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Old 01-24-2018, 05:10 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Old 01-25-2018, 06:52 AM   #12 (permalink)
 
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Welcome from Texas, James.

You should have no problem finding lots of really nice local woods in Trinidad. I was there on a business trip a couple of years ago and managed to locate a small sawmill near Mayaro on the east side of your island. I aked the owner if he had any scrap wood and he showed me a small mountain of wood and asked me how much I wanted.

He let me select the boards I wanted & then he cut them to the lengths that would fit in my suitcase. I only had room for a few boards, but it is really nice wood and he didn't charge me anything for them. I gave him one of my pens & he was thrilled.
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Great pics and that pretty much how all our saw mills look, all very HSE and ISO compliant!! Were you visiting Galeota?

I'm intersted to hear what you did with the pieces? I'd like to turn local wood but I'm not sure if I have to stabilize it? I'm really not sure when you need to stabilize and when you don't. In other words should I be ordering a system at the same time as my lathe?
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Welcome from Texas, James.

You should have no problem finding lots of really nice local woods in Trinidad. I was there on a business trip a couple of years ago and managed to locate a small sawmill near Mayaro on the east side of your island. I aked the owner if he had any scrap wood and he showed me a small mountain of wood and asked me how much I wanted.

He let me select the boards I wanted & then he cut them to the lengths that would fit in my suitcase. I only had room for a few boards, but it is really nice wood and he didn't charge me anything for them. I gave him one of my pens & he was thrilled.
Hi Edgar

Great pics and that pretty much how all our saw mills look, all very HSE and ISO compliant!! Were you visiting Galeota?

I'm intersted to hear what you did with the pieces? I'd like to turn local wood but I'm not sure if I have to stabilize it? I'm really not sure when you need to stabilize and when you don't. In other words should I be ordering a system at the same time as my lathe?
Yes, our company has some equipment at the BP plant at Galeota. One of our technicians usually makes the trip whenever field service maintenance or installation is needed, but there is a minimum 1 year between trips requirement by Trinidad & Tobago, so he couldn't go back when that trip was needed. As a result, I got to make that trip - I really enjoyed my visit there.

I don't think you will need to stabilize anything you get directly from a sawmill. Usually you only need to stabilize soft, punky woods. I haven't done anything with the wood that I brought back yet as it was still pretty green. It's stacked up on my precious wood shelf air-drying. I might start cutting it up this summer.

The pieces that I got are about 2" thick, 2.5-3" wide and 26" long. I'll start with a few pen & stopper blanks but I'll probably leave most of it as large as possible for other things down the road.
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Old 02-07-2018, 06:36 PM   #17 (permalink)
 
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Thank you all.

Iím still here, hate to be the join and disappear new guy but work seems to be getting in the way, when youíre self employed that is a good thing!

Iím still trying to decide what to buy and have been searching the forum for reviews and thoughts.

Due to budgetary concerns I was considering a Penpal but I think itís a little too limiting, Iím still considering a Wen 3420 8Ē x 12Ē or a Shop Fox W1704, also 8x12 and looks very similar to the HF but is variable speed. So far I donít see my self wanting to work anything bigger than that in the near term. My concerns are MT1 and quality, especially as returning it wouldnít be an option. There are two Shop Fox dealers here (I used to work for one of them) who could supply, albeit for more than I could import one, but would offer warranty support.

I keep coming back to the Turn Crafter 10VS especially as part of a starter kit from Penn State. I usually go by ďbuy what you want (need) and buy it onceĒ but Iím trying to dip a toe or maybe a leg in the water. Any thoughts, advice, wisdom, metaphors or experiences youíd like to share would be very welcome.

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