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|last hinge option came in|
|it would have been a coin toss|
|these #6 screws are too short|
|bought some metal cutting countersinks|
|got a small and large 82° countersink for wood too|
|these are toast|
|chewed up the big one and it's toast|
|the small one|
|this worked and didn't work|
|got the box ones done|
|cutting this one isn't going to be easy|
|worked better this way|
|much better looking end on this one|
|cleaning the burr|
|trying another way to cut the tubing and rod|
|the best looking end cut so far|
|two half inch pieces|
|sawed off the captive pieces|
|epoxying the tubing is batting next and I'm not using the 5 minute stuff|
|tubing epoxied in place|
|both rods are square to the box.|
|the final steps tomorrow|
What is the relationship of the man and woman in Grant Wood's painting "American Gothic"?
answer - according to the painter it is father and daughter, not man and wife
|the top screw is on the outside edge of the insert|
|swapped out the hooks|
|the 1/8" brass rod will be inserted into the brass tubing|
|slips over it very easily|
|for the lid|
|hinge holes laid out|
|for drilling square holes|
|filed a vee groove in the tubing and snapped off my pieces|
|rounded over the back of the lid.|
|chamfered this edge|
|chamfer is now twice as large|
|couple of more coats on the bottom and it'll be done|
This had it's debut this month in 1930. What was it?
answer - the first animated cartoon with audio
|2 came in today|
|2 1/2" hook and eye|
|what I was worrying about|
|found some #6 oval head brass screws that fit|
|tried the replacement screwdriver|
|A Paul Sellers cabinet|
|it works well|
|started with the small drawer|
|chiseling off the dried glue|
|planed the slips flush|
|repeat the same steps for the large drawer|
|the fit of drawers didn't change|
|had enough plywood for the bottoms|
|large drawer is square (small drawer too)|
|I have a slight gap at the front|
|bottom is solid|
|where are the brushes|
|bigger gaps on the small drawer bottom|
|this will be my glove drawer|
|sawed out both finger holes|
|go cart at the top and a Rolls at the bottom|
Who were the opening and closing acts at Woodstock in 1969?
answer - Ritchie Havens opened and Jimi Hendrix closed
|planed with the 4 1/2|
|this was the side with the big gaps|
|no problems at all|
|flushing the bottom batted next|
|I did the top yesterday|
|drawer fits except for the last 3'4"|
|this top side gap isn't as large|
|right side of drawer|
|the other side is the same|
|fits and it is up against the back wall|
|used this yesterday on the small drawer - hooked it at the back and pulled the drawer open|
|need four more spacers|
|did the big drawer first|
|this one was bit tricky|
|large one curing on the tablesaw aka a horizontal storage surface|
|steel wooled it but......|
I settled on how I'm going to attach the lid to the box. I wasn't particularly fond of using a wooden pin nor was a metal one giving me a warm and fuzzy. This box is pine and over time the pin will elongate and oval out the pin hole. I ordered some parts from McMaster-Carr for the box and while I'm waiting for them to come in I can get the finish built back up on the box.
|one more coat on|
|one of 5 came in|
What US City sits aside the Miami River?
answer - it isn't Miami, it is Dayton, Ohio
The drawers for the finishing cabinet are now at the fitting stage. I have to clean them up, do the drawer runners, make a bottom, and fit a bottom in place. I kind of did a 90/10 thing tonight with the most calories going to the drawers.
|the front of the small doesn't fit the opening|
|large drawer fit|
|the gaps are still there|
|the other side|
|flushing the top of the big drawer|
|one side fits|
|sawing off the wild|
|flushed the bottom|
|top flushed up|
|cleaned up the sides and the back|
|in about a 1/3 of the way|
|2nd trimming and I'm about 1/2 way - planing just the top|
|third trimming and I'm done|
|I'll plug this after I get the bottom and slips installed|
|flushing the tails|
|epoxy and filler|
|4 coats of shellac|
|squared up one end of the slips|
|the back of the slips|
|the front look|
|the way I'm leaning|
|slips aren't as proud this way|
|works better than this way|
In what Baseball World Series was the Star Spangled Banner first played?
