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    This is what I have been using for around 15...

    This is what I have been using for around 15 years, possibly a few years longer.

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    Very good and free for non commercial...
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    I started using a Co2 laser machine around 24...

    I started using a Co2 laser machine around 24 years ago, when cutting flammable materials we used an inert gas to prevent the material from burning and/or catching on fire. I noted you mentioned an...
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    Fantastic news, now you just need to start making...

    Fantastic news, now you just need to start making shavings.

    Mick.
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    I have watched both clips that you have shown in...

    I have watched both clips that you have shown in this thread a couple of days apart, they really are excellent. The "Flower Pot Stand" film clip, is a wonderful tutorial of how things can be done.
    ...
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    Another Elusive Something

    Today I was doing a proof of concept for a multiple run and needed to make up a jig. This was to be held in the tool post, which with previous lathes needed very hard hardwood, otherwise the locking...
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    I would jump on it and sell your other lathe. ...

    I would jump on it and sell your other lathe.

    Two banjos with the 600mm double tool rest, neat.

    Plus a steady, plus a long bed, plus, plus, plus.

    Mick.
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    It may or may not be relevant to the thread...

    It may or may not be relevant to the thread starter, but on Saturday the 16th of November, Aldi is having electric chain saw sharpeners on special for $39.99.

    Not on their website yet, but will be...
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    Yes, the elusive, "something". I too, was...

    Yes, the elusive, "something".

    I too, was really unable to nail down what really appealed, but after owning mine for some time, there are a few somethings.

    First and foremost, the rear or...
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    This tells me you got to see one before...

    This tells me you got to see one before purchasing, great. I thought of driving up to QLD to check the single unit Gregory's had in their showroom, but circumstances made that impossible. Eventually...
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    Neil, if you are contemplating the 2436, then be...

    Neil, if you are contemplating the 2436, then be assured it is packaged unbelievably well. Transportation via various freight companies in Australia should not be an issue. Attached is the box the...
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    Ray, is your VFD enclosed like mine? I too saw...

    Ray, is your VFD enclosed like mine?

    I too saw some web reviews where the VFD had failed, but all of them were on the 1836, none on the 2436. This of course could be because the 1836 has been out...
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    I did a search on Laguna 2436 lathe images to see...

    I did a search on Laguna 2436 lathe images to see if I could find a picture of the rear so one could see the VFD, no great success, but I inadvertently discovered one such image in a clip.

    The...
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    That sounds interesting Ray. If you do take it...

    That sounds interesting Ray.

    If you do take it apart yourself, just be aware that placing the handle on the end, which is held by a grub screw, (3mm I think) can be a bit iffy.

    An inspection of...
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    Lathe Design and Longevity, when purchasing a...

    Lathe Design and Longevity, when purchasing a lathe, the design is the most important feature as far as I am concerned. This lathe seemed to have slightly different design parameters to any other...
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    Accessories, every available accessory for the...

    Accessories, every available accessory for the 24-36, is labelled as being for the 18-36. I have every accessory listed for Australia, except for the vacuum unit. In short, I bought my 24-36 with all...
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    Laguna Revo 24-36 Wood Lathe Impressions

    I was on the market for a lathe, what exactly I wasn’t too sure about. My leanings in wood turning were heading more towards making bowls and platters with spindle turning being a very nice, but...
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    We have that lathe, or an earlier incarnation of...

    We have that lathe, or an earlier incarnation of it at my Men's Shed, alright, but with some limitations.

    It runs a Reeves Drive, which in itself is not a problem. It is old technology and usually...
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    Jim, I thank you for these. I saw the smaller...

    Jim, I thank you for these.

    I saw the smaller unit being used by a turner and reckoned that was superior to anything I had used, I bought both of them and haven't looked back.

    The smaller unit...
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    That looks brilliant, as for the kastenfenster,...

    That looks brilliant, as for the kastenfenster, yep almost identical to my late in-laws house windows in the Schwäbische alb. Their house was built in the very early fifties, it hasn't been renovated...
  20. Congratulations, it looks very nice. You may...

    Congratulations, it looks very nice.

    You may wish to consider purchasing a second safety collar, or spindle clamp. You have one attached to the hand wheel, so you can see what it is.

    Lathe...
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    Very interesting, looks very good, did you do the...

    Very interesting, looks very good, did you do the plaque as well?

    Mick.
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    Well I would love to go, but I have a business...

    Well I would love to go, but I have a business meeting on that evening; but the next month would be great. Or maybe a slightly later meeting, second week in November............

    Mick.
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    A friend, who is semi-retired, has the AEG unit,...

    A friend, who is semi-retired, has the AEG unit, only had it for a few weeks. He repairs and installs replacement aluminium windows and needed something light and portable, plus one that could aid in...
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    Crocy, it is the later steel bed unit. Enough...

    Crocy, it is the later steel bed unit.

    Enough of this subject, otherwise we'll completely derail this very interesting thread. I'll start doing my impressions of the 24-36 and have something for...
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    Hmmm, better get my A into gear then. I didn't...

    Hmmm, better get my A into gear then. I didn't think there would be that much interest as it isn't a mainstream lathe in this country.

    Mick.
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    Neil, I would suggest the biggest changes for...

    Neil, I would suggest the biggest changes for speed I have done, regarding rough green blanks into a round bowl shape, have been, in no particular order.

