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  1. Finally got all unpacked, laundry done, dog washed and settling back into the routine. Our Patriot Turners- @FrederickH wanted to know about turning a burl. Specifically, if it should be turned green or be allowed to dry first. Our turners provided some input but see if you can give him additional information- A while back, @Gerald showed us some crosses he was designing for a group at his church. Gerald has redesigned them some and posted his newer version- @John Morris has added some new woodturning links to the Links Directory. Check them out at- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/links/category/21-foundations-and-non-profits/ What’s Coming Up- If you are in or around West Harrison, IN this weekend, Check out the this woodturning event! Click on the above image for the link to registration and more information. For The Newbies- Lots of new turners get a "starter set" of traditional tools when they purchase their lathe. Sometimes these sets are part of the lathe package. These starter tools will require sharpening before you start to turn and as you turn. Both Tim Yoder and Carl Jacobson have created sharpening videos. They demonstrate how to sharpen and some of the available equipment to make the task of sharpening easier. Tim Yoder's is in 2 parts. Part 2 is linked from Tim's channel- Carl's is a single part video- Expand Your Horizons- Another way to add interest to your turnings. This particular instance is on a bowl but the method lends itself to most any turning New Turning Items- A few weeks back, @Gerald posted some information about making a lift/moving device for a lathe. If making one isn't your thing, this just might help you out- This is available at- https://boratool.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=bora+pm+900+workbench+caster+kit&amnoroute Everything Else- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter for October is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ I am still latheless but I did order the Jet 1640 EVS. In the meantime, I'm trying to get the workshop ready for the new arrival. The old Delta occupied the same location since it arrived and took the place of the Bridgewood lathe- my first one. Both of these lathes were bench mounted. The Jet will be "free standing" so I needed to make room. The bench the old lathes set on doubled as storage. I need to keep it. I was able to swap positions of some of my equipment. The old lathe's home- The area under the drill press- I was able to swap the lathe bench and the drill press area- Those drawers are filled with tools and hardware. The air compressor and a "new" small cabinet now occupy the empty space left from the where the lathe bench used to set. From the first picture, you can see how I stored my lathe tools. That was OK but when I started learning the benefits of carbide tools and my collection grew; I needed to make a different holder. The carousel worked better but, as you can see, it was mounted to the bench. Need something new for the free standing lathe. Made this wall mounted holder Safe turning
  2. A little different format this week. No lathe and different scenery There were some additional comments and information about @HandyDan's finials. Please see his post for what was said- @Kevin Beitz is looking for a non-typical lathe head stock. Check out his request and see if you may know where he can locate one- @Gene Howe gave me a heads-up on a group that is helping combat veterans thru woodturning. Please checkout this YouTube video and share it with others to help get the word out- Rick Turns posted the September woodturning videos list- It's not too early to start thinking about turning those Christmas ornaments. Here, Sam Angelo does a birdhouse- And, Mike Peace let us know about this ornament contest- Mike Peace also added a video on making a tail stock cone center. These are very useful items especially when turning projects that have drilled/hollowed centers. Safe turning
  3. Good morning guys, I need to get some new blades for my band saw. I have been using Olson blades for the past few times and am not disappointed with them, but was wondering if there were any others you might like? Most of the time I keep a 1/4" blade installed but I'm starting to lean towards maybe something a little larger as it does a good job cutting curves but not great for straight cuts. What is your everyday preferred blade size and tooth combo? Thanks Pat
  4. Looks like I haven't been the most on-the-ball forum host for the last several weeks. I've missed several posts by our turners and for that I apologize. Our Patriot Turners- @Pauley asked our opinions on the Laguna 1216 midi lathe- Check out his post and see if you can offer any help. @Kevin Beitz showed us a beautiful pedestal fruit bowl that incorporated an inside-out turning. Kevin added his picture here- Back in the summer, @RustyFN was working on a vase he was turning from a glued up blank. Somehow, I missed his posting of the finished turning. It really turned out fabulous! Here is the link to the entire thread- @HandyDan is trying his hand at finial making! Looks to me like he has those things mastered!!! Dan explains his work- What’s Coming Up- If you are in or around Louisville, KY this coming summer, Keep an eye out for the AAW symposium. Currently there isn't any registration information that I can find- For The Newbies- The best way to learn to turn is to have someone teach you how to do it. A turning club is the idea environment for this. Unfortunately, not all of us live in an area where this can happen. Cap'n Eddie Castelin is starting an online club for turners. This video goes into more detail. Expand Your Horizons- Acrylic turnings seem to be all the rage right now. Carl Jacobson turns an acrylic sphere, in this video. The information he presents is more about the prep and how the acrylic casting was completed. Check out the use of the Easy Wood Tools products ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) !! New Turning Items- Some of these aren't "new" but the prices are pretty good- Click on the above image for the link to WoodTurners Wonders. Everything Else- I am currently "lathe-less". Sold my old Delta in less than 24 hours. Thanks Craig's List! I'm going to order the Jet 1640 EVS. The local dealer is offering a 15% discount thru October. Some of my jigs will have to be reworked and I'll need a spindle adapter to match up my chuck and shop made items to the new size. The most work will come in the shop rearrangement. I had the Delta bench mounted and the new Jet will have its' own stand. And, of course, I'm gonna have to call in some favors to get it to the basement!!! Before the lathe left, I managed to complete the locust bowl. Because of the shape, I took extra precautions when finishing off the bottom. Strapping tape made sure the thing stayed in place. I used some more of that black CA from StarBond to fill in a void where some of the bark was not quite complete. The finish is mineral oil and then some mineral oil/beeswax paste. Mimi has already decide who will receive it. Safe turning
