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lew posted a topic in Wood TurnersWe had some snow here, about 4", but it came in spurts- just enough each time that it needed shoveling. 4 driveways X 3 times. @Gerald posted a question about how quickly his turned bowls dried. He wondered if it was related to his shop environment. Take a look at his post and offer any suggestions you might have- @Smallpatch (Jess) posted some chess pieces he made, a week or so ago. He followed up with a description of what he used to finish the pieces so they would look identical to the originals. Read his explanation and additional comments- @Steve Krumanaker turned a gorgeous maple bowl and then added to its' beauty by decorating the bottom with one of his fantastic woodburnings. Steve also answered questions about the woodburning design he used. If you have turned a bowl, you have probably experienced grain tearout of at some point on the turning. The change in direction of the grain can be really difficult to cut cleanly. Here is a video from John Lucas on shear scraping. He is demonstrating how to help reduce the tearout. A while back, @Ron Altier was experimenting with a chatter tool. Mike Peace put up this video on turning tops and decorating them using the chatter tool. I typically use a clear finish on my turnings- oil, poly, wax or whatever. I like to see the work of nature in the grain patterns and colors. There are some turners who prefer to decorate with other media. I saw this and thought it was neat. It's from John Clothier- Not much turning for me. I finished the "sure my husband can fix that" project. I actually got to use the lathe for part of it. The broken leg was reattached with dowels but I had to replace some of the wood to eliminate the voids left by the previous repair job. I ended up turning an odd sized dowel for the repair. I was working on a Manzanita root and as I turned into it I found the voids were deeper and more extensive that I realized. I'm going to try and save the turning by adding some Alumilite into the voids. To keep the liquid from running out, I've sealed up the blank with modeling clay. Hope it works! Safe Turning
lew posted a topic in Wood TurnersIt finally got above freezing the past couple of days but the basement shop is lagging behind in the warm up. @Ksvet06 posed a question about sharpening lathe tools. He asked about grinders and sharpening jigs. Please look over his post and the responses. Let's give Zach all the help we can- @Gerald is working on hollow forms for the Beads of Courage (BOC) project- Check out what he has done for this very special cause- @Smallpatch is recreating a couple of chess pieces for a customer- Although Jesse says he's not a turner, you would never know it by how well these turned out! He tells us about the adventure here- When I used to use my diamond parting tool, it almost always gave me a ragged surface. Here's a video from Rick Turns illustrating how to regrind the parting tool for a cleaner cut- I must admit, I've abandoned my diamond parting tool in favor of the Easy Wood Tools parting tool. It creates clean cuts, no vibration and because it's a carbide tip- stays sharp a LONG time. In Last week's "Wednesday's..." we mentioned @Steve Krumanaker had a mishap when he inadvertently turned off his vacuum system. That got me to wondering if a shop made vacuum could be built. I found this PDF for making an inexpensive system. Not sure if I'll try it but thought it might give someone an idea. I believe the author is in England because the costs are in pounds and dimensions are metric. http://www.gaw.org.uk/blog/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Vacuum-chuck-for-£10-or-less.pdf The Woodturning OnLine newsletter arrived last week. As always there are interesting projects, articles and equipment. While scanning the "New and Hot" section I noticed this little jewel- Looks like this laser could be adapted to most any tool. It is available through Tim Yoders' site- http://www.wtwtim.com/elbotool.htm about half way down the page. The entire newsletter is at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/ Finally, here's an older video from Carl Jacobson turning a lidded vessel. Notice his use of the Easy Wood Tools hollower and the fantastic Easy Wood Chuck! Safe turning
Grooming something this small needs a jig so I turn the whole piece into a big jig large enough to hold on to. I screwed the Rook to be to a piece of 1/4" piece of BB. This let me hold it true for a cut on each side with the band saw. Then grind away till it matches the other one!! Used different wood so a little staining might help. I found something close. So I took it outside and shoot it with some clear to see if the color was still close after the clear Dried. I used maple and they had made the chess set with cedar. The lady thought only a few pieces with chips missing were all the set needed until the guy that got the set for Christmas let her know two pieces were missing... Now to get back to the End Of The Trail saga...
I did some repairing on some pieces of a chess set before Christmas then the lady gave the set to a relative but he said there were two men short to be a full set. So yesterday I was given two men to go by.. I used all two of the knives and I could have used a few more but hey I don't do this for a living...I might have gotten more exact if I knew I was gonna get paid!!!!
Wife's friends gives her anything broken for repair. Wife's reply to the friends, sure he can fix it. Use to be right down my alley. But I also had a little different equipment back then. I still have the same positive attitude so I will give it a try with what I got.
Finished the chess board, finally! I ended up milling the walnut and maple to about 3/32" thick and using a 3/4" plywood substrate. The border is made from some old cherry I had in the wood shed. The customer didn't want to spend too much money so I opted for not end matching the small filler inlay between the squares and the border. That particular border $18.99 for two 36" pieces. If I had end matched the pieces, I would have needed , at least, 4 inlay pieces. Finished with rattle can lacquer.
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