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  1. The 2018 Raffle is on!!! Please head over to this post and see the prizes from our generous sponsors- Good Luck!! On another note, you may have noticed many of our forums now contain a sub-forum for tips. For the Turners forum, you can find it here- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/forum/65-wood-turning-tips/ As with any of your posts in any forum or sub-forum, please remember to use "Tags" to help others doing searches for similar content. Our Patriot Turners- Last week, we featured a beautiful platter from @Gerald. Gerald was kind enough to show us the steps he used to create the different colors- Please add your comments to his post at- You may remember that @Steve Krumanaker turned a maple bowl and then use pyrography to create a "rock" finish. Steve also came up with a beautiful display stand that permits viewing from any angle- You can read about how Steve made this in his post- @DAB is considering turning some pens and pencils. He posted an inquiry about what he should think about for equipment and supplies. Pleas check out the post and offer your suggestions- As it turns out, Woodcraft is offering some tremendous close-out deals on a bunch ot their pen/pencil kits. Thanks to @Gerald for the heads up on this one- Woodcraft Pen Clearance @Ron Altier was having trouble with his lathe. His On/Off switch failed. Ron's ingenuity for the repair should be a lesson to us all! What’s Coming Up- Just a reminder, the Mid-Atlantic Woodturners symposium will be held in Lancaster, PA, September 28-30. From The Internet- Tim Yoder posted a neat project for the gardener in your life. We mentioned "Garden Dibbles" in the past but Tim put his own spin on this one- Everything Else- Our administrator, @John Morris has revived several old turning posts from the archives. I think you'll enjoy the trip down memory lane- Had an afternoon to play this past week. Turned some maple finials using my Easy Wood Tools Mid-Sized Micro Detailer. Was going to see what they looked like "ebonized" with India ink but my old bottle had dried up. I hope @Jim from Easy Wood Tools passes along how much I like the new micro (sharp) tip. The taller one is about 3" and the shortes is about 2". Turned completely with Easy Wood Tools. Safe turning
  2. "It was another "Mom" day for me. Errands, appointments and making sure she ate a good supper. Our Patriot Turners- @PostalTom Is having a problem this the brass pen tubes coming out when he is squaring the blank ends. Check out his post and if you have any suggestions, please help him out! @Ron Altier created a beautiful new ornament from scraps. His glue-up was sure to reveal a beauty of a turning- Ron started my showing us what he had to work with- And as usual, we were not disappointed with his creativity- Ron didn't stop here! He also made this gorgeous piece- Ron's description is in this post- Last week @Gerald told us about a platter he was turning. He added the finish and the results are fantastic- Gerald added more to his original post about his finishing technique- @Billy B posted the most awesome Navajo Wedding Basket. I cannot imagine the patience it must take to create such a magnificent work of art- Please head over to Billy's post and share your kudos with him- @oldwoodie posted a nice tip for sealing up that free wood for which we are always searching. His procedure is at- What’s Coming Up- The Virginia Woodturners are hosting their symposium at Fishersville, VA on November 3 & 4. Here's a link to their site and registration information- http://www.virginiawoodturners.com/index.htm From The Internet- The American Association of Woodturners recently held their symposium in Oregon. Pretty long trip for many of us. Thanks to Woodcraft and Woodcraftmarketing, we can get a good look at some of the magnificent turnings that were on display- Everything Else- By now you probably have noticed the new "Home Page" for the Patriot site. @John Morris has been working hard to keep our site modern and fresh. As you watch the various forum images scroll across the top of the page, you can click on them to go to that forum. You and also click on the "Forums" link at the top center of the home page to go to the general forums page. Safe turning
  3. Happy Birthday America!!! Thunderstorms slowly moving thru our area right now. The annual fireworks display may be postponed. @Gerald posted a nice looking platter he is currently making- He has had several questions and comment about the process and the wood grain. @HandyDan added a nice image of one of his turnings to help explain what is meant by "feathering"- @Smallpatch finished up the teapots he has been creating- Final comments are in his post- @Steve Krumanaker is perfecting his ability to add decorations to his turnings. He is learning "Chip Carving". Looks to me as if he has got the process pretty well mastered- His post shows his progress- I thought of Steve when I happened across a site that creates custom rolling pins. Steve has a neat shop built laser engraver. The folks at http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/06/new-laser-engraved-rolling-pins-by-valek-imprint-elaborate-designs-on-baked-goods/ make some neat designs on rolling pins- These could make some really fancy