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Pen mandrel to turn to...

Pen mandrel to turn to...

11-08-2020 01:55 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 6 comments »

Boys and Girls, If you are not into pen making, this may not be of interest to you. If you have a bucketload of mandrels, bushings and live centres read on at your own peril. You may think I’ve been beating the crap out of C19 lately, you are wrong… I can’t beat it but can blame it for everything. However, this time I have to give it some slack… While C19 lockup has inundated me with spams (not the edible type), I have this propensity to react adversely (at the expense of my wal...

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Woodpecker's Misleading Ad

Woodpecker's Misleading Ad

08-09-2020 06:52 PM by KDCAT | 15 comments »

I made my first foray into the world of Woodpecker’s tools this week by ordering an Ultra Shear Parting Tool online in Canada. Their ad (see: https://kjpselecthardwoods.com/products/ultrashearpartingtool) is titled, “Ultra Shear Parting Tool’, and shows a picture of the tool, a description of how it’s used along with an attached video showing it in use. Shipping was over $12. What arrived at my home was a flat, pea sized insert for the tool, in an outrageously sized bo...

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High Quality Carbide Turning Tools

High Quality Carbide Turning Tools

06-27-2020 12:31 AM by TheDane | 4 comments »

I’m not much of a carbide tool guy … cut my teeth on HSS tools … but carbides do have their place. I recently ordered a set of carbide tools from Harrison Specialties. My tools arrived a few days later, and like other products I have purchased from Harrison (hollowing system, adapters, cutters, etc.) the tools are first class … excellent fit and finish, well-designed and packaged. This set consists of a Hollower, a Rougher, and a Detailer with wrenches and an ...

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Robert Sorby modular tool rest system

Robert Sorby modular tool rest system

03-12-2020 10:37 PM by hairy | 5 comments »

I was fortunate to receive a $100 gift card for Lee Valley Tools. I used it as a partial payment for this tool rest. https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/collections/100476-modular-tool-rest-system I didn’t buy the whole package, I was really after the box scraper platform. It works as good as I hoped it would. I was able to get it real close to a piece I was turning, and it really made a difference hollowing. Usually for me, hanging way out over the tool rest gave a pretty rough sur...

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Thompson Bowl Gouges

Thompson Bowl Gouges

01-23-2020 02:44 AM by Jim Jakosh | 12 comments »

While shopping for new bowl gouges that last longer between sharpening, I found that most of the folks on the AAW site really like Thompson gouges so I ordered a set . I was thinking of getting M42 HSS ones but I found that the Thompson gouges are made from a higher grade (10V ) of steel that has 10% vanadium in them to resist wear. I can tell you that it sure works. I just turned a 6 1/2” x 8 1/2” barrel for Beads of courage out of Mesquite. I turned the entire project inclu...

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Production Bowl Turners Will Love Spike Plate

Production Bowl Turners Will Love Spike Plate

09-03-2019 08:46 PM by Paul Mayer | 5 comments »

Even though I’m not a production bowl turner, I’ve been working on getting better and more efficient at turning bowls. One of the clunkier parts of the process is the initial mounting of a blank. Whether you use a traditional face plate or a screw chuck, it can be slow going. I think a screw chuck is fine for smaller bowls, except when it strips out the threads. But for large bowls a screw chuck can be cumbersome to mount and less effective. The Spike Plate was designed by ...

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Tail Stock Steady by nubsnstubs

Tail Stock Steady by nubsnstubs

03-22-2018 01:54 PM by Bill Commerford | 2 comments »

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Jerry ( nubsnstubs ) in Tucson. To make a long story short I came home with one of his Tail Stock Steady tools.This thing was a treat to use, very easy to set up. Made short work of finishing the bottom of a bowl.Although the Tail Stock Steady is not cheap it is very well made and looks like it will last.You will note from the picture that I found it necessary to use a very small thin tool rest ( which I copied from Jerry ).

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Vacuum chuck

Vacuum chuck

02-17-2018 07:00 PM by Jacksdad | 2 comments »

The Hold Fast vacuum chuck system is available individually or as a kit, I first bought the ventri first which is when hooked to an air compressor causes the vacuum that holds the bowl to the chuck. I planned to make the chuck and vacuum accessory because I have seen plans and videos on it. What a waste of time, I didn’t work. I then bought the accessory still thinking I could make the chuck, nope. I would have saved a bunch of money if I bought it as a kit, it’s we’ll worth...

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Great beginner woodturning chisels (carbide)

Great beginner woodturning chisels (carbide)

01-06-2018 07:53 PM by Blake Haskins | 2 comments »

This Psi carbide turning tool kit is great for beginners.While I believe that Is generally true for carbide tools in general, this one can be especially appealing thanks to the entry level price. Carbide tools in general seem more approachable to beginners thanks to their simplicity, and their not needing sharpening. To see them in action, check out my quick review video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9g1-cHm7BM

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Good Cheap Collet Chucks

Good Cheap Collet Chucks

03-03-2017 04:33 PM by OSU55 | 7 comments »

I’ve tried various methods of holding small diameter material in the lathe spindle with varying degrees of success – examples: tool handles or knobs with threaded inserts or a bolt head epoxied into the wood. I had looked at various collet chucking accessories available, with probably the best value at PSI tools, 4 sizes of collets for ~$95. At a wood show recently I saw this from Brown’s Best: Priced at $20, I almost bought one but decided against it, in part because...

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