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  1. It’s been a busy week in the workshop. Finished up the podium/lectern on the same day the Easy Wood Tools loaner package arrived. I can tell you it has been non-stop fun on the lathe! Over the next couple of Wednesdays, I will share with you my impressions and experiences with these amazing tools. The very first thing I noticed was the weight of the case in which the tools were shipped. Even before opening, it was apparent these were no lightweights! I’ll concentrate on the Easy Chuck this week. This is my first experience with a quick release jaw chuck. I must admit, I thought that quick release jaws would be something of a luxury and not really necessary. I changed my mind in a hurry! The overall fit and finish of the chuck is impressive. This monster weighed in just north of 4.5 pounds and that’s without jaws! The quality is evident from the get-go. I really like the “zoom†ring and its ability to quickly reposition the jaws without the needing to use the chuck key. The ring turns smoothly with practically no effort. Jaw changes are made via a spring loaded quick release mechanism. Simply inserting the release tool into the chuck release port allows the jaws to be detached. Replacing the jaws requires no tools, they simply snap into place. I found the jaws locked securely with no slippage. Once a work piece is positioned and the jaws snugged down with the zoom ring, a hex key tool is used to securely tighten the jaws. There are two hex key tightening locations 180 degrees apart to create balanced pressure. A really nice touch is that all of the adjustment directions are engraved into the chuck. Easy Wood Tools has a wide variety of chuck jaws available and included most of them in the loaner package. If I could make any design changes, they would be engraving a reference mark on the chuck body and engraving numbers on each chuck jaw. This would ensure reassembly in exactly the same orientation. But, hey, a good old Magic Marker can do the same thing- if these were mine. To help get a better idea of the chuck/jaw system, I videoed the operation which I hope helps enhance the previous explanation. EDIT: YouTube flagged the original sound on the video so I reposted it with the sound removed. Next time I’ll show you how I am using the different jaws and tools to create a project. For those wishing to see a professionally dove video, Tim Yoder has part 1 of turning a very large platter. It can be seen here- Until then- Safe Turning and a BIG Thank You to Easy Wood Tools!!!!!!!!!!
  2. Bracing for yet another round of frigid weather here in S. Central PA tonight. Weatherman says wind chills from -10°F to -25°F by morning! As for me, a little lathe time this week. Actually just replacing and testing a new tail stock live center. While working on the last couple of projects, I noticed a vibration of the work piece as I worked closer to the tail stock. At first, I thought maybe the tail stock wasn't aligned... not that. Maybe the locking lever for the tail stock advancement screw was causing the problem... nope. As a last resort, I replaced the actual tail stock live center. The one I was using, seemed OK. No grinding or play but I guess, under load, the bearings were worn enough to cause enough play to create the vibration. The new one solved the problem. As you can see, I've already baptized the new one with super glue. This one is from Grizzly. It is a lot heftier that my old one, too. A couple of videos surfaced this week. First from Tim Yoder. He turns a threaded bolt and nut. A nice piece for your desk at work! If any of you are near Tallahassee, FL, Camelot's Woodworking Studio is having a Bowl Turning class using our own Easy Wood Tools. Check here for details-- http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event;jsessionid=ACDDB22E86A6197AE4C6AFBC6BE286D0.worker_registrant?llr=an7pibjab&oeidk=a07eagybibx79950e48 Hurry, it is next week!! For you nostalgia buffs, here's a Facebook link to a video of an 18th century spiral cutting lathe. It's really short but super cool! https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10205662661782786 Finally, an article explaining the procedure for taking measurements from a photograph. As turners, we don't have to do this too often but it might come in handy for some folks. http://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/q-taking-dimensions-photos Stay warm and Safe Turning!
