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Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners September 29, 2021
lew posted a topic in Wood TurnersWell, last Wednesday in September. Hasn't been a great week, maybe a new month will chase away Mr. Murphy. Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald had some misfortune while turning a hollow form- He was looking for some suggestions on how to have the repair enhance the turning. Check out his post and see if you can offer any ideas- @bradleyheathhays is looking for suggestions on which type of bowl scraper to buy. Several of our turners added their thoughts; what are yours @Masonsailor turned some items for his reloading area. He shows us more of what he did in this post- A week or so ago @Gerald posted about a jam chuck. We are still getting input and inquiries about the chuck. If you made that chuck, please add your input to the conversation- I made a post asking for recommendations on air filtration masks. I really appreciate the input. I haven't decided on the route I want to take. I subscribe to the Alton Brown philosophy that every item should be a multitasker but they should also do those things well. If you have any ideas to add to the already suggested items, I would appreciate it- What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links to registration and more information- For The Newbies- Mike Waldt works on that ash bowls. This is a live demonstration with questions and lots of good tips- Expand Your Horizons- If you are considering learning to cut threads, Mike Peace demonstrates a few tricks for setting up a thread cutting jig- New Turning Items- The Woodturning Tool Store has the NEW Elio-DR Safe Drive- See more at- https://woodturningtoolstore.com/product/elio-dr-safe-drive-2/?receiptful=614cfd7b710e56003dbee782&utm_source=CM Commerce&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter-121&utm_term=newsletter&utm_content=other&receiptfultype=newsletter Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Been fighting computer problems for the past several days so shop time has been non-existent. Before everything went south, I did manage to get the last batch of rolling pins shaped but not sanded- probably a good thing as I am still hawking up lugies and haven't gotten better dust protection. After the rolling pins are pretty much round and dimensioned, the tapering jig is used to shape them. I used to do this free hand but getting consistent results proved difficult. The base of the jig holds the taper guide at the bottom/back. The cutting is done with a handheld, sliding fixture that houses the HHS cutter and an adjustable follower (bolt). The cutter is removable for sharpening. I'm using a 5/16" square tool stock now. It seems to make a better cut that the 1/4" square cutter I use originally. Cutter and follower bolt- Cutter closeup- After the overall shaping is finished, The tapering jig is removed. Each end of the pin gets the shoulders rounded. I use either a small spindle gouge or the Easy Wood Tools rougher with an R2 cutter. The pins are now ready for sanding. Safe turning and stay well
Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners December 2, 2020
lew posted a topic in Wood TurnersHere it is December already. Time sure goes fast when you are quarantined- NOT!!! Christmas is fast approaching and we are determined to make our adopted family's Christmas one to remember. We are 60% towards our goal. If you haven't entered the raffle/donation yet, please don't wait! If you have already made your donation, we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier's been busy this past week turning a couple of gorgeous ornaments. Around here, Ron is considered the king of using scraps to create works of art. The first one is a hybrid acrylic and wood beauty- Ron explains a little about how this one came about- Ron turned this little gem as well- @AndrewB has been making purple heart bowls- He tells us a little about some of the problems he encountered that are common with purple heart. Andrew's lathe stand (seen in the previous post) got a rebuild and upgrade. Nicely done, Andrew! In his post, he provides lots of picture to see how it was made- Last week's "Wednesday's..." topic on the Nova Pro-Tek chuck generated lots of comments and questions about chucks. This picks up at that point- What’s Coming Up- We have only a few lady turners here in our little community. If you know anyone (lady or gentleman) who might enjoy this lecture- and are a member of the AAW- check out this information Click on the image above for the link to the registration. You must log in with your AAW membership information. If you didn't get a chance to see the live Mike Waldt presentation mentioned last week, it is available on YouTube. It is a little long and unscripted but quite interesting- For The Newbies- When selecting turning tools for bowls, we mostly think of gouges. Another must have tool is the scraper. When properly used, scrapers can produce super results Expand Your Horizons- It's a well know fact around here that I hate sanding. I'm not good at it. Maybe if I were better at it, I wouldn't hate it so much. Be that as it may, I've always used "sandpaper", in some form, for sanding. It seems recently more and more turners are using paste products to achieve that final finish. Mike Peace recently did comparisons of the finish from several of these product. It was also an excuse to show off his new digital microscope! Use of these paste sanding products can affect your choice of final finishes. New Turning Items- Not new but super prices on Easy Wood Tools products. Thanks @Jim from Easy Wood Tools!! Don't wait the sale ends on December 11! Click on the above image for the link to all the EWT products on sale! Everything Else- Rick Turns listing of the Youtube woodturning videos from last week- I know it's hard to believe but I actually did some turning this week. Back in September, I received a request for a large salad bowl and two smaller serving bowls. The large salad bowl was completed and then our world, here, turned upside down. Anyway, I finished up the smaller bowls to complete the set. These are local cherry that the tree guys dropped off back in the summer, Finished with beeswax and mineral oil. I must learn to wipe my dusty finger prints off of the turnings before taking the pictures. I didn't notice them until I saw them on the PC monitor. Safe turning and stay well
Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners February 12, 2020
lew posted a topic in Wood TurnersSpoiler Alert!! Valentine's Day is Friday!!! Our Patriot Turners- Member @Masonsailor continues work on his Lazy Susan Tulips- He explains what hes has done in this post- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Cindy Drozda recently posted two videos on negative rake scrapers. The first video discusses the various scraper shapes and their uses- The second video demonstrates sharpening techniques for these scrapers- Expand Your Horizons- We have been following Mike Peace's shop made texturing tool videos. In this one he demonstrates using the tool on both side and end grain projects- If you are getting bored turning between centers here's a video, produced by Nova Woodworking, showing the steps to turning a bowl New Turning Items- For me, sanding is one of least favorite things about a project. I have been purchasing sand paper from Woodturners Wonders and like their sanding screen products. They have a full line of sanding products. This video illustrates some of those products. Everything Else- I finally finished up the library project and had a chance to get back to turning. First thing was to put finish on the spalted maple bowl that has been my nemesis for the past several months as it mocked me everytime I walked by the lathe. I used mineral oil and beeswax. Mimi will use it as a "bread bowl" on her dining room table. The pictures were taken using my new "photo booth" fashioned after the one shown in a Mike Peace video. I'm pretty happy with the improvement in the pictures. My school is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year (my 49th year being associated with them). They are having a silent auction fundraiser to help with student scholarships. I made a few hickory rolling pins and will add a Celtic Knot rolling pin for donations. I had a couple of pieces of walnut log left from my Christmas bowl making project. I really wanted to get better at creating hollow vessels. Today I played a little. I'm beginning to think I have to stop watching 1950's science fiction movies. Every one of my attempts look more like flying saucers! The little laser device came in handy for judging the wall thicknesses Not too bad inside- I did discover that I may have to move the lathe a few inches farther from the wall. The ends of the handles of my hollowing tools were hitting the tool rack as I was making the final passes inside, under the lip. Safe turning
Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners November 28, 2018
lew posted a topic in Wood TurnersBeen cold and windy here for the past couple of day but at least it hasn't rained. Mimi is in full Christmas decorating mode so I have been making myself scarce. Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN asked a question about scrapers and their use. He received several great comments. Please head on over to his post and see if you can add any more to the discussion- @HandyDan posted his "Ball Catch" toys. Dan turns these beautiful items as gifts for kids at the Akron Children's Hospital. Please give Dan your thanks for making sure their Christmas is a little brighter- What’s Coming Up- The American Association of Woodturners is having a symposium in Raleigh, NC, July 11-14, 2019. More information can be found here- https://www.woodturner.org/page/2019RaleighMain For The Newbies- As a new turner, one item that should be in your arsenal of tools is a Parting Tool. Our very generous sponsor Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) has a great one that never needs sharpening! Here's a video from Tracey Malady demonstrating the tool's versatility. This is a really great tool! Expand Your Horizons- Mike Peace recently posted a video demonstrating turning a hollow globe Christmas ornament. During the demonstration, Mike shows many shop made hollowing tools- New Turning Items- Last week's "Wednesday..." mentioned a new hollowing tool system. Here is the link to the tool/information- http://wtwtim.com/elbotool.htm Rick Turns" added a video where he creates a bowl. What I had never seen before was the device he uses to do offset turning. In this video, you can see the device at about 10 minutes. I know Ruth Niles sells a small offset chuck but it is nothing like this one- Everything Else- For your enjoyment- Carl Jacobson turns a penguin! The kids next door decorated the "lamp post" and called us over to admire their work. I think she did a really awesome job- I'm really running late on Christmas present making. Got this bowl turned and sanded and another one partially turned. Some more of that flame box elder- Safe turning
A Little Friday Pickin' - Some Old & Some a Bit Newer
Ron Dudelston posted a topic in Hand ToolsI did a little pickin' today. There was a gentleman that was clearing out his father's estate and his dad was a carpenter. I literally had to refrain myself from going up the street to the ATM and I may even hit the sale later tomorrow to see what is left. He had a fairly new Jet shaper and was asking $300. Since my wife was with me I didn't offer $250 for fear that he'd take it but there's always tomorrow. If it is still there I may stash a couple of Franklins in my pocket and see if that will get it bought. I did buy a set of three scrapers for $3 bucks from him. On the other side of town (small town by the way) I grabbed a 14.4 volt dewalt with good strong batteries for $10 and I bought this cool Irwin box with three bits in it for $5. The guy wouldn't come down at all and the box was just too cool to pass up. One sale had a 4 ft and a 6 ft level and a 4 ft drywall square for a buck each but I really didn't need duplicates.
Gene Howe posted a topic in General WoodworkingHad an opportunity to use my recently acquired Stew-Mac scrapers on some walnut inlaid curly maple drawer fronts. The walnut is a 1/4" strip lengthwise on the drawer front that forms pulls as it passes over two forstner formed recesses. I used the scraper to level the walnut even with the maple. These little scrapers are designed for luthiers' use but, they are great for small smoothing tasks on any project. Especially on hard to work wood like curly maple. I especially like the heft of these. They are about 3/16 thick and have divots in the sides for your thumbs. Far more comfortable to use than a traditional thin scraper. â€‹Here is their site.