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  1. jimbotoc

    Cookie Jar

    This is a cookie jar I turned from a chunk of pine I purchased in Big Bear. We took a family vacation and I bought a few chunks of pine and I'm turning bowls and boxes for evry family that was there.
  2. All this talk about Carbide Wood Lathe Tools I thought I needed to try one. Prices are high so i made my own. I used 4140 tool steel for the shaft. I almost messed up when milling the flat. The steel started to work hard from the heat of the mill. The mill made the cut but drilling and taping was tough. Ash handle with brass ferrule. I have 100's of different carbide tips to try. I snapped the first tip when I tightened the screw. I then put a brass washer under the screw and that seemed to fix that problem. It's not been tested yet. I'll keep you up to date.
  3. Ok guys what do I need to know when buying a lathe chuck? what do i look for? how do i know what size to get etc etc... I have tried looking the information up but have only become more confused. thanks for taking the time to respond.
  4. Still turning globes and getting TOO comfortable with it. The one globe was all done and ready to part off when I just got careless and tore it up. Too bad, had a nice shape and thickness on it. The other one I just too thin and got some hair line cracks in it, you have to look close but the cracks are there. May try to save that one. Steve
  5. Your replies have taken me to areas of turning I've never heard of. Rubber Chucky was a neat and great idea. The string center looked like a very old concept. A lot of set up. I made up something like Chucky. My tail stock is a kit that contains about 6 different centers, holes, etc. I turned down a piece of Oak and drilled a hole for a round pencil eraser. I am going to try other materials too and larger erasers. Could be a great way to hold a pointed piece.
  6. Well as stated in other post I am a straight shaver and love the old school shaving for closeness and just an all around dying art of man care of a lost time. There are a lot of us around once you start looking for sure and have regular club meets. I got into wood turning to create and make my own brushes for use which led to friends and colleagues asking for a brush to be made which led to a small business. Then I decided to start re-scaling vintage or new razors for those who hate the scales on their razors or just from damaged scales. It is a love affair for sure and really does more for my mental health to escape and be alone while creating with my hands. Here are some of the works I have done over the past and each was as fun to create as the other..............
  7. Ron Altier

    The goof

    This is the one that is off center and has some really bad places in it. I think my wife made, it At least she wouldn't let me toss it. The main body is pine and it did everything you wouldn't want to happen. I used pine because I was experimenting and did't want to waste good wood. The inside is painted black to cover all the tare outs inside. It also broke in two pieces. I guess as long as she likes it.......its ok.
  8. I thought I would share this pic with you and you can give me some guidance how to store wood for turning. This is persimmon given to me by a friend. I cut it into 14" lengths as I decided to make rolling pins from it. It grew to about 3" diameter with bark and all. Where I trimmed off branches, I painted all cut and exposed surfaces with latex paint. I left it near the house so that it would not get rained on and could dry slowly in the local humidity. Sadly, some little bug like a borer got into this wood. After removing the bark and truing it, I turned this with a skew. This is not sanded, but the dark area is fresh mineral oil. I find this as beautiful wood. The crack is what stopped me. If I don't find something else to do with this, you can see from the picture where it is going. Thanks for looking. Steve, the old FlGatorwood
  9. Pauley


