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    Very creative!

    Very creative!
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    Yes, in general, the Nova Comet II is a good...

    Yes, in general, the Nova Comet II is a good ‘starter lathe’. However, unless you plan on ONLY making smaller items, none of the small lathes will serve. For this reason, I generally recommend...
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    Sounds impressive. Any chance you'll share a...

    Sounds impressive. Any chance you'll share a picture with us?
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    David -- I really like it.

    David -- I really like it.
  5. Jim -- I had a similar experience with Blastgate...

    Jim -- I had a similar experience with Blastgate Company. Great people to work with.

    When I was designing my duct layout, I went with the fittings that were in their online-catalog in my design....
  6. Lovely shop furniture!

    Lovely shop furniture!
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    Arizona Silhouette...

    Arizona Silhouette (https://www.arizonasilhouette.com/) also carries them. I've purchased knots from them in the past, but not in several years. (Not because of lack of quality, but because I no...
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    Ricc -- I have the Bluetooth Keyboard Case from...

    Ricc -- I have the Bluetooth Keyboard Case from inateck on my iPad Pro 12.9" (3rd generation). It works well. The case cover, the part that covers the screen, has a keyboard in it. It's an almost...
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    Ole -- I agree. When I was doing research into...

    Ole -- I agree. When I was doing research into creating my own system, I found Stumpy's video to be very helpful. He discusses a number of concepts and does so in clear, understandable, language....
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    Yesterday, I listened to a podcast that provided...

    Yesterday, I listened to a podcast that provided a lot insight into the current volatility in lumber prices. I'll link to it below. Here are a few things that were new to me:

    1 - In 2019, lumber...
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    Glad to hear it. I hope you get many more years...

    Glad to hear it. I hope you get many more years of use out of your saw.
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    It's basically a wooden dowel used to crush or...

    It's basically a wooden dowel used to crush or mix. Often the 'working end' of the muddler will be larger, or have a mushroom shape. You'll see them used frequently to crush mint when making a mint...
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    Chris - The Penn State Turncrafter Commander...

    Chris - The Penn State Turncrafter Commander lathe is a clone of an older Jet design (which Jet may have borrowed from someone else). There are dozens of versions of that lathe sold under many...
  14. Dan -- I don't do it with shellac, but that's how...

    Dan -- I don't do it with shellac, but that's how I apply Deft brushing lacquer. I just wipe it on, allow it to soak in a bit, and then wipe off the excess -- all with the lathe slowly spinning....
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    Bernie -- You can do anything you want. Uniform...

    Bernie -- You can do anything you want. Uniform wall thickness is desirable only because otherwise the turned object's weight may feel 'off' in your hands. Humans are very good at how much an object...
  16. Richard -- I completely agree! As I said, I'm...

    Richard -- I completely agree! As I said, I'm trying hard not to argue in favor or against any administration's policies. Those policies have economic benefits and burdens. They tend to increase or...
  17. Roger -- I mentioned a policies from the prior...

    Roger -- I mentioned a policies from the prior administration and from the current administration because I didn't want this to become a political debate -- with all the nastiness that today's...
  18. For 90+% of what I turn, a 12" swing is more than...

    For 90+% of what I turn, a 12" swing is more than adequate. There are a number of reasons for this: First, I live in Arizona, where large wood is scarce. I can get it, but it's a lot more effort than...
  19. There are a number of causes of higher tool...

    There are a number of causes of higher tool prices. Most of them are largely the cause of government policies -- either here or elsewhere. For example, the prior administration imposed steel tariffs,...
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    I installed a Mr. Cool DYI unit in my shop last...

    I installed a Mr. Cool DYI unit in my shop last summer. It was not nearly as difficult an install as I had feared. In fact, it wasn't difficult at all. I've been very happy with it. Mine came with...
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    Mike -- Ron Paulk discusses his method for...

    Mike -- Ron Paulk discusses his method for reusing the bags for his Festool dust extractor in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SjP5EWTXdE. In the comments to the video, some of his...
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    Very cool. I bought a bunch of metal rings...

    Very cool. I bought a bunch of metal rings several years ago. Still haven't gotten around to actually turning any. It's on my increasingly long list of things to try.
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    Here is a link to a YouTube video that shows a...

    Here is a link to a YouTube video that shows a CNC cabinet that might fit your needs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EysYVMnZxBQ. Actually, the video shows two cabinets -- a larger one on wheels and...
  24. Those are interesting. The decorations are...

    Those are interesting. The decorations are reminiscent of today's body art. They also remind me of scrimshaw. Today's scrimshaw, like today's body art, is much more elaborate than the examples from...
  25. Dave -- If you have a Thompson skew, try that as...

    Dave -- If you have a Thompson skew, try that as your NRS. I have reground most of my scrapers into a negative rake profile, but my favorite NRS for outside curves is a Thompson 1" skew. I use it...
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