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Easy Finisher

Easy Finisher

1399 days ago 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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3/8 inch shell auger for making lamps

3/8 inch shell auger for making lamps

1399 days ago 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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Benjamin's Best Bowl Gouges

Benjamin's Best Bowl Gouges

1404 days ago 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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Vega   # D-48 Duplicator

Vega # D-48 Duplicator

1424 days ago by grosa | 3 comments »

This duplicator is the best manual duplicator for the money that I have used. It comes in different lengths and different price ranges. It has a variety of different adjustments. When you buy it, It comes with the aluminum extrusion, the chain, the spoked guide wheel, the blade holder head, the cutter, two center point brackets ( for holding round turnings as a template) and it also comes with 3 different stylus.The cutter head is spring loaded and can be locked if you just want to make a str...

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Affordable but top notch turning tool

Affordable but top notch turning tool

1440 days ago 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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Excellent tool for hollowers

Excellent tool for hollowers

1469 days ago by reggiek | 4 comments »

I bought this tool some time ago, based on a recommendation I received from a good friend that does gallery class production turnings, and have been running it through it’s paces. Now that I have it’s measure, it is time to do a write up. This tool is made in New Zealand – and definitely has excellent engineering and quality control. It arrived in first class condition well packaged and extremely well protected. The instruction book is a bit on the slim side…not...

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Upgrade your pen turning

Upgrade your pen turning

1522 days ago by Sawdust2 | 7 comments »

There are a number of pen turners like me on LJ. Actually, most are better.But I’ve lately noticed that the edges of my blanks are just not quite good enough. So I searched around and found John Goodiin. http://www.penturnersproducts.com/ John engineers his bushings to a greater tolerance than those we get from Rockler, Woodcraft, PSI, etc. Plus you will be turning between centers and not on a mandrel. That’s going to be the biggest leap in your quality. So if your ski...

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easy rougher

easy rougher

1598 days ago 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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Abranet Sanding Mesh

Abranet Sanding Mesh

1611 days ago by Darell | 5 comments »

I thought I’d try this Abranet Sanding Mesh to sand my pen blanks. Sanding has always been the hated chore of my penmaking. The Abranet Sanding Mesh has made this task much easier. I cut a 1” strip off each of 5 grits and after 15 pens I’m still using the same pieces and they don’t show any signs of wearing out yet. This stuff is much, much easier to use that the old sandpaper strips I had before. I won’t be using the old stuff any more. Wish I’d boug...

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

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

1619 days ago 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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