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  1. Things ground to a screeching halt, yesterday. The furnace man was supposed to do the annual maintenance so I needed to move a bunch of walnut and a few stored machines to permit access to the fuel tank and furnace. Everything is piled on, around and under the table saw and any other open space. I did leave the area in front of the lathe open, but you need hazardous duty pay to climb into that space. Oh yeah, he didn't show- he had an emergency repair. I did get some work done, this week, on the scoops. I figured a way to drill the handle holes. Many years ago, I made a tilt top table from an episode of the New Yankee Workshop. The table legs were dovetailed into the center post. "Norm" had a special jig that made the dovetail slots using a hand held router. Well, I saved the jig- even though I only made one table. A couple of years later, Woodcraft Magazine had a turned, wooden candlestick holder. Part of that project needed a special jig which, as luck would have it, was nearly identical to the NYW one. Well, again, I saved the now modified jig. Once again, it was time to haul out that jig- The jig sets between the lathe ways and is clamped by a turn catch and knob- I added a hard maple block to act a drill guide- Drilled the guide and clamped it in position aligned over the scoop- Drilled the hole I was feeling really good. This was going to work. Removed the first scoop and repeated the process, @ $%#^^&*())*&@^%$#??!!@%@^&**(&^%$@%^^@$###**(()&&^%$#@@!!#@$%^%$&&))((&^%$#!*!&^%- and that's the short version The knob that was supposed to keep the jig in place, on the ways, slipped. Well, that won't happen again- The remaining scoops drilled OK. On to the handles! The handles are about 4" long. A 1/4" tenon and 3/8" collar A test fit. I hope to get to Supergrit tomorrow so I can finish sanding the scoop parts. Some of you may be familiar with Frank Howarth. He does the neatest stop action woodworking videos on the web. Well, he's out- done himself this time! Check out this video and the 360° interactive perspective. Frank's a great woodworker and a phenomenal cinematographer. Finally, check out the latest edition of Woodturning OnLine at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Safe Turning
  2. I did manage to spend a little time at the lathe, this past week. One thing on my list to do was to finish the platter- which actually turned out to look even more like a collection plate. To make the texture stand out, I painted it black. Just used hobby store acrylic stuff. After it dried, I sanded the high spots. To finish the bottom, I reversed chucked the turning and brought the tailstock up to maintain stability. So that the live center didn't mar the bottom I used a scrap of wood to apply the pressure. Then applied several coats of wipe one semigloss poly. The bottom is concave. The foot is just the rim formed by the scooped out bottom and the sloping side. Feeling pretty cocky, I decided to try another long overdue gift to a friend. The texturing went so well, I thought I'd add it to a small bowl. First up, however, was the need to make a new tool for creating the inside "dovetail" for chuck mounting. It's just an old large file ground to the correct angle. I made it short on purpose. File are brittle and a long tool rest overhang combined with a catch could prove disastrous. The bowl is small and simply shaped. At this point, I removed the face plate and mounted the piece on my chuck. Refined the shape a little and added some texturing. Sometimes your mind's eye and the real thing differ greatly. Although not anywhere near what I want, I pressed on. Time to shape the inside. Here again, I thought I'd try something new. I usually hog out most of the material first using bowl gouges. I get close the depth I want and then refine the wall thickness. I see many turners use a handled drill bit to set the depth of their turnings. I'll give that a shot. I was going to make a handle to hold the bit, but everything was in place so I put the bit into my lathe jacobs chuck and handheld it to drill the hole. Here's a tip- make absolutely, positively certain to accurately take into account the depth of the recess into which the chuck sets. As this is a family site, I won't print the range of Navy vocabulary that was used at this point. I guess it could be used as a funnel. Pressing on, I turned a plug and glued it into place. To accurately gauge the diameter, on small spindles, I use a set of ignition wrenches. This is where I stopped. Mimi volunteered me to make some Adirondack porch chairs. At least I didn't drill any holes too deep, in them, YET. A couple of turning videos for your enjoyment- In the first one, Martin Saban-Smith uses an airbrush to create a stunning platter- And this one is on turning a lidded box by George Watkins- Safe Turning!
