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What's on your Work Bench ? JULY 2018
All~


Lots of NDR projects of late - but I will be focusing on duckboats and decoys for the next few months. It'll be in the high 90s all week - so a good time to hunker down in my shop with the AC keeping things cool and dry.



This Cinnamon Teal gunner is headed to Utah.






It is hollow Basswood.







I used Mahogany for the keel. I did not add any lead to/in the keel because I expect this decoy to campaign in very sheltered waters.






I sealed with flat oils (mostly Rustoleum) and finished with my usual flat latex house paints (Behr from Home Depot).






All the best,


SJS



Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Nice work Steve! Looks good on the water.
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Exceptional, Very, Very fine Craftsmanship.
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Love that Cinnamon Teal; a beautiful carving and painting job, as usual. That's a duck I've never done but I'm putting it on the "do soon" list. I've busy working on a 14 foot sneak boat and a small trailer for it that was free but needs some repair. I have not even been fishing yet, but will be going tmr for fluke and sea bass and maybe a striper or blue if they swim by!
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Cut-in a second Tilt/Trim switch mounted inside the cockpit at the helm station control panel so I don't have to turn my back on my course and reach back to the port side of the engine housing to operate the external switch (1997 Honda 50hp). Significantly better way to operate in total darkness on the Great Lakes.

Painted the interior and shelves with Parkers dead grass brown/green, as well as using up the last of the Tuff-coat on the decoy compartments. While I had the StarBoard shelf railing strips off to paint the shelves I ran them through a quarter round router bit to take the sharp edges off them . Originally, TDB just took a sheet of StarBoard and ripped it into strips, clamped them together and then counter-sank the brass shelf screw holes in them, so they had some pretty sharp edges on them, particularly or wet hands interactions...


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RLLigman: Jul 9, 2018, 6:45 AM
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Beautiful work as always Steve!


Great South Bay
West Sayville, N Y
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Good idea on the tilt/trim Rick.
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You know how big a pain getting back to that on-motor unit was, particularly in the dark! I doubt if it made navigation easy on the Ohio either when you owned the boat. Several times I've lost my orientation to the horizon(no shoreline lights of any kind up here for much of the coast) and had to reference my Garmin unit.
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Rick,
I wondered while following you why you were zig-zagging...ha. Good work on something you wanted to correct!

Louie
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cork shoveler


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Matt, very nice shoveler!
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May be my favorite bird - not necessarily to eat but love the male colors- nice bird!
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Doing some painting this month on a cork redhead hen:






MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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Trip of drakes with a hen. Hollowed bass
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Nice birds everyone
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Matt, Tom, MLBob, SJS, RL
Beautiful work again this month.
I bought 2 spoke shave kits from Lee Valley
I needed a spoke shave to work the bodies, so I'm almost done with the
small one just need to shape the handles. I did test drive it and
it does work beautifully




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patrick mccarthy: Jul 15, 2018, 5:55 PM
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After my foray into molding and casting of the Herters Coots, I was looking for a way to deploy them tight, without tangles. I considered a net rig, but decided that that might be bulking in a BBSB. Instead I decided to try decoy spreaders. A little internet searching and Youtube convinced me that while the commercial rigs were well thought out, and looked very professional, I had most of the materials already on hand.

Years ago, when I was a Scout leader, and found a bag full of odds and ends of tent poles. I brought that bag to every camp out, and had spares, and parts to fix most any field failure. I still had most of them left and decided to see what I might put together.





I stripped the unions from the fiberglass poles and then riveted them together. I then re-enforced this union with galvanized wire.





I threading shock-cord through the poles and tied off some long-line clips. A simple loop of decoy line on each decoy should make it easy to attach them for deployment.





Above is version 1, I made some slight changes and made 2 more sets, and will redo this first one when the new shock-cord arrives later in the week.

At the end, I have a Coot mobile!









Dave Diefenderfer
Manassas, VA

"Once you set out to build a boat, throw away your square. And if you work on her after she's launched, throw away your level." author unknown

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Dave Diefenderfer: Jul 15, 2018, 6:41 PM
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Dave,


Nothing spells "inventive" quite like a duck hunter !!! Wink


MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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Love the speculum Bob! Front and center!
Pat Gregory
Illinois Waterfowler and Decoy Maker
Duckboat Page Member since 2006

"And when a flock of bluebills, pitching pondward, tears the dark silk of heaven in one long rending nose-dive, you catch your breath at the sound, but there is nothing to see except stars. This same performance, in daytime, would have to be looked at, shot at, missed, and then hurriedly fitted with an alibi."
Aldo Leopold in Sand County Almanac

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Dave Diefenderfer wrote:
At the end, I have a Coot mobile!


Too cool!



"A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again."


A. Pope
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My workshop has been 'on my workbench'...

Hanging tools with screws, hooks, dowels and shelves







"A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again."


A. Pope
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A lineup of the usual suspects (the most used tools)







"A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again."


A. Pope
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The department of weights and measures...







"A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again."


A. Pope
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Cordless drills...







"A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again."


A. Pope
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I see a saw...







"A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again."


A. Pope