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  1. Just 2 weeks left is our fundraising drive. Please consider donating and taking a chance on wining one of our sponsors' awesome prizes! Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker continues to supply his unique turnings for a local "Bee" business- Steve's post has more images of some of the custom things he makes! @RustyFN scored some Bradford pear and showed us his blank preparation. Looks like some awesome bowls in his future Check out Rust's post- @Gerald has been busy replenishing his craft show stock- Check out his post to see what these are! @PostalTom updated us on the chess set he made. Tom included a closeup of the turned chess pieces, in his post Tom also posted some kitchen utensil items in our "What's On Your Workbench" forum- Our "What's On Your Lathe" continues to showcase our turners' projects! @nevinc, @forty_caliber and @Gerald all shared images of what's happening What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links- For The Newbies- A variety of topics from around the web- From Tim Yoder, a couple of short video tips- From Mike Waldt, help for using my old nemesis- the Skew! This is a live demo so it is really long- Have you ever tried to cut a round blank on the bandsaw? Not a bowl blank, but rather an end off of a cylinder shape. If not secured properly, the blade can grab the piece and even break the blade. Mike Peace cautions about this and shares a video on making it safer. Expand Your Horizons- Craft Supplies USA created a video demonstrating the use of the Easy Core One Way Coring System. This is a rather long video but does demonstrate using the system. In the description, the presentation is broken down so the viewer can select sections to view. We've noticed several discussions about finishing, on other Patriot forums, and the subject of shellac pops up frequently. This link, from Kent Weakley, is to an article on making and using shellac as a bowl finish. https://turnawoodbowl.com/make-shellac-wood-bowl-finish/ I think everyone here knows my love of carbide turning tools. @smitty10101 posted about using Easy Wood Tools ( @Jordan Martindale ) to turn a bowl. The video is from Craft Supplies USA New Turning Items- Ron Brown has been creating and posting videos, on his YouTube channel, discussing his hollowing stabilizer. You can check them out at- https://www.youtube.com/@Ronbrownsbest/videos With SWAT happening this weekend, there will probably be some new products shown. Be sure to check out the Vendor showcase listed above for live feeds of some of the products. Everything Else- From Ron Brown's Newsletter, something I think we all have struggled with from time to time- What Is It Worth? I’ve had lots of questions about pricing one or two special pieces. For the vast majority of woodturners, it is a hobby, they never intend to sell anything they make. Some folks are interested in turning as a side gig but have no idea how to price their work. As someone who has experience in just about every conceivable selling venue, I would like to pass along what I have learned. Any object is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. When I’m considering how to price anything I’ve made or plan on making, there is a formula I use: Cost of material + Time @ desired labor rate = Hard Cost Hard Cost X 4 = Suggested Retail Selling Price Hard Cost X 2 = Wholesale Selling Price Average Market Price For Similar Items; Am I Close? This is only a starting point. Determine the “Market Price” for similar items depending on the selling venue, are you in the ballpark? The Market Price in an Arts & Crafts Gallery is very different from the Market Price at a street craft fair and those prices are different on Etsy, eBay, your own website, or Amazon. Don’t forget about the associated cost for each venue. The last measure is a selling price that I feel good about. In other words, it is a Win-Win; the customer is happy at that price and I was happy to make it for them. An absolute fact of life is that everybody loves a bargain. (See the scripture below). Your “Retail Price” should be some amount above the price you hope to sell it for. Every retail store on the planet understands this and so should you. If you are selling one-on-one, you can comfortably offer a deal if they take it now and still earn what you needed in the first place. If you are selling online, this is the perfect scenario for a sale with either free shipping or a percentage discount. You must also consider why you want to sell at least some of your work. Perhaps you want to fund additional tool purchases. In that case, forget the time you put in and consider the amount of profit dollars such a sale will contribute to your “new widget” fund. If the income is important as a supplement to other household income, it needs to be worth your time. If you are thinking of this as a main income stream, you need to maximize the return on your capital and your time and this will require counsel and careful consideration. Try to pick items that are fast, easy, and cheap to make that you can sell tons of i.e. pens, bottle stoppers, pepper mills, spinning