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Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners December 28, 2022
lew posted a topic in Wood TurnersWell 2022 is drawing to a close and that means our Ward 57 event is very near the end, too! It is not too late to get those raffle tickets for those awesome prized donated by our generous sponsors- Our Patriot Turners- @John Hechel Posted a thread about some custom rolling pins he was asked to create. These are awesome! John tells us who will be using them, and more about the build, in his post- @forty_caliber got himself a new toy from Tim Yoder! In his post, Forty gives us an in depth review of the hollowing rig and shows us what if can do- @Gerald is adding the finishing touches to his lathe accessory stand. You can never have too much storage space (or too many clamps!) What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links to registration and more information- For The Newbies- Ahh Skews, my old nemesis! Mike Peace fills us in on everything you ever wanted to know about this instrument of the devil! This is from one of Mike's IRDs so it is a little long. Just starting to learn the lathe? Sam Angelo's video about spindle turning and the tools used might give you some insights- And, speaking of the skew, a video from the Kirk DeHeer by Craft Supplies USA turns a mallet using one- Expand Your Horizons- A little late for this year's Christmas but a way for us turners to have our own method of delivering Hershey's Kisses. Check out how Alan Stratton lays out the blank for turning spheres without a jig- A while back @PostalTom turned a chess set for his grandson. Wish I had access to this video to give Tom some ideas at the time. This is another Mike Peace IRD video- New Turning Items- I see that the folks at StarBond (the CA folks) have added a line of sanding disks. I haven't tried them but the prices look competitive- https://starbond.com/products/starbond-premium-grade-5-inch-8-hole-hook-and-loop-sanding-discs-pack-of-100 Everything Else- Even the pros can have a bad day. Check out the end of this video- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from the last two weeks- Safe turning
Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners November 9, 2022
lew posted a topic in Wood TurnersOur annual Operation Ward 57 is underway! Please checkout this post for more information on our selected family. Our Patriot Turners- @forty_caliber turned another bowl from Pecan. That species sure does have some beautiful grain and color. Please hop on over to his post and see some of the great comments from our members- New member @Bill Blasic commented on one of our older "Tip" entries on the woodworm screw. He made some great points in his post. Please check this out and give him a warm welcome to our forum- @HandyDan found some inspiration from last weeks "Wednesday's..." and turned some sweet little projects- Dan offers more information in his post- Sorry, Dan, I looked all over the place and couldn't come up with the wine glass turning. What’s Coming Up- Check this out for tomorrow, Thursday November 10, from Cindy Drozda. A live tool talk on using the camera for hollowing. Our own @Steve Krumanaker has been using his camera to do hollowing for quite some time. For The Newbies- Another presentation from Cindy on creating the 40/40 Bowl Gouge grind. Some great lighting tips from "Robo Hippy" Rolling pins are easy to turn and make excellent presents. Nice article, with tutorial, from the Family Handyman. It also features the use of Easy Wood Tools for turning. https://www.familyhandyman.com/project/wood-turn-a-rolling-pin/ Expand Your Horizons- Want to give a big shoutout and THANKS to @forty_caliber for the heads-up on this video on creating eggs. Using the Skew has always been my downfall but this turner makes it look so easy. Sam Angelo demonstrates creating a basic basket illusion Carl Jacobson turns an absolutely gorgeous pedestal vase. Lots of turning and some carving- Master Woodturner Kirk DeHeer takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a Calabash Bowl in this video from Craft Supplies USA- New Turning Items- OK, not a tool but a useful resource that I recently discovered. From StarBond Adhesives- Starbond_eMagazine_Oct_2022_E1.pdf The link to the source-- https://starbond.com/blogs/tutorials Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Been hectic around here but the 2 little walnut bowls reached moisture equilibrium and have moved to the lathe. We are supposed to get some rainy weather on Friday so maybe I'll get a chance to finish them- Safe turning
Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners October 20, 2021
lew posted a topic in Wood TurnersNot too much happening this week- Our Patriot Turners- @forty_caliber turned a couple of bowls from a pecan log. That species surely has some lovely grain. First up is an incredible salad bowl- And then an awesome bread bowl- What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda- Click on the above image for the link to registration. For The Newbies- Mike Peace did an Interactive Remote Demonstration for the Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild, British Columbia, Canada. He covered spindle projects and methods of holding the turnings. This is a little long but lots of good information- Craft Supplies USA posted an instructional video for turning a goblet- Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson celebrated Captain Kirk's return to space, this past week. I see social media has been having great fun creating memes about Mr. Shatner's voyage- It is not too early to start thinking about ornament turning! Here's your chance to turn a funnel (bowl) and not have it be a mistake!! My early turning creations tended to be useful kitchen items. Salt and pepper mills, salt cellars, sugar bowls and rolling pins. I never could figure out how to incorporate the Celtic Knot into the hollow vessels. Alan Stratton has solved that problem. All I have to do is build a jig!! New Turning Items- Some new stuff and some stuff on sale- Woodturners Wonders has Rikon and Jet grinders back in stock- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/rikon-grinders And this special deal- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/all-sanders/products/angle-drill-sanding-bundle Ruth Niles' October newsletter is now available. Ruth shares instructions on how to get setup for selling your turnings on eBay. You can sign up for Ruth's free newsletter at- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Finally finished up with the last batch of rolling pins. Then I realized I am out of holders. Looks like some flat work in my future- Safe turning and stay well
FlGatorwood posted a topic in General WoodworkingThis is the care package that I made up for my classmate friend. I hope this puts a smile on her face and some bounce in her step. This was fun for me. Rolling pin made of scraps of cherry and pear. Writing pens, one of pine, one of pear, and one of mahogany. The ornament is mahogany. Those of you with a Shopsmith, show us what you have. Looking forward to seeing your posts of "made on a Shopsmith" real soon.
