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  1. It's gonna be a little skimpy this week. We have been nursing a sick fur-baby who decide to get his minerals from some fairly good sized stones. Surgery was required. Please don't forget the there are only about 3 weeks left to get in on this years fundraiser/raffle. There have been some anonymous donors of additional prizes. It would be a shame to miss out! Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB is our top winner this week for the most activity. He has been adding to his turning accessories and providing us with reviews along the way. Andrew is trying out some of the Easy Wood Tools Easy Start products ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )- We had a great conversation on them and their use- Over the years, I have found that my eyes and memory aren't what they used to be. I must physically measure everything and write it down before heading the the Borg. Andrew experienced something similar with a recent order- to which I can completely sympathize- Andrew posted a picture of one of his first bowls, but felt it was a failure. I don't know about you but I would never have had the courage to post a picture of my first bowl! Anytime you learn from a project, it is not a failure! His post generated a great conversation about techniques and tools. Andrew received some really nice turning blanks. This one became a bowl. His turning skills are certainly coming along! Another great back and forth took place in this post. Lots of techniques were discussed- Although this was posted in the Finishing Forum, it applies equally well here in the Turners area- Finally, Andrew started this project- Check out his addition of the Jacobs chuck What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. Lyle Jamieson is also doing virtual interactive demonstrations For The Newbies- Mike Peace recently posted a video on woodturning tools for beginners- Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson creates a neat box shaped like a Bee Hive- The Woodworker's Journal posted a very nice video demonstrating turning an large platter on an awesome Laguna lathe. Laguna has been such an important part of our site and has supplied some fantastic prizes for our raffles and fundraisers. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a new CBN wheel- Here's the link to the product- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/new-products/products/free-hander-8-cbn-wheel Everything Else- Rick Turns video list for the past week- With the tag teaming for the sick puppy, I haven't had time to get to the gift the tree guys dropped off on Friday- They told me it was "wild cherry". I need to get it broken down into bowl blanks and sealed. jdfkjkd
  2. YEP you heard it sorry for the double threads today guys but the first bowl is beginning to take shape. After I got the blank turned down which took a while, the shakiness of the lathe worked itself out. It will be interesting hallowing this one out lol. Sadly this one will have a flat bottom but that’s alright. I think I’ve stood up for about as long as I could today the joints are feelin it.
  3. Well, June is over half way done and summer begins on Saturday! It was almost a "4 For" Mimi and me. When we were married it was the first day of summer (and the longest day of my life the year). This year the first day of summer falls on June 20. Had it been one day later we could have had Fathers Day, first day of summer, longest day of the year and our anniversary all at once! Please remember that our annual fundraiser/raffle is being held. We still have a ways to go to meet our goal. Check out the details at- Our Patriot Turners- I think the last 2 weeks must have maxed out the Patriot's bandwidth with all of the discussions here on the Turner's Forum. If you missed it last week, @AndrewB was working with his new lathe. We all pitched in to offer advice and the discussion continued well past Wednesday. This picks up the discussion from late Wednesday- @AndrewB showed us some more of his turnings and shared some of his frustrations- Andrew also was wondering about food safe finishes and showed us a new toy he purchased- Please head over to Andrews posts and see if you can offer any suggestions or ideas. Member @Skippack posted a picture of a beautiful maple bowl in our gallery- Please give him a big thumbs up for this awesome piece! @Gerald turned a thin end grain bowl. Gerald explains some of the process and what happens next- @Gunny gave us a look at his gorgeous, finished Lazy Susan- You can read the entire thread here- What’s Coming Up- @Gerald gave me a heads-up for another virtual turning demonstration. Please check this from last Week's "Wednesday's..." Don't forget Cindy Drozda has scheduled additional demonstrations- You can find all of the details at http://cindydrozda.com/ For The Newbies- Last week we mentioned how the different carbide cutter rakes work on a turning I was making. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools was kind enough to provide this PDF file from Easy Wood Tools that illustrates their cutting characteristics- Why is rake important in woodturning Final rev 6.11.2020.pdf The Woodturning Monthly newsletter arrived. There's a really great article discussing how to cut bowl blanks from trees. Great illustrations! The entire newsletter can be viewed at- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email Expand Your Horizons- Rick Turns just uploaded a video on turning a bowl from a piece of Mulberry. He then embellished to finished bowl using aan unusual idea- New Turning Items- Our new turning item last week was a heavy duty drive spur. @Gerald provided a link to another one This one has removable/replaceable blades- Click on the image for the link to more information. Woodturners Wonders has a new light available- Click on the above image for the link to more information Everything Else- Rick Turns uploaded his weekly list of YouTube turning videos- I have been following along with @AndrewB's post and his progress with his turnings. Andrew's projects are mostly face glued blanks then mounted with a face plate- perfectly acceptable. But I got to thinking (I know that's dangerous for me!) that instead of flat face glued pieces, longer strips glued-up in a blank can make for some interesting turned patterns when "spindle" turned. Here's an example of what I was thinking- That elm bowl got finished up and Mimi has already given it away- Just mineral oil and beeswax Safe turning and stay healthy
