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  1. From the album: Big Ash Mallet

    All the edges of the mallet were chamfered with my block plane and the handle of the mallet of was shaped using my draw knife and a card scraper.
  2. We've had a little over 3" of rain in the past 3 days, a little late for the corn but good for the ground water. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier, our resident ornament master, posted another one of his awesome creations- He tells us a little history of the wood in his post- @RustyFN showed us a gorgeous salad bowl he turned from ambrosia maple- He received lots of positive comments on this one. Check out his post at- @Gerald is working on different methods of adding embellishments to some platters. I especially like this one- Gerald added more images and some of his techniques in his post- What’s Coming Up- The Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium is in a couple of weeks. Not too late to get tickets. https://www.mawts.com/ From Cindy Drozda- http://www.cindydrozda.com/html/Demo.html For The Newbies- It's always nice to get a new lathe. It's even nicer to have someone review that product after using it for a while. What's good, what's not so good. Here Mike Peace reviews his new Powermatic 3520C- A nice video for a useful shop project- Expand Your Horizons- Gerald showed us a couple of embellishment techniques. Here's a video from the AAW with Mike Peace demonstrating a few more methods- Alan Stratton posted a neat turning project. It combines some special jigs and sphere turning Came across these from Andrew Hall- the guy who turns wooden cowboy hats- looks like he is creating a how-to series. He has parts 1 & 2 up so far- New Turning Items- Last week we mentioned that Cindy Drozda had interviewed/toured several vendors at SWAT. Here are links to those videos- Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Next weekend we will be at our VA-65 Navy reunion. I haven't seen the guys in several years and am glad to be able enjoy the comradery. There's only a few of us original A-6 guys left who come to these get togethers. We try to raise some money to to cover expenses for the host of the reunion. Mimi said I should make something to auction off. I had a platter I turned from white oak and decided to laser our insignia in it. Maybe someone will like it- Safe turning
  3. John Morris

