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  1. I have continued to scan my collection of Workbench Magazine plans for our guests and members to download from our Files Department, and I thought I'd share the Shop Tips section of the magazine as well. As is the case with my file downloads for plans from Workbench Magazine, the same applies here, I have received permission from the current Workbench Magazine to publish the old articles and plans on the open source web. Please see the collection of plans as well at https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/files/ Enjoy! These tips still apply to our work today, very cool!
  2. Thought it might be best to start off with what my current setup is or at least parts of it. My Dust collector is a Grizzly 1029 2 hp operating on 220v. It had a 5 micron bag top and bottom when purchased and was upgraded to a canister filter from Penn State. My collector is located in the attic of my shop in a insulated enclosure and a 12x24 filtered return to the shop. Power is controlled with a Long RAnger remote. Ducting I used is 4 inch thinwall PVC. We will get into ducting and turning corners later. I have limited amounts of Flex hose in 4 and 6 inch. My bblast gates are a
  3. Okay I'm running into a couple minor problems. I basically ruined a piece playing with the new jaws but that's okay. I was prepared for that. A new piece is being glued up and getting ready to be worked hopefully for later this evening. How ever I'm running into a slight bit of a problem and am in need of some advice. I've been using short screws with the face place in order to make sure it says tight. That worked for a bit now I'm finding that sometimes the screws are actually getting broken off in the face plate which is not a good thing. meaning the heads snapped off. Probably due t
  4. AndrewB

    Well Now

    I’m fairly pleased with this turn out. I did not use the dovetail jaws on this one just the face plate. I guess you could say it’s okay for a beginner candle stick holder we shall see. I’ve still got to put a coat of wax on it I just finished with the boiled linseed oil how ever I think the wax will just add more too it. I used nothing but carbide tipped tools. I was going for the more rugged beat up kind of look and got it. So once I get this thing cut off from the base I guess I could call it a successful turn.
  5. 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
  6. I know not everyone has access to these shows, presented by PBS. So, if you are bored, can't dance and it's too windy to haul rock- I give you http://wbgutv.org/americanwoodshop/index.html
  7. If you shave used Sketchup and tried to print off a full sized pattern, you probably ended up with a LOT of extra blank sheets. Recently, Matt Donley posted a video describing the steps to take to reduce those wasted pages. Check it out!
  8. A beautiful November day here in Pennsylvania. Too bad I'm substituting and can't enjoy it. Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald is working on Christmas presents! He is turning some gorgeous pendants. Checkout Gerald's post and look at the neat chuck he is using- @Pauley is looking for some help finding snowflake patterns or sources. Please head on over to his post and see if you can provide any help- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for more information and registration.
  9. Just got a email from Woodcraft with a article on hand planes . Has some good info in it for those who know and especially those who do not . MASTERING THE HAND PLANE
  10. I ran across this collection of tips, tricks, jigs, etc from Mike Peace. He explains this is a rehash of some earlier tips that he thinks he didn't do a good a job of presenting them as he could. The video is about 31 minutes long. The video was listed on the September Woodturning Online Newsletter.
  11. I have the first edition and Jim Tolpin has written an updated version. I did not read the whole book, just looked at the pictures . Well I did read some because I have made several jigs from the books and still use them today. The jigs and other tips are very well illustrated and information is easy to understand to build the jigs. I would recommend this for anyone from newbie to experienced woodworker. He covers everything from tuneup , blades, jigs, crosscuts ripping , accessories, and grooves and dados and much more. You can get it as low as 1.99 at Barnes and Noble or 4.99
  12. Like Ernie, my tool well became a junk catcher and I filled it in recently. A "Mil" is 0.001" the 4 mil is called the wet mil, and the resulting 1 mil is called the dry mil. Note this is sponsored by Waterlox. I took a class from Ernie 15 or so years ago. His shop is in a barn right across the road from the Boy Scout camp I went to years ago. Now a county park. Amish buggies still trot by on the road. https://www.waterlox.com/project-help/video?id=469e6831b68d431db75d2d4d355a93d1
  13. This LINK takes you to a method to make holders for sanding discs for your drill. I will add to this you will need to add a pad to the holder and velcro . For gluing the pad ( garden knee foam works) on Shoe Goo works very well. For the velcro use either plain back and glue on or self adhesive. Also I shape mine with the wood being smaller than the sanding pad and then shape the foam on the lathe with a skew , kinda like a little funnel shape.
