Nice pen, Ducky and good surgery on that head band. I like the riveter. I will have to get one as I am getting too weak to use the squeeze riveters that I have. How fast have you had the new mower going? How long do the batteries last?

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 08-16-2020 02:40 AM


Nice pen, Ducky and good surgery on that head band. I like the riveter. I will have to get one as I am getting too weak to use the squeeze riveters that I have. How fast have you had the new mower going? How long do the batteries last?
- Jim Jakosh

Not quite fast enough to trip a speed gun, but fast enough to let the greying locks flutter in the wind… if I didn’t wear the C19-mask, come crash-helmet.

The battery always comes last as it’s at the back of the ride-on, however, when it comes to duration,

  • 0 hours if I forget to plug it in.
  • 3 hours on a full charge. They (Ryobi) also claim 3 acres coverage, but I reckon that’s all hype… it all depends on whether the lawn is uphill of downhill… always goes faster downhill, sometimes at mind boggling double speeds… and according to my rusty slide rule,

    that may give a whopping 6 hours or 6 acres, all downhill.

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

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