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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. My magnifying safety glasses broke. I don't remember where I got them. They were 1.25 magnification. Where do you folks buy yours? Brand recommendations? I use 1.25 readers but don't want to use plain safety glasses over them. Thank You.
  4. I guess it was bound to happen. http://www.union-bulletin.com/local/local-man-electrocuted-using-dangerous-wood-art-process/article_daf59a2a-3420-11e7-8508-c7eb2f3dc175.html
  5. What is the idea behind some of these safe drivers having spring-loaded points and others with none? Also is this something I should have? https://oneway.ca/index.php?route=product/category&path=59_75_107_121
  6. I am usually very thorough when I operate machinery and recheck my equipment. I make sure all is tight and guards are in place as it should be. I had turned a very thin finial and took it out of the chuck, removed the chuck and put another project between centers. After I finished, I returned the chuck and finial to the lathe for polishing. I got a phone call and they returned to polish the piece. I turned the lathe on, the chuck unthreaded in a micro second, fell on the lathe bed smashing my finial. I gave myself a compliment by saying loudly "You big dummy!"
  7. If you use 0000 steel wool, as I do on small turnings, first cut a small piece off about the size of you thumb print. Using a large piece can get caught on itself, pull out of your hand and cause a fire because of friction on lathe parts. Not only does it burn fast, but with wood dust in it can cause a big fire. Which brings up part 2..........Keep a fire extinguisher close and easy to get to.
  8. These are my push sticks (no I have not been pushing @Stick486 around). The First is a 2x4 with notch cut out and corners rounded over and is used on the router table. The second is a simple piece of ply with notch for pushing and I use it on the bandsaw. The third is my standard cut from ply and allows gluing a replacement push block to the rear. The monster allows me to keep my hand as far as possible from the blade as possible, but it is cumbersome to use.
  9. My wife surprised me with a brand new leather turning coat. A modern design with a smart phone pocket with flap cover. Velcro behind the neck fastener and expandable straps in the rear. Fits nice and works great NO, I didn't tell her
  10. Then in a mere tiny instant it all went to pieces Read it. Remember it http://lynneyamaguchi.com/index.php/2014/10/06/my-tale-of-survival/
  11. No turning for me this past week. I've started a gun rack for a friend. It is coming along slowly. @Cliff just posted a topic for preventing wood from splitting/cracking/checking. This idea is new to me. See what Clif had to say. Maybe you have another method. If so, we'd love to have you tell us about it! Cliff also posted a link to an excellent safety article from the American Woodturner magazine. We all like to think we are working safely but this article really drives home the quality of some of the safety device we are using. Here's Cliff's post- The article is linked from there. Please read her story. @Ron Altier has created another awesome ornament. The amazing part is that this came from his scrap box. It is always exciting to see what lathe turning can do to a glue-up Ron's post is here- I think we all are proud of the things we make. Most of us have a way of marking our pieces with some sort of identifier. It might be a signature with a sharpie, a branded logo or even a special decal. Recently, Mike Peace did a short video exploring these various methods. I've always used a sharpie but over the years it tends to fade- especially on items that have a mineral oil finish. The signature on my original rolling pin, that Mimi uses, has faded into obscurity. Also, sharpies will bleed when the top coat is shellac. Many years ago I traded a rolling pin for a coffee scoop from Ruth Niles. She uses a handheld engraver to sign here work. Much longer lasting! What method do you all use??? There probably won't be much sleep here tonight. Today we picked up this- His name is Dudley and he is an 8 weeks old Basset hound. He slept most of the 2 hour trip back from the breeders and has been exploring his new home ever since. I think his ears are as long as he is. Since Quigley passed away in October, the house has been really empty. I'm sure that's about to change! Safe turning
  12. I just got started carving on these pieces..I have warned guys here about some of these bits being too aggressive and hard to control.... Well,and getting in too big of a hurry.... that's what I was doing and this is what I was using..... And for safety sake I have cut done almost all of the shaft lengths so they won't bend but I do need some for deeper holes... First blood I have seen in the shop in a long time, many years... And when you get down in between two pieces is when the rattling of the bit can start, banging from one side to the other.. And I usually wear some very thick leather gloves for this reason,,,,,,, but they happened to be about a foot out of reach .. No stitches needed but a band aid for sure. So just guessing but it aught to be about May or June when I can start working again...O boy...
