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Thompson Lathe Tool Handles

Thompson Lathe Tool Handles

11-18-2010 06:48 PM by Big_Bob | 5 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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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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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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easy rougher

easy rougher

04-08-2010 08:08 AM by billthekatt | 13 comments »

this is my second tool review..this is on the easy wood tools ci1 easy rougher.. a carbide tiped turning tool..this is my first pro turning tool that i have bought. so far i love it..it chews through everything ive thrown at it so far. oak, walnut and birch..smooth cutting on the edge, there was a little chattering on the walnut, but i just eased up on the pressure and it stops..i really like this tool so much so that i am going to order their c10 easy finisher (round cutting tip)..i def...

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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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3/8 inch shell auger for making lamps

3/8 inch shell auger for making lamps

10-23-2010 11:12 PM by Andrew | 3 comments »

I bought this for my Christmas present projects for, it comes unhandeled, which is not a problem for a woodturner anyway. I did have to drill out my live center, but it worked, it works, and it works well. I made the handel from white oak, used the rust stain, and boiled linseed oil. I used a piece of copper pipe for the ferrule. The whole system works very nicely, I have found that 350 RPM works the best, also it works better if you are not using a spur drive, next time I will use a chuck...

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Easy Finisher

Easy Finisher

10-23-2010 11:20 PM by Andrew | 5 comments »

I have been wanting to purchase or at least use one of these for a while now. I went to the Woodcraft Octoberfest, they had a demo station for the whole set, and a discount. I tried them and decided this would work very well for the inside of the lamp shades I am making as Christmas presents this year. If it weren’t for that project I would never have been able to pull the trigger on such a pricey tool. I am impressed, even when I did have catches, there was no real damage done to 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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Artistic pen blanks

Artistic pen blanks

02-14-2010 11:05 PM by Sawdust2 | 3 comments »

Friday I had the opportunity to visit the shop of Constant Laubscher who runs a niche business of creating custom pen blanks. www.lazerlinez.com Constant showed me the process from root ball to finished product. He had one huge root burl that had to have been 4 foot in diameter. After the burl is cut to rough size (1×1 x 6-8) he dries it (them) in a large cabinet about 2×8 x 8. Then they get stabilized in a pressure pot you won’t believe. I could be wrong but I believe that...

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Tap it...

Tap it...

04-02-2009 04:47 AM by dmann | 4 comments »

I picked up a new Nova lathe at the Woodcraft sale last month and have been adjusting to the new spindle size. I sold all my old faceplates with my old lathe I am slowly gathering accessories for the larger spindle size of the new lathe. This gave me a perfect excuse to spring for a Beall Spindle Tap. Using this tool you can tap threads into a block of wood and thread it directly on your lathe spindle. Previously I could only create cusom chucks by clamping a block of wood in my scroll chu...

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