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  1. Just finished watching the third installment of Ken Burns' Vietnam. Some good stuff here at the Patriot this week. @Ron Altier got things going with a post about using "CA" glue. Several of our turners (and others) received free samples of DAP's new entry into the CA market. Some great discussion about the glue and it morphed into the methods of attaching turnings to waste blocks. Check out the entire thread here- @DAB posted a really spectacular pine bowl he turned. The grain patterns are outstanding. Turning pine is no easy thing to do either. The alternating soft and hard materials easily cause tear outs. Here's the thread along with some discussion- DAB's turning reminded me of something Scott Phillips (The American Workshop) recently posted on Facebook- A month or so ago, @Steve Krumanaker posted a problem and solution of a stuck drill bit in a hollow turning he was working on. Well, he finished the vessel and it is gorgeous! More photos and the discussion, here- A while back, I posted a video from "Nubnstubs" featuring his special tailstock steady rest. He has posted another video that demonstrates the steady rest, his special chuck plate and a couple of neat shop made jamb chucks. The video is about 17 minutes long. Wish I had seen this video before I made the finial on that little lidded bowl. Safe turning
  2. Some good stuff this week from The Patriot turners! @Cliff Is finishing up a live edge bowl. It looks really nice. Stop on over at Cliff's post and check out some more images- @John Morris posted a question about turning a burl. Specifically, should it be turned green or dry. He received several answers to his question. Check out his post and add your experiences to give John a hand. @Steve Krumanaker alerted us to the passing of Bihn Pho, turner/artist extraordinaire. I had not known of his work but after checking out the link in Steve's thread I realize the world has lost a truly gifted artist. Just as extraordinary, are the obstacles Mr. Pho had to overcome. Please take a few minutes to learn about Mr. Pho- A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the new Easy Wood Micro Turning Tools. Here are two videos (Part 1 & 2) of these tools in use, turning a small bowl. The second part of the series illustrates decorating the bowl with wood burning tools- The Woodworkers Journal "eZine" this week had a link to an Ernie Conover turning video. In this video, Mr. Conover demonstrates you don't need a scroll chuck in order to turn a bowl. I'm not sure I'd trust the reverse chucking jam chuck as far as he did. I could see my bowl going air born! Safe Turning
  3. What a beautiful day here in south central PA. Low humidity, gentle northerly breezes and barely a cloud in the sky. Not bad for mid-August. @Ron Altier posed a question about turning metal on a wood lathe. He received several helpful answers to his post. Have you ever done this? Give Ron your ideas at- I obtained a few of these HSS cutter blanks and ground them to the shape I needed. They can be mounted into a handle/holder. Although I use mine on wood, they were originally for use on metal/metal lathe. I happened across this video while looking for something else. What is interesting is that the inside turning/cutting is done with the lathe running in reverse. I know that some turners sand in reverse but I had never seen the turning done this way. One turner (I forget who) said they always turn the inside in reverse because it is easier to see what you are doing. Unfortunately, my lathe doesn't do reverse. The video picks up at the reverse turning part- Carl Jacobson did a live feed video recently where he turned a wooden bird. The video includes questions and comments about the turning and social media posts. Check out Carl's use of the Easy Wood Tools. It's not too soon to start thinking about those Christmas gifts! Here's a turning project for that special chef on your list. Although the video captions are in Russian (I think), it is easy to follow the process. The author has a unique take on stock preparation. If the grand kids are coming by, turner Glen Lucas has a nice little toy to keep them occupied. Better yet, if they are old enough, help them turn their own- I'm still tinkering with that little bowl. One more piece to make to complete my idea. So far this is what's done. Everything needs more sanding- 3 out of 4 pieces- setting together- Safe turning
  4. Local kids start back to school tomorrow. Summer just flew by! @HandyDan Posted some pens he made fashioned after those of Capt. Eddie's- There's more on his post at- Speaking of pen turning, Ernie Conover has a video on some pen turning tips. His method of drilling the blanks is a little different than the way I learned. Carl Jacobson put up a video showing some of Ruth Niles' bottle stoppers- Notice the use of the Easy Wood Tool #1 Hollower for shaping the outside of the bottle stopper! Every time I turn a hollowed out piece (bowl, vase, etc.), I'm always worried about going too deep. This is especially true when I make a chuck recess versus the tenon. Here's a video from the "WyomingWoodTurner" where he makes a neat jig to accurately gauge the depth of the cuts. It must have been the week for turning causalties. @Steve Krumanaker's walnut vase wasn't turning out like he had hoped. Steve posted a picture of it here- Earlier this week, in a different thread, I posted some pictures of my "Great Ironwood Bowl Disaster" After some thought and experimentation, this is what's left. It still needs some finish. I still might make a lid for it, or not. Safe Turning
