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  1. Still needs more sanding, but it's getting there. Started with 30 grit on a belt sander to remove the milling marks and then lots of 60 grit on a random orbit palm sander. I wire wheeled all of the stringy bark off of the outer edge with a drill:
  2. Grab it! That's a nice piece! Who cares how old it is-she won't know anyway...tell her you dug it out of George's barn
  3. Beautiful! Nice space up top too. I need to better utilize my loft space.
  4. Another loooooooong day-running wiring, hanging lights, cleaning, organizing, etc...getting there:
  5. Nice work! Glad I could be some inspiration-your mounts are inspiring me to stop building stuff and get in the stand more!
  6. Thanks! I think the boiled linseed oil is definitely the way to go.
  7. Thanks! Since you chimed in I have a question you could probably answer. Unfortunately I didn't think of this until recently, otherwise I could have let the wood sit and dry longer. He is leaving around December 1st, so only really have about two weeks to get this done. If I put a finish on it (polyurethane, epoxy, etc...) while the wood still has a high moisture content, will that ruin the finish over time? Should I maybe just leave it unfinished or wax it/oil it?
  8. I've started work on a going away present for my neighbor who is moving to Florida. A while back I posted about a black walnut tree that fell that I cut up for firewood and lumber which @Kype bought some of. The tree was actually just over the property line and fell onto my property, so it actually came from my neighbor's land. He bought the place in 1975, raised three kids there, farmed it, hunted it, etc...but he's decided that its time to "retire." I will miss him greatly, so I decided to give him something to remember the property by. I started with a large round that was too gnarly to split so I had just dumped it in the woods. I went back and retrieved it with the tractor this morning. I took it to my buddy who has the sawmill over in Stewartsville and asked him to mill a couple of slices about 3" thick or so. I'm going to peel all of the bark off and sand the face down very smooth so that the rings become very pronounced. Back when the tree fell we counted them and determined that the tree had begun growing around 1947. I'm going to count the rings back to 1975 and highlight that ring and seal the wood with epoxy which will give it a nice glossy finish. I think he'll like it. Here is the slice I'm going to use: Going to let it sit and dry out next to the dehumidifier in the basement for a while before I go to town sanding it.
  9. Headed down to Harbor Freight in Flemington to pick up some LED shop lights for the barn and lean-to as well as a toolbox because I have so many tools (many from my neighbor) that I've outgrown my box which is a great problem to have. Spent this afternoon/evening in the barn:
  10. Sorry but I took all he had! The corrugated tin was from an old barn that collapsed about five years ago. I got all but the most buried and/or mangled sheets. The siding was leftover from building his new pole barn-not enough to build a building but enough for small projects like the lean-to and a woodshed.
  11. Still at it-built some lumber racks for the rear lean-to which makes it much more functional: Turned my attention to the existing lean-to on the side. It was cramped and I had to duck to walk into it: Rather than tear it down first I figured I'd just build around/over it: Locust posts, an old 2x6x16' from the barn and barn rafters-I used the 2x4s from the existing lean-to for purlins: Framing pretty much finished, tin laid loose on the roof: Added a center post just for good measure. Girts came from an old shelving unit from my neighbor's barn. I have some pressure treated lumber that I'll use for the bottom girts, then I'll face off the side and the rear walls with red ribbed siding tin. The front will be left open. At a little over 8' wide and 12' long it should make a nice place to store my 48" walkbehind mower and my quad out of the weather. I'll have to drive about half a million nails to hang all of those yard tools! So far I've built about 250SF of covered space for not much more than sweat and time
  12. I'd like to thank the Academy and say that it's an honor just to be nominated I've never made it to one of these but will definitely try to this year!
  13. My dad's still got that double barrel:
  14. If you understand what I'm trying to accomplish than it must not be that silly of an idea I like making use of what I have. Obviously you tried it, but at what amperage, how thick was the material, what diameter rod, etc...? The math pencils out, but there are other variables. Welding at 30V/90A = 2700W which is plenty of cushion, but I don't know how much the efficiency of the machine, the diameter of the rod and the thickness of the material factors in. I'm going to try it and see what happens-if its not powerful enough maybe I can sell it and pick up a larger used generator. A Miller Bobcat is $5K-I don't have that kind of money to drop on something like this.
