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  1. Another Wednesday rolls around! Our Patriot Turners- @Pauley Has been busy creating some fantastic items! Please check out his post and see some more of his turnings and how he created some of the effects- @Ron Altier finished up a beautiful spalted ornament- Ron gives us an explanation of what he did and some of the problems he overcame in this one- @Woodbutcherbynight posted a little turning he did- Sometimes the simplest things can be anything but easy! Here's his post- @Ron Altier also shared a video he found on making a natural edge bowl. He received lots of comments about the process! What’s Coming Up- Click on the image for the link to the webpage. For The Newbies- Is the piece of stock you are turning completely round? How do you check yours? You can turn the lathe off and inspect the piece or you can feel and listen- Expand Your Horizons- @Ron Altier showed us the video of one way to turn a natural edge bowl. Rick Turns posted a new video demonstrating a different method and then creates beautiful embellishments with copper leaf- New Turning Items- Craft Supplies USA has a new item aimed at the turners who make rings. Their device helps the turner make extremely accurately sized holes- Everything Else- I am asking for some input on this weekly post. The format has been about the same since we started and I am wondering if you all are satisfied with what you read/see. Am I missing something important? Is there something you would like to have added/removed. Am I covering enough material/too much. Please let me know what you think.
  2. 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
  3. There are still a few days remaining to help with our Wounded Warrior Family Adoption project. If you haven't made your donation, yet, please see this link- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/topic/27849-the-patriot-woodworkers-with-operation-ward-57-adopt-a-wounded-warrior-family-for-the-holidays-2019 Been thinking that maybe I might get started on Christmas shopping, next week...maybe... Our Patriot Turners- Our members have been really active this week. Lots pf projects and comments- @Ron Altier has been working on ornaments. He posted three of his latests creations- Ron's post has more details on how these were made- Unfortunately for Ron, not all the attempts turned out as he expected. One of his acrylic pieces didn't hold up- He received some interesting comments and suggestions to his post about this failure- One of the comments was from @Woodbutcherbynight who suggested he might try Corian materials and posted some of his fantastic pens that use that material- @Woodbutcherbynight also showed us some of the fan pulls he is making. The little beauties are really something! Here's his post on them- Gunny is the big winner this week with the most posts! He turned beautiful segmented bases for wine and champagne glasses. You can see how he did the glue-ups and turning in his posts- This shows his clamping jig- We have a revival of an older post. Back in the summer @John Morris asked if any of our members were familiar with the Ringmaster turning device. At that time he received a bunch of input. Some of our newer members recently discovered the post and have added to it. Check it out and see what's new! @Pauley asked for help and ideas on dust collection. Seems he is turning Bubinga and needed some advice on how to handle the dust and chips. Please head on over to his post and see if you can give him some ideas- @Gerald is holding us in suspense waiting to see the item he creates from a piece of Azobe wood. He was gifted the wood from a turner friend. Check this topic to see more about the wood! What’s Coming Up- This weeks club- http://www.lasvegaswoodturners.com/ For The Newbies- AS your turning experiences expand from spindle work to bowls and hollow vessels, it becomes necessary to be able to gauge the thickness of the walls of your turnings. Some turnings, i.e. shallow bowls, you can use your fingers to determine the thickness. But, as the depth increases, differents tools have to be used. Here is a video, from Sam Angelo, on making wall thickness gauges- Expand Your Horizons- Photographing your turnings can be challenging and frustrating. Member @Gerald has an excellent blog on photography and you can check it out at- I recently came across a video from Mike Peace on this subject. He shows us some of the shop made items we can use to help make our photos a little better. Also, Rick Turns has his November You Tube video listing available- New Turning Items- Woodturners Wonders has a sale on their Wonder Weave sanding discs https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/specials Everything Else- The latest edition of the Woodturning OnLine newsletter arrived. There is a link to a really great article on vacuum chuck systems. https://www.woodturningonline.com/ When I turn a utilitarian bowl, I usually use a recess for the jaws- just the way I learned and I find the bottom foot is a little larger. However, the recess makes it more difficult to judge the thickness of the bottom. While looking at Sam Angelo's wall thickness gauges, I found a video he posted on a nice, shop made jig that accurately measures the bottom thickness on recess and tenon methods. My version mimics his with only minor additions- The fixed headstock spacer- The movable depth indicator- Calibrating the fixed spacer- The end of the spacer is set to be on the same plane as the end of the chuck/jaws being used Calibrating the movable depth indicator- The threaded rod is adjusted to be on the same plane as the base of the movable portion- When correctly calibrated, the depth rod will touch the jaw surface when the bottom sliding part touches the fixed part. To use, position the threaded rod against the bottom of the turning. Observe the space between the fix and sliding parts of the jig. The distance is the thickness of the bottom of the turning. Here is Mr. Angelo's video- Safe turning
