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General Discussion / Re: Tool rests
« Last post by JollyJim on October 10, 2019, 12:00:34 AM »

Thanks Bodrighywood and BHT for replying to mine. I might try it out, I could do with just a
short rest, maybe 3inches or so, and see how I get on. It might be that I just make the post from wood and the rest itself, from metal. I've seen some drawer pulls in BQ that might do the job. I'll let you know if I get anywhere with the idea - thanks again

regards - Jim

ps to Bodrighywood, if it's not being too nosey, could you say what the origin of your name is and how it's
pronounced?- I'm intrigued.......cheers

Gallery / Re: fish box
« Last post by Twisted Trees on October 09, 2019, 11:25:29 PM »
Quite like that stand, perhaps in a more organic mock driftwood construction. 
Gallery / Re: fish box
« Last post by bodrighywood on October 09, 2019, 09:06:36 PM »
Thank you. Apprreciated.

Maybe something like this would work? The ray could be pinned to the support at whatever angle you wished.

Gallery / Re: fish box
« Last post by Twisted Trees on October 09, 2019, 07:29:54 PM »
Thanks Pete & Derek, I was unsure what to do with the base, needed to be fairly large as I wanted the "ray" to be at an angle plus it is 8" wing tip to wing tip and in Yew, so quite heavy. As it is just connected with a dowel I do have the option of playing with the base some more.

Incidentally Pete my wife was at Wisley at the weekend, came home with some pictures and your card.  She was very impressed
Gallery / Re: fish box
« Last post by Derek on October 09, 2019, 07:17:18 PM »
I have seen ray bowls before and this takes it a little further. Nice job. I agree about the base but then I am not the best at matching things up
Gallery / Re: fish box
« Last post by bodrighywood on October 09, 2019, 07:15:16 PM »
Love the idea but as the box is so dramatic think a more subdued base e.g. black japanned base, would be better to show off the wood of the ray?

General Discussion / Core !
« Last post by John Plater on October 09, 2019, 06:58:00 PM »
The lathe has been very quiet for a few months now but has just been woken up. I had a problem with wanting to core a piece of monkey puzzle but in order for the core to have the end grain roundels as well, I could only take a straight cut rather than a curved one (using the big McNaughton coring system). So I hit on the idea of taking a second core inside the first one and then used a cranked hollowing tool to cut through from the inside of the first core at its base. Normally a "lampshade" happens when I go through the bottom of a bowl. This one was purely intentional.  ;) A third core taken from inside the second one gave me a plug for the base of the first core which should match nicely as it is from the same initial blank. If the idea works I will post images of the finished items. At the moment the surfaces are straight from the bowl gouge and McNaughton cutter. Maybe this has been tried by others but it is new to me. I have sketched a cross section through what I did to help it make sense !
ATB John
General Discussion / Re: Tool rests
« Last post by seventhdevil on October 09, 2019, 06:55:47 PM »
i've just checked and my robust tool rests are 4 1/2 years old and i use the 15" straight one every day and there is not a mark on the hardened rod.
General Discussion / Re: Tool rests
« Last post by The Bowler Hatted Turner on October 09, 2019, 06:50:50 PM »
Might feel Heath Robinson but it is a method that has been used for many years. Jolly Jim the pole lathe turners use wooden tool rests all the time.
Gallery / fish box
« Last post by Twisted Trees on October 09, 2019, 06:17:17 PM »
We popped into an aquarium on a recent trip to Cornwall and I liked the shape of a ray moving over a rock in the tank, I took a photograph of it then pondered what to do with it.

This is what I came up with, in order to stand it I created a fake rock and suspended the box 5mm above it on a dowel.

C&C welcome

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