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  1. June 1 and it's 95° in the shade on the back deck! Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN let us in on a new finish he is trying- Several members expressed interest in more information. @Gerald added a post in the "Finishing Forum" that expanded on some of the ideas from what Rusty posted- What’s Coming Up- Pretty much caught up on all that is happening. This is the first time since Covid started that the AAW is having an in person symposium. https://www.woodturner.org/Woodturner/2022Chattanooga/2022-AAW-Symposium---Chattanooga--Tennessee.aspx?_zs=ceDib&_zl=uos73 For The Newbies- @Gerald added an interesting comment to last week's "Wednesday's..." concerning the types of screws used for fastening faceplates and faceplate rings to a turning. My favorite mounting procedure is similar but using the transparent device. Also, for marking the holes, I found that a #3 Vix-Bit drill center fits perfectly in the mounting holes of all of the Easy Wood Tools faceplates and rings. Mostly I use a oval head screw, as they have a little more "meat" around the drive slots. For smaller turnings, I may use a flathead screw Mike Peace has a nice video on bowl gouge sharpening- I've seen some nice instructional videos from Jim Echter. Unfortunately, these short videos aren't on YouTube. If you have a Facebook or Instagram account, you can watch them there. Here's the Instagram link- https://www.instagram.com/jim_echter/channel/?hl=en and a link to his website- https://tcturning.com/ Expand Your Horizons- Tim Yoder posted a video on making a turned bird feeder. In the video, he demonstrates his ELBO 2 hollowing ring. One more from Alan Stratton on goblets. Several interesting jigs for us "jig junkies"- New Turning Items- Couldn't find anything interesting this week. Hopefully, there will be some new products shown at the AAW Symposium in a couple of weeks! Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- I've been using up some scrap white oak cutoffs to make some simple platters. All of my large shop make holders were designed around my old 14" Delta lathe. The new Jet is 16" and now I need some way to hold the pieces for reverse chucking. I could go the vacuum chuck route, but I'm "frugal to a fault". I love my Easy Wood Tools Cole jaws. Seemed a fairly simple task to make a set of extensions. Not quite perfect, but they work! The holders are from the smaller jigs I had. If I weren't so stubborn, this platter should have gone into the trash. The defect wasn't nearly as noticeable until most of the material was removed. as I tried to get into more solid wood, the bottom got really thin and weak- especially where the oak was soft. Added CA and some Alumilite resin to reinforce the weak area but was not enough. I have an idea on rescuing it but need to allow the finish to dry and harden before attempting it. Safe turning
  2. Hey, Turners!!!! Please consider posting your projects- completed or in the process- in the Woodturners main forum! We want to have your work get the attention it deserves!!
  3. The Ringmaster Bowl Turners sub-forum is live and ready for your posts!! You asked for it and our gracious site administrator spent sleepless nights; slaving over a hot computer; consuming copious amounts of coffee and from what I hear revisiting his Marine language to make it available. Please use this sub-forum for all things Ringmaster. Show off your turnings, techniques and tools! Please be sure to add TAGS to your posts to help others during their searches. I am looking forward to seeing what you all do! POST AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. Watched this youtube video that suggests putting a green 30% moisture bowl into a box type dehydrator overnight. Came out 9% and ready for 2nd turning. Has anyone tried this? Sounds too good to be true but also just crazy enough to work. .40
  5. Not really sure why but I’m finding that moist or wet woods / blanks are just so much easier to turn then if it’s as dry as a bone. Either way with this one I’ll at least get to try out my new bowl gouge. Short hand sand paper supply is out so I’ll have to pick some up tomorrow. I tried slicing off the corners on my bandsaw on this one but the bandsaw I have is just not powerful enough for that even going slow. Either way here’s what’s been done so far.
