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  1. Another week in the books. We've had a beautiful stretch of nice weather here in South Central PA. Unfortunately it has been so dry that the forest service is predicting very muted colors on the trees as the the leaves change. Our Patriot Turners- @Masonsailor reminded us that Christmas isn't that far away! He has started in on his gifts already He received lots of positive comments on this ice cream scoop- Of course, @Ron Altier is always prepared for Christmas! He gave us a look at a couple of new ornaments he turned. As always, Ron's pieces brought lots of comments- See his post for the process and finish he used- @AndrewB has been busy with bowls. The first is a pair made of Bhilwara wood. Check out this post for his description of what he did and some of his techniques. He also posted a Canary wood bowl. With this one, Andrew wasn't sure about the shape. Please see his post and give him your thoughts on it Andrew also worked on a couple of birch glue-ups to turn into bowls- In his posts he shows us how he did the glue-ups and also included a video on the turning process- What’s Coming Up- I couldn't find any new events. I suspect the folks who organized the Virtual Craft Festival on YouTube will have another event but I cannot find any definitive information on this. For The Newbies- A several informative videos this week. First, Mike Peace helps us sort out the various parting tools and their uses- Gouges! What's the difference? Here's a video that explains the differences between spindle gouges and bowl gouges @AndrewB said he was having trouble using his new inertia sander. I found this video, from M. Saban Smith, explaining how to use these sanders. This starts at about the 5 minute mark- Expand Your Horizons- @HandyDan was kind enough to send me the link to this video. The author demonstrates how to turn a multi axis "square bowl". Really Cool and you get 2 bowls from one glue-up! As noted earlier, @Ron Altier and @Masonsailor have been working on Christmas ideas. Here's one from our generous sponsor, Woodcraft, on making a keepsake ornament- I found this interesting. I'm a jig junky and will spend days building jigs that I would probably would not even need. Here is an example of what can be done with knowledge from the right person- New Turning Items- Sorry, save up your lunch money. Maybe next week! Everything Else- Rick Turn's list of YouTube videos from last week- The rocking horse is nearing completion. Mimi has the mane finished and the tail is almost ready to install. Safe turning and stay well
  2. This morning I've started on the next two projects I've got lined up. A couple of Bhilwara wood bowls. Should look extremely nice. I'm currently waiting on my assorted sand paper packs to arrive before I can even continue sanding on the outside of the bowl. But it was extremely smooth going on the shaping of this bowl. I've also worked out a new way of doing things as well when it comes to shaping. If I have two of the same types of wood, I'll wait until both bowls are shaped and sanded on the outside until I swap the jaws to the cole jaws for finishing the bottoms. It works quite well and I found its very efficient to do it this way. There will be a second one in the works. Now its just hurry up and wait for FedEx to deliever my assorted sand paper. Had to run over and grab some 80 grit paper I wasn't going to wait on that one being delivered.
  3. Here's hoping all our members along the northern Gulf are safe. I saw where Pensacola had almost 2 feet of rain so far. On another note, please remember to add tags to your posts. I try to remember to check but sometimes my memory fails me. Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB has been cranking out projects like crazy this past week! His little elm bowl is beautiful- You can see his progress in this post and check out the comments by our turners- Next, Andrew posted his work on a bloodwood bowl. All did not go as planned as he describes in his post. However, the end results were quite spectacular! Moving on, Andrew turned some acrylic pen blanks. He included a video of his process in the post- Finally, saving the best for last here, he showed us a myrtlewood bowl. It is inspiring to see how far Andrew has come in such a short span of time. He mentions in his post about the inertia sander he used to get this awesome beauty finished- @FlGatorwood saw an item that is designed to sharpen carbide cutters. Check out his post to see the comments of our turners- We have a couple of turning items for sale- First, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools was contacted by a turner who has a Easy Wood Tools Pro Rougher for sale- Jim provided contact information in his post- Also, @FlGatorwood has some Easy Wood Tools cutters for sale. They are Ci2-R2 and Ci3-NR. You can contact him through our site- What’s Coming Up- This Saturday, September 19, 2020, there will be another Virtual Craft Festival. Get all the information here- https://www.virtuallycrafty.com/ Turner Andrew Hall is offering interactive remote demonstrations (IRD). Here's a little more information- If you haven't registered for the Woodturners Worldwide Symposium, here a way to save $10! Click on the image for more details. For The Newbies- Andrew mentioned in his post about his new inertia sander. Just happens that Rick Turns posted a video about turning a vase. In that video, he uses one of these sanders- Expand Your Horizons- I thought this was a really great way to add a decorative touch to a bowl. Although the author used soapstone, I would imagine many other "fillers" could be used. New Turning Items- Not new, but if you are thinking about getting some carbide tools here is your chance to save 15% on our Easy Wood Tools sponsor's products! https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/Sales/8/Easy-Wood-Tools?utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ewt&utm_campaign=20-09-ewt-1 Everything Else- Rick Turns video list for last week- The only lathe work I've done this past week was turn 2 walnut dowels for the rocking horse I was kinda happy with the progress until I put on the stain Mimi wanted (not shown). I was expecting the pine to splotch but the white oak really disappointed me. I've stained red oak with walnut stain and it covers evenly. This oak had areas that turned really dark. It wasn't noticeable until I wiped off the excess. Even a second application made no difference. I guess that's what happens when you get free wood. Safe turning and stay well
  4. Yes, I realize it is Thursday. But in my defense- I had this entire post written last evening and just before it was to be submitted- it disappeared. Not sure what combinations of keys I pressed but I was staring at a blank post entering screen. Please check the "Everything Else" topic about Ruth Niles! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald showed us the progress he was making on a beautiful piece of cherry burl- a gift from his son. Geral certainly did this piece of wood proud! @AndrewBis not one to sit around and waste time. He posted several projects he is working. First is a birch bowl. Andrew is really applying the suggestions you all have been providing and it shows in this piece. He is also working on a cup and a goblet- Finally, Andrew started on a fantastic looking piece of exotic wood (Bhilwara). Can't wait to see this when the finish hits it! A while back we were discussing finishes. There were several posts this week on that topic. First, @Ron Altier asked us about a home brew finish he read about. Our members had lots of input on this one. Another post dealt with oil and wax finishes. @AndrewB was curious about using sesame seed oil and beeswax. The type of oil used with this mixture must be carefully chosen to avoid it becoming rancid. @Gerald suggested using Walnut oil as a finish. Walnut oil, specifically formulated for this purpose, is food safe and will not create a problem for users with food allergies. The following link is useful for understanding the safety aspect. https://www.woodstockmagazine.com/2016/06/06/113196/walnut-oil-or-mineral-oil-learn-why-andrew-prefers-walnut-oil-to-protect-his-bowls This is one example of what is available- https://bowlmakerinc.com/product/oil-wax-finish-8-oz/ What’s Coming Up- Craig Timmerman is offering Interactive Remote Demonstrations. More information can be found at his website- https://www.armadillowoodworks.com/index.html For The Newbies- The other week we were having a discussion on how to handle grain tearout. @Gerald mentioned a reverse turning technique. "Rick Turns" posted a video on turning a vase. In that video, he uses the reverse turning technique. Expand Your Horizons- We have been looking for ways to make a wooden vessel waterproof. Here's a fairly low tech method- New Turning Items- I'd like to extend a big Thumbs Up to @FlGatorwood for this weeks new turning item! Retail price is $3799.99. I found it at Woodturners Wonders for $3500. Just in case you haven't saved up enough of your lunch money for the lathe, here's another offering. This is very similar to Jerry Marcental's chuck plate- https://woodturningtoolstore.com/product/special-elio-dr-safe-drive-set-of-two-2-5-3-5/ Everything Else- Rick Turns Youtube video list from last week- On a personal note, Ruth Niles lives a very short trip from here and I have visited her shop on several occasions. You won't meet a nicer person than Ruth. This past week some A**H*le hacked her Instagram account and set up a scam in her name. The scammer is impersonating her and advertising a seminar for turners. This is not Ruth! I played along with the scam to find out more. You register ( used fake info) by email. They tell you to buy a Nike gift card for $100. Then send them a photo of the card numbers so they can register you. As Ruth said, it is doubtful anyone would fall for that but she is really worried about her business reputation. Please spread the word that this is a scam and Ruth has no part in it. Thanks! Safe turning and stay well