  5. We lost another squadron member this past week. He was only 67. Although I didn't serve with him (he was there after I got out), we got to know each other at our reunions. He was a great guy. New member @Kevin Jeacocks posted a gorgeous spalted bowl he turned. Check out his post and more about the bowl- A couple of weeks ago we posted an idea for a nice little project which made a turned cover for a cloth tape measure. Well, @HandyDan got a free tape measure and turned this beautiful item- He has more details in his post- Our own resident turner and artist extraordinaire @Steve Krumanaker has his own YouTube channel. In one of his latest videos, he demonstrates how he set up his piercing/carving tools for the awesome artwork- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter came this week. As always they have an interesting collections of projects and information. One of the projects, by Alan Carter, is about turning a half bowl. You can read the entire process at- http://honoluluwoodturners.org/16_tips/Alan Carter_split bowl tutorial.pdf Be sure to scroll to the end of the tutorial to see some of the beautiful objects that can be made using this method. The entire Woodturning OnLine newsletter is at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Rick Turns has posted his list of July 2017 woodturning videos on YouTube- Tim Yoder, a turner we feature often, has a growing line of tools for the turner. Here he demonstrates the latest one- Carl Jacobson takes us where no man has gone before with this cool turning- As for me, I had time for a little turning but nothing finished. A friend from Arizona sent me a piece of ironwood. While attempting to turn it and discovered how it got its' name! The Easy Wood Tools are the only tools that will cut it without having to stop every few moments to re-sharpen. Also discovered that my steady rest didn't provide enough room for deeper turning. Mid project modifications were required. Safe Turning
  6. School starts back in just over two weeks! Where'd the summer go??? Before we get into this week's post, I would like to thank all of the turners who regularly post their work here at The Patriot. Showing us what you have made really gets our minds to thinking about what is possible and giving us the incentive to try new turning skills. Your willingness to share your projects and experiences makes this weekly get-together much easier for me and I know much more enjoyable for you. @Steve Krumanaker started a thread on an upcoming demonstration/meeting of the woodturning club, to which he is a member. The featured demonstrator is Cindy Drozda. If you are in or near Ft. Wayne, IN, it will be worth checking out. Ms. Drozda's work is awesome as can be seen on her website- http://cindydrozda.com/ (Steve- does Ft. Wayne still have WOWO? I used to listen to it at night when the "skip" was just right) Mr. David Reed Smith made his latest article/turning available. It's a really cool "Big Bag Clip". Lot's of woodworking in this little project and because it is from Mr. Smith, you know it has some lathe work! The complete tutorial is at- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/BagClip/BagClip.html Check out the mallet @steven newman With the craft shows in full swing, you are probably handing out your business cards at every opportunity. Car Jacobson made a nice business card holder/display that you could put out on your table so that folks can easily get your information. Not sure how many of our turners make pens. Craft Supplies USA posted a video, a while back, on sharpening a barrel trimmer. I use my disc/belt sander mostly for this work. Here's a PDF file that shows how to make a jig to ensure the ends are square Pen Blank Squaring Jig.pdf I haven't been in the shop this week as we are preparing for visits from relatives and other such events! Safe Turning
  7. Great week for woodturning here at The Patriot! @Ron Altier continued experimenting with JB Weld and found it turns and finished nicely. Here's his first go at working with it- Ron explains what he did here- After some additional testing, he finished up a beautiful ornament- Additional information about what he did is here- @oleglenn posted 2 images of a gorgeous bowl he made- See all the images and the great comments here- @RustyFN asked about sealing wood to help prevent cracking. He received several ideas. Jump over to his post and see if you can help him out! @Steve Krumanaker keeps turning out unbelievable pieces of art. His talent of combining turning, carving and pyrography is fantastic. His latest creation is- Steve explains how he did this at- @Chips N Dust started a conversation about an accessory he found at the Lee Valley site. He posted about a "hollow arbor chuck". Turners might find this item handy especially when using long, thin drill bits. The Lee Valley catalog page is at- http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?cat=1,180,42334&p=75987&WT.ac=pos2_SpecialBuy_09A0826 Speaking of Lee Valley. Their newsletter has a neat turning for a pen/pencil holder. Instructions