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  1. Our County has a population of 266,000+, and our makerspace has been in business since 2015, although she posted her first blog post December 2014, so this husband and wife dynamic duo look like (to me) that they have hit the 3 year mark. It think a population of 1.5 million in a city would easily support a MAKE OZ Destination. I believe The Dallas Fort Worth (TX) makerspace has the largest membership and the most successful of our makerspaces in the USA. If I remember the model correctly at our makerspace, it is about a $4,000 laser. For the non-engineering miniaturists, Programming a Laser should be as simple as programming an inkjet printer or a Cri-Cut machine to cut, but substitute a laser for the printhead or the drag knife. Here is a post about software options. https://www.sculpteo.com/blog/2016/07/11/top-8-software-for-laser-cutting/ Good Luck with your decision!
  2. I love tools... I would only order a laser if I am going to get software support. If you already know how to program to cut, then you should be good, but without software you have a $1000 tool that you can't use. Here in the US, we have makerspaces popping up all over in our communities... I would guess in our 2 county area of our home we have half million population, the larger population, the more likely you will have a makerspace. There is a robotics type techie group in my neighboring county, and a makerspace in my home county. My local makerspace has a Bosslaser, 3D printer, they have a pottery kiln, sewing machines, and woodworking equipment, although I have never seen the woodworking equipment. I recommend investigating the online community for software support before I made a purchasing decision. Chinese manuals translated to English can be very challenging to use. You also want to confirm that the laser you purchase will work with software that you can use. It is my opinion you have to make decisions about your software first before the acquisition of the laser, especially important in the $1000 range. You should also understand the replacement cost of your Laser tube, and the ability to get a replacement. Finding a vendor in your country who has been in the business for a long time, is the best way to understand your ongoing maintenance and replacement parts of your Laser Tube, even if you don't buy from them. Our club's local laser cutter uses Epilog lasers, and they sell at the Chicago International Bishop Show... so I have done some research, but purchasing an Epilog is like buying a used car, and if I wanted to cut something on a laser, I would go to my local makerspace at this point in my creative life.
  3. P.S. I think Kieffer, you already have the Zona Saw... it is the same one posted in the Amazon Pictures... just a different handle - mine has a wooden handle.
  4. I remember talking to one Gentleman @ one of the Chicago Shows... he specializes in miniature kitchen cabinets, and I asked him what saw he was using... and he was using a real table saw. While my husband could definitely use a life size saw for small cuts for me, it makes me nervous just to watch, so I prefer a model makers saw. There were several, off the top of my head, for model making: Dremel, Jarmac, Preac, Micro Mark...Byrnes, Proxxon... (Holly, of course DH uses a push stick on his real table saw, not giant pencil with eraser... but that would be a great picture eh?) Dremel, Jarmac and Preac are not made anymore. Our local miniature store owner had a jarmac that served her well. A tilting arbor on a table saw is very useful. The preac if you find one is really precise, but no tilting arbor on it; Micro Mark, Proxxon, Byrnes are current... Byrnes is top of the line and the larger table is plus, but I haven't been able to talk myself into buying one. Micro Mark does put their top of the line tilting arbor on sale, sign up for their mailing list. When I bought my preac, I had previously committed to my husband that I would sell my Micro Mark, but since the preac doesn't have a tilting saw blade, I kept my micro mark saw. I'm not 100% sure, but I think Proxxon makes the Micro Mark saw, so it is private label situation. If we don't have a lot of table saw experience here, the FMF has a lot of experience and I'm pretty sure someone has a forum topic on table saws. I don't like the Byrnes tilting table; I would only purchase the saw with a flat table. That just looks dangerous to me. Kickback from a saw blade - just isn't much fun, you need to be quick on your feet and limber enough to move out of the way of a flying piece of wood.
