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  1. 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
  2. A 5 minute video on sharpening a card scraper with shop made jigs-
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. The Tormek sharpener came up in a thread a couple days ago. Coincidentally, I got a flyer from Grizzly yesterday. They have a Tormek knockoff. Does anyone have this Griz model? How does it work for you?
  7. For years I have tried to find a slow grinder that I could afford. Well, another factor raised it's head called space. So, Shopsmith had an advertisement that I found to be plausible, not perfect. https://www.shopsmith.com/ownersite/catalog/sh_grindingwheelguard.htm So sorry you have to click on the link to see the item, but pictures of mine will spare you. Like the normal attachments for Shopsmith, you have to attach the arbor to the quill and then attach the housing to the housing. This is the stone dresser that I purchased from someone else. This is a necessary tool for grinding. Here it is turned so the stone is turning away from you for honing. Picture of label on top of unit.
  8. I have the 3 piece carbon steel turning set that Rockler had on sale last year. They stayed sharp a long time. If one edge dulls, you turn it to a new sharp surface. They are round, square and triangular. Today I went to turn the round one and got an idea. I removed the cutter and placed it on my hand diamond sharpening tool. One side is course and the other fine. The tops and bottoms of these are perfectly flat. I placed the top (cutting edge) down and worked my way thru the course to the fine. It did a good job and I am pleased at the results. The sharpener is from Home Depot and cost under $20
  9. Simple question. How do I sharpen my wood turning tools? My tools are getting dull and I don't have a clue on how to sharpen them. I sharpen my pocket knives but I don't know how to sharpen these Any help would be great
  10. For those that need a little help. IF you are willing to drive to Piqua, OH. At the corner of South St. & McKinley St. ( stoplight, look to the south east) you will find Chuck's Sharpening Service. Almost any edge that needs sharpened....chainsaws, chisels, knives, plane irons, and handsaws. Very reasonable. Note Rt36 coming in from the west, just as you head downhill, there is a T intersection, this is Mckinley St. head south until you hit South St. 2nd building. Also..he has even less room in his shop, than I do...
  11. Finally got all unpacked, laundry done, dog washed and settling back into the routine. Our Patriot Turners- @FrederickH wanted to know about turning a burl. Specifically, if it should be turned green or be allowed to dry first. Our turners provided some input but see if you can give him additional information- A while back, @Gerald showed us some crosses he was designing for a group at his church. Gerald has redesigned them some and posted his newer version- @John Morris has added some new woodturning links to the Links Directory. Check them out at- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/links/category/21-foundations-and-non-profits/ What’s Coming Up- If you are in or around West Harrison, IN this weekend, Check out the this woodturning event! Click on the above image for the link to registration and more information. For The Newbies- Lots of new turners get a "starter set" of traditional tools when they purchase their lathe. Sometimes these sets are part of the lathe package. These starter tools will require sharpening before you start to turn and as you turn. Both Tim Yoder and Carl Jacobson have created sharpening videos. They demonstrate how to sharpen and some of the available equipment to make the task of sharpening easier. Tim Yoder's is in 2 parts. Part 2 is linked from Tim's channel- Carl's is a single part video- Expand Your Horizons- Another way to add interest to your turnings. This particular instance is on a bowl but the method lends itself to most any turning New Turning Items- A few weeks back, @Gerald posted some information about making a lift/moving device for a lathe. If making one isn't your thing, this just might help you out- This is available at- https://boratool.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=bora+pm+900+workbench+caster+kit&amnoroute Everything Else- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter for October is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ I am still latheless but I did order the Jet 1640 EVS. In the meantime, I'm trying to get the workshop ready for the new arrival. The old Delta occupied the same location since it arrived and took the place of the Bridgewood lathe- my first one. Both of these lathes were bench mounted. The Jet will be "free standing" so I needed to make room. The bench the old lathes set on doubled as storage. I need to keep it. I was able to swap positions of some of my equipment. The old lathe's home- The area under the drill press- I was able to swap the lathe bench and the drill press area- Those drawers are filled with tools and hardware. The air compressor and a "new" small cabinet now occupy the empty space left from the where the lathe bench used to set. From the first picture, you can see how I stored my lathe tools. That was OK but when I started learning the benefits of carbide tools and my collection grew; I needed to make a different holder. The carousel worked better but, as you can see, it was mounted to the bench. Need something new for the free standing lathe. Made this wall mounted holder Safe turning