for turning these are at- http://www.leevalley.com/en/newsletters/Woodworking/2509/Article1.htm Several weeks ago, we were discussing drying options for green turned bowls. Rick Turns added a nice little video on making an inexpensive drying box. His experiences have been that it will dry a bowl in 5-7 days. Tim yoder put up a 2 part video on making a String Top. Part 2 is linked from the You Tube site. I decided to not wait until the second week in December to get started on Christmas gifts. Chang and Eng (from last week) was the first gift. This week I almost finished the second gift. Recently I received a box full of wood, some that I have never had the opportunity to turn. There was some iron wood, a piece of burl, Sapele and some antler. I wasn't sure what to make from the burl, at first. I originally thought of some sort of wall art- but I'm not much of an artist (in fact the seventh grade art teacher said about all I could draw was flys). Anyway. I decided I would make the burl go as far as possible. The first piece is a small shallow bowl. The top needs a few more applications of lacquer. The lip is undercut. Made completely with Easy Wood Tools! Safe Turning
  8. Well July is past the halfway point. Another week of the "3 H's" here in south central PA. @Steve Krumanaker posted a gorgeous hollow walnut form he turned. It is not a tiny thing either! Steve talks about the adventure here- @Ron Altier Is having some difficulty with an acrylic blank. Head on over to his post and see if you have any suggestions Carl Jacobson recently posted a review of the new Easy Wood Micro Tools. These will be a real asset to those who turn smaller items such as pens, bottle stoppers, etc. But don't be fooled; these tools will are going to be great for detail work on larger objects. I am particularly impressed with the Micro Detailer. The sharp point is something I find very useful in my turnings. The tools come as a set. So you get all tree when you purchase them! Some months ago, I linked a short "teaser" about Tim Yoder's upcoming video on catches. He has released 2 videos covering various catches and why they happen. Part #1 is on the roughing gouge- Part #2 is linked on his YouTube page. As turners, we are always looking for ways to make our pieces unique. Some add color, some add texture and the list goes on. Here is a video where the turner adds interesting detail to a bowl- using a router. I had a little time at the lathe this week. Some months ago, I created a laminated blank from scraps and then turned it round. It has been setting next to the lathe. Finally made something out of it. I call them Chang and Eng. They use the Crush Grind mechanisms from Woodcraft and stand about 11" tall. To distinguish between the salt and pepper function I used a piece of African blackwood for pepper and a piece of antler, that was recently given to me by a good friend, for the salt. Finished with rattle can lacquer. Turned entirely with Easy Wood Tools! Safe Turning
  9. Hazy, hot and humid! Southern Pennsylvania summer weather! Another great week here at The Patriot Woodworker! @PostalTom showed us his first successful bowl. He's taking classes at his "local" Woodcraft store. I personally like the lip he added to the rim. You can read more at- @Gerald posted a beautiful curly maple platter. The colors add an awesome effect! More about how he did the finish is at- @RustyFN asked if any members had information/tips on making their own acrylic blanks. Head over to his post and jump into the conversation- @HARO50 (John) posted some really neat images of an old shop made treadle lathe. Check these out- Rick Turns added the June list of YouTube turning videos. Remember, he adds a PDF list of the videos in the "Show More" section below the video. Carl Jacobson turns a gorgeous maple burl hollow vessel. Check out his use Easy Wood Tools! If you are looking for a really simple yet useful gift for someone, here's a link to a blog on making a honey dipper. http://blog.woodturnerscatalog.com/2012/07/turning-a-honey-dipper/ Monday, Mimi mentioned she was looking for a cake platter/pedestal. I thought, I can make that. Seems like the perfect lathe project. A little research for a typical size, some lumber rack scraps and a couple of hours in the shop- She said she likes it. On a personal note, I wish to thanks everyone for the kind comments about the Easy Wood Tools testing program. I hope that I can live up to their expectations and provide useful input on anything I have the opportunity to review/test. Mr. Jim Luley and Easy Wood Tools have been such generous sponsors of our site and I hope anything I can do will help that relationship continue. Safe Turning
