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    Yes, use it like it was genuine ebony, very...

    Yes, use it like it was genuine ebony, very sparingly.
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    WANTED:QLD. Try Dale & Meyers "Branch 95" -...

    Try Dale & Meyers "Branch 95" - https://www.branch95.com.au/timbers as they have access to rainforest species coming from the Cooktown area. Probably won't be cheap!
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    Expensive ply has far fewer issues with moisture,...

    Expensive ply has far fewer issues with moisture, hence mould etc. I used marine ply for both the kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanity units, now 30 years on and not a single issue despite a few...
  4. Thread: First chuck

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    I'm a bit biased being a Queenslander, however I...

    I'm a bit biased being a Queenslander, however I have seen many Vicmarc chucks in club situations that are over 20yo and still performing very well with very minimal maintenance (i.e. almost none!)...
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    Why not just spread sawdust over the floor and...

    Why not just spread sawdust over the floor and give it a good work over with a stiff broom? The old dance floor "pops" were just sawdust with various additives to modify the "speed" of the floor.
    ...
  6. Thread: First chuck

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    I'm not a fan of Nova's chuck jaw designs, or the...

    I'm not a fan of Nova's chuck jaw designs, or the spindle insert system due to its design & imo not having large enough registration surfaces between the spindle / insert / chuck body. Many turners...
  7. I will get to one of these shows one year....

    I will get to one of these shows one year. However I too am amazed at the high standard of workmanship shown in student categories in various competitions and displays. Augures well for wood working...
  8. I will get to one of these shows one year....

    I will get to one of these shows one year. However I too am amazed at the high standard of workmanship shown in student categories in various competitions and displays. Augures well for wood working...
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    Nicely done, similar to the "donkeys ear" style...

    Nicely done, similar to the "donkeys ear" style sleds that I have mentioned in posts on similar topics. The TS is a much faster option than a router setup IF you can control the work piece during &...
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    Featherboards?? or TS inserts with a fixed riving...

    Featherboards?? or TS inserts with a fixed riving knife??
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    QUEENSLAND It may assist potential purchasers if you state...

    It may assist potential purchasers if you state the input & output spindle thread sizes.
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    The owners/users manual for a Woodfast Woodlathe...

    The owners/users manual for a Woodfast Woodlathe Model MC908 lathe won't be of significant assistance to learn turning. A wood lathe is a pretty basic machine, its the accessories and their safe use...
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    Good advice above from samo. I would add that a...

    Good advice above from samo. I would add that a quality router bit will last far longer and will almost certainly have a better quality and higher precision bearing (where fitted) and more generous...
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    The pen looks pretty special. The modified...

    The pen looks pretty special. The modified finishing regime seems to be very effective. Excellent! :2tsup:
  15. Its a dead give away with bark on - almost dry...

    Its a dead give away with bark on - almost dry tea leaves like scaly bark. A wonderful timber to turn, can be difficult and dulls tools fast, but well worth the effort. A mate on these forums reckons...
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    If you want to see some classy Aussie examples of...

    If you want to see some classy Aussie examples of cutting boards using Aussie timbers then visit Vern's site Flat stuff Gallery

    I had the privilege of viewing some of them at the Maleny Wood Expo,...
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    Perhaps a few more of those trees should fall...

    Perhaps a few more of those trees should fall over. Looking forward to seeing its book matched sibling.:;:;
  18. A very well made pen! I will be interesting to...

    A very well made pen! I will be interesting to identify the maker.
  19. Neil & Crocy are on the money, however I disagree...

    Neil & Crocy are on the money, however I disagree on a minor point - correct sanding technique can take out some / most / all of the flaws (if there is sufficient wall thickness of course)....
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    It was an excellent event again this year. Most...

    It was an excellent event again this year. Most vendors will assist with a trolley to move heavier items or store them for collection near closing time. There was a very good range of timber...
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    Some quite obscure techniques have been used to...

    Some quite obscure techniques have been used to identify the origins of stolen logs / timber and to identify the culprits in illegal logging operations. Oil sample analysis of an oil leak from...
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    Life is risky, & some people are very risk...

    Life is risky, & some people are very risk averse. Personally I believe the trees have a place however we have to manage the risk. If you have Home Insurance your policy may offer Public Liability...
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    QLD Silver Ash, Jacaranda, Scaly Ash are worth a...

    QLD Silver Ash, Jacaranda, Scaly Ash are worth a look at.
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    Excellent outcome. It really is a matter of suck...

    Excellent outcome. It really is a matter of suck it and see when it comes to applying finishes to problematic woods. So many nice pens could be outstanding pens if turners would only take the time to...
  25. Thread: Lychee slabs

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    That's been my experience as well. It can be...

    That's been my experience as well. It can be pretty but is one wood that I would advise turning green and let it do its thing while drying. Not sure how one would have the patience to sand a fully...
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    Ironwood perhaps I can save you some time so you...

