Wednesday, August 5, 2009

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to my Darling Daughter

and her wonderful husband.

I really have no idea as to how I could be more pleased, or happier, than I am with these two.
They have far surpassed any hopes that I, as a dad, had for my girl offspring.

They've been married for 9 years, but have 'been together' for like , 15! That's right at half their lives that they have been stuck...uh... been 'in love' with each other.

HA to 'Boo-Boo' and 'Geek'.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cutterhead Distortion

On one of the forums that I contribute to, there was an interesting discussion about the effect of removing all of the cutterhead knives (from a jointer specifically) at the same time- thinking it might allow the cutterhead to distort.

The original poster said: “Re-reading Duginske's "Mastering Woodworking Machines" on the procedure he mentions that removing all the knives at once can de-stress the cutterhead to the point that it loses its cylindrical shape and becomes distorted.”

The “Duginske” he is referring to is Mark Duginske, who has authored many books on woodworking tools.

My reply to him was: “Personally, I have NEVER seen, or heard, of a cutterhead distorting 'because all of the knives were taken out at the same time' I guess I have to go on record as disagreeing with Mr. Duginske.”

The ‘cutterhead distortion’ possibility comes into play when the knives are put back in.
When you re-install your knives, put one knife in place and only tighten it enough to hold it in place, do NOT fully tighten it in the slot.Then install the next knife (assuming it is a 3-knife cutterhead) and again, only tighten it enough to hold it in place.Then install the 3rd knife, but this one you can go ahead and fully tighten it when you have it set right.Then go back and fully tighten the other 2 knives.The point I'm making is that if you fully tighten a knife when the other 2 slots are empty, you WILL be causing the cutterhead to distort, possibly to the point that you won't be able to get knife/lockbar #3 in place because the slot will be squeezed.

One of the more experienced fellow had never heard of this happening, so I brought him up to speed: “If I hadn't had PO'd customers who actually did this, I wouldn't have thought so either. It got so routine that when they called complaining about not being able to get their knife/lockbar into the slot- our FIRST question was, 'did you take ALL the knives out'? An affirmative answer got them the instructions I gave above.I understand what you're saying, but think of it this way- if you look at a cross-section of the cutterhead, what do you 'really' have? Not a 'big iron hunk of a cylinder', but basically three 'wings' that CAN be wedged apart by using those 5 or 6 "small screws".I've also seen guys chase their tails trying to figure out why one knife is always higher than the others...and it was also a result of the wedging effect.I've got to stand by my advice- either remove, replace one knife at a time OR be very gentle reinstalling them until all slots are full.

As another fellow said- this possibility also exists on planers and it is even more imperative that it is accounted for.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Happy Birthday, Darling Daughter

Groundhog Day, 1978... a day that will live in my mind, when a red-haired little girl showed up. Little did I realize what a pain she was gonna be. :-)

She was a cute a s a bug's ear and usually did what she was asked to do, well except for getting ready for church- then it was time to "get it on"...

"I can't find any clothes" Ask her about it. haha

I must say that she turned out to be a daughter that any dad would be proud of...but it wasn't really due to her. God protected her and kept her on the straight path, with only a couple of major bumps in the road.

She's a great mom and smarter than she has any right to be and God provided a perfect husband just for her.

All in all, she's got her act together and I'm extremely proud of her.

Love ya, baby girl.

PS- enjoy the pics of the youngster...

Got to wash that red head!

Attacking that first year Birthday cake...

Yep, always a talkin and drivin...

What a little cutie-pie....

Monday, January 19, 2009

I have

This is a list of possible things you've done in your life...bold the ones you've actually done.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping.
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie- hope my car counts.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Given flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury- well almost- until they learned I used to be a cop.
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Feel free to copy this and post it on your blog...I'd love to see what we have in common!