  10. Quigley and I missed all of the fireworks excitement, last night. He is terrified of the noise so he and I hide in the basement during the show. @Gerald turned some really neat tulips this week- Check out his post and how he made these at- He also added some additional images of his stunning "Beads of Courage" turnings to his Hollow Forms gallery. Take a look- @PostalTom is taking turning classes at his "local" Woodcraft store. He asked a question about Easy Wood Tools and which one(s) would the best to get. How about hopping over to his post and giving him your opinion. Easy Wood Tools is one of our very generous sponsors. @Steve Krumanaker ran into a "minor" problem when working on a beautiful walnut hollow turning. You really need to see how he solved his problem. It might just very well come in handy one day- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter came this past week. Their lead video has shown up a couple of places on the Internet, recently. If you haven't seen the video, it is worth a watch. A solution for a problem we all face- tearout- In the "New and Hot" department of the newsletter they have highlighted a great deal on sanding mesh disks- Here's the link to the supplier of the disks- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sanding-items The entire newsletter can be viewed here- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Carl Jacobson turns a neat project for a worthy cause. He makes a tape measure for "Makers Make It Matter". Here's a link if you are interested in helping out this non-profit organization- https://makersmakeitmatter.com/. Safe Turning
  11. Another week in the books. It was a delightful, low humidity day here is south central PA. A friend from Virginia stopped by today on his way home. He always brings the neatest gifts and today was no exception. He handed me a bag full of ebony piano keys. He told me that his friend had stripped down the old instrument and salvaged to ebony and ivory keys. Now I just have to figure out how to incorporate then into a turning. Member @RustyFN posted a question about bowl turning and the wax that is used to seal the blanks and the moisture levels within a blank- Several of the turners offered answers. Check it out and jump in with your suggestions. In a different Patriot forum there was a discussion on gluing. As turners we often create our own turning blanks from glued up pieces. I found this article interesting. Some of the glue brand names were a little different than I am used to but the general information is good. It is from the James L. Taylor company. Book_on_Gluing.pdf I think I may have posted this project before but just in case... Tim Yoder has a 2 part video on turning a wooden Roman canteen- Part 2 is linked from the Youtube site. Carl Jacobson made an off-centered wine goblets. There's some turning and some wood bending in this project- I did spend some time at the lathe this week. A friend wanted a mallet for his new chisel set. Made his similar to the one Steven Newman uses. Got it packed up and sent before I realized I did not take any pictures! Hope he likes it. Safe Turning
  12. When my computer crashed, last week, I lost my "Wednesday's" topics list's most recent additions. This week's post is a little thin. Sometime back, on another forum, I saw an interesting steady rest designed primarily for removing the tenon on a turning. The device was being manufactured by Jerry Mercantel. He is selling his steady rest through a couple of Woodcraft stores and is advertizing from his website. He has other turning products as well. Check out his stuff at- https://www.woodturnerstools.com/ Carl Jacobson has a video demonstrating turning a crush grind pepper/salt grinder. What's different here is the method used to capture the mechanisms inside the turnins. Most of the instructions for these mechanisms call for removing the locking tabs and epoxying the mechanisms in place. Carl demonstrates using a special tool the allows the use of the locking tabs. A nice article by RIchard Raffan, published by the AAW, on turning a simple wooden tray- Here's the PDF- AW3101p22-26.pdf Finally, a very short video comparing several Jacobs chuck for wood turning- Safe Turning
  13. It's been hot and humid here in south central PA for the past several day. Working outside was sweaty to say the least. Our turners have been busy with some beautiful projects. Member Steve showed us his gorgeous walnut bowl. I pulled this from his post- You can read the comments on this on his post: I love the grain patterns, color contrasts and the flawless finish. Gerald has been working on the Beads of Courage bowls. He has added color and turned some lids. Check out his post: Can't remember how I found this link but it is an interesting article on the "Evolution of a Goblet Design". The article is by Bill Ooms and was posted by the American Association of Woodturners. AW2902p24-26.pdf Rick, of Rick Turns, posted the May listing of You Tube woodturning videos. Carl Jacobson uploaded a video on making a turned lamp. This one has a rather modern look- The last couple of days of school, when I subbed, some of the kids were "using" their Fidget Spinners". Some schools have banned them, others have embraced them. Personally, I can think of more creative ways to satisfy nervous energy in school- but that's just me. Anyway, Tim Yoder gets caught up in the craze. Here's part one of his video turning a spinner. Part two is linked from the You Tube page. There was a discussion today, here on the TPW, concerning the merits- or lack thereof- of Facebook. I saw a Facebook post displaying turner Simon Begg's turnings. This is a screen shot of just one of his pieces. His work is spectacular. I wonder how he creates the dimple with such smooth interiors. Check out all his turnings at- https://www.simonbeggswoodturning.com/ I finally gave up trying to do any more to the ash vase I was attempting. As per usual, my sanding/finishing techniques failed me. Seems like scratches appear out of nowhere. Also, I think I went one step too far by adding the copper wire. The butterfly dutchmen didn't seem to provide enough contrast. In hindsight, I should have quit while I was ahead. I turned this piece with the log center perpendicular to the lathe axis. As it dried the "tree center" areas tended to poke out. I really wanted to have the grain rings/pores highlighted more. Keeping my eyes open for some red oak. Safe Turning