  3. Don't forget, Valentines Day is Saturday! I'll bet your honey would love a new lathe tool!! Anyway, I have been busy with the pulpit/lectern this past week so the lathe has been given a time out. Woodturning Online's newsletter arrived and it has a really interesting video link. Bob Taylor, of Taylor Guitars, talks about they have become stewards of the last source of Ebony. As woodworkers/woodturners we often don't realize how quickly some of the species are disappearing. The folks at Taylor Guitars "put their money where there mouth is" and stepped up to do something about the dwindling supply of Ebony. There is a written tutorial from Steven Mittleman, in the same issue, for making a segmented travel mug. The tutorial can be read here- http://www.revolutionary-turners.com/attach/SegCoffeeMug.pdf The insert can be obtained from Woodcraft- http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/154508/16oz-Stainless-Steel-Travel-Mug-Turning-Kit-with-Screw-Top-Lid.aspx The entire newsletter can be viewed at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Safe Turning!
  4. Spent the past week entertaining relatives. Can only offer a couple of videos First one is about shaping a standard skew chisel into a curved one- http://www.woodworkerz.com/reshaping-the-skew-chisel/ The second is from Scott Phillips. He turns some boxes- http://video.wbgu.org/video/2365409645/ Scott uses some tools from one of our supporters- Easy Wood Tools! Safe Turning
  5. This morning an Alberta Clipper is spreading some light snow over south central PA and the weatherman is promising more for Saturday. Maybe I can finally get to play with the snow blower!!! It has been a great week for us woodturners. Lots of videos/projects and even a piece of FREE software aimed just at turners. As for me, I did get in a little lathe time. The customer, for whom I turned the first A-10 bullet wanted another. Made from hard maple. Sometime back, I made a parting tool from an old, cheap, butcher knife. It worked OK, but didn’t stay sharp very long. This week, I made another one from a “SawsAll†blade. For the handle I used my very first foray into Celtic Knot turning. I had kept the turning around, mostly just for sentimental reasons and decided to make it useful. I removed the teeth from the blade using the bench grinder, being careful not to over heat the blade. Then cleaned up the blade, shaped the point and squared off the end that goes into the handle. Cut the old turning in half Shaped the handle The neat design formed by the inserts Created a tenon for the copper pipe ferule I did not put any finish on the handle, just sanded it. Popular Woodworking has another Tim Yoder video posted on YouTube. This time he makes a Cigar Holder. Very much like making a pen. Lots of good tips. Another project I found was a “Ring Bowlâ€. It is a nice little item to be placed in the kitchen for the “Mrs.†to place her rings in while baking or any activity for which she might want to remove those precious gifts you have given her. http://www.woodturningonline.com/Turning/Turning_content/ring-bowls.pdf Finally, yesterday, I picked up this link for software designed just for the lathe. There isn’t a lot of lathe software available so I decided to check it out. http://www.lathemagic.com/lm/ First, it is FREE!, Second, it doesn’t “install†on your computer but rather just runs from and executable. My antivirus and malware software didn’t pick up anything, either. Right now, it is in a beta form so there will probably be additions and other changes down the line. You can find the download, tutorial and PDF manual at the above link. I haven’t read the manual, but did watch the tutorial and played with the program. It is really neat! You can design you own shapes and see what they would look like before committing them to wood- especially nice for the beginning turner. The really great feature is that you can print a profile and use that at the lathe as a guide. So far, I haven’t found a way to add my rolling pin inserts to the drawing to be able to animate what they would look like when turned- but still- IT IS FREE!!! Safe Turning!
  6. You have probably guessed by know that I tend to make stuff for the kitchen and/or cooking. While searching for something else, I found the instructions for making this little device- The instructions and a printable "dial" are available here- http://www.woodcentral.com/cgi-bin/readarticle.pl?dir=turning&file=articles_943.shtml Scott Phillips' American Workshop has another video. This one is about turning a natural edge bowl. You can watch the entire episode here- http://video.wbgu.org/video/2244693044/ I finished rebuilding my plant light/"greenhouse" this week. In a couple of weeks it will be time to get the hot peppers started. It takes almost a month to get the little buggers to sprout and they grow very slow. I think I'll try to make my own little plant pots (no- not pot plants) from newspaper. That'll be cheaper than buying the peat pots. I found a video showing a turned device for making the newspaper pots- The author of the video is from Denmark and is very talented Safe Turning!
  7. It is a little chilly here is South Central PA, this Wednesday evening. Temperature + wind making it feel like -5° F. But Mimi made a big old Hog Maw for supper so the innards, at least, are warm (pun intended). Didn't get to the lathe this week, visits with friends, the annual holiday un-decorating and helping at school conspired to keep my free time to almost nil. A couple of videos popped up, so I'll leave you with those- First, a Tim Yoder video. This one is making a kitchen spatula. The only turning tool he used is a fingernail gouge. Scott Phillips' American Woodshop posted another turning video. Here's a link to the sight where it can be found- http://video.wbgu.org/video/2365396368/ And finally, Woodturning on Line posted their monthly newsletter. One of the projects is a turned cover for a small LED flashlight The entire newsletter can be found here- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Safe Turning!
  8. The last day of 2014! I wonder how long it will take me to remember to write 2015 on my checks? It looks like the "Old Jail Pen Project" is coming to an end. The young fellow, I was helping, finished his portion of the pens and has everything just about ready to go. There was a piece of the old beam remaining so I thought it would be neat to create a gavel from the wood. Turning the pens from that old wood was challenging but the gavel was even more so! I started with a gouge, which worked OK for rounding the work pieces. When I attempted to create the beads, the soft wood tore out. With the exception of the coves, on the gavel head, the entire gavel was turned with the skew. I wanted some type of display for the gavel. An Internet search turned up plenty of ideas. My original plan was to make the display with a support for the handle. The handle would have set parallel to the base. After I cut the base and routed the edge, I set the gavel on it to confirm the size, went to reheat my coffee. When I returned, the angled position really caught my eye so-- change of plans! To further associate the gavel to the history of the wood, I created an inlay of a "carpenters mark" cut from the beam from which the gavel and display board were made. Having the gavel in the angled position is not very stable. One of the images, from my search, showed a slight recess for the handle and head. To locate the correct position, I used some carbon paper (yes, I still have some from the old typewriter days). For the handle, I created a round divot At this point, I was stumped on visualizing the recess for the gavel head. Usually when this happens, I take a long walk and think things through but it was dark and supper time so, off we went to the Hibachi Supreme Buffet and Home Depot. Halfway through the Hot and Sour soup it came to me- Modeling Clay! I should be able to reproduce this in the wood. A lot of sanding on the base, glue the inlay in place and apply a finish. I think I'll use lacquer in order to preserve the natural color. Many of you are fans of Scott Phillips. Here's a link to Season 22- http://wbgu.org/americanwoodshop/season22.html A couple of these are on wood turning. Also, Tim Yoder has a new video up. He turns a neat little alarm clock- Happy New Year and Safe Turning
  9. Can you believe it, tomorrow is Christmas. Where did the year go?!? This past week, Ron Altier posted an "inside out" Christmas ornament. He used a burning technique that raised a question about the process. I am sure there are as many ways to do this as there are turners. Here is my setup- Eventually the wire will break so easy replacement is necessary The wire came from Lowe's I usually use the skew chisel to create a slight indentation. This helps guide the wire and keeps it where I want it. With the lathe spinning, place the wire in the pre-cut groove and pull it against the spinning work piece. Apply enough pressure to cause the friction to heat the wire and blacken the groove. It will smoke a little. DO NOT WRAP THE WIRE AROUND YOUR FINGERS OR HAND! The wire gets hot! Or, if it catches, the results could be catastrophic. The other week, we discussed the Longworth chuck. Here's a video of an alternative reverse chucking method. It's called a doughnut chuck- And, as we have often mentioned here, most of us have that love/hate relationship with the skew chisel. I found two videos on the skew. The first shows the basic cuts. The second has a nice little project made entirely with the skew chisel. and the project- Not sure why the second video won't play here. Well, everyone have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Safe Turning
