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General Discussion / Re: Resin
« Last post by Blake on October 21, 2021, 03:21:11 PM »
Hi Nial - I embarked on similar journey starting a couple of years ago after an impulse buy of a micro lathe at a car booty, sadly there are no Wood Turning Clubs in my neck of the woods (South Ayreshire) so I'm self taught from experimentation and hours of watching many many video's  - I'm sure there would be gasps and shudders from many on these forums if they saw my techniques and it's on my ever growing 'to do' list to get myself on a course to improve or in some case relearn those techniques!

Like yourself I was tempted by resin early doors and can share the following tips that I've found having experimented over the last 18 months:
There are 2 types of resin commonly used Epoxy & Polyurethane - as noted above Polyurethane smells but allows for deeper pours apparently - I've only used Expoxy so far which also has 2 varients - quick set & deep pour (a bit missleading as deep pour is typically about an 1")
Using epoxy it's critical to get the following 3 elements correct, failing to do so can see the epoxy either boil (thermic reaction) or fail to set:
- Mixing ratio must be accurate - some do by weight, other by volume
- Ambient temperature - to hot and the resin will likely set or boil before your ready, to cold and it doesn't fully set at all
- Mixing - failure to mix the component parts thorougly will result in the resin not setting properly
I'd also note that all resin suppliers are not equal so you may need to shop around to find one that works for you - I've been using Depoxy Germany lately with good results.

Turning resin is also 'easier' with Carbide Tools, it can be done with traditional but you'll probably find your cursing a lot of the time as large chips of resin fracture off and ping around your workshop!!

A vacuum pot can be used for extracting the air out of the mixed resin prior to pouring (or as noted above used to stabilise wood) but your likely to get air bubbles again when you pour the resin, a pressure pot is the ideal as it reduces the bubbles to a size you can't see; also to note you'll likley see air emerge from the wood your bonding to so it's good to seal the wood first - I've found Sanding Sealer works a treat but you could use PVA or even brush on resin and allow to dry first. Don't be tempted to leave the bark on either as this will come away from the underlying wood over time.

Pressure pots don't come cheap over here in the UK, you can buy a paint spray pot & convert yourself (plenty of how to video's on YouTube - seems spray pots are cheap as chip in the US from all the video's of conversion) or buy ready converted as I did from sprayequipment.co.uk - there's a few other sellers if you search the Interwebs for resin casting pots - your also going to need a compressor if you don't have one already. I've found with the expoxy I use currently I need to keep under pressure for at least 12 hours (preferably 24) but if your using a deep pour your likley looking at 72 hours - and keep in mind upsetting the neighbours by having a compressor running through the night.

Finally - you'll learn Zen like Patience from all the sanding you need to do to get a glass like finish, Wet & Dry upto 3000 grit works although I've started using some polishing compounds and buffing wheels which are speeding up the process hugely.

Hopefully the above won't put you off - trial & error goes a long way in the learning & satisfaction process (and in my case a tolerant wife who puts up with my "I just need this one more piece of equipment, honest it's the very last bit I'll ever need...."); if your interested you can see some of my creation attempts by searching for "Ignopti Craftworks" on YouTube.

Feel free to ping me with any other questions.
Blake

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For Sale / Wanted / Scheppach Tiger 2500 For Sale
« Last post by Paul Hannaby on October 19, 2021, 08:55:40 PM »
Sheppach Tiger 2500 Wetstone grinder.
10" stone wheel with plenty of life left
Leather honing wheel (with some honing paste)
Square edge jig for plane irons/chisels
Angle setting gauge

£100
Located in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

I might also have one or two Tormek jigs and gauges available to purchase separately
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General Discussion / Re: Resin
« Last post by BrianH on October 18, 2021, 05:45:22 PM »
Nill, you really need the kind of help only available face to face.
Everything..... BUT EVERYTHING.... you read here, in books or magazines but especially on tinternet is only one person's opinion. There are loads of such opinions which are generally accepted as correct but that doesn't make them into facts. Collect as many differing opinions as you can, try any that you feel happy with before forming your own collection of opinions.
Free wood really does fall off trees so keep your eyes peeled for neighbours cutting garden trees, in your local woods or verges or even floating in rivers. Try turning anything that isn't too rotten to hang together, starting at your lowest speed, and gradually build up experience. Don't concern yourself with what you are turning so long as you are practicing. Keep your eye on the shavings coming off the tool, they will tell you at least as much as the piece being turned. If you are producing dust you are doing something wrong. If you produce proper pretty shavings you are cutting nicely.
Last, but not least, find a willing mentor or pay for a few lessons...... or, better still.... do both and compare the opinions. If they differ that doesn't mean either is wrong.
Brian
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General Discussion / Re: Draper AWL40 combination chuck
« Last post by Bill21 on October 17, 2021, 10:55:19 AM »
Thanks for posting that. It looks like one of several chucks from years ago when some turners were trying to reinvent the wheel rather than adapt perfectly good existing products. I think most of them have ended up in the bin!  :)
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General Discussion / Re: Draper AWL40 combination chuck
« Last post by Stormin on October 16, 2021, 09:50:27 PM »
I now have a photo of the chuck parts
The chuck is more than 20 yrs old!

