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  1. My current spoons have dried sufficiently that I can finish them up. I was having trouble determining the thickness of the bowls and my "pinch test" wasn't being very reliable. Not being a turner, I don't have any nice calipers I can use. So necessity is the mother of invention. Head to the scrap bin, pull out some "popsicle sticks" from the glue box and made some up.
  2. In my shop there is a seldom opened drawer full of tapes, rules, dial indicators and calipers of all kinds. Some instruments are metric, some are imperial, some have readouts in thousandths, some are, through use, are missing marks and numbers. Their common weakness is that they all rely on numbers. Numbers that often require conversion. So, in the drawer are also conversion charts, Imperial to metric and decimal to fractions and, calculators for those in between numbers. In recent years I have grown increasingly weary and frustrated with these tools and their cumbersome and often inaccur
  3. I guess most of us are getting a little more shop time with the current health situations. Please stay home and away from crowds. Wash those hands and TURN OFF THE TV! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald put the finishing touches on the embellished platter he showed us recently- In this post, he describes what he did- @Masonsailor continues his work on his Lazy Susan tulip. Paul has prepared the location for it. Paul tells us about this space as well as showing us a beautiful chandelier he restored/modified-
  4. Ok, while getting a bunch of pictures today at that estate sale, spotted a pair of calipers. It was a bit rusty, but not pitted. So, I took it apart, and wire wheeled the whole shebang until it was shiny enough for Polite Company to see.. Yep, it is a BIG one! 19" stem to stern. The large wheel has a threaded ball above it, to keep people from running the wheel too far out ( and getting lost) Smaller knob seems to be a fine adjust? I did findout that this was to measure I.D. of parts...BIG parts. I think it could be used to measure O.D. as well. Name
  5. So over the course of the spring, summer & fall when I haven't been working on the lawn mowers, mowing/trimming the acreage, working on someone's vehicle or coordinating repairs while in a shop, transporting grandkids, attending grandkid's events, tending to other family matters and maybe the occasional nap, I'd squeeze in some small tool re-conditioning from my yard sale & flea finds...Thanks for looking... This came from a yard sale...got it tossed in with a 7-1/4" Skil saw & case...all for $5; Sorry no before pictures but the screw and rails had a fair amount of surf
  6. having cleaned up the latest of the group...maybe a group photo? And...somewhere in the shop, is a pair of 6" dividers....somewhere...big pair is 8", says so right on the one leg....newest pair is 4".. Stamped as a Union Tool Co. Made in USA......the outside calipers? Labeled as Great Neck....not sure about that inside pair...may need to make a box to house all of these...someday...
  7. If I'm making a bunch of the same things on the lathe, I usually make a setup jig for the various diameters for the turnings. This permits quick settings of the calipers to a known dimension. When turning "one off" type objects, the dimensions are often only needed once or twice for the entire project. That usually means locating the rule, holding it in one hand a adjusting with the other. Not that it's such a big deal but usually just finding the darned ruler can be time consuming. The light bulb went on while turning some ornaments for the Easy Wood Tools Christmas t
  8. My 6" calipers came in the mail the other day. I love them. Made in the USA Nork spring calipers. Made in Los Angeles. They are tight, excellent fit and finish, about 60 years old, and the action is very smooth and precise. Got em off eBay for 13 bucks including shipping. I can't set em down they feel so awesome! I'll collect a few more of these for my spindle turning.
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