  3. It rained here yesterday so I spent most of the day in the basement shop, working at the lathe. I started the coffee scoops mentioned here a couple of weeks ago. There will be 8 scoops (hopefully) so I'm doing each operation on all of them and then on to the next operation. To fancy the scoops up a little, I glued up blanks of maple and walnut- Then marked the end centers- Next turned a tenon on one end to facilitate using the lathe chuck- I spent some time trying to figure out just what size hole would be needed to hold 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds. A little experimentation determined the hole could be 1 3/8" diameter, 3/4" deep with a rounded bottom at an additional 1/2" deep. The 1 3/8" diameter was because I had a Forstner bit that size. All Drilled- Now it was just a matter of shaping the inside. I tried a couple of different tools but finally settled on the Easy Wood Finisher. It cut cleanly and had a small enough cutter diameter to easily shape the inside- I needed to shape the inside first to be sure I had the correct "volume"- then I could move on to shaping the outside. Even though the blanks didn't extend too far from the chuck, I thought it would be better to support the "free" end. In addition, I always have difficulty re-centering a turning in the chuck when doing the operations in steps. I made an index mark on the chuck and then put a witness mark on the turning, but it still doesn't spin true. What I needed was a support and a centering device. LIGHT BULB! A cone shaped addition to the tail stock. I turned a cylinder, bored a slightly undersized hole (the closest bit I had), Enlarged the hole to fit over the point of the tail stock live center. Then shaped a tapered cone. Cleaned it up a little and put it to work- It worked great. Supports well and helps align the scoop blank for exterior shaping and sanding. I'm at the point where I need to drill a small hole to accept the scoop handle. I need to figure out how to drill it "plumb" into the side of the scoop. I'm not very good at eye-balling. A crooked handle won't look very nice. Now, if you want to see a REAL turner in action- Tim Yoder has a video up on turning a Gear Pen kit. Most of us have turned at least one pen, but these laser cut kits offer some special challenges. Safe Turning!
  4. Running a little late with this week's "wisdom". I've been at the lathe, a little, working on that platter. I started a finish but did not like it so I'll be doing some sanding and reapply something different. Film at 11. Brian Havens posted a video on using the scraper. His technical explanations on how the lathe tools work are interesting- at least to me. Tim Yoder is at it again- this time with a turned bracelet. This project uses a metal insert as part of the turning. All of us have different techniques when it comes to turning projects from wet wood and turning green bowls is no exception. Here's a video demonstrating the "twice turned" method. What I found really interesting was the drying procedure between the first and second turning. Also, check out the method of reverse chucking the bowl for the second turning. No jam chuck necessary! Safe Turning!
  5. Summer is still hanging on here and we could use some rain. This weeks has been filled with commitments and very little shop time. I did get a piece of walnut cut on the bandsaw and mounted on the faceplate. Put some super glue on a couple of suspicious spots but that's about it. Popular Woodworking uploaded another Tim Yoder video. This time he is turning a Banksia Pod. I've seen these at the Harrisburg Woodcraft store but never tried turning one. Time provides lots of tips on making a successful turning. He also explains how to use crushed stone inlay to fill the holes after the pod is turned. We have discussed the Skew Chisel before. Here is another video- from a different author- that has a lot of good information. I think is is always good to see different turners use the same tool. I always pick up something new or see the action from a different perspective. This one is rather long- I have a couple of shop made mallets. One is used to set the drive spur into a turning. They are fun to make and customize to your needs. Here's a 2 part blog from Popular Woodworking about designing and making them- http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/editors-blog/the-best-design-for-a-round-mallet-part-1 http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/editors-blog/the-best-design-for-a-round-mallet-part-2-my-family-of-mallets?utm_source=email&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pww-cgb-nl-150906&et_mid=780889&rid=245975525 Safe turning!
