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Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Reply #2050 on: June 01, 2017, 12:34:48 PM »
However, there was some damage to the machine in shipping, didn't seem to affect usability, but i need to contact the company and see if they'll ship just a replacement part, or if the whole thing has to go back  :|

Ah dammit man, that sucks.  good luck!

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Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Reply #2051 on: June 01, 2017, 08:10:08 PM »
Well, a 5 minute call and a few pictures sent and they've already responded saying they'll ship replacement parts.... So far so good

Dave, you'll have to share more about what goes into that process at some point. Whether multiple pattern sheets are used, or if you pick out different pieces from the templates at different stages of the soaking
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Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Reply #2052 on: June 02, 2017, 08:48:50 AM »
Well, a 5 minute call and a few pictures sent and they've already responded saying they'll ship replacement parts.... So far so good

Dave, you'll have to share more about what goes into that process at some point. Whether multiple pattern sheets are used, or if you pick out different pieces from the templates at different stages of the soaking

Sure thing.  In general, unless you're dying the whole head 1 color, you probably want to start with a minty fresh new head.  Used heads can be cleaned up, but have scrapes and texture differences all over, which can make the dye coloration look splotchy.  Also, you have to wash the heads with dish soap and warm water, to get off human skin oils and the mold release agent from the manufacturer.  Alas, I do sometimes dye used stuff: one of the heads I picked was a Play it Again used special, and the other was a Dick's bargain-bin find.  In total, about $30 for the 2 heads.  Top of the line stuff goes for about a hundred bucks a pop, but I wasn't gonna experiment with that kind of cost..." for giggles." The camo string kit cost about as much as the actual plastic heads.

Here's the gist for this one:

The head Itself is neon green.  I cut many MANY little hexagons, by hand, from 3m Auto wrap vinyl, and put them on the head in the places where I wanted the green to be seen.  Everywhere I wanted black, I just left exposed.  I got a pot of black dye (RIT black dye, water, salt, white vinegar) boiling then brought it down to a simmer.  dropped the whole head in the pot for a few minutes, and fished it out with  a straightened metal coat hangar.  Then, literally, rinsed and repeated until the black was almost dark enough.  Then I pulled a few random hexagons off, gave it a quick dip and rinse.  Then I pulled off a few more, and gave it a final dip and rinse.  Soaked it in cold water for 30 minutes, then peeled off the vinyl.  So you have black as the primary head color, with neon green as the secondary, and a few darker scales here and there.  It's kind of a linear process.  The vinyl cut/stick/dye process was probably 7-8 hours total.  Red Star Lacrosse on youtube has a video where he did the same dye job on a similar head, though i'd bet he's using a cutter.

With this one:


It's definitely more involved.  When dying, you always go from lightest color to darkest as you layer.  I only have one sacrificial pot, so 1 color at a time certainly added to the time spent.
  • 1st Color Grey: I took a white head and dyed the whole thing light grey using the process above.  Then, I masked the entire inside of the head with vinyl.  Because of the time, effort, and number of colors involved, I actually did 2 heads at the same time in case I messed one up. 
  • 2nd Color Tan: Then I used the dye process with tan and 'camel' dye to do the second color.  At this point, the head is 2 colors: grey inside, under the mask, and a weird yellow/tan/green on the outside.  The dye did not come out the color I wanted, but still looks cool. On the other un-pictured head, it was definitely more of a true tan.
  • Now the pain in the ass part: Hand cut a bunch of random shapes for the camo pattern.  A cutter for the 'blob shapes' would've saved huuuge amounts of time here
  • 1st Layer of camo masking: this is going to cover up everywhere on the head that I want to be "tan". 
  • 3rd Color Green:  I prep the 3rd color, forest green, and submerge the heads again, a few cycles to get the color I want.  So now the inner part of the head is grey, what I've masked on the outside is tan blobs, and the remaining color negative space on the head is all forest green
  • 2nd Layer of camo masking:  this is going to cover up everywhere on the head that I want to be forest green.  I ran out of camo blobs here, so I had to cut more.  The main difference between submersion dying and standard paint masking is that you cannot reliably overlap layers.  Water/dye will find it's way in between them and dye the 'cracks' the darkest color on the project
  • 4th Color Dark Brown:  Prep and submerge with the Brown dye mix.  Rinse and repeat to get desired color.  On this head it's nearly black, on the other one it's much closer to a true Brown. So now: grey, tan, and green are all masked, and the 'negative space' that was exposed to the dye is all dark brown
  • Rinse, then soak in cold water.
  • Spend minutes-to-hours peeling off all the little vinyl bits. 


