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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 03-27-2020 05:22 PM 591 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these last fall while trying out my new 1/8” 60 degree V cutters for my Dremel. Just goofing around with these. I may include them in some other project. One is Osage Orange and the other one is Cherry. I had to use some real dry logs so there was no movement after threading them. I also had to add three small strips of self adhesive Teflon tape ( Thanks LJ Slpinterbubba) to them – 4th photo—so I could get them apart once closed. I tried closing them one time without it and had to use a strap wrench to open them. The last 2 shots are of the cutters I made so I could get up close to the shoulder when threading in the Southbend lathe. The have a 4”-8 thread on them…...... you won’t find that in the machinery handbook!!.

They are 4 1/4” diameter were cut using cardboard inside and outside templates and finished with Danish oil and buffed and waxed.

Mark Wilson, I added the following shots of the Beall buffers I use:

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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James E McIntyre

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#1 posted 03-27-2020 05:42 PM

They look like perfect spears Jim. That nova lathe is a great tool.
Like Adam Sandler said when he wore the (Knit Hat) and dred locks. “You can keep your stuff in there”.

-- James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 03-27-2020 05:45 PM

Wow, those are spectacular!

Like your buffing system, too.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 03-27-2020 06:34 PM

First time seeing anything like this but I still have lots to learn! Very interesting! Nice work Jim!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 03-27-2020 06:38 PM

I can’t even chase threads properly with a tap and die so I’ll bet this will never happen in my shop. Oh, btw pretty darn nice work Jim

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 03-27-2020 06:55 PM

That’s pretty cool!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 03-27-2020 09:14 PM

Jim, back away from the stack of generic wood working project plans and make something unique for crying’ out loud 8^)

I’m waiting for the full set of pool balls and cue sticks next!

Defiantly from the mind of someone always thinking outside the box, another nice project Jim!

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#7 posted 03-28-2020 12:52 AM

A real neat project Jim, can see more coming during your self-isolation. Cheers, stay safe.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#8 posted 03-28-2020 03:22 AM

Real good job on the spheres Jim!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 03-28-2020 03:36 AM

Looks above my pay grade Jim. They look perfect. Having fun and learning is what it’s all about.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 03-28-2020 04:38 AM

I really like the buffing extention. When you talked about before to mark i thought you had them all on one shaft. I dont like that as it is aukward to use and cant get inside bowls. Need a free end. I use a arbor on a motor shaft. Say 1/ hp motor. Ihave a double shaft motor. Is the extention strong enough and centered to run amooth. Did you make it

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 03-28-2020 11:25 AM

Wow! This is so incredible!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 03-28-2020 01:50 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments.

Hi Brian. Yes, I made that 8” arbor becaause Beall only sell a 4” one. It runs very true. After I welded the nut onto the shaft , I mounted it on a real true 1” -8 thread in my Southbend lathe , turned the shaft true and bored the 1/2-13 thread in the end. Like you, I like the open end. I looked at the 3 wheels on an shaft and decided I could not live with that.
I acquired a Grizzly double end knife buffer and made an end on it with the 1/2-13 thread in it …planning on having it set up all the time with these burring wheels on there. It is 120 volt but it runs at 3400 rpm! when I put one of those wheels on there, it got real skiinny from the speed – kinda like slicks on a drag car and it about threw the piece out of my hand. Twice as fast as it should be going. Do you think that could be wired to go 1700 rpm?

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 03-28-2020 01:51 PM

Wowzers! Pretty dang nice balls, Jim, and I almost never say that to another man.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 03-28-2020 03:42 PM

Thanks, Dave! How are thing in Santa Fe ?

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 03-28-2020 05:40 PM

The shop is almost done (a few last electrical things on Monday, plus a bunch of landscaping yet) and I’ve spent parts of three days moving boxes of stuff in there. I’m almost to the box that has my #7 jointer in it so I can put a 45 on the edge of some pine boards for the cleats on the walls of the shop and start hanging my tools.

We’re loving the climate (though the big spring winds the past few days aren’t our favorite), and we’ve got great neighbors. Just hoping we don’t lose any to the virus. Glad we moved here, rather than riding out these times in Minneapolis. There’s just more to go wrong in bigger cities.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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