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  1. Just finished these, 25 in all. I did get my drawings converted to lightburn so I could do some engraving on them. Lightburn is a great program and made the conversions very easy.
  2. A lady who owns a local spinning shop contacted me and asked about making her some drop spindles to sell in her shop. Now, I've heard of drop spindles and I've even seen pictures of some others have turned but I never really knew what they are for or do. I visited her shop and I was stunned. I had no idea spinning wool is still a thing. VERY nice shop with knitted and woven items every where. She sells equipment, wool, and teaches the craft. It was really an interesting visit. She didn't have any drop spindles like she wanted made and she was sold out and her current mail order supplier wasn't responding or filling orders. She described what she wanted and said she's wanted someone local for a while and one of her customers gave her my name. Don't know what will come of this but here are four of the first ones I've made for her. They are about 11" long and the "whorl"(new word for me) is about 2 1/2" diameter. According to the shop owner drop spindles predate spinning wheels by a few centuries and basically evolved from sticks. The underside is hollowed to provide stability and shift the mass to the rim so they spin longer. The Easy finisher is the bomb for that. Basically no sanding here.
  3. "Back From The Archives" I recently ran into some financial trouble and had to sell a couple of my machines to make a few house payments. One of them to go was my beautiful Heavy 10 South Bend lathe. It took me about a week to start having lathe withdrawals so I posted a WTB ad on the local classifieds and got several calls. I ended up getting a little Atlas 618 6" by 18" metal lathe for a hundred bucks. The lathe is in great original condition and came with a 3 jaw chuck, lantern style tool post holder, and a very nice tool post grinder that is probably worth several times what I paid for the lathe. (crappy cell phone pic) It didn't come with a stand so I took one of my Delta stands out of the rathole and used that. I added some drawers and mounted the lathe to it this weekend. The center section with the drawers slides out of the stand so I can still access the nuts and bolts used to mount the lathe and motor. The light is a 2 dollar light I got from the local thrift shop. It will work for now until I can find a nice vintage one. The drawer pulls I made out of 1/2" bolts. I cut them down so they were about a 1/2 long, faced the back side with the lathe and drilled and tapped them for a No. 10 screw. The wood is all reclaimed wood from some shelves that I took down in my shop a few years ago. I still need to add a switch and I have a quick change tool post ordered for it. Looking for a steady rest and follow rest for it if anyone has one they want to get rid of. They come up on Ebay but they are pricey.The Atlas is pretty much the same machine as the Craftsman 101 and takes the same accessories. I was worried about the lathe feeling like a little toy compared to my South Bend but overall I am very happy with the lathe. It should work fine for what I need it for. Thanks for looking, Shane
  4. Posted these on my facebook page a couple days ago but almost didn't post them here as every one has seen them in one form or another before. Decorative mason jar lids for a local bee farm gift shop. 25 honey dipper lids and 25 herb jar lids and she ordered 25 more of a different size when I delivered these.
  5. African Padauk finished with several layers of shellac. ~Nevin
  6. Our daughter has some auto immune issues and when she's having a flare up she needs a cane. Couldn't find one with a handle she liked so she asked to make her one. This is one of those turnings that isn't real flashy and doesn't look like much but it is one of the most difficult things we do as a wood turner IMO. That long taper is tough to do, at least for me. The wood portion is about 33" over all, 1" at the top and 3/4" at the tip. Our son did the resin cast for the knob. The shaft is white oak and looks good at a glance, hands will find some low spots though.
  7. Got to thinking may need some hearts for the angel project. So from projects I have seen thought “I can do that”. Well it is a little off center.
  8. After seeing Lew's dust collection for his lathe I'm keen on adding it to my lathe. One problem I have is the distance from my lathe to my dust collector. It's 30' horizontal and 11' up from the dust collector to the rafters. You can see the lathe in the background. I've tried to come up with an idea to fit the lathe in the wagon circle of wood working machines but fail to find a way to make it fit. One possible location is where the press brake and shelves are which is not too far from the dust collector. I don't do as much metal working as I used to and with Revere Plastics closing down the local plant I might not do any more metal working... This is another view showing the present location of the lathe. Right now I have an octopus setup with the dust collector with slide gates for each machine. The shop has 12' ceilings so there's a pretty tall vertical before the 30' horizontal run, do you think I'll loose much vacuum over that run? Or should I relocate the lathe closer to the dust collector? JT
  9. Wood turning club meeting is coming up and the presidents challenge this month is to turn a goblet from scrap or cutoffs. This will be my offering. No finish on it and not sure if I will finish it. It's small, only about 6" tall, kind of a shot goblet I guess. In keeping with the theme to use leftovers the top is made from the pieces left in the chuck from turning the goblet. Beads were done with D-way beading tools.
