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  1. Sorry about the late post. Unavoidable. Our Patriot Turners- Please welcome back one of our original forum members @Steve Krumanaker. Steve's been away for a while but certainly hasn't lost his touch for beautiful work! Check out what our turners had to say about this fantastic maple bowl- @Gerald gave us a really nice explanation on how he turns wooden spoons. Check out some of his techniques and tools! Gerald's week wasn't all peaches and cream, He tells us about the ups and downs of dropping items on the shop floor. @Masonsailor has put the final touches on the fireplace tool holder. One fantastic piece! Check out the final steps and comments Paul is continuing with his Christmas gift making. A beautiful zebra wood and mahogany piece A little more about it in Paul's post- Although he posted this in the the Woodworking forum, @FrederickH added a really nice turned element to this birdhouse project. see the completed project at- @AndrewB has been turning out bowls this week. The first one is from pine- and this one from maple- What’s Coming Up- Check out this this from Trent Bosch. He is offering several remote demonstrations at very reasonable prices- https://virtualwoodturningdemos.com/about/ For The Newbies- I've found a couple of videos that explains about grain tearout and steps to take to help reduce it. @PostalTom posted a link to a very informative article on lathe history. He said it was OK to repost it here in case you missed it- Expand Your Horizons- Lyle Jamieson has a short video on lathe speed. Very informative- Looking for an idea on a Christmas ornament? Mike Peace has a cute one in this video. The second video is a follow-up with more tips- New Turning Items- OK, this isn't new but it is something to think about when you do decide to purchase a spindle adapter. From Mike Peace- Considering upping your sharpening game? Check out this package deal from Woodturners Wonders https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/rikon-1-2-hp-grinder-2-spartan-wheels?source=dda072df-326d-45f3-b49e-3f2f9644ba95 Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube videos from last week. Thanks to @HandyDan provided the link for this useful turning item (now that the grocery stores are starting to have more available) Safe turning and stay well
  2. Some of the "old timers" here will remember I had to be away from turning for an extended period. When things kind of returned to normal I had lost some of my motivation to be in the shop. Other interests, family time, and if I'm being honest, laziness, kept me idle. Finally decided I need to get productive again and this is my first serious turning for fun in a long while. Happily and surprisingly, I wasn't as rusty as I feared, that means I still remember how to sand! Anyway, here is my bowl, maple, about 12"X3". I love maple, sometimes the grain is smooth and creamy but fairly plain and sometimes it not. Thanks for looking!
  3. It’s the end of Sept so for me I start getting the Xmas present stash going. My usual is ice cream scoops, salt and pepper mills and bowls. Today I didn’t have a lot of time so rather then get involved in the latest cabinet project I turned a handle for an ice cream scoop. I actually found a relative that doesn’t already have one. I have been giving them out for years. Of all the items I make they are by far the most popular and quickest to make. Usually less than an hour start to finish. This one is cherry. Paul
  4. Sorry, this weeks post is a little skimpy. Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB provides most of this week's subject matter. He is trying out a different finish for his bowls. Andrew compares this finish to the one he was previously using in this post- In this post, Andrew does another Padauk bowl. It gave him a little trouble but like all turners, we adapt and overcome! Andrew's post on this project- It happens to all of us. Maybe just a little thinner, one more pass.... Oh $h!t!! Sorry Andrew, how about a soap dish! Undaunted, Andrew pressed on with a maple blank. This one is a complete success! What’s Coming Up- More and more interactive remote demonstrations are becoming available. A short promotional from Lyle Jamieson- Just a reminder about the AAW's event with David Ellsworth- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. Cindy Drozda is doing a demonstration of gilding a turning. This is a great way to add flair to a project! Click on the above image for the link to Cindy's site and registration information. While you are there, check out the future demonstrations on October 31 and November 13. For The Newbies- The latest edition of Woodturning Monthly is available at- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email Head on over to the site and look for an article on Banksia Pods- Expand Your Horizons- Looks like Cindy is our featured performer this week! She provided a free video showing how she fits finials to lids- She also posted a video demonstrating how to sharpen a bandsaw blade while it is installed on the bandsaw. She admits that this process doesn't produce the results of a new blade but in a pinch it works! New Turning Items- I must be looking in the wrong places. Couldn't find any thing to spend your money on! Everything Else- Rick Turns posted the list of last weeks YouTube videos- Back during the summer, the tree guys dropped of a large cherry log. I cut it into bowl blanks and turned several roughed out bowls. I have been experimenting with the soap/water soak on rough blanks. Each blank was submerged for about 3 days and then transferred to a paper bag of shavings. Life got busy and I didn't get back to them until over the weekend. This is one of the blanks. It stayed round and no splits. There was some warping but not too bad. There were two knots, one larger than the other. The Starbond medium thick black CA really did a nice job of affixing them and creating an interesting color contrast. This bowl will have 2 smaller siblings and will go to the guys who work on our HVAC stuff. The smaller ones are currently soaking. I think I might try Rick Turns' light bulb dryer instead of the shavings. We'll see how it goes. Safe turning and stay well
  5. My current spoons have dried sufficiently that I can finish them up. I was having trouble determining the thickness of the bowls and my "pinch test" wasn't being very reliable. Not being a turner, I don't have any nice calipers I can use. So necessity is the mother of invention. Head to the scrap bin, pull out some "popsicle sticks" from the glue box and made some up.