  6. To those of you who waited with bated breath and were all a quiver with anxious anticipation for last weeks "Wisdom", I apologize. This little part of the world turned up-side-down last week. Things are slowly returning to "normal", but, not normal enough to give me some time at the lathe. Tim Yoder has a video on You Tube where he turns a walnut goblet with captive rings- And Brian Havens share a "President's Challenge" project of an Undercut Rim bowl- Although not strictly about turning, this article addresses a problem most turners encounter at some point. Making a stool/chair/table set level by having the same length legs. There are lots of ways to accomplish this but this particular procedure was new to me. The article can be found at- http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/chris-schwarz-blog/best-weapons-for-leveling-table-legs-a-drill-press-and-a-stick?utm_source=email&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pww-cgb-nl-150823&et_mid=777867&rid=245975525 While Tim Yoder turned his captive rings with several tool. Here's a link to a video doing it a little differently. It is a link to Facebook- not sure if you need an account to be able to view it- https://www.facebook.com/thewoodworkingtips/videos/608602702606703/ Safe Turning!
  7. I know you think my go-to excuse for not doing any turning is because we are preparing for yet another family visit. For someone who enjoys living like a hermit, we sure do get a lot of company. Anyway, I haven't had time for any woodworking but fortunately some of our You Tube friends have. In the past, I've mentioned my love/hate relationship with the skew. Brian Havens posted a video describing the various skew grinds and how those grinds can affect your turnings. I'm a self taught turner. When I got my first lathe, I bought a book by Ernie Conover. He is still teaching and producing turning videos. I recently found this one on turning long thin spindles. I haven't mastered the technique of steadying the work with one hand and holding the tool with the other- Early on in my turning journeys, I started up the lathe without checking to see if the stock was clear of the tool rest- it wasn't. I jammed the faceplate so tightly onto the headstock threads that I almost didn't get it apart. The next day, I bought one of these- Although I purchased mine from Woodcraft, they all do the same thing. Of course, you can make your own- With relatives staying at least a week, I may not get to the shop again for a while. Safe Turning!
  8. I just realized I forgot to post our weekly get together for July 1. Life does have a habit of getting in the way of our best intentions, sometimes. The 4th came and went, here, without a "bang". The weather didn't cooperate. But there was plenty of food and Mimi's decorations looked nice. As you all know, I'm a "jig junkie". Recently I found a neat jig for making segmented vessels. I've made a few different segmented projects, over the years and always had the same problem. The angles weren't perfect. I always ended up gluing half circles and then sanding the ends to make the pieces come together. This particular jig compensates for errors. The only "down side" to the jig is it needs a purchased angle setting plate. But I think even that could be shop made. Using the sled- Step by step instructions and source of material can be found here- http://segeasy.com/wedgies.htm Check out the neat "saw stop" while you are there. I follow a bunch of turners over on Google+ and recently one was discussing the technique of microwave blank drying. This technique is slightly different than one I tried (before Mimi caught me using the kitchen microwave). http://haslip.info/woodturning/microwave.html The latest Woodturning On Line newsletter arrived. As always, it is loaded with interesting information. Included, this time, is a simple turning project that might be a good seller for your craft shows- The entire issue is here- http://www.woodturningonline.com/ Finally, Time Yoder finishes the "Winged Bowl- (Not sure why it won't play here) Safe Turning!
  9. Well as usual, I'm a day late (and a dollar short). And may I add- I hate computers. With all the other things that happened this week, I spent very little time in the shop and that time was devoted to working on a walnut shotgun case. I'm going to have a tough time figuring out how to use the lathe on this project! The other week, Cliff posted a bowl project on which he was working. Personally, I found the shape of his bowl very pleasing. Then I saw a video from Craft Supplies about turning a "Calabash" bowl (No relation to Jimmy Durante, I guess). Anyway, it got me to thinking about bowl shapes and are there specific names to various bowl shapes? An Internet search uncovered some really neat information. Apparently the Hawaiian culture had a lot of influence on shape and design- http://www.patkramer.net/html/traditional_bowls.html Other early cultures no doubt had similar influences, as well, I just thought the above link was interesting (and I was in Hawaii in the early 60's). Here's a link to the video for turning the Calabash bowl. It is not a tutorial but it does give you some ideas. If you find this type of bowl is something you'd like to turn, here is a link to a PDF that is a pretty good tutorial- http://www.sdwt.org/other/techniques/CalabashBowls.pdf In a previous "Wednesday's...", I showed some pictures of a compression collet I made. Here's a link to a video show what you can do with a professionally create version- Safe Turning!
