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11-17-2019 11:21 PM

Square feature in middle of bottom of a bowl - 4 replies

I’m not sure how to ask this question, because I’m not even sure of what the right words would be.I want to make a segmented bowl with a square ceramic tile as a feature in the middle of the bottom. At my niece’s wedding 4” x 4” Mexican Talavera (aka majolica) square ceramic tiles (~3/8” thick) were a feature ...

04-10-2019 06:33 PM

BLO/CA finish...what about walnut oil instead of BLO ? - 11 replies

This may already be in a post somewhere here or at IAP, but (IMHO) the search engines on both are weak. I know some folks like to use a BLO and CA finish on pens, bottle stoppers and other small projects.What about walnut oil (WO) with CA? I know WO is much slower drying than BLO; but does that make a difference? Is there some specific che...

12-03-2018 08:12 PM

Qs about hanging heavy bookcase on plaster and lath wall - 2 replies

I am building some built in bookcases for my daughter’s newly purchased condo. They are in a classic Washington DC 14 unit downtown apartment building built In 1909. 10 foot ceilings, steam radiator heat, plaster & lath walls, hardwood and marble floors, decorative plaster ornamentation on the mantel… it’s a gem. While the lower bookcas...

07-21-2018 10:00 PM

powder dye vrs liquid for use with epoxy resin - 9 replies

I have been trying to learn about using resin to fill cracks and voids in wood I’m turning. After watching some youtube videos from my favorite woodworking youtube stars, I bought a small jar of Stick Fast black powder dye from WCraft and have been giving it a try.. I’ve had mixed results with it, and am wondering how to do bette...

06-27-2018 10:21 PM

Where to get ceramic salt mill kits? - 5 replies

I have read that because of salt’s corrosivity ceramic is the best (perhaps only) material to use for the actual grinding mechanism in a salt mill. I know I have seen salt grinder kits that have a ceramic grinding mechanism, but I can’t seem to find what brand, or who sells them. Many of the usual online vendors I go to don’t...

06-27-2018 07:34 PM

looking for weekend or longer workshops on wood AND OTHER CRAFTS - 1 reply

both my wife and I are very much into modern and traditional crafts (aka dimensional arts). “Dimensional Arts” is a silly name, but it is useful to span the range from woodworking to loom weaving to stained glass. The problem is we are into DIFFERENT crafts. She would hate any type of a week long woodworking workshop, and I can&...

06-18-2018 03:31 PM

lathe jacobs drill chuck question - 10 replies

I have a Woodriver jacobs chuck. I like the chuck part a lot…heavy duty and solid feel. But I have a problem with the Morse Taper part. The drill chuck has two parts. One part is the drill chuck part, with the jaws, gears and holes for the key to tighten it. The other part is a bar style thingy (technical term) device with a taper on ea...

05-29-2018 07:11 PM

Parks Super Glaze for turning inlays? - 3 replies

I have never used a resin inlay to infill natural voids in turned bowls, etc. However I want to give it a try. my question: does anyone have experience and/or opinions of using Parks Super Glaze (now by Rust-Oleum) as the resin material for such applications? What about adding dyes, metal powders, crushed rock? I see Parks mentioned a bi...

03-29-2018 02:37 PM

Jet 1440VS vrs Nova 1624 (w extension) ?? - 4 replies

We are planning (hoping?) to upgrade the full size lathe in our community woodshop. I’d like any thoughts or info folks here could offer. Our short list of candidates now are these two. We would buy the 20” extension for the Nova to make them more comparable. Either would be mounted on a bench, so legs are not an issue (donR...

02-26-2018 08:32 PM

finish on copper ferrule ? - 13 replies

I am putting copper ferrule’s on handles I’m making for carbide tools. I can’t find a good discussion on whether I need to (or should…or could) put a finish on the polished copper ferrules. Do I leave the copper naked? use a varnish or shellac? a wax-and-varnish friction finish?

02-08-2018 04:45 PM

Newbie type question about turning screw threads - 7 replies

I am repairing an old spinning wheel my daughter bought at an estate sale (I wish she would stop doing this…its her third one in a year ;) It is in darn good shape for a 19th century wheel which obviously has a lot of miles on it, but it still apparently needs some of Dads humble woodworking skills. The only relevant part that is miss...

01-30-2018 12:09 AM

height vrs base diameter for a table lamp ?? - 5 replies

{my question is about a lamp that sits on a table, not a “table lamp” that goes all the way to the floor with a built in shelf/table half way up} I want to try to make a table lamp my wife wants. She wants it taller than the lamps we have now. Nothing gigantic, but something on the order of 24” or 30” from the table ...

12-09-2017 04:23 PM

Newbie Q: finish for stabilized junk wood pens? - 2 replies

I have some sentimental “junk wood” that I would like to turn into a dozen or so pens. I cut the wood into somewhat oversized pen blanks, and sent a few samples to a professional stabilizing company (K&G Finishing Supplies in AZ). When I say junk, I REALLY mean junk. I expect a better description of what I get back will be ...

11-14-2017 06:03 PM

Simple DIY strap clamp for segmented rings - 1 reply

A turner friend pointed me to a youtube about making a very simple and effective strap style clamp. Its a simple tourniquet system. The cost may run a high as $1 if you don’t have a piece of small diameter (1/4” is fine) nylon rope around. I used what we used to call ‘chute cord back in the day. The combination of the tou...

09-28-2017 05:10 PM

?? experience with Crown 24650 scraper/hollower - 2 replies

I ran across this tool, and can’t find any info on it beyond what Crown puts out. The same text appears on every site selling it I found. The full name of the toolCrown Tools UK Cryogenic Wood Lathe Wood Turning Scraper & Hollowing Tool – 24650 To ask a real newbie question: what is that cutter made with a small shaft stick...

09-05-2017 02:39 PM

Capt. Eddie Castelin carbide cutters and EW finisher - 4 replies

this probably has been asked/answered before. Sorry about this if so. I bopught some replacement cutters for my EW finisher from Capt. Eddie. The 16 mmdiameter is perfect, but Eddie’s are thinner than the EW cutter. With the same bevel angle (which it has), a thinner cutter means the smallest diameter Eddie’s cutter gets to at ...

07-25-2017 03:33 PM

Freezing to separate water from alcohol for drying green?? - 9 replies

Numerous posts here say that soaking bowl blanks in denature alcohol is a successful way to dry green wood fairly quickly. General idea when immersed in alcohol for a few hours the water in the blanks is displaced by the alcohol. You then let the alcohol evaporate for a few weeks, leaving a significantly drier blank. The downside of this alc...

06-28-2017 08:13 PM

Experience with the Carter AXE carbide tools? - 2 replies

I ran across these online, and can’t fine too much info about them. They are made-in-America, which is certainly a plus in my book. But how are they when it comes real world turning? Any observations comparing the AXE tools with other carbide cutter tools from better know (Sorby Turnmaster, Easy Tool, etc.) companies???

05-02-2017 04:43 PM

Is all M2 HSS steel the same? - 9 replies

I know that some tool makers sell turning tools marked M2 that are not. I have zero interest in ever buying anything from these ripoff manufacturers. What I do want to know is if M2 from all reputable manufacturers the exact same steel? Or is the case that the XYZ tool company uses better M2 steel than the ABC company? If all M2 steel is...

03-02-2017 02:12 PM

better searching ?? - 4 replies

I’ve relatively new here, and have mainly learned my way by experimenting (i.e., poke-and-hope). One thing that has frustrated me is using the search engine. As far as I can tell when I search for something, the search engine searches all of LJ. That is often not what I want. For example, I am looking on info on staining turned project...

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