  5. I have a very old scythe the I believe my grandfather used in the 40's. the blade is heavily rusted/pitted and I would like to "restore" it a bit for my son-in-law's barn. What does everyone recommend as a good rust remover? I can grind it off but with the pitting I fear too much of the old metal would be removed. If I could get a majority off without grinding I feel it will retain more of its originality. Any thoughts? Thanks Gary
  6. Happy Birthday America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our Patriot Turners- We continue to have a great discussion on @Gerald's post on what we need to know to get started turning. If you haven't been following along, please head on over to that post and see what is happening! @Artie has asked a question about turning needs that closely related to Gerald's post. Artie's question generated lots of comments and discussion. Please check out the post and see if you can help out- @Danl found a video, by Richard Raffan, explaining how catches occur. The video concentrates on the skew chisel and the gouge. What’s Coming Up- http://www.turnonchicago.com/ For The Newbies- A follow up to @Danl's post on catches, these video should help the beginner- or any turner- get more comfortable using the skew chisel- This is a seven part series by Ian Robo Robertson. All of the parts can be found at- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeV9fORSV0QAc-25uxshDPw Mike Peace developed a nice little video illustrating a jig to size tenons. These little jigs really speed up the tenon prep- Expand Your Horizons- Tired of turning spindles and bowls? Check out this neat item from Tim Yoder! New Turning Items- @Steve Krumanaker uses pyrography to embellish the bottom of his bowls. Robert Sorby has partnered with Peter Child in releasing this new pyrography machine. This pyrography system supports two lightweight pens. The pens heat up from cold in two seconds. Pen tips can be purchased or homemade. Making homemade tips is easy using nickel chromium wire. The unit is available from Amazon. Everything Else- I really need to get back to the lathe. So many interruptions and people calling wanting things done. Off and on I have been playing with an idea to help me improve the wall thickness consistency of my hollow turnings. I've made a few "wire" type thickness gauges and they work for part of the turning sides. But inside, around the neck, it is difficult to get a measurement. Of course there must be a simple, easy to use device but... Don't laugh! I'm not a metal worker. My metal-working tools consist of a hacksaw and a file. The "device" is a fully adjustable laser indicator. The laser is one of those "pet lasers" that uses 3 batteries. I calculated that a 5v USB charges could be used to power the laser if I added a silicon diode (1N4000 series) in series with one of the USB power leads, The diode drops just enough voltage to safely power the laser. Mounted the laser on a sliding holder. Articulated the measuring end to get around corners. In action Made mostly of aluminum and brass except for the articulated arm which is steel key stock. Sliding parts fixed with thumb screws. I should have bypassed the on-off switch but I can loosen the clamp, holding the laser, and slide it down under the clamp. Safe turning
  7. Been a crazy week but I did get a little time in the shop. Our Patriot turners have been busy, too! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier posted another of his fantastic ornaments! That SpectraPly really creates some interesting patterns You can read more about this turning in Ron's post at- Ron asked us if anyone experienced allergic reactions to the colored plywood similar to what he uses for his ornaments. He received lots of comments. Please check his post and see if you can add anything to the discussion- Ron is our big winner, this week, for the number of posts! Look at this beautiful mallet he made! In his post, Ron asked our opinion on finishing it out. What do you think he should do? @Gerald is diligently pursuing the finished collection plates. His prototypes have received the final OK and he has been harvesting more pecan to complete the order. Seems like the good Lord has been testing him all along the way. Gerald posted more images of his latest field trip- What’s Coming Up- Just a reminder that our friends and generous sponsor Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) will be hosting the AAW symposium in Raleigh NC! Registration and more information is at- https://www.woodturner.org/page/2019RaleighRegistration?fbclid=IwAR2fABpt-SdloXyvmOSybeo7pzPt0IvOo1qqJaXfsetNFiGJPm8pOsWU83Y For The Newbies- Looking for a simple project that would make a nice gift for anyone with a kitchen? Mike peace has a video that may be the answer. Expand Your Horizons- Here's an idea from Carl Jacobson. A bowling ball into a bowl, but, why not take it one step further and make it a "Yarn Bowl"! It would be a really cool gift for that person who knits! Designed around the hole locations should make cutting the slot fairly simple! Notice Carl's use of the Easy Wood Tools during the turning process. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have sanding discs on sale- Check it out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sanding-disc-sample-packs You can also find the newer "green" sanding disks there, too- Everything Else- I know I should have chucked it in the trash can after sanding thru the neck but what the heck! This was made from spalted maple and hollowed with the Easy Wood Tools mini hollowers thru a 1/2" hole. The finial is ebonized maple using India ink. Rattle can gloss lacquer finish. Safe turning
