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  1. Well I was half way thru this week's Wednesday's... and everything just disappeared Hope my computer doesn't have the Corona Beer Virus. Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald showed us a beautiful embellished plate he is making. In his post, Gerald explains the process and techniques he used- @Larry Schweitzer posted a picture of a shop made tailstock he made from scratch! His work is awesome! In his post, he describes in more detail just why and how this new piece came into existence- @Ron Altier posted a new ornament he completed. Ron explains how this piece came about- @Steve Krumanaker showed us how he used plastic pill bottles to make threaded boxes, a couple of weeks ago. Well, Steve has produced a two part video on the process and techniques he used. Steve is not only an accomplished turner but a great instructor and video producer! If you watch these directly from YouTube, please leave comments for Steve and acknowledge his hard work. What’s Coming Up- The folks from Easy Wood Tools wanted us to know that they will be represented at the Woodworking Shows in Columbus, OH. Also, the Gulf Coast Woodturners are having their 2020 retreat Click on the above images for links to the websites and registration. For The Newbies- A couple of videos. First, Mike Peace gives us some pointers on setting the correct height for the lathe tool rest- And, Lyle Jamieson gives us some pointers on finding the correct axis for remounting a rough turned bowl blank- Also, a PDF on Woodturning Fundamentals posted by The Apple Valley Woodturners- http://www.applevalleywoodturners.org/AAW Fundamentals/AAW-Fundamentals.pdf Expand Your Horizons- @Gene Howe provided this video. Not sure I would have the patience for the glue up. Lots of thought went into making this! If you are thinking about a woodturning class, this may be of interest- Click on the image for the link. New Turning Items- Nicely designed sanding pads with mandrels Check them out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/specials Everything Else- Rick Turns posted his February list of YouTube turning videos- Work continued on the hollow vessel failure from last week. I figures a way to remount the piece using the spigot jaws in the hollowing access hole. Then turned away the old recess and formed a tenon. Worked on the outside a bit to refine the slightly off axis piece- Filled the gaps around the knot with thick black StarBond CA. Sanded- Reversed the piece using the spigot jaws again and removed the teneo- To remove the nub, a little nylon strapping tape for safety- And decorate the bottom- Still undecided about a lid, a finial or just the hole??? Safe turning
  2. It's been a busy week here. Not much turning but still in the shop. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier has really been industrious this week and wins the prize for the most posts! Ron is still experimenting with the UV activated finish he first mentioned a couple of weeks ago. He used it on this fabulous ornament- He describes more about what he is learning about the characteristics of this finish in his post- Ron also posted a question to our members about the Hut Crystal Coat finish. Check out his post and see if you can give him input on your experiences with it- @Masonsailor showed us his progress on his "tulip" turnings- If you haven't been following his progress, you can check out his thread here- @Pauley turned his Celtic knot rolling pin and it is a beauty! He received lots of great comments. Head over to his post and see what our turners had to say- Back in the summer, @John Morris asked our members about the Ring Master turning tool. There has been some additional information shared on that thread. Here's the thread in its entirety- What’s Coming Up- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools alerted us to this weekend's show. Click on the image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- I accidentally stumbled onto a series of videos from Stuart Batty. These videos cover a wide range of turning topics and techniques. Here's the link to the video set- https://vimeo.com/woodturning A random selection of the videos available- Expand Your Horizons- Easy Wood Tools has a Youtube video demonstrating the use of their negative rake scrapers on acrylics. You can see why their negative rake scrapers have gained the respect of turners! Tim Yoder posted the making of a beautiful Crater Burl Bowl. As always, Tim's videos are enjoyable and informative. New Turning Items- Jerry Marcantel (Nubsnstubs) added a video showing/describing his tailstock steady. I think we mentioned this in this past but this video shows it in action along with some of the other wood lathe holding items. Everything Else- Mike Peace added a video on turning a natural edge bowl from a green log. Love those long shavings!! I mentioned there was very little lathe work for me. It seems this project has been 1 step forward 3 steps back. I finally got the inside of that spalted maple bowl turned out and sanded. Flipped it around the turn off the recess and finish out the bottom. The strapping tape is just for safety. Didn't want to put too much pressure on the punky soft wood. Just got the bottom shaped when I heard a "pop". Two cracks (insert a very long string of Navy language here)! Went ahead and finished sanding the bottom. Then tried to fix the cracks I'll need to do some touch-up sanding around the glue joints and put some sort of finish on it. Safe turning
  3. 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.
