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Found 152 results

  1. 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
  2. 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...
  3. but I'm going to tell you anyway. Some days............weeks.................months....I can be pretty dumb. Usually, I'm pretty good about putting things back where they go. Once in a while though, I get into a project and tools fall where they may. Well, a few months ago I was using my collet chuck and needed the 1/4" insert. Looked in the box and it wasn't there, I thought, okay, it's probably in the side pocket of my smock, wasn't there. Sometimes, not paying attention I'll put an item in the drawer above or below where it belongs. Checked, it wasn't there. By now, I'm wracking my brain, thinking about where I may have stuck it. Looked back in the box, still wasn't there. Cleared my work bench, that's a favorite trick when I can't find something but still didn't find the collet. Started going through cabinets, drawers, bins, etc etc. Finally, after several searches over a few weeks I decided it must've fallen in shavings and I'd thrown it away. This morning, I found it. It was in the box the whole time. Never mind the simple logic that told me they were all there since there are only five collets in the set. If you look under the one tool handle you can the 1/4" opening inside the larger opening. I had put the collet where it goes, except upside down, saw the larger opening and chose to believe I'd misplaced it. doh, I could be in the movie dumb and dumber and play both roles. Steve
  4. 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
  5. I've still got at least dozen of the natural edge walnut pieces to finish up. Was kind of between projects and decided to sand and finish this one. I chose this one because it looked like my cuts were decent and it wouldn't take as much sanding as some of the others. It's about 16X12X5.5. The bark is just really nice on this one I think. It was just about to big for my little photo booth. Steve
  6. Way back in Oct. I posted that I'd purchased a Delta midi lathe, the 46-460. Well finally today I gave it a test run, I was amazed at how quiet this lathe is, was turning at about 3K and couldn't really hear it run. Wheeled it out of my garage and was turning in my driveway. Only a very small project, a two piece top, but I was impressed with the machine. If Delta makes a mobility kit for this lathe I haven't found it. I wanted something that would easy to use and easy to remove. Had some scrap OSB and spare casters laying around and came up with this idea. Rube Goldbergish for sure but it seemed to work okay. I only have to move this lathe about 15 feet to use it, any more than that and I would probably put a cargo strap around the assembly, or maybe a bar clamp. They just slide on the base, the lathe is light enough it's easy for one guy to install or remove them. Steve
  7. I have been bequeathed a Walker Turner Driver Line lathe. Circa 1940. I have no use for it. It's yours, if you want it. Come get it.
  8. Finally got to try a deep hollow form, not real deep, about 13". First time I've tried something like this and there is lots to learn. The laser diode I was using wasn't the best choice and it wouldn't stay in one spot. Because of that and my own inexperience this piece is just too thin in a couple areas. It won't get much sanding because there is a very real possibility of sanding through. Still, for a first effort, I've got to be happy with the results. I also know there is a lot of room for improvement, especially in the form and getting a consistent thickness. Anyway, here is my first effort and a short video of the hollowing process. The base could be a little smaller and the funnel could also be smaller I think. I was surprised how difficult the big cove was to do and I can see there is room for improvement there as well. Wife says she loves it and I have to finish it but you know how they are. Thanks for looking Steve
  9. I'd like to throw a question out to ya'll. What suggestions would you have for a turner who is working out of a small apartment, and needs to keep that apartment and his lungs clean of dust and particles during turning? Any and all ideas are welcome, the more creative the better!