answer - the 1918 series
|plugged the groove holes|
|didn't get 100%|
|there is a lid in there|
|both sides have some twist|
|got one face flat|
|sizing the overhang on the ends|
|got a ton of tear out|
|made mess of this|
|my 5 1/2|
|washers for clearance|
|only gluing about 1/2 way|
|working on the big drawer front|
|cleaning out the sockets|
|first one fitted|
|the ugly gap|
|making my blind groove|
|sizing the back to match the front|
|dry fitlooks good|
|drawer slip overhang|
|a look see|
|new look for me|
|small drawer parts sized and ready to dovetail|
|front done and ready to do the back|
|I said oops|
|way too tight|
|ready for glue up|
|lid ready for finish|
The back top edge of the box has to be rounded over to allow the lid to open and close. That is what is delaying getting this out the door today or even tomorrow.
|one coat on the box and lid|
A good day in the shop and it was a wee bit difficult getting myself out of my chair when the wife said dinner was ready. I felt like things had rusted in place and I needed to oil the joints to free them. i think my age is catching up with me.
This federal holiday was first observed in 1894. What is it?
answer - Labor Day, celebrated on the first monday in September. Canada's Labor day is celebrated on the same day too.
I had a bad one yesterday where 3 days of working on a drawer got flushed. I thought I was doing good but not looking to check myself cost me big time. I made an error today (different than a mistake) based on an assumption. I thought something was square but it turned out it wasn't. I didn't lose anything there but it could have been as painful as yesterday's.
Mistakes and making them are part of life and woodworking. I kind of thought I made enough in woodworking already but that keep on a coming. At least the flavor of them is changing but it would nice to finally meet my quota on them.
|making drawer slips|
|didn't come out too good|
|lot of work on this one|
|got a bead I can use elsewhere|
|one set of slips done|
|plow a groove on both edges|
|saw them out on the inboard side of the groove|
|clean up the faces next|
|ganged together and planed|
|this part matters|
|final check and tweaking the fit|
|labeled and stowed|
|new small drawer front on the right|
|planed to thickness|
|thought I was planing square with this|
|loose fit in the opening|
|two drawer sides|
|I have some cup to remove|
|one side is flat and not rocking|
|this side is twist free|
|this side has some twist|
|found my assumption was wrong now|
|from the LN 51|
|I can see the chip without help|
|new small drawer front|
|a me box|
Here I finally got it, so I gave it a try. It is definitely a time saver and speeds up things over doing each one separately.
|sawed and chopped|
|off the saw|
|grooves done and the interior cleaned up|
|went nutso on the clamping|
|more spare parts|
|for Bob D|
Who is Nolan Bushnell?
answer - the founder of ATARI and Chuck E Cheese
After taking the pics I did some web surfacing and found out the filters I have won't remove the fluorescent white halo glare from pics. The filter for fluorescent lights removes a green tint that is associated with pics taken under fluorescent lints. Tonight after work I took some pics of the finishing cabinet that came out a bit better.
|my last pic|
|much better pic of the finishing cabinet|
|the open shot|
|this side is down a 32nd|
|flushed up the bottom|
|fits almost all the way - got stuck here at this point|
|cleaned up the back last|
|layout for the finger grab hole|
|last visual check|
|laid out and made relief saw kits|
|not a good note to end the day on|
There is no way I can fix or patch it. It is burnt toast and it pissed me off that I made such a stupid mistake. I was paying attention and being careful to make sure I was working off my reference but I didn't put the finger hole where it was supposed to be.
|the before pic|
|the after pic|
What is the largest one day sporting event in the world?
answer - The Indy 500
I do have some good news. I figured out how to put the filters on the camera. I had bought an adapter for the camera, I just didn't know what it's exact purpose was. You take off the existing lens ring (?) on the camera and replace it with this one. You then screw the filter(s) onto the adapter. Got that part figured out and now I have find out which filter is for fluorescent lights and that may be deduced by trial and error.
|my interior gaps|
|pin is very tight|
|this works great|
|trimmed the pins on both|
|as far as it will go|
|sawing the back off|
|found some old drawer slips|
|loose fit on this slip|
|the top part is history|
|finishing up the sawing|
|what I'm going to do|
|planing the top of the slip flush with the plywood|
|I like this look better than the rounded slips|
Tomorrow I'll glue the slips in place. I played around with them some before gluing up the drawer to get a feel for how to possibly glue them. I got a few ideas and it will be a touchy feeling thing done dry first before I commit to glue.
