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  1. 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
  2. A member on Vectric's forum wanted to know how to cover a flat faced dodecahedron (12 sided solid) with a sphere. He plans to cut the sections from acrylic to end up with a transparent spherical ball that you can see the dodecahedron faces within. I was able to figure out the CNC cuts needed, but in these days of isolation thought it would be a useful distraction to verify my solution. I cut each section from scraps of red oak and hickory I was able to scrounge from assorted places in my garage shop. 3/4" thick exactly over pentagons that were 2" on a side. It took a couple of tries to find a cutting strategy that worked, and a few of the sections show scars from early mistakes. Right now I have two glued-up halves. One is made from perfect sections and all seams meet perfectly. The other half has sections with chips missing and scars from work slipping while being cut. Not worth gluing together right now, but I though I'd share the work to date. I don't really need a wood soccer ball so may end this experiment here. It did verify that my calculations were correct for how to toolpath sphere sections to cover a dodecahedron. Cutting them out was another challenge altogether! In the first photo you can see a short dowel on the left side, sticking up from the bed of my CNC. Each section has a 1/4" hole cut in the center of the pentagon inside. I cut the chamfered edges and center hole first, then flipped the wood over and impaled it over the dowel to cut the spherical side. A drop of wood glue on a corner kept the pieces down and prevented turning around the dowel. Moulding toolpaths on both sides. 4D
  3. Hope this Wednesday finds all of you healthy and safe. I've added a few more videos this week just in case you are locked in the house/shop. If you watch and enjoy any video directly on YouTube, please give the author a "thumbs up" and leave a comment letting them know you appreciate their hard work. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier created another beautiful ornament. Ron has a magical talent for design and color! Along with the picture, Ron asked our opinion on making it into a tree topper. Check out his post on the star and see if you can give him some ideas- Ron also posted an inquiry concerning negative rake carbide cutters and acrylic blanks. Check out the post. If you can provide some insight on his questions, please let him know. Ron is this weeks big winner in the number of posts department! Using input from his negative rake cutters question, he showed us the gorgeous acrylic egg he turned. In his post, Ron tells us a little about his experiences. Ron gave us a heads up on a cool video for an open segmented turning. The video author sure has a light touch and sharp tools! And another video where the author turns an unusual object. I found this especially interesting in light of a question asked by member @FrederickH concerning the use files as turning tools. Check out the parting tool at about 6:32 @Masonsailor continues his work on the lazy susan tulips. He showed us the trimmed out "home" for it! Check out more images here- @Artie brought up a couple of observations on safety. He noticed the latest issue of Woodcraft Magazine pictured a turner working without a face shield and was wearing long sleeves. We had a great discussion as our turners provided their thoughts. How do you feel about it? Self Isolation- For The Newbies- A video from Lyle Jamieson on tool rest position and rough turning between centers- Easy Wood Tools has started posting very short videos demonstrating their products. You can check out all of the videos from links at this YouTube Video- Expand Your Horizons- The Woodworker's Journal has a nicely illustrated article from Ernie Conover on accessories for hollowing tall forms. The complete article is here- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/accessories-for-excavating-tall-hollow-forms/ @Ron Altier's experience with acrylics led me to this rather lengthy video. If you are considering getting into casting your own acrylic/resin blanks, there is a lot of good information. New Turning Items- Sam Angelo- The WyomingWoodturner- demonstrates the new Carter and Son Thread Chaser. If you are into pen making, Woodpeckers has some new kits- Check their website for more information- https://cdn.woodpeck.com/triton-rollerball-and-fountain-pen-kits.html?_bta_tid=32476282785476398023750574440026478214355615690754598719186774204374129149320745779994015069695242775658 The folks at Woodturners Wonders also a sale of until the end of March on many of their products- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/specials Everything Else- @Artie's post on safety gear was very timely. I had an old piece of locust that might have made a nice shallow bowl. I was getting a lot of tearout so I decided to experiment with different speeds and different negative rake cutters. I found that, for the outside of the bowl, the Ci2-NR2 (2" radius, rougher, negative rake) is awesome at high speeds. Unfortunately the blank had a defect that I didn't see. I still haven't found all of the pieces! Safe turning and stay well
  4. Finished this box yesterday for a club challenge Saturday. Was going to do a twist all the way up but when I cut it in two They did not match. So will do two boxes . One has twist top and the next will be twist bottom.
  5. any one know of a good instructional on this? Some would call it Chinese Balls . I know it's possible there are even special tools for it that look weird but the only way I could pull it off is the band saw box trick where a thin kerf becomes a reassembly glueline.
  6. Perfect spheres with a drill press on the lathe? Might just work.
  7. Our wood turning club meets tomorrow at 1:30 pm in Huntertown IN. We are expecting a visit from Dick Gerard Dick is an honorary lifetime member of the AAW, has served on the board and is a member of the Indiana Artisans Guild. He is plannng to do a short demo with the intention of generating interest in wood turning, as well as possibly a full day demo in the near future. I see from the member map there are a dozen or so members within driving distance. If you have an interest in turning at all this would be a great opportunity to see a world class artist at no expense. Visitors are always welcome and there is no admission to a regular meeting. If anyone would like more information or directions, p.m. me and I'll help as I can. On the chance he can't make for what ever reason, i.e. weather, you'll have to suffer through a presentation by yours truly. . Steve
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