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  1. Beautiful day in south central Pennsylvania... Our Patriot Turners- @Fred W. Hargis Jr Started a new turning and a new challenge for him- Fred had several questions about the best way to mount the piece on the lathe and some procedural turning questions. Our gang wasn't shy about offering their ideas and included some images of what they have done. Check out all of the interactions here- There were a couple of new comments on Fred's post about the lidded box he had turned. You can see the comments and images at- @kreisdorph scored some freshly cut oak. He turned this lovely bowl as a gift for the person who gave him the wood. Always a great thing to repay a gift and this lets the tree live on. What’s Coming Up- Click on the image for the link to registration and more information- For The Newbies- Sometime turners will uses different terms to describe the same thing or vice-versa. Here's Mike Peace's take on the Natural Edge Bowl and the Live Edge Bowl- And here he shows us his techniques for turning a live edge, or is a natural edge, bowl??? And from Lyle Jamieson, a tip on creating a strong glue block connection for bowl turning. Expand Your Horizons- Richard Raffan shows his method of sanding the inside of his turned boxes. Nice tip! Tired of turning bowls? Looking for another form that will be well received as a gift? Try turning a platter- New Turning Items- New style bronze threaded rings from Niles Bottle Stoppers Everything Else- Ron Brown's newsletter included a free sharing of his published list of woodturning "Pearls of Wisdom" and a free download of the Turners Reference Guide. Ron Brown’s Pearls: Turners Reference Guide© brought to you by Ron Brown’s Best, LLC 1. There are exceptions to every rule except this one. 2. Six types of chisels are needed to make up a basic turning set (Spindle Gouges, Roughing Gouges, Bowl Gouges, Skews, Scrapers & Parting Tools). 3. Sharp Lathe Tools are more fun. 4. Speed formula: diameter in inches X speed in RPM should equal 6,000 to 9,000 (10” X 800 RPM= 8,000). 5. Rub the bevel on all cutting tools; not on scraping tools. ABC= Anchor the tool, Rub the Bevel, Pick up the Cut. 6. Have safety gear on hand and use it; full face shield, dust mask. 7. Always rotate the workpiece by hand before turning the lathe on to check for interference. 8. Start at slow RPM to check for balance, and then speed up. 9. Speed can be our friend. 10. If you are afraid, slow down and take a breath. 11. “Life’s too short to turn ugly wood.” John Jordan. 12. Carpe Lignum, Torne Lignum – Seize the wood. Turn the wood. 13. Variable-speed lathes are better. 14. Learn to hone. 15. Have a plan before you start. 16. Be Flexible. 17. Turn green wood often. 18. Greenwood is like lettuce, cut what you can use or it will spoil. 19. Learn to use your tools well and keep them sharp. 20. Sharp tools are safer. 21. Sharp tools produce better results. 22. Invest in a good sharpening system and learn to use it well. 23. Then teach others. 24. Don’t skip grits. Never jump more than 50%, i.e. 100 grit to 150 grit to 220 grit to 320 grit. 25. Your family will love whatever you make. 26. Listen to your spouse; they usually have a better eye for design. 27. Never point out your mistakes to others. 28. Spindle turning often requires more skill and imagination than bowl turning. 29. “Never scrape when you can cut.” Mike Mahoney. 30. If you must scrape, raise a fresh burr. 31. Get and learn to use a ¼” wide parting tool. 32. Learn to make lots of “Fun Stuff” like tops, pens, stoppers, light pulls and small lidded boxes. It will make you a better turner and your family will think you are a genius, especially at Christmas time. 33. Make Christmas gifts for your family every year and start in June. 34. Invest in education like classes, seminars and symposiums. 35. Spend the money for personal one-on-one instruction with a professional turner. 36. If you are not failing every now and then, you are not learning. 37. You learn the most when you teach others. 38. Buy good quality M2 High-Speed Steel tools. Avoid high-carbon tools; they are a waste of time. 39. Learn to turn right and left-handed. 40. You can use a bowl gouge on spindle work, but usually not the other way around. 41. Sandpaper is cheap; throw it away often and use fresh stuff. 42. Sign and date your workpieces along with the kind of wood. 43. Buy the best chuck you can afford, and then buy lots of jaws for it. Then buy another chuck. 44. Make your own tool handles. 45. Try someone else’s tools. They might know something you don’t. 46. Join an AAW chapter then go to the meetings. 47. Read turning magazines. 48. Watch turning videos on YouTube, but don’t believe everything they tell you. 49. Buy educational DVD’s. https://longworthchuck.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=10&product_id=219 Turners_Reference_Guide.pdf Safe turning
