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  1. From @Jim from Easy Wood Tools and social media- https://www.instagram.com/toolmetrix/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDxZojJU6Ow&t=670s https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-jXeqlDTycB3izK20EZy89fpSpTCIdewGNqL9FRaiE_VKqw/viewform
  2. East Wood Tools sponsored a fund raiser to help Combat Veterans through Wood turning. I purchased one of the shirts as veterans causes are close to my heart. While I am a veteran, by God's grace I never saw combat. It happens, this past weekend we were at the Springfield OH, Extravaganza, a huge antique show and flea market. It also happens I was wearing the shirt from the EWT fund raiser. I walked into a booth hosted by a bee farm and the lady noticed my shirt and asked if i were a veteran. I told her I was and she replied that we like to gift a jar of honey to a veteran at every show we do and would I like a jar? The only condition was that she take a picture for their FB page. I said sure so here are the pictures she took.
  3. Please don't forget about the fund raiser that our very generous sponsor- Easy Wood Tools- is currently having. Head on over to the EWT site and order yours today- https://www.easywoodtools.com/ Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN Is making a fabulous lidded box for his Mrs. In his post, Rusty tells us about the material he used for the "metal" bands. What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for the links to more information and registration. These are from the AAW. If you catch this post in time, Cindy Drozda is having another live bottle stopper video. You can watch it on her YouTube channel- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AR8MzQJOBs I picked this information from social media. Jeff Hornung, who does fantastic embellishment work, also does IRDs and demonstrations for clubs. For more information, contact him through his site, The Walnut Log. https://www.thewalnutlog.com/ For The Newbies- Jim Rodgers continues his video series on catches- Lyle Jamieson has made his "Tuesday's Tips" available on his YouTube channel- https://www.youtube.com/user/JamiesonLyle/videos Search his channel for "Tuesdays Tips" IF you use your worm screw, here is a useful addon that you can make to improve stability. If you are thinking about getting into turning but not sure what tools you might need, Richard Raffan discusses some traditional choices. Don't overlook the possibility of using carbide tipped tools as well. Expand Your Horizons- Scroll chucks hold your work firmly but can mar the piece and sometime be less that ideal for odd shaped pieces. In this video, Alan Stratton discusses creating soft, custom replacement jaws. Mike Waldt turns an earring stand from English Yew- Carl Jacobson turns a gorgeous maple burl lidded box- And yet another two piece scoop. This one from Mike Peace- New Turning Items- Save your lunch money! With SWAT happening in about a week, thee may be some new toys presented. Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- I've been finding it really hard to get to the lathe lately. Life is funny that way. My lighting equipment for turning has been cobbled together from old desk lamps. They work but can sometimes be difficult to position and still be able to see what's happening. I saw a neat idea for a small LED light that helped overcome some of the disadvantages I was experiencing. Being a cheap scape frugal, I decided to build one. The parts If you have an old cell phone charger and cord, that's the perfect power supply. The other parts are a magnet- this ones is from an old computer hard drive. The LED light board- available from https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3256804164219166.html?spm=a2g0o.order_detail.0.0.2856f19c9S68hd . They were 6 boards for $1.00 plus $3.00 shipping and came all the way from China in 4 weeks!! Epoxy. Miscellaneous Harbor Freight stuff. Started by preparing the wire. Cut off the end that wasn't the standard charger USB connector. Removed the green and white wires. Added the shrink sleeving because I had a box from Harbor Freight. Stripped, tinned and knotted the wires on the board Soldered the wires to the LED board. The board has a miniature USB connector but I figured the solder would be more robust. Added a zip tie- because I had a bag from Harbor Freight- as a strain relief. Turned the board over and epoxied the magnet to the metal heatsink. I had to add a couple of washers between the magnet and heatsink to allow space where the wire passed thru the board. This allowed the LED board to sit flat. On the small tool rest- With the LED lamp off- LED lamp on- I'm happy but I think I'll build another one. I failed to take into consideration that the "chuck side" of the tool rests are not vertical. The light board angles "down" slightly. I think that can be fixed by adding a shim between the LED board back and the magnet before applying the epoxy. Also, if you have ever played with hard drive magnets, they are incredibly strong for their size. It is almost a struggle to get the lamp off of the tool rest. Regular rare earth magnets would probably work just as good. Safe turning
