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    I tried boiling bowls and I had success but I...

    I tried boiling bowls and I had success but I didn't make a big enough sample to know exactly "how" much better it worked.
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    This is an older thread, but let me ask a...

    This is an older thread, but let me ask a different, but related question:

    Has anyone tried vacuum drying? I read on-line about all of the benefits of vacuum drying. It was first patented around...
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    Perry is spot on. There are many local bearing...

    Perry is spot on. There are many local bearing shops. If you can afford to be down for a few days you could also order off of ebay. I've used VXB and NSK and I think that they're both good...
  4. I'm a bit perplexed. If I did the math...

    I'm a bit perplexed. If I did the math correctly, a 7/16 hex should measure around 0.495 measured from peak-to-peak (as opposed to measuring from flat to flat). And you say that you have a 5/8"...
  5. The experts call this "air strip". Leave it...

    The experts call this "air strip". Leave it exposed to the outside air and all the volatiles (ethanol - - pretty benign) evaporate.
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    I had a relative who lived in Oak Ridge Tennessee...

    I had a relative who lived in Oak Ridge Tennessee and worked on the Manhattan program. The government built a few thousand homes there. They were - - suprisingly - - put together with double headed...
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    You can buy a rebuilt Thomas (oil-less) vacuum...

    You can buy a rebuilt Thomas (oil-less) vacuum pump for around $150. At sea level I think that they draw around 27 inch Hg. Sometimes you'll see them on Craigslist. Also Harbor Fright ;) sells...
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    I have been applying finish with a cosmetic...

    I have been applying finish with a cosmetic sponge wedge that I buy at Rite-aid. I think that it comes in a pack of 32 that have to be partially torn apart. The brand name is Daylogic. I mention...
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    I think that it'll work okay in most situations...

    I think that it'll work okay in most situations with a couple of minor caveats/comments:
    1. It is a little on the lower side for volume - - but if you have a decent seal and aren't working with...
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    Nice going Thomas !! You made a very practical...

    Nice going Thomas !! You made a very practical tool.
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    Perhaps this will be the last or...

    Perhaps this will be the last or second-to-the-last post on this thread.

    To the OP: you have a good amount of feedback. You know your options.

    Someone once attributed to Harry Truman the...
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    John, in regards to your comment about supposed...

    John, in regards to your comment about supposed limitation of the banjo.

    I bought a early G0766 lathe and it came with a short banjo. A few months later Grizzly provided (gratis) an upgrade kit...
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    David, Do a google search on Tucson woodturning...

    David,
    Do a google search on Tucson woodturning club. You'll find the Southern Arizona Woodturners Association. It meets on the second Saturday of the month in Tuscon (which is where I thought...
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    Ronald, I see that your status is that of a...

    Ronald, I see that your status is that of a "member". About 3 months ago, SMC changed their policy. You have to be a contributor in order to see pictures and to have a mailbox. So, I think that is...
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    David, I think that you may have jumped to a...

    David, I think that you may have jumped to a wrong conclusion regarding Steve Ogle's video. When a person is turning a piece of wood that is not oriented like a spindle with end-grain running...
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    Alex, For an inexpensive sanding disk, I used...

    Alex,

    For an inexpensive sanding disk, I used a 4 x 4 " oak block which I tapped with a Beal tap and trued it. Then I glued and screwed the tapped block to a piece of 1" MDF. Then I trued it...
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    I've been enjoying using a NRS for a while. I...

    I've been enjoying using a NRS for a while. I would like to add another dimension to this discussion: the type of steel.

    I'm wondering if really hard steel (IIRC V10 or M42, etc.) is better for...
  18. I primarily turn wood and occasionally need/want...

    I primarily turn wood and occasionally need/want to fill cracks and voids.

    For a natural colored fill, I mix fine-ground (used) coffee grounds and two part epoxy. Looks pretty natural on darker...
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    I'm glad that Bill posted the link to Virgil...

    I'm glad that Bill posted the link to Virgil Leih. I see that there are a few youtube videos on him. At first I was a little surprised seeing him use a chainsaw for roughing but I doubt that I'd...
  20. I have a 24 x 36 shop that is insulated. I live...

    I have a 24 x 36 shop that is insulated. I live in the San Diego, Ca. (inland) area. I have two 5000 BTU ACs - - one on each side of my shop. If I turn them on in the morning when the outside temp...
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    Seems like a fair price, especially if you get...

    Seems like a fair price, especially if you get anything else with it.
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    I've had the same thing happen. It seems the...

    I've had the same thing happen. It seems the worst on oak and leaves a nasty stain on the wood.

    Since then I've sometimes wrapped some stretch wrap plastic in the jaws. It also covers the...
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    One thing to consider when hollowing really deep...

    One thing to consider when hollowing really deep - - keep the opening small so that someone can't put their hand in. That way, you only need to have the inside wood finish smooth for about the...
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    Boric acid is the common and active ingredient in...

    Boric acid is the common and active ingredient in roach powder. I can buy it at the local dollar store as well as the big box stores. But confirm by reading the ingredients.
  25. Not to contradict Steve, but I would chuck it up...

    Not to contradict Steve, but I would chuck it up on the outside. Reason: you will be compressing the glued joints. If you put the jaws inside, you will be applying forces that could potentially...
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