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  1. My wife is a very active in Crochet, knitting, quilting, etc. She came to me with a plastic ergonomic hook. It is made to relieve stress from gripping the crochet hook. She asked if I could turn one, but she wanted to be more friendly to her hand and fingers. She wanted it to be shorter here thinner here and so on. I turned a prototype without a hook and keep adjusting, then I added a hook to be able to adjust hook to handle ratio for her hand. I came up with data that should work, finalized the prototype and she tried it. She loved it. One last request was to make it pretty. I had a LOT of exotic wood scrap and I came up one that she loved. Then she wanted one with a different size shaft. That led to another. So I ended out making a complete set of 12 and racks to hold them. They are measured in mm and go in letter sizes. The first 3 or 4, I sawed in the hook with my small band saw. One false move and It was a OVER. I did good. Then discovered I could buy straight hooks made of bamboo. I ordered them and drilled holes in my handles, inserted them to the proper length and glued. I've seen them on the web for about 80 to 100 bucks. However they aren't as exotic as hers. She keeps them on that table I made for her, it was her design
  2. I finished the Bass wood ornament. Its OK, but I won't use it again. It did turn and sand easy, but It just isn't good turning wood. Especially delicate things.
  3. My wife has restless leg syndrome and I had a great idea. I'd make a roller that you could roll across your leg, arm, etc. This is it and it is beautiful. The roller is made out of a shrub like tree that died in my yard. When I cut it down I looked at the end grain and saved it because it I may be able to turn it down. It was beautiful when I did and decided it was perfect for this roller. Problems is.....................................it didn't help her one bit
  4. I am turning some Bass wood today. I found an old piece and wondered what it would be like to turn. Well, as you would guess, it turns very easy. It would also be easy to go to far. I put some paint on, natural is not an option. I'll post a picture tomorrow (if it turns out good) Ever turn Bass wood?
  5. I posted this a long time ago for guys and gals that sell their work. My wife sews, knits, crochets, makes quilts, etc. She kept complaining that the seam rippers she gets are hard on her hands and she asked me to make some for her. Immediately I thought of all those scraps of exotic wood I kept. The steel seam ripper part came from JO ANNs with a plastic handle. Pulling it out of the handle with pliers was easy. I drilled a hole smaller than the shaft and pushed it in my new handles. I have made them for her friends, I'm sure that if I tried to sell them, I could.
  6. Last week I wrote that I had cut and drilled a piece into a precise form only to drop it one the cement floor. I'm sure there are still some pieces there. I looked at the two larger pieces and tried to come up with a way I could still use it. It wasn't happening, until I saw Steve's bird house ornaments. It seemed that each step resulted in a failure of some king. I kept at it, not wanting to admit defeat. So here is the bird house ornament that resulted from so many failures. It has a lot of problems, but I don't dare to so any more with it. It is like a jinx
  7. lew

    Battery Holder

    I lost a lot of my hearing during my stint in the Navy, working around jet aircraft. Now I wear hearing aids. The batteries tend to die when you need them most. I turned this little holder for my key chain. Made from Walnut and Maple.
  8. A couple of candle holders made on the lathe. Left one is walnut the right one is maple.
  9. HandyDan

    Pill Totes

    As we get older some of us have a pill that has to be taken during the day. How do you take it with you? Made a batch of totes with some Cherry for my brothers and sisters and the inlaws as well. I ran across a deal on some half inch conduit connectors at the Habitat Restore. I cut them in half and put them on the metal lathe and made thread insert sets as you see in the picture. They are epoxied in place. Here are some of them.
  10. My son's Cross Country team asked if I would take an attempt at making a new spirit stick for the team. What I have learned about spirit sticks at cross country meets is that the teams carry these to receive their awards post-run. I do not know much else about the history of this and believe it just something that the teams do for fun. I agreed to give it a shot as the old one was in a bad state of repair. I have a Powermatic PM90 with VFD but have not had many excuses to run it. I am really a "nooby" in the turning world. I also took a first attempt at inlay on this project. While I do not consider this my best work, I am pleased with how it turned out and what I learned as well. This will be attached to pool cue that is candy striped in two tone blue school colors. I did not have it ready at the time I took the pictures. For many of the folks here, I know that this is pretty rudimentary turning so I apologize for the fledgling work. Hopefully it meets the team expectations!. Go Storm!
  11. I am still experimenting with different finishes and paints. The results are not good about 50% of the time. I remember the good 50% and mark up the other 50% as lesson learned. Each of these had several finish experiments flop before I arrived at something I liked. It is discouraging to get a great idea that flops, but thats life. The gold and silver hardware are ear ring parts from Hobby Lobby. They beat everyone else out for variety and amount of things stocked.
  12. DAB

