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    Finally got around to making a 1:8 scale chair for the roll top desk. Took me three attempts to get it right, going through each hole six times with beige thread. Cheers, Guy
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    Hope every one is enjoying the Holidays and looking forward to a very good New Year.
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    I’m in the Detroit airport on a layover waiting for my flight to the Guild Show (first time attending) and thought I’d look at the forum. I too have been experimenting with crochet. Right now, I’ve worked down to #40 thread with a .6mm hook. I’ll get smaller soon. Elga, your work is so pretty.
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    I worked on some more tonight, most notably the shepherd and some other things. But still more to go.
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    Thank you Elga. I’ll post another picture now, but I’ll probably not have time to work on it more until this weekend.
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    Hello! Thanks, Bill for trying to rally us! I, too, have been wondering where everybody is. I have been busy, just not posting. I currently have two “builds” in various stages, a room box that is a large walk-in closet and one part of a condo in New Orleans. I also have my wonderful step back cupboard from my class with Mark Murphy that needs finishing and 2 needlework pieces in process. Then there’s the Plantation bedroom and porch to finish, and ... My list could go on and on! I hope we hear from others, too! Martha
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    I have decided I like oxen for the cart. I have done some research and made preliminary pattern drawings. As I go along I plan on adjusting the pose some.
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    Beautiful! It works just like my RL mahogany table. It also takes just as long to open as yours does and mine only has 1 inset leaf. Isn’t it great to figure out these systems that seem to work well even after more than 150 years. That is an absolute treasure! Idske
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    This is a wonderful, skillful project Elga! Congratulations!
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    Three volume set with slipcase Still a few issues to work out but they are getting better I think The Life of Napoleon Volume I: The House of Bonaparte Volume II: The Grande Armee Volume III: Napoleon's Marshals
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    Kickback happens when the gap between the blade and the fence is narrower at the rear than at the front. They are fussy little saws, it does not take much to have the fence get out alignment and no longer be parallel to the blade. When you notice some kickback get out your accurate measuring tools and check it then adjust the fence back to parallel. Maybe one of these days I will get back to posting on my blog. Years ago I did a whole posting on how to fix and tune up the vintage Dremel 4 inch tablesaws. I also did a posting on fixing a Proxxon tablesaw where the blade was out of alignment with the miter slots on the table. There is no built in way to make that adjustment so I had to slot the hole in the casting for the mounting bolt to allow it to move just enough to put it into alignment. Having spent a lot of time tuning up full size saws I understand about the importance of fences and blades being in true parallel. It can be frustrating and tedious to get it just right but it is essential that you do so if you want accurate cuts from a saw.
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    I’ve started working on this painting again. I’m going to start glazing to try different things, and working on more details. But it will be over a long period.
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    Self taught been working on it about 2 to 3 months. Each one is a learning experience as I fine tune my process and materials. I plan on doing a whole series of art books, currently I have two mapped out, Canova and Thorvaldsen, with a Jacques-Louis David in the works, but I plan to do many of the classical artists, focusing on neoclassical and Academic art. Alma-Tadema, Godward, Bouguereau, the list is endless
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    Tamra, you should definitely use the grr-ripper on your life size saw. When ripping a longer length on my Proxxon or on a full size router table, I use 2 of them in a leap-frog fashion. I really like this tool. So much safer! And you can get a 1/8” add on for thin rips.
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    Tony posted in our Taig groups.io forum that 2nd edition of this Book, The Taig/Peatol Lathe: and its accessories is now available on Amazon. I have the first edition and found it very useful when I was new with my Taig lathe and now that I am up to the 'basic' user of the lathe I find it more resourceful when troubleshooting. "The Taig Micro Lathe, known as the Peatol Lathe in the UK, is a popular "desk-top" lathe, widely used in a variety of applications from clockmaking and model engineering through to pen-turning and pool cue manufacture. Its simplicity, sound engineering, and rugged design, coupled with a very competitive price, have gained it an enthusiastic following worldwide.In this book, the basics of setting up and adjusting the lathe are covered, and the wide range of standard accessories are described. The later sections describe a range of enhancements that can be made to the lathe to increase its versatility, along with further accessories that the owner can make using the lathe.Tony Jeffree has owned and used a Taig lathe for several years, during which time he has written a number of articles about the lathe and other aspects of model engineering, for Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop magazines." Other versions of Lathe books that I have purchased use the Sherline for reference...
