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  1. Well fall officially started a few hours ago. I'm really missing the longer days and then there'll be the loss of daylight saving time. Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN gave us an update on his Record Power lathe. Looks like Record Power's customer service is top notch and they go above and beyond to make things right. A nice change in this day and age- @forty_caliber showed us some of the bowls he is turning. He posted these in the Patriot "What's on Your Weekend Agenda" forum- Last week we mentioned @Steve Krumanaker use of a laser to embellish his turning. While searching for information on lasers, I realized that @Gene Howe has also posted information on lasers and the software to use them. Sorry, Gene, I didn't me to exclude you from out pool of laser masters! What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links to registration and more information. The AAW is hosting a live event for woodturners to enhance their skills and techniques- In the coming weeks, Cindy Drozda is holding online events. This Saturday is a free sharing session. You can sign up at- http://www.cindydrozda.com/html/Signup.html On October 2, 2021 Cindy is hosting work session on burls- For The Newbies- A few neat tips from Mike Peace that can solve some problems we all face- Looking for a practical project to show off your woodturning skills? Make a lamp! https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/project-firewood-table-lamp/ A lamp was the very first thing I ever turned. Senior high school Vocational Building Construction course. Made from a bowling pin. I think my Mom kept it forever. Expand Your Horizons- A nice little project that could easily solve some of our Christmas gift problems. Video by Kent Weakley, from Turn A Wood Bowl. After watching the video, I think the epoxy could be replace with casting resin. New Turning Items- Couple of items from Woodturners Wonders- Wen Grinders with CBN wheels- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/wen-grinders And CBN wheels for sharpening chain saw blades- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/chainsaw-sharpening Roth Niles published her latest newsletter for September. To get the scoop on her most recent items and see some awesome turnings by other woodturners, please consider subscribing- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Everything Else- If you have ever checked out any of the videos from Rick Turns' weekly list, be aware he has made some changes to how he is posting. In addition, he has added some new "weekly" channels for other hobby type interests. New YouTube channels are difficult to get up and running and subscribers really help. The woodturning channel- Some new stuff- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6gkzcvQ3hf5UlKMtqMqh0w/videos @Gerald asked if I could take some progress shots when doing rolling pins. My Mom always said- "Be careful what you wish for..." This is the sequence for cutting the slots (dado) for the inserts. This blank here has already had 2 slots cut and inserts glued. The trimmed blank is positioned on the jig- First part of the slot cut- Unclamp the blank and add a spacer to widen the slot- Re-clamp and make the second pass. The spacer is designed to make the slot the final width. The second pass leaves a small amount of material in the slot and that is cleaned out using 2 additional spacers- After all 4 passes- Back to the gluing process- Clamp the blank down for stability- Glue in the slot Glue on all sides of the inserts- Inserts into slot- Pressed home- Lots of clamps for an hour- This is repeated until all 4 sides have been done- IMG_0213.MP4 At this point, the blank goes to the lathe- Rounding starts and the knot begins to appear- IMG_0220.MP4 Length and diameter dimensions are set- Once all the blanks reach this point, the tapering jig and cutter replace the tool rest. More images to follow. Safe turning and stay well
  2. The middle of September already. Felt more like July here today but a quick thunderstorm cooled things down with 3/4" of rain! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald has gotten a head start on his Christmas turnings. These gorgeous items are sure to be a hit and a great seller! Gerald describes what he did and the finishes he used in his post- @Steve Krumanaker is our resident laser technician. Steve creates awesome designs for the honey dipper/lid he creates. I really need to invest in a laser setup! Steve received a lot of positive comments about these gems! A while back, @Gerald posted a topic on making a Jam Chuck, published by Woodcraft. @PostalTom was inquiring if any of our turners had made one- If you have one of these in your arsenal, give Tom a shout! We have a running discussion on High Speed Steel gouges. @AndrewB started the thread and recently updated us on his latest purchase. We had several turning related entries in the "What's On Your Weekend Agenda" forum. @forty_caliber Gave us a look at some bowls he turned- And this one- The pecan bowl was turned green and will need to be dried. @Gerald offered advice on the drying procedure- @forty_caliber Gave us a comparison of two sharpening systems- Tormek and Sorby Pro-Edge. Thanks ".40" for the information! What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links to registration. From Cindy Drozda- From Simon Begg M. Saben-Smith is offering a free course on Hampshire Sheen Excellence in Finishing. The presentation is based around Hampshire products but the techniques are universal- https://www.msabansmith.com/finishing-course/ On Saturday, September 18, there is another Virtual Craft Festival on YouTube- Check this link for the videos on Saturday- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQBave9vnYL9L2Y08HZhy_Q/playlists For The Newbies- Mike Peace shows us how to add feet to a turned box- Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson creates a beautiful natural edge bowl. The turning is enhanced by the accenting the natural defects. New Turning Items- Not a "new" product but one heck of a deal- $5.00 for 2 wheels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Click on the image for the link!! Everything Else- Rick Turns YouTube woodturning videos from last week- I finally got all of the cherry and walnut inserts sized for the rolling pins. Mimi is happy that the drum sander is put away. The next steps involve gluing and slot cutting. Each maple blank needs a 3/8" diagonal slot cut for the inserts Next the 3 inserts are glued and clamped into the slot. An hour in the clamps and then I usually give each slot glue-up several more hours of drying time before moving on. Six blanks with the first set of inserts glued into place. The inserts are slightly oversized in both length and width. Being slightly wider than the maple blank makes for easier positioning/clamping in the slot. But, then that requires each glue-up to be trimmed before cutting the next slot. If left proud of the maple blank, it will not set accurately in the slot cutting jig. I used to do this trimming on the table saw but the band saw works just as well and there is no need to constantly reset the table saw blade between steps. Once all of the maple blanks are trimmed, it's back to the table saw to cut the next slot. These operations are repeated until the maple blanks have inserts glued in place in all 4 sides. Safe turning and stay well
