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  1. Those are beautiful!. Nice job! As someone...

    Those are beautiful!. Nice job!

    As someone who loves to turn small things, I'm always on the lookout for interesting wood when I'm spltting firewood. It often takes splitting before I realize...
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    I haven't used a stone on the knives since the...

    I haven't used a stone on the knives since the original preparation.

    To renew the edge for a while I used leather strops with a compound added. The best was very thin pigskin glued on a board,...
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    I thought the same thing. I ordered multiple...

    I thought the same thing. I ordered multiple genuine crush grind mechanisms from one of the reputable woodworking suppliers, some years apart. There may not be indications on their website of a...
  4. Oh, I hope your family stays healthy. I miss...

    Oh, I hope your family stays healthy.

    I miss working with kids at the church (we have virtual services) and having lots of farm visitors. I miss in-person woodturning club meetings. Besides...
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    I replaced one a few years ago on a salt grinder....

    I replaced one a few years ago on a salt grinder. I don't remember now what went wrong but that it just quit grinding as well as it used to. Note there have been several variations on the...
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    If adding a stop and sharpening on the bandsaw,...

    If adding a stop and sharpening on the bandsaw, it might also be helpful to constrain the blade from moving away from the grinder - some smaller blades may be flexible. Perhaps either temporarily...
  7. Three jaw machinist chucks don't hold wood well...

    Three jaw machinist chucks don't hold wood well and can be dangerous.
    Unlike four jaw scroll chucks for woodturning four jaw machinist chucks with independent adjustment on each jaw are difficult...
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    It's all in getting used to it, and the only way...

    It's all in getting used to it, and the only way is practice. After some experience, you should get no catches. The only time I get catches these days is when I get distracted and stick the tool...
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    Small diameter pieces with the pith can work...

    Small diameter pieces with the pith can work better than large pieces with the pith. Turning limbs with the pith is a time-honored turning method.

    You mentioned "hedge". By that do you mean...
  10. What age is the grandson? Dry pine 2x4s cut...

    What age is the grandson?

    Dry pine 2x4s cut into squares are great for practice. Soft maple is good for making things. A favorite is cherry.

    The toxicity of the wood is probably not as...
  11. I too would procrastinate every day if not for...

    I too would procrastinate every day if not for not for 72 animals that want food and water every day and a bunch of equipment that maintenance on the priority. Maybe I'm getting too old for this -...
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    Woodfinder.com lists these as having "black...

    Woodfinder.com lists these as having "black locust" in their species listing, closest to my zip code:


    Lumber Logs LLC St. Louis MO
    Eberly Woods Buchanan MI (414 miles)
    Maryland Select...
  13. David, I bought the Teknatool step jaws some...

    David,

    I bought the Teknatool step jaws some years ago and after looking at them I have not used them once. I'd give them away but I'd hate inflict them on anyone else.

    JKJ
  14. I've tried a variety of diamond hones and for...

    I've tried a variety of diamond hones and for small hones I like the EZE-LAP better than the DMT - I think it is better made and lasts longer. Some years ago I bought a lifetime supply directly...
  15. One thing might be is diamond plates is NOT worn....

    One thing might be is diamond plates is NOT worn. The diamond hones, like diamond and CBN wheels, need a some "break in" time to knock the tops off random higher grit particles.

    I haven't...
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    The 1/2 hp Rikon seems to work OK with aluminum...

    The 1/2 hp Rikon seems to work OK with aluminum CBN wheels although the 1 hp might be better in the long run. (I have both and use aluminum wheels) With two heavy steel wheels, the 1/2" has been...
  17. I use an old Craftsman 1/2" HSS diamond parting...

    I use an old Craftsman 1/2" HSS diamond parting tool with about 1/8" cutting edge, I think. (I really like that tool - I have acquired three of them!) The diamond shape is just right for cutting...
  18. Hollowing with a parting tool.

    I didn't watch the video, but in case it is of any interest I will say I use a parting tool often for quickly removing wood on certain things, such as these small end-grain handbell ornaments. This...
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    Yikes, I found weights per bottle varying from...

    Yikes, I found weights per bottle varying from about 2.5 to over 4 lbs. 1000 bottles could easily weigh well over a ton. (And of course, such a rack will be huge)

    Maybe the rack needs to be...
  20. You can shape the Rubber Chucky adapters with...

    You can shape the Rubber Chucky adapters with lathe tools. I did that for a couple.

    I have the set and some are useful on occasion. Most of the time I just turn pieces of wood to fit the...
  21. Stan, What kind of wood? What types of...

    Stan,

    What kind of wood?
    What types of centers?
    What tool(s) are you using?

    It's difficult to know what to suggest without seeing you work. I hesitate to speculate on your tool technique...
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    Not around here either.

    Not around here either.
  23. What is the size of the work? Everyone I know...

    What is the size of the work? Everyone I know uses a chuck for end grain work, in compression mode, meaning first turning a tenon. I (and I think most) do this by first mounting the wood between...
  24. Have you read about using some sound insulation...

    Have you read about using some sound insulation on the exhaust duct? When researching this before I bought my ClearVue there was discussion of this on the ClearVue forum. Some were using insulated...
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    I have zero knowledge of what properties are...

    I have zero knowledge of what properties are needed for charcuterie boards.

    Black locust in general is more durable than honey locust (when considering rot resistance), perhaps because the pores...
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