  4. Made some special ornaments on stands for my siblings. They are inside out ornaments with little glass bead angles in the windows. Ornaments and stands are made with old growth Douglas Fir.
  5. 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
  6. 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)
  7. Had a request for an ornament with a cross showing on it. Decided to make two at the same time and glued up a blank. Here it is with the two crosses drawn on it. I turned the area with the cross down to where it was just round all the way around. I was able to achieve some nice crisp edges with the East Wood Ci1 Square cutter. Since it is turned just round anything I take off from here will open the window. I want a 1/4" opening for the uptight so I have to reduce the diameter 1/8" remembering that whatever is removed is doubled since the 1/8" is cut in all four adjoining pieces. Next it is time cut the cross bar. A 1/4" wide cut needs to be cut deep enough to form the bars but not too deep. In this case go as close to this arc as you can but stay far enough away because when the pieces are split and turned around this is the largest possible diameter that can be achieved. If you have to go deeper the risk for failure becomes greater. Once done split it in half and lay the pieces out and check your work. Split them all apart and, spin them around and glue them together. Then mount them on the lathe for the final turn and sanding. The usually look best if left in cylinder form so as not to mess with the opening for the cross upright. Get the finish on and your hook to hang it and you're good to go. See below red arrow. This is the critical area. It gets thin quickly. Any questions? Ask away.
  8. Merry Christmas! Posting a little early as tomorrow will be hectic, to say the least! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald showed us his display and setup for the craft shows. Just look at the varied items he has made! No wonder they sell so quickly! There are more images in his post- From last week's Wednesdays post, there was some comments about turning bowls. @Gerald added some great information and links in response to the comments. Thanks, Gerald, for jumping in on this! @HandyDan created some awesome inside out ornaments and display stands! See more in his post- @Masonsailor came up with some beautiful last minute gifts. These will surely be a hit with any hostess! He has more information in his post about the type of wood he used- @Woodbutcherbynight added some more fantastic hybrid champagne glasses. These are really spectacular! Here's his latest post- @Ron Altier posted an entry about a really novel turning. Lots and lots of tiny little pieces and gobs of glue What’s Coming Up- Another club- http://www.azwoodturners.org/wood/ For The Newbies- Rick Turns posted a 2 part video on making shallow "dish". What I found interesting was not so much the turning but some of the things he used during the process. In Part 1, notice he uses the same depth gauge we mentioned here last week. Also, check out his High Tech drying device- Expand Your Horizons- In Part 2 of the videos Rick posted shows how he embellished the shallow bowl using Pyrography and "leafing". If you have never tried leafing, it can really add to a turning and isn't that difficult to do! New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have been posting videos of their product. Ken Rizza demonstrates the items. Makes it nice to see the stuff in action. Here's a video of their "Lathe Track"- Everything Else- A couple of weeks ago, we posted a video from Mike Peace and Alan Stratton talking about a Christmas ornament contest. The winners were selected and here they are- Announcing the results from the 2019 Christmas Ornament Challenge There was a minor catastrophe with the elm bowl I was turning. The inside was finished, sanded and the same with the outside. To finish off the foot it required reverse chucking and it looked like that would work with my Easy Wood chuck and the Big Easy Jaws ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )- As an extra measure of caution, I used nylon strapping tape- Things were going fine until- I had even saturated the interface between the bark/sapwood and the heart wood but... Reglued the crack and continued on. My original thought on the reverse chuck method was to use a friction chuck. Should have stuck to that plan. Anyway, that's what I ended up doing. An old scrap of wood rounded to match the interior radius of the bowl- Then hot gluing a red rubber pad to the scrap- Removed the point from the live center to capture the nub on the bottom of the bowl The poly is drying, now. I'm working on a little "light box" to improve my photos- using Mike Peace's design. Will post the finished bowl next week. Safe turning
