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Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners June 12, 2019

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Quite a wide variety of things this week. 

 

 

Our Patriot Turners-

@Ron Altier posted a question concerning his lathe's faceplate. He was having difficulty removing the faceplate after use. Our turners offered several suggestions and modifications. Head on over to Ron's post and see if you can add anything to what was discussed.

 

 

@Gerald added a really great tip to the Woodturner's Forum tip section. He gave us a link to an article using the bandsaw for cutting bowl bland. Lots of good information-

 

 

@John Morris Asked for information on the "Ring Master" tool for making bowls. Several of our members gave him their opinions. Please check in on this post and help John out with his inquiry-

 

 

You know, our turners are the absolute best bunch of folks! @HandyDan posted his thanks to @John Morris for gifting him a buffing system. Dan is our pen making expert and this system really helped him improve the finish of his bullet pens.

 

 

What’s Coming Up-

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More information and registration for this September event can be obtained at-

https://gawoodturner.org/symposium/

 

 

For The Newbies-

We want to thank @Gene Howe for passing along this reminder. Safety is really important, not just for beginners, either.

 

 

 

Expand Your Horizons-

I run hot and cold on what type of finish to put on a turning. Sometimes the function of the turning dictates the type of finish. Other times it is up to individual tastes. I really like the "feel" of the wood when you touch the turning while others prefer a more "finished" feel. If you like the high gloss finish, here's a video from M. Saban-Smith on the steps he uses to get a glass-like finish-

 

 

 

New Turning Items-

We found a couple of new items.

From Woodturners Wonders, a small bit holder for use when sharpening.

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More on this holder is at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/unique-tools/products/small-tool-bit-holder

 

Second, it a new item from Ruth Niles. Ruth calls this one a "Tab Popper". This should be a hit with the ladies to protect their nails.

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Ruth has more information and images on her site- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/niles-tab-popper/

 

 

Everything Else-

The latest edition of Woodturning OnLine is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=062019 .  I know many of you do club demonstrations. There is a nice article about remote demonstrations in this issue. You can check it out at-

https://www.morewoodturningmagazine.com/articles.php?articlesid=127&access=bb51e4e9a315

 

Rick Turns has the May edition of the YouTube woodturning videos. Please add a comment to Rick's posting. A lot of work goes into cataloging this data-

 

 

 

I made a trip up to the Woodcraft store and now have been playing with my new Easy Wood Tools mini hollowing set

( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ).

 

I had a really dry, hard chunk of cherry. Used the straight hollower to make a bracelet. Shavings came off like it was green wood! Finished with mineral oil and beeswax.

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I had some maple, from a tree we had removed, setting behind the garden shed. When I cut into it, I discovered it had spalted. Couldn't let that go to waste although it is quite punky in places.

 

Mounted a small chunk and went to work.

 

I drilled a 1/2" hole down thru the center and then shaped the outside. I flooded the surface with CA to help stabilize the punky wood.

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Using the 0°, 45° and 90° tools to hollow out the center

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I made a wall thickness tool from an idea I stole from a Mike Peace video. He recommended spring steel wire but all I had was coat hanger wire.

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As you can see, I need more practice and a better thickness gauge. The bright light near the top is where I sanded thru the surface of the turning. It was extremely soft there. The lights near the bottom show thru REALLY thin walls!

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Side view from one angle, looks pretty symmetrical. Looking closely, you can see where I sanded thru at the neck.

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Turned 90° and now the asymmetrical neck can be seen on the right. The soft part sanded down quicker than the harder grain next to it.

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I just couldn't bring myself to pitching it. Made a jam chuck to finish the bottom-

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As fragile as the piece was, I needed to get it out of the chuck without banging on the sides. Air pressure to the rescue! When I make a wooden chuck (or glue block), I drill a small centering hole completely thru the wood. Turned out to be a good habit.

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And there you have it. Gonna play around, using the mini hollowing tools to create a small finial. Not sure about the finish, yet.

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Safe turning

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Good post Lew. That small hollowing can be tough, we have to switch gears and get to a small mentality instead of larger. Also stop many time. When I first got my Hunter #5 swan neck I went thru the side of every piece I tried.

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@lew I hope you enjoy your new toys!  Thanks!

jim

 

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@Gerald Thank You! I'm going to experiment with a laser pointer type of thickness gauge. Got a bunch of old electronic parts so maybe I can make something.

 

@HandyDan Thanks!

 

@Jim from Easy Wood Tools Thank You! 

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