  5. Holly you are right, I learned to use a pencil with new eraser for my push stick for my table saw. The new eraser helps keep the wood steady and does protect my fingers. I have never used a push stick for a scroll saw or band saw, it is truly like sewing, you can use both hands to guide your wood. On the subject of the back of the Villa Esche Armchair - these are beautiful designs! I did a Yahoo image search, and the URL is very long, so I won't post it, but if you are being inspired by the chair I saw, that resulted in my Yahoo image search, I found a photo with back slats that is strikingly similar to your post. It is a joy to see a new miniaturist work on chairs. If you can master the chair in its many forms - chairs are very challenging to get them to be the right height on 4 legs and to sit properly, you are going to have so many opportunities if you are not freaked out by chairs... I know some very talented miniaturists that do their best to avoid them. I can relate to pallet wood... my husband harvested some paduk from a pallet he got at work, and that is the hardest wood that I have ever put through a planer...The harvesting and repurposing wood is a fun way to go, and someday I will find that perfect project for that wood!
  6. If power equipment isn't in your budget, jewelers saws are incredible... I wouldn't go to a class without one... and a Zona Saw with the greatest number of teeth available is also an incredible tool for cutting something straight. I recently participated in a woodworking class where we were cutting a lap joints on 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" thickness of wood by hand, and was very happy with my tools that I brought to my class. Just add some candle or bees wax or burlife to the blade to help your sawing action. Both of these saws are very inexpensive. You can purchase a Zona saw at Tom Thumb Store in the Chicago area - I know they moved - but they had them each time I have been in the store. I bought my jewelers saw online from Gesswein, but my jewelers saw blades from Rio Grande.
  7. Keith you are doing an excellent job in your miniature furniture builds. I would have used my bandsaw for irregular cuts... I know with a young family you can't buy tools every weekend! But watch for them used... I found a benchtop model for less then $50 before at our local restore. A bandsaw is just slightly different then a scroll saw. The bandsaw allows you to cut thicker pieces of wood for the irregular rounded shape. You have a great eye, I am going to enjoy watching your progress! Please sign and perhaps put the year on the bottom of your furniture. When your daughters are grown up, they will enjoy having the date you made those wonderful pieces of furniture. I love TV Trays... but I didn't see TV tray when I saw your photo. I do most of my mini work sitting on my sofa and an Eames Fiberglass TV tray. The first two pieces of power equipment I learned to use was a Bandsaw and a Miter saw... I think a Bandsaw or scroll saws are as safe as using a sewing machine... and if you observe a 2-3" rule of holding wood 2-3" away from the blade, you should always be safe using a miter saw. Remember, don't move any wood, until the blade stops moving and you won't have to worry about losing a finger.
  8. Hi Carrie, I have been fortunate to participate in classes at NAME Regionals & Conventions; the Chicago International and IGMA's Guild School and I have attended an IGMA Guild Study Program in Chicago and took a class with Alison Ashby and a Guild Study Program at Colonial Williamsburg, VA where I worked on the Spice Chest with Wm. R. Robertson. I am also a fan of on line costuming tutorials from the Mini Doll List. Unfortunately, being true to myself most of my stuff isn't finished - but I have studied the art of mini making at all of these wonderful venues since I joined a local NAME Miniature Club in 1996. I have been blessed with 22 years of mini merry making! Family and work take up most of my time and energy. I you read any of the miniature magazines you can't miss the ads and the articles submitted about Guild Events... it was a coveted dovetail class - that included an opportunity to purchase a jig, taught by Jack Blackham that got me to attend Guild School for the first time in 2006. IGMA does have a scholarship program that everyone is welcomed to apply. Applications are due on August 1, 2018. It covers 36 hours of classroom instruction; Shared dorm room, and meals. It generally doesn't cover travel expenses; but the cost of your travel expense is part of the consideration for application. I am looking forward to hearing about the scholarship students, as I don't know who the students were this year... http://www.igma.org/guild_school/scholarship.html You do not need to be a member at any level to participate in any of the Guild's education programs. Members do receive discounts at Guild School, Guild Study Program, and free admission at the Guild Show (Hartford, CT.) I am a general member of the Guild. I have never applied for Artisan status, as I am pretty sure they require finished miniatures!
