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difalkner

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  1. Longworth chuck

    Not really an alternative, Tom. The Longworth chuck is intended for light duty finishing to remove the tenon on the bottom of a bowl, for example. And from what I have read the suggested max speed is 500 rpm. I would say each has its place on the lathe but not interchangeable, at least for the most part. You can see one in use here - Longworth chuck demo David Edit - I'm a novice at turning, as well, and when I typed above I had another chuck style in mine. Yes, it's possible that the Cole jaws and a Longworth chuck are interchangeable. The Longworth chuck is infinitely adjustable from min to max whereas the Cole requires you to remove the grippers, choose another hole, and remount the grippers. Sorry for speaking before thinking - first time that's ever happened. Ok, maybe not...
  2. Longworth chuck

    Thanks, Gerald. And to demonstrate that I can still be taught, I tested the 12" chuck that I made earlier and it is limited in travel due to the short slots. I knew it would be but I just wonder if that's why there is a long slot, symmetrical version. Anyway, someone asked if I can cut them a 10" model so I drew today that and used the long slots - I like it much better. So thank you for making me think about it a little further. On our Etsy shop I may offer both and see which one folks prefer, because once I have the file it won't matter to me which one I cut. Here's the 10" model that will be on Etsy shortly (fewer slots in this one because you just don't need 8 when the chuck is that small) - David
  3. Longworth chuck

    Well, the interesting thing is that after seeing that these two designs are about equal in what I have found in searches I am now wondering if the long/short slot isn't the 'old' way and the symmetrical all long slots is the improved version. After I posted earlier I put some bolts in the slots on the one I made and found that the short slots limit the travel, as you would expect, such that it won't go very small. Now that may not be a problem because all you have to do is take those four bolts, or grippers, off and the remaining 4 will go down pretty small. But on the one with all long slots it seems like it will go from minimum diameter to maximum without having to remove anything. Of course, when you get down to 4" or so you'd probably use different chuck anyway. These aren't meant for hogging material but rather for finishing the bottom of a bowl or a lid and typically not running over 500 rpm. I'm going to redesign and cut one like yours to test how it works. I may put both on our Etsy shop and let the buyers decide which they want. If in 6 months we have sold a dozen of one over the other then that will tell me all I need to know about what people want. Thanks, Gerald! David
  4. Longworth chuck

    Thanks, Gerald. I've seen that design, too, and both seem to do about the same. This is the design my friend gave me so that's the one I used. I can't see all of yours but it appears to have 8 slots like the one I cut. The shorter slot on the one I have cut is to give the center more strength. I've even seen some that appear to have way more slots than necessary, like this one - And some that appear to be weak in the center - If you Google Longworth chuck design you'll see the one I used makes up about half of the images and yours makes up the other half, with a few odd balls thrown in for good measure. But that's the good thing about what I plan on doing - I can quickly redesign and change to one like yours if it's better or even offer both. David
  5. Longworth chuck

    I have never posted into this Wood Turners area, so I guess this is a first. A friend asked me to cut him a 16" Longworth chuck so today I tested my drawing that I did in Fusion 360 by cutting a 12" chuck. Looks like it came out just fine so I thought I would offer them in our Etsy shop. You can click on the link in my signature and see the offering but I didn't want to post a link like I was pushing it, just thought you lathe guys might want to see this - I used to turn a fair amount and still have my Oliver 8' bed lathe but it's not being used 'cause it's 3 phase and I don't have time to do any turning anyway. So if y'all see something in the Etsy listing that doesn't look right or that I have worded incorrectly I would appreciate a heads up. Thanks! David
  6. Simple wedge tip

    It's a rifle display case, will be set on a mantle to display a Henry .45 given as retirement gift by the lucky man's kids. I like the idea of the Grandfather clock, though! David
  7. Simple wedge tip

