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    Clock

    Knocked this one for a little Christmas present. Quite pleased with it, but... Oak and purple heart, with Kingwood pivots. There are two things i wish i had done different now... Firstly, the bit between the ring and base. I dont like the shape of that now its all glued together. I think a...
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    Bottle stopper kits

    I have done a few of the heavy type bottle stopper kits from Axminster in the past, but have been asked about making quite few.... at around £3.50 they arn't all that expensive to have a few kicking around. That said, I have seen the body in various forms, for beading projects and such. I have...
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    Birthday Flowers

    This has to be one of my most enjoyed turning projects yet. Im pleased with myself 8) :oops: A vase and flowers for a friends of ours Birthday. Very pleased with how this turned out. Only thing i'm not 100% on is the shape of the Beli flowerhead now. Vase is approx 6-7mm thick mostly. Turned...
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    Apple Trunk

    Ive been offered a fairly substantial chunk of an apple tree, the main trunk... Its currently about 6-7' long, and about 12-14" diameter. Their gardener is going to chop it in half so its liftable, then i can have it. It was initially felled about 5 days ago. Now, the question being, how to...
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    First timers

    I have been asked about having a go at wood turning by a friends sister.... I have agreed she can come and have a taster on my lathe... She has no real idea what she wants to make, she just wants to have a go....I think she is envisaging a fair chunk of timber that she can use her artistic eye...
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    PaulM's Firewood!

    I took a selection of pen blanks off of paulm's hands few weeks ago..... A couple of pics as promised Paul- The stopper, not from Paul's firewood but just dunnage... When we get sheets of steel in at work, the bundles tend to be separated up into a couple of tonnes a go by little blocks of...
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    Quality

    Got a fair stash of pens made now, and have progressed onto better/dearer kits. Theres only so many you can give away, so I did a very local craft fair recently and sold a few for virtually cost price. A fair few people commented on how well priced they were. Over the last few weeks i have been...
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    Glue seepage coverup

    Bit of an experiment this one, not for any purpose. As you can see from the picture, the rim has coloured pencils glued into it about, 10mm deep or so. Following a bit of a dig in :oops: , i ended up turning closer to the pencils than i was originally going for. On the inside, you can see...
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    Oversize pen tube holes

    I bought a number of corian blanks last week from ebay, pre-drilled with a 7mm hole. Went to use the first ones today too discover the holes are somewhat oversized. Poking the vernier up there, the holes measure anywhere between about 7.2 and 7.6. Looks like they started nice, but wobbled...
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    RP2000 Owners, Remounting jaws

    I have recently got the Record RP2000 Chuck, with a few sets of jaws. Being a relatively small chuck (ideal on a small lathe, RPML300), the gripping dimensions are fairly limited. No dig deal, until I come too finish the bottoms off and such. I think a remounting jaw set is a simple solution...
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    Pink shirts

    Yesterday I decided to do a little bit on a Padauk bowl i started a while ago. I happened to have a white polo shirt on, thought nothing of it. Put an old fleece on over the top and got on with it. Threw it in the wash, now i have a nice pale pink one :lol: Luckily it was getting to the end...
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    Liberon finishing oil.

    Can i have some thoughts.... Knocked up a nice little oak house sign the other day, and have put 3/4 coats of liberon finishing oil on it so far, with another couple intended. Then I thought to myself, hang on, is this suitable. It says interior woodwork on the can... I'm pretty sure the...
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    NVR Switch

    The tool is a magnetic drill, for anyone not familiar, a drill, mounted on an electromagnet... :wink: The NVR switch hasn't been staying on so needed to keep finger on the button...so bought a replacement switch. Swapped it over, still no joy, same problem. The circuit is very simple...
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    Grain filler

    I have seen the various shades of Liberon wax filler sticks..... On various lighter woods, i have been using a carnauba wax stick, to good effect. But on some darker timbers (walnut) i have used the same method, a good sanding, sanding sealer, then the wax stick. But i have ended up with tiny...
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    Removal of stolen images

    I have it in my mind theres a few legal type people here, perhaps i am wrong.... Anyway, it was bought to my attention that someone had used 2 images of mine on their website. I emailed, and also sent a copy by post, a letter asking for the images to be removed. The offender replied, but with...
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    Black wood funny shapes

    Stopped into Yandles on the way to the cider farm this morning.... Looking through the timber racks, theres a shelf load of these....not marked up other than price. I didn't fancy asking, as the most unapproachable member of staff they have was working Looks a little bit like Wenge, but...
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    Thicknesser

    I am doing a project which requires some sections of hardwood (beech mostly) of varying sizes, nothing bigger than about 40mm x 20mm though, but they do need to be fairly accurately sized, nothing longer than about 400mm. I have toyed with cutting the strips and asking someone to plane them up...
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    Pen refills

    Two months after Christmas, i am handed a pen I made....."it doesn't work now" No sign of any ink, i reckon its ran out :lol: Anyway, refills for Jr Gentlemens, what do i need? I have in my mind its a Schmidt......or perhaps the same as Schmidt ones....? Can anyone confirm this for me...
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    Large diameter pens

    I have a kit i bought back along, cant remember what kit it is...... The barrels are something like 11.5 and 14.5, actual dims not important for this question. I use a planet mandrel, which has a tapered/conical body where the actual mandrel/bar goes into, and my tailstock obviously is conical...
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    Grip Mat

    Just needed to rout the edges on a little plaque.... Set the cutter height, laid the mat on the bench, routed away.... until it rucked up and got caught up on the bottom or the cutter. Fired me bit of mahogony across the garage and got itself all knotted up round the bottom of the router...
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