cookies! Mike Peace has a 2 part video for making brush lids for finishing jars. Part 2 is linked from his YouTube page- This reminded me of @Steve Krumanaker's honey jars. The Woodturning OnLine newsletter came this week. Their featured project is one by Carl Jacobson. His video shows a Yin Yang turned platter. The "New and Hot" sections, of the newsletter, has some interesting items as well. The entire newsletter is at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Woodworker's Journal posted a YouTube video by Ernie Conover on turning small hollow vessels. Nice explanations and demonstration- I had the chance to play a little, this week. Started a little turning blank for the August demo. I forget where I read about this trick, maybe Mike Peace or Rick Turns, about using TiteBond glue as a sealer. I sealed up the turning blanks after I cut them from the logs and none have cracked. I sealed this rough blank turning the same way hoping it will be fine until I need it. Safe turning
  4. The much advertised heat wave is supposed to roll into our area tomorrow. Seems like every network news broadcast has to have a "weather" report. Strange. Lots happening around the Patriot this week. @Ron Altier turned a beautiful ornament using a sea urchin skeleton. The urchin has amazing patterns and markings. Read his post to see the compliments from our members- Ron also received the highest compliment imaginable from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. Jim asked Ron for one of his ornaments to help decorate the Christmas tree at the Easy Wood Tools headquarters!!!!!!!! @Ron Dudelston had a new student in his shop. Ron and his daughter turned a an epoxy bowl. Here's the link to the video- https://www.facebook.com/ron.dudelston/videos/10211858367956604/ and here's Dad showing us how it's done- https://www.facebook.com/shellyreneeneal/videos/10156626150220625/. Sweet looking bowl!! @Gerald has been making more ringmaster bowls. Gerald makes his bowls unique by adding pyrography decorations. Gerald added more pictures in his post- @Smallpatch is getting close to finishing up his teapots. More about the process and some pictures at- A couple of events coming up in the near future. The Mid Atlantic Woodturning symposium will be held in September. Click on the above image to go to the registration information. In October, the Segmented Woodturners Symposium is scheduled. Click on the above image to go to the registration information. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools Easy Wood Tools shared a video on making finials by Tracey Malady. We have featured finial videos in the past. I liked this video because it explains the authors procedure very plainly. I had the opportunity to test drive the new Easy Wood Tools Mid Size Micro Detailer. This tool differs from the original EWT detailer in that the cutting tip comes to a distinct, sharp point. This new point permits much crisper transition and more precise corners. I used an ebony piano keys to create a finial (should have watched the video first). The more pointed cutter really makes a difference! Comparing the original detailer (left) and the new micro detailer- I was pretty proud of myself- Until- I had never worked with any other ebony. The piano keys were very old so maybe that caused them to be brittle. In other exciting news, a turning club near Lancaster wants me to put on a demonstration for their group! I am really thrilled to be able to help them out. It's not until August but I've already started getting some stuff together. They want some spindle work as well as small bowls. For the spindle, I thought they might be interested in seeing how a seemingly square pattern turns into a Celtic knot. I have this blank prepared- Next, I'll get some of that flame box elder ready for a bowl. Safe turning
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  6. Another Wednesday! One of our new members, @brianpoundingnails posted pictures of a shop made lathe he built. His "machine" is multipurpose and made for creating log furniture. Check out Brian's post and see all the functions of this marvelous machine- @Gerald has been busy turning some hollow forms. The wood was from a neighbors tree. Gerald posted more about the wood and the turnings here- @Ron Altier Has been turning more ornaments! This first one caused him to have an allergic reaction but that didn't stop him from finishing this little beauty. More about the ornament in Ron's post- Ron kept them coming with this awesome piece- More about this one- And finally, Ron finished up this gorgeous piece- His description here- @PostalTom asked our members how they stored their turning tools. He received lots of feedback and ideas. Head on over to his post and give him your ideas and suggestions. As turners, we are always looking for ideas on how to make our pieces unique. Shapes, wood species, mixed media and finishes. @Steve Krumanaker posted a topic on chip carving. He plans to use this technique to add detail to some of his turnings. He received lots of encouragement on his new endeavor. Please check out his post and offer any suggestions you may have. Another way to make a unique turning- I picked this up off of a Facebook woodturning page. This is part one of the video and part two is linked from the Youtube site. I'm not sure how robust this finish will be but it sure is interesting. Ruth Niles has added a new item to her stainless steel products. If you are looking for a gift for that discriminating espresso drinker, check out Ruth's new coffee tamper. https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ I spent the day redesigning a jig I use to turn rolling pins. I replaced the high speed steel cutter with a Ci5 cutter from Easy Wood Tools. Now I need to make up some rolling pin blanks. The stock is getting low. I have a bunch of those flame box elder blanks cut and must get to turning them. Safe turning
