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  1. @Gene Howe what do you see in this machine? Taking the machine images at face value, assuming everything works, would this be a good deal? https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/tls/d/shopsmith-mark-5-tablesaw/6645360301.html
  2. Sanding may sound elemental but to get that good finish it is essential part of the process of turning to a finish. The best way to improve your finish is to first learn to turn to a better finish off your tools. This will take time so lets look at what to do till that happens. Always sand from beginning grit to finish grit. Do not skip grits. My progression is 80,120,180,220,320,400,600,800,1000,2000, 4000. Unless my finish off the gouge is good those steps are followed. Might start at 60 for a bad piece of wood , yes it is always the fault of the wood . For most turnings I only go to 400. How long do you sand with each grit? Answer=Till all scratches from the previous grit are gone. How do you see those scratches? Answer= LOW-Angled light on the surface. Sometimes these scratches show better if you do not remove the sanding dust but be sure to check after dusting off too. There are occasions when you will find scratches after a higher grit and in this case go back two grits and continue to follow progression. Is power sanding a good idea? Answer + can be used for at least part of the process. Do not power sand at full speed , a medium or low speed on the sander is sufficient. Do not press on the sander, its weight is plenty of pressure. Use hand rotation of the piece on the lathe, speed causes the sander and hand held paper to skip on the surface. Do not hesitate to work more on a problem area but be sure to feather out the area to disguise the spots symmetry . When possible sand with the grain by hand on the last two grits. In power sanding use a softer pad under discs over 180. Now what do I use. Sander Ridgid Job Max(corded) for 2 inch discs. Pros orbital sander (air Powered) for 3 inch discs. Sanding mandrels for both are from WoodturnersWonders.com in a system of Rolox pads with hook & loop. Paper for sheet I use Norton 3X and pads are Mirka gold from TurningWood.Com And Abralon pads Backup pads save your hook and loop on your mandrels. There are many ways to mount paper on handles , and inertial sanding handles that spin from the lathes power. For sanding inside hollow forms I use long locking tongs with the paper wrapped around a foam pad. For this lathe will need to be turning at a slow speed. You will find your own solutions and mine are not the only way to get there. When you find it necessary to sand on lathe under power always use speeds of 250 or less.
  3. So you get a Shopsmith and it is new to you. This versatile machine will do or help you do many things in woodworking. Some folks think that this machine is only a lathe, but it is so much more. This is dedicated to the Mark V (500 series - 500, 505, 510, 520 including the Power Pro). You should inventory to see if you have the following parts. In the lower left is the powerhead with the quill showing. On the masonite board are the tool rest, live center, dead center, box with faceplate, adjustment insert, and tail stock. Of course the mighty and almost universal allen wrench is with the red handle. It is 5/32". These tubes go into the end of the way tubes or the end holder for the way tubes. These collars can be loosened to allow for height adjustment. There will be another picture to show how to the 2 spurs align. Before we do that we need to make one other adjustment. This is the adjustment for the live center holder. Since I know where mine goes, it takes about 10 seconds to set and tighten the set screw. Once you get this set, you will rarely every have to set it again. At this point, you can't be sure that it is set correctly so just enough force to hold it in place. Time to set up the tailstock.
  4. Not really sure why but I’m finding that moist or wet woods / blanks are just so much easier to turn then if it’s as dry as a bone. Either way with this one I’ll at least get to try out my new bowl gouge. Short hand sand paper supply is out so I’ll have to pick some up tomorrow. I tried slicing off the corners on my bandsaw on this one but the bandsaw I have is just not powerful enough for that even going slow. Either way here’s what’s been done so far.
  5. $1350. https://harrisburg.craigslist.org/tls/d/dillsburg-wood-lathe-for-sale/7163001913.html
