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Old 01-17-2018, 06:27 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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TT,I guess that is why the are asked to demonstrate and I'm not asked. I have a piece of cherry that I'm working on. Cut it on the BS so I don't have to turn down a lot. Now I have a sort-of square piece of wood.........then sharpen the roughing gouge and go to it!
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:22 PM   #22 (permalink)
 
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I started using my band saw to trim corners on blanks. Before too long, switched to my disk sander. It takes less than a minute, and saves 5 minutes on the lathe. Works for me.
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Here is one to look at for ideas. Octagonal Stock Jig for Table Saw - HomemadeTools.net
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I also believe the initial rounding of the blank puts a disproportionate amount of wear on the lathe, especially the bearings.
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The reason I round corners is so that the chips don't fly all over. It takes time to clean up the chips. I like a neat shop.
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Old 01-31-2018, 10:04 AM   #26 (permalink)
 
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I made the mistake of letting my wife play with the pen designer in Penn State’ website. Now I have a Pennstone blank to work with. Can anyone say “specialized drill bit set”? 🤪 So I’ve been contemplating cutting the corners off just to reduce the schrapnel in the shop when I get around to turning it.


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Old 02-05-2018, 12:22 PM   #27 (permalink)
 
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So I did the pen with the Penn Stone blank yesterday and trimmed the corners. Worked pretty slick. Definitely easier, especially with a blank you have to go so slowly with.


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