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    Thank you for letting me know this is a bud vase....

    Thank you for letting me know this is a bud vase. I made it simply to see if I could get it thin and translucent, but I had no idea what to call it.
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    My first report on the test pieces of Fern Pine /...

    My first report on the test pieces of Fern Pine / East African Yellowwood is that nothing has cracked, and the first two weeks of drying show very little warping, but the mold starts within a few...
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    Not Red Oak!!! The open cells go right through....

    Not Red Oak!!! The open cells go right through. You would have "lap coffee". White oak is good - closed cells.
  4. As a contrast - after making many smaller pieces...

    As a contrast - after making many smaller pieces this year, I read this post and stuck an uneven, wet piece of wood on my Delta Midi. 11" at the most extreme point. I had done some band-sawing, but...
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    Fern Pine / African Yellowwood chalice

    Made a quick chalice this morning from a piece of "Fern Pine" (not actually a pine) aka "East African Yellowwood". A friend brought the trunk pieces over after a neighbor cut the tree.


    This is...
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    Bronze Age - Not Copper

    This "copper chisels" thing is just silly. They were built during the Bronze Age. The Bronze Age could also be called the "Copper Alloy" age. Various other metals like tin and zinc were added,...
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    I have made a whole lot of mugs - solid and...

    I have made a whole lot of mugs - solid and staved - for Renaissance Faire friends. I would never recommend they put coffee in any of them whatsoever. For cold to warm liquids, they are fine. I use...
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    My sister the Egyptologist has a theory (for...

    My sister the Egyptologist has a theory (for humor's sake only) that they were made of poured limestone cement. Later they drew pictures of a multitude of slaves pulling the stones just to throw...
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    Birthday Card Treasure

    For my upcoming 60th birthday my staff made up this card with my photos cut and pasted into the driver's face. Just wanted to share the fun.
  10. For the cutting, I would attach a marking tool to...

    For the cutting, I would attach a marking tool to a block of wood, so that the mark would be made where I want to cut, sliding the wood on the floor so that the mark would be perfectly parallel to...
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    Flea Control

    OK, we have a flea problem. Here are the actions we have taken:

    Hartz Ultra Guard Pro Flea Drops
    Hot Shot Flea Fogger
    SentryPro Flea Shampoo
    Spectracide insecticide on lawn.
    Washing dog...
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    I tried the simple green. Normally yes, but the...

    I tried the simple green. Normally yes, but the baked-on yellow-cake on one side was like baked enamel or ceramic glaze. It had no effect but the Easy-Off did.

    I will look into Lestoil to see what...
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    Fer instance - you changed the way I initially...

    Fer instance - you changed the way I initially mount a bowl blank. No I use a 2-1/8" forstner to form the perfect size recess. And last night I wrapped plastic around my wet bowls and but them at...
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    Thank you Reed GrAy.

    Thank you Reed GrAy.
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    And as I clean the saw, I find that the lower...

    And as I clean the saw, I find that the lower guide bearings are binding. I don't know if this is part of the cause or a result of the heat. Whatever the case, 8 new guide bearings on the way. 4 run...
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    Thank you Reed Grey

    …for your YouTube videos. I am learning so much practical stuff.

    Thanks!
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    Bandsaw blade cleaning

    Bottom line - Easy Off Oven Cleaner is working.

    The story:
    I have some fresh new wet wood (East Africa Yellowwood or Fern Pine) to break down into turning blanks.
    I was using my favorite Lenox...
  18. That is wonderful! I promise, I will not...

    That is wonderful!

    I promise, I will not charge Disney for the free advertising.
  19. Hahahahaha!

    Hahahahaha!
  20. 3 Billion Miles Away - First Close-up Picture!

    3 Billion Miles Away - First Close-up Picture!
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    This one is an experiment with 4 laminations on...

    This one is an experiment with 4 laminations on one face.

    The last photo is to show the difference between a Wood Turners Finish and a shellac / blo / mineral spirits finish. The wood from the two...
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    Open air drying with Danish oil mix

    Repeated coats of BLO, Poly, and Mineral Spirits with no bagging.
    (Another test for drying)

    This was far too soaking wet to sand!
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    I cut some more blanks last night. One side of by...

    I cut some more blanks last night. One side of by bandsaw blade is coated with yellow. Time to see what can clean this residue!
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    Hey, thank you very much, Leo.

    Hey, thank you very much, Leo.
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    Fern Pine: Podocarpus gracilior

    This is a pretty common tree in San Diego, but I can't find any turnings online (and I may just be looking with the wrong words).

    Fern Pine is not a pine, but has leaves shaped like pine needles. ...
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