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  1. Saturday is the twentieth anniversary of 9-11. Tragic national events have a way of sticking with us and we remember exactly where we were. I have vivid memories of two such event. President Kennedy's assignation- I was in Memphis going to Navy electronics school. The 9-11 attack- I was teaching at the Vo-Tech school. Our Patriot Turners- @Fred W. Hargis Jr had a little misfortune with a small bowl he was turning. We never know just how deep some of the cracks can be in a blank- Fred asked our turners what they thought he should do at this point and he received lots of helpful advice. @Gerald teste his new laser on his hollowing rig! What a fantastic turning rig. Gerald said it is from Tim Yoder. He tells us more about this tool and some modifications in his post- Gerald was kind enough to give us information concerning some of the vendors at S.W.A.T. in a response to last week's "Wednesday's..." Our turners have also posted some of their work in other forums here on the Patriot- In the "What's On Your Weekend Agenda" section, @forty_caliber showed us a little problem he had with his lathe- Powermatic sent him a replacement for the handle. Forty also posted some turning he is doing, here- In our "Good Monday Morning" section, Forty posted a lid he is turning for the bowl pictured above- And, in our newly christened "Hump Day" section, @Fred W. Hargis Jr gives us a quick update on some handle turning- @forty_caliber made a design change in the lid for his bowl- @Gerald is setting up for a club meeting- What’s Coming Up- As a reminder, a couple of AAW associated on-line events coming up. Click on the images for links to registration. For The Newbies- New lathes usually come with a faceplate. That one may, or may not, be ideal for your needs. Alan Stratton shows us how to make several faceplates and why you might want several different types- Lacquer can make a nice finish on a turning. Here is Sam Angelo discussing use, application and thoughts on a lacquer finish- Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson takes his beading and burning techniques to the next level! Has this happened to you? Someone asks you to make a turning but you discover that your lathe isn't long enough to make the piece. Here, Ernie Conover gives us techniques to overcome the problem- sorry, it's not buying a bigger lathe And, just for the heck of it, watch Tim Yoder turn a gigundous platter- New Turning Items- The folks from Woodturners Wonders have a new smaller 4-in-1 CBM wheel. This one is 6" in diameter- Check it out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/6-inch-wheels/products/6-4-in-1 Everything Else- Rick Turns' list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Time to replenish my stock of rolling pins. The most time consuming part of them is making the walnut and cherry inserts- which does not require any turning. I had a cherry board in the shop but needed to drag up a few walnut boards from the wood storage shed. Each insert strip needs to be 10.5" long x 2" wide and .125' thick. I got started by ripping all the boards to the 2" width and 22" long. The thicknesses varied from about 1" to 1.25"- Next, surface plane to one good side- Then I need to re-saw the pieces into thinner slices. My old Taiwanese bandsaw doesn't do well with a rip fence so I scribe a line to follow. Just a tad under 3/16" Using a re-saw post and slice off a strip- After all the boards have the thin strip removed, it's back to the planer to smooth away the saw marks for the next strip. Wash, Rinse and Repeat until all of the boards have been converted into thin strips The strips have one smooth side- from the planer, and one rough side from the re-saw operation. They are all about 3/16" thick but have slight variations. To bring them to the final thickness and remove the saw marks, out comes the shop made drum sander. The drum sander was built just for this purpose. I used to use the oscillating spindle sander and a fence but I couldn't get consistent thicknesses along the length of the inserts. Notice there is no belt feed! Also, about the maximum I can remove with one pass is .01". This is gonna take a while!!! 3 passes thru and still need about 3 or 4 more to get to .125" Safe turning and stay well
  2. Just set up my new laser from Tim Yoder. And tests were in order on a piece of magnolia for a Beads of Courage Bowl. This laser is setup on the original Elbo hollowing rig. I did have to drill to mount the post but was a simple job. A friend just turned a 1 inch boring bar for me and it is much more stable than the 3/4. Laser is easy to adjust when changing cutters. I usually do not remember to take pics while on lathe but did on this one.
  3. Just finished the 2nd flame box elder vase, there is some pretty grain in this one too. Decided to do a zentangle on the bottom of this one. This is one of my favorite patterns, "Phicops in a cirlce" Have no idea where the name comes from.