  6. Gerald

    Walnut bowl

    Did the rough turn on this last week and just getting to post.This is from The walnut the club harvested on city property. Might have gotten two platters but had some flaws. A bit of a different shape as it is a platter with high sides. This is 14 inch so left it at 1.5 thick. May take a while to dry this one. Have not turned walnut this wet before and it looked to what light streaks when first turned. Also has some of those purple streaks. there are the purples Running a bit of water. This is is where I stopped. The light areas look prominent here. Today it is dark like walnut is supposed to look. Plan is to use stick n burn patterns and color with Welburn metallic dyes.
  7. So did a double recording turned a Yellow Birch bowl. It did not come out the best looking. But I will finish it off at a later point. How ever I used a new camera my nikkon but I think I will skip on recording on the iphone for now and use the nikkon primarily so I will need to look around for better camera mounts. But here is the mostly finished product. I've got more blanks coming in soon had to pick up some glue from Home Depot this morning. Tried out video in video and I don't really like it too much. Its too much of a pain to edit. Either way hopefully the video turned out somewhat decently.
  8. I've been wanting to try my hand at greenwood carving, particularly spoon carving. I decided that, to give myself every chance to succeed, I would need a bench dedicated to carving. I checked youtube, carving forums, etc and decided that a log mule/carving bench would fit the bill. It just so happened that my mother, last week, had asked me to remove some downed trees from her yard. Enter this weekend's project. First, stripping the bark from an oak log....... Then, it's time to cut the legs to size......... And then, the shaping begins. Doing this with hand tools only is quite a challenge (a Poulan is a hand tool, right?) And thus, ends the first day of work on the mule/bench.
  9. Gerald

    Cherry burl

    Started today on a cherry burl my son gave me for Christmas in 2017. this is what it looked like after after cutting it open on bandsaw. Mounted between centers and tried to get a place to do mortise. No luck so went with a glue block. Used medium CA to attach this. finally got the bottom shaped and on to sanding which went well. Now on to hollowing and that that was rough. This is is what I started with. After breaking the glue bond and then breaking the sacrificial faceplate I tool another approach. Used myArbortech ball carver to get down to solid wood. Drilled to ease the hollowing and finished for the day at what you see.
