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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. New to turning

    I'll add to his list: PSI Discount codes
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Acrylic Pen Blank

    Just the 5 minute stuff, whatever I have on hand.
  8. Acrylic Pen Blank

    I use acrylic paint all the time, I like the Ceramcoat brand paints. The trick is to paint the inside of the blank and not the brass. I also always use expoy instead of CA when gluing up the acrylic/alumalite/etc. blanks too.
  9. 3D Printer

    In that price range the Monoprice MP Mini Select V2 is a good option. It doesn't have a huge build area, but there is tons of support out there for the V1 and the V2. It'll be easy to get your questions answered/issues resolved, just because of the large user base.
  10. +1 For "Understanding Wood Finishing" by Flexner Check your local library and try out a bunch of books.