  14. It's been crazy around here this past week. Every day started out going in one direction but ended up at tangents you would not believe! Rusty posted a couple of really fine turnings. I snagged this one from his post- See his description here- Dan built an awesome handle for his new Easy Wood Tools Easy Hollower. Talk about a classy turning tool- Dan walks us through the build in his post- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter came this week. A couple of nice articles. I think I posted a similar article a year or so ago but..... Turning fishing Lures The article is from Popular Woodworking- http://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/wooden-fishing-lures Not strictly for the woodturner but the newsletter also has detailed instructions om making a solar kiln. This article is also from Popular Woodworking- http://www.popularwoodworking.com/projects/solar-kiln The link to the newsletter is- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php While checking out the "New and Hot" section I was disappointed to see that the publishers are linking to knockoffs of Ruth Niles Stainless Steel Stoppers. I know Ruth personally and only purchase from her. Not because of the acquaintance but because of the quality of her product, service and customer care. She takes great pride in her product. I highly recommend her bottle stoppers- http://www.nilesbottlestoppers.com/ . Mr. David Reed Smith usually publishes "How-To" articles but this one shows off some cute little snowpeople. Looks like these might be some sellers at the craft shows- Check out the entire gallery - http://www.davidreedsmith.com/Gallery/SnowPeople/SnowPeople.html Last week I mentioned a turner, Reed Gray. One of the videos he posted was on the use of various types of scrapers and when to use them. During his demonstration, he talks about a problem most of us have when turning a piece- tear out. At about 10:13 in the video, he show a method to reducing the tearout. Pretty neat! If you have a Face Book account you probably saw this short video from Carl Jacobson. Wear that face shield!!!!!!!!!!! While turning a small vase, I noticed my shop made wooden glue block chuck was developing a small crack. Between catastrophes and emergencies I managed to make a couple from a chunk of maple a buddy had given me. Drilled to 7/8" Tapped 1" x 8 and a pine glue surface added. I also add a small finish nail to each to help center the piece to be turned. The nail is a snug fit and can be pulled out before parting off a turning Safe Turning
  15. Well tomorrow is the first day of meteorological summer. Sometimes I feel like Rod Taylor in H.G.Wells' time machine!! We have had some wonderful turning projects posted by our turners this week! From "down under" member Jari added to his gallery. This one is a Camphor Laurel 220 mm by 140mm Bowl And this one a Camphor Laurel 450 mm by 160 mm bowl You can see Jari's pictures in his gallery at- http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/gallery/album/241-back-in-shed/ Steve posted his gorgeous platter. I can't imagine having this ability! Steve's post is here- Gerald turned a natural edge platter. It is a beauty! Gerald's post can be seen here- Gerald is also working on a "Beads of Courage" bowl If you are not familiar with this most worthy cause, check out this website- http://www.beadsofcourage.org/pages/woodturners.html Member Ron must never sleep! His pieces are always amazing. This week he illustrates that sometimes things that glitter ARE gold! Ron describes his process here- Gerald also turns ornaments. While Ron typically hangs his around the house, Gerald created this nifty little hanger. His description of the turning is here- Steve gave us a glimpse of his Delta Midi lathe and the neat method he created to make it more portable. As for me, I've been messing around with an idea a friend asked about- a vase. I was able to get a chunk of recently cut tree so I thought I'd give it a go. When you are a self taught turner, you don't know what you don't know. When I turn smaller wet pieces, I turn them thin and that has prevented most cracking. I thought I was doing pretty good. But then- This set me to thinking about drying turned/partially turned pieces. I've always used the paper bag/shavings method for large "twice turned" bowls. In hindsight that's probably what I should have done here. I have tried drying in a microwave- when Mimi wasn't home- the results weren't that great. I read about using Denatured Alcohol but that's kind of expensive and could be a fire hazard. Anyway, I stumbled across a video from Reed Gray (AKA RoboHippy). Apparently, this method of "drying/condition" of the turnings works for him and appears to solve the cost/hazards of other methods. Liquid Dishwashing Detergent. Through some more Internet cruising, I found that this method has been around for years. Reed credits Ron Kent with this process of using detergent. Here is a link to Mr. Kent's description. The actual information starts about halfway down the page- http://www.ronkent.com/techniques.php.. Gonna try this next time! Safe Turning
