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  1. Another Wednesday rolls around! Our Patriot Turners- @Pauley Has been busy creating some fantastic items! Please check out his post and see some more of his turnings and how he created some of the effects- @Ron Altier finished up a beautiful spalted ornament- Ron gives us an explanation of what he did and some of the problems he overcame in this one- @Woodbutcherbynight posted a little turning he did- Sometimes the simplest things can be anything but easy! Here's his post- @Ron Altier also shared a video he found on making a natural edge bowl. He received lots of comments about the process! What’s Coming Up- Click on the image for the link to the webpage. For The Newbies- Is the piece of stock you are turning completely round? How do you check yours? You can turn the lathe off and inspect the piece or you can feel and listen- Expand Your Horizons- @Ron Altier showed us the video of one way to turn a natural edge bowl. Rick Turns posted a new video demonstrating a different method and then creates beautiful embellishments with copper leaf- New Turning Items- Craft Supplies USA has a new item aimed at the turners who make rings. Their device helps the turner make extremely accurately sized holes- Everything Else- I am asking for some input on this weekly post. The format has been about the same since we started and I am wondering if you all are satisfied with what you read/see. Am I missing something important? Is there something you would like to have added/removed. Am I covering enough material/too much. Please let me know what you think.
  2. One of my favorite sites is You Tube where I can see everything, whether I like it or not. I see a lot of woodworking and turning videos, etc. Tonight I saw one tititled Laser wood turning. I didn't watch it. NOW anyone can turn beautiful things by pushing a button. I don't like the idea. If you use a programmable machine or laser, Why bother? Go buy it. Skills not needed, art not appreciated. Of course I am old school and always will be. How do you feel about products like that?
  3. Snow and windy here tonight! Our Patriot Turners- @Woodbutcherbynight is cranking out wooden stemmed wine glasses. He is using segmented blanks to make these beauties- Check out his post and see the nice comments he received. Within that post, he also posted some gorgeous tool handles! Gunny wins the award this week for the most posts of projects! In addition to the glasses, he turned a fantastic little "Q-Tip Holder". He gives us an insight into how this handy item came about- @HandyDan added more information to his ornament and stand posting. Dan's tutorials are always well detailed and photographed. Check out the addition information- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools added some really great information to a resurrected post comparing Easy Wood Tools to some of the clones that have been showing up in the woodworking stores. Check it out so you don't buy a pig-in-a-poke! You may remember from last week that @Cliff donated his Easy Wood Tools winnings, from our Operation Ward 57 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family, to @Pauley. Well Pauley received the tools and sent his thanks and gratitude for the generosity. What’s Coming Up- Bradley McCalister, from Spiracraft, has posted the dates he will be at the various woodworking show around the country- For The Newbies- Mike Peace posted a very interesting video on a shop made tool used for creating a chuck recess. This tool overcomes the drawbacks of many of the "store bought" tools- Sam Angelo gives us an insight into the differences between buffing and burnishing- Expand Your Horizons- Rick Turns added his list of December 2019 videos. New Turning Items- Ruth Niles sent out her latest newsletter. She has some great prices on her stainless steel stoppers- Here is the link to Ruth's website- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Everything Else- Haven't been at the lathe this week. My Mom, who recently moved to an assisted living facility, wasn't happy with the only table in her living space. Finding one that would fit proved futile so I have been working on building one. Safe turning