  4. Picked this up yesterday from a Facebook turning group- They didn't provide a link or complete image. If you have one of these lathes, check with the manufacturer.
  5. Trying to use up the harvested green wood before it goes bad. This came from a 18" pecan branch with multiple centers, trimmed with chainsaw to fit my 14" lathe. End-grain turning. Getting the soapy water treatment before drying. .40
  6. I roughed this bowl last fall or early in the spring, really don't remember which. It's about 8" diameter so I left it about an inch thick figuring to turn it to about 1/2" or so after it dried. I thought it was ready to finish and started to mount it on the lathe but the more I handled it, the more I liked the feel and heft of it. To be honest, after roughing it I didn't much to this bowl but sand it a bit and remove the bottom. I guess it just spoke to me. It's so much thicker than what I would usually do but for me, with this bowl, with this piece of wood, it just works. About 8" diameter, a couple or three inches deep and about 1" thick. Finished with gloss wipe on poly applied while spinning.
  7. but I'm liking the way this is looking. Fourth coat of gloss wipe on poly, still wet. Probably will get two more coats. Flame box elder about 8.5" tall and hollowed to about 1/4" box elder vase.mp4
  8. Ok gang, only two weeks left before the end of the raffle and we are not even half way there. Please open your wallets and buy some tickets. Part of your donation will help the Hine family with grocery money. And, you just might score some awesome tools from our very generous sponsors. Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanakeris creating federal housing for his local yard gnomes ! Steve turned some really clever little houses to decorate their lawn. Steve received some really nice comments on these- @steven newmanwas treasure hunting and proved that used lathes can be had for a reasonable price. He was kind enough to show us what in his area- Check out some of his other discoveries- @forty_caliber added some more images to his post from last week. He also added a new tool to his arsenal which looks like it came in really handy- More images in his post- What’s Coming Up- Lots of stuff cropping up! Click on any of the images for the link to more information and registration- The AAW has added the rotation of presenters for the next symposium- For The Newbies- The bowl gouge Part #2 from Jim Rodgers- This month's Woodturning Monthly from the Woodworker's journal. Click on the image for the link- A nice video from Rick Turns making a bowl with embellishments. Rick adds subtitles/cc with additional information during his videos. Expand Your Horizons- Mike Peace added an interesting video/project to his channel. Mike shows us how to make a "reversing bar" that can be used to finish off the bottom of a hollow vessel. New Turning Items- @RustyFN gave me a heads up for those of you using the Work Sharp sharpening station. The folks at Woodturners Wonders have replacement CBN wheels. https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/cbn-wheels/products/cbn-discs-for-work-sharp Not exactly a new item, but this video, from Carl Jacobson, shows the possibilities when using Joyner off center jig from Ruth Niles. Check out Ruth's site at https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/. Sign up for her monthly newsletter, too!! A new affiliation for the Lyle Jamison hollowing tools. Click on the image for the link to the Woodturning Tool Store- Buffalo Woodturning Products has a sale on some of their finishes. Mahoney's- https://buffalowoodturningproducts.com/collections/finishes/mahoneys-finishes?utm_campaign=emailmarketing_114852986962&utm_medium=email&utm_source=shopify_email Doctor's Woodshop- https://buffalowoodturningproducts.com/collections/finishes/docs-woodshop?utm_campaign=emailmarketing_114852986962&utm_medium=email&utm_source=shopify_email Everything Else- Some of our members keep bees. This popped up while I was writing this weeks "Wednesday's...". Last weeks woodturning videos from Rick Turns- Sometime back, @Gerald, commented that he was surprised I didn't have a vacuum chuck. Although I have considered adding one, up until today I've always been able to use my shop made chucks/jigs to hold any turning. I was tinkering with a glue-up and decided to try a square bowl. My new Jet lathe has a 16" swing and I decided to go as large as possible. That calculated out to be a square a little over 11" on a side. Reversed it and turned the "bowl". Then when I went to finish off the bottom- getting rid of the mortice- I discovered that my Cole jaws just weren't quite big enough. Same with my shop made Longworth chuck. Finally tried my oldest (first), large shop made chuck. Got it to fit but absolutely nothing to spare! Needs more sanding and some finish. Safe turning and stay well
  9. We've got sycamore trees in our yard, beautiful trees but they drop a lot of limbs. Now and then a limb is big enough to play with. Did some garden whimsy today. First day it's been cool enough to get in the shop for a while. They are a take off on some ornaments I did last year. I knew then I wanted to do some of these for the garden.
