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  1. Got some progress made on the sharpening station built in. Counter top is on, drawer slides are on order, and I have plenty of room for a coffee maker and a box of doughnuts (not shown)
  2. So I had to learn how to sharpen some joiner blades today and the manual was decidedly unhelpful… Not saying that this won’t work, it probably will, but that sounds like a job for the “new guy”.
  3. I am about to upgrade my sharpening another notch by changing wheels on my grinder. Tormek might be a dream for someday. I'm just thinking of a cbn wheel right now. As I work with more squirrely wood all the time, every effort to sharpen my tools better and more frequently shows positive results. Question My grinder specs (before cbn was around) uses a 1 inch wheel. That includes two three inch diameter wheel flanges for the soft abrasive wheels that total more than 1/2 inch wide. Do I still need the wheel flanges with a cbn wheel? I have read in a couple of places where you can just remove them, and as I look at some cbn wheels, the outside diameter of the cbn wheel center flange is much smaller than the wheel flange for the abrasive wheel. If I don't need these wheel flanges, I could get a 1.5 inch wheel for just a bit more money. Thanks,
  4. Beautiful day today, 67° and sunny. Tomorrow, winter weather advisory. Ahh, spring time in PA. Our Patriot Turners- @BillyJack asked our members for input on some turning tools. Several gave their recommendations on what he might consider. I hope he posts the tools he gets so we can all drool over his choices! @Gerald gave us a look at some of the turnings that were done at the last club meeting. Gerald posted several more images of turnings that were done during the demonstration. Gerald said their guest demonstrator was Matt Monaco. If you do Instagram, here's a link to Mr. Monaco's page- https://www.instagram.com/monaco_bowls/. Gerald also posted some images, in response to some thoughts from last week's "Wednesday's...", showing some of the embellishments he has done using various tools. See this post for more pictures- I appreciate Gerald's willingness to share his knowledge with all of our turners. What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links and more information. From the AAW- From Lyle Jamieson From Cindy Drozda- Not sure if you need a Facebook account to view this presentation- For The Newbies- From the AAW, a short video on sharpening- Mike Peace continues his series on lathe drilling. This video discusses drill bit selection- Expand Your Horizons- Cindy Drozda is asking for input on IRD content. She has developed an anonymous online questionnaire. Maybe you could help her by responding. Here's the link- https://us18.list-manage.com/survey?u=4fd7472bedaf1b07e398a732a&id=73c2cb5054&attribution=false Cindy also uploaded a video of the equipment she uses to do her IRD's and training videos. If you have thought about getting into this area, maybe her experiences might be helpful- Alan Stratton finishes up his series on the eccentric chuck and turnings with a video on making his chuck. Carl Jacobson turns a vase with an off-centered lid- New Turning Items- From Ruth Niles' latest newsletter- Click on the image for ordering. From the folks at Woodturners Wonders- FREE Shipping! https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/new-products/products/powermatic-3520c-lathe-100th-anniversary-edition Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- No turning for me this week. As the old saying goes- "No good deed goes unpunished". One of those-"if we supply the lumber will you donate your time". A little Free Library for the local state park- Just getting to the roof when the spring pin, in the table saw trunnion worm gear, decided to fall out. Of course everything had to fall down into the dust collector hose. It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood... Safe turning
  5. During the recent re-arranging of the FULL plane til....one or two planes stayed outside .....needing a bit of work... This just need cleaned up, and the settings up to date...still a little deep...Millers Falls No.9, pre-war Type 2 Next? Well... May have been sitting around a bit too long? Ya think? cleaned up nicely enough (cheap brush with a few drops of 3in1 oil) Need to adjust the frog a bit..otherwise.. The iron is cambered, as this IS a jack plane...Sargent No.3416...old enough that a patent date is on the lateral lever...from 1901 Next...that Stanley No. 8c, type 19 does have a few "issues" to fix.. That bolt has a burr to be ground off..and.. There is a burr at that point...just enough that I have to remove the bad bolt BEFORE I can remove the lever cap...grinder for the bolt, needle files for the lever cap Next? NOT a "good" look...all pitted, needed to grind back behind that black line.. Almost there. Then over to the H-F Disc/beltsander...mainly the disc part...had a full glass of water handy, too..took a while of grind, dunk, grind, dunk..to get a new bevel and a flat back.. Then a couple oil stones..this is the coarse Crystolon...then on to the 600 medium India stone....the the wet or dry papers..1500 grit followed by the 2000 grit.. From the 600 grit to the.. 2000 grit...at each step, flatten the back more.. Then finally, a good stropping.. Old leather belt, with some green stick (didn't feel like going to the Unicorn, this time..) Got things back together..a test drive or two to get things set up.. Was a busy day, today...plane in the middle? Millers Falls No. 9, type 4.... One before WW2, the other, about 1947ish... A Jack, a Jointer, and 2 smoothers...might be a good starter set?