  6. So far so good really enjoying Myrtle wood for turning. It turns even better than poplar. So I got some of these small blanks as I said from Rockler to do small projects so far I've had pretty good luck with shopping with them. A bit on the expensive side but yes so far good to order from. Had zero issues. Now with this project the problem I keep running into is chisels catching on the side. I've still got a touch of refining to do on the outside but I wanted to get a start on the hollowing to see how thick or thin I wanted the project. But So far its turning out. I went the mortise route and cut it out of the bottom fit it to the chuck like a dream. I flipped it around on the chuck and linking up the jacobs chuck. That thing worked wonderfully. Glad you guys talked me into gettin it. Effeminately worth the 22 some odd bucks. Also received my pend jaw set still waiting on my big bowl jaws to get here I wound up going with the nova cole jaws. a bit more expensive but I'm sure they will be better off in the long run.
  7. Okay folks got some issues here. The 2 inch by 5 inch piece that I got from Rockler the other day. I sanded off the wax seal off the wood yesterday. Today I started turning it. Nothing has cracked so far. Handled really well on the spin up. I went with the face plate method on this one. How ever this is my issue. I've got a good shape that I actually really like for this small bowl. Its simplistic which is what i like. Not too complex either. How ever if I cut a mortise or tennon in the bottom, that would not leave me with very much wiggle room sort to say on hollowing this thing out. I don't want this to be a wasted project, I would like to actually accomplish this one. I must say the walnut turned EXTREMELY nicely. The easy wood chisels made quick work of the square block and turned it into shape with the rougher alone. How ever what I am looking for is input and or suggestions on how I should complete this so I am able to hollow this out and call it a bowl. Not sure where to go on this one.
  8. I am starting to understand why you guys have been saying pine can be awkward or challenging to turn.... none the less, oh and yep the chuck made this 50 times easier than messing with a face plate.
  9. As my bowl project is temporarily on hold, I started up a new project this morning looking like it’s going to be a cup. Well now that everything is roughed out to the shape I want, both projects are on hold until I get my new chuck on Thursday. Either way a double bonus my lathe extension bed arrived today haven’t even un boxed it yet. The question on finishing is once I get to that point in order to make them both usable what time of finish would be safe to use with out getting some crazy type of poison from a finish. Recommendations are always welcome. So I have a couple days to debate on what I do and how I finish things off. But I would like to be able to use both items.
  10. Okay so I’m not going to be able to do any turning today. It will have to wait until tomorrow when I can get some items from Home Depot. With that being said I put a block of oak up on the lathe with a cut off blank for the face plate to attach to I spun it up and the thing started walk-in across the bench... Thing meaning lathe. How ever the lathe does not offer any specific way to really bolt it into place so I’m looking for some suggestions on how I could do this so I can turn larger objects more safely. Here are some shots of it. Thanks ahead of time.
  11. Okay I'm running into a couple minor problems. I basically ruined a piece playing with the new jaws but that's okay. I was prepared for that. A new piece is being glued up and getting ready to be worked hopefully for later this evening. How ever I'm running into a slight bit of a problem and am in need of some advice. I've been using short screws with the face place in order to make sure it says tight. That worked for a bit now I'm finding that sometimes the screws are actually getting broken off in the face plate which is not a good thing. meaning the heads snapped off. Probably due to operator error. how ever that was solved. I think I am using too small of screw length wise, the piece doesn't get enough grip I guess and it comes loose from the face plate. What would be the suggestion here to solve this problem. Being safety cautious as I am I don't let it make me jump but I don't want to break a hand or worse hurt someone else with a flying projectile. Suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.
  12. AndrewB