I'll have to wait one more day before fitting the drawer so it'll be saturday before that goes down. Maybe tomorrow I'll have my normal allotment of shop time and I can start making the second drawer.
What is the only US State with a one syllable name?
answer - Maine
Wednesday night after work I would be dropping my wife's car off at the shop for her RI car inspection. So I knew I would be getting little if any shop time. I had started writing that blog post on Tuesday and I had planned to publish it on Thursday. Didn't happen sports fans. I smacked the ball off the wall but got called out at second base.
I have a bit of a streak going with blog posting and I didn't what to break it with something caused by a stupid mistake. Heart attacks and hospitalizations would be a good excuse for breaking the chain but hitting the wrong radio button isn't.
|I won 3 out of 4|
|1/4 to 7/8 by 8ths (right most 6)|
|I was able to squeeze in some woodworking|
|fit off the saw|
|the other side|
After we dropped the car off we decided to go out to eat. I was able to get fish 'n chips (on a wednesday) and I was disappointed in it. The fish portions are getting smaller and smaller it seems the taste is not what I remember it too (didn't taste like cod or haddock). Makes me think whether or not my grandson will ever know what fish 'n chips tastes like.
After dinner was done and we were home, I went back to the shop and trimmed the pins on this side. The tails and pins came together gap free. Tomorrow I'll glue it up and work on the drawer slips.
What US State's official flower isn't a flower?
answer - Maine, whose official state flower is the pine cone (pine cones aren't flowers)
I was a wanna be woodworker then and what I saw him doing with common hand tools enthralled me. I can still recall thinking just how in the hell is he doing these super magical things like this. He has to be doing some TV stop motion trickery. How is it possible that he is able to do things like this with hand tools? Surely you need power tools to make things out of wood today.
I am a self taught woodworker. Some will pooh-pooh that and say it isn't possible but for me it is the way I learned. I bought some books, a few tools that Roy said to get, brought home some pallets, and starting woodworking. I read and then did. Made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot by trial and error. No one was looking over my shoulder telling me how to do it. All I had was Roy on TV, a desire to learn, and the few woodworking books I had.
Lately Roy has been supplanted by Paul Sellers. From him I have learned so much and have progressed farther than I thought was possible. With Paul's instruction it is still trial and error woodworking for me. But that is good thing. My trials are getting smaller and my errors are getting fewer. I still don't have a mentor or a teacher helping with a physical presence.
That to me is being self taught. Self taught is seeing or reading and then trying it out on your own. I can watch the video for a month but I still need to get out in the shop and try it. I have to put in the time and effort to duplicate what I've seen. That is something I'm doing alone. No coaching, no cajoling, no advice being offered, and no Q&A's except with myself.
I can look back and remember things I attempted then and doing the same thing today. Then it was hesitant with so-so results. Now it is done without thinking and with pretty good results. I can see a definite improvement in my skill level.
One thing that I taught myself to do was to hand cut dovetails. I've written about this before. To be brief, I had a Lehigh dovetail jig and boatload of accessories. I sold them all and bought a Lee Valley saw and 14° dovetail sawing aid. I took me a couple of months but I finally made a hand sawn dovetail box that I still have.
From that point forward I went a little nutso making dovetailed boxes. For well over a year I think I averaged a box a week. It was a magical event for me to saw and chop out the wooden parts and then have them fit together.
I have since boosted my capabilities with dovetailing. It has become second nature to me. I still have an occasional brain fart but for the most part I do good with them. I have also learned some better ways from Mr. Sellers too.
This is a lot of keyboard diarrhea to make my point and it is simple. Having all the latest and greatest boutique or antique tools don't mean diddly squat. Having your tools so sharp that they could slice air don't mean diddly squat. Owning every woodworking DVD ever made don't mean diddly squat. Subscribing to every Woodworking teacher out putting videos don't mean diddly squat. I think the most important thing is making things.
It doesn't mean diddly squat if it looks good or looks like crappola. You have to put in the time on the pond (practice and experience) if you are going to get better at woodworking. There is no substitute for it and it don't mean diddly squat if you are self taught or you have a teacher/mentor.
This is the reason why I think I have the skill set I do now. It is the culmination of various inputs but the biggest piece of the pie is practice. Right or wrong, good or bad, you have to keep trying it until you get it right or at least to the best of your abilities.
