Bert handed out blocks of Alder for
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A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching
flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it
smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across
the room, denting the freshly-painted project which
you had carefully set in the corner where nothing
could get to it.
paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under
the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes
fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers.
A portable cutting tool used to make studs too
Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the
creation of blood-blisters.
An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert
minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.
One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija
board principle... It transforms human energy into a
crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you
attempt to influence its course, the more dismal
your future becomes.
Generally used after pliers to completely round off
bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can
also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the
palm of your hand.
Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable
objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for
igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of
which you want to remove a bearing.
A large stationary power tool commonly used to
launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.
Used for lowering a vehicle to the ground after
you have installed new brake shoes, trapping
the jack handle firmly under the bumper.
A large stationary power saw primarily used by most
shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces
that more easily fit into the trash can after you
cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside
A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of
everything you forgot to disconnect.
Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or
for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and
splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used,
as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw
tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to
convert common slotted screws into non-removable
screws and butchering your palms.
A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that
clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to
replace a 50 cent part.
A tool used to make hoses too short.
Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer
nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate
the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are
trying to hit. It is especially valuable at being
able to find the EXACT location of the thumb or
index finger of the other hand.
Used to open and slice through the contents of
cardboard cartons delivered to your front door;
works particularly well on contents such as seats,
vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector
magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic
parts. Especially useful for slicing your hand wide
open when you do something stupid.
(A personal favorite!) Any handy tool that, because
of frustration or pain, you grab and throw across
the garage while yelling "Son of a . . . !" at the
top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next
tool that you will need.
Hope you found this informative.
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Show & Tell
members brought in something to share with us during Show
and Tell at the June 2nd meeting.
has donated another of her carvings for the raffle
at the Fair. This one is a deer jumping over a
wooden fence. It's made of basswood with model
railroad scenery used for the ground texture on the base.
She had an additional piece she showed with two deer jumping
over a stone fence on a redwood base.
chip carved a very nice circular plaque with a dove
over a cross that he brought in.
using Lola's deer as an example, caved a standing
version of his own. Also out of basswood, the
antlers are made with epoxy over wire. He burned the
carving and used oil paint for the finish.
had won a good sized piece of drift wood at one of
our raffles. Deciding to make a habitat of sorts, he
added various carved creatures hiding within and perched on
top and calls it "The Meeting Place."
brought in a couple of carvings. One was a green man
that he started in a class he took. Made from
Tyrolean pine, Lance used only chisels to carve this
no knives. He also had some chip carving practice
sticks that he showed.
is working on a carousel horse out of Poplar wood.
He's leaving it in two pieces, to carve more easily
around some areas that would be hard to get to
otherwise, before gluing together and finishing the
rest. The pole for the horse was made a bit more
fanciful by Roy by using a drill motor and a file to
etch a nice spiral into it.
had a little "magic top" he brought in. This was one
of the many toys one of Chuck's other clubs has made to
distribute to various organizations.
He also had a bowl he turned out of
green Eucalyptus wood. It was from the crotch of a
tree and green (only 5 days old) when he turned it. It was
round when he finished it but has changed shape
considerably since it has dried.
had a couple of reliefs that he did. He creatively
used chips from what was removed to produce some of
the leaves and other texture on the carving.
had made the bust of Sitting Bull out of Plasticine
with the intention of using it as a model for a
carved wooden version later. Lloyd brought in a cast
from his Plasticine version that Wally Imfeld made
out of epoxy resign and painted a bronze color.
Donnie Cathey showed his elf shelf sitter.
Because usual views of a shelf sitter are not of the
carving's "best side" Donnie decided to also carve a
elf sized wall to enhance the carving.
In addition he had a couple of
knives. The handles he carved out of Avocado wood.
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