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01-05-2019 07:09 PM

Question on Laser Engravers for wood? - 3 replies

I am looking at purchasing a laser engraver with a rotary device so that I can engrave plaques, pens and such. Most models are from China, American models and can be very expensive. I am nearing retirement in a few years and would like to add this ability to my woodworking plans. Any suggestions? I also could consider a duel purpose unit tha...

08-05-2016 11:38 PM

Anyway to bring back Shellawax Cream that has gotten hard? - 1 reply

I don’t make a lot of pens any more and I went to make some to find out my Shellawax Cream is as hard as a rock. I have used the Shellawax Liquid to mix into my cream when it was starting to harden up but now it is rock hard. These jars are expensive at over $30 each. Any way to bring back my cream finish to being able to be used again....

11-14-2015 10:58 PM

Shellawax Cream Wax when hard? - 3 replies

My question is short, I have two half used jars of Shellawax Cream that I use on pens. They are Rock hard. I know from reading that you can mix Shellawax liquid to thin it out, but my stuff is very dry and hard. There has to be some secret to bringing back this finishing wax to be used again. I know that there is water and alcohol in it. An...

07-16-2015 01:09 PM

Which wood burners are the best? - 5 replies

My wife (mostly, and I like to wood burn plaques and stuff. Hardwoods, and some soft woods. We have used over the years a good wood burner like a thin tipped sodering iron. I would love to get her a good adjustable wood burner that has changeable tips, easy to keep clean, and low heat in her hands. Quick recovery also. There are a lot of di...

10-19-2013 01:11 PM

Need help on heating my small workshop? - 16 replies

I have a small workshop, around 12 by 14 feet, insulated, with a garage door on one end. Setting on a concrete slab. I currently use a kerosene heater but that takes a lot of time to heat, and the cost of kerosene is over $4.50 a gallon. I don’t have a lot of wall space, my shop is very full, and I spray finish in it. The concrete slab...

04-10-2013 11:35 PM

Doll Furniture Sizes - 7 replies

Need some help on doll furniture sizes. Been looking and can’t seem to get any solid sizes of stuff. I want to start out making a few beds. Looks like 18 inch dolls are in, but the size of the bed is hard to gain. Any help, any sites or information that you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks -Mike

07-07-2011 05:36 AM

Exotic Wood Sales in Pennsylvania? Where are they? - 10 replies

I do small projects sometimes with Exotic woods, but the problem is that good wood is hard to find. I like to look at what I am buying. Most of my Exotic wood purchases are from E-bay which has gotten very expensive plus the postage has gotten higher. I don’t usually buy large boards, short boards with nice grain. Just hard to find any...

02-27-2011 09:39 PM

Still looking for Inlace Acrylester Spindle Blanks - 4 replies

Still looking for LONGER colored Acrylic spindle blanks. I sent out this question and got lots of answers back but they were all for clear cast rods. I want to make stuff out of the colorful Acrylester blanks, like are used on may pen and bottle stoppers. I just can’t find any vendors that sell it longer than 6 inches. Here is what I w...

02-23-2011 05:20 AM

Acrylic Supply Vendors? - 5 replies

Having no luck in finding suppliers for Acrylic turning rods. I can find lots of vendors that sell pen blank size blanks but no vendors selling longer blanks. I believe that I want “cast” acrylic for lathe turning. I want the multi-colored rods with swirled colors like the pen blanks. I need them to be 8 or so inches long, and no...

02-02-2011 04:11 AM

The age old question? What or who makes a decent Pen Press? - 11 replies

I have read some of the forum questions, and seen some of the homemade solutions, and heard a few comments about brand names.j I own a Grizzly pen press, and it is the biggest piece of junk that you could expect. The headstock is bent, the handle has broken several times, and the cam rod is now tilting upward. Almost useless. THERE HAS TO BE...

07-17-2010 03:22 PM

Crochet Hooks help.... - 8 replies

I love doing the small stuff on the wood lathe, and the next thing that I want to make is knitting needles, yarn holders and especially Crochet Hooks. I notice in my hunt for information that they are numbers and letters on these things, that denote sizes, and lenghts. Does anyone have any information on turning sizes? Sizes for making these ...

01-30-2010 05:55 AM

Need help learning about sharping lathe tools, what to buy and how to use. - 15 replies

I didn’t look very hard to see if there was information on my question, so forgive me if there are answers. I have been bumming along with sharping my lathe tools by freehanding. This leaves something to be desired especially on my rounded tools like gouges. I don’t have a lot of money to invest or room. My tools are the same als...

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