  2. Hi, i'm an amateur interested in restoring my grandpa's chair (see attachments which i've cleaned with 50/50 vinegar/water). I wish to restore it to its original look (sorta like the lacquer of the early 20th century) - because parts of it became weather-beaten, bleached, and stained. I'd like to aim for a Matte look along with minimally-protective finishing. I plan to strip it, but that may cause the wood to become lighter than it used to be originally. So here's my questions: After stripping (for which i hope to use 32-oz QCS spray-then-hose), would you sand or condition (and what Grit or conditioner, hopefully easy & non-toxic)? Should i apply Dark Walnut stain prior to applying vinyl & lacquer - or would vinyl & lacquer be sufficient to darken it to its original look? For health concerns, if stain is advisable, which one would you advise that's EZ & least-toxic? Which vinyl & lacquer are EZ and least toxic (Or is there any least-toxic polyurethane that would not require sanding and sealing? Such as this lady once did: https://designsbystudioc.com/restore-refinish-oak-desk-chair BTW, is the industrial Mohawk very toxic? At minimum, how many ounces (and coats) of each finish would offer passable coverage? I don't seek more than passable. How long to wait between coats? As for protective gear, I do have gloves & onion goggles, but are there any protective face masks that won't squeeze my cheeks due to TMJ-D? In summation, I prefer the simplest, least-toxic and most budget-friendly route I can get away with. If itemized answers are omitted i'll be floundering, because how would an amateur like me know what to order and how to proceed? Thanks!
  3. Have had very minimal shop time the past few months but I have a need for a couple of gifts for new friends that helped me out with the reasons for my shop absence. (Probably clear as mud.) Just got these finished and ready to mail in the next few days. Mesquite and some form of oak. The oak was found stashed in my parents' garage and rescued when I cleaned out the house after dad passed away last August. These will be going to the guys that busted their butts helping me clear out the house to get it ready to sell. Both a thank you gift and a bit of a reminder of who the wood came from. Thanx for looking.
  4. Well daughter asked me to make something for her to give to her mom so I figured it would be a good time time to try some stack text. I also thought why not try a molding tool path as well. Still need to do more sanding and finish it but so far here what I have done…
  5. This was harder than it looked!!! Had to go back to woodworking basics - cutting angles, especially the 22.5 (youtube vid made it look so easy) needed for the base. Plus the slot for the acrylic and notch for the back. Then put it all together and hoped the flag would fit. I've seen better folds but this is what was used. Made a lot of firepit fuel and probably have enough pieces cut and laying around to make another one or two boxes. Makes one appreciate "old school skills." Tip: unlock the head on a compound miter saw before trying to use it. Works a lot better. This is for my wife's step dad who adopted her kid brother when he was 10 and raised him. Going to give it to him this afternoon.
  6. Hey guys, this is followup on a previous post. I have these 70 year old window frames in my house that have bad water stains on them from all the years of condensation. I'd like to refinish these but need to get this off first. I tried ocalic acid, vinegar, light sanding. Nothing so far is working so I thought it would be wise to ask the experts. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks Paul
  7. Went down to son’s Ranch to do some shooting today. Then we walked the property, 5.5 acres. In the far back corner we are talking and I look up and a giant Willow Oak is down, had to look that up. Approximately 24 inch diameter. Son gets the idea this is lumber for a picnic table. So who do you think gets that knod and he thinks it can be done with chainsaw. Oh boy that is a stretch. Guess I will look for someone with a mill.
  8. After an eternity, these two podiums are in place at two local funeral homes. I instructed the owners to bulk up and work out because they are heavy.
  9. I'm fixing to steam bend some air dried white oak in a pretty small radius I hope. Reading the Veritas instructions they say the moisture content should be 25% going into the steam box. My white oak is ~8% how do you get it back up to 25%? I saw in one video the chap had his wood in a vertical pvc pipe full of water. I'm shooting for a 1/4" thickness and 1 1/2" wide with a 2" radius on the inside of the bend. The part will be U shaped and it's to hold Sweet German Baloney in the fridge lol. I've been pretty distracted from wood working for the last few months... JT
  10. Steve Mc