  9. Twenty shopping days left until Christmas, just saying... Please don't forget that we are in the midst of our Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family project. We have exceeded our goal!!!! But, if you haven't added your contribution, it will make their Christmas just that much more memorable! Our Patriot Turners- New member @Masonsailor posted an awesome turning that will be part of a larger "Lazy Susan". Check out his post and some of the fabulous comments by our members- @FlGatorwood saved Thanksgiving, at his house, this year. What do you do when you need to mash taters and there's no masher? You make one!!! Check out how he did this in his post- @Bundoman is up to his mask in snowmen! Look at this plethora of little fellows (and ladies)! He received lots of great comments on these turnings- @Ron Altier showed us a new finish for his ornaments. The finish is hardened by sunlight- He explains more in this post- What’s Coming Up- Moving on down the west coast, here's a centrally located turners club- Click on the above image for the link to their web site. For The Newbies- Easy Wood Tools @Jim from Easy Wood Tools in conjunction with Tracey Malady, has a video demonstrating bowl turning using their product. You can see just how "Easy" these tools are to use! Expand Your Horizons- One more sea urchin ornament. This one is a bird house ornament by Mike Peace. New Turning Items- How about a jumbo drive spur!? This one is from Nova. Check out this link for more information- https://www.teknatool.com/product/nova-jumbo-drive-center-sku-9087/ Everything Else- Here's a chance to look at some awesome ornaments and vote for the one you like the most. I've been putting the new lathe through its paces. Continuing to work on Christmas bowls. The inside of each is turned and sanded. Now removing the tenon and finishing up the bottom. One of the turnings is destined to become a lidded vessel. The maple blank is roughed out and affixed to a glue block using a paper joint. Once it is finished, everything will get a mineral oil/beeswax finish. Safe turning
  10. I'm trying out a new finish on ornaments with coarse wood or spalted wood, as in this case. It is a finish that hardens in the sun in 3 minutes or with an ultraviolet light. I used some spalted maple and the pieces I chose got bad as I turned. That is when I put them aside, didn't like them. I read about a finish that is for coarse wood. I think I paid $14 for it. I got out the old course ornaments and applied it with an old artists brush. I hung them in the sun for 5 minutes, wanted to make sure. I sanded with 400 sandpaper and 0000 steel wool. Then I sprayed clear finish on them. I am very pleased, they came out very good and you have to look very close to see faults.
  11. Got this years ornaments done. These were good skew practice. I turned the lower portions with the skew. Sure saves on the sanding. The light houses are three and a half inches tall and turned from 1 1/8" birch dowels. I cut the three foot dowels to four and a half inch blanks which yielded seven per dowel. I burned lines to form segments and then painted every other one red while still spinning at low speed on the lathe. The burned lines made it a lot easier to paint and kept the red from bleeding over. Used clear Shellac as a clear coat after the color was on. I used acrylic ink from the craft store for the color. The ink is so much better than paint. Actually is almost like a dye and lays down so smooth. Got some glitter tape from the craft store and used it as the glass and then added a brass thumb tack for the light. I put the tack through the overlap of the tape which hides the lap and pins the tape. If the tape dries out the tack should keep it in place. Made 62 of them and am sure glad that is done. On to the next project.
  12. Pauley

    Snowflakes

    Anyone have a resource for wood snowflakes? My wife asked if I can turn some Christmas ornaments....so what I’m looking for is 1/4 inch thick by (approx) 3 inch snowflakes. My intention is to insert them into a wood block and turn them round. I tried google and I can find some that are 1/8 inch thick Baltic birch plywood. I think that would be to thin and break when I began turning, plus I’m not thrilled about the Baltic birch. I’d prefer maybe maple. Any help is appreciated. Hope you all had a safe Halloween.
