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How do you make blanks? (Read 489 times)
 
David Moeller
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Re: How do you make blanks?
Reply #15 - Nov 24th, 2020 at 4:52pm
 
Hondo, I agree with Ed. I watched your videos. I assume you have progressed in the last 2 yrs. Slow down your ambition and RPM. There are many smaller items which sell well and will and are within your skill level and will not shake your equipt apart, and cause severe injuries (I've been turning for 59 yrs, been there). The chisels you have are OK, they just need more frequent sharpening. Your new lathe is OK but treat it gently. Lathes and dogs, don't beat them or they'll bite you. Bless you and stay on your quest.
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Re: How do you make blanks?
Reply #16 - Nov 30th, 2020 at 9:34am
 
It's been my experience and observation that a lathe is the least expensive part of wood turning. It's all the accessories that are needed that cost way more
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Re: How do you make blanks?
Reply #17 - Nov 30th, 2020 at 9:51am
 
...it's all the calls to 911 that cost way more! Shocked Grin Grin
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Re: How do you make blanks?
Reply #18 - Nov 30th, 2020 at 12:24pm
 
I kinda have been turning smaller things now that I've depleted my wood supply. Have a piece of purple plum that had defeated me four times. After I got some really helpful advice on this site I removed the broken screws and put my new faceplate on. Eight holes do much better than 4. So I finally got it round. Have to stop there for a few days. I went to Woodcraft to get an adapter for my chuck.  The sales guy glanced at it and said "they don't make those" and walked off.  I wondered around to the Nova case and sitting there was a 3/4 adapter that he said didn't exist. I got pretty angry and left the store. I won't go back. They can have their $100 chisels and $50 tiny piece of wood. I found the one I needed at Amazon and they didn't lie to my face. It will be here next week.

I am supposed to get a new air compressor for my birthday/Christmas. I think the 7 years I got out of it was worth the $99 I spent on it.  Kinda miss it. It cleared off my table  and got dust out of my bowls and I have a sander I just bought to use on my bowls to remove those annoying lines that won't go away any other way.

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Re: How do you make blanks?
Reply #19 - Dec 18th, 2020 at 12:04pm
 
Ron Sardo wrote on Nov 30th, 2020 at 9:34am:
It's been my experience and observation that a lathe is the least expensive part of wood turning. It's all the accessories that are needed that cost way more



Ain't that the truth
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Re: How do you make blanks?
Reply #20 - Dec 18th, 2020 at 8:12pm
 
I love gadgets that work.  Improved gadgets are even better.
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Re: How do you make blanks?
Reply #21 - Dec 19th, 2020 at 8:45am
 
If only more gadgets were improvements and not just gadgets.
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Re: How do you make blanks?
Reply #22 - Dec 19th, 2020 at 1:20pm
 
The most valuable lesson one can learn is the ability to tell the difference between tools and gadgets.
The earlier the lessen is learned the better.
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Re: How do you make blanks?
Reply #23 - Dec 19th, 2020 at 1:24pm
 
Ed, that's why we have you on here!! Smiley Smiley

I really do enjoy your posts about "tools & gadgets".

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Re: How do you make blanks?
Reply #24 - Dec 19th, 2020 at 4:01pm
 
Ralph Fahringer wrote on Dec 19th, 2020 at 1:24pm:
Ed, that's why we have you on here!! Smiley


That is what I though too.  Cool
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