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  1. More of the same here. Continue on with the media room and put some time in on turning that top. Paul
  2. I got bored with the media room so I quit early and do some turning. I’ve had a blank sitting around for a while and I decided to to turn a top for a grandson. Not sure which one yet but I will figure that one out later. Paul
  3. Nice lathe Rusty ! Definitely beefy. That swivel feature on the headstock is very cool. Paul
  4. It’s very very hard. Have played with it once on a lathe many years ago ( late 70’s) and it exceeded the capabilities of my Shopsmith and sharpening skills. It’s a small bowl blank and I broke off screws getting it attached to a faceplate and then discovered my HSS lathe chisels were no where near sharp enough to turn it. Could not even get it round and finally gave up. Using carbide tools and turning as spindles would probably work. It makes ebony feel like pine. But on the other hand any handles you turn from it will probably be dishwasher safe 😎 Paul
  5. You’re getting pretty close Fred. It’s a hard thing to do but remember that you are producing a hand crafted piece of work and the difference between yours and something cranked out on a duplicator is that yours will have those slight variations. That’s what makes yours hand crafted art as opposed to a piece of wood stuck in a CNC lathe and made by the hundreds 😎 Paul
  6. My deiniion of art is a Rorschach test 😎 Paul
  7. I actually have one of those somewhere. It was given to me probably 30 years ago. Even has an old drill attached to it. I don’t think I have ever used it. Oh and yes nothing beats a SS for horizontal boring. Paul
  8. Does this mean we don’t get a Grand Poobah ?
  9. That is really well thought out Dan. Nice use of an old tailstock and looks accurate. The one listed on Amazon looks like it might have a lot of play in it. Paul
  10. Agree with Gunny. You’re as good a turner as any of them. There are some very definite divisions in turning. One major division is art vs utility. When you look at show winners many times they are pure art and very beautiful. Others are more utilitarian, that’s probably not the best choice of terms, but they are actually useful. The art world of turning tend to dominate the shows and those turners tend to be more visible and marketable but I’m not sure they are better turners. Should you choose to turn art work, and some of your turnings are certainly in that category, yours are as good. Pa
  11. I grew up calling them a wedge cut vs a flat cut. For me most times the choice is determined by the species of wood. The softer woods have more sap wood in the middle so a flat cut is a little more unstable. If it’s a harder wood like maple then both cuts work fine and then it’s a matter of choosing which orientation fits the blank. By that I mean sometimes I will reorient the blank to show more of a spalted area etc. As Lew said with a wedge cut you also need a fairly large section of a log to get a decent size bowl. Paul
  12. From what I have seen that style table is backed up to the wall which gives it more stability. I don’t think using it free standing would work well. I agree it would be very prone to tipping. Might even consider attaching it to the wall. Paul
  13. Wow ! Wish I could carve like that. That box is beautiful 👍
  14. I took a day off woodworking and completed the overarm dust collection by adding the compressed air and getting all the tools hung. I also hung up the hose reel which will give me air over at the planer and jointer. Paul
  15. No confusion Lew. I figured that’s why you posted it. It’s always interesting how organizations can get political or polarized. Paul
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