  13. A while back I mentioned that some firewood that I attempted to turn was too unstable to safely turn. I had to find some use for it, so I made lawn ornaments. The bird stump is large and heavy about 20 inches high, the squirrel piece is only about 8 inches high. Now to see if anyone likes them
  14. Just looking out of the window at the beautiful sunset. Days are getting shorter and the leaves are beginning to show signs of fading. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier glued up some pieces of colored plywood and turned a couple of sweet looking ornaments- Check out his post to see how a simple rearrangement of the pieces creates completely different designs- @Gerald turned some beautiful crosses for a ladies group at his church- Gerald tells us about the group and his turnings in his post- Gerald also gave us more information on a post he did about lathe wheels- Gerald wins this week's gift certificate for a free one year membership to the Patriot Woodworker site. He posted three turning related subjects in one week! He gave us a link to an article on building a Universal Jam Chuck. The article is from Woodcraft Magazine- one of our proud sponsors! What’s Coming Up- The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is having a workshop (Gatlinburg, TN October 6 - 12, 2019) that introduces students to 3-point off-axis turning. If you are a wood turner looking for something different and unusual, the world of twisted segmented turning provides unique opportunities to create non-round objects on a lathe. Click on the above image for a link to more information and registration For The Newbies- If you are like me, there were no turning clubs in my area when I began turning. The Internet, for me, was available on a 300 baud modem on a shared telephone line. Videos were out of the question. Well now, at least, fast Internet is available and groups are out there to help the new turner. A well known personality in the turning world, Capt. Eddie Castelin, is creating a website to bring turners of all levels together. The site is currently under development but check out what Capt. Eddie has to say in this video- Here's the website link- http://www.worldwidewoodturners.com/ Expand Your Horizons- Acrylic and acrylic hybrid turnings are becoming all the rage lately. Woodcraft has started stocking Alumilite products including resins and colors. It can be fun to create your own turning blanks or use the casting resins as "fillers". But beware, to have castings free of voids and bubbles can get expensive. Pressure pots, compressors, vacuum chambers and pumps are some of the additional equipment necessary. If you decide to try this, Easy Wood Tools negative rake cutters are the best way to get the smoothest finish @Jim from Easy Wood Tools Recently, Carl Jacobson turned this little jem from an acrylic/carbon fiber blank- New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have redesigned their website. It's easier to navigate. This isn't really a new turning item but rather a novel idea for using a "regular" wood working device. Rick Turns shows us how he uses a woodshop moisture meter to check if his bowl blanks have dried. Watch for his little "drying kiln" in the video- Everything Else- I forgot to put this in last weeks Wednesday's. The Woodturning OnLine newsletter is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=092019. There's a link there to an article on milling trees to turning blanks. A month or so ago, we posted some information on thread chasing on the lathe. Mike Peace has added some more information on that subject but instead of buying the tools, he shows us how to make them using bolts. His trick for tapping a hole is especially cost effective and I can attest that it works great! Safe turning
  15. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier used the heat method to "recolor" the purple heart in his latest ornament. Check out Ron's description in his post- @RustyFN continues to work on the glue-up for the vase he is going to turn- See how Rusty plans to get his blank ready for turning- @Gerald is finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with his collection plates- See more images and what Gerald has accomplished in his continuing post- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- The latest edition of Woodturning OnLine arrived this week. We are placing this here because there is a short, but good, article on selecting a lathe- The lathe article can be located at this site- http://www.yoyospin.com/lathe/ The Newsletter can be found at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=082019 As always it contains a lot of great information. Expand Your Horizons- A couple of videos from our friends Mike Peace and Carl Jacobson showing us different methods of embellishing our turnings. First, Mike demonstrates how to create a shop made detailing tool. Carl demonstrates the processes of creating a "Basket Weave illusion"- New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have some conversion pads for those PSA sanding discs- Check their site for prices, sizes and additional products- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/conversion-backer-pad?