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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Redbud NE

    From the album Bowls and Platters

    Natural edge in redbud
  5. 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.
  6. Log to a Vase!

    I knew I wasn't loco! So folks do take a log and turn it into a vase!
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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...
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Spalted Pecan Bowl

    From the album Hollow Forms

  14. Another natural edge walnut.

    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
  15. The way back machine!!

    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
  16. Free lathe

    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.
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. A wooden easter egg.

    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
  20. Something to look forward to.

    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
  21. My turn to Rube

    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
  22. Kind of a fun project

    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
  23. Same ol' same ol'

    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
  24. When good platters go bad

    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
  25. Hey Dan!

    Are these some of the yo-yos you made? Steve

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