  5. Here are a few more bowls from the past, circa 2015. When I was working for a landscape company in the Florida Panhandle, I was able to obtain free wood fairly easily. These are White Cedar and Live Oak. Both are surprisingly pretty. I especially like the dark brown coloration of the Live Oak. And the Cedar, well its Cedar, need I say more.
  6. Geeze, September already! Pretty busy week here for our Patriot turners Our Patriot Turners- @Smallpatch posted this in another forum but it directly applies to everyone turner here. THINK SAFETY!!! @PatriotWoodturning showed us some of the beautiful bowls he has turned- Check out his posts to see more of his fantastic work! And speaking of bowls, @PatriotWoodturning gave us a look at his method of drying his bowl blanks. Our turners added their thoughts to his post- @Gerald is working on a gorgeous natural edge vessel. Gerald shows us what he started with and a little about the project. Our members had some questions about the finish and Gerald provided his thoughts. @Gunny added a practical project, he turned, to last week's "Wednesday's..." Always nice when you can make something better than the original. @AndrewB turned a small gobblet from a glued up blank. What made this different was Andrew uses a pen mandrel to hold the piece. Andrew included a couple of videos to document his progress. Our turners were not sure this was the best way to hold the work. You can check out their responses in Andrew's post. @AndrewB also showed us his birch bowl project. Andrew includes a progress video in his post Several members offered advice on getting a smooth surface to reduce the need for aggressive sanding. What’s Coming Up- Just a reminder that the Worldwide Woodturners Symposium is less than 3 weeks away. There is an extensive list of demonstrators/topic for this event. Click on the above image for the link to all of the events information and registration. The folks from Highland Woodworking are offering online courses. How about learning to turn a platter? Registration is at- https://rocknchairman.com/store/Turning-Platters-with-a-Plan-p223503245/ For The Newbies- I found this video in last weeks list of Rick Turns YouTube videos. Pretty good explanation of using the bowl gouge and reducing tearout. I really have difficulty when it comes to turning things that have a pleasing shape. Creating something that doesn't remind me of a neanderthal rock bowl is my achilles heel. Ernie Conover put together a short video showing various bowl shapes as an aid to developing an eye for more desirable pieces. Expand Your Horizons- Our buddy Tim Yoder is really turning THIN! He explains how it's done in this video- Holding your work on the lathe sometimes requires some imagination. Mike Peace explains the use of jam chucks and friction chucks- New Turning Items- Using an electric drill for lathe sanding is OK but sometime it just doesn't permit access to every angle. The drills can be heavy and tiresome to use. I just ordered one of these and looking forward to trying it out. From Woodturners Wonders- Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube videos from last week- A short video about woodturning and anxiety. I know it helps me with some of my demons- Safe turning and stay well
  7. So, as I stated in my introduction, I began turning while stationed in Alaska. Several of my neighbors were wood turners and after watching them, I was hooked. I spent countless nights in my freezing garage cranking out bowls. We even hooked up with a local knife company, and turned dozens of Ulu bowls. Alaskan Birch is one of my favorite wood species to turn. I also love White Spruce, but the sap gets everywhere when you turn it wet. It was so easy to get wood for turning up there, not so much here in Florida.
  8. So I wound up making another bowl I wanted to try out the Food Grade Mineral Oil finish on this one and I actually like it quite well it worked good fortunately its quite cheap to pick up. Not the best looking bowl but I'm happy with it. The EWT hollower worked quite well only had a couple of catches with it because I don't have a negative rake cutter for it as of yet but still either way worked well. I've still even got a wobble not sure how to fix it exactly.
  9. I got frustrated with a project I started yesterday due to wobble. I mean I've still got wobble in the blanks but its not as bad. I cut a mortise into the bowl bottom to give that a shot this time it was no where near perfect how ever it works. Hollowing internally does not seem to get as much wobble but when it does the chisel will bite into the wood. Also tied out cutting into the middle with the forstner bit as well to get a depth gauge and I think I'm finding that a better way to do do things so I'm just not hollowing until it blows through the bottom. Pen stuff should HOPEFULLY arrive at some point today. This project is the Walnut Claro. I'm almost now starting to wonder if the wobble is being caused from myself changing the belt and dropping the speed to 0 to 1000 RPM. But this one seems to be going smoothly at least so far.