  10. It was a beautiful summer day here in South Central Pennsylvania. Grass mowed, string trimmer run, flowers watered and Quigley and I made a trip to Lowe's. Just a heads up for the Veterans here; Lowe's offers a 10% discount on every purchase with proof that you are a Vet. I use my VA ID card but they may take other ID's. We've had a new member join our site- Ray Robertson. His turnings are fantastic. Please cruise on over to http://www.ozarkwoodworker.com/ and check out his work. I snatched a picture of one of his duck call, just to whet your appetite 1117 pieces!!!!!!!! Ray is also very active with the Boy Scouts of America and creates claws for the tribe of Mic-O-Say. http://www.ozarkwoodworker.com/BSA-claws.html Several other items for your consideration, this week. First, Popular Woodworking posted another one of Tim Yoder's videos. This one covers a variety of topics. Tim discusses drying wood before and after turning. Sharpening your tools and his take on why sharpening jigs are important. He also talks a little about cleaning the air in your shop. You can watch the video here- The Woodturning On Line newsletter came this week, also. This months issue has several informative projects, including turning an Ancient Greek wine pourer. I probably won't be making one but if you would like to, you can find the tutorial at- http://www.flutemasters.com/Websites/FluteMaster/images/Flute_Master_Demo.pdf Two other project, in the newsletter, share a common theme in that they discuss turning projects with mixed media materials. One of the projects uses wood and clear resin- The other project uses stone inlay. You can read the tutorial here- http://stephenhatcher.com/files/techniques/Basic_Stone_Inlay_(v1.0).pdf The entire newsletter is available at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php As for me, I actually did spend a few minutes at the lathe. I needed 4 short, 1/4" diameter walnut dowels to correct an almost fatal miscalculation on another project on which I'm working. Safe Turning!
  11. Wednesday almost slipped by before I realized what day it was. I spent most of the afternoon helping someone learn to use email on an Ipad. Took longer than it should have only because, being a "Windows" person, I'm not familiar with the various settings. For myself, I haven't had much of an opportunity to get into the workshop this week, but Tim Yoder is turning a hollow vessel- And Brian Havens shows us who to add embellishments to the bottom of a bowl- Safe Turning!
  12. Have you seen the pictures of Pluto, being returned by the New Horizon space craft??!! It's amazing what they can do with only 200 watts of power!!!!!!!!!! I finally got a little lathe time this week. Mostly it was making a jig, but hey, any lathe time is good time! While I was making the "American Girl" knock-off boat, I needed to make the oars. As a sailor you would think I would know about these but the aircraft carrier didn't use them. Any way, I needed to make a small "handle" on the end of each oar. I also needed to center drill a 3/8" dowel for some eye hooks. The lathe seemed the obvious choice to create them. However, the oars were actually 3/8" diameter dowels. Not going to be easily done between centers. I had been thinking about making collet chuck after seeing one done by David Reed Smith- http://www.davidreedsmith.com/articles/allwoodcolletchuck/allwoodcolletchuck.htm. This seemed the perfect time to get started. My idea was to combine Mr. Smith's design with something I had seen in a machine shop. I started with the compression hand wheel. It will thread onto the head stock. My original intent was to drill the hole to the proper depth and tap the threads. Unfortunately, my 1" x 8 tap has almost 3/16" of metal extending beyond where the threads begin. The tap bottomed out with only a few turns. I drilled the hole thru the piece. Tapped the threads and then glued on an additional piece. Next up was the tapered holder. I used a piece of hard maple and turned it round. Drilled a 3/8" hole thru the length of the piece. Next I tapered the holder to match my headstock's taper. Finally to the bandsaw to cut 4 relief cuts to allow for compression. The tapered part of this jig needs to created for each diameter of the piece it is designed to hold. The dowel is inserted into the holder. Leave enough protruding to extend past the compression wheel. Thread the compression wheel onto the head stock and sung it down. The upside is that it worked!! The down side is that it didn't work very well. First mistake- not measuring the diameter of the hole down inside of the head stock. It was just a scoch over 3/8". That size limits the length of larger diameter pieces because they couldn't extend thru the headstock. Second mistake- once the tapered holder was jammed into the headstock I could barely get it back out. Either the maple was not hard enough and compressed or there was just too much friction. I even tried waxing the maple but it didn't help. I finished what I needed to do, but it'll take a little more engineering to make this a workable jig. Here's a short video on turning a tool handle from the Wood Whisperer- Safe Turning
