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  1. Good Monday morning! Good Monday morning Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! Welcome new members To view our newest members and welcome them to our digs, please see our Members Page, you can "Sort" by join date and click on their names and be taken to their profile page where you can leave a message of welcome. Thank you for making our newest folks feel welcome. Featured topic Our Featured topic by @forty_caliber, absolutely drop dead beautiful pecan bowls, nice work 40 ! Featured download It's rare that a member shares a download with our community, if you would like to share a plan, a file, or even a drawing schematic, please do so at our Download department. Not available this week, looking for new content from you, the member! Featured link Submit your favorite link at our Links Directory, this weeks featured link below. Featured video Doucette and Wolfe are one of my favorite furniture builders, I love their videos, typically accompanied by great music, this video is silent for the first 40 seconds then it's shop noise thereafter. The timeline is sped up which is fun and keeps it moving. Also, they are one of our link partners, The Patriot Woodworkers are proud to have Doucette and Wolfe connecting with us, and us to them. See Link Page
  2. Good Monday morning! Good Monday morning Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! Welcome new members To view our newest members and welcome them to our digs, please see our Members Page, you can "Sort" by join date and click on their names and be taken to their profile page where you can leave a message of welcome. Thank you for making our newest folks feel welcome. Featured topic Our Featured topic by @Gerald, the Competition Box Featured download It's rare that a member shares a download with our community, if you would like to share a plan, a file, or even a drawing schematic, please do so at our Download department. Featured link Submit your favorite link at our Links Directory, this weeks featured link below. Featured video Mike talks about the use of the smoothing plane to create a final surface on a board, ready for paint or finish. Gossamer shavings and buttery smooth surfaces are attainable with these antique tools.
  3. Good Monday morning! Good Monday morning Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! Welcome new members To view our newest members and welcome them to our digs, please see our Members Page, you can "Sort" by join date and click on their names and be taken to their profile page where you can leave a message of welcome. Thank you for making our newest folks feel welcome. Featured topic Our Featured topic by @Pauley, follow his topic for the Hall Bench, it's now finished! Featured download It's rare that a member shares a download with our community, if you would like to share a plan, a file, or even a drawing schematic, please do so at our Download department. Featured link Submit your favorite link at our Links Directory, this weeks featured link below. Featured video H.G. "Skip" Brack salvages tools from all over New England to resell at affordable prices, in an effort to support his local economy and craftsmen. Links of interest Liberty Tool Liberty Tool Facebook Page
  4. "What's It" Basic Rules Reminder For a full run down on this project and rules please go to: "The Patriot Woodworker and MWTCA "What's It" project" Only Patriot Woodworker Members are eligible to participate and receive the award. The MWTCA only accepts a verified source to support your answer, so one should be submitted with your answer, such as a patent, catalog entry, tool book reference, or a respectable website on the subject. Do not let these requirements prevent you from having fun and submitting educated answers on the subject without verification, we can worry about references later. All answers are welcome, as well as healthy debates regarding "What's It". If a verified and referenced answer is not arrived at by the end of each month's "What's It" project, a random draw will be performed for a "One Year MWTCA Club Membership". Only Patriot Woodworker's who participate in this "What's It" topic will be included in the random draw. Additional What's It Rules Unless you are completely sure what this item is, please avoid "definitive statements" that appear that you are without a doubt claiming that you know what the item is. For example stating, "this item is called a "widget xx" used for "insert purpose here". If you are making a definitive statement you must accompany your statement with evidence or proof from a secondary source. An example of acceptable statements within the realm of having fun and educated guesses would be something like this, "I believe it could be", or "It appears it's made for this or that", etc etc etc... Ok ladies and gentlemen, we now have our "What's it" live and ready! The image(s) below is a MWTCA "What's It" image for you to research, and tell us all here in this topic post, just what the heck is it! Project Details The information provided hereon is all the information that is provided, no further information on this item will be added.
  5. View File Workbench Magazine July-August 1967 Personalized Branding Iron Submitter John Morris Submitted 09/25/2020 Category Shop Jigs  
  6. I have continued to scan my collection of Workbench Magazine plans for our guests and members to download from our Files Department, and I thought I'd share the Shop Tips section of the magazine as well. As is the case with my file downloads for plans from Workbench Magazine, the same applies here, I have received permission from the current Workbench Magazine to publish the old articles and plans on the open source web. Please see the collection of plans as well at https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/files/ Enjoy! These tips still apply to our work today, very cool!
  7. View File Workbench Magazine July-August 1967 Spanish Ottoman With black, leather-grained vinyl, decorative brass tacks and molded wood carvings, this ottoman simulates the simple elegance of furniture made by early Spanish peasants. A modern addition is the foam-rubber cushion for comfort. Source: Workbench Magazine July-August 1967 Submitter John Morris Submitted 09/07/2020 Category Furnishings  
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    With black, leather-grained vinyl, decorative brass tacks and molded wood carvings, this ottoman simulates the simple elegance of furniture made by early Spanish peasants. A modern addition is the foam-rubber cushion for comfort. Source: Workbench Magazine July-August 1967
  9. Good Monday morning! Good Monday morning Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! I had a semi productive time in the shop this weekend, got a good start on my Gun Range Shooting Bench for my son and I. We'll use it to shoot off of for sighting in, only spent a few hours on it, gluing the boards together, and getting some edges glued and nailed to the sides to help provide rigidity and to just give it a nice strong appearance. I'll install folding legs on it, and maybe a small drawer on the front for small "possibles and what not's". It was my dads 87th birthday on August 12th, but we drove up Sunday to his home in the mountains and visited, we brought up lunch, and we had a birthday cake for him, below is Dad with my wife, and my two kids, our other daughter is away in the Army, so she isn't seen in many of our most recent photos anymore . But Grandpa was happy, and he enjoyed his day. I also want to thank you all for the wonderful wishes you sent for the passing of my Army buddy, it's been a rough week last, his family has a long road ahead of them, I want to thank you all for your prayers. Community news @Cal won July's What's It, so he'll be getting a membership from them soon, along with that popular MWTCA magazine "The Gristmill" Welcome new members To view our newest members and welcome them to our digs, please see our Members Page, you can "Sort" by join date and click on their names and be taken to their profile page where you can leave a message of welcome. Thank you for making our newest folks feel welcome. Featured topic Our Featured topic by @FlGatorwood will also have been added to "Our Picks", this is a page for content that has stood out and been chosen for a special place in our community, and for a limited time showing on our Home Page for the world to see. Featured link Our featured links are website links added by staff and members, add your favorite links today at "Links Directory". Please add your favorite links today! If a category is missing, just tell us, we'll install it and away you go! Featured download It's rare that a member shares a download with our community, if you would like to share a plan, a file, or even a drawing schematic, please do so at our Download department. Featured image Rifle by Bill Shipman Custom rifle maker at billshipman.com
  10. Good Monday morning! Good Monday morning Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! Welcome new members To view our newest members and welcome them to our digs, please see our Members Page, you can "Sort" by join date and click on their names and be taken to their profile page where you can leave a message of welcome. Thank you for making our newest folks feel welcome. Featured topic Our Featured topic by @Smallpatch will also been added to "Our Picks", this is a page for content that has stood out and been chosen for a special place in our community, and for a limited time showing on our Home Page for the world to see. Featured link Our featured links are website links added by staff and members, add your favorite links today at "Links Directory". The following link submitted by @aaronc shows off his and his partners work on powder horns. Featured download Featured image High school woodshop, source unknown.
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    This is a scanned document of the now defunct Workbench Magazine of this era. Permission was granted by the new Workbench Publication for The Patriot Woodworker community to copy and use the old Workbench Magazine at our pleasure, and for free distribution and re-use.
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    This is a scanned document of the now defunct Workbench Magazine of this era. Permission was granted by the new Workbench Publication for The Patriot Woodworker community to copy and use the old Workbench Magazine at our pleasure, and for free distribution and re-use.
  13. Been a while since I put up a Friday post due to some family and personal health issues. But I’m trying to get back in the groove today. My son thankfully has been able to keep a lot of things going in the shop with me only offering some advice at times. He has really progressed and still as all of us has things to learn. Recently he designed and built this without any input from me. A customer contacted us about a entertainment center and gave him the details. I think it turned out get and was very proud of his work from start to finish. It was to be rustic with sliding barn style doors. They were very happy with it and it looked great in place. This past week he has been working on a book case. He had it almost finished here except for the edging on the shelves. It is getting stained ebony. It was in The finishing room this morning but I forgot to get a picture. About the the only thing I worked on lately was making “X’s” for a TEDx conference for the speakers. I got a long bit for the CNC and cut these out of 2x12’s since they wanted them painted red. The bed bed on the machine is 25”x25” and they had to be 9” tall so I cut two out of each piece. I had had to make a total of 12 and get them painted red, but let the grain show. So 12 “X’s” painted red and then laser engraved with the conference name and speakers name. So that’s about it for right now in the shop. Hoping to finally get to spend some time this holiday weekend in the shop. What’s on your agenda for this holiday weekend and last official weekend of the summer? i look forward to hearing and seeing your projects. Work safe and have fun.
  14. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday morning Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! New Members Please welcome to our community, @Adam Stratton, @Tyler E, @rebuild51, @Down East, please click on their names and leave a message of welcome on their profile page. And to our new members, welcome to your new community folks! New Patriot Woodwiki Pages Wiki | California Nutmeg THEPATRIOTWOODWIKI.ORG Wiki Wiki | Alligator Juniper THEPATRIOTWOODWIKI.ORG Wiki Featured File To view all our files for your enjoyment and use, please go to "Files Downloads". You can also pick up the downloads at the Plans and Software Forum. Once uploaded to our server the plans auto populate at the forum. Today we don't have any new featured files to brag about, but you can help us with that, if you have a file you'd like to share with the community, please upload it to our files department. Featured Topic Our Featured topic has also been added to "Our Picks", this is a page for content that has stood out and been chosen for a special place in our community, and for a limited time showing on our Home Page for the world to see. Featured Link Our featured links are website links added by staff and members, add your favorite links today at "Links Directory". Featured Image The shop is located in a partially renovated 1800’s barn. Renovations consisted mainly of the addition of an 1890’s base burner stove, some insulation, and patching enough holes to keep the sparrows out. John uses authentic tools whenever practical. He has a great collection of 1800s to early 1900s spoke shaves, hand drills, block planes, lathe tools, etc. When it isn’t appropriate to use an authentic tool (because of it’s fragility, value or rarity) he tries to use tools made by craftspeople like himself who make hand-made wood working tools in the traditional style. The only power tools in the shop are his lathe and the table saw, which is only used for breaking down large pieces of material so they can be managed. Source: Brighton Woodshop
  15. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday morning Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! My weekend Besides getting into the shop a little bit this weekend to work on my sons Cherry Desk, we also took a trip around the county with the family, me, mama and the kids all piled up in our car and headed out to the desert to consume some tasty Date Shakes, milk shakes made from dates of the palm. Our desert is full of farmers raising date palms and selling those tasty dates all over the world. We dropped by one of our favorite spots on the way home, Lake Hemet up in our local mountains and walked around talked, and just had an easy time. Our youngest daughter is heading off to the Army, I can't believe how fast time has gone by, it feels like I just never got enough time with her as she grew up so fast, I feel that way with all my kids, just not enough time, it's almost a guilty feeling inside that there is just so much more I want to do with them, but they have grown so fast. My youngest girl on my right is leaving for the Army by the end of next month, I am going to miss her dearly, my oldest girl is entering her last year of college this fall, and my boy is a big sophomore. Of course mama is behind the camera. New Members Please welcome to our community, @coxhaus, @Anshu41, @ALWMach1, @Foothills, @Forsense, please click on their names and leave a message of welcome on their profile page. And to our new members, welcome to your new community folks! Featured File To view all our files for your enjoyment and use, please go to "Files Downloads". You can also pick up the downloads at the Plans and Software Forum. Once uploaded to our server the plans auto populate at the forum. Today we don't have any new featured files to brag about, but you can help us with that, if you have a file you'd like to share with the community, please upload it to our files department. Featured Topic Our Featured topic has also been added to "Our Picks", this is a page for content that has stood out and been chosen for a special place in our community, and for a limited time showing on our Home Page for the world to see. Featured Link Our featured links are website links added by staff and members, add your favorite links today at "Links Directory". Featured Image @derekcohen shared some of his fantastically beautiful work, showing off his high level of craftsmanship with wonderful joinery and pleasing selections of wood species. Derek's Harlequin Table: "The case is Hard Maple from the USA. The drawer fronts are Black Walnut, figured Hard Maple, and pink Jarrah (hence the name, Harlequin). The drawer sides are quartersawn Tasmanian Oak, and the drawer bottoms/slips were made from Tasmanian Blue Gum." ~Derek Cohen~ See additional work by Derek at "Some of My Furniture Builds".
  16. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday morning Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! I'd like to say to my own dad today, Happy Birthday! John H. Morris is 86 yrs young today! Me and the family headed up to his place yesterday, took up a bunch of Kentucky Fried Chicken and some birthday cake and we had lunch together and he blew out the candles on his cake. He had plenty of leftovers as we planned, so he should not have to cook dinner for two nights and he's got plenty of leftover birthday cake. So to all of you, have a wonderful week ahead, and be safe in all you do! Dad and I. He's holding his own! Don't look a year over 60 if you ask me!
  17. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday morning Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! Short topic this morning folks, sorry about that, running late for work! Be safe in all you do and watch that heat!
  18. .tg {border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;margin:0px auto;} .tg td{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:1px;overflow:hidden;word-break:normal;} .tg th{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:1px;overflow:hidden;word-break:normal;} .tg .tg-yzt1{background-color:#efefef;vertical-align:to "What's It" Basic Rules Reminder (For a full run down on this project and rules please go to: "The Patriot Woodworker and MWTCA "What's It" project") Only Patriot Woodworker Members are eligible to participate and receive the award. The MWTCA only accepts a verified source to support your answer, so one should be submitted with your answer, such as a patent, catalog entry, tool book reference, or a respectable website on the subject. Do not let these requirements prevent you from having fun and submitting educated answers on the subject without verification, we can worry about references later. All answers are welcome, as well as healthy debates regarding "What's It". If a verified and referenced answer is not arrived at by the end of each month's "What's It" project, a random draw will be performed for a "One Year MWTCA Club Membership". Only Patriot Woodworker's who participate in this "What's It" topic will be included in the random draw. Ok ladies and gentlemen, we now have our August "What's it" live and ready! The image(s) below is a MWTCA "What's It" image for you to research, and tell us all here in this topic post, just what the heck is it! Project details The information provided hereon is all the information that is provided, no further information on this item will be added. Remember, "What's It" is not always woodworking related! ATTENTION: The above prize may not be available if the July What's It is successfully solved. However, our prize offering of membership into MWTCA is always available in lieu of the grand prize. Thank you! A Chicago Scriber for?
  19. Labor Day weekend and the beginning of College Football and lots to do. Still in the dog days of summer here, but you can tell that cooler temps are on the way and fall won't be too far off. I'm already thinking about readying the shop for winter and it's been upper 90's all week. I've been working all this week at the range so no shop time foe me, but the boys have been busy with several projects. Corn hole boards and Oak Table tops in glue up. Corn hole boards are Cherry and Maple. All of the boards we have been making are hardwoods, no plywood or MDF in these. We have been tuning them out as fast as the two of them can glue up tops and put them together. Frames cut out for the next batch. I am spraying the final finish on the Walnut/Cedar chest this morning. Hope to have it out of the finishing room and delivered this evening or tomorrow. Had a run around the "G" and had to sand it down so I can fix that. The finishing room as been so full we have been moving pieces in and out to try to finish as quickly as possible. Not sure what we would have done without this finishing room. Like everything, now I wish i had made it twice the size! So this weekend will be busy in the shop part of the time, no volleyball this weekend. I am shooting in USPSA this weekend so I have to get some reloads done and ready at some point. So what's on your long Labor Day holiday weekend agenda? As always, we here at TPW love to see your projects, shops and hear about your weekend plans. So post those picture and share with us what you have planned. Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and be safe!
  20. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday morning Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! Community Changes We now have a forum for our Patriot Woodworker meetings around the nation. Thanks to @Fred W. Hargis Jr for firing up our first annual meet and greet, and spurring us to open up a forum for any members who wish to host a meet and greet and provide information and details about their meeting place. The new forum is at The Scrap Bin, please surf on over and check it out, and, if you've been living under a rock over the last 6 months, or if you are new here and have not heard about the Meet and Greet, and would like to attend Fred's shebang, please read those items in our new forum. Latest Wiki Entries Straight from a wonderful book about "American Woods", by Shelley E. Schoonover, published in 1951, we are moving her out of print, out of copyright contents over to our wiki. There will be two categories for the trees of North America, The Softwoods, and The Hardwoods. See the latest entries at the links below. Eastern Larch Western Larch New Members Please welcome @Robbie woods, @Scott Yarnall, @shawnbrad, @Rich, @Bill Schultz, and @JohnM to our community, leave a message of welcome on their profile page. And welcome to your new community folks! Featured Gallery One of our newest members @shawnbrad has already posted some beautiful and unique work for us to gawk at! See Shawn's work, great job Shawn! Featured Image of the Week @Gerald has a great tip regarding his version of a push stick. See his topic at the new General Woodworking "Tips" forum regarding the use of this device.
  21. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday morning Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! Community Changes Please visit the following topics, they may be of interest to you. Free For All Forum Changes Please Add Tags Also, we now have a column of information pertaining to our wiki. You may now view the latest wiki page changes by viewing the "Latest Wiki Pages" section at the right side of our community, just below the "Popular Contributors" section. Latest Wiki Entries Straight from a wonderful book about "American Woods", by Shelley E. Schoonover, published in 1951, we are moving her out of print, out of copyright contents over to our wiki. There will be two categories for the trees of North America, The Softwoods, and The Hardwoods. See the latest entries at the links below. Slash Pine (a beautiful pine, this is probably one of my favorite pines, elegant and shapely, I would love to have this in our front yard of our home) Longleaf Pine Jack Pine New Members Please welcome @BroderickBanks and @maria199 to our community, leave a message of welcome on their profile page. And welcome Broderick and Maria! MWTCA What's It Has ended for the month of July, and we'd like to congratulate @HandyDan for his successful research which in turn landed him a beautiful Rob Cosman Dovetail Saw! And, even though it appears our August What's It mystery is solved thanks to @p_toad, we still have the month of August left in front of us before we can officially announce the winner, so head on over there and give it a hard time! Thanks a lot Peter! Featured Gallery @Jari from down under has been busy with his Camphor Laurel turnings, they are absolutely beautiful! Featured Image A collage of "Wood" related subject images from our "Wood Research Category" of The Patriot Woodwiki. Attribution: Created by John Morris for The Patriot Woodwiki (8-11-2018)
  22. It seems to me like the weeks are just flying by. I sometimes wonder where the time is going. I turn around and the weekend is here again, and that's a good thing. This weekend we are readying for a show in a small town just east of us. Setting up this afternoon and going till Saturday evening. Looks like it will be hot and humid, but then what else would it be in August in Alabama. It seems the more projects we send out the door, the more that are coming in. My two sons are working hard during the week while I am at the shooting range working and then Thursday and Friday and the weekend we all hit it hard. My shop was not really built to have three people working at the same time on different projects, but we seem to be finding a way to get them done. Emptying the dust collectors keeps one person busy! So we have finished up a plain set of maple corn hole boards that will be painted white and later have the a decal of the shooting range on them to use at the range on First Saturday which is Burgers and Bullets. The boys did a nice set of Maple boards with Alabama decals for another customer. We build the boards and them put the customers decal on of their favorite team before we spray a finish. @Ron Dudelston we even had a request for a set and put a Notre Dame decal on it. Hey it they provide the decal and the money, I will put them on for them. We are also in the middle of a pretty good size job building ten 42" square Oak tables for a local church. Yesterday we got this one mostly together for our prototype so we would have all the measurements and figure out and assembly and clamping issues. Lots of rounding over to do and fitting but we are about ready to start running all the pieces. We are having fun and busy in the shop! What's on your weekend agenda? We love to see your projects and hear all about them. Share your projects and pictures of your weekend agenda. Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and be safe!
  23. Been working at school this week getting computers ready for the kids so no lathe work for me. I did help a friend finish up a cork screw handle by drilling the hole for the metal "screw" to fit into the handle. He turned the handle into a shape that sort of resembled a football. Once turned, it was quite a job to hold the piece level and square for drilling. The instructions suggested a "V" block. That worked but it was still wobbly due to the lack of support on each end. We used little wedges to add support and the drilling went OK. It would have been better to predrill the blank, plug the hole, finish the shape and then remove the plug. We all know, experience is the best teacher! A couple of interesting things this week. A couple of informative articles came by emails and newsletters. First- from Popular Woodworking's Wood Turning division is an interesting paper on turning duplicate parts. Chuck Bender, Senior Editor, talks about using the skew chisel for spindle turning- we've all been there. But, what I found most interesting was his perspective on turning duplicate parts and how, in antique furniture, "duplicate" parts are not in fact usually duplicates. Here are is the information from the email- with full credit to Mr. Bender. Sorry, I would usually provide you with a link but there was none. "One of my favorite projects from "No BS Woodworking" is the English joint stool. It's a fun project that is fairly easy to build and it's a great place to showcase some nicely figured wood. The project is based on a period example that came into my shop for repair. Compound angles can often drive woodworkers crazy, but they're actually fairly simple on this piece. Only having to deal with four stretchers means that if the angles are off a little on one joint or another, the piece will still look good. Another sticking point for many woodworkers is turning - it just plain intimidates some people. I know when I started woodworking it seemed like I'd never get the hang of a skew. The legs on this piece are not exceedingly complex, and can be accomplished without mad skew skills. The hardest part is turning the pummels (the transitions between the square stock and the round bits). The other thing that worries lots of woodworkers is being able to turn out four identical legs on the lathe. There are a few tricks you need to learn that will make this obstacle far less of a barrier. The first trick isn't really a trick, but a process I use in most things I build (whether they include turnings or not) and that's a layout stick. With a full-sized layout of the turning, it's easy to ensure all the elements of the legs are at the proper height. "Sure, getting the height of the elements correct is easy; it's the diameters that give me fits." you say? The biggest piece of advice I can give to the budding spindle turner is, make it close. I've studied, and copied, period tables where the turnings varied as much as 1/4" in diameter from leg to leg - and I couldn't tell before I measured. Am I advocating sloppy work? Not at all, but you don't have to worry the diameters to the nearest thousandth of an inch either. Besides, I have a few tricks up my sleeve (not many since I always wear short sleeves) that can help you master the simply turned legs on this stool. Spindle turning takes a little practice, but nearly every woodworker I've had the pleasure of instructing is capable of banging out a bunch of legs for this project that would be more than acceptable. The key is not obsessing on the details. The original upon which I based my stool varied quite a bit from leg to leg; there was also uneven wear and shrinkage. My version isn't free from flaws either. To me, that's what gives pieces their character. I don't want my stuff to look like it was punched out on an assembly line. Grab a copy of the DVD (or hit the store for the digital download - both can be found by clicking on this link), gather up some wood and get started building an English Joint Stool in your own shop. In the DVD I run through how to use a skew; some basic spindle turning exercises; how to turn multiple parts and make them look the same; compound angle joinery; and coloring and finishing your projects. There's more than three hours of instruction on this video plus plans and a cut list. With the turning and joinery tips you'll get, you should be able to make and English joint stool of your own over a long weekend (3 or 4 days depending on how quickly you can turn the legs)." The other great resource was Woodturning On Line's newsletter. If you ever wanted to make one of these- You can learn how with this video- Or how about one of these- Here's a video on that- Here's a link to the photo tutorial- http://www.demilked.com/coloured-pencils-ring-design-peter-brown/ The entire August newsletter can be read here- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Safe Turning!!
  24. You may have heard that Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )has released a new product. If you turn acrylics, you will find these cutters are just what you have been wanting. Prior to these cutters, the best acrylic cuts were made with the EWT positioned with the handle slightly raised. These new negative rake cutters eliminates that. Clean, smooth cuts with the handle flat. Ribbons of acrylic peel away effortlessly. These cutters work super on wood, too! Check out the EWT website- http://www.easywoodtools.com/ . Here's a video showing the cutters in action- Our Patriot Turners- @Cliff posted a link to a small turned scoop. This scoop is a little different in that the handle is turned so it sets at an angle. Pretty neat process. A nice discussion followed wondering if two scoops could be made from the same blank. @Ron Altier gave us a link to a video for a turned cedar vase. It really is beautiful. Some discussion followed concerning the affects of cedar sanding dust. What’s Coming Up- A gentle reminder that we are in the midst of our site raffle. You don't need to be a member of the The Patriot Woodworker to participate! Check out the information- From The Internet- Rick Turns postes his Woodturning Videos for July. I am a little late and putting the link here. It is no secret that I hate sanding and that I am terrible at it- makes sense, I guess. Mike peace put up a video on spindle sanding. He offers many great tips. I have started using the Abranet Sanding Screens, which I like but they are rather expensive. I'm sure there is a similar product at a more reasonable price. Our friends from Easy Wood Tools shared another video by Tracey Malady. This time she demonstrates the Easy Wood Hollowing tools. I don't do much vase type turning put I love my EWT straight hollower for bowl type work and even detail work on the outside of a piece. Everything Else- All of the relatives left on Sunday. I escaped to the basement to work on the little turning. I need to remember to take more process pictures. If I am going to do much acrylic work, I'll have to get a pressure pot. Harbor Freight seems to have a pretty good price on a painter's pressure pot- maybe they'll put it on sale. This is supposed to look like a wine glass that's half full. I did more sanding/polishing after these pictures so the "glass" is a little more clear. Safe turning
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