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  1. So looking around in the house I found some more material. I had glue up four turning blanks that I had forgotten about... How ever unfortunately they didn't glue completely evenly they are solid but there is a nice little crack in the middle of two blanks. I'm currently turning on it. It seems to be holding up so far. But I am up in ears for suggestions on how to take care of this crack I do have my alumilite resin still plenty of it left. I'm wondering if that would be a better option of once I get to a point is hold off and fill the holes with the resin and then continue to carve but I am completely unsure. I do plan on turning this one out completely. I'm starting off with the live center bits instead of the face plate giving that another go as well. I am recording this one as well. I can't remember what kind of wood this is I'm working with but I'm assuming that its oak wood it feels like oak at least to me. Either way here is a shot of what I've done so far with it. I've rounded it out and I'm going to start shaping the cup. Just not sure how to seal that space because I would like to keep this one.
  2. So I've been doing some experimenting this morning with grip lines in pen barrels. I put them in before I sanded the barrels how ever learning things the hard way I wound up sanding them mostly all the way back down and had to put them back into the wood. I'm wondering if there is a much easier way of doing this and I'm also wondering if there is a simpler way of getting the lines equal. I like the look fortunately these were just test pieces so they wont even get put together into a pen. Any suggestions on this? Here is video of exactly what I did.
  3. So I turned a zircote blank today that wood is beyond brittle I had quite a few knicks and chunks fly off but it wound up going okay. But I'm not sure if it was a wise move on sacraficing one of my center bands that I don't have many of to use as a size gap comparrison so I could better turn down the body of the pen barrels to a better diameter. It seemed to work out for the most part but I'm wondering if I didn't realize this was not a new thing and I'm just making newbie mistakes anyways here is the video for it.
  4. Hi, I was very fortunate enough to have won a set of Easy Wood turning tools in our last raffle. I have purchased a bionic face shield. I will be using a Shopsmith for a lathe, mark7.This comes with a spurred drive center, Cup style dead center, standard lathe tool rest, and lathe tail stock. Any other safety items (leather apron etc...), or tools/set-ups you may recommend, I’m anxious to hear them. Thank you. Artie
  5. So lately I've been dealing with wobbly pieces. Even after they are rounded they still seem to wobble. Does anybody have any ideas on how to correct this. I've never had too much of an issue with it before until the last couple of days. I can't even explain it. Note I did hold the chisel one handed how ever I barely touching it up on the piece so it wouldn't catch onto the wood and cause injury, but I placed it just enough to show the horrible wobble not sure how to correct this issue. Video should give you a better idea of what I'm dealing with.
  6. What a week! Hope this Wednesday finds you all safe and healthy. June 1st started our annual site fundraiser/raffle. Our generous sponsors have kicked in some fantastic prizes. Please check the announceent- Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier used some spalted Maple to make another fantastic ornament! Ron continues to use this UV finish and it really looks like it does a fantastic job. Check Ron's post for his description of a "happy little accident" @Ron Altier also started a great discussion based on something that @Lissa Hall posted. Lissa showed us her first bowl, Ron wondered what our first turnings were. This sparked a bunch of comments from our turners. Why not join in and post a picture or tell us what your first turning was- @Ron Altier is this week's winner with the most posts! He asked us if/how we lubricated our scroll checks. He received several responses. How do you keep your scroll chuck running smooth? One of our new turners, @AndrewB considered a new lathe. He asked use for input. Although Andrew has purchased a lathe, you might be able provide advice on using the one he bought- @AndrewB Also purchased some carbide turning tools. Check out the ones he bought and the pictures of the project he turned- What’s Coming Up- Looks like all of the live, in-person symposiums are cancelled through the summer. However, Cindy Drozda is doing live remote learning demonstrations. Her next one is Saturday June 6. Here's her video with more details- For The Newbies- Turners make things round from stuff that is square. Often there is a need to cut the the round turning to remove the part we want. If the diameter is small, a hand saw works well. But on larger pieces, the bandsaw is often the tool we use. Cutting round pieces, perpendicular to the length can be dangerous if not held securely. Mike Peace has a short video showing how to make a jig to safely make this cut- @AndrewB mentioned he is interested in turning bowls. I found this video, from BB turning, that covers the basics of rough turning a bowl. Although he uses traditional turning tools, the process is basically the same for carbide tools. Expand Your Horizons- I don't think I would ever have the patience to do this but Carl Jacobson makes it look easy. The basket weave illusion has been around for a bit- Carl shows us how he does it. I was particularly taken with the jig/platform he uses to draw his straight lines. Tim Yoder is always fun to watch. He shows us that not every turning needs to