    red oak bowl

    gave this one away.
  13. a couple of years ago, I wanted to try off set turning, I think that is what it is called. You turn it on one set of centers and then move it to another. Then one idea led to another. I drilled holes, routed edges and had a neat looking piece. Then it started looking like a modern art guy. So I fashioned a head and base. I really like how it came out. My wife loves it. If I had to name it, it would be "TOUCHDOWN"
  14. My daughter brought me a cardboard box of free wooden items from a garage sale. Small shelves, etc. All were the same color and in bad shape. She got them for me and I wasn't about to tell her they were junk. My wife liked a couple of pieces and I kept the bigger ones. I was 100% sure they were made of stained pine. So I cut one piece just for the h(e)ll of it. It was a beautiful soft wood of many colors. I am sure it was made in a far eastern county. I glued up what I could to make another tree ornament. Anyone know what kind of wood they use. I'm sure it is cheap, it is very soft and probably grows fast.
  15. I am making another ornament. Gerald asked if I used paint on one I had made. I told him that I never use paint. Then I thought, why not? I could look good if used properly. So I used some paint to make stripes. I got the finish on and promptly dropped it on the floor. AHHHHHHHHHH! that is why you don't see a picture. I'm going to look at it tomorrow and see what I can do. I darn sure don't want to redo it.
  16. I got an idea for another Christmas tree ornament The last idea is on the left. The other one was an idea that didn't come out as nice as I"d like. It has 4 different color wood circles spiraling up to the top. Each circle is smaller than the last. This took a lot of set up time boring holes and making dowels to put in. I think I can do better with the knowledge I gained from this one
  17. Ron Altier

    Two more

    I did manage to salvage the one on the left, after I dropped it. It has a blemish , but that is better than refinishing the whole thing. The one on the right is my latest experiment with various stains and some paint and glitter. I like how it came out.
  18. I wanted to turn some round ornaments. I had some maple and some wood that I don't remember the name of. I will do better next time, a small crack turned up and I don't like it.. It is actually round, the camera angle my wife used makes it look distorted. I want to make one of the Ebony when it dries out completely. I was told that it is VERY hard and will dull most tools.
  19. Gerald

    Spalted Magnolia Bowl

    From the album: Hollow Forms

    Almost threw this piece of wood away and had to work around some flaws
  20. I made as couple more ornaments out of soft wood. The circles are pine and the rest is maple. I used those woods to experiment with and I wouldn't lose the exotic wood, if my experiment didn't work. When I got them as smooth as I wanted, I applied stain. They came out much better than I expected. After the wood I got at Rocklers dries, I will repeat, but with a different size circle.
  21. Gerald

    Eucalyptus Vase

    From the album: Hollow Forms

    Eucalyptus has a story. This is the regular side on the other side iot is spalted. Was working on this and I left in a plastic bag and the down side spalted but not the top.
  22. I think I have a handle on Ebony and how best to proceed, so I learned from my first turning and applied what I knew. All went well with the Ebony and then I selected a much better piece of Yellow Hart than the piece I used with my first turning. As I was finishing up and pleased with my work, there was a noise outside that startled me and I made a move that BROKE the yellow heart in two pieces!!! I walked away for about an hour, had a coffee and came back. Not wanting to make a new piece or destroying what I had.............I got an idea and I worked at it until I have what you see. Finding centers and drilling holes in those tiny pieces was one big challenge.
  23. We are going to the lake for a picnic/family reunion tomorrow. I gave everyone a YO-YO at the Christmas dinner but a few couldn't show up so I will be able to give them one if they show for the picnic. I think I just need a few but one can never have too many YO-YOs. The second photo are the brass axles that I make on a Unimat hobby lathe for them. The aluminum sleeve act as a spacer for the halves and then the string rides on them too. The black sex bolt on the is one of five I salvaged from something I took apart. I did four with them and they worked well but can be expensive to buy.
  24. HandyDan

    Ornaments

    I didn't want to take away from Ron's ornament thread so I started this one. I make and give away about 60 ornaments each year. This years ornaments have a plastic insert which is what Ron was showing some of. My inserts are pieces cut from the tall shiny tubes that were once part of some trophies I took apart. A few years ago I made finials for some glass bulbs that are sold everywhere for Christmas trees. The tops are large because they had to go over the tube that are on top of those bulbs. John said he wanted to see pictures when I said I have used something other than wood in ornaments. So here they are.
  25. I wrote not to throw pieces away and the two pictured together are the ones I didn't throw away. They started out as an experiment with soft junk wood. They were one piece and I was not pleased with what I had. I cut them in two and started turning. Added stain on one and a piece of pine on the other. They aren't too bad, but I wish I would have used god wood. I just finished the one pictured by itself. It is more traditional and refined. I had to invent some tricks to do it, but I got her done
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