  7. A great week here for the Patriot Woodturners. Just today, @Steve Krumanaker posted his gorgeous, finished "Maple Rocks" bowl- Steve posted more information and images here- @Smallpatch is making more progress on his teapots. He posted his updated progress- @Steve Krumanaker is preparing to give a demo to the turning club, of which he is a member. Steve pointed out how much work it is to create/give a successful demonstration. When properly done, the audience gets information in an enjoyable, fluid manner. But, demos don't just happen by accident. Planning, preparation and practice are required to pull off a demonstration without a hitch. Just some of what Steve did getting ready- He explains more, here- By the way, those seed starter makers are a great gift. I made some a few years ago for relatives. Mike Peace added a YouTube video on selecting lathe chuck jaws. Specialized jaws can really be an asset for different turning projects. I wish Mike would have done the Easy Wood Chuck jaws. Their add/remove mechanism is unique. Capt. Eddie continues to produce videos. He recently added one on finishing a turning. He demonstrates an inertia sander which is really handy for spindle and bowl sanding. He has a hardware kit available for making these sanders. Rick Turns has made available the YouTube listing of woodturning videos for May. If you enjoy finding an all-in-one place reference, please give Rick a quick thanks on his YouTube channel. The Woodturning OnLine Newsletter came this week. There are several interesting projects. A video by Todd Raines demonstrates how he turns flags. He uses a neat method to make multiple, exact copies. There are several nice jigs that can be applied to just about any lathe operation. Another project is making a fishing reel, by Mike Darlow- What's great about this project is that when you follow the link, you end up at the Woodcraft site. From there you can gain access to many of the articles/projects previously published in the Woodcraft magazine. A general list of topics is shown on the left side of the web page. https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/a-fishing-reel There is also an article on photographing projects. @Gerald created a super blog on photography, here on The Patriot Woodworker, and this article adds nicely to that. The article is written in Microsoft word (.doc) and is by John Lucas. http://nebula.wsimg.com/17b9a4c07da5b3c10dc5dfa5f30aa453?AccessKeyId=8E1EC0DC707F1FE36FCB&disposition=0&alloworigin=1 The entire Woodturning OnLine newsletter is at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Safe turning
  8. Gerald

    Must Have Tools ?

    Just happened on these videos on "must have " woodworking tools. How many of these do you have and how many should never have been made?? 5 Amazing Woodworking tools 5 Cool Woodworking Tools
  9. Our Patriot turners have been at it again! Lots of projects posted and input provided. @RustyFN escaped serious injury when a gouge he was using snapped in half. Rusty was turning a log when a catch damages the tool and lacerated his hand. Read about the incident in Rusty's thread- @Ron Altier is busy experimenting with different woods and finishes with his beautiful ornaments. Check Ron's posts and the comments- Although he didn't turn these, member @Jay is making some lures for fly fishing. Lots of input including a link for ideas on turned lures. Read about Jay's post- @Smallpatch is making some "Teapots" He has posted several images of his work. He creates fantastic detail in his pieces- Several weeks ago we talked about the different skew chisel shapes. Some turners prefer the curves end while others prefer the "straight" edge. I found this article by Alan Lacer, from Popular Woodworking Magazine, detailing how to convert the straight end to a curved end. It includes the author's opinion of why he prefers this shape. https://www.popularwoodworking.com/projects/aw-extra-121213-reshaping-the-skew-chisel Our generous sponsor, Easy Wood Tools, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools shared a video on YouTube of a really special turning by Jim Overton. Mr. Overton uses EWT tools almost exclusively to create a lamp from various materials. The really awesome aspect of the project is the appearance of the lamp when it is finished. I came across a nice site that has lots of turnings that include project details. You may find a project idea from the listings. http://woodarchivist.com/category/woodturning-projects-and-techniques/ I'm a little late with this post of "Rick Turns" YouTube video list for April. If you check out this list, please give Rick a BIG Thank You for all his work! This was a "Mom" day for me. I don't know how a 92 year old 4' 8" lady can run me into the ground! Anyway, when I got home, I found this on the porch- Looks like all turning isn't artsy fartsy. I found a chunk of wood in the wood shed- Cut a chunk for the turning- I'll need to drill a hole for the tang and the turn the handle. That'll be tomorrow- after I paint the deck furniture. Safe turning