  4. Welcome to the second decade of century 2000! Our Patriot Turners- Well the winners of our Adopt A Family were announced and the winner of the Easy Wood Tools was @Cliff. Cliff, being the generous guy he is, offered the tools to a veteran member. The proud recipient is now @Pauley. Thanks, Cliff! Thanks, Easy Wood Tools for your continued generous support of our family here! @Jim from Easy Wood Tools @jttheclockman post a request for information on a detail sander that would work for turnings. He received lots of input and ideas. Please check out his post and see if you can give him any additional advice- @HandyDan gave us a heads-up on a sale on Rikon lathes. The post developed into lots of good information that could be used for any lathe purchase. Check it out at- @Woodbutcherbynight asked us about some lathe items he had. Several of our members chimed in with ideas and information. Head on over to his post and see what he has- We have a new turner member in our midst! @joejimmun posted a request for help locating a part for a lathe. It didn't take long for our guys to locate it for him. Give Joe a welcome and see what lathe he is repairing- We have had a couple of revived threads! It's always fun to take a ride in Mr. Peabody's WABAC machine. @Kevin Beitz commented on a pine cone pen which triggered some input from our ranks- We also had some additional comments on a thread about all of the Easy Wood Tools clones. When you compare them to the copycats, you realize just what a great bargain they are. They really work great, too! What’s Coming Up- Well this sucks! Click on the above image to visit the More Woodturning Magazine. For The Newbies- Alright, it's the middle of winter- so let's talk Bar-B-Q!! Tim Yoder has a video up where he demonstrates turning some cookout utensils from project kits. Looks like these would make great gifts- Expand Your Horizons- Although mostly spindle turning, Pepper (and salt) grinders require lots of precise measurements. Special jigs can be helpful as well. In this video, Mike Peace demonstrates making one using the mechanism from Chefware Kits. https://chefwarekits.com/Pepper-&-Salt-Mechanisms-c37148080 New Turning Items- If you have been thinking about one of those CBN wheels to replace the abrasive wheel on your slow speed grinder, Here a video to help you decide on the best option- Everything Else- This past summer, i was ordered to get rid of some of the wood I had hidden behind the garden shed. It was maple from a tree that needed to be removed several years earlier. It had been stored on the ground and not protected from the elements. After cutting the circle blank, I tried to round it on my old lathe. Because some of the wood was soft and other places hard, it was so out of balance that it wasn't safe to turn on the old Delta. Even tried to drill out portions to re-balance it but that didn't work. I soaked it in dishwashing liquid/water for a few days and placed it in a bag of shavings, then completely forgot about it. That was in May. I pulled it out of the shavings this week and remounted it on the new lathe using a face plate. It had dried completely but the soft vs. hard wood still created an unbalanced situation. The new variable speed lathe worked great to find a speed that was safe with very little vibration. The bowl originally was to be deeper but, my futile balancing attempts interfered with the shaping. Any way, the outside is shaped but needs sanding before rechucking to hollow out the inside- Safe turning
  5. Merry Christmas! Posting a little early as tomorrow will be hectic, to say the least! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald showed us his display and setup for the craft shows. Just look at the varied items he has made! No wonder they sell so quickly! There are more images in his post- From last week's Wednesdays post, there was some comments about turning bowls. @Gerald added some great information and links in response to the comments. Thanks, Gerald, for jumping in on this! @HandyDan created some awesome inside out ornaments and display stands! See more in his post- @Masonsailor came up with some beautiful last minute gifts. These will surely be a hit with any hostess! He has more information in his post about the type of wood he used- @Woodbutcherbynight added some more fantastic hybrid champagne glasses. These are really spectacular! Here's his latest post- @Ron Altier posted an entry about a really novel turning. Lots and lots of tiny little pieces and gobs of glue What’s Coming Up- Another club- http://www.azwoodturners.org/wood/ For The Newbies- Rick Turns posted a 2 part video on making shallow "dish". What I found interesting was not so much the turning but some of the things he used during the process. In Part 1, notice he uses the same depth gauge we mentioned here last week. Also, check out his High Tech drying device- Expand Your Horizons- In Part 2 of the videos Rick posted shows how he embellished the shallow bowl using Pyrography and "leafing". If you have never tried leafing, it can really add to a turning and isn't that difficult to do! New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have been posting videos of their product. Ken Rizza demonstrates the items. Makes it nice to see the stuff in action. Here's a video of their "Lathe Track"- Everything Else- A couple of weeks