  10. Can you believe it, Christmas is only a week away! Guess I'd better get started on my shopping pretty soon. A fledgling turner friend asked about making a steady rest. I know we had discussed this topic in a previous "Wednesday's" post but it got me to thinking about a video, I watched sometime back, of a Trembleur Contest. The contestants used quite an variety of steady rest constructions. So, for your enjoyment and amazement- Another blast from the past is an article I found about making turning tools and jigs. I have attached the PDF file. My apologies to the original author, I didn't save the link to the information. And a couple of links for more tool/jigs for the lathe. Some of the content we have seen before- http://breezyhillturning.com/styled-3/Tools_Jigs/wood-turning-tools-jigs.html http://www.fundamentalsofwoodworking.com/woodturning-wood-carving-marquetry-intarsia/woodturning-jigs-and-wood-finishing Safe Turning! tools_jigs_turn.pdf
  11. I did get a little lathe time this week. The A-10 bullet project I posted some time back finally got the go ahead. I turned the bullet from maple and used the specs from a link someone (sorry, forgot who) sent me. The customer wants two of these but I thought it would be prudent to have them OK the design before making more. Saw a couple of turning videos posted this past week by various sources. You may find them interesting. The first is from Woodcraft and Scott Phillips. It introduces some of the tools used in making a round box. The next is from Tim Yoder and he turns a Christmas Tree Third is a glueup of plywood and hardwood turned into a bowl. It is amazing the patterns that can be produced by turning plywood. Not sure why this one won't play here, but the link to the video works?? The last one is a slow motion turning. Not really an instructional video but fun to watch. You may need a Facebook account to see this one. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=451097528306262 Safe Turning
  12. I haven't had a chance to get to the lathe, this week. Been busy making the jewelry chests for the little girls next door. The foam ring inserts came this evening so I'll be able to push on with the project. Last weeks "Wisdom" generated a question about the Longworth Chuck I used to turn the bottoms of the bowls and whether I had a tutorial on how to build one. I must confess, I stole the idea and combined several variations to make mine. A Longworth Chuck is a self centering chuck used on objects like bowls. It consist of two "wheels" with opposing circular slots. When the wheels are turned, the holding devices spin in or out and can capture the work piece. The above pix are from the web but similar to what I made. The biggest difference in mine from most of the shop made chucks is that I uses a threaded wooden adapter to mount mine onto the lathe. My Delta lathe has a 1" x 8tpi spindle. I found an old tap at a sale- worked perfectly in wood! One thing to keep in mind, when tapping wood is that threads cut cleaner into side grain than into end grain. A variety of "holders" can be used depending on the shape of the piece. Here the bowl sided reach a max at about half the height of the bowl. Longer holders are needed. These holders are just metal tubes covered with clear aquarium tubing. Sometimes, I like to add a little insurance- The small bowls shown last week had their widest point at the opening. For clamps, I used soft rubber stoppers, with a hole. They came from a local wine/beer making store. If you think you might like to make one of these chucks, here are some links I used- http://www.woodworkersinstitute.com/page.asp?p=1417 http://www.morewoodturning.net/articles/longworth.php http://woodcentral.com/cgi-bin/readarticle.pl?dir=turning&file=articles_485.shtml http://www.scrollsaws.com/WoodLathe/woodlatheLongworth.htm http://www.woodworkersguide.com/2010/10/17/how-to-make-a-longworth-chuck/ http://http://blog.woodcraft.com/2012/04/how-to-make-a-longworth-chuck-with-ron-thompson/ Finally, in the spirit of the season, a turned Christmas tree ornament- project1.pdf Safe Turning!
  13. We had our first snow, today. Only a few inches but enough to have to shovel. Not complaining, it is not Buffalo!!! Last week's post raised a question about the "waste block" used on the base of the shallow bowls. Here are some photos and comments about how I use the waste blocks. I turn/sand the inside of the bowl. Shape the outside and sand it as much as possible. At this point I will part off the bowl. Depending on the finish , you could also apply the finish to the sanded areas. I made a parting tool from an old butcher knife. It doesn't work as well as I had hoped. It doesn't hold an edge as long as I would like. I am going to remake one using a blade from a "Sawsall". Being a frugal (read cheap) turner, I will reuse the waste block. By refacing the surface, the block can be reglued to another project. The bottom of the bowl, at this point, is unfinished. I use a shop made Longworth chuck to hold the bowl while finishing. Now just flatten/recess the bottom. The small "foot" assures the bowl will set flat on a surface. Sand the bottom and apply the finish. I used a mineral oil and bees wax combination as the finish on the bowls and the little cutting boards (posted last week) and just mineral oil on the honey dippers. I'm really disappointed at the grain patterns on the little cutting boards. I had hoped it would be more dramatic. Anyway, here's all of the stuff ready for Mimi to wrap and deliver- Safe Turning and Happy Thanksgiving!