_pos=1&_sid=bfc7eb061&_ss=r While this isn't a "tool" in the ordinary sense, I thought we'd place it here. This information came in an email and the site looks interesting. If you are thinking of getting recognized and/or selling your turnings, maybe check it out- https://artofturning.com/ Everything Else- When life gets a little overwhelming, turning usually helps relax me. But then again... This little turning was supposed to be more practice with the new Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) mini hollowers. It wasn't the best piece of walnut as it had stress cracks but what the heck. The outside shaped up nicely and the hollowing was going well. I thought "just one more pass"- and... The entrance hole was compromised by some of the small cracks. Even the CA didn't hold. Probably should have just pitched it and chalked it up to learning. After a couple of days, I snuck back down to the shop and decided to play with it a little more- By accident, it ended up with a cool interior design. The pattern was created by using the Easy Wood Tools mini straight hollower. Moved the tool tip a little farther over the tool rest and allowed it to "vibrated" by lessening the downward pressure on the tool rest. It sorta acted like a chatter tool. Not sure what will become of this, maybe add a lid, with a finial, or a pedestal base, or all of those???? Safe turning
  16. Whew, it's been hot and humid! Finally finished up the electronics repair on the old stereo. Maybe now I can get back to turning! Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN showed us a beautiful bowl he made from maple, cedar and bloodwood. The colors are fantastic together- Rusty received loads of great comments on this one. Read more about this turning in Rusty's post- A couple of weeks ago, @Gerald posted a link to a video on basic woodturning and what we need to know. That post continues to generate comments a questions. If you haven't been following along, here's the complete post- @Ron Altier Created another one of his masterful ornaments! Ron explains how he did the colors/finish in his post- What’s Coming Up- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools reminded us of the Las Vegas AWFS Fair coming up this weekend. If you are in that area, you'll want to stop around the Easy Wood Tools both and meet Carl Jacobson! For The Newbies and Expand Your Horizons- This week I'm combining these two topics. A turner/teacher I've been following, Bradley McCalister, has a Monday morning, live Facebook program. Bradley demonstrates tools, techniques and answers questions on a variety of turning subjects. His presentations last about an hour and are well done. If you have a Facebook account, you can tune in at https://www.facebook.com/spiracraft . Bradley realizes not everyone "does" Facebook. He is also posting the recorded programs on YouTube. Those videos will show up around Thursday of the same week. You can see them at- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-3H1VnNmaoJClpHYd3pLgw/featured. New Turning Items- We mentioned this item once before but didn't really have anything other than a picture to help describe it. Thanks to a link from a post from the AAW Symposium, here's a very short video showing the light in action. The lights are available from- https://woodturningtoolstore.com/ Woodturners Wonders is having a nice sale on quite a few things. Whole bunch of stuff under $15!! https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/products-under-15 Everything Else- We posted this earlier but in case you missed it, the latest volume of Woodturning Monthly is available- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email . Lots of projects and techniques. A couple of weeks ago, we linked a video by Tim Yoder, where he made a ring. As a follow-up, Tim has posted a two part video on making a bracelet. The metal parts are available as kits, which Tim mentions. Part 2 is linked from Tim's YouTube channel. My turnings always seem neanderthal and clunky. Every once in a while, I'll get something to come out a little better but that is rare. Lately, while practicing hollow vessels, it has become apparent that graceful lines and proportions may not be my forte. I went searching for some ideas to supplement my lack of natural talent and came across two article. The first was from Cindy Drozda. She discussed her finial turnings and what she felt looked "right". It is obvious she is a born artist. The second article expanded on Ms. Drozda's turnings by using mathematics to explain why her turnings are so pleasing. I am not sure who penned this article but for sure it wasn't me. Math is not my strong suit. http://web.hypersurf.com/~charlie2/Turning/DrozdaOnionFinial/DrozdaOnionFinialProport1.html Anyway, the author discusses, in detail, the various ratio and proportion rules that our brains can interpret as "pleasing". In an artist's mind, this all must happen by instinct. Not me! I know, I'm getting carried away here. From the link, above, I was able to create an Excel spreadsheet to instantly calculate the critical dimensions for turning a finial. The image in the spreadsheet was copied from the article. By entering the overall height of the finished finial in the blue cell, the critical dimensions are calculated and listed. I have not tried applying this to a piece of wood, yet. After it was all done, I wondered, is this more like building a model. Shouldn't art be spontaneous? I'm pretty sure Michelangelo didn't use spreadsheets. Be that as it may, the spreadsheet is available at- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dZTi9FvkfC9OBwN2VnOnV2MGJVWpKw11/view?usp=sharing if anyone is interested. Safe turning
  17. HandyDan

    Ornaments

    I cruised the after Christmas sales last year and bought some one inch glass bulbs for future use. I have been making some inside out ornaments with them in between cutting grass cutting and other Summer chores. Here is a sample of them.
