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General Discussion / Re: Charwood W870
« Last post by Twisted Trees on May 22, 2020, 08:48:01 AM »
Just out of interest but do you have a source of supply for large bowl blanks? Many places don’t sell what I would consider large blanks and when they do they are very expensive!
Yes, talk to your local tree surgeons! I have had some fabulous free wood as large as you want. You will need a chainsaw (I use an electric one with a 45cm guidebar) for initial processing but well worth it.
Tim

Sorry Nikos1977, slight hijack going on... YES the CL4 will do what you want much better than the Charnwood, and as Ian said his has been working quite hard for 10 years, they are obviously a good candidate for second hand reliability as well.

Back to the Hijack, I also traded my petrol chainsaw for electric to stop annoying the neighbours, I use the Oregon one from Screwfix same 45cm guide bar as Ian's not quite as efficient as the petrol one, but close enough given that I can run it at least 3 times as long without being the scourge of the neighbourhood. The problem is once cut you have to season it and that takes space so be a bit selective in what you keep so 4 years later you are happy that you gave it that space. You can speed up the drying by rough cutting the bowl to about 1" thick.
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General Discussion / Re: Charwood W870
« Last post by Tim Pettigrew on May 22, 2020, 07:57:36 AM »
Just out of interest but do you have a source of supply for large bowl blanks? Many places don’t sell what I would consider large blanks and when they do they are very expensive!
Yes, talk to your local tree surgeons! I have had some fabulous free wood as large as you want. You will need a chainsaw (I use an electric one with a 45cm guidebar) for initial processing but well worth it.
Tim
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General Discussion / Re: Charwood W870
« Last post by iantivenan on May 22, 2020, 05:26:10 AM »
Hi, I am new to the forum and relatively new to Woodturning. I want to buy a new lathe and wanted to know if anyone would recommend the Charwood W870?
I've had a CL4 for about 10yrs now, use it 3 or 4 days a week for about 6hrs a day, and never had a problem, if I had to replace it I would get another CL4.
Thanks Ian.
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Tool tips & reviews / Re: Tormek-T-4-and TNT-808
« Last post by Twisted Trees on May 22, 2020, 01:23:42 AM »
when something is done right why do it again!

Well actually Tormek did. There are currently two versions of their gouge jig available, the SVD 185 and SVD 186.

Sorby are on Mk3, having licensed Mk1 from Tormek but the principles are the same as the original, I don't actually know who did the design, but they were good!
 
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General Discussion / Re: Charwood W870
« Last post by Twisted Trees on May 22, 2020, 01:21:27 AM »
Problem is when a tree over 12" comes down you have to get in there, IF they go to a saw mill then they want the central wide boards to sell quick so aim at 50mm planks that can be put through a kiln quarter sawn you would be looking at a tree that is 3' or 4' diameter to get that size board. So yup quite rare and expensive. Which is why I make my own, though it takes a long time and more space than I really have. The thing is you also end up with blooming great big bowls that won't fit in modern houses that don't have room for a sideboard, which also take a lot of storage space until you can find someone with a space big enough to want to buy it from you.... but damn it is fun being knee deep in shavings! 
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Tool tips & reviews / Re: Tormek-T-4-and TNT-808
« Last post by Bill21 on May 21, 2020, 11:42:17 PM »
when something is done right why do it again!

Well actually Tormek did. There are currently two versions of their gouge jig available, the SVD 185 and SVD 186.
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General Discussion / Re: Charwood W870
« Last post by Bill21 on May 21, 2020, 11:37:10 PM »
Anything over 12” dia and 3-4” thick. I only know of one place that had blanks up to about 18 or 20 inches and they weren’t cheap.
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Tool tips & reviews / Re: Tormek-T-4-and TNT-808
« Last post by David Holden on May 21, 2020, 11:33:16 PM »
Yeah, it's only woodturning tools I need sharpening and profiling really. I have axes but I quite like sharpening them with a puck, today I spent the afternoon sat in the sun sharpening one of them. I'll keep the Axminster grinder as well, I won't get rid of it.
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Tool tips & reviews / Re: Tormek-T-4-and TNT-808
« Last post by Twisted Trees on May 21, 2020, 10:52:11 PM »
I think it’s rather ironic that both the Sorby ProEdge and the Axminster Ultimate Edge both use the Tormek gouge jig. I actually use a Record Power belt and disc sander to sharpen my tools and also use a Tormek jig bought from Robert Sorby!  ;D

It is a clamp and swivel kind of job :-) when something is done right why do it again! I rate the Tormek highest of the sharpening systems as it sharpens more things well, and gets my tools sharper than the ProEdge ever will, but they are hand tool sharp and the edge doesn't last long at 1000rpm, then they are equal.

Proedge sharpens less things well, it just happens that the subset it does well is woodturning tools which is what I use. and apart from when reprofiling which is new tools and "damn who put that nail in there" times! I only ever use the diamond belt. and as I use the 40/40 grind a lot at the moment I don't use any jigs just put it on the table and bring back the edge.
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General Discussion / Re: Charwood W870
« Last post by Twisted Trees on May 21, 2020, 10:43:53 PM »
Just out of interest but do you have a source of supply for large bowl blanks? Many places don’t sell what I would consider large blanks and when they do they are very expensive!

Of course they are expensive, wood doesn't grow on trees ya know.... ;D

What do you call large?
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