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What's your question?
Jul 23rd, 2018 at 8:44am
 
This question was originally asked almost a year ago so I thought it was about time to give it another chance for some more responses.
We would like you to come up with some questions you would like to see us ask.
How do you do ____?
I wish they would ask ____?
What's your favorite ____?

Ask anything you want as long as it's turning related.

QOTW
What Questions would you like us to ask?
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Reply #1 - Jul 23rd, 2018 at 11:09am
 
How many on the forum that turn as a hobby, rather then sell, get along with a Reeves type drive lathe?
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Reply #2 - Jul 23rd, 2018 at 11:20am
 
My personal experience with a reeves drive is this.
While I prefer a VFD, there is nothing wrong with a properly working reeves drive.
The main short falls of the drive are, 1. no reverse and 2. minimum speed too high.
I recommend getting a high quality belt and they work fine.
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Reply #3 - Jul 23rd, 2018 at 11:59am
 
Mostly just a hobbie. I do sell a few.  Here in poor SC  people won't pay much for a wooden bowl.  $20-$25
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Reply #4 - Jul 23rd, 2018 at 12:18pm
 
Rick Caron wrote on Jul 23rd, 2018 at 11:59am:
Mostly just a hobbie. I do sell a few.† Here in poor SC† people won't pay much for a wooden bowl.† $20-$25


Wow!! My smallest piece, a 4" dia red gum bowl/cup/thing sold for $75.00

My best so far is an 11" ambrosia maple bowl for $225.
Most are going in the $140 range.

Seems you need to move to Maine!!


I know... off topic.

I'll think of a question sooner or later. Smiley
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Reply #5 - Jul 23rd, 2018 at 3:05pm
 
As to the Reeves drive lathes, I bought the HF lathe as a first lathe in April of 2017. It did everything I asked of it until a few weeks ago when I tried a larger log piece that was out of balance.  They are just too fast even at the slowest speed.  If you are only going to do precut blanks that are relatively balanced you should be fine.  I want to branch out so my Laguna is arriving later this week.
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Reply #6 - Jul 23rd, 2018 at 5:30pm
 
If you were sandpaper, what grit would you be and why?
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Reply #7 - Jul 23rd, 2018 at 5:57pm
 
I feel your pain Rick. Same here in Louisiana
... Iíve love turning all types of things and have enough items to start my own gallery, but here in real America I just keep turning and happy doing it.  Bring on the wood
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Reply #8 - Jul 23rd, 2018 at 9:34pm
 
[highlight]If you were sandpaper, what grit would you be and why?[/highlight
Depends on what I was sanding! Grin
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Reply #9 - Jul 24th, 2018 at 8:35am
 
I'm thinking I'd be 600 grit.

I wouldn't want to rub anyone the wrong way!! Shocked
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Reply #10 - Jul 26th, 2018 at 8:48am
 
So, does anyone have a question they would like asked as QOTW?
Favorite tool?
Favorite wood?
Holding method?
Project advise or insight?
Safety
What type of gouge would you be? (thanks Jennifer)


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Reply #11 - Jul 26th, 2018 at 1:37pm
 
I have a question I've wanted to ask for a while. Why do so many turners leave the spigot or recess on the bottom of their completed bowls as the footing?

-Is it a lack of equipment?
-Do people not want to take the time to remount and turn a "3rd" surface?
-Does Joe-public not notice a detail like this therefore is it unimportant?
-Other than mounting in cole jaws/vacuum chuck, etc., and turning the spigot or recess away completely, are there other methods people use to disguise a spigot or recess?

I have to say, it does bother me a bit when I go to craft fairs and see a stall full of nice bowls all with the recess left in the base. I personally feel that it leaves a piece feeling almost "unfinished".
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Reply #12 - Jul 26th, 2018 at 2:26pm
 
Great question Alistair, thanks
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Reply #13 - Jul 26th, 2018 at 2:51pm
 
I just saw one posted to the gallery that had an enormous "spigot" on the bottom of a nicely curved bowl and for me personally, it ruined the whole thing. It looked unfinished.