  6. Happy Thanksgiving! Here's hoping this year has been kind to everyone and that you are trying to get back to "normal". Well gang, we are about 1/3 the way to our goal! Don't wait until the last minute to get in on the fun! Our Patriot Turners- With the holiday season upon us, the main theme this week seems to be Christmas ornaments. @Steve Krumanaker posted a little birdhouse ornament and asked the group their opinions on the design. Steve received lots of positive comments and suggestions- @Ron Altier is always ahead of the game when it comes to ornaments. This one has a beautiful combination of species/colors. Ron tells us about why he turned this one- @Gerald started a post asking what we were making for Christmas gifts this year. Gerald has turned a colorful bell ornament- And @HandyDan posted one of his gnome ornaments- See what our members had to say about these and add pictures f what you are making! @Gerald also gave us a more detailed look at his new kiln. He posted several images of the working parts and answered questions- I want to thank @FlGatorwood for giving me a heads up this turning video from Mike Peace. Really show the processes for turning a pepper grinder from a pre-drilled blank. Thanks, Steve! What’s Coming Up- Join Cindy Drozda, Lyle Jamieson, Steve Worcester, Joe Fleming, John Jordan, and Tod Raines for 3 evenings of fun to kick off the holiday season. There will be six mini demonstrations, questions & answers, tool showcase, vendor specials, raffle prizes, and fun and popcorn as we hangout together. This is a FREE Zoom meeting on Friday, Saturday and Sunday- November 26-28. Sign up here- https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvduuurTgoHtH9C61nkAf2dy14df57RmrB 6 Turners LIVE Holiday Special! IT’S THE 12 TURNINGS OF CHRISTMAS! Registration- https://woodturnersretreat.com/ For The Newbies- Looking for a simple Christmas and would like to try bowl turning? Kent from "Turn A Wood Bowl" shows us how to get two for one! Scott Hampton's presentation on sharpening from World Wide Woodturners- @Gerald's little Christmas ornament really stands out with his choice of using color as an embellishment. The New Jersey Woodturners recently hosted an IRD with Michael Kehs demonstrating embellishing techniques on a turning. Expand Your Horizons- A couple shop made lathe hacks from Fine Woodworking- A disk sander- https://www.finewoodworking.com/2011/07/19/turn-your-lathe-into-a-disk-sander Using a router at the lathe- https://www.finewoodworking.com/2020/02/21/using-a-router-at-the-lathe Another awesome multi-axis Christmas ornament from Alan Stratton- Jim Rodgers turns a sweet little one piece scoop, on the lathe, using a custom made chuck- New Turning Items- Tim Yoder turns a huge chunk of olive wood into a utensil holder. He does the hollowing using his new Eblo 2 hollowing rig. Tim provides some great tips on using the hollowing system. Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning and stay well
  7. A record of some observations after having an opportunity to use both tools. Tormek Round grinding wheel leaves a radius or hollow grind This is desirable for some applications like a parting tool. Does a great job on gouges Hollow grind is less than ideal for bench chisels and plane blades Time Takes longer to sharpen Preparation Since the diameter of the wheel changes with use, set up is inconsistent from session to session. Jigs and notation labels on the tool help to mitigate this, but still requires fiddling each time you return. Steel stays cool Re-grinding bevel takes an excessive amount of time. Tool not really designed for this work Cost Very expensive, in excess of $1000 Long term More expensive to operate over time due to high cost of abrasives An assortment of grits requires significant investment in stones. Adaptability Jigs are available for a WIDE variety of edged tools from Axe to Scissor. Sorby Pro Edge Platen is flat and leaves a flat surface Ideal for skews, bench chisels, plane blades Does a great job on gouges Time Quick and easy changes between abrasive grits Coarse grit belts allow for quick regrinding Belts are available to allow for a very high polish 320 grit is good enough for lathe application Heats the steel Cool steel by dipping in water as needed Consistent distance to platen Jig is consistent each time you return to sharpen Quick and easy with no fiddling Notation label with wing angle, protrusion, and hole allows for fast easy setup upon return. Required after market accessories for lathe tools. https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Sorby-Proedge-Proset/dp/B008AK7ULO/ref=pd_sbs_1/132-8175967-9286741?pd_rd_w=7PClz&pf_rd_p=0f56f70f-21e6-4d11-bb4a-bcdb928a3c5a&pf_rd_r=9ZMT2EMRXCCZXWEF8G4T&pd_rd_r=8854af3f-d351-402e-a86f-914ddc6c1f17&pd_rd_wg=3iG5v&pd_rd_i=B008AK7ULO&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Sorby-Proedge-Long-Grind/dp/B008AK6HQ8 Cost About half the cost of the Tormek Long Term Belts run less than $20 and last a long time Adaptability Available jigs are limited to wood working tools .40
  8. My dad purchased a Harbor Freight Saw Blade Sharpener a couple months ago, and had a hard time setting it up. He stated that his ol brain just doesn't work the best anymore for this sort of stuff, not too mention typically HF directions can be a PITA. So he asked me if I could take it home and set it up for him and show him how to use it. Before I even read the instructions I looked it up on YouTube and it seemed a pretty straight forward contraption to use. It actually came pretty much assembled out of the box. All I had to do was tweak a few of the settings on it to bring it into calibration sort of, then the rest went along pretty smooth. I wasn't going to sharpen any blades here at my home because I own a Shopsmith, I gave all my 5/8" arbor blades away to my dad because I prefer the 1" arbor blades Shopsmith traditionally uses, so my intention was to just set up the system, then take it back up to Dad's and get some of his blades on it and see how it goes. But as I was looking at the set up, I noticed that the self centering cone that goes into the arbor of the blade, and the receiver were pretty large in diameter, so I says to self, "Self, that looks like it may take a standard Shopsmith circular saw blade". And all be danged that it indeed did! So I commenced to sharpening a Shopsmith blade on this system, and in about 6 minutes, I had a really nice sharpened blade, just like new, it was easy to use, intuitive, and fun actually. The only drawback like I stated above, there is some fine tuning that I don't think should have to be done, but it took me about a half hour to tune it up and get it all straight, and it worked like a champ. Motor assembly Saw tooth engaging the emery disk. I can't recommend this system over others, this is the only I have ever used, typically I have sent my blades out, but I'll probably never send another blade out again now, I even called my dad up and told him, hey pops, I'll sharpen all your blades for ya when you need it, and he was thrilled. There is an adjustment for bevel angle, otherwise the face of the teeth are cut perpendicular to the disk as my Shopsmith blades require. Here's a little video my son took of the process in action. Here is another video from a pretty good channel and he reviews this system.