  3. Saturday is the twentieth anniversary of 9-11. Tragic national events have a way of sticking with us and we remember exactly where we were. I have vivid memories of two such event. President Kennedy's assignation- I was in Memphis going to Navy electronics school. The 9-11 attack- I was teaching at the Vo-Tech school. Our Patriot Turners- @Fred W. Hargis Jr had a little misfortune with a small bowl he was turning. We never know just how deep some of the cracks can be in a blank- Fred asked our turners what they thought he should do at this point and he received lots of helpful advice. @Gerald teste his new laser on his hollowing rig! What a fantastic turning rig. Gerald said it is from Tim Yoder. He tells us more about this tool and some modifications in his post- Gerald was kind enough to give us information concerning some of the vendors at S.W.A.T. in a response to last week's "Wednesday's..." Our turners have also posted some of their work in other forums here on the Patriot- In the "What's On Your Weekend Agenda" section, @forty_caliber showed us a little problem he had with his lathe- Powermatic sent him a replacement for the handle. Forty also posted some turning he is doing, here- In our "Good Monday Morning" section, Forty posted a lid he is turning for the bowl pictured above- And, in our newly christened "Hump Day" section, @Fred W. Hargis Jr gives us a quick update on some handle turning- @forty_caliber made a design change in the lid for his bowl- @Gerald is setting up for a club meeting- What’s Coming Up- As a reminder, a couple of AAW associated on-line events coming up. Click on the images for links to registration. For The Newbies- New lathes usually come with a faceplate. That one may, or may not, be ideal for your needs. Alan Stratton shows us how to make several faceplates and why you might want several different types- Lacquer can make a nice finish on a turning. Here is Sam Angelo discussing use, application and thoughts on a lacquer finish- Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson takes his beading and burning techniques to the next level! Has this happened to you? Someone asks you to make a turning but you discover that your lathe isn't long enough to make the piece. Here, Ernie Conover gives us techniques to overcome the problem- sorry, it's not buying a bigger lathe And, just for the heck of it, watch Tim Yoder turn a gigundous platter- New Turning Items- The folks from Woodturners Wonders have a new smaller 4-in-1 CBM wheel. This one is 6" in diameter- Check it out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/6-inch-wheels/products/6-4-in-1 Everything Else- Rick Turns' list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Time to replenish my stock of rolling pins. The most time consuming part of them is making the walnut and cherry inserts- which does not require any turning. I had a cherry board in the shop but needed to drag up a few walnut boards from the wood storage shed. Each insert strip needs to be 10.5" long x 2" wide and .125' thick. I got started by ripping all the boards to the 2" width and 22" long. The thicknesses varied from about 1" to 1.25"- Next, surface plane to one good side- Then I need to re-saw the pieces into thinner slices. My old Taiwanese bandsaw doesn't do well with a rip fence so I scribe a line to follow. Just a tad under 3/16" Using a re-saw post and slice off a strip- After all the boards have the thin strip removed, it's back to the planer to smooth away the saw marks for the next strip. Wash, Rinse and Repeat until all of the boards have been converted into thin strips The strips have one smooth side- from the planer, and one rough side from the re-saw operation. They are all about 3/16" thick but have slight variations. To bring them to the final thickness and remove the saw marks, out comes the shop made drum sander. The drum sander was built just for this purpose. I used to use the oscillating spindle sander and a fence but I couldn't get consistent thicknesses along the length of the inserts. Notice there is no belt feed! Also, about the maximum I can remove with one pass is .01". This is gonna take a while!!! 3 passes thru and still need about 3 or 4 more to get to .125" Safe turning and stay well
  4. Dealing with the remnants of the hurricane. So far, not quite as much rain as predicted. Will have to wait to see ow it all works out. Lots of flash flood watches/warnings in the area but we live far enough from streams and rivers not to have to worry about that. We have had a little more activity, from our turners, this past week. Lots of new turnings! Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan turned a bowl and gifted it to the neighbor who gave him the wood. This is such a wonderful way to have the tree's memory live on. Dan received lots of positive comments about his work- @Geraldhas been busy replenishing his stock in preparation for the craft show season. Gerald surely does some beautiful work and has a wide variety items. Too bad he lives in Mississippi, I'd love to visit his stand. @Ron Altier is our King of Ornaments. Here's his latest creation- This one has a special meaning, for Ron. Please see his post for the details on this one and how came about- @forty_caliber turned a couple of bowls from a pecan log. The color and grain of this wood is really beautiful Forty tells us a little more about the turnings and provides several more images in his post- @Fred W. Hargis Jr posed a question to our group concerning turning safety. Specifically, when to wear a face shield. As expected there were lots of comments and different thought on the subject. Give Fred your comments on what you feel is safe- What’s Coming Up- Lots happening in the coming weeks! Click on the images for links to the websites/registration. Lyle Jamieson is hosting a live interactive remote- From Hampton Woodturnings- From the AAW- For The Newbies- A nice little project that combines some spindle work and some basic hollowing from Carl Jacobson. These make awesome gifts! If you've been follow the "Wednesday's Wisdom" for any length of time, you know we advocate always making something for the "gifters" of free wood. Those gifters are often the tree service folks in your area. In this video, Tim Yoder shows us why it is nice to have contacts who own/use chainsaws and would e willing to cut tree pieces into managable chunks- Expand Your Horizons- @Gerald was fortunate enough to be able to attend S.W.A.T. last weekend. The gallery items were out of this world! New Turning Items- Hoping that @Gerald can tell us if the vendors at S.W.A.T. were showing off any new products. Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- I was able to finish up all of the Flame Box Elder bowls. All of the bowls were done with the same procedure. 1. Slab blanks cut from green log then sealed with TiteBond PVA glue. 2. Slabs cut round on the bandsaw when ready to turn. 3. Rough turned leaving overall thickness approximately 1/10 the diameter. Rough turned blanks were between 7" and 8". 4. Rough turned blanks submerged in soap/water solution for approximately 3 days. 5. Rough turned blanks placed in shavings for approximately 3 weeks. 6. Rough turned blanks removed from shaving and place in hotbox until weight stabilized. Time varied but generally in the neighborhood of a week. 7. Finish turning, shaping, sanding, embellishing and finishing. I found that a 50/50 mixture of gloss lacquer and lacquer thinner made sanding a little easier on the soft areas. The lacquer sealer is also suggested for use prior to applying the Yorkshire Grit. Some of the really punky parts I used CA to stabilize the wood. All were turned exclusively with Easy Wood Tools and finished with Yorkshire Grit and Hampshire Sheen. Bottoms were embellished with rotary tool from a Mike Peace video. Safe turning and stay well
  5. Got the yard mowed just in time! Quick 1/4" of rain. Been hot and humid here for the past week. Our Patriot Turners- @forty_caliber has added a vacuum chuck to his turning arsenal. He received lots of comments about using it from our members- Included in this thread is one of the bowls he made, using the chuck. Check out the way he filled the void in the bowl- Forty also post in the Patriots regular "What's On Your Weekend Agenda" forum about his new coring system for getting the most from a bowl blank- You can read his update and see more images at- @Fred W. Hargis Jr continued work on the pepper grinder he started last week. Fred posted images of the finished prototype and then showed us the final product. It turned out so nice, Fred says he may just make more! @HandyDan turned a beautiful cherry bowl for his sister. I was really taken by the shape. In his post, Dan tells us how he made the blank and did the finish. What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda is having Mushroom Box Demo Click on the image for the link to registration and more information. Don't forget, this weekend is the S.W.A.T. Convention in Waco, TX. For The Newbies- A couple of videos for making turning accessories. From Mike Peace, on making and using mandrels- And Sam Angelo on making and using threaded drive blocks- Expand Your Horizons- Here's a really neat project called a "change box", from Carl Jacobson Last week we mentioned videos from Jim Rodgers on making open segment turnings. Here is #3 in the video series- New Turning Items- I expect there will be new turning items being shown at S.W.A.T. We will see what we can spend out lunch money on, soon! Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Finished up the #3 of 4 box elder bowls. I have to thank @HandyDan for the idea on the rim. I liked the bowl he made for his sister. #4 just came out of the drying box, maybe get that one finished this week. Used the Yorkshire Grit and the Hampshire Sheen as the finish on this one, too. Still have to remove some excess lodged in the worm holes. Safe turning and stay well
