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  1. I was starting to run out of exotic wood blanks and decided to go slightly out of isolation and visit Woodcraft. It was a chance to get out and it was a very nice day. There were more sales people there than customers. As I was walking thru, I saw acrylic bottle stopper blanks with some neat designs in them. I don't really like turning acrylics much, it creates such a huge mess of plastic strings everywhere on and near the lathe. I got 3 and a nice piece of figured cedar. It was so figured that the sale guy asked if I was sure I wanted it. I think he thought it would be weak and would break easily. The picture is the first turning. It came out OK. I think it does look Christmasy. (Sort of) I can get two ornaments out of one blank. It also seem to me that prices have gone up again on tools, etc. It was nice to get out and enjoy looking at woodworking things again.
  2. So I've used tung oil finish the Minwax tun oil brand.... for a finish. That of course is what Lowes had on hand and it was the least expensive. Either way this is the second application of the finish. I completely forgot about my buffing wheel so that will get some new life and new use.... Yes it's a harbor freight buffing wheel and it works quite well I just have to bolt it down to the bench. in the short run of things I also have the next three projects lined up after I finish the purple hearts. A myrtle wood blank a maple blank and a padauk blank. Thought Id never be working with that stuff again but I liked the orange coloring. Either way. I think even with the longer drying times of the tung oil I think I like it over the mineral oil. I know I shouldn't have used it on the exotic woods but its working. I'll probably be applying a 3rd coat after the second dries.
  3. https://www.woodpeck.com/accessories/pen-turning.html?_bta_tid=22449976645476398023750574492955936439160715423772804253229684872849922672227769739152830170022255635562
  4. Okay..... Seeing that Rockler was a Northwest company I figured Id have a look into their bowl blanks. I've ordered one to test out how well and how fast they ship and process orders. If they come through and are quick about it and in expensive for an order of 5 or 6 I'll order a bunch through them. The pre cut blanks put less work on myself in order to make sure its square. I ordered the 5x5x2 inch block of Walnut Claro. So that should make a nice little bowl. All I just have to do is make sure I center the faceplate correctly and then cut the tennon for the chuck the right way. This is the blank I ordered the other day https://www.rockler.com/walnut-claro-turning-blanks I've also got a hollowing chisel from Savannah tools on the way should be here either late today or tomorrow. So I look forward to receiving this bowl blank. We shall see how it works. Fortunately Rockler uses Amazon Pay so it makes things a lot easier to work with when ordering.
  5. Spent little time last few nights to come up with some wine bottle blanks.
  6. Had a interesting afternoon. Got some wood on shop floor stating to crack so had to do something. Decided on platters, yes it is big. This first in pecan is 15 inch. Had to split this one with saw and there was a bit of something slowing the cut which I discovered was two nails. One half will be maybe small bowls. This is the front and back of the pecan. Has some nice color. This is the bradford pear . A crotch with two junctions and flame and curl. Hope to finish this one tomorrow
  7. Time for another tip from Magnolia Woodturners . Many times the bandsaw will present problems on cutting blanks for the lathe so in this article are a few tips and how to to make that job easier and safer. http://www.woodcentral.com/cgi-bin/readarticle.pl?dir=turning&file=articles_750.shtml
  8. It's been a nice couple of days here, but winter is scheduled to return to the northeast tomorrow. Our turners have been busy with projects, ideas and questions. So let's get to it! Last week @HandyDan showed us a really neat way to created threaded inserts for turned objects. I happened across this site that sells brass metal inserts for that special project- They have many sizes. Their site is- https://www.fromwalnuttoantlers.com/shop @RustyFN posted a rough turned bowl he made. It sure is gorgeous! Rust wasn't certain of the wood species and several members offered opinions. Check out the complete thread- @Gerald got some turning blanks prepped and started on a vase. Nice laser rig! Read about his plans for his vase- @Steve Krumanaker gave us a demonstration of his shop made laser engraver. Talk about an awesome piece of equipment! Steve even included a video of the operation in his thread @Buck Nall posted a question about turning bradford pear wood. Several members offered suggestions. Check out his post and give Buck your opinion- @Gerald is considering setting up a stand in a consignment shop. He asked for thoughts and opinions on this. Stop over at his post and see if you can add to what has already been said- I was trying to catch up on some of Capt. Eddies' videos and he mentioned the Southwest Association of Turners turning symposium for this summer. It's in Waco Texas in August. Here's a link for more information- https://www.swaturners.org/index.php Also, our most generous sponsor, Easy Wood Tools, will be part of the Woodworkers Show in Milwaukee, WI on March 9-11,2018. More information here- http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/milwaukee.html Mike Peace put up an informative video on live centers. He looks at some of the characteristics and various vendor. Pretty interesting- Capt.Eddie did a similar review of a specific brand here- A while back, we featured Tim Yoder making a platter with a "cosmic paint" scheme. He recently posted a another platter but uses a different approach to applying the paint. While you are watching the video, check out the Easy Wood Chuck! Safe turning
  9. Temperature was in the 70's here the past two days but that's about to come to an end tonight. It was just too nice to do much in the shop. Just a heads up for those near Secaucus, NJ. Our most generous sponsor Easy Wood Tools will be at the Woodworking Show there- Click on the image for more details and ticket information. Last weeks "Wednesday's..." started a great discussion on pricing your work. @DAB asked about how we set the price on our turnings. Check out what our turners had to say. @Steve Krumanaker sent me a link for a fantastic turner named Virgil Leih. I had not known of him but I can say when he does something- he goes BIG! I really think you will enjoy watching what he does!! Thanks, Steve! @difalkner posted some Longworth Chuck plates he made There was a great discussion about the layout of the arcs. Read all of the information- @HandyDan came up with an inspired way to add treads to a project. You really need to see this tutorial! Read the complete step-by-step- @RustyFN posted some pictures of prepping a log into future bowl blanks He also received some advice about sealing the blanks to help slow down the cracking- @Gene Howe sent me a link to a turner and machinist. Gene was at a gathering of Arizona woodturners and Jerry Marcantel was demonstrating some of the turning devices he has developed. Here is a video from Jerry's YouTube channel. He has other videos there as well. Thanks, Gene!! This link is to his website- https://www.woodturnerstools.com/ . He has some beautiful turnings posted there. A short video from Mike Peace making a shaving brush. Not extremely difficult and would probably make a nice present for someone. Safe Turning
  10. got a couple huge hunks of wood a while back. Kept 'em in plastic. Turned one rough set aside to dry and the thing warped so badly that I am unsure that I have enough wood to take the warp out . I'm thinking of methods of re warping it back a little. Water hear band clamps an inner frame?? Any one tried doing this to save a blank?
  11. 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.
  12. Hello Fellows woodturners, I have lots of wood blanks, Walnut, Locust, and other to give away, I'm moving so come and get it for many woodturning projects, my # is 831 336 3645, call for directions, Ben Lomond area, Henri.
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