  16. Keep this in your minds and hearts- This upcoming weekend is not about picnics or parties. Only 4 days left to get in on the Easy Wood turning tool raffle! Deadline is May 28!! http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/topic/19437-win-a-full-set-of-easy-wood-tools-and-support-a-great-cause/ We've had a new turner join our ranks since last Wednesday's post! Bernie W posted one of his really awesome mini bird houses Christmas ornaments! You can read all about this at- http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/topic/19896-mini-birdhouse/ While on the subject of turned bird houses, Tim Yoder has his own spin on these- Tim added a comment about the perch and that it isn't really necessary for the nesting birds. Member Ron created a new Christmas ornament and his Mrs. immediately appropriated it for her sewing room! Ron posted his description here- http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/topic/19889-experimenting/ Although this turner has created a bunch of speciality jig- for production runs- it probably wouldn' be too difficult to make a few of these for gifts. For myself, I manages to pick up a nice chunk of ash today ~30" long and a foot in diameter. Going to attempt to make a vase like on my friend wanted. Safe Turning
  17. REMEMBER- ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT TO ENTER THE RAFFLE FOR SOME AWESOME EASY WOOD TOOLS! Lots of great stuff posted this past week by our turners here on the Patriot! Steve finished up a maple platter. His pyro work really makes his work something to behold! Steve posted his work in two parts. Check them out! Rusty is having some difficulty with his Nova chuck. There has been a lot of helpful discussion trying to resolve his problem. Check out the thread and chime in with your assistance- Rusty also just purchased a new lathe! Try not to drool on your keyboards- "Rick Turns" has April's list of You Tube woodturning videos- I've been looking for a challenging turning project and I think I may have found one! Discovered this while browsing one of the G+ communities to which I belong. These turning are by Erwin Van Looy. He calls them "square bowls"- After a bit of searching, I found two similar videos describing the process, including the construction of dedicated jigs. I have some walnut that just might fill the bill! Something about the shape of these really appeals to me! Safe Turning
  18. Another week has sped by. I don't know where the time goes!! Ron posted an ornament he finished. Lots of great comments on this one! Read Ron's post here- OlBuck asked a question about the worst wood to turn. Several members responded with their input. What wood do you think is the worst to turn?? Gerald posted a video from the "Way Back Machine". It shows how turning used to be done! If you are in the Kansas City, MO area, the American Association of Woodturners is holding their 31st Annual International Symposium. All the information can be found at- http://www.woodturner.org/?page=2017KC The Woodworker's Journal newsletter has a nice little turning project. A glued-up platter made from Butternut. The how-to can be read at- http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/segmented-butternut-platter/ Tim Yoder decided to also make a platter. He chose a different turning media. Rick Turns posted a review of his new chainsaw. I don't know about you, but my little Sears 2 cycle chainsaw is stored in the garden shed at the end of the yard. I try to remember to run the gas out of it after each use. You know how that goes. Mostly when I need it, it is really cold outside. I struggle to get it to run. Rick's new chain saw is electric. I never really considered this type to be powerful enough for anything but really small stuff. After watching this video, I have to reconsider my original assessment. Also, notice the log holder. Compared to the one in last week's post, this one would be easier to muscle the log into place but you would need to bend over more during cutting. Safe Turning
  19. May already! Don't forget about the Patriot Fundraising Raffle! Only a short time left for your chance to win a set of Easy Wood Turning Tools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Check out the link- Gerald posted an image and a question about an unusual occurrence with some wood he was turning. Here's a picture of what he was talking about The discussion can be read here- A while back, we were discussing how turners like to try different media to create that unique piece. Carl Jacobson posted a video where he turns an aluminum and resin bowl. It's a beauty! If you turn projects from logs, you may have found it difficult to keep the log secured while milling with the chainsaw. Here's a short video from the Wyoming Woodturner demonstrating a handy "holder". The May issue of Woodturning OnLine is available. One of the items is a video showing how to create a segmented Bolo Tie. While not for every area of the country, I imagine this would be popular at crafts shows in the West. And the video, by "As Wood Turns"- If you are looking for a project that is