  13. After Cliff (http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/user/2774-cliff/) posted his table saw fence upgrade, I knew what I had to do! A chunk of free wood just right for turning Round a blank Add a hole Create a lovely shape Prepare a recess for a bolt head After surgery The problem I had with my Vega fence was that the micro adjustment portion never locked very well. It would slip when making fine adjustments- especially if I had added any fence attachments. Usually I just took a piece of wood and whacked the locking lever to force it tighter. After seeing what Cliff had done with his new fence, the light bulb went on! More leverage equals more pressure. Cliff added a long handle to his fence lock. Why couldn't I do the same?!? The problem The solution The length of the new lever is about twice that of the old one and seems to do the trick rather well- Thanks Cliff!! Not all lathe work has to end up as a bowl setting on a shelf or an ink pen in the back of a deck drawer Check out this blog from Woodcraft http://blog.woodcraft.com/2015/06/pirate-pup-gets-pegleg-2/ Safe Turning
  14. The humidor project is slowly progressing. Usually, with any project, I do two things 1). buy another tool and 2). use the lathe. Well so far, no new tools are needed- Dang! And, how can the lathe be used in a cabinet construction??? Never fear, I found a way to put the lathe to use- Cut the dowels to length Mark the angles Cut the angles Test fitting The new home waiting to be filled I was waffling back and forth about how to fasten the humidor top. The top is more like a picture frame so the movement should be minimum. I decided to go with a 3 point attachment using pocket screws for 2 of the points and a slotted hole for the third. The local Borgs only had poplar and oak pocket hole plugs and even those had a lot of material that needed to be sanded away for the finish fit. I wanted to filled holes to be as "unnoticeable" as possible and needing as little sanding as possible. These were made from Spanish cedar- same as the humidor liner. Popular Woodturning put up a new Tim Yoder video. In this one Tim turns a cute little mouse- Last week I mentioned that Mr. David Smith was now writing for "More Woodturning Magazine". Turns out (no pun intended) that this magazine is now the sister publication of the Woodturning On Line site. I have been posting links to this site almost every month. Woodturning On Line is a great resource for turning projects and tutorials. I think I'll invest the $25 for a years subscription. Anyway, here is the link for this months Woodturning On Line's newsletter- http://www.woodturningonline.com/ Lots of neat projects! Check out the jig for making a really neat bowl. Or, if you are into smaller projects, how about making a wooden finger ring. Finally, if you are looking for some turning inspirations, check out this link from the Woodworkers Journal- http://http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/michael-roper-love-woodturning/ Safe Turning!
  15. I received an email from Mr. David Reed Smith on Monday. He usually posts a recently published turning article, however, he is now writing for "More Woodturning". This web based publication now has Dennis Daudelin at the helm. Here's a link for the publication- http://www.morewoodturningmagazine.com/index.php. It looks like it has information for a wide range of turners. You can read a sample issue for free. at the link. Here's a nice video on using the gouge. This video expands on how to use more than just the gouge tip, for cutting. The video is by Brian Havens. A couple of years age, I made some little chairs for the neighbor girls. Of course, the chairs didn't set level. I wish I had seen this video, back then- it sure would have saved some frustration! Anyone who has turned stool/chair legs may find it helpful. Safe Turning
  16. For those who thought the host of this forum no longer touches a lathe... well, I do! It wasn't a big, fancy, detailed turning. It did however get a rolling pin back in service. This one fell on the floor Maple blank drilled to 25/64" Removed the chuck an set up to turn between centers Rounded the blank and set the overall max diameter Parted away some material to set the overall length Set the minimum diameter Skew and gouges to the shape and check with template Ready to part off the waste end. Cut it free with a saw. Sand the end to finish up Rubber mallet put the new handle in place. Ready for the Bake Shop at school I added some mineral oil to the entire rolling pin. should be as good as new. Safe Turning!
