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Drill Bit Sharpening / Re: DBS-22 Base Plate Mod
« Last post by Ken S on Today at 06:04:16 pm »
Tick,

My DBS-22 base is now back from my local machine shop. It is modified like yours.  I am anxious to try it.

Ken
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General Tormek Questions / Re: "Need Photos"
« Last post by Ken S on Today at 06:01:41 pm »
CB and Rick,

Bit size is a difficult adjustment for me. Logically I understand it. The problem for me is my film background. Ever since 1963, I have been fighting for the last little bit of image quality. I abhored cropping. I almost never made prints larger than 8x10”, even from 4x5 negatives. I was not a sharpness fanatic. I became addicted to micro contrast, the subtle tonal differences between adjoining film grains, which make up textures and tones.

I have gradually made peace with generally acceptable online quality. I have even gotten to the point where I will use a fixed focal length lens and crop.

I appreciate your ideas. I plan to use more photos in the future.

Ken
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General Tormek Questions / Re: "Need Photos"
« Last post by RickKrung on Today at 04:26:13 pm »
I have been able to successfully resize photos with the Image Size program. However all of my images seem to be resized to around 125kB, using either my ipad or dslr. With the dslr, it doesn't seem to matter with the otiginal size is. Is there a way to set the amount of reduction? I would really like to have my photos sized to very near 250kB.

Ken

I too, am curious why you are concerned about the file size being around 250kb.  Is that to make it under the Tormek forum site limit? 

I don't worry about the file size (other than to be sure it is under the Tormek limit), just let it happen.  For posting to the web, I typically resize to 640x480 (or 480x640 if portrait) at 300dpi.  Just checked, using ACDSee, with a file that was 1208x960 at 300dpi and 300kb.  Resizing it to 640x480, 300dpi, file size was reduced to 96kb.  Another, much larger file, started out at 3024x4032, 300dpi and 5.5Mb, reduced to 480x640, 300dpi, file size 96kb. 

I'm pretty sure it is the pixel density that determines how photos display on the forum, which is why I limit the largest axis to 640.  Much larger and it spills over on the right. 

Rick
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General Tormek Questions / Re: "Need Photos"
« Last post by cbwx34 on Today at 04:08:28 pm »
I have been able to successfully resize photos with the Image Size program. However all of my images seem to be resized to around 125kB, using either my ipad or dslr. With the dslr, it doesn't seem to matter with the otiginal size is. Is there a way to set the amount of reduction? I would really like to have my photos sized to very near 250kB.

Ken

I played around with the program and settings a bit, from what I can tell, no.

Again, I don't think it matters... especially posting to the forum.  Curious why you're so concerned with this?  Like I said before... especially in the mobile world... smaller can be a good thing.  I know in another forum I visit, if someone posts a large picture... the first complaint is... "that took forever to load on my phone".
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General Tormek Questions / Re: "Need Photos"
« Last post by Ken S on Today at 01:09:22 pm »
I have been able to successfully resize photos with the Image Size program. However all of my images seem to be resized to around 125kB, using either my ipad or dslr. With the dslr, it doesn't seem to matter with the otiginal size is. Is there a way to set the amount of reduction? I would really like to have my photos sized to very near 250kB.

Ken
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Wood Turning / Re: New SVD-186 Gouge Jig review
« Last post by Ken S on Today at 01:02:06 pm »
Earlier this morning I watched the DVD by Glenn Lucas about making the replica of a Viking bowl recently discovered in Dublin. Of special note in this topic are Glenn's comments about the newly arrived SVD-186. Like me, Glenn was very impressed with the improvements. In the past, he had recommended having several SVD-185 jigs, each permanently set to one of the jig settings. The new jig setting locking screw is secure enough that he no longer uses multiple jigs. I highly recommend the DVD.

Ken
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Knife Sharpening / Re: Missed Opportunity?
« Last post by Ken S on Today at 12:50:04 pm »
CB,

Not bad, but certainly not in the same league as Steve Bottorff, Wootz, Jeff Farris, or Alan Holtham. It was shot on the fly at a show, as opposed to in a quiet environmemt. That didn't win any points, but really didn't bother me. I didn't notice any glaring errors, although the knife guy dodged the lift or pivot problem.

What did bother me was that the two guys were obviously demonstrators as opposed to sharpeners. Look at the videos by Steve and Wootz (Knife Grinders). Steve and Wootz are obviously professional sharpeners. In this video, the work pace is more focused and less frantic. I expect more from Tormek.

Ken
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Scissors Sharpening / Re: Scissor Jig Set Up Has me Stumped!
« Last post by PGB1 on Yesterday at 05:20:51 pm »
Thank You Gord for taking time to reply & for the excellent advice.
I apologize for how long it took for me to post this Thanks. I wished to wait to reply until I (finally) had time to use the Tormek again.

Honestly, I now don't know why I was having stone hitting trouble every time I set up a 60 degree scissor.
After reading your post and viewing the video that you linked, I was able to test set-up with several pair of scissors. Each one was 60 degrees and the jig and support plate cleared the stone every time.

Often, I do have much trouble conceptualizing angles due to dyslexia, so maybe each of the earlier attempts were on 'bad' days. (Actually, no day is a bad day as long as we woke up breathing!)

The video you linked really helped me see the set up process and I like his plan to add 10 degrees and register the Angle Master against the Support Plate. That made it much easier to view the registration. I searched around and viewed many of Mr. Farris' videos. They are very helpful as I learn the Tormke system.

Thank You Again for helping out. I hope you enjoy this day!
Paul
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Knife Sharpening / Re: Missed Opportunity?
« Last post by cbwx34 on Yesterday at 04:50:04 pm »
My my concern with the lack of in-depth instructional videos from Tormek is related to the you tubes from other sources which will replace them. With Jeff Farris and Alan Holtham, the viewer received real deal expert advice from experienced craftsmen and Tormek users. I am sure the scripts were carefully laid out and fact checked. Good salesmanship means educating the potential customer. These videos are certainly good marketing tools, however, they give the new Tormek user honest and correct information.

Well intentioned third party you tubers rarely have this level of skill and experience. Quite often the limits and difficulties projected as Tormek deficiencies are really due to their own lack of knowledge and experience. Sharpening technique is often sloppy. Disciplined technique is essential to obtain consistently good results. I question if many of the you tubers realize that.

My other concern is with misinformation. Any information which can be readily fact checked with the handbook should be checked prior to making the you tube. Experienced Tormek users can usually spot these errors. However, how would a first time newbie know?

 Tormek needs to provide a solid alternative to these you tubes. Sadly, well written handbooks are no longer the preeminent source of information. Tormek has the necessary elements. They have over four decades of experience; a skilled staff including trained presenters; and a fine new studio building. If Tormek is at a loss for ideas to incorporate into videos, the forum would be very pleased to offer them.

Ken

You mean like this?

https://youtu.be/6yzd8CO1G0s

Good or bad?  ???

 8)
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Ah, that explains it. Thanks for the explanation Ken.

And, thanks for the bumps CB and Rick.
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