    A chainsaw, picked up an Aldi electric...
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    I too worked out that it is easier and quicker to...

    I too worked out that it is easier and quicker to go pretty much straight to the lathe and miss the band saw; mostly. :D

    About 2 years ago I did a similar time test and decided that, apart from...
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    My Men's Shed has the Hafco W611 PT-245S Planer...

    My Men's Shed has the Hafco W611 PT-245S Planer & Thicknesser. We have had it for a few months and apart from the on/off switch being faulty from the get go, it has been very good.

    It is 10A...
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    I saw one at the recent Melbourne show, thought...

    I saw one at the recent Melbourne show, thought it was interesting. I myself have an old H&F BP355 unit, but my Men's Shed has a Laguna 14-BX, so I compared it to that. I also have use of a much...
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    Speaking of power, I have four hanging power...

    Speaking of power, I have four hanging power sockets; one of the seriously better things I did.

    I also have my LED lights in groups, all with hanging power switches. A set of three doubles over...
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    I would ensure that the solar inverter is at...

    I would ensure that the solar inverter is at least IP67, with the first number being 6, not 5. Six means a completely dust proof enclosure; something you would more than likely need in that...
  32. Peter, I hope things turn out for the better. ...

    Peter, I hope things turn out for the better.

    Mick.
  33. Thread: Sliding bevel

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    Derek's suggestion is what I would go for first,...

    Derek's suggestion is what I would go for first, while a Veritas unit would be my suggestion. I've had mine for quite some time, maybe 20 + years not sure, but it is a joy to use.

    I suggest...
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    Bigger pipe is always better. That said, I...

    Bigger pipe is always better.

    That said, I have both the Carbatec unit referred to earlier and the Loc-Line unit direct from the USA.

    The Carbatec unit requires a frame/holder to keep it where...
  35. Thread: nesting tools

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    I picked up a Woodcut Bowl Saver from the Woodcut...

    I picked up a Woodcut Bowl Saver from the Woodcut in NZ in March this year, so my experience is limited.

    I've found that the greener, or wetter the timber is, the better and easier it is. The...
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    Gary H offers good advice, if there is a turning...

    Gary H offers good advice, if there is a turning club near you, approach it and see what information you get there.

    Gabriel suggests Pop's Shed for their short course and the ability to actually...
  37. Thread: Nova Chuck

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    Essentially you need to figure out what the...

    Essentially you need to figure out what the thread size and pitch is on your spindle. Once you have that information you can then order the correct adapter for your Nova G3 chuck.

    Here is how it...
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    Great to know, if I can get my mates meter, I'll...

    Great to know, if I can get my mates meter, I'll measure what I measure, if you know what I mean. :D

    Mick.
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    Well, as it happened, today we had a sparky at...

    Well, as it happened, today we had a sparky at the shed doing some work in a room adjoining our shed. I put the question to him, his reply (after looking at the motor and the specification stamp)...
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    We have some of these in my Men's Shed, do you...

    We have some of these in my Men's Shed, do you have any questions?

    Yes they are 12A and require being hooked up to a 15A circuit, which we have done.

    Mick.
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    That is the first picture I have seen showing the...

    That is the first picture I have seen showing the slope and angle, of the Robust tool rest.

    A lot of food for thought for me.

    Thanks for showing them and that angle on the Robust in particular....
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    Neil, that makes perfect sense. I haven't been...

    Neil, that makes perfect sense. I haven't been turning that long, always thought it was dusty, dirty and sometimes with a lot of noise. That is, until I watched someone turn a piece of rubbishy...
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    Neil, nice to know they are still available, the...

    Neil, nice to know they are still available, the curved rest I have, that is.

    I sort of understand why they have a left and right hand version, but I manage to do both the outside and inside with...
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    Paul29, thanks for the links, his workshop is not...

    Paul29, thanks for the links, his workshop is not that far from me. Passed through his small town many, many times; last week in fact. I've never seen his workshop, but I met him last year. Very...
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    Old Croc, they look good, but as you say pricey,...

    Old Croc, they look good, but as you say pricey, still, you can't take it with you.

    Neil, they look good, I was unaware about the Nova Woodsurfer Bowl Rest (interesting name) Interesting to note...
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    When you mentioned 12" high, I thought, yeah...

    When you mentioned 12" high, I thought, yeah right, he means length. Well, it is 12" high. Looks very nice. I'm thinking that if it was a genuine S curve, then it wouldn't have that straight bit....
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    I would be very interested to see the comparison...

    I would be very interested to see the comparison between Vicmarc's curved rest and the internal bowl rest from Robust that you receive.

    I have wondered about an S curved bowl rest. I have a rest...
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    Aftermarket Tool Rests

    For quite some time I have wished for longer and shorter tool rests with a hardened bar welded to the top to (hopefully) greatly reduce dings in the top part of the tool rest.

    Being in Australia...
  49. If you can afford it, get the Vicmarc lathe...

    If you can afford it, get the Vicmarc lathe you’ve specified; you will not be sorry.

    There are a few other lathes that offer what you are requiring, or think you require. I cannot offer anything...
  50. Rob, you mentioned that inserts make you lose a...

    Rob, you mentioned that inserts make you lose a bit, well they do, but not that much.

    Attached is a picture of my 100 and 120 Vicmarc chucks. The 120 chuck is a direct thread type, whereas the 100...
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