  9. A little longer post this week. Was away last week and didn't have access to my weekly list of stuff to post. Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN posted a picture of a bowl he started for a continuing project with the turning club in which he is a member. Rusty showed us a picture of what will be added to this turning, during a future club meeting. Turning can be a messy hobby. Rusty posted some of his by-products- @AndrewB continues working on pepper mills. In this post, he shows us one of his maple mills assembled and finished- Andrew also gave us a look at one he had posted previously and is now complete- Andrew started a conversation about beading tools. Beads can be made with a variety of turning tools, however, some projects are more conducive to a dedicated tool. How do you turn your beads? Check out the conversation and give us your ideas- Andrew also spent some time perfecting this sharpening techniques. He showed us his success on a scraper. He received lots of positive comments @Bob Hodge asked about making our own tools using a specific material- "Tantung". If you have any experience with this material, maybe you could pop over to his post and chime in- @Ron Altier dug up an older post that introduced us to the products of our sponsor- Easy Wood Tools. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. From all of the other carbide products on the market, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools should be feeling pretty good about starting it all! What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to registration. Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. Sponsored by Craft Supplies USA. Click on the above image for more information. Not exclusively for turners but there are turners involved. Click on the above image for more information. For The Newbies- I make no secret about it- I hate sanding. Mostly because I suck at it. Here is some information to help us all improve on our techniques- WF0501p19-21.pdf Andrew mentioned he sharpened his scraper. He received several comments on different techniques. I found this article describing some of those techniques- https://turnawoodbowl.com/scraper-sharpening-bevel-angle-burr-how-to/#:~:text=Some people recommend a 85,to 60-degree bevel angles A video from Mike Waldt on the roughing gouge and spindle gouge. Another in the series for beginners. This is a replay of a live program. It is quite lengthy- Pens are really nice, well received gifts. I've turned lots of them over the years. If the pen is for an older person, as was the case with my Mom, sometimes they have a hard time holding the more delicate (slime) styles. A nice design for arthritic hands- Turned kitchen items are always appreciated. A nice article for turning mixing spoons- https://community.woodturner.org/HigherLogic/System/DownloadDocumentFile.ashx?DocumentFileKey=4ce49ef3-df90-46ee-a6a3-23b92152f2f3&forceDialog=0&_zs=ceDib&_zl=AcdW2 If you are thinking about investing in some Easy Wood Tools, Here is a short video on their use- Expand Your Horizons- Andrew's post on beading tools, and some of the responses led me to this web site. I don't think it would be possible to create these works of art without the aid of a dedicated beading tool- See more of Mr. Meyer's work at http://www.harveymeyer.com/ While Mr. Meyer's is the epitome of geometric shapes, sometimes mother nature can rival this beauty with the organic shapes of spalted wood. You may be lucky enough to obtain naturally spalted pieces. If not, you can help mother nature along- An interesting bowl project. Two bowl blanks make one bowl. A two part video- New Turning Items- You say you want to use wooden threads on that container you just made? But you don't have a pair of Thread Cutters? Not a problem! Ron Brown has you covered! Everything Else- The past two weeks of YouTube videos from Rick Turns- Woodworker's Journal post of Woodturning Monthly- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email Played a little with a piece of the mulberry. The first turning didn't turn out anywhere near the vision in my head. This one is a little more like what I had in mind. I need to get better at centering the the workpiece. The wall thicknesses around the natural edge vary from 1/8" to almost 1/4". I'm still starting with a piece that's too "thick" to get a "flatter" turning and keep the natural edge. Safe turning and stay well
  10. So this morning I decided to do a bit more turning on the ash wood mill. I needed my round nose scraper to smooth surfaces out a lot better. How ever learning how to sharpen and grind to an angle for me is some what of a challenge. I found that my round nose scraper was rather dull and the angle was just so badly off kilter it wasnt even funny. I had messed it up pretty badly. So I put the bench grinder tool rest down flat and ground the nose down until it was squared with the round. Then I got the proper angle for it and started re shaping the bevel. I then proceeded to finish off the grinding and did a test run on the ash. Once again it was cutting like a hot knife through butter. At least thats one successful thing I've been able to master with the HSS tools now I just need to learn how to do the rest of them. Before you ask NO I DO NOT have angles marked on my tool rest. I've done it all free handed. Still need more practice to narrow down I think the sides are a bit rough. But it works. (Sorry a couple of the shots are pretty blurred I can always re take them if need be the camera does not like the background I'm assuming.)
