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  1. Cube within a cube and maple score.

    Steve Twydell, whose youtube channel is "templeboy turnings" did a video on turning a "cube within a cube". It's kind of a neat project because you actually start with a cylinder and then turn it square before forming the inner cube. It's pretty much been a lesson in humility but after several attempts I had a limited success. No finish, no sanding on this as I'm still learning. The hardest part, at least for me, has been to get everything square. After that, it's pretty straightforward. Here's a link to his video. cube in a cube In other news that matters to no one but me, I scored a huge maple log this week. Close to 30' feel long and 24"+ at the butt. Got my work cut out for me. Steve
  2. The boxes, en masse

    Finished the last of the boxes today, ended up with nine. I like that because I glued up nine blanks. Unusual for me not to ruin one somehow. Some are finished with friction polish, others have a beeswax/mineral oil mix on them. Would like for the wax finish ones to be a little glossier but other than that I'm basically happy with them. Steve
  3. A couple more boxes

    Haven't had a lot of time in the shop the past few days but I did get two more boxes done. These are also based on Liam O'neill's "crooked grain box" design. I like the grain in both of these but especially the one on the right. Both spalted beech and walnut. Four more to go for this project but I have the demo for the next meeting, figure I may as well do it on one of these. Steve
  4. Cindy Drozda demo today

    What an amazing day! Cindy Drozda's full day demo was today. This lady is determined and committed to giving her audience their the best experience possible. Her attention to detail is ridiculous and her preparation is meticulous. She turned an elegant little finial box which she later presented to the club. She didn't make a cut without explaining what she was doing, why she was doing it, and how she was doing it. I highly recommend hosting her if you belong to a club. You won't be disappointed. Incidentally, the little inset in the underside of the lid is a diamond stud earring. She believes when someone picks up the lid they should have a nice surprise. She was also kind enough to offer her thoughts and suggestions on several members pieces. It really was a great day and I learned a lot. Tomorrow will be better as I and eight other members are doing a hands on day with her. Steve
  5. Liam O'neill crooked grain box

    Haven't done one of these for a few years, wife wanted to know could I make some boxes for Christmas presents. Decided to copy liam O'neills "crooked grain box" style. Here is the first one. It's from a piece of spalted beech that surprised me with some nice ambrosia. The contrasting wood is walnut. She wanted them for the grandkids, when I showed here this one, she told me I could make different ones for the grandkids Steve
  6. New CNC Lathe

    This is an amazing piece of equipment but, I'm easily impressed. http://lumberjocks.com/mikeacg/blog/103346
  7. Got some new bowl gouges

    Most anyone who visits this forum will know I spent a week at Marc Adams in September. The guest teacher was Glenn Lucas. During that week I had the opportunity to use some of his signature bowl gouges. I was very impressed with the cut I got from them, enough so that I ordered his 1/2", 5/8", and the 5/8" bottom feeder bowl gouges. This is the first bowl I've used them on. It is hard maple, twice turned, harder than nails, and about 9" in diameter. In the picture I have sanded it with 150 grit only. I used a 3" disk in my drill and this is after about 5 minutes. In this picture the rim has not been sanded at all. It is the first time ever I started sanded with anything other than 60 or 80 grit on the inside of a bowl. I could start with 150 grit because there was virtually no tear out, even in the "problem" areas. FWIW, I have since finished sanded the bowl inside and I started with 320 grit on the rim. This is not meant to be a recommendation to buy his tools. I'm sure the techniques I learned from him contributed as well. It's not unusual for me to spend an hour or more sanding a bowl this size. I might have had 15 minutes on this one. Steve
  8. Just finished up 12 more ornaments, I think that will do it for this year. That will give me about 45 altogether. Some will go in gift shops but many will be gifted. Anyway, I had a piece of spalted beech, heavily spalted but still solid enough to hollow, kind of unusual. Did one with walnut accents and one with maple. I like the walnut one for the contrast but then, I like the maple one too. Steve
  9. Just when you think things are going good, you get in a hurry, or don't get enough glue somewhere, or just get stupid, etc. etc. It happens to all of us I imagine. Sometimes you might even drop something and step on it..sigh. Just for the record, this picture really was taken in the cutting room Steve
  10. More ornaments

    A few ornaments from the latest run. There were 17 in this batch. Actually have started another 10 or so, that will probably be the last of them for this year. Steve
  11. Lathe Versatility

    The most useful tool in the shop. The Lathe.
  12. My latest effort

    This started out as a 8" x 8" x 2" piece of poplar. After that, the picture pretty much tell the story. It is intended for use as a fruit bowl, hence the green rim. That, by the way, didn't go as expected. I purchased a green paint pen from Hobby Lobby, intending to hold it against the rim with the lathe on its lowest speed, but the pen was the type that you have to keep depressing the nib on the end to pump the paint to the tip. That, of course, didn't work with the bowl turning, so I would up having to pump some paint to the tip, get it on the rim of the bowl, and actually "draw" it onto the rim, while periodically turning on the lathe to even out the application. It eventually worked OK, but next time I will figure out something different.
  13. Big day!

