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  1. RileyD

    Woodworking without woodturning

    I've seen the little WEN lathe go on sale at Home Depot for ~$100. I have a couple of HF versions of the same one and they are OK little lathes for stuff like pens, tool handles, ornaments. Only issue I really have with them is the tail stock wheel can be hard to turn. They are variable speed too, which is a nice little bonus.
  2. IKEA has the free PAX wardrobe planner. You could use that to get some ideas on how you want to plan your closet.
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    My very own millennial token coffee table

    A bunch of questions. What type of resin are you using? For this application you probably want something that is slow setting, around 24 hours to cure, using a faster setting resin is probably going to end up with bubbles in it. I'm assuming you used some kind of mica powder on that initial pour, the top of that casting looks good, but there are a ton of voids on the bottom. Either it wasn't fully cured when you poured the second layer and bubbled up or it set up super fast leaving the voids on the bottom. You could try hitting the melamine with some mold release (follow the directions and let it dry) to keep the melamine from chipping. Possibly the melamine is too rough and you are just getting bubbles due to surface imperfections. Is the gel dye you are using comparable with your resin? Polyurethane resins really don't like moisture of any sort, using a water based dye will do really bad things to your casting (the Peter Brown video mentioned above). I can't tell if that was the culprit on the second pour or it was just too much resin at once.
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    Used lathe rant

    There is a kit available for some lathes
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Vacupress for veneer

    You can use breather mesh as well.
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    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.
  10. Highland Hardwoods in NH for me. I live in southern NH though.
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    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.
  12. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    New to turning

    I'll add to his list: PSI Discount codes