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  1. What's on your work bench? This is the official topic for images and friendly chatter regarding that all important surface, the personal statement of your shop, the steadfast friend we can always count on, the space of your shop that nobody knows better than you, we are talking about the almighty "Work Bench". Submit your images now! That's right, don't clean it up, don't be embarrassed, the messier the better, or if there is nothing on it at all, that is fine too. If you have not touched your bench in years, and you have taken a break from woodworking and have boxes piled on it, we want that image too! All images are welcome. Spirit of Topic This is a Hit-n-Run topic, as you walk past your bench, whip out your camera or smart phone, and snap a shot, load it up here. No need for text explanations if you don't want too. To kick this off, walk out in your shop and snap a picture of your bench surface now, and lets get this topic rolling. This will be an ongoing topic, for you to share images of your bench top today, and every day. Types of benches Some of us have small benches, some of us have big benches, some of us use a space in our dining room, some may have a picnic table they use for a bench, and some of us may have a bench of all benches, the traditional joiners bench, or a beautiful full cabinet shakers bench. No matter what you call your work surface, no matter what your work surface looks like, we want to see images of your bench! Thank you in advance to the participants!
  2. Boy, if I didn't already have six or eight (or maybe 10) tool bags already, $10 https://www.menards.com/main/tools/tool-storage/tool-bags/black-decker-trade-21-wide-mouth-tool-bag/bdcmtsh/p-1642874295288728-c-9186.htm
  3. Due to space limitations I take my shop out to the driveway…
  4. Tools in use? Needed this to set how far above the floor the stretchers will be.. This to set the angles...Stanley SW 6" Bevel gauge Before the rest of the tools can get to work.. Just some basic tools.. When working on something like this...
  5. These 20 Antique Woodworking Tools Are Worth Big Bucks WWW.MSN.COM You won't believe what the most expensive old tools in the world sold for at auction.
  6. Hello folks, if you could only have three traditional turning tools, what would they be? I am looking at some turning tools for pole lathe turning. At Tools For Working Wood, they advertise three main tools, I would be doing spindle work on my pole lathe, chair legs, spindles etc. Here is the list they provide. 3/8" Finger Nail Gouge $33 1 1/4" roughing out gouge $43 3/4" Skew Chisel $33 Chisels shown below, I believe they are the three on the left. Made by Ashley Iles. Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated.
  7. December 21, first day of winter. Guess I should start to think about doing some Christmas shopping... Please don't forget we still have about a week left in the Ward 57 program. Lot's of spectacular prizes in the raffle. Remember ALL of the proceeds are forwarded to the Forney family! Our Patriot Turners- We have had a bunch of additional input to @Bob Hodge's request for information on a finial spindle gouge. @forty_caliber picked up Cindy Drozda's version and posted some of his results. The post continues at- @Masonsailor decided it was time for a new mallet. He turned a real beauty! Check out the additional images in Paul's post. What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda is having a tool talk on THURSDAY DECEMBER 22. Here's the information from social media- Click on the above image for the link to registration. For The Newbies- Turners know there is always more that one tool to get the job done. In this video, Jim Rodgers uses practically every tool in his shop and the ones he didn't have, he makes! Jim shows, in detail, how to create some specialized tools. A nice video from the Woodworker's Journal featuring Ernie Conover turning some tops and yo-yo's. Expand Your Horizons- Although you probably have completed turning your Christmas ornaments, this article may be helpful in getting you started on next year's batch. From the Woodworker's Journal and the AAW- The full article can be found at- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/project-hollow-sphere-ornament/?utm_medium=email "Waste not; want not" -Richard Raffan uses just about all of this gorgeous log- Last week we posted a project from Mike Peace where he did hand cut threads. In this follow-up, Mike talks about what you should know before purchasing a set of thread chasing tools- New Turning Items- Not a new product but these blends are being sold by StarBond Adhesives- All of StarBond's products can be seen at- https://starbond.com/ Everything Else- No videos from Rick Turns this past week, maybe he is taking a well deserved vacation. Actually got to spend a day at the lathe! A friend is refinishing a piece of furniture but it is missing the legs. Pretty simple tapered pieces. Used Sketchup to get the measurement, story pole for the layout. Left some waste on the "foot" ends to allow for leveling. Working via text and pictures is a little difficult to get precise dimensions. And for the traditionalist, not one Easy Wood Tool was used on these turning- unless you count the awesome Easy Chuck and the Multi-Spur Drive Center Safe turning
  8. From this... To this. Using these plus a lot of elbow grease. It measures 26"X26" .got about 10 hours in it. (not Inc. naps) Next step is a seal coat of polyurethane. Then more sanding. Followed by a resin pour of black in that routed area. Had to rout out some punky stuff. Just one of the joys of working with raw mesquite slabs. Then finally, a brushed on coat of clear resin. Since these three slabs (rounds) were cut sequentially from the same log, I can look forward to more of the same. But, I've identified some grinding accessories to speed up the process. These will be the tops for the Limbert tables. Here's a pic of it as a WIP.