tops, utility bowls, cutting boards, kitchen utensils, etc. The bottom line is complicated depending on your specific situation. Only you can make that determination. I recommend setting your initial asking price higher than you think you should. Often someone else thinks your widget is worth more than you do. You can always lower the asking price, but it is difficult to raise it. As I said before, something is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. Here is a true quick story. I used to sell fancy laser-cut Christmas ornament kits and made finished samples for display at The Woodworking Shows. I got many inquiries from folks wanting to buy the finished ornaments that I really didn’t want to sell. I finally put a price of $150 on each one figuring that would stop all of the questions because nobody would pay that much for a Christmas Ornament. The first year we sold 12! Don’t sell yourself short Safe turning
  2. Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of summer. Been a little hazy here dude to the smoke from our northern neighbors. Our Patriot Turners- A bunch more stuff posted on our continuing thread of "What's On Your Lathe". Thanks @Gerald, @forty_caliber Check out this update on more stuff! What’s Coming Up- A bunch of stuff happening in the world of turning. Please click on the images for links to more information and registration- For The Newbies- We have talked several time about how to remove a stuck chuck. Found this video demonstrating yet another way. The video is directed towards a specific type of chuck but might work for others. My own thoughts were that this might stress the gearing mechanisms. You can decide for yourself- Mike Peace calls these marriage savers. I really do need to get a pair of these! If you are wondering if carbide tools are something you should consider, Woodcraft has an article that may help you decide- https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/carbide-gets-a-turn Here is the PDF of that article- 88_Turning-with-Carbide_FINAL.pdf Expand Your Horizons- On the first of each month, Mike Peace, Sam Angelo, Richard Raffan and Tomislav Tomasic create a project "4Ways" Richard Raffan posted a video on turning, sanding and using the microwave to create a bowl from green wood- New Turning Items- Recorded live at the AAW Symposium this past weekend. Shows some of the vendors and their products- https://streamyard.com/watch/HPPX7NfwzCzN Not new products but special prices for Father's Day. Click on the images for links- Ron Brown has release a new device that is used to create a bowl from a board. Similar to what can be done with the Ringmaster. Everything Else- Finally got back to the platter on the lathe. Ended up being a little over 10" in diameter. Chinese elm. Finished with wipe on poly. Used Easy Wood Tools for all of the turning except the rim detail- Sorby spiral/texture tool. When the finish is completely dry I will laser our Navy squadron's emblem on the front along with the name/rate of a Navy buddy. Hope he likes it! Safe turning
  3. Can you believe it, school is starting this week!!! I don't think I'll miss substituting. Our Patriot Turners- Our sponsors Laguna and Easy Wood Tools are awesome. Both sponsors are doing their part to help our veterans by supporting the "Vets Turn" program. This video, from Laguna Tools, gives us an idea just how much the Vets Turn program means to those participating. You may remember @PostalTom started a chess set for his grandson. Well he has finished all the chess pieces and they look marvelous! Tom tells us about this part of his adventure and what comes next- @RustyFN finished up the lidded box he made for his Mrs. and it is awesome! We showed the "before" picture of the Milliput bands and now we get to see the how it turned out- Lots of great comments from our turners- Rusty is this week's winner for the most turning related posts. He was lucky enough to score these turning accessories, and more, from his local Woodcraft store- Check out the complete list- What’s Coming Up- SWAT is happening this coming weekend. Several turners will be doing live remotes. I received this email from Lyle Jamieson explaining how to see the streaming videos from Cindy Drozda and Todd Raines For Tod's, use this link- https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodturningToolStore For Cindy's, use this link- https://www.youtube.com/user/cindydrozda/featured The Mid-Atlantic Woodturning Symposium has posted their list of demonstrators- The link for registration- http://www.mawts.com/registration/ For The Newbies- Looking for inspirations for creating new turnings? Mike Peace's video has some ideas Episode #6 from Cindy Drozda's bottle stopper series- Expand Your Horizons- From the AAW- Looking for something different to embellish your turnings? Maybe Carol Hall has something you'll find attractive- Alan Stratton makes an unusual jewelry tray for a wedding present. Check out the shop made jaws for his scroll chuck- More and more prominent turners are turning (no pun intended) to multiple social media platforms to share their knowledge. No longer is YouTube the only source of information for the isolated turner. Although platforms like Facebook and Instagram are the bane of most of us over the age of 50 (far over, for me), I am finding more and more information available from folks like Cindy Drozda, Lyle Jamieson, Jim Echter etc. If you have a Facebook account, maybe checkout some of your favorite turners. As an example- https://www.facebook.com/732440147/videos/799343681075338 New Turning Items- Maybe something new will show up at SWAT. Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning
  4. Please don't forget about the fund raiser that our very generous sponsor- Easy Wood Tools- is currently having. Head on over to the EWT site and order yours today- https://www.easywoodtools.com/ Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN Is making a fabulous lidded box for his Mrs. In his post, Rusty tells us about the material he used for the "metal" bands. What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for the links to more information and registration. These are from the AAW. If you catch this post in time, Cindy Drozda is having another live bottle stopper video. You can watch it on her YouTube channel- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AR8MzQJOBs I picked this information from social media. Jeff Hornung, who does fantastic embellishment work, also does IRDs and demonstrations for clubs. For more information, contact him through his site, The Walnut Log. https://www.thewalnutlog.com/ For The Newbies- Jim Rodgers continues his video series on catches- Lyle Jamieson has made his "Tuesday's Tips" available on his YouTube channel- https://www.youtube.com/user/JamiesonLyle/videos Search his channel for "Tuesdays Tips" IF you use your worm screw, here is a useful addon that you can make to improve stability. If you are thinking about getting into turning but not sure what tools you might need, Richard Raffan discusses some traditional choices. Don't overlook the possibility of using carbide tipped tools as well. Expand Your Horizons- Scroll chucks hold your work firmly but can mar the piece and sometime be less that ideal for odd shaped pieces. In this video, Alan Stratton discusses creating soft, custom replacement jaws. Mike Waldt turns an earring stand from English Yew- Carl Jacobson turns a gorgeous maple burl lidded box- And yet another two piece scoop. This one from Mike Peace- New Turning Items- Save your lunch money! With SWAT happening in about a week, thee may be some new toys presented. Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- I've been finding it really hard to get to the lathe lately. Life is funny that way. My lighting equipment for turning has been cobbled together from old desk lamps. They work but can sometimes be difficult to position and still be able to see what's happening. I saw a neat idea for a small LED light that helped overcome some of the disadvantages I was experiencing. Being a cheap scape frugal, I decided to build one. The parts If you have an old cell phone charger and cord, that's the perfect power supply. The other parts are a magnet- this ones is from an old computer hard drive. The LED light board- available from https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3256804164219166.html?spm=a2g0o.order_detail.0.0.2856f19c9S68hd . They were 6 boards for $1.00 plus $3.00 shipping and came all the way from China in 4 weeks!! Epoxy. Miscellaneous Harbor Freight stuff. Started by preparing the wire. Cut off the end that wasn't the standard charger USB connector. Removed the green and white wires. Added the shrink sleeving because I had a box from Harbor Freight. Stripped, tinned and knotted the wires on the board Soldered the wires to the LED board. The board has a miniature USB connector but I figured the solder would be more robust. Added a zip tie- because I had a bag from Harbor Freight- as a strain relief. Turned the board over and epoxied the magnet to the metal heatsink. I had to add a couple of washers between the magnet and heatsink to allow space where the wire passed thru the board. This allowed the LED board to sit flat. On the small tool rest- With the LED lamp off- LED lamp on- I'm happy but I think I'll build another one. I failed to take into consideration that the "chuck side" of the tool rests are not vertical. The light board angles "down" slightly. I think that can be fixed by adding a shim between the LED board back and the magnet before applying the epoxy. Also, if you have ever played with hard drive magnets, they are incredibly strong for their size. It is almost a struggle to get the lamp off of the tool rest. Regular rare earth magnets would probably work just as good. Safe turning
