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  1. Here's hoping all our members along the northern Gulf are safe. I saw where Pensacola had almost 2 feet of rain so far. On another note, please remember to add tags to your posts. I try to remember to check but sometimes my memory fails me. Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB has been cranking out projects like crazy this past week! His little elm bowl is beautiful- You can see his progress in this post and check out the comments by our turners- Next, Andrew posted his work on a bloodwood bowl. All did not go as planned as he describes in his post. However, the end results were quite spectacular! Moving on, Andrew turned some acrylic pen blanks. He included a video of his process in the post- Finally, saving the best for last here, he showed us a myrtlewood bowl. It is inspiring to see how far Andrew has come in such a short span of time. He mentions in his post about the inertia sander he used to get this awesome beauty finished- @FlGatorwood saw an item that is designed to sharpen carbide cutters. Check out his post to see the comments of our turners- We have a couple of turning items for sale- First, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools was contacted by a turner who has a Easy Wood Tools Pro Rougher for sale- Jim provided contact information in his post- Also, @FlGatorwood has some Easy Wood Tools cutters for sale. They are Ci2-R2 and Ci3-NR. You can contact him through our site- What’s Coming Up- This Saturday, September 19, 2020, there will be another Virtual Craft Festival. Get all the information here- https://www.virtuallycrafty.com/ Turner Andrew Hall is offering interactive remote demonstrations (IRD). Here's a little more information- If you haven't registered for the Woodturners Worldwide Symposium, here a way to save $10! Click on the image for more details. For The Newbies- Andrew mentioned in his post about his new inertia sander. Just happens that Rick Turns posted a video about turning a vase. In that video, he uses one of these sanders- Expand Your Horizons- I thought this was a really great way to add a decorative touch to a bowl. Although the author used soapstone, I would imagine many other "fillers" could be used. New Turning Items- Not new, but if you are thinking about getting some carbide tools here is your chance to save 15% on our Easy Wood Tools sponsor's products! https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/Sales/8/Easy-Wood-Tools?utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ewt&utm_campaign=20-09-ewt-1 Everything Else- Rick Turns video list for last week- The only lathe work I've done this past week was turn 2 walnut dowels for the rocking horse I was kinda happy with the progress until I put on the stain Mimi wanted (not shown). I was expecting the pine to splotch but the white oak really disappointed me. I've stained red oak with walnut stain and it covers evenly. This oak had areas that turned really dark. It wasn't noticeable until I wiped off the excess. Even a second application made no difference. I guess that's what happens when you get free wood. Safe turning and stay well
  2. So tonight I decided to turn a couple of acrylic pen barrels since I just got a shipment in today. I also tested out a new camera for recording that was COMPLETE and utter trash. So I will be sticking with my iphone from now on. Either way I think I hit a few air pockets in the acrylic. It just wanted to chip I will leave the video from the turning in here. But the quality is NOT as great as my Iphone. Tomorrow I'll be starting off on some new bowl projects since those will get in. So I'll get to try out my new EWT Mid sized rougher. Can ya see the huge difference in the video with the Iphone and this camera. DONT BUY IT.
  3. HMMM welp here we go head first into Acrylic pen blanks. I've got 3 more blanks. I ordered 2 of each of the blue and black pattern and a purplish pattern. I'm hoping these are easy as pie to turn and finish as the wood barrels are. But I dunno if I'm sure of what I'm getting myself into yet or not. How ever I noticed a nasty nasty stench when cutting the acrylic blanks and drilling them out. One thing I'm sure of is I was happy with how straight the drill bit went into the blanks nice and even. So that will make for a nice barrel shape I think at least. Yes this one will Definitely be recorded. Now the main question I had was should I sand these with water on hand or would just regular dry sanding work? Thanks.
  4. I've been interested in trying resin casting and turning for bowls. Although I'm not interested enough just yet to purchase a pressure pot. I've been trying to research resins that I can mix that do NOT require a pressure pot and just time to cure with a bit of color as well. I think I want to try a couple of times with the resin so I can get familiar with it if I ever decide to get into the resin stuff. I do plan on going for the gallon bottles off the bat so that I know I have enough to make a couple blanks to test. But I'm unsure of what I would need to pick up for non pressure pot resins, I did do a google search only thing I've seen in research so far is Polyresin and it's recommending adding color. Now that I've got the lathe speeds adjusted Id feel more comfortable doing a bit of resin trials. Any other info would be good to know thanks.