ago, we posted a video from Mike Peace and Alan Stratton talking about a Christmas ornament contest. The winners were selected and here they are- Announcing the results from the 2019 Christmas Ornament Challenge There was a minor catastrophe with the elm bowl I was turning. The inside was finished, sanded and the same with the outside. To finish off the foot it required reverse chucking and it looked like that would work with my Easy Wood chuck and the Big Easy Jaws ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )- As an extra measure of caution, I used nylon strapping tape- Things were going fine until- I had even saturated the interface between the bark/sapwood and the heart wood but... Reglued the crack and continued on. My original thought on the reverse chuck method was to use a friction chuck. Should have stuck to that plan. Anyway, that's what I ended up doing. An old scrap of wood rounded to match the interior radius of the bowl- Then hot gluing a red rubber pad to the scrap- Removed the point from the live center to capture the nub on the bottom of the bowl The poly is drying, now. I'm working on a little "light box" to improve my photos- using Mike Peace's design. Will post the finished bowl next week. Safe turning
  6. There's just a little over a week remaining to help with our Wounded Warrior Family Adoption project. If you haven't made your donation, yet, please see this link- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/topic/27849-the-patriot-woodworkers-with-operation-ward-57-adopt-a-wounded-warrior-family-for-the-holidays-2019 Our Patriot Turners- @Woodbutcherbynight posted his first impression of his new Easy Wood Tools chisels. Like most of us, he was duly impressed! Check out the really sweet gobblet handles he made and our members comments- We had a couple of questions this week on lathe purchases. First, @Larry Blighton asked our opinion on the Delta LA200 Midi lathe. He received several comments and suggestions. Check out his post and see if you can add to what the others have said- The second question came from @BillyJack. He also asked our opinion on a Delta lathe. This one was a 1440 Iron Bed. Our members responded with lots of ideas and suggestions. Head on over to his post and give him your thoughts- Member @Ron is back with us and is anxious to get going on his lathe. He's looking for some turning tools and asked us our opinion. We all know I'd recommend starting with Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )! How about the rest of you?!? @Ron Altier shared his "turning's jacket" story. Several members added their experiences and what they are currently using. How about the rest of you. Any favorite chip protection clothing?? What’s Coming Up- Continuing with our randomly selected state turning club pick- https://www.swiwt.org/ For The Newbies- Sometimes, after turning a piece, it is necessary to remount it on the lathe. That can be problematic, especially if the tenon/recess has been removed. Cap'n Eddie recently posted a video demonstrating various ways to hold pieces when this happens- Expand Your Horizons- The founder/owner of Spiracraft produces a weekly live production that plays on Facebook. It can later be viewed on YouTube. Bradley McAllister demonstrates various techniques, procedures and equipment. This is the video from this past Monday- New Turning Items- Even though I have dust collection and air filtration in the shop, I have realized I need more dust protection. Just today, I received my new dust mask. I hope it does the trick. I have an older 3M cartridge mask but it doesn't fit under my faceshield. This low profile design shouldn't interfere. One of my concerns was that my hearing aids and the ear straps would not work together. A quick test run seems to eliminate that concern. It is rated N99. https://www.amazon.com/BASE-CAMP-Breathing-Woodworking-Activities/dp/B07RLLCJZF/ref=sr_1_4?crid=SWIM04A15S7O&keywords=base+camp+dust+mask&qid=1576111628&s=hi&sprefix=base+camp%2Ctools%2C184&sr=1-4 Everything Else- The walnut bowls for Christmas presents are done. The finish was one application of mineral oil and then a second application of hot beeswax/mineral oil. Then buffed out. I did make a lid for the larger hollow vessel. Mimi said it looked like a cookie jar for the Keebler elves. Safe turning
  7. I love old woodworking info videos. It reminds me when I was sitting in class in elementary school during recess, on a rainy day, we'd have old reel to reels like this for viewing. Not so much for woodworking, but this quality and genre of videos, they were really neat. I came across this video and loved it, just thought I'd share. Keep an eye on the initiation ritual into being a full fledged Journeyman Cooper, it's awesome. They call it the "Tossing of a Cooper".