  8. Quite a wide variety of things this week. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier posted a question concerning his lathe's faceplate. He was having difficulty removing the faceplate after use. Our turners offered several suggestions and modifications. Head on over to Ron's post and see if you can add anything to what was discussed. @Gerald added a really great tip to the Woodturner's Forum tip section. He gave us a link to an article using the bandsaw for cutting bowl bland. Lots of good information- @John Morris Asked for information on the "Ring Master" tool for making bowls. Several of our members gave him their opinions. Please check in on this post and help John out with his inquiry- You know, our turners are the absolute best bunch of folks! @HandyDan posted his thanks to @John Morris for gifting him a buffing system. Dan is our pen making expert and this system really helped him improve the finish of his bullet pens. What’s Coming Up- More information and registration for this September event can be obtained at- https://gawoodturner.org/symposium/ For The Newbies- We want to thank @Gene Howe for passing along this reminder. Safety is really important, not just for beginners, either. Expand Your Horizons- I run hot and cold on what type of finish to put on a turning. Sometimes the function of the turning dictates the type of finish. Other times it is up to individual tastes. I really like the "feel" of the wood when you touch the turning while others prefer a more "finished" feel. If you like the high gloss finish, here's a video from M. Saban-Smith on the steps he uses to get a glass-like finish- New Turning Items- We found a couple of new items. From Woodturners Wonders, a small bit holder for use when sharpening. More on this holder is at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/unique-tools/products/small-tool-bit-holder Second, it a new item from Ruth Niles. Ruth calls this one a "Tab Popper". This should be a hit with the ladies to protect their nails. Ruth has more information and images on her site- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/niles-tab-popper/ Everything Else- The latest edition of Woodturning OnLine is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=062019 . I know many of you do club demonstrations. There is a nice article about remote demonstrations in this issue. You can check it out at- https://www.morewoodturningmagazine.com/articles.php?articlesid=127&access=bb51e4e9a315 Rick Turns has the May edition of the YouTube woodturning videos. Please add a comment to Rick's posting. A lot of work goes into cataloging this data- I made a trip up to the Woodcraft store and now have been playing with my new Easy Wood Tools mini hollowing set ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). I had a really dry, hard chunk of cherry. Used the straight hollower to make a bracelet. Shavings came off like it was green wood! Finished with mineral oil and beeswax. I had some maple, from a tree we had removed, setting behind the garden shed. When I cut into it, I discovered it had spalted. Couldn't let that go to waste although it is quite punky in places. Mounted a small chunk and went to work. I drilled a 1/2" hole down thru the center and then shaped the outside. I flooded the surface with CA to help stabilize the punky wood. Using the 0°, 45° and 90° tools to hollow out the center I made a wall thickness tool from an idea I stole from a Mike Peace video. He recommended spring steel wire but all I had was coat hanger wire. As you can see, I need more practice and a better thickness gauge. The bright light near the top is where I sanded thru the surface of the turning. It was extremely soft there. The lights near the bottom show thru REALLY thin walls! Side view from one angle, looks pretty symmetrical. Looking closely, you can see where I sanded thru at the neck. Turned 90° and now the asymmetrical neck can be seen on the right. The soft part sanded down quicker than the harder grain next to it. I just couldn't bring myself to pitching it. Made a jam chuck to finish the bottom- As fragile as the piece was, I needed to get it out of the chuck without banging on the sides. Air pressure to the rescue! When I make a wooden chuck (or glue block), I drill a small centering hole completely thru the wood. Turned out to be a good habit. And there you have it. Gonna play around, using the mini hollowing tools to create a small finial. Not sure about the finish, yet. Safe turning
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Well, relatives left today. No shop time for the past week between subbing and family obligations. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier asked our members for clarification on what are the different measurements when reading the lathe specification. He received some great input. If this has ever caused you to scratch your head, check out his post- @Gerald offered some great information he picked up from a guest speaker at their turning club meeting. Mark Sillay was their guest and provided insight into several areas of turning. Check out Gerald's post and pick up some really great tips- @HandyDan continues to turn out his custom bullet pens. He recently perfected his copper plating process and now has three different pens colors. Dan explains more in his post. @HandyDan also gave us a heads up on some stolen woodturning tools. Please read his post and keep an eye out for anything suspicious- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- If you are considering trying to turn a bowl but don't have a chuck, yet, don't despair. Mike Peace demonstrates how you can do this Expand Your Horizons- M. Saban-Smith posted a video on using a scorching process along with other embellishments to create a gorgeous ash vase. With the ash borer around, it isn't too hard to find ash to turn. New Turning Items- Craft Supplies USA has new ring materials available. Click on the above image for the link to these new products. Everything Else- Carl Jacobson has a pretty cool bowling theme going. Safe turning
  12. Son in law presents me with a walnut stump. It is freshly cut and dug out. About 20 inches across at ground level. There is about thirty inches from above the ground. I know how to handle that part. There is about 30 inches of the root ball from below the ground, possibly 20 inches across for a couple of feet before roots start branching out. I already know how to dull my chain saw cutting wood with dirt in it or rocks surrounded by root growth. So, before I start, any wisdom about the value of working the portion of the stump that was below ground? I may have to make a new friend of the fellow who has a contract to take down trees and pull stumps for son in law's city.