  10. I'm not quite sure exactly what this is here in the photo but this is a really nice piece of wood, I don't want it to go to waste. How ever when I started carving it down to round I started noticing the wobble effect yet again. I proceeded to stop the lathe. I was positive to get everything lined up properly this time, even too full passes to make sure I wasn't starting and stopping between cuts. Then I came across another issue directly in the wood. I'm not sure if it is a dry spot but it is becoming to be a pain and I think that is primarily what may be causing the wobble effect on the outside. When I was testing on the inside of the piece (Not yet hollowing, facing)... I felt NO wobble effect on the chisel. It was only on the current working side of the wood in rounding. I dont want to have to cut it down too much but at this rate that may be what happens to see if the wobble comes out of the wood. Any ideas on this?
  11. Fairly active week here on our forum with lots of posts and discussions- Please remember that we only have about 2 weeks left to reach our fundraising. Plenty of Raffle tickets left. If you haven't made a donation, please consider it- One last bit of housekeeping. Please remember to add Tags to your posts. The tags make it easier for folks to find similar information throughout our site. Tags can be materials used, tools used, techniques used, finishes used, turner's names, object types, etc, etc. Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB has been busy with his turnings. He is experimenting with various finishes as well as giving us a glimpse of his new toys to drool over! In one post Andrew took us along as he progressed through the making of this cup- He received lots of comments and there was a great back and forth as he worked on it. Andrew is working on a set of these hollowed forms- He gave us a nice pictorial journey with this on- Andrew also got a shipment of new toys. I hope he has had time to wipe off the slobbers from everyone drooling over them. You can see the rest of the haul at- What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda continues to do live demonstrations. Check out her schedule at- http://www.cindydrozda.com/html/Demo.html For The Newbies- I have an account on Reddit. While doing a little exploring, I found this in the Turning Forum- https://www.reddit.com/r/turning/wiki/index Quite an extensive list of information for beginners and experienced alike. A nice project that can help you transition from spindle turning to glue block/chuck turning. https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/project-turn-a-trivet-and-wine-caddy/ This project is from the latest Woodworker's Journal Woodturning Monthly. The entire newsletter is available at- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email A lot of discussions centered around chucks this week. Here's a video on making a specialized chuck- the Longworth Chuck- Expand Your Horizons- We all like to think our workshops are perfectly laid out and will never change. But just in case, here's Ernie Conover discussing moving one of the heaviest pieces of equipment in the shop- Got an email from Ruth Niles the other day. In it was a repost of an article about selling your work. It's amazing to see how many "Makers" actually earn a comfortable living from their talents. Sorry about the formatting. "Can you make a living with your craft? Here are some excerpts from HANDMADE Business magazine article written by Patrice Lewis. Plus I injected some tips from my own personal experience! Finding your unique niche will probably be the single most enormous hurdle to overcome. The reason this is difficult is most people focus on making items they themselves like. You must consider what competition there is for that particular product and how many others share that interest. Can you make your craft item fast enough to meet demand. If you can only make one a week, you won't be able to make a living. You have to make your item fast enough, without loss of quality, so you can sell them at a moderate price. WHOLESALE vs RETAIL How to market your product will come down to determining if your craft business will be wholesale or retail. Retail is you, you, you: you sell the item, you go to craft shows, you open the storefront, you develop a web page. You probably will need help because if you're doing all this, you won't have time to make any new items. The good part is you keep all the sales money and charge retail prices. By selling wholesale, you don't have to worry about the time and expense of being away from home to sell your craft item. The craft shows are a lot of fun but are also a ton of work and preparation and you have to make a lot of products that you end up bringing home time and again! When you wholesale, you know what to make and how many. Statistics show, while most crafters still prefer retail shows, more revenue is generated from wholesale markets. DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB ...... YET. Rule #1: Until your craft business is profitable, you must live below your means. Don't make the mistake of blowing your early profit on luxuries like restaurant meals or unnecessary electronics. Rule #2: Ditch the debts. Pay off excessive credit card balances, pay down car loans, etc. Watch your