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Upgrade your pen turning

Upgrade your pen turning

06-23-2010 05:39 AM 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

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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Abranet Sanding Mesh

Abranet Sanding Mesh

03-25-2010 09:42 PM 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

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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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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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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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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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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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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A better mouse trap.....

A better mouse trap.....

12-27-2009 12:18 AM by Chris | 3 comments »

I received the Sorby Sandmaster from my children as a Christmas present. On the surface you might think “Why do I need a tool for sanding a bowl?” I normally use regular sandpaper (Norton or 3M) for finishing my bowls; this however turned out to be a whole different story. I found that I am not seeing the wonderful concentric circles from the sandpaper scratches and I don’t believe I’m getting much if any heat buildup. I just completed a crotch maple bowl this mornin...

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