  6. Wow, just had the last remnants of tropical depression Fred move through. Got a little over 1.5" of rain in less than an hour but no wind or other damage. Our Patriot Turners- We haven't heard much from @Ron Altier, but he has turned a beautiful ornament made from a matched grain glue up- Here's his post explaining what he did! @Gerald belongs to the Magnolia Woodturners. They often have competition turnings to challenge their members. Gerald showed us a box he turned for the upcoming meeting. In his post, Gerald tells us a little about the techniques he used to create this lovely item! @AndrewB continues working on his Dragon Egg. In this post he shows us the finished sanding/polishing. Your turners gave him lots of kudos on his work- In the Patriot "What's On Your Weekend Agenda?" @forty_caliber posted pictures of a couple bowls he is in the process of turning. This one with some brass inlay- And this one, which has a really neat shape- There were lots of comments and questions following each of Forty's posts. Check out what our members said following each of the entries. What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda has and IRD coming up. Click on the above image for the link to registration. Several AAW events. Please click on the images for links to registration For The Newbies- Woodturning Monthly is available from The Woodworker's Journal- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email Bottle stoppers are nice gift projects and can supplement your inventory if you do craft shows. In this video, Mike Peace makes a really nice display piece for those stoppers- If you are looking for a source for bottle stoppers, check out https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ @Gerald showed us a turned box he made. Here's a recent video from Craft Supplies USA demonstrating the techniques for turning a similar box- Expand Your Horizons- Jim Rodgers has a 2 part video on making open segmented turning. He demonstrates the glue up techniques and shop made jigs that assist in accurate, repetitive steps. And- If you are a member of the AAW, a recent email and magazine articles deal with color on turnings. Here's an excerpt from the email- Considering Color Adding color to woodturned objects is a fairly recent phenomenon. And, according to the late collector Arthur Mason, "There is no question that color can be a valuable design feature in wood art and that it can enhance the beauty and appeal of the work. But it also can diminish the pleasing effects of the natural features of wood. An artist’s decision to use color results from balancing these considerations, as well as from his or her ability to use color to an artistic advantage."* While applying color may not be for everyone, it can make the impact of a piece more dramatic and expand the artistic possibilities for a turned work. This week’s picks encourage you to consider and explore adding color to your work. New Turning Items- Sorry, couldn't come up with any new stuff. If you checkout the "Vendors Showcase" in the What Coming Up section, there are some hints as to what we can expect. Everything Else- Rick Turns list of last week's YouTube woodturning videos- I received a request to turn some bowls for a lady with whom I used to work. They supplied the wood (flame box elder and walnut) got a few finished, still have 2 to go- So far, I am really liking the Yorkshire Grit and Hampshire Sheen. My biggest concern was if finish would "stick" to the Yorkshire Grit finish. I used a piece of hard maple as a test subject. Following the instructions for surface prep- sanding to 240, using sanding sealer and then "sanded" with the Yorkshire product. From left to right, one application and no buffing- Mineral oil/beeswax, acrylic paint, gloss brushed on lacquer, gloss wipe on ploy, gloss spray on lacquer. These are the finishes I use most often. The film finishes seem to be unaffected by the sanding paste. The oil/beeswax doesn't penetrate deeply into the wood. A better test will be something dark like walnut. The acrylic paint would definitely need several applications and then a top coat for protection. Safe turning and stay well
  7. Typical August weather here this week and it's expected to get hotter as the week goes on. Good excuse to spend time in the basement shop. Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker moved from hollow vessels to bowls. Steve posted a gorgeous maple bowl for us to slobber over- The grain and natural combine to make a magnificent piece! Steve tells us about this turning in his post- @forty_caliber created a lovely vase from a pecan log. He received lots of positive comments on this one. I especially like the shape and can't wait to see the results when he adds the finish! Check out more in his post- @HandyDan received a request to duplicate a spindle for a friend. Dan does these freehand- without the aid of a duplicator! They sure look good. Please see his post for more about the wood he used and some of the great comments- @AndrewB also received a turning request. This one was for a bowl. I really like his choice of woods. Andrew uploaded several progress photos in his post on this turning- What’s Coming Up- Received this information from Lyle Jamieson. If you or your club are considering personalized virtual instruction, this might be the way to go. Click on the image for the link- From "SWAT" about their upcoming event The AAW has several events coming in the future. Here's their landing page for what is currently in the works- For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a nice video on turning bottle stoppers. He uses a stainless stopper from Ruth Niles. Ruth's latest newsletter came this week. A nice article about Rebecca DeGroot. If you don't get Ruth's newsletter, you can signup at her website- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Mike Waldt has been producing live question and answer sessions to assist the beginning (and not so new) turner. Although these are a little long, there is always lots of great information. This one is on design, esthetics and techniques. Expand Your Horizons- Andrew showed us a bowl created by gluing up boards. Here's more ideas using boards to create bowls- Mike Waldt uses the techniques in his previous video to turn an elm bowl- New Turning Items- You would not typically expect to find this a a woodturner's website, but Lyle Jamieson isn't your typical woodturner. I'm thinking this should be in everyone's workshop- Something new at the Nova site for woodturners- https://www.teknatool.com/product-category/shopnovapartsdirect/wood-blanks/?mc_cid=3dcac8d0b5&mc_eid=41cbcbe595 Some pretty good prices at the Woodturners Wonders site, too- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sales Everything Else- Rick Turns' list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- There's a couple of products I have been anxious to try- Yorkshire Grit and Hampshire Sheen. Ordered a container of each today from Woodworld of Texas to see how it works. It's a little expensive but if it works... Kinda disappointed in the shipping costs- UPS from Texas to PA $19.41! Maybe it has lead mixed into it. Safe turning and stay well
  8. So I made a couple of salt and pepper shakers for a streamer friend of mine as well as one of the antique pepper mills, she had asked if I made bowls as well and I said yes I did. So this being said I put to good use some of the lumber that I had ordered out of Arizona and started laminating it yesterday. As of today it is fully dry cured with absolutely NO GAPS this go around. It was an EXTREMELY DANGEROUS and rocky start but so far I'm very pleased with the way its looking and the way its going. I have a couple progress pics. I guess it wont let me up load video I'll show the pics. NOTE this is the largest bowl I've started turning to date.
