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Steve Krumanaker

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  • Birthday 08/04/1950

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    Huntington IN
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    Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge

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  1. Faster drying

    I haven't really paid any attention to that as usually just forget about a roughed bowl for a year or sometimes more. It stands to reason they would dry faster this time of year, especially in a heated space. Steve
  2. A maple bowl

    Dave, in the interest of full disclosure I do draw them by hand first but I use some aids. I lay it out either with a compass or the index on my lathe(index on this one) and I use a french curve when drawing the arcs. It is burned by hand following the drawn pattern. Hope you're not too disappointed! Suggest you do a youtube search for "ellen wolters", she is a really good zentangle artist and an excellent teacher of the art form. As for me finding it after three years, I've got bowls stashed all over the shop, prolly tripped on it one too many times and decided to get it out of the way.
  3. A maple bowl

    Thanks Lew, I usually give bigger bowls a year or so, that one I probably roughed three years ago or more, not really sure. Steve
  4. A maple bowl

    Thanks Gene, a few years ago I discovered an art form called "zentangle" sounds hokey I know but it is an amazing way to draw. The pattern on the bottom is called "phicops in a circle" and if you look closely you will see that it consists of 3 arcs, repeated and repeated around a circle. It is ridiculously easy to draw as are most zentangle patterns. Steve
  5. A maple bowl

    A maple bowl in kind of a tulip shape, 12" diameter and 4" deep. I thought about "framing" the pattern with some heavy shading around the edge, decided not to and just left it plain. I turned this to be functional so it has bees wax for a finish. Steve
  6. More doing the chess pieces

    Quite an understatement I'm thinking Steve
  7. Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners January 10, 2018

    Lots of good information again. I also have that laser assembly from Ron Brown but I've been way less than happy with it, thought it was a good idea poorly executed. Before I had a vacuum pump I made my own rotary adapter and faceplate type vacuum chuck. It worked really well. There is a hazard to a shop vac when using this method though. A shop vac uses the air flow to cool the motor, with a vacuum chuck there is basically no air flow so it can damage the motor if used for long periods. Steve
  8. More doing the chess pieces

    I think they turned out great! Steve
  9. I was ordered to make 2 chess men

    They look good from here! Steve
  10. Got some done

    Looking Gerald and what a great cause those are for. I finished a couple bowls this week but mostly I've been practicing for my demo today at our monthly meeting. Going to demo the cube in a cube turning. Steve
  11. Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners January 3, 2018

    Thanks lew, I always check out Rick's new videos list, it's almost as good as Wednesday Wisdom! Steve
  12. D. A. attack

    Yea, it stands for what you think it does. When I finish a bowl on the lathe I first finish the bottom and then hold the bowl with a vacuum chuck to finish the rest of it. I've been wanting to try the technique with brush on lacquer and I guess I was thinking about that and not much else. This bowl has one coat of shellac for sealer on it. I started it spinning and applied the shellac, then went in the house for a bit. When I go back out to the shop, the bowl is laying on the floor with several pieces of bark broken off. Luckily I keep a messy shop and there was a bed of shavings or it probably would've been worse. I have several lights over my lathe which are plugged into a switchable plug strip. I normally plug my vacuum pump into a separate outlet but not thinking I plugged it into the one I use for the lights. I ALWAYS turn my lights off when I leave the shop. Amazingly I was able to get the pieces glued back on and it's hard to tell they were even broken. Thank goodness for super glue. Steve
  13. sharpening tools

    IMO, the bench grinder is better because there are dedicated sharpening jig systems for grinders that are nearly fool proof. I sharpen with 180 grit cbn wheel but I used an 80 grit for a long time with decent results. The Oneway Wolverine system is the most popular sharpening jig on the market. I don't believe it's the best but it's the most popular and what I use. Steve
  14. Bowl for my daughter

    That turned out pretty darn nice. Lew already said it but kiln dried poplar isn't that easy to turn. I'm sure your daughter is going to be very pleased! Steve
  15. Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners December 27, 2017

    Nice job once again. I look forward to this every week. That resin bowl is incredible and tempts me to try my hand at it. Just not sure I want to deal with those shavings. Steve

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