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Thread: My take on the Eli Avisera Skew

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    My take on the Eli Avisera Skew

    We recently had Eli Avisera from Israel come to Tokyo for a two day demonstration. Eli showed us so much stuff, too much to take in really, so to try to remember some of it I've made a couple of videos.

    The first series is about his convex ground skew.....

    >> Eli Avisera Skew <<

    I hope it does not bore you too much.
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    Sweet! Looks like an awesome series of videos Stu!
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    Excellent job Stu, I've only had my lathe about 6 months, all the help I can get is very welcome!!
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    Thanks Stu....
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    Great work, Stu.

    I'm a bit confused about the proportions of the Eli Wax you mentioned (at 1:16 on Part 4). 60% mineral oil and 60% beeswax. I get all mixed up with metric percentages like that. What do you use for the other 18%?
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    Sorry, did I misspeak?

    More mineral oil than beeswax.

    To make it, I weigh the two items, I put the mineral oil in a glass jar, weigh it, then add 40% more in beeswax, then I put the glass jar in a pot that has water in it, and put this on my hotplate, warming the water up, heating the oil, melting the wax. When all melted, I think mix it a bit more and take it off the heat, when it cools, I just put the lid on the jar and it is ready to use. One small jam jar full and I did the whole back bench on my SawStop, two coats.

    Eli uses unused beeswax, before the bees have had at it, so his is very clear and does not affect the color of the wood, I use recycled beeswax, so it has a slight orange/amber tint to it.

    Eli uses this wax in a variety of ways, one is he puts it on the piece before he sands, and then sands, this cuts the dust from sanding to almost zero. It does not affect the finish is you use friction polish or the like.

    Cheers!
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    Stuart, thank you very much for sharing this. As a fairly new turner I learned something from this. Thanks for taking the time to post the videos for the rest of us to see.

    Tom

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    Tom, you are welcome, I'm glad you gleaned something of use from it
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    Stu,

    I just watched the series and you did a wonderful job! You are indeed a great teacher and you make it fun to watch. I can't wait for more!

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    Nice video's Stu I know I leaned something and I can us all the help I can get on the lathe

    Jay

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