  9. Annual Labor Day Tractor Fest down in West Liberty, OH. Managed to go half of Friday, before the heat started to get to me...event was mainly about.. What else..Tractors....but, I was there for.. Hunting rusty tools....This was the second tent full, the first one didn't start out too well.. I think I will pass..besides, I don't think I can carry one of these around all day.. Just around the corner from these saws. Was 2 rows of tables....filled with plastic trays... Along with a lot of stuff UNDER the tables... Got to digging through a few trays... Nope, nothing here...next tray... And hiding below that back saw (turned out to be a Jackson) was a Crown Gent's saw...$2 each....another tray, more digging around.. Buried under all of this, was a push drill, for $0.50...so, so far the "booty" is.. I think I can carry this 3 around, the rest of the day. Another tent of tools... Not much here...move along to the next tent... And this was just walking in past that first photo.... and.. and... Planes? Planes? And.. Was trying to get out of this tent with most of my cash intact... Wasn't looking good... Finally found me way out...the sign on that tool chest? There were acouple others selling old tools, though, some seemed to think they were made of gold....Parked meself on a bench a few times, inhaling a cold water bottle or two.....1400 hrs in the afternoon....about half of the vendors won't open until 1600 hrs, with the Vintage Car Show....all the food vendors, too...no lunch for me....did I mention Tractors? Part 2 coming up..
  10. Received this today from Lyle Jamieson. If you are considering purchasing from him, don't delay! The link to Lyle's site- https://lylejamieson.com/
  11. Friday and Saturday..Village wide sales in West Liberty, OH... Friday's "haul"? And.. And..for $0.25.. Chisel is a 2" wide Blue Grass brand...Little vise is a Columbian...That be a Marking Knife...The Brace is a Stanley No.8 Fray Brace,,,marked as ORD DEPT USA. That is an un-opened pack of sandpaper. Bevel gauge will need a bit of work... Saturday was a bit skimpy....$3 for 2 items... Both came from Sears....Block plane is by Sargent.....Cleaned it up... That brace still had cosmoline on the thumbscrew's threads, BTW. They were last made back in 1942... Not too bad of a weekend?
  12. BillyJack


    What's a good cheap set. I was going to buy a set of Craftsman s from a guy, but couldn't meet up. Have a cheap HF lathe I'd like to put to use. Any suggestions? I'm sure it's like golf, I don't need all the clubs, but I need some.. lol thx..
  13. Don't forget, Valentine's Day is on the horizon. Time to start dropping hints for that woodturning item you have been eyeing! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald turned a replacement bed finial for a friend. He challenged us to see if we can tell his turning from the original- You can provide your guess here- What’s Coming Up- Lots happening as the weather warms and fear of the virus diminishes. Click on the images for links to more information and registration. Cindy Drozda is hosting an on-line event- Lyle Jamieson's latest IRD will be on turning a goblet- Lyle also posted this to his Facebook page concerning in-person symposiums during 2022- The AAW associated "Women In Turning" is presenting Tania Radda- Another AAW associated presentation is- From Craft Supplies USA- For The Newbies- Lyle Jamieson posted this tip on Facebook. Hope you can see the video without a Facebook account- https://fb.watch/b2Ksz13F-V/ If you are just starting out, Jim Rodgers creates some great tool use videos. This one covers the parting tool and fluted spindle gouge. Interested in bowl turning? Ashley Harwood helps understand the tools need. Keep in mind, Ms. Harwood sells tools. If you have been turning for a little while, this shop made sanding station can really be an asset to your shop- Expand Your Horizons- Alan Stratton continues his series on eccentric turning with more ideas using his shop made jig/chuck- Alan also, demonstrates how to turn the perfect sphere without the aid of jigs- Mike Peace added a video on the topic of toxic wood. I know many of our members have had allergic reactions to various species. Along those same lines, I came across this video of a turner, garage engineering an HEPA filtration system. Passing it along for your enjoyment This one is for @Steve Krumanaker and his honey dippers. A really cool turned and beaded "honey box" by Carl Jacobson. New Turning Items- From the folks at Woodturners Wonders- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/kodiak-sharpening-system Daryl Johns (Dread Knot Workshop) posted a review/demonstration of the new Robert Sorby Steady Pro for hollowing- Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Woodturning seems to run in fads. Everyone does bowls, then hollowing, then acrylics. Lately I noticed a lot of surface colors. I have to say, although they are amazing, I still prefer to see the natural color of the species. I found a couple of pieces of white oak left over from a gun rack I made for a friend. The pieces were cutoffs and about 12" wide and 1"+ thick. Thinking about making something- maybe a platter. Turning the years of storage dirt away, the wood was true to its name- white. The grain was nondescript. Played around a little with some coloring ideas. I thought maybe black toner cartridge dust might fill the pores- not so much- but it did make an almighty mess on the lathe. Then tried brown paste shoe polish- not bad. Then black opaque resin dye- about the same. Last was amber transparent resin dye- better. Keep in mind I was only trying to accentuate the grain pattern- not color the entire surface. Applied the color and then skimmed the surface. Brown shoe polish- Black opaque resin dye- Amber transparent resin dye- I might just use oil based poly to give the piece a nice mellow glow. Who says you can't get curlies from carbide cutters- Safe turning and stay well