  11. Lots happening with our turners this week... Our Patriot Turners- @FrederickH posted a project in the woodworking section. He is making a box for his lathe chuck/jaws. From all the comments and ideas, I thought maybe our turners would like to see what he made and all the other ideas form his post- You can see the build and how he finished the inside to hold his chuck- @Smallpatch showed us his in progress steady rest. Looks like it is going to be a nice one too- Jess' post contains images of his build, lots of comments from our group and some great music! New member @bradleyheathhays asked for our opinion on a lathe he is considering buying. Check out his post and maybe you can provide some input to help him make a choice- @RustyFN has been really busy in his shop putting that new lathe through its paces! Rust is trying some outboard turning by making a large bowl/platter- Lots of great comments on this one- Unfortunately, not every one of Rusty's projects came out as planned. His efforts in turning a winged bowl were all for naught- I think we've all been there, and our members were sympathetic- While Rusty was working, he tried a new tool, for him. He used a round nose scraper which lead him to post a question to our members. As always, our turners had super advice- As is often pointed out here in the Woodturners forum, there is no substitute for learning from an experienced turner. Books and DVD's are helpful but the interaction between teacher and student cannot be overstated. Rusty proves that point in his post describing his experience with his first turner's club meeting. @AndrewB Finished up his new lathe workbench and started in on another pepper grinder. This one is a real beauty. Andrew is getting these down to a science! Check out his post for the production images as his project progresses. What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. Want to make your own Blues Bowl instrument? Andrew Hall (the "Hat Man") will hosting a workshop this spring- More information here- https://www.hallwoodhats.com/index.php/purchase/the-blues-bowl-sessions For The Newbies- Rusty's post on scraper generated comments about well known turners and some of their educational materials. Here are some links that will flesh out some of the comments- https://www.robohippy.net/videos-test Reed Gray (aka Robo Hippy) has some great scraper videos. Scrapers from Stuart Batty- Spring is here! For your gardening friends, a nice little project from the AAW Sanding tips from Mike Peace- Getting a fluid curve on the outside of a bowl makes the difference between a nice bowl and an awesome. Here Lyle Jamieson show us a trick to help obtain that curve- If you are thinking about setting up a sharpening station for your lathe tools (or other cutting tools), this video from Axminster has some useful information. NOTE: this video is quite long!!! Expand Your Horizons- A couple of weeks ago, Rusty showed us his segmented bowl. I thought this modification has possibilities for some interesting designs- Rusty's work with a winged bowl happened in the same week as this video was posted- Nick Cook turns a gorgeous coffee scoop (AKA Robert Sorby) @Steve Krumanaker makes some beautiful bird House ornaments. How about some full sized versions for our feathered friends- AW1201p14-18.pdf New Turning Items- This is not a new item but it's a little different from others I've seen. It is from Axminster- https://www.axminstertools.com/us/woodcut-pro-mount-carving-stand-105257?glCountry=US&glCurrency=USD Woodturners Wonders has Rikon items on sale. https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sales Everything Else- Rick Turns YouTube video list from last week- I finished up the last piece of nice cherry. Someone actually asked to buy it! Safe turning and stay well
  12. Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN added an addition to his new Record Lathe This outrigger adds a lot of versatility to the lathe as Rusty explains in his post- New member @Chris Brown, is looking for a new lathe and asked our advice. Our members aren't shy about providing help when asked! Check out Chris' post and chime in with your thoughts! We have been talking about various types of steady rests lately. @Ron Altier showed us his shop made version. Ron's is especially useful having two sets of wheels- Ron describes his build in this post- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration! This is a YouTube event presented by many "Makers". Click on the above image for the link to the event's YouTube Channel. Cindy Drozda is having a multiday event on tall wooden vessels Click on the above image for the link to Cindy's site and registration information. Highland Woodworking is having an online woodturning event with John Lucas More information and registration can be found by clicking on the above image. If you are a member of the AAW, they are presenting Liam O'Neill in their Master Series, March 27. Here's the link to more information- https://www.woodturner.org/Woodturner/Virtual-Events/AAW-Master-Series--Liam-O-Neill--Intro--March-27--2021--TRT-1-26-.aspx For The Newbies- Here's a nice kitchen project that combines elements of spindle turning and a little hollowing- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/project-elegant-biscuit-cutter/ Some tools, because of their shape, can be difficult to sharpen. Here's a novel approach that seems to work pretty good! Too often, when I put a chunk of wood on the lathe, I'm really not sure exactly what I'll end up with. This short video can help with planning the outcome. Expand Your Horizons- This is a really long video. It is a teaching lesson, by Linda Ferber, about surface embellishments and more. The folks at Alumilite help us decide which epoxy is suited for a particular application- New Turning Items- Not a new item but maybe something you have been thinking about adding to your arsenal. The Sorby Pro Hollower- Ruth Niles has put together a package deal of some of her most popular items Here is the link for ordering- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/super-stainless-kit/ If you use the code "newsletter #25" at checkout, you'll get an extra discount! Ruth's newsletter also has some previews of Rebecca DeGroot's latest idea. Why not subscribe- it's free! Everything Else- Rick Turns video list from last week. Please note that Rick has added some information about a YouTube channel that was posting another turner's work as their own. Frank Howarth is always amazing to watch. His imagination- and workshop- are awesome! I posted my finished steady rest project. If anyone wants the Sketchup drawing, let me know- Safe turning and stay well
