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  1. Well it had to be to good to be true. Finished the coffee bar and the she wants a shelf with hooks for coffee cups. The real kicker is these are not the cups she uses every day but cups from the regular set of dishes. First up is to turn shaker pegs from walnut. This is something we have talked about in the turning forum. They all look the same but there are some variances. One has a larger button end , one is longer, one is shorter, one is thinner. But they are close enough that you may be able to tell some difference in photo however not all.
  2. I got into some spalted cherry on the my latest batch of decorative tea jar lids. Unfortunately I only had enough for 8 or 10 lids. Would like to find a whole log of this, it's some pretty wood.
  3. After visiting another turners shop I was inspired and was going to build more drawers for turning station . So I started first cleaning out the drawers I have and ended up with 7 empty drawers. So decided to update drawer storage with kaizen foam and put a lot of the turning tool accessories which were out on shelves into drawers. Next up this week was to move the lathe and the shelves hanging fro
  4. I got bored with the media room so I quit early and do some turning. I’ve had a blank sitting around for a while and I decided to to turn a top for a grandson. Not sure which one yet but I will figure that one out later. Paul
  5. This project started with a left over scrap piece I just couldn't throw away. The beautiful wood made me think I had to make something else out of it. As you can see, it is quite small, but still a vase. Not quite sure of the wood type, could be a couple I've used. Anyway, it sure is a beautiful wood.
  6. Pauley

    Two bowls.

    It’s so nice to be back at work. I’m starting with two bowls that I’ve done. One is a Flame box elder. It’s about 6 inches round. Finished the way I usually finish bowls, with Triple E and Aussie Oli. the second bowl is about 3 1/2 or 4 inch round and about 4 inches tall. It’s a Granadillo bowl with a black Limba rim. Sanded this one for a long time (or so it seems). I love Granadillo cause it finishes up so beautifully. Open to any criticism.
  7. I need a technique that I am obviously lacking. I'm working on some 10-12 inch wide plates and bowls where the bottom of the inside should be flat, truly flat. Past eyeballing with a ruler across the plate or inside of the bowl, and using a small squared scraper, I put on some mineral spirits to see how the sanding works before putting on a real finish. Looks pretty good to me, but I still seem to get waves that show up when putting a finish on with any kind of shine. My best shot is to just sand the daylights out of the piece with a piece of sandpaper on a wood block to smooth out a
  8. Let me preface this with the fact that I've never done any wood turning. Ever. I've actually done more metal turning; while I'm no machinist I can turn a piece of hex brass into a usable pipe fitting given a little time and a South Bend lathe with a 4-jaw chuck and taper attachment. In my back yard stands...excuse me, stood...a towering ash tree. As in you could see it from orbit, more or less...well, if you look at Google Earth for my home address, it covered the entire back yard. I got my first big wake-up call in June of 2019 when the first limb fell...and it was a monster. Woul
  9. When you have green wood I have always been told to paint the ends to keep it from drying too fast and cracking. Well if you finish turned a bowl that was green and gave the whole thing a few coats of poly would that keep it from drying too fast and cracking?
  10. I just called the local bowling alley and I get to pick up some free bowling balls tomorrow. Been wanting to make some bowls out of them.
  11. The bee farm gift shop that sells my honey dippers also sells LOTS of loose leaf tea, I think she told me she stocks over 50 flavors. She wanted to know if I could make lids for those tea jars. They are much smaller version of the dipper lids but with no dipper. The lids these wrap are about 2-1/2" diameter and ideally I would just drill that with a forstner bit. I don't happen to own 2.5" forstner and didn't want to spend 40 bucks on speculation. It occurred to me that I have a 2.5" hole saw and I wondered if I could drill with that and then hollow out the center with a 2-1/8" forstner and sc
  12. RustyFN


    I got the walnut log cut in half and one bowl rough turned.
  13. My process when I'm making lids involves two basic steps. First, mount a blank in a four jaw chuck, drill for the lid and fit it. However many I'm making I will do this step to all of them. When they are all drilled, they get flipped around and all the finish cuts and sanding are done. I discovered early on a four jaw chuck wouldn't work for the second step. There is no room for tooling and it puts my fingers too close to the spinning chuck. My solution was to make a wooden expansive chuck. That actually worked really well and I've been using it for years. It uses the s
  14. I built a center steady years ago. It works fine, however the wheels I used (white) were used on shower doors. No bearings. Wheels hard plastic. They worked fine, but I kept my eyes open for wheels with bearings at a good price. I found some at Amazon. They are made for printer mechanisms. They do have bearings and (not as) hard plastic wheels. I added them to my old center steady. I have NOT tried them yet, but I can not see any reason why they won't work. The one dimension I wish was smaller is the 3/8" wheel thickness. They were really cheap 5 for $7 I set the two spares down with th
  15. I made a small bowl while I was putting the finish on my other bowl. It is around 5.5 inches in diameter. Also a picture inside the other bowl I just finished.
  16. Just got everything set up and running. Took a seasoned log and practiced some basic shapes to get the feel of the tools, familiarize myself with the lathe, and see how it all works together. not a masterpiece but feel it’s a great start.
  17. RustyFN

    New bowl

    Started a new bowl. It is a log the neighbor gave me. I think it is apple.
  18. Has anyone ever had good results with this type of sizing tool. It's supposed to make duplicate tenons/parting cuts and I keep getting tearouts/catches when I try to remove the tool. By the way, without the spacing arm, this parting tool(1/4") cuts like a dream.
  19. While waiting for the Soectraply mill blanks to arrive. I'll be clearing my bench off rolling pin stock and building inventory for next year's show season. This should put 72 pins in the bins.
  20. I am looking at a low speed grinder at Home Depot. It is made by Wen. It is 1750 rpm. Comes with one white 60 grit wheel and one 120 grit white wheel. They are 8 inch wheels with 5/8 shaft so it would be easy to upgrade to CBN wheels later. It cost $105 and has a two year warranty. What do you all think? https://www.homedepot.com/p/WEN-120-Volt-8-in-Slow-Speed-Bench-Grinder-4286/205413322?source=shoppingads&locale=en-US&mtc=Shopping-B-F_D25T-G-D25T-25_9_PORTABLE_POWER-Multi-NA-Feed-PLA-NA-NA-PortablePower_PLA&cm_mmc=Shopping-B-F_D25T-G-D25T-25_9_PORTABLE_POWER-Multi-NA-Fe
  21. Hey folks, I have these small rounds of wood pieces that came from an old wooden viking bowling set. they are angled at the top. I'd like to keep this feature but when I start the hollowing Process I run into a lot of catches, even after I drill center of the piece. Any ideas could I possibly use forsener or small spade bit?
  22. As a wood turner, cutting up logs into bowl blanks, is just part of the fun. As I mentioned in my introduction, I was a logger for nearly a decade, so using a chainsaw is second nature at this point. Now obviously I don’t use the Stihl 066 or MS 660 for cutting bowl blanks, but my MS 210 always worked well. However, a noisy gas powered saw isn’t always appreciated in my neighborhood or inside the garage. So, I went searching for an electric solution. Now I have to say, I was very skeptical about battery powered saws, but after much research I pulled the trigger on a Stihl MSA 220 C. This
  23. Has anyone had the occasion to do any turnings from African Blackwood? I've got a spill vase, that I want to turn from that wood, and I've done spill vases in other woods for practice. The last vase, in the photo, is from Lignum(guaiacum?) vitae and was a real lesson in turning!!!
  24. Ok in a different thread I posted a picture of my handmade emblem. I have come up with a few different ones. I would like to know which one people like most. I think I like number three best.
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