I can survive the off brand of milk but I had no soda neither. I forgot to get that and it is in the aisle directly opposite where the milk is. Which I didn't go down because my milk was sold out and that screwed up my whole itinerary through the store. I went to the drugstore and got a bottle of soda and I'll get more on another pit stop tomorrow.
|which way do I go on this|
|thought of this next|
|changed back to the first idea|
|the ubiquitous X|
|last nights layout|
|how I set the marking gauge|
|this is the wrong way and how I did it yesterday|
|the knife end of the gauge has to be on this edge with the numbers|
|the proper way - not enough meat to saw straight down and reuse|
|making sure the ends are flush|
|marked out both sides separately|
|last of the triple double checks|
|the ends aren't that far over|
|sides cover the stopped ends|
|got my replacement screwdriver in|
|my camera filters|
I am going to have to take my head out of my butt and pony up to taking my two blue pills a day. The one time that I did take the pills for a week, twice a day, I felt good. This sporadic pill regime I am using now isn't working. Just like the old Fram Oil Filter commercial, it's a pay me now or pay me later. I am going try to take one at breakfast and one a dinner and see if I can make that a habit.
|fingers crossed on this|
|sizing the back|
|been using my bench planes more for this|
It took me a while to get used to using the bench planes to shoot with and I'm starting to prefer using them over getting the LN 51 out. The added plus is the bench planes are already out and I can go from shooting to planing something else without moving a step in any direction.And use the same plane to do it.
|I can't do it|
|made a partial groove with the 043|
I used the 1/8" chisel to get the groove lower and to deepen the ends. Then I used the router to get the groove to depth.
|it's slow going|
|down less than an 1/8" and I want to go to a 1/4"|
|finally got to depth|
|I sawed the tails on the back sides|
|this is the bottom of the drawer|
|but it is opposite of where it should be|
|I followed my numbers|
I can salvage this but I'll end up with a smaller front to back on this drawer. I will try and do that the right way tomorrow.
This sound can be identified by 96% of the people who hear it in 2 seconds or less. What sound is it?
answer - the ice cream truck
|door is done|
|I like this screwdriver|
I already know the Grace screwdrivers can't handle that. I am hoping that these screwdrivers can handle an occasional Cro-Magnon way. The tips are hardened but so are the Grace and Chestnut screwdrivers. And I've broken the tips off of both of them. I am encouraged by the nut and wrench adaptation on the felo screwdrivers. My thoughts are that why do this if the tips and shaft couldn't handle it? I'm anxious to see how it performs when I do use some wrench assistance.
It did a good job driving the screws in on the pine of this door. There was no slop in the head of the screw and the screwdriver and no problems driving any of these screws.
|checked the plumb again|
|door stays closed now|
|got one brace installed|
|the right side cleat|
|went high on this side to clear the pipe hanger|
|done and partially loaded up|
|Shelf #1, #2 coming shortly|
|draw fronts fitted|
|big drawer parts|
|the little drawer is batting first|
|doing half blinds|
|almost chopped out|
|first side fitted|
|oops blew it out|
|clean break but still sttached|
|I don't have the before pic|
|this is why|
|good fit anyways with a understandable gap on the left one|
|better when the blowout is closed up|
|glued it now|
|watched the left one and some of the right one|
Nancy is smart, knowledgeable, and definitely knows which of the chisel to hold. If there was only one thing to like in this DVD it would be her explanations. She has three majors areas she deals with; fitting a drawer, fitting a door, and mortising hinges. I learned something new on all three from her.
I was expecting more hand tool work on this (not much at all) and I didn't see a lot hand tools in the background. She used a Marples blue handled chisel to chop the dovetail sockets and to square rabbeted corners. A Lie Nielsen O1 chisel was employed to do the hinge mortises. She also used a #4 hand plane and other then a handsaw, all the other joinery was done with machines. Even here she explained things and did it very well.
What I liked a lot was she explained each step of the construction of the baker's table. She went over the reasons why, some common problems, and some solutions. She did not come across as a know it all nor was she in the least confrontational. This was her and how she made the table. It is now up to you to make the table your way.
