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  1. What's on your work bench? This is the official topic for images and friendly chatter regarding that all important surface, the personal statement of your shop, the steadfast friend we can always count on, the space of your shop that nobody knows better than you, we are talking about the almighty "Work Bench". Submit your images now! That's right, don't clean it up, don't be embarrassed, the messier the better, or if there is nothing on it at all, that is fine too. If you have not touched your bench in years, and you have taken a break from woodworking and have boxes piled on it, we want that image too! All images are welcome. Spirit of Topic This is a Hit-n-Run topic, as you walk past your bench, whip out your camera or smart phone, and snap a shot, load it up here. No need for text explanations if you don't want too. To kick this off, walk out in your shop and snap a picture of your bench surface now, and lets get this topic rolling. This will be an ongoing topic, for you to share images of your bench top today, and every day. Types of benches Some of us have small benches, some of us have big benches, some of us use a space in our dining room, some may have a picnic table they use for a bench, and some of us may have a bench of all benches, the traditional joiners bench, or a beautiful full cabinet shakers bench. No matter what you call your work surface, no matter what your work surface looks like, we want to see images of your bench! Thank you in advance to the participants!
  2. Tools4vets & vets turn, Are 2 of many programs coming out to serve vets. Not all apply to wood but I’m sure someone hasn’t heard of these. Give them a look.
  3. I have a pin vise, looks like a miniature drill chuck. I've used it in the past without any problems, but now it won't hold a small (less than 1/16th) dill bit straight. It will hold larger bits straight but not the small ones. So, two questions: 1. can I fix it 2. whats a good brand name for a replacement/second?
  4. Mail box run this morning,decided to check out a garage sale that said "TOOLS"..hmmm. Was more interested in the rasps...the "chisels"..meh. Tossed the 1/2 round in the trash can....the "flat" side wasn't. And then this strange looking critter for $0.40.. Spider nest was free.. Think 4 hacksaw blades...may come in handy..someday...
  5. Friday and Sat. , The games was afoot! Not much in the budget for the 2 days, either...only had $12 in me pocket. First day? Well, one place had these. That strange looking screwdriver is a MAC.....$2 so far...drove just outside of town...said there was "tools"...dug through a "tray" of rusty tool shaped objects...didn't NEED any foot long screwdrivers...but..nose was itching a bit, dug down a bit further... I tend to shake hollow handles..sometimes there are bits inside..That North Bros ( pre-Stanley) No. 41? yep it made a bit of noise ( pun intended) 6 bits IN the handle, another in the chuck....Fifty cents a piece for these 2.....didn't need the entire tray, anyway.. Survived the storm Friday night....Saturday morning, had some things to do..then returned to the first sale from Friday..to see what was left over... 26" long, 10ppi cross cut Disston D-8....made about 1955-56 era....when HK Porter had just bought out Disston...still a nice, comfy saw to use... Just no brass bolts..not a biggie. price? Hmm...yeah. went looking at a couple other Saturday only sales....lots of clothes, no tools... Well, to the north is the village of Belle Center....they had a 2 day village wide sale going on.....drove around a few sales...nose was calm....was going to stop at a place for some Ice Cream ( was a very hot day) when the nose went haywire....tables, and a wagon..filled with..tools. A bit of digging around... There was supposed to be a fourth chisel in the set ( 12mm) Looked over the pipe clamps the fellow had...three had "issues", settled for the fourth one.. Will need to soak those threads in PBblaster...should be ok after that...so, how much did he want? $3.... Then went and got the ice cream...and then went back home. BTW: the first sale's location? Seems that Friday night storm had split an old, BIG Maple tree out in front of the property...landing in the street. This morning, when we came back..they had things off the street, and were turning it into firewood.... That pipe clamp? 1/2" Pony..with plenty of pipe.. Should come in handy? That 8" square?...well, it seems to be cleaning up quite well.. Along with these other two items.....took a while, and also managed to get the bit free from that Yankee chuck. The c clamps are 2" ones. That "chef's hat" screwdriver is a Goodell Pratt Co. item, for a tool kit for "motorcars". The square? Stanley No. 20, 8"...with steel hardware, instead of brass? Except for the brass wear strip. Cute little buggers, ain't they? Total for the weekend? ( not counting ice cream) $6.50 I'm not cheap, merely Frugal
  6. 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.
