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  1. But you did also use glue, Right? After the glue cures it is the glue that holds the joint not the biscuit. Take a biscuit and fold it and you will see they are not very strong.
  2. I posted I was doing spoons a week or two ago and @John Morrisasked for my method. Well here it is. I am using dimensional rough sawn cherry for my blanks and saw them out on bandsaw. When I mount on lathe the head of the spoon is at the headstock in a drive spur . The side to be carved is mounted slightly lower than the edge of the spur. This allows the back to be turned almost round. At first I tried for more round but the bowl was a little narrow so I now leave the back flat and sand it and then sand a roundover transition to the sides. Then the handle , knob and back of bowl are turned. Now I carve the bowl using a Arbortech ball carver. Since the end of the bowl is end gran it breaks out easily so after learning that lesson I left that end thicker and then sanded the outside end to get final thickness. Then using a flap sander in drill press I sand inside the bowl .
  3. This type sign may last a year in exposed weather so Jess had a good idea to frame and glass or plex over it. Dan's butterfly patches will be much stronger than a biscuit which is only for alignment and not for strength,
  4. Be careful about riding a bevel . That shine is burnished and it actually crushes wood fibers. Not too bad if final finish cut but it may not sand as well or rather as easily. By the way take a break now and then sounds like you working hard on the pins
  5. This is the way my 1442 works in respect to this problem. Speed handle will not move when stopped but will when lathe is under power. Just clean the spindle in headstock and on the motor if that too has a split pulley like mine. Now add lithium grease to both shafts and it will work with power on or off freely for a few weeks. I deferred to Tom's tech on the berringbut you know there are always workarounds.
  6. Wish I could have given that one both a laugh and a like so
  7. Lew some nice videos you have found. I did not get into some specifics in the blog as it was just a overview. In your box since it is small compares to a dishwasher or refrigerator a 25 watt may be safer. Some other tips on successful drying 1. round over all sharp corners. Cracks can emanate from these areas 2. even wall thickness from top to bottom. If uneven it is better to be thinner at the bottom so it will flex and be less likely to crack.
  8. Had a discussion with Lew on drying blanks so I put together a blog on my method as well as five others . My coverage of the other five is not definitive but is enough to either help or get you in trouble with your wife. As I stated there is no 100% method to get there, but it does grow on trees and we have plenty around here. Drying Turned Wood
  9. Gerald

    Six methods

    Drying Turned Wood by Gerald Lawrence I will cover the method I use as well as some other methods which have been up and down in popularity in the woodturning world to dry a blank in a method of turning called Twice Turned. First what is Twice Turned (TT) . TT is when you rough turn a bowl (usually only green wood) down to a wall thickness equaling one-tenth of the diameter of the bowl, the turn again when it reaches moisture equalization (MEQ) to final finish. 1. Bag & Chips OK that does sound like fast food but that is what I will call this method which is the one I use mostly. After rough turn I weight the bowl and place in paper (note plastic will not let moisture escape and cause mold) bag with shavings from the turning. This bag may get wet and for the first 1-2 weeks open it up daily to let out some moisture and possibly even change bags. I at one time weighed each time I went to the shop but now have that down to twice a week. After about two weeks or less when drying slows the chips can be dumped and keep in bag only. Continue weights and when the weight loss drops to average about 4 to 7 Gm a day take out of the bag and place on shelf. Store top down will slow the water loss some. When you reach MEQ or 1 Gm or less change you can stop weights and store till ready to do the second turn. 2. Alcohol Bath is based on the principle that alcohol attracts water . This means that the alcohol absorbs water from the blank . This alcohol will continue to absorb water to a certain point at which it becomes saturated and must be dumped. The alcohol used is 95% Denatured Alcohol (DNA). Use plastic buckets or barrel to place bowls in with it completely submerged in DNA. May need a weight to accomplish this. Leave in DNA for from 2 to 24 hours (studies disagree on the time so experiment) . Remove bowl and allow excess to dry . Wrap the outside only of bowl and rim with paper. Store on stickers to allow air flow. May be returned in as little as two weeks. 3. Seal and Store is a method used by many pro turners since time is of essence. Rough turn the bowl and seal endgrain inside and out with Anchor Seal and store the bowl. You can either wait a long period (six months or more) or use moisture meter to check for MEQ. 4. Microwave you would place bowl in microwave at high for about 20-30 seconds and weight after each cycle. Wood must be allowed to cool after each cycle for a period of at least 30 minutes.. This may take 6 to 8 cycles to get to MEQ but do not rush it or you can have burned bowl to contend with. The sie of bowl and type of wood also affect the use of this method. 5. Desiccant Drying is a fairly new method . This one uses desiccant crystals which can be bought in bulk on Amazon and other places . Right now 5 pounds runs around $30. Just place the bowl in a zip lock bag with enough desiccant to cover it. This can completely dry a bowl in as little as 24 hours. Some of these beads will change color as they absorb more water. Check weight or use meter to determine dryness. And repeat if needed. A good thing about this method versus alcohol is that these crystals can be recharged by drying them in the oven. 6. Kiln Drying is a method you can use for fast results. There are many videos and instructions on the internet as to how to make these. Most use a old refrigerator or even a dishwasher, two holes at least will need to be cut in it, a top and bottom to circulate air. Muffin fans can be used to circulate air and a light bulb to generate heat, Timers and thermostats can also be used to enhance the effect. These are mostly a short story on drying bowls and there are exceptions to every method and this is only to give a close overview of what to expect in use but not a guarantee of results. Different types of woods dry at different rates and some will dry catastrophically with a push method. Overall don't be afraid to try passive methods and experiment.
  10. You can also just bag the shavings in a thin fabric bag and use that in drawers. No bugs.
  11. Any time , after all we are in this together in one way or another.
  12. Lew the PVC racks I have made I either tilts back leaving a crack at the flat bottom . Also did one with a narrow strip across the bottom to allow chips thru.
  13. Funny thing about ebay and other such sites is you get wound up and some folks push the bid up before the last minute. I wait for withing the last 10 seconds. If you ever look at the penny auctions on Bud's Gunshop they add time if it looks like you have won in the last 10 seconds and that is a real bummer. I bought my #8 on eBay and felt like I got a deal from watching other #8's that I dropped out and it went up over 150.
  14. No OLD guys here , just extremely (means a long time) experienced and knowledgeable (means been there done that and this is what i learned about repeating it) @Gene Howe ain't it amazing how much we depend on internet to occupy our minds?
  15. Andrew I do not understand your concern for weight. This is a light weight lathe and the steel stand will be there long after this lathe quits. As to two sets of legs on headstock that is not a design feature. Look around at all other lathes and you will see the same legs front and rear. Placing more leg at headstock will create problems if you are turning on the backside of a piece as they will be in the way. As to building your own stand , yes a good idea but you will need a better joint than the drywall screws I see now. Create a joint that will use quality screws and glue. There is a lot of vibration to deal with and that takes a strong joint , butt joints are not strong joints.
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