more artful than functional, this issue has instructions on a beautiful off-centered turning The piece is by Lisa Chemerika. The step-by-step is at- https://www.canadianwoodworking.com/plans-projects/turn-saueracker-shell Mostly, we turners use a clear finish on our pieces. It highlights the woods natural beauty. Another possibility is illustrated by Amy Christie in an article from this same issue. She applies gold leaf to add another dimension of beauty. Her process is here- http://www.thisheartofmineblog.com/2013/10/30/before-after-wooden-bowls-with-gold-leaf/ The "leafing" process is kind of fun. Many years ago, I made a maître d' station for our "adopted" son's restaurant. The restaurant is called the Copper Kettle. He wanted some sort of business card holder at the station. This is what I came up with- It was turned from wood and copper leaf placed over the outside. For the pen turners, a pen for the survivalist- This new Survival pen has 3 main components, a ball point pen, a fire starter and a glass breaker. The cap finial functions as a decorative cap and also contains a carbide glass breaker. The body finial also functions as a decorative end and contains a flint fire rod. The uniquely designed clip also functions as a striking plate. The glass breaker works on tempered glass on side windows. Click on the above image for ordering information. Check out the entire Woodturning OnLine issue at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Safe Turning
  20. Quick post this week. There are just a few weeks left to enter the Patriot Woodworker's raffle for a set of Easy Wood Mid Size Turning Tools! You don't need to be a member of the Patriot Woodworkers to enter. Tell your friend and relatives! Check out the details here- Last week, Ron posted a picture of a garden fairy hut. Right after that I saw this from Carl Jacobson- We turners are always looking for that unique turning medium to give our projects pizzazz. Here's something a little different! Ron found a video demonstrating the turning of a finial. He posted it here- Member Joe finished up his blog on segmented turning. His can koozi came out beautiful. Check out the last segment or read the entire blog here- Ron began a thread about your favorite wood to turn. What's yours?? Check out what other Patriot Turners had to say- Safe Turning
  21. Busy all the way around this week! Our turners are cranking out some awesome work and I am subbing at school for a few days. Ron created a dazzling ornament from plywood and ebony. He discusses some of the problems he encountered in his post Our Administrator, John, is in the process of creating another rocking chair. Most of the chair parts are turned. He is documenting his progress with lots of pictures- Read more about what he has done, here- Joe Candrilli has started a blog to allow us to follow along on his adventure in segmented turning. He is using the "Seg-Easy" products to help in creating accurate cuts. Check out Joe's progress! His Blog starts here- Joe also provided an insight into the customer service at Seg-Easy. Seems those folks are all about making the customer happy! Jim- from Easy Wood Tools- gave us an update on some beautiful walnut they "rescued". Looks like an awesome bowl in the making- Several interesting questions were raised this week. John asked about dust control in confined quarters. Several members supplied their ideas and thoughts. Ron started a discussion about double sided sticky tape as a means of holding a workpiece. He received lots of feedback- Joe asked a question about tool rests. He received some great ideas- Tim Yoder has a video up about creating colored pendants. Always fun to watch Tim work! A friend of mine hinted he would like to have a hollow turning made. He found what he liked but said he couldn't afford the item. I think I could give up substituting if I could sell pieces for this price! Safe Turning
  22. The Patriot Woodturners have been busy this past week, with a wide range of projects and questions. Ron turned a really nice looking little vase from a piece of old shrubbery. Beautiful colors and grain patterns. His post is here- John turned a batch of seam rippers and some pepper grinders. These are real beauties- Here's a link to his post- Dan showed us how he makes turned pens without spending a fortune- He explains his process in this post- Our founder, John, posed a question about using a chuck for turning a square blank. He is in the process of making rocking chair parts. Of course he had to make us all jealous by showing his awesome Easy Wood Chuck Check out what our turnes had to say about this- Steve has created a very timely project. It is a special Easter egg. The amazing part is that it is lighted! See more images in Steve's post- Rick Turns Added the You Tube woodturning videos for March 2017. If you didn't make it to the Atlanta Woodworking show this year, Carl Jacobson posted a short video review- Safe Turning