  10. Just did not have the room for it.. . Logo claims this is a Dunlap......Price was...ok.. Tool rest seemed a bit small. The Dungeon Shop just doen't have the room for this thing. As for that other machine? Again...no room..was even to big to haul home. Logo? Never hear tell of this one....Price? $25 I can remember a time when I would have bought both....now? I don't even have room for their router table they were selling.. And...not for this price... Without a router?....Pass.
  11. I normally hang out in the turning forum but this isn't really about turning so I'll post it here and hope my friends from down there will see it. I built my shop several years ago over a two week vacation with help from my brothers and nephews. When I built the shop I put a drop ceiling in it but knew almost immediately that was a mistake. It wasn't very long before I ripped that ceiling out, but then I never put a new ceiling up. Over the years, I've known I needed to as the insulation was exposed and didn't have any support. I've had put it back up a few times and the shop was also pretty dark as there was no reflected light from the ceiling. Well, this year I finally decided to address the ceiling issue. Here are a few pics of my shop as it looked in March. You can see what I mean, the insulation is sagging. I've known I should do something but that it was going to be a chore since my shop is so full. Finally, I had enough and decided to go with a metal ceiling, it's basically pole barn siding and the nice thing is, it goes up finished, it doesn't need mudded and painted like drywall. It's also very durable. Here are the after pics. The hole is for access to the attic area. The lights are LED and are very bright. The pictures don't really show what a dramatic difference there is. Not going to lie, I am very happy with myself over this improvement. Did all of the labor myself with LOTS of help from my brother. For a 24X30 shop material cost for ceiling panels and lighting was right at $1500.00. For my money that is a heckuva of an improvement for that amount. Now, my shop is basically a train wreck at this point, I figure I'll be another month before I have any kind of order but I'm still really happy with this project.
  12. Didn't do any turning today but I tackled a project I've been contemplating for a good while. Many who turn deeper vessels use a laser setup to help them determine how deep the cutter is cutting. It also helps determine wall thickness and total depth. That is the method I've used for a few years. I've been wanting to upgrade to a camera setup and decided today to "git-er-done". I had pretty much everything on hand and it went fairly quickly. I haven't had a chance to test it out yet but I believe it will be a much better setup. camera project.mp4 It's kind of hard to get your head around exactly how it works until a person sees it in action, or at least it was for me. It's an amazing idea really, don't know who thought of it first but it's a real game changer. It offers a few advantages over a laser setup. With a laser, every time the cutter is adjusted, the laser must also be adjusted and it's guess work sometimes to get it just right. Also, due to vibration the laser can move off location and there is no good way to tell without pulling the cutter out of the piece and checking, the alternative is possibly cutting too deep or going through the side. Very time consuming. With a camera, when the cutter is moved it's a simple matter of erasing and redrawing the position on the screen with a dry erase marker. Also, it's very obvious if the camera vibrates off location. Hoping to test it out tomorrow.
  13. I've got a pretty special piece of wood on my lathe this morning. Funny, it's been laying outside my shop since last fall and I almost threw in the fire pit. Cut a chunk off this morning and decided to do a little hollow form. Was very surprised by the ambrosia. It's near final shape but not quite there. I had stepped back several times and thought it was pretty good. But there is nothing like a picture to let a person really see. I can see it's a little fat at about center and I'll address that for sure. If I don't blow this up or go through the side it's going to be special I think. About 9" tall and around 6" major diameter. I'll leave as much bark as I can, I think it'll be a nice contrast to the color.
  14. 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
  15. One of the guys at the club I started going to came in with a bowl that was half wood and half basket. He is going to teach us how to do it. I made this bowl to take over for the class.
