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  1. John Morris wrote an excellent bio on Easy wood carbide turning tools. I was surprised to find out they invented them. Its a good read. II hope I found the proper link for his story.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Our very generous sponsor Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) as well as other woodworking suppliers have teamed up with ToolMetrix to help our veterans to overcome the affects of PTSD. A great article from Woodworker's Journal letting us know what's taking place. here's a link to the entire article and words from some of the vets who have benefited- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/vetsturn-helping-heal-ptsd-through-turning/
  5. Wife likes a show on HGTV called hometown. I don't really watch TV but I glanced up to see the star turning a large table top outboard. He was using an EWT rougher I think.
  6. Awesome time to stock up on those Easy Wood Tools @Jim from Easy Wood Tools products! Woodcraft has a 15% 3 day deal on Easy Wood Tools products, including cutters! Click on the image for the link to Woodcraft!
  7. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools provided this article just published in the American Association of Woodturners "Woodturning Fundamentals" August issue. It is co-authored by Chris Caliendo from Easy Wood Tools. What is Negative Rake by Chris Caliendo.pdf The publication also has an extensive compare/contrast article on carbide turning tools- including Easy Wood Tools.
  8. Well again I'm impressed with packaging. I received it today, ups guy was late with it came back to my place after his deliveries were done and dropped it off for me which was nice. Product came in great condition. I have yet to use this tool but I'm sure I will be using it plenty. Over all tool length is good. Will be interesting once I start using it for hollowing but it will be better than the PSI tools I was using previously. I was expecting it this morning how ever as I said UPS guy was LATE shame. Either way here's what you can expect when ordering these tools.... They are quite nicely packaged and boxed. I can not WAIT to use this.
  9. Received my prize burning kit today. Thanks TPW and Easy Wood Tools. Larry
  10. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools reminded me that there is going to be a FREE zoom demonstration made available by Easy Wood Tools, as part of the AAW Virtual Symposium this Saturday, July 11. Part of the demonstration will showcase the new Next Generation parting tool. The ZOOM session with Carl Jacobson at 4:00 EST. Here's the link for the meeting- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86365312440
  11. @lew, or @Jim from Easy Wood Tools, I was looking at the EWT website at parting tools, and I saw that there is a new one, referred to the second generation parting tool, with a model number of PT150. I looked at several retailers to see what it was selling for, and nobody seems to have it. Is this brand new and just hasn't been shipped yet? Can it be purchased directly from the EWT website? Is the EWT website being updated, and not everything is up yet? I'm not ready to buy right now, but it would be nice to know that it is available when I am ready. Thanks.
  12. So far so good really enjoying Myrtle wood for turning. It turns even better than poplar. So I got some of these small blanks as I said from Rockler to do small projects so far I've had pretty good luck with shopping with them. A bit on the expensive side but yes so far good to order from. Had zero issues. Now with this project the problem I keep running into is chisels catching on the side. I've still got a touch of refining to do on the outside but I wanted to get a start on the hollowing to see how thick or thin I wanted the project. But So far its turning out. I went the mortise route and cut it out of the bottom fit it to the chuck like a dream. I flipped it around on the chuck and linking up the jacobs chuck. That thing worked wonderfully. Glad you guys talked me into gettin it. Effeminately worth the 22 some odd bucks. Also received my pend jaw set still waiting on my big bowl jaws to get here I wound up going with the nova cole jaws. a bit more expensive but I'm sure they will be better off in the long run.
  13. From the album: Patriot Woodworker Community Fundraiser 2020

    Enter to Win! One recipient will receive: Full Size | Easy Wood Tools WWW.EASYWOODTOOLS.COM Handles are one-of-a-kind grained American Maple with a copper ferrule that gives strength. All tools come with a fresh standard carbide cutter already installed and a hex key that fits the mounting screw. Three types take your creation from start to finish, in three colors so you'll know which to reach for. Value: 389.97
  14. Good Monday Morning! Good Monday morning Patriot Woodworkers! What did you get done over the weekend, and what have you planned for the week ahead! Inquiring minds want to know. Please tell us what's happening in your shops, your life, and any events going on with you. Thank you for being here folks! Welcome New Members To view our newest members and welcome them to our digs, please see our Members Page, you can "Sort" by join date and click on their names and be taken to their profile page where you can leave a message of welcome. Thank you for making our newest folks feel welcome. Featured Topic Our Featured topic by @John Morris has also been added to "Our Picks", this is a page for content that has stood out and been chosen for a special place in our community, and for a limited time showing on our Home Page for the world to see. We are now in the midst of our annual mid year fundraiser folks! Click on the topic below to see how you can help and to view the great prizes awaiting our winners.
  15. From the album: Patriot Woodworker Community Fundraiser 2020

    Enter to Win! Three recipients will each win one Easy Wood Tools hat. Value: $23.99
  16. From the album: Patriot Woodworker Community Fundraiser 2020

    One recipient will receive one Easy Start Set. Easy Start | Easy Wood Tools WWW.EASYWOODTOOLS.COM Easy Start is a perfect place for newbies as well as those looking for tools needed for small projects. With black oxide toolbars, a steel ferrule, and maple handles, these are economically ideal for beginners. School shops love them too. Great for pens, wine stoppers, blade handles, and small bowls or shapes. All tools come with a fresh standard carbide cutter already installed and a hex key that fits the mounting screw. Three types take your creation from start to finish so you'll know which to reach for. Value: 179.97
  17. From the album: Patriot Woodworker Community Fundraiser 2020

