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Nova DVR XP lathe

Nova DVR XP lathe

07-18-2012 07:49 PM by Darell | 12 comments »

I’ve had my Nova DVR XP about 16 months and I guess it’s about time to post my review and let other LJ’s know how I like it. Well, I just Love it. For my crowded shop it’s the perfect heavy duty lathe. The DVR has a 16” swing and 24” between centers. It features a 1.75 hp at 115 v or 2.3 hp at 230 v. The DVR is a direct drive variable speed lathe with a speed range from 100 to 3500 rpm. #2 Morse Taper, 1.25×8 headstock threads. It features a 360...

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SawStop Dust Collection Blade Guard & Over Arm Dust Collection

SawStop Dust Collection Blade Guard & Over Arm Dust Collection

12-30-2010 03:16 AM by Darell | 19 comments »

Received this dust collection system for Christmas. Goes to show that momma pays attention when I send her hints. LOL! Anyway, installation is very easy and straight forward. The biggest issue, at least for the Contractor Saw is that the splitter & riving knife are slightly thicker with this upgrade. The old splitter/riving knife being .079 and the new one .090. This means you will need to readjust the riving knife lockdown clamp slightly so there isn’t to much pressure on the...

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Abranet Sanding Mesh

Abranet Sanding Mesh

03-25-2010 09:42 PM by Darell | 5 comments »

I thought I’d try this Abranet Sanding Mesh to sand my pen blanks. Sanding has always been the hated chore of my penmaking. The Abranet Sanding Mesh has made this task much easier. I cut a 1” strip off each of 5 grits and after 15 pens I’m still using the same pieces and they don’t show any signs of wearing out yet. This stuff is much, much easier to use that the old sandpaper strips I had before. I won’t be using the old stuff any more. Wish I’d boug...

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Benjamin's best carbide pen turning chisels

Benjamin's best carbide pen turning chisels

03-25-2010 09:31 PM by Darell | 8 comments »

I bought these hoping they would make turning acrylic blanks easier since they should be sharper than I can make my old Crafstman turning chisels. YES THEY ARE! Turning acrylic blanks is a breeze with these carbide chisels. They worked so well that I use them on wood blanks too. I’ve turned about 15 pens with a mix of acrylic and wood blanks including a dyed burl and a couple of laminated blanks and these chisels are great. I wish I had bought them sooner.

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