  8. Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away! I'll be subbing tomorrow so I guess the kids will be getting wound up! You may have noticed the new green banner at the top of the Patriot web pages. Our annual Adopt A Wounded Warrior Family Christmas Drive has started. Each year, we open our hearts and our wallets to make sure a deserving family has a memorable Christmas. Our goal, this year, is $1500 but we are only half way there with just 30 days left to make this their best Christmas ever. To encourage you to donate, our very generous sponsors have provided some awesome prizes. The more you donate, the better your chances of picking up a really fantastic item! Complete details are here- Our Patriot Turners- With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, our turners are cranking out the ornaments! @Ron Altier displayed some of his gorgeous creations for us. Check out the members comments in his post- @HandyDan has been in production mode with his ornaments. Actually I think he must have one of those Star Trek duplicators! Dan tells us how he created this batch of beauties! Dan also posted a great tutorial on how he created the burned lines on his lighthouses. Check out the neat devices he uses to hold the wire! @Woodbutcherbynight posted a super idea for using metal letter/number stamps. His idea is a real "finger saver"! In his post, he explains how he made this neat holder- What’s Coming Up- With winter coming on, not a lot of major shows/symposiums. I thought it might be nice to turn our attention to some of the regional groups/clubs. Click on the above image for the link to this club and some of its' activities. For The Newbies- Turning blank drying can be a crap shoot. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Three YouTube turners have collaborated to try and see if some of the drying factors can be related to climate/location. Sam Angelo, Mike Peace and Larry Randolf are experimenting and posting their results. First Sam introduces us to the idea- Then Mike Peace adds his input- Expand Your Horizons- We are still seeing lots of hybrid acrylic/wood turnings being produced. Recently, our very generous sponsor- Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) posted a video of a "Dragon Egg" being turned using their new negative rake cutter- New Turning Items- Here's an item that might be the perfect Christmas gift- Click on the image for the link to this product. Everything Else- Cindy Drozda has a new instructional DVD about her "Finial Star". Ms. Drozda, without a doubt, makes some of the most graceful finials anywhere. Safe turning
  9. Beautiful sunny day here in south central Pennsylvania. Even with the sun, the temperatures barely got above freezing. A sure sign winter isn't far away. Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald received quite the honors this week. Not only was one of his turnings selected by the American Association of Woodturners as the turning of the week; they are also publishing one of Gerald's turning tips! We can certainly see why this one was chosen! Here's a link to Gerald's post. Please offer him your congratulations- @John Morris gave us a heads up on a tutorial from Woodcraft Magazine. Woodcraft has a large library of projects submitted by readers. These are made available to everyone. There is a downloadable PDF file available, too. Notice Carl Johnson's use of those great Easy Wood Tools!! What’s Coming Up- It's a little far in the future, but if you are in the Louisville, KY area, keep this date in mind. When more info is available, I'll update the event. For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a two part video demonstrating how to turn a gavel. These can be a welcome gift for anyone involved with public meetings. Making one from a significant piece of wood can make it even more special. The second part is linked from Mike's channel. Expand Your Horizons- A turning conundrum- how to sign you work? Etching pen, woodburning, sharpie? M. Saban-Smith discusses his method in this short video- New Turning Items- I stumbled across this site today. Although the equipment being sold isn't a "new invention", it looks like their take on quality is something to be respected- https://www.theokspindoctor.com/ Everything Else- Over the weekend, I managed to get all of the new lathe pieces from the pickup to the basement. Moe, Larry and Curly would have been proud! Thank goodness for levers, inclined planes and staged lifting. Of course nothing ever goes as planned. Positioning of equipment and storage needed to be re-thought and re-arranged. One of the first things I needed to do was to modify some of my most used jigs to fit onto the larger lathe. This lathe has a 16" swing (old one was 14") and the distance between the ways is wider. I raised the jigs so that they set at the proper elevation to be centered on the horizontal axis of the head/tailstock. I got lucky as I had scraps the exact thickness required. I also did some housekeeping and begrudgingly parted with some old jigs for project that I'll probably never do again- at least until after the garbage goes on Friday. Couldn't wait any longer- It Works! Love how quiet this lathe is!!! Even my old welding shop tool rests fit, although the post could be a little longer. After reading the manual, I believe I'll need to find a more convenient place to plug it in. The electronic speed control is sensitive to voltage surges and Jet recommends unplugging the lathe when not in use. I looked at the price of 3 pole disconnects- a little salty. Safe turning
  10. EDIT- I am posting the Mad Turner's photos as the link to his work doesn't function for anyone but me- Sorry! End of October already! Heavy rains forecast for here tomorrow evening so I guess I'll have to save all that Trick or Treat candy for next year! Our Patriot Turners- New member @Mad turner posted some of his turning in a message. Thought I'd link them here so everyone can get a look at his fabulous work! More images- He also offered to provide the group with information on his methods of drying green woods. Maybe we can convince him to post his techniques in the Woodturning Forum- @Pauley showed us a lidded box that he turned. This one is a beauty. He asked us to critique his work. I personally think the choice of woods was perfect! Here is his post, see what you think and let him know- @Gerald asked us if we had any information/experience with a website called "Squareup". It is a payment processing site. Here's Geralds post and more about why he was asking. Maybe you can give him some help- What’s Coming Up- Tennessee Association of Woodturners 2020 Woodturning Symposium Coming up on January 24 and 25, 2020. Clink on the above image for more information and registration. For The Newbies- I stumbled on to this site from a link on YouTube- "JIM RODGERS ON WOODTURNING". Lots of short videos, information and articles to help the beginning turner. http://www.jlrodgers.com/basics-of-woodturing.html Also Eddie Castelin has the second video up for the Worldwide Turners Club- Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson converted an inexpensive toy into a very nice looking turning, in this video. Notice his use of Easy Wood Tools! New Turning Items- Sorry, couldn't find anything new and interesting for this category. Everything Else- Still waiting on my new lathe. Hope it will be here this weekend. In the meantime I've been cleaning and remaking some of the jigs I use. It's always a pain to set up the calipers for repetitive measurements like tenons and recesses for mounting things on the chuck. I took a hint from a Mike Peace video and made a new jig for my Easy Chuck. 1/4" plexiglass and size for the 2 most used sets of jaws. Safe turning
  11. Posting a little early today before things get busy with company. Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan has started making Christmas presents for the kids at the Akron Children's Hospital. Dan turns presents every year for the kids there. He is certainly securing his place in heaven! Please check out his post and give him your kudos for his work @Ron Altier asked us how we store our lathe chuck keys. Several of our turners have chimed in with their methods. I think @Jim from Easy Wood Tools probably spoke for most of us! Check out Ron's post and tell us how you do it! @Smallpatch posted a really cool picture of the "Russian Dolls". Those hollow dolls that have those progressively smaller versions stacked inside. We also found a video showing how they are manufactured. Lots of interesting tools and processes in the video Check it out! A couple of years ago, @Gerald started a thread on sandpaper costs. Recently there has been some activity, on that post, that includes information of interest to turners. @Kevin Beitz commented on a different sanding technique. He also asked a question on scraper sharpening. Check out Kevins comments and question and offer any suggestion you may have- What’s Coming Up- For those turners in Florida, mark your calendars for this event- http://floridawoodturningsymposium.com/ For The Newbies- With the holidays fast approaching, here's a spindle type, ornament turning from Mike Peace. This would make a great gift! Expand Your Horizons- I do not have the gift of being able to draw anything (other than flies). Many times I would like to be able to see what a turning would look like before commiting a piece of wood. Here is some software that lets you draw a turning, then view it in any position. The software is free and works on Windows PCs. The software downloaded from- http://www.shapemagic.com/lm/downloads.htm New Turning Items- Not sure how long this has been available. I thought it might be something the turners, who do segmented turnings, would find useful. TiteBond Translucent glue- "TITEBOND TRANSLUCENT WOOD GLUE Titebond Translucent Wood Glue is designed for general household and woodworking projects. It provides a virtually invisible glue line and bonds stronger than the wood. A strong tack and fast speed of set helps reduce clamp time. When dry, this wood glue is unaffected by finishes and sands easily. Also ideal for craft projects, Titebond Translucent is easy to use, non-toxic and cleans up with water. It is specifically designed for wood, particleboard, hardboard, leather, cloth and most other porous materials." Everything Else- Tim Yoder recently added a cool video where he made a lamp from bowling items. Check out Tim's use of our sponsor- Easy Wood Tools- products! Mike Peace has a video demonstrating turning a pendant. What's especially cool about this project is that Mike shows us how to create shop made offset adapters for a scroll chuck. Safe turning
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  14. Joe Zeh (Swamp Road WoodWorks http://www.srww.com/blog/ ) published a new Introduction to Sketchup video. For those of you who are familiar with Mr. Zeh's work, you know this will be a valuable asset in learning to use Sketchup! https://youtu.be/U9i7XytVGYI
  15. My wife says these are called Russian Dolls. Maybe better known where they are maid, made, Matryoshka or Babushka. They are made of wood turned on a lathe and they all stack into each other...A good project for you real turners!!!!! I know you guys with some Russian heritage just has to make a few sets of these for Christmas or the 4th of June ?
