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    Shur'nuf. Back in the late '70s, early '80s I...

    Shur'nuf. Back in the late '70s, early '80s I stayed on top of everything. Had a genuine Teletype connected to a 110 baud modem and a 6800 SWTPC kit/homebuilt hybrid computer. Hit the bulletin...
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    When I had a RAS in a 16x16 shop I put it on one...

    When I had a RAS in a 16x16 shop I put it on one wall with about 10-12' to the left. To the right was the door so if needed I could open the door for more room on that side.

    JKJ
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    And these needle cases are cocobolo. 449750 ...

    And these needle cases are cocobolo.

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    The middle hand bell (not yet handled) is cocobolo as well as the bell on the far right in the second photo.

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    Hopefully this...
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    When I look at the cocobolo I have under the...

    When I look at the cocobolo I have under the microscope I see amber-colored solid resin in every pore.

    The orange and dark brown in your box certainly looks more like cocobolo than any other wood...
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    It sounds like you mean driving it in square...

    It sounds like you mean driving it in square without first turning a tenon on the 1x1 basswood. If so, how well it would hold would depend a lot on how compressible/deformable the wood is, of...
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    After discussing it for a few years, my oldest...

    After discussing it for a few years, my oldest son (out of state) and I both bought Prusa MK3S kits a few months ago. We communicated a lot and both kit builds took time and attention to detail but...
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    One thing may help with the worry of future...

    One thing may help with the worry of future obsolescence. Most of today's better variable-speed lathes use 3-phase motors and VFD/inverters to make them work. VFDs are readily available and are...
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    Photography Class - live, oneline

    The management agrees this upcoming event could benefit SMC Members who have an interest in photography and photographing their work.

    Live online class by John Lucas
    How to Photograph Your Fine...
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    Great shots! Do you have to train the birds? I...

    Great shots! Do you have to train the birds? I know a guy who trained a squirrel to eat from his hand - it took a LONG time!

    I do have a half-grown peacock who will climb on my arm and eat from...
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    Hey, if you like birds, get some free scrap...

    Hey, if you like birds, get some free scrap clippings from your local llama/alpaca farmer. We usually have a big bag of "seconds", not worth keeping for spinning or felt-making.

    You can just...
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    If it's not planar you may end up with a stack of...

    If it's not planar you may end up with a stack of boards with dips or bends.

    I put down two rows of cinder blocks then put lengths of 3x3 or 4x4 on each row. I put 3x3 cross pieces every 20-24"...
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    Two basic formats: floor mounted and bench...

    Two basic formats: floor mounted and bench mounted. I have one of each. The floor model has a greater quill depth, one of the most important specs depending on what you use it for. The bench...
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    Lee, I LOVE bird picts - please post more if you...

    Lee, I LOVE bird picts - please post more if you have them. A most excellent shot of the bird in flight!

    I've been disappointed with game cameras, other than discouraging people from stealing...
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    One caution: many people get into the excitement...

    One caution: many people get into the excitement of a supply of free wood and end up with much or most of it wasted, ending up that it would have been cheaper to buy the lumber. I think it is...
  15. Apple can be wonderful for woodturning, small or...

    Apple can be wonderful for woodturning, small or large. Fine grain, good color, sometimes great figure. Like other fruit woods it may indeed warp and crack while drying so seal well.

    JKJ
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    When considering the cost of materials, I...

    When considering the cost of materials, I consider the value of the finished piece.
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    For those who may not have seen Keith's work, someone posted this on another forum. Hollow form with distinctive finial. Besides the form and the finial, note the symmetry of the finial and base.
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    Setting platforms to specific angles

    For those with rests without positive stops and a variety of angles, this works for me: plexiglas setting gauges cut to give the precise angle the first time, every time. I paint one side whilte to...
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    Risk of an ugly happening: the tool can catch on...

    Risk of an ugly happening: the tool can catch on the wheel, dig in on the wheel and take a chunk out of a conventional wheel or gouge the surface of a CBN wheel, and slam the tool down possibly...
  20. Scott, I have a bunch of skews but am...

    Scott,

    I have a bunch of skews but am especially partial to those made by Doug Thompson, very good 10V steel, hardening and heat treatment is excellent. Back edge is radiused, front is flat. I...
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    That's a good idea. I have large tubs full of...

    That's a good idea. I have large tubs full of mostly short and thin pieces, some reasonably wide, that are offcuts from preparing turning blanks. In the past I took them to high school art teachers...
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    I agree with Kyle. I have a couple of 1642s and...

    I agree with Kyle. I have a couple of 1642s and a PM3520b but I'll keep the two jet mini lathes. They are excellent for smaller things. (Some ideas: A few shorter tool handles might help. Make...
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    I like that name, I might use it! I do the...

    I like that name, I might use it!

    I do the same at times. Here is what's going into my thermal conversion system. I've had a number of people come here and I cut of sections of logs for them to...
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    That's what you think. :) Assuming you mean...

    That's what you think. :) Assuming you mean California Redwood, Sequoia sempervirens.

    We had a deck on our last house made from California Redwood. The wood is supposed to be quite durable. ...
  25. It could be worse. I used to volunteer to...

    It could be worse.

    I used to volunteer to assist our large animal vet when on calls in our area. My job was primarily to hold the baby and fetch things.

    Once we went to a friend's farm to look...
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