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Thompson bowl gouge and Thompson detail gouge

Thompson bowl gouge and Thompson detail gouge

02-03-2009 03:10 AM by jeffthewoodwacker | 7 comments »

I have seen a few postings on Lumberjocks about Thompson lathe tools (www.thompsonlathetools.com) and wanted to let everyone know these are some of the best turning tools that I have ever used. I purchased my first Thompson tool a couple of years ago and now own the complete set. Pictured are the 7/16” Thompson detail gouge and the 5/8” Thompson bowl gouge. The tools arrive sharp and ready to use right out of the box. They hold an edge better than every other tool that I have. ...

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Lathe Duplicator for Mini Lathes

Lathe Duplicator for Mini Lathes

11-22-2008 06:33 AM by Karson | 16 comments »

I’ve got this Penn State Lathe Duplicator I have mine mounted on a Ryobi Mini Lathe. I believe that it works for many brands. It’s not an all inclusive duplicator like the Vega. If you can make a pattern in something about 1/16” thick then you can fit it into the holding mechanism. Here are the Penn State templates This is a brass pattern of a small spindle that I’m making. The spindles are for a Vintage Sleigh I’m making. You mount your blank in the...

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Set of 8 Benjamin's Best HSS Lathe Chisel, good chisels, great price

Set of 8 Benjamin's Best HSS Lathe Chisel, good chisels, great price

05-01-2009 12:02 AM by Chris Wright | 9 comments »

With our wood turning program growing here at the shop, we were able to get new equipment, and part of that were two sets of the 8 piece Benjamin’s Best HSS lathe chisels from PSI ($69.95). I had never heard of Benjamin’s Best before I started pen turning and looking through the PSI catalog. So when I saw a 8 piece set of HSS tools for $70 I was skeptical of the quality. When they arrived I inspected them and they all needed to be re-ground, not a big deal since we also got a n...

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12'' x 33-3/8'' Wood Lathe with Reversible Head

12'' x 33-3/8'' Wood Lathe with Reversible Head

03-17-2010 05:35 PM by b2rtch | 35 comments »

I am building tow night stands and I wanted to run the front legs.I never turned wood before in my life.So I went to my favorite harbor Freight store and I bought this lathe which was on sale for $249.00 but as usual the manager who knows me also accepted a 20% discount, my final price was $179.00.In addition I bought a 8 pieces HSS wood tuning tools set, also with 20% discount.As I said this is the very first time that I use a lathe and after watching a few videos on “youtube’ I...

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Adapter that will transform your HF lathe

Adapter that will transform your HF lathe

01-19-2010 05:55 AM by David Craig | 4 comments »

A friend of mine gave me a Harbor Freight last year to help support my interest in turning. It isn’t a bad beginner lathe and I am definitely not one to complain about such a thoughtful gift, but I did find the mounting and remounting of turned pieces on a faceplate frustrating over time. The lathe has a proprietary 3/4 inch x 10tpi spindle which makes purchasing 3rd party vendor chucks nearly impossible. I recently discovered, though, that Penn State Industries manufactures adapters fo...

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Amazing machine for under 8K!!!

Amazing machine for under 8K!!!

01-26-2010 10:58 PM by UtahJohn | 11 comments »

I have always been interested in Legacy’s innovative products and I am some what of a computer junkie. So when they married their product with CNC I was hooked!!! I took a trip to their factory and wow was I impressed! Here are some videos that I posted when I got home http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoK0GB65BEwhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybHpeT02ywE&feature=channelhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TGRskgY0S0&feature=channel Please note i took these on my Flip… they a...

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New design wood turning Tools by Joe Rollins.

New design wood turning Tools by Joe Rollins.

09-12-2012 11:27 AM by Tom Godfrey | 8 comments »

This will be the first review that I have ever written about any tool and not sure if I have enough knowledge to even write this. I have been doing wood turning now for about two or three months and up until that time I had never had any knowledge or experience with wood turning. Like everything else, all I can do is either master the art of turning or fail and I am not one to fail. I just want give up. You tube and a lot of reading gave me a start. I purchased a Delta Rockwell 46-525 off cra...

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Bargain box of Sand paper rolls

Bargain box of Sand paper rolls

08-20-2015 04:47 AM by bigJohninvegas | 5 comments »

I found this box of sand paper rolls on Klingspor’s web site, advertising a 20# box of end rolls for wood turners. I like there sand paper rolls for turning and normally would buy 1.5”X10 yard rolls from them. 7 grits at about $8/ roll. so $56 when you need all of themThis deal was about $30 for a 20# box assortment at 100 Grit or finer. This box has a couple of 80 and 100 grit rolls, 5 or so each 120, 150, 180, and 220, a couple 280, and 320, and 1 of each 400, 600, and 800. ...

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Tool snobs cover your eyes, another HF gem

Tool snobs cover your eyes, another HF gem

08-14-2012 01:17 AM by lumberjoe | 37 comments »

I very recently got into turning. I have 2 nice Sorby’s gouges and an Easy Rougher. My wife LOVES the easy rougher, I’m not sure if it is my technique or if it is designed for righties (I am a lefty), but I find I have much more control and can turn much better with a traditional gouge. After putting some miles on the Sorbys, it came down to the feared sharpening time. I bought an 8” grinder and made a jig, but was still very nervous about putting that very expensive steel t...

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Lathe mounted fluting jig

Lathe mounted fluting jig

08-12-2013 01:35 AM by hairy | 3 comments »

I saw this awhile back, thought it was cool, bought it and hung it up on the wall for a few months. I thought this is a good test. I read the instructions when it came and haven’t seen them since. I hope I didn’t toss them out with the trash. Here's a link to it. It is available without the router bits. It comes with clamps to fit a mini lathe. I made clamps to use it on this lathe. The jig will adjust in and out for thickness of workpiece by sliding in and out on th...

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