  10. It's been a beautiful couple of days here in south central Pennsylvania. I took advantage of the weather forecast and got most of the plants into the garden. It's supposed to rain tomorrow so that should get them a good start. Our Patriot turners have been busy this week with projects and posts. @Charles Nicholls started a thread on a bowl he is starting to turn. Charles asked our thoughts on the integrity of the bowl blank. Please check out his post and see if you can add any suggestions- In that same thread, Charles posted a picture of a top he is making- @Smallpatch is making teapots! He explains the process in his post- @PostalTom Asked a question about Mesquite and its' turning characteristics. If you ever turned Mesquite or would like to know what our turners said, check out his post at- @Gerald showed us his super score from ebay. He won a bid on a SuperNova 2 chuck. Our turners demonstrated great restraint in not teasing him too much about such a good deal. @Smallpatch also posted a topic about where to get free wood for turning. Your town may have a similar location. If you live in New Hampshire, the New England Woodturning Symposium is being held this weekend- May 12. Click on the above image to get more information about the symposium. The latest Woodturning OnLine newsletter arrived. Some great information as always. A nice video from Mike Waldt on creating a long stemmed goblet with captive rings- Another article, from the newsletter covers different methods of reverse chucking a bowl. It is a "PDF" by John Lucas. Here's the link- http://centralillinoiswoodturners.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Reverse-Turning-Bowls.pdf The full newsletter can be read at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php I was lucky enough to score some free wood myself. One of my former students- and then teaching partner, cut down some trees at his home. One of them was a flame box elder. He brought me several logs. I think I can get several bowls and maybe a couple of shallow platters. I used TiteBond to seal the ends. We'll see how that works compared to latex paint. Safe turning
  11. Sorry guys, not too much this week. Between subbing, doctor appointments, vet appointments and puppy training- shop time has been very limited. @PostalTom showed us a sweet little bowl he made for his woodturning club exchange challenge- Check out how Tom made sure the paper clips don't get away! @Gene Howe Sent me this link. It has some nice turning accessories, from Ron Brown, including several types of chucks. Check out Mr. Brown's website at- http://admailemail.com/view/47157c1/4881dc/ @Gerald asked a question about the finish we like to use on bottle stoppers. My personal favorite is oil based poly. It seems to stand up to handling and moisture. Why not checkout Geralds post and give him your favorite- Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) is presenting free tool demonstrations this coming weekend. If you are near Buffalo Grove, IL or Orland Park, IL, why not stop in and try out these fantastic tools! Mike Peace put up a short video with some turning tips. A couple of great ideas- Holding lathe work can often be challenging. Turner devise all sorts of jigs/chucks to be able to turn their projects. Captain Eddy put up a video a little while back demonstrating some ideas for holding work- Safe turning
  12. Ron Altier

    Interesting Video

    There some things on this one that I had to look closely. Very interesting
  13. No turning for me this past week. I've started a gun rack for a friend. It is coming along slowly. @Cliff just posted a topic for preventing wood from splitting/cracking/checking. This idea is new to me. See what Clif had to say. Maybe you have another method. If so, we'd love to have you tell us about it! Cliff also posted a link to an excellent safety article from the American Woodturner magazine. We all like to think we are working safely but this article really drives home the quality of some of the safety device we are using. Here's Cliff's post- The article is linked from there. Please read her story. @Ron Altier has created another awesome ornament. The amazing part is that this came from his scrap box. It is always exciting to see what lathe turning can do to a glue-up Ron's post is here- I think we all are proud of the things we make. Most of us have a way of marking our pieces with some sort of identifier. It might be a signature with a sharpie, a branded logo or even a special decal. Recently, Mike Peace did a short video exploring these various methods. I've always used a sharpie but over the years it tends to fade- especially on items that have a mineral oil finish. The signature on my original rolling pin, that Mimi uses, has faded into obscurity. Also, sharpies will bleed when the top coat is shellac. Many years ago I traded a rolling pin for a coffee scoop from Ruth Niles. She uses a handheld engraver to sign here work. Much longer lasting! What method do you all use??? There probably won't be much sleep here tonight. Today we picked up this- His name is Dudley and he is an 8 weeks old Basset hound. He slept most of the 2 hour trip back from the breeders and has been exploring his new home ever since. I think his ears are as long as he is. Since Quigley passed away in October, the house has been really empty. I'm sure that's about to change! Safe turning
