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How heavy a piece of wood can my lathe handle?

That was fast. I broke down and called Jet tech support. The information was not in any of their product information and the support person needed to ask Development. I mentioned that the piece I ...
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Turning chisel handle templates?

A quick search for lathe turning tool handles presents a number of links but no real results for templates. Making a template is rather straightforward. Create a profile of the handle shape you wish. ...
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Recommended tools for a lathe

While for a some turning work you probably could get away using some chisels as I have seen it done but I highly recommend you invest in a semi-decent set of tools just to get yourself started out (...
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Large hole filler products, what is available

I would use filled epoxy for this, it's probably the best thing going as it's very tough, bonds very firmly to the wood and can be extremely cheap. Possibly best of all you make as much as you need ...
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Use of carpet tape for turning a bowl

I have read you can use something called "turners tape" to hold the bottom of a bowl to a face plate. In this video, Mike Peace demonstrates using turner's tape for holding small items. He ...
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Can I use sculptor chisels with a lathe?

The following may read like I am trying to talk you out of the idea but I'm not, just hoping to help you go into it with realistic expectations. Can I use sculptor chisels with a lathe? Yes, ...
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How can I determine when a linseed oil finish has cured?

am I making a mistake here by not waiting for the linseed oil to cure before sealing it in with carnauba wax? I don't think so, no. A seemingly logical worry here is that the carnauba will seal the ...
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Most durable foodsafe finish to highlight chatoyancy

I have been using carnauba wax to finish my turning projects recently. It's pretty durable and is food-safe right away. I've been turning bowls from maple butcher block, it shows off the chatoyancy ...
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Morse taper #2 to #1 converter

The thing you're looking for is called an extension socket. If you search for "Morse Taper Extension Socket MT1 to MT2" on Amazon you'll see several examples. However, the best deal I found was from ...
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Morse taper #2 to #1 converter

The #1MT is smaller than the #2MT, so essentially such a setup would be less safe than investing in the better equipment (a #2MT lathe). The "animal" would basically be a #1MT on one end, and a #2MT ...
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Most durable foodsafe finish to highlight chatoyancy

As covered in a number of previous Answers, example, all finishes can likely be considered food-safe once fully cured as there's no evidence to the contrary. The best finish hands down, for ...
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How are these toolmarks happening, and how to prevent / get rid of them?

As some people already pointed out, the carbide tool is not as sharp as a HSS bowl gouge can be. The scratches on the outside can only prevent by a shearing cut with a very sharp tool because the ...
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Carving a wood bowl or cut without a lathe

Depending on how deep the cup/bowl will be you may be able to carve it out with a large gouge, hook knife, or scorp. I would also look into power carving options, such as a burr on a Foredom-style ...
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Is this table saw lathe jig safe?

Well, aside from the addition of the cordless drill to turn the stock, how is this different from cutting cove with a tablesaw? That's a time honored technique where the stock is pushed on a vector ...
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What are recommended angles for different wood-turning tools

Don't obsess about the angle, work at sharpening what you have at the moment to a consistent grind and has no multiple facets. Consistency is the key and the wolverine type jigs are great for that. ...
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Why are metal lathes not used for woodturning?

I use (with permission) my husbands metal lathe to turn my projects. We just created a tool rest and mounted it. It has adjustable speed. Works fine. Was easier on the hip pocket than buying a wood ...
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Why are metal lathes not used for woodturning?

Brendan Stemp an Australian Woodturner uses Metal work Lathe to produce recorders due to the accuracy needed, from my understanding he uses a fairly dense or hardwood for these. His Youtube Channel ...
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What kind of wood blanks should a beginner use for bowl turning?

I have used a wide range of wood for bowl, the biggest recommendation is turn a lot, and if you start with firewood you are not afraid of ending up with firewood. I have used everything from: ...
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Recommended tools for a lathe

You can use chisels and other tools that were not specifically made for turning but you shouldn't expect their edges to hold up for very long. Even with commercial turning tools made from steel ...
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How can I control the "reddening" of Red Alder as it dries?

Streaming the alder for 15 minutes in a vegetable steamer prevented any reddening. I think I'd also get a different color if i used more aged wood. Thanks for the suggestion @encnerwal! Update: ...
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Recommended tools for a lathe

Not listed in mvr007's answer is the bowl gouge. Historically I have used a large bowl gouge (e.g. Ellsworth 1/2" Bowl Gouge) for 90% of my work turning, only shying away to another tool for some ...
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What's this substance that was found fully-enclosed in a eucalyptus blank?

Looks like sap/resin that trees produce when they are damaged (e.g. by grown-in branches). It indeed hardens over time and can be trapped within the growing tree.
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How to cut chevron detail on mjolnir handle

According to the diagram you have: Metal ridge - in another section of the "blueprint" this is labeled as "unbreakable leather". You could go with a ridge in the wood or just ...
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What size jaws?

There should be a solution here which won't require purchasing another chuck, based on common practices in lathe work. The first thing I thought of, as mentioned in the Comments, was just packing out ...
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How can I determine when a linseed oil finish has cured?

As far as I know linseed oil does not "cure" at all. As with most oil finishes, it serves to enhance the look, resist some staining, and protect the wood from drying out. However almost all oil ...
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Morse taper #2 to #1 converter

Penn State Industries and other suppliers of pen turning may have what you are looking for. I have a #1 pen mandrel some where in my shop ordered by mistake. A decent mini lathe can be had for under $...
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How to use this type of chuck without grooves/teeth?

It is hard to tell from the picture if the jaws have any angle to them to support being attached to a dovetail spigot or not (see Getting a Grip on Four-Jaw Lathe Chucks); and event the description on ...
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How to use this type of chuck without grooves/teeth?

Each jaw has 4 teeth - 3 stepped ones on the inside and one large one on the outside. Still, it's more of a metalworking chuck that can be used for limited woodworking tasks than a dedicated ...
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What finish can I apply to mixed end-grain/cross-grain bowl that's sanded to 7000?

I hate to say this given all the trouble you've gone to already but it's rarely a good call to sand wood up to ultra-fine grits*. If you're looking to get a gloss on wood you can get it much more ...
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