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  1. Epoxy coating using a slow rotation rig

    I'm working on developing the equipment and techniques to apply epoxy coatings to bowls and hollow forms. I would like to get some ideas and suggestions from those of you who have tried this. I am...
  2. Hemlock - turn once, or turn twice?

    When a hemlock fell on our property a month or two ago, I didn't think I would be interested in turning it. I took my chainsaw down into the ravine, to get the tree trunk (18" diameter) out of the...
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    Nice piece of work! I'm curious what the box...

    Nice piece of work!

    I'm curious what the box with inset tray is supposed to be for (if anything, other than lovely).

    Robert
  4. Lots of good ideas! Thanks, all. I think I'm...

    Lots of good ideas! Thanks, all.

    I think I'm going to try taping around the "zig-zag equator," one half at a time. One half of the joint is left of the true equator, zig; the other half is to the...
  5. How to make a temporary joint in item being turned?

    I am considering assembling a plywood pentakis dodecahedron (12 pentagonal pyramids making up a 3-D geometric shape), and then turning it to a sphere. I would like to be able to do that with a...
  6. Paul asked about the bevel angle(s) for building...

    Paul asked about the bevel angle(s) for building the Pentakis Dodecahedron.

    Good question! Don't know. I expect there's some formula to calculate something like that, but I don't know what it is....
  7. Appreciate the comments. I wonder if the...

    Appreciate the comments.

    I wonder if the "plywood ball" that Barry McFadden posted about was a Pentakis dodecahedron. It is the shape you get when you put a 5 triangle pyramid on each of the 12...
  8. Icosahedron turned to sphere, just for fun

    The icosahedron ("icosa" is Greek for 20) is one of 5 Platonic solids (3-dimensional geometric shapes that are comprised of identical polygons). It is made up of 20 equilateral triangles. (The other...
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    Walnut blanks - 2 x 2 x 12

    I have a supply of walnut spindle blanks, 2 x 2 x 12 inches. I'm looking for suggestions for projects that would use these blanks.

    Thanks.
  10. Update on treating these voids

    I first cleaned out the voids with a set of picks, getting as much of the rotten wood, dead bugs and general dirt out as I could. I mixed up a few ounces of epoxy, and mixed in coffee grounds until I...
  11. Thanks to all for your suggestions and comments. ...

    Thanks to all for your suggestions and comments.

    I filled the voids this afternoon; some of them were quite deep. I just kept pushing the "coff-oxy" into the voids until no more would go in....
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    I can sand on my G0766 down to about 50-60 rpm,...

    I can sand on my G0766 down to about 50-60 rpm, provided I'm using a power drill with 3" or 2" disks to sand. The sandpaper friction is not usually working directly against the motor.

    If I try to...
  13. Requesting advice on hickory hollow-form blank

    I roughed out this piece of hickory today, to make into a hollow-form (vase). I mounted it with the tree's centerline transverse to the lathe spindle, so the heartwood shows up on opposite sides of...
  14. Thanks, everyone, for a lot of useful...

    Thanks, everyone, for a lot of useful information.

    Here's my "epoxy-tisserie". It consists of a rotisserie motor sold on Amazon for craft purposes, which comes with a PVC shaft that fits over the...
  15. Hot melt glue - how to unglue something

    I am considering using hot melt glue to mount completed bowls, platters, hollow forms, etc., to a stand-alone slow-turn (2 rpm) rotisserie for epoxy finishing. I might use a small face plate glued to...
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    Can anyone point to an internet resource which...

    Can anyone point to an internet resource which spells out the angles and arrangements of hexagons and pentagons in this sphere?

    The video is very entertaining, but not big on what I would call...
  17. A bit further along in this process . . . I've...

    A bit further along in this process . . .

    I've taken the advice offered by Reed Gray, and attacked the gummy finish with hot water, suds, and a metal scouring pad, and it seemed to get almost all...
  18. Re-finishing old bowl with unknown gummy finish

    A friend of mine asked me to consider re-finishing an old turned bowl, that she would like to restore to use. Which would be massive green salads for church pot-luck suppers, mostly. I'm looking for...
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    Woodturnerswonders.com (Ken Rizza) has several...

    Woodturnerswonders.com (Ken Rizza) has several lamps which combine bright LED lights and magnet-switches (the magnet used to secure lamp to lathe is "switchable," off when you need to move it, on...
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    I'm also a beginner at hollow form, so don't take...

    I'm also a beginner at hollow form, so don't take this as gospel.

    All of my tools (also acquired used, a Jamieson system with some other compatible tools) present a 3/16" HSS cutter with the top...
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    Roger, I too have used a WoodCut Bowl Saver...

    Roger,

    I too have used a WoodCut Bowl Saver Max 3 on a Griz G0766, and enjoyed the combination.

    One of the things that I've done, that saves me a some effort, is to work from outside-to-inside,...
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    Thanks to everyone who contributed their ideas. ...

    Thanks to everyone who contributed their ideas.

    I think I'm going to try the cheapo laser pointers, while pondering the camera option as well. Has anyone used an Android smartphone as the monitor...
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    Laser pointer for hollow-form system

    My hollow-form system uses a laser pointer held by a frame that is linked to the cutter handle. This enables you to align it with the tip of the cutter (or out in front of it), and know about where...
  24. Thanks to all who have chimed-in. I've bought...

    Thanks to all who have chimed-in.

    I've bought a small 5-6 rpm motor through Amazon, and I'm going to try linking it up to my Grizzly, to see if I can do some epoxy-coating magic.

    My guess...
  25. Epoxy coatings - slow-turn motor for lathe

    I'm thinking about using epoxy to coat some pieces. I've seen it done by the Moulthrop family woodturners, with amazing (and pricey) results.

    I believe the key to making this work is to slowly...
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