SandSWoodcraft

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About SandSWoodcraft

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    Woodturning, Pens, Bowls, Platters, TOOLS!!!

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  1. I haven't tried it myself, but I read up on a process of soaking the green rough turning in denatured alcohol for 2-4 hours, then putting it in the bag with shavings like you normally would. After about 2-3 weeks, the weight will stabilize and you're ready for final turning.
  2. I got a lot of money, which I proceeded to buy a Domino 500 and a magswitch starter kit today. Now I can't decide to what to build next.
  3. I usually hit the shoulders of my bushings with some beeswax every now and then. I also stop after every coat of thick ca and spin the bushings in the pen blank/tube
  4. Some other things to check because I used to have the same problem, especially with thin walled pens. Are you squaring the ends all the way to the brass tube? if you have extra wood on the end you will put strain through the wood instead of through the tube. Is your brass nut too tight on the Mandrel? I usually back mine off one I get the blank turned to round. Lastly, are you getting full adhesion area between the tube and wood? I used to use gel CA's and would basically adhere in a little strip. I've switched to Gorilla and/or medium CA and have a lot better results with full adhesion around the perimeter of the tube.
  5. Got my bowl this weekend. JamesAustin did a fantastic job. As soon as my wife saw it she took it away. It's the center piece on our dining table now.
  6. Forget the easy wood tools. Robert Sorby has just came out with their answer, the Turnmaster, and it will give these guys a run for their money. I sat through a demo from Sorby and bought the kit with the handle for $120. It comes with the three heads in carbon steel (round, square, diamond point). You can buy carbide or titanium coated steel as extras. The big thing about their design besides 3 heads on one tool, is that you can tilt the head left or right to get shearing cuts. I still prefer traditional tools for most work, but when I'm in production mode or have a lot to hog out these things work like a dream. I will be doing a video review (as well as starting a wood turning video podcast using cameras like you're never seen), but am in the heat of show season and probably won't have anything ready until after the first of the year. I'll also be selling my long handled EWT Finisher if anyone is interested.
  7. I liked turning it after I got it roughed out. Felt very brittle while turning. The nice part about that was there was not much to have to deal with in terms of tearout. Finished very nicely with a couple passes of my scraper.
  8. It could be the approach angle of your EWT's. If I'm having a hard time with catches i'll raise the back of the EWT handle, dropping the cutter below center and presenting a less aggressive cutting angle. I've only got a finisher, and have turned a dozen items with it on a single cutter, and only rotated it once, so I doubt a dull edge is the root of your problem. I'd be careful with the rougher on bowls, or ditch it all together. The sharp corners are going to give you problems with digging in, especially if you're turning a lot of air on something like a natural edge. Beautiful work so far. Don't ditch it, that the awesome thing about bowls. If you mess up, just pull a new line or profile and no one will ever know!
  9. Here's mine: Pecan w/ Mylands Friction Polish
  10. Cindy, Thanks for the heads up on Got Wood! They're actually 20 minutes from me - had no idea! Lloyd
  11. I get my blanks from http://www.woodturningblanks4u.com/
  12. I've cut up to 1" acrylic using a table saw. We also did lots of routing with it. One trick we used was to have one person spray WD40 on the blade or cutters while they were running through the cut. This drastically cut down on tool marks left and greatly reduced polishing required on the edges.
  13. Helping spread the word for a fellow Carolinian and woodworker. You guys may remember my post a couple months back where I took a course in person with Mary May. She's a fantastic teacher, and is now offering classes online for only $10 a month! The camellia flower demo she has up on the front page is the same class I took in person, and have been able to transfer several of the techniques into my other woodworking. I think she has a free 3 day trial as well, but I'm sure it's worth every penny. http://www.marymaycarving.com/carvingschool/