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  1. Some time during the 90's, I bought a complete...

    Some time during the 90's, I bought a complete variable kit from Woodfast. Since then a lot has happened to Woodfast. Might be good to contact Jim Carrol at "Carroll's Woodcraft Supplies", to see...
  2. Thread: Sheoak

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    I lost the urge to turn "difficult" stuff, some...

    I lost the urge to turn "difficult" stuff, some time back. I get my kicks from cutting up "plain", coloured, stuff and playing with a glue bottle.

    Jim
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    I have used the square back butt hinges but find...

    I have used the square back butt hinges but find them too expensive and a bit of a fiddle to fit . I have gone back to using good quality round knuckle brass hinges. I now house the hinge until the...
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    I regularly make walking sticks in one piece, as...

    I regularly make walking sticks in one piece, as well as two and three pieces up to about 850mm. The head stock and tail stock centre do not meet perfectly. I have not yet found one become anything...
  5. Thread: Sheoak

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    You are a brave man Hughie... even so it looks...

    You are a brave man Hughie... even so it looks good.

    Jim
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    The thread protector was fitted to the nose...

    The thread protector was fitted to the nose thread for protection in transport, not necessarily as an "accessory".

    Jim
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    Nice bowl, well turned, love the shape and the...

    Nice bowl, well turned, love the shape and the wood too. :2tsup:

    Jim
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    Charles Hagan, the founder of "Woodfast...

    Charles Hagan, the founder of "Woodfast Machinery", made that claim to me, in 1987. I was demonstrating woodturning at the Cairns Show, using a Woodfast lathe.

    Jim
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    Damn good effort Ted, nice work :2tsup: Jim

    Damn good effort Ted, nice work :2tsup:

    Jim
  11. Is walnut oil considered a "safe" product for use...

    Is walnut oil considered a "safe" product for use where food is prepared?

    Jim
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    Good luck Rod........ Hope things start coming...

    Good luck Rod........ Hope things start coming better.

    Jim
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    I make my own tool handles. The driving spur is...

    I make my own tool handles. The driving spur is removed from the headstock and put into the tail stock. Mark the centres on the blank fit between the driving spur in the tailstock, move the tool...
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    I use ribbon silver solder to join my band saw...

    I use ribbon silver solder to join my band saw blades. It is available on ebay or just google , ribbon silver solder.

    Jim
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    My first thought was that you were making the...

    My first thought was that you were making the face of the clock, a complete disc of wood using eight segments. That size can be a problem. It now seems to me that you are making a ring of eight...
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    Found two old catalogues, one of which is dated...

    Found two old catalogues, one of which is dated 1991, the other one is undated issued before 1991. Must admit they took some finding. The Raffan chuck is featured in the 1991 catalogue, presumably...
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    This is a Teknatool chuck designed to be used...

    This is a Teknatool chuck designed to be used with green timber. The jaws are made from bronze to prevent staining when steel jaws are used. The four jaws are "floating" and would self adjust to...
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    In the 80's before the scroll chuck became...

    In the 80's before the scroll chuck became common, Teknatool introduced a chuck fitted with four floating jaws that could be used in compression for a spigot, or in expansion mode. It was designed...
  19. Thread: Celtic Knot

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    As Skew and Moby have already said, the amount...

    As Skew and Moby have already said, the amount cut from the "blank" MUST equal exactly equal the thickness of the insert, what ever the insert thickness is.

    Jim
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    This is a "rotisserie" I set up to coat lures...

    This is a "rotisserie" I set up to coat lures with a two pack epoxy. It was capable of holding up to 60 lures. Would be useless in it's present form to hold wood turned pieces.
    The rotisserie...
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    Many years ago I made fishing lures that were...

    Many years ago I made fishing lures that were coated with two pack epoxy. I made a box and fitted a rotisserie motor in one end, with an extension bar attached to the rotisserie motor. A small...
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    I live in the tropics, in fact 65k from Cairns,...

    I live in the tropics, in fact 65k from Cairns, as well as that I have built numerous chess boards. They were made using exterior ply as the substrate and veneered both sides to balance the...
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    I have a sorby 6 in 1 chuck, the photo has some...

    I have a sorby 6 in 1 chuck, the photo has some of that chucks features. Can't be sure if it is preliminary version, or an incomplete 6 in 1 Sorby chuck.

    It certainly looks similar to the 6 in 1...
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    Smiife, I bought a Stihl chain saw, and a leaf...

    Smiife,

    I bought a Stihl chain saw, and a leaf blower, they have the same battery pack. This morning my son and I cut up three old dead lychee trees. Lychee wood is quite hard. At the end of...
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    I have that problem sorted. I bought a Stihl...