    Ironwood perhaps I can save you some time so you can make more interesting pens.

    Unfortunately there are many timbers, and not just the Dalbergias, that are prone to solvents in finishes...
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    They have pretty good colour. I have plenty of C....

    They have pretty good colour. I have plenty of C. lanceolata to suit my needs and apparently far more C. ovata :rolleyes:. I have sourced mine from a few areas across the north. Colour is very...
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    Euge, Thankyou for this post. It has cleared up...

    Euge, Thankyou for this post. It has cleared up some confusion for me and three other pretty experienced woodies. We were offered access onto a property to "clear some conkerberry." Now I have a...
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    Another option is heartwood from old growth...

    Another option is heartwood from old growth Queensland Walnut (Endiandra palmerstonii). It can be a very rich dark chocolate to almost black.
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    Crocy, That's been my line of thinking, as some...

    Crocy,
    That's been my line of thinking, as some of the blanks of pennyleaf with the "waxy spots" also have some other defects such as minor cracks etc. However I have also got blanks in obviously...
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    We know so little about probably the oldest...

    We know so little about probably the oldest natural resource used by human kind. The
    chemistry of wood, the extractives, and other interesting "by products" are certainly gaining considerable...
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    The Pennyleaf from the Mackay region also seems...

    The Pennyleaf from the Mackay region also seems to get some "mineralisation" in the vascular structures, mostly around internal shakes from growth stress, somewhat similar to Kwilia and Northern...
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    I'm enjoying this thread and gaining a lot from...

    I'm enjoying this thread and gaining a lot from the valuable knowledge you guys have obviously gleaned from hard experience and real "hands on" work. It will assist me in using hand planes for...
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    I occasionally getsome Pennyleaf from wood turner...

    I occasionally getsome Pennyleaf from wood turner mates in Mackay. It also has the same waxy spots, so I'm also interested in an explanation on what causes them.
  35. Jerry - very good advice all up. Many turners...

    Jerry - very good advice all up.

    Many turners do not understand the forces involved "cutting" on the wood lathe. There are tangential and axial forces created. Most understand the tangential...
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    Thank you for alerting forum members. It seems...

    Thank you for alerting forum members.

    It seems a number of products are failing basic safety QC testing such as earthing. A few years back there was an accessory foot operated power switch that...
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    The issue is that genuine OEM replacement...

    The issue is that genuine OEM replacement batteries are no longer available due to product "re-designs" nor are "off the shelf" non-genuine replacements from a reputable company such as Battery World.
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    Tuart is a beautiful timber to turn. Very nice...

    Tuart is a beautiful timber to turn. Very nice platter to btw.
  39. I use whatever is at hand and preferably free....

    I use whatever is at hand and preferably free. The only things to be mindful of is that the timber is sound and does not split easily when it is attached to a face plate with screws. If you are using...
  40. There are plenty of 250mm x 30mm blades...

    There are plenty of 250mm x 30mm blades available, CMT, Freud + DeWalt. Its a common enough size.
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    Peter, I have collected a fair bit over the...

    Peter, I have collected a fair bit over the years, from near Charters Towers, out near Prairie and a few other places. Its a bit of a lottery cutting the stuff, never quite know if its going to have...
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    I can't think of a sweeter timber to turn than...

    I can't think of a sweeter timber to turn than Conkerberry. Nicely turned pen from a stunning blank.

    Not so sure about your info on growth rates etc as it is listed as an invasive weed in...
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    Remember to keep it charged or it won't survive!

    Remember to keep it charged or it won't survive!
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    READ ME! Vendor honesty

    I would like to thank the many vendors who I have purchased small lots from in this market place for their honesty and clear descriptions of the offerings.

    A little while back I purchased a lot...
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    TASMANIA Wayne, I will take these.

    Wayne, I will take these.
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    It produces some very attractive & workable...

    It produces some very attractive & workable timber. Like all timbers it has its "ways" that you have to accommodate in working with it. I use a fair bit of "costal banksia" (Banksia integrifolia)...
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    Derek, I researched this vendors site a few...

    Derek, I researched this vendors site a few months back and I'm not surprised that "There is error info on the webpage."

    From memory they also make claims on several pages that the NiMh batteries...
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    I have a M908 early '90's model which originally...

    I have a M908 early '90's model which originally had the 6 speed and has 1" headstock spindle thread. I pestered Bronte at Woodfast to set me up with the EVS M910 unit which has served me very well....
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    Thank you for the heads up as I have been...

    Thank you for the heads up as I have been considering purchasing NiMh's for my Makita drill. This seller attracted my attention, however my suspicions have been piqued by the way they advertise. Just...
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    Ah, the wonderful benefits of competition and a...

    Ah, the wonderful benefits of competition and a global market! :?:~
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