  6. We have had a fantastic week here in the Turner's Forum! Questions, comments, tips, projects, the whole picnic lunch! Please remember we are just a few days away from wrapping up our annual fundraiser. We still need $64.99 to meet our goal. If you haven't made your donation, you are missing a chance at some awesome prizes! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald is making progress on the Live Oak platter he started back in June. See his addition to the original post to learn how he handle a warping problem. @Ron Altier created a spectacular ornament from some glued-up scraps. It is amazing how shapes can appear in lathe turnings. @AndrewB must sleep in his shop! He has been working on a couple of projects this week and you can really see how he is improving his techniques and expanding his horizons! First is his small walnut bowl- Then he received a larger piece of purpleheart and created this beauty- Both of these posts generated a tremendous amount of discussion on techniques, tool use, and general design! After last week's "Wednesday's..." @Gerald posted a comment about some Easy Wood Tools for sale. I'm reposting it here for everyone. Looks like a good deal on some great tools! What’s Coming Up- Highland Woodworking is offering woodworking live online opportunities. Here is a video as a sample- and the link for more information about their offerings- https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/onlinewoodworkingclasses.html?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Sign+Up+for+Highland+Woodworking+LIVE+Online+Classes!&utm_campaign=HW+live+online+classroom+-+third+send For The Newbies- As @AndrewB was working on his purple heart bowl, @Gunny came across a video from Easy Wood Tools and Tracey Malady turning a small bowl. It's worth a watch- Expand Your Horizons- Usually the emails from Cooks Woods are about their lumber for sales. This week a different content caught my eye. Included was a link to making a Pepper Grinder. The process does require a few precise forstner but they make wonderful gifts. What I found interesting about this particular presentation was the outside was done first and then the holes were drilled. A day or so later I found another video on pepper mills but with a completely different shape- New Turning Items- Ruth Niles has a new product available. This spindle buffing kit is a more economical alternative to the Beall Buffing System. https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/spindle-buffing-kit/ Although not new, the Easy Wood Tools mini hollowers are perfect for making those small Christmas ornaments - Through one of my social media accounts, I see that StarBond Adhesives has a new medium thick dark brown CA You can check it out here- https://bit.ly/32GgTrA Everything Else- Rick Turns' weekly video list is available- Last week I mentioned that I had turned some cherry forms and they were soaking in a soap/water solution. After a couple of days, I pulled them out- Packed them in shavings Then put them in paper bags with more shavings They rest for a while- probably a week- and then the final turning/finishing. The other cherry is waiting for turning. One piece got rough turned into a bowl- Right now, it is soaking in the solution. Safe turning and stay well
  7. We are into February already. Yesterday the temperature was over 60° but today back in the 30's. Typical Pennsylvania weather! Our Patriot Turners- @Woodbutcherbynight showed us a really well thought out wire burning tool. This one can be used with one hand! Check out his post for a detailed description of the build and all of the great comments Gunny received! @Masonsailor continues the process of turning the pieces for his "vertical lazy susan". He has completed the three tulips- His complete thread, showing the progress, is at- @Ron Altier posted a beautiful blue ornament. As always, Ron's work is spectacular. I think he finally has a handle on that UV finish- Please check all of the great comments he received on this one- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to the show website and registration information. Check out who is going to be there- Chris Caliendo- president of Easy Wood Tools! Thanks @Jim from Easy Wood Tools for the heads up!!! For The Newbies- As with most everything, there's more than one way to accomplish a process. Mounting a bowl blank, on a chuck, is no exception. Some turners use a recess while others will use a tenon. Here is video from Sam Angelo explaining his take on which to use- If you are looking for classes to improve your turning skills, Craft Supplies USA may have something available. Here's the link to their complete list- https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/t/205/3-Day-Woodturning-Workshops-(Deposit-Only) Expand Your Horizons- I found a rather interesting video from Lyle Jamieson. He discusses the requirements for "reach" in turning advance shapes. New Turning Items- Woodturners Wonders has a couple of new items available. Along with their CBN wheels, they are now offering diamond wheels. They are also offering a new, two prong drive spur- All their products can be found at their website- https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Everything Else- We often mention embellishments to our turnings and have shown several methods to accomplish this. Mike Peace posted a video showing the tool he uses on small projects.- In addition, here is the link to a printed handout with sources for the parts needed to make the tool- http://www.mikepeacewoodturning.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Rotary-Texturing-tool-01282020.pdf Rick Turns has uploaded his list of YouTube turning videos for January. Why not give Rick a "Thumbs Up" and a positive comment, on his channel, for his efforts- @Cliff posted a neat video showing how one turner engineered the mechanics necessary to make specialized turnings. I remember a while back @BillyJack asking us about a more simple solution. Enjoy! Safe turning
  8. I have a project I've been working for a while. Its been a bit of a challenge for me. The carcass is done and it's time for the drawers. I'm in a bit over my head. As the title says I need your input on tools and techniques to shape this drawer front. I have included some photos to help clarify what I'm trying to accomplish The first picture shows a practice piece of wood and the basic shape of the Block Front drawer. The Second picture I'm pointing to the area of most concern. This it where the flat area transitions to the curved part of the drawer front. I'm having much trouble make in nice clean sharp transition in that area. The third photo explains/shows what I what to achieve. (the drawing on the left). The drawing on the right is what I don't want. I want of avoid have small inside radius you get as when you route inside corner. I have also included a like video link to further help you under strand my goal. If you go to the 7:30 mark you can save so time.