  13. Past couple of days have been beautiful here in South Central PA. Too nice to even get into the shop. Fortunately, our turners have been busy. Our Patriot Turners- @Bob Hodge asked a question about a root ball he received. Please take a moment to check out Bob's post and see if you can offer any suggestions. @Gerald continues with his collection plate project. He showed us of his recent wood gathering expedition. Gerald also posed a question to our group about their ideas on using a reversing adapter to assist in truing up the bowl blank. If anyone can give him some ideas, I'm sure he will appreciate it. What’s Coming Up- The AAW Raleigh Woodturning Symposium is coming up soon! Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Cap't Eddie posted a nice little project that would be perfect for the seamstress in your life. The turning makes a nice transition project from spindle turning into small bowl turning. Expand Your Horizons- Mike peace has done a video on stabilizing wood. He takes us through the process and even some modifications of his vacuum chamber. Be sure to read the comments left by some of the viewers for additional useful information. New Turning Items- In the past, if you wanted to purchase the Yorkshire Grit/Hampshire Sheen products here in the states, there were very few sources. Spiracraft is now a distributor for these products. Brad McCalister, an Easy Wood Tools promoter, has his shop up and running! Check it out at- https://shop.spiracraft.com/product-category/wax-finishes-abrasive-pastes/ Everything Else- Living in the boonies, as I do, means a day trip to the nearest full-fledged woodworking store. A lot of purchases are made on line and often from Amazon. I use Amazon Smiles to support Home For Our Troops. I recently discovered that many of the more popular woodturners (YouTube turners) have their own Amazon "stores". If you make a purchase through their store portal, they receive a portion of the sale. If you use Amazon for your woodturning items, maybe consider helping them out. I'm sure there must be more but here's two- https://www.amazon.com/shop/thewoodshoptv https://www.amazon.com/shop/mikepeacewoodturning I posted this earlier as a separate item but in case you missed it, Easy Wood Tools are on sale from Craft Supplies USA. Check out the savings!! I'm sure @Jim from Easy Wood Tools will appreciate the business!!!!!!! http:// https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/t/131/Carbide-Insert-Turning-Tools?b=Easy-Wood-Tools&utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sale&utm_campaign=19-may-ewt The latest Woodturning OnLine newsletter is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=052019 I found the first video interesting- Sometime back, I experimented with a similar idea- Alumilite and wood shavings. No pressure pot or vacuum chamber but it came out pretty cool. Safe turning
  14. Some interesting stuff happening this past week here with the Patriot turners! Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker turned a cowboy hat!!!!!!!!!!! He showed us some pictures and explained the process in his post. You gotta see this!!!!!!! @Mijohnson1984 showed us some really sweet mallet handles he turned. Lots of great comments were provided by our members. Read how he got the finish these- Matthew also asked for advice on storage of spalted wood. Several members provided him with their experiences and even a link to a video on the subject- @Artie asked a question concerning Easy Wood Tools. He is new to turning and inquired about where to purchase these them. Our members had lots of advice and information. As the discussion continued, it branched off to the area of safety equipment and this garnered even more comments from the group. What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to the registration/information page. Thanks to our friends at Easy Wood Tools for the heads up on this event. For The Newbies- Well, turning spindles can get old pretty fast (unless you try the Skew chisel and then it's always exciting). Here's a site that has lots of ideas for the new turner. Simple projects that make great gifts and will help develop your turning skills/experiences. http://www.stevefreemanonline.com/2017/01/wood-turning-projects-for-beginners/ Expand Your Horizons- I think @Steve Krumanaker has this one covered this week. Let's keep watching his post as he finishes up his cowboy hat! New Turning Items- Ruth Niles has introduced a new style bottle stopper. The "Cosmopolitan" series is available in both FDA grade stainless steel and brass. This product line has stoppers that fit both wine or whiskey bottles. Check out Ruth's site for these and all her great products- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Everything Else- A while back I mentioned reading about a procedure for preventing bowl blanks from warping/splitting/checking during the turning and drying process. Although it seems to fly in the face of common sense, part of the drying process in to soak the blank in a soap and water mixture. An acquaintance gave me two locust log pieces that had been recently harvested. Having had little success turning locust in the past, this seemed like an excellent opportunity to experiment. Within a day or two of picking up the logs, I converted them into round bowl blanks about 5" thick and a little over 10" in diameter. I coated the circumferences with TiteBond II. I got that idea from a Mike Peace video. It has been more successful in preventing cracks and splits that using latex paint. A couple of weeks went by before I had a chance to turn the blanks into bowls. In the