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  2. No receipts sadly, I was about as lax as one can be about documentation. ๐Ÿ˜‘ But the magazines are a great idea, I have some but my roster is incomplete partly because I often let my subscriptions lapse because money was tight back then. Same reason I stopped collecting for a long while. But there are old magazines always hanging around, I have gotten quite a few at shows and some on eBay. Thanks for the idea, I will browse through once the storms roll in today and stop me from gardening!
  3. WeekendMiniaturist

    Chinese Cart

    Thank you Bill for sharing your genius with us in the fine miniatures forum. It is so helpful to see these processes, as I find it very challenging to do this and get the glue to dry and the pieces to be straight. I can see the underlying pattern would be very helpful and a ruler and pencil works perfectly. Tamra
  4. WeekendMiniaturist

    Mystery Food Artisan

    hmmm.... 1984 is only 36 years ago... you bring to light that it would be helpful if artists signed their entire names and the necessity for us to collect information as we acquire items for our collections. Did you save your receipts? I did, but even some of my receipts don't have a business name on them. I wish I had know there were miniatures in 1984 and could have started my collection then; my NAME member ship card says I joined in 1996. I think the best resources are other food artisans, or ALL the miniature magazines from that time period. I remember reading about the current new offerings of miniatures. I hope someone in the Fine Miniatures Forum might recognize the signature.
  5. Hi all. I have been trying to document the old pieces in my collection (with limited success) and I have a food creator that I cannot identify. I have many pieces of her/his food, they are all signed with a # for the item and the handwritten name. All would have been bought some time between 1978 and 1984. As in all handwritten signatures there is slight variation but itโ€™s pretty consistent where the signature is clear. On her glass based pieces (eg a cake on a glass stand) the signature is often close to gone at this point. Anyway, I would appreciate any and all thoughts on this, I canโ€™t even decide the exact spelling! Here are a two photos that show clear signatures.
  6. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    First I made brass jigs to hold the parts while being glued. Shown here is the capital T part. the lower notch is used when making the capital I parts. A blank is placed in the assembly fixture while the upper section is built. Then the lower section is built tome the whole lattice of one window. The little black and striped parts below are inserted to space the leg of the T away from the fixture wall.
  7. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    I used a standard drill gage. This one is Craftsman but the General ones are also good. You need to draw from the back side as the holes are sharper. Taper the end of the piece being drawn and start with the easiest hole. I stopped drawing before the pice became completely round leaving a flat area. I did not worry about trying to fit the ends to fit the profile of the adjoining piece. At that scale it is not noticeable. I made special fixtures to build the main components in. If you will notice the upper section outer pieces form a Capital I and the lower pieces form a capital T. I made an assembly frame with a removal bottom. to the bottom I glued a drawing of the lattice. I cut apiece of wax paper to fit in it then build the lattice stating with the upper section. Then I build the lower section and fill in. I
  8. WeekendMiniaturist

    Chinese Cart

    Since the cherry was drawn through a drill gage, they are rounded off, so did you file the edges that were assembled at 90 degrees with a round file? Is there tips for using a drill gage for reducing stock? I didn't think my draw plate was very sharp, so I am interested if there is a specific brand that can be recommended. The lattice is amazing!
  9. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    This the lattice in the windows. I made them from 1/16" square cherry drawn round through a drill gage.
  10. MeezerMama

    Chinese Cart

    This is exquisite. Can we see a close-up of the window panels? They look fabulous.
  11. WeekendMiniaturist

    Chinese Cart

    This is incredible! The windows of the cart are especially beautiful. Don't you love it when a plan works out? It's like being at GS without the hassles of travel!
  12. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    Jumping ahead for a sneak preview of things come. These are the main parts of the cart less one wheel which is still under construction. Every thing is kind os stacked together in these pictures. Once the last wheel is done I will be going to the metalwork to finish it off.
  13. WeekendMiniaturist

    WEBSITE Launch! robertsonminiatures.com

    This is an incredible body of work... and I'm in that rare place, where I am experiencing a loss of words! I just finished reading the Gallery, and it is a welcomed respite since all of our miniature events in 2020 have been rescheduled.
  14. WeekendMiniaturist

    GUILD SCHOOL 2020!

