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    I made a blackwood / huon pine end grain chess...

    I made a blackwood / huon pine end grain chess board a bit over 12 months ago. 40 mm squares with an overall thickness of about 50 mm. (sorry, no photos). It has survived 12 months in far NW Tassie...
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    Love it Paul, may we kids never grow old

    Love it Paul, may we kids never grow old
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    Nice work Pat. Look forward to seeing the...

    Nice work Pat. Look forward to seeing the finished coolibah burl
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    Nice work smiife and the finish has polished up...

    Nice work smiife and the finish has polished up really well. How did you put the feature in the base.
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    Thanks for the advice. Ill pass the comments onto...

    Thanks for the advice. Ill pass the comments onto my mate.

    MM: No finish applied at this stage, will be applied to both top and bottom surfaces as you suggest.

    Alex: he is hoping to avoid...
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    Advice on flattening a cupped slab

    A mate of mine is making a bench top from a natural edge blackwood slab and he is having problems with it cupping. The slab is about 30mm thick and 600 wide, full width of the tree but cut a bit off...
  7. Thread: Claret ash bowl

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    Thats given a rather plane piece of wood quite a...

    Thats given a rather plane piece of wood quite a lift. Its turned out quite nicely.
    I have an ash? bowl similar to yours that has been drying for while now and am going to try charring it. Should...
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    Id pretty much do as Rob said previously, Id go...

    Id pretty much do as Rob said previously, Id go with high nickel rods using a stick welder. On a piece like yours I wouldn't pin it, I feel that is more likely to weaken it rather than strengthen. A...
  9. Thread: symtec lathe

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    Be aware if buying drill rod that it is typically...

    Be aware if buying drill rod that it is typically sold in the annealed state and will require hardening. High speed steel rounds are a better option for most of us.
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    Looks pretty darn good to me too Jim. Fitting...

    Looks pretty darn good to me too Jim. Fitting that it goes to your wife, they tend to be our greatest critics.
  11. Thread: Camphor bowl

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    Nice bowl there smiife, lots of character in that...

    Nice bowl there smiife, lots of character in that piece of wood. The finish looks to have come up well.
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    G'day Connor. I have 80% finished one of Rob...

    G'day Connor.
    I have 80% finished one of Rob Macks kayaks (the double) and it all went together pretty well. In my experience his designs are pretty good. Regardless of what design you go for I...
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    Anorak Bob's hand plane build

    For those interested in hand planes Anorak Bob has just finished a neat looking build on the metal work forum.

    Adventures with cast iron - a wood plane. - Page 10
  14. Thread: Sheoak bowl

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    That was my first reaction but not having seen...

    That was my first reaction but not having seen the pierced bowl that inspired smiife in the first place I felt I should keep an open mind.
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    Thanks Ted, the grubs had started the hollowing...

    Thanks Ted, the grubs had started the hollowing for me. Drilled quite a lot of the center out with a forstner bit and battery drill. there was a lot of rot on one side of the inside which put it out...
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    Thanks for the comments. Yes EEE is the final...

    Thanks for the comments.
    Yes EEE is the final finish. I like to give Danish Oil a buff using EEE after it has had a week or two to harden. Brings a nice sheen to the finish
  17. Thread: Sheoak bowl

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    A very nice bit of turning there smiife, I do...

    A very nice bit of turning there smiife, I do like the grain of sheoak. Personally, I would practice some piercing on something I was happy to stuff up before trying a piece of wood like this one.
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    Thats brilliant Derek, the design is very clever...

    Thats brilliant Derek, the design is very clever and finished very nicely.
    Are you willing to describe how you turned the spiral?
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    Another blackwood vase

    Another blackwood vase and this one had it all; rot, grubs and a large hole from a fracture were a branch broke off when the tree fell down. Turning was a bit of a challenge due to internal rot,...
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    G'day smiife. The malee box looks brilliant, a...

    G'day smiife. The malee box looks brilliant, a very nice piece of turning. I think that the finial is a is a bit too heavy and something finer would set the work off better. Maybe the base could be a...
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    More typically silver wattle around here....

    More typically silver wattle around here. Apparently some of the more "commercially savvy" millers have been known to alternate rows of blackwood and wattle when racking the timber to dry. After a...
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    That is very nicely done John. Look forward to...

    That is very nicely done John. Look forward to seeing the finished piece.
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    That is some really detailed and accurate work...

    That is some really detailed and accurate work there Jim, nicely done.
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    No, its the puns that are killing us

    No, its the puns that are killing us
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    Nice work Jim. I particularly like the maple box.

    Nice work Jim. I particularly like the maple box.
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    I have seen a somewhat similar thing with regular...