  4. Thunderstorm in progress here this evening. Not too much rain so far. Please remember that our annual fund drive/raffle is in progress. More about the awesome prizes and what we do with the proceeds is found here- Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB wins the prize this week for the most contributions to our forum! In response to last week's "Wednesday's...", Andrew reviewed is purchase of Savannah carbide tools along with a link to a source- He also provided additional information on the Wen lathe he purchased- Andrew also started a great discussion about which screws to use when turning with a faceplate. Lots of great suggestions and ides were given- After Andrew solved the faceplate problem he showed us his candle holder Check out the great comments and suggestions offered by our forum members- Andrew also asked us about a galloping lathe! Unbalanced turning blanks can get your lathe walking around the shop. He received a bunch of great suggestions on anchoring the lathe. Check out his post and see if you can add any additional ideas- The fact that Andrew asks questions about things of which he is unsure has really brought our forum alive! We have had so many great ideas and suggestions. Thank You all for being here!!! In this post, there are a variety of topics, one leading to another- Please check it out- @Gunny is building a Lazy Susan. He asked us about how he could trim out the disks He is looking for a nautical theme. See his post and give him some ideas- What’s Coming Up- Don't forget that the AAW is presenting their annual symposium as a virtual event- Click on the image above for the link to more information. For The Newbies- A short video from Woodworker's Journal showing how to turn a small yarn bowl from a glued-up blank. Rob Johnstone is the presenter- We often show the work of Carl Jacobson in this weekly post. Here's a link to an article, from Woodcraft, about Carl and his woodworking and woodturning adventures- https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/welcome-to-carl-jacobson-s-world?trk_msg=MG4VHH78BSLKP042QCRGRP2H94&trk_contact=QNSFAEQ45HFA1IHE09ORJKR45S&trk_sid=VE2RTBE6U7IN2QAPIP4HNBNF4S&utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=WCBLOG%3a+WELCOME+TO+CARL+JACOBSON%26%2339%3bS+WORLD&utm_campaign=Woodcraft's+June+Catalog Expand Your Horizons- Have a chess player in your circle of friends? A nice "Rook Box" turned by Mike Peace- New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders Have a new Drive Spur. If you need a super heavy duty one, this might be what you are looking for- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/lathe-accessories/products/big-bite-jumbo-spur-center Everything Else- Rick Turns weekly YouTube video list for woodturners- There was some discussion in our forum comparing the finish obtainable with carbide cutters vs. traditional HSS tools. I have been messing/experimenting with a chinese elm bowl. It seemed all my tools- negative rake carbide and HSS- were not providing the finish I was looking for. A lot of tear out. Just for the heck of it, I replaced the negative rake cutter on the Easy Wood Tools "Rougher" with their standard Ci1 R2 cutter. Then cranked the speed up to about 1500 RPMs You can see (about in the center of each picture) the change in surface texture between the negative rake and standard cutter. For this particular operation, the standard cutter produced the superior finish. Chinese elm has lovely grain but is not the easiest wood to get a nice finish directly from the tools. Sanded and ready to finish out the bottom. Safe turning and stay healthy
  5. Hey guys well bad news the harbor freight order fell through so I canceled it out all together any how I'm looking at something a bit better of a product anyway. I am looking at a Grizzly Industrial 16 inch by 46 inch Wood Lathe with DRO I am wondering if any of you guys use this particular model for your turning and if it would be a better investment over all rather than spending the 400 on a harbor freight that could just turn into a piece of junk and just out right spend the money on something decent. I am able to purchase the item as is, fortunately if I do purchase this it would basically be an early Bday present for myself. On the other hand I'm wondering on some opinions of this I will post the link to the tool so you guys can see the specs. I'm not seeing too many comments on it as of yet after reading but I will be heavily searching youtube for reviews of this. It may be a better buy for me in the long run and will probably last much much longer. Thanks in advance. Here is the link. I just want something that will be better worth my money. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Grizzly-Industrial-16-in-x-46-in-Wood-Lathe-with-DRO-G0462/310410447
