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  1. I've started on my popcorn bowls and the first feature ring was a failure due to the thickness I used. I was not able to make the cuts on my table saw with that thickness. Lesson learned... In the upper left corner I have the top two layers for each bowl ready and next to the sanding block what I thought would be ring below the feature ring. I was trying to get a pretty flat bowl... so much for that. The second set of feature ring bits... trying to come up with a way to get the first squaring cut an exact distance from the peak of the purple heart peak... I determined that cutting the 30° angle on the chop was not as accurate as I liked so I cut them on the table saw and much happier with the result. Things would be easy if I had enough material for all 16 cuts but the left one you can see a slight difference on the peak and valley... anyway my length calculations are correct now and next feature ring will be from one piece. I think I'll cut the peak and valley off on my sled but I need a way to get accurate location... I'll sleep on it. JT
  2. Folks, does anyone know about the quality of Bulgarian tooling? My first assumption is that you get what you pay for. But sometimes you never know? I am in the market for some adzes, specifically bowl making adzes, and a Bulgarian supplier has a set of 3 for 100 bucks, but as I look through the higher quality stores such as Lee Valley, and others, one single adze can go for 170 bucks. Not being too familiar with this crude instrument the Adze, does quality really matter that much? I think the most important thing would be, can it hold an edge. Any feedback or knowledge on this subject is greatly appreciated. Here is a link of what I am looking at. Bulgarian Adzes (Ebay) The link to the reason why I am interested is HERE, showing Peter Follansbee with Roy Underhill carving a bowl, I love this. Below are the Bulgarian adzes in question.
  3. I have been grabbing some scraps and making small bowls and enjoying it. Trying different looks and some beading too. First one is Quilted Maple 3 1/3" diameter. Had this small piece for a long time. Found it in a stump I was removing out back many years ago. Second one is Ash from another tree out back. 4" diameter. Next one is Elm that came from the firewood pile also 4" diameter.
  4. Well, I've graduated to Headquarters Driver but still TAD to Ships Laundry and assistant Coop cleaner. Mimi goes for her follow-up 2 week appointment with the surgeon tomorrow. Probably remove the staples and start therapy as well. Our Patriot Turners- @John Morris posted an inquiry on the popularity of pen turning. Turners seem to follow trends and pens were all the rage a while back. Our turners had several thoughts on the subject- I had missed one of John's post from back in December. He wondered, if given a choice, what would be our favorite three traditional turning tools- Check out what several of our members chose and while you're there tells us what you would select- @forty_caliber finished his drying kiln. He has really thought this through and looks like the internal environment will really do the job- There's a bunch more photos in his post along with descriptions of the controls he is using- @jthornton continues to work on his chevron bowls. He took the time to perfect the accuracy and it shows in the alignment of the design- JT's post takes us along through the glue-up and turning process. Please check it out! You may remember from last week that JT's original idea for this design was to create "popcorn bowls". As with all turners, design changes are part of the game. Check out what JT decided to do with the popcorn bowl design- JT was also one of the lucky winners of our Ward 57 raffle. He tells us about the prize we won - @HandyDan posted information about a great deal from Penn State Industries and gave us a look at how he modified a set of chuck jaws to suit his needs. From PSI- The link-https://www.pennstateind.com/store/CUG3418CCX.html?utm_source=Google_Shopping&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=&utm_term=CUG3418CCX&gclid=Cj0KCQiAq5meBhCyARIsAJrtdr70ldWCA_YmLJ606Nrzu2Q_cEi44g6K3bWv-v2lWtTpmg-0b7wwgpAaAksvEALw_wcB @Steve Krumanaker can't wait for Christmas! He has already started on his