  10. Can you believe on 5 more days left in August! As @Charles Nicholls posted in another forum, we hope everyone along the Gulf coast stays safe from the impending hurricane. Our Patriot Turners- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools alerted me to a couple of very good articles on carbide tools and carbide cutters. The post and the PDF files of the articles are located here- That post tied in well with a question raised by @PostalTom. Tom was asking us what/why the difference between a carbide hollowing tool and a carbide finishing tool. Several of our turners offered their ideas to his question. Please check Tom's post and add your thoughts- @HandyDan gave us a fantastic tutorial on how he makes the metal parts of his scratch awls- @AndrewB contributed several posts this week. This first one includes a video of his Myrtle wood bowl Andrew also worked on a couple of pens. The first one has a real time video from start to finish making a set of pen barrels. He raised several questions about turning equipment in this post. Andrew's second pen post used a glued-up pen blank that unfortunately separated during turning. Several of our turners offer their opinions on why that may have occurred and what might help avoid it in the future. Last weeks "Wednesday's..." generated more comments from several entries. @FrederickH added to his post on the African Blackwood turning he was making @PostalTom's post on his new bowl gouge also continued to generate input- @Artie was kind enough to show us the turning tools he won in the annual Patriot raffle/fundraiser- Just today, we have a new member to the Patriot Woodworker site- @PatriotWoodturning. He is a Veteran and a woodturner. Please hop over to his profile and make him feel welcome! What’s Coming Up- As online/virtual teaching continues to grow in popularity, many of us have the opportunity to receive instruction from people/places we might not ever be able to attend. Cinda Drozda has been providing teaching experiences for several months. Her latest class- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- Every Monday, Bradley McCalister from Spiracraft, does a live Youtube turning presentation. It is recorded and can be watched at any time. He covers a wide range of topics, materials and techniques. This is a recent presentation- Expand Your Horizons- Rick Morris (Rick Turns) posted a nice video on turning a Sycamore crotch piece into a bowl- New Turning Items- @AndrewB's pen turning post had some comments concerning "collets". Although not a new turning item or one exclusive to woodturning, some turners may not be familiar with what they are or their uses. These can be purchased from most woodworking/turning suppliers such as Woodcraft- https://www.woodcraft.com/products/woodriver-turners-collet-chuck-set-2-mt They can also be made as shown in this article from Woodworker's Journal https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/making-a-forgiving-shopmade-collet-chuck/ Everything Else- Rick Turns YouTube videos from last week- Getting close to finishing up the latest batch of rolling pins. These are the first ones I've made using the new lathe and the re-worked jigs. The one on the left was made a while back and sets in a holder. I see I'm going to have to learn the camera settings on the new phone- the pin holder looks really distorted! The finished rolling pins are about 2" shorter so the ends need trimmed, rounded and sanded. Then finished with mineral oil. The square blank on the right is a custom length one that doesn't fit my tapering jig. Looks like a freehand shape on this one! Safe turning and stay well
  11. 50 years ago, I started teaching at the local Vocational School. After retiring, I continued to substitute for another 17 years. This year I finally decided to officially retire. We'll see how it goes. Our Patriot Turners- Last week, @Artie posted about his new toys he won in our raffle and asked about any additional equipment he needed to get started. Tha post generated a lot of great ideas. But @Cliff added something very important about lathe speed and safety- From Cliff's post, I found this article- Yamaguchi_SafetyMatters.pdf @Ron Altier reworked his "canary in a cage". Ron describes what changes he made in this post- @PostalTom got a beautiful new bowl gouge! Tom reviews his purchase in his post along with a minor problem. Our turners really jumped in to help him out! Both @Gerald and @HandyDan provided links to instructional videos on bowl gouge use- @FlGatorwood has authored an fantastic blog that every Shopsmith owner should checkout. Each part of the blog is linked to the next. It all starts here! @FrederickH asked the group for their experiences with African Blackwood. If you've turned this, maybe you can provide him with your suggestions- @AndrewB Showed us a purple heart bowl he finished Andrew tells us about this turning- We continue to have conversation on the thread about casting without a pressure pot- What’s Coming Up- About a month ago, a group of turners held a free YouTube event. Each turner presented a demonstration highlighting their talents. It's happening again! This time they have more presenters and the entire program is spread out over 16 hours on Saturday August 22. Check this website for complete details and schedule of presenters. https://www.virtuallycrafty.com/?fbclid=IwAR328neTuOcNMHGc_9bz_DL_FPXmwc1zDEKsaHS4v2TmhQdTmMRDaBnGSMo For The Newbies- The Woodworker's Journal has a nice tutorial by Mike Peace on making a Birdcage Awl- The entire tutorial is at- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/project-turn-a-birdcage-awl/ @PostalTom's bowl gouge entry reminded me of how poorly I sharpen my own gouges. This is a very informative video on how to "fix" improperly ground bowl gouges. I think it might be just what I need- Expand Your Horizons- A lot of us are getting to the age where we need to take medications on a regular basis. Mike Peace turns a nice little pill holder. I think it will also work for hearing aid batteries- Stabilizing soft/punky wood has typically called for a vacuum chamber/pressure pot and a stabilizing liquid. I have relied on StarBond CA glue to harden/stabilize turnings due to the lack of that equipment . It has always worked pretty good although it can be expensive if the piece is large. Here is another method of stabilizing without the aid of vacuum/pressure. The author uses a 2 part acrylic and acetone to make a solution that soaks into the wood. The mixing instructions start at about 3:15 in the video- I sent a message to the folks at Alumilite to ask their opinion. Their response was that they had never tried it. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a couple of new items- First, their sanding bundle- Second is a new lubricant. This one is suited for use on their CBN wheels- Click on the images for the links to these products. Everything Else- Rick Turns video list from last week- Haven't been to the lathe this week- making rolling pin blanks. Lots of stock milled and the glue-ups started. Each pin requires 4 individual glue-ups and trims before they go to the lathe. Second step in glue-up waiting for trimming Trimmed pins dadoed and waiting on third glue-up One in the clamps; one hour wait. Safe turning and stay well