  6. Well Pennsylvania is slowly moving to lessen some restrictions but where we live things are not fully reopened. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier is still creating some awesome ornaments. Ron said he doesn't like this one but our turners disagree with his assessment. Check out Ron's post and see his explanation of this project. Be sure to let him know your opinion on the turning! We've had a new turner join our ranks. @AndrewB stopped by and told us a little about himself. He also gave us a look at one of his projects. Thank you for your service, Andrew. He is in the process of getting back into turning and has asked us for input on several questions and our turners didn't disappoint him with their responses. Checkout the great discussion going on- @Gerald posted a timely topic on Interactive Remote Demonstrations. Many woodturning clubs are using this method during the Covid crisis. It hit home to me as I was scheduled to do a demo for Easy Wood Tools. The group had to postpone our scheduled meeting several times. They are now doing their club meeting via "Zoom". Unfortunately, I do not have the necessary video equipment to make a presentation. For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a nice video on maintaining the lathe drive spur. Part of the lathe we don't think much about- A well done video demonstrating how to turn a bowl. This author does it from start to finish using Easy Wood Tools- Expand Your Horizons- There seems to be a lot of interest in turning rings, lately. Woodcraft has an instructional video demonstrating the process using their WoodRiver project supplies- Easy Wood Tools posted a video demonstrating a scrap wood/acrylic bowl. The demonstrator uses the EWT negative rake cutters. New Turning Items- Not sure how "new" this item is but it is the first time I've seen one of these. I think it would be especially attractive to the pen turners who upgraded from an small pen lathe to a larger lathe. An adapter to convert #2 Morris tapers to #1 Morris tapers. These are available from- https://www.thewoodturningstore.com/alfa-tools/ Everything Else- Rick Turns weekly video list- Safe turning and stay healthy
  7. So for the first time I'm at a stand still on wood turning for the moment. The plug on my bench top lathe decided to break, so that wont get fixed until I can get my electrician over here to wire me a new cord. Well that happened to be the perfect excuse to order a new lathe haha. So I picked one up I did go with the harbor freight one since I'm just the hobby turner and newbie. How ever I'm hoping that the faceplate from my Wen will fit the harbor freight lathe. Any how with that being said I wound up working on the project and where I've gotten so far was a small goblet rather than a candle stick. What I did notice on the Wen was it didn't really allow for a lot of room to work with getting in to carve out in the interior of the goblet. Not turning since high school woodshop it took a bit of playing around with to get back into the feel of things. So far so good. I'm at a point now where I could use any suggestions from you guys that are pro turners on this one. I did pick up a few tips and tricks from youtube about checking the work to see if it was leveled when turning running the chisel a top the piece to check for flat spots. Worked quiet well. Here are the pictures any suggestions on this? On where I should take it. Please keep in mind I'm trying to keep this one quite simple. Thanks ahead of time.
  8. Hope this finds all of you and your families safe and well. The weather here has been beautiful. Even had an awesome thunderstorm last night. Our Patriot Turners- @FrederickH managed to score some really nice turning tools and asked our members their opinions. Check out his post and see if you can provide some additional advice- Most of us have been asked to stay at home during this health crisis. One of the other forums, at the Patriot, is showing our members' quarantine project. @John Hechel posted a beautiful walnut bowl! John says it is his first ever bowl! Wish my first one turned out that nice!!! Check out his project- and other posts at- New member @Purpleheartguy posted some of his turnings in our gallery. He is just getting into turning but it looks like he sure has a knack for it. You can see his other images in the gallery beginning here- @FlGatorwood is turning his first inside-out ornament! He gave us a sneak preview of what it is going to look like! Check out his post at- What’s Coming Up- The Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium is still planning to hold their event in September. Click on the above image for the link to their site and more information. As we mentioned last week, our sponsor- Woodcraft- is hosting a Turning Tuesday event each week. If you didn't catch it, Frank Byers demonstrates turning some garden tools. For The Newbies- @Purpleheartguy mentioned in his turning posts that he didn't own a chuck. Yet he turned some beautiful pieces with the tools he had. Here's a video from Mike Peace showing how to create a bowl, on the lathe, without a chuck. There are several videos on YouTube on how to do this- There's always some questions about what's the best way to dry green wood for the final turning. I found this video from Woodcraft San Carlos where the presenter discusses several methods. Easy to understand. Note: Use you wife's microwave at your own risk Negative rake scrapers can be helpful in getting clean cuts and less catches. Sam Angelo has a video demonstrating their use, sharpening and why you might want to consider adding one to your turning arsenal. Expand Your Horizons- Mike Peace has a nice video showing how embellished an ash bowl. Not your typical finish. New Turning Items- If you like the idea of having one handle to be able to be used with a variety of lathe tools, this may be something you cam use- You can see more at- https://woodturningtoolstore.com/modular-woodturning-tool-handle-new-product/ Everything Else- Rick Turns posted his March list of YouTube woodturning videos. Please take a moment to give him a thumbs up, acknowledging his hard work. @Purpleheartguy's comments got me to thinking about some of the chucks I've made. A very useful one is simple a piece of hardwood drilled and threaded to match the headstock threads. Then a piece of scrape glued to the face. The scrape is a sacrificial piece to which the project is glued. Another really useful one is the Longworth chuck. It can be used for reverse chucking a bowl to finish off the bottom. I used the same type of drilled/tapped hardwood block for the mounting portion of the one I made. Sometimes you can get lucky and find a used tap, that matches your lathe threads, at the surplus store. Safe turning and stay well