  14. This page has several tips and there are more pages to this tips section. Of note on the first page are the depth gauge, wire burner (always use handles for these) , and sawbucks. Some of the later pages are common sense and some like using wood chisels on a lathe I do not condone. So have a look and see what you can use and we can discuss usefulness . Wood Turning Tips - 1
  15. I know this may be ahead of some new turners but we have to keep this interesting for those ready to make the jump to hollowing. This ia a nice piece on hollowing that I think you will find interesting. Maybe next week we can do some history, must be someone out there who likes history. https://www.hiltonhandcraft.com/Articles/MakingAHollowForm.html
  16. We can get notifications of new posts on topics we have started reading. Would it be possible to get notifications on new tips that have been posted in the Tips sub-forums? Whatever form that took would be great. Either a notification on any tip posted, or one just on the forums in which we have demonstrated an interest. For example, I would be interested in seeing any new tips posted to the Turning forum, but the CNC forum wouldn't interest me as much. Either way would be fine, though.
  17. We had a great club meeting today and got some great tips from Mark Sillay. 1. Turning bowls end grain instead of side grain gives a whole different pwerspective. 2. When turning hollow form (end grain ) put CA around the inside of the neck opening and on the bottom of tenon. Spray accelerator inside to create barrier on bottom so the CA does not go thru and bowl will not crack. 3.When remounting a piece and is not running true . Leave the chuck slight loose and with lathe running slow place a gouge with flutes down over tool rest and lever the workpiece very gently
  18. I have possibly 200 little 2 and 3 inch sanding disks for making bowls. Grits from 60 to 3000. They are presently all stuck in little plastic bags by size and grit as I got them from the supplier. It would be great to file them somehow. Something like a recipe box with dividers, but much larger to handle more. I can come up with something, I am sure, with a shoebox, recipe box, etc. yet I'll bet someone else is ahead of me on this. I'm always up for simple, ingenious solutions. Robert
  19. While transferring the links on our old website came across this site . Lots of good stuff in this one place. Around The Woods
  20. So how do y'all attach a backing to a fretwork piece? Specifically, how do you apply the adhesive so that it dosen't get on the finished sides? Additionally I would like to use a waterproof glue (Welcome sign for the front door), polyurethane comes to mind but it seems to be pretty messy and ugly if too much is applied. Thoughts?
  21. Hope everyone is settling into the new year and you have had the chance to play with your new turning toys. Our Patriot Turners- Even though Christmas is over, @Ron Altier is still cranking out beautiful ornaments! Ron explained how he made this one in his post- @PostalTom gave us a heads up about a new online publication from the Woodworker's Journal. They have partnered with the American Association of Woodworkers for this new FREE publication! Click on the above image for more information and sign up for
  22. As mentioned before, the tips and tricks we mention here are personal choices and not gospel. We all have our particular ways of doing things that work for us. There are NO absolutes in scrolling. Sorry to have taken so long in getting the next Tips and Tricks our, folks. Life got in the way. Anyway, there has been some interest in how to make self-framing projects. This type of project is the art of using one piece of wood for both the picture AND the frame. For the demo, I have chosen a Sheila Landry design for the project. Without going into all the basics of choosing
  23. Again, Before we get started on this week's stuff, I'd like to remind you of the request from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. The generous folks at Easy Wood Tools are decorating their lobby for Christmas and would like to use turned ornaments for the tree. The ornaments don't have to be finished. Plain wooden ones will be painted by volunteers at Easy Wood Tools. The ornaments can be simple turnings from non-descript wood. However, if you wish to make some fancy ones- think of the type made by @Ron Altier, @Gerald and @Steve Krumanaker- those would be displayed just as you made them-- No Paint!! I
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