    One recipient will receive: Wire Burning Kit | Easy Wood Tools WWW.EASYWOODTOOLS.COM One kit which includes two robust, sure-grip handles made of one-of-a kind, grained American Maple and nine quickly-replaceable wires in three lengths and three gauges. Alternate lengths are perfect for different size projects: six-inch for pens, rings, and small vessels; nine-inch for bowls and other medium-sized projects; and 18-inch for bowls, plates, and other large shapes. Each gauge is color-coded so users quickly know just how wide their burn design will be: .016 gauge is red; .020 gauge is white; and .026 gauge is blue. Value: 49.99
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Remember- Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald is trying out some new coloring techniques. His turning/coloring really creates some interesting designs in the wood! Please head on over to Geralds post and let him know how much you like this piece- Gerald also showed us a round hollow form that his coloring really made the grain of the wood stand out! Gerald explains what he did in his post @HandyDan gave us a really nice set of pictures on how he made his baby rattles- Check out his post to see what all went into making these beauties! @Gene Howe gave us a heads up on a video that should be mandatory viewing for every person who operates a lathe. Thanks Gene. What’s Coming Up- If you are near Provo, Utah, Craft Supplies USA is offering several turning workshops- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. Also- Again, clicking on the above image will connect you to more information and registration to this event. For The Newbies- When you start to turn bowls, you generally have two options for obtaining wood. Buy the mostly dried blank or find a freshly cut tree. In either case, unless you turn the bowl from start to finish in one sitting, drying the wood between turnings may be necessary. Rick Turns found a cool and inexpensive way to slow the drying process and reduce the chance of checking and cracking- Expand Your Horizons- Everyone knows I'm a "jig junky". Here's a video showing a shop made jig to use for turning Twisted Boxes. New Turning Items- Last week we displayed a basket weave illusion bowl from @Billy B. If you were interested in trying your hand at this awesome technique, Chef Ware Kits has what you need to get started- Find more on the lits and prices at- https://chefwarekits.com/Basket-Weave-Kits-c9880431 The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a new device to hold your dust collection hose. It is flexible and adjustable! Find out more about it at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/lathe-track/products/trac-vac-flexible-dust-collector Everything Else- Donations- I copied and pasted this from @John Morris. It would be great if each of us turners could help out! "We usually have a fundraiser raffle during the summer to help pay for our community, but my health took a dive this summer, and I never had the time nor the mind to organize our annual summer fundraiser, so we are falling short of our budgetary obligations. We will be very tight. If you are able to donate to our community, a dollar on up, it all helps." If you'd like to donate to our community, please see this page at https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/clients/donations/ I finally put the finish on the little walnut "spaceship"- Turned completely with Easy Wood Tools mini hollowers and their micro detailer ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) Safe turning
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  22. If you are hoping to get a great deal on those FANTASTIC Easy Wood Tools, here's your chance!! Don't miss out!!! https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/t/131/Carbide-Insert-Turning-Tools?b=Easy-Wood-Tools&utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sale&utm_campaign=19-may-ewt
  23. Had the opportunity to sub in a vocational area I usually don't get to see. Worked in the HVAC classroom. Really nice bunch of kids. Well mannered and respectful. Says a lot about their regular instructor- who is a graduate from that same shop a few years back. Our Patriot Turners- Our own @Steve Krumanaker is turning into quite the Cecil B Demille. Steve posted two great videos this past week. One showing Bedan work and the other showing us how to used the Bedan in making a "honey dipper". Awesome work Steve and Thanks!! @Gerald gave us some insight on finding the center of a turning and why the center might not be the center! What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to the show web site and registration information For The Newbies- Over the past several weeks we have been mentioning cutting threads in a turning. The examples we listed all used special tools and techniques to accomplish the task. Capt. Eddie posted a video showing another way to have a threaded project. As always, Capt. Eddie packs a lot of great information into his videos- Expand Your Horizons- Tim Yoder added a two part video on turning a ball (sphere). Tim says he cheated a little by using a jig from Carter- The second part of the video is linked from Tim's YouTube Channel. If you would like to turn spheres but would rather make your own jigs, here is a link to Mr. David Reed Smith's "Shadow Sphere Jig"- http://www.davidreedsmith.com/articles/shadowspherejig/shadowspherejig.htm I used this jig to turn some globe Christmas tree ornaments for the Easy Wood Tools Christmas tree. New Turning Items- New cutters from our most generous sponsor- Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). These new negative rake cutters will make detailing even easier! Check them out at- http://www.easywoodtools.com/buy-here/ Safe turning
  24. On January 3, I got a PM from One of our members, @Dadio, that literally left me speachless. (Doesn't happen often!) "Hi John, I am looking for home for the Raffle prize I won, the woodturning tools set. I am not a turner,and don't have a lathe, not interested in getting into turning any time soon,so I don't need the tools. If you would be interested, I will arrange with John for you to claim the Easy Tool Certificate. Herb" Upon recovering my composure, I got back to Herb and informed him that I would be DELIGHTED! Long story short, today a brown van stopped in front, and the driver handed me a long parcel. The best present I got for Christmas 2018! @John Morris has already informed me that I'll have to try them out and post about my experience, which I will certainly do, as soon as my little plumbing job is finished. It's been a few years since I turned anything, and I am really looking forward to it! Meanwhile, a big THANK YOU to Herb. I would have said he's one of a kind, but there are more like him on this site. Thanks also to Easy Wood Tools for their support of our site. John
  25. Issue 86 of the Woodcraft magazine has a nice article/project by Carl Jacobson using the Easy Wood Tools negative rake cutters. Carl turns a hybrid wood and resin box. Woodcraft even provides OnLine extras to flesh out the article https://www.woodcraft.com/pages/mag-online-extras
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