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    Craft Supply If you want a large supply, the gem...

    Craft Supply If you want a large supply, the gem show in Tucson is a good source. It is in February each year.
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    I had one of those chucks. Sometimes called a...

    I had one of those chucks. Sometimes called a 6-in one collet chuck. Mine included a 1-inch pin chuck which I used in turning a natural edge bowl. The tenon for a bowl had to be pretty precise in...
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    Yeah John a mag article might be a fun thing to...

    Yeah John a mag article might be a fun thing to do. I'm no journalist but I've been published a few times in magazines including American Woodturner
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    In 1985 top of the line lathes such as the...

    In 1985 top of the line lathes such as the General 260 had a 12 inch swing, reeves drive, no reverse and came with no live center.

    Faceplates were used, often screwed directly into the wood. Glue...
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    Lathes and Turning 20 Years Ago...

    Just to kill a little time between football games today I thumbed through and old turning book I have. "Turning Wood" by R. Raffan, published in 1985. If your club library has it check it out. For...
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    A lathe with that long bed isn't a true bowl...

    A lathe with that long bed isn't a true bowl lathe. The motor is way too small. I had a bowl lathe custom made by John Nichols. It had a tailstock which I seldom used. It had a 21 inch bed which...
  7. Having done a fair amount of turning on a lathe...

    Having done a fair amount of turning on a lathe with a floor mounted tool rest is less than satisfactory. How many times do you move your tool rest during the turning of a bowl? Well just imagine...
  8. Sorry to hear of your accident. Thanks for...

    Sorry to hear of your accident. Thanks for sharing.

    When I use cole jaws I always have the tool rest positioned in front of the foot and close to the wood. I have had the bowl come loose but it...
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    Very hard very dense but cuts cleanly. I'd say...

    Very hard very dense but cuts cleanly. I'd say it's more waxy than oily. The wax is hard and you may have to stop and scrape it off your tools. Similar to Lignum V. Takes a mirror finish right off...
  10. I've had lots of experience at making pieces that...

    I've had lots of experience at making pieces that I didn't like after they were finished. A lot of them ended up in the trash. But that was mostly in the past. Today my success ration is pretty...
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    Why use any kind of plywood for a glue block when...

    Why use any kind of plywood for a glue block when plain wood is safer?

    Med. CA glue is my choice for a glue. I use glue blocks a lot and have used CA on many hundreds of pieces with NO failures....
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    Robust Lathe Handwheel.....

    A friend got an AB Robust lathe recently. Yesterday I made some comparisons between his Robust and my Oneway. Both are top quality and service is good. My one real complaint with the Robust was the...
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    Just to see what all the talk about BB tools was...

    Just to see what all the talk about BB tools was about I bought two of them. One, a small scraper was okay. It took and held an edge. The other, a roughing gouge, was so bad that I threw it in the...
  14. Even stronger and more secure with a tenon and a...

    Even stronger and more secure with a tenon and a forstner bit opening in the glue block. I use it often.
  15. Roger, no, 2 deg makes no difference. There is...

    Roger, no, 2 deg makes no difference. There is no "best" grind. Gouge grinds are mainly a personal preference thing and depends on how you use the gouge. Handle high, low, pull cut, push cut, etc....
  16. I have several gouges. My most often used is a...

    I have several gouges. My most often used is a Hamlet 1/2 in 2060 ground at 45 deg. My 14 in and 3/8 in (all UK sizes) are also ground at 45 deg. My 5/8 Thompson gouge is ground at 55 deg. They all...
  17. See if you can find an old Delta faceplate. They...

    See if you can find an old Delta faceplate. They are 1 x 8 and some of them are cross threaded so that they can be used on either left or right hand threads.
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    Yup, 94 and still turning. Nothing very big and...

    Yup, 94 and still turning. Nothing very big and nothing very fancy but I'm still playing around with new textures and finishes. Applied gold gilt to the inside of a bowl for the first time.
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    A friend received a large (est. 400 lb) birch...

    A friend received a large (est. 400 lb) birch burl from an underwater logging operation (recovering sunken white pine) in Northern Wisc. It was estimated that the burl had been under water for about...
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    I doubt if there is a wood in North Americas that...

    I doubt if there is a wood in North Americas that is more UNSTABLE than madrone.
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    I've heard of doing the water soak but I think...

    I've heard of doing the water soak but I think that it's an unnecessary mess. I lived near Tucson for 20 years and turned a lot of mesquite. Never had a problem.....First, mesquite is probably the...
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    Check it out ...

    Check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5nSTIiExSE
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    The Beall system.....Comes with three buffing...

    The Beall system.....Comes with three buffing wheels. Buff with Tripoli, white diamond and for a high gloss, carnuba wax. I seldom use the wax myself.
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    My question is....why do you need a steady for a...

    My question is....why do you need a steady for a shallow bowl?
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    Hi Nelson....Restoring old iron can be very...

    Hi Nelson....Restoring old iron can be very rewarding. Your old timer probably has a 12 inch swing as most large lathes did in the old days. That's plenty for most turners.


    good luck and have...
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