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  1. 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
  2. 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. 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
  3. 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- The entire newsletter can be viewed here- 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- Safe Turning
  4. 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
  5. 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- 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
  6. 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- 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
  7. 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- Not strictly for the woodturner but the newsletter also has detailed instructions om making a solar kiln. This article is also from Popular Woodworking- The link to the newsletter is- 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- . 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 - 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
  8. 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- 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- 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- Gonna try this next time! Safe Turning
  9. 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!! 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- 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- 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
  10. 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
  11. 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- 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- 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
  12. 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- 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- 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- Safe Turning
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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" 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- . There are several Fireman pen styles listed on the website. The entire Woodturning on line newsletter can be read here- 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
  16. 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. Safe turning
  17. 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. 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
  18. Almost a foot of snow, 25° and the wind gusting to 35 mph- spring in Pennsylvania! Last week I mentioned that Jim, from Easy Wood Tools, had joined The Patriot Woodworker. Since then he has posted a picture of one of his turnings- Beautiful bowl. You gotta love that Easy Wood Chuck! Here's a link to his post- Dan finished up a BUNCH of beautiful inside-out ornaments Check here- for more images. Member Ron has been practicing with his chatter tool. He made some really cool spinning tops that he decorated with his new chatter tool- Here's where you can read more- Keith has been really busy scoping out sites for free woodworking plans. As I was looking through his lists, I found a couple of places that listed turning projects- lathe Check out the Patriot's Links Page for more of his great findings of free woodworking plans. Our discussion of Steady Rests reminded me of a device I had seen some time ago. This steady rest uses a different approach to holding the work piece. Looks like it would not be too difficult to make if you have access to some metal working machines. Heck this might even be doable from wood- I believe this maybe way back in the "Wednesday's" archives. It is another great shop made tool from the mind of Mr. David Reed Smith. The entire tutorial for making one is at- Safe Turning
  19. Another active week here in the Woodturners Forum and some really AWESOME news! A lot of us use and love our Easy Wood Tools. Well, Jim Luely, from Easy Wood Tools, is now a member of The Patriot Workers!!! Easy Wood Tools has been a sponsor of our little community since the very early on. They have generously contributed to our various campaigns and fund raisers. If you use their tools, you know how well they are made and well they perform. If you haven't tried them, do yourself a favor and give them a go. I understand that the Easy Wood Chuck will be re-released soon. Their chuck is absolutely the finest chuck on the market. If you get to Woodcraft, touch it, maybe test drive it. I truly believe you will be impressed. THANK YOU, Jim for all of your support!! Our members have posted some really great stuff this week. Steve Posted images of his shop made steady rest. Check out the full description here- Steve's steady rest used in-line skate wheels and that encouraged Jesse to post a jig he built which used a slightly different type of wheel- Jesse's jig used a softer RC car wheel. His description of his jig is here- . Even though Jesse's jig isn't strictly for turning, it certainly could be used to prepare turning blanks. Steve also posted a platter he turned to be used during his presentation to the woodturners club, in which he is a member. Unfortunately, things didn't go exactly as planned and the walnut had other ideas about what shape it wanted to be. The piece warped after turning. I think we all own that T-Shirt! Here's where you can see additional images of his platter- When learning to turn, one of the first questions that is often asked is about grinding/sharpening the tools. There are a wide variety of grinding profiles. It can be confusing to the beginner (and experienced) turner. I stumbled across this page which has some good information/images of the various grind profiles. The Woodturning OnLine newsletter came this week. As always, they have some interesting information. One thing caught my eye was the article on "egg turning". Our member Ron has been experimenting with his new chatter tool and egg turning. This article explores using a similar tool for decorating the turnings. The complete newsletter is at- A few months ago, a friend sent me a glued up blank and materials to create an awl. Once I managed to clear out the shop, I was able to turn the handle and put it together. The blank was glued up in a similar manner as the Celtic Knot rolling pin. The shaft is a 3/16" twist bit and the brass is a compression ferrule filed and shaped. Safe Turning