  14. Man, it is COLD out. It's so cold that.... well you know the jokes- but thankfully I don't live in Buffalo, NY. I've been sitting in for the Electronics Instructor, this week, at school. Introducing county wide, 9th graders to the wonderful world of Electronics Technology. But I did get a little lathe time and some progress on the Christmas presents. Most of our friends/relatives are getting one of those garlic crackers. I thought I'd better also give them something upon which to crack the garlic; so I made some miniature end grain cutting boards. These are about 5" in diameter and about 5/8" thick. They still need a little sanding and the finish. I'm also making some shallow bowls to use for the same purpose . I had a piece of poplar propeller (at least it looked like one) and used it for the glue blocks. The finished bowls will be about 5" in diameter and a little over 1" tall. They have a flat bottom over most of the inside to facilitate cracking garlic or hard herb seeds. Tim Yoder posted another neat turning project- Inside Out Christmas Ornaments- Finally from a newsletter, I read about Rodney R. Miller, a disabled Air Force veteran who does some really nice turnings. You can email Rodney at Atsilla@gmail.com. You can see more of Rodney's work on his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rcprojectsofAZ I hope he might decide to join our ranks. Safe Turning!
  15. Hope all my Veteran Brothers got at least one Thank You, yesterday. This week I finished sanding the mushroom shaped garlic crackers and put a mineral oil finish on them as well as the small honey dippers- The oil really darkens the walnut and makes a nice sheen. Now it is on to the base for the garlic thingys. I think they will be a miniature end grain cutting board style. If I have time I may try a couple of shallow bowls to make up more of a mortar and pestle type combo. I picked up the image of this little piece of antiquity from a Twitter feed- The article can be read here- http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/editors-blog/need-lathe Lately the works of André Roubo seem be making the rounds- especially the workbench. Within the article, there is a reference to a You Tube video showing a Pole Lathe in operation. I believe Roy Underhill uses a similar lathe on his PBS program. I doubt that I could ever master the operation! Cutting only takes place when the wood spins towards the operator. The tool is pulled away from the work during the return stroke. I have enough trouble chewing gum and walking at the same time. That's it for this week. Safe Turning
  16. Wednesday's here again and I got a little lathe time this week. Christmas present ideas are finalized and making them is underway. I actually have all of the Honey Dippers turned and sanded- Mostly they are the same but with some minor variations in handle shapes and burned details. I really need to learn to turn round knobs on the end of the handles. I'm also going with a garlic crack and peeler. I have some turned and sanded. These are made from Walnut. I had to glue up some stock for them. I just plain refuse to slice into that piece of 12/4 walnut I bought to make turned pedestals for candle tables. I started with the blank and rounded it and marked the "mushroom" locations- Then parted the material to set the starting and ending locations- Turned four peelers on the blank to save a little material. Also put the rounded ends together to allow more tool space during the rounding process- I'll cut these apart and finish sanding the top and bottom. I think I'll add a miniature cutting board or shallow dish to provide a surface to smash the garlic. Woodturning On Line's newsletter arrived, also. A couple of really neat things this month. There is a tutorial for turning a Christmas candle stick with and carol singer inside. You can get the PDF download from- http://www.woodturningonline.com/assets/Projects/ian_salisbury_xmas_2014.pdf The newsletter also has a link to a fascinating video of a Japanese woodturner making Kokeshi Dolls. Check out his lathe and the specialized tools. I'm sure he has made more than one of these dolls! Finally, Tim Yoder has a video up. He turns a Thanksgiving napkin holder- Safe Turning
  17. Late again this week. We have had relatives here this week as well as helping out at school so no lathe time for me. So for your enjoyment, here is a recently posted video, from Tim Yoder. In this one he turns a mushroom- Safe Turning!