  14. This seems fitting for today- Supposed to be damp, cold and miserable the remainder of the week. @Steve Krumanaker asked for opinions on a metal working lathe/mill combination from Grizzly. He received several responses. If you have any experiences with this unit, I'm sure he would appreciate your input. @Ron Altier has been experimenting with a new style of ornament. He is using epoxy as part of the construction medium. Ron posed a question concerning finishing the hardened epoxy. Several members offered suggestions. Maybe you can give him some ideas. @Cliff ended up with a warped bowl. He has a theory that steam can be used to "un-warp" it. Check out the steam box he has constructed for experiment. The Segmented Woodturners organization is holding their 6th Segmented Symposium on October 12-14, 2018 in St. Louis Missouri. Registration information is at their site- http://segmentedwoodturners.org/?album=1&cover=0&occur=1&photo=39 Usually a turner, posting a video on YouTube, will edit out any mistakes. Rick Turns posted a video "attempt" at making a birds mouth vase. Rick kept the mistakes. I hate to admit how many times I've made the same ones. Mike Peace posted a very short video showing his turning jigs for gauging spindle diameters. Maybe some ideas here you haven't considered. Not sure if I posted this in the past. Sometimes I'd like to get an idea what a turning will look like before starting the actual process. Sketchup will work but there's a nice, FREE software program called LatheMagic. The software is not completely intuitive but does come with tutorial videos and instruction manuals. You can download the software from- http://www.lathemagic.com/ At the same site there is another program called ShapeMagic that can be used with 3D printers. I'm finally getting the manzanita turning done. The last coat of poly is slowly drying in the basement. I call this one "hidden in my heart". Mimi was in the basement when I opened the box of roots and said this piece looked like a heart (she's a nurse), thus the name. These images were take before the final coat of poly. It's a little more shiny now. Also the finial wasn't seate completely. It needs glued in place once dry. The finial was made from a piano ebony key. A buddy salvaged them from a trashed instrument and gave me a couple. I really need to refine my finial shapes. Maybe I should have used that software! @Jim from Easy Wood Tools this was turned completely with Easy Wood Tools! Safe turning
  15. Gene Howe

    Our Mr. Kauffman.

    ....submitted a thin strip cutting jig to Woodcraft magazine in Nov. 2005. Charles Neal has a huge woodworking channel on YouTube and a huge following. In one of his videos, he shows how to set up and use Lew's jig. Lew and Woodcraft are now recognized by Charles' world wide YouTube audience. Way to go, lew! Take a look.
  16. Spent the day riding herd on a bunch of electronics technology students. Our company left early so I have a chance to post this weeks entry. @Steve Krumanaker posted another installment of his laser project. His "Cryptex" is so cool! Check out the complete post and the comments from our Patriot family- @Gerald showed us his hollow vessel turned from spalted magnolia and it is a beauty- Gerald tells us a little more in his post- @PostalTom turned a sweet little bowl made from walnut and poplar. I really like his choice of woods and the small lip at the top. Read what our turners had to say- There is a lady turner, Holly Denney, who I have seen on Facebook. She makes turned snowmen/snowladies. Another turner, who also makes snow people is Mr. David Reed Smith. He recently put up his article on how he does his turnings. The main article is located at- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/SnowPeople/SnowPeople.html Within his article is a link to a full PDF tutorial- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/SnowPeople/SnowPeople.pdf And a link to his gallery of his work- http://davidreedsmith.com/Gallery/SnowPeople/SnowPeople.html If you have ever turned a bottle stopper, you probably know of Ruth Niles and her stainless steel stoppers. In my opinion you cannot find a better stopper (or a nicer person). Ruth has a really nice combo starter kit on her website. Check it out- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/woodturning/product/6322-five-star-kit Mike Peace recently added a nice little video on scrapers. Specifically he shows us how to make a burnishing tool to add a burr to a scraper. If you live in or around the Portland Oregon area, the American Association of Woodturners is having a symposium June 14-16. Check out their site for more information-http://www.woodturner.org/default.asp?page=2018Portland I've had 3 pieces of Manzanita laying on the lathe for about a month- trying to see what I can create. I finally decided on a piece to start with but the area to be turned was off center on the piece. Because it would be off balanced, I need to figure a way to mount it. As luck would have it, a turner I follow- Jim Jakosh, posted a similar off balance project and his solution- a counterbalance. I had a shop made hold down for finishing off bowl bottoms. I glued the piece- paper joint- to the wheel. Then added some bolts to the outer rim to create a balanced spin. Spun without vibration and so far the paper joint is holding. I'll just have to see what materializes from within the root. Safe turning
