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Robert Ray

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since Jul 06, 2009
Cascades Central Oregon zone 3/4
Cascades of Oregon
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The reason many people go to the reverse trike is because of better steering. Even with a reverse trike if the chassis geometry isn't true or there are loose steering components it can effect overall rideability. My 2 cents worth, see what others have to add. Good luck batman looks like fun.
3 weeks ago
So I guess now I have questions 66 vw is a king pin set up, condition of the king pins? Then chassis geometry did the builder set up the chassis true to centerline?. That GS1100 is going to be a bullet if you can figure out the death wobble.
3 weeks ago
One of the great things is even though the post is dated your inquiry has bumped it up so new eyes can see it. What's up with your trike?
3 weeks ago
When you think of all the skills you learn as a jeweler: casting, mold making, hydraulic forming, I find myself doing things that are non jewelry specific all the time. Casting resin knobs that have been lost from radios, resin and metal knobs from vintage pots, auto dashboards knobs, silver soldering parts on a vintage coffeer maker for a mountain lodge nearby. I hate repairing jewelry but like making my own  jewelry, the odd off jobs are fun and add to my skill set.
1 month ago
David,
Once I saw your chasing and repousse tools I took a look at my bench and was amazed at how many of my jewelry tools I had that were made just because no one had just what I wanted. Glanced over at the forge area and the same thing tongs, bending jigs all made on site. Being able to make those "Handy Things" and being able to visualize the new tool or repurpose a tool is satisfying. My "handy thing" is a crescent wrench with a hole drilled in each side face and a pin placed in each hole creating an adjustable spanner wrench for taking off angle grinder discs When I can never find the stock tool.
1 month ago
I'll see if I can't find the you tube video, a prime example of Devin's 5th. A you tube poster posted a video about camping in plain sight while passing through our little town. He was enamored by the lush field just yards from the highway just outside of the city proper. The field is our sewage treatment spray field and during applications the odor....well is kinda stinky. So there is an agronomic formula that governs the applications for max uptake of nitrates. Had he been there during or shortly after an application from the pivots he probably wouldn't have selected that site but he had no idea. He wasn't local just a traveler passing through, what you don't know just might end up resulting in a shitty nights sleep.
2 months ago
For me there is a more intimate connection when using a hand tool. You have to be more aware. My power tools are accurate when properly set up and faster by far. Noisier and require an awareness of the spinning, reciprocating flesh eating steel. The satisfaction of watching a thin curl of wood roll out of a plane and the sound is meditative. A craftsman version of OHHM. I admit I need a twelve step intervention for my tool addiction. I use power tools for most of my wood work, but have hand tools to take their place if need be. I find that even with power tools a cabinet scraper, spoke shave, chisel is used. When talking "round wood" I think the use of hand tools is required. I have large round tenon cutters for making rustic log furniture that fits a drill. But made my first first hand operated one that works perfectly fine. Bodgers never used electric tools.
2 months ago
I remember playing pool in Medicine Bow, the bar was so cramped the pool cues were cut off so you could get around the table. Long time ago, interested in hearing about your progress.
5 months ago
I'd give another thumbs up for the Cabela's 80L dehydrator. I still have my old Harvest MAid as back up but use the Cabela's for my dehydrating.
5 months ago
I have the Greenworks 20672. It's worked surprisingly well I had previouisly purchased the Greenworks battery powered lawn mower and was very impressed with it. My main use was to clear ladder fuel off of the pine trees on my property and have had no issues.
5 months ago