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  1. Used lathe rant

    There is a kit available for some lathes
  2. Used lathe rant

    Same here. I have 2 of the HF mini lathes. My girlfriend still turns on one of them the other one got turned into a dedicated buffing station. This is probably why there are no lathes on Craigslist. Turners just hoard lathes.
  3. Used lathe rant

    If you wanted to get started bowl turning up to about 12 inch bowls this is what you would need. Rikon 220 VSR (or the Jet 1221) Variable speed lathe ~$600 on sale. If you wanted to go cheaper and give up variable speed you could go with the Harbor Freight lathe for about a $300 savings. Chuck PSI Barracuda 2 $140 or Rockler has the Nova G3 on sale right now for $150. 60 degree live center ~$20 Starter chisels Benjamin's best chisel set ~$100 Sharpening stuff Wolvering Jig $90, Wolverine Varigrind $50 Grinder (if you don't have one) Rikon 8 inch ~$100 on sale That's about $1100 including the grinder for decent middle of the line stuff, and an OK set of starter chisels.
  4. Wood crack & epoxy

    You can make epoxy flow better if you heat up the component parts before mixing. Just stick the bottles/syringe in some hot water for a bit. This will also speed up the cure though, so don't use 5 minute epoxy.
  5. Vacupress for veneer

    You can use breather mesh as well.
  6. Sealing green wood.

    I use Rockler's Anchor seal clone. Just because I can pick it up locally. I typically process the log into a pair of bowl blanks and just seal the end grain. If I get something I can't process right away, I just seal the ends and stick it in a garbage bag to try to reduce the moisture loss. Sometimes that works sometimes it doesn't.
  7. Highland Hardwoods in NH for me. I live in southern NH though.
  8. CANC machine for wood working

    The 2 typical DIY/kit solutions are the Shapeoko 3 and the XCarve . They run in the $1000 - $2000 range depending on size.
  9. If I had to do it, I'd probably use JB Weld, not the epoxy, the original one. It's machinable, so you might be able to recover the axe head, but I wouldn't count on it. Edit: I just saw that the axe head is wood? They have a wood weld product, but I've never used it.
  10. West Systems pump problem

    I find that parchment paper works better than wax paper in most circumstances, pretty much nothing will stick to it. Plus you don't need to worry about which side is up.
  11. Making your own shop lighting

    +1 on the remote light switches. I use this power strip for the 4 light fixtures in the shop. I also use 2 more to control my Christmas lights, they are set to use the same switch position so I have one switch upstairs and one downstairs.
  12. New to turning

    I'll add to his list: PSI Discount codes
  13. New to turning

    You'll probably need a drill/jacobs chuck too. Drilling on the lathe is great. The Rikon is a nice little machine, variable speed is so good. Carbide vs. Traditional is mostly up to you. Carbide costs more up front for the tools, but very low sharpening costs. Traditional can mean cheaper tools, but you'll definitely need a sharpening solution. I ended up going carbide because I got a good deal and I mostly turn pens. When I was researching traditional tools I saw the Benjamin's Best set recommended a bunch as a slightly higher quality set than the HF one.
  14. What to think of this little lathe

    I own two of the harbor freight versions from the close out sales last year. The biggest issue is the tailstock, a little slop but manageable. But turning the round handle thing on it to advance the quill kinda sucks. One is my gf's for turning pens, and the other has become a dedicated buffing machine after I moved up to a 1221vs. They are OK starter lathes from smaller projects, think pens and bottle stoppers. The variable speed is pretty nice. The are #1MT which is a bit of a bummer, you can easily find chucks/mandrels/centers for them, but if you move up to a bigger lathe, you'll need to rebuy all that stuff in #2MT. Not a ton of horsepower, so I don't think you could actually turn a 7 inch bowl, but I never tried that. Edit: I'm pretty sure Home Depot had a WEN sale on a month or so ago and it was down to ~$100 so if you're thinking about it, wait till it goes on sale.
  15. Acrylic Pen Blank

    Just the 5 minute stuff, whatever I have on hand.