Category Archives: Tools Misc

Good Quality Plywood

Good Quality Plywood

Finding good quality plywood at a reasonable price is not impossible. But, you do have to look around and be selective. I use 3/4″ “Radiata Pine” plywood in the Northeastern USA. Continue reading Good Quality Plywood

Magnets Capture Metal Grinding Dust

Photo: Quick Tip: Super Magnets Capture Metal Grinding Dust (grinder_magnet_00)

I have STRONG Super Magnets (Rare Earth Magnets) attached to the wheel guards on my grinder. The magnets capture the powdery metal grinding dust that is created when I grind my turning tools. See red arrow in above photos. Continue reading Magnets Capture Metal Grinding Dust

Silky Landscape Saw

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I often finish the bottoms on my bowls and hollow forms by parting down to a 1″ tenon and then sawing thru the tenon with the LATHE STOPPED! See photo above.

I recommend using a saw designed to cut wet green wood. A saw with big teeth. With lots of “set” in the teeth.

Beware! The lathe MUST BE STOPPED! Do not use anything with teeth with the lathe running! Do not use anything with out tool rest support!
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Center Drill Set

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Twist drills bits may tend to wander when started in metals or hard woods. Thus, I use a “Center Drill” to create a starting hole for twist drills when I want to drill a precise hole.
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Morse Taper Drills on Ebay

Photo: Morse Taper Drills on Ebay 1
I like to use Morse Taper drills in the tailstock of my lathe to drill holes.

Photo: Morse Taper Drills on Ebay 2Updated: 4/18/2021. The selection of Morse Taper drills on Ebay has sort of dried up.

Reasonably priced imported MT drills are sold by Victor Machinery (

You should also check out my “Cheap Big Drills” bog entry.

Ebay is a good place to purchase large Morse Taper drills cheap.
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Cheap Big Drills

Photo: Cheap Big Drills 1I recently purchased a set of “S&D Drills, 9/16″ to 1″ by 16ths” (8 drills) for only $30 from Victory Machinery in Brooklyn NY.I live in NY so I had to pay NY sale tax and shipping. The shipping charge was very reasonable.

8 drills for $30 is a good deal. item number SD-08 Continue reading Cheap Big Drills