meantime I scored a small dried cherry log section. So now I had two species to test. I turned the green locust blanks a couple of days apart. Turned each to the typical first turning dimensions with wall thickness of about 1/10 of the diameter. After turning, I put the rough blank in a solution of Dawn dishwashing liquid and water (1:6 ratio). The submerged blanks soaked for 3 days. At the end of the 3 days, I pulled the blanks and transferred them to paper bags of shavings where they stayed for 3 weeks. While I was waiting for the locust to hangout in the shavings, I started in on the cherry log. I turned it to a rough blank, put it in the solution for 3 days, pulled it and went straight back to the lathe. I was a little worried about the color change but very happy about the shape and absolutely no cracks. Mounting it on the lathe and starting the finish turning the true color of the cherry came back out- Completed the turning and sanded. Notice the shape. Virtually no warping! This piece is currently waiting a finish. Back to the locust. I pulled the first blank, from the shavings, on Saturday. I couldn't believe how much weight it had lost in only 21 days. Typically, 3 to 6 months are required to get to this point! The dark color, from the soak, had completely disappeared, too, and no warping!!! Bottom view of the recess for the chuck jaws. I stopped here but thought the walls could be a little thinner. This is about 1/4". Eventually the walls are turned to about 3/16". Bottom foot. Inside (with thinner walls). Here's where I messed up. When I turned the walls to the 1/4" thickness, I was called away and didn't get back to the lathe for a couple of days. During that time the bowl warped slightly so that during the final turning/sanding, the walls do not have a consistent thickness. I need to do the turning and sanding all at one then if there is any warping, it will not change the wall thicknesses. Beeswax and mineral oil finish. Safe turning
  15. The old dogwood tree, in the backyard, has its' blossoms almost open. I replanted that tree as a small "sapling" when I moved here over 50 years ago. Spring can't be too far away. Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker has been turning more honey dippers and lids. He utilized his shop built laser and decorating "elf" to embellish the turnings. Steve received lots of comments and questions on his procedures- Steve also showed us a walking stick he is making, One of the additions to the stick he has used in the past is to mount a small compass in the handle. Unfortunately, he is having trouble finding a source for his original compasses. Check out Steve's post and maybe you can give him a source for this very specific piece of hardware- Steve's decorating of his honey dipper lids inspired @HandyDan to post his version of the "decorating elf". Just goes to prove there is more than one way to accomplish the same ends- Dan shows us how he made his tool in this post- @Ron AltierPosted a timely image of his Easter Eggs. Timely not only because of the holiday but also the method of decorating. See more of his Easter basket in his post- New member @Mijohnson1984 was offered a deal on a used lathe and asked our members their opinions on it. He received lots of feedback on it. Check out his post and see if you can add anything- Matt also showed us his first turned bowl- Lots of praise and comments for his work. Read more- What’s Coming Up- If you are in the Washington DC area, the Smithsonian Craft Show is coming up- Click on the above image for a link to the wood turning information. Captain Eddie is having a contest. He wants us to send pictures of "tops" that we turn. He is giving away some cool prizes. Here is his video explaining the contest- the contest information starts about 11 minutes- For The Newbies- One of the problems I had as a new turner (and truthfully still experience) is creating something that has pleasing proportions. If I had paid attention is school, I would probably have been aware of the "Golden Ratio" and how it can help create well proportioned designs. Well, ratio implies math- another of my weaknesses- so I probably would have avoided learning about it anyway. Fortunately, for those of use who are math challenged, there is an easy to make measuring device to eliminate any calculations. Mike Peace recently posted a video describing the construction of a Fibonacci gauge that can be used to help get turnings more pleasingly proportioned. Expand Your Horizons- Our very generous sponsor- Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) shared a video from Heath Knuckles. Heath is a fantastic turner who does much of his work in acrylic/wood hybrids. His abilities and imagination are wondrous. Heath is a champion of the new Easy Wood Tools negative rake cutters and for good reason. Watch and be amazed- New Turning Items- Woodturners Wonders have several great deals available. Here's the link to their main site- https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Everything Else- Carl Jacobson just added a video of a shop made "off-set" turning jig. What I found interesting was that the jig could allow for the addition of counterbalances that would help reduce vibration for those of use with lighter weight/benchtop lathes. I'm not really thrilled with his mounting method. See what you think- Safe turning
  16. 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
