Tuesday, November 25, 2014

October 3, 1863.......

This is what today is supposed to be all about. Read what our 16th president wrote what this day is set aside for.

Proclamation of Thanksgiving

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

accidental woodworker

winter time is .......

It's a couple of days before thanksgiving and the weather has changed again. The predictions were for today temp's to be in the 60's and cloudy. What we got was temps in the low 50's and lots of rain. The warm temps forecasted for the tuesday and wednesday have also been revised downward. It may sound like I'm complaining but I'm not. This is what the weather is like here in New England.  The nutmeg state boy, Mark Twain, said if you want to see the weather change in New England just wait 20 minutes.  The only thing that really matters to me is whether or not the furnace kicks in. It looks like it'll be kicking in.

end chipped out
I rough cut these on the table saw at 45 and the ends chipped out on me. These are the arms for the shooting board and I need something there at the ends to support what I'm shooting.

hand sawn is a little better
Still lost some but not as bad as I did with the tablesaw. On to plan #3.

step one
Shoot the ends at a 45 and plumb it up.

the fix with step #3
I'm going to glue a couple of pieces of oak to the ends that will fix my chewed up toes.

my lay out lines
I wish this board was about 6-8 inches longer but this is what I have to work with. A longer length would give me lead in to what I am shooting. It's not a deal killer as this will be used mostly for moldings, etc.

no glue just screws
Once I have both arms installed I'll run my #3 in the track both ways and check to see what kind of a 45 I get. With the arms being screwed I can move it a bit if needed and I can easily replace it too.

got one star glued
Blue painters tape is not the tape to use here. It has almost no "clamping" force at all. It is sort of all right on these because the edges are 1/4". It won't work on the maple/mahogany stars.

these are going to be a problem
I lost two stars tonight after I checked each of the facets and re did arranging them. Because the facets aren't even in thickness, I had problems shooting the "gluing edges" good enough to glue. Of the ones I'm going to try and do, I'm going to end up with some thin stars. I night have to save them as veneer inserts for something else.

bandsaw star
Sawing facets out on the bandsaw eliminates the varying thickness problem I have with my first batch. Before I sawed these out I made sure that the long edge of the facets was straight and square. I will still have plenty of hand work to do with making my miters and then fitting the 8 facets together.

This is it for star work tonight. I'll have to get a roll of masking tape before I can tackle the glue up with the M/H stars. I thought I would get more done today because I left work early. I found out (after waiting 2 hours) that I have a sinus infection. It was too much trying to work anymore in the shop with it so it's best I went upstairs to be sick. Maybe I'll be better tomorrow.

found a use for them
I don't remember why I bought these but I got a use for them now. I'm going to use them to hold down the liners in place in the well and the drawer. The fit is pretty good and I need them especially in the box well to hold that one down flat.

new on the left  old on the right
The sizes of these are roughly the same.  I like the open base on the new one over the closed base. And it didn't add a lot more to overall height neither.

side view
I got another coat of shellac on the lid of the new one. It's still a little streaky looking but a couple of more coats will take care of that.

new book came today
I don't plan on making any wooden planes. Caleb James recommended this book so I got it. I'll be reading this to learn how wooden planes are made so from that I should be able to get a better handle on how to use them. This book is #4 on my reading top forty queue.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
Who was the first Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the year? (1954)
answer -  Roger Bannister who broke the 4 minute mile