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  1. RustyFN

    New lathe

    I bought the Record Power Envoy. It came in today. I cleaned up the shop Friday. Will probably never see it this clean again. The lathe was packaged very good. Had to remove the head stock, tail stock and banjo to make it light enough to put together. Fit and finish is very nice. The banjo locks up tight. The tail stock locks up tight. On my old Rikon when I would tighten against anything it would slide on the bed. Never could get it to lock up tight. The belt was on the center pulley so I tried it there. Very quiet. Getting 450 to 1750 on the center set. I will update when I turn something.
  2. Here we are, into March already. Hard to believe. The robins have been here for a couple of weeks so I guess spring can't be too far away. Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan used his machinist skills to design and build a really useful drilling attachment for his lathe. His tailstock quill was reengineered for easier drilling- Dan received lots of comments on his work! Please check out more images and some of the things our members had to say! @RustyFN 's new lathe was delivered this week! I hope we didn't cause it to rust too bad
  3. You folks know I'm not turner. I used to be a "wannabe turner", and anymore I'm not even sure I'm that. Anyway, I have a lathe and the basic tools which I bought to help with my flatwork projects. But after 7 years or so, I haven't even done that. So I decided it's time. I'm trying to turn legs for a William and Mary table I saw somewhere, but the article was one of those that asks you to dig out an issue from 3 years ago to get the details on turning the legs. I don't have that issue so decided to tackle it on my own. I made a drawing (actual size) and made 2 blanks out of poplar to tune my
  4. My daughter got me a couple of wood turning gifts for my birthday. One was a pizza cutter and the other was a measuring cup set. All required me to turn handles. I have posted the pizza cutter, it came out nice. The measuring handles were set up to be turned on as a pen would..........I had none of the required equipment and have no desire to make pens. I went to Youtube (Sam Angelo) and found a way to do it without any more new lathe parts. I turned a wooden headstock piece to mount the workpiece on (not sure what to call it) you can see in the first picture in the chuck. It worked fine and
  5. RustyFN

    Upgrade

    Thinking of upgrading to something with more power. This will also let me turn up to a 16” bowl. Anybody have experience with a Grizzly? https://www.grizzly.com/products/grizzly-16-x-24-variable-speed-wood-lathe/g0838
  6. Does anybody use one. I am looking at the Oneway mini system. It can be bought for around $250 for a 12” lathe. Looks like it would save time, give me more bowls and a lot less chips.
  7. This project started with a left over scrap piece I just couldn't throw away. The beautiful wood made me think I had to make something else out of it. As you can see, it is quite small, but still a vase. Not quite sure of the wood type, could be a couple I've used. Anyway, it sure is a beautiful wood.
  8. Pauley

    Two bowls.