  9. Been a busy week here at the Patriot with lots going on with our turners! Our Patriot Turners- @forty_caliber showed us an oak crotch bowl he is turning. Really looks fantastic- He received lots of positive comments on this one. Here's his post- "Forty" also posted a picture of a rough turned pecan bowl. Some beautiful grain in this one! He tells us a little about it and posted a few more pictures here- @Steve Krumanaker has been busy with several turnings. The first one is a sweet looking bowl that he said ran him through the funnies! Steve explains what happen- Regardless, he received lots of positive comments. Bowls weren't the only type of turnings Steve did this week. He made another vase from the Flame Box Elder log. I love the finish he obtained on this one! Check out the comments from our gang- @AndrewB is setting up to do some resin casting. You may remember, he purchased a pressure pot sometime back. In this post, Andrew tells us about the resin he purchase. He received several comments and questions. I'll be following along on this one!! What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. Woodturner's Retreat- Click on the above image for more information and registration. For The Newbies- An informative short video from Mike Peace on the chuck held drive center. One of these could certainly reduce the need for removing your chuck- Looking for a fun little project? Carl Jacobson turns some honey dippers- Woodturning Monthly from the Woodworker's Journal is available- Click on the above image for the link to the newsletter Expand Your Horizons- @forty_caliber found an interesting video on bowl drying. The video's author uses a dehydrator to speed up the process. This is "Forty's" post. If you view the video on YouTube, the author has a second video with additional tests. @Gerald has posted several bowls he has turned for the Beads Of Courage group. This video is from Kent (Turn A Wooden Bowl) and demonstrates the turning process as well as providing links for getting involved- While I was at this bowl turning site, I noticed another video on end grain bowls. You can create some really impressive turning when the bowl is oriented in this position. We posted a multi-axis turning from Alan Stratton. He has updated that video with some shop made jigs. New Turning Items- Well, open those wallets! Lots of new items are hitting the market. Navigate to site links by clicking on the images Woodturners Wonders- Ron Brown's new jam chuck kit- Klingspor from the virtual AAW. Kinda long but lots of good information- Vendor showcase- Not new but really handy- Everything Else- A well deserved honor- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Finally finished up the little walnut end grain bowl and the large cherry bowl. Both bowls have rounded lips. The bases of the bowls have a rounded foot that mimics the lip. Both finished with gloss poly and of course both were turned completely with Easy Wood Tools. Safe turning and stay well
  10. The bowl drying adventure continues...... In the beginning, all my knowledge came from books. Isolated in the northern end of the Cumberland Valley and before high speed Internet and YouTube, even written publications on the subject were few and far between. Cheap tools and a cheap lathe were able to produce some rudimentary turnings including some small bowls- of which most cracked. To me drying meant just that- set it up on the shelf and wait. As fate would have it, somewhere along the line, I was introduced to the idea of bagged shavings. This procedure spared a lot of bowls from disaster. It wasn't perfect, but, having more successes gave me a reason to continue. The biggest drawback was the time involved. Having worked my entire career in the field of electronics and computers, I learned to think in time spans of micro and nanoseconds as a long time. Waiting months for a blank to dry was not in my mindset. So, my journey to discover a reliable and speedy method of drying bowl blanks began. My successes and failures will be documented, sources will be cited, videos from turners will be posted. My hope is that the reader will find something new and interesting. So...
  11. Congrats to all of the raffle winners. We really appreciate all of the participation. Our Patriot Turners- We've had a really great discussion started by @Gerald on hollowing tools. He gave us an insight into what he uses now and why. Gerald invited us to join in and share our experiences. Several members have already added to the discussion. Please hop over to Gerald's post and join in. We'd love to hear what you think and learn about the tools you use! @forty_caliber gave us a look at a bowl he turned from a log. He provided a bunch of progress shots from start to finish. You can see all of the images here- @Steve Krumanaker is back making magic at the lathe. He turned a fantastic flame box elder vase. Please see his post for more images and our turner's comments- What’s Coming Up- From Cindy Drozda. Click on the image for the link to registration For The Newbies- A video from Mike Waldt discussing design, esthetics and techniques. This is a replay from a live event. Expand Your Horizons- Mike Peace demonstrates multi-axis turning in this two part presentation. What I found interesting is that Mr. Peace didn't use a fancy jig for holding the offset pieces. New Turning Items- Every now and then the folks at Woodturners Wonders reminds us they that stock some unique woodturning items. Check out their site to see if there is something you might need. https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/unique-tools OK, this isn't new. There are many, many examples of steady rests available from just about every woodturning store. And even more shop made versions on line. What is new, here, is a unique method of mounting the three wheels. Here's the link for more information- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/magnetic-homemade-steady-rest/ Everything Else- Last week's list of YouTube woodturning videos from Rick Turns- I was able to start working on the bowls that a friend wanted made. Her husband and son have a small saw mill and they cut down a flame box elder tree. They provided a log that was long enough to make 4 bowls. They also gave me a piece of walnut from which I'll get a few bowls. Turned the logs into blanks - Was able to get 2 of the blanks roughed out- They are resting in the soap and water bath until tomorrow. Then into some shavings for a while. Starting the next two tomorrow. The walnut pieces intrigued me. The sap wood and heart wood were almost perfectly centered. I thought it would make an interesting piece if the outside was white and the inside was dark. That meant making an end gain bowl. Well it sorta worked. If I would have left the walls quite thick, it would have been better but very heavy. It's still kind of cool. Still need to finish the finish and part off the bottom. Not sure how much it will warp/crack as it is turned to finish will still green. The side walls are about 1/4" thick. Safe turning and stay well
  12. Hope everyone has purchased their raffle tickets to support the Patriot site! Only about 30 hours left until the big drawing! Just in case you want to get in on the action- Our Patriot Turners- We are going to start off this week with another incredibly important cause in which we can all be involved. It costs us nothing but a little time and can make a huge difference in a young persons life. @Gerald posted a little vessel he turned- This turned box will hold "Beads Of Courage" for the recipient. Gerald and the Magnolia Woodturners have been making these containers and giving them to kids battling cancer. This video tells us about the Beads of Courage program- Gerald also provide us with additional information on how to participate in this wonderful program. The Beads of Courage organization has partnered with the AAW to garner interest in turning the bowls- 2018_AAW_handout_guidelines.pdf In addition, Gerald provided the link to the Beads of Courage website. Click on the above image for the link to their site. Here is Gerald's original post- @Gerald posted this in the General Woodworking Forum but since many of our turners do craft shows, we thought it might be of interest here. What’s Coming Up- One last time! For The Newbies- Woodworker's Journal has posted another video, by Ernie Conover, comparing carbide and traditional turning tools. Sometime back, we included an earlier video on the same topic by Mr. Conover. Not sure what changed, but, Mr. Conover seems to have a little more positive opinion on the carbide tools in this video. Expand Your Horizons- The seventh and last part of Jim Rodgers series on segmented turnings- A beautiful maple burl platter from Lyle Jamieson- New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have added a new CBN wheel to their inventory. This is the 4 in 1 Plus wheel. More information and specs can be found at their website- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/new-products/products/4-in-1-plus-cbn-wheel We featured this Sorby product a few weeks ago. It has undergone a name change. It is now the Robert Sorby SteadyPro Turning System- Not new but on sale at a great price- If you need Easy Wood Tools cutters, now is the time to stock up!!! Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from week- Trying to clear out all those half finished turnings. The finished "square bowl" The elm bowl that warped and cracked and a cherry bowl that I added a rounded lip and foot. When it came time to finish off the bottom, the Cole jaws on the Easy Chuck stretched just far enough! This one is setting on the workbench with the poly finish slowly drying. Safe turning and stay well