    Regrettably, the 200+ Guild Students that would have arrived today in Castine, Maine are sheltering at home to keep the world a safer place. If you have ever wondered about the Guild School experience, you are cordially invited to click this link and learn about the Best Week of the Year! https://www.igma.org/guild_school/virtual.html The Virtual Opening Exhibit is wonderful... look at the incredible accomplishments of our students led by the most artistic, patient and kind instructors. Check back daily, and I'm looking forward to being immersed in miniatures this week, while sheltering at home. Enjoy!
  15. Bill Hudson

    WEBSITE Launch! robertsonminiatures.com

    Well worth the time to look through. Lots of very amazing miniatures (or trick photography ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Bill is also sharing some of his secrets on how he does them.
  16. WeekendMiniaturist

    WEBSITE Launch! robertsonminiatures.com

    I am pleased to learn that Bill Robertson has launched a beautiful website! https://www.robertsonminiatures.com/ He has an incredible history and it is a great opportunity to study these incredible works of miniature art!
  17. ElgaKoster

    Can I ALTER a router bit for additional clearance?

    Tamra which speed do you use? I find about 8000 to 10000 rpm works well, more than that and the wood starts burning. Also sometimes the cutter doesn't like the wood grain on the curvy bits of your leg or whatever and feeding the wood in at a slight angle can help too. Please post a photo of your legs, I would like to see them.
  18. WeekendMiniaturist

    Can I ALTER a router bit for additional clearance?

    I have all my dremel tools in a bag, and will try a 1/8" dremel bit tomorrow... I don't really think of cherry wood as that hard, but I do have some minor tear out, so those legs are going in the giant waste bin. I have a dremel 561 on my desk but will look for the one you recommended tomorrow. The legs are definitely improving, I am working on filing set 6 right now....
  19. ElgaKoster

    Can I ALTER a router bit for additional clearance?

    The dremel bit has a 1/8" shank Tamra. I am sorry your new bits expand. I find 8 ans 12 flute buts much better for pinrouting, with less flutes I have found it grabbing my wood and destroying my piece.
  20. WeekendMiniaturist

    Preac Table Saw - Motor Replacement

    What happens when we need a preac motor replacement? I looked at the label on the motor and I can't find one that is identical. And if it is a bearing it is $90 per hour for my local motor shop to take it apart. If it is a thermocoupler inexpensive fix. Has anyone replaced a bearing in a preac motor before?
  21. WeekendMiniaturist

    Can I ALTER a router bit for additional clearance?

    I ordered end mills on Tuesday and received them on Thursday; great delivery time! The people at Accupro evidently can't read a tape measurer. The flutes expand at the top, so if I really attempt to use this bit to 1/2" depth, I'm going to end up with a chamfered edge. I think 3/8" or .375 is more accurate for the bit's cutting length and this is the maximum that I have found.
  22. WeekendMiniaturist

    Can I ALTER a router bit for additional clearance?

    Thank you Elga, I have a dremel 9902 bit too, but I only have 1/8, 1/4, 1/2" collets for my router. If my brain is working I think these are 3/32"... I will check this out, though as they are so readily available - subject to the risk of going to a home improvement store... (live and in person under a face mask.) I have eliminated all fun shopping trips and think mail order is safer alternative. I also snapped my 1/8" bit on Sunday. This is becoming an interesting end mill router bit habit --- pushing the edge of end mill router bit tolerances. If I switch to 1/8" shank I am able to get a 1/2" cutting length and 1/16" diameter, so I ordered two of those today. I just love the 1/16" and see if I can get through this challenge without snapping my bit.... I used my 1/4" cutting length for about 8 legs yesterday and no accidents. DIY QA Legs have to be the most humbling leg to make in miniature. I thought it was pretty close to impossible to make two identical legs for my needlework stand - but QA legs for multiple chairs is pretty intense, and I appreciate all of our Guild Instructors and their prep for our miniature classes, even more than ever now! I do like the two flute bits, I think they give a nice finish. I am hoping to have some real progress for Petipointer Zoom meeting!
  23. ElgaKoster

    Can I ALTER a router bit for additional clearance?

    I use the Dremel 9902 bit for pinrouting. Because the shank is also 1/8" you can use it for deeper cuts too.
  24. WeekendMiniaturist

    Can I ALTER a router bit for additional clearance?

    I switched to a 1/8" bit, which provides a through cut... but it isn't cutting like I want. I will order a replacement whiteside bit tomorrow, (SC01) so should have it by the weekend. I'm back to the shop in a little bit, will see if I can get two more pairs of legs cut out without killing the Freud 1/16" bit. I get 5/16" cutting length on the whiteside bit. If this doesn't work it is back to the drawing board and I'll set it up to pin route with my dremel and pin routing base that I purchased at Guild School. These inlay router bits are easily broken! Thanks for the assistance!
  25. MeezerMama

    Chinese Cart

    Bill, this is fascinating! I learn so much from your work. Thanks for sharing it.
  26. MeezerMama

    Can I ALTER a router bit for additional clearance?

    The spec sheet says it's a carbide bit. It's going to be harder than any cutting tools you have unless you have diamond-coated bits. I believe that carbide (i.e., tungsten carbide) is best machined when it's soft/green.
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