  4. Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, tomorrow. Please don't forget that we are in the midst of our Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family project. We still need about $500 to meet our goal. While we are giving thanks for what we have, let us not forget about those who sacrificed so much to provide us with that opportunity. Our Patriot Turners- We have had an outstand running thread this past week from @MountainGaurdian. He is setting up his lathe and turning some really neat projects! There have tons of comments, questions and answers. Naturally, this item caught my eye- Please checkout his turnings and jump into the conversation! Ed, also asked us if we had any suggestions on what he could do with these little items- no smart aleck comments please . They are burls from his pine tree. Check his post and maybe you can offer some suggestions. @HandyDan posted a slick tip in our Woodturning Tips section. Pretty cool idea! What’s Coming Up- Last week we posted a turning club from the state of Washington. Heading south to Oregon- Click on the image for the link to this club. Our friends from Spiracraft have a list of all of the woodworking shows they will be attending in 2020. Here's the link for more information- https://spiracraft.com/the-woodworking-shows/ For The Newbies- Mike peace has a nice video explaining the use of faceplates when turning. Check out his shop made jig for assuring the faceplate is centered over the turning blank- Expand Your Horizons- Well, it's been a week of sea urchin turnings. Using these shells was quite popular some time back. Looks like was goes around, comes around. First, Cindy Drozda shared her two part video for creating an urchin ornament. Ms. Drozda has lots of great tips on preparing the urchin skeleton, as well as making her famous finials. Part 2 is linked from Ms. Drozda's YouTube channel. Not to be outdone, our ol' buddy Tim Yoder also posted his sea urchin ornament. Check out his use of those fabulous Easy Wood Tools! New Turning Items- Ruth Niles' newsletter came this week and I noticed she has added a couple of new items to her inventory. She now has 2 sizes of espresso coffee tampers - 53mm for home coffee makers and 57mm for commercial machines. https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/coffee-tamper/ She also has a meat tenderizer that can double as a cookie press! https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/meat-tenderizer/ The folks at Woodturners Wonders are running specials thru the month of November. Check out some of their products at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/specials Everything Else- The new lathe is up and running! I've started making Christmas presents from a walnut log. Not sure how old this piece is but it is bone dry. Turned and sanded the outside of each bowl using the faceplate. Now it's reversing the pieces and hollowing them. One of the pieces will have a maple lid with a knob. That one will go to my shop teacher. Some of the bowls have burned accent stripes and textured designs. For Mr. Ostrasky- I was watching Bradley McAllister on monday and he was complimenting the folks at Easy Wood Tools by quickly dispelling the myth that carbide tools can't produce long wooden shavings. It reminded me of something I read on another turning forum about how you can't get smooth surfaces from carbide cutters. This is the surface of the walnut using the Easy Wood R2 negative rake cutter ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )- No ripples!! Safe turning
  5. Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away! I'll be subbing tomorrow so I guess the kids will be getting wound up! You may have noticed the new green banner at the top of the Patriot web pages. Our annual Adopt A Wounded Warrior Family Christmas Drive has started. Each year, we open our hearts and our wallets to make sure a deserving family has a memorable Christmas. Our goal, this year, is $1500 but we are only half way there with just 30 days left to make this their best Christmas ever. To encourage you to donate, our very generous sponsors have provided some awesome prizes. The more you donate, the better your chances of picking up a really fantastic item! Complete details are here- Our Patriot Turners- With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, our turners are cranking out the ornaments! @Ron Altier displayed some of his gorgeous creations for us. Check out the members comments in his post- @HandyDan has been in production mode with his ornaments. Actually I think he must have one of those Star Trek duplicators! Dan tells us how he created this batch of beauties! Dan also posted a great tutorial on how he created the burned lines on his lighthouses. Check out the neat devices he uses to hold the wire! @Woodbutcherbynight posted a super idea for using metal letter/number stamps. His idea is a real "finger saver"! In his post, he explains how he made this neat holder- What’s Coming Up- With winter coming on, not a lot of major shows/symposiums. I thought it might be nice to turn our attention to some of the regional groups/clubs. Click on the above image for the link to this club and some of its' activities. For The Newbies- Turning blank drying can be a crap shoot. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Three YouTube turners have collaborated to try and see if some of the drying factors can be related to climate/location. Sam Angelo, Mike Peace and Larry Randolf are experimenting and posting their results. First Sam introduces us to the idea- Then Mike Peace adds his input- Expand Your Horizons- We are still seeing lots of hybrid acrylic/wood turnings being produced. Recently, our very generous sponsor- Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) posted a video of a "Dragon Egg" being turned using their new negative rake cutter- New Turning Items- Here's an item that might be the perfect Christmas gift- Click on the image for the link to this product. Everything Else- Cindy Drozda has a new instructional DVD about her "Finial Star". Ms. Drozda, without a doubt, makes some of the most graceful finials anywhere. Safe turning
  6. Today I finished and hung my Christmas tree ornament display above the fireplace. It is 6 feet tall with 76 ornaments that I made of mostly of exotic woods. That includes the angel on top. I've made about 150, I do NOT sell them, I give them to my wife, daughters and grandchildren. I've made over 150 and enjoy each and every one
  7. Handy Dan's Cross Christmas Ornament really got me.... so simple and so beautiful. So many of you inspire me to become a better turner. I really like to have instructions in my hand to follow along when making something with exacting instructions. So with Dan's permission I created a PDF sheet on how to turn this project. Now I'll have printed instructions with me when I attempt this one. No excuses now.... Thanks Handy Dan! I also posted this on the EWT FB Page (With @HandyDan's permission) Inside Out Cross Ornament.pdf