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    They are readable each one about 55 pages, 100% cotton paper, gilt edges. Each marshal is labeled and has his portrait, each member of the imperial family the same. The Grande Armee features the work of Hippolyte Bellangé The slipcase needs some work next one will be better. I used to have a set of The Campaigns of Napoleon in three volumes with a similar case I think Folio Society did it. Next up a two volume set of Homer using the illustrations of John Flaxman
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    Oh dear, I can send you some of our heat, looks like we are in for a hot and dry summer. We already have water restictions in place, not allowed to water our gardens or wash cars. I finally finished my Victorian dining room roombox that I started when I was inexperienced and new to the hobby 18 years ago. I will do a post on it soon.
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    If anyone is interested i have a complete one for sale Bob
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    Although I learned how to crochet as a child from my grandma, it never really caught my imagination as I found it repetive and boring. Last year I stumbled across a South African designer's full scale afghans and they made my heart sing, they are full of texture and certainly not boring! I have been experimenting with different threads and hook sizes. First up is the Phoenix, I am using Mettler 50wt cotton sewing thread and a 0.5mm crochet hook. In the beginning it was quite stiff but the larger it gets the more I have hope that it will drape nicely. At the moment it is 13mm (5 1/4") square, I plan to make it big enough to fit as a bedspread on a scale double bed. This pattern is called Briar Rose and I am using Venne silk thread from The Netherlands for it with a 0.6mm hook. It is lovely and soft but as the thread splits easily because it isn't a tight twist I don't think I will use it for intricate patterns. And this one is the Atlanticus pattern, for this I am using Mettler 60wt cotton sewing thread and a 0.4mm hook. I was surprised by how much easier it was to crochet with the thinner thread and hook on the stitches that gave me trouble on the pink bedspread. Unfortunately I can't find this thread in South Africa and will have to wait to get more when I visit the US again. I bought the colors I have at a closing down sale of a quilt shop in Houma, Louisiana last year and there weren't many left. For now I will concentrate on finishing the pink bedspread before continuing with the others.
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    Julia, did you have fun at the Guild Show? Your crocheted bed cover looks wonderful, and it provides additional inspiration for people like me, who have never tried to crochet in miniature scale. How long have you been crocheting? The cat looks real! Elga, I am happy to report that I was able to find the soft colored Elizabeth print from the Duckadilly, store. I'm so glad that you posted your photo with this fabric in the background, as I would not have known that it was available in a softer colors. The third purchase has proven to be quite charming! Now I will remind myself to be brave and use scissors to cut and use it!
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    The class descriptions with photos are available on the Guild's Website... and Guild Members are reporting delivery of the 2020 class catalog are arriving in mailboxes!
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    I am not a purist when it comes to having fun with the scale miniature world. I do have a fussy - historical, mischievous, evil twin on my left shoulder, but my angelic right shoulder self with a slightly tilted halo is generally in control of my miniature world. I have a collection of odd little hotwheel type die cast cars that tend to show up in my here and now miniature world, should I actually finish s-o-m-e-t-h-i-n-g in this decade. (Does the decade end in 2020 or begin in 2020? Good grief, I hope it ends in 2020, or I'm in trouble.) I attended Guild School Classes in 2014-2016 and Guild Study Program classes and is ANYTHING Finished??? The miniature world does not have to be perfectly scaled, especially when it comes to a painting. I've been to a lot of museums and there are some huge paintings in the art world. If you actually painted a miniature of Monet's waterlilies and put it on a table to offer it for sale at a true 1/12th scale, had I not seen it in real life in Pittsburgh, PA , I would have initially thought that miniature is waaayyyy too big... so it needs to fit in an appropriate miniature setting. Large paintings or small paintings, even when I read about the size of the painting in a book, I am always amazed when I see the original work of art, in person. Miniatures as Art resides in the soul of their creators. We, the collectors and We, the artists in the miniature universe have to be open to the Art within us... with painting miniatures, you really do have the best position, you can create at the size you wish and as long as it looks right to the artisan, you have met the criteria of the "Golden Rule", which is simply, its ok to do the math, but trust your own eyes!
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    I painted some leaves, highlighted the mill a little. I put in some more goats. All together not a lot done, but enough to take a picture of.