  4. It's been a slow week here for our turners. However, Easy Wood Tools is helping veterans get started and enjoy the satisfaction of woodturning and dealing with their PTSD. You can help this awesome cause by purchasing T-shirts. Head over to the Easy Wood Tools site and order yours while there is still time- https://www.easywoodtools.com/ Our Patriot Turners- Everyone was busy cleaning their shops What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links to more information and registration. The mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium- From Craft Supplies USA- For The Newbies- Scroll chucks are are excellent for holding turnings but they can leave jaw impression marks on your work. In this video, Richard Raffan demonstrates how to almost completely eliminate them- A great video from Jim Rodgers on why catches occur when using gouges- Alan Stratton comes up with yet another method for turning scoops. This is a one piece scoop- Speaking of scoops, here's an old video from Tim Yoder demonstrating how he does it- Expand Your Horizons- How thin do you turn your bowls?? Here, Kent Weakley demonstrate techniques for turning really this bowls- Sometimes the turning we had in our mind isn't quite what comes off the lathe. Here, Tim Yoder makes design modifications on the fly. The results are pretty neat! If you have one of Ruth Niles' Joyner Off Center Jigs You know it can be a little frustrating imagining exactly what the final pattern will look like. In this video, from the AAW, Dawn Petrie-George shows how to create a template to help with this. Speaking of Ruth Niles, Cindy Drozda recently did a live stream on YouTube making bottle stoppers using Ruth's products- New Turning Items- Mike Waldt demonstrates a modular tool rest system. Not sure if this manufacturer is available in the U.S. Here in the U.S., there are several sources of similar products including Nova, Sorby and other woodworking outlets. Not a new item but a sale on sanding supplies from Woodturners Wonders- Check out the deals here- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/weekly-sale Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning
  5. Our Patriot turners have been busy in their shops this week with a wide range of project! Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker accepted his club president's challenge for making gnomes or "gonks". Steve received lots of comments and questions. Please check out his post for more images and ideas- Steve also showed us a new toy he bought. I have to say, I'm kinda partial to this one myself Sooner or later it happens to all of us. @Gerald was turning a bowl and disaster struck. But undaunted, Gerald pressed on and salvaged what otherwise would have been firewood. Check out what he did and the end results at- New member @Reese Aukee posted some of her awesome turnings. Reese is new to turning but it looks like she is a natural and a real eye for creativity!! She shared more of her work here- @Ron Altier is finally getting back into the shop after a brief hiatus as caregiver. As for most of us, woodturning is our relaxation and meditation- All did not goes as planned for Ron. As often happens, "the best laid plans of mice and men..." This post by @Headhunter reminded me that we really haven't promoted our "Ringmaster Sub-Forum" very often. Check out this post for some fantastic creations! Here is the link to the Ringmaster sub-forum- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/forum/98-ringmaster-turning/ What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for the links to registration and more information- From the AAW- From a social media post by Rebecca DeGroot- For The Newbies- From Carl Jacobson, a video covering some tools that make turning easier- Turning a thin walled bowl has a bit of a learning curve but they are beautiful and elegant. However, thin walled bowls are rather fragile and may not be suitable for utilitarian use. Here, Kent from Turn A Wood Bowl, demonstrates how to have to the best of both worlds. Mike Peace shows us we don't need a chainsaw or a chunk of log to make a bowl- Expand Your Horizons- Some turning, some carving and a lot of sanding when Tim Yoder tackles a Manzanita root- This one's for @Ron Altier. Ron turns crochet hooks for his Mrs. This video, from Alan Stratton, shows how to turn quilting tools. New Turning Items- Woodturners wonders have their Lathe Track System on sale. Check it out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/lathe-track Mentioned this before. Ruth Niles sold her business to Carl and Robin Jacobson. Ruth is holding a clearance sale to avoid having to ship a lot of stock from Pennsylvania to Oregon. Here are some examples of the savings available- Click on the image for the link to more sale items. The sale ends April 3!!! Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Cherry burl/wood platter from a piece of wood I got at the Nittany Woodturners Club meeting a while back-
