Well folks, been pretty busy lately so haven't been posting as much, still stop in but time is short. Parent's new home on our farm is getting rebuilt and enclosed, oldest daughter getting married Sept. 5th on our farm, wife has broken bones in her foot and we seem to be logging the miles going to doctors visits. So, on to my reason for posting. I pm'ed Vaughn and actually got "THE OFFICIAL OKEY DOKEY" to do this and he is participating. This is for turners only and actually, Vaughn will start this deal by being the first participant, I will be in as the last participant and I am looking for the FIRST FIVE TURNERS THAT SIGN UP. Here is the deal.
Pass around - - - Pendant Mandrel
This is an opportunity to actually use a tool you don't own. I own it and hope you all use it but don't abuse it/loose it. What is a pendant mandrel??
You can make earrings, pendants for watch fobs, necklaces, all kinds of things. You screw it onto your lathe, double stick tape a small piece of wood (dry wood, wet wood tends to "fly", I will send some tape along) and go at it. I didn't get any specific instructions with it, but what I have found is I can detail a very thin piece of wood on it with it being driven in the center position. Then by moving the center drive from the back to offset, you can really make a neat design. To continue that design around the circumference of the piece of wood taped on, remove the four screws, move it however many holes you want and rescrew it on and make the same cut. Then take the screws out and move the same number of holes and redo again. Repeating this procedure and cut will provide a complete design. It is interesting and I have played with it but all of my turning things are sitting right now as I am building feed bunks and working dawn til dark around the farm.
1. Upon the pendant mandrel getting to your home, you have five days to play with it. Upon the end of your five days, pass it on to the next participant in the list (I will try to have preposted labels in the box). If you don't foresee five days in your future either pass on this opportunity or when you get the box and your time doesn't allow it, send it on. Please don't hold it for "that day I get to the shop".
2. Write up your experiences and post some photos of the things you made using this pendant mandrel. That is all I ask of you using a new tool I haven't used much. I want to see different ideas/suggestions/etc from you to better utilize this when I do have the time this winter to turn.
First: Vaughn (he can help set the standard for writing a review and posting pictures)
Last: Me (I do want this back as I do plan on using it this winter!, by being last it ends up back at home).
FIRST FIVE TO SIGN UP in a post below.
1. Antonio Martinez
2. Chuck Thoits
3. Bruce Shiverdecker
4. Brent Dowell
No gimmick, no sales pitch, I don't make these, don't know the guy that made them, bought a couple last year, my students either love it or hate it. It will teach you to cut lightly! Honestly, I saw a version of this on another forum I visit, a guy sent around a tool for those that didn't own it to get a chance to hold/use/carry it for a week. Thought it an excellent idea. This is a tool I thought some might not have, might not buy without knowing its real opportunities. So, as soon as I hit the SUBMIT NEW THREAD button on this thread, THE FIRST FIVE will be given this opportunity.