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    Yikes. We've come to expect that in some parts...

    Yikes. We've come to expect that in some parts of the world (e.g. Paris, France in the tourist areas)

    People who prey on the elderly really are low on the human spectrum. I suspect they...
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    Very nice! That looks like high quality...

    Very nice! That looks like high quality hardware too. (I just ordered one, thanks)

    I love turning olive - cuts like butter and looks (and smells!) so good. I often get it from Big Monk lumber...
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    Creeker visit

    I had a nice visit with David Privett today, he's only 101 miles down the road from me! What a beautiful place, nice shop, nice lathe, nice guy!

    JKJ
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    Have an Amish or Mennonite community nearby? ...

    Have an Amish or Mennonite community nearby? I've bought leather scraps here in TN for very cheap, thick, thin, flexible, whatever. Once I bought a big box full for $8. They also had larger...
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    Have a welder and metal-working tools or know...

    Have a welder and metal-working tools or know someone who does? I've made several custom tool rests using 1" round bar stock for the post.
  6. Drilling holes in the end of a long spindle

    Thanks!

    Please ask as many questions you can think of! There may be another reader or two interested.

    I almost never turn spindles between centers unless just turning a tenon on the end to...
  7. Some of my reasons: It's more comfortable in...

    Some of my reasons: It's more comfortable in the winter (our winters are mild) - it's easier to keep warm than it is to cool off when it's 90! When it's cold bugs (mosquitoes, gnats, yellow...
  8. Nino, I have never seen boards stained that much...

    Nino, I have never seen boards stained that much from my LT-15. I can't imagine the amount of water making a difference but I usually run my pretty low. Maybe milling in the heat? (I usually mill...
  9. Texturing

    Thanks for the complement!

    I shape and sand the handle, mark out the area for the texture with pencil lines, then use a small egg-shaped carbide bit on a dremel and touch the tip repeatedly to the...
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    I use the blue Extra Fine Eze-Lap paddle hones on...

    I use the blue Extra Fine Eze-Lap paddle hones on the sides, the red Fine on the edges.
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    I mostly sharpen curved scrapers but these work as well on flat scrapers.
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    I wondered about that and I've seen some of their...

    I wondered about that and I've seen some of their flukes. (Bought a $200+ dial test indicator once for about $40, 10 minutes later the deal was gone.) But the flukes I noticed were spikes and not...
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    Hey, a new lathe deserves a 9" Robust rest, one...

    Hey, a new lathe deserves a 9" Robust rest, one of my favorites for general use. (I keep the 4", 6", 9", and 14" at each lathe.) Maybe you could rent out a nephew or sell some furniture - move...
  13. Almost any wood makes good handles. Well, I might...

    Almost any wood makes good handles. Well, I might not use basswood. I've made them from maple to ebony. I especially like local woods like dogwood, cherry, and persimmon. For ferrules I've used...
  14. Another thing to try to loosen metal-to-metal...

    Another thing to try to loosen metal-to-metal stubbornness - heat the outer part and/or cool the inner. Can't see taking a torch to a lathe spindle but I can see holding dry ice on the drive...
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    Tormek price drop?

    I notice the current price for the Tormek T-8 on Amazon is about $100 lower than the typical price in the recent past (as I remember). It's gone down three times in the last week. (tracking...
  16. I haven't yet found the vacuum adapter. I...

    I haven't yet found the vacuum adapter. I wonder if I loaned/gave it to someone and forgot.... :(

    JKJ
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    new grease gun

    I seem to spend a lot of quality time with grease guns! With a variety of farm and dirt equipment and vehicles I have to feed a bunch of zerks, never counted but at least 50, probably more. Some,...
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    Richard's a great guy, entertaining and generous!...

    Richard's a great guy, entertaining and generous! He stopped in to visit me and the llamas in TN a couple of years ago when looping through the eastern US. I'm the one with a visible need for a...
  19. Never tried planing but have cut and trimmed on...

    Never tried planing but have cut and trimmed on tablesaw and bandsaw.
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    Perimiter fence and get some big dogs, pack of...

    Perimiter fence and get some big dogs, pack of coyotes? Electric fence, vigilante watch with super soaker full of ammonia? Offer a bounty?

    Besides the dogs, I've never been successful with...
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    pressure and altitude

    Well I finally took a closer look and I believe your table is correct. All I can imagine is a probable brain burp, er senior moment! :) The same table I used earlier doesn't say what I thought it...
  22. I usually use a soap and water and an old...

    I usually use a soap and water and an old toothbrush. Some makers recommend a mild kitchen abrasive. It apparently helps remove metal particles embedded between the particles of grit. From the...
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    Thanks for that! Gives me a reason to do some...

    Thanks for that! Gives me a reason to do some more looking. Maybe even drag out some old textbooks. [Gasp!]

    JKJ
  24. You inspired me go go cut up some pieces of my...

    You inspired me go go cut up some pieces of my own. I've had some cherry and maple logs wasting away here for months and last night cut a few chunks so I could take some to the woodturning club...
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    Yes, the spinning top! Good fun. :) I didn't...

    Yes, the spinning top! Good fun. :) I didn't even know there was another kind of skittles game!

    JKJ
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