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Boy, we could use some rain in this part of Pennsylvania. Of course the upside is that the grass doesn't need mowing Lots happening this week with our turners! Our Patriot Turners- Both @FlGatorwood , @Artie and @Larry Cutlip received their raffle prizes and posted thanks to @Jim from Easy Wood Tools for their participation and supplying the Easy Wood Tools products! Aartie asked us for advice on additional turning equipment in his post. Check it out and see if you can think of anything else he might need- @Andrew is really progressing with his pen turning- Andrew's post from last week on pressure pots has continued to generate more discussion and suggestions- @Ron Altier posted an update on his Ultraviolet finish. Ron also showed us a really awesome "ornament". He thinks he may have to modify it to be used on a Christmas tree- @DRAGON1 Is looking for a little help. He needs a coffee mug turned. Maybe one of our turners can help him out. Here is his request- Last week's "Wednesday's..." generated a series of comments on a stuck screw on a carbide cutter. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools provided the answer as well as uploading an information sheet from Easy Wood Tools- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to registration and more information. Click on the image for the link to the registration. For The Newbies- @AndrewB asked s about tearout a while back. Mike Peace recently posted a video explaining why this happens and some of the ways to prevent it- Want to try a little fancier bowl? Carl Jacobson shows us how- Expand Your Horizons- One of the most interesting types of wood to turn is spalted wood. Many species of wood can have spalting and it creates unbelievable patterns. An example can be seen in the video above. Here is a blog post from Woodcraft- https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/woodsense-spotlight-on-spalted-wood New Turning Items- I have to thank @Cliff for this week's new turning item. This is probably the best thought out steady rest I've seen. It is a little expensive but in the same neighborhood as the Carter steady- Everything Else- Rick Turns posted two updates on videos this week. This first one has several interesting entries. Look for one on resin molds, a series of short videos on turning tools from Record Tools and one on homemade abrasive pastes. Rick's second post has an extensive list of videos. Rick writes- "this video announces a playlist of the latest woodturning videos from every active woodturning channel that I have located and cataloged in my database." Finally finished up that little cherry bowl that wasn't supposed to crack because it was soaked in a soap solution. For the past 3 days I've been milling materials for some more rolling pins. Not hard just repetitive. Safe turning and stay well
My wife has volunteered my services once more. A widow friend is moving into a one bedroom and has a coffee table her late husband made. She wants full length legs so can use as dining table. So I failed to get the pre photo but reconstructed some shots. Started by thinking I would cut the legs short and screw and glue new ones. We I got them cut and decided that would not do. Had to remove the fence board he tacked on with brads and no glue anywhere. Had 8 deck screws 3 inch long in each leg. . Lumber was rough so I planed it down and will round over for comfort. Place the short scrap as a brace and detail piece. Took the tapered scrap and rounded over the end then used a router roundover on edges . You may be able to see the taper I marked on the leg from about 2 inch at bottom and will round over the corners. Now for a question is the wide part of the leg better on the wide rail I have it placed or on the short rail?
I hope all of you are doing good! I have been having a lot of issues with motivation and finding something constructive to do. Without that, there isn’t much sense in hanging around here. I have missed you all though. Anyhow, I do have a few things that I want to try and get done this week(end). a few bottle stoppers one of which I may have to Re-drill and Re-glue, because the metal is looking a bit proud. I believe it to be spalted maple. the little pieces are pendants that are needing completed. One is a odd color acrylic and the other I believe to be Rosewood or Cocobolo. The last piece is a bottle stopper and it I believe is apple wood or cherry. Y’all take care out there and hopefully things git back to normal soon! Oh the square piece without metal glued to it is also maple and will be a bottle stopper. 🤣 I wish images from phones didn’t get flipped on their side. 🤔
I just got off the phone talking to Charles Nichols. I noticed he hasn't been around and I wanted to check up on him. He's doing better from his lung issues but the doctors were concerned that the sawdust from turning might be aggravating his lungs. His lathe is in his apartment and the dust can't get away. At any rate, he said that he is doing better and to tel the gang, "HI" and that he'll be back on site soon.
Friday turned into a busy day for me and I just realized today that I didn't put up a post for the weekend. I had therapy Friday morning and then had to be a VBS presentation for my grand children. So it just got to be a little busy. Still no shop work for me but I am getting itchy to get in there. I have walked out to the shop a few times and just looked around. My two sons and my daughter in law have been working hard out there to keep my woodworking commitments going. We have put out six Big Green Egg tables and a bunch of cutting boards and a few other special projects that slid in. Today, things are a little quite out there as everyone is working on other jobs. So what is on your Patriot Woodworker agenda this weekend? Are you finishing up any projects, starting new projects, building jigs, remodeling the shop, doing home improvement, lawn work, tool rehabs, or just spending the week like me with both feet propped up and resting? We here at TPW love to see all of the projects you are working on so please share them here with us. I look forward to reading about your projects and will be waiting to see what you have to post.