  5. Dealing with the remnants of the hurricane. So far, not quite as much rain as predicted. Will have to wait to see ow it all works out. Lots of flash flood watches/warnings in the area but we live far enough from streams and rivers not to have to worry about that. We have had a little more activity, from our turners, this past week. Lots of new turnings! Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan turned a bowl and gifted it to the neighbor who gave him the wood. This is such a wonderful way to have the tree's memory live on. Dan received lots of positive comments about his work- @Geraldhas been busy replenishing his stock in preparation for the craft show season. Gerald surely does some beautiful work and has a wide variety items. Too bad he lives in Mississippi, I'd love to visit his stand. @Ron Altier is our King of Ornaments. Here's his latest creation- This one has a special meaning, for Ron. Please see his post for the details on this one and how came about- @forty_caliber turned a couple of bowls from a pecan log. The color and grain of this wood is really beautiful Forty tells us a little more about the turnings and provides several more images in his post- @Fred W. Hargis Jr posed a question to our group concerning turning safety. Specifically, when to wear a face shield. As expected there were lots of comments and different thought on the subject. Give Fred your comments on what you feel is safe- What’s Coming Up- Lots happening in the coming weeks! Click on the images for links to the websites/registration. Lyle Jamieson is hosting a live interactive remote- From Hampton Woodturnings- From the AAW- For The Newbies- A nice little project that combines some spindle work and some basic hollowing from Carl Jacobson. These make awesome gifts! If you've been follow the "Wednesday's Wisdom" for any length of time, you know we advocate always making something for the "gifters" of free wood. Those gifters are often the tree service folks in your area. In this video, Tim Yoder shows us why it is nice to have contacts who own/use chainsaws and would e willing to cut tree pieces into managable chunks- Expand Your Horizons- @Gerald was fortunate enough to be able to attend S.W.A.T. last weekend. The gallery items were out of this world! New Turning Items- Hoping that @Gerald can tell us if the vendors at S.W.A.T. were showing off any new products. Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- I was able to finish up all of the Flame Box Elder bowls. All of the bowls were done with the same procedure. 1. Slab blanks cut from green log then sealed with TiteBond PVA glue. 2. Slabs cut round on the bandsaw when ready to turn. 3. Rough turned leaving overall thickness approximately 1/10 the diameter. Rough turned blanks were between 7" and 8". 4. Rough turned blanks submerged in soap/water solution for approximately 3 days. 5. Rough turned blanks placed in shavings for approximately 3 weeks. 6. Rough turned blanks removed from shaving and place in hotbox until weight stabilized. Time varied but generally in the neighborhood of a week. 7. Finish turning, shaping, sanding, embellishing and finishing. I found that a 50/50 mixture of gloss lacquer and lacquer thinner made sanding a little easier on the soft areas. The lacquer sealer is also suggested for use prior to applying the Yorkshire Grit. Some of the really punky parts I used CA to stabilize the wood. All were turned exclusively with Easy Wood Tools and finished with Yorkshire Grit and Hampshire Sheen. Bottoms were embellished with rotary tool from a Mike Peace video. Safe turning and stay well
  6. Got the yard mowed just in time! Quick 1/4" of rain. Been hot and humid here for the past week. Our Patriot Turners- @forty_caliber has added a vacuum chuck to his turning arsenal. He received lots of comments about using it from our members- Included in this thread is one of the bowls he made, using the chuck. Check out the way he filled the void in the bowl- Forty also post in the Patriots regular "What's On Your Weekend Agenda" forum about his new coring system for getting the most from a bowl blank- You can read his update and see more images at- @Fred W. Hargis Jr continued work on the pepper grinder he started last week. Fred posted images of the finished prototype and then showed us the final product. It turned out so nice, Fred says he may just make more! @HandyDan turned a beautiful cherry bowl for his sister. I was really taken by the shape. In his post, Dan tells us how he made the blank and did the finish. What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda is having Mushroom Box Demo Click on the image for the link to registration and more information. Don't forget, this weekend is the S.W.A.T. Convention in Waco, TX. For The Newbies- A couple of videos for making turning accessories. From Mike Peace, on making and using mandrels- And Sam Angelo on making and using threaded drive blocks- Expand Your Horizons- Here's a really neat project called a "change box", from Carl Jacobson Last week we mentioned videos from Jim Rodgers on making open segment turnings. Here is #3 in the video series- New Turning Items- I expect there will be new turning items being shown at S.W.A.T. We will see what we can spend out lunch money on, soon! Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Finished up the #3 of 4 box elder bowls. I have to thank @HandyDan for the idea on the rim. I liked the bowl he made for his sister. #4 just came out of the drying box, maybe get that one finished this week. Used the Yorkshire Grit and the Hampshire Sheen as the finish on this one, too. Still have to remove some excess lodged in the worm holes. Safe turning and stay well