One thing struck me afterwards and that was she didn't clean and make everything pretty before gluing up everything. You get to see the burn marks etc till the very end. There is always one 'you shoulda....." and Nancy's was there was no glamour shot of the finished piece. The pic on the DVD dust cover isn't the same thing as seeing it in the DVD.
I enjoyed this a lot and I'm sure I'll watch it again because how often do I get the chance to see a lady woodworker wearing boots, making something? I hope that no one takes that as sexist because it isn't meant to be. There is a lot to learn from her in this DVD.
On a formal dinner place setting, what is the order of the 3 forks to the left of the plate?
answer - from left to right, salad fork dinner fork dessert fork
|before I made the Pepin Lumber run at 0700|
|big black knot|
|painted the back of the door|
|painted the carcass|
|my haul from Pepin|
|haul from Lowes|
I rarely use these hand screws so they won't missed.
|making a french cleat|
|starting to wander a little|
|trying to saw it all from this side|
|looks good this way|
|not so good this way|
|off the line a lot but just in one spot|
|two here and a third one I didn't get a pic of|
|finally got it|
|good match on this end|
|this end has an unacceptable gap|
|how I planed the 45|
|not making it any better|
|I planed a hump in this one|
|45 on both end to end now|
|not as good as the other side but it'll work|
|more vertical sawing|
|they don't have to be the same size|
|I can feel square now|
|nixed this idea for the cleat|
|screwed it to the carcass at the top and sides|
|needs a spacer for the bottom too|
|second and final coat on the back|
|wow it looks so different emptied of all the crappola|
|all the crappola ended up on the workbench|
|it is clear|
|hanging on the cleat and it is level|
|out of plumb by 1/8"|
|five shim pieces and I'm still not plumb|
|new plumb thing-a-ma-bob|
|old kitchen cabinet part|
|possible new home|
|the other side is still seated|
|from the front it looks ok and it still works|
|who uses plane socks?|
|got the shelf ready to hang|
|gas pipe is in the way|
|level only across the front|
|figured out something that might work|
|this is doable|
|another hiccup on this side to deal with|
|change to a bigger bearing plate is coming next|
|first coat on the front second one before bedtime|
|trying a new set of screwdrivers|
This is it for today. I'm tired and a wee bit sore but I feel good about what I got done today.
What is the most used appliance in US households?
answer - the TV remote
On my lunch break I spent most of it searching for how to determine the size of the astragals. The definition of it for a plane is a bead with a fillet on either side of it. In my old catalogs (last quarter of the 1800's) the smallest size listed is a 1/4" and the largest is 1 1/2". After 1900's, none of the catalogs I have list an astragal smaller than 3/8".
I checked the 4 books I have on wooden planes and none of them have astragals in them. The only molding planes that the authors write about making are hollows and rounds. The one book I have on molding planes only deals with how to rehab and use them. There weren't any write ups on figuring out what size astragal a plane is. Or for that matter, determining the size of any molder.
|measuring my astragals|
|the astragal I just bought|
|3rd astragal measures a 1/2" also|
|not my biggest one|
|I can barely make it out|
The last astragal I have in the herd is a 7/8" one (no size mark on the plane). I had to stop writing the blog and go to the shop and find it. I knew I had five of these planes and I found it on the dump table. It measured 7/8" but had no marks on the heel or toe. Before I buy another one these planes I'll have to ask for a measurement. My grandson and I don't need three 1/2" astragals.
|my wrong side knife wall|
|fuzzy pic of the center stile M&T|
|this one got the added piece of pine|
|door is puttied and drying|
|some quick work on the #4|
|this looks pretty but I will go back up to 600 grit again|
|it's almost as shiny looking as my 4 1/2 is|
Tomorrow I'll paint the cabinet and make the french cleat. I'm shooting for a sunday cabinet hanging day.
Who was Garnet Carter?
answer - he patented the game of miniature golf (called Tom Thumb golf) in 1927
|fingers crossed (I don't normally save boxes)|
|they are beautiful looking screwdrivers|
|big surprise, I wasn't expecting a two disc set|
|I gave into my sickness and bought another molder|
|it's an astragal and Josh says it's a 1/8" one|
|there will be a lot of rust under this black grunge but the business end looks good|
|before I could road test it I had to clear off the workbench|
|solid and secure now|
|my hinge binding spot|
|pre road test work|
|my astragal herd|
|needs a shave|
|took less than 5 minutes to do it|
|shim material for the bottom hinge|
|two of them did the trick|
|door is closed and it stayed closed|
|didn't have to do the center on this side because it's covered by the squaring strip I glued on|
I fill have to use some Durham's Putty on the shoulder/rail lines. I made my knife wall on the wrong side and there is a vee groove there now. I should be able to have this painted and hung this weekend.
