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So You’ve Got Time On Your Hands?

April 4, 2020 • jdonahue

I made a page about #mendingnets you can read about it HERE; and in the coming days, see the projects I’ve been working on.mend5_1

Repair Equipment Door

February 22, 2020 • jdonahue

This door was on an excavator, but got badly damaged. My son fixed the wrinkled metal, and I painted it yellow, put on the letters, and airbrushed the details on the letters.eqip door 1

Restoration Brush #1, Like None Other

February 10, 2020 • jdonahue

While I was restoring a very old steam locomotive, I needed a slim wire brush that could reach into places other brushes couldn’t. That’s when, by trial and error, I developed the Restoration Brush #1. It works very well, and I use it for cleaning mechanical parts also. Here’s a picture:Rest_br_1You can purchase one at THIS LOCATION You can see more pictures of the original project at THIS PAGE..

Using Free Software

February 4, 2020 • jdonahue

I had a successful experiment this afternoon using free software. Read about it HERE.

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Make Boot Oiling Easy

January 19, 2020 • jdonahue

To make boot oiling frequent, make it easy. Details here:

Oil Leather Boots, the Easy Way

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A Relevant Meme

January 16, 2020 • jdonahue

This happens quite a bit, for better or worse. Usually it’s a simple thing like starting a job from the other end and finding it’s 30% faster, or holding a tool a different way, and finding it’s easier to use. Everyone has always done it this way, but wait a minute, on this particular type of job, try this.bittersmart

Neat Old Car for Sale

January 11, 2020 • jdonahue

I was at Pull-a-Part today, looking at tires for the GMC Sonoma. They actually had some nice ones at $20 each. They also had this classic cruiser for sale. If I were a rich man, I would buy it and pay someone to restore it. then drive it around for the fun of it. Here are some pictures:

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An Old Time Shoe Repair Shop

December 19, 2019 • jdonahue

Most people around here have driven from Seymour to Maryville on route 411. What many didn’t notice was a shoe repair shop at the corner where 411 comes into town. I went in there the other day, and it was a very pleasant visit. It’s so old school! there was a long powered shaft kind of tool behind the counter that had a number of grinding and polishing wheels on it. This tool looked like one long shaft, but was actually several, with each section powered by a 120 volt electric motor; with pulleys and belts. There was also a cutting machine and a stitching machine.

I told him about a hand made pair of Brogan shoes I have, which have the soles held on by pegs instead of stitches. he showed me two containers of pegs on the counter that he uses for various odd jobs. The wood counter top near the cash register is so worn that the hard grin stands 1/8 inch higher than the rest. It’s a really neat shop, if you’re in the East Tennessee area, and need some shoe repair work done, stop in there. Here’s some pictures:shoe shop 1shoe shop 2shoe shop 3shoe shop 4

A Few Updates

December 17, 2019 • jdonahue

First, is a link to the most recent post at Quill & Blade, the site I’m making for my online store. You can read that here. Here’s a picture from that post:Old T Family2Also, I realize that I never posted a picture of the finished warehouse. Here it is with the new steps:steps_6

A look at tree limbs

December 14, 2019 • jdonahue

When I draw tree branches or limbs, I often make them look like this sketch. It’s where a fork was, but the lower one died. So when I saw this limb on a Walnut tree, I thought it was interesting.WE_2390limb