ornaments for 2023! I love these little birdhouses. What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links to more information and registration- Cindy Drozda does a lot of free online programs. Her only request is that you signup for her emails. Click on the image to get to the signup page For The Newbies- Keeping your lathe Morris Tapers clean is important to ensure the centers don't slip. You can buy brushes but Mike Peace shows us how to make one- Lyle Jamieson demonstrates how to create an Koa crotch bowl with undercut rim. This is a piece of beautiful wood. The techniques can be used on any species. Expand Your Horizons- From the AAW, this quite long video from a live demonstration by Al Stirt. He demonstrates carved square platters Adding threads to a lidded box can add another level of pizzazz to your turnings. The following three videos offer several considerations. @jthornton showed us his segmenting procedures. This video from Jim Rodgers shows his methods of designing, cutting, gluing and turning. Within the video, there is mention of software that can be used to assist in design and calculations. The link to WoodturnerPro software- https://www.woodturnerpro.com/ New Turning Items- Not specifically a turning item but Starbond Adhesives has released a new odorless thin CA. From their website- NO-05 Starbond Infiltrant Odorless Thin CA Glue is a 3D printer infiltrant that is fumeless, odorless, and hypoallergenic. This watery-thin adhesive is perfect for getting into those hard-to-reach hairline fractures, pores, and narrow slots. Our NO-05 is ideal for porous materials such as foam, soft wood (balsa), ceramics, unpolished minerals, and fossils. Often used as a glossy finish, this glue can be sanded, then polished to perfection! Using capillary action, the NO-05 glue works wonders on inlay applications as it penetrates and stabilizes the material. Click on the above image for the like to the product page. Everything Else- Not sure what happened to Rick Morris (Rick Turns). His weekly list of YouTube woodturning videos has been missing for a while. Hope he is OK.
  5. Had a piece of Red oak screwed to a small face plate for another use and decided to make it into something so turned it end grain. Still working with beeswax as a finish. You can't see it but I spilled some coffee on it coming up the steps with it after the pictures. The moisture depleted it immediately so not very durable. Have to redo the finish, feels like it needs a lid too.
  6. Pennsylvania Farm Show week. It's the largest indoor agricultural event in the United States: sixteen acres of displays and exhibits all under one roof. The Pennsylvania Farm Show is a week-long celebration of the state's leading industry - agriculture. Big doings around these parts. Our Patriot Turners- @Masonsailor posted another of his beautiful kitchen turnings. This ice cream scoop is absolutely lovely- Paul tells us more about the turning and has added a few more images in his post- @jthornton added some more content to his post on the segmented cutting jig- After making sure it was accurate, he started working on the segments for his "popcorn bowls" @HandyDanhad some read oak and turned it in to a beautiful little bowl- Dan thinks this species may not be the best for holding liquids- Dan had earlier turned some tiny little bowls after watching one of the videos we posted last week- Check out this link to what Dan posted- What’s Coming Up- Bunch of stuff coming up. Click on the images for links to more information and registration- For The Newbies- Richard Raffan proves you don't need a log to turn nice bowls. Expand Your Horizons- How'd he do that?? Check out this video!! New Turning Items- This has jig has been around for a while but the video from Niles Stoppers is relatively recent Everything Else- Looks like Rick Turns took the week off. I greatly appreciate you all posting your work, it make putting this together a lot easier- especially as I have double duty here while Mimi recuperates. Safe turning