  6. A slow week here in our turner's forum. Our Patriot Turners- What’s Coming Up- Click on the following images for links to more information- From the AAW- For The Newbies- Sanding our turnings is time consuming. Changing disks on the Velcro sanding pads just adds to the delay. I know @Gerald has a sanding disk for each grit and that can save some time. It also saves some wear and tear on the Velcro. Here's a video showing shop made sanding disk holders- Wooden scoops are always a nice addition to the kitchen. Here Richard Raffan shows us how he does them- Check out his YouTube channel for more turning videos- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2tEGrCP1GiVwfaT4K9bcNw Tracey Malady demonstrates the versatility of the Easy Wood Tools, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools, carbide cutters as she turns finials- Expand Your Horizons- A neat tip from Lyle Jamieson on how to keep lighter colored sapwood from darkening- Alan Stratton demonstrates some shop made jigs for creating turnings with eccentric patterns- Our local PBS station is always a little behind the rest of the country, especially when it comes to woodworking shows. This past Saturday, Jimmy Clewes was featured turning his signature platter. The episode is available for purchase at- https://www.woodsmithshop.com/episodes/season15/1511/ New Turning Items- With the Virtual AAW Symposium taking place, I am hoping there will be some new turning tools/equipment introduced. Guess we will have to wait and see. Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- In preparation for each week's "Wednesday's...", I spend some time searching for informative videos. Some come from YouTube. I noticed recently that the YouTube users rating system seemed different. The "Thumbs Up" choice is listing the number of positive responses. The "Thumbs Down" choice doesn't show any negative votes. Thinking this was a little odd, I went searching for the reason. If you are interested in understanding the change- https://youtu.be/f1Izh3-c88Y Could this be a carryover from the "everybody gets a trophy" generation?? Safe turning and stay well
  7. Hope everyone has purchased their raffle tickets to support the Patriot site! Only about 30 hours left until the big drawing! Just in case you want to get in on the action- Our Patriot Turners- We are going to start off this week with another incredibly important cause in which we can all be involved. It costs us nothing but a little time and can make a huge difference in a young persons life. @Gerald posted a little vessel he turned- This turned box will hold "Beads Of Courage" for the recipient. Gerald and the Magnolia Woodturners have been making these containers and giving them to kids battling cancer. This video tells us about the Beads of Courage program- Gerald also provide us with additional information on how to participate in this wonderful program. The Beads of Courage organization has partnered with the AAW to garner interest in turning the bowls- 2018_AAW_handout_guidelines.pdf In addition, Gerald provided the link to the Beads of Courage website. Click on the above image for the link to their site. Here is Gerald's original post- @Gerald posted this in the General Woodworking Forum but since many of our turners do craft shows, we thought it might be of interest here. What’s Coming Up- One last time! For The Newbies- Woodworker's Journal has posted another video, by Ernie Conover, comparing carbide and traditional turning tools. Sometime back, we included an earlier video on the same topic by Mr. Conover. Not sure what changed, but, Mr. Conover seems to have a little more positive opinion on the carbide tools in this video. Expand Your Horizons- The seventh and last part of Jim Rodgers series on segmented turnings- A beautiful maple burl platter from Lyle Jamieson- New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have added a new CBN wheel to their inventory. This is the 4 in 1 Plus wheel. More information and specs can be found at their website- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/new-products/products/4-in-1-plus-cbn-wheel We featured this Sorby product a few weeks ago. It has undergone a name change. It is now the Robert Sorby SteadyPro Turning System- Not new but on sale at a great price- If you need Easy Wood Tools cutters, now is the time to stock up!!! Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from week- Trying to clear out all those half finished turnings. The finished "square bowl" The elm bowl that warped and cracked and a cherry bowl that I added a rounded lip and foot. When it came time to finish off the bottom, the Cole jaws on the Easy Chuck stretched just far enough! This one is setting on the workbench with the poly finish slowly drying. Safe turning and stay well
  8. 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.
