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Steve Krumanaker

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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. Steve Krumanaker

    Ornament of stripes

    Looks good Ron! Steve
  2. Steve Krumanaker

    Clewes weekend

    Congratulations Gerald, that looks to have been a great weekend. I have watched a couple videos of Jimmy Clewes' giving a demo and he's quite the entertainer as well as an outstanding turner. It's amazing how much a person can learn during a hands on day with someone like him. Steve
  3. Steve Krumanaker

    Best way to drill

    I would do it on the lathe. Start with a piece slightly over sized. Turn a tenon on either end. Chuck one end and drill about 1/2 way. Turn it end for end and repeat. Use the holes as your center and turn it round. I know you've already turned the cylinder, much better to drill first. In Lieu of that, I agree with Gene. Shopsmith is ideal for this task. Steve.
  4. Steve Krumanaker

    Your best guess.

    Everyone has given you good information but I would like to add, don't confuse dry with stable. A blank that thick, no matter long it sits or how long it dries is going to move as internal stresses are released. It's also very difficult to dry flat, or rift sawn, sycamore without it moving all over the place to begin with. Sycamore almost has to be quartersawn to be stable. That piece is also from very near the center of the log. If I were turning it I would do so immediately. I would either twice turn it, let it warp and then finish turn or turn to finish green and showcase the warp. Steve
  5. Steve Krumanaker

    Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners February 13, 2019

    Good job Lew and thanks for the nod, that video was a lot of fun to do. Chasing threads has been in my sights for a long time. Actually came close to ordering the tools this week. I'll watch the Captain's videos a few times I'm sure. Sam Angelo also has some good videos on chasing threads. Steve
  6. Steve Krumanaker

    More Bullet Pens

    You're on fire Dan! Steve
  7. Steve Krumanaker

    Cole, and Longworth jaws?

    Tom It happens I have done it both ways. My first vacuum set up I made everything, including the rotary adapter. While a lot of people say it won't work I used my Sears shop vac to generate the vacuum. It worked very well actually and I never had a failure when using it. The biggest thing about using a shop vac to consider is they use the vacuum air flow for cooling the motor as well. It could shorten the life of motor if left running too long when using for a vacuum chuck. I would probably still be using it but I stumbled onto a used holdfast venturi system for cheap and purchased that. I didn't like it at first because I felt the shop vac setup was actually a more solid hold. Since then I've gotten used to it and it works well. Even though the home made set up worked well, starting over I would go ahead with a purchased system. The holdfast system is available from Craft supply and/or Amazon. You will need the venturi and a rotary adapter, together they will cost $180.00 or so. The rotary adapter will work with pretty much any vacuum pump and would cost around 60 bucks by itself. It's pretty simple for a person to make their own vacuum chucks and that's an easy way to save a few bucks. The one I use the most is just a piece of maple tapped to fit my spindle with self stick craft foam on the face. Bob Hamilton has a series of videos on his channel about using a shop vac if you'd care to watch them. Hope that answers your questions, if not, let me know and I'll help as I can Steve
  8. Steve Krumanaker

    Cole, and Longworth jaws?

    Agree with Gerald, the longworth is better. With that said, for only a few dollars more you could have a vacuum chuck. One of the best investments a bowl turner can make IMO. Steve
  9. Steve Krumanaker

    Ornament of pieces

    Looks good to me Ron. The final outcome is what matters and this one turned out well. Steve
  10. Steve Krumanaker

    Biig pecan

    Nice score Gerald, there are some pretty natural edge bowls in there I bet. Lots of pretty grain too. Steve
  11. Steve Krumanaker

    Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners February 6, 2019

    Thank goodness for Dan and Ron! They carried the load this week. Thanks for the videos and I like your "tap". I have made several wooden accessories for my oneway center but of course I wasn't smart enough to make my own and bought one. learned something new so it's been a good day! Thanks lew. Steve
  12. Steve Krumanaker

    .30-06 Pens

    Those are great Dan! Steve
  13. Steve Krumanaker

    Turning Acrylics

    Without seeing what you were doing this is just a shot in the dark. When I'm doing small ornament finials I drill and tap them long before they are turned to a small diameter. If I don't they will often split because there just isn't enough material left to keep that from happening. When they are done installing the screw eye is no big deal. Steve
  14. Steve Krumanaker

    Turning Acrylics

    Ron, I don't turn acrylics but I know Easy Wood Tools has developed a new negative rake insert designed just for that application. Haven't tried one on acrylics but I have used one on hard wood end grain and it gave a very nice finish on that. Steve
  15. Steve Krumanaker

    More Inside Out Vase

    Another good idea and nice save. Looks nice too! Steve

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