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Bertha

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#1 posted 628 days ago

Hell’s Yeah!!! I’m just getting back to the lathe, trying to get my skills back; translated, “catch city”. I started my lathe with the chuck key in today. Not good. I’m making a kaleidoscope for a lady at work that’s a freak about them; must have 100 in her office. Here’s a cool pen I made after I killed the .50 set.
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If anyone is going to make a .50 pen from Penn State, you have to LEAVE the tube behind the turning. I trimmed it all the way down, thinking I was clever. Now I have a .50 casing with a cool bushing in it.
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Here’s my setup for drilling the shaft (lol):
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I used a piece of tinted, stabilized elm burl. I love this stuff b/c you never know what you’re going to get until the wheels stop turning. Took it to 3000 grit. I finished this one with 1/2lb shellac and some black Briwax. I figured the black would fill in any defects, but there weren’t a whole lot of them.
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It’s a really cool kit…a no-brainer. This one’s for a gun nut pal at work. I use the lathe for 1) mallets and chisel handles, and 2) gifts. It’s fun to knock out a quick gift in an hour or so. Thanks for looking! al

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog


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