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    Nova 1624 bearings

    I followed instructions. I may have ended up with either a defective or fake. Reordered NTN from grainger. Fingers crossed
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    Nova 1624 bearings

    Thank you. I reached out to nova for the correct part before I ordered, so that rules out the part issue
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    Nova 1624 bearings

    Hi. I changed the headstock bearings on my nova lathe. The bearings are the correct size and the lathe runs true and smooth now. The issue I am having is that the bearings got so hot that the chuck was too hot to touch. The bearings don't spin much when spun by hand. I cleaned the bearings a...
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    2021 Raffle Prizes - Master List

    Thank you for putting this together. Nice prizes
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    Anyone with experience stabilizing wood?

    Oh yeah. The vaccuum chamber can also used for degassing slow curing resin for bubble free results
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    Anyone with experience stabilizing wood?

    Chris. I stabilized wood all the time for woodturning. 1. You need a thick wall pot, but I've built a vacuum chamber from pvc pipe because the pot I have is too short. A smooth rim is necessary for the lid to seal tight. 2. You need a vacuum. Not a pressure pot. Those are all over Amazon and...
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    Brite tone instrument finish

    I have a mix of beeswax and mineral oil and another with beeswax + caranauba +mineral oil....mostly my go to What does the acetone achieve with the poly?
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    Brite tone instrument finish

    Hi. I saw a few youtube videos with woodworkers finishing guitars with Brite tone high solid poly. Has anyone used it for woodturned items? I would mostly use it for duck/deer calls. How durable is it? I currently use a bee/caranauba or spar urethane but always looking for "better" finishes...
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    Late Christmas gift. Better late than never

    First finished project of the year made for a friend restoring an austen healy. Used a hood ornament and recessed it with resin. Added some designs to the inside of the lid (robert sorby tool) Red cedar finished with bees and caranauba wax.
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    Optimum height of lathe?

    I just set up my "new to me lathe". Had to build a riser as I am vertically challenged. I am set up with elbow bent at 90 degrees when holding the tool. It is most comfortable for me. Turned for 5 hours today without back or shoulder fatigue.
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    Wood rings - finish

    Both processes. I wanted to make a couple for my etsy shop. The ones I have made for my daughter were finished with bees wax, but looking to get the "best" finish for customers
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    Wood rings - finish

    Quick question for those who make and sell rings. CA finish or bees/caranauba/oil mixture. I use a CA finish on pen, but they always look "plastic-y". I would prefer a natural wood finish, but I am concerned about durability. Thank you.
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    Nova 1624. Opinion

    Just brought it home... now to reconfigure the garage. Thanks all
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    Nova 1624. Opinion

    Thank you Sam. I just found it this AM re: 1.25x8 while reading some specs. Will be grabbing a couple of adapters. My current midi requires belt changes, so not optimal,workable for now. Was planning on building a small cabinet underneath it for tools and blanks. Maybe I will build it and...
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    Nova 1624. Opinion

    Thank you. Yes I am aware this is a full size with an extension. I was initially looking for a midi for price and space reasons... but for this price, I will make room for a full size lathe. Going to see it tomorrow. Fingers crossed for not surprises.
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    Nova 1624. Opinion

    I am in monroe, nc.. close to the sc border
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    Nova 1624. Opinion

    Thank you all. This is the plan at this point with the bed extension I reached out to the seller. Fingers crossed
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    Nova 1624. Opinion

    Thank you James. My only concern is room in my _already crammed _ half of a garage.
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    Nova 1624. Opinion

    Ken. Do we have a discount code with kilingspore for the group? Just curious before I look on the web for general info. Thanks
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    Nova 1624. Opinion

    Good morning. I am in the market for a midi lathe, and I am looking at the laguna revo 12, but came across the below nova 1624_42 II with extension bed. This is way more lathe than I need, but it is a good value. it seems laguna makes better machine, but what is your experience with the nova...

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