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Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Reply #2053 on: June 02, 2017, 10:12:40 AM »
Well, that sure was..... In depth lol  i hope that was a copy/paste from a previous write up

Much more clear now, thanks. Just knowing neon green was the base color of that first one made it make more sense right away.
Definitely a big pain in the ass! But knowing your hand placing the "blobs"/" diamonds" and not laying down a whole template, where the pattern is a negative...... Yeah, entire sheets of those shapes could be layed out and cut with ease  :mrgreen:
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Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Reply #2054 on: June 02, 2017, 10:57:10 AM »
Well, that sure was..... In depth lol  i hope that was a copy/paste from a previous write up

Much more clear now, thanks. Just knowing neon green was the base color of that first one made it make more sense right away.
Definitely a big pain in the ass! But knowing your hand placing the "blobs"/" diamonds" and not laying down a whole template, where the pattern is a negative...... Yeah, entire sheets of those shapes could be layed out and cut with ease  :mrgreen:

Much better than xacto knife or scissors.   I had the writeup in an email to someone I used to work with, I just formatted it a little more logically.

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Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Reply #2055 on: June 13, 2017, 09:17:14 AM »


Last payment just came out this morning  :lol:
This is the first time I've had a car paid off without wanting/needing to replace it first, and really don't feel like I'm going to want to for a while yet, still pretty happy with it. Time to enjoy one less bill for a while  :-)
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Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Reply #2056 on: June 13, 2017, 09:53:17 AM »
Oh, very nice!  My Mazda would've been paid off if I hadn't bought the Subaru a replacement engine :coolsmiley:

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Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Reply #2057 on: June 13, 2017, 11:36:02 AM »
Lol yeah, having just one car can be easier sometimes (less fun, but easier)
This was just on time though, didn't pay off early or anything. I had put enough down to do the rest on a 3 year loan.... And at .9% I didn't see a need to pay it down faster


And just for fun, an attachment of some stuff I actually did buy this past weekend. A couple more old planes (FINALLY found a No5 Stanley in decent shape at an insane price), and two crazy heavy duty tap and die sets. Probably overkill for most things I'd need to tap, but they just looked so bad ass and everything was priced very well. The two planes and the draw knife were probably worth close to what I paid for everything there
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Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Reply #2058 on: June 13, 2017, 12:59:29 PM »
Congrats on paying the car off!

I see this as the perfect opportunity for you.  Car is all yours, new vinyl cutter.  Fast and Furious wrap job!

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Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Reply #2059 on: June 13, 2017, 02:22:33 PM »
Thanks!  :-)

And, no. Just... No  :2funny:
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Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Reply #2060 on: June 18, 2017, 06:41:35 PM »
Anyway, here's my newest upgrade :

Sorry it's sideways  :roll:

For lack of a better place to put this....an exciting update on the saw
Finally got my "shop" all rearranged today to the point where I could move the saw out there (it's been a super busy month), and did some test cutting
Very happy with this purchase now  :lol:
Standard cuts went fine, as expected. Loving the better fence system on this thing

But the big test was resawing, something I've never been able to do with my crappy old saw.
With a piece of scrap pine board and two test cuts under my belt, i set the fence and took a real thin slice.
On a board that was approximately 7"x3" I ended up with a piece measuring .0385" all down the length of one edge, and .0395" along the other.

Not sure if my table is off a fraction of a degree, or if the fence is, or what...but not bad considering it was my third attempt, and using the stock 3/8" blade that came with it!

With a wider blade meant for resawing, a little more for tuning, and a little more practice, I see many possibilities here for glue ups with thin strips for accent liners between segments and other ideas... Which is exciting to me because I've been feeling a bit lazy about getting back to making stuff this year  :|
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Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Reply #2061 on: June 19, 2017, 08:13:21 AM »
With a wider blade meant for resawing, a little more for tuning, and a little more practice, I see many possibilities here for glue ups with thin strips for accent liners between segments and other ideas... Which is exciting to me because I've been feeling a bit lazy about getting back to making stuff this year  :|

Get motivated! 

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Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Reply #2062 on: June 19, 2017, 12:57:06 PM »
I'm working on it lol
Been spending too much time on other people's projects and not thinking much about my own lately
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Re: Post a picture of your recent purchase
« Reply #2063 on: June 20, 2017, 10:28:28 PM »
But that apparently doesn't stop me from acquiring tools!  :crazy2:


A set of 3 Adzes and a bearded hatchet with a mini Adze on the back end just arrived from Bulgaria, of all places. Thanks eBay!  :lol:

Only played with them for a couple minutes on lunch today, seem to be good quality, but i think they're all gonna need some nicer handles
Need to find some nice logs now for doing some bowls and spoons and shit
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