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Dani,

Very impressive and well organized... unlike many of us.

Two thumbs up.


Best regards
Vince











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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I really need to com up with a storage bin for scrap wood. I try not to have too many scraps but I was just stacking stuff in a corner. However, the mice get into the corner and it is also a pain to get to that corner when everything gets piled in it.

It should probably be on wheels like everything else in the garage too. Still working on that idea.

Thanks though!!!!
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Dani,

In my world there is no "Scrap Wood", or cork, etc. Material hoarder? Ya could be.

I use large light weight plastic garbage cans, with a secure cover, that are on wheels to store some of it. This way it can be moved when needed. Safe from the elements, and most critters.

WARNING! Mark what is in there on the lid. Save lots of time and sometimes $$.

Cuz well.... we can tend to accumulate that which we forget.


VP











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Hahahahahah material hoarder? perhaps. But, the electricians needed some things and I was like well I have a chunk of 2x4. Or I have a piece of aluminum angle that should work for mounting that....saved me some money and them some time and frustration.

I ended up making some space for some of my longer "scraps"....I actually used some of them on the back side of this decoy rack to keep them from coming out the back. Plus it used some of the scraps! Then I moved my decoy rack away from the wall so that I could slide the longer and wider pieces in behind the decoy rack. It isn't ideal, but it certainly works and saves me the space and lets me be able to access the decoys. The decoy rack is just a little small for all those decoys....I need a taller rack, but I am happy with this so far....





The green bucket holds dowels, rebar, metal rods and pvc quite nicely....
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Looks good.

All yer decoys make me smile.











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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In progress oil painting on wine case lid. Something to do during Izzy...


















"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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ISO a 1/4 or 1/3 scale Canada Goose pattern...large duck size.

I'm wanting to make a decoy urn for my son's Lab ashes. The dog passed some months ago. Recently my son stated that Tessa's last retrieve was a goose so I think that a goose urn would be fitting. I've not had any success reducing patterns in the past. So if anyone has a pattern to share or can point me in the direction of a possible reduced size goose pattern I'd appreciate it. Thanks in advance for any help.
Brad F / NWR
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Brad, I can't help you with a smaller pattern but could you take your pattern to Office Depot or Kinkos or something like that and have them reduce it for you on a copier? That's what I do when I need something larger (except I do it on the copier here at work).

I like your idea though.

Dani
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Stiller's makes patterns for a variety of species, including some of the smaller Canadas and Cacklers. Using one of the small Canadas would get the size you want in a life-size bird so that you could hunt over it.
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I can get around six birds out of a sheet,J














































































































































































































































































































































oel, but I clamp four sheets together and cut multiple birds out with the sabre saw, which goes a long way to clean-up the edges. I just cut 18 more birds in three new poses outside this week, but it was 25F so no pics taken.

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RLLigman: Jan 19, 2022, 4:40 AM
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Looks like a City park in central Florida in winter!


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

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Thanks for the reply's.
Brad F / NWR
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That Canvasback deadmount carving is nearing completion. Lots of "hard water" in the sloughs and debris on the ramps due to the rise & fall of river stage levels has kept me from going down to the River at the tail end of our season, so i have consoled myself by doing some painting each day.






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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Bob,

Ya do a pretty good job of consoling yerself, when ya can't get at em... Wink


Best regards
Vince











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Dani, agreed--and some of us will unfortunately learn/remember how quickly these newfangled workbenches and other similar furniture goes to Landfill !
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All~


re plastic for Oldsquaw and Pintail stool: I have found that heavy industrial barrels - and some of the better quality trash can lids - provide a plastic that is tough yet remains flexible in severe cold. I typically make a full tail insert. I sand (60-grit) the plastic for tooth, and then wipe it with acetone so the epoxy (or caulk) will hold it in place.






Epoxy accepts fine sawdust to allow paint to stick nicely.


Bill's idea of zip ties - esp. the large industrial grade ones given to me by my local power company crew - sound promising.


On other fronts - here are some Pintails From the Bench of George Williams:






Birds' eye view....






I am still finishing a few birds....here they are getting their epoxy sealer treatments.







More details on these 3 in my decoy repair post.


All the best,


SJS





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


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With the month winding down and duck season almost over I've managed to make a tad bit of progress on the workbench. I machined new legs since the old ones rotted off and the previous owner sawed them off and nailed 2x4s on the stumps to hold the bench together. Making the legs was challenging. I had to derive the dimensions and make certain I put the joinery in the proper location, i.e. keep up with left, right, front and back. The joinery includes grooves for the side panels and mortise and tenons on all corners doubly held together by draw bolts. Let me tell you, this thing is STOUT. The next step it to fit a new floor, refinish, and reassemble. Still a way to go but I feel like the critical steps are behind me.

Eric







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Good morning, Eric~


Gorgeous work - of course!


I smiled as I read about your need to keep the orientation of each piece straight. My projects like this involve lots of arrows and numbers and letters, INs and OUTs, LEFTs and RIGHTS - or PORTs and STBDs - written in ink if I'll be painting, in light pencil or chalk if a bright finish.


Carry on!


SJS





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


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Steve

I had to keep each leg standing upright thus mocking up its final location just to keep it all straight in my mind, plus a lot of pencil marks. Honestly I surprised myself by not having to re-do a leg. But there's still plenty of time to screw up the finish :)

Eric
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It is good to know that I am not the only one marking up my projects with directions.

Rick
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Richard Lathrop wrote:
It is good to know that I am not the only one marking up my projects with directions.

Rick


Rick

Based upon personal experiences, I think spatial reasoning declines as we age. I'm sure somebody has studied that in a clinical setting, but I for one can say the older I get the harder it is for me to juggle 3d objects in my mind that must fit together in a certain way. However, I recognize this and slow down and make marks to keep from screwing things up.

Eric
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Not only impressed by the workmanship, Eric, but the lighting in your shop looks wonderful!
You sure did that up right.


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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Thanks, I mark up to keep track of what I am doing, which part is which, outside faces and grain orientation. More because I forget what I am doing at times when a project is spread over several days.

Rick
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Nice save Eric. It?s always hard to keep legs in proper orientation and place. Now flip it over and try keeping it all straight in your mind.
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Eric,

Mighty fine job on the work bench, and stout legs mean it will take lotta good use.

Two thumbs up!


As far as placing marks and notations on work projects. I've been doin' it on my carvings for years, has much more to do with sanity than getting older.

The marks help prevent "Ballpeen moments", as my buddy at the boatworks called em. He made a error one day, got very angry and threw a ballpeen hammer against the wall. It bounced back and damn near beaned em.


Best regards
Vince











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920