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  1. It finally got above freezing the past couple of days but the basement shop is lagging behind in the warm up. @Ksvet06 posed a question about sharpening lathe tools. He asked about grinders and sharpening jigs. Please look over his post and the responses. Let's give Zach all the help we can- @Gerald is working on hollow forms for the Beads of Courage (BOC) project- Check out what he has done for this very special cause- @Smallpatch is recreating a couple of chess pieces for a customer- Although Jesse says he's not a turner, you would never know it by how well these turned out! He tells us about the adventure here- When I used to use my diamond parting tool, it almost always gave me a ragged surface. Here's a video from Rick Turns illustrating how to regrind the parting tool for a cleaner cut- I must admit, I've abandoned my diamond parting tool in favor of the Easy Wood Tools parting tool. It creates clean cuts, no vibration and because it's a carbide tip- stays sharp a LONG time. In Last week's "Wednesday's..." we mentioned @Steve Krumanaker had a mishap when he inadvertently turned off his vacuum system. That got me to wondering if a shop made vacuum could be built. I found this PDF for making an inexpensive system. Not sure if I'll try it but thought it might give someone an idea. I believe the author is in England because the costs are in pounds and dimensions are metric. http://www.gaw.org.uk/blog/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Vacuum-chuck-for-£10-or-less.pdf The Woodturning OnLine newsletter arrived last week. As always there are interesting projects, articles and equipment. While scanning the "New and Hot" section I noticed this little jewel- Looks like this laser could be adapted to most any tool. It is available through Tim Yoders' site- http://www.wtwtim.com/elbotool.htm about half way down the page. The entire newsletter is at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/ Finally, here's an older video from Carl Jacobson turning a lidded vessel. Notice his use of the Easy Wood Tools hollower and the fantastic Easy Wood Chuck! Safe turning
  2. 2018! Seem like just a couple of months ago I was starting up computers hoping they would function after the Y2K Bug scare! @PostalTom showed us a sweet bowl he made for his daughter. It is made from poplar! Check out his description here- @Steve Krumanaker turned an awesome natural edge walnut bowl but it was not without its' problems- Here's Steve's explanation of what happened- @Ksvet06 asked a question about searching the turning forum for specific information. Gang, this just reinforces the need for us all to add tags to our posts. Tags make searching for information much easier and a lot faster. @Gerald is turning more Beads Of Courage boxes and was looking for advice on a special piece of wood- He was inquiring if anyone had turned a vessel with a natural edge "side". Head on over to his post and see if you can offer some help. Probably all of the turners here are currently in the grips of the "Ol' Polar Vortex" (I hate the Weather Channel). Anyway, if you find it's too cold in your shop, pull up a chair, grab a warming beverage and enjoy a few extra videos. Tim Yoder turns a garden gnome (part 1, part 2 linked from the video)- Rick Turns posted a video of regrinding a parting tool to make cleaner cuts- I came across this group of videos from Stuart Batty. I'll give you the link as there are quite a few of them. https://vimeo.com/woodturning/videos/page:1/sort:alphabetical/format:thumbnail And if that's not enough videos to keep you warm, Rick Turns added his list of YouTube videos for the month of December- Finally, I was looking for an idea for a lathe jig and stumbled upon this site- http://www.docgreenwoodturner.com/index.html Lots of neat ideas and some beautiful turnings. Safe turning and keep warm
  3. Well I made it through the Christmas holiday- mostly by hiding out in the basement shop! Member @Cliff posed a question about salvaging a warped bowl blank. Check out some of the suggestions and see if you can give Cliff some help- @Steve Krumanaker posted a beautiful natural edge walnut bowl. Keeping that much bark intact is quite a feat!! Check out his post and the comments here- @HandyDan set me a link to a really cool video about making multiple copies of little wooden horses- on the lathe! Although the audio is in German (I think), it is really neat to see how they duplicated the horses. There are additional items being made on the lathe- all from a log round! I found a couple of videos on making platters. I think they are easier to make than bowls. First from Carl Jacobson- And the second one from Tim Yoder- Tim's video is a two parter and the second part is linked on his YouTube site. Also, check out Tim's use of the Easy Wood Chuck! While hiding out in the basement, I had the chance to experiment with a new (for me) turning media.I wanted to try my hand at some acrylic casting/turning. During a visit to Hobby Lobby, I found some "Alumilite" brand casting resin- Hobby Lobby has 40% off coupons which brought the price down to about $20. I've had a little experience with casting in the past. I really didn't want to have to buy molding materials for a simple turning so I stopped by the "Dollar Store" and bought a 3-pack of plastic cereal bowls- I figured this would make a fine mold to cast a blank for turning another bowl. Even if the resin didn't release the casting, I could just turn away the blue plastic. I must admit, that most of these ideas came from Carl Jacobson and Peter Brown's YouTube videos. Anyway, The little blue bowls held 2.5 cups of liquid. The resin pack was enough for 4 cups of liquid. Using Mr. Brown's idea of including a wooden lathe mounting piece molded into the casting and some extra filler, I figured I could get away with 2 cups of resin. I turned a bowl shaped piece of wood- not hollowed- for the mount and used a bunch of lathe shavings for the