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Member Since 10 Nov 2012
Offline Last Active Oct 02 2015 09:19 AM

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In Topic: Potters And Pets

02 October 2015 - 09:17 AM

I was a dog man for 30 years, but I'm strictly a cat man now.

We adopted Buster from the SPCA just a little more than 2 years ago and he couldn't be a more delightful companion. With a face like his who could resist?Attached File  I'm BUSTER Sm.jpg   152.78KB   0 downloadsAttached File  Laughing cat Sm.jpg   112.61KB   0 downloads

In Topic: Estrin Potters Wheel

06 September 2015 - 05:06 PM

I have an Estrin pottery wheel with a large steel fly wheel driven by a rubber drive disc attached to an electric motor via a 5/8inch shaft. Where can I buy these drive discs? It was manufactured in BC. It works fine but I always think ahead. I trained on one of these 40 years ago so it has nostalgic appeal.

I also have a kickwheel that was given to me in pretty bad shape. I spent a little time refurbishing it...tightened up the bolts, replaced the bearings, made a splash pan for it and installed my own motor. I was able to Rube Goldberg the motor setup with a modified foot pedal and used an inline skate wheel for the driver. I kick the wheel to get things moving, then apply the motorized contraption to keep it going. My foot-hand coordination is not that great so I had to come up with the motor rig. I use the kickwheel for trimming and my CI wheel for throwing. The attached photos show the motor setup and in the seat end view you can see the skate wheel on the flywheel.Attached File  Kickwheel motor view 1.jpg   205.38KB   0 downloadsAttached File  Kickwheel seat view 1.jpg   227.98KB   0 downloads

In Topic: I Need A Finished Product With 3/8" Mounting Hole?

26 August 2015 - 10:10 AM

I think making a shrinkage ruler for each of the different clays you use would be ideal but, instead of 10cm which is only about 4", I would go with 10 inches (25cm). It would be easier to read and calculate the shrinkage. As far as the hole size...there are a couple of ways to go about that but all of them are just starting points until you know exactly how your particular clay body is going to shrink. Your primary consideration would be your boring tool and when you bore the holes. Will the clay be leather hard or bone dry? Leather hard would be easier to work with because bone dry clay is very fragile. What is your drill bit repertoire? What sizes do you have over 3/8"? Try 7/16", 1/2" and 9/16" and see what the holes shrink down to when fired. If one of them works, you have your working tool. Another option would be a 3/8" diamond boring bit to drill the hole AFTER the firing. With that, you'll have the exact size hole you want. You would want to drill those holes using a drill press and jigs to hold your work piece.

In Topic: Diy Sieve

29 July 2015 - 10:07 AM

any one make diy sieve?


i want to start with making one for dry ingredients   approx 40 mesh


welcome any ideas

Just last week I was thinking about making my own sieves after looking at the prices of off the shelf units. The problem with the source I found is that I would have to buy 15 square feet (3'x5') which is definitely more expensive than store bought, particularly since I would like to get 60,80, and 100 mesh screen. I have an idea on making the individual sieves using PVC fittings, but that might wind up costing as much as store bought sieves.

In Topic: Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

15 June 2015 - 01:19 PM

Attached are a few pix of the ceiling fan banding wheel I spoke about earlier.

I've purchased a couple of fans to use for the video I'm going to shoot on the fabrication process, but the video will be done as soon as I recover from my recent hand surgery. (That will be in about 2 months.) After  you look at the pix let me know if you have any questions.

I'm still checking on a way to power it for the spray booth application.

Attached File  Banding wheel 1.jpg   72.77KB   1 downloadsAttached File  Banding wheel 2.jpg   114.33KB   1 downloadsAttached File  Banding wheel 3.jpg   93.82KB   1 downloads