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  1. I will tell you about the tips that everyone may know but that I remind myself of from time to time. This can, of course, applies to many machines. Grizzly Table Saw safety tips are essential for any woodworker. By following a few simple tips, you can help keep yourself and your family safe while using this powerful tool. We all know that accidents happen, but there are some things you can do to help prevent them. Here are some safety tips for using your Grizzly table saw: Always use the guards that come with the saw. This will help protect you from the blade. Be sure to unplug the saw when you're not using it. Keep your fingers away from the blade. Be careful when cutting through hard materials, such as metal or wood with nails in it. Always wear safety glasses when using the saw. following these simple safety tips will help you avoid accidents while using your Grizzly table saw. Thank you for your precious time.
  2. June 1 and it's 95° in the shade on the back deck! Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN let us in on a new finish he is trying- Several members expressed interest in more information. @Gerald added a post in the "Finishing Forum" that expanded on some of the ideas from what Rusty posted- What’s Coming Up- Pretty much caught up on all that is happening. This is the first time since Covid started that the AAW is having an in person symposium. https://www.woodturner.org/Woodturner/2022Chattanooga/2022-AAW-Symposium---Chattanooga--Tennessee.aspx?_zs=ceDib&_zl=uos73 For The Newbies- @Gerald added an interesting comment to last week's "Wednesday's..." concerning the types of screws used for fastening faceplates and faceplate rings to a turning. My favorite mounting procedure is similar but using the transparent device. Also, for marking the holes, I found that a #3 Vix-Bit drill center fits perfectly in the mounting holes of all of the Easy Wood Tools faceplates and rings. Mostly I use a oval head screw, as they have a little more "meat" around the drive slots. For smaller turnings, I may use a flathead screw Mike Peace has a nice video on bowl gouge sharpening- I've seen some nice instructional videos from Jim Echter. Unfortunately, these short videos aren't on YouTube. If you have a Facebook or Instagram account, you can watch them there. Here's the Instagram link- https://www.instagram.com/jim_echter/channel/?hl=en and a link to his website- https://tcturning.com/ Expand Your Horizons- Tim Yoder posted a video on making a turned bird feeder. In the video, he demonstrates his ELBO 2 hollowing ring. One more from Alan Stratton on goblets. Several interesting jigs for us "jig junkies"- New Turning Items- Couldn't find anything interesting this week. Hopefully, there will be some new products shown at the AAW Symposium in a couple of weeks! Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- I've been using up some scrap white oak cutoffs to make some simple platters. All of my large shop make holders were designed around my old 14" Delta lathe. The new Jet is 16" and now I need some way to hold the pieces for reverse chucking. I could go the vacuum chuck route, but I'm "frugal to a fault". I love my Easy Wood Tools Cole jaws. Seemed a fairly simple task to make a set of extensions. Not quite perfect, but they work! The holders are from the smaller jigs I had. If I weren't so stubborn, this platter should have gone into the trash. The defect wasn't nearly as noticeable until most of the material was removed. as I tried to get into more solid wood, the bottom got really thin and weak- especially where the oak was soft. Added CA and some Alumilite resin to reinforce the weak area but was not enough. I have an idea on rescuing it but need to allow the finish to dry and harden before attempting it. Safe turning
  3. So me Missus got me the Jessem Clear-Cut Table Saw Guides for a Christmas Present. (I mighta hinted a wee bit ) I saw a post on the SS Forums about these, and various users different ways of attaching them to the SS fence. Paul (Mr masonsailor) had a post on it. The JCCTSG comes with a track that gets mounted to the top of the fence, and then the 2 guides mount to the track. One of the SS posters showed pictures of just mounting the two guides to one of the tracks that is on the SS fence, using SS T-nuts. This seemed elegantly simple and effective to me. I have had a kickback occur once and would like to make that the only time I experience one. When I get the guides installed, I shall take some pictures and post them. (Because I know our unwritten mantra “no pictures, it didn’t happen” LOL)