  16. Finally got all unpacked, laundry done, dog washed and settling back into the routine. Our Patriot Turners- @FrederickH wanted to know about turning a burl. Specifically, if it should be turned green or be allowed to dry first. Our turners provided some input but see if you can give him additional information- A while back, @Gerald showed us some crosses he was designing for a group at his church. Gerald has redesigned them some and posted his newer version- @John Morris has added some new woodturning links to the Links Directory. Check them out at- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/links/category/21-foundations-and-non-profits/ What’s Coming Up- If you are in or around West Harrison, IN this weekend, Check out the this woodturning event! Click on the above image for the link to registration and more information. For The Newbies- Lots of new turners get a "starter set" of traditional tools when they purchase their lathe. Sometimes these sets are part of the lathe package. These starter tools will require sharpening before you start to turn and as you turn. Both Tim Yoder and Carl Jacobson have created sharpening videos. They demonstrate how to sharpen and some of the available equipment to make the task of sharpening easier. Tim Yoder's is in 2 parts. Part 2 is linked from Tim's channel- Carl's is a single part video- Expand Your Horizons- Another way to add interest to your turnings. This particular instance is on a bowl but the method lends itself to most any turning New Turning Items- A few weeks back, @Gerald posted some information about making a lift/moving device for a lathe. If making one isn't your thing, this just might help you out- This is available at- https://boratool.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=bora+pm+900+workbench+caster+kit&amnoroute Everything Else- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter for October is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ I am still latheless but I did order the Jet 1640 EVS. In the meantime, I'm trying to get the workshop ready for the new arrival. The old Delta occupied the same location since it arrived and took the place of the Bridgewood lathe- my first one. Both of these lathes were bench mounted. The Jet will be "free standing" so I needed to make room. The bench the old lathes set on doubled as storage. I need to keep it. I was able to swap positions of some of my equipment. The old lathe's home- The area under the drill press- I was able to swap the lathe bench and the drill press area- Those drawers are filled with tools and hardware. The air compressor and a "new" small cabinet now occupy the empty space left from the where the lathe bench used to set. From the first picture, you can see how I stored my lathe tools. That was OK but when I started learning the benefits of carbide tools and my collection grew; I needed to make a different holder. The carousel worked better but, as you can see, it was mounted to the bench. Need something new for the free standing lathe. Made this wall mounted holder Safe turning
  17. Here's a video explaining how to download various textures and materials to add to your Sketchup drawings- A few places where these material/textures can be found http://SketchUpTextureClub.com http://CADHatch.com http://Sharetextures.com http://MaxTextures.com
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  19. Looks like I haven't been the most on-the-ball forum host for the last several weeks. I've missed several posts by our turners and for that I apologize. Our Patriot Turners- @Pauley asked our opinions on the Laguna 1216 midi lathe- Check out his post and see if you can offer any help. @Kevin Beitz showed us a beautiful pedestal fruit bowl that incorporated an inside-out turning. Kevin added his picture here- Back in the summer, @RustyFN was working on a vase he was turning from a glued up blank. Somehow, I missed his posting of the finished turning. It really turned out fabulous! Here is the link to the entire thread- @HandyDan is trying his hand at finial making! Looks to me like he has those things mastered!!! Dan explains his work- What’s Coming Up- If you are in or around Louisville, KY this coming summer, Keep an eye out for the AAW symposium. Currently there isn't any registration information that I can find- For The Newbies- The best way to learn to turn is to have someone teach you how to do it. A turning club is the idea environment for this. Unfortunately, not all of us live in an area where this can happen. Cap'n Eddie Castelin is starting an online club for turners. This video goes into more detail. Expand Your Horizons- Acrylic turnings seem to be all the rage right now. Carl Jacobson turns an acrylic sphere, in this video. The information he presents is more about the prep and how the acrylic casting was completed. Check out the use of the Easy Wood Tools products ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) !! New Turning Items- Some of these aren't "new" but the prices are pretty good- Click on the above image for the link to WoodTurners Wonders. Everything Else- I am currently "lathe-less". Sold my old Delta in less than 24 hours. Thanks Craig's List! I'm going to order the Jet 1640 EVS. The local