  10. The boss asked me if I could make her an egg tea light in time for Easter. So, I took a break from the dippers and did this over the last few days. Overall I'm happy with it, the narrow end is a little fat but not to bad and she loves it so that's ok. It was my thought to put "He is risen" or just "Risen" on the back but just couldn't make it look right to me eye. It was also my original thought to stipple the "halos" but I'm so glad I waited as I like them the way they are. The egg itself is maple and the base is spalted beech. Thanks for looking!! Steve
  11. For the last few years I've wanted to do a week at one of the wood working or craft schools. There is a highly regarded school in Franklin IN. Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Glenn Lucas will be there in Sept. and I just registered to attend. Really looking forward to it. Steve
  12. One of my goals this week was to figure something out for a laser pointer for my boring bar, which I haven't used yet. My brother, who did most(all)of the fabrication on it keeps asking me when I'm going to use it. So, I'm one step closer. To be honest, when the week started I didn't know exactly how I was going to do it. This is what I came up with. The post is 3/4" black iron pipe and the pointer arm 1/2" iron pipe. The block is glued up from 5 pieces of baltic birch 3/4" plywood. The first block I made was smaller and I used big box plywood. When I tried to clamp down on the laser bar the plys separated and then it was ruined. I had always planned to do the "good one" out of baltic birch so it was no big deal. With this one I reinforced the plys with a couple 1/4" through bolts. The holder for the laser diode is a 1/2" compression by 1/2" iron pipe thread on the other end. I split the ferrule and it tightens up nicely on the diode. I got the idea from the collet handles that I make. I have a battery holder on the way and as soon as it arrives I'll be good to go, I think. The real test will come when I try hollowing. Vibration can make a pointer move off location so I'm anxious to see how this one works out. Steve
  13. I've been wanting to one of these for a couple years, ever since a youtube author named Peter Brown did one. It's a zoetrope, which is an old fashioned animation player. Hope to have a video up on it in the next couple of days. Steve
  14. Latest batch of honey dipper lids. I have about 40 in process but I finish them in batches of 20. No engraving on these, customer wants about half of them engraved and half not, need to have 120 of them by the middle of June. Mostly maple, cherry, and walnut, although there are some white oak and hickory ones as well. Steve
  15. Our wood turning club meeting is today and the demo is my responsibility. I am doing a Glenn Lucas project(sort of) a "traditional Irish platter". I downloaded his video on it a year ago or so. Over the last few weeks I've turned probably 10 platters while practicing, editing notes, etc. etc. Most of the ones I've turned are from plain soft maple and are nothing special. I wanted to do one out of a nice piece of wood and had a walnut platter blank just had some really nice grain in it. Moisture meter said it was ready so I went after it. This piece of wood fought me through the whole process. There were a couple areas that no matter what I tried there was still tear out. Tried sheer scraping, stiffening the fibers with finish and/or oil. Push cut, pull cut, sharpen tools, no matter, there was just tear out. Eventually, I had taken so many cuts, thickness became an issue and I couldn't follow the profile of Glenn's design. Still, after MUCH sanding it looked pretty nice I thought. It had everything, some really nice feathering from a crotch and it just glowed. I could tell it moved a little while turning but I wasn't worried. I'd left a decent raised rim on the bottom and the very center was mortised. After finishing, it just kept moving and moving. You can see it a little in this picture This picture gives a better idea just how much this piece of wood moved. It has a serious cup and I have to say "this platter rocks" LOL. I will still take it for my demo. Glenn actually talks about where to get a platter blank from a log and what can happen otherwise. This will illustrate his point nicely I think. Steve
  16. Are these some of the yo-yos you made? Steve
  17. I got to spend some time on my steady rest today, more importantly, I got the wheels for it. Over last weekend I went to several second hand stores, a couple sports stores, walmart, and a skating rink trying to find inline skate wheels. Finally, I broke down and ordered some from amazon. They make great bearings for a steady rest. Thought about buying the Carter steady rest but that was before I checked the price. One sized to fit my lathe is close to six hundred bucks, WOW! Carter makes quality products but that's way more than I wanted to spend. This one is 3 layers of 3/4" plywood laminated with fiber glass cloth between the layers. It is VERY rigid. The center layer is cutout to accept a 3/4" by 2" spoke that will carry the inline skate wheel. There is another spoke outside of the glue-up to form a fork for the wheel axle which is a 5/16" bolt. It should easily support anything I want to turn up to about 18" in diameter. Still some rough edges to profile and round and I have to make a couple spacers here and there but I should get it done tomorrow or Monday. Then, fabricate the arm and clamp for my laser and I'll be ready to go!! Steve
  18. I don't make a lot of boxes. No particular reason, just not something that really appeals to me. I've had a basket weave pattern in my mind and wanted to do it on a smaller item before attempting it on a larger one. So, for some reason I decided to do a box. Since I had planned to embellish this box, I wondered if I could hide the join between the top and the bottom so I planned my pattern with that in mind. Then, I wondered, could I trick people about where the top and the bottom meet. So, I made it upside down, kind of. Anyway, here's the pictures, this is my sort of upside down, basket weave, maple box. It's about 4" high and a couple inches in diameter. I really haven't figure out how to terminate one of these basket weaves, I can see it in my mind but it just doesn't work when I try to draw it. At any rate, the wife says she likes this so that's good enough for me. This is the top. The bottom, I know I use this "phicops" pattern a lot but I just really like it. Opened and the inside, the join is about 3/4" from the bottom as the box is sitting upright. I'm hoping to have some fun with this at our meeting next Sunday. I believe most people will think the join is near the obvious "top" and try to open it there. We'll see. Steve
  19. From the album Shaker Furniture

    After each chair piece has been sanded to 600 on the lathe, I pick up a handful of shavings and push them onto the piece while it's spinning at max RPM. An instant sheen or glow appears, I enjoy this final touch before I pull it from the centers.