  12. Boy, we could use some rain in this part of Pennsylvania. Of course the upside is that the grass doesn't need mowing Lots happening this week with our turners! Our Patriot Turners- Both @FlGatorwood , @Artie and @Larry Cutlip received their raffle prizes and posted thanks to @Jim from Easy Wood Tools for their participation and supplying the Easy Wood Tools products! Aartie asked us for advice on additional turning equipment in his post. Check it out and see if you can think of anything else he might need- @Andrew is really progressing with his pen turning- Andrew's post from last week on pressure pots has continued to generate more discussion and suggestions- @Ron Altier posted an update on his Ultraviolet finish. Ron also showed us a really awesome "ornament". He thinks he may have to modify it to be used on a Christmas tree- @DRAGON1 Is looking for a little help. He needs a coffee mug turned. Maybe one of our turners can help him out. Here is his request- Last week's "Wednesday's..." generated a series of comments on a stuck screw on a carbide cutter. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools provided the answer as well as uploading an information sheet from Easy Wood Tools- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to registration and more information. Click on the image for the link to the registration. For The Newbies- @AndrewB asked s about tearout a while back. Mike Peace recently posted a video explaining why this happens and some of the ways to prevent it- Want to try a little fancier bowl? Carl Jacobson shows us how- Expand Your Horizons- One of the most interesting types of wood to turn is spalted wood. Many species of wood can have spalting and it creates unbelievable patterns. An example can be seen in the video above. Here is a blog post from Woodcraft- https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/woodsense-spotlight-on-spalted-wood New Turning Items- I have to thank @Cliff for this week's new turning item. This is probably the best thought out steady rest I've seen. It is a little expensive but in the same neighborhood as the Carter steady- Everything Else- Rick Turns posted two updates on videos this week. This first one has several interesting entries. Look for one on resin molds, a series of short videos on turning tools from Record Tools and one on homemade abrasive pastes. Rick's second post has an extensive list of videos. Rick writes- "this video announces a playlist of the latest woodturning videos from every active woodturning channel that I have located and cataloged in my database." Finally finished up that little cherry bowl that wasn't supposed to crack because it was soaked in a soap solution. For the past 3 days I've been milling materials for some more rolling pins. Not hard just repetitive. Safe turning and stay well
  13. ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO GET IN ON THE AWESOME RAFFLE-FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT THE PATRIOT WOODWORKER! Another active week here for our turners! Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB received an African Padauk blank which he turned into a beautiful bowl- Andrew takes us through the process in this post- And a Myrtlewood bowl Here is more on this one- Andrew also is trying his hand at pen making. He showed us a couple of his attempts in these- and this one- Andrew went back and picked up on a previous post and several of our members offered additional tips and hints @Gerald is adding detail to one of his bowls with carvings Gerald is certainly a man of many talents! What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda is hosting another live, virtual demonstration in a couple of weeks! Click on the above image for the link to registration and more information. For The Newbies- @AndrewB mentioned he ordered and received a new bowl gouge. Sharpening and reshaping the gouge is probably going to be on his list of first things to do. Here's a video from Mike Waldt demonstrating this steps. Once the gouge is sharpened, you can turn more than a bowl with it- Expand Your Horizons- If your eyes can stand the strain, here's a project, from Woodcraft, that's sure to be a hit- If that's not quite what you want to tackle, try this from Mike Peace- This is sort of specialized and it's from an idea that AndrewB brought up. Andrew was applying epoxy to some wooden cups to make then suitable for liquids. If you are considering something like this, the folks at Alumilite have a video on the process but you'll need a "cup turner". They are available at hobby supply stores but can be built for a few bucks. This idea works great for applying run free finishes, too! New Turning Items- Something new from Ruth Niles Bottle Stoppers You can find more information at- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/stainless-threaded-inserts/ The folks at Woodturners Wonders have their 1" Purple Power Sanding Discs available- Prices and quantities are at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/purple-power-1-sanding-discs Everything Else- Mike Peace's videos from last week- Some would say I'm addicted to Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). OK, I AM! But that doesn't mean I don't know how to use the "old time stuff". I got a bunch of wild cherry and have been roughing out bowl blanks. Just to prove I can turn with antiques- OK, so the next one I cheated- Safe turning and stay well
  14. Not really sure why but I’m finding that moist or wet woods / blanks are just so much easier to turn then if it’s as dry as a bone. Either way with this one I’ll at least get to try out my new bowl gouge. Short hand sand paper supply is out so I’ll have to pick some up tomorrow. I tried slicing off the corners on my bandsaw on this one but the bandsaw I have is just not powerful enough for that even going slow. Either way here’s what’s been done so far.
