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Spalted mango mini mill

Here is one of PSI's new mini mills done in spalted mango. Cool little idea in that you turn it between centers on a pen mandrel. Only issue I had is that the threaded shaft is too long for the cap and I had to grind away at least 3/16" to get it to fit.

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That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Looks like fun. Could you have made a spacer instead of grinding down the shaft? Was the cap the whole top or just the small cap on top of the Grinding arm top?

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Okay, now that's pretty cool. It would be cooler in the project showcase section but it's pretty cool here too. Very nice work as usual. You Americans get all the best inserts and kits.

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JC, the large cap and handle are 1 piece, and slide over the shaft. The little cap snugs it down and adjusts the coarseness. The shaft was significantly too long.

Kenbo, you just don't give up do ya? ;-). Can you Canucks not get PSI kits? Or is it a customs/tax thing?

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JC, the large cap and handle are 1 piece, and slide over the shaft. The little cap snugs it down and adjusts the coarseness. The shaft was significantly too long.

Kenbo, you just don't give up do ya? ;-). Can you Canucks not get PSI kits? Or is it a customs/tax thing?
Was it the little cap that wouldn't screw down all the way? Could you have put a small wood spacer instead of grinding down the shaft? Just doesn't seam right to have to modify kit like that.

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Yes, the little cap wouldn't go down far enough. There's plenty of thread so grinding it down only took a couple of minutes. I think it would look odd with a wood spacer in there.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Yes, the little cap wouldn't go down far enough. There's plenty of thread so grinding it down only took a couple of minutes. I think it would look odd with a wood spacer in there.
You might be right but it just doesn't seam right to have to modify a standard kit. You would think if they had problems with it they would have corrected it by now. That irritates me when they sell you something you have to "alter" to make it work. Just one of my many little things I let get under my skin with kits sold today. Thanks!

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Kenbo, you just don't give up do ya? ;-). Can you Canucks not get PSI kits? Or is it a customs/tax thing?


It's not in my nature to give up. Call it a personal quest to get all of you turners to post your projects in the showcase section so that everyone can enjoy them.

As far as PSI goes, our selection here (and I live in a major city) is limited. I can get the products on line, but we Canadians get screwed, blued and tattooed when it comes to shipping. Plus, in a lot of cases, our shipment is delayed because the government gets a hold of our package and tacks on another 13% for the Canadian HST (hated sales tax). You know, the government has to get their share. There are also customs fees involved sometimes.
Here's an example (not trying to hijack your thread)
I went to PSI's website and ordered a mechanism like you have used here in your project. Cost of the mechanism? $6.45. Once I was done with the order desk, I took a screen shot of the total cost.
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And keep in mind, that our wonderful Canadian government can still tack another 13% on that plus customs fees. So with the 13% HST, that makes the total $36.96 and we haven't gotten to the customs fees yet. $36.96 for a $6.45 insert. Gotta love bending over and taking it up the .

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It's not in my nature to give up. Call it a personal quest to get all of you turners to post your projects in the showcase section so that everyone can enjoy them.

As far as psi goes, our selection here (and i live in a major city) is limited. I can get the products on line, but we canadians get screwed, blued and tattooed when it comes to shipping. Plus, in a lot of cases, our shipment is delayed because the government gets a hold of our package and tacks on another 13% for the canadian hst (hated sales tax). You know, the government has to get their share. There are also customs fees involved sometimes.
Here's an example (not trying to hijack your thread)
i went to psi's website and ordered a mechanism like you have used here in your project. Cost of the mechanism? $6.45. Once i was done with the order desk, i took a screen shot of the total cost.
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and keep in mind, that our wonderful canadian government can still tack another 13% on that plus customs fees. So with the 13% hst, that makes the total $36.96 and we haven't gotten to the customs fees yet. $36.96 for a $6.45 insert. Gotta love bending over and taking it up the .

wow!

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Maybe well have to start a turning kit smuggling ring ;-)

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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