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  1. They say once a finish has cured it's food safe. Different finishes will cure at different rates but around a month is pretty common for a lot of them (cure time). With that said, I use GF's salad bowl finish, it's suppose to be food safe. I almost use mineral oil and beeswax as well as walnut oil since it doesn't go rancid, but it will darken your wood.
  2. I have a large pen chuck that will hold them. The presenter made a custom chuck out of MDF with a hole just big enough for the golf ball.
  3. No, I didn't color them. Different manufactures use different colored materials. It's fun drilling into a new one and discovering the color. I did flatten them. Just a little turning with a carbine chisel flattens them.
  4. Growing up my parents had a 1950s Volvo, it looked something like this: My older sister drove it while in high school and hated it. She would leave the windows down with the keys in the car hoping that somebody would steal it but nobody ever did. Her friends moved it once without her knowing it and she was so happy until she found it. I loved that car, I played in it as a kid and was hoping it would be my first car once I got my license but my dad sold it before I turned 16.
  5. 1970 Dodge Demon. *bleep* brown exterior and *bleep* brown interior. It was a great beginning car because even though it looked small for the time it was built like a tank. It had no AC, no radio and near the end of it's life the engine would stall if you took a turn too fast.
  6. Our first house built in 1945 was the same way. We left the carpet in because we had little kids at the time.
  7. thatCharlieDude


    I play at being a CS college professor but my real job is bossing around my wife, kids and dogs. And when I say boss around I mean being bossed around by them
  8. I had 5 minutes this morning so I turned a couple of hats (lids) from poplar and started staining them.
  9. I found some balls today and was able to hollow out a couple. Next step is to turn a few lids to make them into ring boxes. Tom: Thanks for the suggestion. I'll check there!
  10. The presenter warned us about liquid cores but in this case the liquid came from used balls that have been submerged in a pond or two. I guess they're porous enough to allow lake water in. She said it smelled awful.
  11. Watching the demo last night, the interior rubber compound turned like green wood. As a kid I remember golf balls having a rubber band like interior but according to the presenter balls today don't, they are solid. The cavity she hollowed out was just big enough for two rings.
  12. Has anybody tried turning golf balls? Not blocks of wood into something that looks like golf balls but putting an actually golf ball on the lathe? My son and I went to a presentation last night by a young lady (probably in her 60s) who turns 75 cent golf balls into $20 ring boxes. I've search google but I didn't find lots of results for this type of turning. I ordered 24 balls and once they arrive I'll turn a few and post pics for the group.
  13. Score! There's some beautiful wood there. My dad keeps bringing me pecan to turn but with the heat and a busy summer there's no time.
  14. I have a gallon of the anchor seal and it works great. But I've also read that you can use latex paint to seal wood. If the blank is roughed out then cover the whole thing otherwise just the ends.
  15. I think somebody else linked this first, but here's a review of the HF clamps. I was surprised by how well some of them rated.