  13. Safety Equipment for turners video from AAW. Includes respirators which we were discussing with @Charles Nicholls
  14. I am just like 99% of woodworkers and don't use a saw guard on my table saw. The biggest reason is that mine is a real pain to remove and remount. It can take 5 minutes to get it right. I had never had a serious kickback until last week. I was crosscutting a short piece of pine without the guard and was pushing with my head and body away from the line of the saw blade. The small cut off piece became wedged against the saw in a split second and flew across my garage like fast ball. I almost always have my zero clearance throat plate on, but this time I didn't and the opening next to the blade was at least a half inch. That was the cause and being used to zero clearance, I wasn't as cautious as I should have been. It caused no damage or injury, but was a real eye opener and will cause me to be much more safety conscience from now on.
  15. At least he is wearing his eye protection and ear muffs. Herb
  16. Pretty cool stuff. Crude but effective. Bare footed, no blade guards, no dust collection, wooden fence on saws, tools on the floor...and the list goes on and on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFLWrV3WyVk
  17. I've been asked to make a floor-standing display case, maybe 30" tall. I'm guessing it needs to have tempered glass??? I've only ever used single-strength window glass for picture frames and small wall mounted cabinets.
  18. A friend of mine is planning to go to a warmer climate state for 6 weeks this coming winter. During that time, he plans to shut off the house supplied water at the shut-off valve. Should he also shut-off his hot water heater? Danl
  19. ... or fence ... or sander ... or glue I don't know whether to be impressed or have the chills run up my spine with that table saw. Mr. Gass is on line 2 for you.
  20. Maybe I should be happy that they placed the crown up on these boards... Continuing with the upstairs remodel and the two bedrooms. In the one room, the particle board underlayment was quite wavy and so not level. I decided I would pull it up and lay a new layer of 3/4" t&g OSB underlayment. After pulling the particle board up it was very obvious to me that the subfloor had been rained on during construction 30 years ago. It was pretty wavy and soft in a couple spots. I decided to pull a couple pieces of the subfloor and install some canned LEDs in the living room below. Two of the 2x12 floor joists were cut nearly all the way through. I guess they did that to eliminate a high spot? It is not evident in the ceiling downstairs. In any event, I scabbed a piece of 2x10 across them and installed bridging. Years ago I had paid good money to have that space insulated with blown in insulation. Pretty evident that didn't get done properly either So, installing insulation, scabs, bridging, screwing down the subfloor, leveling and screwing down the new underlayment I moved onto bedroom #2. Not quite as bad to begin with, the floor was pretty level and the particle board in "ok" shape - but I pulled it anyway. Only one joist cut, and pretty much zero insulation... Cal
  21. If you think carbide router bits are delicate creatures, check out this Youtube video from Tom Lipton, a machinist in the San Francisco area. The interesting part starts at about 8:45 and goes to the end. Yep, it grabbed me by the short hairs too! NOTE: NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART! But certainly educational. Jon-439 (from the WOOD Magazine forums)
  22. 12 sheets of 3/4 BB, and 4 sheets of 1/4 BB stacked on edge, 36” high stickered stack of walnut about 16” away. Standing between. Needed the 1/4. Naturally, it was behind the 3/4. Pulled the whole stack over. Knocked me backwards on to the walnut. Trapped my legs between the ply and the walnut. I was flat on my back. The ply just inches off my chest. Couldn’t move. Hurt like the devil. Finally worked a short board loose and got it between the ply and the edge of the walnut stack. With more strength than I thought possible, was able to pry the ply up enough to get one leg free. Had to take a breather. With a few more tries, I managed to get the other leg out. About 24” ” above the walnut stack is a rack with maple stacked on it. That’s all the room I had to maneuver. Finally, squirmed around and was able to get out. Nothing broken. A few scrapes and my calves are black and blue. Pretty sore. I can hardly walk. Think I’ll restack it all tomorrow…maybe.
  23. ANGEL OF HANDSAW GRIP/HAND HOLT, I COPIED ON 1/2"PLY. THIS PLY IS 18" LONG X 6" W. FITTED A RUNNER ON BOTTOM = GROVE, PLY FITS DOWN IN.=1" WIDE. AT HAND HOLT END OF RUNNER IS A HEEL BOUT 3/16 PROUD OF REMAINDER OF RUNNER(HEEL IS WHAT PUSHES MATERIAL TO/PAST TS BLADE). NOW OTHER END OF RUNNER GLUE STRIP OF SAND PAPER, HELPS HOLD RUNNER IN PLACE ON TOP OF PIECE BEING PUSHED. PURPOSE::KEEP YOUR HAND ABOVE BLADE, HAVING CONTROL OF WORK PIECE. YEAW, I HAVE A SMALLER ONE FOR PUSHING THRU THIN CUTS.
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