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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. Have watched that video many times, it never gets old.
  2. That's a nice looking machine! Congratulations!!
  3. Hose clamp is a good idea, have spent about $300.00 on amazon already this day. May have to up that.
  4. That would probably work for me. I do a LOT of drilling that is 1/2" deep or less. Would be nice if there were some kind of stop on it. I really rely on the scale that's on the quill to get proper depth.
  5. Thanks for the nod Dan. I do make ornaments using plywood but I only use baltic birch plywood, usually from Rockler. It is quite a lot more expensive than the big boxes but there are no voids and I don't have to scrap any of it because of de-lamination. Much more economical in the long run.
  6. That's awesome Dan. It is a chore drilling with the tailstock and your setup will be much better. Vega made a tailstock that was lever action and I've try to find one to buy over the years just for the tailstock but they are rare.
  7. Gene, you want to d/l it here. https://inkscape.org/ Fair warning, there is a steep learning curve. It has capabilities that I haven't scratched the surface on. Highly recommend watching tutorial videos to help you get started. My favorite author/teacher is logos by Nick on youtube, he is a master at using it and also happens to be a good teacher. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEQXp_fcqwPcqrzNtWJ1w9w He also offers a "master class" that can purchased. It's ridiculously cheap at only $17.00, some of the best money I've spent. You may also want to conside
  8. Every turner starts exactly the same way. Good advice from Dan and Gerald already. I always use a pair of calipers to set diameters and then turn to those landmarks. Sometimes it works well and sometimes not. The lathe is all about technique and your technique will only improve with practice.
  9. Nice work, thanks for sharing!!
  10. Way to go Dan! What a great cause.
  11. If it's fresh and you can't turn it right away, seal it. Keep in mind that sealing will buy you time, it won't make the piece last forever. Wood loses it's moisture out the end grain, very little is lost through the side walls so it doesn't matter one way or the other. If you do want to remove the bark the easiest way I found is from a Lyle Jamieson video. If you have a compressor, a cheapo air chisel from Harbor Freight is a marvelous thing for removing bark.
  12. I bought it when I was turning a lot of fairly large bowls. Watched every video I could find. Committed myself to learning to use it, several times actually. The last time I tried I had such a severe catch I bent one of the knives. Generally, the times I didn't get a catch I ruined the largest bowl by going to thin. Like I said, I've just never figured it out. Mike Mahoney makes it look so easy but for me it is not.
  13. I have used the woodcut system as well as the McNaughton system which I have never really figured out. Even though I've never used the oneway system I feel it may be the best of them.
  14. Every now and then the cleaning/reorganizing bug hits me. Afterwords, it's usually a few weeks before I can really find anything!
  15. Exactly! Think of the wood like it's a feather. If you stroke a feather from the quill to the tip, the feathers lay together nicely. If you stroke it from the tip to the quill, it gets ugly quickly.
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