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    For bowls with an even rim I screw a piece of...

    For bowls with an even rim I screw a piece of plywood on to a faceplate, cut a groove to fit the rim and use a cup live center - 13mm to hold the bowl on. I finish turn, sand, and apply finish on...
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    I think the easiest, cheapest solution is a...

    I think the easiest, cheapest solution is a rotisserie motor. Turner Philip Moulthrop of Georgia, USA made a device for rotating bowls while epoxy set, using a small motor and pulleys & V-belts to...
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    I have one of these: Teknatool - Nova Live Center...

    I have one of these: Teknatool - Nova Live Center System

    It is versatile and works well. I also have an old live tail center which is a hollow cup open through the whole center. Useful for...
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    I assume you pumped grease into the spring loaded...

    I assume you pumped grease into the spring loaded ball area in photo 2. I suspect the center is designed to be oiled rather than greased and the increased friction makes it get hot.

    I would stick...
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    For knocking off the nasty parts of roots or...

    For knocking off the nasty parts of roots or suspicious close to the ground trunks, I have a scrap rotary mower blade ground as a rounded scraper, and a 16mm square piece of high carbon steel with a...
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    I agree with NeilS above. A world famous bowl...

    I agree with NeilS above. A world famous bowl turner, Bob Stocksdale, used a 1/2 inch bowl gouge and a scraper. That was it.

    bob stocksdale bowls - Google Search
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    Neil, Your shop made center is pretty slick. ...

    Neil, Your shop made center is pretty slick. Out of curiosity I calculated 19mm to inch. .748 inch 20mm is .7874 Your live center can probably be made to slip on to Mick's tail center with...
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    Mick, If you wanted to have a go with what you...

    Mick, If you wanted to have a go with what you have, you could sand off the burr on the point of the center with a file and 220 grit, and polish the whole taper with 400 grit. Drill a hole in the...
  9. Thread: symtec lathe

    by Paul39
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    Looking at this: Wood lathe, Copying from...

    Looking at this: Wood lathe, Copying from Template - YouTube I would buy some High Speed Steel rounds, or drill rod, that fit into the holder and grind your own. Check an engineers shop for HSS. ...
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    Doragus, with that small tang a big catch might...

    Doragus, with that small tang a big catch might get you a mouthful of gouge. If you cut off the tang and got the main part of the gouge about 3 inches / 75 mm into the handle with a good furrule, ...
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    Peter Child's first book, The Craftsman...

    Peter Child's first book, The Craftsman Woodturner is most interesting because he shows the techniques before bowl gouges and chucks. There were several editions after the below that leave out what...
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    Thanks Stumpy Tail, lovely shape.

    Thanks Stumpy Tail, lovely shape.
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    Very nice! Could you show us the whole piece?

    Very nice! Could you show us the whole piece?
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    Was this a commercially available lathe, or one...

    Was this a commercially available lathe, or one you built or had built? Photo? How many 1.8 meter salad bowls have you sold? Just being snarky.
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    For those of us not willing or able to buy a new...

    For those of us not willing or able to buy a new big lathe, older made in AU Woodfasts are a wonderful value. Mine below, for which I paid US $850, 20 inch swing, DC variable speed done in the US by...
  16. Thread: Sheoak bowl

    by Paul39
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    As you already have a lot going on with the...

    As you already have a lot going on with the figure of the timber, I think piercing would add too much going on. The bowl shape and figure are enough. Piercing a plain not very prominent figured...
  17. NOVA Link: Determining Your Lathe Spindle...

    NOVA Link:

    Determining Your Lathe Spindle Thread to find the correct NOVA insert adapter Determining Your Lathe Spindle Thread to find the correct NOVA insert adapter 1. Refer to the...
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    Wow!!!

    Wow!!!
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    I had a middle of the night further thought: Use...

    I had a middle of the night further thought: Use wood glue and strips of newspaper, smooth down tightly to timber, smear glue on outside, let dry thoroughly, maybe even a second layer.
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    If I am using liquid epoxy to fill a crack I will...

    If I am using liquid epoxy to fill a crack I will go to the opposite side & stuff in some shavings and / or sawdust followed by cyanoacrylate - CA glue. That will set up in a matter of minutes, then...
  21. I found this with an online search: Dead Link...

    I found this with an online search: Dead Link Removed

    To find diameter use a caliper on tops of the thread. No caliper, adjustable wrench & measure with inch or metric ruler. To get threads per...
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    Ted, Nice effect. For your next one you...

    Ted,

    Nice effect. For your next one you might be sure the twisted wire is straight, and cut the groove so the wire is a snug fit. Make a tool from hard wood to press the wire to the bottom all...
  23. Willy, That is just wonderful. I like the...

    Willy,

    That is just wonderful. I like the filled random cracks, the blue contrasts well with the warm timber. It does not look heavy, thickness appropriate to size. Wonderful piece.
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    Shyrat, You could also make or have made a...

    Shyrat, You could also make or have made a countershaft to reduce the speed: Lathe Countershafts, Jackshafts, Spindle Speeds

    Old Delta wood lathes had one that was mounted under the bed to...
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    I think an older made in AU Woodfast, well used,...