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    If I get back to LA County Museum of Art, I will definitely check to see if the painting is available to see. We were just in Los Angeles last October... Of all the items we miniaturize in the community, I think paintings are on the top of my, "This is Art!" list. I see the goats and I think I see a person? on the left. Miniaturizing full scale items to 1/12th scale requires a lot of skill, some degree of patience is required to miniaturize for our skill, but anything where you decide on color and another example the proper shading in petitpoint, requires a different set of skill.
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    I’m posting a new one. I have put the water wheel in and did some other small detail; also worked on the foreground with a trail and the rolling hills and distant hills.
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    I am working on orders and need to start preparing for my classes that I am teaching at our South African Convention in September. And the crochet bug has bitten me, doing both miniature and full scale crochet at the moment. Tamra, I don't think I ever want to get caught up in a renovation again, hope yours goes smoothly.
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    To mark off the spokes to even lengths and keep hub centered in the wheel, I turned a pin that fits snuggly into the hub. I center drilled the top so that the point of a compass can be placed in it to draw the spoke lengths.
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    Converted my indexing fixture to a wheel assembly fixture. The spokes have been glued in and once the glue dries well I will start shaping the spokes.
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    Just a teaser. Wheel parts just roughly in place and stacked up to give an idea of what the wheels will eventually look like. I still have to shape the spokes and drive in all the nails.
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    This is a fine example that the correct tool makes the work much easier! cutting the tenons to specific measurement on my lathe would require lots of intentional planning on my part, to stop my cross slide to a specific measurement and not turn the tenon to a dimension that was too small and then needing to use a filler like chair loc. Thank you for letting us be a part of your miniature project as it is fun to hang out in your workshop on a virtual basis!
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    This afternoon I made a tenon cutting tool from brass tube. This cuts the tenon on the end of the spokes to fit in the holes in the hubs. I cut slots about a 1/16" down the tube then sawed off one corner to each slot to make a rudimentary saw teeth. You have to be aware of the direction the material turns and cut the teeth for that direction. I use the cutter in my tailstock chuck and the spoke mater inline my four jaw SS chuck. It makes pretty fast work. The spokes are not shaped at this time.
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    Another step forward. Finally drilled the spoke holes in the hubs.
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    I have not stopped on this cart only set it aside while I take advantage of the warmer weather to clean the garage so I can do the work that can't be done safely in the house. Also getting some yard work done. (and working on some back orders). Stay tuned.
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    Hi, There is a faucet similar to your photo made by Island Crafts. On web site : superior-dollhouse-miniatures.com , it is called faucet with handle, model # ISL 2708. Look under hardware,faucets. Also, ebay is a good source. I would also try Handley House as a source. Hope this helps a little. gail
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    I realize you are turning your nails down on your lathe! This task of turning nails down to the correct sizer further illustrates and reinforces the concept that not finding the right hardware off the shelf, gives me the incentive to learn to make it myself.
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    Thanks for the compliments Bill, I think trying to figure out how to do it is more fun than actually doing it much of the time. It took me several attempts just to figure pout the template for drill int the segment holes. Once I got the fixture set up drilling the holes was just taking the time to drill all 500 + holes. The biggest problem was keeping the holes aligned as the tiny drill wanted to wander when it hit hard grain. I solved much of this by starting the hole with a center drill first. I can only work about an hour or so each day so it took me much of a week to drill all the holes. Same to for turning own the nail heads. My lathe is set up for that and locked in position. so ever once in a while when I need something to do I set down at the lathe and turn nails. I'm about 1/3 of the way in finishing the nails.
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    Weekend, To answer your question, Very close to the T/M Museum, including being patrons of the museum in an attempt to support the art form. Funny you bring up Mr. Robertson (Bill), because I was incredibly fortunate to have the chance to sit in front of Twin Manor with him and pick his brain on translating full size fine woodworking to 1/12 scale. As I mention in my intro, creating ways (i.e. holding, cutting, and repeatable process jigs along with the tooling) to make to the translation at the very highest level possible is what draws me to miniatures. For instance, the dentil molding jig is more or less a simple 1/12 version of tooling I've used to make the real thing. I'm a frugal spender so often times my invention is born from need and an enormous lack of patience. One final point I'll share about the last two years moving into Miniatures. The entire community is one of the most welcoming group (from newbie to world famous Master) of soles I've run across in my travels and I'm thankful to share my journey with you all... I hope it's OK to share few more photo's Teak and Brass turning experiments Scale router bit making set up Rail, Style and Grill tooling experiments
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