  9. Our Patriot turners have really been busy this past week. Lots of great projects and interactions on some of the posts! Our Patriot Turners- @Pauley posted a gorgeous curly maple vase he turned- Pauley tells us about the finishing process in his post- @Ron Altier provided an update on the ultraviolet finish with which he has been experimenting. Here's more in Ron's post- Ron also asked for some adhesive advice from our members. He wants to glue wood to acrylic. Please head on over to his post and see if you can give him ideas- @Gerald is working on some bowls. Check out his post for more information and a picture of a surprise inside! @smitty10101 is having some difficulty drilling pen blanks. He has tried several methods and was hoping our turners can give him some guidance. Please check out what he has tried and see if you have any ideas that may help- One of @Lissa Hall's post has been revived and some interesting discussion is taking place. All about woodturning chucks- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for more information! @Jim from Easy Wood Tools wants us all to know about the M.A.D. Pen Gathering Click on the above image for more information and registration. For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a nice video for learning to turn beads and coves- @Gerald reminded us that the Woodworking Journal continues to send out a monthly newsletter for the wood turner. Here's the latest issue. You can get it in your inbox free just by subscribing- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email Expand Your Horizons- @Ron Altier wins the prize this week for the most entries! He found a cool glue-up for creating an amazing bowl! New Turning Items- If you are considering upgrading your sharpening system, here's a short video on what to look for in CBN wheels- Everything Else- Some time back there was some discussion about carbide tools. A common misconception is that these tools can't produce shavings and are merely a scraping device. Carl Jacobson recently posted a video illustrating that Easy Wood Tools do, in fact, dispel all the misconceptions! Also later in the video, Carl uses the new, thick black CA from Starbond as a crack filler. That stuff really works! Been busy here with relatives visiting. I did get a few minutes on the lathe only to discover more problems with that spalted maple bowl. That thing should have gone to the burning barrel! Found this on the outside- Some of that Starbond thick black CA for that hole- The inside is more problematic. A very soft, punky area. Not sure what I'll do there. Still have a bit more wall thickness to remove at the side/bottom transition. This thing is soft all over so the overall wall thickness will need to be a little greater just for strength. Safe turning
  10. 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
  11. There's just a little over a week 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 Our Patriot Turners- @Woodbutcherbynight posted his first impression of his new Easy Wood Tools chisels. Like most of us, he was duly impressed! Check out the really sweet gobblet handles he made and our members comments- We had a couple of questions this week on lathe purchases. First, @Larry Blighton asked our opinion on the Delta LA200 Midi lathe. He received several comments and suggestions. Check out his post and see if you can add to what the others have said- The second question came from @BillyJack. He also asked our opinion on a Delta lathe. This one was a 1440 Iron Bed. Our members responded with lots of ideas and suggestions. Head on over to his post and give him your thoughts- Member @Ron is back with us and is anxious to get going on his lathe. He's looking for some turning tools and asked us our opinion. We all know I'd recommend starting with Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )! How about the rest of you?!? @Ron Altier shared his "turning's jacket" story. Several members added their experiences and what they are currently using. How about the rest of you. Any favorite chip protection clothing?? What’s Coming Up- Continuing with our randomly selected state turning club pick- https://www.swiwt.org/ For The Newbies- Sometimes, after turning a piece, it is necessary to remount it on the lathe. That can be problematic, especially if the tenon/recess has been removed. Cap'n Eddie recently posted a video demonstrating various ways to hold pieces when this happens- Expand Your Horizons- The founder/owner of Spiracraft produces a weekly live production that plays on Facebook. It can later be viewed on YouTube. Bradley McAllister demonstrates various techniques, procedures and equipment. This is the video from this past Monday- New Turning Items- Even though I have dust collection and air filtration in the shop, I have realized I need more dust protection. Just today, I received my new dust mask. I hope it does the trick. I have an older 3M cartridge mask but it doesn't fit under my faceshield. This low profile design shouldn't interfere. One of my concerns was that my hearing aids and the ear straps would not work together. A quick test run seems to eliminate that concern. It is rated N99. https://www.amazon.com/BASE-CAMP-Breathing-Woodworking-Activities/dp/B07RLLCJZF/ref=sr_1_4?crid=SWIM04A15S7O&keywords=base+camp+dust+mask&qid=1576111628&s=hi&sprefix=base+camp%2Ctools%2C184&sr=1-4 Everything Else- The walnut bowls for Christmas presents are done. The finish was one application of mineral oil and then a second application of hot beeswax/mineral oil. Then buffed out. I did make a lid for the larger hollow vessel. Mimi said it looked like a cookie jar for the Keebler elves. Safe turning
  12. 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
  13. OK as a lot of you may know, I am a huge fan of Titebond and its family of glues. I use it quite a bit when I am making pieces to turn, especially for the tops I make. This does not require a lot of glue though, so the glue sits around for an extended period of time, which causes it to age and get clumpy, or at the very least, thicker than it was when I bought it. Can you add anything to the glue like say water, to get it flowing again without destroying the glue properties?? Thanks.
