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Old 04-15-2018, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I found a cool easy to make blank jig on you tube. It is used for cutting the corners off the blank to save wear and tear and time when turning down the blank. it works great and cost less than $4 for the aluminum angle. here is a link to the video I used to build the jig.
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I've been wondering about an easy way to do this, without having to reset my band saw to 45* and then back to 0* every time. I've already got the angle, time to go scrounge and make some dust. Thanks!
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Maybe it's just me but I wouldn’t use that jig the way it is. I would not be comfortable having my fingers that close to the blade. But that is just me. There is also the possibility that the jig could move and run the blade into the angle iron (or your fingers).

You already have a tool that is made to knock corners off... your lathe. I watched the video and honestly I can knock off the corners much, much faster on my lathe then he did in the video. A sharp tool and turning up the lathe speed is all it takes.
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Maybe it's just me but I wouldn’t use that jig the way it is. I would not be comfortable having my fingers that close to the blade. But that is just me. There is also the possibility that the jig could move and run the blade into the angle iron (or your fingers).

You already have a tool that is made to knock corners off... your lathe. I watched the video and honestly I can knock off the corners much, much faster on my lathe then he did in the video. A sharp tool and turning up the lathe speed is all it takes.
A small clamp on the jig and a push stick. Viola.
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I have to agree with Jim. When I first started turning pens, I built a lot of jigs including an edge jig from plans here in the Library. I used it exactly twice and then went back to turning the corners off on the lathe.
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Maybe it's just me but I wouldn’t use that jig the way it is. I would not be comfortable having my fingers that close to the blade. But that is just me. There is also the possibility that the jig could move and run the blade into the angle iron (or your fingers).

You already have a tool that is made to knock corners off... your lathe. I watched the video and honestly I can knock off the corners much, much faster on my lathe then he did in the video. A sharp tool and turning up the lathe speed is all it takes.
A small clamp on the jig and a push stick. Viola.
No jig, no clamp, no push stick. Just my lathe and it will be done faster than you can say 'Viola'... OK, maybe a little longer...5 seconds.
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Maybe it's just me but I wouldn’t use that jig the way it is. I would not be comfortable having my fingers that close to the blade. But that is just me. There is also the possibility that the jig could move and run the blade into the angle iron (or your fingers).

You already have a tool that is made to knock corners off... your lathe. I watched the video and honestly I can knock off the corners much, much faster on my lathe then he did in the video. A sharp tool and turning up the lathe speed is all it takes.
A small clamp on the jig and a push stick. Viola.
No jig, no clamp, no push stick. Just my lathe and it will be done faster than you can say 'Viola'... OK, maybe a little longer...5 seconds.
That's great for you. Maybe you've never turned, say, a segmented pen with grain running both directions, and a big chunk of cross grain black palm? Try turning that down to round in "5 seconds" and let me know how it goes.
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I turned a piece of cross grain black palm down on the lathe and went... all over the shop. Lol.


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Maybe it's just me but I wouldn’t use that jig the way it is. I would not be comfortable having my fingers that close to the blade. But that is just me. There is also the possibility that the jig could move and run the blade into the angle iron (or your fingers).

You already have a tool that is made to knock corners off... your lathe. I watched the video and honestly I can knock off the corners much, much faster on my lathe then he did in the video. A sharp tool and turning up the lathe speed is all it takes.
A small clamp on the jig and a push stick. Viola.
No jig, no clamp, no push stick. Just my lathe and it will be done faster than you can say 'Viola'... OK, maybe a little longer...5 seconds.
That's great for you. Maybe you've never turned, say, a segmented pen with grain running both directions, and a big chunk of cross grain black palm? Try turning that down to round in "5 seconds" and let me know how it goes.
Sorry, That didn’t come across right. I didn’t mean to sound like a wise a$$. I apologize.

I’ve turned very little segmented. I have turned some black palm. I’ve also turned burl, mostly for bowls. I turn Pens, larger spindles and many bowls ranging from 3” to 15” blanks. I only use my bandsaw to knock corners off medium and large bowl blanks to get rid of large amounts of excess wood and get the bowl blanks better balanced. I’ve never used my bandsaw to knock corners off any spindle blank, large or small, regardless of the wood/material being turned.
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Thank you for the video good jig to make and have to use when needed


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