  4. Our annual Adopt A Wounded Warrior campaign is going gangbusters! We are at about the 3/4 point in our goal. If you haven't made your pledge, please consider doing so in the next week. That gives our "Santa" a chance to do the necessary shopping to fulfill the Christmas wishes. Our Patriot Turners- Over the weekend, @forty_caliber posted one of his pecan bowl turnings. He added copper enhancements as a way to fill some voids. His post turned out to be one of the best conversations we have had in a long time, here in the Turner's Forum. I think you will find a lot of great comments that pertain not only to turning but also to creative thinking for any project. Another topic that crosses over from one forum to another was posted in the General Woodworking forum by @Gene Howe. Gene asked about our favorite wood species with which to work. Lots of great content and some super images. One of the images- @Bob Hodge is considering upgrading his lathe. His primary turning projects will be larger bowls, platters and hollow vessels. Bob asked the forum's thoughts on what might be a good lathe for his upgrade. Check out his post, our members comments and see if you can provide some input- Bob also took the time to share a couple of jewelry towers he has made. These would make excellent gifts for any wife or girlfriend (or both) who has a lot of bling! @Gerald updated us on the progress on some commissioned bowls. Looks like they are about ready to ship! Gerald also posed a question to the group asking if anyone had ever turned a full sized "Nut Cracker" soldier. None of members could really offer much in the way of useful information (although lots of wisecracks were offered up). If you have done this, or know someone that has, maybe you could help Gerald- @Ron Altier has been busy cranking out projects. The first one he showed us was some fantastic earrings. Ron has the awesome ability to combine the most gorgeous wood combinations- Ron also posted a new ornament he just finished! And speaking of ornaments, @Steve Krumanaker has made a bunch of birdhouses, Some of these are a new design for Steve and they are fantastic! He received lots of great comments and he offered additional information about how he makes the little birds. @Masonsailor is starting on his Christmas presents- I think I should take the hint! What’s Coming Up- If you are quick- Lyle Jamieson has an IRD, tomorrow (Thursday December 9, 2021), on turning natural edge, hollow forms. https://lylejamieson.com/product/december-9-2021700-930pm-eastern-time-thursday-natural-edge-hollow-form/ https://woodturningtoolstore.com/event/woodturners-retreat-six-turners-live-12-turnings-of-christmas/ For The Newbies- Hand made toys are always a treat for the little ones and with Christmas fast approaching this is a timely video from the AAW- We must be cautious when creating these, especially for those who might be thinking about chewing on the toys. The AAW has a short article with guidelines and some embedded links to more information- https://www.woodturner.org/Woodturner/Resources/Safety-Materials/Safety--Turning-Safe-Toys.aspx?_zs=ceDib&_zl=k8mr2 Lyle Jamieson has some tips on lathe speed- Expand Your Horizons- A live edge bowl from "Turn A Wood Bowl" Richard turning a little bowl. Just nice to watch his skills- New Turning Items- Craft Supplies USA has ornament kits available. A short video showing some of the products and turning a snowman. https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/t/62/Ornaments?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=description&utm_campaign=videos Ruth Niles has a new bottle stopper design. It is functional as a stopper as well as being able to show off the stopper top- Check it out at Ruth's site- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/ss-1000/ Everything Else- Rick Turns list of last week's woodturning videos on YouTube-
  5. Just what the title says. When I turned my table legs and the pepper mil the parts were (almost) always mounted between centers. I also wore my safety glasses as well as a full face shield. So here's my question: when turning between centers is the face shield needed? My question comes from the workpiece being fairly solidly trapped and unlikely to fly off the lathe as opposed to, say, a bowl or other chuck held workpiece. I will admit, when I was sanding the pieces I don't think I had my faceshield down, but otherwise it was in place.
  6. Picked this up yesterday from a Facebook turning group- They didn't provide a link or complete image. If you have one of these lathes, check with the manufacturer.