  18. Funny how life has a habit of getting in the way of your plans. Any way, I didn't get any turning done this week but I did work at the lathe. Until recently, virtually all of my rolling pin holders have been made to cradle the pin horizontally- With this holder design I hadn't realized was that one end of the rolling pin was slightly "fatter" than the other. When I started making a vertical style of holder the error was very noticeable. Doing some careful measurement, I found there was play in the mounting rail of my old jig as well as the tapered part of the jig was not completely symmetrical. I was never really happy with the original jig. It was made from a re-purposed piece of MDF (the only really smooth piece of material I had). The slots (from the previous use) trapped shavings and chips which made moving the cutter problematic. The new and improved version is made from a scrap of pressed hardboard with a thin laminate veneer. The taper section is hard maple as well as the runner and swivel lock. Preliminary test look good. I didn't have a blank made up to actually turn a pin but the test pieces were symmetrical. In other news, Woodturning On Line sent their newsletter. An article/video is sort of related to a post Cliff made earlier concerning using a soap/water mixture for preventing cracks in green wood. This video about sanding on the lathe uses a similar mixture to assist in the sanding. There is also an article for turning a Halloween Bat House The entire issue can be read at http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?utm_source=nl_Oct_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters Finally, I ran across a 2 part video on turning a snowman Christmas ornament - The links for the turning begin here- Safe Turning!
  19. Seems like lathe work around here is either feast or famine. Last week, I couldn't keep up- this week nothing- until a few moments ago. The lack of projects was probably a good thing as I have been introducing 9th graders to the wild and wonderful world of Electronics Technology. Anyway, Popular Woodturning posted a seasonal, timely video by Tim Yoder. Tim turns a Jack-O-Lantern! His video can be found here- If you look closely, you can see he is using some of our wonderful sponsor's- Easy Wood Tools- turning tools. My next project looks like it will be turning a wooden bullet for a 30mm cartridge. A week or so ago, Cliff posted some information on the future of the A-10 Thunderbolt. I have been asked to make the bullet for a spent cartridge. I have a complete "dummy" round but I need to determine the inside diameter of the opening where the shell casing interfaces with the bullet. I refuse to tear mine apart and the person, for whom I am making it, refuses to let it out of their sight. I was told it it "about an inch". That just isn't accurate enough. If any Patriot member has a spent 30 mm GAU-8 shell casing and could post the dimension, I would appreciate it. That's it for this week- Safe Turning.
  20. It's been a busy week around here- finishing projects, starting new ones and a couple of days subbing in the Pre-engineering course at school. The natural edge bowl is finished- I was going to use poly on this but opted for rattle can lacquer- easier to do. To sand the inside ot his bowl, I made a foam ball sand paper holder. The plans/instructions for the sander can be found at Mr. David Reed Smith's web site- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/FoamBallSander/FoamBallSander.htm Mine looked like this- I tried to make this so I could use 5" hook and loop sanding discs from my random orbital sander. My failure to take into consideration the additional added thicknesses of the duct tape and Velcro meant the 5" discs were too small. The ball worked OK but I couldn't capture the ends of the "flowers". When sanding, some of the "pedals" unstuck and it acted more like a flap sander. Our local Blue Borg doesn't carry 6" discs so I guess it is another trip to Super Grit in Gettysburg. I'm going to make a smaller version that WILL use 5" discs. When I was at school, the Culinary Arts instructor brought me a couple of rolling pins to repair. One needed a new handle turned. The pin rolled off of a table. Made of hard maple and needs a finish. Tricky part here is getting the correct sized hole as the handle is a press on fit. Saved the best for last! Our young neighbors are into craft shows. The wife makes a variety of articles, which she sells thru her Etsy shop. They have a big craft show coming up in November. Her social circle includes other moms that also make/sell various articles and they are working feverishly building stock for the big weekend. Did you know that you can actually buy a snowman decorating kit?? Neither did I! I thought half the fun of making a snowman was the scavenger hunt for the "trimmings"! (Apologies to you warm climate residents who don't get the opportunity to demonstrate your creative skills with snow figures). Anyway, I was met in the front yard, Monday, when I got home from school. The neighbor mom was holding an orange painted piece of wood this a dowel stuck in one end. "Can you possibly make a bunch of these?", she pleaded. "What is it???" I said..... "It's a carrot!!" came the indignant reply. (Between you and me- it looked like no carrot I've ever seen- and I've cleaned out the refrigerator's 6 month old vegetable drawer). This thing was a piece of pine shaped on a belt sander and painted orange. I told her I could maybe make something on the lathe. After all, carrots are generally round and tapered. "We need at least 20!!!" I hate to think where this is going to lead. At least she agreed to paint them. (I told her not to paint them brown- they would look too much like Mr. Hanky) Safe Turning!