  8. Starting with the bad news first- just 5 days left until your Income Taxes are due. Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker turned a bunch of garden dibbles as practice for a demo he was preparing for the turning club to which he belongs. Lots of comments and some questions about the project. Steve also followed up on how the demonstration went. See Steve's entire post at- @Ron Altier created more ornament magic with the colored plywood. He certainly is the master of these items- Ron explains his turning at- @Gerald continues to refine the offering plates he has been commissioned to create. He added to his post showing us the color and additional aspects of the project- Check out the updates here- Gerald also posted a nifty tip about filling holes in a turning. It is in our Turning Tips section. If you have a tip to offer or readers, please be sure to post it! What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- Looking for a project that will make a nice gift and help you explore several woodturning techniques? Mike Peace posted a "how-to" video for making a screwdriver. He shows us a couple of ways to get the hardware- If you are a little more advance, or just want to see some techniques that may be new to you, David Marks' video on bowl turning techniques may fill the bill- Expand Your Horizons- In the patriot Woodworking forum, there has been an ongoing thread about creating an "old barnwood" finish. Sandblasting was mentioned as a possible method. Well, Tim Yoder uses sandblasting as a way to embellish a turning- making it look very old and weathered. This is a 2 part video set. Part 2 is linked from Tim's channel- New Turning Items- Recently, Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) released their new negative rake cutters for all of their turning tools. Designed for the turners who work primarily with resins and acrylics; these cutters also work awesomely on hardwoods. If you haven't tried them, you owe it to yourself to check them out. Carl Jacobson recently posted a video showing these cutters in action- Sometimes you just need a light in places where your light doesn't fit or you need that third hand to hold the light. Cindy Drozda has just the thing. A miniature, magnetized LED lamp- Specifications and ordering information is available on Ms. Drozda's site- http://www.cindydrozda.com/html/Microlight.html Everything Else- Rick Turns has put up the YouTube list of March woodturning video. This is a tremendous amount of work for Rick. If you check these out, PLEASE leave a comment for Rick- The April issue of the Woodturning OnLine newsletter is available. Check out the first video on creating a "half twist" bowl. It's really neat! https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=042019 I did finally get a chance to finish up a couple of turnings and to do a little more Easy Wood Tools practice. The elm hollow vessel finally finished. I think I kept the Starbond company in business with the amount of CA used to keep this thing together- I was gifted some wood from an acquaintance whose father passed away. One of the smaller pieces was "Sweet Gum". This was my first experience with this wood. It was easy to turn and sand. This particular piece was a little punky- A little more finial practice. Just turned, no sanding. Maple- you gotta love those EWT negative rake cutters- Safe turning
  9. A big thank you to @John Morris for a beautiful ornament! Turned with purple heart and the Nativity Star was painted by his daughter. Wonderful!
  10. So proud of my granddaughter - Anna and the progress she is making with her carving. She is a natural - she listens and follows directions and suggestions very well. Here is this years Christmas ornament for her Mom and Dad - a Fisherman ornament from Woodcarving Illustrated. Our schedules did not provide enough time to get it painted - but that will happen this week. Love you Anna! (BTW - her younger brother Cole is on his was into carving as well - just started teaching him the different cuts: push, pull and stop - he will be ready soon to tackle some basic carvings - Love you too Cole!) BTW - take note of the t-shirt Anna is wearing - LOL!
  11. Almost done with Christmas gifts. This year is a bell with a bell inside. Got the second coat on last night. Now to put in the bells
  12. The Patriot's Wounded Warrior Christmas Raffle is on! There are some great prizes donated by our very generous sponsors. But the real winners are going to be the Bassett kids on Christmas morning. Please consider purchasing tickets and let's make this the best Christmas ever for the Bassett family. More information about the family and the raffle is in this post- Our Patriot Turners- The turning club that @Gerald belongs to is having a demo and sales event. Gerald build a test arena to provide the kids a testing place for the spinning tops. Nothing like hands on to boost sales! @HandyDan is hard at work making Christmas ornaments. You have to look really hard to realize these are not real electric lights! Dan describes his techniques in his post- @Ron Altier showed us another on of his beautiful ornaments. We know Ron turns a fair number of pieces but wait until you read his post and just where those pieces end up! @John Morris turned some ornaments for the Easy Wood Tools Christmas tree. According to John, this was a family collaboration- John describes his process in this post- What’s Coming Up- The American Association of Woodturners, 33rd Annual International Symposium, Raleigh, North Carolina, July 11-14, 2019 For more information and registration- http://The American Association of Woodturners 33rd Annual International Symposium Raleigh, North Carolina July 11-14, 2019 For The Newbies- In keeping with the Christmas theme, Tim Yoder has posted a simple, spindle turned bottle stopper. These would make nice gifts for friends and relatives. Tim uses a Ruth Niles stopper. If you have never used Ruth's products, you owe it to yourself to try the very best! https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Expand Your Horizons- Mike Peace added a continuing video to the ornament posted last week. In this video he demonstrates turning and adding a finial to the hollow sphere. Those of you that use carbide tools may be aware that Easy Wood Tools has recently added negative rake cutter to their line. These cutters can be used to replace the standard EWT cutter. The negative rake cutter was originally created to produce smoother cuts on acrylic casting. Turners have found the cutters work equally on hardwoods ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) Tracey Malady posted a video demonstrating these new cutters New Turning Items- I saw these on the Ruth Niles site. They would make a great gift for the Espresso lover- More information at Ruth's site- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/coffee-tamper/ Everything Else- Last week, I mentioned an offset turning jig used in a Rick Turns video. Rick responded to my question about the jig. It is from Ron Brown. Rick provided the link to the product as well as a video of it in use. https://www.ronbrownsbest.