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    The pens look really nice. What kit did you use...

    The pens look really nice. What kit did you use and what kind of wood? I think they should sell well (if people still use pens).
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    Grain filler is generally a paste that you trowel...

    Grain filler is generally a paste that you trowel onto the wood, forcing the paste into the pore's of the wood. You then sand the excess paste off, leaving behind the wood and filled grain. Often...
  3. The Rikon Woodfast 70-500 comes with electronic...

    The Rikon Woodfast 70-500 comes with electronic variable speed. It also has a 5 speed stepped-pulley. By using the variable speed in combination with the proper speed range, you can keep the...
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    Roger -- John, above, addressed what puzzles you....

    Roger -- John, above, addressed what puzzles you. The reason many are skeptical of Grizzly lathes is because of the poor quality of the lathes Grizzly produced prior to the G0733 and G0766. As John...
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    At one of his demos, Alan Lacer showed a picture...

    At one of his demos, Alan Lacer showed a picture of a bathroom sink he'd turned out of wood (mesquite, IIRC). He used epoxy (the kind used to finish bar-counters) to put a durable "gel-coat" finish...
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    Randall -- From your description, it sounds like...

    Randall -- From your description, it sounds like your lathe is not sitting level on the floor. If one leg of the lathe is slightly longer or shorter than the others (or if the floor isn't perfectly...
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    Put on another couple of coats. Then, start wet...

    Put on another couple of coats. Then, start wet sanding with about 600 grit until the surface is smooth. Work through the grits wet sanding. Be careful not to sand through the CA finish. If you...
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    Years ago Allan Batty made a video on hand...

    Years ago Allan Batty made a video on hand chasing threads. It was sold by Craft Supplies USA in VHS and DVD formats. About a year ago, CSUSA, put the entire video on YouTube. If you want to learn...
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    Since I don't have a SN2 chuck, I cannot compare...

    Since I don't have a SN2 chuck, I cannot compare it to the SC4. However, my understanding is that the jaw sliders on the SC4 are larger (thicker, beefier) than those on the SN2. Record Power's...
  10. The answer depends on the shape of the leg and...

    The answer depends on the shape of the leg and where that knot will fall in the design. If the knot is at the bottom of a cove, you may turn most, if not all of it away. If not, as Ken suggests,...
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    You're correct. The VM120 and the SC4 are not...

    You're correct. The VM120 and the SC4 are not directly comparable. Here are the meaningful measurements:


    VM100: Body size -- 3.5" Compression range with standard jaws: 1.25" - 2.75"
    VM120:...
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    If you're going to invest in a lot jaws and swap...

    If you're going to invest in a lot jaws and swap the jaws often, going with one of the quick-change chucks is a good idea. That's just not the way I work. I'd much rather have several chucks and...
  13. Craft Supplies USA has a Cyber Monday deal: $10...

    Craft Supplies USA has a Cyber Monday deal: $10 off a $100 order, $20 off a $150 order, and $30 off a $200 order. They are also offering $4.95 flat rate shipping, but that doesn't apply to...
  14. You buy it. Most people have the Wolverine...

    You buy it. Most people have the Wolverine system from Oneway. Other, similar systems, are available. I prefer Woodcut's Tru-grind system, because it's more compact, to Oneway's. However, because...
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    Many turners believe that the radius on the...

    Many turners believe that the radius on the corner of the wheel makes it easier to sharpen hollowing bits and other items.
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    I thought he was trying to protect the concrete,...

    I thought he was trying to protect the concrete, not the chuck!
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    I almost bought this when I placed a Rockler...

    I almost bought this when I placed a Rockler order earlier this month. I didn't because I think a 4" outlet is what is needed to move enough air. I've used a number of systems over the years. ...
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    Assuming the lathe is in good condition, it's a...

    Assuming the lathe is in good condition, it's a good deal. Keep in mind: Even a good deal can be a bad deal if what you're buying doesn't meet your needs. The Jet has a Reeves drive that will need...
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    Allan Batty made a video on the skew chisel...

    Allan Batty made a video on the skew chisel several years ago. He does a very good job both describing and showing how to use the skew. He also talks about how the appropriate bevel angle changes...
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    A scroll saw would be the perfect tool for the...

    A scroll saw would be the perfect tool for the finial. Drill a small hole in a square blank the same size as the hole in the top of your chess piece. Cut the finial shape out of the square blank,...
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    Well, I guess it all depends on what is meant by...

    Well, I guess it all depends on what is meant by "waterproof". Titebond III passes the ANSI Type I water-resistance test. Here's what that test requires:


    Type I testing involves cutting the 6"...
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    I've heard Mike say the same thing. But you need...

    I've heard Mike say the same thing. But you need to understand that he's a production turner who gets his wood for free. His cost is labor. Laminating bowl blanks wouldn't do him any good unless...
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    I agree with Barry in everything but the choice...

    I agree with Barry in everything but the choice of glue. I'd use Tightbond III. It's waterproof and has a stronger hold than Gorilla glue. But, Gorilla glue should work fine.
  24. Ken -- That looks nice. I'm sure it will serve...

    Ken -- That looks nice. I'm sure it will serve you well. I discourage you from getting a set of casters for it unless you get the kind that allow you to raise the lathe off the floor for moving and...
  25. As Reed said, it is good practice on a variable...

    As Reed said, it is good practice on a variable speed lathe to turn the speed down when stopping the lathe, but I wouldn't use that method to "stop" the lathe. For that, use the red stop button. ...
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