  17. The latest winter storm tracked about 75 miles east of the predicted position. We got nothin'. Sorry @Cliff. Last week we posted a site that sold threaded inserts. @HandyDan was curious about the installation. I wrote to the seller inquiring about specifics and this is his response- Hi Lewis, I send a tips sheet with the inserts but no real instructions other than to relieve just enough wood for the body and flange to fit snug and not to mix the epoxy until you are satisfied with the dry fit. The lid I make by gluing a plug on a flat piece that I turn till the plug fits, again sneaking up on the fit a bit at a time till satisfied, then mix some epoxy. I don't do videos but have a ton of photos in albums on the Facebook shop site that have cleared up a lot of questions on how I use them making out urns and Beads of Courage jars. Hope this helps, thanks for asking. Along those same lines, @Gene Howe mentioned he has seen mason jar lids used for threaded turnings. If you missed it, the entire post is here- Also, last week we posted a thread about @Steve Krumanaker's new laser engraver. Steve added another video showing the more of the laser's operation- Every Monday morning @John Morris posts the question asking what we have done and what we plan for the week. Well, one of our turners- @PostalTom was busy modifying his lathe set up for easier cleanup and use. Check out the pictures he posted and maybe you can get some ideas for your own shop! Scroll to the end of the "Monday Morning" post for Tom's pictures. Thanks for sharing this, Tom! Many of our turnings involve a glue-up of some sort. Patriot member @Gene Howe posted a link to a video featuring an ultraviolet light sensitive glue from Titebond. This might be something useful for your next segmented turning- I subscribe to the e-Tips from woodsmith. Every once in a while they post one for turners. This tip looked pretty neat as we turners usually have several tools pulled from the tool rack when turning a project. Here's the link to the video- https://cdn.woodsmith.com/etip/2018/02/lathe-tool-rack-SD.mp4 There are some turning symposiums coming up on the east coast. Easy Wood Tools will be in Atlanta for the Woodworking Shows next weekend- http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/atlanta.html. The The Mid Atlantic Woodturners Association will be in Lancaster, PA at the end of September. You can check out the details here- http://www.mawts.com/ I picked up this video from the Easy Wood Tools Twitter feed (Thanks @Jim from Easy Wood Tools). The turner uses several of the EWT tools as well as their awesome chuck. I also spied another Easy Wood Tool product that I had not seen before. The EWT Live Center. Here's the video on making a VERY large pepper grinder. And here is additional information on the Live Center- http://www.easywoodtools.com/live-center-3/ Turner Mike Peace did a video on the various texturing tools available, including some shop made versions. This video is from a live demonstration and is a little longer than most. Turner @HandyDan sent me a link to this video. There were several really neat things that caught my eye (besides the fact that OSHA wasn't there). I thought the turners hand position, with his finger under the tool rest probably gave him extra control of the tools. The brilliance of the organic colors was unexpected. And, around 4:50 of the video, the helper uses an oil can. I thought at first it was for lubbing the lathe but I think it was something to apply to the colors. Thanks, Dan! Finally, The Woodturning OnLine newsletter came. One of the articles was a tutorial in pictures for making a suspended box- The article is by Bob Hamilton. http://bobhamswwing.com/Articles/Suspended Bowl/Suspended bowl Page 1.html The entire newsletter is here- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Relatives will be here, for a week, beginning next Wednesday. Not sure if I can get a few minutes to do a "Wednesday's Wisdom". Safe turning