Which state was the first to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil war?
answer - Tennessee was in july of 1866
I got a late start in the shop tonight because it's garbage day and I had to make a pit stop. It seems that Shaws and Stop and Shop were both out of the large box of Newman's Own K-cups. I was going to buy a Starbucks box on sale but I didn't have a Stop and Shop card so I would have had to pay full price ($9 off). I'll have to stop again tomorrow with my wife's card.
|this side is solid|
|used my paint plane|
Forgot to snap even one pic of me squaring up the top of the door. It went off without a hiccup. I'm getting much better at planing to a line and not going past it.
|laid out for the hinges and chopped the waste with a chisel|
|hinges on the door are done|
|had the door upside down|
|it's past my quitting time|
|I had just gotten done screwing in the last hinge leaf|
|like a hand sliding into a glove|
|door opens and closes freely|
|it will close but it won't stay closed|
What US newspaper has the motto, 'all the news that's fit to print'?
answer - The New York Times
Usually the house had settled as much as it was going to when I worked on it. The better solution was to leave the casing intact (but not always) and make the door fit the out of plumb/square conditions. Sometimes you had to saw off some and other times you added some. I'm going to use the same tactic on my finishing cabinet door. It is the same principle as what was used on a larger door but on a smaller scale.
|the frog and body are done with the black paint|
|this is looking awfully tempting|
|square line for the top of the door|
|scrap from the panels|
|using two adhesives|
|what I use it for|
|I'll let this set until tomorrow|
|my hinge stash|
|choices, choices, and more choices|
|these are the leaders|
|not much of a counterbore for the screw head|
|the screw head is frog hair too high|
|the hinge isn't swaged|
|this is the closed position on the hinge|
|got another pair to pick too|
|a new molding plane|
|I thought it was English made|
|nice flowing profile|
|the face of the iron looks good|
|someone did some flattening of the back|
|a perfect match between the sole and the iron|
|shavings are a hair too thick|
|not too bad for my first try with this molder|
|different but similar molder|
|shavings are too thick but I'm passing full length ones|
|making a tapered molding with this plane|
|plane is jamming|
|the reason why|
|the jammed mouth molding|
|sawing it out|
|the far end|
|the other end|
Who was Calbraith P. Rodgers?
answer - he made the first transcontinental flight across the US in 1911 (but it wasn't nonstop)
|got the right washer|
|the #7 had a chip too|
|how I tell what has been done|
I have a drawer with extra irons for all these planes. I got them for two purposes. One is to have a spare iron or two. Secondly it is to have an iron ready to go that I can swap out while I am working. This way I won't have to stop and sharpen and I can get right back to work.
What I don't want is to get in the habit of taking a dull iron out of a plane and grabbing a sharp one from the drawer if I'm not working on something. I think that I should rotate them out and I'll do that the next time I sharpen an iron. I'll have to get in the habit of taking a sharp one out and putting a sharp back in it's place.
|time to start working on the door|
|putting a 36" clamp in or out of the clamp rack|
|it's a tight fit|
|thought of putting the bottom one on hinges|
|I want to do another clamp rack here with hinged clamp bars|
|sawing off the tenon overhang|
|sawed off and flushed the dowels|
|started flushing with the center rail|
|the back of the door|
|sawed the horns off, I'll flush them later|
|one of the better looking tenon mortise joints|
|the best of the 4|
|#3 M/T - the wedges expanded in all of the M/T|
|the last M/T|
|center stile M/T|
|the other center stile M/T|
|sometimes you get lucky|
|the cabinet front is not twisted neither|
|the door is an 1/8" out of square|
|the door is aligned on the hinge side|
|the bottom with lots of overhang|
|problem at the top|
I set the door aside for now while I decide how to best square up the top of it.
|#4 plane for my grandson|
How many US Presidents are buried in Arlington National Cemetery?
answer - only two, Kennedy and Taft