  18. Hope everyone survived July 4th and @Gerald glad you weren't hurt in the explosion!! Our Patriot Turners- We've had some Christmas ornaments posted this past week! First up was @Ron Altier with another one of his SpectraPly beauties. Ron discusses this piece in his posting- Then just today, @HandyDan showed us some more of his inside-out ornaments with some surprises inside! Check out Dan's post to see how he got those glass centers in there! @Pauley was busy in his shop. Just look at this gorgeous bowl he turned and carved! Pauley tells us how he did this and received heaps of compliments about his piece. Check his post at- About a year ago, we posted a "Tip" in the woodturning forum about sanding on the lathe. That tip generated some discussion and comments this past week. If you missed it, here's the entire thread/discussion- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Want to try a nice useful project? This one is perfect for some skew practice! Turn a "garden dibble"! This project is from the latest edition of Woodturning OnLine and is by Tom Hintz. The tutorial can be found at- http://www.newwoodworker.com/turning/trndbl.html. The entire newsletter can be read at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=072019. Check out the article on "Making Money Off Your Craft". Expand Your Horizons- I happened across this video showing a really neat technique for restoring the deep purple color to Purpleheart. I'm not sure if it works on other woods. New Turning Items- Mike Peace reviews a sphere cutting jig in this video- Everything Else- Rick Turns has posted his list of YouTube woodturning videos for the month of June. If you find this list helpful, please leave a comment on Rick's YouTube page I'm sure he will appreciate it. Last week, I posted a laser wall thickness device I was tinkering with. @Gerald asked if I could show it in action. I don't have a video camera (or a tripod to hold my phone) but I did take some stills of using it to hollow a little walnut vessel. I used my Easy Wood Tools mini hollowers. Really glad I bought these ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )! Started with a 1/2" hole- With only 2 hands it was kind of difficult to get real action shots. This is what it looked like when inserted into the vessel (needed a clamp to hold it steady) I was pressing the on/off switch manually for this. The tip of the "probe" is articulated so that it can be positioned around a corner. Seems to work pretty good. The overall dimensions were designed around the sizes of EWT mini hollowers. Still needs some refining but overall all, I think it will do what I need. Also turned a finial but it definitely is too clunky. Safe turning
  19. A lot to cover this week so we'll jump right in! Our Patriot Turners- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools not only sells the best turning tools available, he knows how to use them, too! Gorgeous walnut bowl!!! Check out Jim's post and the wonderful comments he received on this beauty! @Bob Hodge showed us a fantastic cherry bowl he turned and embellished with some of the gems his wife collected. Please see Bob's post for an explanation of how he added the gems and all of the great comments and tips our members provided. @Gerald is our big winner this week for new posts! He continues his collection plate progress. He showed us a surprise he found inside one of the pieces of pecan he is using- You can check his progress in this post- Gerald was also kind enough to give us a link to a video about "What You Need to Know to Get Started on the Lathe". Check his post for the link and comments from some of our turners- He even turned a neat pill box! He received some good natured kidding about the size of the pill that might be contained therein- Gerald had a visitor, in his shop, this week. His grandson came by and they turned a platter together. I have fond memories of being in my grandfather's workshop. @Ron Altier is in full swing making ornaments. Ron creates some spectacular art using the "Spectraply". Check Ron's post for more details about this piece and the great comments he received. @HandyDan gave us a heads up on lathe chucks for sale at Grizzly. The prices looked pretty good. What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- When we first start turning, we seem to concentrate on what lathe tools we should purchase. When actually one of the first things we need to concentrate on is safety. Craft Supplies USA has a sale on Trend Airshield equipment. https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/t/89/Safety-Supplies?b=Trend&utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sale&utm_campaign=19-june-trend Expand Your Horizons- Lyle Jamieson has a short video covering some tips on sanding turnings with voids and natural edges. New Turning Items- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools showed us a new set of Easy Wood Mini Hollowing Tools. If you turn smaller items, this is the perfect size set of tools! They have excellent stability and control. The negative rake cutters reduce the chances of catches. Easy Wood Tools has done it again!!!!! Everything Else- "We are a woodworking community with an emphasis on sharing and learning the skilled craft of woodworking and all of its related disciplines. Our community is open to everyone who wishes to join us. We support our American veterans and active duty, being a veteran is not a prerequisite to join." With that in mind, I am throwing out this idea. Here's a video from Capt. Eddie. Please watch it and consider if maybe the Patriot Turners could get involved. Let me know what you think. Safe turning
