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Tap it...

Tap it...

1929 days ago by dmann | 4 comments »

I picked up a new Nova lathe at the Woodcraft sale last month and have been adjusting to the new spindle size. I sold all my old faceplates with my old lathe I am slowly gathering accessories for the larger spindle size of the new lathe. This gave me a perfect excuse to spring for a Beall Spindle Tap. Using this tool you can tap threads into a block of wood and thread it directly on your lathe spindle. Previously I could only create cusom chucks by clamping a block of wood in my scroll chu...

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Nova 1624-44 Lathe Review

Nova 1624-44 Lathe Review

1952 days ago by dmann | 5 comments »

Thanks go to Tim Dorcas for his thorough review on the 1624-44. It helped me a lot with my choice. Instead of rehashing Tim’s review I will outline anything I have discovered or observed since his review and highlight my likes/dislikes. I have had my eye on the 1624 for a while and I decided to buy because Woodcraft had them in stock and on sale this month. My Jet 1220 was on its way to a new home this morning thanks to Craigslist. My impressions after 4 days with the 1624: Ass...

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PSI Strata Blank Impulse Buy

PSI Strata Blank Impulse Buy

2026 days ago by dmann | 5 comments »

On impulse I added a couple of Strata Bowl blanks to my last pen order from PSI. This entry is part project and part review. I included before/after pictures for comparison. Looking at the blanks when I got them I was a little wary of putting them on the lathe. There seemed to be a lot of dry joints. I picked a blank out today and used the bandsaw to rough out a circle. After cutting off the rough outside edges the integrity of the blank looked better and I decided to give a go at turning ...

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Drill Press Planer

Drill Press Planer

2164 days ago by dmann | 11 comments »

As much as I’de love an excuse to get another piece of equipment for the shop I don’t use a planer enough to justify the expense or space. I saw this Drill Press Planer at the Woodworker’s Supply and figured for the price I would give it a shot. I was able to plane my first pieces of wood this week. I was preparing a section of a 3×3x9 block of maple to create a laminated bowl blank. The Planer worked well for my purposes. I secured the planer in the chuck and adj...

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Green and Yellow Sucker

Green and Yellow Sucker

2184 days ago by dmann | 12 comments »

Since I had some encounters with turning and sanding toxic woods earlier this year I’ve been saving up for a dust collector. I turn wood on a Jet 1220 and don’t generate a ton of sawdust or sanding dust but enough to be a nuisance. The shop vac can’t keep up and is quiet noisy. I have experience with some 1.5hp Jet and Delta models but they were very bigger and noisier than I was looking for. Amazon currently has Delta AP-400’s on sale for $138 shipped but I would b...

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AccuScribe Pro - compass, offset marker, scribe...

AccuScribe Pro - compass, offset marker, scribe...

2240 days ago by dmann | 4 comments »

I won this in a promo pack of FastCap and Proxxon goodies at my local Woodcraft grand opening. If I knew how useful this tool was I would have bought one a long time ago. The first thing I used this for was the obvious use – drawing circles. No surprises here, its the $0.99 compass I used in grade school … on steroids. The AccuScribe has multiple joints so the pencil can be adjusted to be perpindicular to the surface you are marking instead of angled. Each joint has a brass kno...

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