  7. Before I tried bowls heavily, I started with an oak glue up and couldn't finish it because I was using a face plate at the time and didn't even have the right tools for the job or even a proper chuck for that matter. Now that I have the proper tools including the chuck I think its down right time to finish this one off. I had completely forgotten about this one doing a little bit of organizing in the shed/shop I found it tucked away. So I did a bit of turning on it evened it out and cut a tenon onto it. I had to straighten it up quite a bit because it was completely way out of whack but it should make for a nice piece in the long run. Should have a proper hss bowl gouge by Thursday so I should be able to fully hollow this thing out over the weekend. New bowl blanks arrive tomorrow so I think I'm set for a bit on that.
  8. Saw these on a demo and almost ordered one for 55 but on second thought. the c shape one allows to check bottom thickness with workpiece in the chuck due to the thin bottom of the C. Easy to make. This is next one is a simple Seth gauge and may make another with brass rod
  9. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1160234954350640/
  10. Had a call yesterday from a Woodturner friend that the shop leftovers from a deceased club member was for sale. I called another member and hightailed it over. Paid 45 for the stuff on the table and 25 for the walnut. In only the Frued box blade and the Incra hinge jig is retail over 175. One box has some water based dye powder another a tap and dye set. Sanding discs, a monster turning tool . The green vise I have to do some research. And the push stick.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. Is no longer needed.....I need the shop space it is taking up. Went to check on how to get this thing out of the shop... This MIGHT be "fun"....Opened it up....found an old tote inside.. And a pair of slider trays.. . Spider hotels, actually....there was a few tools still inside... Walden-Worcester 3/4"/12mm socket, was still attached to the Williams speed bar. Pliers are 6" H. Bokers, not sure about the 1/2"' ratchet wrench, 5/16" chisel, 10" Crescent Co. Jamestown...and, a pair of round-nose scrapers... Hm, I don't have a lathe, any more. There are brace bits that aren't worth trying to dig out of a rack...so, I think that is all there is inside.. May keep the trays and tote...and the tools....box will be headed upstairs, and out to the curb....first come, first serve. Need that space it is sitting in...for other stands.....part of the shop clean up going on...
  14. Hope this finds all of you and your families safe and well. The weather here has been beautiful. Even had an awesome thunderstorm last night. Our Patriot Turners- @FrederickH managed to score some really nice turning tools and asked our members their opinions. Check out his post and see if you can provide some additional advice- Most of us have been asked to stay at home during this health crisis. One of the other forums, at the Patriot, is showing our members' quarantine project. @John Hechel posted a beautiful walnut bowl! John says it is his first ever bowl! Wish my first one turned out that nice!!! Check out his project- and other posts at- New member @Purpleheartguy posted some of his turnings in our gallery. He is just getting into turning but it looks like he sure has a knack for it. You can see his other images in the gallery beginning here- @FlGatorwood is turning his first inside-out ornament! He gave us a sneak preview of what it is going to look like! Check out his post at- What’s Coming Up- The Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium is still planning to hold their event in September. Click on the above image for the link to their site and more information. As we mentioned last week, our sponsor- Woodcraft- is hosting a Turning Tuesday event each week. If you didn't catch it, Frank Byers demonstrates turning some garden tools. For The Newbies- @Purpleheartguy mentioned in his turning posts that he didn't own a chuck. Yet he turned some beautiful pieces with the tools he had. Here's a video from Mike Peace showing how to create a bowl, on the lathe, without a chuck. There are several videos on YouTube on how to do this- There's always some questions about what's the best way to dry green wood for the final turning. I found this video from Woodcraft San Carlos where the presenter discusses several methods. Easy to understand. Note: Use you wife's microwave at your own risk Negative rake scrapers can be helpful in getting clean cuts and less catches. Sam Angelo has a video demonstrating their use, sharpening and why you might want to consider adding one to your turning arsenal. Expand Your Horizons- Mike Peace has a nice video showing how embellished an ash bowl. Not your typical finish. New Turning Items- If you like the idea of having one handle to be able to be used with a variety of lathe tools, this may be something you cam use- You can see more at- https://woodturningtoolstore.com/modular-woodturning-tool-handle-new-product/ Everything Else- Rick Turns posted his March list of YouTube woodturning videos. Please take a moment to give him a thumbs up, acknowledging his hard work. @Purpleheartguy's comments got me to thinking about some of the chucks I've made. A very useful one is simple a piece of hardwood drilled and threaded to match the headstock threads. Then a piece of scrape glued to the face. The scrape is a sacrificial piece to which the project is glued. Another really useful one is the Longworth chuck. It can be used for reverse chucking a bowl to finish off the bottom. I used the same type of drilled/tapped hardwood block for the mounting portion of the one I made. Sometimes you can get lucky and find a used tap, that matches your lathe threads, at the surplus store. Safe turning and stay well