  13. A little longer post this week. Was away last week and didn't have access to my weekly list of stuff to post. Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN posted a picture of a bowl he started for a continuing project with the turning club in which he is a member. Rusty showed us a picture of what will be added to this turning, during a future club meeting. Turning can be a messy hobby. Rusty posted some of his by-products- @AndrewB continues working on pepper mills. In this post, he shows us one of his maple mills assembled and finished- Andrew also gave us a look at one he had posted previously and is now complete- Andrew started a conversation about beading tools. Beads can be made with a variety of turning tools, however, some projects are more conducive to a dedicated tool. How do you turn your beads? Check out the conversation and give us your ideas- Andrew also spent some time perfecting this sharpening techniques. He showed us his success on a scraper. He received lots of positive comments @Bob Hodge asked about making our own tools using a specific material- "Tantung". If you have any experience with this material, maybe you could pop over to his post and chime in- @Ron Altier dug up an older post that introduced us to the products of our sponsor- Easy Wood Tools. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. From all of the other carbide products on the market, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools should be feeling pretty good about starting it all! What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to registration. Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. Sponsored by Craft Supplies USA. Click on the above image for more information. Not exclusively for turners but there are turners involved. Click on the above image for more information. For The Newbies- I make no secret about it- I hate sanding. Mostly because I suck at it. Here is some information to help us all improve on our techniques- WF0501p19-21.pdf Andrew mentioned he sharpened his scraper. He received several comments on different techniques. I found this article describing some of those techniques- https://turnawoodbowl.com/scraper-sharpening-bevel-angle-burr-how-to/#:~:text=Some people recommend a 85,to 60-degree bevel angles A video from Mike Waldt on the roughing gouge and spindle gouge. Another in the series for beginners. This is a replay of a live program. It is quite lengthy- Pens are really nice, well received gifts. I've turned lots of them over the years. If the pen is for an older person, as was the case with my Mom, sometimes they have a hard time holding the more delicate (slime) styles. A nice design for arthritic hands- Turned kitchen items are always appreciated. A nice article for turning mixing spoons- https://community.woodturner.org/HigherLogic/System/DownloadDocumentFile.ashx?DocumentFileKey=4ce49ef3-df90-46ee-a6a3-23b92152f2f3&forceDialog=0&_zs=ceDib&_zl=AcdW2 If you are thinking about investing in some Easy Wood Tools, Here is a short video on their use- Expand Your Horizons- Andrew's post on beading tools, and some of the responses led me to this web site. I don't think it would be possible to create these works of art without the aid of a dedicated beading tool- See more of Mr. Meyer's work at http://www.harveymeyer.com/ While Mr. Meyer's is the epitome of geometric shapes, sometimes mother nature can rival this beauty with the organic shapes of spalted wood. You may be lucky enough to obtain naturally spalted pieces. If not, you can help mother nature along- An interesting bowl project. Two bowl blanks make one bowl. A two part video- New Turning Items- You say you want to use wooden threads on that container you just made? But you don't have a pair of Thread Cutters? Not a problem! Ron Brown has you covered! Everything Else- The past two weeks of YouTube videos from Rick Turns- Woodworker's Journal post of Woodturning Monthly- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email Played a little with a piece of the mulberry. The first turning didn't turn out anywhere near the vision in my head. This one is a little more like what I had in mind. I need to get better at centering the the workpiece. The wall thicknesses around the natural edge vary from 1/8" to almost 1/4". I'm still starting with a piece that's too "thick" to get a "flatter" turning and keep the natural edge. Safe turning and stay well
  14. It's been computer madness here so far this week! I think I need a vacation!!! Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB used a glued up poplar blank for a pepper grinder. Looks really nice. He shows us some progression shots in this post- Andrew has found a new source for turning blanks. He gives us the low down in this post- @RustyFN gave us an update on the platter he started last week- Check Rusty's post for additional pictures and the start to finish thread- Rusty has also been busy with his segmented work. Here's another one of his beauties- This one garnered lots of positive v=comments! @Ron Altier received a request from his daughter. As always, Ron's projects are fantastic and use a variety of wood species. Lots of great comments about this on- @FlGatorwood received some sad news from a classmate. He decided to brighten her day with a "care package". Steve originally posted this in General Woodworking forum but I thought our turners would appreciate seeing what he made.- @Gunny puts a lot of us to shame with his organizational skills. He posted a utilitarian project he made on the lathe. Those projects that help us get things done are great to see (and steal)! Check out Curtis' post to see what this is used for. @Gerald finished up the coffee bar for his Mrs. He called it a coffee bar but I think it's more of a Coffee Shrine! Judging from the smile, I think she is happy. The entire project can be seen here- What’s Coming Up- https://www.woodturner.org/Woodturner/WIT/WIT-Presents-Registration.aspx Mike Waldt is changing the format of his live presentations. A short video explaining what will be happening- For The Newbies- If you have decided to get into resin casting, Alumilite has free online video course to help you get started- https://www.alumilite.com/learn/casting/101?fbclid=IwAR3ngaxsteCcXRNZaKdNWel1wI6hFyvrFWOt2fld02AHzFiGfggv6zKM1_g Expand Your Horizons- Buying turning blanks can be expensive. Cutting your own blanks is fairly easy but is you can't turn them immediately they will deteriorate quickly. This PDF document, from the AAW, explains how to prepare and store the freshly cut blanks- Save turning blanks.pdf New Turning Items- Not really a new item, but Mike Peace covers the subject of Collet Chucks- If you are considering adding carbide tools to your arsenal, our sponsor Woodcraft, has Easy Wood Tools products on sale for the month of April- And they also have turning kits and supplies on sale- Ruth Niles' newsletter came this week. Lots of images of the items made by other makers. Some really great ideas. A cute idea from Rebecca DeGroot- You can sign up for Ruth's newsletters https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning and stay well
  15. Coming up on the end of January already! Time sure does fly during a Pandemic. A little less, this week, from our own but a lot more from others. Our Patriot Turners- We had a post this week from @ehbowen asking for some information about green wood. Eric got his hands on some freshly cut ash and wanted to know about preserving it. The post generated a lot of comments on turning, sanding project supplies and more. Maybe you can help give Eric some ideas. Check out his original post. @Pauley had a problem with some of his sanding discs and asked our turners for some ideas. The conversation yielded lots of sanding techniques information and sources for sanding supplies. @Gerald provided us with a link- https://www.turningwood.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=T&Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=2S I checked one of my favorite sanding suppliers. Their prices were comparable to Gerald's- https://www.supergrit.com/view.php?pg=index @RustyFN gave us an update on the bowl jig he shared with us last week. He included pictures of how he mounted the jig on his bandsaw- @AndrewB Updated us on his pressure pot adventure. There was an interesting discussion as to how much pressure was needed to pressurize the pot for casting resins- Andrew, later, showed us the results of his first casting attempt- I often reference Alumilite in these posts. I have no connection with them other than learning a lot from their videos. This particular video provides tips and techniques for mixing casting resins. Most of the information applies to any manufacturer- What’s Coming Up- A couple of events happening on Saturday, January 30, 2021. Cindy Drozda is hosting the second part of her waterfall lidded bowl. Check Cindy's site for more information and registration- http://www.cindydrozda.com/ If you have insomnia, The first Virtual Craft Festival of 2021 starts at 2am (PST) Saturday morning and goes until 6pm (PST) Saturday evening. Click on the above image for the link to the schedule and presenters. This is a free event and all presenters use their own YouTube channel for their demonstration. There is a link for each presenter in their bio on the website linked in the above image. For The Newbies- Mike Peace continues his critique of carbine turning tools. If you've followed Mike for any length of time you know he has always used traditional HSS tools. This video is a little long but it not only demonstrates turning but also gives us some insights on design. Expand Your Horizons- If the previous "twig pot" video looked like something you might try, but, you wanted your turning to be more hollowed out, this video may help you decide which hollowing tool to buy/use. Looking for a way to make that cracked/split bowl a work of art? Here's one turner's take on what to do- Bowl Stitching! Good information- video of a demonstration- New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a very nice sanding deal going on with the Roloc mandrels and pad holders Check it out, here- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/ultimate-sanding-system/products/ultimate-2-and-3-inch-sanding-kit This really isn't a new item but we touched on it a bit last week. The shop made steady Rest from Alan Stratton. This video shows a bit more about it- These links have more written details- https://www.aswoodturns.com/ https://www.aswoodturns.com/2014/09/steady-update/ https://www.aswoodturns.com/2013/08/lathe-steady-rest/ Everything Else- Rick Turns YouTube video list from last week- I haven't been in the shop this week. Been writing Micro Credentials for the National Occupation Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI). A long time friend is the CEO and called to get some help in the Electrical/Electronics areas. I had forgotten how tedious writing those things can be! Safe turning and stay well