  20. Wow! May is almost in the books! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier isn't waiting for December to turn ornaments! Here is his latest beauty- Ron really creates some stunning pieces from Spectraply. @Gerald started a post on a shop made texturing tool. These are really useful for embellishing the bottom of vessels and lids of turned boxes. Gerald's post contains a link to the "how-to" tutorial. This post also has some super information on photography lighting. Gerald also posted a topic on drying/stabilizing green wood- The post generated a great discussion and some questions. From Gerald's post, I pulled the website URL he referenced. There is a wealth of information contained at the "Magnolia Woodturners" site. Check out their "How To Do It"page- https://mwt.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=96005&module_id=341063 What’s Coming Up- Nick Agar will be the featured turner at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- Well you have decided on turning from green wood. It is a blast to watch those ribbons of wood peel away! Of course, now you realize there is one more "Turning" tool you need to add to your arsenal- a chainsaw! Mike Peace has a short little video for making a cradle to safely hold those logs and keep that chainsaw blade out of the dirt- Expand Your Horizons- Lyle Jamieson show us how created a natural edge hollow form. Notice the hollowing system he uses along with the laser indicator. Everything Else- Just for the enjoyment, something from Tim Yoder- Safe turning
  21. Another lovely day here south central Pennsylvania. Maybe spring is on the way! Our Patriot Turners- Member @Bob Hodge asked us how we store our sanding supplies. Several members offered some suggestions. Please check out Bob's post and let him know what you do- Bob also asked for input on a lathe purchase. Specifically, our thoughts on belt driven vs. electronic speed controls. There were several opinions offered on what to look for and why. In the thread, @Artie expanded the question to include some advice on turning tools. The consensus seemed to be that Artie consider Easy Wood Tools because of their easy to learn/use and no sharpening required. Please head over to the post and see if you can add additional information- @Gerald added more information to his post on the Offering Plates he is prototyping. @Ron Altier did repair on one of his beautiful ornaments. Judging from the picture, you would never have known it was damaged! Ron explains what he did in this post- Our own @Steve Krumanaker is becoming quite the YouTube star! Here is a video he recently posted showing us a shop made "slip drive". Please leave your comments on his YouTube channel! It takes a tremendous amount of work to produce a video like this. Show Steve you appreciate what he has done- What’s Coming Up- The Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium will be coming up later this year. lick on the above image for the link to the symposium's site and registration information. For The Newbies- A couple of weeks ago we posted a link to the most recent issue of the Woodworker's Journal Turning Magazine. One of the videos, by Ernie Conover, was how to drill holes on the lathe. For those who missed it, here is the video. Lots of great tips and techniques- Here is a continuation of sharpening techniques, by Carl Jacobson. This video explains the use of additional jigs. Remember- EASY WOOD TOOLS never need sharpening (Big Grin)!!! Expand Your Horizons- I turn a bowl or vase and am pleased with the results. Maybe it is a little neanderthal, but I'm learning. Tim Yoder shares the work of Ron Fleming- abilities I can only dream of- New Turning Items- Lyle Jamieson is offering a new "Jumbo Bar" for his hollowing system. Here is the link to Mr. Jamieson's site and the system information- https://lylejamieson.com/shop/ Everything Else- Well, the rough turned locust bowl blank came out of the water/soap solution, after 3 days. No cracks, no warping. It is now resting is a paper bag/shaving environment. I turned a second blank (10" diameter, 4" tall and about 1" thick) soaked 3 days and it is also in a bag full of shavings. In about 3 weeks we will see if the experiment is a success. Safe turning
