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    You have received some good ideas especially if...

    You have received some good ideas especially if you are going to do a lot of this work. I just wanted to stick a few colored pencil stubs in the rim of a bowl. I clamped a piece of hardwood to my...
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    Like Keith I made a lamp out of a bowling pin in...

    Like Keith I made a lamp out of a bowling pin in Junior high, 63 years ago.
  3. I have a lot of spruce and used to have several...

    I have a lot of spruce and used to have several red cedar. Have turned a bunch of both with no problems. Too much sap in pine for my taste. I have turned root balls and ground level cuts from...
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    I have bought from PennState and from...

    I have bought from PennState and from thegoldennib.com. I think The Golden Nib was a better quality, but quite a bit more expensive. That was years ago. I have not made shaving stuff recently.
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    Your triangles work just as good, and might be...

    Your triangles work just as good, and might be easier to understand. Mine are a little different. Here is a photo of the one I used for the last 5 or 6 spheres. That makes it several years old. I...
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    I will admit to making mistakes when I measure...

    I will admit to making mistakes when I measure things. Over the years I have developed habits that eliminate measurements. I was going to include this in my first post as part of how I differed from...
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    Sphere projects photos

    Dave Mount did a great job of detailing how he turns spheres. I can not be the only one who tried it. Let's all express our appreciation for Dave's efforts by posting photos of our sphere like round...
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    Yes it can be done on a drill press, but since...

    Yes it can be done on a drill press, but since you have carving tools I think you would be better off just carving your handles. If this is going to be a lot of tool handles in the future, buy a...
  9. Thanks for taking the time to document your...

    Thanks for taking the time to document your process. Looking forward to cutting wood.
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    Great looking sphere Dave. I agree with John that...

    Great looking sphere Dave. I agree with John that a tutorial on your process would be good reading form me and lots of other creekers.
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    Dave, How far north in MN do you live? I live in...

    Dave, How far north in MN do you live? I live in Inver Grove Heights SE suburb of St Paul. I visit my sister at Cohasset quite often. I have a large supply of russian olive, silver maple, and 4 old...
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    We use stainless steel safety wire hooked to a...

    We use stainless steel safety wire hooked to a variac transformer for cutting foam. I haven't tried it in really short lengths for tips, but it really works good as a 40 inch long foam cutter.
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    Thanks for calling our attention to the lack of...

    Thanks for calling our attention to the lack of posts. I was thinking the same thing. I have been busy with spring yard work and rough turning and sealing the five boxes of wet eucalyptus my wife's...
  14. John and Dave, thanks for the input. The three...

    John and Dave, thanks for the input. The three corner bowl I turned the day I received the wood has really moved around while drying. It is going to be interesting looking when it settles down. I...
  15. What to do with end grain eucalyptus

    One of my wife's relatives shipped me 5 flat rate boxes of eucalyptus because when we were in California a few years ago I made comments about wishing I had my chain saw with me. Unfortunately they...
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    Another vote for making a wood stand out of 2x4s....

    Another vote for making a wood stand out of 2x4s. Best if the legs are splayed out a bit. A low shelf with ballast will help, but starting with your slowest speed and doing what you can to round and...
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    I agree it is a Christmas ornament. I have made...

    I agree it is a Christmas ornament. I have made several like that. I use the hook that John described.
    I thought a drop spindle had to have some weight to keep up the spinning momentum.
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    Very nice plate Dave, and an interesting piece of...

    Very nice plate Dave, and an interesting piece of wood. I agree that it does look similar to pheasantwood or as the ukulele maker on Maui refers to it, Kolahala. My cousin has a friend who makes...
  19. Two Harbor Freight four wheeled furniture dollies...

    Two Harbor Freight four wheeled furniture dollies would probably move the box to your garage if the driver can't or won't back up your driveway. My experience has been that delivery drivers are...
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    I have been impressed by how strong walnut bark...

    I have been impressed by how strong walnut bark really is. I tend to leave larger natural edge bowls with pretty thick walls. If that were my project, I would slop on enough shellac to really soak...
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    The dark bowl on the left is my one and only...

    The dark bowl on the left is my one and only turning of Angelique. I think I took this photo for a woman who wanted a yarn bowl. She chose the middle bowl and I cut the slot for the yarn in that one....
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    I agree, it was the worst stuff I have turned in...

    I agree, it was the worst stuff I have turned in the 15 or so years that I have been back to turning. Really hard to get a smooth surface.
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    I have done several darning mushrooms and eggs....

    I have done several darning mushrooms and eggs. Always one piece and turned in spindle orientation. Although I have to admit that I like the idea of the two piece mushroom with a hollow stem for...
  24. Both are nice, but I really like the grain...

    Both are nice, but I really like the grain patterns in the plate. Please post again after you put the finish on.
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    One more vote for not wanting to see the spines,...

    One more vote for not wanting to see the spines, but I might use them in the square ends to help with alignment during glue up.
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