    I have a Babinga bowl blank that I’m attempting to turn. Wow! I never run across something as dry and dusty as this one! My shop, being what it is...(no windows and one door that leads into a finished room), I had to stop turning. I do have a dust collector (harbor freight one that’s been modified with a filter on top) and a room air filter to collect all that fine dust. I’m wearing an RZ dust mask and a face shield. I have the lathe connected with a 4 inch hose to the dust collector with one of those “big gulp” funnels, but it does little good unless I’m sanding on the lathe. so my question to you expert turners, what do you use...? If possible could you post a photo of what your using..? thanks for any help. Merry Christmas and God Bless.
  10. First batch of ornaments for the year. Mostly maple, cherry, and walnut, there are a couple sycamore globes. There is one sea urchin ornament, that one has ebony finials. We spent a few days on Jacksonville beach with my wife's brother and his wife. Two of our best friends in the world. Picked some sea urchins and this ornament will go to them as a remembrance. Most of these are dyed "inside out". A couple local gift shops sell a few of these and those are the most popular. To me, it's hard beat just plain wood grain. Thanks for looking! Steve
  11. Hey turners, is it a practice to glue felt or some other type of padding material to the surface of the tool rest where the tools meet the rest? The reason why I ask, and I know this is dumb, but I have a couple shiny turning tools, and putting them up on the metal surface tool rest, well, they'll just get all scratched up, the tools that is. Do you guys try to protect the finish on the shaft of your turning tools, or is it just what it is, grit the teeth and get those new scratches on your new tools. Thanks for any help.
  12. As a wood turner, who has inspired you to try something you've not done before? What form, method, embellishment, or even comments have made you push yourself? For me, first and foremost is a man most of you won't know, Neil Gloudemans, Neil was our club president when I first joined and is one of the artists featured in this article from Woodworkers Journal. I once watched Neil turn a cowboy hat, from round blank to ready for the press in just under two hours, still amazing to me. Cindy Drozda of course, admittedly my finials aren't even a close approximation of hers, she is an excellent teacher and technician. Binh Pho, although I don't really like his interpretation on most of his pieces, he turns beautiful forms to a very thin wall and having that skill is something he has inspired me to learn, results are mixed to this point! Molly Winton, her embellishment with pyrography led me to invest a machine and start learning some wood burning techniques. Like turning, there is a big learning curve and there is always another pen or tip to buy. A lady named Ellen Wolters, she is a you tube author and an amazing zentangle artist, watching her, I knew immediately that art form was something I wanted to incorporate into my pieces. Pablo Picasso, not for his art, most of which I don't understand, ok, I don't understand any of it. To me, his is inspirational for his quotes and his attitudes. You may have noticed, one of his quotes is part of my signature; "I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn to do it" To me, that embodies a wood turners spirit. There are others of course and there will be more but these are a few who come to mind. So, who inspires you? Steve
  13. It IS a bit too large for my shop, though.. Not sure what was in the crate on the floor....was able to get a better photo of some of the name Somehow, I don't think is is a wood turning lathe.....I did find a steadyrest, lying on the floor.. There is an overhead Line Shaft to drive it. Did not see a motor, though. That "stick hanging down is a "gear shift" for the belt drive. Estate sale, a few miles south of here...
  14. I glued up a bunch of segmented plywood ornament blanks and am hollowing globes today. Just started hollowing this and one of those aggravating fall bees landed on my hand. I flinched just enough to get a catch. Hate it because after cutting, gluing and shaping I've got a fair bit of time in one of these. On the bright side it looks like my glue joints were pretty good and I'll use the rest of it for a two piece top. Steve
  15. I picked up a really old small no name lathe. Didn't need it, but it was too cheap to "turn down." The tail does not turn, so its age is pretty old. I don't know whether to cut it down and take it with me when I camp or not. I thought about loaning it to a local museum in the small town down the road. What is your suggestions?
  16. I turned this a long time ago. A friend gave me a piece of wood he retrieved from an old train depot that was being torn down. It was over 100 years old. It looked like it had some interesting grain patterns. I cut it up to glue it and was very surprised, it still had sap in it. I doubted it was that old, but was told than the yellow pine does that?????? Anyway I think I used gorilla glue to glue it because it will set in something like that. It did come kinda nice. Still wonder about it.
  17. Research on the strings for tops didn't yield much. All I found is that the length of the string matters. It said 60" was a good length but did not specify the thickness of the string. I have a spool of nylon sash cord for blinds and started out using it. It is made of nylon and I found it may be too slippery. I got the tops working well with it after some practice but thought the kids may not have the ability or patience for that . I went looking for some type of cotton cord but didn't find anything local thick enough. I did find balls of natural cord at Hobby Lobby that looked good but not thick enough either. I bought it anyway with the thought I may be able to spin two strands together using the same technique I used for the Yo-Yos. Gave it a shot and it worked well with a cord .140" thick. The sash cord was .100 inches thick. After the first cord was made I knew I had a winner. The tops worked easier and I attribute that not only to the thicker cord but to the fact that the cord ended up closer to the outside diameter of the top which theoretically would get the top spinning easier right off the bat when thrown. So here is how I made them. I cut a 152" length of the cord shown and tied a knot in each end. The cord is three strands and I took large paper clips and hooked a strand on each end. I hooked one end on a stationary hook and the other end on a hook inserted in my drill. I twisted the cord running the drill in forward/clockwise motion until the length shortened up 24". While spinning it with the drill I kept moderate pressure on it holding back on the drill enough to keep the slack and whip out of the cord. Once it is 24" shorter there is plenty of twist and will knot up with the speed of light if constant tension is not held on it. Now the drill end has to be removed from the drill and put on the stationary hook with the other end. The drill hook has to be holding the half way mark as you do this. My arms are long enough that I could hook the string with the drill and move the end without it knotting. It would have been easier with a second person but I found it doable. Now that the cord is hooked halfway the drill has to be switched into reverse and spun in a counterclockwise direction. For some reason the cord gets longer as it is reverse spun and after spinning it for a while it will start to shorten up again. When this happens the top string is done. Put a knot big enough in one end to catch the string when winding and a finger loop or a button for the back of the fingers which ever you prefer. Oddly enough the string wound the way it is pictured above at the suggested 60" and the tops spin well. How about two at a time?
  18. When I decided to do string tops I did a search for information on how to turn one and more importantly the dimensions for them. Surprisingly there is very little information out there but our Charles Nichols gave me the best information on how to get started. After turning a few and experimenting with different dimensions and angles here is what I found works best for me. I start off with a blank 2.5" square by 5" inches long mounted between centers. I then turn it round and size an end to fit my chuck. I also hog off the other end to an approximate 45 degrees while the support is there. I get it mounted in the chuck and turn it true again and take it to a final diameter of 2.25 inches. I also set the banjo perpendicular to the ways and adjust the tool rest to 45 degrees which is the angle I find works best for the bottom. I then true up the bottom to the 45 degrees and prepare the end to drill for the tip. I started out by making tips on my metal lathe and found it was a waste of time. I don't know why but a sharp point on the tip makes it spin a while longer but the top will not stand straight up with it. I found that a ball shaped tip works best to get the top to stand straight up. So for the tip a 1" piece of .25" brass rod is all you need. So now is the time to drill a .25" hole .75" deep for the tip. I take the tips and put them in a drill chuck and roughly round them over. Now take the tip and glue it into the hole making sure it is firmly seated to the bottom of the hole and measure off the overall length of the top and mark off a line. Overall length is 2.75" for the wood body. Do not include the brass tip in this measurement. I leave the tool rest set to the 45 degree angle because it is now time to work the tip end again. Turn the end again to get a smooth transition to the tip and then work on the lower string catch turning away at the 45 degrees and stopping at the catch. At this same time go to your length line and make the upper string catch. Take the parting tool and make a .25" slot on the tip side of the line taking it down to a 1.375" diameter remaining. Measure and mark the middle of the remaining total diameter. Round it over from the center line. Sand it and add some burn lines or maybe some other visual decoration. Now is time to finish shaping the tip. If your hole wasn't exactly on center this step will cure that. I take a skew chisel laid horizontal on the tool rest to finish shaping the brass tip. I do it at sanding speed or a little less and shape the tip end round like a ball bearing. Sand it to 320 grit and polish it with fine steel wool. When done the tip will be perfectly centered. Take it nice and easy. If you get a catch it is possible for the whole top to go off center. BTDT. It is now time to part it off and take it for a spin.
  19. It sure isn't wood and it sure turns differently. It sheds streamers of plastic all over you, tools and the tuning head. I had to stop and clean the place up several times. I didn't want those strips of plastic on my lights for fear of fire. I didn't want them in places around turning shafts, etc. I enjoyed it, especially the final polishing. It surprised me in how it came out like glass so quickly. I learned a lot and plan on doing more. The biggest problem I had was the wood, it splintered and tore out very easily. I wanted to make it thinner and more unique, but stopped because of the unstable wood (Padiuk)
  20. This is my latest attempt at an off-center turning to produce an oval shaped tool handle. This was done out of ash. Be kind, I am still learning, as can plainly be seen.
  21. Ron Altier