  15. I have these two items sitting in my basement collecting dust which I got for free: Craftsman (Generac-I think) 5000W Surge/4200W Continuous Generator-will supply up to 17.5A @ 240V Craftsman AC/DC Stick Welder-welding voltage is 30V, input voltage is 230V Both are in good working order, but I don't use the generator because I have a larger and newer 8500W Surge/6250 Continuous unit that powers my house when needed. I don't use the welder because I have no easy way to get 240V out to where I would use it the most (my barn, about 150' from the house), and I don't want to drag stuff up to the house when I need to weld. I was also thinking it would be extremely useful to be able to bring the welder to the work wherever it is-ie: if I break something when I'm out brush hogging, etc... I was thinking of bolting both of them to an old lawn tractor cart that I could tow behind my quad, that way I could literally bring it anywhere on the property or down the road to my neighbor if he needs it. I could even throw some lifting rings on it and make it so that I could put it into the back of my pickup when needed. It would also be handy for running power tools off of the 120V outlets for working on outbuildings, fences, etc... I have so many good corded tools (drills, circular saws, reciprocating saws, etc...) its hard to justify investing a bunch of money in a whole cordless ecosystem. The two questions I have are: First-is 5000W Surge/4200W Continuous enough to weld at 80-90 amps with 3/32 6011 rod? Second-if the answer is "Not sure, you'll just have to try it out," is there a danger of damaging the generator or the welder in the process? Or should the generator's breaker protect it (and the welder) if it becomes overloaded? Both machines were free but I'd hate to ruin either of them.
  16. I had been wanting to put a lean-to on the back of my barn for a while. The barn is 16' x 20' but I have a survey showing it used to be about 16' x 32' or so-there were horse stables on the backside at one time and the rear of the barn was open so that hay could be pitched down from the loft into the stables. In any event, I'm always looking for more covered space-lucky for me with lumber prices being what they are my neighbor who is moving allowed me to pick through his collapsed barn. I was able to pick out plenty of good 2x6 (as in actually 2" x 6" rough sawn lumber) rafters, lots of 30" x 12' sheets of corrugated tin, beams, 1x12 siding boards, etc... I started with the locust posts that I had milled a couple of weeks ago: Used this old hardwood beam pulled from the barn as a girder to carry the rafters: Beam and rafters set: Purlins complete-also scavenged from whatever 2x4s and 2x3s he had laying around needed to get rid of, not to mention he gave me boxes upon boxes of deck screws which I used to put the entire thing together: Underneath cleaned out and tin laid loose on top: Nice dry lumber storage: Eventually I'll build some racks to maximize the storage space. I'd like to be able to park my quad underneath it and store my log splitter out of the weather as well. Before that, however, I have a woodshed to build! I have two nice 4" x 8" x 16' pine beams that I'll pair with a set of four locust posts (I still have about 20), some more rafters and tin that will make for a shed that holds almost four cords.
  17. What do "they" secrete?
  18. Thanks all for your comments. As they say, time heals, and it does get better. It's a weird mix of emotions because I'm so glad I still have my younger dog, Major, but at the same time I almost feel guilty for feeling that way. Mornings are tough because they bring back all of the memories from that last morning I spent with Hank before he trotted off toward the fields... I still instinctively reach for two bowls, still want to grab a second scoop of food. Major just goes out and sticks close (I watch from the porch the whole time now) and comes right back. They would always feed off of each other, chasing each other, etc...so unless he chases a deer, etc...he seems less inclined to go running off.
  19. No-different last name altogether. I do remember my grandfather (the son of the man pictured) talking about someone named "Fritzy" or "Fitzy?" My family was all centered around the Mansfield Township area just south of Bordentown.
  20. And now four generations and our machines. My Great Grandfather, my Nanny (his daughter-in-law), my Aunt (her daughter) and me:
  21. Tractor is a Farmall F14 produced between 1938 and 1939 powered by a 4 cylinder gasoline engine with 15HP at the drawbar:
  22. I'm no real farmer. I just like to play one on weekends, but my grandparents on my dad's side both grew up on dairy farms in Burlington County. My grandmother's parents' farm (the man in the photo was my grandfather's father) can be seen from 295 on the east side of the highway between Rising Sun Road and Old York Road. A portion of the farm was taken by the state to build it. I actually don't know exactly where my grandfather's parents' farm was.
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