spending so you are not tottering under the load of debt. HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS Can you look at your items unemotionally and rationally to determine which have the potential to be built into a successful business and which should stay as a hobby. Naturally we love what we make and the suggestion that not enough people would be interested in buying that particular item is sort of insulting. TARGET YOUR MARKET You won't do well selling hand-carved dolls at a motorcycle rally. Motorcycle people are not passionate about carved dolls! It's not a marketing match. Carving and painting or making bottle stoppers with hot-air balloons to sell at a Hot-Air Balloon Festival is perfect: or apples at an apple fest. SELF-MOTIVATION (this is my nemesis!) Doing a craft as a part-time hobby and applying yourself to a full-time home craft business is quite another thing. It's not hard to be in your shop producing, it's all the boring stuff that is the hard part. Those who know me, know I really hate the computer work on my website, making ads and doing bookkeeping. Also marketing research is necessary and not a lot of fun. This takes self discipline. No sleeping late and playing solitaire on the computer thinking "I have all day to get all the bowls done." " Last week we mentioned the use of tenos or mortices for a turning. "Rick Turns" posted a video illustrating what can go wrong if the wood isn't solid- New Turning Items- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools shared information about two of their new products. They have completely redesigned their parting tool. It permits deeper cuts than their previous parting tool. It still has the replaceable cutter, however, the new design replaces the cutter and its holder. The carbide tip is permanently affixed to the holder. No more lose tips to worry with. The second new product is a really handy set of flexible templates to help you create the exact sized mortise/tenon for any of the EWT chuck jaws. No need to hassle with calipers, compasses or dividers. Included is a magnetic holder to keep them right on the lathe ready for use. The set I ordered came today and they are so easy to use! Everything Else- Rick Turns posted his weekly list of YouTube turning videos- Started playing with the cherry logs. One of the logs I cut into blocks to try some hollow forms. Once it was rounded, I cut it in half. Less waste. Then created this form. It's partially hollowed. The wood is very wet and needs to dry before continuing. I've been experimenting with the soap solution drying method to reduce cracking. The piece will stay submerged for a couple of days, then moved to a bag of shavings. We'll see what happens. The other half of the block had a split. Turned it into a rough bowl. Got to use the EWT template for setting up the mortise. It's rough turned and submerged in the pot with the hollow form. Safe turning and stay well
  12. Well Pennsylvania is slowly moving to lessen some restrictions but where we live things are not fully reopened. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier is still creating some awesome ornaments. Ron said he doesn't like this one but our turners disagree with his assessment. Check out Ron's post and see his explanation of this project. Be sure to let him know your opinion on the turning! We've had a new turner join our ranks. @AndrewB stopped by and told us a little about himself. He also gave us a look at one of his projects. Thank you for your service, Andrew. He is in the process of getting back into turning and has asked us for input on several questions and our turners didn't disappoint him with their responses. Checkout the great discussion going on- @Gerald posted a timely topic on Interactive Remote Demonstrations. Many woodturning clubs are using this method during the Covid crisis. It hit home to me as I was scheduled to do a demo for Easy Wood Tools. The group had to postpone our scheduled meeting several times. They are now doing their club meeting via "Zoom". Unfortunately, I do not have the necessary video equipment to make a presentation. For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a nice video on maintaining the lathe drive spur. Part of the lathe we don't think much about- A well done video demonstrating how to turn a bowl. This author does it from start to finish using Easy Wood Tools- Expand Your Horizons- There seems to be a lot of interest in turning rings, lately. Woodcraft has an instructional video demonstrating the process using their WoodRiver project supplies- Easy Wood Tools posted a video demonstrating a scrap wood/acrylic bowl. The demonstrator uses the EWT negative rake cutters. New Turning Items- Not sure how "new" this item is but it is the first time I've seen one of these. I think it would be especially attractive to the pen turners who upgraded from an small pen lathe to a larger lathe. An adapter to convert #2 Morris tapers to #1 Morris tapers. These are available from- https://www.thewoodturningstore.com/alfa-tools/ Everything Else- Rick Turns weekly video list- Safe turning and stay healthy
  13. Gerald

