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  1. The summer community fund raiser has begun! Our very generous sponsors have donated some awesome gifts for the raffle winners. Here's where you can participate- Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN gave us a look at some cedar he scored. Looks like some awesome turnings and lovely fragrance filling his shop- @Fred W. Hargis Jr finished up his "learning experience" and posted images of what he had done. Our turners had good things to say about Fred's experience. His new information picks up here- Fred also posted the images of his finished, turned box. The update is here- Our What's On Your lathe had some activity this past week. There were some comments on past activity and @teesquare and @Geraldposted images of urns they have turned. These urns are incredibly beautiful and have such interesting stories about their creation. Catch up on all of the activity and see more images at- What’s Coming Up- If you missed Cindy Drozda's live Tool Talk, last Friday, it is available on YouTube- Then, this Friday, June 28, Cindy and Todd Raines are doing a live sharing event. Sign up for this free zoom at- https://www.cindydrozda.com/html/Signup.html For The Newbies- From Mike Peace, some information about turning catches, fails and some humorous bloopers. Mike explains why things went wrong. Expand Your Horizons- Lyle Jamieson's Tuesday Tip gives us his thoughts on the bandsaw for making round turning blanks. Alan Stratton demonstrates turning a Trembleur- Jim Rodgers turns a square platter. The corners droop down to become feet. Keep the band aids close at hand! New Turning Items- Couldn't find anything this week. Everything Else- I've been preparing French rolling pin blanks for the local turning club. About 20 blanks are needed of several different lengths and diameters. Ran out of stock. Started gluing what I could cobble together. Safe turning
  2. I was given a 10’ cedar log today. Got it cut up, pith removed and ends sealed. Will need to start rough turning soon.
  3. There's a guy on a FB forum who has made the ubiquitous planter boxes from cedar pickets. He says, "Customer wants them painted/stained black, and sealed with a polyurethane." (Some of us) are trying to convince him that poly for an exterior finish and worse over paint, is a really bad idea.
  4. Maybe I'm just a grumpy old guy, but Things I don't really like or want to do * Live edge furniture * Epoxied "river" tables * Flame treated wood, particularly softwoods * Polyurethane on everything * Cedar picket planter boxes Suggested tools for starting out * Miter saw - a table saw will do everything it can * Track saw - does one thing well, but can't do 95% of what a table saw can do, maybe if all you did was plywood * Air nailer, brad gun - you can really get by without this, unless you've watched too much Norm Abram * MFT table - meh While I'm at it, a Domino would be nice, but I can't justify $20 per joint for all the use I'd get out of it. Polyurethane Gorilla Glue -- short shelf life, messy, foams out, ruins clothes, stains flesh, does not gap fill, not easily re-done if it fails
  5. Got the Christmas ornaments done for this year. Made mice. Running out of Ideas. I think this is the 15th year I have made ornaments to give away. I used a 1.5 X 1.5 X 2.75 blank and they ended up about 2.25" long. A tear drop shape made the best looking bodies IMO. They're finished with Shellac. The eyes and nose are sewing pins. Cut the head off a pin to use as a drill bit. Cut the black heads off leaving appx. .5" of pin to insert into the holes and no glue was required. Here is where I bought them. https://www.amazon.com/pengxiaomei-Straight-Quilting-Dressmaker-Decoration/dp/B087NCXR67?th=1 The tails are pipe cleaners cut to 3" pieces and glued into drilled holes. Purchased them here. https://www.amazon.com/your-orders/pop?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_pop&orderId=114-0234615-4143423&lineItemId=qiqlqqhlonnsqny&shipmentId=XqMb3k65F&packageId=1&asin=B0054G62V6 For the ears I used .5" X .5" blanks and turned an ear shape. Cut them down the middle on the band saw and glued them in drilled holes. Couple of them broke off while sawing. Dang-It. Can always make more I guess.
  6. As you know I am making my daughter a couple of end tables. My wife suggested I make a couple of coasters with their alma maters in them. The roommate graduated from Lafayette, the Ragin Cajuns…I hope to do my daughters sometime today.