Rolling pins of Bradford pear
FlGatorwood posted a topic in Wood TurnersAfter many months of waiting and drying, they are finally finished and just in time. I, too, am finished for a few days. But, here is where this journey began. This is the trunk of one Bradford pear tree that grew near the flagpole of our church and school. At this point of the I have coated with 2 coats of Anchor Seal that I purchased from Walmart online. $30 per gallon April 2020. In August of 2020, I cut those stumps into 2" X 2". They were then left to dry until November when the turning started. These are the straight ones. As you can see the ends need sanding and I need to put some epoxy dough into the stress cracks. I am very surprised that I didn't get chunks flying into my face. These are the tapered rolling pins with the ends sanded and the epoxy paste applied. I rubbed it in as well as I could. This is my first experience with it and you knead this and then rub it hard to go into any openings of the wood. My inexperience show with the white color on the epoxy after 3 coats of mineral oil. The letters of the school, the year and USA is burned into the ends. I used a soldering/woodburning tool from Harbor Freight which I think cost about $20. These are the tapered ones plus the 2 for making pie crusts or pasta. The depth of the pie crusts are 3/16" thick. Again, you can see the epoxy in the cracks. They are out of here. Easy project for beginners. The straight ones are the hardest for me. The tapered, I mark the center, each end, then 3 inches from each end. Then with a set of calipers, I measure about the same diameter for each end at the same distance from the end. Hope this gives motivation to those who wish to start spindle turning. Happy holidays.
Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners February 19, 2020
lew posted a topic in Wood TurnersLots of activity this week! Our Patriot Turners- @Masonsailor continues to work on his tiered lazy susan. Check out what he has accomplished this past week! @Gerald decided to fancy up some of his "fire sticks" with textures- Gerald explains his methods and what tools he used to create the designs, here- Gerald also gave us a link to some beautiful turnings that can be purchased- @Woodbutcherbynight isn't one to let things go to waste. His beautiful wood and glass goblets provided the extra materials to create these gorgeous candle holders- He explains more in his post- Woodbutcher also gave us a heads up on a nice 2 part video by Mike Peace on making a turned jewelry box- @FlGatorwood used some "fog" wood to turn some beautiful rolling pins- He created a really nice pictorial of the process used in making these- @John Morris posted a picture of a "traveling lathe". Pretty Cool!! What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- The Woodworker's Journal posted a nice article on a beginners guide for lathe tools and sharpening. Although primarily for traditional turning tools, they do mention carbide insert tools. https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/beginners-shopping-list-for-turning-tools-and-sharpening-gear/ Mike Waldt has a nice video that shows us we may not need as many of those turning gouges as we might think- Expand Your Horizons- Sorry, couldn't come up with anything really exciting here this week. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a couple of interesting things. First, if you belong to a club, you can gat a nice discount for ordering from them. They also have a nice sanding package for the next couple of days- You can find there website at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Everything Else- I wanted to try out the texturing tool that Mike Peace developed. Some of the parts were in my junk box so it wasn't going to be an expensive lesson if I failed. I found the bronze bushings at the Fastenal dealer and that's the only thing I had to purchase. These bushings had a different O.D. than the ones Mike referenced so I made up the difference with a wooden insert. Then pressed the bushing assembly, along with a small magnet, into the brass plumbing nipple. Used JB Weld to secure the bushing assembly. To reinforce the brass tube, I turned a maple dowel to fill the void behind the bushing assembly and pressed it into place. Next, turned a handle from a scrap piece of wood and drilled the end for the brass tube- The pressed the tube into the handle- Cut off the ned of a copper elbow and pinned it with a nail to act as a ferrule. Tried it on the hollow vessel I've been playing with- Before- After- Safe turning
Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners November 27, 2019
lew posted a topic in Wood TurnersWishing 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