  12. Can you believe it, September is almost over! It's been a very slow week. Fighting a cold and not feeling like doing much of anything. Our Patriot Turners- Unless I missed it, I didn't find any new posts from our turners this week. What’s Coming Up- TAW 2020 Woodturning Symposium January 24-25, 2020 Marriott Hotel and Convention Center Franklin, TN Featured demonstrators include Cindy Drozda, Eric Lofstrom, Mark St. Leger, and Derek Weidman. Click on the above image for the link more information and registration. For The Newbies- If you are thinking about purchasing carbide tipped turning tools, Mike Peace produced a 2 part video showing them in action, comparing and contrasting them to "traditional" turning tools. Notice he picked the best carbide tool to demonstrate- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ! Part 1- Part 2- Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson recently turned a wooden vase and then finished it with epoxy. It's an interesting process. Personally, I prefer the look of natural wood- New Turning Items- A couple of weeks ago, we posted a link to a new sharpening system from Woodturners Wonders. Since then, Mike Peace partnered with Ken Rizza (from Woodturners Wonders) to demonstrate the sharpening system. I think I mentioned this product before but I finally had a chance to try some of it for myself. Starbond adhesives has a thick, black CA that is designed to be a crack filler. The locust bowl, shown down the page, had a loose knot with some material missing. I used the new CA to fill the voids and affix the knot. This stuff works great! It cut easily with carbide cutters and stayed in place. Using the new CA isn't much different than using any other CA, however, this thicker stuff dries a little slower so the use of an accelerator is suggested. I also noticed that because of the viscosity, it takes a few moments for the glue to wick down into a crevice. Waiting a moment, before hitting it with accelerator will determine if you need to add more CA to complete filling the voids. You can check it out at- https://www.starbond.com/black-medium-thick-ca-glue-kbl-500.html Everything Else- Way back in the spring I was gifted a couple of pieces of locust. I never had much luck with that wood. Always seemed to crack and check during drying. The first piece I turned to the typical oversized blank and then submerged it in a soap and water solution. From there to a bag of shavings for a couple of days. A total soak/shavings of about a week. The blank stayed virtually round and never cracked or checked. While the first blank was drying, I did the same thing to the second one. Then promptly forgot about it. It's been in the shavings since March. When I pulled it out, this is what I discovered- I scribed a compass circle around the chuck recess. I was amazed at how little it warped. The top did warp more but mostly horizontally- The soap and water technique seems to work much better than just using shavings, alone. Also, it seems the blank left in the shavings the least amount of time (the first blank) had less horizontal warping. That bowl didn't warp even after it was completely turned. I guess most of the stresses had been relaxed by turning it down to a typical wall thickness. Safe turning
  13. I was out in the shop sharpening a few of my plane blades with my water stones, and since my shop has changed dramatically (much smaller), I find that the usual location I used to sharpen my blades is gone of course, along with my little bench I used ( I gave it away to make room for other things) and I figured I could just work off my existing workbench. The problem with that is the slurry and sledge tends to splatter and eventually the workbench gets wet and etc etc etc and it's just become a mess to maintain any type of area for a water stone station space. I did a little research and found that oil stones actually provide a cleaner environment (less messy) than their waterstone relatives. Of course there are pros and cons for both methods of sharpening, but I want to give oil stones a try and a strop. I also understand that they are more receptive to free hand sharpening which is what I like to do, and they maintain a very flat surface with free handing. I have a Washita Stone that I picked up a couple years ago, I believe it's soft grade for prelim honing, so I'd need Hard Arkansas? Not all oil stones are created equal either, some will sharpen the harder steels of today, O1 and A2 but others are only good with the older steels that may be found in the venerable Stanley's. I think Steven Newman uses oil, any suggestions from Steve would be appreciated, and any suggestions and or personal experience from anyone is appreciated. My questions: What grades of oil stones do I need? What type of oil do I need? What type of compound do I use for stropping? Any specific type of leather or is an old belt fine? Please relate your experiences with me here in this topic, and please do not link me to outside websites or charts, there is a ton of information out there on this subject, but I want to hear from you guys. not the rest of the world. Thanks a ton in advance!
