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    I'm wondering if it would make sense to measure...

    I'm wondering if it would make sense to measure the gap in the bed to see if it is consistent or whether it may be "bell-mouthed" in the area where you usually position your tailstock. The reason...
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    I just did a google search to find out the...

    I just did a google search to find out the hardness of Kasenit case hardening compound. I found that when applied to 1018 (a very common low carbon steel) that it results in a Rockwell hardness of...
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    Bill, you may have a point. Perhaps a very thin...

    Bill, you may have a point. Perhaps a very thin surface coating (perhaps 0.010" - 0.030) still provides a very hard cutting edge. After all, on a gouge, it is the inside edge that is doing the...
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    This is interesting. 75 Rockwell is really hard...

    This is interesting. 75 Rockwell is really hard !! That's getting close to the hardness of carbide. When I read about the surface hardening of M2, I'm wondering if it truly is just a shallow...
  5. When I referred to the "full strength" poly, I...

    When I referred to the "full strength" poly, I had in mind a poly that would be as thick as varnish and intended to be applied with a brush. Some people (like Brian) buy that type of poly and then...
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    Steve Mawson, It is common etiquette that when...

    Steve Mawson,
    It is common etiquette that when a poster asks for advice, gets a bunch of good advice, that they return and give some sort of reply. You have made over a thousand posts, and I'm...
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    Don B., thanks for your post. It looks very...

    Don B., thanks for your post. It looks very straight forward. If I were doing it, I would probably buy some beefy aluminum angle iron and drill it to match my chuck. But wood would work just as...
  8. Hi Brian, I've been buying Minwax wipe-on poly...

    Hi Brian,

    I've been buying Minwax wipe-on poly (oil) from Home Despot and Lowes. The wipe-on is already pretty thinned down. I'm not sure if you have been buying the full strength MW Poly and...
  9. Eddie Castilin has a video on how to sharpen the...

    Eddie Castilin has a video on how to sharpen the Forstner. It is actually pretty easy. Check out Youtube and/or Google it.
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    Some advice: there are a variety of different...

    Some advice: there are a variety of different bearing types. I found out the hard way that not all sealed bearings are the same. Some are contact type sealed bearings (that is what you want) and...
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    very nice.

    very nice.
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    You got a bunch of good comments. I think that...

    You got a bunch of good comments.

    I think that the drawback of using the tailstock is that the threads are pretty fine. They may also be Vee shaped. Fine threads have less depth than a coarse...
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    I sometimes use a Harbor Fright right-angle drill...

    I sometimes use a Harbor Fright right-angle drill for sanding. It cost around $30 and I've used it for about 2 years. One of these days, I'll need to blow it out. But it seems to "keep on...
  14. My first lathe was a 9" craftsman and it used a...

    My first lathe was a 9" craftsman and it used a short 5/8" shaft on the tool post. Over a few years I had fabricated a half dozen specialty tool posts - - outside curve, inside curve, narrow, etc. ...
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    There are a lot of things that could be causing...

    There are a lot of things that could be causing your problem. Let me throw out a few things to check out and eliminate from the equation:

    1. Is there anything else on that circuit? (Your DC...
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    Tim, Sometimes my drill chuck tries to spin. ...

    Tim,

    Sometimes my drill chuck tries to spin. But if it does, I withdraw, clean it and reseat. I don't let it spin as it can mess up the MT. Also, a sharp forstner is less likely to spin.
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    For pieces that I can't chuck up, I have used (1)...

    For pieces that I can't chuck up, I have used (1) 18" dia. wooden faceplate with a half dozen cleats to hold the turning piece, (2) a set of cole jaws or (3) a vacuum chuck. On each of these I can...
  18. I use a separator AND exhaust outside. The...

    I use a separator AND exhaust outside. The separator is a Thien baffle. I used the metal center section of a Harbor Fright DC for the circular section of the thien. The whole thing sits on top of...
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    If you are a professional turner and plan on...

    If you are a professional turner and plan on doing a lot of 20 plus inch platters or bowls or architectural columns, then Oneway, Powermatic, Robust are all good choices.

    If you are not a...
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    I use some 60 or 75 watt bulbs in a "food" dryer...

    I use some 60 or 75 watt bulbs in a "food" dryer or "urethane" dryer. The GE bulbs burned out fairly quickly. Or at least more quickly than I thought that they should. But the Dollar store...
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    Mike Walsh, To add to what Roger said (BTW,...

    Mike Walsh, To add to what Roger said (BTW, Rogers, that's a great looking piece !!)

    For a 3 cornered box, you hold the cube by the ends or apex. There are a few Youtube videos.

    I made one...
  22. On some pieces where I have wanted to have a very...

    On some pieces where I have wanted to have a very high gloss, I have applied up to perhaps a dozen coats of Wipe-on poly (oil based). I keep the coats very thin, apply them with a cosmetic sponge...
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    I'd recommend putting weep holes in the bottom so...

    I'd recommend putting weep holes in the bottom so that the condensation on the foil has a place to drain outside of the box.

    I'd also follow the advice of Kyle Iwamoto and add some ventilation...
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    I went through a similar exercise with my G0766. ...

    I went through a similar exercise with my G0766. Here is what I did to make the feet take equal amounts of force:

    1. I first leveled the headstock end using a level. I also put a round piece of...
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    I think that the job of replacing the brush...

    I think that the job of replacing the brush holder is pretty trivial. Perhaps a 15 minute job. So the cost should be low, assuming the motor shop doesn't take advantage of you.
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