    I think an older made in AU Woodfast, well used, even ugly, in good working order is the best value. Mine below. Short bed 20 inch swing bowl lathe. They made long bed and 16 inch swing in the...
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    Looking at this: Wood Bowl Finish | General...

    Looking at this: Wood Bowl Finish | General Finishes I would get a small quantity of Urethane finish, mix half & half with straight Tung Oil and try.

    I just use Tung Oil on everything, applied...
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    That is as slick as a greased eel! Thank you.

    That is as slick as a greased eel! Thank you.
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    Here is a beginning: Bowl gouges with U shaped...

    Here is a beginning: Bowl gouges with U shaped flute - Google Search
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    This: ...

    This: https://www.adendorff.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/MC900-manual-0909.pdf May or may not help.

    Speed Control q The lathe motor must be turned on before you can use the speed control...
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    I wonder if Stika might have a LH 1 X 8 insert: ...

    I wonder if Stika might have a LH 1 X 8 insert: Chuck Accessories: Chuck Inserts
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    A regular scraper pointed down is a negative rake...

    A regular scraper pointed down is a negative rake scraper. I sharpen my scrapers upside down at about an 80 degree angle, which raises a slight burr. I take a VERY light cut pointing down. The...
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    A fast and not too dirty one: ...

    A fast and not too dirty one:

    https://i.redd.it/qdu79oabtlm11.jpg

    From: homemade outboard wood turning tool rest - Google Search

    You could make a free standing one out of timber and have a...
  33. I bought a used Easy finisher with the round...

    I bought a used Easy finisher with the round cutter. I use it for roughing as the carbide is not as sharp as steel. I resharpen the flat top on a wet diamond plate. I like the way I can start at...
  34. I did read in the reviews of the tools that made...

    I did read in the reviews of the tools that made the point the price was for one tool. As the US price quoted for North Carolina is very close to Crown or Sorby HSS at a retail store, I would not...
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    I have found a rolled up 320 0r 400 grit...

    I have found a rolled up 320 0r 400 grit sandpaper makes a nice hone for the inside of the flutes.
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    Lance, you are doing well. Separate the bowls so...

    Lance, you are doing well. Separate the bowls so they do not mold or mildew. It is best to leave the bowl thickness 10 to 20 % of the bowl diameter. The bowls will dry oval, when you remount to...
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    My approach has been to soak threads liberally...

    My approach has been to soak threads liberally front and back with penetrating oil, PB Blaster, WD-40, or your favorite mouse milk. With a small hammer, preferably brass, turn the spindle and tap,...
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    Lance, Try your speed calculations using this: ...

    Lance, Try your speed calculations using this: How to Calculate the Speed of Two Different Pulleys | Sciencing

    Nice job on the lathe.
  39. Thread: Road Kill

    by Paul39
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    Doragus, I call that FOG timber, found on...

    Doragus,

    I call that FOG timber, found on ground. I even put that on the bottom of bowls of timber I can't identify.
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    That may be dried Danish Oil or Tung Oil that...

    That may be dried Danish Oil or Tung Oil that many of us use for finishing a rotating bowl or spindle. Often there is also a stripe of same on the wall behind the lathe and on the shirt or apron the...
  41. Thread: crown tools

    by Paul39
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    My first bowl gouge was a Crown, which I have...

    My first bowl gouge was a Crown, which I have sharpened for over 10 years with an 8 inch dry white 120 grit stone on a 1725 RPM grinder, using the Wolverine System:...
  42. Thread: Borer holes

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    I would just leave them alone. You could also...

    I would just leave them alone. You could also wet sand using Tung oil or Danish oil with 220 or 320 grit, which will fill the holes. Another approach would be to fill with contrasting sanding dust...
  43. Thread: Grinders

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    This is a Ford vs Chevy arguement. If you ask 10...

    This is a Ford vs Chevy arguement. If you ask 10 turners which is best, you will get 15 replies.

    See: woodworking slow speed vs fast grinders for sharpening lathe tools - Google Search
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    Some ideas here: portable wood lathe stands -...

    Some ideas here: portable wood lathe stands - Google Search
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    Several years ago I was having trouble with the...

    Several years ago I was having trouble with the accursed skew. With some advice from people here and about 20 hours of practice with the skew, I now grab the skew and knock out a tool handle for...
  46. Thread: Nova 3000

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    I like enough space between wall and lathe to...

    I like enough space between wall and lathe to easily fish out stuff dropped behind the lathe.
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    I have used these: Access to this page has been...

    I have used these: Access to this page has been denied. for ferrules.

    Also scrap; rigid copper tubing, electrical metal tubing, and steel tubing from a headboard.
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    I recalled that Yew was used for long bows, &...

    I recalled that Yew was used for long bows, & looked it up: Taxus baccata - Wikipedia

    It is possible the piece Fryers is turning has been weakened by decay that has not progressed to be soft.
    ...
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    I like heavy & dense to absorb vibration. I also...

    I like heavy & dense to absorb vibration. I also split logs into quarters as that gives straight grain, as opposed to sawing. I have big hands and make bowls, so use bigger gouges with nice fat...
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    I like the box, beautiful figure. I also think...

    I like the box, beautiful figure. I also think the handle is too tall. Could you have glued the piece that came off back on and continued with the winged bowl? I realize one has to take into...
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