  9. We have started our annual site fund raiser. There are some fantastic prizes to be had for the lucky winners. If you like this site, consider donating to the operating costs! Also, don't forget this coming Sunday is Mother's Day. We can't forget our Moms. Our Patriot Turners- It has been a slow week here on the Woodturner's Forum, so we will jump ahead to What's Coming Up What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for more information. Looking for some inspiration, ideas or conversations on turning? Check out the World Wide Turners web site. Lots of great turners there- https://worldwidewoodturners.org/ For The Newbies- Last week we posted a video from Record Power on lathe maintenance. Here is the second part- Highland Woodworking published a nicely illustrated article on using the fingernail gouge, by Temple Blackwood- The article can be read here- https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodturning/woodturning-with-a-small-fingernail-gouge.html?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Read+the+May+2021+Issue+of+Wood+News+Online&utm_campaign=May+2021+Wood+News&vgo_ee=SSZUGqILrYqLrMaaxASZAzpxdzkQNl9LgdxZ9pnzLRY%3D Expand Your Horizons- Jim Rodgers has a very nice series on turning miniature articles. This is Part 1 and the others are referenced on his YouTube channel- I've been making Celtic Knot rolling pins for a long time. Although the wood I use matches the pepper mills and salt cellars I make, I always wished there was a way to duplicate the knot in those items. Thanks to Alan Stratton, I think this might be the answer- Our sponsor, Laguna, linked this video on social media. Turning a coffee spoon. It incorporates multiple media and some cool jigs. New Turning Items- We mentioned these wooden threads before. Here's a short video, From Ron Brown, showing the steps to using them on a pet urn. Turner Carl Jacobson has quite a large following on social media. He recently posted a video answering questions about his favorite tools. The last tool he mentioned is a pneumatic sander. Here's the video- And the link to the sander he mentions- https://www.woodworkingshop.com/product/WK45950/ Also, check out his comments about that awesome Easy Wood Chuck The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a new product to help fill those cracks and splits in your turning. It can also be used for decorating and embellishments- Check it out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/featured-products/products/wonder-putty-two-part-sculpting-epoxy Everything Else- Rick Turns list of woodturning YouTube videos from last week- Safe Turning and stay well aaa
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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/
  13. Friday is Christmas, guess I'd better start thinking about doing some shopping. Hope everyone here at the Patriot Woodworker has a very Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy new year! Our Patriot Turners- Speaking of Christmas presents, @Masonsailor completed another turning to add to his list of items. Paul provides some process shot of this piece in his post- @Steve Krumanaker tried out a new design for his bird house ornaments. It's really quite spectacular- Steve tells us where he "appropriated" this idea- Steve wasn't just working on ornaments this week. He scored a fantastic maple slab and started a large bowl Steve's post shows us more images! @Ron Altier also finished up some hybrid ornaments. For someone who doesn't like working with acrylics, Ron really does a fantastic work! Please see the wonderful comments our turners left in Ron's post- It was extremely cold in @HandyDan's workshop! The wood ornaments he made turned into icicles! But, they sure do look nice on his Christmas tree @John Hechel had some time this week to get to his lathe. He turned some really awesome salt and pepper grinders. He used some of the Chromaply that Ron uses on some of his ornaments Head on over to his post and see what his wife thought of these beauties- Last week, @AndrewB showed us some of the tree wood he scored. He made one of the pieces into a nice looking bowl- Andrew's post tells us a little more and fills us in on just where this turning stands- Andrew is also looking for a new lathe. He goes into some detail in this post- @Bob Hodge posted a question on negative rake scrapers. He received lots of feedback from our turners. Please see his post and add any information that might help him. What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to Brad's YouTube channel For The Newbies- This title is a little misleading but the video has some great tips on lathe maintenance- Nice turning project- Expand Your Horizons- @Steve Krumanaker makes some really interesting display stands for his ornaments. Here Mike Peace shows us what