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=63) I have been working on Christmas present and finished up the last 3 bowls/dishes today (5 in total). These are small flame box elder turnings finished with some Bumble Bee Butter (bee's wax and mineral oil). I heat the mixture until it becomes liquid, then apply and buff off. Turned completely with Easy Wood Tools. Safe turning
  13. Last day for relatives. Spent the day driving around the Gettysburg Battlefield. No matter how many times you go there, it is always sobering. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier posted a question about gluing acrylic to wood. He received a few responses. Pease check out his post and provide him with your experiences- Ron also posted a knitting needle vase he made for his wife- Ron describes the materials and their history in his post- @hawkeye10 is looking for some input on a new four jaw chuck. He received several comments on the one he was eyeing. Why not give him your opinion about what you like in your chuck- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools posted a picture of the Easy Wood Tools Christmas tree and it is beautiful. Head on over to Jim's post and see if you can find your ornament! There's still time (and room) to send your ornament to Jim! @Bob Hodge is using his turning skills to create works of art! Check out what he is doing with some beautifully turned bowls- Bobs post explains what he is creating- What’s Coming Up- The 2019 Florida Woodturning Symposium. February 8th – 10th, 2019 Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center http://floridawoodturningsymposium.com/ For The Newbies- Tim Yoder has a new video where he shows us the tools he uses in his shop. As turners we often wonder just what tools we need and Tim helps us figure that out. One of the biggest challenges in turning is trying to figure out how to hold the material securely. Unlike flat work, turnings are moving while we are working on them. Mike Peace offers a video on how to hold small pieces- Expand Your Horizons- I've been reading a lot lately about "wet sanding" and "sanding paste". Mike Peace has produced a couple of videos on the subject. His explanations are easy to understand and the video are not too long. Wet Sanding- Sanding Pastes- New Turning Items- Although not a brand new product, Easy Wood Tools has a super nice live center and cone attachments You can see detailed specifications at the Easy Wood Tools site- http://www.easywoodtools.com/live-center-3/ Everything Else- ...and just for enjoyment, Carl Jacobson make a hybrid turning. DON"T LOOK AT THE PEN!!! Safe turning
  14. A lot of things happening here at the Patriot this week, so we'll get right to it! Our Patriot Turners- The Easy Wood Tools Christmas tree is going to be spectacular this year thanks to the talents of our turners. @Jim from Easy Wood Toolshas been keeping us up-to-date this the ornaments he has received from our members. The children of some of the employees decorated several of the ornaments they received- It looks like they really had an enjoyable time with this. Jim also showed us some of the other ornaments he received from The Patriot member @HandyDan The folks at Easy Wood Tools are putting up the tree on November 2 and Jim promised to post some images for us! If you haven't sent your ornaments, I'm sure it is not too late! Not only did @HandyDan help with the Easy Wood Tools tree, he went into production mode with his angels! Dan posted a really nice tutorial on how he made these beautiful little angels- Please checkout how he made them and some of the terrific comments he received. Ornaments were not the only turnings that were made. @RustyFN has been creating gorgeous apple wood bowls. The first one- And the second one- Head on over to his posts and see some of the great comments he got from our members. More bowls came from @DAB. That beautiful pine bowl has some interesting wood history. Read more in DAB's post- @PostalTom added to this week's bowl bonanza with this beauty- Tom used his Easy Wood Tools for this turning. In his post, he provides proof as to the sharpness of those EWT cutters! @Steve Krumanaker spent a week at the Marc Adam's Academy of Woodworking learning from Glen Lucas. Steve describes his experiences and some of the important takeaways from his week- While he was there, he started a bowl that he then finished, with "milk paint", when he returned home. Steve described the process in his post- "Just one more light pass" and then... We've all done it. Steve discusses what happened with this turning- For The Newbies- Continuing with the bowl theme, one of the problems we face when turning a bowl (or almost any turning) is grain tearout. Here is a video explaining what causes tearout and how to reduce/eliminate it. The video is by Lyle Jamieson- @hawkeye10 posted a question about Safe Drive Centers. Please see if you can offer any additional information and your experiences with this type of center- Expand Your Horizons- We are always looking for ways to speed up the drying process between the rough turn and the final turning. Carl Jacobson included a new to me method for drying in this video. My background/career in electronics should have led me to this idea a long time ago. Check out the use of the Easy Wood Tools, too! New Turning Items- I received an email from Woodturners Wonders featuring a new air powered random orbital sander. If you are in the market, it may be worth a look- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/random-orbital-sanders/products/pros-variable-speed-random-orbital-sander Everything Else- Safe turning
