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26 days ago

Canadian source of game call (duck, deer and turkey) supplies? - 2 replies

Hi folks, I was wondering where everyone gets their game call supplies from? I want to start venturing into making custom friction pot calls and I was astonished at the prices some of the US stores are asking to night a couple of slates, glass resonating surfaces and what not. I understand that most of these businesses simply push the pr...

465 days ago

Supporting the bevel... - 15 replies

I’m trying to make some tap handles for my friend who’s into homebrewing. I made one so far…out of african blackwood. I was lucky not to mess that one up hehe. I’m trying to replicate the design onto another handle and OH MY GOD,... I’m about to break everything in my shop. This is supposed to be a source of plea...

482 days ago

FineHomeBuilding Article: Timber framed shed? - 2 replies

I was searching the web and stumbled across a reference to an article from fine home building that talks about building a timber framed shed. I was wondering if anyone had this magazine and could perhaps make me a copy of the article? Cheers! FineHomebuilding #166 (November 2004) David

511 days ago

First bowl: Many questions! - 16 replies

Alrighty! So I received my barracuda2 last week and I’ve been playing with it a bit. After drilling out a blank (oh my GOD, a centered hole!! I’m so extatic), I figured I’d try a bowl. I mounted a 6”’ish x 6”’ish x 2” thick blank by drilling a pilot hole for the woodscrew. I then turned th...

555 days ago

Drilling a blank on lathe - 13 replies

Howdy folks, I am at a point in my life where I want to start drilling on the lathe. I usually make game calls, but looking at making other things as well (perhaps small bowls eventually, ornaments, etc). I know I need a jacob’s chuck to hold the drill bit. I also need a 4 jaw chuck to hold the piece of wood. So far, so good....

556 days ago

Varnished flooring as lumber? - 6 replies

Howdy, I was wondering if anyone has ever used flooring as a source of lumber? I got hand of some jabota flooring, t&g and varnished. I was wondering if there was anything to do with it? I don’t have my own planer or table saw, but might have access to one. I’m guessing I have to make absolutely sure there are no tacks/nails...

589 days ago

Gluing African Blackwood to Walnut? - 14 replies

Howdy everyone! I finally took the plunge and started modifying my rifle’s stock (an old mauser 96 action in 30-06 which has 2 mooses under it’s belt already!). The fore-end was a bit too thick for my liking and I wanted to give it a slimer profile. So I gave it a whack with my handplane. It’s starting to take shape. I als...

656 days ago

Sealed end grain with parrafin/mineral spirits, but... - 3 replies

Howdy everyone, I cut a couple of game call blanks a couple of months ago. I thought they were dry, but I’ve noticed that they started cracking near the ends (very very small cracks, 3/8th’s in length, just barely apparently, no depth really). I did a quick check online with what I had on hands and I saw that I could seal the...

685 days ago

Broken ferrule on turning chisel - 5 replies

Hi, I purchased 3 used turning chisels from a local guy that stopped wood turning a couple of years ago. They were fairly cheap, so I don’t care too much about the possible loss of tool. I am more concerned about safety issues. The 3/4” skew’s ferrule is completely cracked. Could I simply epoxy it or should I turn a new ha...

685 days ago

Oak smells of vomit - 22 replies

Hi, I’m sorry for the rather description subject, but it is what it is. I’m turning a very small piece of oak and it just smells bad. I wouldn’t go as far as say it reeks of vomit, but if that wood could talk, it wouldn’t surprise me if there is some involved. I’ve never seen anything like it (although IR...

700 days ago

Chip in brand new collet: Does it matter? - 7 replies

Hi, I’m looking for advise. I have received my brand new PSI collet chuck kit and I’ve noticed that one of the collet (the 3/4”) has a chip in it. I was wondering if this is acceptable? I’m still fairly new to turning, but wouldn’t the slightess little thing that’s out of round / balance cause wobbling? ...

737 days ago

FS: Mastercraft lathe (Qu├ębec City) - 0 replies

Perfect lathe for a dedicated function (buffing) or for someone that wants to try out turning or even for a portable take-anywhere lathe for the seasoned veteran turners. What’s included:- Lathe (12” center to center, 1/3HP), 1-8 TPI- Electronic variable speed control (no pully changes whatsoever!)- Live center- 4 prong drive spur...

832 days ago

Small bug when adding a new brand in the review page - 0 replies

When I go to this page: http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/newI select “lathes” Then I add a brandAfterwards, it displays kind of progressbar in the product name /model section and it stalls there. Fix is easy, just go and select another brand, then reselect the brand you added and it will say “no brand for ‘new brand̵...

835 days ago

Bloodwood: Glueing and keeping it's color - 3 replies

Howdy fellow LJ’s, I purchased a cut-off of bloodwood. It’s about 1” thick, 24” long and 6” wide. I want to cut it in 2 length wise, glue it up and then cut it into game call blanks. The person that sold me the wood told me to use tite bond III, but I forgot to ask if I could use ordinary glue as well or is tit...

840 days ago

Game call inserts: Which one do you use? - 0 replies

Hi everyone, For the woodturners on this site that have made a couple of game calls using store bought inserts, I was wondering which inserts (reed and other stuff) are the more friendly to use and which ones make the best sounds? Cheers! Fish

874 days ago

Turning: Mounting a blank correctly for spindle turning? - 11 replies

Hi everyone, So I have a problem turning some wood pieces. My lathe isn’t a powerful one (1/3? I bought it for game call making). It would seem that my 4 prongs bit never seems to engage the wood properly. The second I put a tad much push in (for example) my roughing gouge to start really removing a lot of wood, the 4 prongs skip and ...

905 days ago

small but powerful bandsaw: does it exist? - 10 replies

Hi fellow LJ, I was wondering what bandsaw you guys used to cut/resaw game call blanks (max dimensions: 2” sq by 4” long) or similarly sized pieces of wood? I don’t have a lot of room in the workshop (aka: workshop/laundry room ;-( ). I was wondering if there exists a small bandsaw that would still have the power to re...

908 days ago

Ever heard of moponie wood? - 6 replies

Just bought a game call blank from woodturnersatalog.com called Moponie Wood. I can’t seem to find anything about this wood. It’s nice and all, but I wanted a bit of background on the wood ;-( Anyone ever heard of moponie wood? Fish

910 days ago

Calling all game call turners! - 0 replies

I went ahead and sent an email to lee valley’s customer service (customerservice@leevalley.com). I really like ordering from them. Their service is great and so is the quality of their offerings. The one thing the tickles me is I want to get into game call making and unfortunately, game call kits is not something they offer. So in my email...

932 days ago

Cheap alternative to buying a collet chuck: Help a fellow turner - 5 replies

Howdy fellow LJ’s, So, being the frugal person that I am, I (foolessly?) figured that I could forgo buying a 100$’ish (at which point, it will cost more than the lathe itself) collet chuck and instead purchase a Beall tap for 18$ to make a hardwood version of a collet chuck. I also wanted to make mandrels that can screw into my ...

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