  14. I got the revised edition, ca. 1985, from the library. Literally hundreds of tools, jigs, and fixtures. Many are for hand-tooling but chapters on lathe and table saw helpers. It is obviously British, but if you understand a "g-cramp" is a "c-clamp" not so much a problem. The illustrations are all sketches vs. photos. I've already made one of his jigs. Pretty neat stuff.
  15. I've been doing some research and window shopping for a hollowing system with the goal narrow opening hollow forms in mind. I have yet to make a decision but I have some criteria. I'm hoping that someone can point me to the "best of the best". Captive bar Heavy duty Actual boring bar, not lathe tool adapter. Availability of both HSS and Carbide cutters for the tool Laser guide. Any advice would be appreciated as this is new territory for me. .40
  16. I fairly recently picked up a set of 12” and 6” incra rulers and I am very impressed. Very accurate, very easy to use. No complaints, and I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking for good layout tools.
  17. Maybe not the place for this but here goes. Just got this email from Woodcraft on a new clamp. I find the idea amazing but wonder what the clamp pressure is, have not researched yet Quick Twist Bar Clamp
  18. Getting ready to drop some $$ on my first set of wood turning tools and I've got everything figured out except my scraper. I'm primarily interested in turning bowls and could use some advice on which one of these three I should get. In order, the below pictures are: 1) Hurricane M2 Cryo 1" (x3/8") Heavy Duty Bowl Finishing Scraper....$114 2) Hurricane M42 Cryo 3/4" Bowl Finishing Scraper .......................................$82 3) Hurricane M2 Cryo 1" Round Nose Scraper ....................................................$76 At first I was thinking of getting the cheaper 1" round nose and grind / sharpen so that it has the profile of a bowl scraper. Is it ok to do this, or should I go for one of the other tools that are actual bowl scrapers? And if so, what's the advantage / functionality of the heavy duty scraper vs. the smaller 3/4" one?
  19. Congrats to all of the raffle winners. We really appreciate all of the participation. Our Patriot Turners- We've had a really great discussion started by @Gerald on hollowing tools. He gave us an insight into what he uses now and why. Gerald invited us to join in and share our experiences. Several members have already added to the discussion. Please hop over to Gerald's post and join in. We'd love to hear what you think and learn about the tools you use! @forty_caliber gave us a look at a bowl he turned from a log. He provided a bunch of progress shots from start to finish. You can see all of the images here- @Steve Krumanaker is back making magic at the lathe. He turned a fantastic flame box elder vase. Please see his post for more images and our turner's comments- What’s Coming Up- From Cindy Drozda. Click on the image for the link to registration For The Newbies- A video from Mike Waldt discussing design, esthetics and techniques. This is a replay from a live event. Expand Your Horizons- Mike Peace demonstrates multi-axis turning in this two part presentation. What I found interesting is that Mr. Peace didn't use a fancy jig for holding the offset pieces. New Turning Items- Every now and then the folks at Woodturners Wonders reminds us they that stock some unique woodturning items. Check out their site to see if there is something you might need. https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/unique-tools OK, this isn't new. There are many, many examples of steady rests available from just about every woodturning store. And even more shop made versions on line. What is new, here, is a unique method of mounting the three wheels. Here's the link for more information- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/magnetic-homemade-steady-rest/ Everything Else- Last week's list of YouTube woodturning videos from Rick Turns- I was able to start working on the bowls that a friend wanted made. Her husband and son have a small saw mill and they cut down a flame box elder tree. They provided a log that was long enough to make 4 bowls. They also gave me a piece of walnut from which I'll get a few bowls. Turned the logs into blanks - Was able to get 2 of the blanks roughed out- They are resting in the soap and water bath until tomorrow. Then into some shavings for a while. Starting the next two tomorrow. The walnut pieces intrigued me. The sap wood and heart wood were almost perfectly centered. I thought it would make an interesting piece if the outside was white and the inside was dark. That meant making an end gain bowl. Well it sorta worked. If I would have left the walls quite thick, it would have been better but very heavy. It's still kind of cool. Still need to finish the finish and part off the bottom. Not sure how much it will warp/crack as it is turned to finish will still green. The side walls are about 1/4" thick. Safe turning and stay well
  20. John Morris wrote an excellent bio on Easy wood carbide turning tools. I was surprised to find out they invented them. Its a good read. II hope I found the proper link for his story.
