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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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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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Accurate, Repeatable Spindle Tenons on the Lathe

Accurate, Repeatable Spindle Tenons on the Lathe

11-24-2012 08:37 PM by DustyMark | 12 comments »

DescriptionThe Anthony Tools Tenon Tool Adapter is well-made product that enhances your ability to turn accurate and repeatable spindle tenons on the lathe. The manufacturer advertises .002” tolerances for final fit. UseIt is designed to be attached to a 1/2” square nose scraper. The tool rides on the tool rest and also rubs against the bottom side of the tenon. The scraper cuts at the top of the tenon and produces a clean, smooth cut. The scraper quits cutting when ...

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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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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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To expensive and kind of gimmicky

To expensive and kind of gimmicky

12-24-2012 04:56 AM by Chris Wright | 10 comments »

I got a chance to see the Easy Wood Tools new Easy Chuck. I was pretty excited because I wanted to see how it worked and after looking at it I have to say I’m pretty disappointed. The first thing I noticed is that it is direct threaded. This I think is a bad idea. If you start turning with a midi lathe with a 1” x 8 tpi spindle and move up to one with 1 1/4” x 8 tpi spindle you’d have to buy a new chuck. There is no way to use a wrench to remove the body from the ...

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Rockler Pen Starter Kit and turning kits

Rockler Pen Starter Kit and turning kits

08-09-2009 09:00 AM by USCJeff | 17 comments »

I decided to finally give up my boycott and try my hand at pen making. I didn’t want to become one of those “pen guys”. There are a lot of things you need to get started on pen one. I bought the starter set as it seemed the simplist way to go about it. Having turned a couple pens now, I might have done it differently. The pricing is good considering the a la carte prices of the components. I found, however, I would have opted for different components. The mandrel work...

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Magical little tool

Magical little tool

12-26-2011 07:14 AM by slickSqueegie | 12 comments »

On the plastic tube it came in it says ””If you’re not 100% satisfied, Ill buy it back.” Craig Jackson, Founder” Thanks, but nope, Im keeping mine!My wife bought this as a Christmas present for me. This is a tool I have heard great things about, but just couldn’t justify the high cost for such a simple little tool.I am amazed at how well this thing cuts. And the cost is 100% justified!Simply amazed!10 Stars! For those who do not know what this gem is, It...

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Affordable but top notch turning tool

Affordable but top notch turning tool

09-12-2010 05:02 PM by mckenziedrums | 3 comments »

I’m a relative newbie to all things turning… and while I haven’t ventured very far out of the pen turning thing yet I know well enough to try and make sure I have the right tools around for the job. As with most folks I grabbed one of the cheapie kits of turning tools when I started and while those work well enough when you keep the sharp I wanted to get a more substantial skew that I could use for other projects and that would hold it’s edge better. I debated on wheth...

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Benjamin's Best Bowl Gouges

Benjamin's Best Bowl Gouges

10-18-2010 10:33 PM by Lochlainn1066 | 2 comments »

I have the 3/8 and 1/2 inch gouges from Penn State. As of the current catalog (got it today), they are $15.95 and $19.95. I am a self taught turner (about 5yrs experience), so my only comparison in edge retention is from a cheapo Harbor Freight set and an older Buck Brothers set. The BB gouges hold an edge as long or longer than any of these tools, which makes them about average for HSS. I have a high carbon scraper I made myself which doesn’t hold an edge very long at all, for co...

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