    Well Now

    I’m fairly pleased with this turn out. I did not use the dovetail jaws on this one just the face plate. I guess you could say it’s okay for a beginner candle stick holder we shall see. I’ve still got to put a coat of wax on it I just finished with the boiled linseed oil how ever I think the wax will just add more too it. I used nothing but carbide tipped tools. I was going for the more rugged beat up kind of look and got it. So once I get this thing cut off from the base I guess I could call it a successful turn.
  13. Any how I purchased carbide tipped chisels. They are the Savannah Carbide Turning Tool Large Size 3 piece set. Which I bought all three of them in one go. Not a tool review by any means since I haven't used them as much. But so far I can say I like them. I started turning a new piece since the other piece I was working on quite literally snapped in half on me any how no big deal. So I put up the black walnut piece that I had started and about a half hour to an hour or so later I had something of a shape turned out maybe it will make some what of a candle holder but it turned into more of a tier drop shape. Link to tools https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GQIYUZA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. But from what I can say I like the round one. Works well hogs off a lot of wood. I was semi swapping back and forth from the HSS to the Carbide the carbide worked alright. I'll post some picks once I get back out to the shed. just trying to figure out a wood screw issue for the face plate, I guess the ones that I was using were too small for it so I will have to buy some longer ones. Any how yea the Wen variable works like a breeze. But did not drop lower than 700 unless I had a tool load on it.
  14. Hey guys well bad news the harbor freight order fell through so I canceled it out all together any how I'm looking at something a bit better of a product anyway. I am looking at a Grizzly Industrial 16 inch by 46 inch Wood Lathe with DRO I am wondering if any of you guys use this particular model for your turning and if it would be a better investment over all rather than spending the 400 on a harbor freight that could just turn into a piece of junk and just out right spend the money on something decent. I am able to purchase the item as is, fortunately if I do purchase this it would basically be an early Bday present for myself. On the other hand I'm wondering on some opinions of this I will post the link to the tool so you guys can see the specs. I'm not seeing too many comments on it as of yet after reading but I will be heavily searching youtube for reviews of this. It may be a better buy for me in the long run and will probably last much much longer. Thanks in advance. Here is the link. I just want something that will be better worth my money. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Grizzly-Industrial-16-in-x-46-in-Wood-Lathe-with-DRO-G0462/310410447
  15. So for the first time I'm at a stand still on wood turning for the moment. The plug on my bench top lathe decided to break, so that wont get fixed until I can get my electrician over here to wire me a new cord. Well that happened to be the perfect excuse to order a new lathe haha. So I picked one up I did go with the harbor freight one since I'm just the hobby turner and newbie. How ever I'm hoping that the faceplate from my Wen will fit the harbor freight lathe. Any how with that being said I wound up working on the project and where I've gotten so far was a small goblet rather than a candle stick. What I did notice on the Wen was it didn't really allow for a lot of room to work with getting in to carve out in the interior of the goblet. Not turning since high school woodshop it took a bit of playing around with to get back into the feel of things. So far so good. I'm at a point now where I could use any suggestions from you guys that are pro turners on this one. I did pick up a few tips and tricks from youtube about checking the work to see if it was leveled when turning running the chisel a top the piece to check for flat spots. Worked quiet well. Here are the pictures any suggestions on this? On where I should take it. Please keep in mind I'm trying to keep this one quite simple. Thanks ahead of time.
  16. aaronc

    First Turn

    I've had this lathe for several years now,..just hadn't jumped in yet. Today was the day. Had some blue spruce that I recently cut down,..tree was dead..it seemed dry enough but after the bark was knocked off it acted like it wanted to fray a bit,...so I got into my curly maple scraps. I knew it was dry. Keep in mind I've never turned wood and my choice of species may have not been ideal,......but live and learn. All my tools are hong kong specials straight out of the box,....I'll upgrade when I figure out what I use the most. Before my next session they will get a good sharpening My projects will be making some stands for my powder horns to sit on.......and things of that nature...but for fun I plan on turning some snowmen and customizing them from there....and a few other Christmas things...but has for now here is a very small future tiger maple snowman
  17. So that pretty cedar bowl I turned, my first one, got a healthy crack in it after I applied many coats of beeswax to it.. IT has been a number or of weeks since it was made. Can You all explain to me why this would happen so I can prevent it in the future? What did I do wrong? I do plan on just adding some epoxy or resin to seal it up but i am a bit sad that it happened.
  18. Gerald

    Redbud NE

    From the album: Bowls and Platters

    Natural edge in redbud
  19. Gerald

    Bradford Pear dyed bowl

    From the album: Bowls and Platters

    Cherry stained and added golf wax
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. @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.
  23. 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
  24. 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?
  25. Thought my turning buddies may like this.
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