  7. Our Ward 57 project was a complete success. Congrats to all of the raffle winners. Sure hope we get to see some pictures of the kids opening their presents! Writing this on Tuesday as Mimi is scheduled to have here right knee replace tomorrow. She had the left one done about a year ago. I'll be on nurse, cook, laundry, dog sitting and general all around house husband for then next couple of weeks. Our Patriot Turners- @jthornton posted a couple of things this past week. First is his segment jig- As often happens, the best laid plans of mice and men... anyway, he discovered the accuracy wasn't spot on. He tells us more in his post- JT went on to show us what he does with the segments he makes. This is an awesome bowl! Check out his post for more images and a little about the build- What’s Coming Up- Registration is at https://streamyard.com/watch/KGRprAZsAGQU More information here- https://woodturner.org/Woodturner/Virtual-Events/Emma_Cook_Resin_Inlay_Platter.aspx For The Newbies- Reverse sanding can be useful but it comes with some possible problems. Mike peace explains in this video- Do you use a scraper when turning? Richard Raffan shows us how to hone it for the best cuts- Expand Your Horizons- I get a lot of turning notification form various social media accounts. One from Sam Angelo popped up covering his home made finish. I was curious about food contact. Sent him a message but haven't heard back. Here's his video- It worried me about the turpentine. Did a little more digging and found something I didn't expect in a post by Kent Weakley. About have way through the article there is information comparing Linseed Oil to Boiled Linseed Oil. I'll let you decide about what/when you use the ingredients- https://turnawoodbowl.com/my-favorite-food-safe-wood-finish-waterproof-almost/ Another social media article popped up about the difficulty between turning large bowls vs. small bowls. Most of the respondents felt small bowls were more difficult. No one told Richard Raffan that! A beautiful maple burl bowl from Tim Yoder- New Turning Items- Couldn't find anything new but I did notice that Niles Bottle Stoppers have added some Yorkshire Grit products. Our generous sponsor Easy Wood Tools ( @Jordan Martindale ) is now the US source for this great sanding finish! Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Got to play at the lathe the other day. Everyone was making those Gnomes/Gonks. I got this idea that they should be more than just a shelf setter. Turned this one from maple and walnut. The "fur" is from Hobby Lobby. I found some of the original Niles Bottle stoppers hidden in a box. Wine bottle stopper Safe turning
  8. Finished up the Christmas goodies today. I made some lidded bowls and mounted ceramic ducks on the lids. I've had these ducks for years and this year decided to use them. The lids are brass made from some salvaged door kick plates. I used my metal lathe to turn the brass sheet into round discs after roughing them out at the band saw in the metal shop. The lids are roughly 5 1/2". The lathe is a 6" max so rough cut had to be under the 6" limit. I had nine ducks ergo there are nine bowls. Black Walnut and Cherry are the wood species.
  9. RustyFN

    Pecan

    I finish turned a pecan bowl today. This piece has a lot of spotting in it. Different than the other pecan I have turned.
  10. RustyFN

    Walnut

    Rough turned a walnut bowl today. It is end grain. Much different than turning side grain.
  11. A woman that works at my wife’s company is getting married. My wife wanted me to make them a bowl like I made her. Here it is so far.
  12. This is a rough turned River Red Gum bowl from Australia, a member of the eucalyptus family. I received the blank as a Christmas present last year. It turns easily, machines well, but tends to "fuzz up" and have minor tear out on end grain. Sharp tools seem to minimize the fuzz. It has a mild odor when cut that reminds me of the Elmer's paste (jar with a brush attached to the lid) we used in elementary school. This particular sample was quarter-sawn and has lace "wing" curl in some areas. I think when finished there will be at least some chatoyance present. Internal moisture was about 19%. I packed this up in a bag of it's own shavings to dry. .40
