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Stu and Lazy Larry

Stu and Lazy Larry

Stu and Lazy Larry

Caught up with Larry when he came down from Brisbane for both the Alternate Wood Show and the Melbourne Wood Show.  We got to see some of his work at the Melbourne Show – he does some stunning work which I took some photos of, and you can catch more of through his website.

Larry and his "Woven" Chopping Board

Larry and his "Woven" Chopping Board

Sample of his work

Sample of his work

And some more boards

And some more boards

He really puts in a great deal of attention to detail in the boards he makes, combining complementary and contrasting timbers in elaborate patterns.  He is it seems a fan, as I am, of Purpleheart as an accent timber.  He makes particular use of the capabilities of the Torque Workcentre in some of his creations, which was being demonstrated at the two shows.

Neighbours, Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

Saw “Harold” at the Carbatec stand over the weekend.

Ian Smith (played Harold Bishop)

Ian Smith (played Harold Bishop)

Bit surreal!

Some deals from Tormek

Starting November 1, Tormek Australia are giving away a Gränsfors Hand Axe with each T7 Sharpener sold.  Worth around $140, individually forged, these certainly look the part – I wonder if they will encourage a resurgence in the art of making rustic furniture?!

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They are also giving away a second XB-100 (horizontal base) with each BGM-100 sold.  The BGM-100 represents a shift in the thinking by Tormek, where in the past they only promoted the idea of slow-speed whetstone sharpeners, they are now recognising that there is a place for the high-speed grinders as well for initial tool shaping, and so that you can achieve the optimum shape of your tool before final sharpening on the slow-speed, you’d be best off being able to use the Tormek jigs on your high-speed grinder.  The XB-100 spare base means you will be able to set up both your grinder wheels with the ability to fit the support arm.  If you need to remove a lot of metal to create the initial shape of your tool, you might as well not waste any more of the expensive whetstone wheel than is necessary. Click here for a press release on the BGM-100

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I’m planning reviews of both the T7 and the BGM-100 in the near future, so hopefully will be able to show you just why they are so well regarded, and how the BGM-100 complements the slow-speed sharpener method.

15″ Cast Iron Thicknesser

As regulars of Stu’s Shed will have seen, I upgraded my thicknesser aways back (and have been very pleased with that decision ever since). I got the CTJ-681, but owners of the CTJ-680 also expressed how happy they were with their model.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I saw this in the entranceway of Carbatec (Melbourne) this morning: their floor model CTJ-680 going for $1095, down from $1449. Basically unused afaik, with a few shop marks on it (paint that has been a bit rubbed)

CTJ-680

CTJ-680

3HP motor, large columns, induction motor (which is a real pleasure after using brushed motor thicknessers that absolutely scream even before the timber starts being machined.  Brushed motors include the GMC, Ryobi, Triton etc)  15″ width, good blades, and if you ever have the inclination, it can be upgraded to a helical head.

Anyone tempted yet?

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