dealer is offering a 15% discount thru October. Some of my jigs will have to be reworked and I'll need a spindle adapter to match up my chuck and shop made items to the new size. The most work will come in the shop rearrangement. I had the Delta bench mounted and the new Jet will have its' own stand. And, of course, I'm gonna have to call in some favors to get it to the basement!!! Before the lathe left, I managed to complete the locust bowl. Because of the shape, I took extra precautions when finishing off the bottom. Strapping tape made sure the thing stayed in place. I used some more of that black CA from StarBond to fill in a void where some of the bark was not quite complete. The finish is mineral oil and then some mineral oil/beeswax paste. Mimi has already decide who will receive it. Safe turning
  20. Can you believe it, September is almost over! It's been a very slow week. Fighting a cold and not feeling like doing much of anything. Our Patriot Turners- Unless I missed it, I didn't find any new posts from our turners this week. What’s Coming Up- TAW 2020 Woodturning Symposium January 24-25, 2020 Marriott Hotel and Convention Center Franklin, TN Featured demonstrators include Cindy Drozda, Eric Lofstrom, Mark St. Leger, and Derek Weidman. Click on the above image for the link more information and registration. For The Newbies- If you are thinking about purchasing carbide tipped turning tools, Mike Peace produced a 2 part video showing them in action, comparing and contrasting them to "traditional" turning tools. Notice he picked the best carbide tool to demonstrate- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ! Part 1- Part 2- Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson recently turned a wooden vase and then finished it with epoxy. It's an interesting process. Personally, I prefer the look of natural wood- New Turning Items- A couple of weeks ago, we posted a link to a new sharpening system from Woodturners Wonders. Since then, Mike Peace partnered with Ken Rizza (from Woodturners Wonders) to demonstrate the sharpening system. I think I mentioned this product before but I finally had a chance to try some of it for myself. Starbond adhesives has a thick, black CA that is designed to be a crack filler. The locust bowl, shown down the page, had a loose knot with some material missing. I used the new CA to fill the voids and affix the knot. This stuff works great! It cut easily with carbide cutters and stayed in place. Using the new CA isn't much different than using any other CA, however, this thicker stuff dries a little slower so the use of an accelerator is suggested. I also noticed that because of the viscosity, it takes a few moments for the glue to wick down into a crevice. Waiting a moment, before hitting it with accelerator will determine if you need to add more CA to complete filling the voids. You can check it out at- https://www.starbond.com/black-medium-thick-ca-glue-kbl-500.html Everything Else- Way back in the spring I was gifted a couple of pieces of locust. I never had much luck with that wood. Always seemed to crack and check during drying. The first piece I turned to the typical oversized blank and then submerged it in a soap and water solution. From there to a bag of shavings for a couple of days. A total soak/shavings of about a week. The blank stayed virtually round and never cracked or checked. While the first blank was drying, I did the same thing to the second one. Then promptly forgot about it. It's been in the shavings since March. When I pulled it out, this is what I discovered- I scribed a compass circle around the chuck recess. I was amazed at how little it warped. The top did warp more but mostly horizontally- The soap and water technique seems to work much better than just using shavings, alone. Also, it seems the blank left in the shavings the least amount of time (the first blank) had less horizontal warping. That bowl didn't warp even after it was completely turned. I guess most of the stresses had been relaxed by turning it down to a typical wall thickness. Safe turning
  21. Just looking out of the window at the beautiful sunset. Days are getting shorter and the leaves are beginning to show signs of fading. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier glued up some pieces of colored plywood and turned a couple of sweet looking ornaments- Check out his post to see how a simple rearrangement of the pieces creates completely different designs- @Gerald turned some beautiful crosses for a ladies group at his church- Gerald tells us about the group and his turnings in his post- Gerald also gave us more information on a post he did about lathe wheels- Gerald wins this week's gift certificate for a free one year membership to the Patriot Woodworker site. He posted three turning related subjects in one week! He gave us a link to an article on building a Universal Jam Chuck. The article is from Woodcraft Magazine- one of our proud sponsors! What’s Coming Up- The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is having a workshop (Gatlinburg, TN October 6 - 12, 2019) that introduces students to 3-point off-axis turning. If you are a wood turner looking for something different and unusual, the world of twisted