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Iíve got one, in trying to slow the rpms down, I had a couple of pulleys, but also added a small rheostat but it doesnt work very well. What is the best way to slow it down?I believe the motor is around 1700 rpms(been a while since Iíve looked at it)
What lathe do you have? Iíve done just a tiny bit of research and found a motor and vsr control conversion for midi lathes.
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What lathe do you have? Iíve done just a tiny bit of research and found a motor and vsr control conversion for midi lathes.
Iíd like the info for this as well. Iíd also like to find a bottle stopper chuck for #1 MT or 3/4Ēx16 TPI, but I donít think such a critter exists.
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I’d like the info for this as well. I’d also like to find a bottle stopper chuck for #1 MT or 3/4”x16 TPI, but I don’t think such a critter exists.
https://www.pennstateind.com/store/T...yABEgJDXPD_BwE

I just called them and this is still available. I've done lots of business with these folks and have been very satisfied with them.

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Iíd like the info for this as well. Iíd also like to find a bottle stopper chuck for #1 MT or 3/4Ēx16 TPI, but I donít think such a critter exists.
https://www.woodturningz.com/PSI-Bot...uck-34-x-16TPI

No idea on this one, just did an online search. I've not ordered or done any business with this company so I have no idea about them?
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No idea on this one, just did an online search. I've not ordered or done any business with this company so I have no idea about them?
I went ahead and ordered that chuck. Should be here in 2-4 business days. I have an older craftsman lathe so I donít think that conversion will work.
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Anybody have a good lead on an inexpensive sphere jig that is decent.
I haven't used or tried these but do know a few turners that have had good success with them

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Here are a few pics I was able to dig up. A couple of pipes Iíve made/started and some ďBack the BlueĒ pens we did for a bunch of deputies at a promotion ceremony for our local SO a couple of years ago. Also a pen I made for my wife from a hammer that belonged to her grandfather.

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Here some of my projects I've done over the years. Different times of year change gears for me. I mostly stick to turkey pot calls, duck calls and whistles, and pens and shaving items. I use all kinds of woods, but I really like pouring custom acrylic blanks and casting different items in them. My latest are the cactus skeletons , I spent a lot of time playing with them trying to figure it out

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[QUOTE=Banded Drake Calls;15301595]Here some of my projects I've done over the years. Different times of year change gears for me. I mostly stick to turkey pot calls, duck calls and whistles, and pens and shaving items. I use all kinds of woods, but I really like pouring custom acrylic blanks and casting different items in them. My latest are the cactus skeletons , I spent a lot of time playing with them trying to figure it out...

Very nice! How do you prep the cactus skeletons before casting?
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Here some of my projects I've done over the years. Different times of year change gears for me. I mostly stick to turkey pot calls, duck calls and whistles, and pens and shaving items. I use all kinds of woods, but I really like pouring custom acrylic blanks and casting different items in them. My latest are the cactus skeletons , I spent a lot of time playing with them trying to figure it out...



Very nice! How do you prep the cactus skeletons before casting?
I use an air wand to blow out any dirt or debris in them and then rinse them out. Leave them out in the sun to dry for a week or so

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I use an air wand to blow out any dirt or debris in them and then rinse them out. Leave them out in the sun to dry for a week or so

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Cool, thanks for the info!
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Cool, thanks for the info!
After I turn them i sand them to 400 grit then apply about 18 layers of CA finish to seal the cactus in

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After that soak them in hydrogen peroxide for a little bit and then dry out in the sun. They'll be white and show up good. I've also dyed them after whitening them

Hey Banded in post #58 first turkey pot call what wood is that?

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After that soak them in hydrogen peroxide for a little bit and then dry out in the sun. They'll be white and show up good. I've also dyed them after whitening them
What did you dye them with? I haven't had much luck with my past few batches getting anywhere with them

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The liquid dyes for coloring epoxies. I'm drawing a blank right now
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Like alumilite dyes?