  7. Just realized that yesterday was 55 years ago that I was discharged from the Navy. Left Treasure Island and took a 3 day train ride across this beautiful country. That was the year of the airline strike and there were no commercial flights anywhere. Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB has been busy casting and turning resin. He showed us his cast blanks and they turned out perfect- Andrew describes the process in this post- From this casting he is turning a "dragon's egg"- More about the process in this post- @smitty10101 would like to do some "inside-out" turnings and asked our gang for some help. He has received several suggestions. If you do these types of turning, please hop over to Smitty's post and chime in- @HandyDan is always making such neat projects for his family. He posted these turnings- Our turners gave him lots of praise for making these! Check out Dan's post at- @forty_caliber has been busy in his workshop! In last Friday's "What's on your weekend agenda", he posted three projects he has in the works. The first is a jam chuck- Next is a bowl made from pecan. Some really beautiful grain in this one- A little more here- And, a handle for one of his turning tools- @Fred W. Hargis Jr Asked our turners for input on turning a pepper mill. Several of our members have turned them and were willing to give him some help. If you have any tips that can make Fred's first attempt any easier, please check out this thread- What’s Coming Up- The AAW reminds us of future events- More information at this link- https://www.woodturner.org/Woodturner/Events/AAW Virtual Events/Woodturner/Virtual-Events/Master-Series-Landing-Page.aspx?_zs=ceDib&_zl=guGi2 Craft Supplies USA has training workshops- More here- https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p/205/7317/Workshop-Woodturning-201-with-Stan-Record-August-18-20-2021-(Deposit-Only)?utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=record&utm_campaign=21-08-workshops Don't forget that S.W.A.T. is live this year- For registration- https://www.swaturners.org/swat-registration-2021.html For The Newbies- Here's a nice little project to add some piazzas to your desk. Mike Peace turns a cable grommet- Not everyone has this tool in their arsenal but it can create some interesting effects. Carl Jacobson turns a beaded bowl using a beading tool- Expand Your Horizons- How do you finish your turnings? Do you like no gloss, some gloss or maximum gloss? For maximum gloss and wear, some turners prefer a CA glue finish. Here's a video from Darryl Jones showing how he uses CA and obtains some spectacular results. New Turning Items- Not so much new, but some sale prices from Woodturners Wonders in conjunction with S.W.A.T. Check their site for prices and more goodies- https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- I mentioned that I had ordered some sanding/finishing products. They arrived yesterday and I had the opportunity to briefly try them. I need to do some experimenting with topcoats other than wax to see how they adhere. From what I've read, most any finish can be applied over the Yorkshire grit. That seems to fly in the face of convention as the sanding paste contains mineral oil and beeswax. I got a can of each Here is Mike Waldt's take on the product Safe turning and stay well
  8. Typical August weather here this week and it's expected to get hotter as the week goes on. Good excuse to spend time in the basement shop. Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker moved from hollow vessels to bowls. Steve posted a gorgeous maple bowl for us to slobber over- The grain and natural combine to make a magnificent piece! Steve tells us about this turning in his post- @forty_caliber created a lovely vase from a pecan log. He received lots of positive comments on this one. I especially like the shape and can't wait to see the results when he adds the finish! Check out more in his post- @HandyDan received a request to duplicate a spindle for a friend. Dan does these freehand- without the aid of a duplicator! They sure look good. Please see his post for more about the wood he used and some of the great comments- @AndrewB also received a turning request. This one was for a bowl. I really like his choice of woods. Andrew uploaded several progress photos in his post on this turning- What’s Coming Up- Received this information from Lyle Jamieson. If you or your club are considering personalized virtual instruction, this might be the way to go. Click on the image for the link- From "SWAT" about their upcoming event The AAW has several events coming in the future. Here's their landing page for what is currently in the works- For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a nice video on turning bottle stoppers. He uses a stainless stopper from Ruth Niles. Ruth's latest newsletter came this week. A nice article about Rebecca DeGroot. If you don't get Ruth's newsletter, you can signup at her website- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Mike Waldt has been producing live question and answer sessions to assist the beginning (and not so new) turner. Although these are a