  13. Our annual Operation Ward 57 is underway! Please checkout this post for more information on our selected family. Our Patriot Turners- @forty_caliber turned another bowl from Pecan. That species sure does have some beautiful grain and color. Please hop on over to his post and see some of the great comments from our members- New member @Bill Blasic commented on one of our older "Tip" entries on the woodworm screw. He made some great points in his post. Please check this out and give him a warm welcome to our forum- @HandyDan found some inspiration from last weeks "Wednesday's..." and turned some sweet little projects- Dan offers more information in his post- Sorry, Dan, I looked all over the place and couldn't come up with the wine glass turning. What’s Coming Up- Check this out for tomorrow, Thursday November 10, from Cindy Drozda. A live tool talk on using the camera for hollowing. Our own @Steve Krumanaker has been using his camera to do hollowing for quite some time. For The Newbies- Another presentation from Cindy on creating the 40/40 Bowl Gouge grind. Some great lighting tips from "Robo Hippy" Rolling pins are easy to turn and make excellent presents. Nice article, with tutorial, from the Family Handyman. It also features the use of Easy Wood Tools for turning. https://www.familyhandyman.com/project/wood-turn-a-rolling-pin/ Expand Your Horizons- Want to give a big shoutout and THANKS to @forty_caliber for the heads-up on this video on creating eggs. Using the Skew has always been my downfall but this turner makes it look so easy. Sam Angelo demonstrates creating a basic basket illusion Carl Jacobson turns an absolutely gorgeous pedestal vase. Lots of turning and some carving- Master Woodturner Kirk DeHeer takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a Calabash Bowl in this video from Craft Supplies USA- New Turning Items- OK, not a tool but a useful resource that I recently discovered. From StarBond Adhesives- Starbond_eMagazine_Oct_2022_E1.pdf The link to the source-- https://starbond.com/blogs/tutorials Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Been hectic around here but the 2 little walnut bowls reached moisture equilibrium and have moved to the lathe. We are supposed to get some rainy weather on Friday so maybe I'll get a chance to finish them- Safe turning
  14. Can you believe it? November already!! Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker Finished up his turned, carved and pyro embellished platter. It is incredible- Check out this post for other images and the positive comments from our turners- Steve also showed us some really special ornaments he turned from his scrap bin- I really love these birdhouses! Included in his post is an image of some really nide ornament display stands. Check it out- @Ron Altier created an angular ornament that has some lathe work, too. Ron shows us how he created the pyramid shaped top- @RustyFN finished up a beautiful pecan bowl. Really spectacular grain patterns- See his post for more images @Headhunter spent some long awaited quality time at the lathe using his Ringmaster tool. Looks like he has lost any of his skills while away! These are some real beauties!! Check out more of his bowls in this post- We've also had a couple of questions posted this week. First comes from @smitty10101. Smitty is trying to match the headstock spindle to some of his accessories. Seems like his lathe had metric threads and he needs to adapt to Imperial threads. Please check out this post and offer any suggestions for sources- The second question came from @Jlockard1 and was posted in a thread started by @Ron Altier on stainless steel measuring cup kits. Jamie found the quality of the PSI cups less than satisfactory due to poor quality of the welds. He wondered if anyone could provide a source for a better quality kit. He explains in his post to Ron's thread- If you know of a source, please give him a heads up. What’s Coming Up- If you missed Cindy's live hollowing presentation, using Lyle Jamieson's equipment, she posted it to YouTube- From the AAW, Todd Raines will have an lesson on turning candlesticks. Looks like these will make super Christmas presents- For registration- https://community.woodturner.org/events/event-description?CalendarEventKey=4c1e49a4-b327-419c-8977-83da01e77a45&Home=%2fevents%2fmanage-events&_zs=ceDib&_zl=npbJ3 Picked this up from social media. Our very generous sponsor, Easy Wood Tools, is helping out with the Small Turning Expo! Registration and more information from this link- https://www.accelevents.com/e/mpg-small-turning-expo For The Newbies- Looking