  14. A beautiful November day here in Pennsylvania. Too bad I'm substituting and can't enjoy it. Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald is working on Christmas presents! He is turning some gorgeous pendants. Checkout Gerald's post and look at the neat chuck he is using- @Pauley is looking for some help finding snowflake patterns or sources. Please head on over to his post and see if you can provide any help- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for more information and registration. For The Newbies- Looking for an easy project that will make a really nice gift? Maybe this will give you some ideas- Expand Your Horizons- M. Saban-Smith has an interesting video showing how to embellish your turnings. He demonstrates what the Sorby texturing tool can do. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a couple of new sanding disk backer pads Check out these products at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sanding-pad-holders Everything Else- In @Gerald's post on the offset pendants, he mentioned about making beads as part of the project. Mike Peace has a video on how he does them- Gerald's project of offset turning really has lots of related information this week. Mr. David Reed Smith published an article using offset turning to add Celtic like rings to a turning- The complete article is at- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/InlaidRings/InlaidRings.html. Mr. Smith's tutorials are extremely well documented and easy to follow. He also references several other articles on useful jigs. In case you missed it, we added another tip to the Woodturning Tips Forum. You can see it at- @John Morris has made available just about all of the old Woodturning Forum posts. Some great memories from the archives. https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/forum/5-wood-turning-archives/ The Woodturning OnLine newsletter is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=112019. As you are looking through the newsletter, take advantage of the great selection of resources for projects, videos, and tutorials. As I pointed out at the beginning of this week's post, I'm substituting today, Thursday and Friday. Yesterday I received a phone call from the local Jet supplier- So there it sets, in the back of my truck- it's just not fair!! Have to wait until Saturday to begin unpacking and muscling parts to the basement. Safe turning
  15. Posting a little early today before things get busy with company. Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan has started making Christmas presents for the kids at the Akron Children's Hospital. Dan turns presents every year for the kids there. He is certainly securing his place in heaven! Please check out his post and give him your kudos for his work @Ron Altier asked us how we store our lathe chuck keys. Several of our turners have chimed in with their methods. I think @Jim from Easy Wood Tools probably spoke for most of us! Check out Ron's post and tell us how you do it! @Smallpatch posted a really cool picture of the "Russian Dolls". Those hollow dolls that have those progressively smaller versions stacked inside. We also found a video showing how they are manufactured. Lots of interesting tools and processes in the video Check it out! A couple of years ago, @Gerald started a thread on sandpaper costs. Recently there has been some activity, on that post, that includes information of interest to turners. @Kevin Beitz commented on a different sanding technique. He also asked a question on scraper sharpening. Check out Kevins comments and question and offer any suggestion you may have- What’s Coming Up- For those turners in Florida, mark your calendars for this event- http://floridawoodturningsymposium.com/ For The Newbies- With the holidays fast approaching, here's a spindle type, ornament turning from Mike Peace. This would make a great gift! Expand Your Horizons- I do not have the gift of being able to draw anything (other than flies). Many times I would like to be able to see what a turning would look like before commiting a piece of wood. Here is some software that lets you draw a turning, then view it in any position. The software is free and works on Windows PCs. The software downloaded from- http://www.shapemagic.com/lm/downloads.htm New Turning Items- Not sure how long this has been available. I thought it might be something the turners, who do segmented turnings, would find useful. TiteBond Translucent glue- "TITEBOND TRANSLUCENT WOOD GLUE Titebond Translucent Wood Glue is designed for general household and woodworking projects. It provides a virtually invisible glue line and bonds stronger than the wood. A strong tack and fast speed of set helps reduce clamp time. When dry, this wood glue is unaffected by finishes and sands easily. Also ideal for craft projects, Titebond Translucent is easy to use, non-toxic and cleans up with water. It is specifically designed for wood, particleboard, hardboard, leather, cloth and most other porous materials." Everything Else- Tim Yoder recently added a cool video where he made a lamp from bowling items. Check out Tim's use of our sponsor- Easy Wood Tools- products! Mike Peace has a video demonstrating turning a pendant. What's especially cool about this project is that Mike shows us how to create shop made offset adapters for a scroll chuck. Safe turning