    Natural edge ash

    From the album: Bowls and Platters

    Natural edge raised bowl in ash
  14. Gerald

    High Wave

    From the album: Bowls and Platters

    This spalted Chinese Tallow was almost too far gone. Turned a lot of air for the upper side and a lot of sanding . The natural edge was a little bare so I colored it a bit with a sharpie.
  15. Gerald

    Aspen bowl w/dye ring

    From the album: Bowls and Platters

    Aspen bowl required more than usual sanding. The dye ring applied with a brush
  16. Gerald

    Live Oak natural edge

    From the album: Bowls and Platters

    Wood came from a friends tree. He planted it with the kids 35 years ago and died when a sidewalk was put over the roots. The bark held fairly good and it turned well. Again finish is 100% tung oil
  17. Gerald

    River Birch spalted

    From the album: Bowls and Platters

    Had a log of river birch in the yard and was in no hurry till one of the club members showed me some spalted. The log was almost too far gone and had a lot of sanding.
  18. Gerald

    Wormy pecan

    From the album: Bowls and Platters

    Platter in wormy pecan. After putting rings on edges decided it needed something so I dyed the rings.
  19. I hope this Wednesday find everyone healthy and save. I just couldn't resist this. I laugh everytime I see it! Our Patriot Turners- If you haven't already check out the new Easy Wood Tools website, you really need to see how our sponsor has done a complete overhaul. Way to go @Jim from Easy Wood Tools! This is @John Morris post on it. Here's the link- https://www.easywoodtools.com/ @Pauley showed us a beautiful silver maple platter he turned. Check out his post to learn a little more about the size and what equipment he used. @Gerald turned several "Friendship Bowls". In his post he tells us about the materials and how he finished them. He received a whole lot of great comments on these beauties. @Ron Altier posted a video of a woodworker creating a Celtic Knot bowl. The video author has some serious skills! @Lissa Hall has been working on turning some mugs and wondered what the best finish would be to be able to handle both hot and cold liquids. She has had lots of input from our turners. Lissa has settled, for the time being, on pine resin. One of Woodcraft's franchises recently produced a video that talked about this very subject. Maybe there are some ideas here- What’s Coming Up- Woodcraft and Frank Beyers posted their latest Turning Tuesday video. This week Frank turned an acrylic ice cream scoop. Notice the use of Easy Wood Tools! Also, Frank's finishing techniques- For The Newbies- A little spindle turning and a little hollowing from Easy Wood Tools! Expand Your Horizons- Sam Angelo demonstrates how to turn an egg. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders and a great 15% sale going on sanding pads and backers. Check it out! Everything Else- Lately it seems everyone of my turning projects have had major complications. When I mounted this bowl blank, initially, the now open end was supposed to be the bottom. The wood, however, was too soft and punky to be able to turn a safe tenon or recess. I ended up moving the faceplate to the opposite end. Then there was an ingrown rotten branch that ran diagonally through the piece. The open end had to be enlarged to remove soft wood which kept flaking off. When I finally got the wall thickness to where I wanted it- The rotten branch area left a void in the side- And to top it all off, the original faceplate mounting holes were visible in the bottom- Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. Safe turning and stay healthy
  20. All items here are turned . Gift items , bowls , ornaments, toys, hollow forms, unique turned wooden gifts. We turn items from wood having sentimental value for a permanent memory. When that tree is ready to come down call us for estimates.
  21. Ok guys what do I need to know when buying a lathe chuck? what do i look for? how do i know what size to get etc etc... I have tried looking the information up but have only become more confused. thanks for taking the time to respond.