  17. Just think, in less than 2 weeks, we will enter Daylight Saving Time- for those who live in states that utilize this archaic standard. This sees to sum it up- Our Patriot Turners- Member @Thad posted a new project of some handles he was turning. Thad also asked our turners about making ferrules. The handles turned out fantastic! Check out the post here- @Ron Altier Started a discussion concerning using gloves while turning and if that practice was safe. Lots of thoughts and discussion followed- Ron also posted a question about "pressure turning". Our turners offered their opinions and some ideas. New member @doublej posted the most awesome mobile turner's tool station. Everything in one convenient place. Check out all the pix in his post and try not to slobber all over the tools in his shop- @HandyDan created some center pins for his live tailstock center. While doing some research he came across interesting information on Morse Tapers. Check out Dan's post for all the details- @Gerald continues to work on his Offering Plates> He continues his post about the design. Read more comments about this project- Gerald also posted some of the off-center turnings he made with his new off-center chuck. These certainly are gorgeous.- See more of what Gerald has done in his post- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- I regularly receive emails from Cook Woods. Included in one was this link to an article from Woodturning. If you are considering turning pens from kits, there is some good information here. https://www.woodworkersinstitute.com/wood-turning/techniques/beginners-guides/20-steps-to-turning-better-pens/ Expand Your Horizons- @Stick486 gave us a heads up on this Turning Club's site. Check out the gallery page. There are some absolutely beautiful pieces- https://www.gvwg.ca/ Recently we have seen River Tables being built. Patriot member @Gene Howe created a beautiful table a while back. Our friends from Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) recommended a video on making a "River Mallet". Check out the use of those fantastic Easy Wood Tools and chuck! New Turning Items- The folks at Wood Turners Wonders are offering a line of CA glues and epoxy from Stick Fast. I have not tried them. Looks like they have quite a few options. https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/adhesives Everything Else- Last week, @Gerald asked how I cut the threads for the cones I made. Being the parsimonious (for @Gene Howe ) person I am, I decided to make the tap to cut the threads. I don't remember where I read about this idea but it works- Dremel tool and disk. The bolt matches the threads of the center. Grind flutes, I made 4 flutes Drill the hole- In this case, I didn't have the correct sized bit to get the best bite on the threads but it was pretty close- Slowly thread the "tap" into the hole backing off to break the chips. Tapped hole. The correct bit size for 3/4 x 10 threads 21/32" but the closest I have was a 3/4 forstner bit. The threads don't have quite as much "meat" to them but it works OK. I've also made wooden chucks for the headstock in the same manner. My lathe has a 1" x 8 spindle and I was lucky enough to find a used tap and had the correct bit size. You can see the threads look "deeper" While I was playing, I finally set up a way to keep some of the chuck jaws and tools handy. A Harbor Freight magnet bar! Go HF!! Safe turning
  18. It might be a little late to call the florist and order flowers- tomorrow is Valentine's Day! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier Showed us another gorgeous ornament- CHeck out his description in his post. Also notice his cool spray booth! @HandyDan and @DAB have been collaborating on bullet pens. These pens are spectacular and reasonably priced! See more about how they came out- @hawkeye10 asked our turners for input on Longworth and Cole jaw chucks. The thread ended up including input on vacuum chucks, as well. Our own @Steve Krumanaker posted a video showing us that turned wooden bowls can, in fact, be run through the dishwasher with no ill effects. Thanks Steve for the well documented instructions- @FlGatorwood reminded us of a new, monthly turning newsletter. Some of our members have signed up and looking forward to the new publication. Thanks, Steve! What’s Coming Up- Look for our friends from Easy Wood Tools! Click on the above image to link to more information. For The Newbies- Seems like the YouTube turner's have all been discussing various aspects of the scroll chuck. This one from Capt. Eddie has some good information as well- @hawkeye10 posted a link to a video geared towards turning your first bowl. Lots of good stuff in the video. The author even provided a "timeline table of contents" to help the viewer locate specific details of the turning operations. Although a little long, it's worth a look. One thing that caught my eye, that I do differently, is to use a spindle washer when mounting a chuck or faceplate. The torque, when turning a bowl, can really jam these onto the headstock threads. Expand Your Horizons- I've seen several ways to add "threads" to a vessel to allow a lid to be screwed into place. Capt. Eddie has a 2 part video showing how to cut/chase threads directly into the wood. Although the process requires special tools, those tools will work on most vessels. Part 2 is linked from Capt. Eddies YouTube page. New Turning Items- If you are considering doing variable pitch spiral flutes, here's a new piece of equipment that might work for you- https://flutemasters.com/variable-pitch-tool-by-flute-master/ Everything Else- The new Woodturning OnLine newsletter came. Read the entire issue at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ Rick Turns uploaded his list of woodturning videos for January- Safe turning
