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  • #16
    Originally posted by dogcatcher View Post
    While on safety issues, do NOT wear cotton gloves, Also pick up a cheap leather welders apron from Harbor Freight, the bit will eat leather, while it will want to wrap woven material around the bit.
    Thank you! That is a very good tip.

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    • #17
      Many thanks to everyone who has replied - it has given me much to consider. I will be doing small dine work to start so as not to waste too much wood and to get a handle on how to do it and then work up from there. I really appreciate the info given.

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      • #18
        Boshy, don't worry about wasting wood unless you live in the Tundra.
        I, for one, have ruined dozens of carvings. Beyond all hope.
        I have a few over the years that I really like. Mighty few.

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        • #19
          My carving apron (have another in the big shop) has 6 pockets and is thick side of leather. Lots of pockets for knives, tools, chips and dust. Have a vac cleaner near by with a hose. I do have to get leather gloves, I have them, but not in my carving area. I have a metal & wood shop. Two lathes, two band saws, surface grinders and CNC plasma table. Then the smaller stuff. I'm trying to sell off some of the metal to clear more room for wood. I'll keep my metal lathe and mill for some time more. They are handy in making tools.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Robson Valley View Post
            Boshy, don't worry about wasting wood unless you live in the Tundra.
            I, for one, have ruined dozens of carvings. Beyond all hope.
            I have a few over the years that I really like. Mighty few.
            Planning to practice on driftwood and scrap pieces first. When I get my eye in I may even try something large for garden using the chainsaw.

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            • #21
              Sounds
              like you have a good setup Lionslair.

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              • #22
                Yes indeed. A bit much sometimes. I designed my own 3 phase system using my 220 single phase and running a rotary, then to contactors and instruments. The output is fed through contactors to six transformers. Three making a 3-phase high voltage stepup and the other 3 are boosting each phase a 12v higher. Frequency meter and voltage. That is for my two surface grinders that are used once a year. I was using them weekly but that work I'm getting out. This is a hobby of mine, I'm into Electronic design and big machine configuration. My designs were testing some of the Intel line and a number of other companies. Retired into shop building. I am handy with a chain saw as well. :-) Cutting up firewood on this 6 acres of oak and other wood. I have a few pine and many versions of oak. Have other tree types and other big weeds. I make tools for my lathe and a few for the mill. Dad and I bought the lathe in 52. It is a beauty.

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                • #23
                  While stealing ideas from the Australian woodworking site I came across this tutorial on Dremels/rotary tools. I thought it was interesting and some might enjoy the info.
                  http://jmbh.org/DremelTute.html#Introduction

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                  • #24
                    Anybody and everybody even contemplating buying a rotary tool needs to study that tutorial.
                    Ought to be free-bee handouts in the hardware stores, too.
                    I bought a Dremel clone with 359 unlabelled stones and wheels. I recognize cut-off wheels and that';s about it!

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                    • #25
                      Thanks you sir. this is what makes the site so great, not only the carving but the wisdom that gets passed around. Printed the article of for future referencing
                      . . .JoeB

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                      • #26
                        I converted the tutorial to a pdf so that I could have a permanent link on my computer.

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                        • #27
                          An off the shelf rotary tool is a good way to get introduced to wood carving. The secret of the tool is in the burrs. Get a good assortment of coarse burrs (Typhoons) and then a variety of medium and fine burrs, (carbide burrs, ruby and diamond burrs) Yes, they are expensive, but will make a world of difference from what you get with the rotary tool.

                          Bob
                          Before they slip me over the standing part of the fore sheet, let them pipe: "Up Spirits" one more time.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by dogcatcher View Post
                            While stealing ideas from the Australian woodworking site I came across this tutorial on Dremels/rotary tools. I thought it was interesting and some might enjoy the info.
                            http://jmbh.org/DremelTute.html#Introduction
                            Thank you Dogcatcher. I will definitely be watching this tutorial tonight.

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                            • #29
                              Nope. Won't be watching it. Just opened the link and see it is text.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by dogcatcher View Post
                                While stealing ideas from the Australian woodworking site I came across this tutorial on Dremels/rotary tools. I thought it was interesting and some might enjoy the info.
                                http://jmbh.org/DremelTute.html#Introduction
                                Awesome find. Thank you

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