    Oak Chair

    From the album: My Projects

  11. Steve Mc

    Oak Chair

    From the album: My Projects

  12. Steve Mc

    Oak Chair

    From the album: My Projects

  13. Steve Mc

    Oak Chair

    From the album: My Projects

  14. Our turning club has two TVs and sound system . We added two new microphones, a mixer and a PA speaker this month. The old DeWalt drill box is not large enough to handle all this so I set out to make a box which I fear is a bit oversize . However there will be padding added. measures about 18 l x 7.5 h x 12.5 deep. Did not want it to be too heave so planed the oak sides down to 3/8. As usual forgot pictures till done so staged on on the jig. This is what will go into the box plus the sound mixer. Router setup for finger joints. Had to change the clamps for 3/8 wood and didn't quite get it tight for first one and had to make a new end board That take care of and tight clamps left no problem. Laid out to check dado for continuity . The hard part here for me is to remember the order So I mark the corners to match. Test fit for sides. Now to make the top and bottom and hope I remember to take pics.
  15. I posted a couple weeks ago about a shop contacting me to make drop spindles which are used in spinning wool. There are two basic components, the "whorl" which is pretty easy and quick to do. The shaft, which is a little problematic. The shaft needs to be about 12" long and around 5/16" diameter. Kind of difficult and tedious to turn and with a small margin I need to turn them as quickly as possible. Looking for options I bought a dowel jig that uses a drill motor to create a dowel. It works but I got more tearout than I liked, especially on woods like oak or ash. I then did some searching and watched some videos about using a table saw to make dowels. You read that right, you can make a dowel or spindle using your table saw. It works, and it works pretty darn good. Pretty nice finish which will require just a little sanding and it's pretty consistent as far as diameter Produce_5.mp4
  16. A few years ago, I made a new carry case for my wife's Singer Featherweight sewing machine. For those not familiar, it's a vintage model (I think hers is from the 1940's) that is lightweight and portable. The old case was getting worn so I made one out of some quartersawn oak. She takes it with her frequently when she's going to various groups that do a "sit and sew". Anyway, one of her buddies took a picture of it and showed it to her dad and ended up with one like this.
  17. Maybe your old enough to remember your grandparents/great grandparents crank up "Gramophone" with the big horn phonograph or maybe they had the later "Victrola" with the internal horn built into the cabinet or if they had electricity they may have had an "Orthophonic Victrola" AKA as "Electrola" with the Electrola soundbox pickup introduced in 1925. I've been wanting to build a rolling cabinet for my Windows 11 Pro build computer/monitor/usb turntable and after talking a few times with my neighbor "Bruce" he mentioned why not build a "Victrola" style case. We're both fans of the "Golden Oak" era so I kind of liked the idea. The clincher came when Bruce pulled out an old store display of none other than the "Nipper" that stands about 2.5 ft. tall. (I'm still trying to talk him out of that!) That and the fact that I have access to Bruce's salvage furniture pieces he's collected over the years which included this lid and other items. The case will fit on the Larkin desk I'm rebuilding/refinishing which has castors. Guess I'd have to say I heard "His Masters Voice" and the build is on. Here's some of those "Salvage" and "Curb Shopping" items. I've been getting a little done here and there working around the weather and vehicle problems but will have to take some photos later to show what I've got done later when I can. SWMBO is done with car, so I better go change that window regulator so the window will stay up.
  18. Reflecting on this GIANT White Oak documented back in 2018 that eventually passed away due to old age.... It was in Strongsville, Ohio (near Cleveland) and it was over 245" in circumference and 64' tall.
  19. This will likely be the final post for the mission style bed but hopefully more posts will follow for the mission style chest-of-drawers; all apart of the mission style bedroom set. The bed was put into the spare bedroom yesterday alongside the mission style nightstand. Thanks for looking. Danl Posting log for the Mission style Bedroom set journey 1. Help me with my lumber hauling Feb. 15, 2022 2. White oak is here Feb. 28, 2023 3. Moxon vise May 15, 2022 4. TS - tenoning jig May 29, 2023 5. Double tenons June 5, 2022 6. Mission Bedroom set – making progress July 23, 2022 7. Mission Bedroom set – making progress – take 2 Sept. 18, 2022 8. Inlay lines & dots Sept. 30, 2022 9. Mission Bedroom set – Nightstand door Oct. 9, 2022 10. Table saw made dovetail joinery for a drawer Nov. 13, 2022 11. Mission Bedroom set – Nightstand is complete Dec. 23, 2022 12. Mission style bed – prototype March 7, 2023 13. Mission style bed – production -1 May 23, 2023 14. Mission style bed – production – 2 June 3, 2023 15. Mission style bed – production – 3 June 15, 2023 16. Mission style bed – production – 4 June 21, 2023 17. Mission style bed – production – 5 July 22, 2023 18. Mission style bed – production – final Aug. 13, 2023
  20. Gerald