    Clockman asked if I used an indexer when I drilled holes in a circular pattern. I didn't know what one was and looked it up. My Jet mini does not have one. Someone posted a site where I can buy one as an add on. I got an idea on how to make my own. The pictures show what I came up with. I drew 24 lines on a wooden disk with all the precision these ole eyes could muster. I drilled the center same size as the chuck shaft and notched each line with my small bandsaw. I have always had a home made storage area on the top of the lathe and used it to clamp down the pin holder. I used a ball point pen spring and shaft. Metal shafts are very hard to find. I pulled the ball out of the shaft and flattened it so it would fit snuggly in the slot. When in place it holds very well and I use the tool rest to mark the piece. Then lift it out of the slot and go to the next one. The clamps hold it firmly in place and allow quick removal. I am anxious to start a project.
  22. Finally got to try a deep hollow form, not real deep, about 13". First time I've tried something like this and there is lots to learn. The laser diode I was using wasn't the best choice and it wouldn't stay in one spot. Because of that and my own inexperience this piece is just too thin in a couple areas. It won't get much sanding because there is a very real possibility of sanding through. Still, for a first effort, I've got to be happy with the results. I also know there is a lot of room for improvement, especially in the form and getting a consistent thickness. Anyway, here is my first effort and a short video of the hollowing process. The base could be a little smaller and the funnel could also be smaller I think. I was surprised how difficult the big cove was to do and I can see there is room for improvement there as well. Wife says she loves it and I have to finish it but you know how they are. Thanks for looking Steve
  23. Side post since I obviously love talking about myself today... Haas anyone upgraded the stock tool rest that came with your lathe, and if so...to what? Noticed yesterday that mine has some serious nicks in it. Didn't really bother me until I tried my new chisel, the square edge vice an oval one. Now I cannot stop noticing them. Is it worth an upgrade, or just figure out how to smooth them out and move on smartly?
  24. I found this drill chuck in some tools I bought at auction. It is really unique in that it has a 1/4" through hole. It can hold up to a 3/8" bit. What I like is the fact that when starting holes I can choke up on the bit and thus the bits will have less flex and drill accurate holes with less tendency to veer of track. Only problem is I cannot find where to purchase one to lead those who may want one. It has Daytona 0.6-6mm as the only markings on it.. A few pictures with a 1/8" bit 6" long.
  25. I've had it in my head for some time I'd like to have a small metal lathe but I would also like to have a small mill as well. I've been watching CL for a few months and haven't seen anything that interests me. So, I've been looking at the Grizzly combo machines but I'm not the biggest Grizzly fan. What does everyone think of these machines? Specifically the g9729, it seems as though that would more than satisfy the needs(wants) of a not so serious hobbyist. Combo lathe/mill
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