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  1. I have an opportunity to buy a good used Teknatool Nova 1624 II for about $600. New, I believe, is about $1200 yet I see some reviews that said they were about $850 a couple of years ago. This is belt driven, 8 speeds. The DVR is all electronic, but it costs about $600 to $1000 more, depending on where you are starting. Currently, I am overdriving my midi lathe to make 12 inch bowls from some heavy woods. I would like to get into bowl making up to 18 inches and the outboard feature of this Nova would accommodate that. The Nova is described as an entry level lathe. I'm sure I would appreciate the electronic, digital speed motor, but I must weigh the cost of it. 1. What is missing from that to a more advanced lathe besides the electronic, direct drive motor? 2. The outrigger, outboard feature would allow for larger bowls, but no tailstock. Is that really feasible? Safe? Thanks for the wisdom.
  2. The picture probably explains more than my meager words. The plate I turned down fit the pulley next to it. They go together and form a base for a DC hood I wish to use for my 2nd lathe. The pulley has enough weight that it will stay put but I need a way to mount the DC hood to the pulley. So I turned this plate down and put my groove in it. While I was successful, I question if I have used proper tooling and done this as safe as possible. The wood is pine so it was forgiving. But the recessed groove is 11mm deep. I kept worrying it would catch and try to come get me. Any suggestions or videos to give guidance? I have a few more projects where I would use this again. Then pencil points to the groove I have managed to make without incident. We shall discuss HOW I did this later. Thanks.
  3. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools, or anyone in the know, does EWT make a lathe chuck for the Shopsmith? I thought it was discussed at one time, or perhaps considered for development? Thanks guys.
  4. HandyDan

    Rikon Sale

    Good deal on a Rikon Midi lathe just in case someone is looking for one. https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/rikon-12-inch-vs-midi-lathe-70-1218vs.aspx?dc=freeship75&utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Get+Free+Shipping+from+Highland+Woodworking+Starting+Today!&utm_campaign=free+shipping+dec+2019 Good through Jan 2, 2020
  5. I got this stuff in a machinist tool box many years ago. Some parts kinda look like center rest riders. But the little round rollers might be some kinds of cutters? Any ideas?
  6. Thought my turning buddies may like this.
  7. I was wondering, if I could expand the turning capacity of my Shopsmith, by installing longer way tubes, if I had way tubes say a foot longer, or even 6 inches, I wonderful if there would be a negative by doing this, will the rest of the machine work well? As long as I have the ceiling height for Drill Press mode? Will the longer way tubes sag? Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
  8. All this talk about Carbide Wood Lathe Tools I thought I needed to try one. Prices are high so i made my own. I used 4140 tool steel for the shaft. I almost messed up when milling the flat. The steel started to work hard from the heat of the mill. The mill made the cut but drilling and taping was tough. Ash handle with brass ferrule. I have 100's of different carbide tips to try. I snapped the first tip when I tightened the screw. I then put a brass washer under the screw and that seemed to fix that problem. It's not been tested yet. I'll keep you up to date.
  9. For years I have tried to find a slow grinder that I could afford. Well, another factor raised it's head called space. So, Shopsmith had an advertisement that I found to be plausible, not perfect. https://www.shopsmith.com/ownersite/catalog/sh_grindingwheelguard.htm So sorry you have to click on the link to see the item, but pictures of mine will spare you. Like the normal attachments for Shopsmith, you have to attach the arbor to the quill and then attach the housing to the housing. This is the stone dresser that I purchased from someone else. This is a necessary tool for grinding. Here it is turned so the stone is turning away from you for honing. Picture of label on top of unit.
  10. While I was teaching we'd put a backer board on our bowl projects with a sheet of paper between the good wood and the backer to make separation easy. We did hundreds of bowls like that, and there were a few that failed and we had to reglue, but for the most part that worked for us most of the time. In the last couple years I haven't been able to make it work, the paper joint keeps coming apart while we're turning. Yesterday I got the kids going on the lathes and both of them had the bowl separate from the backer board. We reglued and we'll just have to work a little harder at getting them separated in the end. Is the paper weaker these days or what is going on?
  11. Have you ever been working on, or polishing a piece that is supported only by the chuck and bumped it off center. I have and have been able to use the tail stock attachments to get it back to center. Provided that they will fit. However, my attachments are small, I have a mini lathe. When the piece of work is too large to fit the attachments, such as a hole in a in a piece, my attachments will fit in the hole. I made a couple of wooden Oak pieces similar to the metal ones to solve that problem. The one time I tried it out, it worked. I have NO intention using them for anything else. You can see the metal ones that go in the tail stock with bearings and the larger ones I made. Any thoughts?
  12. jimbotoc

    Cookie Jar

    This is a cookie jar I turned from a chunk of pine I purchased in Big Bear. We took a family vacation and I bought a few chunks of pine and I'm turning bowls and boxes for evry family that was there.
  13. Ok guys what do I need to know when buying a lathe chuck? what do i look for? how do i know what size to get etc etc... I have tried looking the information up but have only become more confused. thanks for taking the time to respond.
  14. Still turning globes and getting TOO comfortable with it. The one globe was all done and ready to part off when I just got careless and tore it up. Too bad, had a nice shape and thickness on it. The other one I just too thin and got some hair line cracks in it, you have to look close but the cracks are there. May try to save that one. Steve
  15. Your replies have taken me to areas of turning I've never heard of. Rubber Chucky was a neat and great idea. The string center looked like a very old concept. A lot of set up. I made up something like Chucky. My tail stock is a kit that contains about 6 different centers, holes, etc. I turned down a piece of Oak and drilled a hole for a round pencil eraser. I am going to try other materials too and larger erasers. Could be a great way to hold a pointed piece.
  16. Well as stated in other post I am a straight shaver and love the old school shaving for closeness and just an all around dying art of man care of a lost time. There are a lot of us around once you start looking for sure and have regular club meets. I got into wood turning to create and make my own brushes for use which led to friends and colleagues asking for a brush to be made which led to a small business. Then I decided to start re-scaling vintage or new razors for those who hate the scales on their razors or just from damaged scales. It is a love affair for sure and really does more for my mental health to escape and be alone while creating with my hands. Here are some of the works I have done over the past and each was as fun to create as the other..............
  17. Ron Altier

