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Forum topic by Troutsman posted 12-09-2011 02:31 AM 872 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-09-2011 02:31 AM

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to drop by and introduce myself. I stumbled upon this site while researching my passion of woodworking. My name is Russ Peterson and I live in the back woods of Utah in Birdseye on our 70 acre ranch. My love of the outdoors and woodworking gives me many hours of enjoying day dreams. I am lucky enough to work from home and work when I want to, so, often times my day dreams come first and I put work aside.

As a novice, I would love to get to know everyone and soak up as much information as possible while giving back to the community, where I can. My first projects will be turning pens, pencils, and chess figures. I plan on working with exotic materials such as moose, deer, cariobou, and elk antlers as well as woods. I have just made my first purchase on a mini lathe and cannot wait to get started. I am no novice to working with wood as I have been building with it for over 20 years but most of that could be contributed to wood butchering log homes, framing conventional homes as well as any large structure you can imagine, which is not very intricate. With knowledge on this different scale, I hope I am able to add some valuable input if anyone is looking in these areas.

I look forward to meeting the members of this site.

God Bless,


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#1 posted 12-09-2011 05:22 AM

Hi Russ
Welcome to LJs glad to have you join our good group of woodworking folks.

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#2 posted 12-09-2011 05:31 AM

Welcome Russ, That is how it started out with me, a midi lathe. Watch out or you’ll be spending money like crazy. When making antler pens, you’ll have to resharpen your tool half way through and use plenty of ventilation. Antler smells horrible when turned.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#3 posted 12-09-2011 08:19 AM

Thanks for the welcome… Andy, is that with a carbide chisel or a HSS high speed? I had not thought about sharpening the tools; will a simple file work with light work or is a grinder needed each time?

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#4 posted 12-09-2011 08:39 AM

A file won’t do much for HSS and nothing with carbide.

Always a grinder for HSS. Preferably 100 grit, aluminum oxide, white or brown. Try to keep heat down.

Haven’t heard of anyone sharpening their own carbide, but I suppose it could be done. Might take diamond tools.

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