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Vacuum chuck

Vacuum chuck

02-17-2018 07:00 PM by Jacksdad | 2 comments »

The Hold Fast vacuum chuck system is available individually or as a kit, I first bought the ventri first which is when hooked to an air compressor causes the vacuum that holds the bowl to the chuck. I planned to make the chuck and vacuum accessory because I have seen plans and videos on it. What a waste of time, I didn’t work. I then bought the accessory still thinking I could make the chuck, nope. I would have saved a bunch of money if I bought it as a kit, it’s we’ll worth...

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Great beginner woodturning chisels (carbide)

Great beginner woodturning chisels (carbide)

01-06-2018 07:53 PM by Blake Haskins | 2 comments »

This Psi carbide turning tool kit is great for beginners.While I believe that Is generally true for carbide tools in general, this one can be especially appealing thanks to the entry level price. Carbide tools in general seem more approachable to beginners thanks to their simplicity, and their not needing sharpening. To see them in action, check out my quick review video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9g1-cHm7BM

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Good Cheap Collet Chucks

Good Cheap Collet Chucks

03-03-2017 04:33 PM by OSU55 | 7 comments »

I’ve tried various methods of holding small diameter material in the lathe spindle with varying degrees of success – examples: tool handles or knobs with threaded inserts or a bolt head epoxied into the wood. I had looked at various collet chucking accessories available, with probably the best value at PSI tools, 4 sizes of collets for ~$95. At a wood show recently I saw this from Brown’s Best: Priced at $20, I almost bought one but decided against it, in part because...

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Review of Pennstate Industries PSI Collet Chucking System..... Item LCDOWEL

Review of Pennstate Industries PSI Collet Chucking System..... Item LCDOWEL

12-09-2016 10:02 PM by Jim Jakosh | 16 comments »

I finally ordered one of these collet systems from PSI because it has more range than the collets I how have and they can be used in the wood lathe or the metal lathe .All the collets came wrapped in plastic bags and oiled and the whole set is in a red plastic box. The collet holder is threaded for 1”-8 and it has a 3/4- 16 adapter for use on a mini lathe too.I thought the best way to evaluate them was to use an indicator and check for run out with a ground pin of the nominal sizes of t...

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Outstanding Work-holding System

Outstanding Work-holding System

08-21-2016 10:03 PM by TheDane | 4 comments »

I have been looking for a better way to hold work on the lathe, particularly for finishing the bottom of bowls and hollow forms. I have tried Cole Jaws, Longworth Chucks, jam chucks, etc. with varying degrees of success but nothing I was completely satisfied with. Then I saw the Frugal Vacuum Chuck … http://www.frugalvacuumchuck.com/ ... in a friend’s shop, and knew I had to have one. At a recent symposium, I connected with Frugal Vacuum Chuck inventor Bob Leonard and came h...

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D-Way Beading and Point/Teardrop Tool Review

D-Way Beading and Point/Teardrop Tool Review

04-04-2016 01:52 PM by JimChrisawn | 2 comments »

I wanted to share a brief review and some information on a few tools from Dave at D-Way tools. Let me begin by saying I have in no way been compensated for this review. The tools I am reviewing were purchased by me at Daves website at full price. I would like to begin with the beading tools. Dave makes five sizes of beading tools. There are a lot of different beading tools on the market and I have tried a few of them, but these are standouts! They are used flute down and are made of excell...

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Thompson Lathe Tools a Mixed Bag

Thompson Lathe Tools a Mixed Bag

03-25-2016 07:57 PM by JimChrisawn | 2 comments »

I would like to give a brief review of a mixed bag of Doug Thompson lathe tools, handles and tool steel blanks.Let me begin by saying right up front Doug in NO way influenced this review and I was not compensated in an way for this review unless…Unless great customer service, quality tools, and a business owner who will actually take time to share his experience and listen to yours in an honest open way is to be considered compensation. As can be seen in the picture I have a few Thom...

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1st. Opinion of grizzly 4 jaw chuck H6267 vicmark (vm100 copy)

1st. Opinion of grizzly 4 jaw chuck H6267 vicmark (vm100 copy)

01-07-2016 08:07 PM by bigJohninvegas | 5 comments »

So this is my early opinion of this grizzly chuck. Mine is the H6267 and has the 1 1/4”X 8tpi adapter included.This chuck is sold under several different part numbers, based on what adapter you need.I had read that it was a close enough copy to the vicmarc vm100, and that the vicmarc jaws would fit it.This grizzly chuck is about half the cost of the vicmarc at $120.00. I have used the chuck 4 or 5 times now with the dove tail jaws that came with it.The chuck does feel a little clunk...

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Great starter set into turning

Great starter set into turning

12-01-2015 02:21 PM by jshroyer | 4 comments »

My roommate and i have had a lathe for around a year now and only had the old tools that came with it. they were not very good and we didnt use it much because its a bit much to start with. i had been reading about carbide tools for some time but the cost it what kept me away. I saw the rockler set was on sale for $100 over the US thanksgiving weekend so thought it might be worth the try. I am very impressed already! so much easier to use! Other item that people talk about is how you cant sha...

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Oneway drill wizard

Oneway drill wizard

11-21-2015 03:14 PM by hairy | 4 comments »

I looked at this for a long time. I got it about a year ago and have used it on 2 projects. It does what it does very well. All I’ve done with it could have been done without it, but not as easy or accurate. Right out of the box I put a bit in a drill and mounted it to the lathe. I had to cut down the post to get the bit on center. That’s with the post bottomed out in the banjo. It’s made for chair makers. I’m not there yet, but it will do what I need. ...

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