  15. Still chilly here but tomorrow I'll spend inside riding herd on 20 tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders in Computer Tech- should be an exciting day! Remember there is still time to send ornaments to @Jim from Easy Wood Tools to help decorate the Easy Wood Tools lobby Christmas tree! We've had a great response to Jim's request but I'm sure they would be grateful for more! Our Patriot Turners- Last week's "Wednesday's.." post got @DAB in the mood for turning. He made a sweet little bowl that will be a prize given to a member of the pistol club to which he belongs Here's a link back to last Wednesday's post for more pictures and some answers to DAB's questions- @Ron Altier is still cranking out beautiful ornaments. He shows us some of his latest creations in this post- Ron also posted an ornament that he felt was off center. If it was, none of us could see it- Check out the comments from his post to see what the other turners had to say- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools showed us some of the beautiful ornaments that @Gerald created for the Easy Wood Tools Christmas tree- Looks like the volunteers are going to have a ball finishing some of these! Thank You Gerald! @Jim from Easy Wood Tools is becoming a master turner. He showed us this awesome bowl- Jim wasn't sure of the type of wood but we all agreed that "beautiful" was an apt description. Read more comments in Jim's post- @HARO50 posted an image of turning made from Ponga. Mother Nature certainly can create fantastic materials- Maybe we need @John Morris to add this to his Wiki- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyathea_dealbata and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamaku @HandyDan showed us his lathe tools sharpening station. For more images and a description of its' use, check out his post- @PostalTom posted a question about gouges and how to tell the functions apart. He received several helpful suggestions. If you can provide him with some additional information, please go to his post and chime in- What’s Coming Up- The 2019 Florida Woodturning Symposium. February 8th – 10th, 2019 at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. http://floridawoodturningsymposium.com/ For The Newbies- Turners save every scrap of material. You never know when that piece might come in handy. If the wood isn't dry, it could crack or split waiting on you to use it. Sam Angelo posted a video to help preserve and store those treasures- Expand Your Horizons- I don't intentionally do off center turnings.My lathe is mounted on a cabinet and off center work really shakes, rattles and rolls (thanks Big Joe Turner). Rick Turns makes a very nice bowl using the off center process- New Turning Items- A couple of new things this week. First, from Woodturners Wonders, a new LED lamp. It looks to be super bright, has a magnetic base and a flexible neck- More information and specs at their web site- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/lamps/products/quasar-our-new-led-magnetic-lamp With Christmas coming, we are all looking for gift ideas. Craft Supplies USA is offering a new line of ring inserts. You can find more about these items at- https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p/58/7074/Artisan-Titanium-Comfort-Ring-Core?utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=titanium&utm_campaign=18-oct-titanium-rings Safe turning
  16. From summer to winter in 3 days. You gotta love Pennsylvania weather! There's still time to get your ornaments into Easy Wood Tools and @Jim from Easy Wood Tools! If you are making some basic ones that will need finished, they have volunteers waiting! Check out @John Morris's post for more details and where to send them- Our Patriot Turners- Speaking of ornament, or turners have been busy! @Ron Altier sent our friends at Easy Wood Tools these beauties- There was a bit of confusion as to the identity of the maker but it all got straightened out in the end- Ron also showed us a new type of design that did not require any turning- Check out his post in the General Woodworking forum- Last week Ron posted a thread on his "Inside-Out" ornament. Several of our turners added to the discussion by showing us some of their work and procedures. Here is the post again so you can catch up- Ornaments weren't the only thing happening here this week! @JohnM got himself a mighty fine new (used) lathe. He received lot's of comments about his purchase- John was not the only one getting new stuff. @RustyFN got a great deal on a new chuck and a bunch of jaws! @Cliff put his metal working lathe to work and redesigned his wood lathe dust collector system. Check out his post for additional information and the discussion from our members- @Steve Krumanaker turned one of the most beautiful maple bowls you will ever see. The grain in the wood is stunning. More images and our members compliments are here- @Ron Altier asked if any of our turners had ever worked with one of these pen kits- The discussion that followed ventured into the area of pressure pots and stabilization- @Gene Howe posted a link to a shop made jig for sharpening gouges. It is similar to the Wolverine jig. Here is the link, however, you'll have to copy and then paste it into your browser. Our site software won't paste it directly as a link- http://lumberjocks.com/projects/397921 What’s Coming Up- Virginia Woodturning Symposium Sponsored by the Virginia Woodturners, Inc. November 3 & 4, 2018, Expoland - Fishersville, VA http://www.virginiawoodturners.com/?utm_source=Regional+Event+Virginia+10+12++2018+&utm_campaign=regional&utm_medium=email For The Newbies- I really appreciate @Gerald's suggestion for items in this new area. One f the first techniques for a new turner is making a spindle. Mastering this type of turning leads to all kinds of interesting projects- rolling pins, candle holders, salt/pepper devices, etc. Here is a 3 part video showing the various stages of creating a spindle that eventually becomes a spinning top- Of course there are many, many sources for learning to turn. Hands on instruction can't be beat. If there is a turning club in your area or a Woodcraft store, check them out! Expand Your Horizons- Last week I posted a video from the WyomingWoodturner on bowl embellishment. Here is one more from Sam Angelo showing the process in more detail- New Turning Items- Although I've never made one, canes are a popular item. If you are thinking about this as a project, you may find this item useful- More about this at there site- https://www.treelineusa.com/e-z-cane-handle-fastening-system.html Safe turning
