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Blog series by SSMDad updated 09-24-2011 01:44 PM 4 parts 8682 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: Just got and installed PSI Barracuda 4 jaw chuck and got a surprise

07-15-2011 12:32 AM by SSMDad | 3 comments »

Well this afternoon I was finally able to remove the original faceplate and install the new PSI chuck. I can’t really compare it to others but it seems to be pretty nice and only took me 30 minutes to figure out how to open and close the jaws. :P Finally it was on and I had a section of this weird bright orange with white streak wood (anyone have an idea of what kind this is? I know…pictures…) Anyway. NOW I understand all the warnings about face protection and respirators...

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Part 2: Last couple of lathey days

07-27-2011 05:08 AM by SSMDad | 2 comments »

The last 2 days have been “interesting” with turnings to so say the least. First I really accept that I don’t have a clue as to how to get the best sharpened edge on my tools. I used my bench grinder to sharpen and ended up cutting at least 2 different angle bevels on my roughing gouge. :( Yesterday I laminated then turned a stack of cherry and QS sycamore. I’d intended to make a lamp. Apparently the 5”x5” blocks I cut were not flat because now I hav...

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Part 3: Preventing checking while drying thin-walled bowls

07-28-2011 01:39 PM by SSMDad | 1 comment »

I’d seen this mentioned a few times here I believe and elsewhere on the web about a method of drying green wood faster without checking or splitting. I found the log of white oak along the side of the road that had been cut up recently from a downed tree and was able to get 3 small bowl blanks from it. The first one I turned (about a week ago) I went all the way to a thin wall leaving pretty much just sanding and finishing the bottom off. One is very rough bowl shape with no hollowing (...

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Part 4: Shavings shavings shavings

09-24-2011 01:44 PM by SSMDad | 1 comment »

Nothing really new to post except the two rough-turned pieces here are cherry I found at a petrol station left by an arborist for anyone to have. Great guy. Love the green shavings and my Delta 46-460. :) Tools are Sorby and chuck is PSI Barracuda 2000. The gray bucket on the left is the bottom of my little cyclone dust collector (works well too).

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