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  1. Nooooo! I just replaced that lathe. It has a reeves drive as the speed control. The pulleys are not available. I did some research on other pulley options and the closest I could come to was similar ones form Grizzly but the diameters were apparently not the same so the original speed specs were not obtainable. I read where some folks were converting the lathe drives with single pulleys and dc motors from treadmills. 


    The lowest speed on this lathe was about 450 rpms. The reeves drive is very noisy, also. 


    I sold mine for $70- without the legs.

  2. @Woodbutcherbynight Thanks!  Nice heater, too.


    @Gerald Thank You! It saddens me to say that too much of the local walnut is used for firewood, around here.


    @FlGatorwood Thanks! And, thanks for posting your turning for us to see. That particular bowl shape didn't have much contact with the rubber bumpers. The tape is just an additional safety measure.


    @HandyDan Thank You! It's hard to describe how much nicer it is to use this new lathe compared to the old Delta!

  3. Twenty shopping days left until Christmas, just saying...


    Please don't forget that we are in the midst of our Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family project. We have exceeded our goal!!!! But, if you haven't added your contribution, it will make their Christmas just that much more memorable!  



    Our Patriot Turners-

    New member @Masonsailor posted an awesome turning that will be part of a larger "Lazy Susan".



    Check out his post and some of the fabulous comments by our members-



    @FlGatorwood saved Thanksgiving, at his house, this year. What do you do when you need to mash taters and there's no masher? You make one!!!




    Check out how he did this in his post-



    @Bundoman is up to his mask in snowmen! Look at this plethora of little fellows (and ladies)!




    He received lots of great comments on these turnings-




    @Ron Altier showed us a new finish for his ornaments. The finish is hardened by sunlight-




    He explains more in this post-



    What’s Coming Up-

    Moving on down the west coast, here's a centrally located turners club-



    Click on the above image for the link to their web site.



    For The Newbies-

    Easy Wood Tools @Jim from Easy Wood Tools in conjunction with Tracey Malady, has a video demonstrating bowl turning using their product. You can see just how "Easy" these tools are to use!



    Expand Your Horizons-

    One more sea urchin ornament. This one is a bird house ornament by Mike Peace.




    New Turning Items-

    How about a jumbo drive spur!?



    This one is from Nova. Check out this link for more information-




    Everything Else-

    Here's a chance to look at some awesome ornaments and vote for the one you like the most. 





    I've been putting the new lathe through its paces. Continuing to work on Christmas bowls. The inside of each is turned and sanded. Now removing the tenon and finishing up the bottom.










    One of the turnings is destined to become a lidded vessel. The maple blank is roughed out and affixed to a glue block using a paper joint. 




    Once it is finished, everything will get a mineral oil/beeswax finish.



    Safe turning


  4. I have the 735 and have always used the OEM knives. I've heard of guys sharpening them but never tried that.  Mostly I plane oak, walnut and cherry but have done hard maple for my rolling pins. Every now and then I'll get some tear out on wild grain but attributed that to the grain more than the sharpness of the knives.


    When I bought the planer, from Woodcraft, they cautioned me not to be really aggressive with the cuts. I usually do between 1/3 to 1/2 turn of the adjustment wheel- depending on the wood species and the width of the boards.

  5. 4 hours ago, Masonsailor said:

    Sorry. Those were of the table. The circles in the turning are pieces of brass pipe cut to length, inserted into some of the segmented pieces and then the center filled with a dowel of the same wood which was Brazilian walnut I believe. The rest of the turning is Paduak. 


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