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    I agree - the two systems do the same thing in...

    I agree - the two systems do the same thing in only very slightly different ways. I doubt there's much benefit to mixing the two. By the way, I was a little annoyed at having to dodge around the...
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    my experience with the bowl steady has also been...

    my experience with the bowl steady has also been good - so good I actually bought another one when found at a reasonable cost. Even though I've got a large homebuilt, large diameter steady rest for...
  3. Nor have I - been using mine for eight years...

    Nor have I - been using mine for eight years without an issue. I work with the headstock as close to the end as possible routinely and have never had a problem with the alignment - I have checked it...
  4. My journey ended with a Robust AB - picked it up...

    My journey ended with a Robust AB - picked it up at the Symposium in San Jose. No shipping...the warranty came to an end in 2019. No problems - I think. it will go forever..and Brent/Deb are...
  5. Okay, I'll throw out the old chestnut - you might...

    Okay, I'll throw out the old chestnut - you might advise your friend to search out a local turning club and ask around. Nearly everyone I know is happy with their lathe. The best way to make an...
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    Thanks for this post Pete - I, too have the same...

    Thanks for this post Pete - I, too have the same problem. Three Strongholds of various ages, the oldest is the one that misbehaves with the newer key. I thought I just had to live with it...glad to...
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    Composite handles are good - but pricey for a...

    Composite handles are good - but pricey for a carbon fiber version. Not sure there's a great advantage over wood, though. All my tools are in interchangeable handles. Some are metal with a synthetic...
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    could we have more details? What kind of lathe,...

    could we have more details? What kind of lathe, what were you doing? hard to envision hitting the power switch with an apron pocket. I will say that a turning smock rarely has pockets on the front;...
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    Russel - a couple years ago we headed to...

    Russel - a couple years ago we headed to California driving down the coast. From Crescent City to Arcata on 101 and south on the Avenue of the Giants - 124 - there are plenty of places selling...
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    The last two lathes I bought on this journey have...

    The last two lathes I bought on this journey have both been sliding heads. Started on a fixed head lathe, got a jet 1642 then wound up with the Robust AB. I use the sliding head very seldom at the...
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    banksia seed pod - sharp tools, look out for any...

    banksia seed pod - sharp tools, look out for any seeds that may still be in residence (better to remove before you start...) face mask
  12. Iím a boiler - no harm in boiling longer. I...

    Iím a boiler - no harm in boiling longer. I usually set up the boiling pot when I rough and core blanks. My pot is an aluminum stock pot 26Ē dia and about 24Ē tall - found at a scratch and dent...
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    I use a set of bins/drawers like those Ricc...

    I use a set of bins/drawers like those Ricc posted above. Thought I got it at Craft Supply, but tok a quick look and didn’t find it. Its perfect - holds a good supply, easy to access. I guess the...
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    Donít remember who it was - a demo at the Utah...

    Donít remember who it was - a demo at the Utah symposium several years ago, I think, but the demonstrator thought his tool was Ďsticking to the toolrest from magnetismí - he gave it a hard whack on...
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    I hand sand near any details/sharp edges that I...

    I hand sand near any details/sharp edges that I want to keep well defined. power sanding works well for the broad spaces, but if I spent extra care to get the details turned nice and sharp I want...
  16. I’ve been turning at about the same frequency -...

    I’ve been turning at about the same frequency - spend 3 - 4 days a week on average. Took a couple weeks off to do some flatwork I’d been putting off for a while. I source all my wood locally and made...
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    Iíve used the same screws for well over a decade...

    Iíve used the same screws for well over a decade with no problems. #10 and #12 stainless sheet metal screws in a couple of lengths for different size blanks, square drive pan heads. if your faceplate...
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    I use the same saw as Perry, but use the skip...

    I use the same saw as Perry, but use the skip tooth blades primarily for ripping. Ripping parallel to the grain, I find an angle of about 45 degrees keeps the noodles a little shorter allowing them...
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    and Brent is great at support. I think he enjoys...

    and Brent is great at support. I think he enjoys a call now and then.
  20. Weíve got several cedars up here in the upper...

    Weíve got several cedars up here in the upper left hand corner of the country - Western Red Cedar is most prevalent where I live, along with Port Orford Cedar, but youíll also find Alaska Yellow...
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    There are several turners - and many that would...

    There are several turners - and many that would fit nicely into the ‘world class’ category in the area. There are clubs in Olympia, Bremerton, Seattle, Mt Vernon, Fife and Sequim that I know of. I...
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    I have - quite an experience, but once was...

    I have - quite an experience, but once was enough. They’ve been offering free dinners to go on Wednesdays as a response to the isolation since their farm is still producing. Good stuff and a nice...
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    I’m up on Lummi Island - north of Bellingham,...

    I’m up on Lummi Island - north of Bellingham, next to Orcas Island...
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    Iím an admirer of Robust as well - and a...

    Iím an admirer of Robust as well - and a customer. Theyíre well designed, beautiful machines that are basically hand crafted. They are perfectly fit to function and a joy to use. All their equipment...
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    I’ve been experimenting with Osmo Top Oil - its a...

    I’ve been experimenting with Osmo Top Oil - its a plant based finish with hard waxes incorporated. Doesn’t darken the wood much - similar to a water based finish. Use very little, rub it in and allow...
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