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  1. Here are pictures of some of the hiking staffs I just completed. Merry Christmas to all. Don R
  2. It's been a busy week for me but no turning. Computer upgrades and a 1960's tube type stereo problem. Can you believe a 6GW8 vacuum tube is $49.95 + shipping!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan posted a pictorial journey of a super cane he made. He explained how he made this beauty and gave us some really great tips! Please check out Dan's post and see how he did this- @Ron Altier used his new Easy Wood Tools faceplate to turn a sweet little pine box. He explained how he felt about the new faceplate in his post- Ron also posted a picture of the new faceplate. Everyone who has used the Easy Wood Tools faceplates agreed with his assessment. @Gerald showed us a "twisted" box he turned. At first I thought it might have been made on a Legacy lathe but Gerald explained how he did it- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools shared a video with us from the "Dread Knot Workshop". This really demonstrates what can be done with the new Easy Wood Tools mini hollowers! What’s Coming Up- The American Association of Woodturners 33rd Annual International Symposium Raleigh, North Carolina July 11-14, 2019 Registration can be done at- https://www.woodturner.org/page/2019RaleighRegistration For The Newbies- @Gerald shared a link to a video series on Beginning Woodturning. The videos are from Fine Woodworking and the author is Mike Mahoney. You can find the link in Gerald's post- We all know lathe chucks are expensive. Every once in a while we might stumble into a good deal but unfortunately the chuck threads and the headstock spindle may not match. Mike Peace put up a video explaining how spindle adapters/inserts may just allow you to take advantage of that good deal- Expand Your Horizons- Some time during the past couple of weeks, one of our turners posted a recommendation for a turning text. I believe it was @Steve Krumanaker. Steve wasn't sure if he did it but he knew the book I was trying to reference. Click on the above image for a link to Amazon to see more about this book. New Turning Items- The folks a Woodturners Wonders have a new respirator available. I'm not sure how this would work with a face shield- Check out the specifications at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/cleanspace2-respirator Everything Else- In case you missed the separate post on this https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email Tim Yoder has a two part video on turning "Drink Covers". Tim's videos are always a treat to watch. Check out his use of his Easy Wood Tools!!! Part 2 is linked from Tim's YouTube page. Safe turning
  3. Got the cane I've been working on done this week. This is the first one I made in two pieces. I started out with two brass bushings. Threaded them to a 3/8" coarse thread. Turned them down to 5/8" and turned notches into the outside so the epoxy had something extra to grab onto. Took a couple 3/8" bolts and drilled a chamfer in the heads to give them a true center point to ride the live center. Did this to make sure they met well when screwed together later. Took a 36" x 1 1/4" birch dowel and cut it in half. Found the centers and drilled a 5/8" hole in one end of each piece and epoxied the bushings in. Drilled the holes using the lathe. Mounted them in the lathe and turned them to a gentle taper and smoothed them out. Even at 18" long they want to chatter. I find a two wheel steady is all that is needed for this. I made it to fit the banjo from another lathe and is easily adjusted for height and closeness. Looked online at Google images for cane handles and decided on which one I liked. Drew it out on a piece of Purpleheart cut it out on the band saw and used the spindle sander to shape it from there. Lots of hand sanding after that but worth it. While turning the shafts I added some small beads under the handle and again at the joint to conceal it. Burned lines between the beads too. I used the lathe as a sculpting vise for the handle. Here is some pictures of that.
  4. Saw this on another site today. Not my subject matter (snake or mouse) but the patience, detail, techniques, craftsmanship and vision is something to behold plus it has dog cameos.
  5. I was approached by a gal at work asking if I could make a custom cane for her father who needs to use one, but refuses to. I gathered some information from her about her father: 1) he was an avid cb'er - handle was night hawk 747 2) he loves fishing 3) he is a man of God (a minister) 4) his name is Sam 5) his favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:16, and..... 6) he loves the "fish" symbol With that information I proceeded to layout a customized cane for Minister Sam i am extremely glad to hear he refuses to leave home without it and he is excited that the cane initiates many conversation providing him the opportunity to preach the Word of God. Some of the pictures are before the cleanup after staining. I lightly sand the piece to cleanup the areas where the stain got onto the surface.
  6. A friend of mine hurt his leg real bad when he slipped on some ice about six weeks ago. After an operation to repair the damage he has been on crutches and is now allowed to start putting weight on it and walk. I made him a cane to help him along. I'm 6'0" and a 36" cane is good for me so since he is 6"6" I made his 39" and it works well for him. Turning the long part required a steady rest. The length and thinness made it whip in the middle. For the handle I cut a tenon on the end and laminated three pieces of Cherry together for the handle. I looked at examples of handles and drew one to my liking and roughed it out on the band saw. I then took a half inch wood chisel and pared away the wood from the edges and then smoothed them out with sandpaper and applied wipe on poly for a finish. The top of the cane is 1.25" and tapers to .75" on the bottom. I found some cane tips at Walmart and they were made to press fit on a .75" shaft. Here are the finished pictures.
  7. I have been tinkering with cane making. I made one and it didn't come out as I had planned. However it did give me a better idea. So I got out some Walnut and Maple put my idea to work and came up with this one. I like it, it is light, strudy and looks good too.
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