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      Micro-Mark Discount code for IGMA   01/29/2017

      Great News for miniature artists!!!! In support of IGMA and the world of fine miniatures,  Micro-Mark the small tool specialists, have offered IGMA a 10% discount on all their purchases.  Buyer gets 10% off all purchases and in support of the Guild Micro-Mark will donate 5% of your purchased price to IGMA Be sure to enter Promo code IGMASAVE16 www.micromark.com Can be used on sale merchandise, but cannot be combined with another offer.  For example if an item is in the close-out section on the Micromark website, the discount will apply. If they discount some items in an email (a special promotion) the 10% will not be able to be combined with that offer.  Time to go shopping!!!      

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  2. Wood mimicking 12th scale pine

    Josje, Yes! I did get over my fears and now have bonded with my Taig lathe. Thanks to Mr. Robertson's classes (2015-2017) and Pete Boorum helping me get set up with the WW collet accessory; I have had fun experiences as a beginner. I never dreamt that I would work with metal... Metal & Wood; is really a lot of fun! It is amazing what you accomplish at miniature workshops. It was the Needlework stand and Threadholder class posted on this forum that got me past my chicken stage... I love petitpoint, this class was the perfect introduction and it got me out of my comfort zone and knocking on the door to the next level of my modeling journey.
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    Thank you WM. Ah yes the bone chest was such fun and interesting to make. Your chicken years, :-D I hope you have let go of those fears and are joining some classes now?!
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    These are beautiful floors; the knots look perfect. You did a great job. Your turnings looked great and I enjoyed the blog post about Tune! The private class bone chest project was a great class; those were my chicken years, where I was scared to try to attend those classes...
  5. Wood mimicking 12th scale pine

    After a long search I managed to find fir wood with tiny knots. Although it doesn't show the cathedral grain (it would have been too much out of scale) because I cut it on the vertical grain, it is perfect for my project (a drying attic). Thank you all for your help!
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    Ha! Now I did get an email... Yes I have been to Tune twice. This year I am not going unfortunately. It is a wonderful week of classes. Great venue, great food and a lovely atmosphere. It's so much fun. I hope you'll be able to get there one year. I have written a post about in on my blog a few years ago (have a look when you're not busy http://josje-bouwt.blogspot.nl/2014/08/a-little-tune.html ).
  7. C clamps

    WORKING Mini C Clamps! Wow, amazing happens in this forum!
  8. Wood mimicking 12th scale pine

    (Me bad forum participant getting off topic... ) I have to ask! Josje do you attend the Tune miniature event? I love seeing the photos each year online from the event and I always check out the classes, just in case...
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    Thank you for your photo Martha. I agree with weekendminiaturist, the floor does look life-size! Very beautiful. I will post a photo of my (very different looking) floor soon.
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    Hi Idske, yes I have bought wood from wood-supplies before, but only at the fair in London. Beautiful wood! With the help of the advice here I did eventually find wood with tiny knots and a fine grain which worked for my project. I will post a photo here later.
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    Bill, sorry for my late reply. I thought I would receive notifications in my mail... I am located in the Netherlands, about 35 miles north of Amsterdam.
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  13. C clamps

    I needed some very small C clamps. Made these from aluminum bar and 2-56 bolts. I cut three segments from off the shelf aluminum bar and epoxied then in a sandwich. I set it up in my sherline mill and milled out the slot. Then milled the blanks down to shape. I finished them off with a file. These were made for utility purpose so not refined.
  14. What is on your workbench?

    It is so much fun to see the progress!
  15. What is on your workbench?

    1910 Cretors popcorn wagon. Test fitting various parts for alignment.
  16. What is on your workbench?

    The tambours were backed with a very sticky, thin tape. Seems to be holding well. I tried cloth backing but it allowed too much movement. Yes, I used the plans from The Scale Cabinetmaker. Attached is a pic of a narrow-strip jig which I used to cut the tambours. By adjusting the end piece, different widths of strips can be attained. The strips were then rounded by using a tiny belt sander from Foredom. Cheers, Guy
  17. What is on your workbench?

    To follow-up on my post from a year ago... I did finish the quilt and I think I posted it in the forum.... I bought down for my 1/12th scale pillows from Amazon and tweezered the down into a couple of pillows. I also did apply the finish to my little spice chest and it finished nicely; but the key... hmmm... where am I on the key; and I need to do-over a couple of drawers that I sanded too much off the depth...So it is close, but not finished! My hat stands and the boxes from the Boroom's NAME class finished nicely. I have to make decisions about where I want my photos to reside and then I can update the FMF.
  18. What is on your workbench?

