Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Served With Honor.

It's been almost 38 years since the Vietnam war ended. I was just turning 18 at the end of the war.  The draft was not something I personally had to consider but I had many friends and relatives served in Vietnam. I had one cousin who came home minus a foot, casualty of a bamboo spike. I had another cousin who never really recovered from a drug abuse problem picked up over there. I had a friend at work who used to wash his hands in agent orange after servicing the aircraft that dropped it. He had years of test and procedures to endure. I worked with another friend who had PTSD and never slept soundly again.

There are a lot of myths about the war and the veterans who came home. Here are a few facts to think about..

Vietnam Veterans were the best educated forces our nation had ever sent into combat. 79% had a high school education or better.

2/3 of the men who served in Vietnam were volunteers. 2/3 of the men who served in World War II were drafted.  Approximately 70% of those killed were volunteers. Many men volunteered for the draft so even some of the draftees were actually volunteers.

Vietnam Veterans are less likely to be in prison - only 1/2 of one percent of Vietnam Veterans have been jailed for crimes.

Vietnam veterans' personal income exceeds that of our non-veteran age group by more than 18 percent.

91% of Vietnam Veterans say they are glad they served.

74% said they would serve again even knowing the outcome.

There is no difference in drug usage between Vietnam Veterans and non veterans of the same age group (from a Veterans Administration study).

Vietnam veterans have a lower unemployment rate than our non-vet age group.

87% of the American people hold Vietnam Vets in high esteem.(Who the hell are the other 13%)

The average infantryman in the South Pacific during World War II saw about 40 days of combat in four years. The average infantryman in Vietnam saw about 240 days of combat in one year thanks to the mobility of the helicopter.

One out of every 10 Americans who served in Vietnam was a casualty. 58,169 were killed and 304,000 wounded out of 2.59 million who served.

THE UNITED STATES MILITARY DID NOT LOSE THE WAR IN VIETNAM, THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE DID after the U.S. Congress cut off funding.  The South Vietnamese ran out of fuel, ammunition and other supplies because of a lack of support from Congress while the North Vietnamese were very well supplied by China and the Soviet Union.

The men and women who served in Vietnam are a very special group of people. They did a job and they did it very well. Sometimes they had their hands tied by political indecision at home but they did their job. They did not come home to ticker tape parades but they came home heroes in my mind because they Served With Honor. This plaque is my thank you to all the Vets of Vietnam.



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Monday, January 28, 2013

Free Pattern From Sue Mey.

Sue Mey wanted me to pass along another wonderful free pattern on her site. When you visit her site look for the free patterns link at the bottom of the page. It's under the heading "Products". These are great and I bet you will get some brownie points from your valentine.

From Sue:
Readers can go to www.scrollsawartist.com and click on the Free Scroll Saw Patterns link
The latest pattern can be found on page 2 of this section
I include three images
The description:
FREE026 Valentine's word selection
Sixteen patterns
Eight words - each in two different styles
Cut the words from 1" wood as freestanding projects or attach the word on top of a base.

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Luminary Scroll Saw Pattern.


This luminary is designed with slot and tab construction. It uses an easy to install light kit purchased from Lowes. The light socket just snaps into a 1 inch hole. I used 4 watt night lights to keep the heat down.

I plan to install a piece of frosted glass behind the cutout so the bulb cannot be seen.
-The parts were found in the lighting department for just a few dollars.
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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Candle Dish Holder.

This small candle dish holder can be made with scraps from other projects. The center circle is two inches for a small candle dish. The challenge here is to cut very accurate circles. Flaws in the circles will show up here. If you struggle with cutting curves then cut to the outside of the pattern line and use a bench sander to sand up to the line.

I used a router with a round over bit to shape the edges.

There are two different patterns for the decorative ring included in the pdf.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

GWA Scroll Saw SIG video.

I always like to pass along the GWA scroll saw meeting when they post their video. These folks have a wonderful and active group. These are always very long videos but fun to watch. If you are lucky enough to have a scroll saw group in your area take advantage of it. Here is the link to the GWA scroll saw Sig

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Valentine Plate


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Monday, January 21, 2013

A few more wooden nickels.

I have a few more wooden nickels to share. Thought everyone would like to see them.

(Alex Serafim) Alex tells me that the first time he saw a scroll saw was on my blog eleven months ago. I would say he has made great progress is a short time. Alex is from Brazil.
(Jose Jorge Sousa) I say thumbs up to you and your wooden nickel Jose.
(Sam Dauria) This is my favorite displays of the wooden nickel I have seen. Nice job Sam. That is a beautiful piece of intarsia on the wall also. 
(Mike Delgado) Mike made one of the 6 inch nickels then reduced the patterns to 35 percent and cut it. Not satisfied, he reduced it to 30 percent can cut it again. Beautiful work Mike.

Sunday, January 20, 2013