  15. I've acquired these lathe tools for future bowl-turning projects. I know that they are made in Sweden? Opinion????
  16. I don't work there (well, i apparently don't work anywhere), but I was recently at an Ollie's store and they had some NOS (new old stock) out and it included made in USA phillips #2, a 6" side cutter, a 3-pack plier set. There were also some made somewhere else sockets and linesman pliers. Not sure if they all got them or not or if only local warehouses?
  17. These have been out for awhile and came on sale a while back ,so I had to try them out. First picture is the way I usually run trim through the router table, and then the new way. I like the new ones, they do what they are advertised to do. Herb
  18. I bought one of these (a Fein, because they still had the patent active) a number of years ago. I got it primarily because I was doing a lot of refinishing at the time and wanted something to sand out details and moldings. Well, it turned out to not be so great at that, so it's mostly sat in the tool bag, Today, I was trimming off some dowels with my flush cut hand saw, going slowly and I had a bunch to do, so I dragged out. Wow, I have to remember that more often. I guess I've always considered it really handy for a remodeler, trim carpenter, electrical rough-in, or a plumber, but not so much for a furniture maker like me If you have one, what all do you find it useful and handy for? ( as an aside, an Oh Carp! moment this morning, I went to swivel the dresser I'm working on and the side split at a weak point in the grain that I hadn't noticed. I guess I should be grateful in happened in the raw and not after I'd installed drawers and finished and delivered the thing. Glued the split and will add some pocket hole screws on the inside when the glue is dry. Will use the OMT to trim the dowel plugs on them.)
  19. Noticed that HF has two new tool lines - Bauer and Hercules. I never did understand where all their other house brands fit in the hierarchy -- Chicago Pneumatic, Pittsburgh Forge, Pittsburgh Professional, Chicago Electric, Daytona, Portland, Bunker Hill, (am I seeing a pattern here?) Central Machinery, US General, Earthquake XT, Storehouse, Warrior, Hardy, Predator, Drill Master, etc. etc. etc. Why don't they just have a good, better and best, or in their case, crap, crapper, and crappiest? And why do they sometimes have two SKUs for the same tool - different vendors?
  20. Got a question for ya'll, if you were asked what are the types of power that has been used throughout our history to power tools and machinery, what would your answer be?
  21. I just purchased a "set" of 5 wood turning bowl chisels, made from files. I'm curious about how these will work for turning bowls. Any advice on the maintenance of these?
  22. I'm going to an auction next Saturday (Krummy, take note) in Marion, Indiana to check out a Powermatic spindle sander so I began to look at pictures of the auctioned items. It is an estate sale and the owner had some Grizzly tools but he also had a jointer and a 16" planer that were made by a company named Pratco. They sure had that Grizzly look to them but I had never heard of the name Pratco. Can anyone enlighten me?
  23. A small mom and pop shop selling general woodworking supplies and tools.
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    Author: Welsh, Peter C. LoC No. 66061920 Title: Woodworking Tools 1600-1900 Language: English LoC Class Q: Science LoC Class T: Technology Subject Woodworking tools -- History Release Date: Nov 12, 2008 Copyright Status: Public domain in the USA.
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