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Inquiring Minds Want To Know
lew posted a topic in Wood TurnersWe have been doing the "Wednesday's Wisdom..." posts coming up on 8 years now. The format hasn't changed too much during that time. I was wondering if things are getting "stale"? Is the content still interesting? Are we missing something you would like/rather read about? Is there too much/not enough of material? Addition/removal of sub-sections? Any and all input, suggestions, comments and criticisms are welcome. If you want to send a PM, please do. I have a pretty thick skin so don't hold back!! Lew
Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners September 29, 2021
lew posted a topic in Wood TurnersWell, last Wednesday in September. Hasn't been a great week, maybe a new month will chase away Mr. Murphy. Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald had some misfortune while turning a hollow form- He was looking for some suggestions on how to have the repair enhance the turning. Check out his post and see if you can offer any ideas- @bradleyheathhays is looking for suggestions on which type of bowl scraper to buy. Several of our turners added their thoughts; what are yours @Masonsailor turned some items for his reloading area. He shows us more of what he did in this post- A week or so ago @Gerald posted about a jam chuck. We are still getting input and inquiries about the chuck. If you made that chuck, please add your input to the conversation- I made a post asking for recommendations on air filtration masks. I really appreciate the input. I haven't decided on the route I want to take. I subscribe to the Alton Brown philosophy that every item should be a multitasker but they should also do those things well. If you have any ideas to add to the already suggested items, I would appreciate it- What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links to registration and more information- For The Newbies- Mike Waldt works on that ash bowls. This is a live demonstration with questions and lots of good tips- Expand Your Horizons- If you are considering learning to cut threads, Mike Peace demonstrates a few tricks for setting up a thread cutting jig- New Turning Items- The Woodturning Tool Store has the NEW Elio-DR Safe Drive- See more at- https://woodturningtoolstore.com/product/elio-dr-safe-drive-2/?receiptful=614cfd7b710e56003dbee782&utm_source=CM Commerce&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter-121&utm_term=newsletter&utm_content=other&receiptfultype=newsletter Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Been fighting computer problems for the past several days so shop time has been non-existent. Before everything went south, I did manage to get the last batch of rolling pins shaped but not sanded- probably a good thing as I am still hawking up lugies and haven't gotten better dust protection. After the rolling pins are pretty much round and dimensioned, the tapering jig is used to shape them. I used to do this free hand but getting consistent results proved difficult. The base of the jig holds the taper guide at the bottom/back. The cutting is done with a handheld, sliding fixture that houses the HHS cutter and an adjustable follower (bolt). The cutter is removable for sharpening. I'm using a 5/16" square tool stock now. It seems to make a better cut that the 1/4" square cutter I use originally. Cutter and follower bolt- Cutter closeup- After the overall shaping is finished, The tapering jig is removed. Each end of the pin gets the shoulders rounded. I use either a small spindle gouge or the Easy Wood Tools rougher with an R2 cutter. The pins are now ready for sanding. Safe turning and stay well
Resin Casting with out a pressure pot....
AndrewB posted a topic in Wood TurnersI've been interested in trying resin casting and turning for bowls. Although I'm not interested enough just yet to purchase a pressure pot. I've been trying to research resins that I can mix that do NOT require a pressure pot and just time to cure with a bit of color as well. I think I want to try a couple of times with the resin so I can get familiar with it if I ever decide to get into the resin stuff. I do plan on going for the gallon bottles off the bat so that I know I have enough to make a couple blanks to test. But I'm unsure of what I would need to pick up for non pressure pot resins, I did do a google search only thing I've seen in research so far is Polyresin and it's recommending adding color. Now that I've got the lathe speeds adjusted Id feel more comfortable doing a bit of resin trials. Any other info would be good to know thanks.
Not exactly sure how to solve this problem.
AndrewB posted a topic in Wood TurnersSo lately I've been dealing with wobbly pieces. Even after they are rounded they still seem to wobble. Does anybody have any ideas on how to correct this. I've never had too much of an issue with it before until the last couple of days. I can't even explain it. Note I did hold the chisel one handed how ever I barely touching it up on the piece so it wouldn't catch onto the wood and cause injury, but I placed it just enough to show the horrible wobble not sure how to correct this issue. Video should give you a better idea of what I'm dealing with.
Suggestions needed for properly bolting this down
AndrewB posted a topic in Wood TurnersOkay 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.
Problem Solving and Suggestions
AndrewB posted a topic in Wood TurnersOkay 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.
AndrewB posted a topic in Wood TurnersI’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.
In Need of some Lathe Advice on a Product
AndrewB posted a topic in Wood TurnersHey 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
Bird House suggestions
Ron Altier posted a topic in General WoodworkingI have built some fancy birdhouses for my wife. I used fencing Cedar because it weathers good. Well, I thought it did. Now a few years later, all of them are badly cracked or weathered away. I must also add that they were hit by some big hail. (That I can do nothing about.) However I am up for suggestions on a better wood or perhaps a finish that would help them last longer. The Colorado sun is brutal and destroys most wood in short order. I am not going to repair or rebuild till winter, so there is no rush. Birds are now starting their nests and I discovered how bad they were when I cleaned them out. I patched and repaired enough to get thru summer. They now look NOTHING like they did in the picture
Welcome to Your Pulse Forum
John Morris posted a topic in The Patriot's PulseI'd like to be the first to welcome all our members to The Patriot's Pulse. Given the activity we have had recently, and all the great suggestions our members have had, we have decided to open up a forum where all of your suggestions and concerns can be gathered in one place, and hashed out for the betterment of our woodworking community. So when you get that flash of brilliance as many of our members have, regarding a great way to improve our community, you now have a home to spill your thoughts and ideas out into. I know many ideas regarding our community have been spoken of throughout our forums, if you will, can you please re-hash those ideas here so that we may all discuss and share our thoughts about them. I think I have finally lost track of all the wonderful ideas for improving our community. They are at this time scattered throughout the forums, so please bring them here, into the Patriot's Pulse! Remember, this community belongs to you, and the more you participate, the better off we all are. Welcome again to your new Patriot's Pulse
A New CNC Forum (Satisfied)
John Morris posted a topic in The Patriot's PulseProposal A new CNC forum has been discussed, bantered and messaged about. I am starting to get multiple messages regarding this subject, and I love them! But I just thought perhaps it would be best to put the idea out here, in open forum format so we can collaborate on the idea and discuss how best to proceed, and to have all suggestions in one area. Firstly, I love the idea, we want this to happen, and we will make it happen, but we want to jump in correctly and good. We already have a great start to the CNC Gallery as suggested by @honesttjohn and he has populated that gallery with a wonderful start of images to get us kicked off in the right direction. http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/gallery/category/22-cnc/ Questions So, here are a couple questions we have: The primary name of the CNC forum? Simply, CNC Forum? Should we have sub-categories within the forum? Your feedback Please ask questions here, submit your ideas for a successful CNC Forum, all ideas are welcome, no matter how crazy they are, we welcome all! Thank you woodworkers for your feedback on this very important matter. I'd like to remind everyone that this is your forums, the more participation the better.
Looking at 6 inch grinders
CharlieL posted a topic in Machinery, Tools, Research, Reviews and SafetyRecently I've been looking at 6 grinders to replace the old household duty Black and Decker that I've had for quite a few years. It still works, I just want a nicer one. So far I've come down to two grinders. A JET 1/2 hp single speed and a Palmgren 1/3 hp, variable speed Any thoughts or experiences with these machines ?
I am curious, do we have any instrument makers here? We are trying to see if there may be a need for an image gallery for musical instruments. Thanks for any feedback!