  13. Just a gentle reminder- When posting threads, PLEASE add tags to your posts. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier asked us for ideas about modifications that could be made to make his lathe run slower. He received lots of comments and suggestions. If you have any recommendations, maybe you could help him out- Ron also posted a few more ornaments he finished and explained how he made some of the marvelous designs- @RustyFN Has been really busy this week! He started out showing us a bowl he turned- Rusty used his emblem on the bottom- Rusty has been able to score free wood from several places. He told us about his trip to the saw mill where he picked up a walnut log- Which yielded this fantastic looking bowl- Check this post for more details- Rusty has a really awesome neighbor. Told Rusty he could have wood from a recently felled tree. They think it's maple- Rusty posted more images in his post and has even started turning one of the blanks. In this particular thread, there are some interesting comments on which bowl gouge might be best. Rusty decided on the 1/2" Sorby- Since Rusty is working with "green" wood, he was curious about the drying procedures and at what point in the turning process should drying take place. Our members offered several options and ideas. Maybe you could add something to what has already posted Rusty adapted a bandsaw circle cutting jig to help him cut bowl blanks- he shows us more about it in his post- We are still getting additional input on a post from a couple of weeks back on the HSS subject. Our own @Steve Krumanaker added a link to a video he made on making handles for tools. Steve posted some images of the "tea lids" which he has been making. His little laser does a fantastic job of adding embellishments to the turnings. See Steve's post for more images- Steve had to create a jig to help hold these lids during the turning process. He shared the specifics of how he made a special expansion chuck- @AndrewBreally came out smelling like a rose! A while back he obtained a bunch of tool rests- but they didn't fit his lathe. Well all was not lost as he explains in this post- @Masonsailor is still learning about his new lathe. He posted an update on some of the features- What’s Coming Up- Carl Jacobson is offering a live online class https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F33zhDit%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR3dU9tbCT_bBqQRb1sbx_zaPwBi8cjcYINxqgdoYCW9EGG1zNPhckZVnII&h=AT2Nanrkmfka0_NeZU9kGjaoMGAAc7epV_E6YNxKr0sNUaSoh176gAi_5Vbc7-FG_c4rsQMCwZEZmlXk5kMhkNX9go3J_LhtqqvKbdOD488xsCVlU-JJ74id60MR01EPnA&__tn__=-UK-R&c[0]=AT0fR3DEM_uFCeZT6ING_O0GgL370DBA4CMApwnPii3gw_5CpEr0xzJg_dtKTyKgAEVOj4c1b1shbErx0WkfdpkSvv5TnUVtkgXVZhdNrboxD1S6bJznZUcPPStOa2JWTblHc8Ruit_BBPvDhTRKLtiSKEg For The Newbies- A lot of turners use the "OneWay Wolverine" sharpening system. Ron Brown shows an eas to set it up for sharpening gouges- In addition to the previous jig, Ron Brown has another jig for setting up the grinder for sharpening other tool. To get the best cuts and safest operation, we need to have the lathe running at the proper speed. In this video, Mike Peace, provides insights on when to change the lathe speed- Expand Your Horizons- Here is an interesting process for turning and coloring a "wet" blank by Alan Stratton- In the video I was intrigued by the steady rest that Mr. Stratton used. I liked the idea of being able to mount/unmount the steady rest without having to remove the turning. Here's the link to more information- https://www.aswoodturns.com/2014/09/steady-update/ New Turning Items- Ruth Niles has some new mandrel adapters for her newer stoppers- You can get more information from Ruth's site- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/mandrel-adapters/?fbclid=IwAR2UmPqFG7zD_zUZhlxTuw_iK69I2_FDvVVScOJOPWna1XEncD8GX403ksw Everything Else- Rick Turns YouTube video listing from last week- Back in the summer, the tree guys dropped off some cherry. I've been making stuff from the log. Some of the pieces I rough turned, soaked in the soap solutions and then stored them in shavings. Had this shape kicking around in my head for a while. Took it out of the shavings and began working on it a week or so ago. Got it cleaned up- Started to refine the hollowing. The little shop made laser device to check the thickness- Finalizing the shape- Chuck for holding it to finish off the bottom- Mounted and secured- It was going to be pretty plain so I decided to add some detail. Hindsight is 20/20. Not sure gold leaf was the best color. More hindsite- I really don't like the glossy finish. Maybe it will darken over time- Safe turning and stay well
  14. I am looking at a low speed grinder at Home Depot. It is made by Wen. It is 1750 rpm. Comes with one white 60 grit wheel and one 120 grit white wheel. They are 8 inch wheels with 5/8 shaft so it would be easy to upgrade to CBN wheels later. It cost $105 and has a two year warranty. What do you all think? https://www.homedepot.com/p/WEN-120-Volt-8-in-Slow-Speed-Bench-Grinder-4286/205413322?source=shoppingads&locale=en-US&mtc=Shopping-B-F_D25T-G-D25T-25_9_PORTABLE_POWER-Multi-NA-Feed-PLA-NA-NA-PortablePower_PLA&cm_mmc=Shopping-B-F_D25T-G-D25T-25_9_PORTABLE_POWER-Multi-NA-Feed-PLA-NA-NA-PortablePower_PLA-71700000034127218-58700003933021540-92700051577220114&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxfmNtO767QIVqopaBR14jQ6REAQYByABEgIYZvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  15. Our Adopted Family Christmas Project was a complete success. Thanks to all who participated and congratulations to the raffle winners! Our Patriot Turners- Lots of great projects and discussions this past week! @Ron Altier started us off with a sweet little birdhouse ornament! Ron tells us a little about this turning and the little additions he added- @Steve Krumanaker embellishes some of his orders with an inexpensive laser. Steve shows us just how versatile one of these machines can be- Check out the comments in his post- Steve was a very good boy this this year and Santa rewarded his behaviour with an awesome new toy. We all can't wait to see what Steve