    I have seen a somewhat similar thing with regular poly and with resin. With the poly I had varnished a piece of timber in the sun on a pleasant afternoon and shortly after finishing noticed tiny...
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    I suspect that by the time this little plane is...

    I suspect that by the time this little plane is finished off properly it wont look too bad. Kinda like Cinderella, so lets wait and see her in her ball gown before getting too judgmental.
    These...
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    Nicely done Ted. Have you tried boring the center...

    Nicely done Ted. Have you tried boring the center out of a branch or rough turning the bangles to see if it helps with drying
  29. Thread: Goldiewood ????

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    Mototoca glauca, Its a tassie understory species....

    Mototoca glauca, Its a tassie understory species. Slow growing and doesn't get very big. Its a dense wood and should turn quite well.
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    I would wait for the one I wanted. You'll have...

    I would wait for the one I wanted. You'll have the next 20 years of woodworking regretting the wrong decision
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    Thats a nice bowl Colin, the ironwood is a...

    Thats a nice bowl Colin, the ironwood is a striking timber. The hollow form looks good as well, Kiaat looks like an interesting timber.
    Thanks for posting.
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    As the OP's initial question was framed in the...

    As the OP's initial question was framed in the context of sharpening bowl gouges and other wood turning tools you need to be clear on what you want to achieve. For a bowl gouge I like a primary...
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    I have an old 8 inch jointer and at times thats...

    I have an old 8 inch jointer and at times thats not wide enough. I also have an old 16 inch but that is wide and awkward to use for small stuff. For much the timber I use, a lot of which has been...
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    G'day Peter I have both and use both, the...

    G'day Peter
    I have both and use both, the Tormek I got about 20 years ago long before I started turning and a half speed grinder with CBN wheels (80&180grit) (as per Derek's photo above) that I got...
  35. Thread: Plane Blades.

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    Ive bought steel from their Launceston Branch a...

    Ive bought steel from their Launceston Branch a couple of times. They are happy to do cash sales although they didnt have any gauge plate in the sizes I was looking for some six months ago.
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    Very nice work. You cant have too many clamps.

    Very nice work. You cant have too many clamps.
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    Disappointing about the damage Colin. Ill look...

    Disappointing about the damage Colin. Ill look forward to seeing some turnings from your various South African woods.
  38. Thread: Plane Blades.

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    have you tried searching for gauge plate. That is...

    have you tried searching for gauge plate. That is O1 in an annealed state. several commercial suppliers advertise it although you will have to buy half or one metre lengths.
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    Nice little jig smiife, thanks for the post

    Nice little jig smiife, thanks for the post
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    Took a photo of my gouges. The middle one is a...

    Took a photo of my gouges. The middle one is a P&N, on the right is a Vicmarc (16mm) and on the left is a Robert Sorby (12mm)
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  41. Thread: Camphor bowl

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    Nice bowl smiife. Looking at the photo's I...

    Nice bowl smiife. Looking at the photo's I wouldn't guess that you'd had tear out problems, finish looks very good. Learning how to hide/recover form ones stuff-ups is an essential life skill.
  42. Thread: Blackwood vase

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    Thanks for the comments Phil and Richard. Iv'e...

    Thanks for the comments Phil and Richard. Iv'e actually turned this for another mans wife so a few burnt roasts are on the cards, may be some cold shoulder and hot tongue as well.
    A friend is...
  43. Thread: Blackwood vase

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    Yes, from an old and long dead farm tree.

    Yes, from an old and long dead farm tree.
  44. Thread: Blackwood vase

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    Thanks for the comments. I like working with this...

    Thanks for the comments. I like working with this sort of wood, at times its difficult to turn but the results appeal to me. Perfection is boring.
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    Just had the same issue, couldn't upload in...

    Just had the same issue, couldn't upload in chrome, even after a computer restart. Was able to upload in IE
  46. Thread: Blackwood vase

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    Blackwood vase

    Well I found this piece of blackwood on my firewood pile. Initially thought it was going to be too rotten to turn but after a play with the chainsaw was able to salvage this little gem.
    Vase is...
  47. Thats a nice piece of wood rick, and well...

    Thats a nice piece of wood rick, and well finished. You West Australians have some brilliant firewood.
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    Thats come up very nicely Matt, I expect you are...

    Thats come up very nicely Matt, I expect you are rightly pleased with it. Doesn't seem to have taken you that long either. Well done.
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    I got some from flex Brierley hose and handling,...

    I got some from flex Brierley hose and handling, they have a branch in Hobart. They have access to a wide range of products, see what they have in stock
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    I haven't worked with camphor laurel but in my...

    I haven't worked with camphor laurel but in my experience if the boards are bending and cracking it is most likely a moisture issue, the wood is not completely dry. Most houses are drier than their...
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