  15. Before I tried bowls heavily, I started with an oak glue up and couldn't finish it because I was using a face plate at the time and didn't even have the right tools for the job or even a proper chuck for that matter. Now that I have the proper tools including the chuck I think its down right time to finish this one off. I had completely forgotten about this one doing a little bit of organizing in the shed/shop I found it tucked away. So I did a bit of turning on it evened it out and cut a tenon onto it. I had to straighten it up quite a bit because it was completely way out of whack but it should make for a nice piece in the long run. Should have a proper hss bowl gouge by Thursday so I should be able to fully hollow this thing out over the weekend. New bowl blanks arrive tomorrow so I think I'm set for a bit on that.
  16. So going back to the hollowing troubles I had I put that on the back burner for now. My purple heart and padauk blanks arrived this morning. I decided to run with the purple heart not having the right sort of mask I don't think at least for the Padauk. I've been running the blanks that I get right off the bat, so far I have NOT had any issues with working on them with the wax sealer on. In fact it actually makes it easier getting the sealer off just carving into it. So I think I've been prety lucky on that part of it. How ever I was expecting the purple heart to be a bit moist with the sealer on it... how ever I was dead wrong on that assumption it is dry as a bone. Not sure if I bit off more than I could chew being a noob turner. Yep using EWT rougher on this one and its working beautifully. I've got a rough idea in mind for this one since I want to do an actual BOWL instead of a cup like bowl. This is the 6x6x3 I ordered so I think that should give me plenty to round it down and put a tenon rather than mortise onto it. For some reason I've always been quite fond of purpleheart. But not sure if I should even be trying to attempt this but I'm crazy enough to. (I do apologize for the double thread today.)
  17. We have had a fantastic week here in the Turner's Forum! Questions, comments, tips, projects, the whole picnic lunch! Please remember we are just a few days away from wrapping up our annual fundraiser. We still need $64.99 to meet our goal. If you haven't made your donation, you are missing a chance at some awesome prizes! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald is making progress on the Live Oak platter he started back in June. See his addition to the original post to learn how he handle a warping problem. @Ron Altier created a spectacular ornament from some glued-up scraps. It is amazing how shapes can appear in lathe turnings. @AndrewB must sleep in his shop! He has been working on a couple of projects this week and you can really see how he is improving his techniques and expanding his horizons! First is his small walnut bowl- Then he received a larger piece of purpleheart and created this beauty- Both of these posts generated a tremendous amount of discussion on techniques, tool use, and general design! After last week's "Wednesday's..." @Gerald posted a comment about some Easy Wood Tools for sale. I'm reposting it here for everyone. Looks like a good deal on some great tools! What’s Coming Up- Highland Woodworking is offering woodworking live online opportunities. Here is a video as a sample- and the link for more information about their offerings- https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/onlinewoodworkingclasses.html?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Sign+Up+for+Highland+Woodworking+LIVE+Online+Classes!&utm_campaign=HW+live+online+classroom+-+third+send For The Newbies- As @AndrewB was working on his purple heart bowl, @Gunny came across a video from Easy Wood Tools and Tracey Malady turning a small bowl. It's worth a watch- Expand Your Horizons- Usually the emails from Cooks Woods are about their lumber for sales. This week a different content caught my eye. Included was a link to making a Pepper Grinder. The process does require a few precise forstner but they make wonderful gifts. What I found interesting about this particular presentation was the outside was done first and then the holes were drilled. A day or so later I found another video on pepper mills but with a completely different shape- New Turning Items- Ruth Niles has a new product available. This spindle buffing kit is a more economical alternative to the Beall Buffing System. https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/spindle-buffing-kit/ Although not new, the Easy Wood Tools mini hollowers are perfect for making those small Christmas ornaments - Through one of my social media accounts, I see that StarBond Adhesives has a new medium thick dark brown CA You can check it out here- https://bit.ly/32GgTrA Everything Else- Rick Turns' weekly video list is available- Last week I mentioned that I had turned some cherry forms and they were soaking in a soap/water solution. After a couple of days, I pulled them out- Packed them in shavings Then put them in paper bags with more shavings They rest for a while- probably a week- and then the final turning/finishing. The other cherry is waiting for turning. One piece got rough turned into a bowl- Right now, it is soaking in the solution. Safe turning and stay well