does with it! @RustyFN showed us a new bowl he is making and wondering about what type of finish might be possible. Rusty received lots of great comments and suggestions. Head on over to his post and see what you think- Rusty also asked us our opinion on a new emblem he is designing to identify his work. He posted three different ideas and wondered which one we liked best. Why not add your input to help Rusty? Rusty looking for a new bowl gouge and saw several at Woodcraft. Rusty asked us which one(s) would be best. Our turners offer lots of suggestions and which one might be best. Rusty is our big winner this week for the number of posts! When you have HSS tools, you need to sharpen them, so Rusty is replacing his standard bench grinder. His question was centered on what to look for in a grinder for turning tools. We were able to help him with his purchase. Check his post to see which grinder he bought! @AndrewB was also looking for new HSS gouges and inquired about sharpening. Andrew's post generated a lot of conversation on sharpening and our members even provided some additional advice on jigs. This is a great conversation on sharpening- What’s Coming Up- Two on-line events events in the next couple of weeks- January 9- Click on the above image for the link to more details and registration On January 23- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- There was lots of discussion this week on HSS turning tools. To get the absolute best finish from these types of tools, they must be sharp- and kept sharp. Here are two videos from well known turning experts. See how they keep their tools sharp Expand Your Horizons- Mike Peace decided to expand his horizons and give carbide tools a try. See his impressions in this video- Now if he would have just bought the Easy Wood Tools!! New Turning Items- Gauging the thickness of a turning can be challenging. There are all sorts of jigs, devices and tools you can make or buy. This one adds the digital function to the mix. It probably will not work for small opening hollow vessels but for bowls it will do the trick. More information and a video of the operation is here- https://segmentedturning.org/product/digital-wall-thickness-gauge/ Everything Else- Rick Turns list of You Tube turning videos from last week- ...and somedays the Dragon wins... At least the new dust collection setup works! Safe turning and stay well
  16. Hello all, By the size of the box that came to my wife yesterday, I anticipate a HSS negative rake scraper for my bowls. I am presently working on a spalted maple, crotchwood piece that shows a lot of promise, yet has been giving me some grief along the way. I'm having some good experience with PC Petrifier to stabilize the soft wood without sealing it so much that an oil finish will not penetrate. Anyway, two questions: . Should a negative rake scraper have a burr? . A poor man might ask why one couldn't simply take a regular scraper and tilt it down toward the bowl. What's the difference? Thanks, as always. Robert
  17. Sorry about the late post. Unavoidable. Our Patriot Turners- Please welcome back one of our original forum members @Steve Krumanaker. Steve's been away for a while but certainly hasn't lost his touch for beautiful work! Check out what our turners had to say about this fantastic maple bowl- @Gerald gave us a really nice explanation on how he turns wooden spoons. Check out some of his techniques and tools! Gerald's week wasn't all peaches and cream, He tells us about the ups and downs of dropping items on the shop floor. @Masonsailor has put the final touches on the fireplace tool holder. One fantastic piece! Check out the final steps and comments Paul is continuing with his Christmas gift making. A beautiful zebra wood and mahogany piece A little more about it in Paul's post- Although he posted this in the the Woodworking forum, @FrederickH added a really nice turned element to this birdhouse project. see the completed project at- @AndrewB has been turning out bowls this week. The first one is from pine- and this one from maple- What’s Coming Up- Check out this this from Trent Bosch. He is offering several remote demonstrations at very reasonable prices- https://virtualwoodturningdemos.com/about/ For The Newbies- I've found a couple of videos that explains about grain tearout and steps to take to help reduce it. @PostalTom posted a link to a very informative article on lathe history. He said it was OK to repost it here in case you missed it- Expand Your Horizons- Lyle Jamieson has a short video on lathe speed. Very informative- Looking for an idea on a Christmas ornament? Mike Peace has a cute one in this video. The second video is a follow-up with more tips- New Turning Items- OK, this isn't new but it is something to think about when you do decide to purchase a spindle adapter. From Mike Peace- Considering upping your sharpening game? Check out this package deal from Woodturners Wonders https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/rikon-1-2-hp-grinder-2-spartan-wheels?source=dda072df-326d-45f3-b49e-3f2f9644ba95 Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube videos from last week. Thanks to @HandyDan provided the link for this useful turning item (now that the grocery stores are starting to have more available) Safe turning and stay well
  18. Here's hoping all our members along the northern Gulf are safe. I saw where Pensacola had almost 2 feet of rain so far. On another note, please remember to add tags to your posts. I try to remember to check but sometimes my memory fails me. Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB has been cranking out projects like crazy this past week! His little elm bowl is beautiful- You can see his progress in this post and check out the comments by our turners- Next, Andrew posted his work on a bloodwood bowl. All did not go as planned as he describes in his post. However, the end results were quite spectacular! Moving on, Andrew turned some acrylic pen blanks. He included a video of his process in the post- Finally, saving the best for last here, he showed us a myrtlewood bowl. It is inspiring to see how far Andrew has come in such a short span of time. He mentions in his post about the inertia sander he used to get this awesome beauty finished- @FlGatorwood saw an item that is designed to sharpen carbide cutters. Check out his post to see the comments of our turners- We have a couple of turning items for sale- First, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools was contacted by a turner who has a Easy Wood Tools Pro Rougher for sale- Jim provided contact information in his post- Also, @FlGatorwood has some Easy Wood Tools cutters for sale. They are Ci2-R2 and Ci3-NR. You can contact him through our site- What’s Coming Up- This Saturday, September 19, 2020, there will be another Virtual Craft Festival. Get all the information here- https://www.virtuallycrafty.com/ Turner Andrew Hall is offering interactive remote demonstrations (IRD). Here's a little more information- If you haven't registered for the Woodturners Worldwide Symposium, here a way to save $10! Click on the image for more details. For The Newbies- Andrew mentioned in his post about his new inertia sander. Just happens that Rick Turns posted a video about turning a vase. In that video, he uses one of these sanders- Expand Your Horizons- I thought this was a really great way to add a decorative touch to a bowl. Although the author used soapstone, I would imagine many other "fillers" could be used. New Turning Items- Not new, but if you are thinking about getting some carbide tools here is your chance to save 15% on our Easy Wood Tools sponsor's products! https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/Sales/8/Easy-Wood-Tools?utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ewt&utm_campaign=20-09-ewt-1 Everything Else- Rick Turns video list for last week- The only lathe work I've done this past week was turn 2 walnut dowels for the rocking horse I was kinda happy with the progress until I put on the stain Mimi wanted (not shown). I was expecting the pine to splotch but the white oak really disappointed me. I've stained red oak with walnut stain and it covers evenly. This oak had areas that turned really dark. It wasn't noticeable until I wiped off the excess. Even a second application made no difference. I guess that's what happens when you get free wood. Safe turning and stay well
  19. Congrats to all of the Patriot Raffle winners. We made our fundraising goal! Hope everyone along the east coast is safe and didn't suffer any damage from the hurricane over the weekend. Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald Started a thread that should generate a lot of input. Sanding your lathe projects. You all know that sanding is my second favorite thing in all the world. Please check out what Gerald's setup is and show us your sanding techniques. @Ron Altier has been frustrated by the U/V finish he has been using. Ron applied it to a beautiful segmented turning only to end up with problems. Ron explains his frustrations in his post- @AndrewB Has been working on several projects this past week. He has been fighting a "wobble" problem with some of his turnings. We have been offering suggestions. Maybe one of you has experienced a similar problem and can help solve this elusive gremlin. Andrew also was having some trouble with tearout on a small bowl on which he is working. We've all been there. Maybe you could share your experiences and advice- It hasn't all been problems for Andrew, however. He showed us a really nice bowl he finished- And, he has pen making down pretty good, too! What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda has another virtual demonstration schedule for this month- Click on the above image for the link to more information Cindy will also be a demonstrator at the virtual Woodturners Worldwide Symposium Click on the above image for the link to the registration site. For The Newbies- Have a lot here for the new turners this week- You don't need a fancy chuck to turn a bowl. Mike Peace's video shows you how to use a Jam Chuck- In that video, Mike used traditional tools for turning. HSS tools must be sharp to give the best and consistent results. Here's a couple of videos demonstrating the sharpening process on some of the common HSS tools- And a couple of videos covering some of the lathe parts- Expand Your Horizons- Tim Yoder posted a video on turning a sphere. There are some jigs available to help create a sphere on the lathe but this jig is a little different. Carl Jacobson turns a beautiful maple burl lidded box. I really like the "lid pull" he added to the top. New Turning Items- Cheated a bit here. This is the set that Tim Yoder used to make the sphere. https://drechsler-wissen.de/produkt/spannvorrichtung-zum-kugeldrechseln-im-set-74-mm-grosses-set/ Everything Else- Rick Turns videos from last week- Not sure why it happened. In the past, I have used the soap soak method and not had any roughed blanks crack or warp. This one made a liar out of me. It's about 8" in diameter and maybe 5"deep. Turned with no trouble. Came out of the soak with no warping or cracking- Put it in a paper bag with shaving for a couple of weeks and when I pulled it - Three cracks developed. This one and another about 180° around the circumference and one near the bottom. I added the walnut dutchmans and am in the process of returning and sanding. Hope it doesn't end up in the trash. Safe turing and stay well
  20. Hope this Wednesday finds everyone healthy and still sane. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier is holding up well under the lockdown. He finished up a sweet little ornament that has a whole bunch of glue-ups! Here's his post- @Gerald had a new comment one of his beautiful bowls in our gallery. Check out his post and read about the tree species- What’s Coming Up- It has been tough coming up with shows and symposiums. Last thing I read was that the Mid-Atlantic Woodturners are unsure if they will be able to have their symposium in the fall. For The Newbies- If you turn with traditional tools, sharpening skills are necessary to keep the tools cutting at their best. Sometime the sharpening process can change the tool cutting tip profile. Here is a video, posted by Woodturners Wonders, showing how to correct the profile on a bowl gouge. From their Facebook feed, Jet Tools has a series of short videos tips for their tools. If the hand wheel, on the tailstock, is getting stiff- here's a cleaning tip- There's an entire series of these tips at- https://www.youtube.com/user/JETTOOLSUSA/videos Need a mallet to set the drive spur? Check this out! https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/turn-a-better-mallet/ Expand Your Horizons- You know I'm a jig junky. This is an idea