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03-06-2020 10:31 PM

Anyone Go With the Rikon 13-926 Upgrade Yet? - 0 replies

I own a Rikon 10-325 bandsaw and like it quite a bit. I also own a Nova DVR drill press, which is an impressive machine. I see that Rikon is offering a DVR motor and controller upgrade to its bandsaw line. Has anyone performed this upgrade, and can you share you opinion of it? Thanks, Ron Ford

11-21-2019 08:44 PM

Looking for a 1 1/4" x 8 tpi bolt or threaded rod - 8 replies

I’d like to fabricate a jig to hold a Nova chuck to allow easier carving on turned pieces. Not having any luck with it. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

09-29-2019 07:45 PM

Need Recommendation for New 10" Compound Miter Saw - 7 replies

My well-used 10” Delta miter saw has been a wonderful tool, but the screeching sound it makes as it is shutting down probably indicates worn bearings. I’m hoping some of my fellow Lumberjocks have some recent experience and can help me decide on a replacement. Any and all suggestions/information (including “stay away from...

03-21-2018 04:41 PM

Anyone Using a Lathe Duplicator Accessory? - 2 replies

I just made a set of table legs for a friend, and while they came out OK it made me think about getting a lathe duplicator accessory for my Jet 1642. Anyone out there using one that they would recommend? I see quite a few online, but none seem to get very consistent reviews. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Ron

09-07-2017 01:10 PM

Are You Going to the Midatlantic Woodturners Symposium in Lancaster PA? - 0 replies

The second annual Mid Atlantic Woodturners Symposium is being held at the Lancaster PA Marriott on Friday 10/27 through Sunday 10/29. There is a great lineup of demonstrators including Stuart Batty, Curt Theobald, Cynthia Carden Gibson, Hans Weissflog, Jakob Weissflog, Ashley Harwood, and Avelino Samuel. The weekend starts with a “Meet t...

01-07-2017 10:14 PM

Anyone Use the Nova DVR Drill Press Yet? - 26 replies

The new Nova DVR drill press looks like areal home run. One of my friends has one. He has had limited use of it so far, but is quite impressed. Any other users/opinions out there on this one? Thanks, Ron

12-11-2015 08:53 PM

Boxwood for Turning? - 3 replies

Hi Folks – I was recently contacted by a person from a local arboretum letting me know that they will be taking out a number of old boxwoods in the spring and asking if I would like any of the wood for turning projects. I went over to see what they look like and, while they are old and rather large (probably 6 – 8’ tall) there...

05-18-2015 02:03 PM

Bowl Coring Systems - 1 reply

Hi All – I’m thinking about adding a bowl coring system to my tool lineup and would appreciate any feedback my fellow LJ’ers may have to offer. It appears that the ‘big 3’ systems I am seeing and considering are McNaughton, Oneway, and Woodcut (made in New Zealand). I am turning on a Jet 1642, so I don’t n...

04-11-2015 07:52 PM

Standard Opening on Router Table Top? - 7 replies

I’m thinking about refitting my current router table with a new router lifting device (my current one requires awkward motions under and at the rear of the table) but am unsure if all router tables have the same size opening for the insert to drop into. The one on my current table (Craftsman) measures 9” front to back and 11 3/8&#...

02-28-2015 07:28 PM

How to Clean Up a Glue/Paper Joint - 2 replies

Hi Folks – I’m turning a larger vessel in two parts and and have decided to use a glued paper joint so I can turn the bottom (on part one) and top (on part two) by mounting them to scrap with a glued paper joint that can be attached to a faceplate, then turning to a finished point before gluing at the middle and final turning the ent...

01-24-2015 12:51 AM

Anyone using Segmented Project Planner Software? - 4 replies

Hello all – I am far from an expert turner at this point, but I have progressed to the point where I am interested in trying new projects and skills. I’ve done a few low end segmented pieces and find it a lot of fun, but it can be complicated to work out the designs on paper. Has anyone used the Segmented Project Planner software...

10-06-2014 03:15 PM

Looking for Music Box Movement Suggestions - 2 replies

Hi Folks – I’m planning to make a music box for my 5-year old granddaughter for Christmas but am unsure as to what music box movement to order. As I search online, I see a dizzying array of options ranging from a few dollars (probably not good) to many thousands of dollars (WAY out of range!). Have any of you found a reasonably ...

09-28-2014 08:00 PM

How to Remove Bark from a Burl? - 7 replies

Hi all – I was fortunate enough to find several nice little maple burls (about 9 – 10” across) on a tree that was in the local tree dump lot. I sawed them off and am looking forward to turning them on my Jet lathe. Question is, how do I remove the bark? It seems that most of the nice burl pieces I see for sale online are f...

09-07-2014 03:20 PM

Depth of Recess for Super Nova 2 Chuck? - 15 replies

Hi fellow LJ’ers – For those of you who use the Super Nova 2 chuck in recessed mode, can you tell me how deep of a recess you cut for it? Also,do you make square or dovetail shaped sides? I just took a plate turning class and learned to use a recessed opening, but the school used Oneway chucks which I m guessing may mount different...

08-27-2014 10:09 PM

Looking for input on new dado blade set - 20 replies

Hello all – I have been using a Craftsman ‘wobble-blade’ style of dado blade for more years than I want to remember, and it is time (actually, well past time) to invest in a new setup. I have been very pleased with the results this one has given me and have probably cut 1000’s of feet of dadoes with it, but it is past it...

05-21-2014 09:27 PM

Mixing Alcohol Based Aniline Dye? - 8 replies

Hi Fellow LJers – Any of you have a recommendation for mixing small amounts of powdered aniline dye with wood alcohol to use in coloring projects? The information I am finding seems to be based on making large quantities at a time. I just received several 2 oz. jars from Packard and would like to mix up small batches as needed. Thanks...

03-29-2014 11:37 PM

Spindle Dancer Jig - Alternative to a Duplicating Lathe - 4 replies

Not being a production turner, I found it somewhat difficult to create identical (or nearly so) items before I found plans for a ‘spindle dancer’ jig online. It’s a pretty simple old-time device but it works really well. Essentially, you mount as many ‘dancers’ (small blocks drilled to ride on th...

02-23-2014 05:24 PM

Polyurethane Over Spar Varnish? - 10 replies

I just finished turning a segmented bowl that includes a number of pieces of redheart. I gave it a coat of sanding sealer, followed by a coat of spar varnish for its’ UV-resistant protection to keep the redheart from turning brown. Since spar varnish only comes in clear gloss, can I scuff it when it dries and apply a coat of satin polyur...

01-27-2014 01:30 PM

Updated Steady Rest Link - 2 replies

Here is an updated link to get to the site for a set of plans to build an excellent bowl steady rest. I have used mine extensively and couldn’t be happier with it and the service it gives. At $7.95 for the plans, it is still a bargain for a tool you can build yourself and use for many years. ...

01-01-2014 08:27 PM

Bandsaw Blades - Carter vs. Timberwolf - 10 replies

First off, a Happy New Year to my fellow Lumberjocks! May 2014 be a year of peace, prosperity, health and many successful projects for us all. The annual Woodworking Show will be here in Baltimore this weekend and I am very much looking forward to it. Among the items I’ll be shopping for are blades for my 14” Rikon bandsaw. It ...

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