  14. Below is a picture of my sharpening rig made from an old belt sander. The motor went bad so I rigged it up to a used fan motor. I made a dozen tube pockets so each tool has its own. I put a piece of all thread on the bottom and a lock nut for adjustability. I used some metal conduit I had on hand that fit over the tool handles. I epoxied a wood dowel into the end of the conduit and a piece of 1/4" all thread into the dowel. The all thread is inserted in the holder and the tool can be easily sharpened with very accurate repeatability. The lock nut is adjusted away from the tool as needed to keep the preferred bevel angle. I also have my bowl sharpening jig mounted in front. I have to remove the other holder but have a stop on it so it can be easily returned to the same spot. I used a lettering system and each tool has it's own holder. The tools are just here for visual purposes. They are not stored with the holders. I posted this a few years ago on the old Wood forum but posted it here for those who didn't see it.
  15. I have been sharpening my chisels & plane blades with a homemade guide, assorted papers spray glued to a piece plate glass for some time now and decided to move up to something less bulky. Found the FASTTRACK on Woodcrafts web site that linked me to https://www.m-powertools.com/. Signed up for the news letter & received 20% off my purchase. First thing I noticed was the weight, 2 pounds. As suggested I screwed it down to a board with a cleat on the end and clamped it in my wood vise. One screw and the rubber feet kept it in place. Road tested on a used chisel, and ran thru 100, 220,& 450 diamond stones.Working the sled I had no problem with it sliding out too far. The set up was easy and there was no movement on the stones as I sharpened, the magnet held the stone in place. I ran a pin across the chisel and did not feel any grooves or lines that appear in the picture. I think a little time on #600 would take away the lines. This was my worst looking chisel and required the most time, about 10 minutes. My other chisels cleaned up in less than 5 min. Overall I'm happy the way it performed. I did have an email question and did receive a fast reply. The only thing I did not like was the handle on the sled. Big enough for my hands but, the edge was a bit hard on the hand. I think a file can soften up edge.
  16. Some of us have miter trimmer knives and sharpening the knives accurately can be a chore... I saw this iron sharpening jig elsewhere.. add drawer casters to it and adapt to hold the trimmer blades/irons and I believe you have solved an issue.. to add the caster.. ''wheel well'' for the caster wheels w/o the bracket and drift pin the wheels into place... twin keyhole/T slot the jig's face to make for adjustablity...
  17. Still chilly here but tomorrow I'll spend inside riding herd on 20 tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders in Computer Tech- should be an exciting day! Remember there is still time to send ornaments to @Jim from Easy Wood Tools to help decorate the Easy Wood Tools lobby Christmas tree! We've had a great response to Jim's request but I'm sure they would be grateful for more! Our Patriot Turners- Last week's "Wednesday's.." post got @DAB in the mood for turning. He made a sweet little bowl that will be a prize given to a member of the pistol club to which he belongs Here's a link back to last Wednesday's post for more pictures and some answers to DAB's questions- @Ron Altier is still cranking out beautiful ornaments. He shows us some of his latest creations in this post- Ron also posted an ornament that he felt was off center. If it was, none of us could see it- Check out the comments from his post to see what the other turners had to say- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools showed us some of the beautiful ornaments that @Gerald created for the Easy Wood Tools Christmas tree- Looks like the volunteers are going to have a ball finishing some of these! Thank You Gerald! @Jim from Easy Wood Tools is becoming a master turner. He showed us this awesome bowl- Jim wasn't sure of the type of wood but we all agreed that "beautiful" was an apt description. Read more comments in Jim's post- @HARO50 posted an image of turning made from Ponga. Mother Nature certainly can create fantastic materials- Maybe we need @John Morris to add this to his Wiki- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyathea_dealbata and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamaku @HandyDan showed us his lathe tools sharpening station. For more images and a description of its' use, check out his post- @PostalTom posted a question about gouges and how to tell the functions apart. He received several helpful suggestions. If you can provide him with some additional information, please go to his post and chime in- What’s Coming Up- The 2019 Florida Woodturning Symposium. February 8th – 10th, 2019 at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. http://floridawoodturningsymposium.com/ For The Newbies- Turners save every scrap of material. You never know when that piece might come in handy. If the wood isn't dry, it could crack or split waiting on you to use it. Sam Angelo posted a video to help preserve and store those treasures- Expand Your Horizons- I don't intentionally do off center turnings.My lathe is mounted on a cabinet and off center work really shakes, rattles and rolls (thanks Big Joe Turner). Rick Turns makes a very nice bowl using the off center process- New Turning Items- A couple of new things this week. First, from Woodturners Wonders, a new LED lamp. It looks to be super bright, has a magnetic base and a flexible neck- More information and specs at their web site- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/lamps/products/quasar-our-new-led-magnetic-lamp With Christmas coming, we are all looking for gift ideas. Craft Supplies USA is offering a new line of ring inserts. You can find more about these items at- https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p/58/7074/Artisan-Titanium-Comfort-Ring-Core?utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=titanium&utm_campaign=18-oct-titanium-rings Safe turning
  18. Hi guys seen a few posts about slate stones for final polishing. Dies anyone use them, are they any good and is there a decent one in the UK?