    Just a Fun Image

    From the album: Big Ash Mallet

    Here is a fun picture showing the hand tools I used to help make this mallet, it took a combination of my table saw to make the slots, the shoulder plane to clean up the slots, the miter saw to cut the blanks at 5 degrees, and my hand tools to shape and make it interesting.
  4. I know, a day late (and a dollar short). Got volunteered to make a set piece for the local community theater group. Rush job. Our Patriot Turners- @Masonsailor posted a new mallet he made for a friend. The unique design is for a specialized function. I really think this one is too pretty to use!! Paul tells us bout the use and the materials used, in his post- Back in May, @Gerald told us about the guest speaker at their club meeting. Jeff Hornung demonstrated how embellishes his bowls/platters with the Sorby Texturing and Spiraling tool. Gerald posted some of his fantastic examples recently. I'd say Gerald payed really close attention to Jeff's demo- What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for more information- Cindy will be on her YouTube channel, too- https://www.youtube.com/user/cindydrozda From Craft Supplies USA The Art of Woodturning has a complete schedule of their events. Links in image- From the AAW- For The Newbies- More from Mike Peace with in-depth explanations of another tool. This time it's the spindle gouge- Expand Your Horizons- Know a fishing enthusiast- Need a new waste basket? Frank Howarth New Turning Items- Not new but now available from Highland Woodworking- they have Record Power Lathes back in stock Click on the above image for the link Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning
  5. My buddy who runs the canvas shop needed a new mallet for pounding grommets. He goes through one every year or two and I turn him a new one. This one is scraps of maple and walnut. Paul
  6. I got on face book the other day and saw that my nephew had mentioned me in a comment. Well, he had replied to a guy wanting a wood turner to make some carvers mallets for him. The guy said he would supply the wood. Since my name had already been mentioned I sent the guy a PM and we hooked up. All I can say is WOW! This guy lives about a mile from me and I have never met him, may have seen him at a festival before but that's it. He is a hardwood carver and very accomplished. I was able to get three mallets out of the wood he provided. Waiting for him to check handle diameter before I finish this one. Osage Orange, very distinctive color. Hard, but even so it cuts pretty nicely. Larry's work. http://www.decatursculpturetour.com/artist/doc - lawrence a.-wiedman, phd/14
  7. Look on the bright side- only 8 more weeks until spring! Our Patriot Turners- @Masonsailor took a break from his media room ceiling to turn a sweet carver's mallet- In his post, Paul tells us the species and a little more about this turning- @RustyFN created a beautifully shaped bowl from spalted maple- Rusty said it still needed sanding. It sure is pretty even without it! What’s Coming Up- Don't forget the Worldwide Woodturners On-Line Symposium is coming up next week! https://www.woodturnersworldwide.com/ I received an email today from Craft Supplies USA that they are offering a $10. off coupon for the event- Picked this off of my Instagram account from Stuart Batty- In response to popular request, here’s my schedule for the first half of 2022. My classes are getting filled up quickly but reach out if you’re interested in any particular time/location. ~ Houston, TX: January 18-22 ~ @Woodturners_Worldwide: January 27-30 If you haven’t already gotten your tickets, use the code “stuart” for $10 discount. Featuring 35 demonstrations representing 9 countries. 80 hours of content. 30 days to watch. $2.25/demo. ~ @WoodworkersEmporium: Feb 28 – Mar 4 ~ @CraftSuppliesUSA: May 9-13 ~ San Diego, CA & Finger Lakes, NY: Dates TBD ~ A few IRDs and private classes. And I’m planning to be at the AAW symposium this year, so catch me there. If you haven’t already watched my free online instructions, be sure to check out https://vimeo.com/woodturning (link in bio). These videos are professionally shot so much higher quality than the ones on YouTube that are usually recorded by volunteers at my demos. I’m working on building a high-tech recording studio from scratch. I’m hoping to start releasing more high-quality instructions videos later this year. Looking forward to updating everyone on this project in the next few months in between my classes and demos. Resuming the SB Tools production is in planning. With the global disruption of the supply chain, lots of kinks to work out. In the meantime, check out @WoodworkersEmporium for any SB Tools inventory if you’re interested. If you do Instagram- here is a link- https://www.instagram.com/stuartbattywoodturning/ For The Newbies- Here's a nice little project to get started in bowl turning. Something everyone could probably use- If a bowl isn't quite what you are up to, watch Jim Rodgers explain how to create a platter. Some really great turning tips! Expand Your Horizons- It seem that more and more electronic devices are finding their way into wood turning. Personal lasers are becoming common place for embellishing and signatures. Now I see that Alan Stratton is making available some 3-D printed items in his Etsy store. Although, not strictly turning related, there has been an informative discussion in the General Woodworking Forum concerning dust collection. @Gerald initiated the thread and @PeteM added some great technical date. Check it out- On the dust collection topic, here is some good information from Robo Hippy New Turning Items- Some sale packages from the folks at Woodturners Wonders- (Click on the image for the link to the sales page) Ruth Niles has the new unique turning blanks in stock- Click on the above image for the link to Ruth's site. We mentioned this sometime back but it is definitely worth another look- Here's the link to Lyle Jamieson's site for prices and purchase information- https://lylejamieson.com/product/fireball/ Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- I have been playing with my laser engraver. Finally was able to understand how the software works with help from a very knowledgeable gentleman in the software user's group. I found engraving signatures/dates