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No it was these from Rockler DYES a little goes a long way. I mixed it in alcohol and soaked the cactus in it
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What lathe do you have? Iíve done just a tiny bit of research and found a motor and vsr control conversion for midi lathes.
Itís homemade. Doubled up 2x10s for the frame. Itís pretty big. Size wise, I COULD turn something up to 22Ē in diameter, and about 40Ē long. The motor is a 1ph, 1730 RPM. I can slow it down some with a 2 or 3 stage pulley, but it needs to be slowed down a little bit more. Itís been in storage in the back of my barn for about 25 years. Hoping to get it moved to a location where I can start using it soon.
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No idea on this one, just did an online search. I've not ordered or done any business with this company so I have no idea about them?
I ordered my bottle stopper chuck and a brown mallee burl blank for a call and bottle stopper and it arrived today. There was a problem with USPS shipping but itís here. The chuck looks to be good quality and the blank they picked out for me has a ton of definition. Iíll be buying from them again.
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I ordered my bottle stopper chuck and a brown mallee burl blank for a call and bottle stopper and it arrived today. There was a problem with USPS shipping but itís here. The chuck looks to be good quality and the blank they picked out for me has a ton of definition. Iíll be buying from them again.
Nice! I cut a Japanese Black Pine down and half of a Hackberry that fell, plenty of turning blanks! Might try and turn something tomorrow?
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Nice! I cut a Japanese Black Pine down and half of a Hackberry that fell, plenty of turning blanks! Might try and turn something tomorrow?
Spalted hackberry is one of my favorite woods!!
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After that soak them in hydrogen peroxide for a little bit and then dry out in the sun. They'll be white and show up good. I've also dyed them after whitening them

Hey Banded in post #58 first turkey pot call what wood is that?
Mesquite, I use it a lot for several of my projects. I love the color and grain it has when its finished. Here is a shaving bowl I just finished up for a TBHer that bought a set from me

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Thank you sir. That's what I was suspecting. Thanks for sharing!!
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I just made these pens a few days ago as Christmas gifts for my sisters. The wood actually came from the remains of the house my Mom grew up in. It is now just a pile of rubble.

I believe the boards one of my sisters got from it was a doorway threshold. Possibly longleaf pine? Actually planed it down, laminated a couple of layers to get the thickness needed.

I am a novice to making the pens, but have a friend who has the equipment and always walks me through it.
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I just made these pens a few days ago as Christmas gifts for my sisters. The wood actually came from the remains of the house my Mom grew up in. It is now just a pile of rubble.

I believe the boards one of my sisters got from it was a doorway threshold. Possibly longleaf pine? Actually planed it down, laminated a couple of layers to get the thickness needed.

I am a novice to making the pens, but have a friend who has the equipment and always walks me through it.
Nice! I like being able to tie the wood used in a project to some type of history for the person receiving the gift!
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Nice! I like being able to tie the wood used in a project to some type of history for the person receiving the gift!
Absolutely. For years I carried a pen that was made from some Pinion pine which me and my pen making friend picked up in Utah, while on a cow elk hunt. Unfortunately, I finally lost it. Now I primarily use a pen with wood made from wood that was saved from a building at A&M.

Eventually, I need to make another pen for myself with cedar from a fence post put in the ground by my dad years ago. They bring back lots of memories.
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Here's a link to a rough video I did covering the very basic steps to turning a pen.

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Thanks for taking the time to create and post that video, Matt. Well done
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Wow, y'all have some nice work. Glad to see more turners out there

I turn mainly pens but have dabbled in the bowl world. I love turning both acrylics and wood.










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What wood is the bowl made from? Coco?
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That bowl is made from Paduak. That is my second bowl I have made.
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i want to get into this before i die. Maybe some day.