    It’s so nice to be back at work. I’m starting with two bowls that I’ve done. One is a Flame box elder. It’s about 6 inches round. Finished the way I usually finish bowls, with Triple E and Aussie Oli. the second bowl is about 3 1/2 or 4 inch round and about 4 inches tall. It’s a Granadillo bowl with a black Limba rim. Sanded this one for a long time (or so it seems). I love Granadillo cause it finishes up so beautifully. Open to any criticism.
  9. I turned a quick bowl out of that Osage orange I was given. I turned it thin and dried it for a week. Then I thinned it out a little more, sanded and finished with wipe on poly. It didn’t turn out as orange as I thought it would.
  10. I hope I’m calling this the right thing....are the disc (hook and loop) sanding pads, the part that goes on the drill, are they all the same? Seems the ones I have just don’t want to hold the disc onto the pad. Or, maybe I’m doing something wrong. It gets frustrating. Any ideas?
  11. The bee farm gift shop that sells my honey dippers also sells LOTS of loose leaf tea, I think she told me she stocks over 50 flavors. She wanted to know if I could make lids for those tea jars. They are much smaller version of the dipper lids but with no dipper. The lids these wrap are about 2-1/2" diameter and ideally I would just drill that with a forstner bit. I don't happen to own 2.5" forstner and didn't want to spend 40 bucks on speculation. It occurred to me that I have a 2.5" hole saw and I wondered if I could drill with that and then hollow out the center with a 2-1/8" forstner and sc
  12. I made another bowl. It is 11 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall. I put some wipe on poly on it and had a few bad spots show up that I couldn’t see before. I started over sanding from 60 grit back up to 400. Looks a lot better now.
  13. My process when I'm making lids involves two basic steps. First, mount a blank in a four jaw chuck, drill for the lid and fit it. However many I'm making I will do this step to all of them. When they are all drilled, they get flipped around and all the finish cuts and sanding are done. I discovered early on a four jaw chuck wouldn't work for the second step. There is no room for tooling and it puts my fingers too close to the spinning chuck. My solution was to make a wooden expansive chuck. That actually worked really well and I've been using it for years. It uses the s
  14. I have had a problem for a while in the shop with the crank handle on the planer. It juts out into the narrow walkway between the jointer and the planer and I have an ongoing set of hip bruises as a result. The solution was to turn a handle that has a wooden tenon that I can just insert into the threaded hole for the handle and only when I need it. It probably won’t last forever but hopefully for a while.
  15. I built a center steady years ago. It works fine, however the wheels I used (white) were used on shower doors. No bearings. Wheels hard plastic. They worked fine, but I kept my eyes open for wheels with bearings at a good price. I found some at Amazon. They are made for printer mechanisms. They do have bearings and (not as) hard plastic wheels. I added them to my old center steady. I have NOT tried them yet, but I can not see any reason why they won't work. The one dimension I wish was smaller is the 3/8" wheel thickness. They were really cheap 5 for $7 I set the two spares down with th
  16. I made a small bowl while I was putting the finish on my other bowl. It is around 5.5 inches in diameter. Also a picture inside the other bowl I just finished.
  17. RustyFN

    New bowl

    Started a new bowl. It is a log the neighbor gave me. I think it is apple.
  18. Has anyone ever had good results with this type of sizing tool. It's supposed to make duplicate tenons/parting cuts and I keep getting tearouts/catches when I try to remove the tool. By the way, without the spacing arm, this parting tool(1/4") cuts like a dream.
  19. While waiting for the Soectraply mill blanks to arrive. I'll be clearing my bench off rolling pin stock and building inventory for next year's show season. This should put 72 pins in the bins.
  20. Hey folks, I have these small rounds of wood pieces that came from an old wooden viking bowling set. they are angled at the top. I'd like to keep this feature but when I start the hollowing Process I run into a lot of catches, even after I drill center of the piece. Any ideas could I possibly use forsener or small spade bit?
  21. Has anyone had the occasion to do any turnings from African Blackwood? I've got a spill vase, that I want to turn from that wood, and I've done spill vases in other woods for practice. The last vase, in the photo, is from Lignum(guaiacum?) vitae and was a real lesson in turning!!!
  22. So yesterday I got to thinking to myself. Rather than half baked( ing a work bench like the two previous times. I thought I would build a decent bench for the wood lathe the way I wanted it to turn out. I spent roughly 70 dollars on materials building materials are getting quite expensive these days. How ever I spent 300 dollars less than if I were to out right buy that husky work bench. Even then it wouldn't have come out on my list. Materials used.... 2 4 x 4s cut down to 31 inches in length. 4 2x4s cut to 5 Feet in length with off cuts 1 2 foot by 4 fo
  23. Our Adopted Family Christmas Project was a complete success. Thanks to all who participated and congratulations to the raffle winners! Our Patriot Turners- Lots of great projects and discussions this past week! @Ron Altier started us off with a sweet little birdhouse ornament! Ron tells us a little about this turning and the little additions he added- @Steve Krumanaker embellishes some of his orders with an inexpensive laser. Steve shows us just how versatile one of these machines can be- Check out the c
  24. Everyone here knows, when I'm making honey dipper lids for mason jars I use a cheap laser to embellish the lids. Everyone always asks, how big of a piece can you do? No one ever asks how small. I had an idea today to embellish a knob or two to see if it would work. So, here is the result, toothpick on top for scale. Keep in mind this is done with cheapo machine that's probably 4 years old now, not sure about that anymore. I'm still amazed at what it will do. They actually look much better in reality, picture is blown up enough to show the imperfections pretty good. Stil
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