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For Sale / Wanted / Re: Vicmarc VL200 Lathe for sale. +++++SOLD+++++
« Last post by Paul.J on October 16, 2021, 08:06:04 PM »
NOW SOLD
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General Discussion / One year ago
« Last post by Wood spinner on October 15, 2021, 04:54:11 AM »
It was October 2020 that we lost Mark Baker , Sutch a tragic loss  :( at a early age.
I do hope his wife and children are OK,
I still miss his editors 1st page in Woodturning Mag , Nice guy all round , I met Mark at several woodturning events and he allways had time for a chat.
Editor of Woodturning mag for over 20 years. A hard act to follow.
RIP Mark
 
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For Sale / Wanted / Re: WANTED: Large capacity lathe.
« Last post by Philip Davis on October 14, 2021, 04:19:24 PM »
Posted a reply this morning, but don't see it.
I am considering selling my whole setup.
But I am in no hurry and given the lathe list price of £5,500, plus all the rest of the equipment, hope for an all in price of £5,000.
This is what we call a "Turnkey" system for someone setting up and prepared to invest.
Take it home plug it all in and off you go.

List of Workshop Equipment
Zebrano Lathe ZX1000 3hp, list price £5,500 with 3 faceplates, 6/12/14 inch Tool Rests, 4inch Chuck with
Dovetail Jaws type A&B and Engineering
24plus Turning Gouges and Scrapers
Hope Sanding System
8inch Bench Grinder&Axminster Sharpening System
Axminster Craft 1hp Dust Extractor
Wooden Work Bench 5'6”x 1'10” with Vice and Storage Shelf
Bench Mounted Band Saw 12”x 6” and Pillar Drill on 4'x 2'4” Bench
with Storage Shelf under
Wooden Hand Crafted Tool Chest 3'x 2'4”x 1' with separate fitted Draws
Containing Saw, Planes, Chisels, Squares, Hand Drills etc.
Metal Tool Box with various Tools
Separate Box with many Spanners including Adjustable
Wooden Tool Box containing various Metal Working Tools
Files, Shears, Scriber, Centre Punch etc.
Orbital Sander, Jig Saw, Dremel type Rotary Tool, Mains and Cordless Drills
Heat Gun, Hot Melt Glue Gun etc.
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For Sale / Wanted / Workshop For Sale Re-posted with List
« Last post by Philip Davis on October 14, 2021, 04:06:16 PM »
Dear Colleagues, I am considering selling  my whole workshop. See list below.
It is a "Turnkey" operation, plug in and go. It would suit someone starting prepared to invest or someone expanding into teaching.

Given that the Zebrano ZX1000 3hp is listed at £5.5k, I am hoping for £5k for the whole. Not listed is the pile of seasoned native timbers I have collected, as well as other bits and piece

List of Workshop Equipment

Zebrano Lathe ZX1000 3hp, list price £5,500 with 3 faceplates, 6/12/14 inch Tool Rests, 4inch Chuck with
Dovetail Jaws type A&B and Engineering
24plus Turning Gouges and Scrapers
Hope Sanding System
8inch Axminster Bench Grinder&Axminster Sharpening System
Axminster Craft 1hp Dust Extractor
Wooden Work Bench 5'6”x 1'10” with Vice and Storage Shelf
Bench Mounted Band Saw 12”x 6” and Pillar Drill on 4'x 2'4” Bench
with Storage Shelf under
Wooden Hand Crafted Tool Chest 3'x 2'4”x 1' with separate fitted Draws
Containing Saw, Planes, Chisels, Squares, Hand Drills etc.
Metal Tool Box with various Tools
Separate Box with many Spanners including Adjustable
Wooden Tool Box containing various Metal Working Tools
Files, Shears, Scriber, Centre Punch etc.
Orbital Sander, Jig Saw, Dremel type Rotary Tool, Mains and Cordless Drills
Heat Gun, Hot Melt Glue Gun etc.
Large selection of collected native hardwoods
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For Sale / Wanted / Re: Workshop For Sale
« Last post by Bill21 on October 14, 2021, 02:31:44 PM »
The file is unreadable on my device. To ensure as many people as possible can read it, it would be far better to save and post it as a PDF file.  ;)
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