he does- Last week, Lyle Jamieson started a hollow form from a piece of crotch wood. This is part 2- Ashley Harwood shows us that not every idea comes out the way we want it. Her ladle is one example- More and more turners are relying on YouTube to showcase their work. While this isn't the definitive work on the subject, it might give you some ideas if you are thinking about how this could be done. This is the second part of a two part video. Also the author is working with only one video editing platform. There are many platforms available. New Turning Items- It's a little too late to be writing Santa for new stuff this Christmas, sorry! Everything Else- Rick Turns YouTube video list from last week- I've been messing around trying to improve the dust collection at my lathe. It wouldn't take much to be an improvement. My first attempt failed to consider the need the dust collection point both laterally along the lathe and hw close the port needs to be to the turning for efficient pickup. Went back to the drawing board and redesigned- The position of the dust port can be moved back to collect from the maximum diameter the lathe can turn. I am considering changing the clamping devices I used- These hold well but take a bit of time to loosen/move/tighten. I'm thinking of replacing them with the toggle lever clamps- Might also replace interface adapter between the white PVC elbow and the top of the platform. The one I used was a modified 4" hose splice adapter. Could be shortened a little. Safe turning and stay well
  14. Here it is December already. Time sure goes fast when you are quarantined- NOT!!! Christmas is fast approaching and we are determined to make our adopted family's Christmas one to remember. We are 60% towards our goal. If you haven't entered the raffle/donation yet, please don't wait! If you have already made your donation, we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier's been busy this past week turning a couple of gorgeous ornaments. Around here, Ron is considered the king of using scraps to create works of art. The first one is a hybrid acrylic and wood beauty- Ron explains a little about how this one came about- Ron turned this little gem as well- @AndrewB has been making purple heart bowls- He tells us a little about some of the problems he encountered that are common with purple heart. Andrew's lathe stand (seen in the previous post) got a rebuild and upgrade. Nicely done, Andrew! In his post, he provides lots of picture to see how it was made- Last week's "Wednesday's..." topic on the Nova Pro-Tek chuck generated lots of comments and questions about chucks. This picks up at that point- What’s Coming Up- We have only a few lady turners here in our little community. If you know anyone (lady or gentleman) who might enjoy this lecture- and are a member of the AAW- check out this information Click on the image above for the link to the registration. You must log in with your AAW membership information. If you didn't get a chance to see the live Mike Waldt presentation mentioned last week, it is available on YouTube. It is a little long and unscripted but quite interesting- For The Newbies- When selecting turning tools for bowls, we mostly think of gouges. Another must have tool is the scraper. When properly used, scrapers can produce super results Expand Your Horizons- It's a well know fact around here that I hate sanding. I'm not good at it. Maybe if I were better at it, I wouldn't hate it so much. Be that as it may, I've always used "sandpaper", in some form, for sanding. It seems recently more and more turners are using paste products to achieve that final finish. Mike Peace recently did comparisons of the finish from several of these product. It was also an excuse to show off his new digital microscope! Use of these paste sanding products can affect your choice of final finishes. New Turning Items- Not new but super prices on Easy Wood Tools products. Thanks @Jim from Easy Wood Tools!! Don't wait the sale ends on December 11! Click on the above image for the link to all the EWT products on sale! Everything Else- Rick Turns listing of the Youtube woodturning videos from last week- I know it's hard to believe but I actually did some turning this week. Back in September, I received a request for a large salad bowl and two smaller serving bowls. The large salad bowl was completed and then our world, here, turned upside down. Anyway, I finished up the smaller bowls to complete the set. These are local cherry that the tree guys dropped off back in the summer, Finished with beeswax and mineral oil. I must learn to wipe my dusty finger prints off of the turnings before taking the pictures. I didn't notice them until I saw them on the PC monitor. Safe turning and stay well
  15. 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.
