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    Do you have any dowel centre pins (aka Dowel...

    Do you have any dowel centre pins (aka Dowel markers. Easily found on Google) to transfer marks?

    I rarely use a jig nowadays... but I trust my ability to drill straight. And to fix things when...
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    Are you "restoring" or just after a user? If...

    Are you "restoring" or just after a user?

    If the latter, simply measure the lengths of your chuck, the guide sleeves and the longest drill bit you intend to use. Add 'em all together with an...
  3. That's only 55yo in Hexadecimal. :) (Hey, it...

    That's only 55yo in Hexadecimal. :)

    (Hey, it sounds better than being 1010101 yo in binary!)

    Happy Birthday!
  4. Personally, I don't consider it a luxury to have...

    Personally, I don't consider it a luxury to have one good gouge set aside for finishing cuts. That way I can use less than ideal methods/tools for hogging out and still have expectations of a good...
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    Brava, Sir, Brava! Well done, I say. ...

    Brava, Sir, Brava! Well done, I say.

    Appropriately named, too. :)

    In a way it's a pity you showed it to us here, now. That would rank very highly in the Australian Woodturning Exhibition;...
  6. My impression of the D-Way 1/2" bowl gouge.

    So, after NeilS imported his D-Way bowl gouge, I was surprised to receive a PM asking if I'd like to take it for a test run.

    Needless to say, I jumped at the chance. So I owe many, many thanks to...
  7. *groan* :doh:

    *groan*

    :doh:
  8. Ditto. For shame, for shame, suggesting that...

    Ditto. For shame, for shame, suggesting that either (or both) Hughie or Paul look like fat, juicy frogs...

    BTW, I'll put a tenner on the snake. :)
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    :whs: I have a steel rod which has one end...

    :whs:

    I have a steel rod which has one end slotted (like a screw) so I can slip in old JS blades and clamp 'em in with a grub screw.

    I've found that the most consistent chatter comes from...
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    If you're not particularly after 'pretty,' it...

    If you're not particularly after 'pretty,' it wouldn't take long to wrap them in corrugated iron. Snips, a drill and a rivet gun'd be all that's needed. Possibly dock part of the tops off the back...
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    I'd either go as you suggest and glue on a scrap...

    I'd either go as you suggest and glue on a scrap piece as a temp spigot, or turn a shallow recess for use with the jaws in expansion mode. Probably the first, as expansion mode isn't the best choice...
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    Doesn't sound like Blackwood to me, either. :no:...

    Doesn't sound like Blackwood to me, either. :no:

    Although I wouldn't describe the smell as 'like machine oil,' it sounds to me as though you've managed to score yourself a nice piece of Teak or...
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    Kapur is a fairly dense timber and quite heavy,...

    Kapur is a fairly dense timber and quite heavy, with a distinctive scent. Even when fully cured, working it tends to stain your hands.

    It used to be used quite extensively for external door...
  14. On any lathe with a machined bed (eg. not round...

    On any lathe with a machined bed (eg. not round tubular ways) one of the first things I do, before even checking the kiss, is run a short straight edge across the ways.

    Not along the bed -...
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    Looks good. So long as the overall length of...

    Looks good.

    So long as the overall length of the bobbin, the dia. of the bore and the diameter of the whorl (the pulley) match closely, she should be happy.

    If everything else is of similar...
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    I've turned plenty with a simple full length bore...

    I've turned plenty with a simple full length bore and have had no complaints. The 'lightweight' spinners, for whom it would matter, have always preferred some form of bearing end to reduce friction,...
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    Yeah, it's amazing how much of the skill in...

    Yeah, it's amazing how much of the skill in wood-turning is in learning the 'feel' of the cut.

    Having to do it solely be eye? Somehow I think my reject pile would suddenly gain a lot of weight,...
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    AFAICT, there are a few reasons for fiddleback to...

    AFAICT, there are a few reasons for fiddleback to occur but most seem to do with stress.

    If you look at where it occurs, it's often on the trunk under heavy branches, just below forks, etc., etc. ...
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    Yep. Anticlockwise. :yes: If it's not fully...

    Yep. Anticlockwise. :yes:

    If it's not fully tightened when fitted to the lathe, starting the lathe or even a minor catch, can tighten it up beyond easy removal.

    As Powderpost said above,...
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    You're spot on there. About 6" have fallen since...

    You're spot on there. About 6" have fallen since this morning, just enough to hide the woodpile and make bringing in the firewood a misery. :rolleyes:

    Sadly, I have a couple of turning jobs on...
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    I stand corrected. My bad for only skimming the...

    I stand corrected. My bad for only skimming the initial post... :B

    He's quite right. The headstock and tailstock angle back, so the actual "drive line" is almost over the back way.

    I'm...
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    Sorry, but no. My Woodfast C1000 kisses very...

    Sorry, but no. My Woodfast C1000 kisses very nicely, thank you.

    What makes you suspect that it's a design choice rather than a QC failure?
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    I prefer the thinner bowl. :) Maybe it won't...

    I prefer the thinner bowl. :)

    Maybe it won't hold as many corn flakes, but it has that touch of elegance to my eye.

    No real problems with the new tool-rest beyond fine-tuning the ol' muscle...
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    In a previous life I spent a decade or so in an...

    In a previous life I spent a decade or so in an Open Cut coal mine in Latrobe Valley, driving 'dozers around to clean up around the feet of the big dredges, amongst other things.

    The formations of...
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    At higher speeds the head (upper right) pulley...