on most items is pretty straight forward but rolling pins presented a challenge. I sign the rolling pins on one end. This needs the pin to be held vertically, be secure yet adjustable for focus. Started with a built up block and bored/turned a tapered hole The rolling pins are tapered so to hold them in place a couple of nylon screws to add pressure To allow for focus, the block had to adjust vertically, a couple of brackets with slots, wingnuts and washers I'm using my drill press table as a work surface, the addition of clamping pads to hold the jig to the to the table. First try on a rolling pin- I did get back to the lathe, too! When I did the Easy Wood Tools promotion at the Nittany Woodturners, they raffled off various items. I picked up a piece of black cherry burl and it has been taunting me ever since. Decided it would become a shallow bowl/platter. There is a void that I am not sure if I want to leave natural or fill with resin. This will be the top- The bottom- The void- Safe turning and stay well
  8. I am getting bored beyond tolerance routering those ceiling tiles. At end of day I decided to put a chunk of firewood on the lathe and turn something. It turned out a mallet. Something about turning that soothes the nerves. Paul
  9. I had a little fun in the shop this morning. Soon I'll be firing up some chairs to build, and right now I am kind of jigging up and tooling up for this big project. Besides the jigs my son and I have been working on, today I got in the shop and made one complete mallet, and I have a couple more in the wings that need to be made as well. Before I took these images I had already made my layout lines and cut the mallet handle slots on my table saw. I simply set my table saw t-slot miter to 4 degrees and cut the slots in from one side then I set it at 4 degrees the other way and cut the other slot in the other side, then I hogged it out with several passes over the table saw blade. My 12" blades have 1/4" wide teeth so it didn't take long to hog the slots out. I laid out 3 mallets and gang sawed them. I cleaned up the slots with shoulder plane, the slots were heavily kerfed so I used the shoulder plane to knock the kerfs down, not all the way, but just enough to clean it up. I cut my lay out lines to produce the mallet blank halves. The key angle here is 5 degrees on the face. This allows your mallet to be used flush on a bench without your knuckles hitting the bench top but at the same time to have a sweet spot at the arc of your swing or tapping. Blanks ready to be glued up The handles are just dry fit into the slots. To get a great fit I had to sneak up on the handle widths, as not all handle slots in each mallet were the same as the next, because I cut these on the table saw without any jigs, just eyeballing lines is all. So each mallet was a tad different. I had to plane each handle to fit each slot right. I'll have a better assembly process next time, I plan on making many of these and pass them out as gifts and possibly sell them as well. A dry fit looking at the top of the mallet, the slot is tapered, so the bottom is tight and snug, the top is flared out leaving room for the wedges to secure the mallet. When I do these again I'll cut the slots so there is not much of a flare out at the top, it's really not needed. I think a 2 degree slot flare would suffice next time instead of the 4 degree. Lots of glue in around the handle, and on the wedges, I wanted the entire slot filled with either wood or glue, securing it for life. I tapped the outer wedges in just a tad, and I drove home the two center wedges pretty hard. Keep in mind, if you make a mallet, the wedges must be tapped in perpendicular to the grain to avoid splitting the wood. Cleaned up the glue a tad I used my bow arc to make the arc on the top of the mallet. Was an arc needed? No, but the mallet looks better with some shape to it. The arc All the edges of the mallet were chamfered with my block plane and the handle of the mallet of was shaped using my draw knife and a card scraper. The finished mallet at the right, and my two roughs waiting in the wings on the left. I put a very heavy coat of Watco Danish Oil on and wiped off. Here is a fun picture showing the hand tools I used to help make this mallet, it took a combination of my table saw to make the slots, the shoulder plane to clean up the slots, the miter saw to cut the blanks at 5 degrees, and my hand tools to shape and make it interesting. It's hard to see, but the chamfers I put into the handle and the edges of the head, are less than perfect, but that's alright, it's a mallet! The most difficult part was shaping the handle with my draw knife, ash is so brittle and grainy, it shapes horribly with hand tools, so I had to follow up my draw knifed handle with a card scraper. I'll be finishing the other two tomorrow. The main reason I built this mallet was for my chairs, I can't use a regular steel hammer without leaving marks, and a rubber mallet bounces too much. I already gave this mallet a test drive and I also used it on some chisels, I love it. I did not use any plans, I just read up on the required angle of the face of the mallet, and made my mallet thicker than the average. Most mallets I looked at were in the 2 3/4" thickness range, I made mine at 3 1/4", and I am glad I did, it has a nice big face. Thanks for following along!
  10. Hope this Wednesday finds everyone healthy and still sane. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier is holding up well under the lockdown. He finished up a sweet little ornament that has a whole bunch of glue-ups! Here's his post- @Gerald had a new comment one of his beautiful bowls in our gallery. Check out his post and read about the tree species- What’s Coming Up- It has been tough coming up with shows and symposiums. Last thing I read was that the Mid-Atlantic Woodturners are unsure if they will be able to have their symposium in the fall. For The Newbies- If you turn with traditional tools, sharpening skills are necessary to keep the tools cutting at their best. Sometime the sharpening process can change the tool cutting tip profile. Here is a video, posted by Woodturners Wonders, showing how to correct the profile on a bowl gouge. From their Facebook feed, Jet Tools has a series of short videos tips for their tools. If the hand wheel, on the tailstock, is getting stiff- here's a cleaning tip- There's an entire series of these tips at- https://www.youtube.com/user/JETTOOLSUSA/videos Need a mallet to set the drive spur? Check this out! https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/turn-a-better-mallet/ Expand Your Horizons- You know I'm a jig junky. This is an idea that can really create some interesting effects- Part 2 is linked from the video. Mike Peace shows us how to make a footed bowl- New Turning Items- Recently, I was reading a discussion about which scroll chuck to purchase. The author was lamenting about the hassle of changing jaws. Several of the responders indicated how many different chucks they owned. It seemed to me, if they were to have purchased the Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) chuck, they could save the hassle of changing jaws and a ton of money to boot! This video, from Tracey Malady, shows the versatility of the EWT awesome Easy Chuck. Everything Else- This past weeks videos from Rick Turns- Last week @Gerald asked to see that antagonistic spalted maple bowl. I used a beeswax/mineral oil finish. There were so many soft/punky places embedded within the harder wood that it was impossible to a completely smooth surface. There is also that hole left from where the ingrown branch went diagonally through the piece. As a glutton for punishment, I pulled out an elm, roughed out blank from a bag of shavings. Maybe I'll have better luck this time- Safe turning and stay well
  11. Just think, in less than 2 weeks, we will enter Daylight Saving Time- for those who live in states that utilize this archaic standard. This sees to sum it up- Our Patriot Turners- Member @Thad posted a new project of some handles he was turning. Thad also asked our turners about making ferrules. The handles turned out fantastic! Check out the post here- @Ron Altier Started a discussion concerning using gloves while turning and if that practice was safe. Lots of thoughts and discussion followed- Ron also posted a question about "pressure turning". Our turners offered their opinions and some ideas. New member @doublej posted the most awesome mobile turner's tool station. Everything in one convenient place. Check out all the pix in his post and try not to slobber all over the tools in his shop- @HandyDan created some center pins for his live tailstock center. While doing some research he came across interesting information on Morse Tapers. Check out Dan's post for all the details- @Gerald continues to work on his Offering Plates> He continues his post about the design. Read more comments about this project- Gerald also posted some of the off-center turnings he made with his new off-center chuck. These certainly are gorgeous.- See more of what Gerald has done in his post- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- I regularly receive emails from Cook Woods. Included in one was this link to an article from Woodturning. If you are considering turning pens from kits, there is some good information here. https://www.woodworkersinstitute.com/wood-turning/techniques/beginners-guides/20-steps-to-turning-better-pens/ Expand Your Horizons- @Stick486 gave us a heads up on this Turning Club's site. Check out the gallery page. There are some absolutely beautiful pieces- https://www.gvwg.ca/ Recently we have seen River Tables being built. Patriot member @Gene Howe created a beautiful table a while back. Our friends from Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) recommended a video on making a "River Mallet". Check out the use of those fantastic Easy Wood Tools and chuck! New Turning Items- The folks at Wood Turners Wonders are offering a line of CA glues and epoxy from Stick Fast. I have not tried them. Looks like they have quite a few options. https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/adhesives Everything Else- Last week, @Gerald asked how I cut the threads for the cones I made. Being the parsimonious (for @Gene Howe ) person I am, I decided to make the tap to cut the threads. I don't remember where I read about this idea but it works- Dremel tool and disk. The bolt matches the threads of the center. Grind flutes, I made 4 flutes Drill the hole- In this case, I didn't have the correct sized bit to get the best bite on the threads but it was pretty close- Slowly thread the "tap" into the hole backing off to break the chips. Tapped hole. The correct bit size for 3/4 x 10 threads 21/32" but the closest I have was a 3/4 forstner bit. The threads don't have quite as much "meat" to them but it works OK. I've also made wooden chucks for the headstock in the same manner. My lathe has a 1" x 8 spindle and I was lucky enough to find a used tap and had the correct bit size. You can see the threads look "deeper" While I was playing, I finally set up a way to keep some of the chuck jaws and tools handy. A Harbor Freight magnet bar! Go HF!! Safe turning
  12. From over working the Single Brain Cell Sketch-up. It was on over load trying to figure out a tool box build. Had a blank of spalted....something or other Well, this is the leftovers. It was 22" long, cut it in half. Drug the old Craftsman T rail lathe up off the storage crates, and fastened it down to my bench. Only place I have down there to run a lathe. Kept looking through stuff, trying to find the "pattern' i wanted. Got the blank mounted on the lathe, and turned round. Chippy stuff, no shavings. Got a start at just winging it from memory, and looked over and found the pattern. Handle was a bit too scrawny for my hand, so the new one was to be FATTER. Sanded things down, parted off the one end. Added an oil finish, and tok everything out side to dry in the sun Old mallet is laying down on the job, again. had to wipe down the NEW mallet one more time ah, that is looking a bit better. Not too bad for a rookie? FIRST mallet I have ever turned. I inherited the old one...
  13. I have this old brass Gray Canada mallet that belonged to a beloved older machinist we worked with. It has been given to a coworker for remembrance. it has no handle , I cannot find any illustration of it anywhere and hope somebody can help me to reproduce a handle for it and pit it back in service. Does anyone know what the handle should look like? image:3618 image:3619 image:3620 image:3621
  14. John Morris

