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Mark Baker

Mark Baker

Exciting times

25 June 2018

Anyone that knows me or reads the magazines I edit know that I have an interesting juggling act which results in a hectic but oh so interesting life. I do wonder how I would feel if my life were not so hectic. Would I miss the hubbub or would I find that place of quiet that I seek and find in other  ...

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  • Border Woodturners

    By D Gordon

    Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:37 AM

    Hello all,   Border Woodturners now have their web- site fully back up and running (with photos), and details of our most recent demo by   S...

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  • Carving mallet

    By Walter Hall

    Friday, July 20, 2018 - 8:40 AM

    On the other hand it can be a good idea to tap a Jacobs chuck into the tailstock with a dead blow mallet, helps reduce the risk of it coming out of the qui...

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  • Carving mallet

    By Ian Thorn

    Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 9:41 PM

    Hi Ron I made the post as a reminder to newer members that the practice was not a good idea I think most of us older one should know by now. I have bought ...

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  • Carving mallet

    By ron.d

    Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 8:01 PM

    I got that a bit wrongg the Les, I sometimes drive the drive centre on the bench as you say, not on the lathe, I have the same lathe for twenty years now a...

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  • Oak Vases & a bit of Cherry

    By CHJ

    Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:00 PM

    Spending most of my time just trying to clear a lot of oddments out of the blanks racks these days.Just the odd item in the mix strikes a cord when it come...

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  • Carving mallet

    By Ian Thorn

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 10:25 PM

    Ron I would never advise the driving in of drive centers on the lathe it should be done on the bench .Lathe bearing are not made for that treatment 'Ian

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  • Carving mallet

    By ron.d

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 8:36 PM

    PS I made around mallet from a bowling ball, not knowing hoow heavy they should be I used the whole ball! great for driving in a four prong drive cantre on the lathe!

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  • Carving mallet

    By ron.d

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 8:33 PM

    If I can remember from my long ago school days, I was told that a round mallet, as used by woodcarvers, stone masons and now Walter, they are round so that...

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