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About APierce

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    I enjoy wood turning, scroll sawing, and making useful pieces of furniture for the home and the shop!
  1. Save up and buy the biggest nicest lathe you can!!! You will not regret it one bit as many of the previous comments have stated. I use my grandpa's wood lathe which is a grizzly lathe that I "upgraded" with a treadmill motor for variable speed control. You can see it on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flky3YjF70Y. It was challenging to get it all to work but a nicer lathe in the beginning would have been better.
  2. I just place my bowls in paper bags and let them dry for two or three months and that seems to work well. My shop is not incredibly hot or really dry so they don't split much if at all.
  3. I would recommend HSS steel tools because they force you to learn to sharpen which is an important skill. HSS will hold a finer edge than carbide and is much easier to sharpen. HSS tools are also cheaper, especially if you can find some at an auction or yard sale. I have an easy rougher and I like it for large turning operations where you need rough down a rather irregular object. However the easy wood tools are not cheap and the replacement cutters they sell are too expensive. You can find carbide inserts that will fit it for cheaper on a website called global tooling. You buy them in sets of
  4. CessnaPilotBarry does something similar to what I do for my scrollsaw patterns. First I apply scotch tape to the wood, overlapping the tape edges to cover the whole piece. Then I use some spray adhesive on the paper pattern and attach to the tape. Once I'm done cutting out the pattern I just peel the tape off and there is no residue on the wood. It's great for delicate things as well; however clean any dust off the wood before taping it so the tape can adhere propperly.
  5. Totally reorganization of the workshop by: building Mark's lumber rack for storage, the selling of my RAS and 10" Sliding mitersaw for a 12" sliding mitersaw, organizing small odds and ends of lumber for burning or use, and building a french-cleat system and several tool cabinets to again organize!!
  6. Grizzly sells all kinds of chucks for many applications. They allow you to mix and match the tapers to the chuck so you have more options.
  7. Helical cutter heads excel on lumber like this due to their multi-toothed design and the shearing cut angle. If you have a straight knifed planer I wouldn't do it. It could easily rip chucks out of it ruining a beautiful piece.
  8. Oneway makes some of the best chucks, but Nova makes pretty good ones too. I would decide whether you would rather spend the extra $ on the chuck or some other tools like lathe chisels, etc.
  9. You shouldn't need to lubricate any bearings as they are made permanently lubricated, for the tailstock I would use 3 in 1 oil, lithium grease, pretty much any metal on metal lubricant. Another thing that helps is to put some kind of light oil or wax on the bed of the lathe to make moving the tailstock and banjo easier.
  10. $4-5 per bdf for FAS grade. Common stuff is around $2. I wouldn't pay that kinda price unless there were some good wide boards or if they were FAS quality. However if walnut lumber is a rarity in your area then it may be a steal
  11. I also enjoy the MSA clear glasses, plus I got mine for free!
  12. I built a dust filter from an old attic fan and used some cheap furnace filters. I attached a dimmer switch to the fan to allow for speed and thus noise control. The fan pulls air through the filter rather than pushing it through(already tried it!) and it collects a fair amount of fine dust. Your idea sounds much more heavy duty and I think its a great idea, I might add a timer to the outlet its plugged into so you could clean the air even while your not in the workshop.
  13. Don't do it!! I have the G0642 and its a great beginner lathe for the price but now that I have had it for a while I wish i had never bought it. Seeing as this is a lesser-quality lathe I would save up and buy the Jet 1642 or the Grizzly clone of it; Jet also makes good mini lathes and the Delta mini looks even better. That is all depending on what you want to turn however once you get sucked into the woodturning vortex there is no ESCAPE! It's extremely fun and gratifying. Bowls 8-12" in diameter should turn from about 300-500rpm really big bowls 14" and up should go at about 100-300 rpm. Ano
  14. I use a 40 or 60 grit for shaping tools and an 80 or 100 for putting a good burr on the tool. Sometimes I will follow this up by using a diamond hones and I polish the tip with some white rogue on some paper wheels that I got as a set. I can get my gouges and skews shaving sharp using the paper wheels and it makes all the difference on the cut quality! P.S. get a slow speed grinder if you can, my 6 inch high speed grinder tends to burn the steel if press to hard; also get quality wheels with a J or K hardness. I like the white AOL wheels made by Norton.