  16. Slowly but surely making progress on getting my shop back up and running. Hung my air cleaners today, love my kubota!!
  17. My daughter's birthday is coming up and she requested a pencil box for her desk. It must be large enough to accomodate pencils, pens and markers.( Plus who knows what else.) She wanted it colorful, so I made it of cedar and maple that I already had. I put felt on the bottom of the inside and outside base. Cutting those angles is always a challenge, followed by glue up and turning it round. I don't use aromatic Cedar much anymore, but when I do I use a lot of caution, a good mask and plenty of vacuum.
  18. Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN added an addition to his new Record Lathe This outrigger adds a lot of versatility to the lathe as Rusty explains in his post- New member @Chris Brown, is looking for a new lathe and asked our advice. Our members aren't shy about providing help when asked! Check out Chris' post and chime in with your thoughts! We have been talking about various types of steady rests lately. @Ron Altier showed us his shop made version. Ron's is especially useful having two sets of wheels- Ron describes his build in this post- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration! This is a YouTube event presented by many "Makers". Click on the above image for the link to the event's YouTube Channel. Cindy Drozda is having a multiday event on tall wooden vessels Click on the above image for the link to Cindy's site and registration information. Highland Woodworking is having an online woodturning event with John Lucas More information and registration can be found by clicking on the above image. If you are a member of the AAW, they are presenting Liam O'Neill in their Master Series, March 27. Here's the link to more information- https://www.woodturner.org/Woodturner/Virtual-Events/AAW-Master-Series--Liam-O-Neill--Intro--March-27--2021--TRT-1-26-.aspx For The Newbies- Here's a nice kitchen project that combines elements of spindle turning and a little hollowing- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/project-elegant-biscuit-cutter/ Some tools, because of their shape, can be difficult to sharpen. Here's a novel approach that seems to work pretty good! Too often, when I put a chunk of wood on the lathe, I'm really not sure exactly what I'll end up with. This short video can help with planning the outcome. Expand Your Horizons- This is a really long video. It is a teaching lesson, by Linda Ferber, about surface embellishments and more. The folks at Alumilite help us decide which epoxy is suited for a particular application- New Turning Items- Not a new item but maybe something you have been thinking about adding to your arsenal. The Sorby Pro Hollower- Ruth Niles has put together a package deal of some of her most popular items Here is the link for ordering- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/super-stainless-kit/ If you use the code "newsletter #25" at checkout, you'll get an extra discount! Ruth's newsletter also has some previews of Rebecca DeGroot's latest idea. Why not subscribe- it's free! Everything Else- Rick Turns video list from last week. Please note that Rick has added some information about a YouTube channel that was posting another turner's work as their own. Frank Howarth is always amazing to watch. His imagination- and workshop- are awesome! I posted my finished steady rest project. If anyone wants the Sketchup drawing, let me know- Safe turning and stay well
  19. Chris Brown

    Lathe

    Hello. I’m new to this forum. I’m looking to get into turning. I have a little experience at it. Currently I own a wood floor business. We install hardwood, sand and finish. I’ve hurt my back and think it’s here to stay but can’t see myself leaving the wood business. I enjoy making tables but want to add another level of custom to it by turning bases and the occasional legs. I also would like to dabble in burls. My problem is I don’t have a lathe and would like to buy one big enough to do anything I want to do. It can be used but in good working order. Any recommendations to me? Thanks.
  20. I got into some spalted cherry on the my latest batch of decorative tea jar lids. Unfortunately I only had enough for 8 or 10 lids. Would like to find a whole log of this, it's some pretty wood.
  21. You folks know I'm not turner. I used to be a "wannabe turner", and anymore I'm not even sure I'm that. Anyway, I have a lathe and the basic tools which I bought to help with my flatwork projects. But after 7 years or so, I haven't even done that. So I decided it's time. I'm trying to turn legs for a William and Mary table I saw somewhere, but the article was one of those that asks you to dig out an issue from 3 years ago to get the details on turning the legs. I don't have that issue so decided to tackle it on my own. I made a drawing (actual size) and made 2 blanks out of poplar to tune my technique. At the risk of being laughed off the forum, I present the first one below; judging from my results I should have made 7-8 practice blanks. Of course there's the little matter of my measurements (on the leg) being off quite a bit...but my technique for turning a round spot on the leg most definitely needs, well, refining. Here's the leg laying on my drawing....go ahead, laugh your arse off. With my DC down I can't do much of anything else.