  18. It's been a nice couple of days here, but winter is scheduled to return to the northeast tomorrow. Our turners have been busy with projects, ideas and questions. So let's get to it! Last week @HandyDan showed us a really neat way to created threaded inserts for turned objects. I happened across this site that sells brass metal inserts for that special project- They have many sizes. Their site is- https://www.fromwalnuttoantlers.com/shop @RustyFN posted a rough turned bowl he made. It sure is gorgeous! Rust wasn't certain of the wood species and several members offered opinions. Check out the complete thread- @Gerald got some turning blanks prepped and started on a vase. Nice laser rig! Read about his plans for his vase- @Steve Krumanaker gave us a demonstration of his shop made laser engraver. Talk about an awesome piece of equipment! Steve even included a video of the operation in his thread @Buck Nall posted a question about turning bradford pear wood. Several members offered suggestions. Check out his post and give Buck your opinion- @Gerald is considering setting up a stand in a consignment shop. He asked for thoughts and opinions on this. Stop over at his post and see if you can add to what has already been said- I was trying to catch up on some of Capt. Eddies' videos and he mentioned the Southwest Association of Turners turning symposium for this summer. It's in Waco Texas in August. Here's a link for more information- https://www.swaturners.org/index.php Also, our most generous sponsor, Easy Wood Tools, will be part of the Woodworkers Show in Milwaukee, WI on March 9-11,2018. More information here- http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/milwaukee.html Mike Peace put up an informative video on live centers. He looks at some of the characteristics and various vendor. Pretty interesting- Capt.Eddie did a similar review of a specific brand here- A while back, we featured Tim Yoder making a platter with a "cosmic paint" scheme. He recently posted a another platter but uses a different approach to applying the paint. While you are watching the video, check out the Easy Wood Chuck! Safe turning
  19. Temperature was in the 70's here the past two days but that's about to come to an end tonight. It was just too nice to do much in the shop. Just a heads up for those near Secaucus, NJ. Our most generous sponsor Easy Wood Tools will be at the Woodworking Show there- Click on the image for more details and ticket information. Last weeks "Wednesday's..." started a great discussion on pricing your work. @DAB asked about how we set the price on our turnings. Check out what our turners had to say. @Steve Krumanaker sent me a link for a fantastic turner named Virgil Leih. I had not known of him but I can say when he does something- he goes BIG! I really think you will enjoy watching what he does!! Thanks, Steve! @difalkner posted some Longworth Chuck plates he made There was a great discussion about the layout of the arcs. Read all of the information- @HandyDan came up with an inspired way to add treads to a project. You really need to see this tutorial! Read the complete step-by-step- @RustyFN posted some pictures of prepping a log into future bowl blanks He also received some advice about sealing the blanks to help slow down the cracking- @Gene Howe sent me a link to a turner and machinist. Gene was at a gathering of Arizona woodturners and Jerry Marcantel was demonstrating some of the turning devices he has developed. Here is a video from Jerry's YouTube channel. He has other videos there as well. Thanks, Gene!! This link is to his website- https://www.woodturnerstools.com/ . He has some beautiful turnings posted there. A short video from Mike Peace making a shaving brush. Not extremely difficult and would probably make a nice present for someone. Safe Turning
  20. Well, if you haven't gotten your significant other a Valentine's present by now, I hope you can get comfortable sleeping next to the lathe for the next several days @RustyFN showed us his first turned lidded box and it is gorgeous. Read about it here and check out the comments from our turners- Carl Jacobson turned a floating vase, about a month ago. Notice his use of Easy Wood Tools and the Easy Wood chuck! I think if I hadn't learned to turn, I might have tried my hand at painting. I always marveled at the painters on public television when they created a picture. Although he has passed away, Bob Ross was one I enjoyed. That's probably why I found this Tim Yoder turning video so amusing- Some of you may have an income from your turning. With tax season upon us, I thought this video from Mike Peace may be of interest- Check some of the comments, with the video, on YouTube. Several respondents were folks who worked as tax consultants and they added additional information. Rick turnes added his list of videos for January 2018- The Woodworking Show is going to be in Kansas City, MO this weekend- February 16 and 17. Our most generous sponsor Easy Wood Tools will be there! Check here for additional information- Click on the above image to link to more information. I have been playing with a little holly bowl. The wood came from a tree that was planted, in 1969, at the school where I taught. The tree had been cut back many times over the years due to size a weather damage so none of the trunk pieces were extremely large- although the base near the ground is close to 2 feet across. I turned the bowl green- the outside shape one evening and finished the inside the next day. The wall thickness is about 3/16". There were a couple of stress cracks in the log before I started but they didn't get any larger after completion. The inertia sander I made works great! The pictures are before any finish is applied. I'm using rattle can lacquer but need to get a buffing wheel to smooth the surface of the spray. You can see the bowl went from round to slightly oblong during the process. When it is finished, I'll give it to the school. I still have a couple more chunks and also a holly natural edge bowl but some of the bark split off during the final turning. I also finished up the piece I was turning from Manzanita. It had that large void that I filled with Alumilite. I couldn't get the "bowl" part polished as well as I would have liked. Everything went south when I tried to use Micromesh pads. I guess it was the difference in the density between the wood and acrylic. Also the pads left traces of their color on the wood. I should mention that I did not stabilize the Manzanita. I'm calling this one "Crater" because it reminds me of a volcano. Finally, I guess someone likes my rolling pins. Got this in the mail today- Who a thunk it?? Safe turning
