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    Noob update

    Can't begin to describe the fun I'm having figuring out this spin stuff
    First thanks to you all for the comments/help on sharpening with a belt sander...
    I slapped together a jig for guidance, designed from the variety found on u-tube, sure helps steady these old hands{lol}



    Here's where I'm learning{albeit slowly} not sure if this will remain the set up, but it will do for now...




    Today I decided to lose the plastic handles on a Stanley plane and made some from some maple I had laying around. Here's a shot of the front handle, it's not much, but I'm happy as a noob can be...


    And as par for the course, I had more trouble centering the bolt hole than the turning, guess the trick is to drill before spinning oh yeah, and add jointing before gluing up...glue lines. Grrr....


    Anyways....just a little update on my journey

    Signed: free floating in the vortex, "look at all the purty colors"
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    The vortex is pulling hard on this one, Obi-Wan.



    You're on your way, Ken. The plane know looks good for a first stab at it. And you're right...it's easier to center the piece on the hole than it is to center the hole on the piece.

    I'll offer advice another Ken (Fitzgerald) is known to give: Empty all the bills from your wallet, lay them out nice and neat on the table, and take a photo. That's probably the most spare money you'll have for quite a while, so you might as well get a snapshot to help remember what it looks like.
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    You must resist the vortex

    Pretty interesting sanding center. Never seen one like it before. Nice
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    Great start.
    BTW that 1" belt sander is sold under about 40 brand names.
    I have the Grizzly version. You can remove the platen by just loosening the screws that hold it in. Then the belt flexes to conform to the curve of chisles and/or whatever else you want to sharpen.
    Mine is the first tool I ever bought from Grizzly and that was some 20 years ago. It is surprisingly handy and a top 'go to' tool in my shop. Too handy maybe as I keep putting off investing in a really good disc sander.
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    Ken,
    One word of caution on sharpening tools on the belt sander... when you get the skew good and sharp, watch how you address the belt with it... I've cut about 3 or 4 perfectly good belts off the sander with my skew by lifting the handle a bit and dragging the edge across the belt... it's a shock when that belt come off and slaps you around the head and shoulders....
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    Looks like a great start. The black hole is deep and no getting out once started down. Have fun.
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    Ken thats a good start to the spinny stuff but keep it at that, now go use that plane with the new tote and knob. Stay away from that swirling water. Lathes have their use as you have just found out. But getting caught in the vortex is a dangerous affair. Look at the numbers here that have gone over the edge.
    cheers

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    Thanks guys, and for the platen tip Frank, never occurred to me to remove it.
    and...just a tad to late Chuck with your tip, slashed my first belt on the first attempt

    ...and to those words of warning{lol} swimming against the current is tougher than it looks...I may regret throwing in the life preservers when I sold my boat


    Edit: btw, that sander is a 'Reliant' made in Taiwan...works well for the price and my level of use!
    Last edited by Ken Cook; 03-06-2011 at 07:03 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
    Can't begin to describe the fun I'm having figuring out this spin stuff

    [...]

    Today I decided to lose the plastic handles on a Stanley plane and made some from some maple I had laying around. [...] I'm happy as a noob can be...

    [...]

    I had more trouble centering the bolt hole than the turning, guess the trick is to drill before spinning
    That looks like a fine "spinny corner".

    Nice job on the little jig to help with sharpening, too.

    I can still remember the sense of wonder, the first few times I was able to
    "spin" a chunk of wood and make something useful out of it.

    Once you get a chuck (or figure out glue blocks) and a Jacob's chuck for the tailstock, you can do the drilling right on the lathe, and part off the finished piece.

    More good times to come!

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    I'm glad you're having fun, Ken, and it's great fun to watch too.
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