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  1. 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-
  2. Beautiful day today, 67° and sunny. Tomorrow, winter weather advisory. Ahh, spring time in PA. Our Patriot Turners- @BillyJack asked our members for input on some turning tools. Several gave their recommendations on what he might consider. I hope he posts the tools he gets so we can all drool over his choices! @Gerald gave us a look at some of the turnings that were done at the last club meeting. Gerald posted several more images of turnings that were done during the demonstration. Gerald said their guest demonstrator was Matt Monaco. If you do Instagram, here's a link to Mr. Monaco's page- https://www.instagram.com/monaco_bowls/. Gerald also posted some images, in response to some thoughts from last week's "Wednesday's...", showing some of the embellishments he has done using various tools. See this post for more pictures- I appreciate Gerald's willingness to share his knowledge with all of our turners. What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links and more information. From the AAW- From Lyle Jamieson From Cindy Drozda- Not sure if you need a Facebook account to view this presentation- For The Newbies- From the AAW, a short video on sharpening- Mike Peace continues his series on lathe drilling. This video discusses drill bit selection- Expand Your Horizons- Cindy Drozda is asking for input on IRD content. She has developed an anonymous online questionnaire. Maybe you could help her by responding. Here's the link- https://us18.list-manage.com/survey?u=4fd7472bedaf1b07e398a732a&id=73c2cb5054&attribution=false Cindy also uploaded a video of the equipment she uses to do her IRD's and training videos. If you have thought about getting into this area, maybe her experiences might be helpful- Alan Stratton finishes up his series on the eccentric chuck and turnings with a video on making his chuck. Carl Jacobson turns a vase with an off-centered lid- New Turning Items- From Ruth Niles' latest newsletter- Click on the image for ordering. From the folks at Woodturners Wonders- FREE Shipping! https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/new-products/products/powermatic-3520c-lathe-100th-anniversary-edition Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- No turning for me this week. As the old saying goes- "No good deed goes unpunished". One of those-"if we supply the lumber will you donate your time". A little Free Library for the local state park- Just getting to the roof when the spring pin, in the table saw trunnion worm gear, decided to fall out. Of course everything had to fall down into the dust collector hose. It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood... Safe turning
  3. My apologies to @Smallpatch for giving credit to another member on making the chess piece. I have totally lost my mind. Finally got that computer change-over done (I think), we'll see whether the phone rings tonight. Note to self: clean out your own contact's list. No one need 2894 contacts to try to inform of a new email address. Our Patriot Turners- @Smallpatch was asked to recreate a chess piece. Can’t wait to see the results! Jess has a funny story to go along with the request. Be sure to check out his post- @HandyDanTurned a set of incredible earrings. Dan is our resident "inside-out" turning expert and these beauties accent his talents! Dan received lots of comments and he also describes his process in this post- It is encouraging to see our turner's progress as they post their projects. Some of our member have years of experience while others are relative new to the discipline. @Bob Hodge tells us about how he is developing his creativity gene. I love the way he has chosen to display his turnings. So much better than setting on a shelf. Please check out his post with his feelings about turning Patriot member @BillyJack posted a question for our members about lathe tools. Maybe you can help him decide on what to get- We've had a couple of additional comments added to previous posts. @Bundoman Update his post about his winter projects and his daughter's new lathe- And going back into October on a post concerning end grain turning problems, @Bob Hodge added this information- What’s Coming Up- Pretty well caught up-to-date on what's happening in the near future. For The Newbies- A couple of videos from Mike Peace on drilling on the lathe- and- An older video but a nice useful beginner project from Robo Hippy The first installment on spoon turning from Neal Brand- Expand Your Horizons- Alan Stratton continues his demonstration of the eccentric chuck. Stay tuned to this channel as he \has pronised to show how to make the chuck- Richard Raffan turns square plates- not without a little problem- Cindy Drozda discusses turning tool handles. This was a live presentation and a little lengthy but has great information- New Turning Items- If you turn segments pieces, you are probably aware of the wedgie sleds for the table saw. This video shows a similar device for the bandsaw. Not exactly new, the Tormek wet grinder has been around for a long time. Here's Glenn Lucas demonstrating the turning sharpening jigs for woodturning tools- Craft Supplies USA has some new turning blanks available. These are Chroma-Ply blanks https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/t/29/Project-Blanks?b=chromaply&utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=chromaply&utm_campaign=22-02-blanks Woodturners Wonders has a Valentines sale. Check the website for more items and coupon code for discounts- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sweetheart-sale-2022 Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- I have a Sorby spiraling and texturing tool. I'm not very good with it. But I've seen some awesome patterns created by turners like Darryl Jones- https://www.instagram.com/dreadknotwoodshop/?hl=en This is one of his pieces from his Etsy shop It amazes me what he, and others, can do. Anyway I've been practicing and recording results so I can reproduce the embellishments on other pieces. I probably should have picked a softer wood than white oak. Sometime back I made a tool described by Mike Peace for small pieces (the one with the brass shank). I use it on bowl bottoms for a spiral pattern. Safe turning and stay well
  4. I'm starting a new bowl, the largest I've ever tried (of the 4 I've tried in the past). This one is walnut, about 10"- across and a little over 5" tall (rough cut). BTW, in cutting that piece of firewood round yesterday, I made the famous mistake of getting it jammed in my bandsaw, but that's a question for another post. Anway, I was trying to make the blank round this morning, and I wasn't sure how to present the gouge to the wood. I wound up doing it (mostly) with the flute straight up. and sometimes I laid the gouge on it's side cutting with the upper edge. I got it mostly round now, but what would have been the correct way to present the gouge. BTW, I watched a couple of U tube videos yesterday and in both cases they talked very little about tool presentation....it was more about getting the bowl cut as quickly as possible. One was Richard Raffen, I probably won't watch any more of his stuff. Forgot to mention, this blank is full of cracks....so it may just turn out to be a disaster.
