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Great blades

Great blades

809 days ago by Sawdust2 | 7 comments »

This is a 3 TPI blade from M K Morse. It is a carbide tipped blade and is used in industry for cutting aluminum castings.This review won’t let me post all the photos but I first used a bi-metal blade from a vendor I really like. I could not get it to track straight. (I set my saw up using Michael Fortune’s method so I don’t get any drift.)I installed this blade according to Fortune’s method.This is a 1/2” blade but I was advised to only tension it to a 3/8”...

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Upgrade your pen turning

Upgrade your pen turning

1394 days ago by Sawdust2 | 7 comments »

There are a number of pen turners like me on LJ. Actually, most are better.But I’ve lately noticed that the edges of my blanks are just not quite good enough. So I searched around and found John Goodiin. http://www.penturnersproducts.com/ John engineers his bushings to a greater tolerance than those we get from Rockler, Woodcraft, PSI, etc. Plus you will be turning between centers and not on a mandrel. That’s going to be the biggest leap in your quality. So if your ski...

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Artistic pen blanks

Artistic pen blanks

1522 days ago by Sawdust2 | 3 comments »

Friday I had the opportunity to visit the shop of Constant Laubscher who runs a niche business of creating custom pen blanks. www.lazerlinez.com Constant showed me the process from root ball to finished product. He had one huge root burl that had to have been 4 foot in diameter. After the burl is cut to rough size (1×1 x 6-8) he dries it (them) in a large cabinet about 2×8 x 8. Then they get stabilized in a pressure pot you won’t believe. I could be wrong but I believe that...

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Good resaw blade

Good resaw blade

1666 days ago by Sawdust2 | 17 comments »

My Highland Woodworking Woodslicer got dulled up really bad because I did not pay attention when I put it on the Jet bandsaw. I was using a 3/4” and it was really too big for a 14” bandsaw. I ended up running it against the blade guard and just beat the crap out of the teeth. My bad. Markrules is a fellow LJ and reps Morse blades. He suggested that I try their 4 TPI 1/2” blade.Well, when I unfurled the blade one of the teeth caught my thumb. I can tell you that the teeth ...

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comparison with Rockwell

comparison with Rockwell

1666 days ago by Sawdust2 | 10 comments »

The task was to lower a bar stool 2 1/4”.And not have the usual problem with not level legs when we got done. We also had a Fein Multimaster and the new Porter Cable SoniCrafter To ensure the same length was cut off each leg we cut a piece of PVC to 2 1/4”.The Fein and the PC each had a couple of blades that could be used but we took the round serrated blades as they were the same thickness.We just ran the blades around the leg resting them on the PVC. That gave us a uniform...

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Upgraded mini-lathe

Upgraded mini-lathe

1795 days ago by Sawdust2 | 6 comments »

I’d been using a Carba-Tec mini-lathe for so long I can’t remember when I bought it.When my 65th birthday came around (remember my b’day cake?)I decided to get the variable speed version. A while back I had tried to make my old mini-lather variable but you just can’t do that with an old AC motor So here is a picture of the new one right out of the box I also order a 4 jaw chuck so I could try some new turning stuff. One thing that surprised me is the tool kit ...

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Just the ticket for those difficult sanding tasks

Just the ticket for those difficult sanding tasks

2089 days ago by Sawdust2 | 10 comments »

Saturday morning I was lying in bed and on the TV was the lovely Jodi Marks touting the MultiMaster. Now, it’s difficult not to do what Jody says, she being all wonderful and woodworky. And my wife had already decided that we (I) were (was) going to refinish the kitchen table (as opposed to the dining room table). You can see it in the photo. This top is veneered out of some unidentified wood that looks like a cross between birch, maple and European Beech. But the edging was shaped w...

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Customer service

Customer service

2148 days ago by Sawdust2 | 5 comments »

My Jet bandsaw is coming on 4 years old. I know because I bought it at the IWF in 2004.It has the “Carter-style” roller guides.The lower guides adjust on a cam to get close to the blade.There are a number of folks I let use my saw but I will accept responsibility for not loosening the adjusting nut. In any case, the cam broke.First call to Jet got me a very nice, but unknowledgeable young lady who passed me over to a guy in service who said that he would fax me a parts list. (Nowh...

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DowelMax precision dowel jig

DowelMax precision dowel jig

2218 days ago by Sawdust2 | 16 comments »

I’m making a Futon Sofa Bed for my grandson. While cutting the parts I was 1” short on the upper and lower rails for the end pieces. The difference was merely the tenons, not the space between the stiles. So I called Gil, my friend with the trusty DowelMax, and we took advantage of an alternate way to fasten the pieces. The DowelMax is finely engineered. You can use it to install any number of dowels in various arrangements. The video that is available gives a great tutorial on...

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Craft Suppies friction polish

Craft Suppies friction polish

2236 days ago by Sawdust2 | 4 comments »

When The Wood Show was in Atlanta Craft Supplies was teaching folks how to turn pens. I think that is where TimD made his first pen.I had been using CA and BLO as my preferred finishing method for bottle stoppers and pens. But that usually meant sanding to at least 4800 grit, three or four coats of CA and BLO and even then the next day the finish might have dulled down.Thought I’d give Craft Supplies Friction Polish a try.Just sanded to 2400 with mm then friction polish with a paper tow...

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