filler. Mixed up the resin and poured the blank. The instructions indicate that the ideal temperature is 70° or higher for the chemical reaction/hardening. Hmmm, 60° in the basement- the solution- My seed starter heating pad and a cardboard cover to trap the heat and 24 hours later, the results- Unmolding wasn't a problem either. I drilled a small hole on the center of the plastic bowl and used air pressure to pop the casting free. When I worked making casting, years ago, we either used vacuum chambers or pressure chambers to eliminate any tiny bubbles that may have been trapped in the casting material. I had neither method so I expected a few voids- I think if the casting would have been done in a warmer environment, there would not have been as many of these defects. I used the chuck screw to mount the blank to the lathe/chuck Turned the outside to shape and created a recess to reverse the blank. Sanded the outside to 12000 grit and then used Turtle Wax swirl and scratch remover. Reversed the blank and turned away the wooden insert leaving a support post to help hold the blank with the tailstock. Never having worked with this material before, I wasn't sure how thin I could make the walls. I left them a little over 1/4. Sanded/finished the outside the same way as the inside I think I need to run it through the dishwasher to clean out some of the tiny air bubble holes that trapped the Turtle Wax compound. Turned completely with Easy Wood Tools!! Safe Turning
  4. OK Ladies and Gentlemen, only 16 days left to raise $412 for our Gold Star family. Please head over to- https://raffles.ticketprinting.com/raffle/6605-Adopt-A-Gold-Star-Family-For-Christmas-Project-2017/ Let's make this a special Christmas for these kids! @Steve Krumanaker posted an absolutely fantastic walnut vase. He talks about the process and finish here- @Ron Altier asked a great question about adhesives. He wants to glue acrylic to wood. Currently he is using CA but was looking for other options. @HandyDan was cruising the Habitat Restore and found a couple of bottle stoppers. He remade them into a couple of beautiful gifts Read more about his find and what he did, here- Tim Yoder has a two part video on turning an LED christmas tree- Pretty Cool The second part is linked on his YouTube page. A couple of our turners make birdhouse christmas ornaments. Here the first part of a two part video from Mike Peace showing how he does it. The second part is linked on his YouTube page- I think I have my last 2 Christmas presents done- unless Mimi adds more. These are "cake platters" or "cake servers". Made from hard maple with a little walnut on the bases. The texturing was done with a Sorby spiral/texture tool. Then acrylic hobby paint to fill the recesses. Sanded away the excess paint. A bunch of applications of rattle can lacquer. These are about 12" in diameter and 5" high. Except for the texturing, these were made entirely with Easy Wood Tools @Jim from Easy Wood Tools! Safe turning
  5. Christmas without a father is not something most folks can begin to imagine. No Dad for a kid is tough enough but at Christmas it is heartbreaking. I know. We cannot allow these kids to have anything less than a super Christmas. With a little over 3 weeks to go, we still need $500 to meet our goal. Please head over to our raffle and give what your heart says. http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/topic/21082-the-patriot-woodworkers-with-op-ward-57-adopt-a-gold-star-family-for-the-holidays-2017/ On another matter, our administrative staff would really appreciate it if you could add tags to your post topics. It makes it easier for site users to search for information. I have gone back one year and added tags to all of the Turner Forum topics where tags were missing. If you see something I tagged incorrectly, please feel free to change it. Just today we had an excellent question posted by @Lissa Hall. Lissa's question is about which turning tools should a new turner purchase. We've all been there and most of us have made mistakes in those purchases. Please head over to Lissa's post and give her/us your ideas and opinions. This is a great topic for discussion so let's keep it going- @Steve Krumanaker created a sweet little puzzle- a cube within a cube- Check out his post and the discussion about how this was done! With Christmas just 4 weeks away, here are two videos from Carl Jacobson where he turns some neat seasonal items that would make awesome gifts. A turned Santa- And some Gnome Christmas Carolers- Check out the Easy Wood Tools he is using!! Tim Yoder is also in the Christmas spirit. This is a two part video where he creates a mixed medium Christmas angel- Notice the patent date on the one on the left. At one time these blue (and green) glass insulators were sought after collectibles- at least around here. I have been working on some Christmas gifts myself. Highchair is finished and delivered tonight. I have two "cake platters" started. This is the top of one- I'll use acrylic paint to highlight the texturing. Safe turning
  6. Another week in the books. Been busy making requested Christmas gifts but unfortunately it has been all flatwork. However, our band of turners here at the Patriot have been busy. @Steve Krumanaker showed us a little box he made, last week. Well, he finished a bunch more and they are beauties! @HandyDan Finished up a "few" pens and pencils. You may remember that Dan uses the "guts" from premade pens/pencils instead of buying expensive kits. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools posted a really awesome bowl turned by Will Atwood. Will is the manager of the manager of the Woodcraft store in Lexington, KY. Rick Turns posted a video review of a pretty nice looking tool rest. It looks well built and appears to work well with bowl turning and probably just as good for spindle work. With Christmas looming ever closer, here's a neat little project from Mike Peace. Nice way to practice offset turning- Mr. David Reed Smith published an article/tutorial on how to make some turned/stacked coaster. These might just make someone a very nice Christmas gift. Here's a link to his posting- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/Coaster/StackingCoasters.html Safe Turning