  5. I hope this Wednesday find everyone healthy and save. I just couldn't resist this. I laugh everytime I see it! Our Patriot Turners- If you haven't already check out the new Easy Wood Tools website, you really need to see how our sponsor has done a complete overhaul. Way to go @Jim from Easy Wood Tools! This is @John Morris post on it. Here's the link- https://www.easywoodtools.com/ @Pauley showed us a beautiful silver maple platter he turned. Check out his post to learn a little more about the size and what equipment he used. @Gerald turned several "Friendship Bowls". In his post he tells us about the materials and how he finished them. He received a whole lot of great comments on these beauties. @Ron Altier posted a video of a woodworker creating a Celtic Knot bowl. The video author has some serious skills! @Lissa Hall has been working on turning some mugs and wondered what the best finish would be to be able to handle both hot and cold liquids. She has had lots of input from our turners. Lissa has settled, for the time being, on pine resin. One of Woodcraft's franchises recently produced a video that talked about this very subject. Maybe there are some ideas here- What’s Coming Up- Woodcraft and Frank Beyers posted their latest Turning Tuesday video. This week Frank turned an acrylic ice cream scoop. Notice the use of Easy Wood Tools! Also, Frank's finishing techniques- For The Newbies- A little spindle turning and a little hollowing from Easy Wood Tools! Expand Your Horizons- Sam Angelo demonstrates how to turn an egg. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders and a great 15% sale going on sanding pads and backers. Check it out! Everything Else- Lately it seems everyone of my turning projects have had major complications. When I mounted this bowl blank, initially, the now open end was supposed to be the bottom. The wood, however, was too soft and punky to be able to turn a safe tenon or recess. I ended up moving the faceplate to the opposite end. Then there was an ingrown rotten branch that ran diagonally through the piece. The open end had to be enlarged to remove soft wood which kept flaking off. When I finally got the wall thickness to where I wanted it- The rotten branch area left a void in the side- And to top it all off, the original faceplate mounting holes were visible in the bottom- Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. Safe turning and stay healthy
  6. Hope this Wednesday finds all of you healthy and safe. I've added a few more videos this week just in case you are locked in the house/shop. If you watch and enjoy any video directly on YouTube, please give the author a "thumbs up" and leave a comment letting them know you appreciate their hard work. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier created another beautiful ornament. Ron has a magical talent for design and color! Along with the picture, Ron asked our opinion on making it into a tree topper. Check out his post on the star and see if you can give him some ideas- Ron also posted an inquiry concerning negative rake carbide cutters and acrylic blanks. Check out the post. If you can provide some insight on his questions, please let him know. Ron is this weeks big winner in the number of posts department! Using input from his negative rake cutters question, he showed us the gorgeous acrylic egg he turned. In his post, Ron tells us a little about his experiences. Ron gave us a heads up on a cool video for an open segmented turning. The video author sure has a light touch and sharp tools! And another video where the author turns an unusual object. I found this especially interesting in light of a question asked by member @FrederickH concerning the use files as turning tools. Check out the parting tool at about 6:32 @Masonsailor continues his work on the lazy susan tulips. He showed us the trimmed out "home" for it! Check out more images here- @Artie brought up a couple of observations on safety. He noticed the latest issue of Woodcraft Magazine pictured a turner working without a face shield and was wearing long sleeves. We had a great discussion as our turners provided their thoughts. How do you feel about it? Self Isolation- For The Newbies- A video from Lyle Jamieson on tool rest position and rough turning between centers- Easy Wood Tools has started posting very short videos demonstrating their products. You can check out all of the videos from links at this YouTube Video- Expand Your Horizons- The Woodworker's Journal has a nicely illustrated article from Ernie Conover on accessories for hollowing tall forms. The complete article is here- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/accessories-for-excavating-tall-hollow-forms/ @Ron Altier's experience with acrylics led me to this rather lengthy video. If you are considering getting into casting your own acrylic/resin blanks, there is a lot of good information. New Turning Items- Sam Angelo- The WyomingWoodturner- demonstrates the new Carter and Son Thread Chaser. If you are into pen making, Woodpeckers has some new kits- Check their website for more information- https://cdn.woodpeck.com/triton-rollerball-and-fountain-pen-kits.html?_bta_tid=32476282785476398023750574440026478214355615690754598719186774204374129149320745779994015069695242775658 The folks at Woodturners Wonders also a sale of until the end of March on many of their products- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/specials Everything Else- @Artie's post on safety gear was very timely. I had an old piece of locust that might have made a nice shallow bowl. I was getting a lot of tearout so I decided to experiment with different speeds and different negative rake cutters. I found that, for the outside of the bowl, the Ci2-NR2 (2" radius, rougher, negative rake) is awesome at high speeds. Unfortunately the blank had a defect that I didn't see. I still haven't found all of the pieces! Safe turning and stay well
