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tikigap
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Posted: 2006-06-02 5:20 pm   Permalink

Thanks Ben!

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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-06-08 6:42 pm   Permalink

bump

 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-07-09 06:31 am   Permalink

Bump it up Again

 
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JohnnyP
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Posted: 2006-07-10 05:57 am   Permalink

Hi
I have a couple questions.

One- Is there an advantage to using a carvers mallet? I've been using a rubber mallet.

Two- Does anybody have an issue when you turn off your Foredom SR and have it go all the way to reverse instead of off? It makes a racket and I am concerned it will eventually cause an issue if it happens too many times.

Thanks.

JP


 
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tikigap
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Posted: 2006-07-10 06:02 am   Permalink

Hi Johnny -

I use a (birch?) mallet - it's lighter than a rubber one, but I can't think of any other distinct advantage.

I read in my foredom documentation somewhere that it said to be sure the machine comes to a complete stop before switching directions. You should be able to gently switch it off without going into the opposite direction (that's got a 3 position switch, you know). It's probably a bad thing to not wait for it to stop all the way.
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2006-07-10 10:38 pm   Permalink

JP,

I think you would really dig a polyurethane carver's mallet. You can strike from any angle vs. the rubber mallet which can be pretty awkward. Also the rubber mallet can be pretty bouncy while the polyurethane mallet feels just right! - I've not tried the birch mallet (or any other wooden mallet for that matter), but I believe the polyurethane models have less impact transmission to the arm and are generally quieter. Try "Wood is Good", that's my brand and I have seen a lot of other carvers using them as well. I think there's a website link in here somewhere - just do a quick search. They come in 12 & 20 oz (or 30), but it is good to have both (30 is pretty heavy).

I've never thrown the Foredom SR into reverse while it was still spinning, but it can't be good. I'd just pull the plug instead if it's happening a lot. Keep in mind also that the speed control or reverse function isn't necessary or useful if you are using the recip carver handpiece. Just plug it in direct unless you are using spinning tools.

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JohnnyP
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Posted: 2006-07-11 12:16 pm   Permalink

The Foredom SR rocker switch that goes from forward/ stop/ reverse seems to allow the unit to switch directions way too easily. I have been using the speed control to stop the unit before I turn it off at the switch after I accidently reversed it a couple times, I was just wondering if other people were having the same issue.

AA. Thanks for the advice on the mallet.


 
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Paipo
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Posted: 2006-11-02 5:09 pm   Permalink

Cool thread - worthy of a bump for the woodcarving noobs like myself.

 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-11-03 03:33 am   Permalink

A word about carvers mallets. You can use a rock, a big stick, a rubber hammer type mallet or a wood carvers mallet and the newer design, the turned carvers mallet with a layer of urethane on the striking face which is more healthy and much quieter. it really does "Save" the joints from the impact damage. So basically use whatever you want, but to do it right use the turned , wooden mallet with the urethane sleeve on it.
Hope this helps
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Loki
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Posted: 2006-11-03 06:31 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-11-03 03:33, Benzart wrote:
So basically use whatever you want, but to do it right use the turned , wooden mallet with the urethane sleeve on it.
Hope this helps




I agree 100% with this statement. I own many mallets and i only use the urethane now and forever.


 
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GMAN
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Posted: 2006-11-16 04:24 am   Permalink

Bump for Adam

 
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uncrichie
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From: SE PA
Posted: 2006-11-16 2:21 pm   Permalink

Ben, if possible could you post a picture or a website reference to the turned wooden mallet with poly sleeve. I'm not familiar with them and would prefer to get the recommended ones as I'm just gathering carving tools. TIA, uncrichie.

 
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pdrake
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Posted: 2006-11-16 2:42 pm   Permalink

this one:

http://woodworker.com/cgi-bin/FULLPRES.exe?PARTNUM=915-856

it says "wood is goo" on the end.


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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2006-11-16 9:31 pm   Permalink

Lots cheaper HERE, direct from the source.

They come in 12, 18, 20 & 30 oz.



It's nice to have a couple of sizes. I used to use the 20 oz. exclusively, but it was getting a bit hard on the old elbow. If you're a He-man like Tiki Diablo, try the 30 oz!

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uncrichie
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Posted: 2006-11-17 3:56 pm   Permalink

Pdrake and AaronsAkua thanks for the information. My next question as you may have already guessed is what weight to get. I understand having several would be best but if you had to buy just one which weight would it be? TIA. Uncrichie

 
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