    Guy, Did you make your tambour with a cloth back and a series of half round dowels? I understand how to cut a dowel in half, but I wouldn't cut them in half on a table saw, (because I am chicken). So how did you do the tambour? Is there any way to alter the angle of the inverse cone with files? I know I could alter it, I'm just not sure how that alteration will affect my pins when you are machining. I love dovetails! Dovetails continue to be in my beautiful mysteries in miniature, and am just thrilled when they go together without huge gaps. I think if I set out to do a bunch of them I may relieve myself from a lot of anticipated anxiety on the subject; but I haven't tried to solve this one yet. It is a beautiful desk. Are you using the plans from James Dorsett in Fine Woodworking or The Scale Cabinetmaker? Or did you scale from life size plans? It looks perfectly scaled. I look forward to the chair. I also like your poplar better then mine; my standard poplar stash that is free to me from husband's scrap pile always seems to have a green cast; I was just at Menards looking at the wood that is shrunk wrapped in plastic; I will have to see if they have something nicer there for my miniatures. Your cubbies, just reminded me of another unfinished project. I could work the entire summer on finishing... Just one week away from my departure to the Bishop Show next week! I will have a long, long list to work on finishing!
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    Jason, thank you for answering the call for posts! I have always wondered about music box mechanisms; I think I have a few that need repair but are not in 1/12th scale miniatures. I have a Fisher Price record player that I have always wanted to repair, that was a toy for our sons, but I have no idea how the mechanism works. I think it works like a music box, the records are grooved and it plays music, but someone overwound and it doesn't play the records anymore.... If I remember, Edelweiss on one of those records and I remember the ahah moment as an adult when I realize that the song was from The Sound of Music. I wonder if I have the same music box in my collection; it is in a little stand - like a night stand... I have wandered if that was a houseparty gift from one of the NAME events. I am amazed by the modelers who build working engines in any scale. In my participation in the Yahoo Groups Unimat Forum, I discovered that unimat / edelstaal had a steam model engine kit to retrofit a Tonka truck, and that project has landed on my to do list... crazy? I don't know if I will ever get round to the project, but it sounds like a fun gift to give the youngest son that still appreciates Tonka. I can relate to 50 projects on the lifetime list! I hope you have some time in between customers to ponder your long term projects.
  20. What is on your workbench?

    In response to your request for more postings, here are some pics of a 1:8 scale roll-top desk. Constructed of Mahogany and Poplar because I already had these materials, but a tighter grain wood should have been used. Most difficult part to make was the tambour top. The drawers have dovetails but since they were made using an inverse cone cutter, they don't have the correct angle. I haven't started on the chair yet. Cheers, Guy
  21. My old 2008 website compared to the new 2018 site.

    Thanks! Once it gets online (hopefully in about a month or two) I’ll have a little more time documenting some of the work that goes on here. I appreciate the comments on the design! Lots of work inside :-) Jason
  22. My old 2008 website compared to the new 2018 site.

    Congratulations on the new website; I like the new tone of yellow change to the golden tones. Websites seem like a lot of work while someone is working, but I'm sure it helps people find your business. Congrats on the update and it is nice to see you pop into the forum.
  23. Styrofoam

    Bill, if you aren’t familiar with floam, I can measure some for you. The grandchildren use it in slime production. Some supplies are stored here in my workshop because their mother thinks it makes too big of a mess! Martha in Louisiana
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    Hey... there might be another option. Nickelodeon toys used to offer something called "Floam" which was a lightweight styrofoam sculpting medium. I think these things are smaller than styrofoam insulation. Jason
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    I have never measured popcorn before but if Popcorn in life size is 1", then popcorn in 1/12th would be .08333 1/8" = .1250 So I think 1/8" stryrofoam is 1/3 too large. I think the only way to make realistic popcorn, is to make it. Crayola Air Dry Clay is very easy to work with, it isn't messy. It can stick to your hands but some baking powder or baby powder eliminates the sticking to your hands. You can use an old ball nose end mill to make the cavities of the popped popcorn.
  26. My old 2008 website compared to the new 2018 site.

    And this is a screenshot of the new site. The race car is animated, and zooms off, then the next slide shows our automaton service section, then a few more slides displaying further services. The bottom half of the new site is not visible either, contact information and some links, as well as the latest three articles (blog entries) published. Jason
  27. Hi all, This site is not live yet, a landing page is what you'll see right now if you visit my shop's address at www.oldfoundry.com I wanted to give everyone here a sneak peak and comparison between the old and new sites... The new content has been about three years in the making. Workshop tour, processes, capabilities, library, etc... One of the neatest things about the new site is that my restoration customers will get to see their job status at any time by logging in and seeing what position their job is in the queue, which will be a really nice thing. Also, the colors (especially the yellow lettering) have been more muted, compared to the 1999 and 2008 sites, the new 2018 site is less "busy" and easier to read and navigate. The muted yellow was something my wife suggested, and I'm glad she did! I stayed with my original red color palette, but added a greenish blue for contrast here and there. I hope you enjoy the new work I've done, the first image is of the old 2008 site (first version with secure shopping cart). My next post will have a screenshot of the new (but still incomplete) 2018 site. I hope everyone is having a great night! Jason
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