SirNot

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    Chicago
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    Making shavings! I'm very new to this, but have caught a bug.

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  1. SirNot

    End grain bowl advice

    And give your tools a touch-up on the grinder before starting, possibly while turning as well.
  2. SirNot

    Rattle can polyurethane

    I've found Arm-r-Seal at my local Benjamin Moore store as well.
  3. SirNot

    New Bosch goodies coming soon

    I was recently at the WEN warehouse (only a few minutes from my house) picking up a "refurbished" grinder stand (really it was just a return because the box was damaged in shipping) when I discovered that they too are in the tracksaw game. Refurbished, they were asking $106...
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    Looking at new chisels...

    So I was finally able to put my new chisels to work and all I can say is . I knew that the old ones weren't the best, but my goodness what a difference. 90% of the work I did with just the bowl gouge and man what a difference. No more rough end grain. I was able to take both heavy cuts to take out huge chips and smooth the surface shearing off gossamer wisps. The only time I used another chisel was to square up the corners inside of the bowl- for that I used my carbide rougher and the new scraper- and that, too, was a dream. Well, I know what my next purchase is gonna be... https://www.amazon.com/Hurricane-Turning-Tools-Woodturning-Standard/dp/B008DH96E8/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1527793652&sr=8-7&keywords=Skew+chisel
  5. SirNot

    Looking at new chisels...

    No later than this weekend...
  6. SirNot

    Looking at new chisels...

    So I finally pulled the trigger. I got a square scraper, 1/2 inch bowl gouge (which I promptly put a fingernail grind on with my new) and the PSI sharpening jig. I'm really happy with the results with he jig and new steel so far. I managed to get an edge sharp enough to cut my finger like a razor would, so that's a plus (kinda). I haven't had the chance to turn anything with them yet, but I have a hard maple blank just screaming to be turned into a dice tray (seem my previous tray made from Paduk and curly maple). Hopefully this week! Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
  7. SirNot

    Swing, or maybe shelves. Swingshelves?

    I am totally stealing this idea for my daughter's room. I have some leftover maple and paduk that would be perfect!
  8. I'm starting to do more bowl turning and the older Craftsman chisel (which I think is Carbon steel, not HSS) set I have just isn't cutting it (pun intended), so i'm looking to upgrade a few of my chisels. I plan on picking up at the very least a new 3/4 skew and 3/8 fingernail bowl/spindle gouges. I was looking at the Sorbys and came across another brand- Hurricane. They all seem to be getting good reviews and cost half as much. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with their tools. I'm not adverse to spending the money on the better tool if the difference is worth it, but it really needs to be worth the difference.
  9. SirNot

    Turn On Chicago

    Interresting, but I'm wondering if there is an option without food/lodging. I live in the area (went to school across the street from where this is being held)...
  10. Great stuff, sir! I have plans to redo my gaming table with some more... ahem... refined techniques once I have refinished my basement.
  11. SirNot

    Finishing out a walnut table top

    I use their friction polish for my pens. Super high-gloss shine in minutes. Great stuff.
  12. SirNot

    Some of my turnings...

    So this was my very first turning, about 9 months ago. Clunky, chunky and, well, a noob project. I learned a lot and from there, I got hooked on pens: Paduk with a light ARS finish. This is the one that started my holiday trouble. Bethlehem Olive Wood, made for my mother. It was this piece that made her request 10 pens to give away as gifts for Christmas. My first spalted maple piece. I love this pen. It is heavy and beautiful. A group shot. Wood types L-R: Walnut, Paduk, Cocobolo, Zebrawood, African Blackwood (I LOVE THIS STUFF!), Olivewood, Spalted Maple and Cocobolo. This was my first inlay pen. Was much easier than I thought it would be. The curly maple is gorgeous. Made it for a Vietnam vet friend of my mother's (who is also a Vietnam vet). Just a closer shot of two of the pens from above. Love both of these! And my first attempt at a bowl. Started as 12/4 8 inch blank. There are some rough spots (damn that maple is hard on tools!) but overall, I'm happy with how it turned out. I'm using it as a dice tray for games and already have a commission for one, but since he wants a graphic at the bottom, I'll forgo the expensive maple and go with something a bit less expensive- I'm thinking cherry. Next up- a garage heater so I can work through this polar vortex... Thanks for checking it out! Any tips are welcomed!!!
  13. SirNot

    New to turning

    Good looking pen there! I probably made two dozen this season for gifts. There are so many awesome pen and wood combos out there!
  14. SirNot

    New to turning

    I'm with Bankstick on this. The barrel trimmer ensures a face that's perfectly perpendicular to the tube every time. I've had issues when the hole is not quite square with the ends of the blank and when sanding to get to the final size, the whole thing ends up askew. With the barrel trimmer, I use my drill press, go slow and take light passes. I have lost exactly 2 blanks to the trimmer.
  15. SirNot

    Cutting Boards

    Awesome video! Thanks for doing these! Makes a newb like me feel like I can do this, and I will for next Christmas!