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

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

  1. Mark Hepburn

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    Jeff,

    Great idea. I'm gonna get some of the non-embarrassing ones. Like the ones you have :)

    Mark
     
  2. john lucas

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    I'm thinking a set of waders for fishing and then just put your turning smock on over them. That should keep any and all shavings out. :)
     
  3. Bart Leetch

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    Their really cute too!!!!!! Do they work well for birthday cake & ice cream?

    I wear 8" high lace up boots that my jeans drop down over & don't have a problem with chips.
     
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  4. Bart Leetch

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    Sounds a bit fishy too. Ha Ha Ha... Not to mention quite hot...
     
  5. Mark Hepburn

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    For the OCD among us (think Monk):

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    Be honest, does this color clash with my Jet 1642? :D
     

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  6. Bill Boehme

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    I need to rethink hanging out with you guys. :rolleyes: Maybe if I get a paper sack with eye holes.
     
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    Make that a plain brown paper sack ... no chartreuse bags allowed.
     
  8. hockenbery

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    Jeff,
    Good idea. Those chip protectors are popular with some of the turners in our club.

    I wear shorts and sports sandals for most of my turning.
    They give good support for my feet and back.
    I have to remember not to catch a falling tool with my foot.

    The chips fall off walking to the house.

    When using the chainsaw I boot up.

    Have fun
     
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  9. Mark Hepburn

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    Bill,

    Here you go... unknowncomic.jpg
     
  10. Mark Hepburn

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    Not knowing when to quit, I point out that this is a well-known phenomenon to Saints fans....

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    Too bad that we no longer have a prehensile tail, just when it would come in handy. :rolleyes:
     
  13. Lou Kinsey

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    WAS not is:). at least not since Drew came along. (22 years I lived in Monroe, I remember these days very well, sadly)
     
  14. Mark Hepburn

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    You're right Lou. Times have changed indeed. I go to most of the home games and some of the away when I can, and it's nice to walk into a stadium knowing you have a better than even chance of winning. :)
     
  15. odie

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    One thing that has been helping me with getting those nice smooth transitional curves, is being able to see the profile as I turn. I showed this once before, but thought it is such a valuable jig that I'd show you again. This jig has a white background behind the turning. (made from white shelving) A simple white shelf board can also be placed on the bedways, but requires continual removal of shavings (as seen in the second photo)......the vertical one is better, but does require some effort to make it up. (It would be well worth your while, if you do!) The jig requires no tools to install, as it has a simple sized pine board that fits exactly between the bedways.....easy on, easy off. There is a piece of nylon rope on the back side that allows for hanging on the wall for storage.

    I'm aware of other ways of accomplishing the same thing, and invite those who have come up with your own methods, to take a photo and show us what you got!

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    Odie that is a great fixture.

    A white background and proper light improve our view of the turning profile.
    White walls, white lathes,me hire floors help too. a sheet of white paper does the job too if it stays in place.
    The white background is especially valuable in seeing the interrupted cut on natural edge pieces and shaping spheres
    Your jig is a nice way to have a white background.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Al
     
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    Hey, thanks Al.......

    Anything white will do, and if you've got a way to hold that white piece of paper in the right spot while you're turning.....that'll work! IMHO, having the visibility while in the act of turning, is a very big plus.....but, stopping what you're doing and using a white backer is helpful as well. I usually shine one of my two headstock lamps on the white.....makes it work even better! At one time, I heard of someone using an old fashioned roll-up white window blind.....thought that was a great idea, but forgot who told me that, so can't credit him.

    If I could go back in time, I'd certainly paint my walls white.....but I didn't know any better when I put this shop together......too much hassle to do it now! I do suspect a white background a bit closer than the wall would be a better solution, but I only speak theoretically about that.

    Later....... :D

    ooc
     
  18. Jeff Gilfor

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    Odie, that is a GREAT idea!

    I have my lathe stationed diagonally in the shop (my silly attempt to protect other things in the even of a blow-out or dismount), and doesn't have a wall behind it.

    At times, I have struggled to see the edge curves of items, and have taken to taping a piece of poster board to the table near my head stock. Yours is a simpler and more elegant solution.

    Thanks.

    Oh, and I did take advantage of the camo shoe bib sale at Rockler. The only reason for that, is that now no one laughs at my horsey and unicorn shoe bibs. I find essentially no difference is use or effectiveness between my home made $5 ones, and the much more expensive commercial type... except of course, as mentioned, the snickers are now only due to my turning prowess, and not my silly shoe covers.
     
  19. John Stegall

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    Thanks for the big dust pan idea

    I may be late to the party but I drove over to HD and picked that big boy up. Thanks again,
    John
     
  20. odie

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    You bet, John......

    I'll bet you are now finding out that big whopping dustpan makes short work out of big piles of lathe shavings!


    Since I'm posting....... In keeping with the co-theme of this thread, here is my original Standard 3450rpm 6" grinder that I originally purchased at Napa auto parts in the early 1980's. Here, it is shown wearing the Wolverine jig, and I'm guessing I originally bought that around 1990. I see this pic shows the SG Norton 80gt wheels.....I'm a believer in those wheels, because I still use them. Comment: Although an 8" slow speed grinder is better, the 6" 3450rpm grinder will do just as well.....it's all a matter of technique.

    Here also is a photo of my Delta 1825rpm 8" grinder just after I bought it, and after transferring the Wolverine jig over from the 6" grinder. I believe this photo is from 2007. (Yes, I did actually use a 6" 3450rpm grinder for sharpening lathe tools, for close to a quarter century! :(......it's one of those things I probably would still be using if I hadn't finally communicated with other turners!.....)

    Last photo is the Delta grinder as it is today.....September 2014. :cool:

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