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11-30-2015 03:01 PM

Any ideas for this newly cut cedar? - 9 replies

Hello, My in-laws asked me to clean up their woodline a bit and I grabbed some of the better cedar to bring home. Figured I’ll anchor seal it and set it aside in my redneck yard. Any ideas as what I should use this for? Obviously, it’s not that big. Bird houses comes to mind. Is cedar good for turning? I wouldn’t think so...

11-28-2015 11:44 PM

Who wants to see an idiot taking an oak bowl off the face mask? - 32 replies

ALWAYS WEAR A FULL FACE MASK !!!! So as most of you know, I’m new to turning. I’ve now blown up 3-4 bowls at the very end of the project … finishing the bottom. The next bowl will be different. I swear it. I’m going to quit while I’m ahead, saw off the thingie and sand it out. Here’s a video of a natural...

11-28-2015 11:26 PM

How to plan for movement of a top when it's wrapped in a mitered frame? - 16 replies

Ok, this one’s got me stumped. My Mother In Law requested a coffee table like the one below and I just so happened to have to perfect reclaimed lumber for this project. I’ve made a few panel glue-ups that include bread board ends with floating tenons, but I have no idea how it should work once the parallel running mitered edges ar...

11-27-2015 11:29 PM

Finishing with a polisher - 6 replies

Hello, wondering if anyone’s got any experience with a polisher for the last steps in finishing. I feel like my best finish so far involved paraffin oil, pumice grits and finally rotten. It was messy as heck, but came out really smooth. I’ve had a makita PV7001C 7 inch polisher in my Amazon wish list forever. It would be expensive wi...

11-23-2015 09:05 PM

Tell me how I stack up against you - 16 replies

I got to thinking this weekend as I slaved over a kitchen island top. I’m very curious to hear how much effort/time you think this type of project should have taken. This was my first paid commission and I’m trying to establish a value. Yeah … you’d think I would have done that...

10-24-2015 10:55 PM

Thinking of buying round tool rest sets - 39 replies

I stumbled across a site called best wood tools that offers 3/4” and 1” round tool rest components and I’m thinking of ordering straight and curved sets in 3/4” size because I only have a 12” PM. They also have a box rest for supporting a scraper for bottom scraper that looks awesome. For $300 I can get what I th...

10-20-2015 06:13 PM

Do you use a face shield when sanding? Dust mask? Trend Airshield? - 27 replies

Curious if you are 100% face shield for all spindle and bowl work, or if there are scenarios. Is sanding considered to be safe enough for just glasses? Trying to decide on a new shield. Sanding dust is a big deal, too, that I need to figure out. I think ideally I’d have something to suck up most of the dust and a low profile respirator ...

10-18-2015 06:02 PM

Can't figure out how to finish lid without cole jaws - 9 replies

Feel free to tell me how I should have approached this, but I now find myself in a pickle with a small lidded box. I finished the lid and then parted it and made the bottom. The last step is to impart a concave lid bottom but I can’t figure out how to mount it. I tried making a cole jaw of sorts and just could NOT CENTER it! And even we...

10-11-2015 05:26 PM

Can I spray lumber with worms and still work it? - 9 replies

I treated my post and beam barn structure for wood eating insects a few years ago and haven’t had a problem since. I’ve also been struggling with carpenter bees on the house and barn. Same spray kills them, but I feel like I’m under constant attack! I have a lot of lumber in the cellar and a couple of years ago added a fresh...

10-02-2015 01:46 PM

Has anyone used the Sanding Wonder Ultimate Sander? - 12 replies

While following links in a thread on sanding, I came across this product on Vince’s site. It’s double the price of the Sorby sander. Seems super nice, though. Doesn’t have the big plastic knob. Trying to decide if I should just suck it up and fork over the extra $70 one time. Thanks.

09-25-2015 09:22 PM

Are all #2 live centers compatible with a lathe #2? - 11 replies

Sorry if this is a stupid question. My PM #90 takes a #2 morse taper live center. I have crappy centers with no bearings and want to upgrade. Looking at the Oneway system which seems pretty nice. Will it definitely fit since they’re both #2? Or are there different diameters that are still considered #2, requiring me to dig deeper to fin...

09-24-2015 03:37 PM

Choosing a GOOD chuck from a short list - 53 replies

I am ready to purchase my first chuck for my new old PM #90. I spent a few hours this morning pouring over the offerings, trying to make sense of something I have no experience or insight into yet. I’d love to hear of any actual experience with some of the better offerings to help me make my purchase. First off, the #90 has a 1 1/2̶...

09-14-2015 05:13 PM

Tormek is so darned expensive! And I can' find anything used. - 9 replies

I’m coming down with the bug for the T7 and jigs. It’s surprising that I can’t find ANY used units for sale. It looks like I’m going to have suck it up and fork over what they want. yikes.

09-06-2015 10:59 PM

Buying an older lathe - Advice? - 34 replies

Hello, I’m finally ready for a lathe. I’ll want to learn everything buy pen making. I REFUSE TO MAKE PENS and have made a pact with a buddy to never, EVER do that. ;) Bowls, spindles, whatever. I’ve read a lot of previous threads, but 99% of them seem to be about current models, sales and recent used models. I’d lik...

08-31-2015 01:13 PM

Drill press slop and general imprecision - 26 replies

I spent some time yesterday working on a proof of concept that requires precision drilling around the perimeter of a round piece. For my test I routed a six inch “donut” from a scrap of 4/4 cedar. For this particular task I want to drill two-stepped holes that will allow a screw shank or bolt shank to slide, but not come through b...

07-23-2015 08:29 PM

Rough sawn cedar is a PITA - 14 replies

I’ve bought rough sawn red and white cedar from a a few local sources for decent prices, but boy do I find it difficult to locate stretches of good lumber in it. Knots and cracks are in no shortage. Even making birdhouses is difficult if I want enough wood for consistent appearance on all pieces. Then, if I want thinner material for, say a...

07-14-2015 02:10 PM

Tip: Centering a table top - 2 replies

I’ve always “winged it” when centering a table on the base. Back and forth. Nudging it this way and that way until it seems reasonable. On a recent project I got the idea to build a custom jig that allowed me to quickly and accurately center the top. Sorry for the terrible picture, but you get the idea.

06-05-2015 07:39 PM

Vintage Clamps - 3 replies

Does anyone in the Boston area want some vintage metal clamps? I bought them on CL when I first got into the hobby and have since upgraded to modern clamps. I don’t want to see them scrapped. Would love to find someone who would actually use them. Tried selling them on CL for cheap, but no nibbles … not even scammers!

03-16-2015 07:00 PM

Veritas vs LN Chisel Plane - 11 replies

Hi all, wondering if anyone has any insight into chisel planes. The moment I first saw one online it seemed like a great tool for me. I’m constantly paring down with a chisel and fighting with the stem for deeper operations. I really like the skew adjustment screws on the Veritas, but the LN seems to have a muh better blade. Maybe I sho...

12-08-2014 02:17 PM

Downsize from a Jet 54" 3HP cabinet saw? - 10 replies

Hello, Would like to hear any opinions on table saw/fence size. I have a smallish shop that’s 22’ x 22’ and an ever growing collection of large tools. At the moment I have a center post (post and beam barn) that really dictates my layout and eliminating it is an upcoming project that I’m not sure of the timeline. ...

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