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    There was a post on Craig's list in Western Mass...

    There was a post on Craig's list in Western Mass from someone selling blanks. I can't remember if they were green or dry. I have seen smaller ones at Rockler. No clue if they were dry or not but...
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    One thing I started to do when I can't rough out...

    One thing I started to do when I can't rough out the inside of the blank, and I'm no expert, is to collect all the wet wood shavings and put them in a plastic garbage can. I'll then bury the blank...
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    What brand chuck do you have? Like Barry I use a...

    What brand chuck do you have? Like Barry I use a set of cole jaws for my Vicmarc. One of the reasons I went with the Vicmarc is their "grippers" are square shape. Two sides have a concave curve to...
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    Have you looked into putting something like an...

    Have you looked into putting something like an old sock over the vents on the drill? The Neiko style drill has vents near the trigger and chuck which could catch the fabric. Not sure which...
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    If you don't try how will you know what you can...

    If you don't try how will you know what you can do?
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    I've never used it on wood, yet, but I use 3M...

    I've never used it on wood, yet, but I use 3M Aluminum foil tape quite often for doing things like epoxy. It sticks great and can be formed. There's no stretch so if you have multiple curves it's...
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    I ran PEX throughout my shop (It's rated for over...

    I ran PEX throughout my shop (It's rated for over 200psi and 250psi burst). I had lots of 1/2" stuff left over from my heating system. The only place I noticed a problem is with my airgun. For...
  8. Most grinders are not the low speed you'll want. ...

    Most grinders are not the low speed you'll want. It'll work but you'll probably be upgrading not too far in the future. Flat tools aren't too hard to sharpen but curved tools, like a gouge, take...
  9. Try to find a local club. $500 is going to get...

    Try to find a local club. $500 is going to get spent real quick as there's always something you will want. A club will allow you to get with people who have turned for years. You can watch how to...
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    I would also suggest you look at the dates of...

    I would also suggest you look at the dates of posts. In this case the last post in this thread was made 14 years ago.
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    I never say never to the wife, that's just asking...

    I never say never to the wife, that's just asking her to test the rule. Lucky she doesn't go in the shop so I have only myself to blame. While I'm pretty good about it there are times when my work...
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    Would a low speed buffer work better than a...

    Would a low speed buffer work better than a lathe? The lathe would allow you to adjust the speed but a bench buffer could allow you easier access. Is there a reason why the Beall system uses the...
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    I think this is more of an emotional purchase...

    I think this is more of an emotional purchase that you also need to justify the cost. I would normally say just do it and be happy but you have indicated that the financial aspect is also a...
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    Update on my sanding disc for a lathe

    The idea of having a sanding disc that could be mounted to the lathe (as others have done) seamed to get plenty of interest. I figured I would start a new thread to show where I'm at. To finish it...
  15. You can tap on the edge with something like a...

    You can tap on the edge with something like a hammer, polycarb sounds dull, like it's soft. But that's more of an experience thing. Usually polycarb will have a better protective plastic or maybe...
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    I use to have a much bigger problem with this. ...

    I use to have a much bigger problem with this. What i did was practice. First all I would use is my bowl gouge, very sharp, with a fingernail grind. I then started playing around with using the...
  17. The first thing you need to understand is...

    The first thing you need to understand is polycarbonate and acrylic are two different beasts. Acrylic will chip where as polycarb will tear. One of the easiest ways to make multiple holes the same...
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    Other than, as you said, a sharp tool try sanding...

    Other than, as you said, a sharp tool try sanding on one direction only. It may be a bit slow but I usually will only go down to 120 grit. It's not always the opposite direction to how the bowl was...
  19. I use my Cole jaws. If the rim of the bowl is...

    I use my Cole jaws. If the rim of the bowl is too warped to sit flat then I use my electric plane or homemade disc sander to remove the high spots so it'll sit flat. I often will only use four of...
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    Is it possible that you turned the speed down too...

    Is it possible that you turned the speed down too quickly? I know I do it slowly but on occasion I have done it too fast with a heavy blank and overloaded the VFD. I've never tripped the switch you...
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    20" disc sander questions

    I'm in the process of making a 20" disc sander. It'll be powered by my wood lathe. I have an old tablesaw table that I cut. For those of you who have one how large of a table size do you think is...
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    Are you talking urethane ones or rubber? I've...

    Are you talking urethane ones or rubber? I've only done the urethane ones and found that brute force worked just fine. The directions said to heat them up and it included a tool but I found the...
  23. If you go the chemical route I would be very...

    If you go the chemical route I would be very leery of using anything that wasn't labeled as food safe. The last thing you would want is to have something soak into the wood that could harm someone. ...
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    I wouldn't change the guides on the Rikon. The...

    I wouldn't change the guides on the Rikon. The 10-353 has the new easy to adjust guides. It's probably the biggest selling point for the saw. If you go that direction I would wait until you've...
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    The real question is do you want to be able to...

    The real question is do you want to be able to flatten wood? I know a friend who make cabinets who only uses a 6" jointer. He's able to get by because he only buys flat s4s lumber. But that can be...
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