  17. Again, Before we get started on this week's stuff, I'd like to remind you of the request from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. The generous folks at Easy Wood Tools are decorating their lobby for Christmas and would like to use turned ornaments for the tree. The ornaments don't have to be finished. Plain wooden ones will be painted by volunteers at Easy Wood Tools. The ornaments can be simple turnings from non-descript wood. However, if you wish to make some fancy ones- think of the type made by @Ron Altier, @Gerald and @Steve Krumanaker- those would be displayed just as you made them-- No Paint!! If you need ideas, I have a list of websites, tutorials and ideas. Just let me know!!! Well Pennsylvania has set another record- We have had only 4 days without measurable rain since July 1. Gimme a break!!! Our Patriot Turners- Speaking of ornaments- @Ron Altier turned a beautiful blue and white colored plywood piece, although not without some problems- Ron describes what happened in his post and he received lots of feedback, too. @HandyDan is getting into the Christmas spirit with his gorgeous turned angel ornaments. He received lots of compliments and answered some questions, here- And, @Steve Krumanaker was super busy with his batch of awesome ornaments. And this is just a sampling of what Steve has done! Steve also explained his process for the finish on these, in his post- We've had a couple of questions this week from some of our members. @hawkeye10 is considering getting into turning. He asked our members what they would recommend. He received lots of comments. He is also eyeing a new-to-him lathe, from Craigslist and asked our members their thoughts on it. Head on over to his posts and help him out! @Bob Hodge posted a question in the finishing forum about turning and sandpaper grits. I am reposting it here in hopes our turners can chime in and give him some advice/help- What’s Coming Up- The Virginia Woodturning Symposium is in November- Click on the above image for additional information. Stuart Kent will be at the American Association of Woodturners in Raleigh, NC, November 2019. Click on the above image to go to Stuart's Facebook page for additional information. From The Internet- @Gerald Added a great video of an interview with Barry Todd and our good friend form Woodcraft, Frank Byers. If you watch the video, check out how Mr. Todd burnished a finial! I've been adding some short videos into the Woodturner's Tips section. So far , they have been from Mike Peace. If you see videos that offer tips on turning, please add them to the "Tips" section- don't forget to add tags to your entry! Everything Else- With all the rain, I've had a little time to play at the lathe making ornaments for @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. One of the shapes I could never master is a sphere. I know the mechanics and the math but what comes off of the lathe could never be considered round! I did't want to spend the $$ purchasing a jig that would only be used occasionally. One turner/"inventor" I really enjoy following is Mr. David Reed Smith. Checking his site, I found a technique for turning spheres using a shop made jig. The jig uses a shadow to check the turning progress. It consists of an adjustable platform sliding in a dovetail on a fixed base. The platform is secured with a screw that pulls the dovetail tight. I used a fender washer to prevent the screw from gouging the base. The fixed base is held on the lathe ways with magnets. The platform holds the "pattern". And the shadow is created by an Ikea LED lamp suspended over the turning. An alignment post is used to help position the lamp at the correct location. The blank is turned while watching the shadow on the pattern. The setup looks like- Harbor Freight has a small LED flashlight on sale. I'm trying to figure out how to use their magnetic base/arm to replace the Ikea suspended lamp. I think I'll need to get some metric tap and die stuff. If you are interested in Mr. Smith's jig, here is the web page with the instructions on making it- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/ShadowSphereJig/ShadowSphereJig.htm Safe turning
  18. I have been working on some angel ornaments for Christmas. Here's where I am at so far. Have some bodies and wing sets done. The finished one in the front is what they will look like.
  19. The sun has finally returned and the humidity is a little lower. More like fall. Before we get started on this week's stuff, I'd like to remind you of the request from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. The generous folks at Easy Wood Tools are decorating their lobby for Christmas and would like to use turned ornaments for the tree. The ornaments don't have to be finished. Plain wooden ones will be painted by volunteers at Easy Wood Tools. The ornaments can be simple turnings from non-descript wood. However, if you wish to make some fancy ones- think of the type made by @Ron Altier, @Gerald and @Steve Krumanaker- those would be displayed just as you made them-- No Paint!! If you need ideas, I have a list of websites, tutorials and ideas. Just let me know!!! These are a couple I've started. Got ideas from the list I mentioned above. These are maple and intended to be painted- Our Patriot Turners- One of our newer members, @JohnM posted a question about purchasing a lathe. Somehow I missed his post until today. I know he would appreciate hearing from those of you who might have experience with the particular lathes he is considering. Please head over to his question and see if you can offer any advice- @Gerald is getting a head start on his Christmas ornaments! He has been discussing design considerations with his Mrs. See what our other turners had to say about these beauties- @Steve Krumanaker posted some images of really cool turnings that used magnets to create awesome illusions- Check out Steve's post for more images/designs and comments about his efforts- Member @Bob Hodge Asked our turners for hints on how to address tearout. Bob turned a beautiful apple wood bowl but he wasn't pleased with some of the surface areas. Several of our turners offered ideas- @Ron Altier posted a picture of a specialized rolling pin/cutter. The "noodle cutter" looks deceptively easy to make. But, having tried this in the past, I can assure you there are pitfalls. The cutters must have sharp points and all be exactly the same height and no ragged edges. I think the best tool for this might be the new Easy Wood Tools Micro Detailer. From The Internet- Always a favorite, Tim Yoder posted a nice video of making a bottle opener using the new item from Ruth Niles. Many of us use Ruth's bottle stopper hardware because we know it's the best on the market. If you haven't seen her products, here is a link to her site- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ . Tim uses his Easy Wood Tools to turn the wooden portion of the opener. He discusses his method of finishing. For the second time this week, I've noticed folks using Yorkshire Grit (thanks Jim Luley for the first time). It looks like the only US distributor for this fantastic finish is http://www.thewalnutlog.com/. Gonna order some tomorrow! It's kind of a morbid subject but Mike Peace has a two part video on turning a cremation urn. The second part is linked from his video. I've made pet urns but they were flat work to match the design of other builds. Everything Else- Safe turning
