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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 pile
  2. I saves a few of the planner blades in all the nuts and bolts I gave away. Found a use for one. For those familiar with Sorby tools they make a parting tool with a v grind at the end. That is way I have attempted here. Used a round grinding stone in my Wecheer carver. Had to grind off the sharp side and a bit off the back to get it to fit in pre drilled handle I had in a drawer. Ferrell is a plumbing reducer. now for the edge and proof it does a great end grain cut. I have never been able to get a parting cut that clean usuall have to clean up with spindle or bo
  3. I watched a video on making one's own tantung turning tool. This is completely new to me. Check out this video at THE BIG UGLY TOOL by Reed Gray aka Robo Hippy with Randal Dale - YouTube I've seen this discussed on a couple of other sites, but not here. I like here best. It appears that one can buy small pieces of tantung reasonably cheap. Then comes welding to a piece of steel and handle. The question is whether what you get from tantung is worth the effort. Your experiences with tantung, please
  4. John Morris wrote an excellent bio on Easy wood carbide turning tools. I was surprised to find out they invented them. Its a good read. II hope I found the proper link for his story.
  5. Before I head out this morning I started doing some researching on tools and found some ones that would come in handy once I get the new shed shop completed with work benches. First is the Rikon 10-305 Band Saw with fench 10-inch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0032YZB2S/?coliid=IPI8XU4BJG6QD&colid=JHVHTKURXUVA&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it_im Second is the Wen MM1011 15-A,[ 10" Single Bevel Compact Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZGH64YC/?coliid=I1AJIDICH8IWPU&colid=JHVHTKURXUVA&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it\
  6. The Spoon Crank is a global initiative looking to bring together people who share a passion for spoon carving. Apart from giving the chance to the beginner spoon carver to learn from the experienced and talented carvers, we want to enable the physical connection with the masters of the craft through a physical object. The spoon blank. The spoon blank is the foundation of the wooden spoon. We want to give access to what we believe is essential for a new carver to grasp. We want to give easier access to the fundamental and underlying geometry of what to become a finished hand carved wooden spoon. Source....
  7. Has anyone gotten their Grizzly Catalog for 2021? I still get it even though I have not purchased anything from them in years, but I do love just perusing the pages, it's fun to look at!
  8. I went to Woodcraft today to buy some finish. I was looking at the 1/2” bowl gouges. The have Robert Sorby and another English brand for $100 each. They also had a China brand but as soon as I saw China I lost interest. I went online when I got home and looked at Thompson lathe tools. I can buy the Thompson for $120. On the Thompson site they offer a V bowl gouge and a U bowl gouge. Is one easier to use than the other or give a better finish? Does anybody know the pros and cons between the two? I think they said the V gouge had a fingernail grind.
  9. I plan for doing one for my carbide cutters as well but this one I'm starting to put together for the hss gouges I just purchased and for future ones that I may or may not purchase. I got the measurements for the tools fortunately. I maade it just long enough to hold all 6 on the same one its not the best looking but it will work better than what I currently have slim to nothing for tool holders. I'll either mount it to the lathe bench or rip down the pvc holders I've got up on a 2x4 and place it there. I just have to see how much space I'm working with and what I can manage. Fortunately
  10. Hello all, By the size of the box that came to my wife yesterday, I anticipate a HSS negative rake scraper for my bowls. I am presently working on a spalted maple, crotchwood piece that shows a lot of promise, yet has been giving me some grief along the way. I'm having some good experience with PC Petrifier to stabilize the soft wood without sealing it so much that an oil finish will not penetrate. Anyway, two questions: . Should a negative rake scraper have a burr? . A poor man might ask why one couldn't simply take a regular scraper and tilt it down toward
  11. Check out the Jimmy Clewes products! https://woodturningtoolstore.com/special-deals/?receiptful=5fc0b6ac73f0670043202e1e&utm_source=CM Commerce&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter-76&utm_term=newsletter&utm_content=other&receiptfultype=newsletter
  12. Don't know how widespread this is, but I was tracking a couple of hand planes on my "Drool list", both from Grizzly, both on Amazon. About a week ago, the smaller (14") went "unavailable" at AMZ. When I looked it up on the Grizzly site, they were offering it for about 30% less than previous (I'd compared prices both on Amazon and direct from Grz). So I bought it. Today, Amazon still lists the 22", but the Grizzly website has it for about 35% less than Amazon/prior. Is it the Zombie Apocalypse? Can you kill a zomb with a hand plane? How many strokes? Do you have to sharpen af
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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...
  16. 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)
  17. Today, the big brown truck stopped in front of the house. Not unusual as they often park here to deliver across the street or one of the houses next door. After waiting for several minutes, I figured it was a delivery for next door. Suddenly, a knock on the door and a packaged dropped to the porch floor. I opened the door and a very long box was lying on the porch floor. I thanked Mr. Brown and retrieved the box. Examining it, I read the label that the package had been shipped by EWT. Holy moly. I had to sit down. Ann could not wait as she chattered like an excited child. To get her
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1160234954350640/
  22. 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.
  23. 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 ca
  24. 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
  25. 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
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