be proportioned by the golden ratio, have a flawlessly sanded surface, inlaid with colored acrylics or finished with 2000 layers of CA. At about 2 minutes and 40 seconds into the video, Tim uses a really neat way to secure lose pieces of the blank he will turn. I think this might come in handy for securing bowls to Big Easy Jaws and Longworth chucks. New Turning Items- If you are a pen turner, you know the importance of trimming the blank to the exact length of the tube insert. Some turners sand the blank while others use a barrel trimmer. Some of the barrel trimmers don't do an outstanding job and need to be sharpened. This set uses carbide inserts so it will cut cleanly for a long time. Although a little more expensive, it comes with virutally every size pilot reamer. Each piece is available for individual purchase. Click on the image for the link to the website and more information. Everything Else- Rick Turns' weekly video listing is available- I had every intention of sanding my elm bowl this week. But you know about "the best laid plans of mice and men..."- Sunday evening Mimi asked me to go to the basement and start the laundry. Getting things ready, I noticed some water on the floor. Not Good! In the back of my mind, I have been half expecting the 15 year old water heater (the one with the 6 year warranty) to be about at its end of life. Sure enough it had sprung a leak. So, Monday it was a trip to Lowe's. Got the new one plumbed in by the end of the day- fortunately we have the electric type. Got the mess cleaned up yesterday. The problem was how to get the old one up the basement steps. Gravity was a great help taking the new one down; not so much bringing the old one up. Luckily a friend was available and the carcass is now in the bed of the pickup. So the bowl sets for a bit longer- Safe turning and stay well
  7. I hope this Wednesday finds all of you safe and healthy. Our Patriot Turners- @Lissa Hall posted a concern about the crack that occured in a cedar bowl she recently turned. Several of our members provided some advice about what might have happened. Please check out her post and maybe you can offer additional ideas- @Ron Altier turned another beautiful bell ornament! He explains more about it and the finish he uses in his post. We've had lots of updates on past posts. @Kevin Beitz is still fighting with a maple bowl. Several members offered additional suggestions- @Gerald added additional images of his Friendship Bowls. He explained more about the finishes he uses- @Pauley provided more information on the finish on his curley maple vase- @Masonsailor has finished up his turned tulip cabinet- One of @Gerald's older post was revived. Great article from Woodcraft on making a jam chuck- What’s Coming Up- Everything still appears to be on hold. It may be a while until meeting, workshops and symposiums are up and running. For The Newbies- Woodworker's Journal has added a nice video, from Ernie Conover, on finishes for woodturners. Mr. Conover does a great job explaining and demonstrating several, simple finishes- Expand Your Horizons- There is still a growing interest in combining acrylic resins and wood. This video is not so much a "how to" but more of a "look what I did." New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders are offering a new stand alone tool rest for your grinder. You can read more about it here- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/grinding-wheel-accessories/products/stand-alone-tool-rest Everything Else- Rick Turns has his April video list available. With the lockdown, it's nice to have this list to pick from Been playing off and on with that splated maple bowl. I've always wanted to turn a Calabash bowl and that was my intention with this one. Unfortunately, the punky wood under the faceplate had different plans. To get a safe purchase on the piece, I needed to reverse the mount which left screw hole where the bowl bottom ended up. I'm not really happy with the shape, either. The holes were deep enough that when the inside was turned, they came thru. I tried to use sawdust and CA to fill them but they are pretty noticeable on the inside. So right now, I'm considering some sort of foot. I have some ebony piano keys. Might try to use them and design something. Surely can't leave it like this. Safe turning and stay well
  8. I’m wanting to use a salad bowl finish, by general finishes. I’ve used it before, but I always get a mediocre mat finish. Is there a way to make it have a better sheen? Or maybe some other type of food safe finish?
  9. While I was teaching we'd put a backer board on our bowl projects with a sheet of paper between the good wood and the backer to make separation easy. We did hundreds of bowls like that, and there were a few that failed and we had to reglue, but for the most part that worked for us most of the time. In the last couple years I haven't been able to make it work, the paper joint keeps coming apart while we're turning. Yesterday I got the kids going on the lathes and both of them had the bowl separate from the backer board. We reglued and we'll just have to work a little harder at getting them separated in the end. Is the paper weaker these days or what is going on?
  10. I have been hearing about the problems created by using steel wool in water based finishes. Does anyone have a picture of the rust in the finish? I am wondering if I cold purposely do that and create a unique finish. Are there problems with the finish coming off or flaking?
  11. Ok guys what do I need to know when buying a lathe chuck? what do i look for? how do i know what size to get etc etc... I have tried looking the information up but have only become more confused. thanks for taking the time to respond.