  22. Another Wednesday rolls around! Our Patriot Turners- @Pauley Has been busy creating some fantastic items! Please check out his post and see some more of his turnings and how he created some of the effects- @Ron Altier finished up a beautiful spalted ornament- Ron gives us an explanation of what he did and some of the problems he overcame in this one- @Woodbutcherbynight posted a little turning he did- Sometimes the simplest things can be anything but easy! Here's his post- @Ron Altier also shared a video he found on making a natural edge bowl. He received lots of comments about the process! What’s Coming Up- Click on the image for the link to the webpage. For The Newbies- Is the piece of stock you are turning completely round? How do you check yours? You can turn the lathe off and inspect the piece or you can feel and listen- Expand Your Horizons- @Ron Altier showed us the video of one way to turn a natural edge bowl. Rick Turns posted a new video demonstrating a different method and then creates beautiful embellishments with copper leaf- New Turning Items- Craft Supplies USA has a new item aimed at the turners who make rings. Their device helps the turner make extremely accurately sized holes- Everything Else- I am asking for some input on this weekly post. The format has been about the same since we started and I am wondering if you all are satisfied with what you read/see. Am I missing something important? Is there something you would like to have added/removed. Am I covering enough material/too much. Please let me know what you think.
  23. There's just a little over a week remaining to help with our Wounded Warrior Family Adoption project. If you haven't made your donation, yet, please see this link- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/topic/27849-the-patriot-woodworkers-with-operation-ward-57-adopt-a-wounded-warrior-family-for-the-holidays-2019 Our Patriot Turners- @Woodbutcherbynight posted his first impression of his new Easy Wood Tools chisels. Like most of us, he was duly impressed! Check out the really sweet gobblet handles he made and our members comments- We had a couple of questions this week on lathe purchases. First, @Larry Blighton asked our opinion on the Delta LA200 Midi lathe. He received several comments and suggestions. Check out his post and see if you can add to what the others have said- The second question came from @BillyJack. He also asked our opinion on a Delta lathe. This one was a 1440 Iron Bed. Our members responded with lots of ideas and suggestions. Head on over to his post and give him your thoughts- Member @Ron is back with us and is anxious to get going on his lathe. He's looking for some turning tools and asked us our opinion. We all know I'd recommend starting with Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )! How about the rest of you?!? @Ron Altier shared his "turning's jacket" story. Several members added their experiences and what they are currently using. How about the rest of you. Any favorite chip protection clothing?? What’s Coming Up- Continuing with our randomly selected state turning club pick- https://www.swiwt.org/ For The Newbies- Sometimes, after turning a piece, it is necessary to remount it on the lathe. That can be problematic, especially if the tenon/recess has been removed. Cap'n Eddie recently posted a video demonstrating various ways to hold pieces when this happens- Expand Your Horizons- The founder/owner of Spiracraft produces a weekly live production that plays on Facebook. It can later be viewed on YouTube. Bradley McAllister demonstrates various techniques, procedures and equipment. This is the video from this past Monday- New Turning Items- Even though I have dust collection and air filtration in the shop, I have realized I need more dust protection. Just today, I received my new dust mask. I hope it does the trick. I have an older 3M cartridge mask but it doesn't fit under my faceshield. This low profile design shouldn't interfere. One of my concerns was that my hearing aids and the ear straps would not work together. A quick test run seems to eliminate that concern. It is rated N99. https://www.amazon.com/BASE-CAMP-Breathing-Woodworking-Activities/dp/B07RLLCJZF/ref=sr_1_4?crid=SWIM04A15S7O&keywords=base+camp+dust+mask&qid=1576111628&s=hi&sprefix=base+camp%2Ctools%2C184&sr=1-4 Everything Else- The walnut bowls for Christmas presents are done. The finish was one application of mineral oil and then a second application of hot beeswax/mineral oil. Then buffed out. I did make a lid for the larger hollow vessel. Mimi said it looked like a cookie jar for the Keebler elves. Safe turning
  24. Twenty shopping days left until Christmas, just saying... Please don't forget that we are in the midst of our Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family project. We have exceeded our goal!!!! But, if you haven't added your contribution, it will make their Christmas just that much more memorable! Our Patriot Turners- New member @Masonsailor posted an awesome turning that will be part of a larger "Lazy Susan". Check out his post and some of the fabulous comments by our members- @FlGatorwood saved Thanksgiving, at his house, this year. What do you do when you need to mash taters and there's no masher? You make one!!! Check out how he did this in his post- @Bundoman is up to his mask in snowmen! Look at this plethora of little fellows (and ladies)! He received lots of great comments on these turnings- @Ron