  21. After Cliff's "Annie" post- I got nothin'... Hope to get to the lathe this weekend. Safe Turning.
  22. Another week in the books and here we are on a brand new site!!! I Love IT!!!!!!! Just like everyone else, I'm learning my way around and hoping I don't make too many mistakes by posting stuff in the wrong location. I did get some turnings finished. Some bottle stoppers made from Spalted Maple and using Ruth Niles' stainless steel stoppers- I used satin wipe on poly for the finish. Woodturning OnLine sent their latest newsletter. It is filled with some great stuff. Anyone who has ever had a catch, when turning, needs to watch the video by Richard Raffan. He explains and demonstrates the catches and why they happen. Great stuff. I'm not sure how to add a video to this post, but here is a link to the You Tube video- http://youtu.be/jOvF5f1phhY There is also articles on turned rings and how to make money from turnings! The entire issue can be found here- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Popular Woodworking also released another in their series of Tim Yoder videos. In this one, Tim demonstrates how to turn a cylindrical box with a drawer. You can watch the video here- http://youtu.be/L2bET_huv8c Safe Turning
  23. Did a little turning this week, getting ready for that church craft show. These are called "Dibbles" or "Dibbers" and are used by gardeners for making holes to plant bulbs/seeds. These are roughly 8" long and a little over 1" in diameter. The rings are 1" apart to assist in the planting depth. I used a wire "Garotte" to burn the marks, thus making them more visible. Made from hard Maple that had dark streaks. I made 10 of these. Maybe I can sell them for $5 each. The finish is a bee's wax/mineral combo. On a few of these, I used my Sorby spiraling tool to make "threads". The one on the right was my first attempt. It came out the best of all of the ones I made- beginners luck! The threads are straight but on the other turnings, the threads are wavy. You can see this on the left turning. Not sure what I was doing wrong. If anyone has one of these tools, I would appreciate tips/advice. I'm also making a few bottle stoppers. I have some Spalted Maple that is thick enough for turning. Post pix of them next week. If you get a chance, head on over to Cliff's page. He's made a really nice tool carousal for his new lathe- http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forum/topics/tool-carosel-got-r-dun He has incorporated some great feature into his design. Safe turning!
  24. A little turning this week. I finally got a chance to finish a pen that was started in the spring. It is an older Woodcraft roller ball kit. The wood is Cocobolo and about 10 applications of BLO and CA. I didn't like the shiny finish so I added an application of Johnson's paste wax. This kit is very similar to the fountain pen kit. Which, someone liberated mine. As turners, we really seek the beauty found in spalted wood. The seemingly infinite patterns create turnings that begged to be touched. Well, now, with a little patience, you can make your own spalted wood. Unfortunately, the newsletter containing this information cannot be linked. It is from Popular Woodworking and was written by Alan Lacer, to whom I give full credit. You can sign up for the newsletter on their web site-Â http://www.popularwoodworking.com/. Here is a screenshot of the article. Tim Yoder has another video up. Make a garden "dibble". Looks like it will be a great gift for any gardener! Here is a link to the video- http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodturning Safe Turning!
  25. Well, all my pen blank sets have their CA finish and are ready for assembly. To prove I actually do work on the lathe, I made a little video of the process. It is edited to shorten the boredom and the audio is natural. The video shows the process I used to apply the CA and boiled linseed oil finish. A couple of things about the operation. We had considered using a wax finish on these blanks. We found the wood is so soft that just the pressure of applying the Hut PPP wax dented the blank. Even when applying the CA finish, a fingernail touching the surface would dent it. I ended up wearing gloves to help prevent the problem. So, without further ado and very little fanfare- Cecil B. DeKauffman presents..... Next time the assembled pens. EDIT: I forgot to add the link I used for information about this method- http://www.penmakersguild.com/articles/cafinish.pdf Safe Turning.
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