  19. It finally got above freezing the past couple of days but the basement shop is lagging behind in the warm up. @Ksvet06 posed a question about sharpening lathe tools. He asked about grinders and sharpening jigs. Please look over his post and the responses. Let's give Zach all the help we can- @Gerald is working on hollow forms for the Beads of Courage (BOC) project- Check out what he has done for this very special cause- @Smallpatch is recreating a couple of chess pieces for a customer- Although Jesse says he's not a turner, you would never know it by how well these turned out! He tells us about the adventure here- When I used to use my diamond parting tool, it almost always gave me a ragged surface. Here's a video from Rick Turns illustrating how to regrind the parting tool for a cleaner cut- I must admit, I've abandoned my diamond parting tool in favor of the Easy Wood Tools parting tool. It creates clean cuts, no vibration and because it's a carbide tip- stays sharp a LONG time. In Last week's "Wednesday's..." we mentioned @Steve Krumanaker had a mishap when he inadvertently turned off his vacuum system. That got me to wondering if a shop made vacuum could be built. I found this PDF for making an inexpensive system. Not sure if I'll try it but thought it might give someone an idea. I believe the author is in England because the costs are in pounds and dimensions are metric. http://www.gaw.org.uk/blog/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Vacuum-chuck-for-£10-or-less.pdf The Woodturning OnLine newsletter arrived last week. As always there are interesting projects, articles and equipment. While scanning the "New and Hot" section I noticed this little jewel- Looks like this laser could be adapted to most any tool. It is available through Tim Yoders' site- http://www.wtwtim.com/elbotool.htm about half way down the page. The entire newsletter is at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/ Finally, here's an older video from Carl Jacobson turning a lidded vessel. Notice his use of the Easy Wood Tools hollower and the fantastic Easy Wood Chuck! Safe turning
  20. I know there are 2 different type of bench grinders. High speed and low speed. Plus jigs to get the correct angles. Are you able to sharpen on a high speed bench grinder too?
  21. Okay Master of the great wood turner, lathe tool sharpening queries.... I have both a grinder and a table top belt sander. which do you think is better to use for a beginner and which grit for the sander and grind wheel. i was watching videos but they dont tell me. so i am looking to the masters for help.
  22. Gene Howe

    Stanley #71

    Do any of you guys know an easy way to sharpen the cutters on a #71?
  23. Short & sweet. And that's one wicked sharp chisel (said with Bawston accent) http://www.finewoodworking.com/2014/10/01/chisel-tricks-for-hand-cut-joinery
  24. Well, lets see, got out the Saw Vise Squad.. Ol' No. 1 was set up and used.. As this old saw needed some work on the teeth. Saw file was sent along.. As this was it's second saw, we had Back Up available.. But the file was no rookie, and came through without any problems , will get the back up file for another time Decided to at least give these usual suspects a chance to show what they could do.. 6 ppi, filed rip. Got out a 1 x 1 pine scrap, as a test.. But, it turned into a Crime Scene. Saw was hard to start, but once it did, it cut very fast....so fast that the hand that was holding the scrap steady for the start , got caught up in the action... One swipe...was enough to trigger the "Saw_Stop Sensor" Teeth were drifting to the left in the cut, still had burrs on the teeth on that side, stoned the burrs off. Should be ready to go, next time around. Decided to work on something a little safer, got out the leather strop, and the brand new Green Stick, and honed a few chisels....that way, only the strop can get cut.. So, they all should be ready to go, for the next project....I hope. Needs a new bandaid....and a beer...
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