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  1. Handturnedbowls

    New cedar vase

    I dont make a habit of posting my work, and usually put some of the good ones in my gallery. But I am amazed at the colors that cedar produces in bowls. They look like they are on fire. I wish I had my original size of this photograph but I scaled it down to fit at my website. Dave O - I...
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    Ceramic Grinding wheel

    I recently got a set of 3 ceramic grinding stones. I didnt realize what I had until I looked up the number from Norton. Their signature color is purple. I have never found a wheel that cuts as good as this, with virtually no heat generation. Now I dress my tools using this wheel exclusively...
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    Bowl Finishing

    Re: Eastern Cedar Question Dave some people will probably think me excentric, but the process I use to finish my bowls is quite convoluted. I include finishing my work on the lathe, all the way to the final coats of poly if I use it. I sand thru at least 5 grits finishing with 320 or 400...
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    Spalted Red Oak available - cad

    I have a scanner in my den; I don’t listen to it for entertainment or even on a regular basis. It sits next to my wife's chair and she normally is monitoring it every evening. It distracts me when I try to listen to the TV. I can’t disseminate two streams of audio to my brain for some reason. I...
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    Laser pointer for Boring tool - cad

    I looked off and on for months to find an economical quality laser pointer or, sight to use with my vessel boring tool. I basically gave up a while back because all I found that was a decent price only came with a momentary switch. If you did find one with a on/off switch, it was rediculously...
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    Boring system in action

    As promised, I took photos of my boring tool in action. Instead of spending all afternoon uploading individual pics in a gallery, I assembled the photos in a pdf document with captions. Its in the download section, under shop fixtures and jigs. cad
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    New download - Boring system drawings

    I looked a long time to find what I deemed the perfect boring system. There are plenty out there, but none fit my bill. I have 23 yrs experience in tool and die, machining and engineering so I am quite picky on that aspect. I decided to design one that met my criteria: - Heavy enough to absorb...
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    First turned bowl part 2

    Re: First turned bowl There are rare cases when a person is exposed to it first hand it triggers the gene to life. My wife, bless her heart, was the first to notice. She asked me why I started wearing sweat shirts and loose clothing all the time. I told her it allowed curls and chips to fall...
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    Good use for an old forgotton appliance

    Some of my turned items just didnt lend themselves to be finished on the lathe for one reason or another. That meant I had to apply finish coats in a manual manner. This is VERY difficult, no matter how patient you are. I am fond of spray finishes because it is easier to apply it evenly, but...
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    Rev 2 of "How to cut logs for bowl Blanks"

    I have edited the tutorial "How to cut logs for bowl blanks" to include when you should stop cutting if you want a blank to make a natural edged bowl. The time stamp on this new rev is 1-26-06. cad
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    New tutorial 1-26-05 in download section

    I have been asked more than any other question about my bowls, how do I cut the log up to get my bowl blanks. For the benefit of anyone mildly interested or who genuinely want to start gathering their own turning material, I deposited a new visual tutorial on each step to get the most out of...
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    Tutorial available in download section

    At the behest of Cskipper (Cathy) and a few other members I was motivated to spend some time today making a tutorial on making lathe tools yourself. This tutorial is a pdf file. It covers obtaining tool steel, where to get it, how to shape it, harden it and anneal it, then mount it in a handle...
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    Hi from Cad

    Hi everyone! I am James "cad" Holland. I got that nickname from being a CAD designer/programmer for 23 yrs. That will end Feb 2006 though, and I have been putting some serious effort into my woodturning. I have loved woodworking since I was old enough to borrow my dad's saw and hammer. I made...

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