for some ideas for Christmas gifts? Christmas ornaments might just be the ticket! From Alan Stratton- Burls (burrs) can be used to create some gorgeous turnings. Mike Peace has posted a video covering some of the information to help you get started- Picked this up from Ron Brown's Newsletter- "The Divot – A Turner’s Secret Weapon Def: a small dent: a small depression or hollow Some things are intuitive and just obvious, but the importance of the divot was not one of them for me. I had been turning for quite a while before Chris Stott, a well-known English turner looked at me with amazement and asked, “Why don’t you leave the divot?” Chris was spending a week with me during one of his annual summer trips to America. He is the author of “Turned Lidded Boxes – 50 designs”. That book became a springboard for my turning career because it laid the foundation for so many basic skills one needs as a turner. Chris is the same professional turner who asked me on the second day if we were friends yet. I said yes and he replied, “Everything you are doing is wrong!” Let’s learn the right way. And so it began. Chris explained how incredibly handy leaving a divot until the last possible moment could be with all sorts of projects. Bowls, plates, platters, hollow forms, etc. When you turn the tenon on the bottom and form the outside, make a divot in the very center of the tenon and leave it there for now. During the last step, cleaning up the bottom and removing the tenon, the divot will act as an easy center-locating device. No matter what device you use to grip your project for the last step, using the divot and a cone center in the tailstock will help you perfectly re-center it quickly and easily. This applies to Longworth-style chucks, doughnut chucks, friction chucks, all kinds of jamb chucks both internal and external, Cole jaws, Nova chuck jaws, and vacuum chucks. Spindle turnings – turned lidded boxes, acorns, Christmas ornament globes, spheres, etc. For spindle-turned projects that require you to turn them end-for-end to work on what was the headstock end, a divot can be incredibly useful for quickly aligning it to run concentrically when you turn it around. As an example, let’s consider any small turned-lidded box project. There are two pieces to plan for: the base and the lid. Both will need to be flipped end-for-end, once to finish the inside and once to finish the outside. A divot speeds up this process immensely rather than the old turn and tap method. My turning life got much less difficult when Chris taught me this simple trick. Just as a divot helps us keep our turning work centered, our faith in the One who holds our tomorrow helps keep us centered when our day-to-day world tries to get out of alignment. For that kind of divot, I use my daily guide for living. Remember that wherever you go, there you are." Expand Your Horizons- These videos are from the AAW and provide maybe a little more information than you ever wanted to know about spalting. New Turning Items- Niles Bottle Stoppers has a new stopper design. These can really help focus on the stopper tops you design. Check them out at- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/ss-7000-bottle-stopper/ Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning
  15. My wife wants me to make a segmented bowl similar to the one I made her. I have the six rings glued together, 18 segments in each ring. The rings are 12” in diameter. They are walnut and cherry. I am thinking a solid cherry bottom.
  16. 7 1/2 x 3 pecan crotch. Has been drying for about 6 months. Areas were hard as a rock for the 2nd turning. Had to slow down and mind my P's and Q's to keep it from tearing out.
  17. The African mahogany blanks for Mrs Boss Christmas presents arrived today. It's kiln dried and has about 5% moisture. I'll update this thread as work progresses. https://www.wood-database.com/african-mahogany/ https://www.cookwoods.com/collections/bowl-blanks .40
  18. I turned this pecan bowl today.
  19. Turned a cherry bowl today. It is around 11” by 4”. I put on one coat of walnut oil. It is a round bottom bowl.
  20. Picked up a good size piece of mahogany at our club auction. First time turning mahogany and thought it turned very nice.
  21. RustyFN

    New bowls

    Have a couple of new bowls.