    I have that problem sorted. I bought a Stihl battery chainsaw. Very quiet, smaller kerf and the chains and battery last quite well. Down side is the are not very cheap.

    Jim
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    I use a lot of small veneer jobs and find the...

    I use a lot of small veneer jobs and find the spreader to inconsistent, a normal 25mm paint brush most effective. The down side is that I tend to leave the brush out and it gets hard with glue. The...
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    A project without glue

    Here is the piece of wood that was turned into a bowl/dish without any glue. Just finished this afternoon. Finished with sanding sealer and a sprayed coat of 30% lacquer. The timber is, I think,...
  28. I used a nugget shoe polish tin filled with a...

    I used a nugget shoe polish tin filled with a tightly packed with a strip of an old blanket, it is then filled with a mix of kerosene and a light oil. The blanket strip sticks up slightly above rim...
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    Geoff, How many spokes do you intend to make?...

    Geoff,

    How many spokes do you intend to make? I assumed you were doing a restoration and only needed a few.

    Jim
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  31. Dengue, I have been using Mirotone products for a...

    Dengue, I have been using Mirotone products for a while now and find them very good. Pm sent.

    Jim
  32. Yes.. Personally, I prefer Mirotone products. ...

    Yes.. Personally, I prefer Mirotone products.


    Jim
  33. Dengy, A long time back, I played with the...

    Dengy,

    A long time back, I played with the idea of getting a black mirror like finish. It was done with shellac and it worked well. We have moved on since then, materials have improved. Try...
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    Crocy, Make some tubes out of wood, why play...

    Crocy,

    Make some tubes out of wood, why play with plastic? Bore a hole through some squares and then turn them round on a mandrel like a pen.

    Jim
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    Geoff, Sound like this could be a project for...

    Geoff,

    Sound like this could be a project for multi centre turning. Use normal centres an the offset a pair of new centres on either side of true centre. Complete the turning and rechuck to true...
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    I like that shape Smiife, nice and simple. ...

    I like that shape Smiife, nice and simple. Cleaning up the "wings" is always a problem.

    Jim
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    When working as a carpenter on site, we all had a...

    When working as a carpenter on site, we all had a tobacco tin filled with narrow strip of tightly coiled blanket wound up in the tin. It was then saturated with a mix of 50/50 oil and kerosene. A...
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    You haven't said what materials do you want to...

    You haven't said what materials do you want to glue???????

    Jim
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    One of my favourite timbers, tends to be tough on...

    One of my favourite timbers, tends to be tough on machine cutters and lathe tools due to it's high silica content.
    No real problem with hand tools though.

    Jim
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    Those boxes are about 55mm x 40mm diameter, and...

    Those boxes are about 55mm x 40mm diameter, and yes the top and bottom is another piece of bone turned to fit into a rebate in the body. Finding pieces big enough and flat enough is always a...
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    Very interesting read. I have been turning bone...

    Very interesting read. I have been turning bone boxes and hand chasing threaded lids, for about five years now. Instead of using volatile liquids, I use plain water, bring it to the boil with the...
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    Art Deco Hollow Form

    Some time back in Melbourne, one of my segmented hollow forms was awarded "Best of Show" at Australian Wood Turning Exhibition. My wife had taken a shine to it and was very disappointed when I told...
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    Another nice job Smiife, I very much like the...

    Another nice job Smiife, I very much like the simple form, no need for complex embellishments, the wood will do that by itself. The camphor that grows up here does not produce those colours, you...
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    I would have used selleys exterior aquadhere. I...

    I would have used selleys exterior aquadhere. I think epoxy is a heavy duty overkill, it is expensive plus there is inevitably a percentage of waste. Are you going to make the box first and then...
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    New box inserts.

    This is the third attempt at making this Greek pattern banding. Not the best one I have done but it will do. Attempt No.4 is on the way. Made from feather top and pine.

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    Very interesting and effective effect Ted, nice...

    Very interesting and effective effect Ted, nice to see you thinking outside the box. :2tsup:

    Jim
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    The simplest way to prevent contamination is to...

    The simplest way to prevent contamination is to apply a couple of coats of sanding sealer before you start sanding.

    Jim
  49. Good job all round, nice finish too.. :2tsup: ...

    Good job all round, nice finish too.. :2tsup:

    Jim
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    Hi Smiife, Not a bad effort. For what it is...

    Hi Smiife, Not a bad effort. For what it is worth, I would have used the finial for the stem, and used the finer "stem" as the finial. Again, for what it is worth I think the base could have been...
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