  21. I had great hopes of getting to the basement shop today. We awoke to this- Perfect turning weather! But, as the saying goes- Best laid plans... Ended up shoveling ice and sleet, from neighborhood driveways, for several hours, balancing my Mom's checkbook and getting her taxes done. Anyway, lots happening with our turner since last week. @DAB posted a sweet looking pine bowl he turned. Pine isn't easy to get a nice finish but Doug nailed it perfectly. Read the comments on his work, here- @Gene Howe gave us a link to a site that sells some neat sanding devices for turners (and all woodworkers)- Check the website for more- @Steve Krumanaker won a contest from Robust turning. Congrats, Steve,! @Steve Krumanaker also posted a piece turned by a member of the turner's club to which he belongs. Talk about creativity! Here's a little more on the piece- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools is looking for help in the Chicago area. This would be an excellent opportunity to show off your skills with the fantastic Easy Wood Tools product line. @Cliff posted a picture of using a router bit for a turning tool. Check it out, here- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter is available. As always there is a lot of great information. One thing that caught my attention was an article discussing Carving and Turning by Richard Wright. The article is a PDF document with many examples/pictures. http://www.capecodturners.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Carving-and-Turning.pdf Tim Yoder has a video up where he turns a Votive Candle Holder. Pay particular attention to the Easy Wood Chuck! If you ever get a chance to test drive this chuck, you will fall in love with it! Over the weekend I made an inertia sander. I bought the sleeve and bearing from Capt. Eddie. If you decide to make your own, be sure to drill the hole for the sleeve/bearing close enough to the handle end so the sanding disc doesn't rub against the end of the handle- don't ask how I know this. From icey southern PA Safe turning
  22. Wow, January is in the books already! I spent the afternoon with the Electronics Technology kids while their instructor was away from the school. @Gene Howe posted a picture of a fantastic turning he saw- This is a functioning chess game. Several of our turners added their comments here- @Smallpatch posted a picture of a leg turning he did as a replacement for a damaged one. Jesse explains what he did here, along with an additional image- Last week @Steve Krumanaker showed us an ornament stand he created for a customer. Steve updated that post with additional images of the stand with the hummingbird ornaments displayed- In case you missed it, the entire post can be read at- @DAB turned a couple of really beautiful bowls. He told us the wood is from his scrap pile. Pretty awesome scraps, Douglas!! Check out his post- Speaking of bowls, @kmealy posted a picture of a bowl done by his friend. I've seen bowls similar and they are fascinating- Check his post for the discussion about how these can be made- @Gerald is still working on his Beads Of Courage bowls. He shows us a picture of the one on which he is currently working Check his post for a look at the new tool he is making- When I purchased my first lathe, I also bought a book on turning by Ernie Conover. I didn't know any turners and we didn't have a woodworking club in this area so all my beginning knowledge came from the book and its' illustrations. Recently, I found this video by Mr. Conover on turning a natural edge bowl. It is interesting to get his take on the bowl and the procedure he uses. If you have never tried one of these, this is a good staring video- I noticed that Mr. Conover was wearing an odd looking device around his neck. Turns out it was a type of respirator. Not sure I would want this type but if you are interested here's a link to more information- https://shop.hamiltonmarine.com/products/resp-o-rator-one-size-hepa-dust-filter-7067.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAzMDTBRDDARIsABX4AWwNXXfK2x7Fk_KkE_MyJmaYlx64pLp8T4JAd_f9P9b-c2H95WzvDgoaAngKEALw_wcB @Steve Krumanaker Has been working on making a "Cube Within a Cube". He has 2 videos up about the process. What make this different is that Steve is doing it on the lathe. Typically these are done on a drill press. The basement shop has been so cold that the finish I put on the latest turning isn't drying properly. Brought it upstairs to see if that helps. Needed to get it away from the dust so I can make an inertia sander. Bought the bearing and sleeve from Capt. Eddie. Safe turning

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