  22. Last Wednesday in September! Where did the month go?!?!? Our Patriot Turners- @forty_caliber Started turning a bowl from a piece of wood we don't often get to see- He tells us about the wood and his plan for drying, in his post- Forty also had a bit of a problem with a tenon on a bowl blank. He explained what he did to remedy the situation- @Ron Altier continues to experiment with new ways to embellish his Christmas ornaments- Ron tells us what he used and where to purchase it, in this post- @HandyDan continues his tradition of making sure new babies have at least on gift. Dan makes some really nice rattles that surely will please any new parent and baby alike- Check out Dan's post for more information- What’s Coming Up- Click on images for links to more information and registration- For The Newbies- Last week we posted a video from Mike Peace on using a tenon for bowl turning. This video, from Mike, explores using the mortice to accomplish the same thing. Expand Your Horizons- Turning a pen is a quick and easy way to make nice gift. If you do craft shows, maybe pens can expand your inventory. A video from the AAW- Alan Stratton added another video on turning a scoop. This one demonstrates an easier method than the others we have posted- Richard Raffan turns a natural, bark rimmed bowl- New Turning Items- I didn't see anything new here but Woodturners Wonders is offering site wide free shipping this week https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Everything Else- It's always a treat to see what Tim Yoder comes up with next. This one is out of this world- Safe turning
  23. Pecan bowl rough turned last fall. It was too big for the soap bucket so I packed it away in it's own shavings until it was dry enough to turn the 2nd time. Finished with Ack's and Odie's. .40
  24. Awesome news from our sponsor Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )! Easy Wood Tools has acquired Yorkshire Grit. Yorkshire Grit abrasive paste produces a super smooth finish, with less sanding! Check Easy Wood's site for more information- https://www.easywoodtools.com/. This pdf lists locations for purchasing- Yorkshire Grit - Purchasing Options Customer Email.pdf Our Patriot Turners- @forty_caliber posted a pecan bowl he finished. The grain in that wood is spectacular! Head on over to his post and see what our turners had to say about this beauty- A couple of weeks ago, @Gerald posted a bowl he had embellished with flamed copper pieces. He posted the finished work this week. See how he decided to protect the copper- Gerald explains in his post- @Steve Krumanaker wore his Easy Wood Tools/VetsTurn T-shirt to a an antique show and was rewarded- Steve shares the story here- What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for more information and links to registration. From As Wood Turns, a Christmas Ornament Challenge with prizes! There is more information here- https://www.aswoodturns.com/challenges/ For The Newbies- Use tenons or mortices when turning? Here's Mike Peace's take on it- Expand Your Horizons- Jim Rodgers turns a transitional vessel- New Turning Items- If you haven't tried the Yorkshire Grit sanding paste, give it a try! When used as per the instructions, you can apply any finish to the turning. Everything Else- Ron Brown's newsletter came this week and there was a story that we can all relate to when it comes to pricing our work. I asked Mr. Brown if I could share it here and he graciously agreed. You can sign up for his newsletter at his site- https://www.ronbrownsbest.com/index.php?route=account/login While you are there, check out all his great deals! Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning
  25. We've had a little over 3" of rain in the past 3 days, a little late for the corn but good for the ground water. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier, our resident ornament master, posted another one of his awesome creations- He tells us a little history of the wood in his post- @RustyFN showed us a gorgeous salad bowl he turned from ambrosia maple- He received lots of positive comments on this one. Check out his post at- @Gerald is working on different methods of adding embellishments to some platters. I especially like this one- Gerald added more images and some of his techniques in his post- What’s Coming Up- The Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium is in a couple of weeks. Not too late to get tickets. https://www.mawts.com/ From Cindy Drozda- http://www.cindydrozda.com/html/Demo.html For The Newbies- It's always nice to get a new lathe. It's even nicer to have someone review that product after using it for a while. What's good, what's not so good. Here Mike Peace reviews his new Powermatic 3520C- A nice video for a useful shop project- Expand Your Horizons- Gerald showed us a couple of embellishment techniques. Here's a video from the AAW with Mike Peace demonstrating a few more methods- Alan Stratton posted a neat turning project. It combines some special jigs and sphere turning Came across these from Andrew Hall- the guy who turns wooden cowboy hats- looks like he is creating a how-to series. He has parts 1 & 2 up so far- New Turning Items- Last week we mentioned that Cindy Drozda had interviewed/toured several vendors at SWAT. Here are links to those videos- Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Next weekend we will be at our VA-65 Navy reunion. I haven't seen the guys in several years and am glad to be able enjoy the comradery. There's only a few of us original A-6 guys left who come to these get togethers. We try to raise some money to to cover expenses for the host of the reunion. Mimi said I should make something to auction off. I had a platter I turned from white oak and decided to laser our insignia in it. Maybe someone will like it- Safe turning
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