  10. well here is the shop, daughter #2 showed me how, my my its so simple, lol, hope i don't forget how. pic one is from south side, you can see the re located chop saw, gonna build base cabinets in length of about 10 ft and a few uppers above. #2 is from in front of lathes, you can see the baker racks we use for parts and drying racks. also above the clean room (8x20) you can see the mezanine where i store a lot of exotic lumber. #3, is a shot from table saw to rear door, orange cabinet holds a mini mill, and to the left you can hardly see is a grill covering a metal lathe, ( i dable making old, old gun parts) #4 corner where the band saws, drill presses, you can see a groove jig , this one i got right, worked out. #5 shot from by the orange cabinet jointer, 15 inch planer and table sw in pictures #6 see old router table attached to a mech box, its gonna go away later this week, and general work space, #7 The new router able, hope to have up and running later this week now that i know how to post pics, i'll throw some up once in a while rj in az
  11. I finally have some free time and want to do a seashell carving. Here's the original and I'm not sure of how to start this carving. I'll do some "thinking time" before starting. Maybe get my lathe involved before carving begins? Of course, basswood and gold leaf when finished?
  12. Finished them up today. Took longer than I thought they would. Wife and I had a nasty bug last week. Worst cough I can remember having for a while. Doc said, "just something that's going around". Crazy. Anyway, I'm happy with these. Guy hasn't seen them yet so I hope he is too.
  13. In the "what's on your lathe" topic I mentioned that I had a piece of brass to make some ferrules. I made around 20 1"od and same for 3/4" od ferrules. Mostly hacksaw and file work and it sure made me wish I had a small metal lathe like Dan. A while back I turned some mallets for a local wood carver and he mentioned he'd like to have a set of handles as well. That's what the ferrules are for. I don't really like commission work but he was pretty adamant he wanted me to do them. Shot him what I thought was a high price and he increased how many he wanted, go figure. He wanted them out of Osage, same as his mallets. Fortunately I had enough to do them. The ferrules are a press fit and that takes some time to get right but once that's done the handles are a pretty simple profile. He said he wanted a set of matching handles, ended up to be 16 total. I told him "matching" was a relative term and there would be minor differences. He said that's why he want's hand made. It is his intention to only use them when he's demoing. 11 more to go, he doesn't know it but I intend to burn his name and a small graphic on the handles. The burn lines will be different on each one to help him identify them if the edge is hidden. Had a minor set back this morning though, blew a tire.
  14. No, It's not Kangzilla or even a salt water croc. It's a VM150 Chuck from the land down under made by Vicmarc. This is a massive heavy duty chuck weighing in at 11.6 pounds with a 6" diameter. Accepts VM120 jaws giving it a very wide selection of jaws for many applications. Photo of EWT Zoom chuck sitting in a VM150. Note the size difference of the keys. Top View Made in Australia Requires a lathe specific adaptor to function. Notice the solid back...no dust in here. In use, I've noticed that it has a very low gear ratio. 1 revolution of the chuck key moves the jaws a shorter distance than the EWT for example. It also has a "Zoom" feature similar to the EWT but without the need for a "ring" with the chuck installed and the spindle locked simply rotate the body of the chuck to open or close the jaws. Short video showing this feature. https://youtube.com/shorts/emc-kZC5l4Y?feature=share Very smooth when running, perfectly balanced Cadillac ride. I'm very impressed with the equipment over all. The only lacking feature is easy change jaws. The EWT Zoom chuck has an advantage there. Like similar chucks with screw in jaws, they are numbered and correspond to a specific numbered location on the chuck. .40
  15. I thought this was an interesting build on the SO forum. Origin-built Lathe and Disc Sander - Projects - Shaper Community (shapertools.com) Paul
  16. I recently had a chance to play with some beading tools, something I'd never really used before. However, they weren't mine to keep. After returning them I found that I missed what they could do. So, I invested in a 3/16", and a 1/8" beading tool from D-way tools. I like wooden handles so I purchased them un-handled. When I received the tools it occurred to me the cutting edge could be easily damaged. Knowing they are not a tool that will get daily use I needed a way to protect them from getting knocked to the floor or dinged up if in a drawer. I also do a club demo now and then so how to protect them when transporting? I had an idea to make a self storing, reusable handle and this is the result. Not real pretty but I think it will work well. It's a take off from my collet handle video with the handle drilled out to accept more of the shaft. This is with the tool in cutting position. This is with the cutting edge stored in the handle. The fittings are less than ten bucks at my local hardware. I used a 3/8" compression by 1/4" FIP straight and a 1/4" FIP close nipple.