  20. I've been thinking of how to write this post for a few days. I am a member, and now (unbelievably) president of the Northeast Indiana Turners and Chiselers, a wood turning club near Ft. Wayne IN. Anyway, we had a visitor at our last meeting, a retired guy(are all turners retired?). He said he was trying to turn some table legs and they were "all fuzzy". He wanted to know if there was anyone who could visit his shop and show him what he's doing wrong. It happens he lives about ten mile from me and I did visit his shop the other day. Where to start? He's trying to turn pine, about 36" long and 1 1/2" diameter and he doesn't have a steady rest. It would've been nearly impossible to do what what he was trying to do. It didn't help that his tools are very dull. The really bad thing though, is his lathe, it's a Grizzly. I don't know the model number but it swings 14", with a very small variable speed motor. Worse, the ways looked to be 1/8" or less C-channel. Very, very light duty. If I had to guess I would say the lathe weighed less than 100lbs. I'll admit I'm not a Grizzly fan but neither am I a basher. This lathe though, to me it's little more than stealing to sell such a piece of equipment. I'm not sure a person could even turn a pen on it, let alone a 12 or 14" bowl. The guy told me he bought the lathe to see if he would like wood turning. I told him I could guarantee he wouldn't like it if he had to use that lathe. It made me wonder, how many people have bought that lathe, or a similar product to see if they would like turning only to give it up and never know what turning is really like Steve
  21. Said he had some "goodies" for me. All cherry with some really nice crotch pieces. Just when I thought I was done roughing bowls for awhile Always a conundrum when I get cherry, do I make bowls or brisket? He left with a nice walnut natural edge bowl and some beers but I think I got the best deal! Steve
  22. I have a couple bowls in the finishing process and a thought just struck me. How many times have I been asked what is my favorite wood to turn? I would be willing to bet, every wood turner has been asked that question several times. With that, here are the bowls I'm working on. First one is maple, this bowl is about 13" in diameter and I think the grain in it is just spectacular. It has some really nice quilting in several areas and maple just really finishes nicely. The second bowl is walnut, a little smaller at about 11". Like the maple bowl, I think the grain in this walnut bowl is simply beautiful. No special markings, just that rich, chocolate shade that is walnut. I guess I would have to say, right now, maple and walnut are my two favorite woods to turn. I really can't narrow it down any further than that. I suspect that's subject to change the next time I get into some nice cherry, or ash, or sycamore, or spalted maple, or....... I mean, seriously, how can you pick just one favorite? Steve
  23. From the album Shaker Furniture

    After ripping my post blank to 1 5/8" square by 45" long, I had to flatten it on the jointer, after ripping the post blank out, it stressed and bent a tad, the blank should be absolutely straight before setting it up in the lathe.
  24. Went this morning to buy a used Delta 46-460 and got a great deal. Lathe,stand,and G3D Chuck for 400. The chuck needs a lot of cleaning of rust and cosmoline. Had a little rust or heavy dirt on the ways but otherwise near new and probably only used about 10 hours. I will not use much , mostly for demos and off site turning of which I do not do much. Then I figure when I decide to sell could get all I put into it and maybe more.

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