    Hand Tools

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  15. I really enjoy making these mallets. Something about it that is very relaxing. I'll just have to find some owners for em since I can only use one at a time! Here are my first two. Just doing a hit and run topic from my shop. Don't you just love how you can start topics and upload images all from a smart phone in our community. The software we are using is most excellent.
  16. John Morris

    Ash Mallet is Done!

    From the album: Big Ash Mallet

    The finished mallet at the right, and my two roughs waiting in the wings on the left. I put a very heavy coat of Watco Danish Oil on and wiped off.
  17. John Morris

    The Arc

    From the album: Big Ash Mallet

    The arc.
  18. From the album: Big Ash Mallet

    I used my bow arc to make the arc on the top of the mallet. Was an arc needed? No, but the mallet looks better with some shape to it.
  19. John Morris

    Cleaned up Glue

    From the album: Big Ash Mallet

    Cleaned up the glue a tad
  20. From the album: Big Ash Mallet

    Lots of glue in around the handle, and on the wedges, I wanted the entire slot filled with either wood or glue, securing it for life. I tapped the outer wedges in just a tad, and I drove home the two center wedges pretty hard. Keep in mind, if you make a mallet, the wedges must be tapped in perpendicular to the grain to avoid splitting the wood.
  21. From the album: Big Ash Mallet

    A dry fit looking at the top of the mallet, the slot is tapered, so the bottom is tight and snug, the top is flared out leaving room for the wedges to secure the mallet. When I do these again I'll cut the slots so there is not much of a flare out at the top, it's really not needed. I think a 2 degree slot flare would suffice next time instead of the 4 degree.
  22. John Morris

    Test Fit

    From the album: Big Ash Mallet

    The handles are just dry fit into the slots. To get a great fit I had to sneak up on the handle widths, as not all handle slots in each mallet were the same as the next, because I cut these on the table saw without any jigs, just eyeballing lines is all. So each mallet was a tad different. I had to plane each handle to fit each slot right. I'll have a better assembly process next time, I plan on making many of these and pass them out as gifts and possibly sell them as well.
  23. John Morris

    Mallet Heads

    From the album: Big Ash Mallet

    Blanks ready to be glued up
  24. From the album: Big Ash Mallet

    I cut my lay out lines to produce the mallet blank halves. The key angle here is 5 degrees on the face. This allows your mallet to be used flush on a bench without your knuckles hitting the bench top but at the same time to have a sweet spot at the arc of your swing or tapping.
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