  22. It's been a busy week for our turners here at the Patriot Woodworker! Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan posted a fantastic tutorial on making an inside-out cross ornament- Read Dan's instructions and our turners' comments here- @Ron Altier has been cranking out ornaments all week! His first set uses colored plywood- Ron talks about these- And he also created these- @HandyDan was't just making ornaments this week. He has been creating more "bullet" pens from a couple of different caliber cartridges Dan explains what he did to get these beauties finished. @RustyFN turned a beautiful little lidded pot from a gorgeous selection of woods. Rusty said he had a little trouble with the overall finish. Check his post and see what our turners had to say- Rusty wasn't our only turner making small vessels. @Gerald used a couple of different species of spalted wood to come up with this awesome piece- Gerald explains more in his post- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a video covering many of his turning tips. Although a little longer than what he usually does, it is well worth the watch- Expand Your Horizons- Sometime the wood selected for a turning will speak for itself. Grain, color, defects can all help create that special piece. If the wood doesn't speak, or the turning needs to be more personalized, Carl Jacobson shows us how to add a photograph to the surface. New Turning Items- Faceplate system for OneWay type live centers. These pieces can be used to create custom jam chucks. For more information and pricing, follow this link- http://www.bestwoodtools.com/ Everything Else- The latest Woodturning OnLine arrived today. It has a nice preview of the latest Glenn Lucas DVD and shows him working on an Irish platter. The newsletter can be read at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/. Rick Turns posted his latest (February) list of YouTube woodturning videos- Safe turning
  23. I didn't know what stutter tool was or how to use it. Following advise from this forum and utube, I am having fun experimenting with different techniques and variations. Tomorrow I am going to make some different tools and keep on with different ideas I have. This is my first piece and tomorrow I will turn it down again and apply some more ideas I have experimented with . Thanks for the advise
  24. Finished up shoveling 3 driveways and helped with a 4th. 10" of snow from 6am until 1:30pm. Read where there was "thunder snow" just west of here. Great winter to have the snowblower die Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan was kind enough to produce a fabulous tutorial on how he make his beautiful bullet pens. Lots of pictures and very detailed step by step instructions! Please check this one out and leave some feedback for Dan and all his hard work! @Ron Altier posted a question about drilling holes lengthwise through long pieces. Several of our members offered suggestions and ideas on various procedures. Maybe you have an idea that would help Ron. Check out his post- Ron also posted a beautiful new ornament he finished- Ron posted more about the piece here- @hawkeye10 asked our turners a question about dried wood for turning. He is considering the purchase of a bowl blank and was inquiring about how long it would take to dry. Our members provided lots of information and suggestions. The blank looked like- Check out his post- The woodturning club, which @Gerald is a member, hosted turner Jimmy Clewes. According to Gerald, it was well worth the wait! New Patriot member @doublej posted some of his woodworking projects. Not only is Joe an accomplished woodworker, he is also a very talented turner. He posted a picture of a bowl he turned- Checkout his complete post here- Woodturners and woodworkers seem to share one common characteristic. We are our own worst critics. Member @Steve Krumanaker recently posted a video where he critiques a beautiful natural edge, walnut bowl. Steve points out "flaws" that no one else would probably see. What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. Looking down the road- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Carl Jacobson posted a video about making a pepper grinder. What is nice about this particular grinder kit is that it doesn't require complex drilling operations. Carl demonstrates lots of lathe techniques that can be used on many other turned projects. Expand Your Horizons- In a previous "Wednesday's..." we posted a Capt. Eddie video on cutting/chasing wooden threads. Recently turner Sam Angelo posted a video which included a demonstration of wooden threads. The video is set to begin at the threading operation but you can certainly watch and enjoy the entire project New Turning Items- Our friends from Woodturners Wonders have a new respirator at a very reasonable price. More information and pricing is available at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/sundstrom-pro-pack-sr100-respirator-kit Everything Else- I haven't any turning time available but I did make a couple of cones to use with my new Easy Wood Tools live center. Somewhere along the way, I picked up a piece of what I think is cherry. It least that's what is smells like when it is cut. It is quite dense. Anyway, that's what these are made from- Safe turning
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