  23. Just checked out the window are we are experiencing a beautiful sunset. Weather is supposed to go south tomorrow. It's been a great week here at the Patriot Woodworker. Lots of discussions and projects. Our turners have been producing some beautiful pieces!! Ron made a couple of seam rippers from some leftover ornament scraps Check out his post. He even tells us where to get a good deal on the metal rippers- Gerald posted a couple of beautiful winged bowls he turned Here is a link to the complete post and additionals images- In addition to those gorgeous turnings, Gerald also added several new bowl images to his Patriot Album. Check them out here- Steve has been working on a laser addition for his hollowing rig. The discussion included ideas, sources and examples for using a laser as an indicator. Read the entire discussion here- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter arrived. Couple of interesting items. The first part of a video on turning a wood stem wine glass is interesting- Another project is a wooden beverage "Koozie" with a bottle opener- The article is from "Fix This Build That" http://fixthisbuildthat.com/diy-wooden-beer-koozie-bottle-opener-plans/ Some of our members (Ron and Joe) have been discussing pen making. The Woodturning OnLine newsletter had a link to a new pen kit that will be perfect for any fireman you might know- Here's a link to this pen- http://www.bereahardwoods.com/pen-kit/sets/1609_B-GN-CHR.html . There are several Fireman pen styles listed on the website. The entire Woodturning on line newsletter can be read here- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php If you didn't get to the Oregon Woodturning Symposium, Carl Jacobson posted a video wrap-up- Always a joy to watch, Tim Yoder is at it again! This time he is making a glow in the dark Easter Egg- Absolutely nothing to do with woodturning, but Quigley and I were on our way home from some errands. We were driving on Main Street, in our town, when up ahead- jaywalking across the street was- By the time I got my phone out, he was on the sidewalk heading north! After the latest Borough Hall meeting, I knew our town had it's share of "Turkeys", but this??!! Spring Gobbler season in Pennsylvania. Safe Turning
  24. Another information packed week here at the Woodturner's Forum! Member Ron posted several items. First he brought us up-to-date on how the lowered lathe position worked for him- Ron turned some more ornaments with the newly positioned lathe. Looks like things are working well- Ron not only turns ornaments he also creates crochet hooks for his wife. Here's one he modified- And a post showing some of the various sizes. I am amazed at the delicateness of these items- Ron also posted a chip deflector he whipped up- Pretty Cool! Here's his post- We had a very lively discussion concerning carbide lathe tools started by RustyFN. One of our new members- Jim has an intimate knowledge of carbide cutters and provided a really nice insight about carbide and the cutters. Check out the thread here- Member Joe started a discussion about pen turning and pen sales. Lots of great information about suppliers and pricing your work- something, I think, every woodworker struggles with. Ron added a different slant when considering the sales demographic for turned pens- Gerald posted pictures of lidded containers he made for a program called "Beads of Courage". He is in great company with these turnings. Turners Tim Yoder and Carl Jacobson both participate in creating these items. Please check out Gerald's post. There is a link there to the Beads of Courage program and how to get involved. I did remember to look up the latest compilation of YouTube woodturning videos from "Rick Turns". If you want to see the list in a PDF format, click on "Show More" below the video- As turners, we are always looking for the next thing to turn. Something different. Something unusual. Now I'm not saying you should steal borrow this idea. I just thought it was kind of neat. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1468459482/oak-honey-whiskey-tumbler/description Safe turning
  25. Lots of great stuff posted here in the Woodturners' Forum this week! I don't do many segmented turnings. One things that's been a problem for me is having a way to clamp up the segments. That's all changed after watching this video of a deceptively simple shop made clamp- We have an on-going discussion about sitting down while turning. Member Ron first posed the question and he has gotten lots of feedback and suggestions. You can read the entire thread here- Ron should win a prize this week for the most threads posted! He posted his shop made lathe dust hood. It is a real winner! The new dust hood must have come in handy when Ron turned a Banksia Seed pod. His post on the turning is here- Ron wasn't the only turner busy this week. Member Steve is busy mass producing Honey Dippers. Read bout this undertaking here- Several members of the Woodturners' Forum crate really beautiful Christmas ornaments. I received an email from Mr. David Reed Smith and he has published an article that might be useful to the ornament turners. He demonstrates how to turn a cap for round glass/plastic decorations. As always, Mr. Smith's articles are thoroughly documented. Even if you don't intend to turn these, there is a wealth of information on jigs and procedures in the article. http://www.davidreedsmith.com/Articles/CapOrnament/CapOrnament.html. The latest Woodcraft Magazine (April/May 2017) arrived this week. There is a nice article about "Cast Resin Turning". While this might not be for everyone, it is an interesting process and produces some fascinating turnings. Safe Turning

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