  5. A record of some observations after having an opportunity to use both tools. Tormek Round grinding wheel leaves a radius or hollow grind This is desirable for some applications like a parting tool. Does a great job on gouges Hollow grind is less than ideal for bench chisels and plane blades Time Takes longer to sharpen Preparation Since the diameter of the wheel changes with use, set up is inconsistent from session to session. Jigs and notation labels on the tool help to mitigate this, but still requires fiddling each time you return. Steel stays cool Re-grinding bevel takes an excessive amount of time. Tool not really designed for this work Cost Very expensive, in excess of $1000 Long term More expensive to operate over time due to high cost of abrasives An assortment of grits requires significant investment in stones. Adaptability Jigs are available for a WIDE variety of edged tools from Axe to Scissor. Sorby Pro Edge Platen is flat and leaves a flat surface Ideal for skews, bench chisels, plane blades Does a great job on gouges Time Quick and easy changes between abrasive grits Coarse grit belts allow for quick regrinding Belts are available to allow for a very high polish 320 grit is good enough for lathe application Heats the steel Cool steel by dipping in water as needed Consistent distance to platen Jig is consistent each time you return to sharpen Quick and easy with no fiddling Notation label with wing angle, protrusion, and hole allows for fast easy setup upon return. Required after market accessories for lathe tools. https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Sorby-Proedge-Proset/dp/B008AK7ULO/ref=pd_sbs_1/132-8175967-9286741?pd_rd_w=7PClz&pf_rd_p=0f56f70f-21e6-4d11-bb4a-bcdb928a3c5a&pf_rd_r=9ZMT2EMRXCCZXWEF8G4T&pd_rd_r=8854af3f-d351-402e-a86f-914ddc6c1f17&pd_rd_wg=3iG5v&pd_rd_i=B008AK7ULO&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Sorby-Proedge-Long-Grind/dp/B008AK6HQ8 Cost About half the cost of the Tormek Long Term Belts run less than $20 and last a long time Adaptability Available jigs are limited to wood working tools .40
  6. So this month I did purchase the PSI Woodworking Buffing System. I set it up for testing today after I got my antique pepper mill body finished up to test it out. Now having a variable speed controlled buffing attachment for the lathe is quite nice. It works well using it. It did an okay buffing job. Aside from the base polishing that I gave it while it was still on the lathe. Works well for 60 bucks roughly its not bad. If you order it from amazon youll get free delivery not sure from other websites theyll charge for delivery. https://www.amazon.com/PSI-Woodworking-Products-LBUFFSYS-Buffing/dp/B004CVJBYE/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=PSI+buffing+system&qid=1620412070&sr=8-2 https://www.pennstateind.com/store/LBUFFSYS.html Other sites do sell this but yea shipping is where they'll get you for that. So I did buy it through amazon. The set up does work quite well. Before After
  7. So in looking through this box of stuff I got last year I found a #2 morse taper with a threaded spur bit. The threaded spur is about 3/8 long. Having never used one I am curious is this sufficient to turn smaller stuff with or am I going to need to reserve my room at the ER? If it is good to use any tips, or warnings I should know about?
  8. Maybe it is time to make your own. A lot cheaper than buying one and grinder and drill is all you need. Shop Built Texturing/Spiraling Tool
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