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    John K Jordan, thanks for the suggestion about...

    John K Jordan, thanks for the suggestion about putting a hollow grind on the roughing gouge. I'm going to try that. I know that the hollow grind works better on my skew and bowl gouges.
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    In my opinion, that makes your results all the...

    In my opinion, that makes your results all the more impressive. Nice going!
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    Tom Lucas, you mentioned in your post that you...

    Tom Lucas, you mentioned in your post that you were experimenting with your "pyro machine". I'm curious, did you wood burn this by hand or did you use an automated/pre-programmed machine?
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    Erik, I'm glad that it is working for you now. I...

    Erik, I'm glad that it is working for you now. I too had initial trouble using the RG. It was a violent operation and kind of beat me up a bit. I got help from another turner and I was surprised...
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    All things need to be done with caution,...

    All things need to be done with caution, moderation and common sense. I would not heat up a full can. Nor would I put it close to an ignition source while heating. But when the can is perhaps half...
  6. I've cut MDF under low light conditions and I've...

    I've cut MDF under low light conditions and I've seen sparks come off the blade. Perhaps some sand/dirt ??
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    If I'm turning wet oak, I put a sheet of plastic...

    If I'm turning wet oak, I put a sheet of plastic over the ways and then dump it and air-spray the bed when finished turning. Pre-applying WD40 or Boshield, etc. to the ways before covering them also...
  8. Thread: New lathe

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    I had a craftsman lathe with a spindle that was...

    I had a craftsman lathe with a spindle that was threaded on each end. The right hand side where I would screw on a faceplate was right-hand threads. The left side were left-handed threads.
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  9. The pallet jack approach is pretty solid and...

    The pallet jack approach is pretty solid and pretty do-able.

    I worked on a high-tech electronics project involving nuclear energy with heavy shielding and we had two heavy equipment bays that...
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    A second thought - - if you have orange peel,...

    A second thought - - if you have orange peel, perhaps wet sand the surface with some very fine grit (2000 or higher?) like what an expert car painter would do followed by some very fine rubbing...
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    I've noticed the same thing with Deft. I think...

    I've noticed the same thing with Deft. I think that it might help a bit to lower the viscosity by pre-heating the can (boiling water - double boiler) and possibly even the work piece (hot air gun). ...
  12. I don't understand why the battery replacement...

    I don't understand why the battery replacement d/n work for you. I've changed batteries in dozens and dozens of them over the past 10 years. I try to get the supercheap batteries from Harbor Fright...
  13. A while back I had to turn off some material from...

    A while back I had to turn off some material from a cast iron tool rest that wouldn't go low enough. I used a carbide tipped cutter made for a metal lathe (HF "cemented" carbide cutter) and attached...
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    IMHO, the no-brainer is to go on ebay and buy a...

    IMHO, the no-brainer is to go on ebay and buy a test tusbe that is the right size diameter and length for your vase. Also, occasionally I run across a plastic bottle or container that could have a...
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    General Metalworking I realize that this is a year and a half old...

    I realize that this is a year and a half old post. I've annealed brass (a turned brass handle for a dresser that had to be bent. The first one snapped....). So, I did a google search at the time...
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    I think that I might have used Chlorox tub and...

    I think that I might have used Chlorox tub and tile cleaner. It is actually like half or quarter strength bleach.
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    I cleaned a couple of my N95's. These were ones...

    I cleaned a couple of my N95's. These were ones only used in my workshop so I was just looking for a cleaning and wasn't looking to sanitize them for Covid.

    First I used compressed air and blew...
  18. Harrison Specialties is a fine company. I've...

    Harrison Specialties is a fine company. I've corresponded briefly with the owner on another matter. A friend bought a whole set of tools from him that I ended up inheriting.

    I favor...
  19. Yes, as Alex Snodgrass explained, if you put the...

    Yes, as Alex Snodgrass explained, if you put the concave side against the fence the thickness of the resawn board will vary from the ends to the middle. And yes, If you can plane the board first to...
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    Some kitty litter is made with clay (bentonite)...

    Some kitty litter is made with clay (bentonite) and some with very fine gravel. I do metal casting and wanted to get some bentonite to make what is called "green sand". I took some fresh cat litter...
  21. You can buy an MT3 to MT2 sleeve for the...

    You can buy an MT3 to MT2 sleeve for the headstock. But anything that you add may also add runout.

    I think that most people who want to thread a chunk of wood either use a spinning 60 degree...
  22. I attended a Zoom class with Alex Snodgrass, who...

    I attended a Zoom class with Alex Snodgrass, who is certainly an expert on bandsaw adjustments.

    He loosened all of the bearings and blocks, changed the tracking, changed the tension, removed the...
  23. For a 12 inch bowl, I'd suggest an 18" tool. If...

    For a 12 inch bowl, I'd suggest an 18" tool. If a tool handle is too long, it is rarely a problem. If it is, cut it down.

    I have also taken a section of 1" iron pipe and drilled and tapped it...
  24. Simpson makes a variety of 4 x 4 and 6 x 6...

    Simpson makes a variety of 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 fasteners to attach wood to concrete. The wood sits on top of a raised platform of metal and is not in contact with the ground. The metal bracket is...
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    BTW, Eric, once you get your spindle round, you...

    BTW, Eric, once you get your spindle round, you can get a great finish using a skew. With many woods, after you use a skew, you probably have a 220 grit finish.

    But, in order to properly use a...
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