Do any of you guys ever make any wooden spinning tops? The kind we olds had as toys as kids? That's what i want to learn to make. Again, some day.
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I just bought a lathe. Plan on turning some pens and bowls. Cannot wait to play


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Do any of you guys ever make any wooden spinning tops? The kind we olds had as toys as kids? That's what i want to learn to make. Again, some day.
Mike we had a guy join our wood forum that is a top maker deluxe his stuff is outstanding



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I know it's a "woodturning" thread, but any advice for someone trying to turn epoxy resin? I am trying to make am ice cream scoop for my wife for Valentine's Day that is the same color as her favorite ice cream, Blue Bell Christmas Cookie. I made a blank that after it cured I realized wasn't big enough. The 2nd bigger blank the colors mixed together to make an nasty green...

I tried to practice the 1st smaller blank and seemed to get a lot of vibration and chip out. Is this meaning I just need to sharpen tools? I am using Alumilite Deep Pour...

Anyone know how long I need to wait before combining different colors?
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As mentioned earlier in this thread, I am a novice and wanting to learn. Are yíall having to stabilize the woods prior to working? If so, how?


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I know it's a "woodturning" thread, but any advice for someone trying to turn epoxy resin? I am trying to make am ice cream scoop for my wife for Valentine's Day that is the same color as her favorite ice cream, Blue Bell Christmas Cookie. I made a blank that after it cured I realized wasn't big enough. The 2nd bigger blank the colors mixed together to make an nasty green...

I tried to practice the 1st smaller blank and seemed to get a lot of vibration and chip out. Is this meaning I just need to sharpen tools? I am using Alumilite Deep Pour...

Anyone know how long I need to wait before combining different colors?
I haven't turned much resin but for vibrations in wood I will sharpen my tools, take less aggressive cuts, or adjust the turning speed; usually one or a combination of these will resolve the issue for me with wood. I've also noticed some vibrations when turning something on a mandrel and brass tube inserts that adjusting the pressure placed on the blank from the tailstock will sometimes help the issue. You might also consider using a negative rake scrapper or negative rake carbide tool to reduce chip out.
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Most hardwoods do not need stabilized. I'll stabilize if I'm combining with resin, turning really small and thin(rings and sometime ink pens) or if the wood is soft and punky(beginning stages of rotting).
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Most hardwoods do not need stabilized. I'll stabilize if I'm combining with resin, turning really small and thin(rings and sometime ink pens) or if the wood is soft and punky(beginning stages of rotting).

Thanks. I went out an cut some persimmon today, and have painted the ends. Plan on letting it dry for a while.


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I think this blank will turn out better. I did 6.5 hours before mixing to get color separation. I still think the green may have sank to the bottom. We will see. Demold next Sunday.
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... I did 6.5 hours before mixing to get color separation. I still think the green may have sank to the bottom...
What epoxy are you using?
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What epoxy are you using?
I used alumilite deep pour. 7 days until full cure.

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ctom87, have you considered Alumalite clear slow? Has about a 12 minute work time which might keep the colors from blending?
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Yes I have tried that but I don't have a pressure pot so there are tiny bubbles. This leads to the inability to turn due to chip out.
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Harbor Freight has one that a lot of guys use.
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So glad this post exists. I was wondering how good a DIY lathe works for turning wood and if anyone had any plans already drawn up for one.
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So glad this post exists. I was wondering how good a DIY lathe works for turning wood and if anyone had any plans already drawn up for one.
Lots of you tube vids on diy. Not what I would want to do personally. Picked mine up for 150 and added an extension for another 150. Can turn 36" blanks into bats. Just don't have much time.

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Old 02-03-2021, 08:26 PM   #99
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So glad this post exists. I was wondering how good a DIY lathe works for turning wood and if anyone had any plans already drawn up for one.
Sorry, I have no idea about DIY lathes. Are you just thinking about trying turning and want to "save" money by doing a DIY or want the challenge of a DIY?
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Old 02-05-2021, 12:32 PM   #100
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Sorry, I have no idea about DIY lathes. Are you just thinking about trying turning and want to "save" money by doing a DIY or want the challenge of a DIY?
Yes sir. Dont have the money to buy one and didnt want to buy one to try. Figured Id get my feet wet on a DIY and sell some projects to eventually buy one
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