  20. The turners here on the Patriot were really active this week! Several projects and informative discussions. Steve posted a beautiful walnut crotch bowl- You can see all of the images here- Member Dan posted an update on his ornaments along with additional photos of his turning blank preparation- His post is here- Gerald posted a neat Kururin Toy he is making- His post, along with a video is here- Tom has signed up for a turning class at his local Woodcraft store. He started a discussion about bowl turning tools. He had lots of great responses. Read the entire discussion here- Mr. David Reed Smith published another whistle project. Looks like this would be a fun project to make and then send home with the grand-kids! The entire article, with step-by-step instructions, can be found at- As you read the article check out the method/chuck Mr. Smith uses for eccentric turning. New video from Tim Yoder- turning a winged burl bowl. Check out the Easy Wood Chuck, too! Safe Turning
  21. Another great week for woodturning information here at the Patriot Woodworkers! Member, HandyDan, posted a super pictorial on making some more inside-out turnings You can see all of the steps at- Dan also started a topic about hollowing tools and how they can be made to lessen catches and dig ins- In response to to Dan's post, member Steve, posted his fantastic hollowing system. Steve explains the build here- Not only did Steve show us his hollowing ring, he also posted a little turned maple box. But not just any box! I cannot imagine being able to create that design on the outside of a turning! Check it out- Member, Ron, has been working with his new chatter tools. He's made some really nice looking Easter Eggs. Read about his progress here- Last week, I mentioned Cliff had manufactured a monster, negative rake scraper. He posted another short video of the overall construction and, in response to some questions, a video explaining the advantages of the negative rake. Cliff also Put up a short video on a new hook tool he purchased. You can see the video and the discussion here- I guess just about all of us have cell phones. Here's a cool little project from Tim Yoder- a passive amplifier for your phone. These work on about the same principal as the old Victrola phonograph players. You may have to experiment with the shape/size and location of the hole in the rear to get the best results. Safe Turning
  22. February 15- hope none of you are in the dog house after forgetting yesterday was Valentine's Day. One of these days I'm going to get back to the lathe. Been subbing this week and still have a couple of more days next week, too. We've had a busy week here at the Patriot with lots of turning related posts. Member Cliff posted a couple of items. First, he is turning a winged bowl. He posted a short video of his progress- He also built himself a gigundous negative rake scraper- If you haven't seen what he has done, check'em out! Ron Altier purchased a new set of chatter tools from Amazon. Looking forward to seeing how well they work. Here's the link he posted- Member HandyDan posted images of his TINY turnings- AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Check out the other ones at- Today, Steve, started an interesting post about starting down the road to turning with a really inexpensive lathe. What do you think? Get involved with the conversation at- I received an email yesterday from Cook Woods. They have some beautiful Claro Walnut turning blanks- A new video from Carl Jacobson and our generous sponsor- Easy Wood Tools- on making a lidded box. Safe Turning
  23. Spent the last couple of days fighting computer problems on a couple of machines. Rather be at the lathe, for sure! HandyDan has shown us his method for turning Inside-Out items. He has created another beauty- Here is Dan's picture tutorial, in case you missed it- Another item using the Inside-Out method is in this months Woodturning OnLine. Here is a video by a young man from England- Alex Harris. Check out some of his other videos. He created a really neat router based lathe duplicator. If you have considered trying you hand a offset turning but didn't care for the idea of "turning air", Woodturning OnLine has an interesting alternative- Her's the link to the article by John Calver- How do you sign your turnings? Here's a method that might work for you. This was written by Mike Vickery- I'm really not a fan of painting a turning. I have used it to add some highlights, however. I saw this video of a painted platter. It does look kinda cool- Safe Turning
  24. Been substituting the last two days at the local Vocational School. I'm no longer used to standing up all day! We've had some really nice conversations, about woodturning, here at the Patriot this past week. We've all had those spots that no matter how hard we try or how many times we sharpen the tools- they just won't smooth out. Well, Patriot member Cliff came up with a novel way of getting rid of that tear out. He used a card scraper, at low RPM's, to work it out- Here's a link to his post- While you are watching what he does, take notice to the awesome dust/chip collection device he built. Patriot member Steve Krumanaker posted his really cool honey dippers and lids. Making the dipper an integral part of the lid really cuts down on the mess! Member Ron Altier has been experimenting with his shop made chatter tools. His turnings are really super- Check out his chucking technique- I had intended to do this on a more regular basis, but you know where the road paved with good intentions goes... "Rick Turns" puts together a monthly You Tube video containing a list of all of the woodturning videos posted on You Tube for the month. Quite an undertaking! Here is the one for December 2016- Safe Turning
  25. We've had some really great posts in the Woodturners' section of the Patriot this week! Patriot member RustyFN posted a beautiful acrylic, detachable key chain. I snagged this image from his post- Here's a link to the project and answers to questions posed to Rusty about the finish- Today, member Cliff posted his shop made scraper. Here's the link to his video. Check out the smooth surface created by his scraper- Here's a short video comparing turning face shields. I wish the author would have spent a little more time on the last one- Talk about some serious Skew Chisel skills! Check out this honey dipper from "The Woodturners" Finally, Carl Jacobson posted a nice little turned box with some segmented embellishments- Safe Turning honey dipper.mp4

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