  12. Hey all you wood turners out there, I have a question for you, but first a bit of background on the problem. A few days ago I purchased a round bar hollower because it was a reasonable price without breaking the bank, and the cutter looked to be about the right size for most of the jobs I would have it do. Well I got it Saturday and tested it out a bit on some random scrap last night. Problem: When presenting the tool to the wood, the wood wants to yank and twist the tools cutter away from the wood. The question: Is there a way (WITHOUT destroying the tool) to flatten the bottom side of the bar to keep it (hopefully) from twisting? Of course I would wish to avoid grinding the back of the tool where the screw attaches to the bar, but beyond that I should be ok right? Thanks
  13. I thought I would share this pic with you and you can give me some guidance how to store wood for turning. This is persimmon given to me by a friend. I cut it into 14" lengths as I decided to make rolling pins from it. It grew to about 3" diameter with bark and all. Where I trimmed off branches, I painted all cut and exposed surfaces with latex paint. I left it near the house so that it would not get rained on and could dry slowly in the local humidity. Sadly, some little bug like a borer got into this wood. After removing the bark and truing it, I turned this with a skew. This is not sanded, but the dark area is fresh mineral oil. I find this as beautiful wood. The crack is what stopped me. If I don't find something else to do with this, you can see from the picture where it is going. Thanks for looking. Steve, the old FlGatorwood
  14. I picked up a really old small no name lathe. Didn't need it, but it was too cheap to "turn down." The tail does not turn, so its age is pretty old. I don't know whether to cut it down and take it with me when I camp or not. I thought about loaning it to a local museum in the small town down the road. What is your suggestions?
  15. oljpj

    spalted wood

    Are there any risks associated with turning spalted wood/ using it for fruit bowls or pepper mills? Thanks, Urbano
  16. Looking for a good small detailed sander to use on turning projects. I just watched the video Ron Altier post about the whatchamacallit thing. I saw the guy using a small Makita sander that I think would be nice. Does anyone have this or is there something better out there. Not sure what to look for. Is there attachments that would be useful?? Thanks for the suggestions John T.
  17. Thinking back on the controversy surrounding Bosch vs SawStop: How is that any different from the Axe carbide turning tools from Carter Products compared to Easy Wood Tools? This sound to me like as much of a patent infringement as the table saw issue. Taking a very brief look at the Axe tools, the only difference I can see is the shape of the handle. Is that enough to constitute a different tool? Jim, being an official representative of EWT, I realize you may be somewhat constrained on what you can say here, but I would be interested to hear your comments on this, as well as everyone else's.
  18. Anyone out there know of a great hidden gem to get pen kits at a great deal? I have gone to many of the stores (Woodcraft, Exotic Blanks, PSI, Berera, etc) who all have great selections and similar prices. However, as an intermediate wood worker/ turner I am extremely uncomfortable asking someone to spend $30 or more on a pen I made. I started making my own blanks to offset the costs associated with pen making, but a good pen still costs around $10-15 before I budget in labor and profit margins. I know some people make 'kitless' pens, but the hardware still comes from somewhere, right? So where do you go to get supplies?
  19. Side post since I obviously love talking about myself today... Haas anyone upgraded the stock tool rest that came with your lathe, and if so...to what? Noticed yesterday that mine has some serious nicks in it. Didn't really bother me until I tried my new chisel, the square edge vice an oval one. Now I cannot stop noticing them. Is it worth an upgrade, or just figure out how to smooth them out and move on smartly?
  20. I received the new control board and potentiometer late yesterday from Delta. I was pleased that is came a lot sooner than they had said it would. Today I set about replacing it. I started with removing the knobs. The red on/off lever requires an Allen wrench to remove the screw found at the lever pivot location and the speed set knob had an Allen screw which tightened down on the potentiometer shaft. Both came off without any fuss. I removed the corner screws that hold the top cover on and remover it. Notice the rocker switch. The forward/reverse lever slides over it to change directions. I removed the potentiometer on the left and pushed it inside. To go any further the whole switch assembly had to be removed from the head stock. Four Phillips head screws hold it on. I was surprised at how little dust was inside. I do run the vacuum over the air circulation louvers on the back from time to time. There is a Phillips head screw on each corner. I removed them and noted that at least four wires needed to unplugged from the board. I cut a wire tie that was holding the wires in a bundle and went and got some masking tape and marked the wires so I knew where they went on the new card. The wires on the corner of the board had terminals marked M+ and M- marked on the board. The other two wires more to the center of the board were connecter to terminals marked AC1 and AC2 on the board. Marked the wires and removed them. The terminal plugs didn't have any locks holding them on but did require a strong pull to get them off. I didn't know if the board would come out yet because there were still four other wires running over the board. A couple of those looked like the board had to come out to unplug them so I gave it a shot. You can see an aluminum heat sink at the lower edge in the picture above and that is the side of the board that has to come up and out from under the wires first. A little fussy but not too bad. The new one went in without much trouble either. Plugged the wires in and mounted the potentiometer. The potentiometer had a locating pin so it can only go in one way. Reversed the removal process and mounted the switch assemble, installed the knobs and plugged it in. Hummed like a new one again. All smiles here.
