OK I'm trying to do catch up here, busy as can be, local festival this weekend, among many other things, so situation normal
The next problem I was having is that the knives did NOT slide easily through the gates in the pin turret, they would stick, then they would move in a jerk and dig in deep stalling my lathe.
Here is how they looked.
That does not look very slippery, so I took my angle grinder with a #120 flap sander wheel and had a go, I liked it so much that I did #240, #320, #400 and #1000.....
Made them nice and shinny as well as reduced the thickness just a bit, they now slide very well in the gates.
I also polished the pins on the pin turret as well.
OK I now have knives that slide easily and the riser blocks to set the knives at the right level.
I own Mike Mahoney's DVD on this tool and I watched it again, great, the guy is so talented with this tool, he makes it look SO easy.
I also watched Dale Bonertz video, again, lots of great info, but I was still not having a good time with this....
Try as I might I was still making funnels
I sat down, very frustrated, I even started to price out the Oneway coring rig, or the Woodcut units.... I was really frustrated.
The more I thought about it, the more I could not get my head around how it was supposed to work....
I apologize up front if I sound a bit upset, I was, I could not get this tool to work, I have seen lots of videos showing how well it works, and well it was not working for me............
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward