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  1. I picked up this wooden object at our local auction house and was wondering if anyone can tell me the use for it? I think I know? It seems to be turned from a boxwood or hard maple wood, the ball rolls around nicely inside of the socket without falling out. It's stamped as Pratt & Lambert.
  2. Had the opportunity to sub in a vocational area I usually don't get to see. Worked in the HVAC classroom. Really nice bunch of kids. Well mannered and respectful. Says a lot about their regular instructor- who is a graduate from that same shop a few years back. Our Patriot Turners- Our own @Steve Krumanaker is turning into quite the Cecil B Demille. Steve posted two great videos this past week. One showing Bedan work and the other showing us how to used the Bedan in making a "honey dipper". Awesome work Steve and Thanks!! @Gerald gave us some insight on finding the center of a turning and why the center might not be the center! What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to the show web site and registration information For The Newbies- Over the past several weeks we have been mentioning cutting threads in a turning. The examples we listed all used special tools and techniques to accomplish the task. Capt. Eddie posted a video showing another way to have a threaded project. As always, Capt. Eddie packs a lot of great information into his videos- Expand Your Horizons- Tim Yoder added a two part video on turning a ball (sphere). Tim says he cheated a little by using a jig from Carter- The second part of the video is linked from Tim's YouTube Channel. If you would like to turn spheres but would rather make your own jigs, here is a link to Mr. David Reed Smith's "Shadow Sphere Jig"- http://www.davidreedsmith.com/articles/shadowspherejig/shadowspherejig.htm I used this jig to turn some globe Christmas tree ornaments for the Easy Wood Tools Christmas tree. New Turning Items- New cutters from our most generous sponsor- Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). These new negative rake cutters will make detailing even easier! Check them out at- http://www.easywoodtools.com/buy-here/ Safe turning
  3. Thought I would share a fun project I did several years back. Hope you enjoy. Step One: Cut walnut and ash stock into small squares, 12 walnut, 20 ash. Step Two: Drill holes using jigs to insure accuracy - different jig for walnut and ash pieces. Step Three: Set up table saw to cut at proper angle and cut all walnut pieces into pentagon shape. Step Four: Reset table saw to cut hexagons at proper angle and cut all ash pieces. Step Five: Make several extra pieces in case you mess one up later. Step Six: Make sure you have a friend to drink beer and watch while you're working. Step Seven: Glue and tape. Step Eight: Relax, watch the glue dry. Step Nine: Remove tape, light sanding, wax your ball and close up shop for the night. Step Ten: Do it again the following day using tape to minimize tearout. Step Eleven: Give the best of the two to your soccer star daughter for her 13th birthday and keep the other for yourself.
  4. Every year for a while I have been making ball catch games and taking them to the volunteers at the Akron Children's Hospital for them to distribute to the kids that may end up there during the Christmas Season. Here is this years batch.
  5. Every year for the past five or so years at Christmas time I make a couple dozen ball and cup games. I take them over to the local Akron Children's Hospital and give them to the volunteers to pass out to the children who have the misfortune of being in the hospital at this time of year. I figure even if confined to the bed they may still be able to play the game. Here is this years batch completed today. I use pine 4X4s to make them but I buy the balls at Pat Catans craft supply store. They have three coats of Shellac on them.
  6. I have been making ball and cup games and taking them over to the volunteers at the local Akron Children Hospital for a few years now. The volunteers pass them out to the kids that unfortunately have to spend Christmas in the hospital. I figure they can play with them even while sitting in bed. I just finished this years batch today. I will wait a few days for the finish to settle in before I take them over.
  7. Awhile back a customer of mine asked me if I could restore, or do a complete makeover of a settee he purchased off of eBay. The settee was from the early 1800's and he wanted the entire piece stripped, gone through, new rails fabricated, and various repairs. The settee had gone through a life of abuse, and it ended up with a thousand holes in it, upholstered with some gosh awful tweed fabric, actually layers of upholstery ended up on it, and long story short, it was a mess, and he wanted a new settee. About the only thing he really liked on it, were the legs, and the beautiful curled maple they were made from. Later I will show a photo montage of the entire project, but this story is about how I repaired a seemingly destroyed balled foot. My customer wanted me to just cut it off, and make all the legs the same size, I told him I could save it. The image below is how the foot looked when I received the settee in my shop. As you can see there was hole in the center of the foot, that was to accommodate casters that were on all four legs. The hole for the casters weakened the ball foot and it finally gave way, cracked and just sheared off. The next image is after I stripped down the entire settee, and started in on the refinishing process. I know I know! That lovely patina, gone! It tore me up to sand it out, and take the project down to bare wood again, but hey, I was getting paid to do a job. So at first look, it does look dismal, but I knew there was hope for this leg, I could save it! I've seen worse! So I set about to paring away at the damaged wood with my Marples chisel, I was not worried about shaping the leg repair to be a perfect 90 degrees to accept the repair block, because I knew I had a trick up my sleeve to make the final fit, just perfect. I pared away at the ball foot just so the repair block fit reasonably well. I used Maple, and I tried to get a good matching grain orientation as you'll see in the images below. The trick here is once you get the fit close, use a piece of sand paper to bring the fit to final. Do not fold the paper in half, this will only distort both sides of the fit as you pull the sandpaper out from between the repair block and the piece to be repaired. Each time you must insert the sandpaper in between the two pieces, then as you apply pressure to the repair block, pull the sand paper out. After time, and with a bit of patience, the sandpaper will have created a custom perfect fit including matching any valleys or highs, or uneven shaping of the repair area. The repair block will conform to the odd shape of the piece to be repaired. Keep inserting the sand paper, then pull out, over and over. The fit will materialize. And you'll have a perfect fitting repair block. Finally, time to glue up the repair block. After the glue set up, I then commenced to paring away at the repair block to rough it in close. My Marple 1" chisel worked beautifully for this task. I almost have her ready for final shaping. After I got it close, I shaped the repair block down to match the existing ball with shoulder as well. note the grain orientation. To bring the repair block to final shape, I used a file and then I blended the repair in with 220 sand paper, and it turned out pretty close to the original shape. This was a successful repair, it took all of an hour to get it all wrapped up, and we got to save the other three legs, remember the customer originally said to just cut this leg down and the rest as well to match, I would not! Later I'll show some images of the final restoration, you cannot even see this repair, it looked splendid after all was said and done. Cheers!
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