  21. RustyFN

    Nova chuck.

    I am fairly new to turning anything bigger than a pen. I bought a Nova chuck that takes the two steel rods to tighten it. I turned down the end so I can tighten the chuck on the outside. As soon as I touch the tool to the wood it comes flying out of the chuck. The piece of wood is around 4 inches in diameter and 8 to 9 inches long. The tenon is 2.25 in diameter and I did cut the angle on the inside. Anybody know what I could be doing wrong? Thanks in advance for your help.
  22. Welcome to the second decade of century 2000! Our Patriot Turners- Well the winners of our Adopt A Family were announced and the winner of the Easy Wood Tools was @Cliff. Cliff, being the generous guy he is, offered the tools to a veteran member. The proud recipient is now @Pauley. Thanks, Cliff! Thanks, Easy Wood Tools for your continued generous support of our family here! @Jim from Easy Wood Tools @jttheclockman post a request for information on a detail sander that would work for turnings. He received lots of input and ideas. Please check out his post and see if you can give him any additional advice- @HandyDan gave us a heads-up on a sale on Rikon lathes. The post developed into lots of good information that could be used for any lathe purchase. Check it out at- @Woodbutcherbynight asked us about some lathe items he had. Several of our members chimed in with ideas and information. Head on over to his post and see what he has- We have a new turner member in our midst! @joejimmun posted a request for help locating a part for a lathe. It didn't take long for our guys to locate it for him. Give Joe a welcome and see what lathe he is repairing- We have had a couple of revived threads! It's always fun to take a ride in Mr. Peabody's WABAC machine. @Kevin Beitz commented on a pine cone pen which triggered some input from our ranks- We also had some additional comments on a thread about all of the Easy Wood Tools clones. When you compare them to the copycats, you realize just what a great bargain they are. They really work great, too! What’s Coming Up- Well this sucks! Click on the above image to visit the More Woodturning Magazine. For The Newbies- Alright, it's the middle of winter- so let's talk Bar-B-Q!! Tim Yoder has a video up where he demonstrates turning some cookout utensils from project kits. Looks like these would make great gifts- Expand Your Horizons- Although mostly spindle turning, Pepper (and salt) grinders require lots of precise measurements. Special jigs can be helpful as well. In this video, Mike Peace demonstrates making one using the mechanism from Chefware Kits. https://chefwarekits.com/Pepper-&-Salt-Mechanisms-c37148080 New Turning Items- If you have been thinking about one of those CBN wheels to replace the abrasive wheel on your slow speed grinder, Here a video to help you decide on the best option- Everything Else- This past summer, i was ordered to get rid of some of the wood I had hidden behind the garden shed. It was maple from a tree that needed to be removed several years earlier. It had been stored on the ground and not protected from the elements. After cutting the circle blank, I tried to round it on my old lathe. Because some of the wood was soft and other places hard, it was so out of balance that it wasn't safe to turn on the old Delta. Even tried to drill out portions to re-balance it but that didn't work. I soaked it in dishwashing liquid/water for a few days and placed it in a bag of shavings, then completely forgot about it. That was in May. I pulled it out of the shavings this week and remounted it on the new lathe using a face plate. It had dried completely but the soft vs. hard wood still created an unbalanced situation. The new variable speed lathe worked great to find a speed that was safe with very little vibration. The bowl originally was to be deeper but, my futile balancing attempts interfered with the shaping. Any way, the outside is shaped but needs sanding before rechucking to hollow out the inside- Safe turning
  23. I have heard you can just paint thee ends of logs to keep them from drying too fast and cracking. My question is will spray paint work?
  24. Can you turn soft metal on a wood lathe with carbide cutting tools? I'm thinking soft aluminum. I've turned some very hard woods that seemed harder. Is it foolhardy?
  25. Okay wood turners extraordinaires. I would like to get my own set of turning tools. can you give me feedback on which ones to get first and which brand is medium or quality price level. not looking for top of the line just yet until I get to practice in a bit. I have seen Laguna on here a lot is that one you all would suggest or is there other? i am open to all thought on this. thank you in advance!
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