  16. Beautiful day here in south central Pennsylvania. Got my garlic planted and the leaves raked. Our Patriot Turners- @PostalTom added this to the general woodworking forum but it applies to turners, too. We all use glue! Thaks, Tom for a great discussion. Although he was away for a while, @Steve Krumanaker hasn't lost a bit of his turning talents. Steve gave us a peek at his birdhouse ornaments- He also posted one of his segmented birdhouses Please check out both his posts and give him your comments! @FrederickH posted an update on the African Blackwood Spill Vase. You may recall he originally wasn't too pleased with the color. After some time, the color has changed. Rick tells us more about it in this entry on his post- What’s Coming Up- In case you missed it, the David Ellsworth natural edge bowl demo is still available- Click on the above image for more details. Woodcraft is looking for volunteers for their turn pens for our troops. If you live near a Woodcraft store, you can participate at the store. You can also turn a pen at home a get it to the store. Woodcraft will give you a pen kit for each one you turn. It's a win-win all the way around! More information is available here- https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/woodcraft-seeks-volunteers-to-turn-pens-for-troops?fbclid=IwAR35Fn82vh63TcyeLqoO-nDXvWQbXAnC2D6kmfM9Ed-6OKUe0ku3PxKkq40# For The Newbies- Last week we included a short video from Lyle Jamieson on turning speed. Here's another author discussing the same subject- Sam Angelo put together a video describing how and when to use certain turning tools. Looking for a nice gift idea? The patterns are free and available from- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/turned-spatula-and-spoon-pattern/ Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson turned a large hollow vase. Notice the use of some of the recently available Easy Wood Tools @Jim from Easy Wood Tools . The new parting tool and the new larger hollowing tools. All are available at the Easy Wood Tools website. Mike Peace has a video demonstrating a bandsaw jig for processing logs. If you've ever tried to feed a round log through your bandsaw and had it grab, you'll appreciate this jig- New Turning Items- Looking for a new lathe? I have just the thing! If you use CBN wheels on your grinder, Ken Rizza (Woodturners Wonders) has a product that may help you extend the life of the wheel- While you are checking out the Slick Stick, look at their Outlet Products- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/outlet-products Ruth Niles has a new stopper specifically made for larger openings- Check out her website for more details- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/cosmopolitan-ss-1000/ Everything Else- One turner we feature here often is Tim Yoder. Well Tim has some really big news! Looks like we will beeing lots more of his tremendous videos! Rick Turns list of Youtube turning videos from last week- I haven't had much time to be in the shop these last couple of week and when I did get there it was not all pleasant. As I mentioned before, I've been experimenting with soap/water soak on rough turned bowls. For the most part, the results have been very positive as far as cracking/splitting during the drying process. I'm also very please with the small amount of warping taking place. I made a bunch of small cherry test bowls. These were between 5" and 6" in diameter. After they reached moisture equilibrium I checked the roundness. The red circle is a tracing of the bowl opening and the pencil circle was drawn with a compass. Slightly warped but not much. Unfortunately, these two bowls had other ideas about what they were going to do- The one on the right may be salvageable with some sort of a creative embellishment. Before all this happened, I was have great fun with the finishing cuts on the outside of the bowls. I was comparing the the finish left from a freshly sharpened bowl gouge- using a shear scraping cut and a new carbide cutter on my full sized Easy Wood Tools finisher. Easy Wood Cutter- Bowl Gouge Pretty similar. Safe turning and stay well
  17. 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!