that can really create some interesting effects- Part 2 is linked from the video. Mike Peace shows us how to make a footed bowl- New Turning Items- Recently, I was reading a discussion about which scroll chuck to purchase. The author was lamenting about the hassle of changing jaws. Several of the responders indicated how many different chucks they owned. It seemed to me, if they were to have purchased the Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) chuck, they could save the hassle of changing jaws and a ton of money to boot! This video, from Tracey Malady, shows the versatility of the EWT awesome Easy Chuck. Everything Else- This past weeks videos from Rick Turns- Last week @Gerald asked to see that antagonistic spalted maple bowl. I used a beeswax/mineral oil finish. There were so many soft/punky places embedded within the harder wood that it was impossible to a completely smooth surface. There is also that hole left from where the ingrown branch went diagonally through the piece. As a glutton for punishment, I pulled out an elm, roughed out blank from a bag of shavings. Maybe I'll have better luck this time- Safe turning and stay well
  21. A 5 minute video on sharpening a card scraper with shop made jigs-
  22. Well the weather here in South Central PA is finally starting to look more like spring. Only 3 days in the last 4 weeks have had above average temperatures. Maybe I can get some plants into the garden! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald turned a gorgeous vase from chestnut oak. Not only does it have a beautiful shape, Gerald also finished it with various stains to create fantastic depths of color. Gerald explains more about his process in his post- Gerald also posted some of his turnings in our gallery- What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda is having a special live video demonstration! "On May 23, 2020, I will be offering a Live, Interactive, Woodturning Demonstration where I show you how I turn my signature Finial Box. This is an internet presentation that you can watch from your home, on a computer or TV. You will be able to ask questions and I will answer you in real time. After the demo, I will be online to chat. Come join me!" For The Newbies- Sharpening traditional turning tools can be a challenge. Here, Mike Peace demonstrated how to sharpen a both a standard and curved radius skew- Sanding a turning is my achilles heel. No matter how hard I try and how long I work, there always seems to be those obvious scratches. The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a blog section on their website and I found this article to be interesting- https://woodturnerswonders.com/blogs/news/41247428-the-art-of-sanding Expand Your Horizons- Not everyone is a fan of gloss finishes. I discovered that when I sent a little walnut form to a friend as a gift- after he said how much he liked it. He stripped the gloss finish and made it matted and cut the finial length in half. Anyway, if you do enjoy glass like finishes, Mr. M. Saban has a three part video set on his methods. These were live demonstrations so they tend to be a little lengthy. Part#1- Parts #2 and 3 can be found at- https://www.youtube.com/user/workingimage/videos New Turning Items- Woodcraft, one of our site sponsors, has some new forstner bits. They are available in both metric and fractional diameters. They are supposed to stay sharper longer. Everything Else- Rick Turns has started publishing his list of YouTube videos in a weekly format. My idea of the ebony feet on my arch nemesis bowl was a complete failure. My thoughts were to keep the feet small so as not to be the focal point. I just don't have the talent for graceful proportions. I think I'll just put a finish on it and call it done. Inside- Outside- Safe turning and stay well
  23. I was using a rat-tail rasp this morning and noted my comment on it that it had been sharpened. Did you know that you can have sharpened files, rasps, and other such tools?. I have used Boggs Tool https://boggstool.com/. They cost just a few dollars each. Since you have to pay shipping, it pays to send a few at once, or get together with a buddy. If the tool is beyond sharpening, they will discard or return at your request. They told me they'd make my Nicholson patternmaker's rasp sharper than new.
  24. Well, some downtime in the shop. Good time to sharpen things up, maybe clean a few items up.... Since the honing guide went airbourne a while back...will have to rely on free-handing things.....Had a few that were in need.. Some had backs that weren't quite flat,,,yet.. The 2 on the left were the worst of this group.....the 2 Aldi's beside them weren't too bad.. Had one other chisel to do, for this afternoon... Had a lot of "issues" going on. Back needed work, and the handle needed fixed... Edge is NOT cambered on one of these chisels...should be straight across. top ring is loose, handle is not tight in the socket.... We have ways....some of the handle work was done on the bench grinder...."cone" was shortened, ring was lowered a tad...had to drive it on with a hammer and an old socket... The back and that edge were free hand sharpened... I worked down at the right hand end, right where the metal "floor" begins....Got the edge reground to a flat 30 degrees or so...and flatten the back a bit. Then, over to the stones.. A coarse oil stone ( a strop) and a 600 grit Medium India stone...then the papers... A 2,000 grit, and a 2500 grit paper. layer of oil on the stone, lay the paper on the stone ( oil helps hold the paper still) a bead of oil...and go through both grits....then the strop.. I have one of those brass wire "toothbrushes"....and cleaned the strop...and then just used it as is....Might have a year's worth of that green stuff in it...somewhere.. New flat bevel. Handle is fixed.. Back is flat where it needs to be flat...test drive? Hand-powered peeler? Taking a layer of rough off. But..this is not a paring chisel.. 1-1/4" wide. More for Timber Frame work. Still have more chisels in the line-up.. and.. Might take a day, or two? While doing a final clean-up on that wide chisel...felt a slight "tug" on my left index finger.....looked to see a 1/4" long slice....never really felt it.... had one of the freshly sharpened Aldi's decide to roll over....and on to the shop floor....guess it will be first in line, tomorrow
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