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Tool tips & reviews / Re: Ring (cup) centres to fit in a chuck?
« Last post by wilfy100 on November 17, 2017, 06:49:46 PM »
HI,
     Thanks everyone for the replies, the bowl was turned from a short length of log , i.e I mounted the log, turned it fully cylindrical and then rough shaped the bowl. The central axis of the bowl was the central axis of the log. I believe I should have proceeded to rough turn the bowl as soon as possible after I had cut it from the branch.  I do have a large section of log that I cut down the length either side of the central pith to produce in effect two short thick "planks". One has cracked badly but the other up to now is OK. These are big enough to turn a small/medium sized bowl at 90 degrees to the logs original axis. Due to poor planning I have put to much time into wood collecting rather than working properly with what I had got. In fairness I only have a cheap basic lathe (an old Sealy one) and have been making a substantial base platform to strengthen it up as the bottom square section rails are missing. It is usable as is but I have to take light cuts and keep the tool rest in close. I am fairly sure that when the lathe is firmly bolted down to the heavy solid platform then it should be OK.  I may well move on to a better lathe at some point but this will suffice for me to gain some experience. I will be putting some industrial castors onto the platform frame to make it portable enough to roll it out of the garage to work outside when the weather permits. Its far easier to clean up the shavings that way.
I have much to learn but that is what appeals to me, I will report back when I have turned a bowl on the strengthened up lathe. I will look into the drive centre suggestions.
Cheers Ian
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Websites, Videos & other sources of interest / Re: Stourhead National Trust Timber
« Last post by crazylegs on November 17, 2017, 06:14:11 PM »
treated and stood in the corner to dry. How long should I leave it ?
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Gallery / Re: Turned, Burned and Bound
« Last post by Derek on November 17, 2017, 04:26:02 PM »

I like this especially the impression the copper wire strapping is hold the wood from splitting any more
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General Discussion / Re: A gentle reminder!
« Last post by seventhdevil on November 17, 2017, 03:58:43 PM »
it goes with the territory stu...

i've only had a couple myself but the remind you when they go...

can you resin the blank and rescue it???
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Gallery / Re: Turned, Burned and Bound
« Last post by gwyntog on November 17, 2017, 03:42:44 PM »
I like this, Nick, and definitely wabi sabi. It appears to have some age to it, which is certainly meant to be a compliment.
Les
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General Discussion / Re: A gentle reminder!
« Last post by gwyntog on November 17, 2017, 03:40:51 PM »
Thanks for the reminder.....glad to hear that you escaped injury and a bit of a shae about the yew, but as you say, an excellent excuse for a nerve-settler.
Les
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General Discussion / A gentle reminder!
« Last post by Lazurus on November 17, 2017, 01:50:13 PM »
Well I had a list of Christmas requests as usual from friends and family so I thought I would make a start with an nice 18" platter for the mother in law, I had a nice looking 3" Yew blank which has been drying for a couple of years.
So I popped this on a face plate and bolted it to the VB36, started nice and slow and trimmed it to round.
I took my Aircap off had a cuppa admired the emerging grain patterns, then returned to the lathe, popped on my headgear and started to increase the speed of the lathe when BANG!!
The whole blank shattered leaving just the faceplate on the lathe, a large chunk hit the bed bar, bounced and took out a wall socket, window (even though covered in steel mesh) and put a large dent in the work shop vac. Other chunks shot around the workshop knocking things awry.
Now luckily I always stand to the side when upping the speed, and I have decent head and face protection, but, had one of the larger chinks hit (it was a heavy bit of yew)  I am sure I would at best had some decent bruising. I also have some heavy curtains to catch shavings around the lathe which caught many of the chunks before they hit expensive tools and accessories.
I gathered the bits together and found that hidden inside the blank was a long bark inclusion which hardly showed on the outside, this combined with the increased centrifugal force opened the blank in a very impressive manner.
Now in 20 plus years of turning, (touch wood!!) I have only has a couple of minor bumps and cuts, but this served as a timely reminder not to be complacent with safety gear (PPE) and safe practices in the workshop.
Oh and an excuse for a small nerve settler of single malt as I  finished for the day...........
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Gallery / Re: Turned, Burned and Bound
« Last post by fuzzyturns on November 17, 2017, 01:07:10 PM »
I like this. It's very wabi-sabi (perfection of the imperfection) or kintsugi (mending broken things).
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Gallery / Re: Turned, Burned and Bound
« Last post by Dave Wraight on November 17, 2017, 10:36:49 AM »
Looks good but would be interested to know how you finished off the wire?
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General Discussion / Re: myford maestro
« Last post by Ron Burn on November 17, 2017, 10:00:25 AM »
Many thanks I will try Ron
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