  18. 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
  19. 50 years ago, I started teaching at the local Vocational School. After retiring, I continued to substitute for another 17 years. This year I finally decided to officially retire. We'll see how it goes. Our Patriot Turners- Last week, @Artie posted about his new toys he won in our raffle and asked about any additional equipment he needed to get started. Tha post generated a lot of great ideas. But @Cliff added something very important about lathe speed and safety- From Cliff's post, I found this article- Yamaguchi_SafetyMatters.pdf @Ron Altier reworked his "canary in a cage". Ron describes what changes he made in this post- @PostalTom got a beautiful new bowl gouge! Tom reviews his purchase in his post along with a minor problem. Our turners really jumped in to help him out! Both @Gerald and @HandyDan provided links to instructional videos on bowl gouge use- @FlGatorwood has authored an fantastic blog that every Shopsmith owner should checkout. Each part of the blog is linked to the next. It all starts here! @FrederickH asked the group for their experiences with African Blackwood. If you've turned this, maybe you can provide him with your suggestions- @AndrewB Showed us a purple heart bowl he finished Andrew tells us about this turning- We continue to have conversation on the thread about casting without a pressure pot- What’s Coming Up- About a month ago, a group of turners held a free YouTube event. Each turner presented a demonstration highlighting their talents. It's happening again! This time they have more presenters and the entire program is spread out over 16 hours on Saturday August 22. Check this website for complete details and schedule of presenters. https://www.virtuallycrafty.com/?fbclid=IwAR328neTuOcNMHGc_9bz_DL_FPXmwc1zDEKsaHS4v2TmhQdTmMRDaBnGSMo For The Newbies- The Woodworker's Journal has a nice tutorial by Mike Peace on making a Birdcage Awl- The entire tutorial is at- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/project-turn-a-birdcage-awl/ @PostalTom's bowl gouge entry reminded me of how poorly I sharpen my own gouges. This is a very informative video on how to "fix" improperly ground bowl gouges. I think it might be just what I need- Expand Your Horizons- A lot of us are getting to the age where we need to take medications on a regular basis. Mike Peace turns a nice little pill holder. I think it will also work for hearing aid batteries- Stabilizing soft/punky wood has typically called for a vacuum chamber/pressure pot and a stabilizing liquid. I have relied on StarBond CA glue to harden/stabilize turnings due to the lack of that equipment . It has always worked pretty good although it can be expensive if the piece is large. Here is another method of stabilizing without the aid of vacuum/pressure. The author uses a 2 part acrylic and acetone to make a solution that soaks into the wood. The mixing instructions start at about 3:15 in the video- I sent a message to the folks at Alumilite to ask their opinion. Their response was that they had never tried it. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a couple of new items- First, their sanding bundle- Second is a new lubricant. This one is suited for use on their CBN wheels- Click on the images for the links to these products. Everything Else- Rick Turns video list from last week- Haven't been to the lathe this week- making rolling pin blanks. Lots of stock milled and the glue-ups started. Each pin requires 4 individual glue-ups and trims before they go to the lathe. Second step in glue-up waiting for trimming Trimmed pins dadoed and waiting on third glue-up One in the clamps; one hour wait. Safe turning and stay well
  20. 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.
  21. Hi, I was very fortunate enough to have won a set of Easy Wood turning tools in our last raffle. I have purchased a bionic face shield. I will be using a Shopsmith for a lathe, mark7.This comes with a spurred drive center, Cup style dead center, standard lathe tool rest, and lathe tail stock. Any other safety items (leather apron etc...), or tools/set-ups you may recommend, I’m anxious to hear them. Thank you. Artie
  22. Received my prize burning kit today. Thanks TPW and Easy Wood Tools. Larry
  23. @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
  24. Seeing that I had took all the tips off of my EWT tools not including the rougher. I started on a new project while I'm waiting for a couple tools and parts to get here to finish off the last project. I decided to go with the Walnut Claro again this round. I had a minor problem in the beginning that I didn't realize that the blank was off angled cut and was well some what lop sided to start with. Even still burned through that issue at the start and had a go with it. I had to take off quite a bit of material to get more of a cup shape with this one. For the bottom I didn't go with the mortise route since I seem to have been cutting those too deep. I guess that needs more practice on my part. I decided to go with a tennon so I could just hack it off with my new hand tooled crosscut saw. Also with some of the pointers I received in the last project I am definitely going to be trying the sanding before hollowing portion on this one as well. I'm not quite sure but I'm semi starting to like the offset pattern of the grain on this one.
  25. From the album: Patriot Woodworker Community Fundraiser 2020

    The Patriot Woodworker's are honored to have this Easy Wood Tools Hollower #2 donated by an anonymous Patriot Woodworker for the purpose of our Summer 2020 Fundraiser. One of our Patriot Woodworker's contacted @Jim from Easy Wood Tools for the purchase of this tool, and instructed Jim that he/she remain anonymous for this donation, so we just want to say to whoever it is among us, THANK YOU! As of July 5th, 2020. This tool has been added to the line up of our prizes for this fundraiser. Value: 139.99
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