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07-01-2019 01:32 AM

Water sealing vases - 7 replies

I’ve been messing around with segmented turning this week, what started out as a throwaway project has turned into something pretty cool and now I’m thinking I should probably finish it right. I was wondering if anybody has discovered a way of sealing the inside of a wood vase to hold water. Aside from a glass or plastic insert...

02-24-2019 08:25 AM

Toolmarks inside bowl - 16 replies

Hi Guys, Just wondering if anyone knows why I might be getting tool marks inside my bowls only. The outside finishing cut is fine enough that I can start with 240 and only needs a quick pass. The inside however takes a lot of sanding. They’re not edges but more inconsistent ridges. Even after a constant bevel ridden pass from the rim al...

12-30-2018 04:42 AM

Designing wooden bell crank - 0 replies

Hi guys, Wondering if anyone has any better ideas than mine for adding a third controlled articulation to a wooden ride on digger. My idea in the video below hasn’t worked so well. Looked good until I got the boom and bucket on but it seems the first bell crank/ball set just isn’t rigid enough. My only other idea was to buy ball j...

12-12-2018 08:16 PM

Buy or Build sanding pads - 19 replies

What’s the most economical thing to do as far as sanding pads goes, (the drill/mandrel foam pad type). I’m looking at buying a set from a local supplier here but a bit apprehensive about being locked into buying the expensive velcro backed pads for the rest of eternity. Is there any quick/economical way to make your own discs that...

11-12-2018 06:41 AM

Plunge V cuts with skew - 5 replies

A link below in case it’s not clear what I’m talking about, at minute 3.25. I wondered if you guys consider this a dangerous cut. I.e. if you were on your last piece of expensive wood making a Christmas gift on Christmas Eve, would you be doing your Vs like this, or shaving down each side separately...

09-05-2018 08:33 AM

Bowl gouge dulling quickly - 16 replies

Just wondering if anyone can shed any light on why my bowl gouge dulls so quickly when hollowing out. I read something in a wood turning book last week about a guy saying he sharpened once or twice a day in a production workshop =/. Sometimes I’m lucky to get two passes before im really needing to push on it. I’m guessing my probl...

08-26-2018 10:09 AM

Adding contrast to chess board - 8 replies

Just wondering if there is such a finish that would make the dark squares darker without making the light squares too dark. I’ve used NZ native Matai for the dark and Tawa for the light since it’s what was on hand. Doesn’t look too bad but could use a bit more contrast. Thanks in advance,Josh

06-24-2018 03:32 AM

Green blanks drying - 7 replies

Sorry to create another drying thread – I’ve read a bunch about drying green blanks and know the methods out there but, what would you guys opt for if you had a pallet of 100 or so green rounds? If you were a hobby turner. I’ve been lucky enough to come into a couple of walnut log ends of which there is plenty more to come I...

05-25-2018 12:36 AM

Planer clone brand, grizzly? - 3 replies

Hi guys, I’m just looking at a macma planer on a local auction site here in NZ and wondering what it’s a clone of. Or what it was rebranded from. I’m fairly certain macma import and rebadge. Are the planers which have the cutter head driven by a belt and have the cast table adjustable rather than the whole head adjustable...

02-23-2018 02:32 AM

Acceptable spindle runout - 13 replies

just wondering what you would consider an acceptable runout. I had a shaft machined for my union graduate to a thread more compatible with today’s equipment. I got it back together and appears the whole thread and base are not running true. The machining must have been off center as the flange and tapered hole are still dead on. The vid...

02-12-2018 12:00 PM

Warranty for your work? - 9 replies

I’ve got a bit of free time coming up and with some spare steel/timber in the shed and nothing I really need for myself I wondered about making a few pieces and putting them up for sale. Do professional woodworkers usually guarantee their work by any means of a warranty? Should a hobbyist do the same whichever the answer? I have no iss...

01-16-2018 11:02 PM

Outboard turning Union Graduate - 8 replies

Just wondering if any of you guys have played with the outboard side of a Union Graduate, or Jubilee, or Wadkin etc. Any of those old English models that had a bowl turning setup on the left hand side of the headstock. I just picked one up for a really good deal, and before I even got there I was talking to my buddy about machining a RH threa...

01-14-2018 12:04 AM

NZ native slabs - 4 replies

I had a tree come down in a gulley on our property a few months back, have had a go at having it ID’d on a forum and they think it’s something called Mangeao, an NZ native. Apparently known for use in canoes, cellos and other instruments etc. I finally pulled my finger out and bought a 36” bar for the saw, and borrowed an al...

10-14-2017 06:04 AM

Ducting outlet of DeWalt tablsaw - 2 replies

I’m part way through building a new work bench which I’ve made an attachment to on the end, to sit my dewalt table saw on, so that it out feeds onto the table at the same height. All sounded great on paper and went together without a hitch only now I’ve realised the dust port is going to shower the lower shelf in dust. I won...

10-04-2017 10:30 PM

Outdoor cabinet under stainless bench - 0 replies

We are putting together an outdoor cooking area for a section we have bought up north and wondering about how to go about the “outdoor” durability side of things. We have bought a stainless bench with a sink in it and the general idea is to build a frame, wrap the back of the frame in plywood and possibly leave it like this or fac...

07-13-2017 11:23 PM

Plum tree for removal - 8 replies

Would you guys bother with this? It’s about 90 minutes drive from me, I’ve seen it relisted so it looks like it would go free. Check out the pictures etc, does it look too far gone or worth cutting and blanking up?

07-13-2017 06:08 AM

Roughing cut without bevel support - 13 replies What is this cut called 50 seconds into this video? I see it a lot when guys are roughing green wood particularly when they’re knocking the corner off the bowl for the curve to the foot. To me it looks like there is never any bevel support. Or if there is it’s on the wing and it looks like a huge...

06-22-2017 11:29 PM

TruPro Machinery - 7 replies

Just wondering if anyone knows anything about it, where it’s made or if it’s rebranded, what it originally was. Namely this planer here that I’m looking at. Anyone have an idea of approximate value? I already own a trupro 6” jointer and really love it, thinking this could be a good addition…

06-21-2017 06:46 AM

Lemonade from Lemons - 1 reply

My thickness planers gearbox spat its teeth last night. It’s a shiddy copy of a delta 22-560, has always been noisy as hell. I got done planing a board and then heard the gear lash noise slowly get a little louder, and louder… I took a step back, held up a plank to cover my face and thought, good… Eventually it popped and the f...

06-19-2017 06:59 AM

Mitre splines grain - 3 replies

I’ll save the explanation and share a photo… The corners are obviously mitre joints. I have cut blind slots for splines to go inside them. I don’t have any boards as wide as the box is deep, so I can’t rip a single spline with the grain orientated across the joint, which would be ideal strengthwise, I think… ...

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