  17. OK, I know it is Thursday. Time got away from me yesterday. After designing the humidor, I realized I failed to take into account the drawer box and the size of stiles needed to allow the glass window and affixing the drawer box. Fortunately, I spent last weekend with a bunch of Navy buddies so my "Navy Vocabulary" had been refreshed for just such an occasion. The humidor project has been all consuming, with little time for any turning. The Woodturning OnLine Newsletter came last week. It has a couple of interesting articles. The entire newsletter can be found here- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php The project I liked most was turning a Pill Bottle- There is also a link to an article aimed at beginning turners. It includes safety, tools and other information often asked by beginning woodturners- http://www.organiclesson.com/wood-lathe-diy-wood-projects/ I did find a video demonstrating the turning of a small box. It is a neat way to use up all those scraps you have laying around. Seems the trend today is to "speed up" the videos. I'd personally like to see important details in "regular" time and edit out the repetitive stuff. But that's just me. Mimi and I spent this past weekend in Indiana, not far from Indianapolis. A bunch of us old Navy guys- from VA-65- got together. These guys were the ones that were there when VA-65 switched over to flying the A-6 Intruder in the early 60's. Some of them were also on the USS Forrestal during the fire. Our squadron lost several guys that day. We try to see each other every year as our numbers are already starting to dwindle. This year, we were invited to participate in "The Moving Wall" tribute being held in Lawrence, Indiana. It was a humbling experience. The replica of "The Wall" is very powerful. The number of names listed there is almost beyond comprehension. The Huey in this pix is one that actually flew in Vietnam- still has the bullet holes! The "orange hats" are some of the fellows in our squadron. Safe Turning.
  18. Looks like I'll get a little turning doe this week! I subbed at school for 2 days and, while there, the Culinary Instructor gave me a rolling pin needing a new handle. The pins must roll off of the tables, breaking the wooden handles when they hit the floor. My latest issue of Woodcraft Magazine arrived this week. Great article about sharpening lathe tools. The author, Nick Cook, explains how to sharpen the basic turning tools. He is an advocate of free hand sharpening- which means you don't need a bunch of expensive, time consuming jigs to setup. The "Cutting In" segment, of the same issue, says goodbye to Jim Harrold. He has been the editor of Woodcraft Magazine for some time. He helped me get my first article published- Thanks, Jim and best wishes for what ever comes next!! I found a short little video, by Carl Jacobson, showing some clips using Easy Wood Tools. It's only a little over a minute long and fun to watch the curls flying off of the wood- https://www.facebook.com/carljacobson68/videos/10203480456725214/?fref=nf . As turners, we often refer to hard and soft woods. I always thought those terms referred to the "hardness" of the species. We think of pine as a "soft" wood and oak as "hard". Recently, I discovered this article which explains what those terms really mean. It's an easy read- http://gizmodo.com/the-difference-between-hard-and-soft-wood-has-zero-to-d-1705444075 Finally, here's a short video portrait of master woodturner and artist Steven Kenard- https://vimeo.com/126545288 Safe Turning
  19. Spring has sprung in South Central Pennsylvania- grass to mow, flowers to plant, veggies to put in the garden. It also means that teachers are getting spring fever and are using their personal leave days. You can guess who's been called into sub for them!! Anyway, Tim Yoder has been doing some turning and you can watch it here- Safe turning
  20. Sorry, Folks, I got nothin'. Between relatives, substituting, preparing for a trip to my Navy reunion and the humidor project, I haven't had anytime to go near the lathe. Safe Turning.