  7. It sure isn't wood and it sure turns differently. It sheds streamers of plastic all over you, tools and the tuning head. I had to stop and clean the place up several times. I didn't want those strips of plastic on my lights for fear of fire. I didn't want them in places around turning shafts, etc. I enjoyed it, especially the final polishing. It surprised me in how it came out like glass so quickly. I learned a lot and plan on doing more. The biggest problem I had was the wood, it splintered and tore out very easily. I wanted to make it thinner and more unique, but stopped because of the unstable wood (Padiuk)
  8. I think I will let the moms and dads worry about teaching them where the other two lessor states are!!. Gloss and glitter used on the states and satin used over the acrylic paint around the states. The glitter shows up more than the picture shows......
  9. Busy week with substituting and Mom errands so not really much shop time. Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan posted some fantastic pens he created from shell casings and inexpensive click pens. These are real beauties! Dan received lots of great comments on this one! Dan also showed us another inside-out vase he made along with a description of how he overcame a problem. @Ron Altier asked for our advice on a turning that has him stumped. Please head over to his post and see if you can give him some ideas- What’s Coming Up- The Woodworking Shows will be in Collinsville, IL this weekend February 8 thru 10. Our friends from Easy Wood Tools will be there! Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Mike Peace has been posting videos on various aspects of the scroll chuck. In this recent video he examines different methods of Reverse Chucking a bowl. He includes several shop made devices. The reverse chuck allows the turner to finish the outside bottom of a bowl. Expand Your Horizons- @Gene Howe sent me a link to this video on turning a "square" bowl. The author of the video spends some time at the start showing how to make wooden faceplates. These make excellent glue/waste blocks. Another method- with less work- is to get a tap that matches the headstock threads and cut threads directly into the wooden block. New Turning Items- I think I had mentioned this in the past but didn't really have any hands on experience with it. I spent my Christmas cash and this came today! I really like the versatility of this center. First, there is the ability to adjust the length of the center "point". It can be buried in the center and used as a cup center or adjusted to any length up to about 1". The longer, small diameter point lets the tools get closer to the center of the turning. The point is secured with a standard Allen wrench (included). Next is the threaded section for the addition of accessories like cones or larger point- both available from ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) The threads are 3/4 x 10 standard threads so a tap would be easy to get to create your own accessories. I made my own tap, for wooden accessories, from a bolt and Dremel tool. Of course, as with all Easy Wood Tool products it is made in the good ol' U. S. of A. Everything Else- Tim Yoder has a 2 part video on turning a handy kitchen item- a paper towel holder. Tim's videos are always enjoyable and great learning tools. Part 2 is linked from Tim's YouTube Channel- Safe turning
  10. What is the best glue to use to glue acrylic to wood? Some of the clear acrylic shows any flaws the glue may create.
  11. RustyFN

    Seam ripper

    Made a seam ripper today for a woman in our quilting class.
  12. Sometimes it really pays off to having so many good friends "in the business". I've been involved in the woodworking industry and have made many life-long friends over the past 35 years. Woodworkers for the most part are friendly and generous types in my experience. So I've been sitting on a piece of spalted maple for a very, very long time, waiting for the right project. We just introduced negative rake carbide cutters to our line here at EWT. I've honestly not been a big fan of turning resins / acrylics / man-made materials, always much preferred turning wood. When we tested these NR cutters I was very surprised what a difference they make in turning this man-made "stuff". So I finally found a great use for this piece of maple! I sent it off to my friend Heath Knuckles, and he transformed this piece of wood into some very cool hybrid blanks. If you are not familiar with Heath and his work, here is a link to one of his projects: So Heath took my piece of maple... and sent these back to me.... Now I just have to wait for my lathe to come back from a trade show to spin a few of these!