  18. Okay so this was an interesting turn of events. Hollowing went smoothly. Not too much catching thankfully. I was able to get a nice enough shape for a dip bowl inside of the look that I was trying to go for. You guys have seen the start. I'm just about finished with this project here. I do have resin in hand for the inside of the bowl for the coating and I also have mineral oil. Not sure what else I could do to finish it up. I only sanded it up to 400 grit on the papers. I've still gotta cut off the mortise section. Either way I like the way this one is turning out. I'm sure it will look really good when I've got the finish on it.
  19. It's gonna be a little skimpy this week. We have been nursing a sick fur-baby who decide to get his minerals from some fairly good sized stones. Surgery was required. Please don't forget the there are only about 3 weeks left to get in on this years fundraiser/raffle. There have been some anonymous donors of additional prizes. It would be a shame to miss out! Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB is our top winner this week for the most activity. He has been adding to his turning accessories and providing us with reviews along the way. Andrew is trying out some of the Easy Wood Tools Easy Start products ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )- We had a great conversation on them and their use- Over the years, I have found that my eyes and memory aren't what they used to be. I must physically measure everything and write it down before heading the the Borg. Andrew experienced something similar with a recent order- to which I can completely sympathize- Andrew posted a picture of one of his first bowls, but felt it was a failure. I don't know about you but I would never have had the courage to post a picture of my first bowl! Anytime you learn from a project, it is not a failure! His post generated a great conversation about techniques and tools. Andrew received some really nice turning blanks. This one became a bowl. His turning skills are certainly coming along! Another great back and forth took place in this post. Lots of techniques were discussed- Although this was posted in the Finishing Forum, it applies equally well here in the Turners area- Finally, Andrew started this project- Check out his addition of the Jacobs chuck What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. Lyle Jamieson is also doing virtual interactive demonstrations For The Newbies- Mike Peace recently posted a video on woodturning tools for beginners- Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson creates a neat box shaped like a Bee Hive- The Woodworker's Journal posted a very nice video demonstrating turning an large platter on an awesome Laguna lathe. Laguna has been such an important part of our site and has supplied some fantastic prizes for our raffles and fundraisers. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a new CBN wheel- Here's the link to the product- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/new-products/products/free-hander-8-cbn-wheel Everything Else- Rick Turns video list for the past week- With the tag teaming for the sick puppy, I haven't had time to get to the gift the tree guys dropped off on Friday- They told me it was "wild cherry". I need to get it broken down into bowl blanks and sealed. jdfkjkd
  20. So far so good really enjoying Myrtle wood for turning. It turns even better than poplar. So I got some of these small blanks as I said from Rockler to do small projects so far I've had pretty good luck with shopping with them. A bit on the expensive side but yes so far good to order from. Had zero issues. Now with this project the problem I keep running into is chisels catching on the side. I've still got a touch of refining to do on the outside but I wanted to get a start on the hollowing to see how thick or thin I wanted the project. But So far its turning out. I went the mortise route and cut it out of the bottom fit it to the chuck like a dream. I flipped it around on the chuck and linking up the jacobs chuck. That thing worked wonderfully. Glad you guys talked me into gettin it. Effeminately worth the 22 some odd bucks. Also received my pend jaw set still waiting on my big bowl jaws to get here I wound up going with the nova cole jaws. a bit more expensive but I'm sure they will be better off in the long run.