  17. Just the latest batch for my upcoming show. Decided to use up some wood I had laying around and kept it simple. I never seem to find the time to do the fancy stuff I have figured out in my head. Comments and critiques appreciated, as always. The last of my cedar stash. Got a couple of large planks a few years ago for helping a guy load some of them on his trailer. .40 Cal isn't the only one that can play with pecan. A little bit different layout of some nicely spalted pecan that I picked up a while back. Gonna have to get some more of this stuff! These were made from a block of end grain mesquite I glued up but never got around to turning into blanks. Didn't think it was cut into small enough pieces for what I wanted it to look like. Apparently, I was wrong. Thanx for looking.
  18. The walking stick is done and has the first coat of boiled linseed oil on it. I used linseed oil because that's about as good anything for outdoor use and it's very easy to re apply as needed. I really like white oak and walnut together. After a few coats of oil this will get a rubber cane tip on the bottom.
  19. Way back in 2000 WOOD magazine published a project called, "a wood turners walking stick", or something like that. When it was published the closest thing I had to a lathe was a shopsmith. No one, especially not me, would've called me a wood turner. In fact, I didn't even want to be a wood turner. When I did turn something purely out of necessity it amounted to a little bit scraping and a whole lot of sanding. Never the less, this wood turned walking stick project really caught my eye and I decided I'd try to make one. I did but I actually bought a spindle sander to make the finger profiles in the handle because I didn't think I could form them on the lathe, you'll see what I'm talking about in a minute. I then asked my wife if she'd like one. She said yes but she didn't like those finger things and could I do a checkerboard thing or something. Again, I had no idea how to do that on a lathe but here is what I ended up with for handles. This particular stick on the right I did make on the lathe as I have since gotten a little better than I was back then. This post however, is about how I did the crosshatch. Since I didn't know how to do it by hand I decided to make a router jig to do it. Funny thing, I didn't know how to do that either. Well, it worked. I made the handle, threw the jig up on a shelf and forgot about it. That was over 20 years ago. A couple weeks ago my wife asked if I'd make a couple walking sticks for Christmas. One of them will be for our grand daughter and she is tiny. Wife said, "you'll need to do the checkerboard thing again cause her hand is to small for the other type of handle. So, the last few days I've been trying to figure out just how the jig worked. Getting close now but still have some issues with it crosshatch.mp4 Like I said, a real Rube Goldburg contraption, it's based loosely on the old Legacy ornamental mills. I'm pretty sure when I first made this I used a hand held router. Just cannot remember exactly how I did it. You can see, in the second half of the video I've got some issues with slippage on the drive end. I know how to address that though and should get good results tomorrow or the next day. There is only one video, don't know how to get rid of that screen.
  20. From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers with Operation Ward 57 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays - 2022

    Do you have a small lathe? Do you turn pens; little lidded boxes, finials, ornaments; hollow forms; and other tiny projects? Do you want to create fine details? Then our Micro tools are made for you. 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:
  21. From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers with Operation Ward 57 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays - 2022

    Used to prevent whip and vibration in long or thin spindles while turning, this heavy cast iron Steady Rest features three adjustable ball bearing guides with a maximum capacity of 3". The Steady comes with two spacer blocks which allow it to be used on lathes with 12", 14", or 16" swings.
  22. Today our club got involved in teaching our youth to turn. This is the second school we have gone to and demoed woodturning. We go thru safety and tool use then do a short demo. Today was my turn to do the demo. We have given tools to the first school and probably a lathe to this school. neither school has lathe stands and plan to build or buy one. We may get really busy at this.
  23. Sometimes when I'm doing a turning there will be a piece left in the chuck that's big enough to get something out of. Often, I'll make an ornament body, or a finial or roof. Scavenged through the pieces this morning and had enough to cabbage together four birdhouse ornaments. I also had a request for a couple Ashley Harwood style ornament stands so I did those up too. The wood on both stands is walnut, the darker one has red aniline dye on it.
  24. 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?
  25. I made a glue up of purple Hart & YellowHart about inch & half square. I cut the end into a pyramid on my table saw then turned it on my lathe. I cut it very slowly with a fine blade. Then moved it to lathe for final turning
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