segmented turning provides unique opportunities to create non-round objects on a lathe. Click on the above image for a link to more information and registration For The Newbies- If you are like me, there were no turning clubs in my area when I began turning. The Internet, for me, was available on a 300 baud modem on a shared telephone line. Videos were out of the question. Well now, at least, fast Internet is available and groups are out there to help the new turner. A well known personality in the turning world, Capt. Eddie Castelin, is creating a website to bring turners of all levels together. The site is currently under development but check out what Capt. Eddie has to say in this video- Here's the website link- http://www.worldwidewoodturners.com/ Expand Your Horizons- Acrylic and acrylic hybrid turnings are becoming all the rage lately. Woodcraft has started stocking Alumilite products including resins and colors. It can be fun to create your own turning blanks or use the casting resins as "fillers". But beware, to have castings free of voids and bubbles can get expensive. Pressure pots, compressors, vacuum chambers and pumps are some of the additional equipment necessary. If you decide to try this, Easy Wood Tools negative rake cutters are the best way to get the smoothest finish @Jim from Easy Wood Tools Recently, Carl Jacobson turned this little jem from an acrylic/carbon fiber blank- New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have redesigned their website. It's easier to navigate. This isn't really a new turning item but rather a novel idea for using a "regular" wood working device. Rick Turns shows us how he uses a woodshop moisture meter to check if his bowl blanks have dried. Watch for his little "drying kiln" in the video- Everything Else- I forgot to put this in last weeks Wednesday's. The Woodturning OnLine newsletter is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=092019. There's a link there to an article on milling trees to turning blanks. A month or so ago, we posted some information on thread chasing on the lathe. Mike Peace has added some more information on that subject but instead of buying the tools, he shows us how to make them using bolts. His trick for tapping a hole is especially cost effective and I can attest that it works great! Safe turning
  22. Remember- Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald is trying out some new coloring techniques. His turning/coloring really creates some interesting designs in the wood! Please head on over to Geralds post and let him know how much you like this piece- Gerald also showed us a round hollow form that his coloring really made the grain of the wood stand out! Gerald explains what he did in his post @HandyDan gave us a really nice set of pictures on how he made his baby rattles- Check out his post to see what all went into making these beauties! @Gene Howe gave us a heads up on a video that should be mandatory viewing for every person who operates a lathe. Thanks Gene. What’s Coming Up- If you are near Provo, Utah, Craft Supplies USA is offering several turning workshops- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. Also- Again, clicking on the above image will connect you to more information and registration to this event. For The Newbies- When you start to turn bowls, you generally have two options for obtaining wood. Buy the mostly dried blank or find a freshly cut tree. In either case, unless you turn the bowl from start to finish in one sitting, drying the wood between turnings may be necessary. Rick Turns found a cool and inexpensive way to slow the drying process and reduce the chance of checking and cracking- Expand Your Horizons- Everyone knows I'm a "jig junky". Here's a video showing a shop made jig to use for turning Twisted Boxes. New Turning Items- Last week we displayed a basket weave illusion bowl from @Billy B. If you were interested in trying your hand at this awesome technique, Chef Ware Kits has what you need to get started- Find more on the lits and prices at- https://chefwarekits.com/Basket-Weave-Kits-c9880431 The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a new device to hold your dust collection hose. It is flexible and adjustable! Find out more about it at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/lathe-track/products/trac-vac-flexible-dust-collector Everything Else- Donations- I copied and pasted this from @John Morris. It would be great if each of us turners could help out! "We usually have a fundraiser raffle during the summer to help pay for our community, but my health took a dive this summer, and I never had the time nor the mind to organize our annual summer fundraiser, so we are falling short of our budgetary obligations. We will be very tight. If you are able to donate to our community, a dollar on up, it all helps." If you'd like to donate to our community, please see this page at https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/clients/donations/ I finally put the finish on the little walnut "spaceship"- Turned completely with Easy Wood Tools mini hollowers and their micro detailer ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) Safe turning
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