I always remove the "Spigot" or "tenon" as I might call it. If I turn a recess for the jaws to insert, then I go back and reshape the bottom of the bowl so it gently merges with the recess.

I have a major dislike of a foot or a pedestal on a bowl that is so visible.

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Reply #14 - Sep 20th, 2018 at 11:12pm
 
I try to keep track where in this world my turned pieces have gone.   I have pieces in Tasmania, Australia, Germany, Holland, England, Japan, Sweden, eastern Canada and southern US.

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What is the farthest from your shop your pieces have made it to?
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Thanks Leo, great question  Thumbs Up
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Reply #16 - Sep 22nd, 2018 at 5:20am
 

I've been fortunate to be able to participate in a couple of "wood swaps". They have provided me with with some unique wood from different parts of the country.

My question is, could get a wood swapping event started?

Thank you
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Reply #17 - Sep 22nd, 2018 at 9:28am
 
Dick Bernard wrote on Sep 22nd, 2018 at 5:20am:
My question is, could get a wood swapping event started?

Thank you
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Dick, that's simply a matter of interest. We can start a thread and ask, if their are enough members that want to swap then we can move forward.
Items that need to be factored in are
1. How much wood (what size box)
2. Shipping cost (what size box)
3. Shipping cost for those not in the contiguous 48 states
4. Compliance of quarantine zones for EAB and other wood diseases
This is off the top of my head, I'll try to put something together and see if it gets enough interest.
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Reply #18 - Sep 23rd, 2018 at 5:25am
 

I realize it takes time and effort to this research, so, for your time and effort I offer you a sincere "thank you".

Dick
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Reply #19 - Jan 31st, 2020 at 4:33pm
 
What is a reliable commercial source of a vacuum chuck system? I have had an order in at one vendor since October or November and still havenít received the product. Anyone I should avoid?
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Welcome to the forum

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I don't know what lathe you have but I bought my Vac system from them many years ago. Simple one stop shopping, everything from one supplier.
Everything still works perfectly

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Reply #21 - Feb 1st, 2020 at 9:42am
 
Who invented turning?   Grin Grin
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Ed Weber wrote on Jan 31st, 2020 at 7:09pm:
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I don't know what lathe you have but I bought my Vac system from them many years ago. Simple one stop shopping, everything from one supplier.
Everything still works perfectly




He is part of our turning club and nice guy to but no discounts.  Grin
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Reply #23 - Feb 1st, 2020 at 11:55am
 
Arlin Eastman wrote on Feb 1st, 2020 at 9:42am:
Who invented turning?   Grin


That's the kind of thing I would expect from Ralph  Grin

The most common answer is the Egyptians at about 1300 BC
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Great men think alike.  Grin Grin
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Reply #25 - Feb 12th, 2020 at 7:49pm
 
Question:  If money were no issue and you could buy one piece from any other turner in the world, what would it be and who would have turned it?

Another question:  Who has been the most influencial person to you as a turner?
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Reply #26 - Feb 13th, 2020 at 9:16am
 
David Ellsworth for both questions.

...any piece from him.  I have 2 of Wendy's bead pieces and it would be nice to have something from him as well. Smiley
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Reply #27 - Mar 10th, 2020 at 8:05pm
 
My question is,,,,Why turn bowls??  I have been turning for over 50 years, and donít remember ever turning a bowl(or pens either)..
I turn balls, bats, canes, etc, never had a desire to turn bowls...the local thrift store has a table, that always has over 20 handturned bowls,,, priced as low as a $1 each,,, they seldom sell.....
And I turn balls and canít keep up with the demand,.

Sooo ....why bowls???
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Reply #28 - Mar 11th, 2020 at 10:42am
 
Well.. when I can turn a bowl and sell it for $225..that seems to be a good reason.

Plus, I find turning pens a waste of time... now that is only MY opinion, mind you.

I'd be willing to bet that those bowls on the bargain table are of such low quality that they were destined to that table.