  16. Just a gentle reminder- When posting threads, PLEASE add tags to your posts. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier asked us for ideas about modifications that could be made to make his lathe run slower. He received lots of comments and suggestions. If you have any recommendations, maybe you could help him out- Ron also posted a few more ornaments he finished and explained how he made some of the marvelous designs- @RustyFN Has been really busy this week! He started out showing us a bowl he turned- Rusty used his emblem on the bottom- Rusty has been able to score free wood from several places. He told us about his trip to the saw mill where he picked up a walnut log- Which yielded this fantastic looking bowl- Check this post for more details- Rusty has a really awesome neighbor. Told Rusty he could have wood from a recently felled tree. They think it's maple- Rusty posted more images in his post and has even started turning one of the blanks. In this particular thread, there are some interesting comments on which bowl gouge might be best. Rusty decided on the 1/2" Sorby- Since Rusty is working with "green" wood, he was curious about the drying procedures and at what point in the turning process should drying take place. Our members offered several options and ideas. Maybe you could add something to what has already posted Rusty adapted a bandsaw circle cutting jig to help him cut bowl blanks- he shows us more about it in his post- We are still getting additional input on a post from a couple of weeks back on the HSS subject. Our own @Steve Krumanaker added a link to a video he made on making handles for tools. Steve posted some images of the "tea lids" which he has been making. His little laser does a fantastic job of adding embellishments to the turnings. See Steve's post for more images- Steve had to create a jig to help hold these lids during the turning process. He shared the specifics of how he made a special expansion chuck- @AndrewBreally came out smelling like a rose! A while back he obtained a bunch of tool rests- but they didn't fit his lathe. Well all was not lost as he explains in this post- @Masonsailor is still learning about his new lathe. He posted an update on some of the features- What’s Coming Up- Carl Jacobson is offering a live online class https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F33zhDit%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR3dU9tbCT_bBqQRb1sbx_zaPwBi8cjcYINxqgdoYCW9EGG1zNPhckZVnII&h=AT2Nanrkmfka0_NeZU9kGjaoMGAAc7epV_E6YNxKr0sNUaSoh176gAi_5Vbc7-FG_c4rsQMCwZEZmlXk5kMhkNX9go3J_LhtqqvKbdOD488xsCVlU-JJ74id60MR01EPnA&__tn__=-UK-R&c[0]=AT0fR3DEM_uFCeZT6ING_O0GgL370DBA4CMApwnPii3gw_5CpEr0xzJg_dtKTyKgAEVOj4c1b1shbErx0WkfdpkSvv5TnUVtkgXVZhdNrboxD1S6bJznZUcPPStOa2JWTblHc8Ruit_BBPvDhTRKLtiSKEg For The Newbies- A lot of turners use the "OneWay Wolverine" sharpening system. Ron Brown shows an eas to set it up for sharpening gouges- In addition to the previous jig, Ron Brown has another jig for setting up the grinder for sharpening other tool. To get the best cuts and safest operation, we need to have the lathe running at the proper speed. In this video, Mike Peace, provides insights on when to change the lathe speed- Expand Your Horizons- Here is an interesting process for turning and coloring a "wet" blank by Alan Stratton- In the video I was intrigued by the steady rest that Mr. Stratton used. I liked the idea of being able to mount/unmount the steady rest without having to remove the turning. Here's the link to more information- https://www.aswoodturns.com/2014/09/steady-update/ New Turning Items- Ruth Niles has some new mandrel adapters for her newer stoppers- You can get more information from Ruth's site- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/mandrel-adapters/?fbclid=IwAR2UmPqFG7zD_zUZhlxTuw_iK69I2_FDvVVScOJOPWna1XEncD8GX403ksw Everything Else- Rick Turns YouTube video listing from last week- Back in the summer, the tree guys dropped off some cherry. I've been making stuff from the log. Some of the pieces I rough turned, soaked in the soap solutions and then stored them in shavings. Had this shape kicking around in my head for a while. Took it out of the shavings and began working on it a week or so ago. Got it cleaned up- Started to refine the hollowing. The little shop made laser device to check the thickness- Finalizing the shape- Chuck for holding it to finish off the bottom- Mounted and secured- It was going to be pretty plain so I decided to add some detail. Hindsight is 20/20. Not sure gold leaf was the best color. More hindsite- I really don't like the glossy finish. Maybe it will darken over time- Safe turning and stay well
  17. Friday is Christmas, guess I'd better start thinking about doing some shopping. Hope everyone here at the Patriot Woodworker has a very Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy new year! Our Patriot Turners- Speaking of Christmas presents, @Masonsailor completed another turning to add to his list of items. Paul provides some process shot of this piece in his post- @Steve Krumanaker tried out a new design for his bird house ornaments. It's really quite spectacular- Steve tells us where he "appropriated" this idea- Steve wasn't just working on ornaments this week. He scored a fantastic maple slab and started a large bowl Steve's post shows us more images! @Ron Altier also finished up some hybrid ornaments. For someone who doesn't like working with acrylics, Ron really does a fantastic work! Please see the wonderful comments our turners left in Ron's post- It was extremely cold in @HandyDan's workshop! The wood ornaments he made turned into icicles! But, they sure do look nice on his Christmas tree @John Hechel had some time this week to get to his lathe. He turned some really awesome salt and pepper grinders. He used some of the Chromaply that Ron uses on some of his ornaments Head on over to his post and see what his wife thought of these beauties- Last week, @AndrewB showed us some of the tree wood he scored. He made one of the pieces into a nice looking bowl- Andrew's post tells us a little more and fills us in on just where this turning stands- Andrew is also looking for a new lathe. He goes into some detail in this post- @Bob Hodge posted a question on negative rake scrapers. He received lots of feedback from our turners. Please see his post and add any information that might help him. What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to Brad's YouTube channel For The Newbies- This title is a little misleading but the video has some great tips on lathe maintenance- Nice turning project- Expand Your Horizons- @Steve Krumanaker makes some really interesting display stands for his ornaments. Here Mike Peace shows us what he does- Last week, Lyle Jamieson started a hollow form from a piece of crotch wood. This is part 2- Ashley Harwood shows us that not every idea comes out the way we want it. Her ladle is one example- More and more turners are relying on YouTube to showcase their work. While this isn't the definitive work on the subject, it might give you some ideas if you are thinking about how this could be done. This is the second part of a two part video. Also the author is working with only one video editing platform. There are many platforms available. New Turning Items- It's a little too late to be writing Santa for new stuff this Christmas, sorry! Everything Else- Rick Turns YouTube video list from last week- I've been messing around trying to improve the dust collection at my lathe. It wouldn't take much to be an improvement. My first attempt failed to consider the need the dust collection point both laterally along the lathe and hw close the port needs to be to the turning for efficient pickup. Went back to the drawing board and redesigned- The position of the dust port can be moved back to collect from the maximum diameter the lathe can turn. I am considering changing the clamping devices I used- These hold well but take a bit of time to loosen/move/tighten. I'm thinking of replacing them with the toggle lever clamps- Might also replace interface adapter between the white PVC elbow and the top of the platform. The one I used was a modified 4" hose splice adapter. Could be shortened a little. Safe turning and stay well
  18. So this will be the first larger project that I've done... It was a bit tricky using the HF lathe. How ever I have a resolve for that depending on the outcome of some things. Either way at least if that gets taken care of I should have a new lathe before I actually have to go and finish this off. But I think this bowl is around 8 to 10 inches in diameter and probably 3 and a half to 4 inches in depth. So the largest project I've done so far with the tools I have. It was a bit tricky. Either way its not at is final shape but its shaped and hollowed out and got it in its box of wood shavings to finish drying out.