  20. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the folks living in the path of hurricane Florence. Stay safe and follow the advice of the officials. We need you back here. PATRIOT TURNERS!!!!!! I have had a request from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools . Our most generous sponsor, Easy Wood Tools, places a Christmas tree in their office lobby. It gets decorated with turned ornaments from their turning friends. Jim asked if the Patriot Turners could create some ornaments to help in filling up the tree. These do not need to be fancy or exotic woods. The ornaments will be painted/finished by young ladies who have volunteered to help. Snowmen/ladies, tiny Christmas trees, birds, baubles, whatever comes to mind. Your ornaments will be in good company with others from turners all over. I'm in for this and I hope you will be, too. You can send your ornaments to: Jim Luley Easy Wood Tools 1365 Cahill Drive Lexington, KY 40504 If you have any questions, let me know! Let's cover that tree!! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier created another beautiful ornament from colored plywood. Ron explains his process in this thread- From The Internet- Mike Peace has been posting a few short videos primarily aimed at helping the newer wood turner. One recently was on the use of dividers when turning. I found two interesting videos on bowl turning. Not so much on how to turn them but more about the end results. Most of us have been indoctrinated into the idea that the bowl blank must be dry- either at the start of the turning or at least at the time the bowl will be finished. Mike Peace demonstrates the beauty of allowing mother nature to have a hand in the process by turning a bowl start to finish with green wood. As the bowl eventually dries it will warp into shapes we can embrace. Another idea on bowl finishing is by Rick Turns. Rick uses gilding to enhance a design. As he works, Rick shows us some of the things that can go wrong. Now just for the sheer enjoyment of seeing something turned that you would probably never expect- Everything Else- In keeping with the bowl theme that we have going, I did get to finish a little flame box elder bowl I started a while back. The bowl was turned rough and then I needed to start a different project so I painted on a layer of old TiteBond II. The blank didn't warp or crack. I think the TiteBond II sealing is the way to go. The little bowl still needs a protective finish. It's about 6 inches in diameter and about 2 inches tall. Safe turning
  21. Summer continues to hang on here in south central PA. Heat indices over 100. Very humid. Just a reminder, if you haven't entered the Patriot Raffel, the closing date has been moved up to September 15- just 10 days away. We are a little short of our goal and could use your help. To get your tickets, click this link- https://raffles.ticketprinting.com/raffle/7976-The-Patriot-Woodworker-2018-Community-Fundraiser/ Our Patriot Turners- I need to apologize to @RustyFN, He posted a beautiful bowl a couple of weeks ago and somehow I missed it. The bowl was turned from apple and has some gorgeous grain. Rusty tells us more about the history of the wood, in his post- @Ron Altier showed us a really nice vase for holding knitting needles. Ron's wife is an awesome "needleler". Ron explains the blank construction in his post- Ron also started a thread about finding the center of a blank and how other turners accomplish this. He eventually settles on a shop made jig. Check out what our turners use for center finding as they responded to Ron's request- @Steve Krumanaker has already started on his Christmas Ornaments and they are gorgeous. Steve explains his technique for coloring these beauties in his post- What’s Coming Up- The Tennessee Association of Woodturners presents their 31st Annual Woodturning Symposium January 25th and 26th, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Franklin, TN. You can get more information from- http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=lgmecmkab&oeidk=a07efkgsokx87d387cc From The Internet- Sometimes we just get careless- @HandyDan sent me this video link. He must have remembered I have a love/hate relationship with the skew chisel. This video has a super explanation/demonstration of rolling a bead using the skew. Last week I shared a Mike Peace video using the jam chuck. In that video, he was mounting a canister he turned. Mike posted a set of videos on that cannister project- Rick Turns shared his August YouTube woodturning video list- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter arrived this week. As always there is plenty of great information. There is a particularly interesting article on pierced turnings by Gord Langer. He explains the process and provides sources for tools. http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs030/1103251462235/archive/1109613985933.html The entire newsletter and more projects can be found at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Everything Else- Last week I mentioned I turned a small finial. @HandyDan showed us what small really is! Awesome turning, Dan! I finally got the finish on that little turning. The bottom is manzanita, the domed lid is a piece of very old spalted maple from Lexington VA and the finial is hard maple ebonized with India ink. Turned entirely with Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). Safe turning and wear that face shield
  22. I have a LOT of ornaments. I have given family lots of them too. I have about 50 hanging on display. I was running out of space and decided to make a couple of display stands. Each hold 6. What do I do with all of them, if I don't sell them? Most are spoken for by family members.