    The goof

    This is the one that is off center and has some really bad places in it. I think my wife made, it At least she wouldn't let me toss it. The main body is pine and it did everything you wouldn't want to happen. I used pine because I was experimenting and did't want to waste good wood. The inside is painted black to cover all the tare outs inside. It also broke in two pieces. I guess as long as she likes it.......its ok.
  18. I thought I would share this pic with you and you can give me some guidance how to store wood for turning. This is persimmon given to me by a friend. I cut it into 14" lengths as I decided to make rolling pins from it. It grew to about 3" diameter with bark and all. Where I trimmed off branches, I painted all cut and exposed surfaces with latex paint. I left it near the house so that it would not get rained on and could dry slowly in the local humidity. Sadly, some little bug like a borer got into this wood. After removing the bark and truing it, I turned this with a skew. This is not sanded, but the dark area is fresh mineral oil. I find this as beautiful wood. The crack is what stopped me. If I don't find something else to do with this, you can see from the picture where it is going. Thanks for looking. Steve, the old FlGatorwood
  19. Pauley


    I have a Babinga bowl blank that I’m attempting to turn. Wow! I never run across something as dry and dusty as this one! My shop, being what it is...(no windows and one door that leads into a finished room), I had to stop turning. I do have a dust collector (harbor freight one that’s been modified with a filter on top) and a room air filter to collect all that fine dust. I’m wearing an RZ dust mask and a face shield. I have the lathe connected with a 4 inch hose to the dust collector with one of those “big gulp” funnels, but it does little good unless I’m sanding on the lathe. so my question to you expert turners, what do you use...? If possible could you post a photo of what your using..? thanks for any help. Merry Christmas and God Bless.
  20. First batch of ornaments for the year. Mostly maple, cherry, and walnut, there are a couple sycamore globes. There is one sea urchin ornament, that one has ebony finials. We spent a few days on Jacksonville beach with my wife's brother and his wife. Two of our best friends in the world. Picked some sea urchins and this ornament will go to them as a remembrance. Most of these are dyed "inside out". A couple local gift shops sell a few of these and those are the most popular. To me, it's hard beat just plain wood grain. Thanks for looking! Steve
  21. Hey turners, is it a practice to glue felt or some other type of padding material to the surface of the tool rest where the tools meet the rest? The reason why I ask, and I know this is dumb, but I have a couple shiny turning tools, and putting them up on the metal surface tool rest, well, they'll just get all scratched up, the tools that is. Do you guys try to protect the finish on the shaft of your turning tools, or is it just what it is, grit the teeth and get those new scratches on your new tools. Thanks for any help.
  22. As a wood turner, who has inspired you to try something you've not done before? What form, method, embellishment, or even comments have made you push yourself? For me, first and foremost is a man most of you won't know, Neil Gloudemans, Neil was our club president when I first joined and is one of the artists featured in this article from Woodworkers Journal. I once watched Neil turn a cowboy hat, from round blank to ready for the press in just under two hours, still amazing to me. Cindy Drozda of course, admittedly my finials aren't even a close approximation of hers, she is an excellent teacher and technician. Binh Pho, although I don't really like his interpretation on most of his pieces, he turns beautiful forms to a very thin wall and having that skill is something he has inspired me to learn, results are mixed to this point! Molly Winton, her embellishment with pyrography led me to invest a machine and start learning some wood burning techniques. Like turning, there is a big learning curve and there is always another pen or tip to buy. A lady named Ellen Wolters, she is a you tube author and an amazing zentangle artist, watching her, I knew immediately that art form was something I wanted to incorporate into my pieces. Pablo Picasso, not for his art, most of which I don't understand, ok, I don't understand any of it. To me, his is inspirational for his quotes and his attitudes. You may have noticed, one of his quotes is part of my signature; "I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn to do it" To me, that embodies a wood turners spirit. There are others of course and there will be more but these are a few who come to mind. So, who inspires you? Steve
  23. It IS a bit too large for my shop, though.. Not sure what was in the crate on the floor....was able to get a better photo of some of the name Somehow, I don't think is is a wood turning lathe.....I did find a steadyrest, lying on the floor.. There is an overhead Line Shaft to drive it. Did not see a motor, though. That "stick hanging down is a "gear shift" for the belt drive. Estate sale, a few miles south of here...
  24. I glued up a bunch of segmented plywood ornament blanks and am hollowing globes today. Just started hollowing this and one of those aggravating fall bees landed on my hand. I flinched just enough to get a catch. Hate it because after cutting, gluing and shaping I've got a fair bit of time in one of these. On the bright side it looks like my glue joints were pretty good and I'll use the rest of it for a two piece top. Steve
  25. I picked up a really old small no name lathe. Didn't need it, but it was too cheap to "turn down." The tail does not turn, so its age is pretty old. I don't know whether to cut it down and take it with me when I camp or not. I thought about loaning it to a local museum in the small town down the road. What is your suggestions?
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