I might get into turning balls sometime in the future as it seems like a neat thing to do. Smiley
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Reply #29 - Mar 12th, 2020 at 11:13am
 
My question is:


What are you planning on doing or not doing related to the coronavirus?

I plan to spray everyone who comes into my store with Lysol. Shocked

Possibly just have a belt with cans of Lysol and spray anyone who gets within 6' of me. Thumbs Up
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Reply #30 - Mar 12th, 2020 at 11:24am
 
Not a problem for me, I don't play well with others anyway  Roll Eyes

Seriously, please take all necessary precautions everyone
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Reply #31 - Mar 14th, 2020 at 11:25am
 
Ken Appelt wrote on Mar 10th, 2020 at 8:05pm:
My question is,,,,Why turn bowls??


The short answer is that they can be attractive and/or useful.

The long answer is that it's how the mainstream turning is geared.
First you get a small lathe to turn pens, until all your friends and family start saying "I have a pen thank you".
Then it's time to move up to a mid-sized lathe and work on boxes or potpourri containers, and various handle kits, basically the entire PSI catalog.
Then your supposed to move up to a full sized lathe and turn bowls.
Anything else is considered a 'specialty" and not really looked upon as proper turning. Oh, you turn that, that's nice  Roll Eyes

Apparently you didn't get the memo that was sent out, now get with the program.
I want to see you get out there and pump out a few bowls or we'll, we'll do something, you just wait.

Turning spheres, you rebel.

For those who are satire impaired, I was partially joking
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Reply #32 - Mar 14th, 2020 at 11:51am
 
Apparently you didn't get the memo that was sent out, now get with the program.
I want to see you get out there and pump out a few bowls or we'll, we'll do something, you just wait.


We'll  come out there and make you shake hands with us...without Purell!! Shocked


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Reply #33 - Mar 14th, 2020 at 2:43pm
 
Now Ralph, that's a bit extreme for a first offense but i do like your enthusiasm.
There may be a place for you on the enforcement squad  Undecided
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Smiley Smiley Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
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Reply #35 - Mar 17th, 2020 at 8:58am
 
You sell non essentials so with everyone staying home, you should not have many visitors to douse with Lysol.
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Reply #36 - Mar 17th, 2020 at 9:35am
 
On the plus side, i might finally get to all of my own framing pieces that been in here for years.

I have a  6' long red snake skin that is in the process of being framed and might finally get finished this week.  My own project for the store.

People really do buy this stuff! Smiley

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Reply #37 - Mar 17th, 2020 at 12:59pm
 
Red snake?  We have a few red racers in S. Colorado.  Is that what you have.?
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Reply #38 - Mar 17th, 2020 at 1:41pm
 
No, it has a Malaysa stamp on it and I have not been able to find anything like it on any google search. I have had it for close to 20 years rolled up and in a box of other weird things.

I have had 3 customers come in today and the last one spent almost $1,800 on framing...stuff. Nothing expensive, just stuff. Smiley

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Sounds like it is paying you to stay open. By bro is POed cuz even the golf courses In Colo. Springs is shut down. It is open here.  I went to my local liquor store yesterday to get some corona or stock market sedative.  The owner was grinning fro ear to ear, said business was fantastic
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Reply #40 - Feb 17th, 2021 at 10:43am
 
I recently got my fatherís General model 160 lathe.  The other night, the spindle cracked at the last thread and near about threw my chuck off.  Does anyone know where I can find a spindle for this old unit?  Thumbs Up
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Reply #42 - Feb 17th, 2021 at 12:50pm
 
Robert Hayward wrote on Feb 17th, 2021 at 12:20pm:
Here is one possibility. However, it has to be bought with a couple extra parts. 


I was going to suggest you might have to buy a used machine and cannibalize it for parts.
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Jennifer Hasan wrote on Jul 23rd, 2018 at 5:30pm:
If you were sandpaper, what grit would you be and why?

I would be an odd grit like 100 or 150. I never really use those.
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