    At higher speeds the head (upper right) pulley should be "opening up" to give a smaller diameter, while the motor pulley should be "closing up" to give a larger working diameter. Although you say...
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    As you can tell from the above replies, it's not...

    As you can tell from the above replies, it's not a simple yes/no answer any more.

    100% Tung Oil's drying time is heavily temperature dependent. :yes:

    "Traditional" DO's, derived from a Tung...
  27. Nicely done. :yes: I agree with Neil that...

    Nicely done. :yes:

    I agree with Neil that such a repair, sympathetically done, can enhance a piece and add value.
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    In descending order, 3, 1, 2, 4. For some...

    In descending order, 3, 1, 2, 4.

    For some reason #! always looks to me like it should be #3 but the stem got broken off... :rolleyes:
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    I'm guessing that when it does finally go, it's...

    I'm guessing that when it does finally go, it's going to have some absolutely gorgeous figuring...
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    Over-clamping can definitely be a factor in...

    Over-clamping can definitely be a factor in delamination...

    I'd put it into the top 3 causes

    - contaminated surface (which includes surface oils)
    - over-clamping and/or insufficient glue.
    -...
  31. I'm far from being a glue expert, but I suspect...

    I'm far from being a glue expert, but I suspect there'd be a trade-off for the shorter open time; probably in joint strength.

    A shorter curing time means less time, while polymerising, to form...
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    I've always found it mildly amusing that people...

    I've always found it mildly amusing that people will spend a small fortune on chucks, jaws and cutting tools for specific purposes, yet overlook the one thing that every wood lathe must have; a tool...
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    Damn you, Wheelin! I'm hoping Annette doesn't...

    Damn you, Wheelin!

    I'm hoping Annette doesn't see this thread, lest my carefully hoarded camphour slab will be required to become yet another Inkle loom for her collection.

    Very nicely done and...
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    Yeah, it's a problem. This is one of the reasons...

    Yeah, it's a problem. This is one of the reasons it was popular, way back when, to braze a small dia. hardened steel rod across the top of the rest. Mind you, if you dinged that with a bad catch,...
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    Assuming normal grain orientation in the timbers,...

    Assuming normal grain orientation in the timbers, for strength, any glue joints are going to be suspect. Side-grain to end-grain? Not a good choice.

    For any durability, Orraloon is spot on; I'd...
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    Personally, I call square scrapers "blanks" that...

    Personally, I call square scrapers "blanks" that I'll re-profile to suit my needs. :D

    Generally bull-nosed, although I have a couple which are only gently rounded.... for use by SWMBO. The only...
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    There's a healthy logging industry going on out...

    There's a healthy logging industry going on out here, but I'm not aware of any mills. Not that this means anything, apart from "I haven't looked since I moved here" as I source my slabs elsewhere.
    ...
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    I've never had the opportunity to put a D-way...

    I've never had the opportunity to put a D-way thru it's paces enough to make up my mind about them. I don't believe a mere one or two sessions with a good tool is sufficient to form an opinion. ...
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    If no-one closer to you is interested in taking...

    If no-one closer to you is interested in taking you up on this... AND you're willing to drive out Oberon way, I reckon I can help you out with this.

    Keep me in mind, just in case.
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    :yes: Also, on many wheels the hole is...

    :yes:

    Also, on many wheels the hole is slightly over-sized for the arbour. While this makes it easier to mount/dismount, it also introduces a small margin of centering error. Simply rotating...
  41. Nice recovery. :2tsup: And without a telltale...

    Nice recovery. :2tsup:

    And without a telltale wooden plug in-fill... ;)
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    It's also possible the cracks are from...

    It's also possible the cracks are from oversanding. As with the actual cutting, anything that generates heat can cause microfractures to show overnight.

    Although it's tempting to get "stuck in"...
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    Heh. I meant to mention that for many pieces,...

    Heh. I meant to mention that for many pieces, rather than trying to break the joints I'll instead use a fine kerf japanese pull-saw to cut through the tenons. After all, the M&T section is...
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    One of the pitfalls I've found with pieces...

    One of the pitfalls I've found with pieces "rescued" from op-shops, etc. for recycling is that the better made ones, which often appear to have more salvageable timber, generally do not! Probably...
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    I like the grub-holes, but I'm not too keen on...

    I like the grub-holes, but I'm not too keen on the epoxy colour.

    (I think that on darker timbers an infill of brass dust is the bee's knees. But that's a different method again and everyone to...
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    Heh. I was taught that Blackwood tends to be...

    Heh. I was taught that Blackwood tends to be host to a variety of bacteria or fungoid that just loves the moist confines of our respiratory passages.

    As with the hooked fibres, etc., I don't know...
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    4mm? That's a respectable accomplishment on a...

    4mm? That's a respectable accomplishment on a piece like this, even if it's going to take a bit of sanding to clean up properly. I'd be happy with it. :2tsup:



    Me, I like DO for this sort of...
  48. That's one of the reasons for alternating ring...

    That's one of the reasons for alternating ring direction in the boards.

    Most boards, if cut from the same tree, will want to warp or cup in the same direction. Alternating 'em, with a good glue...
  49. I think you'll have more success is if you're...

    I think you'll have more success is if you're less specific and just google "woodworkers toolbox."

    It's the same problem: how to fit the required tools in a limited space with easy access and...
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    The best dust removal system in the world is...

    The best dust removal system in the world is useless if the blade isn't scavenging properly... and that certainly looks to be your problem.

    Moving to TCT will alleviate the quick bluntening to a...
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