  16. Finished up shoveling 3 driveways and helped with a 4th. 10" of snow from 6am until 1:30pm. Read where there was "thunder snow" just west of here. Great winter to have the snowblower die Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan was kind enough to produce a fabulous tutorial on how he make his beautiful bullet pens. Lots of pictures and very detailed step by step instructions! Please check this one out and leave some feedback for Dan and all his hard work! @Ron Altier posted a question about drilling holes lengthwise through long pieces. Several of our members offered suggestions and ideas on various procedures. Maybe you have an idea that would help Ron. Check out his post- Ron also posted a beautiful new ornament he finished- Ron posted more about the piece here- @hawkeye10 asked our turners a question about dried wood for turning. He is considering the purchase of a bowl blank and was inquiring about how long it would take to dry. Our members provided lots of information and suggestions. The blank looked like- Check out his post- The woodturning club, which @Gerald is a member, hosted turner Jimmy Clewes. According to Gerald, it was well worth the wait! New Patriot member @doublej posted some of his woodworking projects. Not only is Joe an accomplished woodworker, he is also a very talented turner. He posted a picture of a bowl he turned- Checkout his complete post here- Woodturners and woodworkers seem to share one common characteristic. We are our own worst critics. Member @Steve Krumanaker recently posted a video where he critiques a beautiful natural edge, walnut bowl. Steve points out "flaws" that no one else would probably see. What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. Looking down the road- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Carl Jacobson posted a video about making a pepper grinder. What is nice about this particular grinder kit is that it doesn't require complex drilling operations. Carl demonstrates lots of lathe techniques that can be used on many other turned projects. Expand Your Horizons- In a previous "Wednesday's..." we posted a Capt. Eddie video on cutting/chasing wooden threads. Recently turner Sam Angelo posted a video which included a demonstration of wooden threads. The video is set to begin at the threading operation but you can certainly watch and enjoy the entire project New Turning Items- Our friends from Woodturners Wonders have a new respirator at a very reasonable price. More information and pricing is available at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/sundstrom-pro-pack-sr100-respirator-kit Everything Else- I haven't any turning time available but I did make a couple of cones to use with my new Easy Wood Tools live center. Somewhere along the way, I picked up a piece of what I think is cherry. It least that's what is smells like when it is cut. It is quite dense. Anyway, that's what these are made from- Safe turning
  17. Just to put things into perspective, there are 48 shopping days 'til Christmas. Our Patriot Turners- @Monkey Paws Is getting back into turning and he posted his latest project for us. Our members had lots of praise for his beautiful piece. Please give his post a read and add your comments- @Steve Krumanaker has been busy turning and decorating bowls. Steve showed us two of his latest- Check out Steve's post for more images and a description of the different woods he used- @Ron Altier's Christmas ornament production is in full swing! Check out this beauty- Ron explains how he put the jewel in the center- @RustyFN asked about a food safe finish for some bowls he turned. Our members offered several suggestions- What’s Coming Up- Mark you calendars for the Raleigh, NC Woodturning Symposium- Click on the above image for registration information. For The Newbies- @RustyFN asked about food safe finishes for a bowl. Just this past week, Mike Peace posted a video on making his version of that finish. This is my goto food safe finish. For cutting boards, I usually apply several coats of pure mineral first so it penetrates deeper. Also, I usually heat the mineral oil/beeswax before applying. Expand Your Horizons- Tim Yoder has a new, two part video on making a Christmas ornament. In this one, Tim uses a laser cut kit as part of the design. The second part of the presentation is linked from Tim's page. The kit is available from Ron Brown- https://www.ronbrownsbest.com/index.php?route=common/home New Turning Items- There has been rather a lengthy discussion, this past week, comparing the Tormek sharpening system to the similar Grizzly system. One of the ideas floated in that discussion was about CBN sharpening wheels. A turning products emails I received had this information- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/cbn-wheels Everything Else- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter came this week. The article on Thin Stem Turning, by Alan Carter, looks really interesting- The PDF can be found at- http://honoluluwoodturners.org/16_tips/Alan Carter_thin stem tutorial.pdf Also, as @PostalTom pointed out, there is a cute video of a BIG pepper grinder in the newsletter- The entire newsletter is at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ Finally, Rick Turns has his October list of turning videos available. When you check out these videos, please give Rick a Bravo Zulu for all of his hard work producing this information Safe turning
  18. 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