Altier showed us a new finish for his ornaments. The finish is hardened by sunlight- He explains more in this post- What’s Coming Up- Moving on down the west coast, here's a centrally located turners club- Click on the above image for the link to their web site. For The Newbies- Easy Wood Tools @Jim from Easy Wood Tools in conjunction with Tracey Malady, has a video demonstrating bowl turning using their product. You can see just how "Easy" these tools are to use! Expand Your Horizons- One more sea urchin ornament. This one is a bird house ornament by Mike Peace. New Turning Items- How about a jumbo drive spur!? This one is from Nova. Check out this link for more information- https://www.teknatool.com/product/nova-jumbo-drive-center-sku-9087/ Everything Else- Here's a chance to look at some awesome ornaments and vote for the one you like the most. I've been putting the new lathe through its paces. Continuing to work on Christmas bowls. The inside of each is turned and sanded. Now removing the tenon and finishing up the bottom. One of the turnings is destined to become a lidded vessel. The maple blank is roughed out and affixed to a glue block using a paper joint. Once it is finished, everything will get a mineral oil/beeswax finish. Safe turning
  25. Just looking out of the window at the beautiful sunset. Days are getting shorter and the leaves are beginning to show signs of fading. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier glued up some pieces of colored plywood and turned a couple of sweet looking ornaments- Check out his post to see how a simple rearrangement of the pieces creates completely different designs- @Gerald turned some beautiful crosses for a ladies group at his church- Gerald tells us about the group and his turnings in his post- Gerald also gave us more information on a post he did about lathe wheels- Gerald wins this week's gift certificate for a free one year membership to the Patriot Woodworker site. He posted three turning related subjects in one week! He gave us a link to an article on building a Universal Jam Chuck. The article is from Woodcraft Magazine- one of our proud sponsors! What’s Coming Up- The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is having a workshop (Gatlinburg, TN October 6 - 12, 2019) that introduces students to 3-point off-axis turning. If you are a wood turner looking for something different and unusual, the world of twisted segmented turning provides unique opportunities to create non-round objects on a lathe. Click on the above image for a link to more information and registration For The Newbies- If you are like me, there were no turning clubs in my area when I began turning. The Internet, for me, was available on a 300 baud modem on a shared telephone line. Videos were out of the question. Well now, at least, fast Internet is available and groups are out there to help the new turner. A well known personality in the turning world, Capt. Eddie Castelin, is creating a website to bring turners of all levels together. The site is currently under development but check out what Capt. Eddie has to say in this video- Here's the website link- http://www.worldwidewoodturners.com/ Expand Your Horizons- Acrylic and acrylic hybrid turnings are becoming all the rage lately. Woodcraft has started stocking Alumilite products including resins and colors. It can be fun to create your own turning blanks or use the casting resins as "fillers". But beware, to have castings free of voids and bubbles can get expensive. Pressure pots, compressors, vacuum chambers and pumps are some of the additional equipment necessary. If you decide to try this, Easy Wood Tools negative rake cutters are the best way to get the smoothest finish @Jim from Easy Wood Tools Recently, Carl Jacobson turned this little jem from an acrylic/carbon fiber blank- New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have redesigned their website. It's easier to navigate. This isn't really a new turning item but rather a novel idea for using a "regular" wood working device. Rick Turns shows us how he uses a woodshop moisture meter to check if his bowl blanks have dried. Watch for his little "drying kiln" in the video- Everything Else- I forgot to put this in last weeks Wednesday's. The Woodturning OnLine newsletter is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=092019. There's a link there to an article on milling trees to turning blanks. A month or so ago, we posted some information on thread chasing on the lathe. Mike Peace has added some more information on that subject but instead of buying the tools, he shows us how to make them using bolts. His trick for tapping a hole is especially cost effective and I can attest that it works great! Safe turning
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