  23. Another Wednesday! One of our new members, @brianpoundingnails posted pictures of a shop made lathe he built. His "machine" is multipurpose and made for creating log furniture. Check out Brian's post and see all the functions of this marvelous machine- @Gerald has been busy turning some hollow forms. The wood was from a neighbors tree. Gerald posted more about the wood and the turnings here- @Ron Altier Has been turning more ornaments! This first one caused him to have an allergic reaction but that didn't stop him from finishing this little beauty. More about the ornament in Ron's post- Ron kept them coming with this awesome piece- More about this one- And finally, Ron finished up this gorgeous piece- His description here- @PostalTom asked our members how they stored their turning tools. He received lots of feedback and ideas. Head on over to his post and give him your ideas and suggestions. As turners, we are always looking for ideas on how to make our pieces unique. Shapes, wood species, mixed media and finishes. @Steve Krumanaker posted a topic on chip carving. He plans to use this technique to add detail to some of his turnings. He received lots of encouragement on his new endeavor. Please check out his post and offer any suggestions you may have. Another way to make a unique turning- I picked this up off of a Facebook woodturning page. This is part one of the video and part two is linked from the Youtube site. I'm not sure how robust this finish will be but it sure is interesting. Ruth Niles has added a new item to her stainless steel products. If you are looking for a gift for that discriminating espresso drinker, check out Ruth's new coffee tamper. https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ I spent the day redesigning a jig I use to turn rolling pins. I replaced the high speed steel cutter with a Ci5 cutter from Easy Wood Tools. Now I need to make up some rolling pin blanks. The stock is getting low. I have a bunch of those flame box elder blanks cut and must get to turning them. Safe turning
  24. Our Patriot turners have been at it again! Lots of projects posted and input provided. @RustyFN escaped serious injury when a gouge he was using snapped in half. Rusty was turning a log when a catch damages the tool and lacerated his hand. Read about the incident in Rusty's thread- @Ron Altier is busy experimenting with different woods and finishes with his beautiful ornaments. Check Ron's posts and the comments- Although he didn't turn these, member @Jay is making some lures for fly fishing. Lots of input including a link for ideas on turned lures. Read about Jay's post- @Smallpatch is making some "Teapots" He has posted several images of his work. He creates fantastic detail in his pieces- Several weeks ago we talked about the different skew chisel shapes. Some turners prefer the curves end while others prefer the "straight" edge. I found this article by Alan Lacer, from Popular Woodworking Magazine, detailing how to convert the straight end to a curved end. It includes the author's opinion of why he prefers this shape. https://www.popularwoodworking.com/projects/aw-extra-121213-reshaping-the-skew-chisel Our generous sponsor, Easy Wood Tools, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools shared a video on YouTube of a really special turning by Jim Overton. Mr. Overton uses EWT tools almost exclusively to create a lamp from various materials. The really awesome aspect of the project is the appearance of the lamp when it is finished. I came across a nice site that has lots of turnings that include project details. You may find a project idea from the listings. http://woodarchivist.com/category/woodturning-projects-and-techniques/ I'm a little late with this post of "Rick Turns" YouTube video list for April. If you check out this list, please give Rick a BIG Thank You for all his work! This was a "Mom" day for me. I don't know how a 92 year old 4' 8" lady can run me into the ground! Anyway, when I got home, I found this on the porch- Looks like all turning isn't artsy fartsy. I found a chunk of wood in the wood shed- Cut a chunk for the turning- I'll need to drill a hole for the tang and the turn the handle. That'll be tomorrow- after I paint the deck furniture. Safe turning
  25. Turning is therapeutic. Before getting into this week's offerings, please remember to add tags to your posted topics. Tags help forum viewers with searches and can add an additional layer of organization to the overall site. Tags can include, but not be limited to, project category, material, style, finish, tools, manufacturer, etc., etc. We've had lots of activity this week in Turning Forum. Some questions, some projects and some great suggestions. @Steve Krumanaker has gone wild with Christmas ornaments! Check out all of the ornaments and comments about how Steve makes them in these two threads- Of course not everything goes according to plan, as Steve points out here- @Ron Altier asked us to rate our carbide tools on a scale of 1 to 10. How about cruising over to this post and give him your input- In that same post, @HandyDan gave us a peek at his shop made carbide round cutter. Pretty Fancy!! @Gerald did a woodturning club demonstration. Look at these beautiful pieces- Read more about them and additional pictures at- A couple of weeks ago, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools posed a question about drive spurs. Lots of comments and opinions were offered. I saw this video from Mike Peace where he discusses the differences- I missed the notification of the Rick Turns woodturning videos of the month. Here is his offering for the month of September- I forced myself into the shop over the weekend. A couple of turnings- This is an Alumilite pen. Alumilite is a type of "resin" casting. It turns easily and polishes to a high gloss. This was turned, sanded thru 12000 grit then polished with Turtle Wax scratch and swirl remover. A bottle stopper from a hybrid blank of acrylic and wood. Sanded and polished the same as the pen. The wood appeared to have a burl type surface. The stopper is from Ruth Niles https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Both projects turned completely with Easy Wood Tools. Safe Turning
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