  19. Another busy week here for the Patriot turners! @Ron Altier asked a question concerning the angle on the skew chisel- curved or straight? Seems most of your turners prefer the straight cutting edge. Why not head over to Ron's post and provide him with your preference- @oldwoodie Asked for our input on assembling pen kits. He is concerned about installing the pen refill in an older pen kit- He was also unsure about whether pressed in parts need to be glued in place- I know some of you have turned pens and you may be able to help him out. I have always had trouble trying to make my turning look more elegant. They always seem out of proportion or clunky. I've read about the "Golden Mean" and how it can be used to create a visually appealing product. And then there is the "Rule of Thirds". Which to use??? Here is some reference material to help make that decision (or make it more confusing). I pulled these from the Internet and have left the authors details within each- http://www.westbaywoodturners.com/tutorial/pdf_files/Woodturning_Design.pdf This link show a plane for creating a "golden section gauge"- http://www.goldennumber.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/golden-section-gauge.gif Finally a detailed video explanation of the Golden Mean and why it may not be so important. Be warned, the video is quite lengthy- While answering an email from another site, I found this marvelous turning site- http://hampstevens.com/ Mr. Stevens will graciously provide instructions on how to turn these seemingly impossible spheres. If interested, he can be contacted at- hamp@hampstevens.com @Jim from Easy Wood Tools and our friend from Easy Wood Tools posted a video introducing the Easy Wood Tools with Tracey Malady. This is a great video for those interested in getting started with Easy Wood Tools. You may have recently read that the Easy Wood Tools are now available in the UK! Our fellow turners, across the pond, will finally get to use the best turning tools on the planet! Not only are the EWT tools available in the UK but also the absolutely awesome Easy Wood Easy Chuck! It's always nice to be able to make your own turning tools instead of buying them. Mike Peace shows us how to make a beading tool and a captive ring tool in a couple of his latest videos. Safe turning
  20. Our Patriot turners were really active this past week with more projects, questions and ideas! @Ron Altier's wife got him a really nice turner's smock. I'm pretty sure the other turners were jealous considering the ribbing he took. I think it will provide great protection from flying chips (or sparks)! Some of the good natured comments are at- Ron also posted a neat little "chip deflector" that he made. The simple design lends itself to virtually any tool manufacturer. Ron explains how he made this in his post- Ron was having trouble with his lathe tailstock not locking securely. Many of our members offered suggestions and ideas. Ron was able to devise a way to repair the problem. The following two threads discuss the problem and what Ron did to get it fixed- @Cliff lamented about some roadside wood treasures he managed to pickup. Unfortunately, the tree held a few unpleasant surprises. @Gene Howe sent me a link to an article by Mr. Davide Reed Smith. In this particular how-to, Mr. Smith provides detailed instructions on how to make pen turning jaws for a 4 jaw chuck. Follow this link for the complete tutorial- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/WoodAuxJaws/WoodAuxJaws.htm @Steve Krumanaker has made a few more of his Cryptex Boxes. Steve's combination of turning and laser engraving produces fantastic results. See Steve's post for more images and information on the engraved symbols- @Gerald posed a question about using "colorply" for handles in kit type projects (i.e. bottle openers). Several of our members offered their thoughts and ideas- Rick Turns posted his March list of YouTube woodturning videos- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter came this week. There are some interesting articles and a video from Mr. Richard Raffan on "Understanding Catches". The newsletter can be found at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Here's the video- Carl Jacobson turns a resin/burl piece in his mobile shop. Check out the Easy Wood Tools and chuck! ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools) The EWT tools make turning resin a breeze. The curls just fly off of the piece! Safe turning
  21. While @Cliff and I are sharing the beach in the sunny Antilles, I thought I'd get a head start on today's post. @Cliff has his vacuum chuck rig set up and running. There are lots of questions and comments about how he made this. Cliff shares his procedures in his post- @Steve Krumanaker posted images of his second "cryptex". Steve's pictures show some of the internal workings of this clever little device! @PostalTom asked a question about the usefulness of a lathe that can be operated in the reverse direction. Some suggested this was a nice feature- However, I think they may have been referring to using the lathe on this Easter Sunday. More suggestions and comments- @Gerald, in response to last week's "Wednesday's...", posted a picture of the display shelves he is getting ready for their club's booth. He also added an image of the tulips he make- Rick Turns added his February list of turning videos on YouTube. Mike Peace posted a nice little video. He needed to re-turn a baby rattle. Check out how he overcame the problem of holding the rattle. Although we had relatives visiting this past week, I managed to get to the lathe and destroy a piece I was turning- I glued the errant piece back on the waste block and sealed the turning with tape and modeling clay- Then mixed up some clear Alumilite. I find warming it in the microwave really helps lowers the viscosity so the small bubbles float to the top and it fills the crevices a little better. I need to build a pressure pot. Sure wish I kept the one I used to test underwater gauges when I had a Scuba shop. Removed the tape and clay and it's ready to back on the lathe. Safe turning