  7. Long time ago store bought picnic tables were made with the lumber from ages old Redwood trees. They were great in the weather and pretty much bug resistant. In my 20s I would see them out at the curb on trash day because they were falling apart. The wood was still good except where metal fasteners were used. The wood turned black and deteriorated where they were placed. I brought many of them home and salvaged them. 15 or more years ago I made a bunch of acorn shaped birdhouses and gave them as Christmas presents. Recently I came across the scraps from then and decided to add them to my little bowl collection. The number of growth rings is just amazing. I counted 24 in a one inch span and when I think of how big some of those trees were I can only imagine how long they took to grow. These bowls are three inch in diameter. Used WOP to finish them and they sucked it up like paper towels. The finish passed all the way through to the outside in spots when I put the first coat on the inside. The birdhouses have six inch diameter bodies with eight inch diameter White Cedar caps and nine inches high.
  8. More nice weather! Garden rototilled and fertilized. On to replanting grass over the dog's bathroom. Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker posted a cedar bowl he finished up. Beautiful colors and grain patterns! Check out the comments from our turners at- @forty_caliber is still cranking out bowls from his dryer stash. This one has some gorgeous spalting- In his post, he tells us about the shape- @Gerald mentioned he did a presentation for the Magnolia Woodturners club. He demonstrated some of the tools and methods for embellishing a turning. This video picks up at his part of the presentation- Thanks, everyone for continuing to post in our thread on "What's On Your Lathe"! I think this is about where we left off last week- What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links to more information and registration- Note: The Bowl turning class will also be on June17, 2023 For The Newbies- Put your spindle skills to work and turn a mixed media wine glass. Very informative video from Craft Supplies USA Mike peace demonstrates turning small square bowls. These can be made from scraps of even several boards glued together. Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson turns, carves and adds color to a vase- I've seen this turning show up on several social media sites. Carl Jacobson explains how it is done- We pretty much know about scroll chucks and jam chucks but do you know about a "cup chuck"? Richard Raffan demonstrates- I'm not sure which I enjoy more- watching Alan Stratton turn objects or looking at the shop made jigs he uses. For a "jig junky" like me, it's a real treat. In this video, Alan adds Celtic Knots to Easter eggs- New Turning Items- Not new but on sale from Niles Bottle Stoppers- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/tenderizer-set/ Everything Else- From Ron Brown's Newsletter- Difficult Things Why Is It Always So Hard The First Time You Try Something New? Do you remember the first time you tried to ride that bicycle? How about roller skates, ice skates, or a skateboard? And I hope trying that hoverboard didn’t send you to the emergency room. What about parallel parking or hooking up that trailer? Then there was your first time using a skew chisel, WOW! I’ll bet you didn’t even know catches that big were even possible. How about the first time you tried to get started hollowing the inside of a bowl? Did the gouge skate clear off the edge like mine did? The reason is that you don’t know what you don’t know. As we summon enough courage to try something new, we imagine how it is supposed to go and how we are supposed to react. It seldom goes as well or as badly as we imagined. We try again, but the second time around, we adjust from what we learned the first time. The third time it gets better and so on. When I demonstrated turning on the Woodworking Show Circuit, I would often hear the phrase “He’s done that before!”, or “I’ll bet that isn’t his first time!” I promise you, it gets better. If you have the courage and persistence to try and try again, you eventually figure it out. The secret is taking the time to understand what went wrong so you can make the small changes necessary for success. I deal with this scenario almost daily. I find it really helps if I limit my changes to only one or two things so I can narrow down the culprit and focus on those areas. As an example, if torn grain is my issue, I might change from a gouge to a scraper or a gouge with a different grind. If that doesn’t work, I might try shear scraping (holding the scraper at a 45-degree angle). You can shear scrape with both the scraper and the gouge. You just have to turn the gouge over. If that fails, I might cut from the inside out or the outside in using lighter cuts over the problem area. I’ll change up one thing before moving on to something else. Imagine trying to juggle the effects of speed, feed, tool geometry, cutting angles, grain orientation, and wood hardness all at once. My advice is to control what you can and understand that some things are out of your control. Make small changes slowly until it works like you want it to. Be careful not to tweak it so much that something that used to work, doesn’t work anymore. That is something I also have to guard against. It happens all too frequently when running complicated machinery like CNCs and Lasers. Rome wasn’t built in a day and you will be money ahead when you learn to make changes little by little. One day soon you will have figured it out and folks will marvel at your expertise. Zig Zigler often said, “Yard by yard it’s hard, but inch by inch it’s a cinch!” Remember that wherever you go, there you are. Safe turning
  9. I don't really care to turn cedar and I just plain don't like turning resin. So, I did both on this little bowl. There is a back story though. There's been an empty lot across the street from our house since we've lived here. About 35 years. It was maintained but there was a scrub cedar tree on it. The lot sold earlier this year and a younger couple is having a house built. The couple seems very nice and they worked and worked, cleaning that tree up, pruned it, trimmed it, and pruned it some more. Of course, the first thing the builders did was cut the tree down. So, I cabbaged a piece of the trunk and was able to get this bowl from it. About 9" diameter and 4" deep. The piece had so many bark inclusions and voids I filled them resin. There are a couple cloudy spots on the underside, guess those must be bubbles? Anyway, it has a couple coats of oil on it and will get a few more.
