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About Ferg

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  • Birthday 01/21/1934

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    Southwestern Ohio
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    Anything I can do with my hands and mind

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  1. Brian and anyone interested, I decided to buy a "cheapie" also. Mine is a 3000MW Diode laser from Universal Engravers. I am not building a box for mine as yet, thinking wooden since that is readily available in our wood shop. Is your black plastic enclosure rated or just looks nice? My present defigilty is the blasted cables. I presently have a piece of Piano wire, 1/8" diameter fastened to wall above the unit and hanging over same with twine tied onto wire, holding the cables up. The piano wire will "droop" when necessary to give slack in the cables. I am concerned with the cables tiny wire breaking right at the plugs. My cut area is supposed to be 600mm X 500mm (30" x 40"). That is difficult to obtain without the trollies bumping out of bounds. I am going to make the area 500mm x 400mm since I don't need the extra space at this time. Also have a camera ordered. I am going to burn a grid on the spoil board for now. When I get the camera I shouldn't need the grid as much. Ordered two pair of rated glasses/goggles to augment the pair that came with the unit. Don't allow anyone into the shop area without wearing same. We have sold product to Catalog companies all over the world for over forty years. Recently closed that business to retire for about the third or fourth time. Will see what develops out of this laser, not interested in building from scratch. May upgrade to a 15000MW Diode. Ferg
  2. I have decided to dive into the Laser engraving, albeit, very small. I bought a diode laser engraver that is only three watts for $250. I know it is limited somewhat in what you can do. I am going to set it up next week. Inexpensive way to get my feet wet. Ferg
  3. When did you get your unit ? Seems from comments on a site about the Boxzy, it isn't being manufactured anymore. Ferg
  4. Well, at least he is pretty! LOL Ferg
  5. In my humble opinion, you need to use no less than 138 thread and probably 207 for that thickness of leather. Needle size accordingly. Ferg
  6. Dwight, Your response stirred my memory. Probably 50 years ago I made wallets for my younger brothers. Couple years ago one of them gave me a plastic bag with a wallet inside. When I pulled it out I remembered making it. He asked if I would make him another just like it. Haven't done that yet, must do that before my hands won't allow. All of my requests for wallets etc. didn't turn out as well as this one. Ferg
  7. We have the wrist supports for both hands. They done me little to no good. I had my right hand surgery last Thursday. Left hand was a piece of cake, it is healed to almost invisible. Small problem with the incision on the right hand but wife and I fixed it this morning. Doctor had told me I may not get total reduction in the numbness in my fingers. So far he was correct. After left hand surgery the numbness went completely away in my right. Since right hand surgery I have some numbness in all fingers with exception of "little fingers". They are normally left out of the pain etc. I have arthritis in several of my fingers just to keep me aware. Lol I would recommend the surgery to anyone with the problem. Right hand took ten minutes. I had enough pain with the right to make me take a few pain pills, left was flawless. Ferg
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    I have two custom blades Terry made for me and one small round knife I use mostly for skiving. I use nothing but strop to keep them cutting leather as though it was butter. Feerg
  9. Have thought about Terry and his trials and tribulations/fire in his shop, for some time. Decided to contact him to see how he is doing. Received the following note from him yesterday. I am sure he could use some positive news from any and all. Marion, Finally got the permits approved this week. Demolition will start this week, followed by the new garage/ workshop. Then I have to put the shop back together. It will be months more I'm afraid! Otherwise, a bit depressed but okay. Ferg
  10. A Carpal Tunnel Update: Left hand surgery last Thursday. Absolutely no pain, haven't taken any pain meds. Surgeon told me I could take the padded bandage off today and replace with a BandAid. Ferg
  11. You are correct Wiz, I found another photo showing the "CW". Ferg
  12. This is a photo of a Seiko I sold recently. Great machine except I think my Servo was a dab too small for it. Used it for purses mostly and some belts also. #138 thread is what it likes most. Don't believe I tried any 207 with it. Will stitch 7 or 8 oz. of leather all day long. Much over that really makes it chug. Remember, I said I think my servo was too small. Well built, the Cowboy is pretty much a carbon copy. I sold mine for about $1400 if I remember correctly. The above machine was a CH-8B-Ld Ferg
  13. Thanks to everyone for the best wishes. FRODO, I will have to try the wrist brace, thank you. Ferg
  14. Thanks Coach, I am to the stage of not being able to hold my glass of milk in the morning very well. Writing is a task, no one including me, can read it after I write it anyway. lol I can still type fairly well if I don't allow my wrists to rest on the edge of the desk. I figure the Good Lord is giving me a dose of my own medicine. I have enjoyed good health all my 86 years and burned the candle at both ends. Ferg
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