Useful shop gadgets.....shop, and "evolving shop" photos......

Discussion in 'Tutorials and Tips' started by odie, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. odie

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    This is a follow up to post #276.......Here's the entire sanding set-up with the padded rests I'm using to brace my arms, and wrists. This has been a great help to positive sanding. The Padauk platter has just had the finish applied after it was sanded. (All the holes drilled into the one block is to lighten it up for easy use.....that thing was several pounds before I did that! :eek:)
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    In this photo, the raised sanding brace is installed. There are a couple of pads on top of the headstock, attached to magnets. This, so arms and wrists can be braced on both sides of the piece being sanded near the top.
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    It's also great to keep everything organized.......here is current sanding paper and discs in use:
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  2. Paul Lajoie

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    Oldie, you have got to be the most organized turner I've seen! Everything marked and labeled. Gadgets galore, I'm guessing your retired, how much time would you say you spend in your shop a week? Hope I get half that time when I retire!! This is without a doubt my favorite thread tons of great ideas and info. Just need to take some time and go thru them. I think I'm half way thru all the threads now. Anyway thanks for starting this thread and keep the ideas and gadgets coming!


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    Thanks, Paul.......staying organized is important to keeping the "flow" of work going smoothly. :D

    Yes, I'm retired, and woodturning has become my focus in life! It's not quite 40 hours per week in the shop.....probably closer to 30, my best guess.....but, who's counting! It's got my attention more hours than that, tho......! :eek:
     
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    Thank you for so many great ideas. As someone new to turning anything but a pen these fifteen pages have been a real learning experience.
     
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    I have discovered that firearm bore cleaning brushes work great for cleaning the crud build up within the flutes of gouges. I used to use larger "tooth brush" sized brass brushes that were just a little too big.....but, still work OK. The bore brushes are just a little bit better. Here are .22, 9mm, and .45 caliber brushes. This works for all my gouges.....
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    The bore brushes now hang with all the other stuff I use for my sharpening regimen.....:D
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    Great tip, Odie. I've used both a ceramic and CBN slipstone for the same thing, but then I have to clean them! On the plus side though, the flutes of my courser milled gouges (Thompson especially) tend to just get smoother and smoother, which seems to make for cleaner cut.
     
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  7. Tom Gall

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    Good idea, Odie. I have been using old toothbrushes but I think your brushes will probably work better. One added measure may help to work even better. I have a small nozzle squirt bottle filled with lacquer thinner, which I use to squirt a small amount in the flute and then use the brush. It seems to soften the crud and makes it easier to remove. Not sure if the lacquer thinner is the secret ingredient, or if any solvent or cleaner will also work. The bore cleaning brushes are probably stiffer than the old toothbrushes I'm using…..I'll have to look for some of those. :)
     
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