  19. Another week has come and gone but our Patriot turners haven't wasted any time in their shop! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier Posted a video of an acrylic bowl that used shavings as a filler within the resin. The author makes a really pretty bowl. Watch the video from Ron's post- You may recall that @HandyDan made beautiful "Inside-out" ornaments. Dan took the time to document the process in a well thought out tutorial for us to follow. Many thanks, Dan! His entire tutorial is in his post- @Steve Krumanaker is scheduled to give a demo to the turning club in which he is a member. He decided he would show them how to make "Knitting Nancy". Steve posted his practice pieces and a video on how the devices worked. @Gerald is getting really good at the off-center chuck Santa brought him. He has added more picture to his last post showing what he has accomplished- Member @hawkeye10 posted a really great question about turning tool sizes. His question solicited more responses than just about any post we have had in quite a while! @Gerald continues to refine the offering plates he is designing. He shows us his latest idea in his post What’s Coming Up- Click on the above images for more details! For The Newbies- We have been looking at chucks lately and Mike Peace has been posting videos for the various manufacturers. In this video he reviews the Record Power SC3 chuck. Mike also received permission to reprint and post an article, from AAW, written by Richard Raffan. The article covers the various chuck jaws and their uses. Here is the link to Mike's article- https://drive.google.com/file/d/10L0tONhDk7tVscrrgXVbQLaZAoWEoGPx/view Expand Your Horizons- Many turners eventually get around to making pens. Several of our Patriot turners have posted their beautiful creations. One of the points of discussion about pen making is the finish. Captain Eddie Castelin has a pretty much foolproof method of applying a CA finish. Some folks like the CA finish, others don't but Capt. Eddie shows us how simple it is to apply. New Turning Items- The other week we mentioned the Inertia Sander. Woodturners Wonders has a really nice one that includes 2" and 3" sanding pads. All the details are at their site- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/the-turner-turbo-wonder-inertia-sander Everything Else- @HandyDan sent me a link to a video of turning magic. You just have to watch this and marvel at the technique and skill- Our friends at Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) posted a video of an episode from "Meet The Makers". We have seen this lady here before- Tracey Malady- She is a talented turner. To view the video, please click on this link-https://youtu.be/dyAR3iwG9-U I've been playing with a little hollow vessel turning. I'm pretty happy with the wall thickness- although it's difficult to really see in this picture- The red and white spots are light passing through the wood and a wormhole After I looked at the above 2 pictures, I didn't like the proportions of the bottom and the thickness (diameter ) on the concave section between the foot and the vase. I reduced the diameter of both and it looks a little less clunky. Now I am trying to decide if I part it as is (after sanding), make a small "lid" or add a lid with a finial. I'm also toying with the idea of removing the "foot" and recreating one with a different species but that might be too busy. Sometimes simple is better. I'm open for suggestions/opinions. Safe turning.
  20. A brand new year! Now I have to remember to use 2019 when I write a check. Make sure you check the Raffle results to see if you were one of the winners!!! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald posted an update on his new off-center chuck- @DAB solved a problem we have all seen with those "leaky" salt and pepper grinders- He also included a how to in his post- @smitty10101 posted a question concerning how to safely turn a serving platter. His request spawned a great discussion that included some alternative procedures- @Woodbutcherbynight also asked a question about creating an adjustment wheel. Again, our turners came through with a lot of great ideas and suggestions. Check out his post and see if you can add to the discussion- What’s Coming Up- https://schoolofwoodwork.com/events/introduction-to-wood-turning-with-rudy-lopez/ For The Newbies- Mike Peace posted a video that covers an often overlooked part of lathe maintenance- keeping the Morris Tapers clean. Mike shows various bought and shop made "tools" for this process- Expand Your Horizons- Tim Yoder has a new 2 part video on creating all wood, captive ring goblets. Tim's approach is always entertaining and informative. Check out the Easy Wood Hollower and the Easy Wood Chuck ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) as Tim creates this gorgeous piece. Part 2 of the video is linked from Tim's YouTube page. New Turning Items- About a month ago, I purchased a variety of Wonder Weave from Woodturners Wonders. I wanted to compare these sanding sheets to the Abranet sheets I had been using. The sheets I purchased ranged from 60 grit to 400 grit. I also purchased a sample pack of 3" discs. I have had an opportunity to use these products and I am very pleased with the results. First, as you can see from the above images, these items have different colors for each grit and the backs are in light colored velcro. Both of these characteristic makes identification quick and easy. The Abranet products are almost all the same color and the backs are very dark making the printed grit identifiers very hard to read. Another thing I like about these products is