  21. I saves a few of the planner blades in all the nuts and bolts I gave away. Found a use for one. For those familiar with Sorby tools they make a parting tool with a v grind at the end. That is way I have attempted here. Used a round grinding stone in my Wecheer carver. Had to grind off the sharp side and a bit off the back to get it to fit in pre drilled handle I had in a drawer. Ferrell is a plumbing reducer. now for the edge and proof it does a great end grain cut. I have never been able to get a parting cut that clean usuall have to clean up with spindle or bowl gouge
  22. I watched a video on making one's own tantung turning tool. This is completely new to me. Check out this video at THE BIG UGLY TOOL by Reed Gray aka Robo Hippy with Randal Dale - YouTube I've seen this discussed on a couple of other sites, but not here. I like here best. It appears that one can buy small pieces of tantung reasonably cheap. Then comes welding to a piece of steel and handle. The question is whether what you get from tantung is worth the effort. Your experiences with tantung, please
  23. Before I head out this morning I started doing some researching on tools and found some ones that would come in handy once I get the new shed shop completed with work benches. First is the Rikon 10-305 Band Saw with fench 10-inch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0032YZB2S/?coliid=IPI8XU4BJG6QD&colid=JHVHTKURXUVA&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it_im Second is the Wen MM1011 15-A,[ 10" Single Bevel Compact Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZGH64YC/?coliid=I1AJIDICH8IWPU&colid=JHVHTKURXUVA&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it\ Third is DEFINATELY a Vise WORKPRO Bench Vise, 4.5" heavy-duty utility combination pipe home vise, swivel base bench for wood working https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08G89S7QL/?coliid=I3407NKGU97XFV&colid=JHVHTKURXUVA&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it_im Fourth is the Wen Delta 36-6013 10 inch table saw with 25 inch rip capacity. I double I will need 25 inches....https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083ZKXPDR/?coliid=I3VTZK7UFEY913&colid=JHVHTKURXUVA&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it_im Sixth is the Porter-Cable Benctop Jointer, Variable Speed 6 inch (PC160JT) I'm not sure if this is the best one to get but limited income.... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004Q0I8YU/?coliid=I3LPLOAO8IFH71&colid=JHVHTKURXUVA&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it Seventh is the WEN 6552T 13 inch 15 amp 3 blade benctop corded thickness planer. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KL4L9KM/?coliid=IUXPB6D0Y4MY3&colid=JHVHTKURXUVA&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it_im I'm also currently browsing for a variable speed drill press that is a bench top. I do want to toss the current harbor freight 5 speed drill press I have in the dump. How ever these are just some of the tools I'm looking at that I'm finding more and more that are in much need. I've also been looking for a small camping wood stove for the shed for winter time heating. But that's not as important at the moment. Still doing a ton of research but if you guys have any other suggestions I'm all ears.
  24. The Spoon Crank is a global initiative looking to bring together people who share a passion for spoon carving. Apart from giving the chance to the beginner spoon carver to learn from the experienced and talented carvers, we want to enable the physical connection with the masters of the craft through a physical object. The spoon blank. The spoon blank is the foundation of the wooden spoon. We want to give access to what we believe is essential for a new carver to grasp. We want to give easier access to the fundamental and underlying geometry of what to become a finished hand carved wooden spoon. Source....
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