  22. Here we are, into March already. Hard to believe. The robins have been here for a couple of weeks so I guess spring can't be too far away. Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan used his machinist skills to design and build a really useful drilling attachment for his lathe. His tailstock quill was reengineered for easier drilling- Dan received lots of comments on his work! Please check out more images and some of the things our members had to say! @RustyFN 's new lathe was delivered this week! I hope we didn't cause it to rust too badly with all of the drooling! He has it in place, fired up and makin' shavings! Our gang didn't waste any time in congratulating him and making comments! @Fred W. Hargis Jr is still practicing and getting ready to turn the table legs out of cherry. This picks up where he left off last week- Our turners have been providing lots of encouragement and advice - @AndrewB is finishing up a Pepper grinder- He is refining the jig he is using to hold the pieces while turning- Andrew turned another grinder from a 4 x 4 instead of a glued up lamination. Looks good so far! Check out our turner's comments on his progress- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. Click on the above image for more information and registration. Carl Jacobson is doing a live turning demo on YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/c/CarlJacobson/featured Highland Woodworking is presenting Pete Wiens doing a rope bowl with beading. For more information, click on the above image. For The Newbies- There are always a lot of questions about turning a green bowl from start to finish. Craft Supplies USA produced a video showing the process- Expand Your Horizons- The bowl video illustrates turning a bowl in the "tradition" fashion- the grain running across the diameter of the bowl. Another method of making bowls is to have the grain oriented vertically from the top to the bottom of the bowl. Turning end grain efficiently often calls for specialized tools. In this video, Jim Rodgers, illustrates the use of some of the tools. The bowl video illustrates turning a bowl in the "tradition" fashion- the grain running across the diameter of the bowl. Another method of making bowls is to have the grain oriented vertically from the top to the bottom of the bowl. With Saint Patrick's day approaching, who else but Tim Yoder would turn a shamrock! Although I thought that thing would come flying off the lathe at any minute, Carl Jacobson succeeded in completing this scoop! New Turning Items- Hold on to that stimulus check. I'll find something for you to spend your loot! Everything Else- Last week, @HandyDan showed us some of the pens he turned for our troops. Eddie Castelin (Capt. Eddie) posted a plea for turners to get involved with this worthwhile cause. If you are interested- Last Weeks YouTube woodturning video list from Rick Turns- It was rainy and ugly out on Sunday so I had a little time to work on the revised steady rest. Spent a fair amount of time over the last couple of weeks working with Sketchup to get the dimensions correct. Have most of the pieces cut, drilled and fitted. Some parts are assembled but the most critical dimension will have to be done when all the parts are cut and clamped together. The wheels have to be centered on the headstock drive center point. Safe turning and stay well
  23. My daughter got me a couple of wood turning gifts for my birthday. One was a pizza cutter and the other was a measuring cup set. All required me to turn handles. I have posted the pizza cutter, it came out nice. The measuring handles were set up to be turned on as a pen would..........I had none of the required equipment and have no desire to make pens. I went to Youtube (Sam Angelo) and found a way to do it without any more new lathe parts. I turned a wooden headstock piece to mount the workpiece on (not sure what to call it) you can see in the first picture in the chuck. It worked fine and I was very surprised that it did with only minor slippage. I intend to use different colored woods for each of the others so if you see a red handle, you will automatically know it is a half cup measure. I do have a question. When doing the final assembly......should I use glue or will the force fit be OK?
  24. This project started with a left over scrap piece I just couldn't throw away. The beautiful wood made me think I had to make something else out of it. As you can see, it is quite small, but still a vase. Not quite sure of the wood type, could be a couple I've used. Anyway, it sure is a beautiful wood.
  25. I turned a quick bowl out of that Osage orange I was given. I turned it thin and dried it for a week. Then I thinned it out a little more, sanded and finished with wipe on poly. It didn’t turn out as orange as I thought it would.
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