  19. Well so far the big snow storm has been more hype than happen. About 6" on the ground and very little happening now. The weather folks are still predicting it to pick up over night. I guess we'll see. Nine days until Christmas!! Although we exceeded our goal for our Gold Star family, you can still donate and get in on the raffle. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier posed a couple of questions to our forum, this past week. His first question dealt with a turning technique. Our members provided their thoughts, what are yours- Ron showed us some ornament turnings and asked how they were done. Several members provided sources for tools and information as to techniques. Maybe you can add your knowledge- Ron also posted a picture of what's left of his exotic wood collection. Knowing Ron, he'll be able to get a couple more ornaments out of this collection- @Steve Krumanaker May have taken a hiatus from our forum a little while back but it certainly didn't affect his turning skills. Steve posted several projects this past week. First up was more of his birdhouse ornaments. His post contained many more examples- Steve was lucky enough to get a maple log from his tree guy. What a surprise it held when he turned it into a bowl- Please see his post for additional images of this awesome piece- But Steve still wasn't done making us jealous! He turned another batch of honey dipper for a customer who sells Bee products- Steve uses a laser to decorate his lids and answered questions about the finish. @Gerald and @Steve Krumanaker both do a lot of Pyrography. Gerald got a new pyrography station and posted it for us to drool over- @FlGatorwood used some really old pine to turn some beautiful pens. We don't normally think of pine for this but the old growth pine has gorgeous color and grain patterns- You may remember that Paul ( @Masonsailor) got a new lathe. He had the opportunity to get it dirty this past week- Paul can sure make some pretty turnings! @AndrewB Scored some birch and cherry logs from his neighbor- He has already started turning them into bowls! Check out his posts- and- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to the registration site. Captain Eddie reminds us of their weekly free get together at https://worldwidewoodturners.org/ . Check their site for times and days. For The Newbies- So you want to turn bowls? Not sure what tools you'll need? Maybe this will help- The latest Woodturning Monthly from the AAW and Woodworker's Journal- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email Expand Your Horizons- Lyle Jamieson explains how to get the best from a piece of crotch wood- New Turning Items- Some Christmas specials from the folks at Woodturners Wonders- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/specials Ruth Niles has added some new products to her line of excellent products- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/pizza-night-special-kit/ Everything Else- Last week's YouTube woodturning videos from Rick Turns- Safe turning and stay well
  20. Here it is December already. Time sure goes fast when you are quarantined- NOT!!! Christmas is fast approaching and we are determined to make our adopted family's Christmas one to remember. We are 60% towards our goal. If you haven't entered the raffle/donation yet, please don't wait! If you have already made your donation, we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier's been busy this past week turning a couple of gorgeous ornaments. Around here, Ron is considered the king of using scraps to create works of art. The first one is a hybrid acrylic and wood beauty- Ron explains a little about how this one came about- Ron turned this little gem as well- @AndrewB has been making purple heart bowls- He tells us a little about some of the problems he encountered that are common with purple heart. Andrew's lathe stand (seen in the previous post) got a rebuild and upgrade. Nicely done, Andrew! In his post, he provides lots of picture to see how it was made- Last week's "Wednesday's..." topic on the Nova Pro-Tek chuck generated lots of comments and questions about chucks. This picks up at that point- What’s Coming Up- We have only a few lady turners here in our little community. If you know anyone (lady or gentleman) who might enjoy this lecture- and are a member of the AAW- check out this information Click on the image above for the link to the registration. You must log in with your AAW membership information. If you didn't get a chance to see the live Mike Waldt presentation mentioned last week, it is available on YouTube. It is a little long and unscripted but quite interesting- For The Newbies- When selecting turning tools for bowls, we mostly think of gouges. Another must have tool is the scraper. When properly used, scrapers can produce super results Expand Your Horizons- It's a well know fact around here that I hate sanding. I'm not good at it. Maybe if I were better at it, I wouldn't hate it so much. Be that as it may, I've always used "sandpaper", in some form, for sanding. It seems recently more and more turners are using paste products to achieve that final finish. Mike Peace recently did comparisons of the finish from several of these product. It was also an excuse to show off his new digital microscope! Use of these paste sanding products can affect your choice of final finishes. New Turning Items- Not new but super prices on Easy Wood Tools products. Thanks @Jim from Easy Wood Tools!! Don't wait the sale ends on December 11! Click on the above image for the link to all the EWT products on sale! Everything Else- Rick Turns listing of the Youtube woodturning videos from last week- I know it's hard to believe but I actually did some turning this week. Back in September, I received a request for a large salad bowl and two smaller serving bowls. The large salad bowl was completed and then our world, here, turned upside down. Anyway, I finished up the smaller bowls to complete the set. These are local cherry that the tree guys dropped off back in the summer, Finished with beeswax and mineral oil. I must learn to wipe my dusty finger prints off of the turnings before taking the pictures. I didn't notice them until I saw them on the PC monitor. Safe turning and stay well
  21. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. It won't be the typical holiday to which most of us have been accustomed. However, let's give thanks for what we do have. There are those who have a lot less and are in more dire predicaments than us. Let's share our good fortune with our adopted wounded warrior family. Please donate to make this their best Christmas ever. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier found a piece of long lost wood and turned a beautiful ornament. Ron wasn't sure of the species and posted a query to our members for help. Ron's post is here- Ron also posted a neat video of a piece of acrylic with imbedded nails being turned. Not sure if I would do this but it's fun to watch! @Steve KrumanakerSwitched from birdhouses to toy tops. Steve showed us some of the ones he has made- Steve got lots of great comments and he also told us a little on how he makes these. @AndrewB is working on some claro walnut bowls. This wood has some awesome grain Check out Andrew's post- What’s Coming Up- Mike Waldt is hosting a live event showing his shop and setting up for streaming and videoing. This will be broadcast on YouTube on November 27. Check Mikes channel for more information- Cindy Drozda has another live demonstration on November 28. Click on the above image for the link to Cindy's site. Woodturners Retreat is presenting interactive online woodturning demonstrations. The program date is December 12, 2020 Click on the image for the link to their website. For The Newbies- If you are unsure about how to turn a bowl, here's a complete course from start to finish- https://turnawoodbowl.com/courses/wood-bowl-turning-start-to-finish/ Woodworkers Journal posted a nice tutorial on making earring stands. Maybe your wife or girlfriend (or both) would appreciate this for Christmas https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/project-turning-an-earring-stand/ Expand Your Horizons- Mr. David Reed Smith has added another detailed tutorial on making rim wire hangers for turned items. @Steve Krumanaker uses twisted wires for his ornament displays. http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/RimWireHanger/RimWireHanger.html Carl Jacobson did a live demonstration this past weekend for the "Virtual Craft Festival" presentation. Although the turning wasn't completely finished, you can get a pretty good idea on how to turn a scoop- New Turning Items- Nova has a new chuck available! Check their website at- https://www.teknatool.com/ Ruth Niles created yet another bottle stopper design- actually 3! This is a copy and paste from her latest newsletter- You can see all of Ruth's products at- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Everything Else- I was checking out some of the deals at Woodturners Wonders and noticed they are holding monthly contests. Although November is almost over, there is still time to submit an entry. Check back in December to see what the topic will be. Great Prizes- https://woodturnerswonders.com/blogs/news/november-turning-contest Every week Rick Morris posts a list of woodturning videos posted on YouTube. Well, this week he outdid himself. Rick posted the list of all the wood turned Christmas ornament videos on YouTube! All 1084 of them!!! If you can't find something that strikes your fancy, I believe your middle name must be Grinch! Rick also posted his regular weekly list of YouTube turning videos- Safe turning and stay well
  22. So I've started again... The first bowl is a plain bowl how ever I wouldn't mind giving a go at putting some designs into the walls of the bowl. I'm not exactly sure how possible that would be with sanding and going thin on the walls on the hollowing. I've got two more myrtle blanks to turn through this is only the first one. But I'm just curious as if it would be to just keep it simple. I'm not good at doing highly detailed stuff as of yet.
  23. I know you probably don't want to hear this, but Christmas is only 2 months away. Lockdowns and job layoffs are really affecting everyone. Again, this year, we will have the opportunity to make one family's Christmas not so bleak. Please check out this information on our annual Adopt-a-Family project- Also, reminding our turners to please add tags to their posts. Those tags help us all when searching for specific information. Our Patriot Turners- Today, @Gerald added an extremely informative blog on drying turned wood. I had asked Gerald what his techniques were and he offered to put together the information. Please check out what he has done. Lots of great information! @Ron Altier showed us a couple of his recent projects. First up is one of his beautiful ornaments. Ron generally creates his own blanks but with this one he tried something different- Ron tells us about this one in his post- He also made some turnings from an aromatic wood- Lots of comments about uses for it- @Masonsailor put the finishing touches on the fireplace utensils stand. It sure is a thing of beauty- Paul shows us the final steps- @PostalTom gave us an update on his lathe. Tom and Gerald had been working together to solve a problem. With Gerald's help and a Jet technician, he is back up and running! It's wonderful how our turners can "turn" to each other for help and advice! @AndrewB cranked out a couple of pine bowls from a Home Depot board He showed us some of the progress pictures in his post Andrew also refined his lathe bench after removing the standard Harbor Freight metal stand- What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda has another online demonstration coming up. This one is her signature finial box- Click on the above image for the link to Cindy's site and registration information. For The Newbies- The skew chisel, what can I say?! An often ignored tool but in the hands of a master it is a wonder to behold- A nice project that can have you practicing learned skills and maybe developing some new ones- Expand Your Horizons- This is quite a lengthy video from Sam Angelo on embellishing turnings. Sam demonstrates various tools and techniques. When I first saw the picture, I thought- "only Tim Yoder would attempt this on the lathe"! It's a pretty neat project. When I was subbing at school some of the kids were doing this with 3-D printers- New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a Pro Sanding kit put together. If you are thinking about upping your sanding game, this might be for you- Here's the link- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/random-orbital-sanders/products/pros-pro-pack Everything Else- Last week's YouTube videos from Rick Turns- Last week I posted a couple of closeup pix of repaired knots in the cherry bowl I was finishing. This is the bowl as it came out of the bag of shavings- Turned, sanded and mineral oil finish- @Gerald's blog on drying originated from a question I had about drying green wood- specifically for this project. This large bowl dried without cracks but I needed two smaller bowls as well. Last week I mentioned that I found Rick Morris (Rick Turns) had a couple of videos on a simple dryer that could speed up the process. It was a simple build, everything needed was in my spare parts stache. A quick Sketchup drawing to get the idea- Then the build- ...and the results are in... Not exactly what I had hoped for. What went wrong??? First, I think I had a too high wattage bulb. I grabbed a 60 watt bulb which I think generated too much heat in the box. Second, the little bowls were about 5.5" in diameter and about 2.5" deep. I left the wall thickness at about 1/2" which is around 1/10 the diameter (see Geralds blog). This is typical for the bag/shaving process but I think it was too thick for this application. I'm on the second attempt, now. I reduced the bulb wattage to 40 watts and turned the bowls to a wall thickness of about 3/8". After 24 hours in the dryer, no cracks have appeared. Fingers crossed!! If you are interested in Rick's process, Safe turning and stay well
  24. Started this myrtle wood project this evening. So far its turning quite nicely. I'm finding that even if it's dried out myrtle wood is extremely wet wood. Oh well it still turns nice. So far its shaped and the outside of the bowl sanded down to 600 and has a nice shine to it. Got pretty much all of the tool marks out of the bowl. Hopefully I don't crack the side wall when I go to sand it out after hollowing it this time. I've got the maple and this myrtle going to my older step brother and his wife they don't even know it yet.
  25. So I received an order of blanks today from Cook Woods. I'm being a bit crazy with this one here I've started on a purple heart blank. How ever I AM NOT using the face place to start it off. I off set the blank a bit and went with the live center option. I wanted to try for a bit of a different pattern with the way the grain looks in a finished product. I'm not sure if this was just down right risky or plain stupid of me to do. How ever the main issue I've been having is the fact that the live center wants to slip on occasion when I'm cutting into the wood so its been a slow going process. Yes I've made sure the tail stock was tight into the blank giving it support. It would still slip. I'm just hoping I can get a good cut on the tenon. Any suggestions on making this work?
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