  9. Praying for the folks in the Florida panhandle. I know we have at least a couple of our "family" members located near there. Hurricane Michael is doing a number in that area. Just a friendly reminder that @Jim from Easy Wood Tools is asking us to send him an ornament for the Easy Wood Tools lobby Christmas tree. More about this project can be found in @John Morris's post- Some of the ornaments all ready for the tree were posted by @Jim from Easy Wood Tools here- I've added some changes to the "Wednesday's..." format in an effort to appeal to more turners. Several of our turners are kind enough to add comments about the content and I really appreciate it. I just wonder if the material, I've been posting, is covering a broad enough spectrum. Any input is greatly appreciated and my skin is thick enough for serious criticism. Our Patriot Turners- @PostalTom is heading up the woodturners picnic, for the club, to which he belongs. Members make articles to be raffled off. Tom created several items using Easy Wood Tools. Looks like we have us a convert!! See more of what Tom made and his thoughts about his first "in charge" position- @Gerald gave us a glimpse of his workshop/lathe area. He certainly has an efficient setup and more than one of our turners drooled all over their keyboards as they posted their comments- @Ron Altier offered up another beautiful ornament. This walnut inside-out turning has has some special "body work"- Ron explains in his post- What’s Coming Up- Tennessee Association of Woodturners presents their 31st Annual Woodturning Symposium January 25th and 26th, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Franklin, TN. Check out their website for more information and a list of demonstrators- http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efkgsokx87d387cc&llr=lgmecmkab&utm_campaign=regional&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Regional+Event+TAW+10+10+2018 For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a video explaining the various calipers used in turning. He demonstrates their use and some handy setup jigs- Expand Your Horizons- The Wyomingwoodturner, Sam Angelo, created a two part video on embellishing a bowl. He uses a combination of texturing, gilt and paint. Part 2 is linked from his Youtube page- New Turning Items- Woodturners Wonders has a new sample pack of their "Wonderweave" sanding screen. This is similar to the Abranet sanding screen but considerably less expensive. These 6" discs are Hook & Loop Sanding Discs - Package of 25 discs, 5 each of 5 grits: 800, 1200, 1500, 2000, 3000 Wonder Weave Pro Net . Check their website for prices and other grits/sizes/shapes as well as a whole range of other turning supplies. Everything Else- Rick Turns uploaded his YouTube Turning Videos List for September- The October Woodturning OnLine newsletter is also available. One of the projects is a Halloween oriented ornament tutorial from Craft Supplies USA. The tutorial can be found at- http://blog.woodturnerscatalog.com/2012/10/turning-a-bat-house-ornament/ The entire newsletter is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ Safe turning
  10. If memory serves me right, someone ws saying that they are having trouble cutting straight lines - (I think that is all of us). I think this also goes with cutting large (i.e. >6" diameter) arcs. A couple of things I can think that I do is: Line my chair/stool up with the kerf - my blades tend to cut more on the right side, therefore, I line my chair/stool up to the right of center - in line with a "straight" cut kerf I don't change the position of my hands during the cut thereby "eliminating" changing dominance of one hand over the other I try to apply steady pressure during the cut - changing the pressure will cause blade characteristics to change the pull angle I don't rush - tends to enable minute changes in direction without causing a perceived crooked line There's my thoughts - how about your tips for cutting straight(er) lines? Appreciate any input guys. fred
  11. got a couple huge hunks of wood a while back. Kept 'em in plastic. Turned one rough set aside to dry and the thing warped so badly that I am unsure that I have enough wood to take the warp out . I'm thinking of methods of re warping it back a little. Water hear band clamps an inner frame?? Any one tried doing this to save a blank?
  12. I'm like a kid with a new toy, the chatter (stutter) tool. While it makes a very unique patterns, I find that the finishing and colors leave a limitless variety of color and designs. This is my latest efforts. It has been turned down several times until I got the hang of the too/colorsl and the ways I can make it unique. Still have a ways to go. Can be an Easter egg or Christmas ornament I removed an old chuck vise and mounted it to a heavy piece of oak. This allows precise mounting of hardware.
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