  7. Christmas is less than 2 months away. We have the opportunity to make this Christmas special for our Gold Star Christmas Family. Please head over to this page and give what your heart suggests. Sure, you might win a fantastic prize from our most generous sponsors. But, really, the winners will be those kids on Christmas morning when they see there really is a Santa. Had a few flakes of snow here last night. Kinda early for these parts but they say it's going to warm up some later in the week. @Ron Altier is still making his Christmas ornaments. Ron certainly can create beautiful objects from that colorful plywood- You can read his post and the comments at- @Steve Krumanaker is working on Christmas gifts. He turned a beautiful box from spalted beech- Check out his post for comments and more pictures- @HandyDan found a couple of really nice videos. The first one is about a young turner. The kid has skills- The second one is on a neat way to "turn" a sphere on the lathe. It appears to work well but it does require a special setup- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter came this week. Several good articles. With Christmas coming, this might be a nice little gift for someone- Here's the link to the PDF tutorial by Dennis Daudelin https://www.woodturningonline.com/assets/turning_articles/toy-soldiers-wife.pdf Sometime back, we were discussing finials. Thin turning is an art in itself. Here's a link, from Woodturning OnLine, to a PDF tutorial from Honolulu Woodturners member Alan Carter. He demonstrate an awesome thin stem turning. http://honoluluwoodturners.org/16_tips/Alan Carter_thin stem tutorial.pdf Read the entire newsletter here- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Speaking of the art of turning- @Steve Krumanaker posted pictures of their turning club's demonstration with Cindy Drozda. Check out his post for more of her art- Rick Turns posted his list of YouTube October woodturning videos. Plenty of good stuff- Safe turning
  8. Our Patriot turners have been working overtime this week creating some fantastic projects and starting some interesting conversations!! @Steve Krumanaker Posted some information on a Christmas Tree Ornament Challenge. He gave us a link to this video that has the particulars- Here is his original post- Steve also confided he is looking forward to his Woodturners club meeting. Their special guest is Cindy Drozda. I confess I was not familiar with her work. Her is a link to her site. She is impressive! http://cindydrozda.com/ And, Steve posted a video on his YouTube channel demonstrating how to make a really nice Christmas Tree Christmas ornament display- And finally, Steve posted a picture of a bowl he turned using his new bowl gouges. You may remember Steve telling us about his experiences at the Marc Adams school where he had the opportunity to learn from Glenn Lucas. Just look at the results from the tools and the newly learned techniques! Here's more- @Gerald has been busy, too! He's working on a beautiful platter made from Bradford Pear. He queried our members for their opinions on the finish. Slide on over to his post and add your thoughts- Gerald is also working on some tops- He explains more about them here- Turners are always looking for a way to "save" that special chunk of wood so they can make something at a later date. Preventing wet wood from cracking/splitting can be a challenge. Usually when we find that special piece, we don't have the "recommended" sealer. We try wax, paint, etc. Here's a short video from "Rick Turns" that shows a sealer we all have in the shop- Finally, there's nothing like turning wet (green) wood and watching the curlies fly all over the shop- as Carl Jacobson demonstrates- Safe Turning
  9. Turning is therapeutic. Before getting into this week's offerings, please remember to add tags to your posted topics. Tags help forum viewers with searches and can add an additional layer of organization to the overall site. Tags can include, but not be limited to, project category, material, style, finish, tools, manufacturer, etc., etc. We've had lots of activity this week in Turning Forum. Some questions, some projects and some great suggestions. @Steve Krumanaker has gone wild with Christmas ornaments! Check out all of the ornaments and comments about how Steve makes them in these two threads- Of course not everything goes according to plan, as Steve points out here- @Ron Altier asked us to rate our carbide tools on a scale of 1 to 10. How about cruising over to this post and give him your input- In that same post, @HandyDan gave us a peek at his shop made carbide round cutter. Pretty Fancy!! @Gerald did a woodturning club demonstration. Look at these beautiful pieces- Read more about them and additional pictures at- A couple of weeks ago, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools posed a question about drive spurs. Lots of comments and opinions were offered. I saw this video from Mike Peace where he discusses the differences- I missed the notification of the Rick Turns woodturning videos of the month. Here is his offering for the month of September- I forced myself into the shop over the weekend. A couple of turnings- This is an Alumilite pen. Alumilite is a type of "resin" casting. It turns easily and polishes to a high gloss. This was turned, sanded thru 12000 grit then polished with Turtle Wax scratch and swirl remover. A bottle stopper from a hybrid blank of acrylic and wood. Sanded and polished the same as the pen. The wood appeared to have a burl type surface. The stopper is from Ruth Niles https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Both projects turned completely with Easy Wood Tools. Safe Turning
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