  10. This was going to be a bird house front. I started with a cedar fence board and you can see how it came out. My wife may want to use it as it is and hang it from a small tree. She is not sure yet, so for the time being it is a bench ornament 😃
  11. I got an idea about putting my wife’s favorite dog breed on wood. Schnauzers i drew one on a piece of planed cedar fencing. I used internet pictures as a guide. Then went over it with different size markers. It went OK, I’m not thrilled at the results. However she likes it. If I ever try something like this again, I’ll know what not to do. It is above 9 x7 and will be a wall hanger
  12. I have several live edge 1″ thick eastern cedar planks approx 6 feet long. My plan is to use some other cedar for the uprights and use 5″ dowels to connect a five shelf book case. My plans would make the unit approx 5 feet tall. I am concerned about stability. Do you think I will need to have some kind of bracing across the back side?
  13. Hello everyone, I hope everyone had a great and Blessed Thanksgiving. Here are some pictures of todays beginning of constructing a toy box for my grandson for Christmas. Not the best pics. my question(s) are for the floor of it I am going to run Cedar from front to back. What would be the best way to re-enforce it to withstand the weight of the toys? Same thing for the lid because I am sure he will want to sit on it. Thank you!
  14. The Mrs. wants the the front entry done in cedar shake siding, on the north west end of house. You can see the overhang so it is somewhat protected. What should, can I use to protect the bottom 12" or so, more concerned about the snow swirling in this area during winter, as opposed to worrying about rain in the summer/spring. Thoughts?
  15. Made a couple of ornaments today for a giveaway at church.
  16. I recently got a Cedar board for a small box container. I wondered what it would be like to turn. I started turning and my shop turned into a very aromatic zone. I know it keeps moths out of you closets and I also it is not a good idea to breath the dust, so I had all my protection on. I had only turned a small piece and was wondering what I would do with it. Then my wife pulled the car in the garage (my shop) and immediately loved the smell. She asked what I was going to do with the turned piece. I said I had not figured that out yet, so she said "I want it" I think it will go either in a closet or in her sewing room. Probably put a hook on it so she can hang it just about anywhere. Gotta keep mama happy.
  17. 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.
  18. As you know we have made cedar tables for Green Egg Smokers as well as several other brands. A few weeks back I was ask if we could build one for a Vision Smoker/Grill. Truthfully I had not heard of that one so I ask them if they had seen a table for one they liked. We got this picture but they wanted the smoker all the way on the right side and shorter to fit a particular space. Got the cedar to the shop and got the frame of the table cut, jointed, planed and began assembly. i decided it needed a little more bling to this table so I built a door and put an “S” in the middle for their last name. Then we decided we didn’t like the open space under the smoker so we added a full extension pull out drawer and got a coat of poly on the table. Made the top solid so the could store items like charcoal in the cabinet and utensils in the drawer. We got it delivered and the Vision Smoker installed and did a reveal for the owner. They were speechless for a moment then said you put extras on there. I told them I could remove them if they didn’t like it and they said no way! I did the extras at no charge to them, just something I wanted to add to it. They we’re excited and had a big cookout that night! That’s what I like about making things for others when they don’t expect it.
