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The Beall Wood Buff

The Beall Wood Buff

2069 days ago by odie | 24 comments »

Every time I make a ring box I use The Beall Wood Buff. I make about 300 ring boxes a year in four different sizes. Since I have had my wood buffing system (approx. 18 months) I’ve probably used it on close to 500 boxes. I used to hand wax and buff these boxes and it would take forever. Now it takes half the time and the quality of finish is second to none. The procedure I use is quite simple. I now sand my boxes on a belt sander down to a 400 grit. Then I apply one coat of tung oil and le...

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Lathe Duplicator for Mini Lathes

Lathe Duplicator for Mini Lathes

2070 days ago by Karson | 16 comments »

I’ve got this Penn State Lathe Duplicator I have mine mounted on a Ryobi Mini Lathe. I believe that it works for many brands. It’s not an all inclusive duplicator like the Vega. If you can make a pattern in something about 1/16” thick then you can fit it into the holding mechanism. Here are the Penn State templates This is a brass pattern of a small spindle that I’m making. The spindles are for a Vintage Sleigh I’m making. You mount your blank in the...

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Final Cut THIS WORKS GREAT!!!!!!

Final Cut THIS WORKS GREAT!!!!!!

2070 days ago by Built2Last | 7 comments »

First, sorry but I couldn’t get a picture of the final cut to load so I loaded a picture of one of my glider’s. Check out this by MCLS!! http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/ec081111.html While I have not acutally used theirs, I did take atwo 100 grit sanding discs that were 12 inch and cut them down to 9 inch and put them on an old bosch blade that I knew left a lot of saw marks and I was amazed at how smooth the rips came out. I usually use a Forrest woodworker...

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LUBRICANT

LUBRICANT

2072 days ago by SP8 | 7 comments »

My S.I.L. works at a chemical plant in Yazoo City Mississippi. They use a lubricant there caller kroil. The only place that I know of that it can be bought is direct from the factory which is KANO labs located in TN. I ordered some and believe it is twice as good as WD40. Check out the web site http://www.kanolabs.com. I believe that if you try it you too will be h

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My new Penn State Lathe.

My new Penn State Lathe.

2073 days ago by Karson | 16 comments »

I bought this lathe to make a cane for my Mother-in-Law. I had a small Ryobi lathe that I used for making pens but it only had around 16” length. Not enough room for a cane. I bought the variable speed version from Penn State Industries because I felt that it would be easier to use. It comes with a belt drive and a 3 step pulley. You can change the belt drive to change the speeds. The variable speed gives you a range within each of the pulley ranges. The motor is Motor: 1/2HP (650-38...

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General Maxi-Lathe 25-100

General Maxi-Lathe 25-100

2077 days ago by Chris Wright | 3 comments »

General makes two mid size lathes, the 25-100 and the 25-200. They are almost identical except that the 25-100 has a 1/2 HP motor with 6 speed stacked pulley, compared to the 25-200 having a 3/4 HP variable speed motor and the headstock assemble is capable of rotating for outbound turning. I was lucky enough to have a 25-100 donated to the shop and I’ve enjoyed using it now for the past few months. It is capable of turning small bowls, pens and spindles. I did notice when turning a ...

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Highly recommended

Highly recommended

2078 days ago by Tim Dorcas | 5 comments »

About a month ago, I decided I wanted another lathe. I was getting frustrated with my King Mini Lathe in regards to vibration and having to constantly switch the belt to change speeds. I had about $1000-$1200 which put me in the category of mid level lathe. It came down to a Craftex CT128 which is a copy of the Laguna 18/47 and the Nova 1624-44. The Craftex is bigger, has a bit more horse power, includes variable speed and an incredibly sturdy stand. The biggest negatives were that it was 2...

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worked the saw hard for 2 years

worked the saw hard for 2 years

2079 days ago by Todd McDonald "2 Bored Saws" | 2 comments »

I bought that same saw (Hitachi) two years ago, I have worked it hard cutting 3×3x8’ oak up into 1×1x8’ then into 1×1x5 inches, it has never quit me. I threw that plastic dust collection pan in the trash, and make my own that fits a 4” duct. I am about to buy another one. This saw has made me alot of money. I don’t use it every day, but every other day I work the crap out of it. I am not a pro (not close) just a extra money type a job. All my cuts ...

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exactly the jointer for my needs, in fact its more jointer than i will likely ever need!!

exactly the jointer for my needs, in fact its more jointer than i will likely ever need!!

2080 days ago by Michael Hacker | 10 comments »

i really needed to get a tool like this into my shop, and i am very happy to state this is my first jointer, and mighty nice tool indeed! i am very spoiled to have something this nice at my disposal! Grizzly was selling these units as blem’s through their eBay storefront. the cost savings was substantial and it was stated that the paint was uneven, blotchy, and not up to Grizzly standards. the tool still carried a full factory warranty on all parts other than the paint finish. I deci...

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I'm a bit on the cheap side

I'm a bit on the cheap side

2081 days ago by Shopsmithtom | 9 comments »

I recently read (in Fine Woodworking Magazine # 197, April, 2008) a review of several brands of forstner bits and decided that my Harbor Freight 7 piece set (1/4” – 1”) bought on sale for $5.00 was obsolete. That set, by the way, served me well for the money spent…as anyone who has read anything I’ve added to this sight in the past may remember, I’m really cheap… but I really needed more larger bit sizes. After reading the article, I noted that the...

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