So is this the fastest way....?

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  1. John Torchick

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    Got tons of wood that my wife keeps asking when I'm going to make something with it. As of yesterday, I now have nine grandchildren- little girl born yesterday. I have a built-in clientele for tops.
    John, what is a push-up?
     
  2. robo hippy

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    Nick's gouge does look like a swept back variety. I can't really tell what the bevel angle is, but it does look more pointy than the more standard ones which are in the 60 degree range. My favorite is a 45/45, so 45 bevel, 45 sweep, platform sharpened. Stuart Batty likes a 40/40, which is too pointy for my taste, and as a combination tool, pretty good for detail work, but not as good for heavy roughing. You can experiment with your gouge to see what works best.

    With Nick's method, I wouldn't use the spur drive. If the blank fits in the chuck, then expand out and grab it by the square, turn the tenon on the tailstock end, then reverse. You don't have to insert and remove the spur drive.

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  3. Bill Boehme

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    At about 2:56 in the video, Nick says that it is ground more like a spindle gouge than a bowl gouge. I agree that experimenting around is the best way to see what works best for you. There isn't any such thing as a "best" grind although some obviously work better than others.

    Well, this is a Robert Sorby sponsored video and naturally you would want to feature as many of their products as you can. :D He could have done everything with a skew. :(
     
  4. odie

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    I was targeted by a bit of online advertising for these spinning tops....(I have no idea how they came up with the conclusion that I would be interested......possibly because of a reference to "lathe".)

    Anyway, as a general interest to this subject, I'm posting the following link:

    http://foreverspin.com/?gclid=COGD5O68yc4CFRSPfgodmqEPVQ
     
  5. Jamie Straw

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    Beatcha to it. This morning, I took a bowl gouge that I never use and started grinding away. I find I'm more willing to experiment with grinding since I got the CBN wheel.
     
  6. Jamie Straw

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    What, no chatter-work?!?:D:D
     
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  7. hockenbery

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    Jamie,
    Lots of things to try in this thread.
    In demos I use tools I am compfortable with.

    You turn bottle stoppers.
    Think of the top as weirdly shaped bottle stopper with the extra step of cutting it free when you are done.

    Consider using the tools you use for bottle stoppers. These are tools you are comfortable with.

    Using familiar tools lets me talk about how I am using the tools Instead of thinking about how I will use them in front of an audience.
    When I plan a demo, I eliminate as many variables as I can. If I have confidence in the tools, wood, chucks, sharpening method.... I'm starting the demo on a solid foundation.

    Have fun
     
  8. Jamie Straw

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    Hmmmm, I may have given the wrong impression with the title of this thread. I'm not looking to abruptly change how I turn tops, but I am intrigued by Monaco's efficient use of the skew. Gives me something to shoot for down the road.
     
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    I thought you were contemplating methods to use at the fair.
    Always good to learn and try new techniques.
     
  10. robo hippy

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    Many years ago, the first video I ever watched about woodturning was Richard Raffen.... Thought every one turned like that. Most of the time on spindles, when the skew is used for roughing, it is as a peeling cut. Not Richard.....

    robo hippy
     
  11. Jamie Straw

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    Nahhh, if I have to talk AND turn a top, better not throw anything new in the mix.:D Today was fun, I turned some hard (eastern) maple for the first time, much nicer result than our Big Leaf Maple. A turning buddy and I went to Edensaw in Port Townsend yesterday and bought EHM and some cherry. I also picked up a small block of cocobolo and a stick of blackwood.
     
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