  13. I've been the scrap pile again, experimenting with wood and acrylic glitter. The ball is thin pieces of Yellow Hart and Bubinga (I think). The shaft is plain ole pine. I painted the pine and I layered the glitter in thick layers in the crease and allowed to dry overnight, then repeated with the glitter. It came out OK and I think I may have an effect I'll use in the future
  14. Jay Skelton sent me to Menards and said to get some of these. They are corian, quartz, acrylic (?) pieces that measure about 11.5 inches square. Polish festivals are coming up. Can be used as a trivet, display, or cutting board for serving things like cheese or dips or whatever.
  15. Well I guess I'd better start thinking about doing some Christmas shopping, maybe on Saturday... Thanks to all of the woodturners who participated in our Gold Star Christmas Family raffle. It's going to be a great Christmas for those kids! Please continue to tag your posts. It really does make site navigation easier. @Steve Krumanaker posted a really beautiful walnut bowl. The finish is absolutely flawless. Checkout this post! @HandyDan made a BUNCH of string tops- Check out how he did it and his great repurpose of some of the wood- @Joe Candrilli posed a question about turning and dust collection. He is turning Alumilite and the curlies were not being collected by his dust collector. A great conversation about this ensued- We have discussed different dust collection techniques here, in the past. While looking for help on Joe's question, I did run across another solution that may work for other dust material collection. The video is a little long but you may get some ideas from it. While on the subject of Alumilite, turning, shavings and Christmas, Rick Turns creates an acrylic Christmas tree- Some of us may be lucky enough to get a little cash from Santa. If you are looking for a new lathe chuck, Mike Peace has posted a video comparing/contrasting some of the chucks on the market. While the information has presents is great, in my opinion he has overlooked the best chuck available anywhere- the Easy Wood Tools chuck. Buy the EWT chuck first and you'll never need to buy another. Merry Christmas! Safe Turning
  16. This one required some glue up. And then some more. The piece on the bottom is acrylic and has some gold sparkles in it. I thought about making the bottom spindle much smaller, but my wife liked it just as it is. She gave her ideas as I worked on it and she likes it. After 50 years, happy wife, happy life.
  17. I ordered a piece of clear acrylic. Turning was a big challenge. The piece I used had a low melting point and it would heat and semi melt. This created melt smudges, not to mention melt frustration. I kept trying different turning tools and speeds. It wasn't easy. You can see the results. If I learned one thing.................... it is not to turn much of that stuff or get a harder clear acrylic.
  18. I may have asked this before, where can I get clear acrylic for turning. Don't want much and not large pieces? Something like 2x2x6". Can always be larger and turned down. I started an experiment on smaller pieces and want to play around with some larger stuff. That experient got put aside and now I can't find it
  19. Jim posted his wonderfully crafted ornaments and I really envy his craftsmanship. I thought I'd make one of acrylic and Yellow Hart. I watch a video with a lady that said all ornaments should be proportional, with the main bulb occupying one third of the total length. I think that is noble, but I think if you turn one.........turn it to your liking. What ever floats your boat. Like I did in this one
  20. This piece of Acrylic was full of small holes and issues. I filled them with JB and turned a couple of times. I mixed it so it was darker when it dried and lighter too. It came out good. I added some Blood wood (I think it was because it was soft) This was a learning lesson and I plan to use it again. When I turned it with my carbide tools, it came off in a powder, rather than a stream. I may have to spend an hour cleaning up all that plastic. It went everywhere
  21. Every Time I did something to this one, it did something else. No kidding. It looks nothing like I intended. I got it this far and quit. Its nice, but it could be so much better
  22. I started working on a piece that has acrylic on each end with Ebony in the center. First the Ebony had a hidden crack (very hard to see a crack on something so black) and part of it flew out. I can salvage it. Then the Acrylic has lots of small holes and a few bigger ones. It appears that the whole piece is full of faults. Is there anything I can fill those holes with to get back to a smooth finish. I don't think epoxy will work, it can't take heat. Will CA glue and soda work?
  23. RustyFN

    Acrylic

    Does anybody here make their own acrylic blanks? I have been doing a lot of research on resin, molds, vacuum chambers and pressure pots.
  24. Made a peeler and sketch pencil. The pencil is for the wood shop.
  25. Click on the image for the link!!!
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