  19. So that pretty cedar bowl I turned, my first one, got a healthy crack in it after I applied many coats of beeswax to it.. IT has been a number or of weeks since it was made. Can You all explain to me why this would happen so I can prevent it in the future? What did I do wrong? I do plan on just adding some epoxy or resin to seal it up but i am a bit sad that it happened.
  20. This is my first turned bowl made from a cedar we had to cut down. i think it turned out pretty well, but always open to advice and tips.
  21. Hey everyone,got a good question?how do fix warped cedar,I have an old cedar chest my parents left me and the top got wet an warped the wood top,now it looks like a pirates chest LOL,need ideas on how to un warp it
  22. RustyFN


    I made a new bowl. I am pretty sure the lighter wood is Maple and the rings are Cedar and Bloodwood. It is around 7 inches in diameter. I sanded it to 800 and finished it with beeswax.
  23. I made a couple of these for my family and got another request for a couple more. I made them out of Cedar fencing boards and painted with some fence stain/preservative. I made each finger and then joined with glue. After the glue set, I made a cut thru the knuckle and put in a spline. I also drilled all the way thru the fingers and glued in a small dowel to hold the fingers together. The childrens sunglasses came from the Dollar store
  24. Good article on outdoor woods: https://www.woodmagazine.com/materials-guide/lumber/outdoor-lumber?cid=369791&did=369791-20190425&mid=20453126205&utm_campaign=wood-online_newsletter&utm_content=042519&utm_medium=email&utm_source=woodmagazine.com I probably have mentioned this before: In the town I moved from 3 years ago, they were looking to replace the wood in the park benches (cast frames). They went to the store that Steve Mickley (prior host of finishing at Wood Forums) and asked for some red oak. He told them, once he found out what they wanted it for, was that he'd put them on a two-year re-order schedule because it wouldn't last outside. He recommended Ipe. They sprung for it. One of the benches was in front of the park that was 100 yards away from my house there and I walked past it 4 or 5 times a week. It was a busy street and I'm sure it got regular sprays of salt-treated slush (the city used to send past all their plows, 5 of them, in a convoy during snowfalls). It aged to a beautiful gray, no great cracking,and no mossy residue that I've often seen on teak. It looked great after about 15 years of nothing. I also had a job once to replace a back support on an Adirondack chair. I had a piece of white oak that I graciously volunteered to do it in. The lady sort of stuck her nose in the air and said, "Oh, this is for a house in Indian Hill*, and the original is teak." "OK," I said. I went to see Steve and he graciously cut off a 2' section that was the right width for me and charged me the $20 for the piece. There were probably six cuts I had to make, all at some angle or bevel and the right dimension that I had to replicate. I think I charged a total of $40 for the material, the trip to the store and the half-hour of shop time. The lady was shocked that it was "so expensive." (sigh) Rich but cheap snob. * Indian Hill is the most affluent part of town where most of the C-level execs at the big companies live, most in 5000+ sq.ft. mansions and 10+ acre estates. I've since worked in a number of them that were some of the most expensive homes in the county.
  25. On New Years Day we made our rounds and visited family, and we paid ol pops a visit. He lives in the local mountains, there was even a tad bit of snow left from the last snow he had! After we spent a few hours there we ventured up the mountain some more and let the kids roll in the big snow. But here are a few random shots of dad and his shop. Image below is what is leftover of his cedar pile of wood, he loves making birdhouses, and he sells them locally. Next up is his old 70's vintage Craftsman Band Saw And a late model Craftsman Contractors Table Saw he uses for secondary cuts or he leaves a dado on it at all times. Dad and I, two knuckle heads! Dad and Grandpa A smaller Delta Bench top drill press Delta Rockwell Table Saw with a Bies fence system A good ol Delta Scroll Saw His main go to compressor, he only uses it for finish nails, he doesn't believe in cleaning up so he certainly doesn't need air for that! Yes folks, it does snow in southern California, we actually had about 4" on the ground a few days before this. Over all image of the shop. Dad and I build this shop back in 2004. Rear shot of his shop Another rear shot. And just for kicks and giggles, Dad's home! A restored single wide trailer, we got this place for a song and dance, and pops loves it up in the hills. Thanks folks for sharing a bit of my Dad's place with us, yall come back now ya here!
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