    This is more of a tip than anything else but this is as good a place to post this as any, I guess - It occurred to me this afternoon as I reached for a couple of the wedges I keep handy that maybe this isn't a normal 'go-to' for some folks so I thought I would share this. Often I find myself needing to support a long piece for driving screws, chiseling, drilling, etc. and sometimes there just isn't a convenient way to do this. So, a long time ago (eons) I cut a dozen wedges of Maple to use for jacking a suitable block to support another piece. The photos below will far better explain what I'm rambling about - 42" long piece of Walnut and needing to chisel out for hinges but to support the piece I would have to cut a block to fit. Or, I could grab a block, two wedges, and the block now is very tight and exactly the right size for support - If you already do this then great; if you don't it doesn't take long to cut a handful of these hardwood wedges to have ready for when you need them. There are other ways to do this, of course, but this is quick and easy and doesn't require any cutting or tools - just grab what's handy and go on to the task at hand. I keep a few of them on my tablesaw fence because they also come in handy if a board is trying to close up on you and pinch the blade. You can probably go back and look at some of the photos and videos I've posted and see them right there and handy. David
  8. Once you get all the pieces cut it's time to decide which pieces will go where and in what order and orientation. There are many ways to do this but I chose to just take one from each batch and see how it looks on this one. So I thought I'd do a lighthearted video of the process. Enjoy! David
  9. Cutting board with inlay

    So... I've been in creative mode lately to augment our Etsy shop and have come up with more unique cutting boards, trivets, etc. I haven't done a video in a month so it was time for another and I decided to do one on this cutting board. It's edge grain Maple with Walnut inlay and the rosette is left over pieces from end grain cutting boards. I knew those little pieces would come in handy one day! The board is 12" x 16.5" x 1" thick. For those who play guitar this is styled after a 00 size Martin guitar. For those who don't play guitar, it's still styled after a 00 size Martin guitar. Here's the finished board - And here's the making of video - Enjoy! David
  10. Anyone Have a Carvewright?

    I don't have a Carvewright but on our CNC I just raise the bit about an inch above the surface, set that as zero for Z, and run the pattern through the air to make certain everything looks good, that no clamps are going to be hit, that the target piece is big enough for the pattern to be cut, etc. Usually I just do this one or two passes for the outer profile of the piece so it only takes a minute to test out. David
  11. Anti-snipe tip

    It will work just fine but I usually have longer boards of the type I'm using for the cutting board and just grab a couple of those. I find it works better to place them near the middle of the board, as well. Plus, I never have Pine in the shop so that's not an option for me. David
  12. Anti-snipe tip

    When I do my glue-ups for cutting boards I leave a 'stick' or two a bit long on either end to prevent snipe in not only the planer but also the drum sander. This has the same effect as feeding a sacrificial board before and after your target board for surfacing. I don't always get snipe on my DW735 planer but it's often enough that doing this eliminates the snipe. The little board that's protruding may get some snipe but the target board doesn't. Hope this works for you like it does for me - David
  13. Lumber score!

    The 3D effect boards? Nope, not yet. I keep saying I want to do a couple so maybe soon. Have you made any? If so, were they difficult? David
  14. Lumber score!

    I'm putting this here because this is the first stage of future cutting boards. A friend who lives a couple of hours from us sent an email Wednesday asking if I wanted his Walnut, Maple, and Mahogany scraps for cutting boards. He builds very nice custom furniture and guitars, about 55 so far. Anyway, he said if I didn't want the scraps they would go in his burn pile. I haven't seen him in 6 months or so and wouldn't mind the drive but since I had a ton to do yesterday I asked if he could give me an idea of the amount of scraps he was talking about. He sent some photos and said most were 4/4 36" or so but would be great for what I'm doing. We figured, why not, our stuff will wait and Sandy and I would enjoy the drive. These are the photos he sent and said I could thin out the two bins inside his wood storage building (his wood storage building is probably 20' x 50', his shop must be 3,000 sq. ft, maybe more, climate controlled, and with a finishing room he can drive his van into for loading furniture - finishing room is also climate controlled - all of this at his house) Scraps - In the truck when we got home - they multiplied! He helped me clean out both bins, insisted it was all going to be burned. Substantially longer than 36", I'd say. Also, about 20% of this is 8/4 Mahogany and Walnut, some 6/4. Didn't see a knot, absolutely nail/fastener free, and only a couple of pieces with splits. No idea how many cutting boards this will make. In the family room - no room in our shop, making a space in our drying room (daughter's old bedroom). This is the pile we put in the drying room - End shot of the stack - Overall shot - Figured Mahogany, about 8" wide, 50" long - Anyway, since we just opened out Etsy shop I guess cutting boards will occupy most of my time for a while. Enjoy! David
  15. Anyone Have a Carvewright?

    Our mailman has one and he's shown me a few things he's done on it. Not a robust machine but capable of doing some decent smaller jobs. Now I've told you all I know... David

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