    Had the first day of class with Glenn Lucas today at Marc Adams School of wood working in Franklin IN. It's a big class, 17 of us. Still Glenn gave each of us all the attention we needed. Turned a couple small bowls and tomorrow we're doing a platter. Big day for me, from 8am to six this evening, NO NAPS! Learned a lot and hopefully I'll retain at least a little of it. Hard to describe the Marc Adams facility, it's huge. 17 OneWay lathes in our room alone. Steve
  14. Birdhouse ornaments

    One of my favorite things to turn. They're fun to do and go pretty quickly. People like them and always say; "they're so cute". For hanging on a tree, ornaments should be pretty light, these come in at around .6oz, anything less than an ounce works pretty good. Steve
  15. The stuck drill bit hollow form

    Some may remember I posted pictures of a hollow form I was drilling and the forstner bit got stuck deep inside. Happily, I eventually got the bit unstuck and was able to continue. Even more happily, the vessel was dry enough to finish this week. Here it is, third coat of oil just applied. It will probably get two or three more coats before I'm done. Keep in mind, the oil is freshly applied so it will lose a little shine. It's about 14" tall and 12" major diameter. I have to tell you I was nervous, nervous while turning off the bottom. Afraid I was going to through. Walnut, what can you say? Steve
  16. Redbud NE

    From the album Bowls and Platters

    Natural edge in redbud
  17. Cottonwood spaulted dyed

    From the album Hollow Forms

    Cottonwood spaulted and dyed with layered yellow and green. Note that green area on the spault was only dyed with yellow. Used Chestnut Stains and finished with lacquer.
  18. Very First Live edged bowl

    Started it this AM the wood is elm, damp but mostly dry so I'm going for finished dimensions.
  19. Why they call it a learning curve

    THIS is why Dang, hate it when that happens. Have done a few successful forms the last couple of weeks and I guess I just got to aggressive on this one. Didn't have any idea I was in trouble until it separated. I was really pleased with the form on this one too. Oh well, it's how we learn!! Movin' on Steve
  20. If you yearn for a PM 3520B

    this may be as good as it gets for a new one. I just got an E mail from Craft Supplies that they have them for 20% off through August. You don't normally see PM stuff at 20%, so though I'd mention it. BTW, shipping isn't free....but I ran an estimate to get one to me; it was about $78 (NW Ohio). They are shipped from the PM distribution center, and I have no idea where that is.....but the freight is still a lot less than Ohio sales tax.
  21. Just a heads up.

    For any members within driving distance of Ft. Wayne, IN this may be of interest to you. Our club, Northeast Indiana Turners and Chiselers, is hosting Cindy Drozda for a full day demo, Saturday, Nov 4. Times are not set in stone just yet but it will probably be something like 9-4 with a lunch break. In the past, admission for visitors has been dues. I imagine it will be the same this time. Dues for our club is 20 bucks a year, so for 20 bucks a visitor can see one of the premier wood turners in the world for an all day demonstration. Besides being an outstanding artist and technician, Cindy is also an excellent teacher. Keep the date open, it promises to be a great day. I will post reminders as the event gets closer. Steve
  22. Another platter

    I've been wanting to add some color to some of my turnings and posted a little about that earlier. At the time I was working on another decorative platter and have just put the sealer coat on it. Probably should've waited and taken better pictures but I wanted to share and got impatient. The platter is soft maple, turned to about 1/8" thick and about 12" diameter. My original thought for the center motif was to use water color paint. After several practice pieces I just wasn't getting the "pop" I was after and decided to use aniline dye. It is definitely a more robust color. The sky, the tree, the animals, and the bottom are pyrography. The underside I was excited about doing this piece there are several things I really like about it. Even so, I'm just not sure it "works". Steve
  23. The walnut hollow form.

    Finally got the walnut hollow form off the lathe, actually, it's been "off" the lathe several times over the past couple of weeks. Gerald had mentioned in another thread I might have problems with my laser and he was right, it was too heavy and wanted to move all over the place. Had to address that. Had some other issues and some other projects got in the way. This is my second attempt at hollowing something deep and it was probably a little too ambitious for me. Have to keep telling myself, this is a learning process and that was the main purpose for this piece. Next one will probably be smaller. Anyway, here's a pic, it's about 16" tall and about 14" major diameter. It will go in a sack to dry and then get remounted for turning off the tenon and sanding. Close to 1/4" through out, a little thicker here, a little thinner there. Still learning you see. Steve
  24. ID ?

    Ok, while trading lathe chisels for 7bf of Black Walnut....this is the lathe the fellow had... I doubt IF the motor is original, but, any ideas about who made something like this? I didn't see any markings while I was there....more interested in the wood supplies... Ring a bell out there? I didn't think Walker-Turner made them like this...
  25. Another, I hate it when this happens.

    I've got a beautiful piece of walnut on the lathe, trying to do a hollow form about 14" deep and about the same major diameter. Drilling to start hollowing this morning and when I backed out to clear chips this is what I saw. No drill bit, this is a bad thing. At this point I'm over 10" deep with this bit. Fortunately I was drilling in steps and had made a good portion of the hole larger already. What now? Couldn't reach it with anything and there are chips packed tight around it. My first thought was, no way to save this. Still, I started picking at the shavings and blowing them out until they were pretty well clear, that took about an hour. After several failed attempts with rare earth magnets, screw drivers, etc. etc. I got the idea to make a loop in a piece of tie wire and slip it over the shaft. Held the wire with a pair of vice grips and ran the lathe slow. With a little help, the wire wound tight enough I could wiggle the drill bit a little using the wire and a screw driver. After about two hours I was able to get a purchase on the bit with a pair of deep reach needle nose and worked it the rest of way out. Next time, I'll be sure to clear chips more often and make doubly sure the set screws in my extension are tight. I think it will be faster that way. Steve

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