  22. 2018! Seem like just a couple of months ago I was starting up computers hoping they would function after the Y2K Bug scare! @PostalTom showed us a sweet bowl he made for his daughter. It is made from poplar! Check out his description here- @Steve Krumanaker turned an awesome natural edge walnut bowl but it was not without its' problems- Here's Steve's explanation of what happened- @Ksvet06 asked a question about searching the turning forum for specific information. Gang, this just reinforces the need for us all to add tags to our posts. Tags make searching for information much easier and a lot faster. @Gerald is turning more Beads Of Courage boxes and was looking for advice on a special piece of wood- He was inquiring if anyone had turned a vessel with a natural edge "side". Head on over to his post and see if you can offer some help. Probably all of the turners here are currently in the grips of the "Ol' Polar Vortex" (I hate the Weather Channel). Anyway, if you find it's too cold in your shop, pull up a chair, grab a warming beverage and enjoy a few extra videos. Tim Yoder turns a garden gnome (part 1, part 2 linked from the video)- Rick Turns posted a video of regrinding a parting tool to make cleaner cuts- I came across this group of videos from Stuart Batty. I'll give you the link as there are quite a few of them. https://vimeo.com/woodturning/videos/page:1/sort:alphabetical/format:thumbnail And if that's not enough videos to keep you warm, Rick Turns added his list of YouTube videos for the month of December- Finally, I was looking for an idea for a lathe jig and stumbled upon this site- http://www.docgreenwoodturner.com/index.html Lots of neat ideas and some beautiful turnings. Safe turning and keep warm
  23. Hi all. I hope you can provide a bit of advice. I just started using Alumilite full time in my shop. Love casting with it, love turning it, but my dust collection system hates it. I have an Oneida Dust Deputy with its own dedicated shop vac. Up until this point the system worked flawlessly, everything in the bucket and little into the shop vac itself. I was going to build a shop vac silencing box last weekend and took the system apart to measure the shop vac. I opened it up and was surprised to find it full of long, thin ribbons of Alumilite. So I set the system back up and did some testing and found that the ribbons are so light they just spin at the top of the dust deputy and eventually find their way into the shop vac vice falling into the bucket. Of course I did what any respectable tinkerer would do and attempted to fix it. I found some screen door material and put it over the center suction of the dust deputy and voila! No more ribbons in the shop vac. Now they gather on the mesh and clog the suction limiting the suction at the point of collection (lathe). So now I have to stop every 5 minutes or so, stop the shop vac, smack the dust deputy (or worse, take it apart again) to clean it, then go back to work. Am I the only one having issues like this? Wood, acrylic, and everything else works as intended. Alumilite seems to be so light and thin that it just goes right up the top suction and out to the shop vac.
  24. Christmas without a father is not something most folks can begin to imagine. No Dad for a kid is tough enough but at Christmas it is heartbreaking. I know. We cannot allow these kids to have anything less than a super Christmas. With a little over 3 weeks to go, we still need $500 to meet our goal. Please head over to our raffle and give what your heart says. http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/topic/21082-the-patriot-woodworkers-with-op-ward-57-adopt-a-gold-star-family-for-the-holidays-2017/ On another matter, our administrative staff would really appreciate it if you could add tags to your post topics. It makes it easier for site users to search for information. I have gone back one year and added tags to all of the Turner Forum topics where tags were missing. If you see something I tagged incorrectly, please feel free to change it. Just today we had an excellent question posted by @Lissa Hall. Lissa's question is about which turning tools should a new turner purchase. We've all been there and most of us have made mistakes in those purchases. Please head over to Lissa's post and give her/us your ideas and opinions. This is a great topic for discussion so let's keep it going- @Steve Krumanaker created a sweet little puzzle- a cube within a cube- Check out his post and the discussion about how this was done! With Christmas just 4 weeks away, here are two videos from Carl Jacobson where he turns some neat seasonal items that would make awesome gifts. A turned Santa- And some Gnome Christmas Carolers- Check out the Easy Wood Tools he is using!! Tim Yoder is also in the Christmas spirit. This is a two part video where he creates a mixed medium Christmas angel- Notice the patent date on the one on the left. At one time these blue (and green) glass insulators were sought after collectibles- at least around here. I have been working on some Christmas gifts myself. Highchair is finished and delivered tonight. I have two "cake platters" started. This is the top of one- I'll use acrylic paint to highlight the texturing. Safe turning
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