  21. I don't have much this week. Preparing for another visit from relatives so I have been forbidden from making a lot of dust in the basement shop. First up is a video from Tim Yoder. Tim turns a set of drink coasters- I know some of you enjoy Scott Phillips and The American Woodshop. Scott has been using Easy Wood Tools- one of our generous sponsors. In this video, near the end, Scott explains how to avoid stripping the Allen screw that holds the Easy Wood Cutters. http://video.wbgu.org/video/2365442632/ Safe Turning!
  22. Earlier this week, in the "Plans and Software Forum", I posted information about a few Sketchup resources. Sketchup isn't really designed for creating lathe projects, however, there is an additional "plugin" available that will permit the user to design lathe projects and get to see what a finished turning might look like. Sketchup comes with a "Follow Me" tool, which can be used to create a turning type drawing. However, the "Quick Lathe" plugin makes the process easier (at least it is for me). You can download the plugin from- http://sketchucation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=51433 This is a Ruby Script (.rbz) file. There is also a users guide (.pdf) at the same location. SketchUcation is a great source of plugin and other Sketchup information. This plugin works with the free Sketchup Make as the Pro Sketchup versions. To see how it works and what the settings can change, here is a You Tube video demonstration (not too crazy about the music) If you been using Sketchup and have mastered the "Follow Me " tool, here is a link to a great article using that tool to create turning like modes. http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/22170/sketchup-and-the-lathe Within this article is a reference to another plugin for the Bezier Curve tool. It's like a French Curve tool. You can download that plugin from- https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/bezier-curve-tool I used this plugin to create the Queen Anne legs on the humidor I'm building. Hopefully, this will get our turners thinking about using Sketchup to help design the basic shaped of turnings Now for some actual turning. A video on turning a Winged Bowl. As much as I'd like to try this, I'd also like to use a finish other than my own blood!! Safe Turning!
  23. Lots of wood working but no woodturning for me, this week. Got the Queen Anne legs cut and into the final grits of sanding but need to wipe them down with mineral spirits to check for flaws. Several turning items came this week- First, Woodturning Online's newsletter arrived- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php This issue contains two great references to steady rests. One in a video and the other in a link. There are also two articles on turning arm bracelets. Second, Mr. David Reed Smith published a really nice article on making a lathe drill depth stop. As with all of his articles, it is fully documented. If you enjoy his writings, please take a moment to drop him an email expressing your appreciation. http://www.davidreedsmith.com/Articles/LatheDrillDepthStop/LatheDrilldepthStop.html Finally, Popular Woodworking's Turning department has made available Tim Yoder's season 1 videos. Watch them for FREE at- http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodturning?et_mid=739183&rid=245975525 Safe Turning!
  24. Sorry, I don't have much this week. Most of my time was occupied with computer virus cleaning. It was so bad, my first thought was format and re-install but when I asked the owners if they backed up their file, the reply was- of course, we save everything in "My Documents". Six different antivirus programs, and more than a dozen scans later, I finally got it cleaned- I think! Thank goodness for bootable antivirus disks that can scan before the main OS starts. Microsoft Security Essentials may not be the best antivirus choice for everyone. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned a YouTube channel for Brian Havens. He has some very informative turning videos. The latest one really explains the why and how of cutting curves- both inside and outside surfaces. The video is about 20 minutes. As I am typing, I got the go-a-head to start the humidor. Cabriole legs are approved! Safe Turning!
  25. Well, after single-handedly (perhaps a poor choice of words) boosting the Scott Toilet Tissue first quarter earnings to well above expectations, the virus- or what ever it was- decided to morph into a nasty respiratory "thing". Fortunately, both lungs are still located within my chest cavity, although I could swear I coughed up one, the other night. I did promise to make a couple of mallets for a friend. The smaller one is made of Ash and the larger one, I think, is Cherry- or at least that's what it smelled like as I was turning it. While I was dueling with the Grim Reaper, I stumbled upon a You Tube turning channel. The guy has some interesting stuff. You can check it out here- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjDmM-IdWyJ1g0VyxwFpv5g Safe Turning
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