that they are a little more flexible than the Abranet- especially the courser grits. This allows easier sanding of finer details on a turning. I think the flexibility comes from a different construction technique. The Abranet substrate looks similar to expanded metal screen then the abrasive is attached to the substrate- However the Wonder Weave substrate is more like long filaments with the abrasive attached- The Wonder Weave, like Abranet, doesn't load up like sandpaper and is easily cleaned with just a few taps to shake loose the dust. The Wonder Weave lasts as long, or longer, as the Abranet with the sanding I have done. I was buying Abranet from a sanding supplier near here. Their price is $8 - $9 for 10 sheets. The Wonder Weave is $4 for 8 sheets from Woodturners Wonders- a nice savings! Here's the bowl I've been using as a testing vehicle. The outside sanded to 600 grit. Each sanding consisted of sheet sanding with a grit then the same grit of sanding disc using an inertia sander. For the last pass, I went from 400 grit sheet/disc to 600 grit disc. The inside of the bowl has only been sanded with 60 grit at this point. I will be buying all my lathe sanding supplies from Woodturners Wonders from here on. Give them a try and check out their other products- https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Everything Else- If you haven't noticed, @John Morris has added a link to in the Woodturner's Forum that directs you to our forum's archives- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/forum/5-wood-turning-archives/. A trip down memory lane! Carl Jacobson has tried yet another way to dry partially turned bowl blanks and he is having good success with it. Check out this video- it seems faster than shavings in a bag. Safe turning
  21. OK, gang, the Bassett family needs to have a super Christmas this year. We are barely over half way to our goal for providing them with a Christmas to remember. Our site has pledged $1500 for the family so let's not make @John Morris have to give up all of his lunch money to make up the difference. Please see this post for more information- Our Patriot Turners- Member @DuckSoup gave us a heads up on a lathe chuck recall from PSI. Here is a link to the information about the recall- https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Penn-State-Industries-Recalls-Woodworking-Jaw-Chuck-Systems-Due-to-Laceration-Hazard Big thanks for the information! @hawkeye10 posted a question on how to hold a piece while turning. To me, this is a very frustrating part of lathe work. Some pieces seem to defy a good way to securely and safely hold the work. Please check out his post and offer up any suggestions you might have- In last week's "Wednesday's...", member @DAB posted a couple of fantastic segmented bowls he had turned- The color combinations really go nicely with the counter top! What’s Coming Up- Oregon Woodturning Symposium Linn County Expo Center 3700 Knox Butte Rd E Albany, Oregon 97322 United States 3/15/2019 to 3/17/2019 More information can be found at their website- http://oregonwoodturningsymposium.com/ For The Newbies- New turners usually start turning "spindle" type object. It is a great way to learn to use the tools and the techniques of turning. When you want to explore other types of turnings, many try their hand at turning a bowl. Tim Yoder has a nice video on creating the basic bowl. Tim's videos are always interesting and informative. Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson creates a beautiful hollow "natural edge" christmas ornament. Notice his use of the Easy Wood Tools hollowing tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )! New Turning Items- A couple of weeks ago, we featured a new hollowing system/tool from Tim Yoder. Tim has added a laser guide for that tool. More information is available at- http://wtwtim.com/elbotoolaccessories.htm Everything Else- Rick Turns posted his summary of woodturning videos for November- If you check out Rick's list, please leave a note thanking him for his hard work. The Woodturning OnLine newsletter came this past week. A timely project was turning a snowman. The tutorial can be downloaded at- http://www.dmwoodturners.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/snowman_plans.pdf The entire newsletter is at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ Life here has resembled a fusion of the Marx Brothers' movie "Monkey Business" and the W.C. Fields movie "It's a Gift". The only shop time I had was to replace the lathe drive belt- Old: New: I have a pen to turn for a Christmas present and I have yet to try the new Wonder Weave sandpaper. Maybe this coming week. Safe turning
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. I have asked this question before but I still have no solution. My problem is getting rid of pencil marks left on the boards. I even have a pencil to get rid of unwanted pencil marks. Water is supposed to dissolve the marks.
  25. Hello, I have been asked by my son to build some nested tables for him and his wife. I glued up some oak panels for a tops a few weeks ago and I see now that one has a slight bow in the center. The plans my son gave me has cross pieces that you use to attach the tops to the tables. I was only going to put glue only in the center of the cross piece, and hopefully screw the bow down at the front and the back. Then at the sides I was going to put a slight slot in the cross piece and put a screw in it so it can move around. Am I thinking correctly about getting rid of the bow and wood movement? Best regards, Ron
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