little long, there is always lots of great information. This one is on design, esthetics and techniques. Expand Your Horizons- Andrew showed us a bowl created by gluing up boards. Here's more ideas using boards to create bowls- Mike Waldt uses the techniques in his previous video to turn an elm bowl- New Turning Items- You would not typically expect to find this a a woodturner's website, but Lyle Jamieson isn't your typical woodturner. I'm thinking this should be in everyone's workshop- Something new at the Nova site for woodturners- https://www.teknatool.com/product-category/shopnovapartsdirect/wood-blanks/?mc_cid=3dcac8d0b5&mc_eid=41cbcbe595 Some pretty good prices at the Woodturners Wonders site, too- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sales Everything Else- Rick Turns' list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- There's a couple of products I have been anxious to try- Yorkshire Grit and Hampshire Sheen. Ordered a container of each today from Woodworld of Texas to see how it works. It's a little expensive but if it works... Kinda disappointed in the shipping costs- UPS from Texas to PA $19.41! Maybe it has lead mixed into it. Safe turning and stay well
  9. Hard to believe July is better than half over already. This is about the time when the nightmares, from my teaching days, usually start. Rowdy kids, late turning in necessary forms, missing tools, etc. After the Covid restrictions and the student scheduling, I turned in my substitute walking papers but the dreams persist. Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald Is making good use of a tree they had to have removed. I was not familiar with the "Water Oak" species. Seems it is in the red oak family although the leaves are quite different. Gerald shows us one what I am sure will be many beautiful turnings from the tree. Check out his post for more images- Our continuing thread of "What's On Your Weekend Agenda" listed a couple of turning projects this past week. @forty_caliber posted the beginnings of an oak platter. He tells us the wood is from a neighbor's tree. You can read more about it here- He then added some more progress shots as he worked on the bowl Additional images of this beauty are here- @Smallpatch is almost finished with his really cool steady rest. Check out the positive comment on the picture he posted in the image gallery- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration For The Newbies- For those of us who rely on "FOG" wood, a chainsaw is almost a necessity. In this short video, Tim Yoder demonstrates two methods of dispatching a log into 2 halves. Somewhere I learned that cutting from/thru the end grain would dull the blade quicker. Maybe that's just an old lumberjack's tale. I do know that if I had done this video, I would certainly have tilted the saw far enough to hit the concrete and really dulled the chain! Mike Peace shows us how to add an interesting detail to the bottom of a bowl or turned box. Carl Jacobson turns a neat bottle stopper top for one of Ruth Niles' stainless steel stoppers. Expand Your Horizons- For the past several weeks we have been offering information on multi-axis turnings. This one is from Alan Stratton. New Turning Items- Hang on to your money. Hoping there will be some new products available soon! Everything Else- Rick Turns' list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- I did get a little turning done this week and some finishing, too. Four box elder roughed bowl blanks soaked and now in the shavings. Also an elm bowl blank drying. The large cherry bowl is the one I ruined the finish, on the inside, and re-sanded/refinished. The little walnut bowl (blue tape) is still soaking finish into the end grain on the bottom. The white bowl is one I started a long time ago but never finished the inside. It is made from a holly tree that was planted at my school in 1969. They removed the tree a couple of years ago during renovation. The walnut blank (foreground) is waiting its turn at the lathe. This little walnut bowl is drying in the shop made heated dryer- The basement floor must be nice and cool- I've generally considered myself fairly adept at mechanical things. But something has been running me through the funnies lately. Watching videos of demonstrators using the lathe, I marvel at how easily they adjust/replace tool rests. Whether it is changing the height of the rest or replacing one rest with another, They seem to do it effortlessly with a quick flip of the locking lever. This new Jet (1640evs) needs to have the locking lever turned at least one full revolution to release the tool rest post. And, if I remove a tool rest to replace with another, I have to fight to get the post down past the locking wedges. All my tool rest posts are 1" in diameter. I've even chamfered the ends of the post. Lightly sanded each post, lightly sanded the interior of the hole in the banjo. There are 2 Allen screws that contact the locking wedges. I've tried several combinations of loose and tight but nothing seems to make much of a difference. Anyone have any suggestions? Safe turning and stay well
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