  9. http://www.wabi.tv/content/news/MMA-hosts-Miniature-Artisans-485167891.html If you do not follow the Guild on Facebook, a friend recently posted that the Guild School 2018 was on the local news. I think it is so wonderful to see our hobby get some local media attention. I love miniature tourism, and it is so peaceful to attend Guild School in Castine, Maine... you feel like you are on the tip of the US, where the sun wakes up at 5:00 am. Enjoy! Tamra
  10. Thank you all for posting comments about Mr. Robertson's Ted-x talk. I posted it on the Fine Miniatures Forum last year...while I knew about the greenleaf forum, I think Pat Thomas had posted a Thomas house link that originated on the Greenleaf forum, but I didn't realize how large the community and forum is. When I was trying to find answers to my 2x4 hollow wall construction build that is when I really discovered the Greenleaf forum. This forum has a lot of posts... I will never be able to read all of them. I think it would be really cool to get miniatures in the mainstream of hobbies (again?) I don't know how you get a video to go viral, but it should be fun to see it happened with someone's YouTube vid.
  11. Neverfinished2005

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    What is the maximum diameter that your drill chuck expands to? It took me several years to "bond" with a lathe, but once I committed to my first 100 hours and kept track of my time... (I wonder which of my friends gave me this idea??? ) I was able to start turning... and each hour of practice skills begin to develop. I imagine that the drill chuck has a maximum diameter. If I may share a tip... to eliminate the guesswork of what dowel rods are not warped for miniature turning, I roll them on the floor and look and listen for "wobble". If I can assist with some turning help and am in the area ... let me know. Summer is easier for me; as work isn't as intense during the summer months.
  12. I don't know if the Greenleaf community is aware of Master Miniaturist William Robertson's Ted-x Talk. He gave an amazing speech showing the life size world about our delightful miniatures. This live event was recorded on September 7, 2017 in Kansas City, MO - it was a great way to get the local community involved with the 2017 Masterworks event and draw local visitors to the museum. Were you able to attend the Masterworks event sponsored by the Kansas City Toy & Miniature Museum in 2017? I would enjoy hearing about your experience, and am looking forward to finding out the date for the 2021 event! If you haven't seen the YouTube presentation, please do check it out! It is a nice piece that can help others understand the precision of your miniature art. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dKohUA_xQQ
  13. Neverfinished2005

    Mini lathe

    Hi Brae, did you get lessons from Elga? Tamra (from Petitpointers)
  14. Hi Toni, sorry for the delay in communication, I was participating in a class for the last 5 days and away from a keyboard. I was able to complete a little turning prep on 1 of the 3 Days of the extended weekend. This is an exacting process, so it does take a lot of time to turn because the project requires precision for the two up rights to match. I already have the three turned (from last year) and could in theory use them and finish, but I want to do the turnings once more this year to reinforce my learning process. My reasoning is Mr. Robertson has 40? years experience in our miniature world, and I have a couple of summers, so I am doing the turnings again, just as if I was in class; we were supposed to turn 3 of the uprights and 2 of the cross member of the needlework stand, and then pick the best 2 for the upright and best 1 of the cross member to assemble. Last Sunday, I was able to start the process. I had to get everything out - my lathe, and all the accessories, and set up my work area, so it wasn't just walking up to the bench and turning, I had to prepare... Now that I am back from my Stereotomy class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking (Franklin, IN) I must finish this project, before I forget what I am supposed to do, and then I will return to turning. I went to the Stereotomy class to work on understanding how to build my roof lines, so this class is HIGH IMPORTANCE in my learning so I can start my dream custom build. The class was wonderful... and I want to return already; similar to Guild School, but life size projects... I hope you have been able to turn by now. Did you see how they mount wood on the lathe for pen blanks? I think a (non miniature) life size ink pen is a great instant gratification project. It took me just under two hours to turn my first pen at the local wood turning store; but now after the time to prepare the blank and mount it on the lathe, it would probably take me only 30 minutes including some sanding. I haven't turned a pen yet this year, so I will have to do that and make a note of my time. I hope to hear about your progress...
  15. This is a 5 star video, Do you have a reverse switch on your lathe? I do, but mine doesn't work the same way. When you are watching videos waiting for your lathe tools to arrive (and remember to check Craigs Lists and auction listings too); take note of how the wood is mounted to the lathe... There are 47,400 videos to skim through on YouTube, when I searched Using a drill chuck on a lathe! Wow. I could spend another lifetime on YouTube. I'm off to the shop soon, to work on my spindles!
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