    White Oak Bowl

    From the album: Hollow Forms

    White Oak from a tree a friend planted some 35 years ago with his children
  21. Did you know that the Mighty Oak was chosen as our national tree in 2004? I didn't either! Here is a link to the designation: America’s National Tree WWW.ARBORDAY.ORG Oak - The People’s Choice for America’s National Tree Also, you can find the state trees at our wiki, the list is complete, but not all the trees are in our wiki yet, I am working on it though! Wiki | United States of America State Trees THEPATRIOTWOODWIKI.ORG Wiki
  22. Put some birdhouse ornaments in the kitty for next Christmas. Gives me a little jump on the season.
  23. 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.
  24. H ace posted some of this but decided to get it as ll in one place. The Church asked me to build a cabinet to replace the one I made a few years ago gift storage of audio equipment in the gym. Original plan was ply and paint it but then fell into 8 oak planks 25” x 12’. Has had termites so most needed 2 inches off edges. not pretty but a little saw work and planing did good and still the price was right. A-bit of two kinds of plane work. Some jointing to get to the next stage Glue up And more glue up
  25. It has been a while since I last posted the progress on my Mission style nightstand. It was designed to allow the side subs, bottom shelf, drawer rail sub, and upper rail sub to be finished prior to assembly. Finish is (1) coat med brown trans tint dye stain, (1) coat seal coat, (1) coat GF gel stain, (1) coat seal coat, and/or (2/3) coats of SW Kem Aqua Plus clear dull rubbed (WB lacquer). The receipt is a Jeff Jewitt schedule which closely resembles the Stickley look. I’m now working on door panel mother-of-pearl inlay and dovetail drawer. . I have started on the bed. All (4) post/legs have been sized and the rails have been planed to rough dimn. I have a need to build a mockup for the leg to rail interfaces. The side rails will be attached using a double mortise , loose tenon, hidden bolt & nut assemble. I also plan to make my dovetails using the TS method. It may be a while before I post again. I have been volunteered to remodel my son’s home bathroom, starting Oct.1 More to follow. Thanks for looking. Danl
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