  21. Okay folks got some issues here. The 2 inch by 5 inch piece that I got from Rockler the other day. I sanded off the wax seal off the wood yesterday. Today I started turning it. Nothing has cracked so far. Handled really well on the spin up. I went with the face plate method on this one. How ever this is my issue. I've got a good shape that I actually really like for this small bowl. Its simplistic which is what i like. Not too complex either. How ever if I cut a mortise or tennon in the bottom, that would not leave me with very much wiggle room sort to say on hollowing this thing out. I don't want this to be a wasted project, I would like to actually accomplish this one. I must say the walnut turned EXTREMELY nicely. The easy wood chisels made quick work of the square block and turned it into shape with the rougher alone. How ever what I am looking for is input and or suggestions on how I should complete this so I am able to hollow this out and call it a bowl. Not sure where to go on this one.
  22. So I began carving out and hollowing my bowl. Everything went fine of course. Even tried out my new tool rests which fit perfectly. How ever the deeper into the project I get the more the chisels want to catch on the sides. So I decided to make it a bit shallower. In the end it didn't even really turn out the way I really wanted it to. How ever I still finished it off. But I guess I'll try again soon LOL. Not sure if I want to continue with bowls or try something else with turning not sure at this point. But in my own opinion I think this first go was a failure.
  23. 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.
  24. Please don't forget that we are in the midst of our annual fundraiser/raffle. There are some awesome prizes to be had! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier created some entirely different type of ornaments than he usually does. Even though they weren't done on the lathe, I think they deserve a spot here in our forum. Ron describes the process in his post- @AndrewB is putting his Wen benchtop lathe through its paces! He is turning another candle holder from a glued up blank Check his posts for our comments and the discussion about this turning- What’s Coming Up- The 2020 AAW virtual Symposium is happening soon! Click on the above image for the link to registration and more information. This popped up on one of my social media accounts today. Click on the above image for the link to more information on this FREE YouTube event. Thanks @Jim from Easy Wood Tools !! For The Newbies- Tim Yoder is often referenced here. He has a way of making learning enjoyable. Tim has posted a video where he answers questions from those who follow his videos. There are some excellent tips included. Ever wonder what is the best type of finish for your turning project? Woodworker's Journal made available an article, from Ernie Conover, describing several popular turning finishes- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/five-quick-and-easy-woodturning-finishes/ Woodturners Wonders has lots more on their site than just items for sale. I found this helpful article on choosing sandpaper- The information is primarily centered around their own brands but general enough it can be applied to other makers as well. https://woodturnerswonders.com/pages/which-is-the-right-sanding-disc-to-use Expand Your Horizons- Most of us are familiar with segmented turnings. Lots of pieces, precise angles, tedious glue-ups. This young man has taken it to a whole other level! As you watch the video, check out the shop made jigs! New Turning Items- We previously mentioned Woodturners Wonders. They have a special sale on their sandpaper. If you need any, these are some pretty good prices- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/specials Everything Else- Rick Turns video list from last week- Well, that piece of spalted maple will no longer mock me. Not because I've made something of it but rather it is one of those pieces headed for the burning pit! Just too soft and punky inside. I've turned my attention to a small piece of black locust. It is the leftovers from a larger log that was used for a bowl. Centering up the faceplate. Enlarging the screw holes- not too deep! Four screws should do it. Laying out the recess for the chuck jaws- shop made gauge for tenons and recesses Create the dovetail. Cheap old tool converted to dovetail cutter On the chuck. Tail stock in place for safety. Outside shaped. Used the Easy Wood Tools rougher with the R2 cutter. Smooth! Starting to hollow out. Who says carbide tools don't make curly shavings!!! Note the tail stock is still engaged in the turning. Really adds stability during the hollowing phase. Sam Angelo's depth gauge. Sides about 1/8" thick, bottom around 3/16" Life got in the way at this point. When I looked today the bowl has warped. There was still moisture in the locust. That's gonna make sanding a little more difficult. Safe turning and stay healthy
  25. YEP you heard it sorry for the double threads today guys but the first bowl is beginning to take shape. After I got the blank turned down which took a while, the shakiness of the lathe worked itself out. It will be interesting hallowing this one out lol. Sadly this one will have a flat bottom but that’s alright. I think I’ve stood up for about as long as I could today the joints are feelin it.
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