  7. Geeze, September already! Pretty busy week here for our Patriot turners Our Patriot Turners- @Smallpatch posted this in another forum but it directly applies to everyone turner here. THINK SAFETY!!! @PatriotWoodturning showed us some of the beautiful bowls he has turned- Check out his posts to see more of his fantastic work! And speaking of bowls, @PatriotWoodturning gave us a look at his method of drying his bowl blanks. Our turners added their thoughts to his post- @Gerald is working on a gorgeous natural edge vessel. Gerald shows us what he started with and a little about the project. Our members had some questions about the finish and Gerald provided his thoughts. @Gunny added a practical project, he turned, to last week's "Wednesday's..." Always nice when you can make something better than the original. @AndrewB turned a small gobblet from a glued up blank. What made this different was Andrew uses a pen mandrel to hold the piece. Andrew included a couple of videos to document his progress. Our turners were not sure this was the best way to hold the work. You can check out their responses in Andrew's post. @AndrewB also showed us his birch bowl project. Andrew includes a progress video in his post Several members offered advice on getting a smooth surface to reduce the need for aggressive sanding. What’s Coming Up- Just a reminder that the Worldwide Woodturners Symposium is less than 3 weeks away. There is an extensive list of demonstrators/topic for this event. Click on the above image for the link to all of the events information and registration. The folks from Highland Woodworking are offering online courses. How about learning to turn a platter? Registration is at- https://rocknchairman.com/store/Turning-Platters-with-a-Plan-p223503245/ For The Newbies- I found this video in last weeks list of Rick Turns YouTube videos. Pretty good explanation of using the bowl gouge and reducing tearout. I really have difficulty when it comes to turning things that have a pleasing shape. Creating something that doesn't remind me of a neanderthal rock bowl is my achilles heel. Ernie Conover put together a short video showing various bowl shapes as an aid to developing an eye for more desirable pieces. Expand Your Horizons- Our buddy Tim Yoder is really turning THIN! He explains how it's done in this video- Holding your work on the lathe sometimes requires some imagination. Mike Peace explains the use of jam chucks and friction chucks- New Turning Items- Using an electric drill for lathe sanding is OK but sometime it just doesn't permit access to every angle. The drills can be heavy and tiresome to use. I just ordered one of these and looking forward to trying it out. From Woodturners Wonders- Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube videos from last week- A short video about woodturning and anxiety. I know it helps me with some of my demons- Safe turning and stay well
  8. I thought this video/message needs to be heard. It is not graphic, but it is very gut wrenching to listen to. Be safe. Danl
  9. About a week or so ago I was ripping a 2X4 block into a 1X2 on the table saw and was using a plastic pusher stick that came with my Bosch table saw. I really like the feel of the pusher stick as it is heavy and fits my hand. Apparently as the block was leaving the saw blade, I angled the pusher to keep it tight against the fence and the blade caught the push stick. The pusher exploded in my hand, putting a gash in my palm that required 7 stitches. The fact I am on blood thinners didn't help the situation either. It wasn't squirting ,just seeping and soaking. Later upon examining the pusher stick it looks like my assumption was right in having twisted the pusher into the blade. The block didn't kick back and showed no sign of the mishap. It looked like the blade melted the plastic and welded to it for a second by the cut in the pusher. I wonder if a wooden pusher would have faired better? I am certain a wooden one would not have exploded. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what I am talking about. Herb
  10. These have been out for awhile and came on sale a while back ,so I had to try them out. First picture is the way I usually run trim through the router table, and then the new way. I like the new ones, they do what they are advertised to do. Herb
  11. I just purchased a "set" of 5 wood turning bowl chisels, made from files. I'm curious about how these will work for turning bowls. Any advice on the maintenance of these?
  12. Do you always use your table saw guard? If not, what percentage of the times would you estimate you do you use it? My thoughts on this subject have changed over the years and I am wondering how others operate their saws.
  13. Are there any risks associated with turning spalted wood/ using it for fruit bowls or pepper mills? Thanks, Urbano
  14. 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)
  15. 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
  16. Ever had a power failure at night while in the shop? 'Round here we get "monsoon" storms, and the occasional power failure. Caught me at the far end of the shop area: had to negotiate the DC duct, step down/over obstructions, bump past work table, table saw. All the while remembering how many sharp things I'd left laying about.... Bought a 6-pack at Amazon for less than the average tool. Put two in the shop spaces ('cause I don't never never never want THAT again!).
  17. Hi, so I have a Ringmaster, still unused, and am looking into turning also (all you guys making all those beautiful things, it’s your fault). I’ll be starting with the Shopsmith as the lathe, probably will start with the Easy Wood Tools (supporting a sponsor). Maybe the Nova chuck and live end set for the Shopsmith, universal tool rest, so there is a wish list to start thinking of, for this to eventually come to fruition. My real question is SAFETY! If I stroll down this woodworking avenue, I wanna be safe. Is there a face mask with adequate dustprotection, that will NOT fog up, or need safety glasses worn underneath it? Obviously face mask/shield would need to provide with the physical protection needed to protect from anything the lathe might shoot out. This face mask/shield is probably the first thing I might want to get, as I can use it for other woodworking tasks. I have one of the respirators with the two replaceable filters, and it seems to do a satisfactory job. I don’t smell any sawdust, and my nose doesn’t get plugged up at all. The safety glasses, and the goggles I have all get fogged up when I wear them more than 4-5 minutes. So if there is a suitable one piece face shield respirator that doesn’t fog up, I’m innerested. Any advice, or opinions on the safety aspects, or what’s needed to think about having turning capabilities, fire away, and thank you.
  18. I'm not a turner and know nothing about it, but I found this video interesting. Danl
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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/
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