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A nice chuck for cheap

A nice chuck for cheap

05-04-2011 06:48 AM by bobasaurus | 10 comments »

I purchased the PSI Barracuda 2 chuck system off Amazon to improve my ability to make bowls. The price was very reasonable considering the good quality and extra accessories included. There are four sets of jaws that cover any tenon diameter I could need, and an attachment to make it into a screw chuck. It’s threaded for a 1” dia 8 tpi spindle, which fits my old Delta lathe perfectly (there’s also an adapter for 3/4 16 included). The chuck jaws have ridges to keep a stro...

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PSI Drill Centering Pen Vise, cheaply made

PSI Drill Centering Pen Vise, cheaply made

03-11-2010 08:23 AM by tooldad | 11 comments »

Got this vise with a starter kit from PSI. About a 100 pens later it has come apart twice and caused at least 4-6 students to ruin blanks due to moving while drilling. What seems to happen is the ring spring clamp (I’m not sure what it is called) keeps popping off when tightened. It took 4 hands and a ring separator pliers to get it back on, and that is not an exaggeration. I think it would have been okay in my home workshop, but definitely not high output shops. Called customer ...

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Pink Tool Set for Ladies - Apollo Precision 39-piece

Pink Tool Set for Ladies - Apollo Precision 39-piece

03-16-2010 04:32 PM by EricWrights | 17 comments »

Apollo Precision 39-piece Pink Tool Set I suggest you this awesome tool set. It was really nice to be able to give a tool set to my wife that not only was sturdy and comprehensive but also aesthetically looked great with their shocking pink accents. I’m not allowed to use the pink tools so I’m told (I’m terrible for putting tools back in their proper place) but there’s no way I could confuse them with mine so I don’t think she has to worry! Great bundle...

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Thompson Lathe Tool Handles

Thompson Lathe Tool Handles

11-18-2010 06:48 PM by Big_Bob | 6 comments »

I was looking for two new lathe tool handles when I stumbled across the Thompson website. I was intrigued by the idea that the handles were square and not round. They are not truly square because the edges are rounded over, but they are not the traditional round shape. The idea being the turner’s right hand can feel the shape of the tool and know where the flute of the tool is facing. If for example the flat part is facing up then the flute is up if the edge is up then the flute is facing...

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Good turning jacket

Good turning jacket

12-30-2012 09:00 PM by Kreegan | 3 comments »

After the first time I turned green wood, I decided that I needed some kind of turner’s smock or coat. So I looked around at the available options, and didn’t really like what was out there. Everything was either too pricey or looked like it didn’t provide the kind of coverage I wanted. On a turner’s forum somewhere, I read that some people recommended chef’s jackets or welding coats. I looked at chef’s coats and didn’t find any with the kind of neck ...

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Duplicator & Spindle Steady

Duplicator & Spindle Steady

04-26-2015 06:13 AM by pjones46 | 4 comments »

I finally pulled the trigger on the purchase of a USA made Vega D36 Pro Lathe Duplicator along with a Canadian made Oneway Spindle Steady. The Vega D36 allows you to use either a template which you make (which has the profile of the turning cut into it) or you can mount an original turning up to 4? diameter which you wish to copy. Material is quickly removed by locking cutters in-out motion and turning the handwheel of the duplicator to move the cutter along the axis of the lathe bed. The...

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First Nova chuck and very disappointed

First Nova chuck and very disappointed

08-02-2011 05:19 PM by SSMDad | 4 comments »

I originally purchased the PSI Barracuda2000 chuck and it worked well until two of the jaw popped out and got stuck. When I returned it I figured I’d try this Nova since people seemed so keen on the brand and the “SuperNova” was overkill for me. Firstly the little threads that grab onto the piece: the Nova only has 1 and it doesn’t grip that well (the PSI I believe has 4 threads on the jaws). I tried 4 different types and sizes of blanks (both spindle and tennoned...

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Using Steussy's 6" and 8" bowlsaw

Using Steussy's 6" and 8" bowlsaw

01-31-2009 09:11 AM by Bob Collins | 10 comments »

I have used the bowlsaws on soft and hard wood blanks, including Australian Red Gum, expensive burl blanks and other exotic wood, I realised that FINALLY here is a tool for the serious and the hobby turner alike.An inexpensive tool for saving the core of that expensive blank you bought which normally you would turn 75% of into saw dust. The size of the blank you start with will determine if you will get two or three bowls from the one blank and the more depth the blank has will give ...

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Kelton - McNaughton M8 Center Saver - AWESOME CUSTOMER SERVICE TOO!!!!!!!

Kelton - McNaughton M8 Center Saver - AWESOME CUSTOMER SERVICE TOO!!!!!!!

08-14-2012 03:12 PM by los | 5 comments »

Fellow Jocks, Most of you probably have heard of the Center Saver system. For those of you who have not, its a great tool system for bowl/platter turning that lets you “save” or core out the inside of your bowl blanks to make smaller blanks from the same blank of wood instead of just creating tons of shavings. I recently found some “free” wood on craigslist and it turned out to be a huge norway maple tree that someone had taken down and saved the 8 ft trunk secti...

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Hand tool .Don't know what it is.

Hand tool .Don't know what it is.

04-10-2012 10:54 PM by woodcrafter47 | 16 comments »

This hand tool in first pic it is opened up ,2nd has patened date, shows 2 metal triangle screwed into handle. Wear edges in wood on the top of triangle , 3 rd is it folded up part way and shows how someone has added 3 nails to make another triangle. Held together with metal and old square head nuts and bolts.Purchased it at a yard sale, and those people did not know what it is, or what it’s used for, So all you LJ”s out there who may have seen one or have used one please ID for m...

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